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Saints rule out Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas for Sunday night

10.30.10 at 9:04 am ET
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The Saints have ruled out both of their top two running backs for another week, according to the Associated Press. New Orleans will be without both Reggie Bush (broken fibula) and Pierre Thomas (left ankle sprain) for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers.

Bush has been out since suffering the injury in Week 2. He had expected to come back for this Sunday against the Steelers, but after testing the ankle’s recovery, he said that it’s possible he will sit not just this week, but also next week against Carolina before a Week 10 bye.

“We’re just kind of taking it week by week,” Bush said. “Obviously, if I didn’t play next week, that would give me a little more time with the bye week to come back after that. So I don’t know. There’s a lot of things up in the air.”

Thomas was on crutches and had no timetable for his return.

On the Dale & Holley Show on Friday, NFL analyst Peter King noted the devastating effect that the injuries to the two running backs have had.

“I talked to Sean Payton at length this morning. I think they’€™re very worried. It’€™s the first time I’€™ve heard him say something like, ‘€˜The way we’€™re going now, we’€™re a 7-9, 9-7, 8-8 team. We’€™ve got to play better.’€™ I think the thing people are concerned about with them, especially because I doubt they’€™ll have Reggie Bush this weekend. So another weekend without Reggie Bush, without Pierre Thomas,” said King. “I did a lot of Saints games last year towards the end of the year. I just know that at the end of the year, Pierre Thomas was one of their five most important players. He was a vital guy for them. And now, he’€™s been a total non-factor for them this year. You need to have someone other than a Julius Jones who is walking in off the street and trying to learn all the little things. They’€™ve made a bunch of mistakes in the passing game where running backs are either running the wrong way or don’€™t do what they’€™re supposed to do.”

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Saints fans aim for Halloween world record Sunday night

10.29.10 at 9:05 pm ET
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When the Saints and Steelers meet Sunday night in New Orleans, the fans will share the spotlight. The team invited fans to dress up in Halloween costumes, and a representative from Guinness Wold Records will be on hand to verify the world’s largest Halloween gathering. The current record, set at an Indiana bar, is 508.

NBC, which is broadcasting the game on Sunday Night Football, will have a “costume cam” to let viewers see the record-setting outfits up close.

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Pedro Martinez contemplates return to MLB

10.29.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Former Cy Young Award pitcher Pedro Martinez is contemplating a return to the big leagues. Martinez did not pitch in the majors this year after a short 2009 stint with the Phillies. Martinez went 5-1 with a 3.63 earned run average during 2009 but was not signed by a major league club.

The former Red Sox ace is now working out in the Dominican Republic and he may choose to play winter baseball for the Licey Tigers. Martinez has battled injuries in recent seasons and no major teams have been willing to pay a high price for the veteran.

‘€œI’€™m looking for motivation to come back,’€ Martinez told ESPN’€™s Enrique Rojas.

Martinez, 39, was a three-time Cy Young Award winner in 1997, 1999, and 2000. He was also a eight-time All-star and a member of the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox. Martinez has a career record of 219-100 with 3,154 career strikeouts. Over his career, Martinez played for the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies.

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Roger Goodell: English NFL franchise ‘realistic’

10.29.10 at 3:19 pm ET
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The NFL may be moving to Europe. Sunday, the 49ers and Broncos will match up in England’€™s Wembley Stadium, the fourth time Wembley will host an NFL regular-season game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hopes that someday England will have a full-time franchise, reports The Associated Press. ‘€œI think the next step will be multiple games,’€ said Goodell. ‘€œAnd if that’€™s successful then I think the idea of a franchise here is realistic.’€

There is no timeline for expansion but the possibility of a European franchise is growing with the success of previous Wembley matchups. Wembley has a capacity of 86,000 for football matches and the stadium will also host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Report: Colts Joseph Addai out, Donald Brown in for Monday Night

10.29.10 at 3:14 pm ET
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According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, who joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning (listen to the interview here), the Colts running back position is in just as much flux as the receivers.

Schefter reports that Joseph Addai is likely to miss Monday’s contest against the Texans with a shoulder injury. Addai was originally hurt in Week 5 against the Chiefs, but the shoulder was re-aggravated the following week against the Redskins. Addai was putting up his best numbers of the year (17 carries, 128 yards, one touchdown) before exiting the game.

Earlier on Thursday, Colts coach Jim Caldwell told reporters that Addai’s tolerance for pain is “unusual,” while adding, “He can turn it around in a moment’s notice. It’s a day to day situation.” So while he remains unlikely to go, Addai can’t be ruled out entirely yet.

Meanwhile, Donald Brown, who has been out since Sept. 26 because of a hamstring injury, is expected to return soon, according to Schefter. If he too can’t go, the coaching staff has expressed full confidence in second-year back Mike Hart to carry a heavy workload.

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Report: Sterger’s show cancelled

10.29.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal (via Twitter), “The Daily Line,” the nightly sports show hosted by Jennifer Sterger, has been canceled due to what Ourand described as “anemic ratings.”

Sterger has moved into the middle of the Brett Favre controversy, as the quarterback allegedly sent graphic images of himself to the former Jets sideline host. The NFL has been investigating the Favre controversy, but to this point, Sterger has not met with the NFL.

As for the show, the website of “The Daily Line” remains active with updates as recent as the last couple of hours.

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Report: Giants outfielder Jose Guillen being investigated for HGH ties

10.29.10 at 12:05 pm ET
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So far this postseason, Giants outfielder Jose Guillen has been left off the playoff roster for all three series. San Francisco’s decision to exclude him was originally linked to a neck injury. Recent reports, however, suggest that there may be more to the story.

In a story first reported by the New York Times, Guillen is being linked to a federal investigation into shipments of performance-enhancing drugs, specifically HGH. The drug was reportedly shipped to Guillen’s wife in the Bay Area.

“I don’t know anything about it and right now I don’t have a comment,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

The search began right as the postseason began and is still ongoing, which makes Guillen’s curious roster absence even more intriguing. The Times reported that the Giants “had been directed” to keep the outfielder off their roster, but is reporting that Major League Baseball never issued such a directive.

This is not the first time Guillen has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2007 that he allegedly purchased more than $19,000 worth of HGH, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center between May 2002 and June 2005.

Guillen was acquired by the Giants in a trade with the Kansas City Royals, and batted .266 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 42 games with the team.

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LaDainian Tomlinson says this Jets team better than any of his old Chargers teams

10.29.10 at 8:11 am ET
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Talking to ESPN Radio, Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said that his current team is better than any of the San Diego Chargers teams he played with prior to coming to New York. “Yes, I have been on some very fine teams,” said Tomlinson, who played nine seasons with the Chargers. “But I want to tell you this is the best team I’ve been on, top to bottom, talent-wise, coaching staff-wise, organization-wise. The whole nine. This is the best opportunity I’ve had to win the championship.” Tomlinson played on five Chargers teams that won the AFC West title.

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Report: Florida Marlins almost traded top prospect for Ozzie Guillen to be manager

10.29.10 at 8:00 am ET
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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Florida Marlins — who were granted permission to talk to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen during the season to be their skipper — talked about potentially dealing top prospect Mike Stanton for Guillen. Guillen has experienced a tumultuous relationship with White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and has one year left on his current deal. Stanton hit 22 home runs with 59 RBI in 100 games throughout his rookie season. To read the complete report click here.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Astros ban Roger Clemens from field

10.29.10 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7 p.m. (NESN)

NFL: Vikings at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)


‘™¦ Roger Clemens signed a contract with the Astros in 2004 that locked him into a 10-year personal services deal with the team upon his retirement. Now, however, the Astros don’t want the disgraced ace around the club. “I think everybody is just on hold until they see where he is with the government,” Astros owner Drayton McLane told the New York Daily News on Thursday. “He doesn’t get involved in any way in our spring training or when he goes to where [his son] Koby is on one of our minor league teams. He doesn’t get involved in the activities of the team. He’s strictly a parent and a spectator.”

‘™¦ Fox Broadcasting has sold out its Super Bowl commercials, with 30-second ads selling for between $2.8 million and $3 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. The sellout comes earlier than in recent years.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Telander writes that adults are to blame in the death of Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan, who was videotaping Notre Dame football practice from a tower when it was blown over by a gust of wind Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 29, 1933, new Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey appointed a new manager who, despite lasting just one season in Boston, would eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his managing success. Who is he?

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