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Binghamton basketball cleared by NCAA of major violations

10.18.10 at 4:43 pm ET
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The NCAA has concluded its investigation of the Binghamton University men’s basketball program over a year after the program imploded. In a letter from NCAA assistant director of enforcement Mike Zonder to Binghamton’s athletic director, the NCAA concluded that the program should be cleared of any major infractions.

“The enforcement staff does not believe that the information developed during its preliminary inquiry supports allegations of major NCAA infractions and, absent the emergence of new information, is closing the case,” the letter stated.

Last fall, the program dismissed six players two months before the season started. Several of the players had previously been convicted for criminal acts while others only reportedly had behavioral issues.

On Oct. 14 the team put head coach Kevin Broadus on indefinite leave, citing possible performance distractions as an investigation of the program went on. Broadus has since been replaced by former Temple standout Mark Macon.

The $913,000 review of the program found many infractions, including a focus on athletics over academics, but no major violations were recorded. All of this occurred after the program made its first NCAA tournament appearance two years ago and was a preseason America East conference favorite heading into the 2009-10 season.

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Steelers’ James Harrison: ‘I want to hurt somebody’

10.18.10 at 4:41 pm ET
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In the wake of a brutal NFL Sunday for physical head-to-head hits, Steelers linebacker James Harrison said that physical play is part of his game Sunday night. The former Defensive Player of the Year sidelined two Browns wide receivers Sunday within a span of minutes and said that means he’s done his job.

“I want to hurt somebody,” Harrison said. “If you hurt somebody, they’ll be back the next play. I don’t want to see anybody injured. An injury will keep you out. But I’m not opposed to hurting anybody.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the NFL will review the second of Harrison’s hits, when he knocked Mohamed Massaquoi out of the game.

Harrison explained that while he does not want to end a player’s game or career, he wants to hurt anyone that comes near him on the field. On Sunday, Harrison knocked both Joshua Cribbs and Massaquoi out of the game in the second quarter with head injuries.

When asked about whether his hit on Cribbs was legal due to helmet-to-helmet contact, Harrison responded, “It doesn’t matter. He’s running [with] the ball, so that’s a legal hit.”

Sunday marked a day filled with helmet-to-helmet hits, as at least five players left games due to such contact.

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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered concussion

10.18.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is recovering but his status is uncertain after he sustained a concussion Saturday in his team’s 65-43 loss to Auburn. Arkansas released a statement on its website Sunday.

Ryan Mallett sustained a concussion yesterday and his symptoms are improving. We will continue to evaluate him.”

Mallett missed the entire second half after suffering a blow to the head. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Wilson replaced Mallett going 15-of-17 for 270 yards, four touchdowns and two costly interceptions.

The junior this season has thrown for 1844 yards and fourteen touchdowns in six games. Coming int0 the season, he was named a preseason All-American and All-SEC honoree.

The 21st-ranked Razorbacks take on Ole Miss at home Saturday in a key SEC West battle.

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Packers’ Jermichael Finley out for season

10.18.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that tight end Jermichael Finley will be placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury. Finley was injured in Week 5 against the Lions but was trying to make a comeback.

“Its like getting stuck with a needle in the eye,” Finley said in a tweet on Monday.

Finley was second on the team in receiving yards when he was injured and finishes the season with 21 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown. He becomes the seventh Packer this season to be placed on injured reserve, a list that includes Pro Bowl running back Ryan Grant and linebacker Nick Barnett.

The Packers will replace his spot on the roster with safety Anthony Smith if their proposed trade with the Jaguars goes through.

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Panthers to start Matt Moore at QB Sunday

10.18.10 at 2:46 pm ET
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Matt Moore will begin his second stint as starting quarterback this season for the Panthers Sunday at home against the 49ers. Coach John Fox announced the move Monday after the team finished its bye week. Carolina is one of two winless teams in the NFL as Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen have led the team to a league-low 52 points.

Moore started the Panthers’ first two games but was replaced in both games by Clausen after he turned the ball over six times. Clausen was not much more successful, with one touchdown and six turnovers in three games. Between the two quarterbacks, the Panthers have a league-low 136.4 passing yards per game, nearly 200 yards less then the league-best Chargers (316.2).

Last season, Moore was 4-1 after taking over the starting job for Jake Delhomme.

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Purdue basketball star Robbie Hummel done for year, again

10.18.10 at 2:17 pm ET
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Purdue basketball player Robbie Hummel will miss the 2010-11 season after he tore the same anterior cruciate ligament that ended his 2009-10 season early. Hummel, who was cleared to play in early October, injured the knee Saturday during the team’s first full regular practice.

“This is obviously disappointing for Robbie, as well as our team, since he worked so hard to return from the tear he suffered in February,” Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said.

Humel was second on the team last season with 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds a game before tearing his ACL on Feb. 24 against Minnesota. He also missed a large portion of his sophomore season with a back injury.

Purdue entered the preseason polls at No. 2 after being ranked No. 3 when Hummel was injured last season. The announcement of the injury dropped Purdue all the way to No. 23 in Andy Katz‘s ESPN rankings.

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College football player from Easton killed by New York police

10.18.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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The father of a college football player from Easton who was killed by police in New York over the weekend wants more information about the incident.

Danroy “DJ” Henry, a 20-year-old junior at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., was shot by police in his car early Sunday morning outside a bar near the college.

“We are absolutely beside ourselves right now,” the player’s father, Danroy Henry Sr., told The Brockton Enterprise from his Easton home after returning from New York. “Not only are we experiencing this great loss, but we’re also beside ourselves because we just absolutely can’t understand how this could happen to our son.”

According to police, DJ Henry was parked in a fire lane when they responded to a report of a disturbance outside a bar in Mount Pleasant, N.Y. When an officer knocked on the window, Henry tried to drive off, forcing an officer onto the hood of his car. When Henry’s car struck a second officer, two officers fired at Henry, and he crashed into a police cruiser.

A passenger in the car, Stonehill College football player Brandon Cox of South Easton, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Cox stayed behind after Stonehill beat Pace on Saturday to visit with his friend.

Danroy Henry Sr. said he’s not convinced the police’s version is entirely accurate. ‘€œYou’€™re going to get the police reports. So we’€™re going to need to do some work on our end to make sure that that’€™s all factual,’€ he said. ‘€œBut I’€™m sure if you reach out to the people investigating it, they will give you their version of the story. There are a lot of witnesses who say that that’€™s not the version, so we need to get to the bottom of it, one way or another.’€

DJ Henry graduated from Oliver Ames High School in 2007, participating in football, basketball and track there. He prepped at Milford Academy and then started his collegiate career at Iona before transferring to Pace.

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Report: Brett Favre denies delaying interview with NFL, will meet Tuesday

10.18.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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Brett Favre said he did not delay a meeting with NFL security personnel over his actions toward former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. That contradicts an ESPN report by Chris Mortensen that stated Favre had been given the option to speak late last week or early this week.

“I don’t know what’s out there,” Favre said after Sunday’s game. “I haven’t declined to talk to anyone.”

Favre reportedly will meet with NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday in Minneapolis. If the NFL finds him in violation of league rules, he could face a fine and/or suspension.

Sterger and two other female employees who Favre allegedly harassed when he was with the Jets have refused to converse with the NFL, according to Pro Football Talk.

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DeSean Jackson reportedly has ‘severe concussion’

10.18.10 at 1:27 pm ET
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Electric Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson was on the way to a huge Sunday afternoon. In the first quarter alone, Jackson had outraced the Falcons defense on a 31-yard end-around score, which he quickly followed up with a 34-yard touchdown catch.

But, as was reported earlier Sunday, cornerback Dunta Robinson put a devastating halt to that. After a major collision, both players were slow to get up, with Jackson laying motionless for several minutes. Both eventually got to their feet and were able to walk to the sidelines with assistance.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Jackson suffered a “severe concussion” as well as memory loss. His playing status for the near future remains cloudy at best, with Sports Illustated’s Peter King suggesting he’ll be out until at least Nov. 7. This makes sense given the Eagles’ bye in Week 8. Robinson also left the game with a head injury and did not return.

This collision was only one of many on a particularly violent Sunday. Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather knocked Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the head, while Steelers linebacker James Harrison did the same to Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Heap returned to the field eventually, while Massaquoi did not.

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Chargers’ receiving corps hobbled with Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd injured

10.18.10 at 9:16 am ET
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Game-planning for the Chargers’ league-leading passing attack may have become much less intimidating following Sunday, as San Diego may be without its top two aerial options when the Patriots pay a visit in six days.

Athletic tight end Antonio Gates didn’t play in the second half of yesterday’s contest with the Rams after suffering an ankle injury when linebacker Na’il Diggs rolled up on his leg. Though he tried to return, the pain was too great.

Following the loss, beat writer Kevin Acee reported Gates was wearing an ankle boot, adding, “It doesn’t look good.” Gates also commented after the game, “I couldn’€™t put any pressure on it.” His nine-game touchdown streak  (dating back to last season) was ended, as Gates finished with only two receptions for 12 yards, and his 85-consecutive-starts streak is in jeopardy. He will undergo more tests Monday morning  to reveal the severity.

Meanwhile, receiver Malcolm Floyd, who has filled in admirably in Vincent Jackson‘s absence as the fourth-leading receiver, exited the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. While the severity has yet to be determined, Floyd was unable to re-enter Sunday. Patrick Crayton stepped up with six catches for 117 yards to fill the void.

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