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UConn’s Jim Calhoun suspended three games by NCAA

02.22.11 at 9:45 pm ET
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The UConn basketball program avoided a major sanction by the NCAA, but coach Jim Calhoun received a three-game suspension next season for recruiting violations under his watch. The NCAA said Tuesday that Calhoun failed to create an atmosphere of compliance and it penalized the school with scholarship reductions for three years, recruiting restrictions, permanent disassociation of an unnamed booster and three years probation, in addition to Calhoun’s suspension from the first three Big East games next year.

“I am very disappointed with the NCAA’s decision in this case,” Calhoun said. “My lawyer and I are evaluating my options and will make a decision which way to proceed. In the meantime, I will not make any further statements about the case as our program prepares for what I hope will be an exciting and successful postseason.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman throws BP to major leaguers

02.22.11 at 7:13 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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 LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Flames, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Justine Siegal is believed to be the first woman to throw batting practice at major league spring training. Siegal, who was an assistant coach on the Springfield College baseball team the past four seasons and a first-base coach for the minor league Brockton Rox two years ago, pitched to a few Indians players on Monday in Goodyear, Ariz. The 36-year-old Cleveland native proposed the idea at the winter meetings in December, and her hometown Indians agreed. On Wednesday, she will pitch BP for the A’s as well.

“I thought she did great,” said Indians catcher Paul Phillips after facing Siegal. “She would fit right in. Had you not seen her pony tails, you would not have thought anything of it.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant‘s performance at the NBA All-Star Game earned him MVP honors, but in scoring 37 points he needed to take 26 shots (one short of an All-Star Game record) and admitted to having “nothing left” in the fourth quarter. Jason Whitlock at FoxSports.com writes that Sunday was Kobe’s last stand, predicting the 32-year-old will not have another shining moment in the playoffs or an All-Star Game.

‘™¦ With the NBA the the players’ union discussing a new collective bargaining agreement, Ashley Fox in The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests revamping the freshman rule. Fox proposes following baseball’s model (and, to some degree, the NFL’s): High school graduates can either sign with an NBA team or go to college, but if they go the college route they need to commit for at least three years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 22, 1995, which former Canadien made his first appearance for the Bruins after a five-year absence from the NHL?

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Hornets guard Jarrett Jack arrested for DUI

02.21.11 at 2:18 pm ET
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Hornets backup point guard Jarrett Jack was arrested early Sunday and charged with drunken driving, according to police in Snellville, Ga. The former Georgia Tech star failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over for speeding. He was released from jail Sunday night.

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NFL, union talk for more than 20 hours over weekend

02.21.11 at 10:50 am ET
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The NFL and the players’ union met before a federal mediator for about eight hours Sunday, according to The Associated Press. It was the third straight day the two sides had talked for six hours or more.

The talks over the weekend came after months of sparse negotiations. The two sides had gone more than two months without meeting before Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl. They met again the next week, but it didn’t go well and they canceled another meeting scheduled for the next day.

Neither side had much to say after Sunday’s meeting because they are abiding by mediator George Cohen‘s request that they not publicly comment on the negotiations.

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Minor league hockey coach rips off shirt and tie during tirade

02.21.11 at 9:41 am ET
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You know that scene in “Slap Shot” when Ned Braden strips down to his jock strap during a brawl? Well, Colorado Eagles assistant coach Greg Pankewicz decided to re-enact that scene Saturday night, although he thankfully didn’t go quite as far as Braden.

In the third period of a 5-1 Central Hockey League win over the Mississippi River Kings, Pankewicz became irate when linesman Chris Wilson tackled Eagles player Joe Grimaldi during a fight, according to the Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald. Pankewicz began yelling at the official and apparently wasn’t satisfied with the explanation he got.

He proceeded to rip off his shirt, tie and undershirt and chuck them onto the ice along with his shoes in a display that will surely earn him a spot in the pantheon of great coaching tirades.

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Report: Knicks closing in on deal for Carmelo Anthony

02.21.11 at 8:59 am ET
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The Nuggets and Knicks are working on the final details of a deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to New York, according to the Denver Post.

The paper cites league sources in saying the latest proposal would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and either Anthony Carter or Renaldo Balkman to the Knicks in return for Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and Eddy Curry.

The Nuggets have also been in talks with the Nets, but the Post says Anthony going to New Jersey is less likely because Anthony hasn’t said he would sign a contract extension with the Nets. He has indicated he would sign an extension with the Knicks.

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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov: ‘Fantastic’ meeting with Carmelo Anthony

02.21.11 at 7:45 am ET
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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov told CNBC Sunday that he had a “fantastic” meeting with Carmelo Anthony at NBA All-Star Weekend, as the Nets and Knicks make a push for the Nuggets star.

“I was just listening,” Anthony said of the meeting. “I didn’t give anybody a definitive answer. It was a good meeting to have. I’m not going to talk about the selling points and all that stuff. It was interesting. It’s hard for me to sit here and talk about what the Nets can do, because I’m not in a Nets uniform.”

Prokhorov indicated that at the very least, he forced the Knicks to up their offer, which he termed “a very good tactical decision.”

Meanwhile, the Knicks denied speculation that owner James Dolan was receiving advisement from Isiah Thomas.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Dave Duerson feared CTE before suicide

02.21.11 at 7:19 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ More details have emerged about former Bears safety Dave Duerson‘s death Thursday at his home in Florida. A four-time Pro Bowler who played in the 1980s and early ’90s, Duerson killed himself via a gunshot to the chest, apparently so that his brain could be preserved and examined. The 50-year-old sent text messages for family members indicating he thought he might be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an incurable disease linked to depression, impaired impulse control and cognitive decline. Duerson’s brain will be examined at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

‘™¦ Following last week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame controversy, the Basketball Hall of Fame has been coming under fire for its secrecy and failure to explain its decision-making that leaves greats such as Reggie Miller off the list of this year’s finalists. In the San Jose Mercury News, Tim Kawakami takes the Hall to task. In The Indianapolis Star, Bob Kravitz can’t understand how Miller did not make a list that includes less accomplished players Ralph Sampson, Maurice Cheeks and Jamaal Wilkes.

‘™¦ With the top four ranked NCAA basketball teams losing this past week, Blair Kerkhoff in The Kansas City Star looks at the lack of a dominant team or two and how this year’s NCAA tournament should be wide open.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 21, 1984, which Bruin recorded his 350th career NHL goal in a 5-2 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver?

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Lions reportedly forfeit pick due to tampering

02.18.11 at 2:01 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jason LaCanfora, the Lions were found guilty of tampering by the NFL and will forfeit a seventh-round draft pick. In addition, they will swap fifth-round pick with the Chiefs, the team that charged them.

The charge stems from Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham saying that he wanted players from Kansas City on Detroit’s roster.

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Former Bears safety Dave Duerson dead at 50

02.18.11 at 1:56 pm ET
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Dave Duerson, who was a safety on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team, was found dead in his Miami home Thursday night. He was 50.

A third-round pick from Notre Dame, Duerson played 11 seasons in the NFL. After leaving the Bears in 1989, he won a Super Bowl with the Giants the following season and then played his final three years with the Cardinals.

After a failed business venture and the loss of his home to foreclosure in 2007, Duerson moved to Florida and had been serving as a consultant and hosting an Internet radio show. He broadcast his final show Thursday.

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