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Rumor: Carmelo Anthony pushes for deal to New York or Chicago

09.22.10 at 10:11 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has the Knicks at the top of his list of targeted destinations, with the Bulls a close second. The report indicates that Anthony’s representatives have been pressuring the Nuggets over the last three days to get a deal done with the Knicks or Bulls before training camps open next week. The Nets and Rockets also are reported possibilities. Denver is rumored to have finally started listening to offers while at the same time holding out hope that Anthony will change his mind about wanting to leave.

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Jets to dress but not start Braylon Edwards

09.22.10 at 10:04 am ET
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Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards will play this Sunday against the Dolphins, despite his arrest for DUI early Tuesday morning. General manager Mike Tannanbaum spoke with both team owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan before making the decision that Edwards will dress but not start the game.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed with Braylon’s actions,” Tannenbaum said. “We take player conduct very seriously here.”

Edwards was arraigned on drunken-driving charges after a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit after he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side around 5 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Due to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Jets had few options in terms of discipline. Any punishment that the team placed on Edwards, other than what the NFL eventually decides, would violate the CBA. That means the Jets could not suspend or deactivate him without risking a violation. Keeping him active but not playing him could also be perceived as punishment, also a violation.

Last Sunday against the Patriots, Edwards had five catches for 45 yards, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

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Report: Brian Scalabrine signs with Bulls

09.22.10 at 10:02 am ET
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After five seasons with the Celtics, Brian Scalabrine has agreed to a contract with the Bulls, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. In Chicago, Scalabrine would be reunited with Tom Thibodeau, the former C’s assistant who is now the Bulls head coach.

Scalabrine, 32, has averaged 3.3 points per game in nine NBA seasons (his first four in New Jersey). His best season with Boston was 2006-07, when he averaged 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. He averaged just nine minutes in 52 games last season, scoring 1.5 points.

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Report: Kevin Towers to become Diamondbacks GM

09.22.10 at 8:46 am ET
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According to SI.com, former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers will be named the GM for the Arizona Diamondbacks later Wednesday. Towers is expected to sign a two-year deal. The Diamondbacks’ interim general manager, Jerry DiPoto (who was the other finalist), will be asked to stay on with Arizona. Towers spent 14 seasons as the GM for the Padres, making the playoffs four times. He spent this season as a consultant for the Yankees.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jerry Manuel fires back at Joe Torre

09.22.10 at 7:24 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)


‘™¦ After learning that outgoing Dodgers manager Joe Torre publicly admitted to having interest in the Mets managerial job that undoubtedly will become open after this season, current Mets manager Jerry Manuel criticized Torre and questioned his integrity. It doesn’t help Manuel that the underachieving Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the same day he blasted the apologetic Torre.

‘™¦ Even in death, George Steinbrenner is controversial. His newly unveiled plaque at Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park is substantially larger than those around it. A number of people have started to complain about that Steinbrenner’s tribute should not dwarf those for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and other Yankees legends.

‘™¦ A Texas man named Kelly Blair, who had sued the authors of a book about Roger Clemens‘ fall from grace, withdrew his $25 million lawsuit after Andy Pettitte‘s father detailed his purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from him.

‘™¦ Patriots fans might be encouraged by Clark Judge‘s story at CBSSports.com in which he writes that NFL teams don’t need a running game to be successful.

‘™¦ USA Today has a piece on how colleges are using mandatory student fees to boost college sports budgets and keeping the details hidden.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, Elizabeth Olson writes about how sports teams are connecting with fans via electronic devices.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 22, 1974, which Red Sox reliever set a team record for strikeouts thrown in relief with 12 in 7 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll be ready to go by spring training. I’ll come back stronger, faster and a better baseball player next spring. You have to take the best out of everything. That’s the way I’m looking at it.” ‘€” Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.32 ‘€” Clay Buchholz‘ ERA in his last four starts vs. the Orioles this season, including Tuesday night’s performance

‘NET RESULTS: Impressive back-heel goal in an indoor soccer game.

Braves outfielder Matt Diaz helps subdue a man in a red bodysuit who ran onto the field in Philadelphia.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joan Jett turns 52 Wednesday.

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Eagles name Michael Vick as starter

09.21.10 at 6:27 pm ET
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Just one day after naming Kevin Kolb as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, Eagles coach Andy Reid reversed his decision Tuesday and named Michael Vick as the starter under center for the Eagles.

Vick has played well in 2010 in relief of Kolb, who suffered a concussion in the first half of a Week 1 loss to the Packers. Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 103 yards in the 27-20 defeat to Green Bay, and had 284 yards passing and two TD tosses in a win at Detroit in Week 2.

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Report: Brandon Jacobs fined 10K for helmet toss

09.21.10 at 4:51 pm ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported the NFL has fined New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the stands during his club’s Sunday night loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Jacobs apologized Tuesday for his actions.

“I want to apologize one more time for accidentally tossing my helmet in the stands,” said Jacobs in a statement issued by the Giants. “It was something that happened because I was frustrated with the game, and I had no business tossing my helmet in the first place, and I am thankful that nobody was hurt.

“I talked to Jerry and Coach Coughlin yesterday,” he said. “Both of them asked to speak with me, I didn’t request a meeting with them. I have not demanded a trade and have no plans to demand a trade. The only demand I am making right now is of myself, to be the best player I can be and to help this team win.”

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Roundup of NFL quarterback controversies

09.21.10 at 12:55 pm ET
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The NFL is only two weeks old, but quarterback controversies already abound. Here’s a roundup:

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback against the Jaguars on Sunday, despite a pair of impressive performances by Michael Vick. Kolb has been cleared to practice after missing the second half of a season-opening loss to Green Bay and Sunday’s win over Detroit because of a concussion. Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 more in a 27-20 loss to the Packers, nearly rallying the Eagles to victory from a 17-point deficit. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs in a 35-32 win over the Lions in his first start in almost four years.

In Pittsburgh, Dennis Dixon tore his lateral meniscus cartilage in Sunday’s 19-11 win over the Titans. It’s possible Dixon will need to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and could miss at least three weeks. With Dixon out, the Steelers re-signed Byron Leftwich two days after they released him to create a roster spot for a defensive lineman. Leftwich hasn’t played since spraining his knee in preseason, but may get the start Sunday at Tampa Bay. Charlie Batch, No. 4 on the depth chart, finished the game after Dixon was injured. With Roethlisberger still out two more weeks with his suspension, Batch is the only healthy quarterback on the Steelers roster. Read the rest of this entry »

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Second lawsuit accuses Shaq of hacking

09.21.10 at 10:26 am ET
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Radar Online has the details of yet another lawsuit accusing Shaquille O’Neal of hacking into someone’s computer. This one was filed by Vanessa Lopez, a woman described as a “former mistress” of O’Neal’s. This suit also involves Shawn Darling, a former Shaq employee, who filed the first lawsuit. Shaq’s attorney told Radar the Darling suit was a “complete and utter fabrication.”

Read the whole sordid details here.

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Notre Dame radio host after Mark Dantonio heart attack: ‘God is going to get you’

09.21.10 at 9:41 am ET
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When referencing what happened in the Notre Dame loss to Michigan St. — in which the Spartans executed a fake field goal in overtime to beat the Fighting Irish — Mike Patrick of 95.3 FM in South Bend, Indiana suggested it was no coincidence Michigan St. head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack following the game.

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