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Yankees’ Curtis Granderson suffers oblique strain

03.23.11 at 9:27 am ET
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Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Orioles after straining his oblique muscle on his final swing of batting practice. The injury is not believed to be serious, but Granderson’s status for opening day is uncertain.

“He felt something,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’ll get a better feel in the next few days. We’ll take the cautious road. I know he’s not really concerned from his end, but obliques can be tricky. It’s too early to tell. Try and be cautious and hope we’ll have success.”

If Granderson can’t go on opening day, Brett Gardner would move from left field to center field and Andruw Jones would start in left.

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Spurs’ Tim Duncan out indefinitely with sprained ankle

03.23.11 at 9:26 am ET
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Spurs star Tim Duncan is on crutches and out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle, the team said Tuesday. Duncan injured the ankle early in Monday’s win over the Warriors when he landed awkwardly after making a jumper.

He passed an MRI test Tuesday with no signs of structural damage, but the Spurs won’t know how long he’ll be out until later this week at the earliest. He’ll miss at least the next three games, though.

“It structurally looks good,” said general manager R.C. Buford. “We will have a better idea of what the timeline is in the next 48 hours.”

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving will see ‘significant’ playing time

03.23.11 at 8:56 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday that freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will play “significant minutes” in the Blue DevilsSweet 16 matchup with Arizona on Thursday.

Irving missed 3 1/2 months with an injured big right toe, but he came off the bench to score 25 points in 41 minutes in Duke’s two tournament games last weekend. Krzyzewski said Irving will continue to come off the bench because the Blue Devils “are good with who we’re starting,” but noted that Irving is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys’ Dez Bryant ejected from mall for low pants

03.23.11 at 7:53 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: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from a Dallas shopping mall and given a criminal trespass warning by police Tuesday after allegedly refusing to pull up his sagging pants that exposed his underwear. Police said Bryant and his entourage were asked to pull up their pants, and Bryant responded with a profanity-laced tirade and a refusal to leave until a his adviser arrived. The police report indicated Bryant “has had a pattern of behavior at NorthPark Center involving security/off-duty police,” including him cutting in line, being involved in a “major disturbance” with a female at a restaurant, and parking in a fire lane.

Bryant claimed he was not the one wearing his clothing in an offensive manner, only members of his entourage. “I told the guy I’m not trying to get in trouble,” Bryant told ESPN Dallas. “I’m not trying to destroy my image. The [warning] wasn’t toward me. I was trying to figure out what was going on. It was a big misunderstanding. I was the wrong guy.”

‘™¦ Canucks forward Manny Malhotra will miss the rest of the season due to a serious left eye injury incurred when he was hit by a puck in a game against the Avalanche last Wednesday. In The Toronto Globe and Mail, Eric Duhatschek suggests that visors should be mandatory.

‘™¦ With the Barry Bonds trial taking place in San Francisco, The New York Times looks at the punishment that might await Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who has thus far kept his silence and protected the home run king. Some legal experts told the Times that Anderson could face a charge of obstruction of justice, with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 23, 1969, in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, which Bruin scored his 42nd goal of the season to break Dit Clapper‘s team record for most goals by a right winger in a single season?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Study determines NCAA referees likely to even out fouls

03.22.11 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Rays at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.


‘™¦ Do NCAA basketball referees balance foul calls between teams intentionally? A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences looked at games on neutral courts and determined that fouls are assessed at a relatively even rate. That’s been supported by this year’s tournament. “The important finding is that as the foul differential increases the probability of the next foul being called on the team with fewer fouls significantly increases,” said Ball State professor David Pierce, the study’s co-author.

‘™¦ The New York Times looks at the Virginia city of Richmond, which has two underdog teams in the Sweet 16: Richmond and VCU.

‘™¦ Tennessee fired basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Monday, in the wake of his NCAA violations., Mike Strange writes that Pearl laid the foundation that a new coach can build on. At, Gregg Doyel suggests that Ohio State follows Tennessee’s lead and fire football coach Jim Tressel, who similarly lied to the NCAA in a cover-up attempt.

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 sports documentaries of all-time. “Olympia,” about the 1936 Games in Germany, takes first, ahead of “Hoop Dreams.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 22, 1972, the Red Sox made one of their worst trades when they sent reliever Sparky Lyle to the Yankees for which two players?

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Sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting becomes heaviest man to complete marathon

03.21.11 at 1:15 pm ET
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Kelly Gneiting, a 400-pound sumo wrestler from Idaho, set a Guinness World Record as the heaviest man to complete a marathon when he finished Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Gneiting, who lost nearly four pounds during the marathon, shattered the previous record of 275 pounds and beat his 2008 time by more than two hours.

“I’d like to see the Kenyan improve his marathon time by two hours,” Gneiting joked afterward.

The newspaper reported that Gneiting jogged the first eight miles and walked the final 18. He said he lost track of where he was after the first 10 miles because he felt delirious. By the end of it, he had to obey traffic signals and walk on the sidewalk because the streets had already re-opened to traffic.

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Capitals star Alex Ovechkin out 7-10 days

03.21.11 at 1:13 pm ET
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Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will miss the next 7-10 days with an undisclosed ailment, the team announced on its website Monday.

‘€œHe’€™s been bothered by this nagging ailment for a couple of months,’€ Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. ‘€œWe just thought we’€™d take care of it now. His body needs a little bit of rest. We thought this was a good time to rest his body for a week to two weeks so he’€™s fresh come April.’€

The Capitals sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the first-place Flyers. Washington and Philadelphia meet Tuesday night in the Capitals’ only game over the next six days.

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Lakers’ Andrew Bynum suspended for flagrant foul

03.21.11 at 11:40 am ET
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Lakers center Andrew Bynum was suspended two games by the NBA on Sunday for a flagrant foul 2 against the TimberwolvesMichael Beasley on Friday, according to

The foul came in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 106-98 win when Beasley drove to the basket and Bynum landed a mid-air elbow in his chest, sending Beasley sprawling to the floor.

“I feel badly … for the team, for the fans,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Sunday night. “That’s a subjective thing. I don’t know how they judge it. Beasley played [Sunday], it’s not like he missed a game because of it. I understand the reasoning behind it, but the penalties, I don’t understand [those] yet.”

Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis disagreed.

“He made no play on the ball,” Rambis said. “It’s unfortunate that things like that happen in basketball, but it was the right call. Michael is relatively lucky he didn’t get more hurt than he did.”

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Report: Cowboys’ Bryan McCann arrested for public intoxication

03.21.11 at 10:39 am ET
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Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann was arrested early Saturday morning in Dallas on a public intoxication charge, according to the Dallas Morning News.

McCann, a former SMU standout, is coming off his rookie season in the NFL. Police have not released the details of what led to his arrest, but officers must consider someone a danger to themselves or others in order to arrest them for public intoxication, the newspaper reports.

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Mets release pitcher Oliver Perez

03.21.11 at 10:38 am ET
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The Mets have released left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, choosing to absorb the $12 million remaining on his $36 million, three-year contract.

Perez won 15 games in 2007, but he has struggled since, especially after undergoing right knee surgery in 2009. He went 1-6 in seven starts last year before moving to the bullpen.

Perez’ problems have continued this spring, as he has an 8.38 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. On Saturday, he gave up back-to-back home runs to a pair of minor leaguers.

The move comes three days after the Mets released another veteran — second baseman Luis Castillo. Castillo, who signed a minor league contract with the Phillies on Monday, was due $6 million this season.

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