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MLB Contract Rumors: Reds, Twins

10.10.10 at 4:14 pm ET
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The Cincinnati Reds will pick up the option on starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo for 2011, Fanhouse Reports. General Manager Walt Jocketty told reporters that the Reds “will definitely” pick up the $11 million option on Arroyo.

Arroyo has been a consistent presence in the Cincinnati rotation since arriving in 2006. The 33-year-old veteran has started at least 33 games and 200 innings each season in his five years with the Reds. Arroyo was part of the 2004 Red Sox World Series team and he pitched in relief situations during the playoffs.

Arroyo had a relatively solid showing on Friday for the Reds in Game 2 of the Division Series against the Phillies. He was in position for the win after pitching 5.1 innings with 1 earned run, but Cincinnati miscues gave up the lead to the Phillies in a 7-4 loss.

The Reds will look to offer a long-term deal to Arroyo and it seems that the veteran pitcher is open to the idea.

“We’ve had some preliminary talks,” Arroyo said. “I’d like to stay. I’m comfortable here. I enjoy the guys.”

The Reds are still trying to stay in contention against the Phillies in the Division Series. In the Reds first playoff series since 1995, they trail the Phillies 2-0 going into Sunday’s Game 3 that will face Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto.

Gardenhire, Thome consider future with Twins

The Twins were swept by the Yankees in their Division Series, giving Minnesota an early boot to start planning for the 2011 season. Manager Ron Gardenhire, 52, is entering the last year of his deal with the Twins. However, Twins CEO Jim Pohlad told the Star Tribune that it is “a no-brainer” that the manager will receive a contract extension.

Gardenhire led the twins to a 94-68 season and a sixth AL Central division title. It is the fifth time in nine seasons that his team has won at least 90 games. The only thing missing from Gardenhire’s resume is sustained postseason success. The Twins have not won a playoff series since 2002 with many of their woes at the hands of the Yankees.

Veteran slugger Jim Thome, 40, also looks like he wants to give another go at the postseason, the Pioneer Press reports. Tome is entering free agency and has reportedly shown interest in playing a 21st season. Thome struck out for the final out of the Yankees Game 3 sweep over the Twins.

Thome’s 25 home runs on the year pushed his career total to 589 home runs for eighth on the all-time list. This season was his ninth appearance in the postseason.

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Broncos Demaryius Thomas injured on big hit

10.10.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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Rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos top draft pick, was injured during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Thomas was hit hard on a second-quarter kickoff return and fumbled the ball to the Ravens in the process. Thomas took a hit from Jason Phillips at the Denver 16 and Ken Hamlin recovered the fumble for the Ravens. Thomas’ head was whipped to one side and crumpled to the ground after the hit; he was down on the field for several minutes while being treated by medical officials until getting to the sideline under his own power.

Officials said Thomas suffered head and neck injuries, according to Fanhouse. The athletic receiver will not return to action during the game. Thomas had two catches for 12 yards before the injury.

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Browns’ Seneca Wallace injured, Jake Delhomme to play

10.10.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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The Cleveland Browns decided to start quarterback Seneca Wallace on Sunday against the Falcons after defeating the Bengals in a Week 4 win. Wallace made his fourth straight start for Jake Delhomme until he suffered a right leg injury against Atlanta. Falcons defensive end Jonathan Abraham sacked Wallace before the half and Delhomme was called on at quarterback. Delhomme had been inactive after a severe ankle sprain in Week 1 but was hoping to start the game until Cleveland coaches gave the start to Wallace.

Wallace went 11-for-15 with 139 yards passing and one touchdown before his injury. There is no immediate word on the extent of Wallace’s injury.

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Monday Night Football injury report: Brett Favre, Darrelle Revis probable

10.10.10 at 3:09 pm ET
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The Vikings and Jets will face off in a Week 5 Monday night game with its fair share of headlines.

The Vikings will be using new acquisition Randy Moss, who returns to Minnesota after stints with Oakland and New England. Moss will be playing a 17-game schedule this year after the Vikings already passed their bye week in Week 4.

Amongst the controversy surrounding Brett Favre and allegations about sexual harassment, coach Brad Childress said Favre is probable to start on Monday. Favre had an MRI this week that revealed inflammation in his throwing elbow; the QB has struggled with tendinitis throughout the early season.

The Jets have listed star cornerback Darrelle Revis as probable for Monday. Revis has missed the last two games for the Jets after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half of a Week 2 win against the Patriots. Revis aggravated his injury while covering Moss (then playing for the Patriots) on a spectacular catch for a Patriots touchdown. Many eyes will be on the possible match up of Revis and Moss amidst the ongoing talk surrounding the two standout players.

New York linebacker Calvin Pace is also listed as probable against the Vikings. Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will miss Monday’s game after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee. Minnesota center John Sullivan is listed as questionable with a calf injury while tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is listed as probable with a lingering hamstring injury.

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Rams’ Mark Clayton suffers knee injury against Lions

10.10.10 at 2:15 pm ET
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Rams receiver Mark Clayton has been carted off the field while suffering an apparent right leg injury. While running a deep pass route, Clayton fell to the ground with an injury. He was carted off soon after when he was unable to get up from the left sideline after falling. Clayton had caught a pass for six yards earlier in the game between the Rams and the Detroit Lions.

Clayton entered Sunday’s game tied for fourth in the NFC with 22 catches. Clayton’s absence will put more pressure on rookie quarterback Sam Bradford to help the Rams’ offense.

Packers receiver Jermichael Finley had already been carted off the field in the Packers-Redskins game with a knee injury.

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Packers’ Jermichael Finley carted off field

10.10.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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Another big impact player will be absent from today’s game between the Packers and Redskins, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field on the Packers’ second offensive play of the game. The cause of the injury is mostly unclear but Finley seemingly injured himself on an attempted tackled after Washington safety Karrem Moore returned a Green Bay fumble.

Finley was attended to on the field before a cart took him off of the field.

Finley has been a major weapon in the Green Bay passing attack led by quarterback Aaron Rogers. Finley entered Sunday’s game leading NFC tight ends with 301 yards receiving. His return is questionable and the extent of his injury is not clear at the moment but it appears to be a knee injury that sidelined Finley on the play.

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Albert Haynesworth will miss game for brother’s memorial

10.10.10 at 1:42 pm ET
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Washington Redskins lineman Albert Haynesworth will miss the Redskins’ matchup against the Packers to attend a memorial commemorating the death of his half brother, reports ESPN. Haynesworth’s brother was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday and he has remained in Nashville with his family through the weekend. Friends and family will take part in a memorial motorcycle ride in Nashville to honor Lance McCoy, the 23-year-old cousin of Haynesworth.

McCoy was speeding on his motorcycle Thursday night when he collided with a car. A police investigation found McCoy’s excessive speed was the main cause of the accident. A service is scheduled for Tuesday in Hartsville, S.C.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Albert and his family right now. The team wants him to get through this tragedy,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

Haynesworth has six tackles on the year amidst controversy surrounding him and his new role in the 3-4 defensive scheme implemented by Shanahan. His return to the Redskins is indefinite and Shanahan and owner Dan Snyder are willing to give Haynesworth as long as he needs.

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Terrell Owens violates NFL Twitter policy

10.10.10 at 1:37 pm ET
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Terrell Owens violated the NFL’s rules against social media before games with a Twitter message sent before a Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday, ESPN reports.

@ Terrellowens –“A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!”

Owens posted the tweet roughly an hour before a 1 P.M. kickoff between the Bengals and Buccaneers.  NFL policy prohibits social media posts 90 minutes before a game. The rules state that even if someone posted on behalf of Owens, he is in violation of the rule. Owens appeared on the field shortly after the tweet.

Fellow teammate and reality T.V. compatriot Chad Ochocinco was fined $25,000 by the league for a similar violation before and during an August preseason game.

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Cliff Lee seeking CC Sabathia money?

10.08.10 at 4:26 pm ET
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According to, Rangers starter Cliff Lee might seek something in the vicinity of the seven-year, $161 million deal that former Indians teammate CC Sabathia received from the Yankees as a free agent following the 2008 season. The Yankees are expected to lead the charge in bidding for the left-hander, something that can help to drive up his value.

Pitching for the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS, Lee worked seven innings and allowed one run, improving his postseason record to 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. Over the last three years, Lee is 48-25 with a 2.98 ERA, ranking among the major league leaders in wins (6th), ERA (8th), innings (667, 5th) and walks per nine innings (1.28, 2nd).

The report suggests that while the Yankees are viewed as favorites for the Lee bidding, other teams — most notably, the Rangers and Red Sox — could also court the 31-year-old left-hander.

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle taken to hospital

10.08.10 at 3:24 pm ET
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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle collapsed during a team practice on Friday and was taken to a nearby hospital. The Mavericks were practicing at the American Airlines Center when Carlisle, entering his third season as coach, fainted after feeling lightheaded. The 50-year-old coach was conscious and answering questions when he was carried from the court on a stretcher for an ambulance that took him to Baylor Hospital.

Team spokeswoman Sarah Melton told reporters that members of Dallas’€™ management visiting Carlisle at the hospital report that the coach ‘€œseems to be feeling better.’€

Carlisle is entering the third year of his four-year deal with the Mavericks. The team will play the Suns on Saturday night.

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