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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks deny tampering with Carmelo Anthony

09.29.10 at 7:43 am ET
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NHL Preseason: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m.
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ While a rumored Carmelo Anthony trade appears to be losing steam to the point of being dead, the Knicks are denying accusations of tampering. New York was not involved in the reported four-team deal, but the Knicks come into play because Anthony has expressed an interest in making Madison Square Garden his new home, and he becomes a free agent next offseason ‘€” assuming he doesn’t sign a contract extension with a team that might acquire him in a trade. Anthony spent last week hanging around with new Knick Amar’e Stoudemire. Then, at Nuggets media day earlier this week, Anthony insisted he never asked for a trade.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News looks at some recent Jets castoffs who starred over the weekend, including new Patriot Danny Woodhead.

‘™¦ The Rays’ lack of fan support has become a hot-button issue after players complained about the small crowds. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan writes that Major League Baseball shares in the blame for expanding into Florida.

‘™¦ With a new cry for college athletes to get paid, Gregg Doyel at CBSSports.com explains that they already do get some form of payment. One of his examples is the $41 off-campus meal allowance for Boston College athletes. Meanwhile, the University of California dropped five sports, including baseball, for financial reasons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox played their final game of the season. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski finished with an average of .301, which ranks as the lowest average ever to lead the league. Which Red Sox player finished first in the AL in RBIs, with 109.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Watching the games on TV is going to feel weird.” ‘€” David Ortiz, following the Red Sox’ elimination from postseason contention Tuesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 17,891 ‘€” Attendance at Tuesday’s game in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Rays clinched a playoff spot with a 5-0 win over the Orioles one day after players criticized fans for a lack of support

‘NET RESULTS: A 17-year-old with Down syndrome, Ike Ditzenberger, scored a memorable touchdown in a high school football game in Snohomish, Wash.

Caleb Jennings of Division 3 Emory & Henry College has the early lead on touchdown run of the year.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Harrelson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jerry Lee Lewis is 75 on Wednesday.

Read More: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony,

Jaguars claim Trent Edwards

09.29.10 at 7:05 am ET
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One day after his release from the Bills, quarterback Trent Edwards was picked up by the Jaguars. Jacksonville has been frustrated with starter David Garrard, who threw four interceptions before being benched in a Week 2 loss to the Chargers and completed just 13-of-30 passes for 105 yards with an interception on Sunday vs. the Eagles.

Jags backup Luke McCown tore a knee ligament in Week 2 and is on injured reserve. Jacksonville had signed 38-year-old Todd Bouman as a replacement.

Read More: David Garrard, Rumor Mill, Trent Edwards,

Agent: 46-year-old John Carney returning to Saints

09.29.10 at 7:00 am ET
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According to his agent, 46-year-old kicker John Carney will return to the NFL, signing with the Saints. Carney worked out for his former team Tuesday after Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime Sunday in an eventual loss to the Falcons. A source told The Associated Press that Hartley, 4-for-7 this season after starring in last season’s playoffs, will remain with the club.

Carney played for the Saints last season when Hartley was suspended four games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, and he remained active for 11 games before becoming the team’s kicking consultant.

Read More: John Carney, Rumor Mill,

NFL investigating incident between Packers safety and fan

09.28.10 at 9:51 pm ET
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The NFL is investigating a confrontation between Packers safety Nick Collins and a fan after Monday night’s game in Chicago. A Milwaukee television station has video of Collins yelling at a fan as he leaves the field, and he appeared to throw his mouth guard into the stands. The station reported that Collins said the fan spit on him and used a racial slur, and the player apologized for “losing his cool.”

Read More: Nick Collins, Rumor Mill,

Report: Nets pull back on Carmelo Anthony trade

09.28.10 at 9:39 pm ET
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The Nets are no longer actively pursuing a four-team deal that would land them Carmelo Anthony, according to an ESPN report. The story cites sources who indicated the Nets did not want to wait on Denver, and Nets general manager had set a Tuesday deadline for the Nuggets to accept the proposal. Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that the deal was “dead,” according to a source.

The proposed deal would send Anthony to New Jersey, Nets rookie Derrick Favors and Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko to Denver, Nets guard Devin Harris to Charlotte and Bobcats forward Boris Diaw to Utah.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, Rumor Mill,

1998 near Triple Crown winner Real Quiet dies

09.28.10 at 5:38 pm ET
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Real Quiet, the small horse who was less than a length away of becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978, died Monday at age 15. The bay was found lying in his stall after his left shoulder hit the ground, breaking his neck.

In 1998 Real Quiet won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Mike Pegram in two heated races with Victory Gallop. In the Belmont, Victory Gallop edged Real Quiet in a photo finish that revealed Victory Gallop had won the race by a nostril.

“He gave us a lot of thrills and excitement,” Baffert said. “Just winning the Kentucky Derby for Mike Pegram was pretty amazing. … I like to think it was meant to be.”

Real Quiet continued to race successfully as a four year old with victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pimilico Special. Eventually he was retired to stud and was moved to the Penn Ridge Farm in Pennsylvania, a farm created specifically for the horse.

“He was a great champion and is a great champion,” said Mike Jester, owner of the farm. “It’s a pretty big blow for us.”

Read More: bob baffert, real quiet, Rumor Mill, victory gallop

Houston’s Case Keenum unsure on future

09.28.10 at 5:38 pm ET
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Houston quarterback Case Keenum has not made a decision on his future after having surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Due to graduate in December, Keenum is weighing whether to come back for a fifth season and attempt to set the NCAA passing yards and touchdown passes record or prepare for the NFL draft in April.

Keenum, the fifth-leading passer in NCAA history, was injured in the team’s September 18th game against UCLA while trying to make a tackle. He currently stands just 3,487 yards behind former Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang and 28 touchdown passes behind Graham Harrell. If Keenum decides to return to school he would have to petition the NCAA for a medical waiver.

Keenum had put his name in the draft pool this past spring but decided to stay for his senior season. ESPN college football analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected Keenum as the third best senior quarterback entering the season.

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Flyers to start season short two players

09.28.10 at 5:37 pm ET
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Playoff hero Michael Leighton and Ian Laperriere will likely miss the first several weeks of the Flyers season which begins October 7th against Pittsburgh.

Leighton, the team’s starting goaltender, will miss a month due to a bulging disc in his back the team announced Tuesday. General manager Paul Holmgren said that Leighton should be fine  with rest and rehabilitation and will not need surgery. In the playoffs last year Leighton took over the starting role and went 8-3 including leading the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup appearance since the 1996-97 season.

The timetable for Laperriere is uncertain as the forward continues to suffer from post-concussion syndrome. Laperriere has suffered from the symptoms since late last season when he was hit by a puck in the head. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI Friday.

Read More: ian laperriere, michael leighton, paul holmgren, Rumor Mill

Charlie Batch still the starter in the Steel City

09.28.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Charlie Batch will start Sunday against Baltimore despite the fact that Byron Leftwich is healthy. Batch originally the team’s fourth string quarterback threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in the team’s 38-13 victory over the Buccaneers.

The Steelers who are without their suspended starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first four weeks had originally intended to start Leftwich during the suspension. But after sustaining a left knee injury, the veteran was cut and then resigned with the club last week to serve as Batch’s backup while he finished rehabbing.

Sunday’s game will mark the first time Batch has started consecutive games since 2005 when Ben Roethlisberger suffered from a right knee injury. In 2005 he guided the team to back-to-back victories against the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns without throwing a touchdown pass.

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich, charlie batch, Rumor Mill

Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio to attend Saturday’s game

09.28.10 at 3:06 pm ET
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio will be in the coaching box for Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Wisconsin less than two weeks after suffering a mild heart attack.

Dantonio was released from the hospital a week ago and announced his intention to attend this week’s game at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. The fourth-year head coach spent two days in the hospital last week after sustaining a mild heart attack hours after the team’s thrilling victory over Notre Dame.

‘€œI’€™m going to ease back into this much like anybody would after any injury,’€ Dantonio said. ‘€œI’€™m going to listen to our doctors, but I am going to ease back into this and do something daily with our football team.’€

With Dantonio absent this past weekend, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell took over and led the team to a 45-7 victory over Northern Colorado. Dantonio stressed the importance of focusing on the match-up of the unbeaten rivals rather than his own situation.

‘€œI think it’€™s very, very important that we focus on Wisconsin’€”that the focus go from Mark Dantonio and that night to Wisconsin and what we have to get done this weekend,’€ Dantonio said.

Read More: don treadwell, mark dantonio, Rumor Mill,