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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is wearing boot but should play Sunday

11.30.10 at 3:19 pm ET
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a boot after re-injuring his foot Sunday in the team’s 19-16 win over the Bills. Coach Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisberger may miss practice Wednesday but is likely to play on Sunday, when the Steelers play the Ravens in an NFL North first place showdown.

Roethlisberger stayed in the game after sustaining the injury and had an 18-yard run later in the game. He missed the team’s week 4 loss to the Ravens, when Joe Flacco led a last-minute drive to lead Baltimore to a 17-14 win.

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Report: Frank Gore out for the season

11.30.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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According to Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk, 49ers running back Frank Gore will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a hip injury Monday night against the Cardinals. Gore injured his right hip in the first quarter and went to the locker room with trainers before returning for a short period. He will be placed on the injured reserve later this week.

He finished the game with five carries and 52 yards in the 49ers 27-6 win. Gore has accounted for 40 percent of the team’s offense with 1,305 yards and five touchdowns.

Former Eagle Brian Westbrook filled in for Gore, rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown. Westbrook has just 28 carriers on the season, all but five coming last night against the Cardinals.

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Yankees GM to rappel as elf

11.30.10 at 2:45 pm ET
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No, the title of this blog post is not a joke. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is not only going to dress up as one of Santa’s little helpers, but also rappel down the side of a building.

Cashman agreed to descend from the Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn., this Friday and Sunday as part of the Stamford’s Heights and Lights event. The Yankees GM will be in full elf costume, according to Stamford Downtown president Sandy Goldstein, when he jumps off and then rappels down the 350-foot building.

Earlier in the week, Goldstein asked the Yankees GM if he was scared and Cashman replied “Sandy, nothing is scarier than general managing the Yankees.”

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Report: NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. pulled gun

11.30.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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According to a local Tennessee television station, Bobby Hamilton Jr. is accused of pulling a gun on racers at his Highland Rim Speedway in Greenbrier. The NASCAR driver was allegedly carrying the weapon and displayed it in a dispute with some racers at his track Saturday night. Anthony Walker, a super stock racer, and crew member Scott Thompson argued with Hamilton after they were disqualified for the car not being the proper weight. The pair told the WSMV station that they wanted a refund of their entry fee and Hamilton Jr. pulled the weapon.

“He cocked it back and started waving it around saying, ‘I’ll pop it, I’ll pop it,'” Thompson told the station. “I’ve never had a gun pointed at me and I definitely didn’t like it.”

Hamilton has a different version of events. He said he was going to his truck to get the refund money when he, “was almost surrounded” and felt threatened. He claims he saw the men reach into their pockets, and according to the story, that he saw they had pocket knives. “I kept watching their hands, watching their gestures,” Hamilton said. “They just kept getting more frustrated, about the time their hands go in their pockets, about the time they were coming out, they charged, and that’s when I said, ‘not today, not today.'”

Hamilton told the station that he lifted his shirt to show the men his gun, which contradicts the police report in which Hamilton claimed to have taken it out of his pocket. “I’m going to protect my business,” Hamilton said. “And I’m going to protect my life.”

Millersville Police Chief Ronnie Williams said Hamilton does have a carry permit and that no charges were filed because it’s a “he-said, she-said” situation.

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Titans QB Kerry Collins could start Sunday

11.30.10 at 12:57 pm ET
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Titans coach Jeff Fisher has not ruled out Kerry Collins as the starter for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Collins has missed two games because of a strained calf muscle, but was healthy enough to back up rookie Rusty Smith against the Texans this past Sunday.

Collins’ status is day-to-day and if he isn’t ready to go, Smith will again get the start. Smith went 17-for-31 with three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 26.7 in his first NFL start. After starting the season at 5-2, the Titans have lost their last four games in a row.

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SI names Drew Brees Sportsman of the Year

11.30.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Sports Illustrated announced Tuesday morning that Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been named Sportsman of the Year for his championship on the field and his charity off of it. Brees becomes the award’s 57th recipient after leading the long-suffering Saints to their first Super Bowl title and helping aid the rebirth of the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Brees will be recognized at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday. He is the fifth NFL quarterback to be honored, and third in six years. The Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw won in 1979, 49ersJoe Montana in 1990, Patriots’ Tom Brady in 2005 and the PackersBrett Favre in 2007.

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Jets auditioning new kickers as Nick Folk struggles

11.30.10 at 11:07 am ET
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Concerned by Nick Folk‘s recent downturn in performance, ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that the Jets are scheduled to work out veteran kicker Kris Brown on Tuesday. Folk has missed five of his last 10 field goal attempts, including one from 44-yards against the Bengals on Thanksgiving. He also almost missed an extra point (he got a lucky bounce off the upright) and came up short on three kickoffs.

Brown, 33, was cut by the Charges on Nov. 23. He kicked in three games for the Chargers and made four of five field goals. In a 12-year career, Brown has played for the Steelers and Texans, losing his job in Houston in the preseason to Neil Rackers. He is a 77 percent career kicker on field goals.

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Damien Woody and Jerricho Cotchery expect to play Monday

11.30.10 at 11:06 am ET
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Jets right tackle Damien Woody sat out practice Monday while recovering from a sprained knee ligament, but expects to play at the Patriots Monday night. “It’s too big,” Woody said, with the division rivals tied atop the AFC East with 9-2 records. “So, I’m going to be out there.” Woody sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against the Texans last Sunday, but played on Thanksgiving in the Jets 26-10 win over the Bengals. Woody said he was “pretty sore” afterwords and spent the weekend rehabilitating.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was limited in practice on Monday, but also hopes to play after already missing two games with a groin injury. “I’m heading on the right track,” Cotchery said. “I didn’t do too much today, but I got some snaps in on offense and got in some routes. We have a lot of time before Monday, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be in good shape.”

The Jets don’t need to release an official injury report until later in the week since they play the Monday night game.

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A’s to meet with Lance Berkman

11.30.10 at 11:05 am ET
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One of A’s general manager Billy Beane‘s priorities this offseason is to find a reliable hitter who can help the club score more runs for its talented pitching staff. So, on Tuesday, they are planning to meet with 34-year-old free agent Lance Berkman. The switch-hitter batted .248 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs this past season between the Astros and Yankees. In late October the Yankees declined to exercise the $15 million contract option for Berkman, who received a $2 million buyout.

The A’s finished 81-81 in 2010. They stayed in the AL West chase until late in the season, losing out to the eventual AL champion Rangers.

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Carlos Boozer practicing with the Bulls after hand injury

11.30.10 at 11:04 am ET
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For the first time since breaking his right hand in an accident at his home on Oct. 2, forward Carlos Boozer practiced with the Bulls on Monday. He wore a modified padded glove that shields the broken fifth metatarsal, but leaves his thumb and first two fingers exposed so he can get a feel for the ball. Boozer reported no problems after practice and said, “I feel pretty good. I got my protective glove on. During practice, my hand felt pretty good. It’s getting better and better, which is all I could hope for.”

Despite the successful outing, coach Tom Thibodeau wasn’t ready to make a decision on whether Boozer would play Wednesday against the Magic. “He looked fine,” Thibodeau said. “We’ll see how it goes tomorrow (in practice) and in the shoot-around on Wednesday. For the first day, it was very good.”

Boozer missed the entire preseason and hasn’t played in any of the Bulls’ 15 regular season games to date. Thibodeau said that Boozer will move into the Bulls’ starting lineup in place of Taj Gibson, who has averaged 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 27.5 minutes as Boozer’s replacement. Last year, with the Jazz, Boozer averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in 78 games, and averaged 34.3 minutes per game. The number of minutes Boozer will play for the Bulls depends on his conditioning said Thibodeau.

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