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Report: Metrodome roof collapses; Vikings/Giants in doubt

12.12.10 at 10:14 am ET
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According to multiple reports, the Metrodome roof in Minneapolis has collapsed. The incident leaves the game between the Giants and Vikings — which had already been moved to Monday night because of weather-induced travel complications — in a state of flux. The teams would now be forced to find an outside venue for the game to be played. More more click here.

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Asante Samuel won’t play for Eagles against Cowboys

12.11.10 at 12:01 pm ET
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Eagles corner Asante Samuel did not make the trip to Dallas and won’t play for the Eagles in their Sunday night game against the Cowboys. Samuel injured his knee on Nov. 15 and hasn’t played the last two games. He wasn’t able to participate in practice this week. The Eagles will also be without tackle Winston Justice who also has a knee injury.

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Brett Favre case has been sent to commissioner, awaiting for decision from league

12.09.10 at 1:23 pm ET
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The NFL has officially wrapped up its investigation into the allegations made by former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, in which she alleged that current Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent her inappropriate photos via text message, reports. Sterger’s attorney Joseph Conway said that Joe Hummel, the director of investigative services for the NFL’s security department, told him the case had been sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s lawyers to review the case.

The case began on Nov. 11, when Sterger turned over evidence to the NFL. She said that Favre sent her the explicit photos while he was playing for the Jets two years ago. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to discuss details of the case, but said that, “we’re not going to rule out this week. We’re not ruling out next week,” in terms of when a decision may be made by the league’s commissioner and attorney’s.

Conway told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that Hummel told him the case is upstairs with the commissioner, and the league’s lawyers are going to look it over.

“I have not been told a timetable as when to expect something and I have not been told what the findings will be,” Conway told AP.

The NFL first announced the investigation in October before the Vikings and Jets played each other. Conway said that he would be disappointed if people thought the reason this took so long is because Sterger did not come in right away.

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Peyton Hillis on being first white RB to 1,000 yards in 25 years: ‘I’m a human just like everybody else’

12.09.10 at 1:22 pm ET
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Browns running back Peyton Hillis has taken the league by storm this year after a trade that will go down as the best irrelevant trade of all time. The Broncos shipped Hillis to Cleveland for quarterback Brady Quinn, a former first-round draft pick. But while Quinn sits behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver, Hillis has had success with the Browns, and is only 38 yards away from becoming the ninth member of the Browns all-time to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single season.

But, according to the Loraine County Chronicle-Telegram, Hillis is the last person who thinks his run this season is anything spectacular. He needs 38 yards to gain 1,000 on the season as the Browns take on the Bills, who have the worst-ranked rushing defense in the league. He would also be known as the first white running back to reach 1,000 yards in a season since Craig James did so in 1985. But Hillis told the Chronicle-Telegram that he thinks his race “doesn’t really matter.”

“I’m a human just like everybody else is a human,” Hillis said when asked about accomplishing this feat. “I don’t think race  really matters. Guys on this team look at me as a person, not as an image or a race.”

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Nebraska AD denies reports that Bo Pelini and U. of Miami discussed position

12.09.10 at 1:17 pm ET
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The University of Miami will continue its search for a new football head coach after Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne denied reports detailing that Bo Pelini was a candidate for the position, The Associated Press reports. Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star on Thursday that he has not given Pelini permission to speak to Miami about the position.

Pelini, on the same page as Osborne, said that he did not ask for permission from Osborne to speak to Miami officials. Pelini led the Cornhuskers to a 10-3 record this past regular season, and are ranked No. 17 in the nation heading into their Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl against Washington (6-6).

The position became available after Randy Shannon was fired last month. The Hurricanes went 7-5 under Shannon in 2010. The Miami Herald cited an unidentified source from the university, and reported on Thursday that officials planned on talking to Pelini, the third-year Nebraska coach.

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Knicks could target Andre Iguodala before February trade deadline

12.09.10 at 11:52 am ET
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Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the Knicks believe the 76ers would be willing to discuss deals involving swingman Andre Iguodala as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. The team has its eyes set on acquiring Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, but if the deadline approaches and no deal has been set for Anthony, then Iguodala would be a player the Knicks would be interested in.

The Knicks, according to Berger, are one of the teams in a position to absorb salary in the labor environment, and would be looking for another superstar player to team with Amare Stoudemire.

Anthony’s contract will be up following the 2010-2011 season.

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Duke freshman phenom guard Kyrie Irving could miss remainder of season with toe injury

12.09.10 at 11:51 am ET
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said on Thursday that, after suffering an injury in Duke’s 83-48 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night, freshman phenom guard Kyrie Irving may be out for the season with a toe injury that appears to be much more serious than originally thought, UWIRE reports.

Irving left last night’s game with a toe injury that was thought be be relatively harmless, but after evaluation from Duke’s medical staff, it was announced that Irving would be out indefinitely. Irving was seen in a walking boot around campus when the Blue Devils returned back to Durham n Wednesday night.

“Kyrie’s injury is a serious one,” Krzyzewski said. “It’s being evaluated by our medical team here at Duke and medical people from different parts of the country who are good with foot injuries.”

Krzyzewski went on to say that Irving “could be” out for the remainder of the season. Irving had his first collegiate 30-point game several nights ago against Michigan State.

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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre unsure if he will play Sunday

12.09.10 at 10:23 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre said on Wednesday that he is unsure if he will be physically ready to play on Sunday against the Giants after injuring his right shoulder in the first quarter against the Bills last weekend, The Associated Press reports.

Favre said that he hopes to make a decision on Friday about his playing status. If he does not start, his NFL-record 297 consecutive regular-season starts will end. But Favre and interim coach Leslie Frazier both said that the streak will not factor into the decision of whether or not he will play.

“The most important streak right now is we’ve won two in a row,” Favre said on Wednesday. The Vikings defeated the Bills 38-14 on Sunday. Backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Favre. Jackson also was picked off three times by the Bills defense.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: New York Times drops ball on Patriots’ ‘demise’

12.09.10 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ It’s not uncommon for a sports writer to pen a column before a game so that it’s ready to be published right when the contest ends. It is uncommon, however, for a newspaper to put the story on its website before the game is played. And that’s something you certainly wouldn’t expect from a publication as revered as The New York Times, but it happened Monday when William C. Rhoden‘s column noting the demise of the Patriots and the rise of the Jets was made available to the public before the Pats rolled to a 45-3 victory.

Rhoden blamed Spygate for the Patriots’ demise in a story that was headlined: “The day the Patriots’ empire began to crumble.” The Times altered the column later in the evening to reflect what happened in the game, but the second half of the column remained an analysis of how Spygate brought down the Pats. The new headline: “Patriots romp stirs questions, and not just for Jets.”

Explained Times sports editor Tom Jolly: “As is common practice when games are played at night, Bill wrote an early column for the first edition and the Web and then updated it to reflect the outcome. This column obviously needed more updating than usual, since Bill went out on a limb in his early version.”

‘™¦ Urban Meyer retired again as University of Florida football coach. In the Orlando Sentinel, Mike Bianchi writes that Meyer should have stayed retired the first time, because he wasn’t the same coach this season.

‘™¦ Business Insider ranks the worst sports cities according to income taxes. Boston, with a 5.3 percent state income tax and no city income tax, checks in at No. 32. The worst? New York City, with an 8.97 percent state income tax and a 3.648 percent city income tax.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 9, 1992, which future Hall of Famer signed as a free agent with the Red Sox?

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Titans RB Chris Johnson wants more carries, 2,500-yard goal becoming unlikely

12.08.10 at 2:34 pm ET
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Titans running back Chris Johnson set the bar high for himself this season, saying that he would rush for 2,500 yards by season’s end. Earning the nickname “CJ2K,” Johnson hyped himself up to a point that was almost impossible to live up to.

Through 12 games this season, the third-year back out of East Carolina has 1,026 yards on 236 carries. But Johnson, according to the Tennessean, wants more carries.

“We are just not running it,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “It is easy for a defensive coordinator to stop the run when you are running the ball seven times. We need to stay on the field and execute plays.”

In the last two weeks, Johnson has 58 yards on 20 carries against the Jaguars and the Texans. Through the first 12 games last year, Johnson had 1,509 yards 244 carries, an average of 6.2 yards per touch. His average this season is almost two yards less per carry, at 4.3 yards.

“It is tough to deal with,” Johnson said. “But the frustration that comes is not the team stopping the run game, it is ourselves stopping us.”

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