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Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka to enter MLB

11.17.10 at 9:47 am ET
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Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka is free to enter MLB through the posting system, which allows big league clubs to bid for negotiating rights to Japanese players who have yet to become free agents. The announcement came from Nishioka’s team in Japan on Wednesday morning, and MLB teams have four business days to bid for the negotiating rights to the 26-year-old.

Nishioka helped the Chiba Lotte Marines win the 2010 Japan Series and led the Pacific League with a .346 batting average this season. He had 206 hits, becoming the first Pacific League player to get 200 hits since Ichiro Suzuki.

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Pitcher Jake Westbrook agrees to stay with Cardinals

11.17.10 at 9:03 am ET
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Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook decided to stay in St. Louis, agreeing Tuesday to a two-year, $16.5 million contract, including an $8.5 million mutual option for 2013. The right-hander is the first starting free agent pitcher to sign a deal this offseason.

“Having Jake signed is a great start to our offseason,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We witnessed first-hand last season what a terrific competitor he is and how well he fits in with our pitching staff.”

Westbrook, 33, was acquired from the Braves on July 31 and was 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts for the Cardinals.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Unlikely savior for UConn women

11.17.10 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NESN, VERSUS)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ The UConn women edged Baylor, 65-64, in a thriller Tuesday night in Hartford to improve their record winning streak to 80 games. In the Hartford Courant, Jeff Jacobs writes about UConn’s surprise savior, Bria Hartley, who was playing in just her second college game and missed her first six shots before hitting two 3-pointers and an inside basket down the stretch.

‘™¦ On the heels of Michael Vick‘s impressive performance Monday night, Mike Sielski in The Wall Street Journal looks at the quarterback rating stat and questions its accuracy.

‘™¦ Following the latest news about Los Angeles’ plans to build a new stadium, Nick Canepa in the San Diego Union-Tribune addresses the rumors that the Chargers are not long for San Diego.

‘™¦ The Braves‘ acquisition of Dan Uggla from the Marlins is the first move this offseason by teams to improve their home run potential, writes Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 17, 1973, Bobby Orr had four assists in an 8-0 victory over the Red Wings to give him 456 career assists in 458 games, breaking the record for career assists by a defenseman. Whose record did he break?

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Marlins trade Dan Uggla to Braves

11.16.10 at 5:36 pm ET
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UPDATE — Jerry Crasnick of (via Twitter) reports that the deal is done.

According to Mark Bowman of (via Twitter), the Braves appear to be “very close” to a deal for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla. Ken Rosenthal of (via Twitter) added that Atlanta is discussing sending infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn (acquired from the Yankees last offseason as part of the Javier Vazquez deal) to their division rival.

Uggla won the Silver Slugger award as the top hitting second baseman in the National League in 2010 on the basis of an impressive year in which he hit .287/.369/.508/.877 with 33 homers and 105 RBI. But the second baseman reportedly turned down an offer for a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins, prompting the team to listen to offers for him entering his final year before reaching free agency. Dunn was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 19 innings (along with 17 walks) for the Braves. Infante was named an All-Star in a year when he hit .321/.359/.416/.775 while playing second, third, short, left and right field.

Uggla had been considered a possible alternative for the Red Sox at third base or in the outfield should the team fail to re-sign Adrian Beltre or acquire either Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth. But now, in what appears to be a quickly moving start to the offseason, Uggla may no longer represent such an option.

Read More: Dan Uggla, javier vazquez, mike dunn, omar infante

Steelers cut Jeff Reed

11.16.10 at 12:32 pm ET
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Two days after missing a kick against the Patriots, and complaining about the quality of the surface at Heinz Field, the Steelers cut longtime kicker Jeff Reed and replaced him with Shaun Suisham.

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Terrell Suggs calls Pats titles ‘fake’

11.16.10 at 11:49 am ET
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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs compared the Patriots to one of the cheerleading squads in the movie, “Bring It On” and suggested that their championships were ‘fake.‘ Suggs made the comment on a Ravens show called 1 Winning Drive after he was asked about the Pats win over the Steelers.

“It was bittersweet. It was bittersweet,” Suggs said. “I was thinking last night like, you know, if the Patriots were a movie, they would be ‘Bring It On.’ The Rancho [Carne High School], the cheerleaders, they’€™d be like ‘€˜Yeah, they’€™re a good team, but their championships are fake.’€™’€

Suggs and Tom Brady had a minor war of words earlier this season. “You know, we’€™ve played those guys a lot, and they’€™ve beat us one time in all the times that I’€™ve played them,” Brady said on Dennis & Callahan. “They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.”

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Braves looking at B.J. Upton?

11.16.10 at 10:55 am ET
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The Braves are in the market for a big bat in the middle of their lineup, and they are more likely to explore the trade market than free agency. Among the names listed as possible targets are Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp and the Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus. The Braves have also been linked to Florida slugger Dan Uggla.

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Kerry Wood back to Cubs?

11.16.10 at 10:50 am ET
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Could the Cubs be thinking about returning Kerry Wood to Wrigley Field? That’s speculation floated by ESPNChicago, which suggests that Wood would come back as a set-up man after a brief departure that took him from Cleveland to the Yankees. The report also has the Cubs making a play for Adam Dunn.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Damien Woody lashes out at Jets haters

11.16.10 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

No games scheduled


‘™¦ Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody was not pleased after perusing the Internet following his team’s overtime victory over the Browns on Sunday. The former Boston College and Patriots blocker did not appreciate people implying the Jets were more lucky than good. So, he tweeted: “Lots of haters out there calling us lucky … will y’all please check tha stats of the game b4 drinkin tha Haterade.”

On Monday, Woody further explained his feelings to the New York Post: “When I saw some of the tweets I was getting I was like, ‘Hold on now.’ There are a lot of ignorant people out there saying some dumb things. Check the stats out before you start throwing out, ‘Oh, you guys lucked out to beat Cleveland.’ We dominated Cleveland. If we had done a better job in the red zone, the game wouldn’t even have been close and we wouldn’t be having this discussion.”

Woody also compared this year’s Jets team to the two Patriots Super Bowl-winning teams he played on. “We have that feeling ‘€” and it was the same way in New England when we won those Super Bowls — that no matter what the situation is we can win the football game at the end,” Woody said. “Good teams find a way to win. That’s what we’re doing. In New England we knew when we went out there that we were going to win. We didn’t know how we were going to do it, but we were going to win.”

‘™¦ With the Knicks struggling to a 3-7 start, Marc Berman in the New York Post wonders why it’s Amar’e Stoudemire who is standing up and challenging his teammates to show more heart instead of coach Mike D’Antoni.

‘™¦ Martin Fennelly in The Tampa Tribune has the story of Arron Sears, the former Buccaneers offensive lineman who was arrested on a felony charge over the weekend while wandering in a busy street and submitted for mental health evaluation, leaving his ex-teammates saddened by his demise.

‘™¦ At AOL FanHouse, Jon Weinbach has the progress report on Los Angeles’ plan to build a new stadium and attract an NFL team.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 16, 1979, the Red Sox signed which free agent and future Hall of Fame slugger?

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Read More: Amar'e Stoudemire, Arron Sears, Damien Woody, Mike D'Antoni

Chiefs coach Todd Haley apologizes for snubbing Josh McDaniels

11.15.10 at 4:55 pm ET
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Chiefs coach Todd Haley apologized Monday for not shaking Josh McDaniels‘ hand Sunday after the Broncos beat the Chiefs 49-29. Haley would not explain why he avoided the handshake.

“And I apologize. I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh,” Haley said.

McDaniels ran towards Haley after the game and offered his hand, but Haley drew his hand away and pointed at McDaniels. Haley had some brief, angry comments for McDaniels before the two separated. McDaniels said Monday he still has no idea why Haley was upset. The two teams meet again on Dec. 5 in Kansas City.

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