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LEEInks List: Most memorable Patriots-Colts games

11.19.10 at 9:57 am ET
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The history between the Patriots and Colts goes back to 1970, but the rivalry didn’t truly begin to thrive until 2001. Constant comparison and dominance of elite quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is what has made these clashes some of the most anticipated in the NFL. Together, the two have won five of the last seven NFL MVP awards and four of the last seven Super Bowls. They will meet next on Sunday in Foxboro.

Since 2001, the Patriots lead the Colts 7-5 in head-to-head matchups. Brady won the first six meetings before Manning began to take over, grabbing victories in five of the last six games. Here are the top 10 most memorable games between the teams.

10. Nov. 7, 2005: Colts 40, Patriots 21

Heading into this Monday night duel, Manning and the Colts (8-0) were looking for their first win against Brady and the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Patriots (4-3). The Patriots were dealing with key injuries while the Colts defense was quickly improving. Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison were unstoppable, shredding the Patriots defense on their way to a 40-21 rout. Brady was replaced by Doug Flutie in the game’s final minutes.

9. Nov. 5, 2006: Colts 27, Patriots 20

The Colts (7-0) entered Foxboro to take on the Patriots (6-1) in a Sunday night clash hoping to keep their perfect season alive. This game also marked the return of Adam Vinatieri to Gillette Stadium. Manning was spectacular, throwing for 326 yards and two touchdowns with  one interception. Vinatieri was only mediocre, going 2-for-4 on his field goal attempts. The score was 27-20 in favor of the Colts when Vinatieri missed a 37-yard field goal with 1:55 left in the game, giving Brady a chance to spark a Patriots comeback. But on the Patriots’ second play, Brady was intercepted by Cato June to end the game. It was Brady’s fourth interception of the day.

8. Nov. 30, 2003: Patriots 38, Colts 34

The Patriots rushed to a 31-10 lead behind the solid play of Brady, who finished 26-of-35 for 236 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. But Manning valiantly rallied the Colts, throwing three touchdown passes in six minutes to tie the score at 31 at the end the third quarter. Brady responded by finding Deion Branch wide open in the back of the end zone to make it 38-31 with 8:36 left in the game. Manning rallied the Colts again, but with 3:27 to go they decided to settle for a 29-yard field goal to make it 38-34, hoping to get once more chance to win it. The Patriots obliged by throwing on each of the next four plays, taking only 30 seconds off the clock, before Ken Walter‘s punt went just 18 yards.

The Colts drove down to the 1-yard line with 14 seconds left before the Pats defense clamped down. On the final attempt, Manning handed off to James, but Willie McGinest got around the right side of the offensive line to tackle James in the backfield and preserve a 38-34 Patriots win. Manning was 29-of-48 for 278 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

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Report: Bucs rookie WR Mike Williams arrested for DUI

11.19.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to a report, Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested for a DUI Friday morning. The site reportedly received a tip in the morning and then confirmed on Hillsborough County Sheriff’€™s Office’s website that Williams had been arrested.

According to the available information, Williams’€™ blew a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.065 and 0.061 percent into the breathalyzer .  Notably, these counts are below Florida’s legal limit of .08, but urine testing was also being conducted. As of  Friday morning, Williams was still in custody.

Williams was having a stellar rookie season up to this point, starting in all of the Bucs nine games and recording 40 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns and emerging as thetop target in Tampa’s aerial attack. He fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft due to character concerns when he quit the Syracuse football team.

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Report: Blue Jays showing “strong interest” in Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton

11.19.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Blue Jays are now joining the trade sweepstakes for Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, expressing “strong interest” in his services. It remains unclear as to what the Jays would part with, but the team is deep in high-end pitching prospects.

Rosenthal also reports that the Red Sox are now  on the ‘€œbackburner”  of trade talks,  despite originally being considered a front runner.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: John Henry tries ‘Moneyball’ approach with soccer

11.19.10 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

NHL: Kings at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

NBA: Celtics at Raptors, 1 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NFL: Colts at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (NBC)


‘™¦ Red Sox owner John Henry has hired Damien Comolli, a friend of A’s general manager Billy Beane, to do a “Moneyball”-style analysis of his new soccer team, but there is skepticism that it will work with Liverpool FC. “I don’t think there’s a business anywhere in the world which is not using metrics, not as a template for success but as a tool,” Beane insisted. “All sports are about numbers, and it’s just a question of finding which ones correlate to a particular sport.”

‘™¦ With Dwight Howard shooting just 53 percent from the free throw line, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel questions why the Magic center won’t consider taking Rick Barry‘s advice to shoot underhanded, which Barry guarantees would make a dramatic improvement.

‘™¦ In The Oregonian, John Canzano looks at how Greg Oden needs to mature if he has a chance to resurrect his basketball career after his latest major injury.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 19, 1996, Jimy Williams was named manager of the Red Sox. Which team had Williams previously managed?

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Nationals engage in preliminary discussion with pitcher Carl Pavano

11.18.10 at 1:19 pm ET
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The Washington Post reports that the Nationals are one of six or eight teams that have expressed interest in acquiring pitcher Carl Pavano. Pavano is a free agent who spent the 2010 season with the Twins.

The Nationals met with Pavano’s representative at the general managers’ meetings in Orlando to discuss any interest the starter may have in pitching for the team. The discussions are still in the preliminary stages.

As an 11-year veteran, Pavano was 17-11 in 2010, with a 3.75 ERA and 117 strikeouts.

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Rockies show interest in outfielder Justin Upton, pitcher Gavin Floyd

11.18.10 at 1:18 pm ET
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The Rockies recently inquired about the availability of outfielder Justin Upton, and have discussed with the White Sox about acquiring starting pitcher Gavin Floyd, the Denver Post reported. Upton, a 23-year-old member of the Diamondbacks, is coming off of an All-Star season. But Arizona is asking for four to five players in return for the young star. He has $49.5 million remaining on his contract that runs up in 2015.

Floyd is under contract until 2012 but could be shopped around if the White Sox receive relevant offensive talent in return. Third baseman Ian Stewart could be a target in the potential deal, however the Rockies don’t have another third baseman to step in.

The Rockies have shown interest in Floyd as the likelihood of resigning free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has decreased.

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Former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed turns down several offers, will take weekend off

11.18.10 at 1:15 pm ET
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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed received several offers from NFL teams about kicking jobs, including an offer from the Bengals, but decided that it was best not to kick this weekend, his agent Don Henderson said. Reed was released from the Steelers earlier this week after missing a field goal in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots and criticizing Heinz Field conditions.

Reed cleared waivers on Wednesday and had offers from two teams, both of whom wanted the kicker to start this weekend. Henderson said that his client was receptive to the Bengals, but just decided that it was best not to kick this weekend.

“We thought it would be better for Jeff to recharge and get ready for the rest of the season,” Henderson said. “We’ll start listening to offers again on Sunday or Monday.”

The Bengals’ starting kicker, Mike Nugent, may be out for the remainder of the season with an injury.

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Report: Phillies interested in Carlos Quentin

11.18.10 at 7:56 am ET
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Assuming Jayson Werth leaves Philadelphia as a free agent, the Phillies will be looking for a right-handed bat. Rumor has it that they are interested in White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin.

There also was a report out of Venezuela that free agent outfielder Magglio Ordonez was in Philadelphia for a medical examination, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called that report “unequivocally false.”

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Yankees: Derek Jeter ‘allowed to test the market’

11.18.10 at 7:47 am ET
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Yankees president Randy Levine weighed in on the Derek Jeter negotiations Wednesday, complimenting the shortstop but also noting that he’s benefited from playing with some stellar teams in New York during his career.

“All I can say is we think he’s a great Yankee, we think he’s been a great Yankee and we’ve been great for him and this is the best place for him,” Levine said. “But he’s a free agent and he’s allowed to test the market and do whatever he wants.”

Levine said he expects that general manager Brian Cashman to have further discussions with Jeter, as well as free agent pitcher Cliff Lee, this week.

Levine indicated he understands the intangibles Jeter brings to the team, but the executive made it clear the Yankees have to watch the bottom line. Jeter, coming off a 10-year, $189 million deal, is 36 and just finished the worst season of his career.

“He’s a baseball player,” Levine said. “It’s a player negotiation. Everything he is and who he is gets factored in. But this isn’t a licensing deal or a commercial rights deal. He’s a baseball player.

“But with that said, you can’t take away from who he is. He brings a lot to the organization and we bring a lot to him. … Derek Jeter is a great Yankee, a great player. That said, now is a different negotiation than 10 years ago.”

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Report: White Sox consider Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui

11.18.10 at 7:39 am ET
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According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox are considering making offers to Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui as they search for a left-handed bat. The report indicates that the team likely will wait until next month before making a decision. Damon played for the Tigers last season while Matsui played for the Angels.

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