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The Early Lead: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Live chat: Redskins-Ravens

Updated at 6:22 p.m. For the Redskins, only Malcolm Kelly and Mike Furrey are inactive. The Ravens' inactives are: Ed Reed (physically unable to perform list), Marcus Paschal, Matt Lawrence (PUP), K.J. Gerard, Brendon Ayanbadejo, David Hale, Oneil Cousins, Daniel...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 21, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Fan blog FAQ

For those of you interested in the fan blog we announced yesterday, here are a few updates and answers to frequently-posted questions: 1. You still have time to apply. Fill out this form by 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday. We'll contact the top...

By Mitch Rubin  |  August 20, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Brett Favre will start for Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night

That didn't take long. Brett Favre will be the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback in their preseason game Sunday night against the 49ers in San Francisco. He will play a series or two in the preseason game, which no doubt is...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Brett Favre , NFL  
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Percy Harvin returns to Minnesota Vikings sideline

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin has been released from an Edina, Minn., hospital and was watching the Vikings practice today. Harvin, who was hospitalized overnight after collapsing from a migraine, was standing on the sideline talking to offensive coordinator...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Serbia, Greece brawl; Nenad Krstic throws chair

Oklahoma City center Nenad Krstic is out of jail now, thank you very much, after bringing the thunder to a brawl that erupted during a basketball game involving his native Serbia and Greece in Athens. Krstic was held overnight after...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Antonio Cromartie takes shot at 'Hard Knocks;' Rex Ryan, Tony Dungy meet

For a tiny little reality show on a premium cable channel (I know; it's not TV, it's HBO), "Hard Knocks" is leaving a lot in its wake this week. Antonio Cromartie threw HBO under the credibility bus; HBO returned the...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin remains hospitalized

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin remains hospitalized after collapsing during practice Thursday because of a migraine. According to his teammates, who tweeted after visiting him Thursday evening in an Edina, Minn., hospital, his condition had improved. Vikings wide receiver...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Report: Alexander Semin unhurt in crash in Russia

Alexander Semin of the Washington Capitals was uninjured when his Mercedes Benz collided with another car in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The car driven by Semin was rear-ended by a Lada Zhiguli, according to a Moscow News report, at...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Calling all D.C. sports fans

In September, The Post will introduce a new reader-driven blog for fans, by fans, focused solely on Washington sports. We're looking for the best, most diehard D.C. sports fans to weigh in on whatever's happening in the world of the...

By Mitch Rubin  |  August 19, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Michael Phelps fails to qualify for IM final at Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Phelps, the world-record holder in the 400-meter individual medley, failed to qualify for the final of the event at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Irvine, Calif. "I probably shouldn't have done it. Holy crap," Phelps told Amy Shipley...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Roger Clemens indicted on charges of making false statements

Roger Clemens has been indicted on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. In February 2008, Clemens and Brian McNamee, his former trainer, contradicted one another in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Albert Haynesworth misses Redskins practice, may not play Saturday

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said this morning that he is uncertain whether defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth will be able to play in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday at FedEx Field. Shanahan said Haynesworth was bothered by...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brett Favre, Brad Childress relationship a factor in decision

The back story on Brett Favre and his return to the Minnesota Vikings -- and you knew there would be a back story -- is that Vikings players are losing respect for their coach, Brad Childress. To no one's surprise,...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rex Ryan, Jets keep eating and cursing in 'Hard Knocks'

Last week, Jets Coach Rex Ryan got all the press for his "Sopranos"-like droppage of f-bombs. In Wednesday night's episode on HBO, Ryan didn't really back off despite Tony Dungy's criticism so it was strictly earmuffs time for the kiddies...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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LeGarrette Blount: Former Oregon player punches Titans teammate

Usually, a punch thrown in an NFL practice is no big deal. But if your name is LeGarrette Blount, it's going to draw attention. Now with the Tennessee Titans, Blount, who was suspended for punching an opponent when he...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 19, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fred Davis misses part of practice for personal reasons

Updated at 4:33 p.m. Tight end Fred Davis missed part of the Redskins' practice, which was moved to 2 p.m. from the originally scheduled morning time because of rain. .bbpBox21518161133 {background:url(http://s.twimg.com/a/1282002387/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #9ae4e8;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Brett Favre returns: 'As well as I played, it wasn't enough'

This is running transcript of Favre's press conference. Quotes are not in their entirety. Favre is a classic rambler -- and my fingers are typing as quickly as they can. Brett Favre eliminated any shred of doubt that may have...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Jets Coach Rex Ryan: Tony Dungy 'unfairly judged me'

Tony Dungy was turned off by Jets Coach Rex Ryan's cursefest in the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" last Wednesday. Ryan has since promised to drop the portly pottymouth act, saying his mother insisted, and he wasn't too pleased...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brett Favre practices with Minnesota Vikings

Updated 1:17 p.m. Brett Favre is practicing with the Minnesota Vikings (Vikings.com supplies the photographic evidence) and will address the media when practice ends, at roughly 2:30 p.m. EDT. Updated 1:12 p.m. When he was the head coach of...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Cowboys fan takes a wild stab at inspiring his team

Really, someone should have put the camera down and walked away. Instead, that someone recorded a shirtless Dallas Cowboys fan named Matthias "performing" a chant that's sure to inspire his beloved Pokes....

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jim Thome hits historic walk-off as Minnesota Twins beat Chicago White Sox

Updated 11:31 a.m. When you think of walk-off home runs, you think of Bobby Thomson's or maybe Kirk Gibson's, the one Dennis Eckersley called "the mother of all walk-offs." But you probably should think of Jim Thome. He hit the...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brett Favre, Vikings together again as return to team seems certain

Updated 6:05 p.m. The plane carrying Brett Favre and his teammates arrived safely in Minnesota in the late afternoon. It was the story, as it usually does with Favre, that skidded right off the runway. The plane carrying Favre and...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bobby Thomson, who hit 'shot heard 'round the world' hero, dies

Bobby Thomson, the man whose walk-off "shot heard 'round the world" home run capped a near-miraculous comeback playoff victory by the New York Giants in 1951, died Monday at the age of 86. Thomson, whose health had been declining, died...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Albert Haynesworth cuts practice short

Updated, 12:24 p.m. Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth cut short practice today because of illness, according to Rick Maese. When Albert fell out of practice at around 9:30 am, Rich Campbell tweeted, a trainer gave him a Gatorade and a...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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LeBron James in GQ: Cleveland return always possible despite Dan Gilbert

LeBron James says he can take the heat as well as the Heat. That's a good thing, given "The Summer of LeBron" issue of GQ. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who was fined for remarks he made when James decided to...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskins find a place for cut block, a Shanahan staple

The cut block was a controversial staple of Mike Shanahan's coaching success in Denver and now, in the zone blocking system that's in place with the Redskins, it's being talked about again. Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star shows...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Kelly can't be written off Redskins' roster at this point

It's too early to write off wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, Redskins sources tell The Post's Jason Reid, who writes about the wide receivers at Redskins Insider. He has to get onto the field, after fighting a hamstring injury since training...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rooney Mara will be 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Playing the lead role of Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig in the Hollywood production of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will be ... Rooney Mara. The 25-year-old actress has a nice list of film credits, as compiled by Celebritology, and...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lance Stephenson arrested, accused of assaulting girlfriend

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and menacing after being accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of concrete stairs. Stephenson allegedly caused Jasmine Williams, his 21-year-old girlfriend and mother of his child,...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Brian Westbrook, Redskins still possible, but do they need him?

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By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Bryce Harper, Nationals face signing deadline tonight

The deadline by which the Washington Nationals and agent Scott Boras must get a deal in place for Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old who was baseball's top draft pick, is midnight tonight and at least one significant Nat is pretty blunt...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bryce Harper , Nationals , Stephen Strasburg  
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