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The Early Lead: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Ryder Cup TV schedule changes because of weather delay

Because of the lengthy weather delay on the first day of Ryder Cup play in Wales, NBC has altered its schedule. It will carry live Ryder Cup coverage from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday and from 4 a.m....

By Cindy Boren  | October 1, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Ryder Cup team moves on after rainsuits fail in Welsh rain

Probably not a good day to own stock in Sun Mountain Sports, a Missoula, Mont., golf gear company. Their rainsuits failed so spectacularly that the United States Ryder Cup team had to go buy stuff...without their names on the back...

By Cindy Boren  | October 1, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Golf  
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Baseball moves up World Series start times, saves America

Finally, the Earth's axis has righted itself. Major League Baseball has announced that six of the possible seven World Series games will start before 8 p.m. on the East Coast. "I am extremely pleased we are able to provide our...

By Cindy Boren  | October 1, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Albert Haynesworth discusses the check, the 3-4 and Mike Shanahan

Albert Haynesworth talks with ESPN's Sara Walsh about the Redskins' switch to a 3-4 defense and holding onto that big ol' check while he thought the matter over. Haynesworth also discussed his relationship with Coach Mike Shanahan in the interview,...

By Cindy Boren  | October 1, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ryder Cup resumes after 7-hour rain delay

Updated at 12:03 p.m. Ryder Cup play was resumed at 5 p.m. (noon EDT) after a 7-hour, 15-minute rain delay. Although several fairways had been mostly underwater, crews made the course playable by 5 p.m. It would seem impossible...

By Cindy Boren  | October 1, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Golf, Tiger Woods  
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LeBron James says race was a factor in negative reaction to 'The Decision'

Updated at 14:15 p.m. LeBron James' image took a hit this summer when he appeared in a prime-time ESPN special -- "The Decision" -- to announce his decision to take his "talents to South Beach." CNN's Soledad O'Brien asked James...

By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Austin Rivers, Doc Rivers' son, commits to Duke

Austin Rivers, a shooting guard who is the top-ranked player in the 2011 recruiting class as well as the son of Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, has committed to Duke. "He picked Duke because of [Mike Krzyzewski] and his staff,"...

By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ryder Cup pairings: Phil Mickelson goes first; Tiger Woods is third

Ryder Cup captains Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomery have announced the pairings for matches between the United States and European teams that begin Friday in Wales: 7:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. EDT; U.S. players listed first): Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson...

By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Ravens lose out as Jets swoop in and sign Trevor Pryce

A day after the Baltimore Ravens cut defensive end Trevor Pryce, intending to re-sign him in the kind of temporary move NFL teams do all the time, the New York Jets beat them to the punch and took him off...

By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Uh-oh: Chad Ochocinco's cereal box has sex-line number

Updated at 12:22 p.m. with Ochocinco's apology Like so many ideas having to do with Chad Ochocinco, this one was awesome: A vanity cereal with info and a phone number for contributions to Feed The Children on it. It was...

By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tour de France champ Alberto Contador blames bad meat for positive drug test

Alberto Contador, the three-time Tour de France champion, said bad meat is the reason he tested positive for a banned substance in a doping test administered during this year's Tour. "It is a clear case of food contamination of...

By Cindy Boren  | September 30, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Jaguars wide receiver Kassim Osgood, companion assaulted by man with gun

Kassim Osgood, a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, escaped serious injury late Monday night when he jumped out a second story window to escape a gun-wielding man who had attacked him and a woman he was visiting in Jacksonville,...

By Cindy Boren  | September 29, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bill Polian clarifies his remarks on 18-game schedule for NFL

Remember Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian's comments about an 18-game NFL season being a "fait accompli?" He's backpedaling like a defensive back today. "I created a headline that was 180 degrees from what was right," said Polian, who caught flak...

By Cindy Boren  | September 29, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Donovan McNabb hopes to hear cheers Sunday in Philadelphia

Updated at 11:59 a.m. Donovan McNabb is speaking about the big NFL topic of the week, his return to Philadelphia, now in the Washington Redskins' locker room and our Redskins reporters are in Ashburn as well as Philadelphia. (The full...

By Cindy Boren  | September 29, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dez Bryant picks up $54,896 dinner tab as Dallas Cowboys get revenge

Updated at 1:54 p.m. Perhaps Dez Bryant is rethinking the whole rookie hazing thing. Sure, it's juvenile and silly and, perhaps, it says something terrible about our culture. But you knew that refusing to carry shoulder pads during Dallas Cowboys...

By Cindy Boren  | September 29, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Vuvuzelas welcome at Commonwealth Games

This is just what the troubled Commonwealth Games needs: vuvuzelas. The plastic buzzing horns that made the World Cup so entertaining (if you like tinnitis) are on sale in New Delhi, where the Commonwealth Games begin Sunday. They were banned...

By Cindy Boren  | September 29, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chad Ochocinco tweets his phone number with predictable results

On an off-day for NFL players, Chad Ochocinco demonstrated how, sometimes, the thumbs may not be connected to the brain when it comes to Twitter. It started innocently enough with Ochocinco wondering how long a relationship could survive if its...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Stephen Strasburg says rehab is going 'real well'

It wasn't his choice, but Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg is taking it easy these days, he said in a conference call with reporters this afternoon. "I just got my cast off about two weeks ago and I've just been getting...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nationals, Stephen Strasburg  
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Jimmy Raye: 'I was carrying out the head coach's wishes'

Jimmy Raye, fired Monday as the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator, said he was merely doing what Coach Mike Singletary wanted him to do with the offense. "I was carrying out the head coach's wishes," Raye told Matt Maiocco of...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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NFL reviewing incident involving Nick Collins after Packers-Bears game

The NFL is investigating a confrontation between Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins and a Bears fan that allegedly took place Monday night after the Bears' 20-17 victory in Chicago. The NFL is "in the process of reviewing all the...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Furyk won $11.35 million with $39 putter

For every golfer who has spent a fortune on equipment and remains a shankopotamus, there's the story of Jim Furyk. It seems that when he won $11.35 million in the Tour Championship on Sunday, he was using a "Yes! Sophia"...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Evan Longoria, David Price call out Tampa Bay Rays fans for poor attendance

The Tampa Bay Rays have the second-best record in baseball and had a chance to move a step closer to clinching the American League East Division title Monday night in their crushed oj can architectural marvel of a dome and...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Clinton Portis on wrist, Sunday's game: 'Welcome to my world'

Updated at 12:42 p.m. Clinton Portis is making his weekly appearance the Mike Wise show on 106.7. Here's a quick, on-the-fly running transcript (Redskins Insider has the full post): Chief topic: the untouched slide and fall in the loss in...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Devin Hester isn't the guy the Packers should be kicking to

The Green Bay Packers' 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears was nothing if not instructive. One lesson seemed obvious: the Bears are really good; at home, they're formidable. Among other lessons, the Packers can ponder their need for a running...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Michael Vick's fiancee describes Vick's mixed emotions about starting

Kijafa Frank has been with Michael Vick since 2001 and it's fair to say that an awful lot besides the births of two children has happened to Frank and her fiancee in their near-decade together. Now, though, Vick is back...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Have another doughnut, Michael Vick, NFL  
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Charlie Weis recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis underwent emergency surgery to remove an infected gall bladder Monday morning...after gutting out the pain over the weekend and coaching in the Chiefs' victory over the 49ers. "He didn't bother to do anything...

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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George Blanda dies at age of 83

Updated at 3:34 p.m. Legendary NFL Hall of Famer George Blanda, who played professional football for 26 years and was for a time the all-time leading scorer in the NFL, has died at the age of 83. Blanda, regarded...

By Cindy Boren  | September 27, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ryder Cup captains issue ban on Twitter, social networking

Next, Corey Pavin (left) and Colin Montgomerie will ban smiles. (AP) Ryder Cup captains Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie are having none of this Tweeter/Spacebook stuff the kids are all into. They've banned the use of Twitter and other...

By Cindy Boren  | September 27, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nick Adenhart death: Man convicted of second-degree murder

Updated at 2:07 p.m. The man accused of causing the car crash in which Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others were killed has been found guilty of second-degree murder. The jury also found Andrew Gallo, 23, guilty of hit-and-run...

By Cindy Boren  | September 27, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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49ers fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

Updated at 1:12 p.m. San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary has fired offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. Raye was the Redskins' offensive coordinator under Marty Schottenheimer in 2001. With the Niners struggling,...

By Cindy Boren  | September 27, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Braylon Edwards makes smart move before Jets-Dolphins game

The beard is gone and he's no longer Abraylonham Edwards. He's just plain old Braylon, the guy who was punished for his drunk driving arrest by sitting out the first quarter of the New York Jets game against the Miami...

By Cindy Boren  | September 27, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NFL Week 3 live: Expect Braylon Edwards to play 'a significant amount'

Oh, sure, it's not quite the funfest that next week's return of Donovan McNabb to Philly next week will be, but patience, patience, cart belongs after the horse, etc. Today's big question: How long will Braylon Edwards, arrested last week...

By Cindy Boren  | September 26, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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