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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: CBS’ Shannon Sharpe to ‘step aside’ due to domestic situation

09.15.10 at 7:45 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 6:40 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ CBS Sports NFL analyst Shannon Sharpe announced he will “step aside” from his broadcasting duties while a domestic situation is addressed. Last week, Sharpe had a restraining order taken out against him for allegedly forcing a woman to have sex with him, stalking her and making multiple threats on her life. A hearing has been scheduled Monday in an Atlanta court. Sharpe, a former standout tight end with the Broncos and Ravens, appeared on “NFL Today” last weekend, but with more details emerging, he announced that he decided to step aside “until this matter is resolved.”

‘™¦ Reggie Bush announced Tuesday that he will forfeit his Heisman Trophy. Chris Dufresne at The Los Angeles Times writes that the former USC star still needs to make a public apology for the NCAA violations that led to this.

‘™¦ With the latest accusations against a John Calipari-coached player ‘€” this time its former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe involved in a grading controversy ‘€” Pete Thamel in The New York Times writes about Calipari’s past looming larger at Kentucky.

‘™¦ Chuck Culpepper in The New York Times has a feature on former Harvard guard Jeremy Lin as the player prepares for training camp with the Warriors.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 15, 1979, which Red Sox player hit for the cycle (in order, no less) and in the process became the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle in both leagues?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The rapport that I have here with this organization, the coaching staff and the fan base, it’s a lot of positives out there when dealing with me. I don’t really want to try to make it an individual thing, but I guess it has been over the last couple of days.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 ‘€” Seasons with 30 or more home runs for David Ortiz, tying him for second with Manny Ramirez (behind Ted Williams‘ eight) for most in Red Sox history

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s the latest gruesome sports injury ‘€” a soccer player breaking his ankle.

A high school football player loses a battle with a goalpost.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Country legend Roy Acuff, who died in 1992, was born on this day in 1903.

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Packers’ Ryan Grant out for season

09.14.10 at 9:49 pm ET
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Packers running back Ryan Grant, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the last two seasons, is done for the year after injuring his ankle in Sunday’s win over the Eagles. “Guess everyone has heard the news,” Grant posted on his Twitter account. “Frustrating, disappointing, all the normal emotions.” Added Grant: “It was more severe than initially thought during game. But I just have to move forward and get it right. Anyone who knows me understands that my spirits WILL stay high.”

“When you lose a running back of Ryan’s caliber, it’s a big loss, but this is something we have to deal with and move forward from as a team,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “Our medical people will do a great job with Justin and Ryan, and we expect each to make a full recovery from their injuries.”

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Trial of driver in Nick Adenhart death begins

09.14.10 at 9:42 pm ET
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The man charged with murder in the 2009 car accident that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others had been drinking for hours before taking the wheel of his parents’ minivan, a prosecutor said Tuesday in the opening day of the trial in Santa Ana, Calif.

Andrew Gallo, 23, had been convicted of DUI in 2006 but still drove after drinking tequila and beer at three bars, the prosecution alleged. Gallo’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.

Read More: Andrew Gallo, Angels, Nick Adenhart, Rumor Mill

University of Florida football player charged with stalking

09.14.10 at 9:29 pm ET
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University of Florida receiver Chris Rainey was arrested Tuesday after allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message. The junior was charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, for texting a message that read “Time to die, b—-” after leaving the woman’s home.

The alleged victim appeared in court and asked for the charges to be dropped, stating she did not want him arrested and she’s concerned about backlash from the public. “People all over the country have been calling my cell phone,” the victim said. “I’m not afraid of him. I’m more afraid of all the repercussions.”

Rainey is not expected to play in the Gators’ game Saturday at Tennessee. “Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now,” Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said. “That’s really all I have to say on that.”

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Ex-Pats LB Adalius Thomas visits Jets

09.14.10 at 3:33 pm ET
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According to, the Jets met with former Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas on Monday. The Jets have been in need of a linebacker since Calvin Pace went down with an injury in the preseason, but New York reportedly wanted to wait until after Week 1 before signing a veteran replacement because, in waiting until after the season’s first week, they would not be responsible for the player’s entire salary if he is cut. Now, the Jets can sign Thomas (or any other veteran) without guaranteeing his contract for the season.

At the end of August, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that signing Thomas was “a possibility.” Thomas played under Ryan with the Baltimore Ravens, before signing a five-year, $35 million deal with the Patriots prior to the 2007 season. He was cut following a 2009 season in which he and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick were at odds and his playing time diminished.

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K-Rod faces additional charges

09.14.10 at 2:43 pm ET
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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who had been charged with 3rd-degree assault and harassment following an alleged assault of his girlfriend’s father last month, will face additional charges of criminal contempt after allegedly sending text messages to his girlfriend in violation of a restraining order. According to the AP account of the charges, Rodriguez sent 56 text messages to his girlfriend, though they were described as apologetic and non-threatening.

After Rodriguez required surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament incurred during the altercation, the Mets placed him on their disqualified list. The team is attempting to convert the remainder of his three-year, $37 million deal to non-guaranteed, something that the MLB Players’ Association has challenged.

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Colts’ Sanders could be lost for year

09.14.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Adam Schefter of is reporting (via Twitter) that Colts safety Bob Sanders has a torn biceps tendon and “is out indefinitely, if not for the season.” The 29-year-old, who was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, but has since had difficulty staying on the field. He missed 10 games in 2008, then started just two games in 2009 before being placed on injured reserve due to an elbow injury in 2009.

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Clinton Portis sounds off on women in the locker room

09.14.10 at 2:06 pm ET
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The bizarre story of the alleged harassment of Azteca TV reporter Ines Sainz took a new twist on Tuesday. The NFL is looking into some comments that Redskins running back Clinton Portis made on the Mike Wise Show on 106.7 The Fan in Washington.

When Portis was asked if he was familiar with the Sainz situation with the Jets, the veteran running back said he wasn’t, but did say, “You put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her.” Portis later said, “Somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages.”

Click here for more on this story from The Washington Post, including the complete audio of Portis’ comments.

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LeBron James’ Q rating suffers

09.14.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that LeBron James‘ Q Score has taken a dramatic hit. James is now the sixth-most disliked athlete, ranked behind (from 1-5) Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and Kobe Bryant. Bad news for LeBron, but even when it comes to being disliked, he still can’t beat Kobe.

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Bills’ Paul Posluszny injured again

09.14.10 at 10:01 am ET
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Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny is dealing with another injury. The Buffalo News reports that he will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained right knee. The Bills plays the Patriots in Week 3, so there’s a good chance that Buffalo will go into that game without the middle linebacker. Posluszny missed most of his rookie season with a broken forearm and missed time last season with another arm injury.

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