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Packers TE Jermichael Finley has emergency surgery

11.03.10 at 6:51 am ET
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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who is out for the season following leg surgery last month, revealed that he had a second surgery after getting an infection in his knee. Finley said he was put on antibiotics and will have an IV in his chest for the next month and a half following the emergency surgery about a week ago.

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Revolution’s Taylor Twellman reportedly set to retire

11.03.10 at 6:40 am ET
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According to multiple reports, Revolution forward Taylor Twellman will announce his retirement Wednesday afternoon. Twellman, 30, has been dealing with post-concussion symptoms for the last two years following a collision with Los Angeles goalkeeper Steve Cronin. The second overall pick in the 2002 MLS draft, Twellman scored a team-record 101 goals in 174 regular-season matches with the Revs. A five-time All-Star, he was named league MVP in 2005.

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LEEInks List: Memorable Boston press conferences

11.03.10 at 6:28 am ET
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Randy Moss has had a wild 24 hours: playing against his former team less than a month after being traded and then being waived on Monday. But the most memorable part of Moss’ Halloween was Moss’ press conference, when, in a bizarre twist, he interviewed himself. The veteran receiver announced that he would no longer answer questions from the press this season but he wanted to talk to avoid being fined again.

While Moss’ press conference may be one of the wildest we’ve seen nationally in the past decade, we were able to find some other instances of stars in Boston saying some crazy things, or finding themselves in odd situations. Here’s a collection of some for which we could locate video.

10. March 10, 2010: Nomar Garciaparra retires as a Red Sox

The former shortstop and his onetime adversaries in the Red Sox front office buried the hatchet for a day at spring training so Garciaparra could retire as a member of the team with which he started his career. There were those who questioned the sincerity of Garciaparra, who had some legendary battles with the media.

9. Dec. 9, 2009: An embarrassed Tom Brady gets peppered with questions about his new baby

Brady tried his best to change the subject, but the media continued to pester him about the birth of his son. It would be difficult to recall a birth in Boston that received more attention than this one.

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Record low TV ratings for World Series

11.02.10 at 9:23 pm ET
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The Giants-Rangers World Series averaged an 8.4 rating and and a 14 share, matching the record low rating of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and Rays. The average rating was down 28 percent from last year’s Yankees-Phillies series.

The decisive Game 5 on Monday night drew 15 million viewers and beat the Monday Night Football game between the Colts and Texans by 3.1 million.

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Mississippi State football player Nick Bell dies of cancer

11.02.10 at 9:19 pm ET
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Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. Bell, a 20-year-old sophomore, was diagnosed in late September and had surgery Oct. 1 to remove a mass from his brain. He had emergency surgery on Monday morning after the cancer was discovered to have spread throughout his body.

“Nick was a son and he was a brother to everyone in this football family,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Tuesday night. “I know he’s looking down on us right now and I’m sure he’s already been picked for a team up in heaven to play football again ‘€” the game that he loved.”

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Report: Seahawks not interested in Randy Moss

11.02.10 at 5:37 pm ET
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The Seahawks are not interested in adding wide receiver Randy Moss, a league source told The Seahawks are thought by some insiders to be a possible destination for Moss, who was officially released by the Vikings on Tuesday.

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Mets name J.P. Ricciardi special assistant to GM

11.02.10 at 5:17 pm ET
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The Mets announced Tuesday that former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi has been named special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson.

Ricciardi, who served as general manager of the Blue Jays from November 2001 to October 2009, worked as analyst for ESPN last season. He worked with Alderson for 12 years (1986-97) in the Oakland A’s organization. Several reports had Ricciardi also weighing an offer to join the front office of the Red Sox.

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Mike Holmgren on Browns starting QB: ‘A coaching decision’

11.02.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren was asked Tuesday who he thought should start at quarterback Sunday against the Patriots. Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme and Colt McCoy are the candidates to get the call under center.

“That’s a question I’m not going to answer,” Holmgren said. “That’s a coaching decision.”

Wallace and Delhomme have both been sidelined with ankle injuries but appear to be ready for action this week. McCoy has started the last two games, throwing for 281 yards vs. the Steelers and just 74 yards in a road win over the Saints.

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Knicks-Magic game postponed due to asbestos debris

11.02.10 at 4:34 pm ET
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The Knicks-Magic game scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed due to asbestos debris falling from the Madison Square Garden ceiling Monday evening. During the scheduled overnight cleaning of the ceiling, the debris began falling, causing the team to cancel Tuesday night’s game with no decision on future games.

‘€œFollowing last night’€™s Rangers game, during overnight maintenance of Madison Square Garden, which included cleaning asbestos-related materials in the attic above the ceiling, some debris fell into the arena,’€ Garden officials said in a statement.

Two outside companies have been brought in to decide the best way to proceed. The Knicks have home games scheduled for Friday and Sunday and the Rangers who played Monday night, have home contests on Sunday and Monday.

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World Series champion Giants could start season in Taiwan vs. D-backs

11.02.10 at 4:33 pm ET
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Now that the World Series is over, the champions can focus on the beginning of the 2010-11 season and a potential two game series against the Diamondbacks in Taiwan. The Giants met with MLB International representatives throughout the World Series and said that there could be a decision soon.

“We have to have this done in the next couple of weeks, that’s my understanding,” Giants president Larry Baer said. “We’re trying to work it out and I think it’s somewhat close to happening. We’ve had conversations and there aren’t any big disagreements.”

While there are still logistics to be worked out,t he D-backs have agreed to make the trip and will sacrifice two of their home games in Arizona to serve as host, if it does occur. The season opening series would be the first time MLB has opened in Taiwan, and first season-opener abroad since the A’s and Red Sox started the 2008 season in Tokyo.

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