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President of 49ers contacts Bill Parcells regarding team’s future

12.29.10 at 2:02 pm ET
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Jed York, president of the 49ers, intends to contact Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells about his feelings concerning where the team is headed, a source told ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter. Parcells, according to ESPN, will also be asked about his opinion on current 49ers vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke, who was hired by Parcells while with the Jets.

After firing coach Mike Singletary following the 49ers’ loss on Sunday to the Rams, the team is in search of a new coach for the 2011 season. The 49ers are also seeking a general manager, but have started the interview process with Tony Softli, a former Panthers and Rams personnel man.

This season will mark the eighth straight season in which the 49ers have missed the playoffs. The new GM for San Francisco will choose the successor for Singletary at the coaching position. Notable names mentioned in talks to fill the vacancy at head coach include current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden along with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

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David Garrard to miss Jaguars’ finale with finger injury

12.29.10 at 12:32 pm ET
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Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will miss the team’s regular-season finale after breaking the middle finger of his right hand. He is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.

Garrard injured his finger when he hit a Colts player’s helmet during a game Dec. 19.

Trent Edwards is expected to start Sunday against the Texans.

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Hakeem Nicks doubtful for Giants’ regular-season finale

12.29.10 at 12:28 pm ET
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Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to miss the team’s regular-season finale against the Redskins. Nicks, the team’s leading receiver, has a broken big toe on his left foot, and coach Tom Coughlin told reporters at Wednesday’s news conference that he does not expect Nicks to play Sunday.

Coughlin also said Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara aggravated an Achilles’ tendon problem in his left leg in Sunday’s loss to the Packers.

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Top stories of 2010, No 3: Patriots’ resurgence

12.29.10 at 12:01 pm ET
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For the final 10 days of 2010, will count down the top 10 stories of the year. In what was a memorable 12 months for all four of Boston’s major professional teams, there was a plethora of compelling storylines. The countdown continues with No. 3: The Patriots’ resurgence.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: Kevin Garnett’s return to form
No. 9: Patriots’ playoff meltdown vs. Ravens
No. 8: Marc Savard-Matt Cooke incident and aftermath
No. 7: Red Sox derailed by injuries
No. 6: Bruins’ playoff collapse vs. Flyers
No. 5: Patriots’ Randy Moss saga
No. 4: Red Sox’ signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford

Also, make sure to cast your vote in’s poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.

This was supposed to be the end. The Patriots were supposed to be in a decline as the decade closed on their memorable dynasty. In last year’€™s playoffs, New England had suffered perhaps its second-most demoralizing loss of the decade in a 33-14 defeat at the hands of the Ravens in Foxboro. While the Patriots entered the offseason early with significant questions on offense and defense, the rival Jets charged through the competition to reach the AFC championship game.

In the offseason, while star receiver Wes Welker silently recovered from a devastating knee injury, the Jets and coach Rex Ryan made headlines starring in HBO’€™s “Hard Knocks.” While the Patriots were forced to groom young position players including BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, the Jets re-signed star cornerback Darrelle Revis and acquired receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes.

What ensued was a season-long obsession with everything Gang Green, as Ryan and Co. became media darlings thanks to a smash-talk attitude and complemented by a fair share of team controversy. It was only bolstered by a Week 2 defeat of the Patriots, and the final changing of the guard in a crowded AFC East was expected to take place in a Week 13 Monday night rematch that would likely determine the division champion.

In the weeks following the Week 2 loss, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady produced possibly their most impressive masterpiece. With the Patriots just outside of the national headlines, Belichick rebuilt the team around a no-nonsense and team-first philosophy as the antithesis to the Jets’€™ media machine: a philosophy in which no superstar is too big to be let go and no player is too small to make a difference.

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Brett Favre expected to be fined, not suspended

12.29.10 at 10:49 am ET
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According to various reports on the web, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will be fined but not suspended by the league for his behavior in the Jenn Sterger texting controversy, with a decision expected to be announced by Thursday.’s Jason La Canfora tweeted Wednesday morning: The fine will not exceed $50,000, and could in fact be less.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick ‘should have been executed’

12.29.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick “should have been executed” for killing dogs.

Carlson, filling for in for fellow conservative political commentator Sean Hannity, was criticizing President Barack Obama‘s decision to praise the Eagles for giving Vick a second chance.

Said Carlson: “I’m a Christian. I’ve made mistakes myself. I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs. And he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should have been executed for that. He wasn’t.”

Here’s the video:

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Fan sues Bengals after incident in stands

12.29.10 at 8:39 am ET
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A Kentucky woman and her husband are suing the Bengals after an incident last year in which two men sitting behind her allegedly fell onto her head and broke her nose. Rebecca and Curtis Dunn charge that the Bengals and Paul Brown Stadium beer vendor Aramark were wrong to continue to serve beer to the two men, who the plaintiffs described as “noticeably intoxicated.”

The incident occurred at a game vs. the Steelers on Sept. 27, 2009. According to the suit, Dunn suffered “catastrophic injuries,” including a broken nose, a broke finger, and a dislodged cap on her tooth. Her medical bills were more than $20,000 and more medical charges are expected.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jenn Sterger misses deadline to file lawsuit vs. Jets

12.29.10 at 7:31 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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


‘™¦ It was two years ago Tuesday when Jenn Sterger allegedly received the last inappropriate text message from then-Jets quarterback Brett Favre. New Jersey law dictates that the statute of limitations for workplace sexual harassment claims is two years. Sterger has other strategies she could use, but if she planned to sue the Jets, it would have made sense that she file suit by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the NFL still has not revealed its conclusion following its investigation into the matter, although a decision is expected this week.

‘™¦ The Eagles were upset by the Vikings in Philadelphia Tuesday night. In The Philadelphia Inquirer, Phil Sheridan writes that this is a bad omen for the Eagles. At, Adam Schein writes that Michael Vick isn’t even worthy of second place for MVP, which he gives to Tom Brady, with Matt Cassel as runner-up.

The Heat won for the 15th time in 16 games when they beat the Knicks on Tuesday night. In The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dave Hyde wants to know why coach Erik Spoelstra gets no credit now after the wave of criticism that hit him during the team’s slow start.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 29, 2002, the Red Sox signed which free agent who would become the first player in three-quarters of a century to win a championship with both the Red Sox and Yankees?

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Darryl Sutter steps down as Flames GM

12.29.10 at 6:55 am ET
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Flames general manager Darryl Sutter resigned Tuesday, with the team struggling to a 16-18-3 record. Assistant GM Jay Feaster was promoted to acting GM and will receive assistance from Sutter in transitioning into his new role.

“[Sutter] was the leader that ignited a renaissance of Flames hockey, moving us from a non-playoff team to an organization that was viewed as a respected and popular contender each year,” team president Ken King said in a statement.

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Joe Paterno: Retirement rumors ‘ridiculous’

12.29.10 at 6:48 am ET
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Penn State coach Joe Paterno, speaking during a news conference Tuesday at the Outback Bowl, called rumors of his retirement “ridiculous.” Paterno, 84, is wrapping up his 45th season as Nittany Lions coach by leading the team against Florida on New Year’s Day.

“People think I’m going to quit this year or next year. I haven’t even thought of it,” he said. “I honest to goodness have not thought of it.

“The situation around me is very stable. The athletic director was a kid that I recruited as a walk-on, the coaches have been with me … the [school] president has been with us now maybe 14, 15 years. We have a lot of fun together. I don’t see any reason to get out. … I feel great.”

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