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University of Miami targeting Jon Gruden, but Donald Trump wants Mike Leach

12.01.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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After firing coach Randy Shannon on Saturday, the University of Miami plans to speak with current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden today about filling the vacant coaching position, reports. The Associated Press cited an anonymous source on Sunday in reporting that Gruden is on the top of Miami’s list to fill the position.

Gruden has coached the NFL’s Buccaneers and Raiders, and has partnered with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

However, according to USA Today, Donald Trump wants Miami to hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to the position. This isn’t the first time that Trump has backed Leach, either. He vied for the hiring of Leach in 2006 after Larry Coker left – the year the university hired Shannon. Trump sent messages to Donna Shalala, the university president, saying that Leach should be the replacement.

Miami has not issued a timetable for the hiring of a coach and said that names of candidates will not be released until a hire has been made.

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NCAA rules Auburn quarterback Cam Newton eligible to play in SEC title game

12.01.10 at 2:05 pm ET
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The NCAA has ruled that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is eligible to play in the SEC title game this weekend, The Associated Press reported. Newton has been cleared despite the fact that the NCAA evidenced that his father did violate rules by shopping his son to other schools.

On Tuesday, Auburn declared that Newton was ineligible after the college sports governing body ruled a violation of his amateur status did occur. Auburn sent a request to the league that he be reinstated.

Newton has been cleared to play by the league without any conditions. The NCAA released its findings in a statement on Wednesday.

The Tigers play South Carolina in the SEC title game this Saturday. Auburn can clinch a guaranteed spot in the BCS National Championship Game with a win over the Gamecocks.

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Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa likely will miss 2-3 weeks

12.01.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa likely will miss 2-3 weeks because of a lower-body injury. Hossa was injured in a collision with teammate Nick Boynton during Monday’s practice and had to be helped off the ice. He also missed five games earlier this season with an upper-body injury. Hossa is fourth on the team with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists). As a replacement, the Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.

“Things happen like that,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday of the collision. “It can happen away from the game, too, so it’s all part of it. You deal with it. It’s an opportunity for Morin to come up and hopefully he can take advantage of the chance and the challenge. We’ll just go from there.” Morin, 19, made his NHL debut Nov. 6 against the Thrashers. He leads the IceHogs with six goals.

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Carl Crawford looking for eight years?

12.01.10 at 10:47 am ET
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The Red Sox have been working hard to sign one of two elite free agent outfielders, Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth, and according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, if they are successful, the new contract stands a good chance of becoming the largest free agent deal this ownership group has made.

Silverman says indications are that Crawford is asking clubs to sign him to at least an eight-year deal, while Werth is seeking at least six years, and that each player will likely wind up with a deal including an average annual value worth between $16 million and $19 million. This means that a Werth or Crawford deal should top the five-year, $82.5 million deal ($16.5 million per season) the Red Sox signed starter John Lackey to last offseason. J.D. Drew currently has the largest free agent deal this ownership group has given a position player, for five years at $14 million a year.

Crawford would be 37 at the end of an eight-year deal in 2018, and Werth would be 37 at the end of a six-year deal in 2016. Other teams reportedly interested in the outfielders are the Angels, Tigers and Rangers.

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NBA suspends Bobcats G Stephen Jackson one game

12.01.10 at 10:42 am ET
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The NBA announced on Tuesday that the league will suspended Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson for one game without pay for verbally abusing referee Eli Roe and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection from Saturday’s loss to the Bucks. The suspension, to be served Wednesday when the Bobcats visit the Hornets, will cost Jackson about $103,000 based on his $8.45 million salary this season.

Jackson, who is averaging a team-best 18.1 points, received consecutive technicals by Roe midway through the first quarter against the Bucks as he complained of being held and grabbed. Teammates Gerald Wallace and Nazr Mohammed had to usher Jackson off the court. Earlier last month, Jackson received a fine of $50,000 for verbally abusing officials after a loss at the Pistons. He has been called for six technical fouls this season, not counting one that was later rescinded, which ties him with the Magic’s Dwight Howard for most in the NBA.

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Two LA groups show interest in Vikings

12.01.10 at 10:38 am ET
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Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley said in a chat on the team’s website Tuesday that two different groups interested in bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles have approached the Vikings about possible relocation. According to Bagley, the franchise was approached by the Ed Roski group and more recently by former Timberwolves CEO Tim Leiweke and AEG.

Bagley said Vikings management and team owner Zygi Wilf did tour L.A. Live, an entertainment complex located in the city’s downtown area, back in 2009 because the group was looking for ideas on building a similar entertainment district in Minnesota. The Vikings are in their final year of their lease at the Metrodome and have been pushing to get a new stadium approved, and the organization has told both interested groups that the Vikings are focused on “resolving the issue in Minnesota,” Bagley said. “Instead of spending energy speculating on other markets, let’s keep the focus on building a world-class facility for the community and the state of Minnesota.”

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Report: Titans WR Kenny Britt won’t face charges for bar fight

12.01.10 at 9:43 am ET
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Authorities say there is not enough evidence to charge Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt in a bar fight that occurred on Oct. 22. Instead, a grand jury has indicted another man, 29-year-old Bradford Miser, on assault chargers. A customer at the bar told investigators that Britt was among those who assaulted him. Britt denied hitting anyone, though coach Jeff Fisher benched the receiver for a quarter because of the reports. According to a news release Tuesday from the district attorney’s office, the grand jury determined there was not enough proof to charge anyone but Miser.

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Steelers LB James Harrison fined again for helmet hit

12.01.10 at 9:14 am ET
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison was dealt yet another fine on Tuesday for his penalized hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The $25,000 fine marks his fourth on the season, totaling $125,000. Harrison drew a roughing-the-passer penalty for hitting Fitzpatrick helmet-first during the Steelers’ 19-16 overtime victory Sunday. The NFL explained in an e-mail Tuesday to The Associated Press that Harrison “made helmet contact to the chest of the Buffalo quarterback, who was in a defenseless position at the time the contact was made.”

After the game, the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he didn’t believe the play would warrant a fine. He compared it to a Nov. 21 roughing-the-passer penalty he received against Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell that did not draw a fine. “I’m not expecting a fine,” Harrison said. “It’s the exact thing as last week. It was the same exact hit. I hit him [Fitzpatrick] the same way I did the quarterback from Oakland and I got the same flag but I didn’t get a fine. … I’m expecting the same thing on this.”

Harrison previously was fine $75,000 for a helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, $20,000 for a helmet-to-the-back hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and $5,000 for a hit on Titans quarterback Vince Young. Harrison appealled the $75,000 and $20,000 fines, but on Monday the league decided to reject those appeals.

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Japanese pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama to join Rangers

12.01.10 at 8:59 am ET
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Japanese free agent pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the AL champion Rangers. General manager Jon Daniels said Tateyama’s deal is a split contract with a lower salary while he plays in the minor leagues. It also includes club options for 2012 and 2013.

Tateyama has spent his entire career (1999-2010) with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan’s Pacific League. Primarily a reliever, he has a 3.43 ERA in 438 appearances. Last season the sidearm thrower had a career low 1.80 ERA through 58 games. He was 1-2 with four saves and held opposing hitters to a .213 average. He struck out 59 and walked 11.

Tateyama, who turns 35 on Dec. 26, is looking to pitch in the United States for the first time. Daniels said there were other teams interested in Tateyama, which is why he is getting a guaranteed contract. “We have a good feel for what he is, a quality relief pitcher who can throw the ball over the plate,” Daniels said. He will have a chance to win a spot in the bullpen and help us during the season. … Let’s not make it any more or less than that.”

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Report: Giants and Miguel Tejada agree to one-year deal

12.01.10 at 8:39 am ET
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The World Series champion Giants reportedly agreed to terms on Tuesday with free agent Miguel Tejada. The one-year, $6.5 million contract is pending a physical examination. The Giants aren’t expected to make a formal announcement until later this week, depending on how soon Tejada can get to town for his physical.

The  Giants were left with a void at shortstop after declining to exercise their $9.5 million option on Edgar Renteria earlier this month, instead paying him a $500,000 buyout. They also lost Juan Uribe. Tejada played 156 games last season between the Orioles and Padres, batting .269 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 71 RBIs. The Padres declined to offer Tejada salary arbitration last week.

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