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Fan sues Bengals after incident in stands

12.29.10 at 8:39 am ET
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A Kentucky woman and her husband are suing the Bengals after an incident last year in which two men sitting behind her allegedly fell onto her head and broke her nose. Rebecca and Curtis Dunn charge that the Bengals and Paul Brown Stadium beer vendor Aramark were wrong to continue to serve beer to the two men, who the plaintiffs described as “noticeably intoxicated.”

The incident occurred at a game vs. the Steelers on Sept. 27, 2009. According to the suit, Dunn suffered “catastrophic injuries,” including a broken nose, a broke finger, and a dislodged cap on her tooth. Her medical bills were more than $20,000 and more medical charges are expected.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jenn Sterger misses deadline to file lawsuit vs. Jets

12.29.10 at 7:31 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ It was two years ago Tuesday when Jenn Sterger allegedly received the last inappropriate text message from then-Jets quarterback Brett Favre. New Jersey law dictates that the statute of limitations for workplace sexual harassment claims is two years. Sterger has other strategies she could use, but if she planned to sue the Jets, it would have made sense that she file suit by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the NFL still has not revealed its conclusion following its investigation into the matter, although a decision is expected this week.

‘™¦ The Eagles were upset by the Vikings in Philadelphia Tuesday night. In The Philadelphia Inquirer, Phil Sheridan writes that this is a bad omen for the Eagles. At, Adam Schein writes that Michael Vick isn’t even worthy of second place for MVP, which he gives to Tom Brady, with Matt Cassel as runner-up.

The Heat won for the 15th time in 16 games when they beat the Knicks on Tuesday night. In The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dave Hyde wants to know why coach Erik Spoelstra gets no credit now after the wave of criticism that hit him during the team’s slow start.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 29, 2002, the Red Sox signed which free agent who would become the first player in three-quarters of a century to win a championship with both the Red Sox and Yankees?

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Darryl Sutter steps down as Flames GM

12.29.10 at 6:55 am ET
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Flames general manager Darryl Sutter resigned Tuesday, with the team struggling to a 16-18-3 record. Assistant GM Jay Feaster was promoted to acting GM and will receive assistance from Sutter in transitioning into his new role.

“[Sutter] was the leader that ignited a renaissance of Flames hockey, moving us from a non-playoff team to an organization that was viewed as a respected and popular contender each year,” team president Ken King said in a statement.

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Joe Paterno: Retirement rumors ‘ridiculous’

12.29.10 at 6:48 am ET
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno, speaking during a news conference Tuesday at the Outback Bowl, called rumors of his retirement “ridiculous.” Paterno, 84, is wrapping up his 45th season as Nittany Lions coach by leading the team against Florida on New Year’s Day.

“People think I’m going to quit this year or next year. I haven’t even thought of it,” he said. “I honest to goodness have not thought of it.

“The situation around me is very stable. The athletic director was a kid that I recruited as a walk-on, the coaches have been with me … the [school] president has been with us now maybe 14, 15 years. We have a lot of fun together. I don’t see any reason to get out. … I feel great.”

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Top stories of 2010, No. 4: Red Sox’ signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford

12.28.10 at 8:08 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. 4: The Red Sox‘ signings of free agents Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

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

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

For Red Sox fans, the first 11 months of the year provided few things to be thankful for. General manager Theo Epstein‘€™s decision to focus on pitching and defense left the team with few positive results to show for it.

A third-place finish in a season affected by injuries left Red Sox fans in need of a free agency fix to bring hope for the 2011 season. After Victor Martinez was plucked away by the Tigers two days before Turkey Day, Red Sox fans sat at the Thanksgiving table struggling to find something to give thanks for.

Less than two weeks later, the holiday cheer came early, when two of the game’s stars donned Red Sox uniforms. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez‘€™ journeys to Yawkey Way left the Red Sox as the consensus free agency winners and new favorites in the American League East.

The Red Sox entered the offseason with plenty of options to build their 2011 roster. Many experts expected the team to make a run at one of the elite free agent left fielders in Crawford or Jayson Werth, but other potential moves were a huge question mark. Would the Red Sox re-sign middle of the lineup stalwarts Martinez and Adrian Beltre, attempt to trade for more pitching or finally pull the trigger on a deal for Gonzalez?

By late November things looked bleak. Martinez’€™ decision to take a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers left the club missing one of its only consistent bats in the middle of the order. In just over a year of games in a Red Sox uniform, Martinez posted hit .312 with 28 home runs and 120 RBIs.  His loss also meant the Red Sox would rely on a combination of a young, unproven Jarrod Saltalamacchia and aging veteran Jason Varitek or another catcher to fill a slot in the weakened Red Sox lineup.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family silences rumors about Penn State coach retiring

12.28.10 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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‘™¦ Joe Paterno is under contract for one more season at Penn State and has offered no indications that he plans to quit before then. However, as has been the case the past few years, there have been rumors indicating that he would retire after coaching his team in the Outback Bowl and completing his 45th season on the sideline. His family did not take well to those reports.

“Who started the crazy rumors?” wife Sue Paterno told on Monday. “He’s fine. No one has to identify who starts it. We don’t even know where it starts. … It’s just lies.”

Said daughter Mary Kay Hort to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Everybody’s been saying he’s going to retire. Someday, somebody might get it right.”

‘™¦ Ben Roethlisberger may have served his NFL suspension, but he’s not out of trouble with the courts yet. The Las Vegas Sun has an update on the civil suit against him in Nevada, where it was sent to the state’s highest court.

‘™¦ The Bobcats won their first game under new coach Paul Silas. In The Charlotte Observer, Scott Fowler writes that the former Celtic showed he still knew what he was doing despite 5 1/2 years away from an NBA bench.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 28, 1963, which Red Sox player was named winner of the Comeback Player of the Year award after amassing 42 home runs and 188 RBIs?

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Former Harvard star Jeremy Lin headed to D-League

12.28.10 at 7:20 am ET
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Former Harvard men’s basketball star Jeremy Lin has hit a road bump in his young NBA career. According to reports, the Warriors are sending the rookie guard to their NBA Development League team in Reno in order to get Lin some playing time. Lin has played in 17 of the Warriors’ first 19 games, averaging 1.9 points per game.

“I’m just going to get some playing time, some experience and continue to develop,” Lin told the San Jose Mercury News. “There is no substitute for playing in actual games. Obviously, I’d love to stay with the team, but I’m going to be able to get a lot of playing time. It’s not the end of the world, and I can learn and grow a lot as a player.”

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LeBron James backs away from contraction talk

12.28.10 at 1:28 am ET
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In an attempt to clarify remarks that the NBA had become “watered down” since the early 1980s by expansion, Heat star LeBron James said that he was not implying that the Timberwolves or Nets should be contracted.

“[I] didn’t say let’s abandon the Nets and not let them move to Brooklyn, or let’s tear down the Target Center in Minnesota. I never said that. Never said that, all right,” James told reporters on Monday.

James had suggested last week that the NBA would be more interesting with players such as Timberwolves center Kevin Love or Nets players Brook Lopez and Devin Harris on other teams.

“Just imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesota and add him to another team,” James told reporters. “Or, looking at some of the teams that’s not that great, you take Brook Lopez or Devin Harris off these teams that’s not that good right now and add them to a team that could be really good. I’m not saying let’s take New Jersey, let’s take Minnesota out of the league. But, hey, you guys are not stupid. I’m not stupid. I know what would be great for the league.”
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Garrett Wittels, owner of 56-game hit streak, charged with rape

12.27.10 at 3:25 pm ET
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The Miami Herald is reporting that Florida International University baseball star Garrett Wittels and two other men were charged with the rape of two 17-year-old girls in the Bahamas. The incident reportedly took place on Dec. 20 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Paradise Island. Wittels and the two men were released on $10,000 bond after a court hearing Thursday.

Wittels is the owner of the second-longest hit streak in NCAA history, having hit safely in 56 straight games through FIU’s 2010 season. The 20-year-old enters the ’11 season (which starts on Feb. 18) two games shy of Robin Ventura’s record, set in 1987.

When contacted by the Miami Herald, Michael Wittels, the father of Garrett, said, “Anyone can accuse anyone of anything at any time. He’s not doing well, obviously. He’s blown away. He’s devastated that someone would accuse him of this.” The elder Wittels insisted to the newspaper that his son would be vindicated.

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Seton Hall basketball star recovering after being shot in robbery

12.27.10 at 8:03 am ET
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Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell was recovering at home Sunday after being shot Christmas night by someone who tried to rob him, according to a school official. Hazell was shot under his right arm, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, school athletics spokesman Matt Sweeney said.

Hazell, a preseason honorable mention All-American, played only three games this season before injuring his wrist. He had wrist surgery Dec. 2.

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