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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez won’t need shoulder surgery

02.04.11 at 9:49 am ET
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Mark Sanchez won’t need to rehab from surgery for a second straight offseason. The Jets quarterback said Thursday that doctors told him rest and mild rehabilitation would be enough to return his injured right shoulder to full strength.

Sanchez was injured in the Jets’ win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 19, but he was still able to help lead the Jets to the AFC championship game without missing any games.

Sanchez underwent knee surgery after last season, but he was able to avoid shoulder surgery this year when an MRI soon after the Jets’ playoff loss to the Steelers showed swelling and bruising in the shoulder had improved enough to make an operation unnecessary.

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Knicks fined $200,000 for draft workouts

02.04.11 at 9:49 am ET
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The NBA fined the Knicks $200,000 and team scout Rodney Heard $20,000 on Thursday for holding illegal workouts prior to the draft.

The league said Heard, the Knicks’ director of East scouting, illegally worked with draft-eligible players in May 2007 and May 2010.

League rules dictate that teams cannot work out players eligible for the draft before the NBA’s predraft camp in May.

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Poll shows only lukewarm reception from fans for NFL’s 18-game proposal

02.04.11 at 9:49 am ET
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It would seem that an 18-game schedule is something NFL fans would love. Wouldn’t everyone want to watch more football?

Not according to an Associated Press/Knowledge Networks poll released Thursday. The survey showed that only 27 percent of those polled favor adding two regular season schedules and cutting two preseason games. Among those who identified themselves as NFL fans, that number rose to 45 percent, but only 18 percent strongly favored it.

Steelers Hines Ward and James Harrison have both voiced their opposition to the proposal this week. Nine percent of those surveyed joined them in strongly opposing it.

“There’s plenty enough football as it is,” said Steven Keller, a a 43-year-old from Crystal Lakes, Ill. “Eighteen games is too many for the players. … Those guys get beat up.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Packers DE Cullen Jenkins locates missing father

02.04.11 at 7:29 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 LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NBA: Mavericks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Sharks at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 2:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins used Super Bowl media day Tuesday to make public the fact that he was unable to reach his father, who had been out of touch for over a month. He continued to share his concern during the week and said he planned to leave his father a ticket for the game in hopes he would attend. On Thursday, Jenkins’ brother, Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, told The Associated Press that Darome Jenkins, who raised his sons as a single father in Michigan, had been located by police at his home in Hawaii.

“It’s something where I’m just thinking that maybe he’s taking time to himself or something,” Cullen Jenkins had said a few hours before the call came from his father. “Maybe he just pulled back away from everybody right now. Maybe that’s what’s going on. There’s just a lot of questions and unknowns about it. That’s what makes it most difficult.”

‘™¦ With Andy Pettitte set to announce his retirement Friday and Cliff Lee having signed with the Phillies, the Yankees still are looking for help in their rotation. At MLB.com, Anthony Castrovince writes that it’s not time for panic yet in New York, but it might be soon.

‘™¦ Super Bowl advertisers who in the past would have kept their ads a secret until Sunday are offering teases online. In The New York Times, Stuart Elliott looks at this trend as advertisers seek to maximize their reported $3 million investment (for a 30-second ad).

‘™¦ Gilbert Arenas returns to Washington on Friday night with the Magic. Mike Wise of The Washington Post is curious to see the reaction the controversial guard will get from the crowd after failing to live up to the $111 million contract he received with the Wizards before he was traded this season. “You know, some people just can’t forgive,” Arenas said Thursday. “And that’s just the way life is. You know, I can’t forgive some things, either. At some point I hope they can forgive me as a person.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 4, 1990, which Bruin became the 32nd goalie in NHL history to record his 200th victory?

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Report: Andy Pettitte to announce retirement

02.03.11 at 1:12 pm ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement Friday at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte has indicated since the end of last season that he probably wouldn’t play in 2011 but has made no official statement.

Pettitte, 38, is 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 major league seasons.

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Steelers’ James Harrison continues to criticize NFL

02.03.11 at 9:17 am ET
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One day after making sarcastic comments about being gentle while hitting opposing players, Steelers linebacker James Harrison said before Wednesday’s practice that the owners are more interested in maximizing profit than the health of their players.

“It’s not about player safety,” he said. “It’s about them making money.”

Harrison called the league’s proposal for an 18-game season “crazy,” and went on to criticize the owners’ handling of CBA negotiations, as the threat of a lockout looms.

“You don’t go and lock your players out and take away the health insurance from people that have wives and kids on the way,” he said. “You lock us out and health insurance is gone.”

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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sues newspaper for critical column

02.03.11 at 9:12 am ET
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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is suing Washington City Paper following a column the weekly paper printed that he claims defamed him and had anti-Semitic references.

The suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday, claims the paper used “lies, half-truths, innuendo and anti-Semitic imagery to smear, malign, defame and slander” Snyder.

Snyder is seeking $1 million in damages for each of the two causes of action, plus punitive damages.

City Paper publisher Amy Austin, in a letter to readers Wednesday, stated: “We believe we have the facts right.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Bill’ wins championship coaching name game

02.03.11 at 7:18 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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 THURSDAY:
NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes ‘€” Green Bay’s McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh’s Tomlin ‘€” The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills ‘€” Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher ‘€” have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis.

Bills also lead in basketball (with help from Celtics‘ Bills Russell, Sharman and Fitch) and baseball (including old-time Red Sox manager Carrigan). Toms rule the NHL.

In college football, it’s Robert (including Bob/Bobby). In college basketball it’s Jim, with UConn’s Calhoun among the winning Jims.

‘™¦ Lakers guard Ron Artest denied a report that he wants to be traded. “We’re sticking together,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’re moving forward. That’s all that matters.” At Fox Sports, Billy Witz writes that the new Artest isn’t likely to cause any problems, but down deep he probably would prefer to play for the Knicks, his hometown team.

‘™¦ National signing day was Wednesday for college football teams. In the Detroit Free Press, Michael Rosenberg addresses the issue of grayshirting ‘€” signing more recruits than a team has scholarships and making some players wait a year for their grant ‘€” and writes that the NCAA should abolish it.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots beat the Rams to win their first Super Bowl. In addition to an interception return for a touchdown by Ty Law and two Adam Vinatieri field goals, the Patriots had one offensive touchdown. Who scored it?

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Dave Roberts ready to coach after battle with cancer

02.02.11 at 11:43 am ET
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Red Sox postseason hero Dave Roberts is back in baseball less than a year after finding out he had Hodgkins’ lymphoma.

Now the first-base coach for the Padres, Roberts has been working with players on baserunning skills for the past month. The 38-year-old Roberts said his battle with cancer showed him just how much support he has, especially from the cities he played in.

“The thing that I probably gained the most is I never realized how many people … cared for me and loved me, from family to friends to fans,” Roberts told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The e-mails, the cards, all the well wishes, were amazing. I never really had anyone constantly praying for me and my well being. To feel that wherever I went, from San Francisco to San Diego to Boston and to outside the country, was very humbling.”

Roberts played 10 seasons in the majors and is best remembered for his stolen base in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS that sparked Boston’s comeback against the Yankees.

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Report: Lou Piniella to become consultant for Giants

02.02.11 at 10:13 am ET
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Lou Piniella retired from managing in August, but he’ll still be around baseball next season. The 14th-winningest manager in MLB history will join the World Series champion Giants front office as a consultant, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The article said Piniella, 67, will help in a variety of ways, including advising on player movement and scouting. Piniella interviewed for the Giants coaching job in 2006, but ultimately removed his name from consideration and took the Cubs job instead.

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