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Donovan McNabb: Speculation he doesn’t know offense ‘hilarious’

11.09.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said that he found it absurd that people thought he did not know the playbook and offense, in his weekly appearance on ESPN980 in Washington, D.C.

“That is hilarious to me. That is really funny to me,” McNabb said. “For everyone who may not have heard any of this, it’s probably a shock to them.”

McNabb was benched at the end of Washington’s Week 8 loss to the Lions. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that the benching was due to a lack of conditioning and lingering hamstring issues.

“It’s over to me, and I just look to move on,” McNabb said in trying to downplay the situation.

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NHL GMs reject coaches challenge proposal on goal calls

11.09.10 at 5:40 pm ET
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NHL head coaches won’t get to throw the red flag anytime soon. NHL GMs rejected a proposal Tuesday to give coaches the ability to challenge calls involving goal calls. Panthers GM Dale Tallon proposed the item, after his team lost a game earlier this season to the Maple Leafs on a blatant, missed, goaltender interference call.

Other items for discussion at the GM Meetings included the league’s new rule on hits to the head, which the GMs were happy with at this point.

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NBA could suspend Isiah Thomas, penalize Knicks for draft violations

11.09.10 at 5:39 pm ET
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The NBA has hired an outside law firm, to investigate accusations that the Knicks under Isiah Thomas, held illegal draft workouts according to The report stated that the Knicks could face fines or even the loss of draft picks, depending on the results.

Thomas, who currently is the head coach at Florida International University, could face a suspension if it’s proven he was aware of the actions. Thomas told last week, that he would like to return to the Knicks as team president when Donnie Walsh retires.

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Report: Yankees willing to ‘overpay’ Derek Jeter

11.09.10 at 4:13 pm ET
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According to a story by Wallace Matthews of, the Yankees will make Derek Jeter an offer in the coming weeks, for more than his market value.

A source close to both sides in negotiations said, “”The Yankees are going to overpay him… The question is, how much are they going to overpay him?”

Two sources told Matthews that the offer will be for three years, between $15 million and $20 million a year. The proposed deal would signify a pay cut for the All Star shortstop, who made $21 million this year in the last year of his 10-year deal.

One source stated, “Jeter’s numbers are exactly the same as Marco Scutaro’s.”

Jeter had an MVP caliber two years ago hitting .334, with 18 home runs and 30 stolen bases, before struggling in 2010. Jeter hit just .270 last year, his lowest total since his rookie season, when he hit .250 in 50 games.

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Three Steelers suffer concussions against Bengals

11.09.10 at 4:12 pm ET
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Steelers running backs Mewelde Moore, Isaac Redman and safety Will Allen, all sustained concussions Monday night. The three players will not be cleared to play against the Patriots Sunday night, unless they can pass post-concussion tests.

Head injuries were just the beginning for the Steelers, who also saw three offensive lineman injured against the Bengals. Left guard Chris Komoeatu sprained his right knee and could be limited in practice this week.

“We’ll see if we can get him going, get him enough snaps in preparation to be available to us,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

Center Maurice Pouncey and left tackle Max Starks also sustained injuries. The Steelers had Tuesday off and will be back to practice on Wednesday.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford may be out for season

11.09.10 at 10:26 am ET
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The Lions are worried that they may have lost quarterback Matthew Stafford for the season with a separated shoulder, a source told Booth Newspapers in Michigan. Stafford suffered the injury late in 23-20 loss to the Jets on Sunday. Stafford underwent tests Monday and the Lions have had no comment.

This is Stafford’s fourth injury in less than two years since becoming the No. 1 overall draft pick. He missed most of his rookie season with a dislocated knee cap and an injury to his left shoulder.

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Report: Heisman hopeful Cam Newton in cheating scandal

11.09.10 at 10:19 am ET
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According a report on, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton was involved in three different instances of academic cheating while at Florida. The report quotes a source who says that Newton put his name on a paper that was not his own and then purchased a replacement paper off the internet. Newton had previously been implicated in the theft of a laptop.

Newton transferred to Auburn after a stop at Blinn Community College and has led the Tigers to a 10-0 record and the No. 2 ranking in the BCS standings. He is also a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.

This is the second scandal involving Newton in as many weeks. ESPN reported that a man named Kenny Rogers sought $180,000 from Mississippi State for Newton to play for the Bulldogs. The NCAA is investigating the first claim.

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Colorado fires Dan Hawkins

11.09.10 at 10:09 am ET
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Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins began the season on the proverbial hot seat and blowing a 28-point fourth quarter lead against Kansas proved to be his undoing as the university fired him after going just 17-39 in four-plus seasons. It’s the first time Colorado has fired its football coach during the middle of a season.

Hawkins helped build Boise State into a national power before taking over the Buffaloes, but he couldn’t duplicate his success in the Big 12. Brian Cabral was named interim coach and the university is planning a national search for its next coach.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: George Steinbrenner on Hall of Fame ballot

11.09.10 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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‘™¦ The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its veterans committee, and the most prominent names are late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his frequent sidekick, Billy Martin. Results of the voting will be announced Dec. 6.

‘™¦ Isiah Thomas still dreams of returning to the Knicks, but Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports writes that it’s unlikely anyone in the NBA would go near the Florida International coach. Thomas’ latest attempts to undermine the current Knicks regime along with revelations of apparent misconduct under his watch make it near impossible to give him an NBA job.

‘™¦ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired coach Wade Phillips on Monday. Tim Cowlishaw in The Dallas Morning News wonder if the problem really is the team’s general manager ‘€” Jones.

‘™¦ Tom Brady signed a deal with Under Armour to endorse the apparel company’s products, and the Patriots quarterback will have a share of the company in return. At, Robert Boland notes that it’s another shrewd decision by Brady and explains why.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 9, 1972, which Bruin had a goal and an assist in an 8-3 victory over the Red Wings and in the process became the seventh player in NHL history with 1,000 career points?

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ESPN parts ways with Joe Morgan

11.08.10 at 7:37 pm ET
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Joe Morgan will no longer be part of ESPN’s Sunday night baseball broadcast team.

Per The Associated Press, the network announced on Monday that after 21 years of being paired with play-by-play man Jon Miller, Morgan — a Hall of Fame second baseman and two-time National League MVP — will no longer be part of its weekly broadcast.

“Over the last two decades, Joe went from Hall of Fame player to one of his sport’s top analysts and Jon’s Hall of Fame voice and tremendous knowledge of the game have connected with baseball fans everywhere,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said in a statement Monday. “We owe them our deepest thanks for an outstanding body of work.”

While the network said that Morgan’s contract, which has expired, will not be renewed, it suggested that Miller — whose contract has also expired — may remain with ESPN as part of the Sunday Night Baseball series and covering postseason baseball for ESPN Radio.

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