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Titans RB Chris Johnson wants more carries, 2,500-yard goal becoming unlikely

12.08.10 at 2:34 pm ET
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Titans running back Chris Johnson set the bar high for himself this season, saying that he would rush for 2,500 yards by season’s end. Earning the nickname “CJ2K,” Johnson hyped himself up to a point that was almost impossible to live up to.

Through 12 games this season, the third-year back out of East Carolina has 1,026 yards on 236 carries. But Johnson, according to the Tennessean, wants more carries.

“We are just not running it,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “It is easy for a defensive coordinator to stop the run when you are running the ball seven times. We need to stay on the field and execute plays.”

In the last two weeks, Johnson has 58 yards on 20 carries against the Jaguars and the Texans. Through the first 12 games last year, Johnson had 1,509 yards 244 carries, an average of 6.2 yards per touch. His average this season is almost two yards less per carry, at 4.3 yards.

“It is tough to deal with,” Johnson said. “But the frustration that comes is not the team stopping the run game, it is ourselves stopping us.”

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Dolphins could target Vince Young if QB becomes available in offseason

12.08.10 at 2:33 pm ET
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The Dolphins have had some quarterback troubles this season, starting three different players behind center in their so far disappointing 6-6 season. But, according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins could be doing some quarterback shopping this offseason, and Vince Young may be at the top of the list.

After suffering injuries, Dolphins original starter Chad Henne has underperformed, and newcomer Brandon Marshall has been plagued by an ailing hamstring. The Herald reported that if the Titans get rid of the troubled former first-round Young, the Dolphins may take that risk.

The Herald also stated that Miami probably wouldn’t be willing to offer a first-round draft pick to the Eagles for Kevin Kolb, since the Dolphins don’t have a second-round pick in 2011.

This season, Young has passed for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. He has not played each of the last two weeks, and will not play again this season due to a thumb injury.

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Urban Meyer steps down as University of Florida football coach

12.08.10 at 2:31 pm ET
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University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer is retiring. The 46-year-old Meyer quit a year ago for health reasons but reconsidered and returned to lead the Gators to an Outback Bowl berth this season.

“I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been making a difference in the lives of the young men I have been so fortunate to have coached and building championship programs,” Meyer said in a statement. “At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.

“The decision to step down was a difficult one. But, after spending more than two decades motivating and celebrating the young men I’ve been so proud to coach, I relish the opportunity to cheer for my three terrific kids as they compete in their own respective sports. I know how fortunate I am to be in a position to make this choice and to have a family that is as loving and supportive as my amazing wife and children have always been. My family has shared both the commitment and the sacrifice required to coach at this level for so long and I would not have enjoyed the success I have had without their support.”

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UConn football player arrested on charges of child pornography

12.08.10 at 1:42 pm ET
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University of Connecticut offensive lineman Greg McKee was arrested on Wednesday on charges of child pornography, The Associated Press reports. McKee turned himself in to state police on Wednesday morning.

McKee, 18, was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday night from the team, but it was not specified as to why the redshirt freshman was punished. McKee was being held on $75,000 bond and was to be arraigned in court on charges of obscenity, importing child pornography and promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

Connecticut state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said on Wednesday that the state’s computer crime’s unit received information that led investigators to McKee’s dorm room last month, and some computer equipment was seized.

“We’re part of a network, if you will,” Vance said. “The information was credible, so we initiated a criminal investigation, identified a target and executed a search warrant.”

Vance added that no other football members were arrested or are believed to be involved. UConn will play Oklahoma on Jan. 1 in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Randy Moss might lose starting spot this week

12.08.10 at 11:57 am ET
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Receiver Kenny Britt, out since injuring his hamstring on Oct. 31, is set to make his return to the Titans lineup this week. Coach Jeff Fisher told the media Tuesday that he has not decided if Britt or Randy Moss will start opposite Nate Washington when the Titans host the Colts on Thursday.

Moss took the team-first approach. “I don’t really know how it’s going to work,” he said. “Hopefully, Kenny can come out there and pick up where I left off.”

Moss has just five catches for 62 yards in his four games with the Titans.

“Alternating [with Britt] or whatever is going to help the team win a game, man, that’€™s what it’€™s going to be,” Moss said. “I really just wanted to come out and make some plays, and last couple weeks ‘€” well, since I’€™ve been here ‘€” nothing has happened.”

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Lakers coach Phil Jackson: ‘Selfish move’ by Lamar Odom

12.08.10 at 11:17 am ET
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The Lakers beat the Wizards, 115-108, Tuesday night, but the win came despite a late-game gaffe by Lamar Odom. The Lakers led by four points with 21 seconds remaining in the game and 16 seconds on the shot clock when Odom shot and missed a 3-pointer, giving Washington possession with more time left than necessary.

During the ensuing timeout, Lakers coach Phil Jackson talked to Odom about the play. “I asked him what he was thinking and he said I got selfish,” Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. “He did. It was a selfish move and it could’ve cost us the game.”

Odom, however, didn’t seem so concerned after the game. “I might hold it out, but it’s two possessions. I can afford to take a shot like that,” Odom said. “If I make it, we go up by three more. It was a two possession game. Even if I miss and they come down and score, they have to foul. You win some, you lose some. I guess I lost that one.”

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Pete Sampras’ tennis trophies, memorabilia stolen

12.08.10 at 9:01 am ET
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Tennis legend Pete Sampras said a number of his trophies and other memorabilia he had in a Los Angeles public storage facility were stolen three weeks ago, including an Olympic ring and his 1994 Australian Open trophy.

Sampras, who retired in 2003, stored the valuables while he and his family were settling their housing situation, and he said he was shocked to discover the theft. The items, including an autographed piano bench from Elton John and a signed guitar from Carlos Santana, were not insured.

“For me to have it for my kids is priceless,” he said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “I just hope it hasn’t already been destroyed. That’s why I wanted to get the word out now. I know this is a longshot, but I’d regret it if I didn’t at least try.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Train conductor chooses job over opportunity with Jets

12.08.10 at 7:55 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: Nuggets at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNEE; WEEI)


‘™¦ With the Jets in need of help at safety following the season-ending injury to Jim Leonhard, the team called Keith Fitzhugh, a player they cut in camp the past two years. Fitzhugh, however, decided to keep his job as a train conductor. The 24-year-old, who starred at Mississippi State, said he needs to be committed to the Norfolk Southern Railroad to help support his parents. “I don’t want to let [the railroad] down or run from them because I got a shot for a couple of weeks,” he said. “I just feel that that’s not right at the moment. I’m looking more long-term in life right now than the short-term.”

Added Fitzhugh: “I know the Jets have a great opportunity of making the Super Bowl, and that’s one dream that every child has is to play sports and make it to the Super Bowl or get to the World Series. But, there’s a time when you have to think, ‘Hey, you’ve only got one Mom and Dad.’ They won’t be here forever, and while they’re here, you’ve got to cherish that time.”

‘™¦ A Los Angeles judge ruled in favor of Jamie McCourt on Tuesday, declaring her as co-owner of the Dodgers with her estranged husband, Frank. In The Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers writes that the silver lining is this means the McCourts likely will have to sell the team.

‘™¦ Forbes magazine released a list of the top 10 NBA players for the buck. LeBron James is No. 1 despite his lofty price tag. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is third.

‘™¦ The failure to include the result of a game between two FCS playoff teams caused two mistakes in the final BCS rankings, which were altered after the fix was made. This gave critics of the BCS plenty of new ammo. At, Andy Staples writes about the controversy and how the system’s lack of transparency makes problems such as this possible.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 8, 1973, the Red Sox acquired which future Hall of Fame pitcher?

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Lawrence Taylor seeks dismissal of rape indictment

12.07.10 at 1:49 pm ET
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Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor appeared in court in New York on Tuesday and watched as his lawyer asked a judge to have a rape indictment against him set aside because police did not have a warrant when they arrested him.

The onetime NFL MVP was arrested in May and charged with having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. He pleaded not guilty to third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endangering a child.

Taylor’s lawyer also asked that statements Taylor made when he was arrested be suppressed. Court papers indicate Taylor admitted to sex acts with the girl but was told she was 19.

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Redskins suspend Albert Haynesworth for rest of season

12.07.10 at 1:36 pm ET
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The Redskins announced Tuesday that they have suspended controversial defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth without pay for the final four games of the season due to “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement that Haynesworth “repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.”

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