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Denver Broncos being investigated by NFL for possible filming violation

11.27.10 at 11:56 am ET
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According to the Denver Post, the Broncos are being investigated by the NFL for potentially having illegally videotaped the San Francisco 49ers‘ walk-through prior to the teams’ meeting in London at Wembley Stadium four weeks ago. According to the Post, Denver chief operating officer Joe Ellis confirmed that the team’s director of video operations, Steve Scarnecchia, is on a “personal leave of absence” during the investigation.

The investigation centers around the time on Oct. 30 when both teams were allowed to use Wembley Stadium. It was the only day during the teams’ trip to England — which culminated with San Francisco’s 24-16 win over the Broncos — would be both using the same facility.

Both Scarnecchia and Denver head coach Josh McDaniels were with the Patriots when they were disciplined by the NFL for videotaping Jets’ coaches during a 2007 game. That punishment came in the form of the Patriots losing their 2008 first-round draft pick , with the team also being fined $250,000 and head coach Bill Belichick incurring a $500,000 fine.

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Miguel Cabrera helped recruit Victor Martinez to Tigers

11.26.10 at 4:26 pm ET
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Speaking in a conference call to introduce Victor Martinez, the former Red Sox catcher revealed that Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera made some phone calls to Martinez in an effort to the free agent to the Tigers, saying the communication was a “good part” of his decision to head to Detroit (although it wasn’t the primary reason). To read more from the conference call click here.

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Chiba Lotte accepts from MLB club on SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka

11.26.10 at 9:06 am ET
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The Associated Press reports that the Chiba Lotte Marines, who made star shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka available to Major League Baseball teams via the posting process, has accepted the winning bid, meaning that Nishioka will be free to negotiate a contract with the club that made the top bid for his rights. While the identity of the team that placed the winning bid remains unknown, the Japanese media suggests that the Giants and Twins both had extensive interest in Nishioka.

Nishioka hit .346 with a .423 OBP, .905 OPS, 206 hits and 121 runs for Chiba Lotte in 2010.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets’ Darrelle Revis gets revenge on Terrell Owens

11.26.10 at 8:03 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:
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins, noon (NESN)
NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
No games scheduled

SUNDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Thrashers, 5 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In the lead-up up to Thursday’s Bengals-Jets game, Terrell Owens called Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis “average” and said he had yet to prove he was more than a one-year wonder. Thursday night, Revis let his actions do the talking, helping to hold T.O. to three catches for 17 yards in New York’s 26-10 win. “Just trying to make ends meet out there for an average corner,” Revis said. “They stuck me on the best receiver, Terrell Owens. I was kind of shocked that they put an average corner on one of the best receivers in the league. But I guess I managed to do OK against him.”

Revis, who last year criticized Owens and then-Patriots receiver Randy Moss, admitted that Owens’ comments fired him up. “I didn’t like it,” Revis said of the comments. “I felt that it was disrespectful. I mean I’m sure he felt the same way when I called him a slouch last year. So it goes vice versa with the feelings. I felt he was calling me out.”

‘™¦ Carmelo Anthony made it clear that he would prefer to be somewhere other than Denver. Now, there is speculation that he isn’t giving his all on the court for the Nuggets. Chris Dempsey in The Denver Post looks at the situation.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, John Branch writes about Villanova guard Corey Fisher, whose uncle was a notorious New York City crime lord and one of the inspirations for the movie “American Gangster.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded 1962 American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt 45’s for which outfielder?

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Chan Gailey says QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may be starter of the future for Bills

11.25.10 at 10:35 pm ET
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Bills coach Chan Gailey said on Wednesday that Ryan Fitzpatrick may be the quarterback of the future for the team, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported. The Harvard product stepped in earlier this season as the starter after Trent Edwards was benched and eventually released.

Said Gailey: ‘€œTo be honest with you, that would be kind of dumb not to think that the way the guy has played.’€

It was thought that the owners of the Bills would use a high draft pick on a quarterback in the upcoming class, which will feature college stars such as Andrew Luck of Stanford and Jake Locker of Washington. Gailey told reporters on Wednesday that one can’€™t overlook the success Fitzpatrick has had this season.

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Rams’ Steven Jackson prepares for Denver using altitude tent

11.25.10 at 10:33 pm ET
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Rams running back Steven Jackson has a different way to prepare for the high altitude of Invesco Field in Denver. The star back sleeps in an altitude tent, and has since the beginning of the season, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

‘€œI’€™ve actually been using it since training camp,’€ Jackson told the News-Democrat. “It’€™s to help one get accustomed to what we are going to face this weekend in Denver.’€

Jackson added that the tent helps one’€™s body recoup from any muscle tears and abuse it takes during the game, which speeds the recovery process up.

‘€œI’€™ve enjoyed it. I’€™ve used it all season,’€ Jackson said.

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Report: Red Sox show interest in catcher Rod Barajas

11.25.10 at 9:40 am ET
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According to FoxSports.com, the Red Sox are considering a number of catching contingencies in the wake of Victor Martinez‘ departure for Detroit is free agent Rod Barajas.

The 35-year-old hit .240 with a .731 OPS and 17 homers for the Mets and Dodgers in 2010. The Sox and Mets discussed the possibility of a deal that would have sent Ramon Ramirez to New York with Barajas heading to Boston in a July swap. That deal was scuttled when Barajas landed on the DL with an oblique injury.

That said, the 35-year-old did almost all of his damage against right-handed pitchers, hitting .256 with a .792 OPS against righties, and .190/.552 against lefties. For his career, he has a .696 OPS against both righties and lefties.

Barajas has thrown out 32 percent of base stealers in his career, but gunned down just 15 percent of potential thieves in 2010.

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Vince Young texts apology to Jeff Fisher

11.25.10 at 8:09 am ET
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Titans coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Wednesday that quarterback Vince Young apologized to him via text message, although the coach said he expects more following Sunday’s tantrum.

“I’m not a real big text guy,” Fisher said. “I’m not really into this new age stuff. I don’t twit or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?”

Fisher told Houston reporters on a conference call earlier Wednesday that Young is welcome to show up at practices if he wants. Young will miss the rest of the season because he needs surgery on his right thumb.

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Titans assistant Mike Heimerdinger diagnosed with cancer

11.25.10 at 8:06 am ET
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Titans coach Jeff Fisher announced Wednesday that offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has been diagnosed with cancer and will seek treatment immediately.

“Mike is going to be, potentially as early as today, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment,” Fisher said of his 58-year-old assistant. “I don’t know whether Mike will be back tomorrow, whether he’ll be here Friday or Saturday or whether or not he’ll be able to participate in coaching this game [Sunday at Houston]. I want you all to pray for Mike, like we have been doing all morning.”

The Titans concluded Wednesday’s practice with a team prayer led by linebacker David Thornton.

“I’m not really good at saying or talking about things like that so thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” receiver Randy Moss said. “Hopefully, his chemo and everything goes good, and we see him back as soon as he’s ready.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Stan Van Gundy fires back at Phil Jackson

11.25.10 at 7:55 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:
NFL: Patriots at Lions, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy came to the defense of his division rival, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, before Orlando beat Miami on Wednesday night. One day earlier, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said in a radio appearance that Spoelstra could eventually be replaced by Pat Riley if the Heat continued to struggle, making reference to when Riley replaced Van Gundy as Heat coach and led them to the 2006 championship.

Responded Van Gundy: “To second-guess another coach and comment on a situation he knows nothing about, I think, it’s inappropriate and it’s also ignorant. I don’t mean that commenting on Phil’s intelligence, he’s obviously a very smart guy. I mean it as ignorant ‘€” he doesn’t know what that situation was and he doesn’t know what that situation in Miami is now.

“I don’t think that, unless their relationship’s changed drastically, that he and Pat talk on a regular basis. So I doubt he would have any insight ever on what’s going on in Miami.”

Spoelstra, who was an assistant to Van Gundy with the Heat, didn’t seem upset about the comments. But guard Dwyane Wade questioned Jackson.

“The only thing surprising about it is a coach saying it about another coach in this league,” Wade said. “I expect that from someone else to say it, but not another coach. It’s unfortunate. But I guess coach Jackson has earned the right to say what he wants, and he continues to exercise that right.”

‘™¦ A couple of college presidents also traded barbs on Wednesday, as Boise State’s Bob Kustra responded to derogatory comments from Ohio State president Gordon Gee. Gee had said Boise and TCU don’t belong in the national championship game because of their schedules, saying: “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”

Kustra noted that Ohio State’s nonconference schedule featured some cupcakes and said: “I don’t mind somebody stating that they don’t think we ought to be in the national championship, but to do it with such erroneous information as Gordon Gee has used, gets under the skin of all of us who thought university presidents were supposed to be standing for fairness, equity and truth in how we portray our universities. And he’s doing a very poor job of that at the moment.”

‘™¦ Mark Wells, who was a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team, was in the news recently when his gold medal was sold at an auction. The New York Daily News has a feature on Wells, who explains why he sold his medal (he actually sold it eight years ago; it was auctioned this month by a private collector) when he needed money for medical bills.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 25, 1996, who was the final member of the Bruins’ legendary Kraut Line to be selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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