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NFL Roundup: Patriots could get Fred Taylor back for Cleveland game

10.31.10 at 9:51 am ET
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According to, the Patriots may be getting running back Fred Taylor back for their Nov. 6 game against Cleveland. Taylor has appeared in just three games this season due to a toe injury. For the complete report click here.

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Rangers could start Cliff Lee in Game 4

10.30.10 at 4:37 pm ET
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While the Rangers are scheduled to have right-hander Tommy Hunter start Game 4 of the World Series, Rangers manager Ron Washington did not rule out the possibility of bringing back ace Cliff Lee on three days’ rest for the contest if his team suffers a loss in Game 3 to fall into a 3-0 hole.

“There’s a chance that anything could happen,” Washington said in response to a question about the hypothetical scenario. “But as I said, really the only thing that I’m thinking about right now is [Rangers Game 3 starter] Colby Lewis tonight. That hypothetical, we’ll deal with it if it happens.”

The Giants beat Lee in Game 1, scoring seven runs against him in 4 2/3 innings, and then erupted in the late innings of Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. The two teams will play Game 3 on Saturday night, in the first World Series home game ever played by the Rangers.

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Sterger expected to meet with NFL about Favre

10.30.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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According to, former Jets sideline host Jennifer Sterger is expected to meet with the NFL next week about allegations that Vikings (and former Jets) quarterback Brett Favre sent her inappropriate text and picture messages. NFL analyst Peter King had told the Dale & Holley Show on Friday that the NFL had been thinking about closing the investigation, which had dragged on in the absence of Sterger’s testimony.

“The league is at the end of its rope. Either talk or don’€™t talk, but the fact that they have strung it out for so long, I think the league wants to put this matter to bed. Fairly soon, in fact,” King said. “If they haven’€™t said, I think they’€™re going to say it in the coming days, maybe even in the coming day, They’€™ll say we need a decision from you or else we’€™re going to close the investigation. That’€™s my gut feeling about what’€™s going on with it.”

But now, Sterger’s lawyer told, it appears that the recipient of the alleged messages will discuss them with the League.

“There is a very strong likelihood that Ms. Sterger will agree to meet with the NFL in their ongoing investigation,” the attorney is quoted as saying in the ESPN article. “I expect that such a meeting will take place late next week at an undisclosed location.”

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Yankees face questions about Derek Jeter’s future

10.30.10 at 9:31 am ET
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It was a struggle of a season for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (despite the fact that his bats are being used by the U.S. government to secure goodwill around the world). In an American League-leading 739 plate appearances, Jeter’s offensive and defensive production nosedived.

He had career lows in batting average (.270), OBP (.340), slugging (.370) and OPS (.710) and matched a career worst with 10 home runs. Defensively, he had a Plus/Minus rating of -17, meaning he made 17 fewer plays than an average shortstop would have on balls hit to his fielding zone. That mark ranked 32nd among major league shortstops.

As a result, while few doubt that Jeter — a free agent this winter for the first time in his career — will re-sign with the Yankees, questions are being asked about whether he will either be dropped in the batting order (he started 137 games as a leadoff hitter and 18 as the No. 2 hitter) or moved from shortstop. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, in a conversation with reporters to announce his own three-year extension with the Yankees, did not dismiss the possibilities.

“I think you have to watch the level he plays at,” Girardi told reporters, adding, “Our lineup is maybe something that could change next year.”

GM Brian Cashman, however, suggested that the organization is not contemplating a move of Jeter from the only position he has ever played in his career.

“He’s the best candidate to play shortstop for this franchise,” said Cashman.

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Houston Texans owner has locker room checked for PEDs

10.30.10 at 9:11 am ET
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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair had staff members check the team’s locker room to make sure that players were not using substances that were either banned or not approved by the NFL. The news was first reported by USA Today.

Two Texans players — left tackle Duane Brown and linebacker Brian Cushing — served four-game suspensions for violating league banned substance policy. As a result, McNair had staff members check lockers and remove products that were not specifically approved by the NFL. The examination took place about a month ago.

“We concluded that one thing we can do is to just go through the locker room and make sure that if anybody is using anything, it’s a product from one of the approved manufacturers,” McNair said. “That’s about all that we can do.”

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Saints rule out Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas for Sunday night

10.30.10 at 9:04 am ET
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The Saints have ruled out both of their top two running backs for another week, according to the Associated Press. New Orleans will be without both Reggie Bush (broken fibula) and Pierre Thomas (left ankle sprain) for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.

Bush has been out since suffering the injury in Week 2. He had expected to come back for this Sunday against the Steelers, but after testing the ankle’s recovery, he said that it’s possible he will sit not just this week, but also next week against Carolina before a Week 10 bye.

“We’re just kind of taking it week by week,” Bush said. “Obviously, if I didn’t play next week, that would give me a little more time with the bye week to come back after that. So I don’t know. There’s a lot of things up in the air.”

Thomas was on crutches and had no timetable for his return.

On the Dale & Holley Show on Friday, NFL analyst Peter King noted the devastating effect that the injuries to the two running backs have had.

“I talked to Sean Payton at length this morning. I think they’€™re very worried. It’€™s the first time I’€™ve heard him say something like, ‘€˜The way we’€™re going now, we’€™re a 7-9, 9-7, 8-8 team. We’€™ve got to play better.’€™ I think the thing people are concerned about with them, especially because I doubt they’€™ll have Reggie Bush this weekend. So another weekend without Reggie Bush, without Pierre Thomas,” said King. “I did a lot of Saints games last year towards the end of the year. I just know that at the end of the year, Pierre Thomas was one of their five most important players. He was a vital guy for them. And now, he’€™s been a total non-factor for them this year. You need to have someone other than a Julius Jones who is walking in off the street and trying to learn all the little things. They’€™ve made a bunch of mistakes in the passing game where running backs are either running the wrong way or don’€™t do what they’€™re supposed to do.”

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Saints fans aim for Halloween world record Sunday night

10.29.10 at 9:05 pm ET
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When the Saints and Steelers meet Sunday night in New Orleans, the fans will share the spotlight. The team invited fans to dress up in Halloween costumes, and a representative from Guinness Wold Records will be on hand to verify the world’s largest Halloween gathering. The current record, set at an Indiana bar, is 508.

NBC, which is broadcasting the game on Sunday Night Football, will have a “costume cam” to let viewers see the record-setting outfits up close.

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Pedro Martinez contemplates return to MLB

10.29.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Former Cy Young Award pitcher Pedro Martinez is contemplating a return to the big leagues. Martinez did not pitch in the majors this year after a short 2009 stint with the Phillies. Martinez went 5-1 with a 3.63 earned run average during 2009 but was not signed by a major league club.

The former Red Sox ace is now working out in the Dominican Republic and he may choose to play winter baseball for the Licey Tigers. Martinez has battled injuries in recent seasons and no major teams have been willing to pay a high price for the veteran.

‘€œI’€™m looking for motivation to come back,’€ Martinez told ESPN’€™s Enrique Rojas.

Martinez, 39, was a three-time Cy Young Award winner in 1997, 1999, and 2000. He was also a eight-time All-star and a member of the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox. Martinez has a career record of 219-100 with 3,154 career strikeouts. Over his career, Martinez played for the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies.

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Roger Goodell: English NFL franchise ‘realistic’

10.29.10 at 3:19 pm ET
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The NFL may be moving to Europe. Sunday, the 49ers and Broncos will match up in England’€™s Wembley Stadium, the fourth time Wembley will host an NFL regular-season game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hopes that someday England will have a full-time franchise, reports The Associated Press. ‘€œI think the next step will be multiple games,’€ said Goodell. ‘€œAnd if that’€™s successful then I think the idea of a franchise here is realistic.’€

There is no timeline for expansion but the possibility of a European franchise is growing with the success of previous Wembley matchups. Wembley has a capacity of 86,000 for football matches and the stadium will also host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Report: Colts Joseph Addai out, Donald Brown in for Monday Night

10.29.10 at 3:14 pm ET
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According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, who joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning (listen to the interview here), the Colts running back position is in just as much flux as the receivers.

Schefter reports that Joseph Addai is likely to miss Monday’s contest against the Texans with a shoulder injury. Addai was originally hurt in Week 5 against the Chiefs, but the shoulder was re-aggravated the following week against the Redskins. Addai was putting up his best numbers of the year (17 carries, 128 yards, one touchdown) before exiting the game.

Earlier on Thursday, Colts coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that Addai’s tolerance for pain is “unusual,” while adding, “He can turn it around in a moment’s notice. It’s a day to day situation.” So while he remains unlikely to go, Addai can’t be ruled out entirely yet.

Meanwhile, Donald Brown, who has been out since Sept. 26 because of a hamstring injury, is expected to return soon, according to Schefter. If he too can’t go, the coaching staff has expressed full confidence in second-year back Mike Hart to carry a heavy workload.

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