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NFL, Broncos state that Scarnecchia acted alone in taping walk-through

11.27.10 at 3:47 pm ET
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NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Denver Broncos Chief Operating Officer Joe Ellis both stated that former Broncos director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia acted alone in taping the 49ers walk-through in London, with Pash going out of his way to say that Denver owner Pat Bowlen handled the incident in a correct manner.

Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was fined $50,000 by the league because he found out about Scarnecchia’s actions on Oct. 30, nine days before the team divulged it to the league.

“This is an incident done by one employee, and one employee only,” Ellis said.

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Denver assistant labeled a ‘repeat offender’ by NFL due to time with Pats

11.27.10 at 3:35 pm ET
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According to ProFootballTalk.com, Steve Scarnecchia, the Denver assistant who was fired after by the Broncos after taping the 49ers‘ wal-through last month, was labeled a repeat offender by the NFL when the league levied its punishment against Josh McDaniels team. The report states that Scarnecchia was identified as such because of his previous employment by the Patriots, even though he hadn’t worked for New England since the 2004 season and wasn’t part of the 2007 incident in which the Pats and head coach Bill Belichick were fined for taping Jets’ coaches.

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Denver Broncos being investigated by NFL for possible filming violation

11.27.10 at 11:56 am ET
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According to the Denver Post, the Broncos are being investigated by the NFL for potentially having illegally videotaped the San Francisco 49ers‘ walk-through prior to the teams’ meeting in London at Wembley Stadium four weeks ago. According to the Post, Denver chief operating officer Joe Ellis confirmed that the team’s director of video operations, Steve Scarnecchia, is on a “personal leave of absence” during the investigation.

The investigation centers around the time on Oct. 30 when both teams were allowed to use Wembley Stadium. It was the only day during the teams’ trip to England — which culminated with San Francisco’s 24-16 win over the Broncos — would be both using the same facility.

Both Scarnecchia and Denver head coach Josh McDaniels were with the Patriots when they were disciplined by the NFL for videotaping Jets’ coaches during a 2007 game. That punishment came in the form of the Patriots losing their 2008 first-round draft pick , with the team also being fined $250,000 and head coach Bill Belichick incurring a $500,000 fine.

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Miguel Cabrera helped recruit Victor Martinez to Tigers

11.26.10 at 4:26 pm ET
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Speaking in a conference call to introduce Victor Martinez, the former Red Sox catcher revealed that Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera made some phone calls to Martinez in an effort to the free agent to the Tigers, saying the communication was a “good part” of his decision to head to Detroit (although it wasn’t the primary reason). To read more from the conference call click here.

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Chiba Lotte accepts from MLB club on SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka

11.26.10 at 9:06 am ET
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The Associated Press reports that the Chiba Lotte Marines, who made star shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka available to Major League Baseball teams via the posting process, has accepted the winning bid, meaning that Nishioka will be free to negotiate a contract with the club that made the top bid for his rights. While the identity of the team that placed the winning bid remains unknown, the Japanese media suggests that the Giants and Twins both had extensive interest in Nishioka.

Nishioka hit .346 with a .423 OBP, .905 OPS, 206 hits and 121 runs for Chiba Lotte in 2010.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets’ Darrelle Revis gets revenge on Terrell Owens

11.26.10 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins, noon (NESN)
NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
No games scheduled

SUNDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Thrashers, 5 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In the lead-up up to Thursday’s Bengals-Jets game, Terrell Owens called Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis “average” and said he had yet to prove he was more than a one-year wonder. Thursday night, Revis let his actions do the talking, helping to hold T.O. to three catches for 17 yards in New York’s 26-10 win. “Just trying to make ends meet out there for an average corner,” Revis said. “They stuck me on the best receiver, Terrell Owens. I was kind of shocked that they put an average corner on one of the best receivers in the league. But I guess I managed to do OK against him.”

Revis, who last year criticized Owens and then-Patriots receiver Randy Moss, admitted that Owens’ comments fired him up. “I didn’t like it,” Revis said of the comments. “I felt that it was disrespectful. I mean I’m sure he felt the same way when I called him a slouch last year. So it goes vice versa with the feelings. I felt he was calling me out.”

‘™¦ Carmelo Anthony made it clear that he would prefer to be somewhere other than Denver. Now, there is speculation that he isn’t giving his all on the court for the Nuggets. Chris Dempsey in The Denver Post looks at the situation.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, John Branch writes about Villanova guard Corey Fisher, whose uncle was a notorious New York City crime lord and one of the inspirations for the movie “American Gangster.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded 1962 American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt 45’s for which outfielder?

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Chan Gailey says QB Ryan Fitzpatrick may be starter of the future for Bills

11.25.10 at 10:35 pm ET
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Bills coach Chan Gailey said on Wednesday that Ryan Fitzpatrick may be the quarterback of the future for the team, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported. The Harvard product stepped in earlier this season as the starter after Trent Edwards was benched and eventually released.

Said Gailey: ‘€œTo be honest with you, that would be kind of dumb not to think that the way the guy has played.’€

It was thought that the owners of the Bills would use a high draft pick on a quarterback in the upcoming class, which will feature college stars such as Andrew Luck of Stanford and Jake Locker of Washington. Gailey told reporters on Wednesday that one can’€™t overlook the success Fitzpatrick has had this season.

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Rams’ Steven Jackson prepares for Denver using altitude tent

11.25.10 at 10:33 pm ET
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Rams running back Steven Jackson has a different way to prepare for the high altitude of Invesco Field in Denver. The star back sleeps in an altitude tent, and has since the beginning of the season, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

‘€œI’€™ve actually been using it since training camp,’€ Jackson told the News-Democrat. “It’€™s to help one get accustomed to what we are going to face this weekend in Denver.’€

Jackson added that the tent helps one’€™s body recoup from any muscle tears and abuse it takes during the game, which speeds the recovery process up.

‘€œI’€™ve enjoyed it. I’€™ve used it all season,’€ Jackson said.

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Report: Red Sox show interest in catcher Rod Barajas

11.25.10 at 9:40 am ET
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According to FoxSports.com, the Red Sox are considering a number of catching contingencies in the wake of Victor Martinez‘ departure for Detroit is free agent Rod Barajas.

The 35-year-old hit .240 with a .731 OPS and 17 homers for the Mets and Dodgers in 2010. The Sox and Mets discussed the possibility of a deal that would have sent Ramon Ramirez to New York with Barajas heading to Boston in a July swap. That deal was scuttled when Barajas landed on the DL with an oblique injury.

That said, the 35-year-old did almost all of his damage against right-handed pitchers, hitting .256 with a .792 OPS against righties, and .190/.552 against lefties. For his career, he has a .696 OPS against both righties and lefties.

Barajas has thrown out 32 percent of base stealers in his career, but gunned down just 15 percent of potential thieves in 2010.

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Vince Young texts apology to Jeff Fisher

11.25.10 at 8:09 am ET
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Titans coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Wednesday that quarterback Vince Young apologized to him via text message, although the coach said he expects more following Sunday’s tantrum.

“I’m not a real big text guy,” Fisher said. “I’m not really into this new age stuff. I don’t twit or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?”

Fisher told Houston reporters on a conference call earlier Wednesday that Young is welcome to show up at practices if he wants. Young will miss the rest of the season because he needs surgery on his right thumb.

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