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Panthers trade Dennis Wideman, Radek Dvorak

02.28.11 at 12:52 pm ET
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The Panthers traded forward Radek Dvorak and a 2011 fifth-round draft pick to the Thrashers for forwards Niclas Bergford and Patrick Rissmiller. Florida also traded former Bruin Dennis Wideman to the Capitals for center Jake Hauswirth and a third-round draft pick.

Dvorak, 33, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the season, has seven goals and 14 assists this season.

Bergfors has 11 goals and 18 assists, while Rissmiller appeared in one game for the Thrashers.

Wideman, acquired by the Panthers in the offseason in a trade that sent Nathan Horton to Boston, had nine goals and 24 assists in 61 games. He’ll be reunited in Washington with another former Bruin, Marco Sturm, who was picked up off waivers from the Kings over the weekend.

The Thrashers also agreed to a contract extension with defenseman Mark Stuart, who was acquired from the Bruins on Feb. 18.

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Bobby Knight headlines College Hall of Fame class

02.28.11 at 11:56 am ET
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Former Indiana coach Bobby Knight is one of eight individuals named as this year’s class of inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Knight on the list are players James Worthy, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin, coach Eddie Sutton and contributors Eddie Einhorn and Joe Vancisin. Vancisin is a former Dartmouth player and Yale coach who went on to serve as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches for 17 years before his retirement in 1992.

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IOC president Jacques Rogge: Sports gambling should be licensed

02.28.11 at 11:48 am ET
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International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, speaking Monday on the eve of a meeting about sports gambling, said the IOC supports legitimizing sports gambling in an effort to better monitor it. He also indicated that governments should receive a portion of the wagers.

“Specifically, we are in favor of a system where betting operators have to be licensed by the government,” Rogge said in a conference call.

“Sports organizers, national federations and international federations would have a fair return for all their efforts for organizing the sport. They should be recognized with a return from financial income.”

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LEEInks List: Boston sports figures’ movie cameos (no Oscars here)

02.28.11 at 9:08 am ET
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Editor’s note: In recognition of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, during which one of the honored movies was the Massachusetts-based sports film “The Fighter,” we’re republishing this list that first appeared on our site last year.

Some people just can’€™t be pleased. Common knowledge has it that many musicians want to be athletes, hundreds of athletes want to be musicians, and plenty of actors are envious of athletes. The same stands for athletes being actors. All too many times, athletes stand out as the awkward people who never have more than a few droning lines and can never really advance the plot of the film beyond the lone scene they’€™re in. Of course, the ploy never matters much to the studio bigwigs as it can bring in thousands of an athlete’€™s fans to just catch a brief glimpse of their hero during the course of a two-hour film.

It’€™s not always that way, however; whenever an athlete is being an athlete on screen, things seems slightly more natural. Think Barry Bonds in “Rookie of the Year,” Reggie Jackson in “The Naked Gun,” or the litany of NBA players who co-starred with Lil Bow Wow in “Like Mike.” For every Jim Brown (“The Dirty Dozen”), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (“Airplane!”) and O.J. Simpson (“The Naked Gun”), there’€™s a Michael Jordan (“Space Jam”), Shaquille O’€™Neal (“Kazaam” and “Steel”) and Dwayne ‘€œThe Rock’€ Johnson (“The Game Planand “The Tooth Fairy”) who should never step on a Hollywood set.

For Boston fans, they can only hope that their heroes can get onto a list of the former and not the latter. Rajon Rondo can now be seen in the basketball-rich movie “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah and Common ‘€” when he isn’€™t making historic plays that can be added to the pantheon of Celtics playoff moments, that is. Thankfully, Rondo is starring as himself, playing basketball, so things are looking good so far. In his honor, let’€™s count down some of the best movie cameos by Boston sports icons. Note that we are not including Celtics guard Ray Allen (“He Got Game”) because he was playing for another team at the time. And we’ll tell you right now, Dennis & Callahan fans, that your heroes didn’t make the cut. Sorry.

10. Derek Sanderson

During the heyday of the Big Bad Bruins, Turk made an appearance as himself in the 1971 movie “Face-off,” about a pro hockey player and a folk singer who fall in love. He also appeared in the horror film “A Knife for the Ladies” in 1974, during his second stint in Boston. It wasn’t surprising to see Sanderson on the big screen, as he was known as someone who rode his fame and fortune as far as he could take it.

9. Rick Fox

Fox, a first-round draft pick of the Celtics in 1991, played in Boston until 1997, when he signed with the Lakers in part so he could continue the acting career he started while a Celtic. In 1994, he made an appearance in the college basketball movie “Blue Chips,” and two years later he had a role in “Eddie,” the movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg as a fan turned coach of the New York Knicks. Fox has gone on to become a regular on the big and small screens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Agent: Peyton Manning deal unlikely before CBA expires

02.28.11 at 9:01 am ET
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The Colts and Peyton Manning‘s agent wanted to get a new contract for the four-time MVP before the collective bargaining agreement expires Thursday night, but it appears that isn’t going to happen.

Colts vice chairman Bill Polian said Wednesday that a deal wasn’t imminent, and Tom Condon, Manning’s agent, concurred Sunday.

“We’re having conversations, so that’s a positive,” Condon told The Associated Press. “But I would agree with him that nothing’s imminent.”

If the two sides don’t strike a deal by Thursday, things would become much more complicated when the expected lockout begins Friday. Players and agents won’t be able to communicate with teams once the lockout starts.

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Bobby Valentine reportedly looking into buying part of Mets

02.28.11 at 9:00 am ET
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Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is looking into buying at least a portion of the team, according to The article said Valentine, who managed the Mets from 1996-2002 and took them to the World Series in 2000, has spoken with financial backers about setting up a bid.

“I’ve talked to a number of people interested in purchasing part of the New York Mets, but I’m not formally with any group that is actively pursuing this venture,” Valentine told ESPN.

Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon has said he intends to explore selling 20 to 25 percent of the team because of financial issues. The team acknowledged Friday that it accepted a $25 million loan from Major League Baseball in November because of liquidity issues. Ownership also faces a $1 billion lawsuit by the trustee trying to recover funds for victims of Bernard Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme.

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Rams scout Luke Driscoll arrested for public nudity

02.28.11 at 8:29 am ET
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Rams scout Luke Driscoll was arrested early Friday morning in Indianapolis, site of the NFL scouting combine, and charged with public nudity after allegedly urinating on a building. Driscoll, 33, who reportedly was back at work Saturday, faces a misdemeanor charge and league discipline. Police said Driscoll was intoxicated when he was arrested at 3:20 a.m. Friday, but he was not charged with public intoxication.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN writer Howard Bryant arrested after altercation in Western Massachusetts

02.28.11 at 7:13 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ ESPN senior writer and former Boston Herald columnist Howard Bryant was arrested Saturday afternoon in Western Massachusetts and charged with assaulting his estranged wife and hitting a police officer, state police told The Springfield Republican. Bryant, a Boston native who lives in the Western Massachusetts town of Ashfield, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court.

Five witnesses gave statements to police saying that they saw a man arguing with a woman, and that he choked her and pushed her into a car. Bryant argued with police who responded to the scene, and he allegedly struck one officer in the chest with his elbow.

Bryant, who worked for The Washington Post before joining ESPN in 2007, became most famous writing about the issues of race and performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports.

‘™¦ The Chicago Tribune has a story that examines the final hours of ex-Bears defensive back Dave Duerson‘s life, with details of the events that led up to his suicide last week in Florida. The story notes that police who visited the scene said they had never encountered a suicide planned and executed so meticulously.

‘™¦ In The Washington Post, Adam Kilgore looks at Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche‘s ability to overcome ADD, for which he has been treated since 2006. LaRoche, who made a brief stop in Boston in 2009, is coming off a season in which he hit 25 home runs with 100 RBIs (with the Diamondbacks).

‘™¦ Baseball executives and union officials are set to meet soon to talk about a new collective bargaining agreement. Among the topics expected to be discussed is contraction and realignment. In the New York Daily News, Bill Madden takes a look at how baseball could form four seven-team divisions after contracting two teams. At, Tracy Ringolsby writes that other pro sports have to be envious of baseball’s labor peace.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 28, 1974, which Bruins goalie tied an NHL record with his 14th consecutive victory?

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Blackhawks extend Brent Seabrook five years

02.28.11 at 6:45 am ET
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The Blackhawks and defenseman Brent Seabrook agreed on a five-year, $29 million contract extension Sunday. Seabrook, 25, is in his sixth season in Chicago, which selected him 14th in the 2003 draft.

“He’s been kind of a fixture on our defense. He came up as a 20-year-old kid,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “I’m not sure he’s reached his potential yet. His best years, he’s coming right into them right now, and that factored into it. He’s still only 25 years old. Looking at defensemen in particular, they hit their stride between 25 and 30, and that’s what this contract covers.”

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Sabres acquire Brad Boyes from Blues

02.28.11 at 6:42 am ET
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The Blues traded forward Brad Boyes to the Sabres for a second-round draft pick in 2011. The 28-year-old Boyes, who spent two seasons in Boston, has 12 goals and 41 points this season.

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