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Cowboys DE Igor Olshansky criticizes offense

11.05.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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As if Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett needed any more criticism: In one of the most disappointing seasons in recent memory, the turmoil continues to grow as defensive end Igor Olshansky called out the Cowboys offense while appearing on linebacker Bradie James‘ weekly show on ESPN 103.3 FM.

“Don’t give the ball away,” Olshansky said while on the air. “I mean, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong when you pass the ball. You can get sacked, the ball can get tipped, you can get an interception. If you run the ball, you can get tackled and get a forced fumble. See, there’s a lot more things [that can go wrong on pass plays]. … You’ve got to run the ball.”

Olshansky’s points hold water. In going 1-6, the Cowboys have committed 15 turnovers, the 11th most in the NFL. They also rank 31st in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging only 80.9 yards per game and ranking second to last in rushing attempts at 155.

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Colts’ Austin Collie returns, but Anthony Gonzalez battling PCL injury

11.05.10 at 1:06 pm ET
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The curse of the Colts receiving corps continues. In what’s becoming a near weekly trend, another Colts wide receiver was bit by the injury bug. ESPN’s John Clayton revealed that slot man Anthony Gonzalez suffered a PCL knee injury after a cheap shot from Texans safety Bernard Pollard during Monday night’s contest. The Indianapolis Star expects him to “be out a while, possibly the season” and given his injury history, that’s a reasonable estimate.

The team did finally receive a bit of good news surrounding its pass catchers, however. Austin Collie practiced fully on Thursday, and the Indy Star would be “shocked” if Collie missed the game. Though he was originally projected to miss 2-6 weeks after having surgery to re-attach a thumb ligament, Collie has displayed some toughness in reducing the missed time to a minimum.

Collie has been a monster in his sophomore season, catching 44 balls for 503 yards and six touchdowns. Gonzalez, who’s been hindered by injuries, has played in only two games and tallied 67 yards on five catches for no touchdowns.

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Colt McCoy will start for Browns against Patriots

11.05.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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What was becoming increasingly apparent given Cleveland’s Thursday practice report has become official: On Friday, rookie quarterback Colt McCoy was officially named the starter for Sunday’s contest against the Patriots.

In his first two starts, McCoy has played well, considering the competition. Against the Steelers in his first start, McCoy completed just under 70 percent of his passes for 281 yards, while he did enough against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in New Orleans to secure a win.

‘€œI think with each experience, it helps you, because you recognize some things better and you get more comfortable adjusting,’€ Browns coach Eric Mangini said.

Browns quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have not practiced since Oct. 10, since suffering high ankle sprains. Earlier in the week, team president Mike Holmgren said once his veterans return, he will meet with his coaching staff to decide on the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.

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Mark Sanchez fined for body language at Jets practice

11.05.10 at 11:59 am ET
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Don’t expect to see Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hanging his head or pointing a finger during Jets practice anymore. According to a nj.com report, the team started fining its quarterback for his body language during practice this week. The system was Sanchez’ idea, and he will pay the money to veteran backup Mark Brunell.

“Today, there was a play in practice when he screwed something up. He kind of looked like it was someone else’s fault. That’s a fine,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Thursday. “It’s fun stuff. He’s a passionate guy that loves to play. We just stay on him about that.”

Sanchez and the team hopes this system will help the sophomore grow in the manner he approaches and handles difficult situations. The extent of the fines was not revealed. One can only wonder how much Sanchez would have been fined for this …

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Report: Randy Moss told Vikings owner that Brad Childress should be fired

11.05.10 at 9:34 am ET
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According to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report, Randy Moss stated to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and other team executives “in no uncertain terms that [Brad] Childress wasn’t a good coach and should be fired.” This all reportedly transpired in the visitors locker room at Gillette Stadium following a 28-18 loss in which Moss caught one pass for 8 yards.

Consequently, Wilf has spent the past two days attending Vikings practice to “gauge the temperature” of his disappointing team. He has also been meeting with staff members and players to discuss a variety of issues surrounding the 2-5 club.

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Report: Mets clubhouse manager under gambling investigation

11.05.10 at 7:38 am ET
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Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is under investigation by law enforcement for his role in a gambling ring that included bets on baseball, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Samuels, who was suspended by the Mets last week, is alleged to have bet on games, provided inside information to other gamblers and used his Mets accounts to cover gambling debts. He’s also accused of skimming money on hotel rooms ordered for players and stealing property from the clubhouse.

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Giants decline option on World Series MVP Edgar Renteria

11.05.10 at 7:31 am ET
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Despite winning the World Series MVP award after helping the Giants beat the Rangers in five games, shortstop Edgar Renteria did not get his 2011 option picked up by the team. The Giants chose to pay Renteria a $500,000 buyout instead of locking in to a $9.5 million contract.

Renteria, 34, reportedly is considering retirement after an injury-plagued season. the onetime Red Sox player said Wednesday he would rest for a while before deciding on his future in baseball.

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LeBron James says he wants in at 2012 London Games

11.05.10 at 7:26 am ET
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Heat forward LeBron James said on Thursday that he would “love to be a part” of the 2012 Olympic basketball team at the London Games, The Associated Press reported.

LeBron was part of the 2008 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Beijing, when he played alongside current Miami teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant announced earlier this week that he would like to play on the 2012 team as well.

This would be the third trip to the Olympics for James, who also was a member of the 2004 U.S. team that won the bronze medal in Athens.

Wade said he isn’t close to deciding whether or not he’ll play.

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LEEinks List: When sports and food go bad

11.05.10 at 7:24 am ET
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By now, most people have heard that Randy Moss is not a fan of Tinucci’s Restaurant and Catering, the Minnesota establishment that was invited to cater the Vikings’€™ post-practice meal last Friday. According to a Yahoo! Sports report,  Moss yelled “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog,” in reference to the spread of chicken, pasta, ribs, and other dishes. Gus Tinucci, co-owner of Tinucci’s Restaurant and Catering, confirmed the report to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Moss isn’€™t the first athlete to be part of a controversy involving food. Here, we’ll give you a look at some of the most interesting incidents combining sports and food in recent years. So, as Rex Ryan would say: “Let’€™s go eat a snack!”

10. August 2009: Antonio Cromartie fined for tweet critical of Chargers’ training camp food

During training camp before the 2009 NFL season, the Chargers fined their star cornerback $2,500 for using Twitter to contemplate whether the team’s “nasty food” contributed to the Bolts failing to make it to the Super Bowl in recent years. Though he thought the fine was a bit excessive, Cromartie still had a good laugh over the matter. “It was just me talking about the food and stuff,” he said. “I took it as a joke. But other people took it as a different kind of way.” In response to the incident, teammate and fellow Twitter enthusiast Shawne Merriman commented on his account “And by the way i thought the food was AMAZING today haha yea im a suck up.”

9. August 2006: Lions assistant Joe Cullen suspended after naked drive-through incident

Cullen, then the defensive line coach of the Lions, was suspended by the team after being arrested twice in the same month. The first offense occurred on Aug. 24 when Cullen was arrested for obscene and indecent conduct after driving up to a late-night drive-through window naked. According to the police reports and eyewitness accounts of the Wendy’s restaurant manager, Jim Lett, Cullen was subdued as he pulled up to the window, ordered a combo meal, and then was told to pull over in the restaurant parking lot while his meal was prepared. “He didn’t say a word,” Let told the Detroit Free Press. “I said, ‘Here you go with your food, sir.’ ” The restaurant manager took note of Cullen’s license plate and notified police.

The second incident occurred less than a week later, on Sept. 1, when Cullen was arrested for driving under the influence.

8. April 2007: Pizza-throwing incident in the stands at Fenway Park

A Red Sox fan not only got a beer spilled on his jacket while trying to catch a foul ball, he then got a flying pizza off his shoulder for good measure. NESN’s Jerry Remy had a good time reviewing the tape of the fan throwing the slice of pizza (it turns out it was the continuation of an earlier dispute).

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Isiah Thomas wants another shot with Knicks

11.05.10 at 7:00 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
NBA: Celtics at Thunder, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Despite being coach at Florida International University, Isiah Thomas doesn’t mind letting everyone know he would prefer to be in New York. In an interview with ESPN, Thomas was asked if he thought about eventually replacing 69-year-old Donny Walsh as Knicks president. Thomas replied, “Every single day of the week.”

Thomas had hoped to lure LeBron James to New York but was removed as Knicks president and coach in 2008, two years before James became a free agent. Now, James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Thomas all are in South Florida. “I do find it ironic that we all ended up here in Miami instead of us all ending up in New York,” Thomas said. “But it’s a four-year deal [for James].”

‘™¦ ESPN reported that Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton was being offered to at least one school for $180,000 by an agent when he was transferring from junior college. Newton’s family denies having anything to do with it. Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports writes that this is the way the system works, and, if the story is true, Auburn got a bargain.

‘™¦ Meanwhile, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez got off lightly when the NCAA only said that he was guilty of failing to “monitor” his program instead of something more serious. Bob Wojnowski in the Detroit News writes that Rodriguez still has a long way to go to right the Wolverines ship.

‘™¦ With the Rockets 0-4 and center Yao Ming being coddled due to doctor’s suggestions that his minutes be limited, frustration is building in Houston. In the Houston Chronicle, Richard Justice writes that its time to leave Yao on the floor for more than 6-7 minutes at a time and see what he can do.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 5, 1986, the Bruins fired which coach after an 8-3 loss to the Sabres, replacing him with former Bruins winger Terry O’Reilly?

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