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Braves sit Brooks Conrad for Game 4

10.11.10 at 4:02 pm ET
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One day after he committed three errors in Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Braves and Giants, Brooks Conrad is out of the Atlanta lineup, replaced at second base by Omar Infante. With Infante moving from third to second, Troy Glaus will get the start at third for the Braves against the Giants.

Conrad’s errors on Sunday led directly to two unearned runs, and so they may well have meant the difference between the Braves winning and losing on Sunday. They ended up falling to the Giants, 3-2, with the game-winning run coming with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, when Buster Posey’s grounder went under Conrad’s glove and through his legs. The error marked the first time in postseason history that the go-ahead run had come on an error in the ninth inning.

Conrad has four errors through the first three games of the NLDS, which the Giants lead, two games to one. He committed eight errors in 46 regular-season games. At the plate, he is 1-for-10 with four strikeouts.

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Brett Favre apologizes to teammates for distraction

10.11.10 at 3:49 pm ET
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According to, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre apologized to his teammates for being a distraction leading up to the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Jets and told the Minnesota players that he is ready to play “lights out tonight” against New York. The NFL is currently investigating allegations that Favre sent inappropriate text messages and pictures to a former Jets employee.

The NFL is currently investigating the matter, and commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league will “make a determination” about whether to punish the quarterback under its personal conduct policy. For more on the investigation, click here.

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Marcus Camby wants Carmelo Anthony to stay in Denver

10.11.10 at 3:27 pm ET
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Marcus Camby spent six years playing alongside Carmelo Anthony in Denver and hopes the star stays with the franchise. The Trail Blazers center told NBA Fanhouse that there are a variety of reasons why Anthony may want to leave but that he should stay in powder blue.

“I would love to see [Anthony return to Denver],” Camby said. “Me playing [with the Nuggets] for six years, I know how much he means to the city. But he obviously has to do what’s best for himself.”

Camby cited assistant coach Tim Grgurich’s leaving after five years with the team as a major reason for Anthony’s displeasure. Another reason Anthony is upset, according to Anthony, is Kenyon Martins lingering health issues and contract concerns. The Nuggets power forward has one year left on his contract and has said that he will not try to rush his recovery from a knee surgery due to unhappiness with his contract situation.

“Maybe [Anthony] wants to see what else is going on around the team,” Camby said. “A lot of other stuff is going on. K-Mart and all the other stuff that’s been going around. I know that Grg not being [in Denver] this year is tough. Everybody loves Grg.”

NBA Fanhouse also reports that Camby may be done after his contract expires at the end of next season saying that he does not want to be relegated to the bench. Camby, in his 15th season in the NBA, is currently the Trail Blazers center but only after the team lost both Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla to season-ending injuries last season.

“I’ll finish out my contract. I don’t know [after that],” Camby said. “It depends on how my body feels. It depends on the situation that I’m in. If I’m in the rotation, then I’m fine with that. I think I’ve got too much pride to be the 11th or 12th man.”

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers joins concussion club

10.11.10 at 3:21 pm ET
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Aaron Rodgers‘ status for Sunday’s contest is uncertain Monday after the quarterback suffered a concussion Sunday in the Packers‘ overtime loss to the Redskins. Rodgers will miss at least some practice time this week but could be eligible to play Sunday.

The Packers sustained numerous injuries during Sunday’s game, and two players will have surgery. Tight end Jermichael Finley, the team’s second-leading receiver, injured his knee but may be able to make a return this season, according to coach Mike McCarthy. Linebacker Nick Barnett may not be as fortunate, as the Packers will decide on the fate of his season later this week after he sustained a wrist injury.

Rodgers joins Jay Cutler and Kevin Kolb as the NFL quarterbacks to sustain concussions through the first five weeks of the NFL season. If Rodgers has to miss Sunday’s game, the only other quarterback on the roster is Matt Flynn, a third-year player out of LSU who has just 22 career NFL passes.

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Rams lose Mark Clayton for season

10.11.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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The Rams, already stung by injuries to their wide receivers, have lost another, according to a report by the St. Louis Dispatch. Mark Clayton said he will have surgery to repair the torn patella tendon in his right knee.

“Yeah, I’m going to have to get surgery to get everything taken care of,” Clayton told the St. Louis Dispatch.

Clayton was off to his best start of his career this season with 23 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He sustained the injury in the first quarter Sunday and had to be carted off the field.

“I got kicked right in the knee,” Clayton said. “And as soon as he did it, [the knee] was like so hot and I couldn’t move anything so it knew it was pretty serious.”

After spending the first five seasons of his career in Baltimore, Clayton was traded to the Rams in the offseason for a draft pick.  Clayton is the second Rams receiver to sustain a season-ending injury after Donnie Avery tore his ACL at the end of the preseason.

Danny Amendola will step in as the No. 1 receiver for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Amendola had 12 catches for 95 Sunday in the team’s blowout loss to the Lions. The only other receivers on the team’s roster are rookie Mardy Gilyard, Laurent Robinson and Brandon Gibson.

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Brett Favre on allegations: ‘That will take its course’

10.11.10 at 10:11 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre continued to deflect questions about his alleged sexual harassment that occurred while he was a member of the Jets. In meetings with ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew, Favre responded to a question about the accuracy of the allegations by saying: “That will take its course.”

Added Favre: “My main focus is the New York Jets, they are a tough team. As good as they are, that has been my focus. I hate in away way if this has been a distraction, as I said Thursday [in a conference call with New York media]. We are here focused on trying to beat the Jets.”

Regarding the hit on his persona, Frave said his reputation “has always been important to me. That was one of the first questions I answered when I signed [with the Vikings]. Sure, it is important to me, it has always been a concern.”

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LEEInks List: Boston pro athletes put in cuffs

10.11.10 at 9:33 am ET
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Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is the latest high-profile athlete to be put in the spotlight for his questionable behavior, for incidents of apparent sexual harassment while he was a member of the Jets. In recent months, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was charged with DUI, and Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested for striking his girlfriend’s father outside the team’s family lounge at Citi Field.

While Boston has been fortunate to avoid major problems this season with its star players, we are not immune to the situation. Here’€™s a look back at some local pro athletes in the last three decades to be put into cuffs.

10. Gabe Pruitt, 2009

Pruitt hasn’€™t seen a lot of playing time in the NBA since being selected by the Celtics in the second round of the 2007 NBA draft. That may have been the reason that he went out celebrating after playing five minutes against his hometown Clippers on Feb. 25, 2009. He was subsequently arrested at 3 a.m. the following morning for drunken driving. Pruitt had been pulled over in the first place not for erratic driving but because his tinted windows were illegal in California. He was released five hours later and posted $5,000 bail. The C’€™s waived him after the season, and he has been mired in basketball obscurity ever since, with stints in the NBA Development League and Europe.

9. Joe Thornton, 2003

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to separate work from pleasure. The 23-year-old Bruins captain was out at the Burty Bob’€™s II bar in his hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario, with his older brother John during the offseason when a bar brawl broke out. The bar owner called police after he failed to bring the bout to a halt, and that’€™s where it began to get sticky for the former No. 1 pick. Neither of the Thornton brothers went very easily, and both were arrested, Joe for assaulting and obstructing police and John for resisting arrest and trespassing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Sammy Sosa’s corked bat resurfaces

10.11.10 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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‘™¦ The corked bat that Sammy Sosa used in a Cubs game in 2003 has resurfaced, thanks to former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who is selling it through an online auction house. Remlinger, who grew up in Plymouth and attended Dartmouth College, was a pitcher for the Cubs when Sosa used the bat during a game and broke it while hitting a ground ball. Remlinger found the bat under some equipment and tucked it away in an effort to protect the slugger. He said no one from the league came looking for it. Remlinger said he reached out to Sosa last year and an assistant said the retired player was interested in the bat, but Remlinger never heard back.

‘™¦ Amid reports that the NFL is aggressively investigating the situation regarding Brett Favre and his alleged harassment of female Jets employees, Clay Travis at AOL FanHouse looks at the legal ramifications. Meanwhile, in the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes that the Jets are lucky to be done with the Favre headache.

‘™¦ With the Cowboys losing to the Titans and falling to 1-3, the criticism is coming in heavy on Dallas coach Wade Phillips. In the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Jennifer Floyd Engel looks at the embarrassment of “Wade-ball.” In San Francisco, San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami writes that coach Mike Singletary and quarterback Alex Smith cannot co-exist on the 49ers, who dropped to 0-5. And in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa blames the Chargers’ slow start on Norv Turner.

‘™¦ Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson became the first woman to run a sub-three-hour marathon in five decades, when she finished Sunday’s Chicago Marathon in 2:47:50. Her time was less than two minutes from qualifying for the Olympic trials.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1999, the Red Sox beat the Indians in the fifth and deciding game of the American League Division Series, 12-8. During the game, which player hit the first grand slam in Red Sox postseason history?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The fight showed up again, and that’s a good sign.” ‘€” Rays manager Joe Maddon, after his team tied the American League Division Series vs. the Rangers with a 6-3 win Sunday in Game 4

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 ‘€” Consecutive Associated Press college footballs that featured an SEC team in the No. 1 spot, a streak that ended this week, when Ohio State moved into the top spot after Alabama’s loss to South Carolina

‘NET RESULTS: Dude Perfect has a new trick: The Cowboy Stadium shot.

The Long Beach State basketball team has a clever way of avoiding the spread of germs.

Here’s an onside kick from Saturday’s Baylor-Texas Tech game that did not go well for the kicking team.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Troy O’Leary, who also hit a three-run homer to finish with a postseason record-tying seven RBI

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk (in the blue vest in this video) turns 60 today.

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Billy Wagner’s career possibly finished

10.10.10 at 5:14 pm ET
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Braves closer Billy Wagner, fifth all-time with 421 saves, may have pitched in his last game. Wagner was removed from the Braves‘ NL Division Series roster before Game 3 against the Giants on Sunday, reports ESPN. Wagner was removed with a left oblique injury suffered in the 10th inning of Friday’s 5-4 win over the Giants.

Wagner, 39, was replaced with veteran Takashi Saito for the remainder of the series. Wagner will not be eligible to return to the team unless the Braves reach the World Series. Wagner was fifth in the NL with 37 saves this season and is planning to retire after the season. Wagner has been one of the most successful closers of his generation and has played with the Astros, Phillies, Mets and Red Sox.

Manager Bobby Cox also announced that Derek Lowe will start Game 4 against the Giants on three days rest. On the series opener, Lowe pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 1-0 loss on Thursday.

“He should be good,” Cox said of Lowe. “He’s fired up about it. Even before we started these playoffs, he was politicking for a Game 4.”

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MLB Contract Rumors: Reds, Twins

10.10.10 at 4:14 pm ET
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The Cincinnati Reds will pick up the option on starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo for 2011, Fanhouse Reports. General Manager Walt Jocketty told reporters that the Reds “will definitely” pick up the $11 million option on Arroyo.

Arroyo has been a consistent presence in the Cincinnati rotation since arriving in 2006. The 33-year-old veteran has started at least 33 games and 200 innings each season in his five years with the Reds. Arroyo was part of the 2004 Red Sox World Series team and he pitched in relief situations during the playoffs.

Arroyo had a relatively solid showing on Friday for the Reds in Game 2 of the Division Series against the Phillies. He was in position for the win after pitching 5.1 innings with 1 earned run, but Cincinnati miscues gave up the lead to the Phillies in a 7-4 loss.

The Reds will look to offer a long-term deal to Arroyo and it seems that the veteran pitcher is open to the idea.

“We’ve had some preliminary talks,” Arroyo said. “I’d like to stay. I’m comfortable here. I enjoy the guys.”

The Reds are still trying to stay in contention against the Phillies in the Division Series. In the Reds first playoff series since 1995, they trail the Phillies 2-0 going into Sunday’s Game 3 that will face Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto.

Gardenhire, Thome consider future with Twins

The Twins were swept by the Yankees in their Division Series, giving Minnesota an early boot to start planning for the 2011 season. Manager Ron Gardenhire, 52, is entering the last year of his deal with the Twins. However, Twins CEO Jim Pohlad told the Star Tribune that it is “a no-brainer” that the manager will receive a contract extension.

Gardenhire led the twins to a 94-68 season and a sixth AL Central division title. It is the fifth time in nine seasons that his team has won at least 90 games. The only thing missing from Gardenhire’s resume is sustained postseason success. The Twins have not won a playoff series since 2002 with many of their woes at the hands of the Yankees.

Veteran slugger Jim Thome, 40, also looks like he wants to give another go at the postseason, the Pioneer Press reports. Tome is entering free agency and has reportedly shown interest in playing a 21st season. Thome struck out for the final out of the Yankees Game 3 sweep over the Twins.

Thome’s 25 home runs on the year pushed his career total to 589 home runs for eighth on the all-time list. This season was his ninth appearance in the postseason.

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