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Clippers’ Smith, ex-BC star, out 4-6 weeks after surgery

08.03.10 at 10:51 pm ET
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Former Boston College star Craig Smith, who re-signed with the Clippers on July 20, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday, the team announced. Smith averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds last season and became a fan favorite in his hometown for his aggressive play.

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LEEInks list: Strangest injuries in Boston sports history

08.03.10 at 10:33 pm ET
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Celtics guard Tony Allen was down and out after tearing his ACL following an unnecessary dunk during a break in the action. (AP)

This year has been called the Year of the Pitcher in baseball because of the two perfect games, three no-hitters and several close calls (Armando Galarraga and Daisuke Matsuzaka), but it also has been called the Year of Bizarre Injuries. The season is more than halfway through, but the number of strange injuries is plentiful. There have been injuries that sound somewhat familiar, like getting injured thanks to a coffee table (Russell Branyan) or a sneeze (Mat Latos) or frustration (A.J. Burnett), but there have been some new kinds of injuries, like during celebrations (Kendry Morales and Chris Coghlan) or by errant throws to the nether regions (Carl Crawford).

Now, news has come out that the reason why the Rays acquired reliever Chad Qualls was because during batting practice Friday, a day before the deadline, set-up man Grant Balfour engaged in a wrestling match with pitching coach Jim Hickey and injured his left side. Because of horsing around with a grown man, Balfour is going to miss 4-6 weeks.

Baseball seems to have the majority of strange injuries, and the Red Sox don’t have an exemption from the rule, especially this season. Both Jacoby Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida have had their seasons upended by the same injury, breaking ribs by colliding with third baseman/man of steel Adrián Beltré. Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek also suffered the same injury to the same bone in their foot thanks to foul balls just days apart. Víctor Martínez suffered a broken thumb when several balls slammed into the same location over the course of a game, and this week Kevin Youkilis was placed on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his thumb that has doctors perplexed.

Despite the fact that the Red Sox have suffered a plethora of injuries to their starters this season, they can take solace in the fact that all of the injuries have happened on the field and none of them are too absurd. The same can’t be said for the past. Here’s a list of the stranger injuries in Boston sports history, separated by team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Report: Anthony won’t sign extension

08.03.10 at 8:37 pm ET
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According to Alex Kennedy of Yahoo! Sports, Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony will not sign an extension with Denver and instead explore his options as a free agent next summer. Sources told Kennedy that Anthony “isn’t too worried” about a potential lockout in 2011 that could lead to a marked decrease in the size of maximum contracts.

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Maclin injures knee in practice

08.03.10 at 7:28 pm ET
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Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin hyperextended his left knee during practice on Tuesday and was forced to leave the field on a cart.

The Eagles said Maclin will be evaluated further on Wednesday. He caught 55 passes for 762 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie in 2009.

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Report: C’s close to signing Shaq

08.03.10 at 4:00 pm ET
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The Celtics are close to adding perhaps the biggest man left on the free agent market: Shaquille O’Neal, according to a tweet by CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely. NBA.com’s David Aldridge confirmed the story with a similar tweet.

With Kendrick Perkins expected to miss a chunk of the upcoming regular season, the Celtics had been looking to add another big man to their roster, and if the report is true, they may have found just that in O’Neal, who had said that he would welcome a move to Boston on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show Monday night. O’Neal averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game with the Cavaliers last season and certainly has the championship pedigree (he’s won four championships between the Lakers and the Heat) the C’s are looking for as they try to make another push for their 18th banner.

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Report: Haynesworth skips 6th attempt at conditioning test

08.03.10 at 3:16 pm ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth sat out Tuesday’s attempt at the conditioning test that coach Mike Shanahan is making him pass before he can join his teammates in training camp drills, according to an AP report. The cause appears to be the sore left knee that has caused him to skip three other conditioning tests. He has failed the test in the three times that he has been healthy enough to participate. Shanahan did add that the lineman’s injury was not serious enough to warrant an MRI before Wednesday’s seventh attempt.

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Olney: Dunn hits waiver wire

08.03.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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In a series of four tweets (one, two, three and four), ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney reported that Nationals slugger Adam Dunn has hit the waiver wire, giving teams 48 hours to claim him. Olney speculates that several National League teams will put in a claim, essentially blocking American League teams like the Rays, Yankees and White Sox from acquiring Dunn. He names both the Rockies and Giants as potential teams that could make a claim. In any case, if Dunn is to be moved out of Washington, it will happen sometime in the next three days according to Olney.

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O’Neal: ‘Celtics would be a good program’

08.03.10 at 2:13 pm ET
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Free agent big man Shaquille O’Neal appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Monday night and talked about the possibility of coming to Boston. “Celtics would be a good program,” O’Neal said. He added that he’s looking to play for the next two years and that he’s still looking “to sign with the right team.” Boston could be that right team, despite O’Neal’s past with the rival Lakers, O’Neal said. Below is a video of the interview.

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Glazer: Vikings trying to change Favre’s mind

08.03.10 at 2:00 pm ET
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FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer tweeted that the “Vikings … are prepared to do whatever they need, including giving more $$ and more time, to get [Brett] Favre to reconsider.” Numerous reports had emerged that Favre had told members of the Minnesota organization that he would retire before the beginning of the NFL season. However, no official announcement has been made, leaving the door open for Favre to change his mind on retirement for the third time in his career.

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Report: Orlando re-signs Jason Williams

08.03.10 at 1:54 pm ET
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Jason Williams will re-sign with the Magic, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Williams, who averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 assists per game last season, will most likely serve as the team’s third-string point guard behind starter Jameer Nelson and recently signed Chris Duhon. Williams set season highs in field goal percentage (.444) and 3-point percentage (.380), giving Magic fans hope that the 34-year-old still has some solid basketball left in him. The signing means Orlando has the league-minimum 13 players signed on the roster, meaning they are probably now out of the free agent market for the remainder of the offseason.

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