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Bart Scott leaves quite an impression on Hulk Hogan

01.21.11 at 3:27 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, Bart Scott’s rant following his Jets’ win over the Patriots last Sunday caught the attention of former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

“I knew when Bart looked down the barrel of the camera he believed in himself and in what he was saying,” the 57-year-old Hogan told ESPN. “And that makes him a real dangerous man.”

Ironically, Scott idolized Hogan while growing up in Detroit, emulating his moves and mannerisms.

“It was like one of my mid-’80s promos, and all that was missing were a few ‘What are you gonna dos?’ and some lightning bolts in there,” Hogan said. “It was right on the money. I think it’s cool that [Scott] is stepping up and showboating it a bit, because it’s about personality and entertaining people, too.

“I could tell Bart had been watching wrestling, and it’s pretty cool because a lot of these guys are afraid to step outside the box. … Sometimes when you say stuff you believe it and it happens.”

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Dick Jauron reportedly will be Browns defensive coordinator

01.21.11 at 1:17 pm ET
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Massachusetts native Dick Jauron is set to become the defensive coordinator for the Browns under new head coach Pat Shurmur, according to a Sports Illustrated report. The 60-year-old Jauron, who has been a head coach for three NFL teams, last season served as Eagles secondary coach. In Cleveland he would replace Rob Ryan, who was not retained by Shurmur.

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Report: Bills set to hire Dave Wannstedt as assistant head coach

01.21.11 at 1:13 pm ET
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Dave Wannstedt, forced out as University of Pittsburgh coach last month, on Friday was close to a deal that would make him assistant head coach and linebackers coach for the Bills under second-year coach Chan Gailey according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The two coaches have worked together before. When he was named head coach of the Dolphins in 2000, Wannstedt hired Gailey as his offensive coordinator.

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Court rules against Mike Leach in suit vs. Texas Tech

01.21.11 at 11:32 am ET
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A Texas appeals court on Friday threw out Mike Leach‘s breach of contract claim against Texas Tech for his 2009 dismissal as football coach. Leach was fired on Dec. 30, 2009, after he was accused of mistreating a player who was recovering from a concussion.

Leach’s attorney indicated he will appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.

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Report: Johnny Damon close to deal with Rays

01.21.11 at 9:53 am ET
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Johnny Damon and the Rays are closing in on a deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Brown says there is still some work to be done, though.

Damon hit .271 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs and 81 runs scored in 145 games with the Tigers last season. He made just 36 starts in the outfield, as the bulk of his time came as the team’s designated hitter.

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Brandon Jennings out, DeMar DeRozan in for dunk contest

01.21.11 at 8:57 am ET
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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will replace injured Bucks guard Brandon Jennings in the NBA slam dunk contest, according to The Associated Press.

The 6-foot-1 Jennings was a surprise pick to begin with. He is not known as a dunker and he has been out since Dec. 20 following surgery on his left foot.

DeRozan finished second in last year’s contest behind Nate Robinson. He joins the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, the Wizards’ JaVale McGee and the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka in this year’s event.

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Matt Cassel replaces Tom Brady on Pro Bowl squad

01.21.11 at 8:19 am ET
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Matt Cassel will once again be filling in for an injured Tom Brady, this time on the AFC Pro Bowl team. Brady’s stress fracture and subsequent foot surgery opened the door for the Chiefs quarterback to get picked for the team.

Cassel led the Patriots to an 11-5 record in 2008 after Brady went down in the first quarter of the season opener. This season, he threw for 3,116 yards, a career-high 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions to lead the Chiefs to their first AFC West title since 2003.

“It’s a huge honor,” Cassel told The Associated Press. “Being in the league for the last six years, you see the Pro Bowlers going and you go, ‘Gosh, hopefully one day I can get there.’ I’m really excited.”

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LEEInks List: Boston’s most devastating losses of the century

01.21.11 at 8:18 am ET
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Despite the fact that the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics have combined for six titles already this century, Boston fans have still had to endure more than a few devastating losses over the last 11 years, with the Pats‘€™ 28-21 loss to the Jets on Sunday being the latest. Because you’€™re probably still wallowing in self-pity anyway, here are Boston’€™s top 10 devastating losses of this century.

10. May 17, 2009 ‘€” NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, Game 7: Magic 101, Celtics 83

No one really expected the Celts to repeat heading into the 2009 playoffs given the fact they were without Kevin Garnett, but that didn’€™t make it easy to watch them get absolutely dominated by Orlando in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Celts trailed by just five after three quarters, but then the Magic outscored them by 14 in the fourth to turn the game into a laugher. It also marked the first time in franchise history the Celts blew a 3-2 series lead.

9. Oct. 19, 2008 ‘€” American League Championship Series, Game 7: Rays 3, Red Sox 1

The Sox completed epic ALCS comebacks in 2004 against the Yankees and 2007 against the Indians, and it looked as though they might do it again in 2008 against the Rays. They managed to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in the series, but it wasn’€™t meant to happen a third time. Matt Garza held the Sox to two hits and one run over seven innings to earn his second win of the series and etch his name into the book of Boston villains.

8. April 19, 2004 ‘€” NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Game 7: Canadiens 2, Bruins 0

The B’€™s entered their 2004 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Canadiens looking to avenge a loss to their archrivals in the 2002 quarterfinals, when the top-seeded B’€™s were upset in six games by the eighth-seeded Habs. They appeared to be well on their way to doing so, as they took a 3-1 lead back to Boston for Game 5, but Montreal came storming back to win the series, blowing the doors off the B’€™s in Games 5 and 6 before shutting them out 2-0 in Game 7.

7. Jan. 16, 2011 ‘€” AFC divisional playoffs: Jets 28, Patriots 21

The Jets talked trash all last week and then they backed it up on Sunday. The Pats entered the game as heavy favorites ‘€” they were the top seed, they had won eight in a row coming in and they had pummeled the Jets 45-3 in their previous meeting ‘€” but got outplayed in pretty much every facet of the game en route to a 28-21 loss. Suddenly, the Pats, previously thought to be an indestructible playoff force, have lost three straight postseason games.

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Report: Peja Stojakovic headed to Mavericks

01.21.11 at 7:53 am ET
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Veteran forward Peja Stojakovic, waived by the Raptors on Thursday, told the Mavericks he will sign with them after clearing waivers, according to an ESPN report. In order to clear roster space for the 33-year-old Stojakovic, the Mavericks are working on a deal to send center Alexis Ajinca to the Raptors.

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TV viewer gets Padraig Harrington DQ’d from golf tournament

01.21.11 at 7:47 am ET
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Irish golfer Padraig Harrington was disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday after a television viewer called European Tour officials to point out a violation. Harrington brushed his ball forward on the seventh green while replacing his marker during Thursday’s opening round. Officially, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard, because he did not take a two-stroke penalty for failing to replace the ball that moved.

Said Harrington: “I was aware I hit the ball picking up my coin. I looked down at the time and was pretty sure it had just oscillated and had not moved, so I continued on. … If I’d called a referee over it would have been pointless because if he’d asked me where my ball was, I’d have said it was there. As far as I was concerned, it didn’t move.”

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