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Leeinks list: Shaq’s best commercials

08.09.10 at 7:07 am ET
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As many people know, new Celtics center Shaquille O’€™Neal makes a living out of making a character out of himself. In the past few years, he’€™s toned it down considerably, but in his heyday Shaq was everywhere. Not only was Shaq featured in several feature films, including “Blue Chips,” “Kazaam” and “Steel” (he also made an appearance in “He Got Game” with his now-Celtics teammate Ray Allen), but he made his way into homes every night through his many, many endorsements. From milk to soda to candy to cable, Shaq was ‘€” and still is ‘€” the NBA’€™s king of sales.

Through the power of online video, let’€™s look back on some of Shaq’€™s best commercials, with our minds set on seeing Shaq represent the Green on more ads in the future.

Pepsi ‘€” Playground Bully, 1993

Synopsis: Shaq, looking a bit like Gary Payton, literally breaks into a neighborhood basketball court, bends a rim down to dunk (seeing the opposite is a lot more fun) and proceeds to storm over to the cooler for a much deserved beverage. When there is no soda left in the cooler, he casually walks over to a small kid, who flat out denies him the Pepsi.

Best Moment: 0:16 ‘€” Romantic music starts to play as Shaq lays eyes on the child, giving the totally wrong impression.

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Report: Brewers will look to extend Weeks, trade Fielder

08.08.10 at 9:55 pm ET
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With the Brewers treading water in the National League Central — currently 11 games back of the Reds —  a playoff push is extremely unlikely. So, with next year in mind, the team is reportedly looking toward making some offseason moves.

A recent report is stating that the team will likely try to re-sign second baseman Rickie Weeks, and possibly trade first baseman Prince Fielder.

According to the report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt, Fielder and agent Scott Boras were presented with a five-year, $100 million deal to re-sign with the Brewers. Boras reportedly rejected that deal and is looking for “twice that” amount.

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Report: Haynesworth passes conditioning test

08.07.10 at 9:01 am ET
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According to a tweet from Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth passed the club’s conditioning test on Saturday.

Haynesworth had been unable to practice since camp opened for the Redskins last week due to his inability to pass the test, failing multiple times. He had an MRI taken on Thursday on his left knee, but the results showed no structural damage.

The test consists of two 300-yard runs, the first of which must be completed in under 70 seconds, the second in under 73 seconds. There is a 3½-minute break between the two runs.

Haynesworth was the only Redskins player required to take the test, due to skipping the team’s offseason conditioning program. The two-time All-Pro did not attend offseason programs because he was unhappy with the Redskins’ switch to a 3-4 defense. Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract in 2009, with $41 million guaranteed.

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Reports: Aldrich signs with Thunder

08.06.10 at 12:41 pm ET
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Multiple reports state that Cole Aldrich, the 11th overall pick in June’s NBA draft, has signed his rookie contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Terms of the deal were not immediately released, but Aldrich is expected to make around $3.7 million in his first two years with options for the third and fourth years. Aldrich averaged 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for Kansas as a junior last season before making the jump to the pros.

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Report: Okung, Seahawks agree to deal

08.06.10 at 12:26 pm ET
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Rookie offensive tackle Russell Okung has agreed to a six-year contract worth a maximum of $58 million, according to a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Okung, who was selected sixth overall by Seattle out of Oklahoma State, gets $30 million guaranteed in the deal. He was the only remaining first-round draft pick without a contract and is expected to report to training camp Saturday.

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Report: Hawks still looking to add big man

08.06.10 at 12:08 pm ET
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The Hawks lost out to the Celtics in the Shaquille O’Neal derby and are still looking to add a veteran center, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Michael Cunningham. He lists Francisco ElsonBrian Skinner and Josh Boone as possibilities to fulfill that role  off the bench behind All-Star Al Horford. Former first overall draft pick Kwame Brown has been all but ruled out because he is said to be looking for a contract that is worth more than the veteran minimum.

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Strasburg to return Tuesday

08.06.10 at 11:17 am ET
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Nationals rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg will make his return to the mound Tuesday after a stint on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness. Strasburg threw in a simulated game Thursday before the Nationals’ game against the Diamondbacks and reported no issues. He’ll face Florida in his return. He was 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA before the trip to the DL.

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LEEinks List: Best nicknames in Boston sports history

08.06.10 at 11:13 am ET
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With the Celtics‘ signing of Shaquille O’Neal, Boston acquires a player who leads the league in nicknames. During his long career, Shaq has acquired a wide range monikers ‘€” among them “Diesel,” “Shaq-Fu,” “Shaq Daddy” and “The Big Aristotle” ‘€” that pay homage to his eclectic personality.

Upon agreeing to a deal with the C’s Shaq tweeted to Boston fans to come up with a new nickname for him. Perhaps he is aware of the city’s long history of creative names.

So, in honor of Shaq and all the best designations in this region’s fruitful history, here is a list of the best nicknames in Boston sports.

10. Paul Pierce ‘€” ‘€œThe Truth’€

We commence this interesting selection with a current player, and someone who has had a roller-coaster time here in Boston. Pierce reportedly was given this nickname by none another than Shaq himself, after a game between the Celtics and Lakers in 2001.

9. Rich Garces ‘€” ‘€œEl Guapo’€

The big righty was a fan favorite at Fenway during his stint (1996-2002) with the Sox. Mike Maddux originally gave him the name, referring to the villain in the movie “Three Amigos.” His rotund appearance made him a wonder coming out of the bullpen as a middle relief staple for the team.

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Report: Bills sign first-rounder Spiller

08.06.10 at 10:48 am ET
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There is only one first-round pick left without a contract after Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract, according to the Associated Press. The deal for the ninth pick in the draft includes $20.8 million in guaranteed money and could escalate to as much as $37.5 million depending on performance. Spiller is expected to report to Bills training camp Friday. That leaves Russell Okung, the offensive tackle who was selected sixth overall by the Seahawks, as the only first rounder without a deal.

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Report: Cardinals eyeing Pirates’ LaRoche

08.06.10 at 9:58 am ET
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The Cardinals are looking for help at third base after it was announced that David Freese will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, and one of their targets is Pirates third basemen Andy LaRoche, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. LaRoche is hitting just .223 for the Pirates this season with three home runs and 14 RBI but was at one time considered one of the best third base prospects in the game. He would have to clear waivers if he is to head to St. Louis.

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