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Red Sox executive Allard Baird interviews with Mets

10.12.10 at 6:13 am ET
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Red Sox scouting director Allard Baird became the first person to interview for the vacant Mets general manager position Monday. Baird was the GM for the Royals for nearly six years, having spent 18 seasons with Kansas City. Also meeting with New York chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, acting GM John Ricco, and other Mets executives will be White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn (Tuesday), and former Arizona GM (and one-time Red Sox assistant general manager) Josh Byrnes (Wednesday).

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Johnny Damon out of picture for Tigers, ‘would love’ to return to Yankees

10.11.10 at 6:19 pm ET
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According to the New York Post, outfielder Johnny Damon has been told by the Tigers that he is not in their plans for the 2011 season. Damon signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Tigers last offseason. In August, the Red Sox claimed Damon on waivers, but the former Boston icon said that he would exercise his right to veto a deal rather than come back to the Sox.

At the time, Damon cited his loyalty to the Tigers, and his hope that he would be a part of their plans for both 2010 and beyond. But, according to the Post, the Tigers have informed the 36-year-old that they will go in a different direction.

“They told me they are looking for a prototypical type DH like Adam Dunn,” Damon told the paper. “They said they need that type of bat in the middle of order. I am a No. 1 or 2 guy.”

Damon sounded enthusiastic about the possibility of returning to the Yankees, for whom he played from 2006-09 after his four years in Boston.

“I would love to have that as an option,” Damon told the Post of the possibility of returning to the Yankees. “It would be very exciting to go back there.”

Damon hit .271 with a .355 OBP, .401 slugging mark and .756 OPS while serving as the DH and left fielder for the Tigers.

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Report: Allen Iverson has offer in Turkey

10.11.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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Despite receiving larger offers to play in China, Allen Iverson is in negotiations to play in Turkey, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Turkish team Besiktas is offering Iverson a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $2 million and a chance to play in Istanbul.

“We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],’€ Gary Moore, Iverson’s buisness partner said. ‘€œIstanbul is beautiful from everything we’€™ve learned. It’€™s not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive.”

While the two sides are close to an agreement, the one thing holding the deal up is a clause that allows Besiktas to fine Iverson more than one percent on his base salary, Yahoo! Sports said. Besiktas is one of the top three teams in the Turkish first division and it begins play this weekend. The team also has former Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy under contract.

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Braves sit Brooks Conrad for Game 4

10.11.10 at 4:02 pm ET
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One day after he committed three errors in Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Braves and Giants, Brooks Conrad is out of the Atlanta lineup, replaced at second base by Omar Infante. With Infante moving from third to second, Troy Glaus will get the start at third for the Braves against the Giants.

Conrad’s errors on Sunday led directly to two unearned runs, and so they may well have meant the difference between the Braves winning and losing on Sunday. They ended up falling to the Giants, 3-2, with the game-winning run coming with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, when Buster Posey’s grounder went under Conrad’s glove and through his legs. The error marked the first time in postseason history that the go-ahead run had come on an error in the ninth inning.

Conrad has four errors through the first three games of the NLDS, which the Giants lead, two games to one. He committed eight errors in 46 regular-season games. At the plate, he is 1-for-10 with four strikeouts.

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Brett Favre apologizes to teammates for distraction

10.11.10 at 3:49 pm ET
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According to, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre apologized to his teammates for being a distraction leading up to the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Jets and told the Minnesota players that he is ready to play “lights out tonight” against New York. The NFL is currently investigating allegations that Favre sent inappropriate text messages and pictures to a former Jets employee.

The NFL is currently investigating the matter, and commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league will “make a determination” about whether to punish the quarterback under its personal conduct policy. For more on the investigation, click here.

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Marcus Camby wants Carmelo Anthony to stay in Denver

10.11.10 at 3:27 pm ET
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Marcus Camby spent six years playing alongside Carmelo Anthony in Denver and hopes the star stays with the franchise. The Trail Blazers center told NBA Fanhouse that there are a variety of reasons why Anthony may want to leave but that he should stay in powder blue.

“I would love to see [Anthony return to Denver],” Camby said. “Me playing [with the Nuggets] for six years, I know how much he means to the city. But he obviously has to do what’s best for himself.”

Camby cited assistant coach Tim Grgurich’s leaving after five years with the team as a major reason for Anthony’s displeasure. Another reason Anthony is upset, according to Anthony, is Kenyon Martins lingering health issues and contract concerns. The Nuggets power forward has one year left on his contract and has said that he will not try to rush his recovery from a knee surgery due to unhappiness with his contract situation.

“Maybe [Anthony] wants to see what else is going on around the team,” Camby said. “A lot of other stuff is going on. K-Mart and all the other stuff that’s been going around. I know that Grg not being [in Denver] this year is tough. Everybody loves Grg.”

NBA Fanhouse also reports that Camby may be done after his contract expires at the end of next season saying that he does not want to be relegated to the bench. Camby, in his 15th season in the NBA, is currently the Trail Blazers center but only after the team lost both Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla to season-ending injuries last season.

“I’ll finish out my contract. I don’t know [after that],” Camby said. “It depends on how my body feels. It depends on the situation that I’m in. If I’m in the rotation, then I’m fine with that. I think I’ve got too much pride to be the 11th or 12th man.”

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers joins concussion club

10.11.10 at 3:21 pm ET
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Aaron Rodgers‘ status for Sunday’s contest is uncertain Monday after the quarterback suffered a concussion Sunday in the Packers‘ overtime loss to the Redskins. Rodgers will miss at least some practice time this week but could be eligible to play Sunday.

The Packers sustained numerous injuries during Sunday’s game, and two players will have surgery. Tight end Jermichael Finley, the team’s second-leading receiver, injured his knee but may be able to make a return this season, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Linebacker Nick Barnett may not be as fortunate, as the Packers will decide on the fate of his season later this week after he sustained a wrist injury.

Rodgers joins Jay Cutler and Kevin Kolb as the NFL quarterbacks to sustain concussions through the first five weeks of the NFL season. If Rodgers has to miss Sunday’s game, the only other quarterback on the roster is Matt Flynn, a third-year player out of LSU who has just 22 career NFL passes.

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Rams lose Mark Clayton for season

10.11.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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The Rams, already stung by injuries to their wide receivers, have lost another, according to a report by the St. Louis Dispatch. Mark Clayton said he will have surgery to repair the torn patella tendon in his right knee.

“Yeah, I’m going to have to get surgery to get everything taken care of,” Clayton told the St. Louis Dispatch.

Clayton was off to his best start of his career this season with 23 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He sustained the injury in the first quarter Sunday and had to be carted off the field.

“I got kicked right in the knee,” Clayton said. “And as soon as he did it, [the knee] was like so hot and I couldn’t move anything so it knew it was pretty serious.”

After spending the first five seasons of his career in Baltimore, Clayton was traded to the Rams in the offseason for a draft pick.  Clayton is the second Rams receiver to sustain a season-ending injury after Donnie Avery tore his ACL at the end of the preseason.

Danny Amendola will step in as the No. 1 receiver for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Amendola had 12 catches for 95 Sunday in the team’s blowout loss to the Lions. The only other receivers on the team’s roster are rookie Mardy Gilyard, Laurent Robinson and Brandon Gibson.

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Brett Favre on allegations: ‘That will take its course’

10.11.10 at 10:11 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre continued to deflect questions about his alleged sexual harassment that occurred while he was a member of the Jets. In meetings with ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew, Favre responded to a question about the accuracy of the allegations by saying: “That will take its course.”

Added Favre: “My main focus is the New York Jets, they are a tough team. As good as they are, that has been my focus. I hate in away way if this has been a distraction, as I said Thursday [in a conference call with New York media]. We are here focused on trying to beat the Jets.”

Regarding the hit on his persona, Frave said his reputation “has always been important to me. That was one of the first questions I answered when I signed [with the Vikings]. Sure, it is important to me, it has always been a concern.”

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LEEInks List: Boston pro athletes put in cuffs

10.11.10 at 9:33 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is the latest high-profile athlete to be put in the spotlight for his questionable behavior, for incidents of apparent sexual harassment while he was a member of the Jets. In recent months, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was charged with DUI, and Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested for striking his girlfriend’s father outside the team’s family lounge at Citi Field.

While Boston has been fortunate to avoid major problems this season with its star players, we are not immune to the situation. Here’€™s a look back at some local pro athletes in the last three decades to be put into cuffs.

10. Gabe Pruitt, 2009

Pruitt hasn’€™t seen a lot of playing time in the NBA since being selected by the Celtics in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft. That may have been the reason that he went out celebrating after playing five minutes against his hometown Clippers on Feb. 25, 2009. He was subsequently arrested at 3 a.m. the following morning for drunken driving. Pruitt had been pulled over in the first place not for erratic driving but because his tinted windows were illegal in California. He was released five hours later and posted $5,000 bail. The C’€™s waived him after the season, and he has been mired in basketball obscurity ever since, with stints in the NBA Development League and Europe.

9. Joe Thornton, 2003

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to separate work from pleasure. The 23-year-old Bruins captain was out at the Burty Bob’€™s II bar in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario, with his older brother John during the offseason when a bar brawl broke out. The bar owner called police after he failed to bring the bout to a halt, and that’€™s where it began to get sticky for the former No. 1 pick. Neither of the Thornton brothers went very easily, and both were arrested, Joe for assaulting and obstructing police and John for resisting arrest and trespassing. Read the rest of this entry »

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