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Athletics, Mariners, Tigers, Royals on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

11.22.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the four teams on Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton‘s no-trade list are the Athletics, Mariners, Tiger, and Royals. Rosenthal notes that the Mariners‘ presence on the list is noteworthy because Seattle has interest in acquiring the 23-year-old.

Upton, who was chosen with the first overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft, hit .273/.356/.442 with 17 homers and 69 RBI last season in 133 games. The Red Sox are among the teams interested in acquiring the young star, but a source told’s Rob Bradford recently that there was “nothing even close” regarding a deal for the player.

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Update: Toddler who died at Lakers game crawled out of parents’ sight

11.22.10 at 1:26 pm ET
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According to a blog post on The Los Angeles Times‘ website, the 2-year-old who fell to his death after the Lakers’ game at Staples Center on Sunday night had crawled out of his parents’ sight, and they were looking for him when they discovered he had fallen 50 feet.

The boy was identified as Lucas Anthony Tang, and he had been crawling around the suite during the game, a source told the Times.

The death was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s abused-child unit, a standard practice in situations such as this.

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Report: Lions RB Jahvid Best expected to miss Thanksgiving game vs. Patriots

11.22.10 at 1:05 pm ET
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Lions running back Jahvid Best, who has been plagued with turf toe in both feet, reportedly is a “long shot” to play on Thanksgiving against the Patriots, according to the Detroit News. Best made quite a splash into the league, scoring five touchdowns in his first two games while showing off a second gear only few players possess. But since suffering the injury in Week 3, Best has yet to consistently show any of the explosiveness he had originally flashed, and the pain reportedly is getting worse.

“This was different,” said Best, who had three carries for 2 yards and four catches for 15 yards in Sunday’s contest against the Cowboys. “It bothered me more this week, so my role was reduced. I just tried to go out there and make something happen.”

Despite his decreasing effectiveness and increasing pain, Best says he will do all he can to get on the field. “The kind of person I am, I never want to sit down,” the rookie said. “I always want to be in there. I am just going to get in the training room and hope for the best.”

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Report: Vikings fire Brad Childress, appoint Leslie Frazier interim coach

11.22.10 at 12:17 pm ET
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According to a report from, the Vikings fired coach Brad Childress on Monday and named Leslie Frazier interim coach. Frazier had been serving as the team’s defensive coordinator.

The Vikings are coming off a 31-3 humiliation at the hands of the Packers that dropped them to 3-7.

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Update: Toddler dies after fall from luxury suite at Lakers game

11.22.10 at 9:33 am ET
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A child believed to be 2 or 3 years old died after falling 50 feet from a Staples Center luxury suite following the Lakers-Warriors game Sunday, according to an Associated Press report. The boy fell from the third-level top tier of the luxury suites shortly after the Lakers beat the Warriors, 117-89, Sunday night. KTLA-TV reported that the child was believed to be taking pictures when he fell to the concrete floor. Witnesses said the boy was moving his arms legs and head before paramedics took him out on a stretcher and to a local hospital.

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Heat forward Udonis Haslem out until at least February

11.22.10 at 9:11 am ET
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A league source told Yahoo! Sports that Heat forward Udonis Haslem will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break in February, quite possibly longer, with a torn ligament in his left foot. Haslem was scheduled to visit a foot specialist Monday to determine whether surgery would be necessary to repair the injury. Still, the Heat and Haslem are prepared for the fact that late February and probably March are likely his earliest possible returns to the floor. If surgery is needed, the recovery could push into the spring.

Haslem was injured in a loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday night, and an MRI on Sunday confirmed the ligament was torn. The forward, arguably the top inside presence for the team, had averaged 8.0 points and 8.2 rebounds in 13 games. Zydrunas Illgauskas will be asked for more minutes in wake of the injury, and Lebron James could see more time at power forward.

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Report: Cowboys QB Tony Romo still at least three weeks away

11.22.10 at 9:09 am ET
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According to an ESPN source, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is still “at least three weeks away” from returning from his fractured collarbone. Romo threw for the first time Sunday since suffering the injury against the Giants on Oct. 25, and was reportedly due for X-rays either Sunday or Monday. Even if the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, owner Jerry Jones insists Romo will play as soon as he’s ready. Jones believes in the importance of ending the season with a “good taste” in the mouth, which would explain if Romo does play this December.

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Report: Mets hire Terry Collins as manager

11.22.10 at 8:44 am ET
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According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mets have selected Terry Collins to manage their club. The 61-year-old beats out fellow finalists Wally Backman, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale to become the 20th manager in franchise history. Collins has not managed a major league team since 1999, when he was let go by the Angels. He had a 444-434 record in six years with the Astros and Angels. Collins served as the organization’s minor league field coordinator this past season, and most recently managed the Orix Buffaloes in Japan in 2007 and 2008, then China’s entry in the World Baseball Classic last year.

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Terrell Owens on Bengals: ‘We’re terrible, me included’

11.22.10 at 7:42 am ET
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Following the Bengals’ seventh loss in a row, this one a 49-31 setback to the Bills in which Cincinnati blew a 17-point first-half lead and surrendered 35 consecutive second-half points, wide receiver Terrell Owens did not mix words. “We’re terrible, me included,” he said. “Let me emphasize terrible. We find ways to lose. We may go two [wins] and whatever. Fourteen. We’ve made enough mistakes the last six ballgame to last us a lifetime.”

Added Owens: “After our second win, it’s been self-destruction. I don’t blame fans for booing or for people not wanting to come.”

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Boy falls from luxury suite after Lakers game

11.22.10 at 7:33 am ET
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According to a report in The Los Angeles Times, a young boy fell from a Staples Center luxury suite to the lower bowl following Sunday’s game between the Lakers and Warriors. The boy, believed to be between the ages of 2 and 5, was moving his arms and legs while being loaded onto a stretcher, a witness said.

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