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New Hampshire runs away with first-ever ‘Colonial Clash’ at Gillette Stadium

10.23.10 at 11:56 pm ET
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In the first-ever collegiate football game played at Gillette Stadium between the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire, appropriately dubbed the ‘€œColonial Clash,’€ the Wildcats ran away with a commanding 39-13 victory. The Wildcats, who improve to 5-3 overall on the season, and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, scored first and never looked back as the Minutemen (4-3, 2-2) suffered their second-straight loss.

Sophomore linebacker Matt Evans from New Hampshire won the annual Bill Knight Award, given traditionally to the MVP of the game between the two conference rivals, after recording a team-high 13 tackles, an interception and forcing a fumble. Bill Knight was a long-time Sports Information Director at UNH who died in 1985 after a long battle with cancer. Evans is the 25th recipient of the award.

The first collegiate football game held at Gillette Stadium attracted a CAA-record 32,848 fans in attendance. Supporters for both sides arrived hours early to tailgate in the parking lots and eat in the designated restaurant headquarters in Patriots Place.

New Hampshire was led by sophomore running back Dontra Peters on offense, who carried the ball 23 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback R.J. Toman ran in two scores of his own, while throwing for one more. UMass senior quarterback Kyle Havens threw 55 times, completing 32 passes for a career-high 450 yards in the loss. UNH has a bye week next weekend, while UMass returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30, at James Madison University.

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Record CAA crowd in attendance to witness first ‘Colonial Clash’

10.23.10 at 11:55 pm ET
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The first-ever Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium between the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts proved to be more of a success than was originally thought, as the first collegiate game ever hosted by the home of the Patriots attracted a CAA-record 32,848 fans to the game. The previous CAA record was set just last weekend at Delaware, when the Blue Hens hosted Rhode Island.

The 65,000-capacity stadium opened up all but two sections on the lower level to accommodate students and general admission fans from both schools, while the club seating above was filled with supporters. Many alums and former athletes made the trip to Foxboro to witness the landmark event in school and stadium history.

After New Hampshire ran away with the victory, both UNH and UMass fans remained behind to watch the Minutemen marching band perform.

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Twitter helps sell out Patriots-Chargers game

10.23.10 at 9:31 am ET
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It was widely assumed that the San Diego Chargers would not sell out Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to recent struggles by the Chargers. Fanhouse reports that the Chargers’ team Twitter account asked fans to buy tickets to avoid a local television blackout. The Patriots responded with their own account. “Hey Patriots fans on the West Coast, if you want to see the Pats play the Chargers, go to Chargers.com to buy tickets,” the tweet read.

After the tweet, all remaining tickets were purchased within a couple hours, with half of them purchased by Patriots fans. The game will be played in San Diego at 4:15 ET.

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Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins, Vikings’ Ray Edwards fined by NFL

10.23.10 at 9:30 am ET
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More fines and controversy follow the NFL entering Week 7, reports Sports Illustrated. The NFL fined Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards and New Orleans cornerback Malcolm Jenkins on Friday. Edwards was fined $20,000 for spearing Cowboys running back Marion Barber while Jenkins was fined $10,000 for an unnecessary roughness hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.

Titans defensive end William Hayes was fined $10,000 for a late hit while fellow teammate Dave Ball was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer. Three Houston players were fined for $5,000 as well and even Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was fined $5,000 for a horse-collar tackle against Falcons defender William Moore.

The fines come after James Harrison, Dunta Robinson, and Brandon Meriweather provoked significant fines for illegal hits in Week 6. Harrison’€™s fine was the highest at $75,000 and the Steelers’€™ star received much media attention after threatening to retire given the NFL’€™s new stance on illegal hits.

Entering Week 7, players can be subjected to fines and suspensions for illegal and unnecessary hits that endanger fellow players.

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Jenn Sterger won’t talk to NFL if she gets money from Brett Favre

10.23.10 at 9:01 am ET
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According to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Jenn Sterger -- the subject of an NFL investigation into lewd conduct by Brett Favre — will not talk to the league regarding the case if a financial settlement is reached. Any such agreement would most likely end the investigation considering the NFL doesn’t have subpoena power. To read the entire story click here.

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John Gibbons withdraws from Pirates’ manager consideration

10.22.10 at 3:29 pm ET
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John Gibbons has withdrawn his name from consideration to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates following the firing of John Russell, Fanhouse reports.The Pirates are searching for a manager for the 2011 season after losing 105 games this season. It was the 18th straight losing season for Pittsburgh, a Major League Baseball franchise record.

Gibbons is currently the bench coach for the Kansas City Royals after serving as manager in Toronto from 2004-2008. Gibbons had a 305-305 record over his five seasons with the Blue Jays.

The Pirates expressed interest in Gibbons and Eric Wedge early in their search, but now only have five remaining interviewees after Wedge signed on to manage the Mariners for 2011. Dave Sveum, Jeff Banister, Bo Porter, Carlos Tosca and Ken Macha are remaining candidates for the job, but the Pirates have seemed to slow down their efforts considerably in the past weeks. Of the list, only Sveum and Macha have spent time as managers at the professional level.

Sveum was the third base coach of the Red Sox from 2004-2005 and he served as interim manager for the Brewers for a total of 12 games after manager Ned Yost was fired. Macha took over for manager in Milwaukee in 2009 and Sveum stayed on the team as the hitting coach. Macha also managed Oakland from 2003-2006 and lost to the Tigers in the 2006 ALCS.

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MLB considering 7-day disabled list to address concussions

10.22.10 at 2:26 pm ET
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Amongst endless discussion and controversy surrounding the recent enforcement of the NFL’s helmet-to-helmet policy, Major League Baseball is also considering implementing tactics to help those with concussions. The Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball may create a 7-day disabled list solely for players suffering from concussions. The policy could be implemented as soon as next season, with a 7-day DL for concussions being as a complement to the current 15- and 60-day lists used for all injuries.

The proposal will be considered in the offseason by a new concussion subcommittee under baseball’s medical advisory committee. If passed, Commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players’ Association would have to approve the idea.

All four of the major U.S. sports have moved towards understanding and regulating concussion policies as scientific research on the health dangers of violent collisions continues to grow.

The NFL’s new stance on concussion policy led to imposed fines of at least $50,000 on three players — Steeler James Harrison, Falcon Dunta Robinson and Patriot Brandon Meriweather – after illegal helmet-to-helmet hits made last weekend. The league and Commissioner Roger Goodell are also prepared to hand suspensions to players who exhibit more of this violent conduct.

While concussion diagnosis and treatment is still an uncertain art, the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA seem to agree that the safety and long-term health of players need too be addressed.

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Maryland’s Pete DeSouza will miss season after crash; Terps face BC Saturday

10.22.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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Maryland offensive lineman Pete DeSouza will miss the rest of the season for the Terrapins after a driving accident on Thursday night, the AP reports. DeSouza was hit by a turning car while the 6-foot-3, 310-pound lineman was driving a motor scooter through campus, fracturing bones in both lower legs. The driver of the car was issued a traffic citation.

DeSouza will undergo surgery on Friday and he will miss the rest of the football season, although he is expected to make a full recovery. DeSouza played in five games at right tackle for Maryland while starting the last three.

Boston College (2-4, 0-3 ACC) will face Maryland (4-2, 1-1 ACC) in Alumni Stadium on Saturday. Maryland lost last week to Clemson while the Eagles have lost four straight games including last week’€™s 24-19 loss to Florida State.

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Canucks’ Rick Rypien suspended six games for grabbing fan

10.22.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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Canucks’ forward Rick Rypien will receive a six-game suspension for grabbing a Wild fan during Tuesday’s game in Minnesota. As seen in the video below, Rypien grabbed the fan on his way to the locker room following a scrum between the two teams at 13:13 of the second period. The Canucks have been hit with a $25,000 fine as well.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement Friday afternoon: “Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands. We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career.”

Rypien will be eligible to return for the Nov. 6 contest against Detroit.

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Titans WR Kenny Britt involved in club altercation, will avoid charges

10.22.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Just as he was getting out of coach Jeff Fisher‘s dog house by scoring touchdown in four straight games, talented but troubled Titans receiver Kenny Britt has made headlines again for the wrong reasons. At 1:45 a.m. on Friday morning, Britt reportedly joined in a fistfight at Nashville club Karma.

While Nashville Metro police report that charges will not be filed, another stay in Fisher’s dog house seems imminent. Britt’s previous visits stemmed from an arrest for three outstanding traffic warrants and a “horrible” offseason in which he dropped everything in sight and showed up to camp out of shape.

Britt has 16 catches for 209 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

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