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Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight likely to happen May 7

12.15.10 at 11:09 am ET
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Eight-division king Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 7 in an HBO pay-per-view televised bout from Las Vegas, the fighter’s adviser Michael Koncz told AOL’s FanHouse on Tuesday. “I’m assuming that it will be at the MGM,” Koncz said, “but all that we’ve talked about is having it in Las Vegas. Which casino, I don’t know.” The 32-year-old Pacquiao is 9-1-1, with seven knockouts overall in Las Vegas, and 4-1-1 at MGM.

Aside from six-time champion Floyd Mayweather, with whom negotiations for a fight with Pacquiao have twice reached an impasse, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has indicated that his top choices for Pacquiao’s opponents are five-time champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley, WBO and WBA lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez and WBC welterweight belt-holder Andre Berto. Arum left for the Philippines on Sunday to present the three proposals to Pacquia and Koncz for consideration, with a decision expected to be made no later than Dec. 19. The 39-year-old Mosley told FanHouse on Monday that he believed that he would fight next against Pacquiao, and both Arum and Koncz have indicated that they would suggest Mosley to Pacquiao as his most beneficial adversary, economically.

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Video: Florida HS basketball player attacks referee

12.15.10 at 10:34 am ET
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A player for Desoto County High School in Arcadia, Fla., took his frustrations out on the referee on Tuesday, picking up the official and throwing him to the ground. The player had been assessed a technical foul and thrown out of the game following a push on an opposing player. The game was forfeited following the incident.

Here’s the video. Skip to the 1:20 mark and follow the player in white who inbounds the ball.

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Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin to appear on ‘Price is Right’

12.15.10 at 9:42 am ET
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NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will put aside their rivalry for at least a day in a bid to promote the Winter Classic. The Penguins and Capitals captains will appear together on the game show “The Price is Right” on Monday. Crosby and Ovechkin, along with former NHL player Jeremy Roenick, will introduce an NHL-themed showcase that includes a trip to Pittsburgh for the highly anticipated 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to be played outdoors at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day. The show will air on CBS at 11 a.m.

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Wizards’ Yi Jianlian to have MRI on sprained right knee

12.15.10 at 9:41 am ET
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Wizards forward Yi Jianlian was scheduled to have an MRI on Wednesday on the right knee he sprained in Tuesday night’s loss to the Lakers. Yi was hurt while fouling Ron Artest during a layup in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Afterward, Yi said the injury is on the “same spot” as the knee bruise that caused him to miss nine games earlier this season and that it will probably “take some time” before he can play again.

Yi, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Nets, is now just another name to add to the list of knee problems the Wizards are having this season. Point guard John Wall has tendinitis in his right knee, and forward Andray Blatche has been out with a sore left knee.

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Broncos’ Perrish Cox could face up to life in prison

12.15.10 at 9:40 am ET
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Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox could face up to life in prison if convicted of sexual assault charges filed by prosecutors last week. A portion of the case unsealed by a Douglas County judge Tuesday shows the sexual assault charges are Class 3 and Class 4 felonies. These charges involve a helpless victim and carry a sentence of between two years to life in prison. Other details of the case remain sealed. In addition to a lengthy prison sentence if convicted, Cox could also face 10 years to life on probation. The alleged offense occurred Sept. 6 and was reported Oct. 28.

The 23-year-old Cox could face a four-game suspension from the NFL next season for violating the league’s personal conduct code. Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t need for a player to be convicted to punish him. Cox, who played in the Broncos’ loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, is free on $50,000 bail.

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Vikings change venue as Metrodome undergoes repairs

12.15.10 at 9:39 am ET
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Inspectors found that damage from the weekend snowstorm, which dumped more than 17 inches in Minneapolis and busted through the Metrodome’s roof, is worse than initially thought. Officials from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said Tuesday that the Metrodome’s torn roof won’t be ready for Monday night’s matchup against the Bears, forcing the game to move to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

Commission president Roy Terwilliger could not immediately estimate how long the process would take but said he hopes to know more in two to three days. “Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the Vikings fans and players, the hundreds of youth sports, community and other groups that use the Metrodome throughout the year and our employees,” Terwilliger said.

Meanwhile, at the university, workers began the daunting task of clearing 20-inch-deep snow drifts from throughout the facility. Garry Bowman, the university’s director of athletic communications, said that because plows may damage the stadium’s floors, most of the snow will have to be removed through shoveling. The snow removal plan is to have groups of 100 workers, working four-hour shifts, for 16 hours a day.

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Hideki Matsui finalizes $4.25 million deal with A’s

12.15.10 at 8:41 am ET
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Hideki Matsui finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract with the A’s on Tuesday after he passed a physical. The slugger can earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses. During the free agency process, it was important to Matsui to find a team he felt truly wanted and needed him, and it seems as though he’s found it in Oakland. The A’s are thrilled to have Matsui as a power hitter in the middle of the lineup, as well as a veteran clubhouse presence for a young team.

“We have a regular, professional, middle-of-the-lineup hitter we desperately needed,” manager Bob Geren said. “He has a combination of power and hits for average and on-base percentage. He can also be a situational hitter. We haven’t had anybody with his pedigree and experience. He’s going to fit in real well.”

The 36-year-old Matsui batted .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs last season with the Angels. He spent his first seven major league seasons with the Yankees and was MVP of the 2009 World Series.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick wants a dog

12.15.10 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Michael Vick said he wants to get a dog. The Eagles quarterback, who spent 18 months in prison for his role in allowing the fighting and abuse of dogs on his compound, said in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday that having a pet would show that his transformation is complete. “I would love to get another dog in the future,” he said. “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process.

“I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love and my passion for animals; I think it would be outstanding. If I ever have the opportunity again I will never take it for granted. I miss having a dog right now. I wish I could. My daughters miss having one, and that’€™s the hardest thing: telling them that we can’€™t have one because of my actions.”

‘™¦ He has been productive on the field and generally well-behaved off it this season, but on Tuesday, wide receiver Terrell Owens said his “frustration pretty much is at an all-time high,” and he made it clear who he thinks is most to blame for the Bengals’ disappointing season.

On “The T.Ocho Show,” Owens responded to a question from teammate Chad Ochocinco about why the Benglas are 2-11. “I think there’s underachieving from the top down,” Owens said. “You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week. Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we’re allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position.”

‘™¦ The Nets reportedly made a minor deal on Tuesday, acquiring the expiring contract of Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic. In the Denver Post, Dave Krieger writes that this puts New Jersey in position to make a run at Carmelo Anthony, and he looks at what the fans think of the “Melo-drama.”

‘™¦ Following reports that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been heckling players on his own team, Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times suggests that Sterling look in the mirror before opening his mouth.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 15, 1993, with three goals in a 5-4 victory over the Devils in New Jersey, who became only the third defenseman in Bruins history to record a hat trick (joining Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque)?

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Brett Favre could return this season, likely won’t be placed on IR

12.15.10 at 6:30 am ET
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Brett Favre‘s starting streak may be over, but his 2010 season and possibly his career can’t be ruled dead just yet. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday that Favre does not have nerve damage and will not be placed on injured reserve any time soon.

“We’re going to monitor that. Hopefully things will get better,” Frazier said. “It looks like there is a chance we’re going to get him back at some point. We’re not really thinking injured reserve at this point.”

Favre’s collarbone injury was originally described as a three-week injury, and forced him onto the inactive list and out of the starting lineup for the first time in 298 games. To make matters worse, backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson is suffering from turf toe and could miss the team’s Monday night matchup vs. the Bears. The only other quarterback on the roster is rookie Joe Webb.

“Right now, Joe is the most healthy quarterback,” Frazier said. “We don’t expect to have Tarvaris by Thursday [for practice].”

Frazier said the team is interested in bringing in a quarterback this week for security. The only other option is wide receiver Greg Camarillo, who was the team’s emergency third-string quarterback Monday night against the Giants.

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Gary Sheffield interested in playing in 2011

12.15.10 at 6:29 am ET
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In a radio show appearance on Monday night, Gary Sheffield said that he wants to make a comeback despite not playing in 2010. Sheffield said that he has been in contact with the Rays, Giants, Rangers and Diamondacks over the past year.

“I had a meeting with the Rays and they’re going to get back to me, and it’s out there now that they’re talking to me, and hopefully something comes about,” said Sheffield. “I wanted to play last year, and the Nationals made a pitch all offseason.”

He said he is willing to serve as a bench player for a team. The 22-year veteran has not played since 2009 when .276 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs for the Mets.

“I mean, you know, we get to a point in our career where I know I can’t run around out in the outfield for 162 games, and I’m not going to fool myself and even try to do that,” Sheffield said. “At this point, I’m in a position where I don’t need baseball and I don’t need to run around 162 days, so I don’t want to take my body through that.

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