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Canucks’ Rick Rypien suspended six games for grabbing fan

10.22.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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Canucks’ forward Rick Rypien will receive a six-game suspension for grabbing a Wild fan during Tuesday’s game in Minnesota. As seen in the video below, Rypien grabbed the fan on his way to the locker room following a scrum between the two teams at 13:13 of the second period. The Canucks have been hit with a $25,000 fine as well.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released the following statement Friday afternoon: “Prior to each season, all clubs and players are advised that under no circumstances are club personnel permitted to have physical contact with fans, or enter, or attempt to enter the stands. We hold NHL players to a high standard, and there simply is no excuse for conduct of this nature. Fortunately, this incident is not typical of the way NHL players conduct themselves and is not typical of the way Mr. Rypien had conducted himself during his career.”

Rypien will be eligible to return for the Nov. 6 contest against Detroit.

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Titans WR Kenny Britt involved in club altercation, will avoid charges

10.22.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Just as he was getting out of coach Jeff Fisher‘s dog house by scoring touchdown in four straight games, talented but troubled Titans receiver Kenny Britt has made headlines again for the wrong reasons. At 1:45 a.m. on Friday morning, Britt reportedly joined in a fistfight at Nashville club Karma.

While Nashville Metro police report that charges will not be filed, another stay in Fisher’s dog house seems imminent. Britt’s previous visits stemmed from an arrest for three outstanding traffic warrants and a “horrible” offseason in which he dropped everything in sight and showed up to camp out of shape.

Britt has 16 catches for 209 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

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UPDATE: Colts place Dallas Clark on injured reserve

10.22.10 at 12:26 pm ET
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Updating a post from earlier Friday, Colts All-Pro receiver Dallas Clark‘s season is over, as the team will place him on injured reserve following surgery to his injured wrist.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s been confirmed that surgery is necessary to repair the injury to my wrist,” Clark said in a statement released by the team. “I have met with three great surgeons, Dr. [Arthur] Rettig of the Colts, Dr. [Thomas] Wiedrich in Chicago and Dr. [Thomas] Graham in Cleveland. All three have helped me and my family out tremendously during this process. I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season.”

Clark has emerged as Peyton Manning‘s preferred safety blanket over the middle and down the seam, and the blow will be significant to the offense. Expect Jacob Tamme to step into Clark’s role. Clark has caught 37 balls for 347 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

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Report: Yankees will bring back Joe Girardi

10.22.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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According to a report, the Yankees plan to bring back manager Joe Girardi at a raise, though exact financial terms have not been released.

The move is not surprising, as the Cubs and Cardinals were the only other teams loosely linked to Girardi previously, and both have found other managers since ‘€” Chicago hired Mike Quade full-time, while Tony La Russa agreed to return for another season with St. Louis.

Girardi led the Yankees to a 95-67 record this season, and New York is playing the Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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Chargers receiver shortage: Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Buster Davis miss practice

10.22.10 at 12:06 pm ET
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Who will Philip Rivers will be throwing to this Sunday against the Patriots? The answer grows murkier by the day.

Patrick Crayton, who caught six balls for 117 yards last week, was the lone veteran receiver to practice for the Chargers on Thursday. Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee were sidelined with hamstring strains, while Buster Davis sat out with soreness in his ribs. San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Kevin Acee stated Floyd “is not going to play,” while he expects Naanee to miss his second straight week. Davis, meanwhile, played through the rib pain last weekend and is expected to return to practice Friday.

Given the uncertainty surrounding tight end Antonio Gates as well, it’s likely the Chargers will promote rookie wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu from the practice squad before Sunday. Crayton makes a great fantasy sleeper as a bye week fill-in during a week with many notable names resting.

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Chargers’ Antonio Gates possibly a game-time decision

10.22.10 at 11:39 am ET
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Antonio Gates has started 85 straight games and has been notorious for playing through pain. Consequently, San Diego Tribune’s Kevin Acee believes “it’s a safe bet that Antonio Gates will play this Sunday,” though he is also quick to question just how effective his injured toe will render him.

Gates’ comments weren’t exactly encouraging for Pats fans.

“Part of me is waiting to see,” Gates said Thursday after missing a second straight day of practice. “I’ve been in a situation where [early in the week] I didn’t think I’d play and then I played.

“My streak is on the line,” Gates continued. “More important is we’re trying to make a run, make a push. The next few games are important to our season. I want to do whatever I can to help and not hurt the team.”

As Acee predicts, this likely will come down to a game-time decision, although Gates may not be as fluid and fast down the seam even if he suits up.

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Soccer star Wayne Rooney re-signs with Manchester United

10.22.10 at 11:36 am ET
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Days after threatening to leave Manchester United, striker Wayne Rooney agreed to a five-year deal to remain with the English Premier League soccer team.

“I’m signing a new deal in the absolute belief that the management, coaching staff, board and owners are totally committed to making sure United maintains its proud winning history, which is the reason I joined the club in the first place,” Rooney said in a statement.

England’s Soccer Player of the Year last year, Rooney has played for Manchester United since 2004.

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Colts receivers Dallas Clark, Austin Collie out indefinitely after hand surgeries

10.22.10 at 11:17 am ET
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Two of the Colts’ top receiving targets will be sidelined for at least the next few weeks after having surgery on their hands.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts president Bill Polian has confirmed an earlier Adam Schefter report that stated Dallas Clark will need surgery to repair a a “displaced ligament” in his left hand. Though no official timetable has been set, as there are different types of surgeries for this injury, Polian expects Clark “will be out for a while, if not longer.” Jacob Tamme is expected to fill Clark’s shoes, and coach Jim Caldwell believes his versatily will allow him to thrive out wide and in the slot, similar to Clark.

Meanwhile, second-year wide receiver Austin Collie, who is the fifth-leading receiver in the league, also underwent surgery on his hand. Similarly, no timetable has been set, but suggestions range from 2-6 weeks. Polian commented he expects Collie will miss “several games.” Anthony Gonzalez is expected to step up in his absence.

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Tweets of the Week: On Cliff Lee, James Harrison, Mark Sanchez

10.22.10 at 10:51 am ET
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Here’s the Oct. 22 edition of Tweets of the Week, where we’€™ll highlight the events of the past seven days with the funniest and most interesting tweets.

Playoff baseball

jimrome He’s going to end up there anyway. Maybe the Yanks can get Texas to sell them Cliff Lee before game 7. They bought the Babe off Boston.

MikeyAdamsWEEI Damn- that Molina family- they sure as hell can produce MLB catchers who can play this game. Big, fat, slow, and clutch. Love Em

realfreemancbs A.J. Burnett is throwing so many balls into dirt he should change his name to A.J. McNabb.

SopanDeb AJ, Kenny Rogers would like to have a word.

idiotsonsports I’m sure Bud Selig and MLB are just thrilled over the prospects of a texas – san fran world series……..

ChiTribRogers I love the Rangers’ antlers routine. But it was even better when Yankee fans parroted it back at Andrus after pickoff. That was funny.

TheBigLead Would rather wear a fecal scented mets tshirt for a week than listen to waldman RT @tvsportsplans: audio listen to Sterling/Waldman

williamfleitch This inning is the final proof that every Major League Baseball game needs four right field umpires, all of whom are robots.

NFL’ s new rule on head hits

sportsfrog James Harrison got his feelings hurt, skipped practice and threatened to retire? Did he take his ball, too? #steelers

Jeff_Darlington Karlos Dansby questions when NFL will go to flag football. “We’ll be counting to five Mississippi before 2012,” he said

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NFL instructional video has players ‘on notice,’ features Brandon Meriweather hit

10.22.10 at 9:31 am ET
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NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson tells players, “You are on notice” while providing visual outlines of tolerable and intolerable hits. Notably, Brandon Meriweather‘s pop to Todd Heap is featured, and it’s unsurprisingly labeled “inexcusable.” He received a $50,000 fine for the hit, a portion of the $175,000 of total fines issued between him, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

Reactions have been mixed throughout the week. Predictably, defensive players such as Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher were in strong disagreement with the new preventive measures, while those on offense, such as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, were supportive.

The crackdown will begin this weekend, with potential suspensions looming over the games. “So please, know the rules and play by the rules,” Anderson said in the video. “You are on notice, and we will appreciate your compliance.”

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