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Eagles release former Patriot Derrick Burgess

12.30.10 at 12:54 pm ET
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One-time Patriot lineman Derrick Burgess lasted one game in his return to Philadelphia. The Eagles released Burgess to make room for former Saint Bobby McCray. Burgess began his career with the Eagles where he played for four seasons before finding success with Oakland. The Patriots traded for the pass-rushing specialist, but after recording just five sacks in 2009, Burgess failed to make the team out of training camp.

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Casino boat cruise refuses to take down David Garrard ad

12.30.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Mayport-based casino cruise boat Jacks or Better LLC has been told by the NFL on numerous occasions to not use photos of Jaguars quarterback David Garrard in advertisements related to the company’€™s attractions. But Jacks or Better LLC president Mark Slotkin has refused to withdraw those advertisements, saying the NFL and Jaguars should be happy they are using Garrard’€™s image in the public eye.

Despite advice from the company’€™s lawyers saying they should take the image of Garrard down before the NFL takes them to court, Jacks or Better LLC and Slotkin will take their chances. “I guess I just don’€™t like to be pushed around,” Slotkin said on Wednesday. “If I’€™m going to be proven wrong, they will have to prove me wrong in court.

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Man sentenced to 24 years for armed attack on Togo soccer team

12.30.10 at 11:26 am ET
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A man charged with the attack on Togo’€™s national soccer team that occurred in January was sentenced to 24 years in prison in an Angolan court on Wednesday. Jean Antuan Pwaty, a 42-year-old Congolese citizen, reined gunfire on the team’€™s bus as they traveled to the African Cup of Nations, killing two people and injuring eight others. He was convicted of murder, armed rebellion and attempted murder.

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Cowboys Roy Williams entertaining questions about his future

12.30.10 at 10:41 am ET
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Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams has been a disappointment since his trade to Dallas and the former Lions star’€™s production has dropped significantly. Now the receiver is receiving questions about whether he will be playing somewhere else next season.

‘€œI can only do what I can do,’€ Williams said. ‘€œStarted off nice and then fell off the face of the earth somehow.’€

Williams’€™ contract adds up to $20.4 million, but his production, according to the Morning News, is significantly less than where it should be. Granted the former first-round draft choice no longer had Tony Romo throwing to him, and now that Jon Kitna is sidelined with an injury, rookie Stephen McGee will likely get his first career NFL start.

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Free agent pitcher Carl Pavano narrows signing decision down to two teams

12.30.10 at 10:41 am ET
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While most big-name free agents this winter already signed to new contracts, several of the second-tier free agents remain unsigned, like third baseman Adrian Beltre and pitcher Carl Pavano. While it has been reported the Rangers are showing interest in Beltre, Pavano has reportedly narrowed his choice down to two teams: the Twins and the Nationals, the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune reports. Pavano, 34, is seeking a three-year deal, which seems to be the holdup.

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Former UFC champion Chuck Liddell announces his retirement

12.30.10 at 10:36 am ET
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell officially called it quits after a long, illustrious career Wednesday, when he announced his retirement from the sport, ESPN reports. The 41-year-old Liddell lost five of his last six fights, and failed to make it out of the second round in four of those losses. The legendary UFC fighter went 21-8-0 in his 12-year career that began in 1998.

Liddell announced his retirement at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after UFC president Dana White first told reporters and fans of his decision. While his career fighting may be over, White offered Liddell a job as UFC’€™s promotion’€™s vice president of business development.

Liddell was knocked out in three of his last fights, including on June 12 in a bout with Rich Franklin. After that knockout, White vowed that he would not promote another Liddell fight. But the MMA star refused to officially call it quits after months of indecisiveness. “If I can’€™t compete with the best or if I’€™m not fighting for a title, then I have nothing to prove,” Liddell said.

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Charlie Villanueva ‘thinks he got the message across’ after 104-92 win over Celtics

12.30.10 at 8:51 am ET
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Last night’€™s Celtics-Pistons matchup at the Palace at Auburn Hills marked a rematch between mainly Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Pistons big man Charlie Villanueva. In the first bout between the two teams, Garnett reportedly called Villanueva a ‘€œcancer patient,’€ while Garnett claims he called Villanueva, who has alopecia universalis, a cancer to his team. After the game, in which Garnett was out by the first quarter and Villanueva was forced to sit the bench because of early foul trouble, the Pistons forward said that he, ‘€œThinks he got the message across,’€ the Detroit Free Press reports.

A mere 10 seconds into the game, Villanueva was hit with a foul on Garnett, and spent only two minutes and 57 seconds on the floor before getting in foul trouble. Ultimately, Villanueva had much more of an impact, netting 14 points in 28 minutes of play.

‘€œIt was very frustrating [picking up my second foul],’€ Villanueva said. ‘€œBut sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me and whatnot. But the second half I refocused and the game started coming my way.’€

In their first meeting, the Celtics dominated the Pistons in every aspect of the game, eventually winning in a landslide 109-86 thrashing. Garnett had gotten the best of Villanueva that day.

But after last night’€™s game in Detroit and an early exit for Garnett, who scored two point in nine minutes, the playing field has been leveled.

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Top stories of 2010, No. 2: Celtics’ playoff run

12.30.10 at 8:10 am ET
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For the final 10 days of 2010, will count down the top 10 stories of the year. In what was a memorable 12 months for all four of Boston’s major professional teams, there was a plethora of compelling storylines. The countdown continues with No. 2: The Celtics‘ playoff run.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: Kevin Garnett’s return to form
No. 9: Patriots’ playoff meltdown vs. Ravens
No. 8: Marc Savard-Matt Cooke incident and aftermath
No. 7: Red Sox derailed by injuries
No. 6: Bruins’ playoff collapse vs. Flyers
No. 5: Patriots’ Randy Moss saga
No. 4: Red Sox’ signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford
No. 3: Patriots’ resurgence

Also, make sure to cast your vote in’s poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.

On June 17, 2010, the Celtics suffered one of the worst losses in their franchise’s history in Game 7 of the NBA finals against the Lakers. It was only the fourth time the Celtics had lost an NBA finals series and it was the first time they had ever lost a deciding Game 7. That it came against the Lakers in a game that was there for the taking only adds to the agony.

And yet this historic defeat also represented one of the great triumphs in team history, because exactly two months earlier when the Celtics took the court against the Heat to open the playoffs, not even Tommy Heinsohn himself would have predicted that they would have been four points away from an 18th championship.

Their improbable run to the finals defied all wisdom, both conventional and analytic, and breathed life into a franchise that spent the winter months of 2010 on a respirator. The Celtics went 27-27 over the final four months of the regular season and won only two of their last 10 games heading into the playoffs. The nadir came in a home loss to the lowly Wizards when afterward Doc Rivers uttered the quote that seemed to serve as their epitaph.

“If we make a run in the playoffs, will you forget [the regular season]? That’s my question,” Rivers said. “If we don’t, then it’s probably who we were all year ‘€” an inconsistent team ‘€” at least in the second half of the year. We’ll find that out.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jenn Sterger’s attorney disappointed with NFL’s conclusion regarding Brett Favre

12.30.10 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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 Thrashers, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was fined $50,000 for failing to cooperate with a league investigation into his alleged inappropriate text messages to Jets hostess Jenn Sterger. Jason Cole at Yahoo! Sports writes that it’s clever solution for commissioner Roger Goodell. However, Sterger’s attorney is not pleased with the ruling. Joseph Conway‘s biggest gripe was with the NFL’s determination that there was no conclusive evidence that Favre sent the texts in question.

“There was ample evidence to show that the sexually explicit photographs were part of Favre’s inappropriate behavior,” Conway said in a statement. “Our evidence clearly showed that the photos were sent by Favre.”

Added Conway: “It clearly shows that an NFL star player was given preferential treatment and tells all other players that failure to cooperate may cost you some money but will not result in other punishment. [Wednesday’s] decision is an affront to all females and shows once again that, despite tough talk, the NFL remains the good old boys’ league.”

‘™¦ Oney Guillen, the 24-year-old son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, added to his legend Wednesday when he ripped new Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks and accused him of having marital and drinking problems. In the Chicago Tribune, David Haugh writes that this latest episode undermines the father’s ability to manage his clubhouse.

‘™¦ Nets guard Devin Harris said he was “offended” that LeBron James mentioned his name ‘€” even though he was praising Harris ‘€” in his suggestion that the league contract a couple of teams.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 30, 1989, the Bruins held a 6-1 lead with 21 minutes remaining in regulation but surrendered six consecutive goals and fell in overtime to which team? [Answer below]

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Rafael Palmeiro denies ever taking steroids, despite testing positive in 2005

12.29.10 at 10:14 pm ET
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Former Rangers and Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro told on Wednesday that he never used performance-enhancing drugs at any point during his long career, despite testing positive for steroids just weeks after reaching the 3,000 hit mark in his career.

Palmeiro said that he hopes Hall of Fame voters will forgive his mistake of taking a tainted vitamin injection in 2005, given to him by former Baltimore teammate Miguel Tejada. He hopes that Hall voters will overlook the hiccup and elect him to receive Hall induction in his first year of eligibility.

Palmeiro said that Tejada gave him a vial of vitamin B-12 in 2005. The slugger hit 569 home runs and 3,020 hits in his career, and asserted to a congressional hearing in 2005 that he never used performance-enhancing drugs in his life.

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