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Report: Haynesworth skips 6th attempt at conditioning test

08.03.10 at 3:16 pm ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth sat out Tuesday’s attempt at the conditioning test that coach Mike Shanahan is making him pass before he can join his teammates in training camp drills, according to an AP report. The cause appears to be the sore left knee that has caused him to skip three other conditioning tests. He has failed the test in the three times that he has been healthy enough to participate. Shanahan did add that the lineman’s injury was not serious enough to warrant an MRI before Wednesday’s seventh attempt.

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Olney: Dunn hits waiver wire

08.03.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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In a series of four tweets (one, two, three and four), ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney reported that Nationals slugger Adam Dunn has hit the waiver wire, giving teams 48 hours to claim him. Olney speculates that several National League teams will put in a claim, essentially blocking American League teams like the Rays, Yankees and White Sox from acquiring Dunn. He names both the Rockies and Giants as potential teams that could make a claim. In any case, if Dunn is to be moved out of Washington, it will happen sometime in the next three days according to Olney.

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O’Neal: ‘Celtics would be a good program’

08.03.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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Free agent big man Shaquille O’Neal appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night and talked about the possibility of coming to Boston. “Celtics would be a good program,” O’Neal said. He added that he’s looking to play for the next two years and that he’s still looking “to sign with the right team.” Boston could be that right team, despite O’Neal’s past with the rival Lakers, O’Neal said. Below is a video of the interview.

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Glazer: Vikings trying to change Favre’s mind

08.03.10 at 2:00 pm ET
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FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer tweeted that the “Vikings … are prepared to do whatever they need, including giving more $$ and more time, to get [Brett] Favre to reconsider.” Numerous reports had emerged that Favre had told members of the Minnesota organization that he would retire before the beginning of the NFL season. However, no official announcement has been made, leaving the door open for Favre to change his mind on retirement for the third time in his career.

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Report: Orlando re-signs Jason Williams

08.03.10 at 1:54 pm ET
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Jason Williams will re-sign with the Magic, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Williams, who averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 assists per game last season, will most likely serve as the team’s third-string point guard behind starter Jameer Nelson and recently signed Chris Duhon. Williams set season highs in field goal percentage (.444) and 3-point percentage (.380), giving Magic fans hope that the 34-year-old still has some solid basketball left in him. The signing means Orlando has the league-minimum 13 players signed on the roster, meaning they are probably now out of the free agent market for the remainder of the offseason.

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Timberwolves officially waive ex-Celtic West

08.03.10 at 1:16 pm ET
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The Timberwolves announced on their website that they have waived former Celtics and Cavaliers guard Delonte West. Minnesota acquired West as well as Sebastian Telfair in a trade with Cleveland for Ryan Hollins and Ramon Sessions. With West off the roster, Minnesota has to pay just $500,000 of the $4.6 million it would have owed him had he stayed. West put up 8.8 points per game as well as 3.3 assists per game for the Cavs last season.

Previous rumors had West returning to Boston should he be released in order to replace recently departed Tony Allen as a guard off the bench, and given the recent move, the door appears to be open for such a possibility.

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Report: LeBron’s return to Cleveland Dec. 2

08.03.10 at 11:57 am ET
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After word leaked out that the Celtics and Heat will open up the season Oct. 26 at TD Garden in a game to broadcast nationally on TNT, the date of LeBron James‘ return to his former home in Cleveland has been reported. The first matchup between the Heat and Cavaliers will be Dec. 2 at Cleveland, according to a tweet from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

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Report: Favre tells Vikings he won’t play

08.03.10 at 11:26 am ET
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Although Brett Favre has made a habit of waiting until the last minute to make a decision, most people assumed the 40-year-old will be joining the Vikings at some point for the upcoming season.

After all, the team made it to the NFC championship game last season, and most reports have stated he was waiting until the end of training camp, similar to last summer, to announce his plans.

However, Chips Scoggins of the Minnesota Star-Tribune tweeted Tuesday morning that Favre told people in the Vikings organization Monday night that he does not plan to return next season. Apparently, his left ankle has not sufficiently healed following surgery in late May.

Taking into account Favre’s nature, no one is assuming this is a final decision. And the Vikings are rumored to believe they still have a chance to convince the veteran to play one more season.

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Dolphins rookie Edds fears torn ACL

08.03.10 at 10:55 am ET
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The Dolphins revamped their defense in the offseason, specifically adding much-needed depth to the linebacker position. Signing players like former Cardinals standout Karlos Dansby prove they are looking to battle the Patriots and Jets for AFC East supremacy.

However, the team may have been dealt a serious blow, with reports surfacing that rookie inside linebacker A.J. Edds is worried he may have torn his ACL during practice. Edds, who played his college ball at Iowa, was drafted in the fourth round in April and was expected to play a significant role in the team’s pass defense.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.03.10 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


♦ Former teammates of LaDanian Tomlinson took some shots at the running back as he begins his stint with the Jets. Chargers players implied that Tomlinson had trouble handling his diminished role with San Diego last season. “Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team,” tight end Antonio Gates said. Tomlinson did not return the fire.

♦ The “Mannywood” sign at Dodger Stadium, a tribute to Manny Ramirez, was replaced with an advertisement, reports The Los Angeles Times. The Dodgers say it was only because they found someone willing to pay for the space, and it was not meant as a slap in the face to their controversial player, who is on the disabled list for the third time this season. The team still is selling Mannywood seats and T-shirts for the left field section, although empty seats there are a regular occurrence.

Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated blasts Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt as “dirty,” with Nutt’s latest offense being his welcoming of Oregon castoff quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

♦ The use of video replay will be expanded at the Little League World Series.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 3, 1992, who pulled off the first successful steal of home by a Red Sox player in 24 years?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m going down. I’m going to take Pitino with me.” Randy Wise, recounting what ex-wife Karen Cunagin Sypher told him after she was charged with attempted extortion University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Players in Red Sox history who have appeared in a game at the age of 44, after Tim Wakefield, who pitched on his birthday Monday night, joined Carl Yastrzemski on the list

‘NET RESULTS: The Iceland soccer team that received rave reviews for its “gone fishing” goal celebration has another one, although not as impressive.

Check out the fancy footwork on this CFL touchdown celebration.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Billy Hatcher

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gordon Stoker of the Jordanairres, best known as Elvis Presley‘s backup singers, is 86 today. He’s the short one.

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