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Report: Yankees will bring back Joe Girardi

10.22.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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According to a SI.com report, the Yankees plan to bring back manager Joe Girardi at a raise, though exact financial terms have not been released.

The move is not surprising, as the Cubs and Cardinals were the only other teams loosely linked to Girardi previously, and both have found other managers since ‘€” Chicago hired Mike Quade full-time, while Tony La Russa agreed to return for another season with St. Louis.

Girardi led the Yankees to a 95-67 record this season, and New York is playing the Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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Chargers receiver shortage: Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Buster Davis miss practice

10.22.10 at 12:06 pm ET
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Who will Philip Rivers will be throwing to this Sunday against the Patriots? The answer grows murkier by the day.

Patrick Crayton, who caught six balls for 117 yards last week, was the lone veteran receiver to practice for the Chargers on Thursday. Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee were sidelined with hamstring strains, while Buster Davis sat out with soreness in his ribs. San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Kevin Acee stated Floyd “is not going to play,” while he expects Naanee to miss his second straight week. Davis, meanwhile, played through the rib pain last weekend and is expected to return to practice Friday.

Given the uncertainty surrounding tight end Antonio Gates as well, it’s likely the Chargers will promote rookie wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu from the practice squad before Sunday. Crayton makes a great fantasy sleeper as a bye week fill-in during a week with many notable names resting.

Read More: Malcolm Floyd, Patrick Crayton, Philip Rivers, Rumor Mill

Chargers’ Antonio Gates possibly a game-time decision

10.22.10 at 11:39 am ET
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Antonio Gates has started 85 straight games and has been notorious for playing through pain. Consequently, San Diego Tribune’s Kevin Acee believes “it’s a safe bet that Antonio Gates will play this Sunday,” though he is also quick to question just how effective his injured toe will render him.

Gates’ comments weren’t exactly encouraging for Pats fans.

“Part of me is waiting to see,” Gates said Thursday after missing a second straight day of practice. “I’ve been in a situation where [early in the week] I didn’t think I’d play and then I played.

“My streak is on the line,” Gates continued. “More important is we’re trying to make a run, make a push. The next few games are important to our season. I want to do whatever I can to help and not hurt the team.”

As Acee predicts, this likely will come down to a game-time decision, although Gates may not be as fluid and fast down the seam even if he suits up.

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Soccer star Wayne Rooney re-signs with Manchester United

10.22.10 at 11:36 am ET
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Days after threatening to leave Manchester United, striker Wayne Rooney agreed to a five-year deal to remain with the English Premier League soccer team.

“I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history, which is the reason I joined the club in the first place,” Rooney said in a statement.

England’s Soccer Player of the Year last year, Rooney has played for Manchester United since 2004.

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Colts receivers Dallas Clark, Austin Collie out indefinitely after hand surgeries

10.22.10 at 11:17 am ET
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Two of the Colts’ top receiving targets will be sidelined for at least the next few weeks after having surgery on their hands.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts president Bill Polian has confirmed an earlier Adam Schefter report that stated Dallas Clark will need surgery to repair a a “displaced ligament” in his left hand. Though no official timetable has been set, as there are different types of surgeries for this injury, Polian expects Clark “will be out for a while, if not longer.” Jacob Tamme is expected to fill Clark’s shoes, and coach Jim Caldwell believes his versatily will allow him to thrive out wide and in the slot, similar to Clark.

Meanwhile, second-year wide receiver Austin Collie, who is the fifth-leading receiver in the league, also underwent surgery on his hand. Similarly, no timetable has been set, but suggestions range from 2-6 weeks. Polian commented he expects Collie will miss “several games.” Anthony Gonzalez is expected to step up in his absence.

Read More: Austin Collie, colts, Dallas Clark, Rumor Mill

Tweets of the Week: On Cliff Lee, James Harrison, Mark Sanchez

10.22.10 at 10:51 am ET
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Here’s the Oct. 22 edition of Tweets of the Week, where we’€™ll highlight the events of the past seven days with the funniest and most interesting tweets.

Playoff baseball

jimrome He’s going to end up there anyway. Maybe the Yanks can get Texas to sell them Cliff Lee before game 7. They bought the Babe off Boston.

MikeyAdamsWEEI Damn- that Molina family- they sure as hell can produce MLB catchers who can play this game. Big, fat, slow, and clutch. Love Em

realfreemancbs A.J. Burnett is throwing so many balls into dirt he should change his name to A.J. McNabb.

SopanDeb AJ, Kenny Rogers would like to have a word.

idiotsonsports I’m sure Bud Selig and MLB are just thrilled over the prospects of a texas – san fran world series……..

ChiTribRogers I love the Rangers’ antlers routine. But it was even better when Yankee fans parroted it back at Andrus after pickoff. That was funny.

TheBigLead Would rather wear a fecal scented mets tshirt for a week than listen to waldman RT @tvsportsplans: MLB.com audio listen to Sterling/Waldman

williamfleitch This inning is the final proof that every Major League Baseball game needs four right field umpires, all of whom are robots.

NFL’ s new rule on head hits

sportsfrog James Harrison got his feelings hurt, skipped practice and threatened to retire? Did he take his ball, too? #steelers http://yhoo.it/boZ2IU

Jeff_Darlington Karlos Dansby questions when NFL will go to flag football. “We’ll be counting to five Mississippi before 2012,” he said

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NFL instructional video has players ‘on notice,’ features Brandon Meriweather hit

10.22.10 at 9:31 am ET
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NFL.com has released the video that WEEI’s Kirk Minihane alluded to in his report on Goodell’s memo to coaches.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson tells players, “You are on notice” while providing visual outlines of tolerable and intolerable hits. Notably, Brandon Meriweather‘s pop to Todd Heap is featured, and it’s unsurprisingly labeled “inexcusable.” He received a $50,000 fine for the hit, a portion of the $175,000 of total fines issued between him, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

Reactions have been mixed throughout the week. Predictably, defensive players such as Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher were in strong disagreement with the new preventive measures, while those on offense, such as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, were supportive.

The crackdown will begin this weekend, with potential suspensions looming over the games. “So please, know the rules and play by the rules,” Anderson said in the video. “You are on notice, and we will appreciate your compliance.”

Read More: Brandon Meriweather, Brian Urlacher, NFL hits, Rumor Mill

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Worst World Series winners of all-time

10.22.10 at 7:50 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:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Chargers, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a list of the worst World Series champions. Two of Joe Torre‘s Yankees teams are on it, but the 1987 Twins are at the top. The 1916 Red Sox, with a young lefty pitcher named Babe Ruth, are fifth. Meanwhile, Forbes lists the 1975 Reds, who beat the Red Sox in seven games in a memorable World Series, as the most dominant champion of all-time.

‘™¦ The Yankees are on the brink of elimination as they face the Rangers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night. The bad news? According to a study by The Wall Street Journal of the team’s spending patterns since 1995, the Yankees spend more in offseasons when they lose.

‘™¦ Good news for fans of the Celtics, who went 7-1 in the preseason (while the Heat and Lakers have struggled to 3-4 marks): John Schuhmann at NBA.com writes that preseason stats are in some ways a prediction of what will happen in the regular season. He predicts that the Magic (7-0 preseason) will have the best regular-season record in the NBA in 2010-11.

‘™¦ Heat president Pat Riley and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy used to be close friends when they worked together in Miami, but their relationship has turned 180 degrees, writes Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. He notes that the two have not spoken to each other in two years, and they had a war of words through the press this offseason.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 22, 1951, Lou Boudreau was named Red Sox manager. Whom did he replace?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have come to the decision that I cannot and will not let the league office stop me from playing the game that I love.” ‘€” Steelers linebacker James Harrison, upon returning to the team following his fine for a hit to the head of a Browns receiver

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 ‘€” Power-play goals for the Bruins in Thursday night’s 4-1 win over the Capitals, a team that had not allowed a power-play goal in its first six games

‘NET RESULTS: A Capitals employee promised a puck to a youth hockey player who celebrated a goal by doing a snow angel during the mini-game between periods of the Bruins-Capitals contest in Washington on Tuesday. The whole team decided to get in on the act.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Steve O’Neill

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Leslie West of Mountain turns 65 Friday.

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Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic engaged to Maria Sharapova

10.22.10 at 6:42 am ET
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Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic said he is engaged to tennis star Maria Sharapova, and the agent for the three-time Grand Slam champion confirmed the news to The Associated Press. “We’re engaged and are both really happy,” Vujacic said before Thursday night’s preseason game vs. the Warriors. “It’s good now and we can focus on other things.”

Vujacic returned to action Thursday, a week after teammate Lamar Odom elbowed him in the face at practice, causing a concussion.

Read More: Lamar Odom, Maria Sharapova, Rumor Mill, Sasha Vujacic

Agent: Vincent Jackson set to return to Chargers

10.22.10 at 6:36 am ET
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The agent for Vincent Jackson said the wide receiver will return to the Chargers next week and sign his contract tender. Jackson will then serve a three-game team suspension then play in the final six games so that he gets his sixth season of credit for unrestricted free agency.

“With the landscape of labor uncertainty, we wanted to create, at this point in time, certainty,” agent Neil Schwartz told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Schwartz had said earlier in the fall that Jackson likely would not play this season. But last week, the NFL Players Association recommended that Jackson and Patriots holdout Logan Mankins report to their teams in time to get credit for a year’s service.

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