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The Early Lead: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Police say Tom Brady tried to avoid collision

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady swerved to try to avoid a collision with a minivan early Thursday morning, according to Boston.com. In the police report, Brady said "the traffic light was green. As he entered the intersection the minivan...

By Cindy Boren  | September 10, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Donovan McNabb reboots his football and business careers

Before training camp opened and the Washington Redskins reported for duty, Team McNabb was hard at work, meeting members of the business community and rebuilding the quarterback's brand. Donovan McNabb is looking for a fresh start on the football field...

By Cindy Boren  | September 10, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saints, Vikings open with a gesture of labor unity

If there is an NFL lockout next year at this time, the first significant visual image may have arrived Thursday night on NBC's national telecast of the season opener. Just before the coin toss, players for the New Orleans Saints...

By Cindy Boren  | September 10, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Daniel Snyder, Jerry Jones make their pizza commercial debut tonight

It's still a couple of nights until the Cowboys and Redskins play, but for Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder, tonight is the Sundance Festival of pizza commercials. The Papa John's ad the Cowboys and Redskins owners filmed recently debuts before...

By Cindy Boren  | September 9, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Ray Lewis calls out Rex Ryan, New York Jets

Ray Lewis has had it with the New York Jets' yapping, trap-flapping ways and, really, he might have a point on this one after a summer of "Hard Knocks" and an exhaustive upcoming Rex Ryan profile. "The game ain't played...

By Cindy Boren  | September 9, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Coach K turns back the clock on USA, Russia

Updated at 1:30 p.m. Kevin Durant scored 33 points as the United States beat Russia 89-79 in the FIBA World Championships in Istanbul. Filed at 10:42 a.m. It's not quite the Cold War II, but Mike Krzyzewski's comments about David...

By Cindy Boren  | September 9, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Vince Young's mom: Reggie Bush should keep Heisman

If the Heisman Trophy Trust strips Reggie Bush of the 2005 award, the mother of the runnerup has no interest in seeing the Heisman go to her son. "We're not interested in having no honor and no glory out of...

By Cindy Boren  | September 9, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tom Brady involved in car accident

Updated at 3:33 p.m. Tom Brady told the New England Patriots' media relations staff that he is okay after an auto accident early Thursday morning in Boston. Brady was at Gillette Stadium, attending meetings ahead of Sunday's season opener. He...

By Cindy Boren  | September 9, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Reggie Bush: Heisman situation is 'out of my hands'

Reggie Bush didn't have much to say about a Yahoo report that he would be stripped of the Heisman Trophy, but he did discuss it after the New Orleans Saints practiced Wednesday afternoon in Metairie, La. "I think at this...

By Cindy Boren  | September 8, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bill Belichick: 'I don't do Twitter, My Face'

Things figure to get a little testier between Bill Belichick and the media as the season progresses, but the guy, for him, was a cross between Shecky Greene and Socrates today in Foxborough, Mass. Ahead of the New England Patriots'...

By Cindy Boren  | September 8, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Comcast will broadcast Wizards games in high-definition

Comcast SportsNet will broadcast all Wizards games in high-definition this season, the network and team announced today. That's 83 games (three preseason) in crisp, vivid HD. CSN notes that there'll be 73 games on Comcast SportsNet and 10 on Comcast...

By Cindy Boren  | September 8, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jets Coach Rex Ryan is livin' large

New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan has devoured the New York Times magazine. A feature that will appear Sunday spans 10 pages online as the newspaper finally brings attention to the New York Jets' overlooked and underpublicized coach. Here, distilled...

By Cindy Boren  | September 8, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike Tomlin: Ben Roethlisberger's starting job isn't guaranteed

Mike Tomlin isn't offering quarterback Ben Roethlisberger any guarantees. Or at least that's the talk he's talking now, with the first game of Roethlisberger's four-game suspension from the NFL approaching Sunday. In a Sirius Radio interview, the Pittsburgh Steelers...

By Cindy Boren  | September 8, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Albert Haynesworth, Redskins trade buzz continues

Updated at 1:25 p.m. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan declined to discuss Albert Haynesworth's playing status in a conference call with members of the Dallas media today. "We don't talk about who's going to come to the game for obvious reasons,...

By Cindy Boren  | September 8, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Mike Shanahan, NFL  
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Tom Brady, Patriots close to contract extension?

The New England Patriots have offered quarterback Justin Bieber Tom Brady a three-year contract extension believed to be worth $58 million, according to a Boston Herald report. That works out to $19.3 million per year and would be in addition...

By Cindy Boren  | September 7, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tiger Woods named to Ryder Cup team

Tiger Woods has been selected to the Ryder Cup team by Corey Pavin, captain of the United States team. Woods, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler are the four captain's picks, Pavin announced at a press conference this morning....

By Cindy Boren  | September 7, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Report: Reggie Bush will be stripped of Heisman Trophy

Updated at 1:24 p.m. The Heisman Trophy Trust reportedly will strip 2005 winner Reggie Bush of the award by the end of the month and name no winner for that season, according to a Yahoo report. Bush would be the...

By Cindy Boren  | September 7, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup decision expected today

A U.S. Ryder Cup team without the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, who, it happens, is an American? Nah. Probably won't happen. When Corey Pavin reveals his captain's picks for the team this morning, Tiger Woods is likely to...

By Cindy Boren  | September 7, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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