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Colts release safety Bob Sanders

02.18.11 at 1:09 pm ET
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The Colts have released injury-prone safety Bob Sanders, team owner Jim Irsay announced on Twitter.

Sanders was a Pro Bowler in 2005 and 2007 and the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 2007, but he has played just nine regular season games over the last three seasons due to a variety of injuries.

The move was expected, according to The Associated Press.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony expected to meet with Nets and Knicks this weekend

02.18.11 at 8:52 am ET
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Carmelo Anthony is expected to meet face-to-face with both Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov this weekend in Los Angeles, according to the New York Daily News.

The article said this is expected to be the final step before the Nuggets trade Anthony to either the Knicks or Nets. Anthony has said publicly that the Knicks are his top choice.

The Daily News reported Tuesday that the Nuggets would likely ask the Knicks for forward Danilo Gallinari, point guard Raymond Felton, another starter and a first-round pick in return for Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups.

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Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera arrested for DUI in Florida

02.18.11 at 8:51 am ET
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Tigers star first baseman Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday night on suspicion of drunken driving in Florida, according to The Associated Press.

According to the AP, a deputy spotted Cabrera in a car with a smoking engine alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Police said Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a drink from a bottle of scotch in front of the deputy. He refused to cooperate with police and reportedly kept saying, “Do you know who I am?”

Cabrera has had drinking problems in the past. Late in the 2009 season, police said Cabrera got into a fight with his wife after a night of drinking. Cabrera underwent counseling during that offseason and told reporters in spring training last year that he was done drinking.

This latest incident has teammates concerned.

“As hard as we work in this game, and everybody wants to win, there’s obviously things that are more important in life. … That’s one thing that I know Miguel knows – that he has a family here,” teammate and close friend Alex Avila said. “Millions of people have problems with alcohol throughout the entire world. It’s not something that can’t be overcome. It’s something that can be overcome, but you need a lot of help.”

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hospitalized with ulcer

02.18.11 at 8:03 am ET
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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was diagnosed with a small ulcer that caused gastrointestinal bleeding, and he remained in a Chicago hospital Thursday. The team said Quenneville was expected to be released in the next few days and make a full recovery, and that the coach’s doctor blamed aspirin for the problem.

Assistant coach Mike Haviland said Quenneville “was in really good spirits” when they spoke after Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Minnesota.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alabama fan arrested for Auburn tree poisoning

02.18.11 at 7:40 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 Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

SATURDAY:
No games scheduled

SUNDAY:
NBA: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A University of Alabama fan was arrested early Thursday for the poisoning of trees where Auburn fans celebrate big wins. Harvey Updyke Jr., 62, was charged with one count of criminal mischief after making two phone calls ‘€” including one to a local sports radio talk show ‘€” claiming responsibility. However, he told police he did not actually commit the crime.

Stephen Enloe, an assistant professor of agronomy and soil at Auburn, said consultation with experts around the country indicated that there was “a very low probability” that the trees will survive because of the concentration of the herbicide (Spike 80DF) found in the soil.

“I have celebrated many times with friends, family, with the undergraduates after Auburn victories,” Enloe said. “And it’s just an incredible travesty to see this kind of malicious act occur and it breaks my heart to see somebody so willfully destroy such an incredible cultural landmark for the city of Auburn, for Auburn University.”

According to a report in the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register, Updyke’s family said the suspect’s grandchildren had to be pulled out of school because they are receiving death threats.

‘™¦ A high school wrestler in Iowa defaulted in his opening-round match of the state tournament rather than face a girl. Home-schooled Joel Northrup, wrestling for Linn-Marr, said it was “a matter of conscience and faith” to pass on the 112-pound match, allowing Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman to become the first wrestler in state tournament history to record a win.

‘™¦ White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle admitted recently that, as an animal rights advocate (despite being an avid hunter), he wished Michael Vick would get hurt when the Eagles quarterback was playing this past season. He refused to back down from that statement upon his arrival at spring training Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the Wake of Vick’s cancellation of an interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” FanHouse‘s Kevin Blackistone calls it a poor decision, but Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan writes that Vick was right to avoid an unnecessary risk.

‘™¦ Mets owner Fred Wilpon met the media at spring training in Port St. Lucie., Fla., and insisted his family “will be vindicated” when the truth comes out about the Bernie Madoff scandal.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 18, 1985, which Celtic set a team record with nine steals in a game vs. the Jazz?

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Live chat with Jason Wolfe

02.18.11 at 7:26 am ET
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Earlier in the week WEEI announced a change to its afternoon drive-time show, as Michael Holley was named co-host of “The Big Show.” The revamped program with Holley and Glenn Ordway will debut on Feb.  28. Jason Wolfe, VP of Programming for WEEI and WRKO will be conducting a live chat starting at noon Friday, answering any and all questions surrounding the changes at WEEI. To join, click below:

Jason Wolfe Live Chat

Breakers announce 2011 WPS schedule

02.17.11 at 9:56 pm ET
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The Boston Breakers released their 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer schedule Thursday, featuring seven games that will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

The Breakers open the season April 9 at Atlanta. Their first home game is April 17 against the expansion Western New York Flash at Harvard Stadium, the Breakers’ home field again this season.

Here is the entire schedule:

Saturday, April 9, at Atlanta Beat, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, vs. Western New York Flash, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Saturday, April 23, at magicTalk SC, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, vs. Sky Blue FC, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Sunday, May 8, at Philadelphia Independence, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Friday, May 13, at Western New York Flash, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22, vs. Philadelphia Independence, 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, at Sky Blue FC, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 5, vs. magicTalk SC, TBA (FSC)
Sunday, June 12, at Sky Blue FC, 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 19, at Atlanta Beat, TBA (FSC)
Sunday, July 10, vs. Atlanta Beat, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Sunday, July 24, vs. Western New York Flash, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Wednesday, July 27, vs. Philadelphia Independence, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, at magicTalk SC, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Western New York Flash, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6, vs. magicTalk SC, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14, vs. Sky Blue FC, 4 p.m.

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Report: Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay out four weeks

02.17.11 at 8:37 am ET
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The Grizzlies are expected to be without star forward Rudy Gay for at least the next four weeks due to a left shoulder injury.

Gay sustained the injury in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s game with the 76ers which Memphis won 102-91.

On Wednesday, Gay underwent an MRI that revealed a partial dislocation of the left shoulder.  The team announced Gay will begin rehab in one week and then his injury will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Gay’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Grizzlies as they are battling for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference and will now have to look for point production elsewhere as they look to extend their current four-game win streak.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick cancels appearance on ‘Oprah’

02.17.11 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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 THURSDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Michael Vick pulled out of a scheduled interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” without explanation Tuesday night. The Eagles quarterback said in a statement: “I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future.”

Winfrey had made an on-air bet with CNN talk show host Piers Morgan for $300 over which show would land Vick first. Last week, Winfrey said she was withdrawing from the bet, as apparently Vick’s representatives were uncomfortable with the player being even remotely connected to gambling following his dog-fighting prosecution in 2007. Vick was expected to talk about that, along with his time in prison, before canceling.

‘™¦ With the Cardinals and Albert Pujols failing to reach an agreement on a contract extension before Pujols’ Wednesday deadline, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell calls the team’s decision one of the riskiest gambles in baseball. At Sports Illustrated, Jon Heyman writes that it’s a rare misstep for Pujols.

‘™¦ Historic oak trees in the Toomer’s Corner area of Auburn University have been poisoned and are dying. Federal authorities are investigating. At FanHouse, Clay Travis suspects an Alabama fan is to blame ‘€” a sports radio caller claimed responsibility late last month ‘€” and he writes about the passion of football fans in that state.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 17, 1972, which player recorded his 250th goal as a member of the Bruins?

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Bobcats remove interim tag from Paul Silas

02.16.11 at 1:02 pm ET
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Paul Silas, who had been serving as interim coach since Larry Brown‘s departure on Dec. 22, was given a one-year extension that will keep him with the Bobcats through the 2011-12 season. Charlotte is 15-13 under Silas, including wins over the Celtics and Lakers.

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