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76ers forward Elton Brand suspended one game for flagrant foul in loss to Wizards

11.24.10 at 5:34 pm ET
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The NBA has suspended 76ers big man Elton Brand one game for committing a flagrant foul on Tuesday night against the Wizards’€™ JaVale McGee, The Associated Press reports. NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced on Wednesday that Brand would be suspended without pay for Philadelphia’€™s Wednesday game against the Raptors.

Brand was ejected from Tuesday’€™s game with 3:32 remaining in regulation for intentionally shoving McGee and knocking him down after the Wizard forward threw down a dunk. The 76ers lost, 116-114, in overtime Washington.

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Bills receiver Steve Johnson allegedly fined $5,000 for touchdown celebration

11.24.10 at 5:33 pm ET
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The Associated Press reports that Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson said the NFL fined him $5,000 for a touchdown celebration after the first of his three touchdown catches in Sunday’€™s win over the Bengals. Johnson lifted up his jersey, revealing a T-shirt underneath that had ‘€œWhy so serious?’€ written in black marker, after his 28-yard touchdown reception.

The Bills receiver, who greatly aided his team in its second win of the season, was allegedly referring to the receiver duo of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, who call themselves Batman and Robin.

Johnson said that he learned of the fine on Wednesday through a letter sent to him by the league. The NFL has not yet confirmed the fine.

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Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel fined $40,000 for hit on Giants wide receiver

11.24.10 at 5:33 pm ET
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Eagles’€™ cornerback Asante Samuel said on Wednesday that he has been fined $40,000 from the league after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan in Sunday night’€™s win, The Associated Press reports. The hit drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

Samuel sat out of practice on Wednesday with a sprained knee he suffered in the game against the Giants. He told reporters the amount of the fine before the Eagles practice started on Wednesday.

Samuel leads the NFL with seven interceptions. The fine handed to the former Patriots cornerback is the biggest the league has issued for a hit this season.

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Thunder send first-round draft choice Cole Aldrich to NBA D-League

11.24.10 at 5:32 pm ET
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The Associated Press reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder are sending its first-round draft pick Cole Aldrich to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. General Manager Sam Presti announced Aldrich’€™s move on Wednesday after the 11th-overall pick averaged just one point and 2.2 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game.

Aldrich was drafted by the Hornets and was traded to the Thunder after the culmination of the NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 former Kansas star helped lead the Jayhawks to the No. 1 overall seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks lost to Northern Iowa in the second round of the tournament.

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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre wants to see a ‘smaller playbook’ in team’s offense

11.24.10 at 5:31 pm ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is playing coach again.

In a press conference held on Wednesday, the 41-year-old said that he would like to see a smaller playbook, a remark seemingly directed at interim head coach Leslie Frazier, who is stepping in for the recently fired Brad Childress. Frazier said that he welcomes Favre’€™s input ‘€œwholeheartedly.’€

Frazier’€™s first day of practice as head coach was on Wednesday, and The Associated Press reported that he planned on making some tweaks in the offense in preparation for Sunday’€™s matchup with the Redskins.

Favre said in the news conference that he is fully committed to finishing the season out, and hopes that in the last six games of the season his body will hold up physically. He has been interception-prone this season, and said that a smaller playbook would help simplify things among the offense.

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Report: Browns likely to start Jake Delhomme for injured Colt McCoy

11.24.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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Browns coach Eric Mangini indicated on Wednesday that quarterback Jake Delhomme will likely get the start this weekend against the Panthers after rookie quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a high ankle sprain in last Sunday’€™s loss to the Jaguars, reports.

McCoy started the last five games after Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace both went down with injuries earlier this season. Delhomme began the year as the starter but suffered an ankle injury in the first week against the Buccaneers.

Despite the fact that Delhomme and Wallace have each missed 4-5 weeks with the same injury, Mangini does not believe that McCoy will be out as long as his teammates, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. In the five games he has played this year, McCoy has passed for 975 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 87 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown.

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Agent Scott Boras denies wrongdoing with loans to Dominican prospects

11.24.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Baseball agent Scott Boras responded to news that his company made loans to the families of young Dominican players by insisting he did no wrong, despite comments suggesting otherwise from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

One of the accusations is that Boras’ company loaned approximately $70,000 to the family of Edward Salcedo while Salcedo had some visa issues that held up his contract. Salcedo had indicated in a New York Times story that he sought other representation but was pressured to retain Boras as a client.

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Boras insisted, “This is a goodwill story. We did something we’re proud of. We have a young man who’s playing basketball who otherwise wouldn’t be.”

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Reps for Jenn Sterger, Brett Favre trade accusations

11.24.10 at 7:36 am ET
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The manager for Jenn Sterger told The Associated Press that he called Brett Favre‘s agent in October to warn him about the impending report regarding Favre’s alleged X-rated cell phone texts. Favre’s agent, however, said Sterger’s camp made “numerous overtures” to him and he believes money was the motivation for Sterger’s behavior.

“I was concerned because I didn’t know exactly what was going to be coming out, and I knew that it wasn’t going to be good for everyone involved,” Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, told the AP in a phone interview. “He asked me if there was a specific figure in mind that could make this go away. I told him, ‘I wish it were that easy, but there’s no putting the toothpaste back in the ‘€¨tube.’ ”

Cook responded that he never planned to offer a payoff.

“Her manager and her lawyer have made numerous overtures to me … at least 6 between the two of them,” Cook wrote to the AP. “Anyone can figure out why. The point is we were never going to pay them, we didn’t pay them and we will never pay them. Because, there is NO reason to pay them! They should consider that their attempts to negotiate privately and through the media have failed.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: New England hosts longest D3 basketball game ever

11.24.10 at 7:13 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.

NHL: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNEE; WEEI)


‘™¦ New England played host to the longest Division 3 basketball game in history Tuesday night as Southern Vermont fell to visiting Skidmore, 128-123, in seven overtimes. The game broke the previous Division 3 record by two OTs and tied the Division 1 mark (1981 Cincinnati-Bradley game). Skidmore hit a tying basket near the end of four of the overtimes, and Skidmore had an advantage in bench scoring of 65-9 . Southern Vermont guard Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes. The senior captain from Pittsfield hit 10-of-40 shots (0-for-13 treys) and finished with 31 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.

“I kept telling the guys as each overtime passed to really enjoy the moment,” Skidmore coach Joe Burke said. They will never be involved in anything like that in their lives again. I kept telling them, ‘This is fun isn’t it?’ But by the sixth overtime I think that wore out.”

Said Southern Vermont coach Mike McDonough: “It’s difficult to reconcile your emotions when you have just participated in such an epic event and lost. But to a man, both teams will take a way something from tonight that they will never forget.”

‘™¦ With Joe Paterno announcing Tuesday that he plans to return to the sideline next season, Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the 83-year-old is being arrogant and holding Penn State hostage.

‘™¦ The Yankees continue to talk tough regarding their negotiations with Derek Jeter. In The New York Times, Tyler Kepner wonders why things had to get nasty.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 24, 1972, which Bruins goalie recorded the only shutout of his NHL career in a 4-0 victory over the Flames?

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Terrell Owens: Darrelle Revis ‘just an average corner’

11.24.10 at 6:25 am ET
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Bengals receiver Terrell Owens revived his war of words with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in the lead-up to Thursday night’s game by labeling the defender “just an average corner to me.”

Speaking with Cincinnati reporters Tuesday, Owens said: “Everybody has assessed his abilities as far as what he did last year, shutdown corner, this and that. He did very well last year. But I think I’m looking forward to the challenge, just like he’s looking forward to the challenge.”

Revis, who said Monday he would be assigned to cover Owens and not Chad Ochocinco, did not take the bait Tuesday. “I’ll see him on Thursday night,” he said. “Everybody knows T.O. He’s going to be T.O.”

Last season, when Owens was a member of the Bills, Revis held Owens to six catches for 44 yards in their two meetings.

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