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Peyton Manning has second neck surgery

05.25.11 at 10:55 am ET
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For the second time in 15 months, Peyton Manning had neck surgery. The procedure took place Monday in Chicago and Manning told The Indianapolis Star Tuesday that the procedure was “minimally invasive” and he expects to make “a quick recovery.”

In March of 2010 Manning had neck surgery to try to get rid of problems a pinched nerve had caused for about four years. According to Manning, this procedure was completely different from 2010. He said this surgery was to repair a disk-related issue that has caused discomfort recently.

“There is plenty of time for recovery,” Manning told The Star.

Colts owner Jim Irsay also is not concerned about Manning being out for an extended period of time. “It’s usually a 6-8-week recovery period,” Irsay said. “I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly.”

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Report: Kevin McHale to meet with Rockets about coaching vacancy

05.25.11 at 10:52 am ET
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Kevin McHale will meet with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in Miami on Wednesday to discuss the team’s coaching vacancy. According to Sports Illustrated, McHale is the front-runner among a list of candidates that includes Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank.

McHale currently is an analyst with TNT. McHale previously was an executive with the Timberwolves and coached the team twice. In 2008 he took over when Randy Wittman was fired, and he took over back in 2004 when Flip Saunders was fired. McHale was reluctant to take the two jobs because of the heavy travel schedule.

At least one former player was surprised that McHale still wants to patrol the sidelines. “I’m shocked he’s even interested in coaching,” the unidentified player told SI.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lenny Dykstra tries to spring Dwight Gooden from ‘Celebrity Rehab’

05.25.11 at 7:09 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (Versus)
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 12:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS/Open Cup: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Dwight Gooden said that during a recent taping of the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab,” former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra made a surprise appearance in Gooden’s room and tried to get talk him into leaving the facility.

Explained Gooden: “It was around 10 o’clock and I was getting ready to go to bed. All of the sudden, one of the guys behind the scenes says, ‘Dykstra’s here.’ They tried to get Lenny to sign a waiver, and he didn’t want to do that,” Gooden told the New York Daily News Tuesday. “It was crazy. He was like, ‘Doc, you all right? I don’t like this. I got your bags.’ ”

Gooden, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the mid-1980s, stuck around instead of leaving with Dykstra, who has his own share of problems.

‘™¦ A 27-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday night after falling from a stairwell leading to the center field seats at Colorado’s Coors Field. During the opening game of a doubleheader between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, the man tumbled approximately 20 feet onto concrete. The Rockies refused to discuss the incident but acknowledged an investigation was under way.

‘™¦ Steelers receiver Hines Ward won Season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday, defeating actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the final round.

‘™¦ On the heels of the UConn basketball team losing a scholarship due to a poor Academic Progress Rate, Jeff Jacobs in the Hartford Courant writes that Jim Calhoun‘s program is embarrassing but fixable.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs for which two players?

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Yankees shut down Rafael Soriano

05.24.11 at 5:41 pm ET
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Rafael Soriano was expected to return to the mound this week after being placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury on May 17. However, the right-hander had to stop his Monday bullpen session early, and he had an MRI on Tuesday.

“I’m more concerned now,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought we’d have him getting ready to go on a rehab assignment soon. But that doesn’t seem to be the case now.”

The Yankees made the 31-year-old Soriano the sixth-highest-paid reliever in major league history with a $35 million contract this past winter, but the former Rays closer has responded by surrendering nine runs in just 15 innings. Soriano gave up only 12 runs in all of 2010 with Tampa Bay, when he had 45 saves.

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UConn basketball to lose scholarships for low academic rating

05.24.11 at 5:18 pm ET
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The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team is one of six BCS schools receiving sanctions Tuesday for low marks in the annual Academic Progress Rates report.

“We are all disappointed in our academic performance and going forward we are going to attack this in the only way I know how, and that is to work as hard as possible to get better every day,” coach Jim Calhoun said. “I do know that over the past year, we have made improvements and are moving in the right direction.”

If UConn fails to improve, it could face further sanctions from the NCAA.

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NBPA files charges against NBA

05.24.11 at 5:16 pm ET
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With a 2011-12 lockout looming, the National Basketball Players Association filed charges against the NBA and its 30 teams with the National Labor Relations Board. The NBPA claims the NBA, “has consistently engaged in unfair labor practices over the course of the two parties’ current collective bargaining negotiations.”

The NBA responded with a statement that said in part, “There is no merit to the charge filed today by the Players Association with the National Labor Relations Board, as we have complied ‘€” and will continue to comply ‘€” with all of our obligations under the federal labor laws. It will not distract us from our efforts to negotiate in good faith a new collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association.”

The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on July 1.

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Knicks reportedly interested in Samuel Dalembert

05.24.11 at 2:34 pm ET
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The Knicks struggled to find a center to play alongside power forward Amar’e Stoudemire throughout last season. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix tweets New York is more interested in Sacramento’s Samuel Dalembert or Dallas’ Tyson Chandler than Memphis’ Marc Gasol: “Been told the Knicks aren’t overly interested in Marc Gasol. Not the type of center they’re looking for. Dalembert, Chandler more their type.”

Chandler and Dalembert will be unrestricted free agents, while Gasol is restricted. The Celtics could also be interested in Dalembert.

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More than 1 million hoping for London Olympics 100-meter dash tickets

05.24.11 at 12:44 pm ET
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If they turn around in their seats for too long, they may miss the entire race. But for the estimated 1.8 million people (according to the BBC) who applied for tickets to the 10-second long 100-meter dash at the 2012 London Olympics, just being in the building is enough. Jamaican Usain Bolt, who is expected to return for the 2012 event, set the world record for the race in the 2008 Beijing games, running the 100-meter distance in 9.69 seconds.

The BBC said enough people applied for tickets that the event, which will take place on August 5 of next year at London’s Olympic Stadium, could have been sold out 20 times over. Applicants for the 40,000 available tickets at  find out just how lucky they are by June 24.

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Report: CC Sabathia will use opt-out as pawn

05.24.11 at 10:59 am ET
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Yankees ace CC Sabathia negotiated an opt-out clause in the seven-year, $161 million contract he signed with the team prior to the 2009 season. The opt-out is eligible to be invoked at the end of this baseball season, meaning the hefty lefty would become a free agent if he were to invoke the clause even though he would have four years and $92 million left on the original contract. Baseball writer Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported that MLB executives expect Sabathia to use the opt-out as a negotiating chip to either work out a longer extension to stay in pinstripes or leave the Bronx altogether.

According to Heyman, Sabathia would most likely prefer to stay in New York as he’s already put down roots in the city. The SI writer adds that any extension would probably add two or three more seasons to the four years left on Sabathia’s current contract.

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Report: No Phil Jackson money for next Lakers coach

05.24.11 at 10:40 am ET
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Only retiring Lakers coach Phil Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach in the league’s history, and if his former employers have their way, he’ll be the only coach to be paid $10 million-plus in the team’s near future, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

In order to save money for a potentially oncoming NBA lockout, the Lakers are believed to be willing to pay a new coach in the neighborhood of $3 million to $5 million per year. (The average annual salary for an NBA coach is $2 million to $4 million.) By comparison, Jackson earned as much as $12 million for the 2009-10 season before dropping to a $10 million deal this season. The Times lists Rick Adelman, Jeff Van GundyMike Dunleavy, Mike Brown and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as potential candidates with Adelman and Shaw being the two most mentioned in other media outlets.

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