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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jenn Sterger’s manager threatens to go ‘public’ with Brett Favre info

12.07.10 at 7:48 am ET
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NHL: Sabres at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (VERSUS)


‘™¦ On Monday, there were reports that the NFL is close to resolving its investigation into the Brett FavreJenn Sterger situation, and that the league was not likely to suspend the Vikings quarterback. Sterger’s manager did not take well to that news. Phil Reese told that Sterger has “provided extensive evidence that irrefutably proves there was harassment.” While Sterger has been mostly silent on the matter until now, Reese said that could change. Said Reese: “No matter what happens, Jenn has all legal remedies, including going public, if the NFL doesn’t clear her name.”

‘™¦ Could a couple of pro teams be on the move in the next two years? Speculation that the Chargers will move from San Diego to Los Angeles has intensified lately. In The Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers explains why the Chargers are likely to relocate a couple of hours north for the 2012 season. Meanwhile, with the Hornets moving under NBA ownership, the team could be ripe for a move as well when it is re-sold. Ian Thomsen at looks at potential landing spots and suggests Chicago might become a two-team town.

‘™¦ Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was fired Monday, midway through his second season at the helm. In The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that McDaniels is merely the scapegoat, and owner Pat Bowlen is the real problem.

‘™¦ Michael Wilbon, who is moving to ESPN full-time, has his farewell column in The Washington Post.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 7, 1986, in a 31-7 loss to the Bengals, Stanley Morgan had five catches to give him 67 on the year, a new Patriots single-season record. Whose mark did he break?

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Albert Haynesworth: ‘Haters’ on Redskins ‘making up lies’

12.07.10 at 6:21 am ET
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Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth fired back at critics Monday, one day after he was inactive for the team’s loss to the Giants.

“I believe there’s some kind of haters in the organization, that they don’t like me,” Haynesworth said in a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan. “I don’t know if it’s players, I don’t know if it’s coaches, I don’t know who it is. Obviously somebody who doesn’t like me, which is fine. But when you go out there and start making up lies, then, yeah, I’ve got something to say.”

Haynesworth said coaches told him he was inactive Sunday because he didn’t have a good practice on Thursday, was limited at Friday’s practice due to illness, and was late for a meeting. Comcast SportsNet reported an unnamed sources said Haynesworth appeared hung over on Friday after being out late Thursday.

“Yeah, I went out on Thursday but left early because I wasn’t feeling good and went home,” Haynesworth said. “And then they want to sit here and say I was hung over and drunk and something like that? … For these people to make up lies to try to make me look bad, it’s ridiculous.”

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Ravens players fined for hits vs. Steelers

12.07.10 at 6:16 am ET
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Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain was fined $40,000 and nose tackle Haloti Ngata fined $15,000 for their hits to the heads of Steelers players during Sunday night’s game. McClain’s helmet-to-helmet hit left Steelers tight end Heath Miller with a concussion, and Ngata broke Ben Roethlisberger‘s nose hen his hand raked the quarterback’ face. Roethlisberger underwent surgery Monday. Neither Raven was penalized during the game.

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Bill Guerin announces retirement from NHL, will be honored by Penguins

12.06.10 at 2:35 pm ET
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Bill Guerin, who was unable to find a team this season, made his retirement official and will be honored by the Penguins before their game Monday night vs. the Devils. Guerin, a native of Wilbraham who played at Boston College, played 18 seasons with eight teams and finished with 429 goals.

Guerin scored 25 goals or more eight times. He had a career-high 41 goals during a 66-point season with the Bruins in 2001-02. He broke in with the Devils in 1992-93 and also played for the Oilers, Bruins, Stars, Blues, Sharks and Islanders before finishing his career in Pittsburgh. He won Stanley Cups in 1995 (Devils) and 2009 (Penguins).

The Penguins are expected to offer him an administrative position.

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Villanova suspends JayVaughn Pinkston for season

12.06.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Highly recruited freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston was suspended for the remainder of the season from the Villanova basketball team after he was charged with assault in November following an off-campus altercation. The McDonald’s All-American and 2009 New York Player of the Year, Pinkston will be able to rejoin the school and the team in June. He apologized in a statement.

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Redskins teammate speaks out against Albert Haynesworth

12.06.10 at 2:24 pm ET
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Veteran defensive lineman Phillip Daniels got emotional Monday morning when talking about teammate Albert Haynesworth‘s latest controversy. Haynesworth was made inactive for Sunday’s loss to the Giants after being late and then sitting out Friday’s practice because he said he was sick.

Daniels said he hasn’t missed a practice this season despite being 37 and having his own battles with sickness.

“If I can come here and do this, don’t tell me that you can’t do it,” Daniels said.

Daniels added that Haynesworth could be the NFL’s MVP is he was fully committed to football.

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Cowboys legend Don Meredith dead at 72

12.06.10 at 2:04 pm ET
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Don Meredith, who starred for the Cowboys in the 1960s and later became famous as an original member of ABC’s “Monday Night Football” announcing team, died Sunday in Santa Fe, N.M., at the age of 72. Meredith’s wife, Susan, said her husband had suffered a brain hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma before dying.

Meredith, a quarterback, played nine years for the Cowboys, earning NFL Player of the Year honors in 1966 after leading Dallas to its first-ever winning season (10-3-1). He threw for 2,805 yards with a career-high 24 touchdown passes. He was the second player inducted to the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

“Don Meredith was one of the most colorful characters in NFL history. He was star on the field who became an even bigger star on television,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He brought joy to football fans, from his play in historic NFL games like the Ice Bowl to his great personality that helped launch the success of ‘Monday Night Football.’ “

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Marvin Miller on election snub: Hall of Fame ‘sought to bury me’

12.06.10 at 12:13 pm ET
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Former head of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association Marvin Miller, considered one of the most significant figures in the history of the game, mocked Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame for its failure to elect him. Miller needed 12 votes from the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee to be elected; this year, he received 11, failing to join long-time executive Pat Gillick as an electee.

The MLBPA released the following statement from Miller:

The following statement was issued today by Major League Baseball Players Association founding Executive Director Marvin Miller regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results.

‘€œThe Baseball Hall of Fame‘€™s vote (or non-vote) of December 5, hardly qualifies as a news story. It is repetitively negative, easy to forecast, and therefore boring.

‘€œMany years ago those who control the Hall decided to rewrite history instead of recording it. The aim was to eradicate the history of the tremendous impact of the players’€™ union on the progress and development of the game as a competitive sport, as entertainment, and as an industry. The union was the moving force in bringing Major League Baseball from the 19th century to the 21st century. It brought about expansion of the game to cities that had never had a Major League team. It brought about more than a 50% increase in the number of people employed as players, coaches, trainers, managers, club presidents, attorneys and other support personnel, employees of concessionaires, stadium maintenance personnel, parking lot attendants, and more.   It converted a salary structure from one with a $6,000 a year minimum salary to a $414,000 a year salary from the first day of a player’€™s Major League service. The union was also the moving force for changing the average Major League salary from $19,000 a year to more than $3 million a year, and the top salary from $100,000 to more than $25 million a year. The union was a major factor in increasing the annual revenue of all Major League clubs, combined ‘€“ from $50 million a year before the union started in 1966 to this year’€™s almost $7 billion a year. That is a difficult record to eradicate ‘€“ and the Hall has failed to do it.

‘€œA long time ago, it became apparent that the Hall sought to bury me long before my time, as a metaphor for burying the union and eradicating its real influence. Its failure is exemplified by the fact that I and the union of players have received far more support, publicity, and appreciation from countless fans, former players, writers, scholars, experts in labor management relations, than if the Hall had not embarked on its futile and fraudulent attempt to rewrite history. It is an amusing anomaly that the Hall of Fame has made me famous by keeping me out.’€

Current MLBPA Executive President Michael Weiner added the following thoughts:

“On behalf of members past and present of the Major League Baseball Players Association, I express my frustration, disappointment and sadness that Marvin Miller today was again denied his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Every person who has benefited in the past half century from baseball’s prosperity — player, owner, executive, manager, coach, or member of the media — owes a debt to Marvin. Marvin’s legacy is undiminished by this vote; the Hall, by contrast, once again squandered a chance to better itself as an institution.”

Weiner’s predecessor, Donald Fehr, also expressed disappointment in the decision:

“‘€œOnce again, Marvin Miller has been denied election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

‘€œThere can be no question as to the extraordinary contributions that he made to Baseball.  In the last half of the 20th Century no one had a greater or more meaningful positive impact on the Game than did Marvin Miller.

‘€œGenerations of players are already in his debt, as all future players will be.  The fact that a few members of the Expansion Era Committee saw fit to continue to deny recognition to the representative of the Players – who are the reason that the Hall exists in the first place – says more about them than it does about Marvin.

‘€œThis is a sad day for anyone who is or has been a Major League Player.’€

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs nose surgery

12.06.10 at 9:49 am ET
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will need surgery to repair a broken nose suffered in Sunday night’s contest with the Ravens, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  The injury occurred in the first series when he was sacked and hit in the face by Ravens defensive end Haloti Ngata. Roethlisberger’s nose became bloody and disgustingly disfigured on the play (watch below). Roethlisberger is not expected to miss any time with the injury.

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Report: Dez Bryant set to undergo ankle surgery

12.06.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant‘s rookie season is over after he fractured a right ankle when returning a kick Sunday against the Colts. Bryant underwent surgery Monday to repair the damage, which affected the same ankle that had plagued him in the preseason.

“That sets us back,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “That sets us back. I really feel bad for him, but it really sets us back. The good news is we’ve got some depth there. That’ll give [Kevin] Ogletree and guys like that a little more play time.”

The talented receiver finishes with 45 catches for 561 and eight total touchdowns ‘€” six receiving, two returning.

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