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Report: Yankees GM plans trip to Arkansas to meet with Cliff Lee

11.10.10 at 10:20 am ET
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According to a item on the New York Post website, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will fly to Arkansas on Wednesday to meet with free agent pitcher Cliff Lee. The Yankees already contacted Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, Sunday night to express their interest in the left-handed ace.

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Report: NHL considers having captains select All-Stars

11.10.10 at 10:09 am ET
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NHL executive Brendan Shanahan presented an idea to GMs on Tuesday for a new All-Star Game format. Though Shanahan was reluctant to discuss the idea with the media, saying a formal announcement would be made soon, The Canadian Press reported that two captains will choose players from either conference to make up the teams for the 2011 game in Carolina. Fan balloting would still select the starters, and the captains would then pick the rest of the players from a pool assembled by the league’s hockey operations department.

“We’ve worked for a little while now on this idea, this concept, closely with the NHLPA,” Shanahan said. “They like the idea. Some of the players that they’ve talked to ‘€” potential All-Stars ‘€” they seem sort of excited and energized by it.”

An NHLPA spokesman said the organization has been working closely with the league to “revamp” All-Star weekend, and is looking forward to announcing the details soon. “We know what it is and we know what it’s not,” Shanahan said. “It’s an entertaining, fun game. Fans like to be entertained by the players showing their competitive spirit with a big smile on their face. It’s not  Stanley Cup final, it’s not an Olympic Games. It’s never going to be that.”

The expectation is that the teams will be determined during a live television event at the start of All-Star weekend.

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Former Bulls guard Quintin Dailey dead at 49

11.10.10 at 8:41 am ET
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Quintin Dailey, a former University of San Francisco All-American and Bulls first-round draft pick, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Monday. According to a Clark County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman, Dailey died naturally of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was 49.

At USF. Dailey became one of the best offensive players in Dons history, scoring 1,841 points in three years before the Bulls chose him with the seventh overall pick of the 1982 draft. Dailey spent four of his 10 NBA seasons with the Bulls, averaging 16.4 ppg in 272 career games. He then went on to play for the Clippers and SuperSonics.

Dailey’s NBA career, as well as his time at USF, was punctuated by off-court controversies. He was charged in February of 1982 with attempted assault with intent to rape a USF nursing student and received three years probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. The other charger were dropped. Dailey also reportedly twice violated the NBA’s drug policy for cocaine use, and admitted to being paid for work he didn’t do while a USF. These incidents helped persuade USF to shut down its once-storied basketball program in 1982. The program was resurrected again in 1986.

After retiring in 1992, Dailey settled in Las Vegas. He worked as a youth supervisor for at-risk kids with the Clark County Park and Recreations Department and officiated youth basketball games. Dailey is survived by his daughter, Quinci, and son Quintin Jr., a basketball player at Eastern Michigan.

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Yankees tell Jorge Posada he will be their designated hitter

11.10.10 at 8:39 am ET
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According to New York Post, the Yankees have told Jorge Posada that he will be their full-time designated hitter for the 2011 season. The reports states that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Posada in Manhattan this week to inform the 39-year-old that Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine will be competing for playing time at the catching position. Posada will have surgery Wednesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. To read the entire report click here.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Amar’e Stoudemire in tiff with Bucks

11.10.10 at 7:43 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Last week, it was Kevin Garnett who was engaged in some heated discussions with Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Tuesday night, Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire took his turn. Stoudemire objected to what he felt was an intentional elbow from Bogut during the Bucks’ 107-80 blowout win. After receiving a technical foul for taunting Bogut, Stoudemire took his argument to the Bucks bench, engaging in a back-and-forth with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles. “I think they might have amped [Bogut] up to play very physical out there,” Stoudemire explained, adding: “It’s a team effort, so I’m going after the whole team.” Stoudemire, perhaps not coincidentally, was the player who gave Bogut a nudge last year on a dunk, causing Bogut to lose his balance and fall, breaking his elbow and wrist.

Here’s video of some of the dust-up.

‘™¦ With the accusations against Auburn quarterback Cam Newton gaining steam, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel writes that the Heisman Trophy favorite needs to come out and deny the charges if he’s innocent.

‘™¦ With Derek Jeter winning another Gold Glove on Tuesday and sparking the annual debate about the selection process, John Harper at the New York Daily News writes that it’s time to make changes.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 10, 2002, who turned down the Red Sox‘ general manager job after initially accepting it, paving the way for Theo Epstein to take over and lead the Sox to the 2004 World Series title?

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Report: Auburn’s Cam Newton admitted pay-for-play plan

11.10.10 at 6:31 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father admitted in phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited last year.

Another source said the current Heisman Trophy favorite called another recruiter to say that his father, Cecil Newton, chose Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”

Cecil Newton denied comment Tuesday night but told the allegations are a “witch hunt.”

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Free agent Carl Crawford ‘just kind of waiting’

11.09.10 at 10:19 pm ET
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Free agent outfielder Carl Crawford, who on Tuesday became the first American League left fielder since Rickey Henderson in 1981 to win a Gold Glove, told reporters on the conference call to discuss the award that there was little to report in terms of his talks with suitors.

‘€œJust kind of waiting around to see what happens,’€ he told reporters (as relayed by the Tampa Tribune). ‘€œMy agent hasn’€™t told me anything yet, so we’€™re not rushing. We’€™re just kind of sitting back waiting.’€

Crawford is expected to be pursued by several clubs, including the Red Sox and Angels. (Jon Heyman of reported via Twitter that the Sox have expressed interest in Crawford.) While the Yankees feel that their current offensive and defensive outfield alignment offers more than adequate production, it is possible that New York could make a play for Crawford, especially if they fail to land pitcher Cliff Lee.

Crawford hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with a career-high 19 homers and 90 RBI this year.

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Ex-Patriots Wheatley, McKenzie land with new clubs

11.09.10 at 9:40 pm ET
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A pair of ex-Patriots have landed in new destinations.

Cornerback Terrence Wheatley, who was waived on Saturday, was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2008 second-rounder was inactive for six games this season, and started just one game in his Patriots career.

Meanwhile, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a 2009 third-rounder who was released from the practice squad this weekend, joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Boston Globe reported.

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Report: Six teams inquire on Victor Martinez

11.09.10 at 9:20 pm ET
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According to the Boston Globe, six teams (including the Red Sox) have expressed interest in free agent catcher Victor Martinez. The 31-year-old (who turns 32 next month) is a free agent for the first time in his career. While he said on numerous occasions this season that he would be happy to return to the Red Sox, he also made clear that he was looking for more than the two years that the Sox offered during the season.

Martinez, a four-time All-Star, hit .302/.351/.493/.844 with 20 homers in 2010, despite missing a month due to a broken left thumb. Questions about whether he can remain at catcher for the long-term hover over the kind of contract that he will be offered in free agency.

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Falcons receiver Roddy White says he will play despite injury

11.09.10 at 6:18 pm ET
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Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said Tuesday that he will play Thursday night against the Ravens, despite a knee injury. White sustained a bruised right knee in the second quarter of the Falcons 27-21 win over the Buccaneers Sunday.

He did not practice Monday or Tuesday, but did not show any signs of a limp in the locker room Tuesday. The Falcons leading receiver, left the game twice due to the injury, before finishing out the game with four receptions for 49 yards.

“I came down kind of funny,” White told NFL.Com.  “[The medical staff] did some good things for me, put my brace and just see if I can go. I went out there and didn’t feel much pain, so I kept going.”

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