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Report: Former Celtic Antoine Walker planning comeback in D-League

11.29.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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According to Scott Schroeder of AOL Fanhouse, Antoine Walker is close to signing a contract with a D-League team in his attempt to get back to the NBA. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Walker just needs to pass a background check, that all D-Leaguers must pass, before he will sign on with the Idaho Stampede.

The twelve-year NBA veteran tried to catch on with the Bobcats during training camp but the team did not add him to their camp roster. Sources have said that Walker is in much better shape than last year when the former All-Star made it through just eight games in the Puerto Rican league.

When and if he signs, Walker will become the second-oldest player in the D-League behind only Antonio Daniels, a member of the Texas Legends.

Walker has not played in the NBA since the ’07-08 season when he played in 46 games with the Timberwolves. For his career, the Kentucky product has averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 35.3 minutes per game.

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Josh McDaniels aware of controversy around Broncos and job security

11.29.10 at 4:47 pm ET
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Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said Monday that he was aware of the tension around his team after their off-field video controversy and eighth consecutive loss. McDaniels believes that he is not focused on his job security because it is not something that is up to him.

“It’s not my decision, not something that’s in my control,” McDaniels said. “I’m just going to worry about what I can focus on and try to control the things that I can control.”

Sunday the Broncos lost 36-33 at home against the Rams, leaving the Broncos in last place in the AFC West. McDaniels is in the second year of a four year contract and the team has won just five of its last 16 games.

“Nobody likes to have that kind of attention,” McDaniels said. “I’m not oblivious to that. I’m human.”

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Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez’s future won’t be decided until after bowl game

11.29.10 at 4:45 pm ET
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Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Monday  that he won’t carry out his performance review of head coach Rich Rodriguez until after the team is finished playing games. The team is eligible for their first bowl game in three years.

“Everybody needs to take a deep breath,” Brandon said. “My approach is to give him the opportunity to do his job without doing a performance review at this time. It would be great if everyone let Rich do his job and let me do mine because the timetable for reviews is not going to change for any of our sports.

Rodriguez is in the third year of a a six-year contract and has a career record of 15-21 at Ann Arbor. To make matters worse, the Wolverines are just 1-10 against ranked opponents in his tenure, including a 37-7 loss to Ohio State Saturday.

“But nothing is going to change how we work,” Rodriguez said in response to questions about his future with the program. “I took this job to make it the best program in America.”

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Andre Johnson dodges suspension, will be fined

11.29.10 at 3:11 pm ET
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According to Fox 26 Sports in Houston, Andre Johnson will not be suspended for his role in an on-field brawl with the Titans Cortland Finnegan Sunday. The station reports that Johnson will be fined but is available for Thursday night’s game against the Eagles.

No news was available about the punishment for the Titans’ Finnegan who is a repeat offender. Both players were ejected for their roles in the scuffle.

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Man falls and dies at Bears game Sunday

11.29.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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A man in his 20s fell from a ledge at least 20 feet to his death Sunday at Soldier Field stadium authorities said Monday. According to Chicago fire chief Joe Roccasalva, the man landed on a small rooftop outside the stadium during the Bears-Eagles game.

Authorities have not released the man’s name but said that witnesses say the man ran and jumped off the ledge. It is the second death at a sporting event in the U.S. in two weeks, as a young boy fell from a luxury box November 21 at a Lakers game.

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Report: Cortland Finnegan and Jeff Fisher plead to NFL for fine rather than suspension

11.29.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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According to Gregg Rosenthal of NBCSports.com, Titans coach Jeff Fisher and cornerback Cortland Finnegan spoke to the NFL office Monday arguing for a fine rather than a suspension  from the brawl Finnegan participated in with Andre Johnson Sunday. The two men stated that Finnegan did not throw any punches and would have only been penalized, not suspended, if Johnson had not thrown Finnegan’s helmet off.

This is not the first time that Finnegan and Johnson have been in trouble with the league. Finnegan was fined for his actions in Weeks 2-4 and warned after the Titans’ week 4 game that he could face “increased disciplinary action,” for  any further trouble. Last season, Johnson was fined $7,500 for pulling Finnegan to the ground by his facemask after a play.

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Report: Juan Uribe to sign three-year deal with Dodgers

11.29.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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Middle-infielder Juan Uribe is close to signing a three year deal for $21 million with the Dodgers according to sources close to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Uribe had one of his best seasons last year with the Giants, hitting .248 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs. The 10-year veteran will likely play second base for the Dodgers who still hold the rights to incumbent shortstop Rafael Furcal. It also means that the Dodgers will likely non-tender Ryan Theriot, who played in 54 games with the team after coming over in a trade with the Cubs.

While Uribe struggled in the playoffs with an injury, the move leaves the World Series champions with just one shortstop on the roster, Mike Fontenot another former Cub. In just 240 at bats last year, Fontenot hit one home run, 25 RBIs and hit .270.

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Buccaneers place Davin Joseph and safety Cody Grimm on injured reserve

11.29.10 at 2:17 pm ET
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Tampa Bay’s loss to the Ravens on Sunday proved costlier than just an ‘L’ in the loss column, after the Buccaneers announced Monday that they would have to place two starters on the injured reserve list. Right guard Davin Joseph suffered a broken foot and safety Cody Grimm broke his left fibula in the team’s 17-10 loss.

“That’s the nature of the beast in the NFL,” coach Raheem Morris said Monday. “Look forward to the challenge of getting new players ready for those positions.”

Grimm, the son of Redskins great Russ Grimm, cracked the starting lineup in Week 3 and recorded 57 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games this season. Joseph has been a starter since he entered the league five years ago and was a key part of a line that ranks in the top half of the league in sacks allowed and rushing yards.

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Bills receiver Steve Johnson questions God after series of drops

11.29.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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After dropping five passes in Sunday’s 19-16 loss to the Steelers, Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson blamed an odd culprit for his struggles. Johnson tweeted after the game:

“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…”

Johnson did manage to record seven catches but dropped a 40-yard pass in the end zone in overtime that would have given the Bills their third consecutive win.

The third-year receiver leads the Bills with 59 receptions, 796 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, Johnson had a career-high three touchdowns against the Bengals and celebrated by showing off his undershirt that quoted The Joker, reading “Why so serious?”

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra downplays LeBron James bump, talk of player criticism

11.29.10 at 1:12 pm ET
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Amid reports that Heat players aren’t happy with his coaching, coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed talk of problems with his team and said some frustration should be expected with the team off to a 9-8 start.

“A coach-player relationship in this league often will be confrontational at times. And other times, it’s smooth sailing,” Spoelstra said Monday. “But just the dynamic of the competitive nature of everybody, expectations, results ‘€” all these things combine, yeah, sometimes it will get testy. And that’s good. Especially when people have a pure heart and mind about getting better, that just shows that the sides want to make it right.”

In Saturday’s loss to Dallas, Spoelstra and LeBron James bumped into each other while James headed to the bench for a timeout. There was speculation that it showed James’ lack of respect for the coach. Spoelstra said he “didn’t even notice” the bump when it happened.

“Coming out of the timeout, it’s a pinball at the game, I’m colliding into a lot of people. So it’s probably a perfect case of overspeculation from this team,” he said Monday.

“I was fine with that timeout. The fact that guys are not happy about the play, tempers rose, you could see the fire and passion in people’s eyes. That’s the way it should be,” he added. “None of us should be happy about what was going on in the third quarter and taking it in stride.”

Dwyane Wade was asked Monday about Spoelstra’s performance.

“Right now, in my opinion, no one is doing a good job,” Wade said. “We’re 9-8. We’re all in this together. The players are not doing a good job. The coach is not doing a good job.”

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