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Report: Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd arrested for drunken driving

03.21.11 at 10:38 am ET
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Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested on a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge in South Bend, Ind., Sunday morning, according to ESPN.com.

Floyd, the Fighting Irish’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, announced earlier this year that he would return to school for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.

This marks Floyd’s second alcohol-related incident in 15 months. In January 2010, he was cited for underage drinking in Minneapolis.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame’s Office of Residence Life could expel Floyd from school for this latest incident.

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Report: Jerry Glanville to coach UFL’s Hartford Colonials

03.21.11 at 9:43 am ET
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Jerry Glanville will be the next head coach of the United Football League’s Hartford Colonials, the former NFL coach told ESPN.com Sunday.

The outspoken Glanville coached the Oilers from 1985-89 and Falcons from 1990-93. He most recently served as the head coach at Portland State, where he went 9-24 from 2007-09.

“You do what you love,” Glanville told the site. “The best part of this deal is watching players get better. That’s what it’s all about. If I was feeling any better, they’d have to send me to jail.”

Glanville, 69, said the opportunity gives him something of a new start.

“I’ve made mistakes in the past,” he said. “I’ve gone where the money was. Over time, you learn what’s important. You do what you’re born to do. Preachers preach, coaches coach.”

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Mets owners file motion to dismiss Bernie Madoff lawsuit

03.21.11 at 9:43 am ET
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In their first legal response to a $1 billion lawsuit filed in December on behalf of Bernie Madoff victims, the lawyers for Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz filed a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment Sunday, according to the New York Daily News.

The lawsuit claims that Wilpon and Katz, who reportedly made money by investing with Madoff, “knew or should have known” that Madoff was a fraud based on “red flags” that were raised.

“The complaint is a fiction,” wrote Karen E. Wagner of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in the motion. “There were no warnings.”

The Mets owners said this motion gives them a chance to finally clear their names.

“After months of damaging leaks, false accusations and withholding of evidence, we can finally legally respond to the work of fiction created by the trustee,” Wilpon and Katz said in a statement. “Let us be very clear: We did not know that Madoff was engaged in a fraud. There were no red flags and we received no warnings.”

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Rex Ryan compares himself and his confidence to Babe Ruth

03.21.11 at 8:57 am ET
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The NFL is in a lockout, but Jets coach Rex Ryan‘s mouth is as active as ever. After Sunday’s league meetings, Ryan compared himself to Babe Ruth while talking to the New York Daily News about how confident he is in his guarantee that the Jets will win the Super Bowl.

“They talk about walk softly and carry a big stick. I love that. I agree with that 100 percent,” Ryan told the paper. “But I guess I feel more like Babe Ruth. I’m going to walk softly, I’m going to carry that big stick and then I’m going to point and then I’m going to hit it over the fence.”

Of course, the Teddy Roosevelt quote Ryan referenced is actually, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” not “Walk softly.” Needless to say, Ryan will not be speaking softly any time soon.

“It’s like he had the courage to do that. I think I’ve got the courage,” Ryan said. “Now granted, I can’t hit anywhere close to Babe Ruth and I’m not as good a coach as Babe Ruth was a player. But I still feel the same way. I still feel like, why wouldn’t I say it? It’s easier for me to say it because I have people with me. Babe Ruth had to walk up there by himself. But if everything was up to me and that we were going to win [if] I’d hit one out, I believe myself I’m going to hit it out. More importantly, I believe in everybody ‘€” our players, our coaches, the fan base we have established here, everybody in the organization.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: New Hampshire sportswriter guilty in prostitution case

03.21.11 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A New Hampshire sportswriter pleaded guilty Friday to running a prostitution ring in Massachusetts and was sentenced to a term of between one and 2 1/2 years in state prison. Kevin Provencher also was fined $5,000 and ordered to be placed on probation after his release. Provencher, 52, worked for the New Hampshire Union Leader for 23 years and won four New Hampshire Sportswriter of the Year awards from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

‘™¦ Legendary coach Larry Brown is considering a return to the college ranks, according to Dan Wetzel at Yahoo!Sports.com. The 70-year-old Brown, who parted ways with the Bobcats early this season, led Kansas to the 1988 NCAA title (followed by NCAA probation) but has been in the NBA ever since.

‘™¦ With the Barry Bonds trial set to begin, Mark Purdy in the San Jose Mercury News writes that Major League Baseball better be prepared for the embarrassment that’s sure to come when former players testify about the prevalence of steroids in team clubhouses.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 21, 1953, which Celtic set an NBA playoff record with 30 made free throws in a 111-105 four-overtime victory over the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Division semifinals?

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Video: Penguins’ Matt Cooke delivers another hit to head

03.21.11 at 6:42 am ET
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Penguins forward Matt Cooke was given a five-minute major penalty and ejected from Sunday’s game for his elbow to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Cooke, who has been suspended three times in the past three seasons for illegal hits, likely faces another suspension this week after sticking out his arm to deck a defenseless McDonagh at center ice near the boards.

“I don’t think you can talk about eliminating head shots from the game, as we have as an organization, and not expect [Cooke’s hit] to be examined,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. “It’s what looks to be a contact right to the head on the play, so the league will look at that and treat it as such.”

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Nets PG Deron Williams out with injured wrist

03.21.11 at 6:28 am ET
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Nets point guard Deron Williams missed Sunday’s game and will sit out at least two more games with an injured right wrist.

“It’s something that we know: rest ‘€” not surgery ‘€” is required,” New Jersey coach Avery Johnson said. “We’ll treat him. We’ll rest him.”

Williams originally hurt the wrist while with the Jazz before being traded last month.

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Williams, Middlebury fall in Division 3 Final Four

03.18.11 at 10:17 pm ET
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New England’s two teams in the NCAA Division 3 Final Four fell in close games Friday night in Salem, Va. Williams could not protect a 17-point lead with less than nine minutes remaining and lost to Wooster (Ohio), 73-70, in the opening semifinal. In the nightcap, Middlebury fell short vs. St. Thomas (Minn.), 59-57. The championship game is Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

In the first game, Nate Robertson scored 21 points to lead the Williams attack. James Wang netted 14, while Troy Whittington contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. Ian Franks led Wooster with 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Williams shot an impressive 52.4 percent from the field while Wooster shot 42.6 percent. The Ephs were hurt by their 16 turnovers that led to 25 Wooster points. The Fighting Scots had just five turnovers.

Williams jumped out to a big early lead and had a 17-point lead after two free throws by Brian Emerson made it 63-46 with 8:54 remaining. That’s when Wooster went on a 17-0 run. Franks had seven of the points in the run, including a 3-pointer with 4:42 left that tied the score.

After a Whittington free throw put Williams back on top, Wooster took its first lead of the night on a jumper by Nathan Balch, 65-64.

Following some back-and-forth baskets, the Ephs had a 71-70 lead with 1:06 left after two free throws by Robertson. But Bryan Wickliffe nailed two free throws 16 seconds later to put Wooster on top for good. Balch added a free throw with 25 seconds left for the final scoring.

Williams had two chances to win or tie in the final seconds. Wang missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left. Taylor Epley got the rebound, but his layup rolled off the rim at the buzzer.

In the second semifinal, Nolan Thompson scored 12 points, Ryan Sharry (Braintree/BC High) had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, and Andrew Locke had eight points, six rebounds and four blocks for Middlebury. The Panthers were hurt by poor shooting at the free throw line (12-for-23) and behind the 3-point arc (3-for-16). They also had 18 turnovers that led to 22 Tommies points.

Middlebury trailed by seven points at the half, 32-25, fought back to take the lead midway through the second period, but then trailed by five points with a minute remaining, 59-54.

Thompson drained a long 3-pointer with 56 seconds left to get the Panthers within two. After a Jamal Davis steal on St. Thomas’ ensuing possession, Middlebury had a final chance to tie or win. But Thompson’s long 3-pointer hit the front rim and the Tommies ran out the final few seconds.

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Singer Terry Cashman to be honored by Baseball Hall of Fame

03.18.11 at 12:54 pm ET
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Terry Cashman, the composer and singer of “Talkin’ Baseball,” will be honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, the 30th anniversary of his signature song.

Cashman, a former minor league pitcher in the Tigers organization (under his real name, Dennis Minogue), had some success as a composer and producer before his 1981 baseball classic that paid tribute to New York icons “Willie [Mays], Mickey [Mantle] and the Duke [Snider].”

“‘Talkin’ Baseball’ symbolizes the spirit of New York baseball in the 1950s and ’60s and the timeless love for the national pastime for every baseball fan whose enjoyed Terry’s ballad over the years,” Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said Friday. “We are pleased to honor Terry and his classic tribute to the game and its great players.”

Cashman performed a Boston version of his song as part of the Red SoxWorld Series championship celebration on Opening Day in 2005. He called in to WEEI’s The Big Show to defend himself after being criticized for it.

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Report: U. of Miami football suspends six for opener

03.18.11 at 12:14 pm ET
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According to reports out of Miami, the University of Miami has suspended six players for its season opener against Maryland. NBC Miami writes that the suspensions reportedly are for violations of team rules and not related to academics, and that the players are offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, running back Storm Johnson, linebacker Kelvin Cain, defensive back Keion Payne, defensive lineman Dyron Dye and defensive back Devont’a Davis.

The school did not confirm the report and indicated coach Al Golden was on vacation.

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