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Hornets guard Jarrett Jack arrested for DUI

02.21.11 at 2:18 pm ET
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Hornets backup point guard Jarrett Jack was arrested early Sunday and charged with drunken driving, according to police in Snellville, Ga. The former Georgia Tech star failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over for speeding. He was released from jail Sunday night.

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NFL, union talk for more than 20 hours over weekend

02.21.11 at 10:50 am ET
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The NFL and the players’ union met before a federal mediator for about eight hours Sunday, according to The Associated Press. It was the third straight day the two sides had talked for six hours or more.

The talks over the weekend came after months of sparse negotiations. The two sides had gone more than two months without meeting before Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl. They met again the next week, but it didn’t go well and they canceled another meeting scheduled for the next day.

Neither side had much to say after Sunday’s meeting because they are abiding by mediator George Cohen‘s request that they not publicly comment on the negotiations.

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Minor league hockey coach rips off shirt and tie during tirade

02.21.11 at 9:41 am ET
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You know that scene in “Slap Shot” when Ned Braden strips down to his jock strap during a brawl? Well, Colorado Eagles assistant coach Greg Pankewicz decided to re-enact that scene Saturday night, although he thankfully didn’t go quite as far as Braden.

In the third period of a 5-1 Central Hockey League win over the Mississippi River Kings, Pankewicz became irate when linesman Chris Wilson tackled Eagles player Joe Grimaldi during a fight, according to the Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald. Pankewicz began yelling at the official and apparently wasn’t satisfied with the explanation he got.

He proceeded to rip off his shirt, tie and undershirt and chuck them onto the ice along with his shoes in a display that will surely earn him a spot in the pantheon of great coaching tirades.

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Report: Knicks closing in on deal for Carmelo Anthony

02.21.11 at 8:59 am ET
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The Nuggets and Knicks are working on the final details of a deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to New York, according to the Denver Post.

The paper cites league sources in saying the latest proposal would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and either Anthony Carter or Renaldo Balkman to the Knicks in return for Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and Eddy Curry.

The Nuggets have also been in talks with the Nets, but the Post says Anthony going to New Jersey is less likely because Anthony hasn’t said he would sign a contract extension with the Nets. He has indicated he would sign an extension with the Knicks.

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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov: ‘Fantastic’ meeting with Carmelo Anthony

02.21.11 at 7:45 am ET
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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov told CNBC Sunday that he had a “fantastic” meeting with Carmelo Anthony at NBA All-Star Weekend, as the Nets and Knicks make a push for the Nuggets star.

“I was just listening,” Anthony said of the meeting. “I didn’t give anybody a definitive answer. It was a good meeting to have. I’m not going to talk about the selling points and all that stuff. It was interesting. It’s hard for me to sit here and talk about what the Nets can do, because I’m not in a Nets uniform.”

Prokhorov indicated that at the very least, he forced the Knicks to up their offer, which he termed “a very good tactical decision.”

Meanwhile, the Knicks denied speculation that owner James Dolan was receiving advisement from Isiah Thomas.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Dave Duerson feared CTE before suicide

02.21.11 at 7:19 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ More details have emerged about former Bears safety Dave Duerson‘s death Thursday at his home in Florida. A four-time Pro Bowler who played in the 1980s and early ’90s, Duerson killed himself via a gunshot to the chest, apparently so that his brain could be preserved and examined. The 50-year-old sent text messages for family members indicating he thought he might be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an incurable disease linked to depression, impaired impulse control and cognitive decline. Duerson’s brain will be examined at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

‘™¦ Following last week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame controversy, the Basketball Hall of Fame has been coming under fire for its secrecy and failure to explain its decision-making that leaves greats such as Reggie Miller off the list of this year’s finalists. In the San Jose Mercury News, Tim Kawakami takes the Hall to task. In The Indianapolis Star, Bob Kravitz can’t understand how Miller did not make a list that includes less accomplished players Ralph Sampson, Maurice Cheeks and Jamaal Wilkes.

‘™¦ With the top four ranked NCAA basketball teams losing this past week, Blair Kerkhoff in The Kansas City Star looks at the lack of a dominant team or two and how this year’s NCAA tournament should be wide open.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 21, 1984, which Bruin recorded his 350th career NHL goal in a 5-2 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver?

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Lions reportedly forfeit pick due to tampering

02.18.11 at 2:01 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jason LaCanfora, the Lions were found guilty of tampering by the NFL and will forfeit a seventh-round draft pick. In addition, they will swap fifth-round pick with the Chiefs, the team that charged them.

The charge stems from Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham saying that he wanted players from Kansas City on Detroit’s roster.

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Former Bears safety Dave Duerson dead at 50

02.18.11 at 1:56 pm ET
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Dave Duerson, who was a safety on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team, was found dead in his Miami home Thursday night. He was 50.

A third-round pick from Notre Dame, Duerson played 11 seasons in the NFL. After leaving the Bears in 1989, he won a Super Bowl with the Giants the following season and then played his final three years with the Cardinals.

After a failed business venture and the loss of his home to foreclosure in 2007, Duerson moved to Florida and had been serving as a consultant and hosting an Internet radio show. He broadcast his final show Thursday.

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Report: Nets, Nuggets have deal pending Carmelo Anthony’s approval

02.18.11 at 1:15 pm ET
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According to a report in The Bergen Record, the Nets have a deal in place to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, assuming Anthony agrees to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension.

in addition to Anthony, the Nets would get Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman. The Nuggets would acquire Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks.

The Nets reportedly will meet with Anthony in Los Angeles over All-Star Weekend to discuss the deal.

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Outfielder Jim Edmonds retires from baseball

02.18.11 at 1:09 pm ET
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Jim Edmonds announced in a statement Friday that he has decided to retire from baseball. The 40-year-old center fielder had agreed to a one-year, non-roster contract with the Cardinals and was due in camp Friday, but an injury to his right foot has not healed as expected.

In the statement, Edmonds said that after talking to Cardinals team physician Dr. George Paletta “and a number of doctors about the potential risk of future permanent damage, I have decided to retire. Although I feel I can still play and contribute, the risk of permanent injury is too much for me to chance.

“As much as I regret this announcement, I feel that it is for the best.”

Edmonds played for the Angels from 1993-99 before joining the Cardinals for eight seasons. He has spent time with the Padres, Cubs, Brewers and Reds over the last three years. He finishes his career with a .284 batting average, 393 home runs, four All-Star appearance and eight Gold Gloves.

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