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Report: Dodgers nearing three-year deal with Juan Uribe

11.29.10 at 1:02 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, free agent Juan Uribe is “closing in on a three-year deal with the Dodgers.” Uribe, 31, recorded 24 home runs and 85 RBI for the World Series champion Giants in 2010. Though he played shortstop for San Francisco, Uribe likely would start at second base next year in Los Angeles.

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly expected to play against Bills

11.29.10 at 1:01 pm ET
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Updating a previous report, Profootballtalk.com has been told Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is “expected to be available” when his team hosts the Bills on Sunday. This report surfaces a day after Peterson suffered an ankle injury in a win over the Redskins. Peterson had totaled 70 yards and a touchdown before exiting in the second quarter.

While the results of Peterson’s Monday MRI had yet to be released, this report creates optimism for fantasy owners of the third-ranked fantasy back just one day after the pain was “unbearable.” Managers all over the virtual world will be monitoring this situation closely, as the Bills boast the the worst rushing defense in the league. Toby Gerhart becomes a must-add for Peterson owners, as he would be a quality RB2 against Buffalo if “All-Day” can’t go. He rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Peterson’s absence.

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Cowboys’ Marion Barber expected to miss two weeks

11.29.10 at 12:56 pm ET
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Cowboys running back Marion Barber will “most likely” be out two weeks with a calf injury, according to Bryan Broaddus of ESPN Dallas. Barber was hurt on Thanksgiving against the Saints after being stuffed on the goal line.

Consequently, Tashard Choice becomes an interesting name for fantasy football fans, as he steps in to Barber’s role and has been effective when given a chance in the past. He entered the game and punched in the score once Barber left. Given a juicy matchup with a reeling Colts rush defense, Choice should be rostered in most formats as a viable flex option this week.

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan engaged to former BC basketball player

11.29.10 at 10:03 am ET
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan announced on an Atlanta television station Saturday night that he is engaged to a fellow Boston College alum, former basketball player Sarah Marshall. Ryan said the two have been dating for about seven years and became engaged several weeks ago.

Here is Marshall talking about her last season at BC in 2007.

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Report: TCU set to join Big East

11.29.10 at 9:57 am ET
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According to a report from FoxSports.com‘s Jeff Goodman, TCU is expected to join the Big East for all sports. Ranked third in the BCS standings, TCU will be a boost to the conference for football.

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Report: Javier Vazquez to receive $7 million from Marlins

11.29.10 at 9:25 am ET
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Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the rumored deal between free agent Javier Vazquez and the Marlins is worth $7 million over one year, pending a physical scheduled for later in the week. The deal also reportedly includes a full no-trade clause. The 34-year-old Vazquez hopes a return to the National League will help him bounce back from a tough season in which he posted a 5.32 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 31 appearances (26 starts) for the Yankees. He is just one year removed from a season with the Braves when he recorded a 2.87 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 219-plus innings.

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Report: Derek Jeter asking for $110M minimum

11.29.10 at 9:21 am ET
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The New York Daily News reports that Derek Jeter‘€™s agent, Casey Close, is asking the Yankees for a five-year deal worth $22 million to $24 million per season, equating to either $110 million or $120 million in total. The Yankees’ original offer reportedly stands at three years, $45 million, representing a gap of between $65 million-$75 million between the parties. Jeter, 36, is coming off his worst season in the majors, batting .270 with just 10 homers and 67 RBIs. He just finished a contract that paid him $189 million over 10 years, including $21 million in 2010.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports the Yankees are expected to up their current offer. However, the team still remains unlikely to meet Jeter’s asking price. This is because the team is “operating with the belief that no other club is going to top their offer to Jeter.”

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Report: Cubs interested in free agent Carlos Pena

11.29.10 at 9:18 am ET
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The Cubs are showing interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Pena, a major league source told FoxSports.com. The slugger is coming off a disappointing season with the Rays in which he hit only .196 in 144 games. He did hit 28 home runs and 84 RBIs, however, and could be a solid fit in the hitter-friendly Wrigley Stadium. The deal makes particular sense if agent Scott Boras plans to implement a similar, one-year plan that he used with Adrian Beltre last season.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James bumps coach

11.29.10 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Internet is abuzz with speculation and analysis regarding LeBron James‘ bump of coach Erik Spoelstra as the pair crossed paths during a timeout in the Heat’s loss to the Mavericks on Saturday night. After the game, the Heat had a players-only meeting to discuss their 9-8 start. At AOL FanHouse, Brett Pollakoff considers whether there’s a problem at South Beach or if it’s OK to show some frustration while the team struggles to find its way.

Meanwhile, Pistons forward Tracy McGrady said the reason Miami is struggling is because James and Dwyane Wade both want the ball too much., and McGrady uses the Celtics as an example of a team with complementary players. “Both of those guys need the ball and they don’t shoot the ball like Ray Allen,” McGrady said, noting how Allen works well with Paul Pierce. “That’s why they’re having trouble scoring in the halfcourt because they can’t get a rhythm, because one of them is dominating the ball. That guy might be getting off, but the other guy [isn’t].”

Here’s the video of the LeBron bumping incident.

‘™¦ In Sunday’s Titans-Texans game, Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Houston receiver Andre Johnson were ejected after a fourth-quarter fight. In the Houston Chronicle, Richard Justice writes that Johnson’s actions were uncharacteristic, and he explains what led up to the confrontation.

‘™¦ The agent for former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who is due to be released from prison in 6½ months, insists two teams have stayed in contact about the player and he’s confident Burress will be playing in the NFL next season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 29, 1958, the Red Sox signed Carl Yastrzemski as an amateur free agent. Which college was Yaz attending at the time?

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Rodney Harrison on Titans: ‘They’re dirty, they’re cheap’

11.29.10 at 6:49 am ET
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NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison labeled the Titans a “dirty” team when discussing Sunday’s fight between cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Texans receiver Andre Johnson.

“This is no surprise to me,” said Harrison, who has a history of criticizing the Titans, dating back to when Harrison played for the Patriots. “This team, this is their personality. They’re dirty, they’re cheap. And whenever we played this team, the coaches would say before [the game], ‘Guys, beware. They’re going to tape a cheap shot at you, they’re going to try to provoke you [into] doing something.’ ”

Harrison wasn’t the only analyst to have negative things to say about Tennessee’s behavior.

“When I was at Indy, we played against Tennessee twice a year,” Tony Dungy said. “I always warned my players, ‘You have to keep your cool, especially against Cortland Finnegan. He’s going to try to get on your nerves.’ ”

Said CBS’ Shannon Sharpe: “Why is it I can close my eyes, and if there’s a team involved in a fight, I know it’s the Tennessee Titans? And if I keep my eyes closed, I know another guy is going to be involved, and it’s always Cortland Finnegan.

“I understand that [Titans coach] Jeff Fisher says, ‘We don’t coach this, we don’t condone this,’ but why is his team always involved in stuff like this?”

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