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Flyers to start season short two players

09.28.10 at 5:37 pm ET
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Playoff hero Michael Leighton and Ian Laperriere will likely miss the first several weeks of the Flyers season which begins October 7th against Pittsburgh.

Leighton, the team’s starting goaltender, will miss a month due to a bulging disc in his back the team announced Tuesday. General manager Paul Holmgren said that Leighton should be fine  with rest and rehabilitation and will not need surgery. In the playoffs last year Leighton took over the starting role and went 8-3 including leading the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup appearance since the 1996-97 season.

The timetable for Laperriere is uncertain as the forward continues to suffer from post-concussion syndrome. Laperriere has suffered from the symptoms since late last season when he was hit by a puck in the head. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI Friday.

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Charlie Batch still the starter in the Steel City

09.28.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that Charlie Batch will start Sunday against Baltimore despite the fact that Byron Leftwich is healthy. Batch originally the team’s fourth string quarterback threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in the team’s 38-13 victory over the Buccaneers.

The Steelers who are without their suspended starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the first four weeks had originally intended to start Leftwich during the suspension. But after sustaining a left knee injury, the veteran was cut and then resigned with the club last week to serve as Batch’s backup while he finished rehabbing.

Sunday’s game will mark the first time Batch has started consecutive games since 2005 when Ben Roethlisberger suffered from a right knee injury. In 2005 he guided the team to back-to-back victories against the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns without throwing a touchdown pass.

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Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio to attend Saturday’s game

09.28.10 at 3:06 pm ET
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio will be in the coaching box for Saturday’s Big Ten opener against Wisconsin less than two weeks after suffering a mild heart attack.

Dantonio was released from the hospital a week ago and announced his intention to attend this week’s game at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. The fourth-year head coach spent two days in the hospital last week after sustaining a mild heart attack hours after the team’s thrilling victory over Notre Dame.

‘€œI’€™m going to ease back into this much like anybody would after any injury,’€ Dantonio said. ‘€œI’€™m going to listen to our doctors, but I am going to ease back into this and do something daily with our football team.’€

With Dantonio absent this past weekend, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell took over and led the team to a 45-7 victory over Northern Colorado. Dantonio stressed the importance of focusing on the match-up of the unbeaten rivals rather than his own situation.

‘€œI think it’€™s very, very important that we focus on Wisconsin’€”that the focus go from Mark Dantonio and that night to Wisconsin and what we have to get done this weekend,’€ Dantonio said.

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Ozzie Guillen set to return to White Sox

09.28.10 at 11:17 am ET
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Ozzie Guillen said he will be coming back as manager of the Chicago White Sox in 2011. Guillen is already under contract for next season with a team option for 2012, but there had been speculation he would leave to join another club. The announcement was made  after Guillen had separate discussions on Monday with both White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams.

“I’m very excited,” Guillen said before Monday night’s game against Boston. “I want to be a White Sox for the rest of my life.” The White Sox are 83-73 and have been eliminated from postseason contention.

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Ray Rice nursing ‘significant’ knee bruise

09.28.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has a bruised knee, an injury that leaves his status in doubt for this week’s AFC North showdown against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice left Sunday’s game against the Browns with just under 10 minutes left after catching a short pass for a 4-yard gain and getting tackled by Ahtyba Rubin. An MRI on Monday revealed “a significant contusion,” according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

When asked if he expected Rice to play Sunday, Harbaugh said, “We’ll see how he fares throughout the week. We’ll see how it heals.” The team would not reveal whether it was the right or left knee that Rice hurt.

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Bill Polian says debate on 18-game NFL season is over

09.28.10 at 11:09 am ET
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Colts president Bill Polian believes that the debate is over, and the NFL will soon be expanding its season to an 18-game schedule. The competition committee member referred to the decision as a “fait accompli” twice during his weekly radio show Monday night. “I think that the owners, and principally the commissioner, have decided that it’s the way to go, and so the debate, such as it was, is over,” Polian said.

Officially, nothing has changed. Although league owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell have expressed support for cutting the preseason schedule from four games to two and expanding the regular-season schedule from 16 to 18, the format change hasn’t been approved by either the owners or the NFL Players Association.

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Jack Del Rio on the hot seat?

09.28.10 at 11:02 am ET
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The clock started ticking for Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio last season when owner Wayne Weaver said he didn’t expect to be home for the playoffs. Now that the Jags have started the season 1-2 with two straight 25-point losses, Del Rio is under pressure to turn it around. But, the coach said that he isn’t feeling the heat, according to the Jacksonville Sun. “I am doing well, thank you for asking,” he said. “I assume you’re asking because you care about me. I appreciate that.”

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Angels plan big push for Crawford

09.28.10 at 8:10 am ET
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According to ESPN.com, the Angels “are planning an aggressive push” to sign free agent-to-be Carl Crawford. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, whose locker at the All-Star Game in Anaheim this summer was located next to that of Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, is hitting .309/.360/.491/.851 with 16 homers and 46 steals. According to the report, the Angels plan a hard push for the well-rounded outfielder, despite expectations that he will receive a deal in the vicinity of six years and $100 million, though the Halos would bow out of the bidding if Crawford’s price significantly exceeds that.

Angels GM Tony Reagins told the website that the Angels will have the resources to spend this offseason.

“You always have to take account of how the finances work, but we’re not limited financially in any way,” Reagins said. “Whatever we need to do that makes sense and that’s reasonable, we’ll address.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Evan Longoria rips Rays fans

09.28.10 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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 TODAY:
NHL Preseason: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m.
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team’s lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays’ loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: “It’s kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It’s actually embarrassing for us.” Added Longoria: “It’s disheartening. It’s something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. It’s not a jab at the fans. It’s not a kick below the belt. Obviously, you want to bring a championship to Tampa and we’d like for more than [12,000] to 15,000 to know about it.”

‘™¦ Some NBA teams held their media day on Monday along with the Celtics. In Denver, Carmelo Anthony denied ever asking for a trade while the team tried to firm up a deal to send him to New Jersey. In Miami, the Heat talked about their “unprecedented” situation.

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan continues to defend his players against accusations of a team gone wild.

‘™¦ The Oakland Tribune looks at the passing of Raiders legend George Blanda.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 28, 2005, a Red Sox player scored his 100th run of the season, making the Sox the first team since 1950 to have four players with 100 or more runs. Who were the four players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My whole career I’ve been the measuring stick. Glad to see I’m still relevant.” ‘€” Shaquille O’Neal, at Monday’s Celtics media day, referring to a comment by Kobe Bryant that the Lakers guard has one more championship ring than Shaq

STAT OF THE DAY: 100 ‘€” Runs batted in this season for David Ortiz, who reached the milestone Monday night vs. the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Ohio high school football player Marky Thompkins hurdles two defenders on his way to the end zone.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Edgar Renteria, Johnny Damon, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ben E. King turns 72 on Tuesday.

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Carmelo Anthony denies asking Nuggets for trade

09.27.10 at 9:36 pm ET
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While rumors continue to swirl about the Nuggets and Nets trying to put a deal in place to move Carmelo Anthony from Denver, the forward spoke at his team’s media day and denied ever asking for a trade. “I’ve never said I wanted to be traded,” he said. “I never once said anything about trade talk.”

The Nuggets reportedly had a four-team deal in place but hesitated because the players they would have acquired ‘€” Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko and Nets rookie Derrick Favors (along with two future first-round draft picks) ‘€” would have pushed the team $4.8 million further over the salary cap, meaning a tax of $4.8 million on top of that.

Another potential holdup in any trade is whether Anthony will sign an extension with his new team, which likely won’t risk having him for only one season before he becomes a free agent.

Anthony said Monday that he’s focused on the Nuggets.

“I’m here today. Whatever the future holds, it holds,” he said. “I’m leaving my options open right now.

“At the end of the season, I’ll sit down with my team, I’ll sit down with the Nuggets, and we’ll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I’m just excited to get back to the court.

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