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Fitness legend Jack LaLanne dead at 96

01.24.11 at 6:27 am ET
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Fitness guru Jack LaLanne died Sunday of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in central California, his longtime agent said.

“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for,” Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne’s wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.

LaLanne had a television show from the 1950s to the 1970s in which he demonstrated exercises using no special equipment. He continued to be an inspiration to Americans until his death. He founded a chain of fitness studios and late in his life he promoted Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer.

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Source: Red Sox didn’t view Mike Napoli as a full-time catcher

01.23.11 at 10:25 am ET
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox weren’€™t interested in dealing for catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli after they acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The Sox, who had claimed Napoli off waivers in August, viewed the 29-year-old more of first baseman and third catcher than full-time backstop.

Napoli was dealt to the Blue Jays Friday night along with outfielder Juan Rivera in exchange for outfielder Vernon Wells. Napoli is in his third offseason of being arbitration-eligible, and will be eligible for free agency following the 2011 season. In 140 games he hit .238 with 26 home runs, playing 70 games at first base and 66 behind the plate.

Despite the fact Wells is owned $86 million over the next four seasons ($23 million, and $21 million each season after that through ‘€™14), the Blue Jays weren’€™t forced to send any money to the Angels in the deal.

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Report: Blue Jays send Vernon Wells to Angels for Mike Napoli

01.21.11 at 6:23 pm ET
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According to FoxSports.com, the Angels have agreed to deal catcher Mike Napoli. While the return is as yet unknown, the deal remains unofficial until the players involved take physicals.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Blue Jays will be sending outfielder Vernon Wells to the Angels in the deal, which will feature additional players beyond Napoli and Wells.

Wells is viewed as having one of the most onerous contracts in the majors. He is playing under a seven-year, $126 million deal that has four years and $86 million remaining. In 2010, he hit .273/.331/.515/.847 with 31 homers and 88 RBI, his most homers since 2006. The performance earned him his third career All-Star berth, and his first since 2006. He also has three Gold Gloves, and seems likely to be used as the center fielder for the Angels.

Even so, the 32-year-old’s production was considered disappointing to the Blue Jays after he agreed to the extension in the 2006-07 offseason, one year before he was eligible for free agency. The fifth overall pick of the 1997 draft has a career .280/.329/.475/.804 line, and never emerged into the superstar that the Jays anticipated when they signed him.

Napoli, 29, hit .238/.316/.468/.784 with 26 homers in 140 games split between catcher and first base for the Angels last year. The 2010 season was the third straight in which he’d hit 20 or more homers. The Sox placed a waiver claim on Napoli when the Angels put him on August waivers last season, but the Halos pulled him back when the two sides did not strike a deal. Napoli’s career highlight with the Angels, meanwhile, likely came against the Sox, when he crushed two homers against Josh Beckett in Game 3 of the 2009 American League Division Series.

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Bart Scott leaves quite an impression on Hulk Hogan

01.21.11 at 3:27 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, Bart Scott’s rant following his Jets’ win over the Patriots last Sunday caught the attention of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

“I knew when Bart looked down the barrel of the camera he believed in himself and in what he was saying,” the 57-year-old Hogan told ESPN. “And that makes him a real dangerous man.”

Ironically, Scott idolized Hogan while growing up in Detroit, emulating his moves and mannerisms.

“It was like one of my mid-’80s promos, and all that was missing were a few ‘What are you gonna dos?’ and some lightning bolts in there,” Hogan said. “It was right on the money. I think it’s cool that [Scott] is stepping up and showboating it a bit, because it’s about personality and entertaining people, too.

“I could tell Bart had been watching wrestling, and it’s pretty cool because a lot of these guys are afraid to step outside the box. … Sometimes when you say stuff you believe it and it happens.”

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Dick Jauron reportedly will be Browns defensive coordinator

01.21.11 at 1:17 pm ET
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Massachusetts native Dick Jauron is set to become the defensive coordinator for the Browns under new head coach Pat Shurmur, according to a Sports Illustrated report. The 60-year-old Jauron, who has been a head coach for three NFL teams, last season served as Eagles secondary coach. In Cleveland he would replace Rob Ryan, who was not retained by Shurmur.

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Report: Bills set to hire Dave Wannstedt as assistant head coach

01.21.11 at 1:13 pm ET
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Dave Wannstedt, forced out as University of Pittsburgh coach last month, on Friday was close to a deal that would make him assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the Bills under second-year coach Chan Gailey according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The two coaches have worked together before. When he was named head coach of the Dolphins in 2000, Wannstedt hired Gailey as his offensive coordinator.

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Court rules against Mike Leach in suit vs. Texas Tech

01.21.11 at 11:32 am ET
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A Texas appeals court on Friday threw out Mike Leach‘s breach of contract claim against Texas Tech for his 2009 dismissal as football coach. Leach was fired on Dec. 30, 2009, after he was accused of mistreating a player who was recovering from a concussion.

Leach’s attorney indicated he will appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.

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Report: Johnny Damon close to deal with Rays

01.21.11 at 9:53 am ET
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Johnny Damon and the Rays are closing in on a deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Brown says there is still some work to be done, though.

Damon hit .271 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs and 81 runs scored in 145 games with the Tigers last season. He made just 36 starts in the outfield, as the bulk of his time came as the team’s designated hitter.

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Brandon Jennings out, DeMar DeRozan in for dunk contest

01.21.11 at 8:57 am ET
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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will replace injured Bucks guard Brandon Jennings in the NBA slam dunk contest, according to The Associated Press.

The 6-foot-1 Jennings was a surprise pick to begin with. He is not known as a dunker and he has been out since Dec. 20 following surgery on his left foot.

DeRozan finished second in last year’s contest behind Nate Robinson. He joins the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, the Wizards’ JaVale McGee and the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka in this year’s event.

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Matt Cassel replaces Tom Brady on Pro Bowl squad

01.21.11 at 8:19 am ET
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Matt Cassel will once again be filling in for an injured Tom Brady, this time on the AFC Pro Bowl team. Brady’s stress fracture and subsequent foot surgery opened the door for the Chiefs quarterback to get picked for the team.

Cassel led the Patriots to an 11-5 record in 2008 after Brady went down in the first quarter of the season opener. This season, he threw for 3,116 yards, a career-high 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions to lead the Chiefs to their first AFC West title since 2003.

“It’s a huge honor,” Cassel told The Associated Press. “Being in the league for the last six years, you see the Pro Bowlers going and you go, ‘Gosh, hopefully one day I can get there.’ I’m really excited.”

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