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Bill Parcells clears out office at Dolphins headquarters

10.20.10 at 11:08 am ET
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After giving up control of football operations to general manager Jeff Ireland shortly before the beginning of the 2010 NFL season, Bill Parcells has once again reduced his role with the team. Parcells cleared out his office and will no longer be working at the Dolphins team complex. However, the Dolphins say Parcells will continue as a consultant to Ireland and coach Tony Sparano.

“Whether he is physically here or not is really immaterial to the contributions that he will make on an ongoing basis,” Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee said Tuesday. “From the football operations point of view, it really is business as usual. Nothing has really changed.”

The Miami Herald is reporting that Parcells is referring to the situation as a “leave of absence” and that he plans to eventually come back to the Dolphins in some capacity. He has no intention of taking his services to another franchise at this time. Dee denied that the leave had anything to do with a rift or other issues between Parcells, owner Stephen Ross, Ireland and/or Sparano.

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Report: Knicks making progress on acquiring Carmelo Anthony

10.20.10 at 11:01 am ET
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According to Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com, the Knicks have made significant progress in the past few days in their efforts to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets. After the collapse of a four-team trade late last month between the Nuggets, Nets, Jazz and Bobcats, the Knicks made moves to get back in on the bidding for Anthony about two weeks ago. The small forward has been insistent with the Nuggets that he will not budge on his refusal to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension.

The Knicks have been eyeing Anthony since their failure to land LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh as free agents over the summer. The Knicks appear determined to add a second max-salary player to complement Amar’e Stoudemire. Sheridan’s source says the offers the Knicks have proposed center around packages that include Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick the Knicks would acquire from a third team. The Knicks also have softened their stance on including forward Danilo Gallinari in a trade.

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NFL admits error in selling photos of illegal hits by Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison

10.20.10 at 10:42 am ET
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The NFL admitted it was a mistake to allow photos of illegal hits from Sunday’s games to be sold at NFL.com. Pictures of hits by Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather and Steelers linebacker James Harrison, which resulted in fines of $50,000 and $75,000, respectively, were made available by an outside vendor that used an automated process, the league said.

“We regret mistake,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Wednesday. “Those photos will be removed ASAP & we will ensure no photos of illegal plays r available again.”

Meanwhile, Harrison indicated he plans to appeal his fine, and he questioned if he could continue playing in the league following the “travesty” of his punishment.

“The way that things were being explained to me [Tuesday] and the reasoning for it, I don’t feel I can continue to play and be effective, and, like I say, not have to worry about injuring someone else or risking injury to myself,” Harrison said in a Fox Sports Radio interview Tuesday, adding, “I’m going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach [Wednesday] and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective. If not, I may have to give up playing football.”

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Titans QB Vince Young day-to-day, could start Week 7

10.20.10 at 9:37 am ET
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Vince Young will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis after tests showed only a mild sprained left knee and ankle, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher says the quarterback could play Sunday against the Eagles, even if he misses a couple of practices. “If you look at … what happened in the game, I could stand up here and say that he’s lucky,” Fisher said Tuesday. “He’s got just a mild knee sprain, and he’s got an ankle sprain. He’s sore. As he said, he’s a quick healer, and we’ll just go with him day to day.”

Young was recovering a fumbled snap in Monday night’s game against the Jaguars when he was pulled down, with his left leg twisting underneath him. Young was able to walk off the field, and Fisher said he could have continued playing if needed, but he decided to replace Young with veteran Kerry Collins, who went on to complete a 30-3 beatdown of the Jaguars.

Off to his best start, Young has completed 61.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. He ranks fourth in the AFC with a passer rating of 98.8. Fisher says Young has a good feel now for the Titans’ game plan, and that, “It’s not unrealistic if he misses a couple of days of practice that he still can play.”

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Report: Pitcher Ted Lilly signs three-year, $33M deal with Dodgers

10.20.10 at 9:05 am ET
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Left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly will not be testing the free agent market, as he reportedly signed a three-year, $33 million deal on Tuesday to return to the Dodgers. According to his agent, Larry O’Brien, Lilly received a $3.5 million signing bonus to be paid over three years, and the deal includes a full no-trade clause in the first two seasons. “I thought this was a really good opportunity for me,” Lilly said, “the future looks really good.”

General manager Ned Colletti said he liked the way Lilly helped stabilize the Dodgers’ rotation after the pitcher was acquired in a deal with the Cubs at the trade deadline. In 12 starts for the Dodgers, Lilly was 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA and received the lowest run support in the major leagues with 2.88 runs per game. Overall, Lilly was 10-12 with a 3.62 ERA in 30 combined starts with the Dodgers and Cubs. He allowed three runs or less in 22 of his 30 outings.

Lilly’s return gives the Dodgers three established starting pitchers, also including Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw. The other two members of the rotation, Hiroki Kuroda and Vicente Padilla, will be free agents this winter.

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NBA bans performance-enhancing sneakers

10.20.10 at 9:04 am ET
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The NBA is prohibiting its players from wearing a new line of sneakers that claim to increase vertical leap. Athletic Propulsion Labs’ $300 Concept 1 shoe contains a spring-based system designed to increase lift. “Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage,” the NBA said in a statement Tuesday.

According to tech website gadgetsnipe.com, the shoe weighs just 15 ounces and features the “finest synthetics, microfiber mesh and special anti-microbial linings to keep the foot comfortable and performing at the highest level throughout extended periods of play.” There is a patent-pending Load ‘N Launch technology implanted in a cavity in the forefoot of the basketball shoe, which is supposed to provide the instant improvement in vertical leap.

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Scott Brown on D&C: Slain football player DJ Henry was designated driver

10.20.10 at 8:59 am ET
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Senator Scott Brown called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the case of Danroy “DJ” Henry, a Pace University football player from Easton who was shot and killed by New York police early Sunday morning outside a bar near the school’s campus.

Brown said he has been in communication with Henry’s family in Easton and wanted to share the information that Henry was not drinking and instead was at the bar to drive his friends home when a brawl broke out and police arrived.

“This kid was the designated driver,” Brown said. “He wasn’t drinking, and no drugs. He swung around to pick up some people. Apparently, he had the big stereo system with the woofers and he was parked in the fire lane. When the officer apparently knocked on his window, he took off, thinking that they wanted him to move, apparently.”

As Henry drove away, police say he clipped one officer with his side-view mirror and hit another, causing him to land on the hood. That officer and another then fired shots at Henry, and the car crashed to a stop. Henry then was handcuffed. A lawyer for Henry’s family accuses police of leaving the dying 20-year-old on the street in handcuffs for “10-15 minutes” while officers with less-serious injuries received treatment from EMTs.

“We’re going to ask for an investigation, obviously, a thorough investigation,” Brown said. “Because you have a kid who is a star football player from this area, a great kid, no record, nothing. And to end his life under these circumstances, I think it’s important to get the facts and get them quickly. So, that’s what we’re going to be calling for, obviously a thorough investigation. If it turns out that [the policeman] acted properly, then so be it. But if it’s the other way around, then obviously there needs to be some type of redress.”

To hear Brown’s interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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Yankees’ Mark Teixeira expected to miss rest of postseason

10.20.10 at 8:12 am ET
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Adding injury to insult, the Yankees lost Mark Teixeira to a hamstring strain during Tuesday’s 10-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Teixeira was hurt while running out a grounder in the fifth inning. “Ran as hard as I could. It just gave. I could feel it,” Teixeira said. “I never hurt my hamstring in my life.” After having an MRI, Teixeira was told the injury will need 6-8 weeks to heal. Teixeira is 0-for-14 in the ALCS but had provided solid defense.

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Colts punter Pat McAfee arrested after drunken swim in canal

10.20.10 at 8:04 am ET
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Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly taking a swim in a canal in an Indianapolis nightlife district while drunk. McAfee, a 23-year-old in his second season out of West Virginia, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit. He was shirtless and soaking wet when confronted by police, who arrested him for public intoxication.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Fan who ran on field apparently jealous of Alex Rodriguez’ relationship with Cameron Diaz

10.20.10 at 7:09 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 WEDNESDAY:
NBA Preseason: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A fan who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night apparently had a crush on movie star Cameron Diaz and wished harm upon Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has dated Diaz. According to a New York Post story, Grim LeRogue, who legally changed his name from Joe Rogan, was carrying five pictures, including one of A-Rod with an X on his face and a gun pointed at his head. Written on the photo was this threat: “You have to go bud, you’ve ruined too many of our white queens.” LeRogue, who was quickly detained but struggled aggressively, also had a picture of Diaz with a message saying: “We will be together soon.”

The 33-year-old, who has a record of prior arrests for assault and burglary, also had a photo of Osama bin Laden with a note saying: “I will serve you.” Charged with assault and interfering with a sporting event, LeRogue was was held overnight for psychiatric evaluation. His mother, Cathy, told the Post that her son is self-publishing a novel “about a ninja or something” and told police he wanted publicity for it.

‘™¦ In Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the ALCS, the Yankees had another home run controversy, as a fan appeared to make contact with Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz‘ glove as the ball landed in the seats. The fan, Jared Macchirole, did not reach into fair territory, however, so it wasn’t as egregious as the Jeffrey Maier incident vs. the Orioles in 1996. Maier, who was watching Tuesday’s game at La Guardia Airport, talked to ESPN about the latest Yankee Stadium controversy. Incidentally, Maier now teaches middle school math and coaches baseball and basketball in Waltham.

‘™¦ The NFL handed down some stiff fines for overaggressive hits but held off on suspensions. Meanwhile, former vice president of officiating Mike Pereira predicted referees won’t overreact and start ejecting players. He noted that the only hit over the weekend worthy of an ejection was Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather‘s “egregious, intentional act.”

‘™¦ Cablevision subscribers in New York City have not able to watch the National League Championship Series or some NFL games, and might be blacked out for the World Series due to a dispute about how much the cable company should pay the owner of Fox Broadcasting.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 20, 2004, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, completing the greatest comeback in postseason baseball history. Who started the game for the Yankees?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I still have some issues, but a lot of them aren’t from the injury. My head isn’t screwed up after I work out right now. Obviously, there are other ongoing issues.” ‘€” Bruins center Marc Savard

STAT OF THE DAY:

‘NET RESULTS: A junior football team in Canada heads into the stands to brawl with fans.

Matty Burrows of Ireland’s Glentoran F.C. scores on a backwards shot from a tough angle.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Brown

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Petty turns 60 on Wednesday.

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