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The Early Lead: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Albert Haynesworth passes Redskins' conditioning test

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth passed the Redskins' conditioning test early Saturday morning. Haynesworth, barred from practicing by Coach Mike Shanahan until he could pass the test, arrived at Redskins Park before 6 a.m. to prepare for the test, a source...

By Cindy Boren  | August 7, 2010; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Albert Haynesworth to take conditioning test Saturday

Albert Haynesworth will take Mike Shanahan's conditioning test again Saturday.

By Cindy Boren  | August 6, 2010; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Redskins  
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Russ Grimm goes to Canton; Shanahan evaluates offensive system

It's Russ Grimm's weekend...finally. There'll be tons of stories about projectile vomiting and the good ol' days of Hogs football when the Redskins' offensive lineman is inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Jerry Rice and...

By Cindy Boren  | August 6, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Albert Haynesworth, Redskins return to focusing on Shanahan's test

Albert Haynesworth's knee is fine. Or at least contains no structural damage (unlike his relationship with Redskins coach MIke Shanahan), sources told Jason Reid Thursday night. But the story isn't going to end until the Haynesworth clock (think of it...

By Cindy Boren  | August 6, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Nationals, Redskins, Stephen Strasburg  
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Brett Favre's retirement decision(s) made easy

Tired of the Brett "Hamlet in a Helmet" Favre drama? Slate's Josh Levin breaks the "will he or won't he" down into convenient, laminatable form. You'll want to carry it wherever you go. Forever....

By Cindy Boren  | August 5, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Brett Favre, NFL  
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Ken Burns: Pete Rose belongs in Hall of Fame, but there's a catch

Filmmaker Ken Burns has added a new chapter to his documentary, "Baseball." And, in promoting the film, he delivered a high, hard one to the considerable chin of the sport's disgraced all-time hits leader Pete Rose. Burns, chief groundskeeper for...

By Cindy Boren  | August 5, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Shaq signing with Celtics makes a winner out of David Stern

Who's the happiest pro sports commissioner today: Bud Selig, who watched as Mark Cuban's bid at auction for the Texas Rangers fell short; David Stern, who must be ecstatic over what has happened to the Celtics-Lakers rivalry with Boston's...

By Cindy Boren  | August 5, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Report: Cyclists link Lance Armstrong, team to 'systematic doping'

Lance Armstrong's self-described cycling "comeback 2.0" ended when he failed to win his eighth Tour de France last month, but doping allegations continue to intensify around him. Officials for the Federal Drug Administration have stepped up their investigation, according to...

By Cindy Boren  | August 5, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Alex Rodriguez hits home run No. 600

Updated, 2:16 p.m. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has hit his 600th home run, becoming, at 35, the youngest baseball player to reach 600. Rodriguez homered, with Derek Jeter on base, to straightaway center field on a 2-0...

By Cindy Boren  | August 4, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Report: Brett Favre says he will play if he's healthy

Updated, 12:47 a.m. Brett Favre, reached by ESPN as he left a football field this morning in Hattiesburg, Miss., denied reports of his imminent third retirement from the NFL and said he will play this fall if he is healthy....

By Cindy Boren  | August 4, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Adam Dunn on waivers really isn't that big a deal

The Nationals placed Adam Dunn on waivers Tuesday afternoon. F(avre)ESPN aside, the move may not be that big a deal. (Although, as with everything in sports, nothing is a big deal...until it is.) Pat Andriola asks "What now? and answers...

By Cindy Boren  | August 4, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shaq, Celtics close to a deal?

Shaquille O'Neal and the Boston Celtics are closing in on a one-year deal, according to the Boston Globe. Frankly, those reports have been out there for a while now, since the days when this here blog was still cookin' in...

By Cindy Boren  | August 4, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NBA  
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Redskins, one week into camp, get graded. Yes, it's very early.

And the winner of the MVP award from the Redskins' first week of minicamp is ... Kareem Moore (who's pretty solid with the Twitters, too). Brian Murphy at Homer McFanboy has his first-week-of-training-camp-so-don't-freak-out-yet power rankings. My biggest quibble (and who...

By Cindy Boren  | August 4, 2010; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Brett Favre to retire from NFL

Updated at 2:22 p.m. Brett Favre will retire, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. An NFL source has confirmed the report for The Post's Mark Maske. Favre, 40, reportedly began telling Vikings officials late Monday that he would...

By Cindy Boren  | August 3, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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LeBron James takes out ad to say thanks -- to Akron

LeBron James continues his scorched-earth policy, with today's installment a full-page ad in his hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, thanking fans and telling them that Akron will always be his "central focus" even though he's going to be taking...

By Cindy Boren  | August 3, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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A-Rod or Haynesworth: Who's gonna win?

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees can't get past his 599th home run. Albert Haynesworth, as has been equally well-documented, can't get past Mike Shanahan's conditioning test. Something has to give. We think. poll by twiigs.com...

By Cindy Boren  | August 3, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Darnell Dockett continues to feel Albert Haynesworth's pain

A quick spin around TwitterTown reveals: Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals continues to sympathize in a Nelson Muntzian way with the plight of Albert Haynesworth. When he finds out about the "mental reps," it's really gonna be over. .bbpBox20166724090...

By Cindy Boren  | August 3, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yi Jianlian and that injured arm seem just fine

The Day in Haynesworth begins earlier and earlier. Albert Haynesworth's knee is still sore and he won't take the test again, according to Jason Reid at the Redskins Insider. Mike Shanahan's still adamant like a rock and every day brings...

By Cindy Boren  | August 3, 2010; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Yi Jianlian reportedly hurts arm in game in China

Wizards forward Yi Jianlian reportedly has suffered an arm injury playing in an international tournament in China's Liuzhou City, Pro Basketball Talk reports. Details on the severity of the injury were not available. He reportedly was hurt in the first...

By Cindy Boren  | August 2, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Vuvuzelas banned by FIBA for basketball world championships

After being pooh-poohed for a month of World Cup play, vuvuzelas are being banned. FIBA, basketball's governing body, said Monday that vuvuzelas will be banned at the world championship tournament that begins Aug. 18 in Turkey. The reason cited by...

By Cindy Boren  | August 2, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Haynesworth, Redskins find they're a bit of a punching bag

Paging Mike Pereira. Or Ed Hochuli. Any zebra will do, really. This Albert Haynesworth situation with the Redskins has reached the point of piling on. Everyone, it seems, has a wisecrack about his repeated failure to pass/inability to take a...

By Cindy Boren  | August 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Redskins  
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Ozzie Guillen sounds off on baseball's treatment of players

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen spoke his mind again Sunday...and this time he wasn't haranguing his players or umpires or any of the usual suspects. He spoke about what he perceives to be a disadvantage for Spanish-speaking players in...

By Cindy Boren  | August 2, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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