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Colts place Austin Collie on IR

12.22.10 at 11:46 am ET
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Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Wednesday via Twitter that receiver Austin Collie would be placed on injured reserve and sit out the remainder of the season. Collie left the last three games he played ‘€” including a loss to the Patriots on Nov. 21 ‘€” early due to concussion issues.

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Rex Ryan on foot-fetish video: ‘It’s a personal matter’

12.22.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked during Wednesday’s conference call with the Chicago media about a home video that appears to feature Ryan and his wife discussing her feet in a suggestive manner. A member of the media asked if the video could become a distraction to the team. Responded Ryan: “I know you need to ask. It’s a personal matter.”

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Top stories of 2010, No. 10: Kevin Garnett’s return to form

12.22.10 at 11:05 am ET
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For the final 10 days of 2010, will count down the top 10 stories of the year. In what was a memorable 12 months for all four of Boston’s major professional teams, there was a plethora of compelling storylines. The list begins with No. 10: Kevin Garnett’s return to form for the Celtics.

Also, make sure to cast your vote in’s poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.

The whispers began even before training camp started: Kevin Garnett was back. In informal scrimmages Garnett had been assertive, aggressive and more talkative than ever. A skeptical public simply nodded and said, “We’ll see.”

On the first day of camp, Garnett was bouncy and joyful. A complete reversal from the dark shadow of doubt that seemed to hang over him throughout the 2009-10 season. “I feel very strong,” he said. “I feel very vibrant. I’€™m excited about the year.” It was a far cry from the summer, which he described as, “Very painful, very dark.”

It was a summer that began with a crushing loss in Game 7 against the Lakers in a series that exposed the Celtics’ biggest weakness ‘€” defensive rebounding ‘€” as Garnett was unable to keep up with Pau Gasol on the boards.

There had been glimmers of the old Garnett throughout the playoffs. He destroyed Antawn Jamison in the conference semifinals and rendered Rashard Lewis an afterthought in the next round. But when Gasol rather innocently pointed out after Game 1 of the finals that Garnett had lost a step, the expected answer from KG was nowhere to be found.

Garnett had lost a step. That was obvious by even a cursory glance at his numbers and was succinctly summed up in a handful of painfully obvious plays, such as Lewis beating Garnett baseline for a game-winning shot during the regular season. The Celtics kept insisting publicly that Garnett was fine less than a year removed from knee surgery that kept him out of the 2009 playoffs, but everyone knew otherwise.

Finally, on media day, Garnett relented.

“I think more mentally than anything was hard for me because I was playing through some difficult times,” he said. “I’€™m not one to make excuses. I’€™m not the one to be out here [whining] and complaining about things.”

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Poll: Boston Athlete of the Year

12.22.10 at 11:03 am ET
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Who is the Boston Athlete of the Year for 2010?

  • Tom Brady (48%, 493 Votes)
  • Wes Welker (17%, 171 Votes)
  • Rajon Rondo (14%, 142 Votes)
  • Tim Thomas (12%, 127 Votes)
  • Jon Lester (4%, 39 Votes)
  • Paul Pierce (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Adrian Beltre (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Jerod Mayo (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Zdeno Chara (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Other (add name in comments section) (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,024

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Vikings won’t put Brett Favre on IR

12.22.10 at 8:58 am ET
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Despite Brett Favre suffering a concussion in Monday night’s loss to the Bears, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said he doesn’t plan to put the quarterback on injured reserve for the team’s final two games. “He’s proven time and time again that he’s capable of coming back and playing,” Frazier said Tuesday.

Favre has said that this will be his last NFL season, and Frazier wants to give him the chance to play one more time.

‘€œHe doesn’€™t want to let his teammates down,’€ Frazier said. ‘€œHe really wanted to play in front of the home fans [Monday] night for maybe the last time. That was important to him. I think more than anything he likes to compete and the fact that we’€™ve got two ballgames left, he’€™s a guy who loves his teammates and loves to play. I think that’€™s what motivates him more than anything.’€

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Eagles safety Nate Allen done for season

12.22.10 at 8:54 am ET
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Eagles rookie safety Nate Allen has a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery. Allen was hurt in the Eagles’ thrilling 38-31 win over the Giants on Sunday. His knee appeared to buckle while attempting to tackle Mario Manningham. Rookie Kurt Coleman, a seventh-round pick, will take Allen’s starting spot. Allen is the Eagles’ fourth defensive starter to go down in 2010. Already out for the NFC East division leader are rookie defensive end Brandon Graham, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and cornerback Ellis Hobbs on injured reserve. Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley is also out with a dislocated elbow and may not return until the playoffs.

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Islanders’ Matt Martin suspended two games

12.22.10 at 8:53 am ET
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Islanders left winger Matt Martin has been suspended by the NHL for two games for a blindside check to the head of Coyotes forward Vernon Fiddler. Martin is slated to sit out Wednesday against the Lightning and Thursday at the Devils. He can return to the lineup Sunday when the Islanders host the Canadiens. Martin was given a minor penalty for charging when he hit Fiddler in the first period Saturday. The suspension will cost him $6,792.12 in salary, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Martin has two goals, no assists and 37 penalty minutes in 22 games this season.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Chinese league warns ex-NBA star Steve Francis about behavior

12.22.10 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNEE; WEEI)


‘™¦ Former NBA star Steve Francis is finding the going rough as a professional in China. The 33-year-old Beijing Ducks guard is struggling, and his frustration is showing. He reportedly entered his first game with an ice pack still on his ankle ‘€” and played (albeit only 17 seconds) with the ice. And on Tuesday he received a “serious warning” from the Chinese Basketball Association for making an obscene gesture on the bench. The league also ordered Francis’ team to “educate and criticize” the player for his “uncivilized behavior.”

‘™¦ With the Pistons struggling, veteran guard Richard Hamilton has lost his grasp on his starting spot. Fellow UConn alum Ben Gordon has been starting over Hamilton, who is off to a slow start. Hamilton skipped Sunday’s game with an upset stomach, and a team source told The Detroit News that the sharpshooter “quit” on the team. Terry Foster in The Detroit News writes that it’s time for Hamilton to go.

‘™¦ Former Giant Michael Strahan piled on his former team, saying of Sunday’s collapse vs. the Eagles, “They should be ashamed of themselves.”

‘™¦ With the Dolphins struggling, Greg Cote in The Miami Herald writes that it’s time to go after Bill Cowher as coach, to replace Tony Sparano.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 22, 1949, which Celtics rookie scored 26 points and gave an accordion concert at halftime of a victory over the Minneapolis Lakers?

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Report: Patriots work out Sam Aiken, two others

12.21.10 at 9:01 pm ET
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According to Mike Reiss of (via twitter), the Patriots worked out three free agents: wide receivers Sam Aiken and Andy Fantuz as well as defensive lineman Landon Cohen. The Pats reportedly have an open roster spot after waiving defense lineman Louis Leonard.

Aiken is the most familiar of those names, having spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with New England as a special teams player and wide receiver. He set a career high with the Pats in 2009 by making 20 grabs. But he was released at the end of training camp this year and signed for the Browns, for whom he played three games before getting released in mid-October.

Fantuz plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He led the CFL in receiving yards this year with 1,380, and was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in the CFL.

Cohen, a seventh-round draft pick in 2008 by the Detroit Lions, was a backup for the Lions in 2008 and a starter in 2009 before getting cut by the Lions on the final day of training camp. He signed with the Jaguars and played two games with Jacksonville before getting cut. He is listed at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds.

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Jets’ Mark Sanchez has MRI on shoulder, should be fine

12.21.10 at 11:45 am ET
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Coach Rex Ryan said Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez had an MRI exam Monday on his right shoulder, which was “kind of sore” after being banged up early in the team’s 22-17 win over the Steelers Sunday. Ryan said Sanchez’s soreness began after a hit on the Jets’ second drive. “It was like the first time he ran with the football,” Ryan said. “His arm was in an awkward position, but it never affected him.” Referring to the MRI as simply “precautionary,” Ryan expects Sanchez will be fine to start at the Bears next Sunday, although he does plan on limiting the QB slightly in practice this week. “Anytime it’s your quarterback, you’re going to make sure he’s OK,” Ryan said. In the game against the Steelers Sanchez went 19-of-29 for 170 yards with a rushing touchdown and no interceptions.

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