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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pleads guilty, avoids jail time

12.03.10 at 1:27 pm ET
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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pleaded guilty to attempted assault Friday, avoiding jail after being accused of attacking his girlfriend’s father, Carlos Pena, in August. Rodriguez was ordered to undergo 52 sessions of anger management over the next year for misdemeanor criminal assault. Rodriguez was also ordered to pay $14,444.65 in restitution for Pena’€™s medical bills stemming from the confrontation. There is a two-year order of protection for Carlos Pena and Daian Pena, the mother of Rodriguez’ children. If Rodriguez violates or fails to comply with the deal, he could face 120 days in jail.

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Report: Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm could coach Panthers in 2011

12.03.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm is already in consideration to replace John Fox as Panthers coach in 2011, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fox will be leaving the Panthers, who currently sit at 1-10, after his contract expires, and Grimm is a logical candidate as his successor. As Schefter points out, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is close to Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, whose team trained Grimm as a coach. Grimm also has the endorsement of former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who has reportedly been pushing his candidacy. Grimm also would come cheaper than one of the big names such as Bill Cowher, which would make him even more appealing to Richardson.

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Update: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will play with small fracture in foot

12.03.10 at 12:37 pm ET
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As was reported earlier in the week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had been seen in a walking boot due to what was originally diagnosed as a sprained foot. Turns out the “sprain” was actually a re-aggravation of a previous fracture, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Confora. The report also says that Roethlisberger will play this Sunday against the Ravens, despite the inury being “very painful.”

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Report: Yankees engaged in contract talks with Carl Crawford

12.03.10 at 12:30 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees are “very much engaged” in contract talks with free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. It was previously thought that pitcher Cliff Lee was the Yankees’ main target, and Olney adds that it’s unclear if the team would be able to afford both players. With Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher all laying claim to a starting job, the Yankees appeared set in the outfield. Crawford batted .307 with 19 homers and 47 stolen bases this past season for Tampa Bay, and he is thought to be seeking an eight-year contract.

The Red Sox reportedly have already met “face-to-face” with Crawford, as have the Angels.

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Texans receiver Andre Johnson undergoes MRI Friday

12.03.10 at 12:25 pm ET
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After he recorded 149 yards on six catches in Thursday night’s loss to the Eagles, Texans receiver Andre Johnson underwent an MRI on his ankle Friday morning. He received a shot to the ankle during the second quarter to numb the pain after re-aggravating the injury. On his first play back, Johnson caught a 31-yard pass on a key third-down fade.

Johnson also told that he wasn’t “really worried” with the injury, though he didn’t know the extent of it. ‘€œI don’€™t know how bad it is. It’€™s numb right now,’€ Johnson said after the game. ‘€œWhen I was playing before I came in [to the locker room], I was limping when I was out on the field, and I told them that I needed to do something if I was going to continue to play. We came in and numbed it up. When I came back, I looked like a new person. The rest of the game, I felt fine.’€

The star receiver’s big night put him over 1,000 yards for the third straight season and the fifth time in his career.

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Report: White Sox agree to two-year deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski

12.03.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Catcher A.J. Pierzynski will return to the White Sox with a two-year deal worth $8 million, according to’s Ken Rosenthal. This comes on the heels of Adam Dunn joining the team. Pierzysnki hit at a .270 pace last season, including nine home runs and 56 RBIs. He’s been with the White Sox since 2005.

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Hugh Freeze, HS coach portrayed in ‘The Blind Side,’ named Arkansas State coach

12.03.10 at 11:14 am ET
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Hugh Freeze, who coached current Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher at Briarcrest Christian High School in Memphis and was portrayed in “The Blind Side,” was named head coach at Arkansas State after serving as offensive coordinator this season.

Freeze takes over for Steve Roberts, who resigned following a 4-8 season. Under Freeze, the Red Wolves had the nation’s 43rd-ranked offense and broke nine school records.

Freeze previously compiled a 20-5 record at two seasons as head coach at Lambuth, and he was an assistant coach at Ole Miss, where Oher played, from 2005-07.

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Report: Sox, Jayson Werth trade pleasantries in meeting

12.03.10 at 11:01 am ET
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The Red Sox did not make a formal offer during their face-to-face meeting with free agent Jayson Werth and his agent Scott Boras on Wednesday, according to ESPNBoston’s Jayson Stark. Rather, the purpose of the meeting was to give general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona a chance to get to know Werth and give the outfielder a chance to familiarize himself with them.

One thing that was clear during the meeting was both parties’ mutual interest in one another. Werth reportedly was told the Sox organization had scouted him extensively this season, with a scout at nearly every game the Phillies played. The Sox also told Werth he was a player they’d had their eye on for years.

According to the report, Werth told Epstein and Francona what a great fit he thought Boston was for him. However, Boras and Werth told the Red Sox they were a long way from making any decisions, as they had to weigh all their options.

Werth batted .296 with 27 home runs in 554 at-bats this past season. He’s thought to be seeking a contract similar to the seven-year, $120 million deal that Matt Holliday signed with the Cardinals last winter.

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Report: Adam Dunn, White Sox agree to four years, $56M

12.03.10 at 10:56 am ET
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Bob Nightengale of reports the White Sox and Adam Dunn have agreed to a four-year deal worth $56 million. Dunn has posted impressive power numbers throughout his career and finished the 2010 season with a .260 batting line, 38 home runs and 103 RBIs for the Nationals. Hitter-friendly US Cellular Field should only help improve those numbers. It’s unclear whether Dunn will DH or play first base.

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Cubs legend Ron Santo dead at 70

12.03.10 at 7:59 am ET
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Former Cubs third baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo died Thursday night in Arizona at the age of 70, the Chicago Tribune reported. Santo had a number of healthy problems in the past few years, including diabetes, heart disease and bladder cancer. Santo missed several road trips in 2010 but was expected to return to Cubs broadcasts in 2011.

“Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans,” team chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement.

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