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The Early Lead: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Nyjer Morgan suspended eight games for role in Nats-Marlins brawl

(By Wilfredo Lee - AP) Nyjer Morgan has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for his role in Wednesday's bench-clearing brawl in Miami, Major League Baseball has announced. Manager Jim Riggleman and third-base coach Pat Listach also...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLB , Nationals  
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Ben Roethlisberger's suspension reduced to 4 games by Roger Goodell

Updated 1:44 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's six-game suspension has been reduced to four games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell decided to decrease the suspension after a meeting with the quarterback at NFL headquarters Friday morning in New...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  NFL  
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North Carolina suspensions total 12 ahead of LSU game

Twelve North Carolina football players have been suspended for Saturday night's game against Louisiana State. Six players, the school announced, were declared ineligible for "violating school and/or NCAA rules." Defensive tackle Marvin Austin was suspended earlier in the week; defensive...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College football  
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U.S. Open tennis brawl shows there's no love among fans

The great thing about the U.S. Open is the mannerly, well-considered, erudite analysis of tennis fans. In this video, a dude goes all Nyjer Morgan on another dude with a dudette involved Thursday night (via Huffington Post). Novak Djokovic and...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Terry Bradshaw: 'I pray they don't cut' Ben Roethlisberger's suspension

Updated at 11:53 a.m. If Terry Bradshaw were the commissioner of the NFL, Ben Roethlisberger's six-game suspension would stand. [Update: The suspension has been reduced to four games.] "Going to bars -- treating women like that; oh my God," Bradshaw,...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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U.S. Open: Wozniacki advances with win in 47 minutes

It doesn't get any easier than this. Caroline Wozniacki, the top seed in the U.S. Open, shut out Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan 6-0 6-0 Thursday in a second-round match in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Wozniacki, 16-1 since Wimbledon and the Open...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 2, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rex Ryan rips DeAngelo Hall in latest 'Hard Knocks'

Updated at 10:43 a.m. HBO's "Hard Knocks" is losing a bit of steam, what with the Jets struggling and the real season approaching and all, but there were a few highlights related to the local Burgundy and Gold. For instance,...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 2, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Rob Dibble being Rob Dibble

I'm not about to defend Rob Dibble -- hey, I missed Nyjer Morgan and the Nationals' big brawl with the Marlins because there's a great sale going on at Macy's this weekend -- but ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg (via J....

By Cindy Boren  |  September 2, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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North Carolina suspends Marvin Austin indefinitely

North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin has been suspended indefinitely by Tar Heels Coach Butch Davis. "This decision is not a result of the ongoing NCAA review," Davis said in a statement released by the school. "Marvin has violated team...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College football  
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Report: Big Ten will send Michigan, Ohio State to different divisions

Updated, 2:14 p.m. The Big Ten will place Michigan and Ohio State in separate divisions when it announces its new setup for the 2011-12 season later tonight, sources told ESPN's Andy Katz. The league is expected to announce that it...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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U.S. Open: Victoria Azarenka collapses from heat

Updated, 3:35 p.m. Victoria Azarenka collapsed while serving on the Grandstand court at the U.S. Open during her second-round match Wednesday against Gisela Dulko and retired from the tournament. Trailing 1-5 15-30, Azarenka fell to the ground. She was treated...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Vuvuzelas banned from Euro 2012, Champions League

Vuvuzelas will be banned from stadiums for European League and Champions League matches, UEFA has announced. UEFA said it wants to make sure that the European tradition of singing at soccer matches is not drowned out by the monotonous, gnat-like...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL , Tiger Woods  
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Report: Matt Leinart trade talks center on Giants, Raiders

Updated at 3:02 p.m. Someone has to want Matt Leinart, right? The Arizona Cardinals apparently do not. They're actively shopping his services to other teams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Among those interested are the New York Giants and the...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Shaq vs. Justin Bieber battle goes to ... Bieber (sort of)

Perhaps he should have gone Shaq Fu on the kid. That would have served the whippersnapper right. In one of the greatest sporting upsets in the history of totally staged events designed to get page views and ratings in the...

By Cindy Boren  |  September 1, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  NBA , Shaquille O'Neal  
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Manny Ramirez joins White Sox today in Cleveland

Updated, 3:42 p.m. Manny Ramirez is in Cleveland for the Chicago White Sox game tonight. He is not in the starting lineup, although that could change. He has not cut his hair. These three things are not necessarily related. (via...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 31, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mark Ingram to miss Alabama's game after having knee procedure

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure Tuesday morning and will miss Alabama's season-opener Saturday against San Jose State. "It was a situation where everyone involved thought it would be better to take care of now, so...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 31, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College football  
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NFL looking into Suh's tackle on Jake Delhomme

The NFL is looking into the horse collar grab-and-twist maneuver Detroit Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh administered to the facemask of Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme. Browns Coach Eric Mangini said Monday that he would request a review of the play...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 31, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Troy Polamalu's hair insured for $1 million

Troy Polamalu's hair is more than just a soft, silky handle by which to bring him down (and help him up) on a football field (attention: Larry Johnson). It's real and it's spectacular. It's also now a magnificent, million-dollar...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 31, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Report: Orlando Hernandez ends comback

Orlando Hernandez abruptly left the Harrisburg Senators, returning to his Miami home after the team's game Sunday. Pennlive.com reported that El Duque, 44, was going home to consider his future. Hernandez, who signed with the Nationals in July, had not...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 30, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Redskins trade Dennis Morris to St. Louis; Malcolm Kelly has setback

Updated at 3:53 p.m. The Redskins have traded rookie tight end Dennis Morris to the St. Louis Rams, Jason Reid has confirmed, for a conditional draft pick. In a second move, the team obtained linebacker/defensive end Hall Davis from the...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 30, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Brett Favre gets an injection in his ailing left ankle

Brett Favre calls it a "grease fitting." Sounds like a prudent thing to have done to your truck, but to your ankle? The ankle on which you had surgery three months ago? And not even two weeks after you've decided...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 30, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Should you let your child play football?

The latest take on the debate over concussions, kids and football comes from a former Redskins player who now is an orthopedic surgeon in Houston. Mark Adickes was an offensive lineman for the Redskins' team that won Super Bowl XXVI...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 30, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rogers Clemens enters 'not guilty' plea in federal court

Updated 2:07 p.m. Roger Clemens has entered a not guilty plea to six charges of lying to Congress in connection with use of performance-enhancing drugs. Updated 1:10 p.m. Roger Clemens has arrived for his 2 p.m. arraignment at U.S. District...

By Cindy Boren  |  August 30, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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