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Florida high schooler Austin Glorius ties national records with 5 homers, 17 RBIs

03.04.11 at 10:56 am ET
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Windermere (Fla.) Prep senior Austin Glorius had himself a pretty good game Thursday. He recorded five home runs and 17 RBIs in a 38-0, five-inning win over Faith Christian, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The article said the National Federation of State High School Associations believes both marks tied national records.

“I was just trying to hit the ball hard,” Glorius told the paper. “There’s no other feeling like it.”

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Steelers LB James Harrison undergoes second back surgery of offseason

03.04.11 at 10:19 am ET
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Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison underwent a second back operation in as many weeks Wednesday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Harrison had surgery to repair a herniated disc last week, but needed to go back under the knife. His agent, Bill Parise, called the second operation a success and told the Tribune-Review that it was not because of any complications from the first.

“Everything’s fine,” Parise said. “They needed to go back in there and clean it up some more.”

Harrison, 32, registered 14.5 sacks last season and was named a Pro Bowler for the fourth year in a row.

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Offensive guard Robert Gallery says he will not return to Raiders

03.04.11 at 9:50 am ET
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After meeting with Raiders owner Al Davis, offensive guard Robert Gallery told ESPN.com Thursday that he will not return to Oakland.

“With the end of the league year coming today, and the few conversations I’ve had with the Raiders and Mr. Davis, we’ve come to a mutual agreement that it’s time for me to move on with my career,” Gallery told the site. “I appreciate the start that they and Mr. Davis gave me and I truly have enjoyed my time wearing the silver and black. I wish them well, I thank the fans and I take away great memories of my time in Oakland.”

The Raiders took Gallery with the second overall pick in 2004, and he started 91 games for Oakland. Later on Thursday, Raiders senior executive John Herrera told The Associated Press that the decision to let Gallery walk was made because of the vast difference in what the two sides though Gallery should be paid.

“”The only thing that was mutually agreed upon is his numbers were way out of line with ours,” Herrera said. “Gallery wanted about $8 million a year and that was way too much money. We’re being real honest about it. We were in the $2.5 million range. There was a huge gap there, a huge difference in what they asked for and what we wanted to pay.”

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Buccaneers scouting coordinator Shelton Quarles arrested for DUI

03.04.11 at 8:47 am ET
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Buccaneers pro scouting coordinator Shelton Quarles was arrested early Friday morning on DUI charges, according to a report in the St. Petersburg Times. Quarles, a former Bucs linebacker who started scouting for the team in 2007, was detained around 2:30 a.m. on a highway ramp and refused to submit to testing, the report indicated.

Another former Bucs player, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested Thursday night on a felony battery charge. Stevens has been arrested multiple times in his career, including last October when he was charged with possession of marijuana and intent to sell drugs.

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Panthers sign TE Jeremy Shockey

03.04.11 at 8:41 am ET
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Four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday. Shockey had been released by the Saints following an injury-plagued three seasons in New Orleans.

“Time for the Next chapter,” Shockey wrote on his Facebook page. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Lets hope we all have the chance to play this season.”

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A.J. Hawk returns to Packers with five-year deal

03.04.11 at 8:38 am ET
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Linebacker A.J. Hawk, released by the Packers on Wednesday, signed a five-year deal with the team on Thursday. The No. 5 pick in the 2006 draft, Hawk was scheduled to earn $10 million in 2011 before his release and new contract.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with A.J.,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said. “We appreciate his work and dedication and look forward to his contributions to our team in the future.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: HS basketball player dies after hitting game-winner

03.04.11 at 7:07 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: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox (SS) at Orioles, 1:05 p.m.
MLB Preseason: Marlins at Red Sox (SS), 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A high school basketball player in Michigan died Thursday night after hitting the game-winning shot that capped his team’s undefeated regular season. Shortly after he was lifted up by teammates in celebration while fans rushed the court, 16-year-old Wes Leonard of Fennville High School collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Leonard, a 1,000-point scorer, also was an honorable mention all-state quarterback on the school’s football team.

‘™¦ Steve Mandl, who coached Manny Ramirez at George Washington High School in New York and has been at the school for 27 seasons, is fighting a one-year suspension he received for violating the league’s prohibition on recruiting.

‘™¦ ThePostGame.com blog has the story of two girls from Southern California, Ghazaleh Sailors and Marti Sementelli, who play varsity baseball at different high schools. On Saturday, the two are scheduled to be the starting pitchers against each other, making it the first time two girls take the mound as starters on opposing teams.

‘™¦ The University of Oregon football team is taking some heat for paying $25,000 to a Texas man, Will Lyles, who claims to run a scouting service but reportedly steers players to colleges. Oregon also paid a lesser fee to a former University of New Hampshire player, Baron Flenory, who runs camps and has close relationships with recruits. Flenory played at UNH when current Oregon coach Chip Kelly was an assistant for the Wildcats.

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a look at the top 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches. Kentucky’s John Calipari is No. 1 at $4 million per year. Next up are Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ($3.4 million) and Florida’s Billy Donovan ($3.3 million).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 4, 1984, which former Red Sox catcher was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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Report: Bob Sanders to sign with Chargers

03.03.11 at 8:55 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, free agent safety Bob Sanders — who has spent the entirety of his seven-year NFL career with the Colts — has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Chargers. Sanders has been an impact member of the Indianapolis secondary when on the field, but he has played in just nine regular season games in the last three years, following a 2007 campaign in which he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. That season resulted in a five-year, $37.5 million deal for Sanders from the Colts, but his injuries led Indianapolis to cut him last month.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Late hockey enforcer Bob Probert had brain trauma

03.03.11 at 7:23 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: Lightning at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Phillies at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Longtime NHL tough guy Bob Probert, who died last July of heart failure at the age of 45, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease that has afflicted a number of NFL players. Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy made the diagnosis this week after examining Probert’s brain tissue. “In my heart of hearts, I don’€™t believe fighting is what did this to Bob,” Probert’s widow, Dani, told The New York Times. “It was hockey ‘€” all the checking and hits, things like that.”

‘™¦ The third-ranked BYU basketball team lost to New Mexico on Wednesday night, one day after starting forward Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team for a BYU honor code violation. Davies, who reportedly had premarital sex, apologized to his teammates, and they voiced support for him. In the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ed Graney writes that Davies knew how strict the school’s rules were before he enrolled. In The Salt Lake Tribune, Dave Kragthorpe looks at how Jimmer Fredette will have a tougher job now.

‘™¦ Tina Stewart, a junior guard on the Middle Tennessee State women’s basketball team, was found stabbed to death at her apartment Wednesday. The Blue Raiders (23-6) are the East’s No. 1 seed for the Sun Belt Conference tournament that starts Sunday as they aim for an NCAA tournament berth.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 3, 1985, Kevin McHale set a Celtics record for points in a 138-129 victory over the Pistons, a record that would be broken 10 days later by Larry Bird. How many points did McHale score?

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Michael Vick signs one-year deal with Eagles

03.02.11 at 1:41 pm ET
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick signed his franchise tender Wednesday, lining him up for a salary of about $20 million next season, pending changes to the collective bargaining agreement.

Vick has his best season in 2010, setting career highs in passing yards (3,018), passing touchdowns (21), rushing touchdowns (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2).

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