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Top defensive end Da’Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

01.05.11 at 7:23 pm ET
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Despite the growing probability that the NFL will experience a player lockout next season, Da’€™Quan Bowers, one of the nation’€™s top college players, has declared that he will enter the NFL draft in April, The Associated Press reports. Bowers, a defensive end at Clemson University, was once a top high school recruit and remains at a top prospect as a junior.

Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks this past season, and was second in the country with 26 tackles for losses. Bowers made the announcement on Wednesday.

The defensive end won the Nagurski Award as the top defensive player in the nation, and also won the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in the nation. Bowers is projected to be selected within the top five picks in the 2011 draft.

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Jets appealing $100,000 fine for sideline tripping incident

01.05.11 at 5:47 pm ET
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The Jets are appealing the $100,000 fine handed down by the league for violating rules when strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi ordered some players to form a line on the sideline, then tripped Dolphins rookie Nolan Carroll during a punt return, The Associated Press reports.

Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said on Wednesday that he does not want to discuss the issue, because it has yet to be resolved by the league. It was the first time Westhoff met with the media since the incident, and although would not give much detail on the matter, did confirm that the Jets are appealing the fine.

Team officials said that appealing the fine is a ‘€œtypical course of action.’€ Westhoff said after the incident occurred that other teams employ similar tactics on the sidelines during games.

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Wizards waive guard Lester Hudson for second time this season

01.05.11 at 5:46 pm ET
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The Wizards have waived former Celtics second-round draft choice Lester Hudson for the second time this season, The Associated Press reports. Hudson was waived by the Wizards on Wednesday, after the guard had signed with the team on Dec. 20. Hudson also signed with the team in September, and was waived for the first time in November.

In 11 games Hudson has played with the Wizards, he totaled 18 points and 17 assists. Hudson was drafted 58th overall by the Celtics in the 2009 NBA draft, and was later released by the team before being picked up by the Grizzlies.

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Report: Jim Harbaugh to meet with 49ers

01.05.11 at 4:04 pm ET
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Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to meet Wednesday with the 49ers at an undisclosed location to discuss their vacant coaching position, ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter reports.

Harbaugh’€™s Cardinals won the Discover Orange Bowl on Monday, beating Virginia Tech to finish with a 13-1 record. Harbaugh said after the game that he would not discuss his coaching future at the time.

The 49ers position became available after Mike Singletary was fired. Harbaugh’€™s name has been mentioned the most as a potential candidate to fill several teams’ coaching positions.

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Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

01.05.11 at 3:26 pm ET
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Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected to baseball’€™s Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon. Alomar and Blyleven were the leading vote-getters this year after missing out on induction last year. The players won two World Series championships apiece.

Alomar, a second baseman for the Padres, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians and three other teams, appeared on 90 percent of the ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’€™ Association of America. Alomar was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Gold Glove awards.

Blyleven appeared on 79.7 percent of the ballots. The pitcher spent most of his career with the Twins, recording 287 career wins, 3,701 strikeouts and 60 shutouts. Blyleven appeared for his 14th time on the ballot.

Missing out on the induction was first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, appearing for the first time on the ballot. Palmeiro was backed by Tom Davis, the former head of the Congressional subcommittee that oversaw the testimonials of Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa and Palmeiro. Davis said that he believed Palmeiro did not knowingly take steroids during his career. His name appeared on only 11 percent of the ballots submitted ‘€” the fewest of any player.

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Running back Ricky Williams says his time with Dolphins appears over

01.05.11 at 3:24 pm ET
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Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said on his weekly radio show at WQAM 560 AM on Monday that his time in Miami is just about up, and that it might be time for him to test the free agent market in search of another team.

Williams had some criticism for a few of his teammates and coach Tony Sparano on his radio show, along with a few criticisms for himself. Williams did not rule out the possibility of returning to the Dolphins, but said that the Miami phase of his career was over, he felt.

‘€œI think the way I left the first and second time, it wasn’€™t a clean break,’€ Williams said. ‘€œIt seems like now it’€™s time to move on.’€

Williams went on to add that that the team has a ton of respect for Sparano, but the fact that a team takes on the personality of its coach might have been the Dolphins’€™ downfall, as Sparano ‘€œmicromanaged’€ the team.

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Quarterback Tavaris Jackson’s days with Vikings may be numbered

01.05.11 at 2:28 pm ET
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Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson quickly went from being the team’€™s best option behind center to a quiet backup in no time, and he resided on the injured reserve list for the last few weeks of the regular season. Now, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Jackson feels as though his days in Minnesota may be numbered.

Jackson told the Star Tribune that he has ‘€œno idea’€ what the future holds for him, but expects he will end up on the free agent list once the season culminates with the Super Bowl. His five-year contract ends with the Vikings at the beginning of March.

‘€œI don’€™t even know how to feel [about being a free agent],’€ Jackson said. ‘€œUsually I’€™m always on the other side looking at guys like, ‘€˜Dang, I might not even see this guy next year.’€™ Now I’€™m that guy that’€™s probably going to be gone. It’€™s a little different, but it’€™s part of the game.’€

Jackson added that he was a little disappointed that he didn’€™t have a chance to be unrestricted after last season, since Brett Favre led the Vikings to the NFC championship game and all signs pointed at his return in 2010.

‘€œI am [an unrestricted free agent] now, so I guess we’€™ll just see what happens,’€ Jackson said.

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Former congressman: Rafael Palmeiro may not have knowingly used steroids

01.05.11 at 2:26 pm ET
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Tom Davis, former head of the Congressional subcommittee that heard the testimonials of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jose Canseco regarding their use of steroids during their major league careers, told FanHouse that former Rangers and Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro may not have knowingly used steroids during the time that he recorded his 3,000th hit. Palmeiro testified in front of Davis and memorably said very sternly that he had never knowingly taken steroids, despite later testing positive.

Palmeiro is on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, his first time being eligible for induction.

Davis, who is now the director of federal government affairs for Deloitte and Touche, told FanHouse that he ‘€œfeels bad’€ for Palmeiro. ‘€œI believe that he didn’€™t know he was taking steroids. I think he told the truth. We conducted an investigation and that was the conclusion of our investigators came to,’€ Davis said.

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Cavaliers offer job, house to homeless man with golden voice

01.05.11 at 11:41 am ET
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A homeless man from Columbus, Ohio, whose video became an Internet sensation was offered a job and a home by the Cavaliers during an appearance on a local radio station. Ted Williams‘ story was told in the Columbus dispatch when photographer Doral Chenowerth filmed Williams on the side of the road with a sign reading:

I have a God given gift of voice. I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be gratefully appreciated. Thank you and gold bless you/Happy holidays!

Williams talked about his background, admitting problems with alcohol and drugs “and a few other things” led to his decline but insisting he’s been clean for two years.

While being interviewed on Columbus radio station 97.9 Wednesday morning, Williams was offered a job by a Cavaliers spokesman who called in. The team offered Williams voiceover work with the team and owner Quicken Loans, and offered to pay a mortgage on a home.

“That’s the best deal ever!” said Williams, who acknowledged receiver other less-substantive offers.

Here’s the original video:

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Reports: Michigan fires football coach Rich Rodriguez

01.05.11 at 11:27 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, the University of Michigan fired football coach Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday morning. The school released a statement saying athletic director Dave Brandon will discuss the state of the program at 12:30.

Rodriguez has a 15-22 record in three seasons in Ann Arbor.

Meanwhile, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he does not think his brother, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh will return to his alma mater as coach.

“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” John Harbaugh said Tuesday night on his Baltimore radio show. “I think the Michigan thing is done now. I don’t think he’s interested in doing that, which is hard for him because he loves Michigan. But it says a lot about Stanford, and we’ll just see what happens.”

Jim Harbaugh also has been mentioned in connection with most of the openings in the NFL.

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