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Eagles rule out Michael Vick against 49ers

10.08.10 at 2:15 pm ET
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An injured Michael Vick has been ruled out of Sunday’s game between the Eagles and 49ers by Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, reports Yahoo! Sports!. Vick injured himself while running downfield against the Redskins on Sunday, suffering a rib injury when sandwiched between two Redskins defenders.

Kevin Kolb will start for Philadelphia on Sunday. Kolb also started a Week 1 loss against the Packers until being sidelined with a concussion. While recovering with his injury, Kolb watched from the sidelines while Vick’s spectacular play earned national attention and the starting job.

Reid was able to declare running back LeSean McCoy as active for the game against the 49ers. McCoy had been expected to miss time with a broken rib but practiced Friday and should be in the starting lineup. McCoy’s return prompts a sigh of relief for Eagles fans as his replacements at running back have been unimpressive.

Philadelphia will also be without cornerback (and former Patriot) Asante Samuel with a concussion.

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Players get offseason meeting with umpires

10.08.10 at 2:01 pm ET
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The Major League Baseball Players Association will bring together MLB players, umpires and league officials for a Dec. 3 meeting. The meeting will address player-umpire relations and possible instant replay implementation after another season of controversial rulings on the field. The MLBPA received an increased number of complaints this season about umpires, prompting the meeting, reports ESPN.

A season of high-profile mistakes brought the increased attention on the MLB umpires as more extensive video replay has brought many of the mistakes to national attention. Perhaps no mistake this season was scrutinized to a greater extent than Jim Joyce‘€™s missed call that ruined Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga‘€™s perfect game in the ninth inning of a June 3 game.

Earlier this week, in Game 1 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Twins, Yankees outfielder Greg Golson‘€™s ninth-inning catch  was ruled as a non-catch by game umpires although replay clearly showed the erred ruling. The next day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he’€™d like to see an expansion of instant replay. Another playoff Game 1 faced a controversial call in the NLDS matchup between San Francisco and Atlanta when Giants catcher Buster Posey was ruled safe on a stolen base, although replays once again proved the umpire ruling incorrect.

Already a few games into the 2010 postseason, replay controversy has remained a hot topic due to some close calls and umpire errors. It appears, however, that players and fans will have to play without replay, at least for now.

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North Carolina hoops dismisses Will Graves

10.08.10 at 1:34 pm ET
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The University of North Carolina basketball team dismissed Will Graves, the team’s third-leading scorer last season, for a failure to comply with team rules. Coach Roy Williams did not explain further except to note in a statement that it had nothing to do with “any NCAA matters on campus,” an apparent reference to the scandal involving the football program.

Graves, a fifth-year senior, averaged 9.8 points and last season and was the team’s top 3-point shooter, making 73-of-197 from behind the arc. He was suspended in midseason during the team’s NCAA championship season in 2008-09 for not complying with team standards.

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UConn admits major violations, denies Jim Calhoun charges

10.08.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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The University of Connecticut announced Friday that its men’s basketball team committed major NCAA recruiting violations and will face self-imposed sanctions. The penalties include two years’ probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons. However, the school denied charges by NCAA investigators that coach Jim Calhoun failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance.

The violations include impermissable telephone calls and text messages, as well as impoperly provided game tickets to high school coaches and others.

UConn has a hearing before the NCAA next Friday.

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Albert Haynesworth’s half-brother killed in motorcycle accident

10.08.10 at 12:03 pm ET
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Following Sunday’s win over the Eagles, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the media that Albert Haynesworth had played “by far, [his] best game since I’ve been here.”

The news on Friday, however, was much more grim. According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Haynesworth’s half-brother Lance McCoy was was killed Thursday night in a motorcylce crash. McCoy, 23, was reportedly traveling at around 100 mph while weaving in and out of traffic when the accident occurred. He, along with Haynesworth, was one of three boys raised by Linda Haynesworth in Hartsville, S.C.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Umpires back in spotlight

10.08.10 at 7:51 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 TODAY:
No local games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Coyotes vs. Bruins, at Prague, noon (Versus, NESN)

SUNDAY:
NH: Bruins vs. Coyotes, at Prague, 10 a.m. (NESN)
NBA Preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 6 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Dynamo, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ It’s the baseball postseason, which means umpires’ blown calls are magnified and calls for instant replay get louder and louder. In Thursday night’s Twins-Yankees game, home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt struggled with the strike zone and ejected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for bringing it to his attention. In Game 2 of the Rangers-Rays game, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was tossed for complaining about an apparent missed check swing call that proved to be a turning point. Now, reports are emerging that the players union has requested an offseason meeting to discuss the umpiring problem.

‘™¦ Brett Favre brings the Vikings to New York on Monday night to play the Jets, the team he helped make relevant again in 2008. In Thursday’s conference call with New York media, the quarterback had no interested in addressing the Deadspin website post that claims to show him exposing himself on a cell phone video made for a Jets TV host.

‘™¦ The Bears will turn to Walpole’s Todd Collins at quarterback with Jay Cutler still feeling the effects of a concussion. In the Chicago Tribune, David Haugh looks at why the 38-year-old Collins got the call.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 8, 1967, which Red Sox pitcher became the youngest American Leaguer to appear in a World Series game when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Cardinals in Game 4?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years.’€ ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, denying rumors that Randy Moss‘ bed behavior contributed to his trade to the Vikings

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 ‘€” Consecutive postseason losses by the Twins, after Wednesday’s setback to the Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series

‘NET RESULTS: An Ohio State soccer player kicks the ball into an Akron player’s face after a foul. And yet, the Buckeyes coach questions the referee for handing out a red card.

Grant Hill of the Suns and Reggie Evans of the Raptors are ejected for slapping each other on the behind a little too aggressively.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 19-year-old Ken Brett

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & the Gang is 60 today.

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Liverpool manager excited about buyout

10.07.10 at 10:27 am ET
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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said he is pleased with the interest from Red Sox owners to purchase the club. New England Sports Ventures submitted a bid of $476 million to buy the franchise, and it was accepted by three members of Liverpool’s board just before an Oct. 15 deadline. The team must get rid of its debt by the deadline. If no deal is made by then, the team must file for bankruptcy protection or be taken over by Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Cardinals exercise option on Albert Pujols

10.07.10 at 9:36 am ET
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The Cardinals on Wednesday exercised a $16 million club option with Albert Pujols and said there is no timetable for beginning negotiations with the three-time National League MVP before he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.

St. Louis also announced that left-handed reliever Trever Miller met a vesting option at $2 million for 2011.

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Report: Packers LB Nick Barnett done for season

10.07.10 at 9:31 am ET
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Packers linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury, according to an ESPN report. Barnett was injured during Green Bay’s win over the Lions on Sunday.

The Packers already have lost running back Ryan Grant (ankle) and safety Morgan Burnett (ACL) for the year.

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Saints CB Tracy Porter to miss 3-4 weeks

10.07.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Saints cornerback Tracy Porter had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee and will miss 3-4 weeks. Porter, a three-year veteran who had the game-clinching interception of Peyton Manning in New Orleans’ Super Bowl victory, was injured in Sunday’s victory over the Panthers.

Former Patriot Randall Gay and rookie Patrick Robinson are expected to fill in while Porter is out.

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