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The Early Lead: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

DeSean Jackson will not play Sunday in Eagles' game against Titans

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will not play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Jackson suffered a concussion, his second in less than a year, in a collision with Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. In other Eagles news,...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O.J. Simpson's appeal is denied by Nevada Supreme Court

The Nevada Supreme Court has declined to overturn O.J. Simpson's convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping, saying that his appeal was without merit. The court, however, ordered that a new trial be held for Simpson's co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, and...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Josh Cribbs cleared to practice, expects to play Sunday for Browns

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs expects to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Coach Eric Mangini said. Cribbs, who suffered a concussion when he collided with James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, missed practice Wednesday and...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rick Rypien suspended 6 games, longest NHL suspension for player-fan fight in 28 years

For making the most ill-advised exit since Steven Slater's, Ryan Rypien has drawn the longest suspension given out by the NHL for a player-fan altercation in 28 years. Rypien, the Vancouver Canucks' forward, was suspended for six games for getting...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Dallas Clark is out for the rest of the season with wrist injury

The Indianapolis Colts have lost tight end Dallas Clark for the remainder of the season because of a wrist injury he suffered in the game against the Redskins. Clark was placed on the injured-reserve list and said he will undergo...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand has outpouring of support

"Let's face it. It's everybody's nightmare. If you played, or your kids play. So when it happens, everybody wants to help." -- Steve Ostergren As Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand recovers from the paralyzing injury he suffered in a game...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sasha Vujacic, Maria Sharapova engaged to be married

Los Angeles Lakers star Sasha Vujacic reportedly has popped the question to tennis star Maria Sharapova. And, according to multiple gossip sites, the two are engaged to be married (completely overshadowing teammate Shannon Brown putting a ring on Monica's finger)....

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Wayne Rooney signs 5-year deal with Manchester United

After an enormous amount of blather and angst (my favorite London pub!) and the issuing of statements by both sides, Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have agreed on a five-year contract. The twisty outcome to the Rooney dilemma comes three...

By Cindy Boren  | October 22, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ron Artest loves Celine Dion. Really. Or so he says.

Yes, that's Ron Artest, not Joaquin Phoenix, doing a revealing interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The best part? The T-shirt advertising his iPhone app? The revelation that his favorite warbler is Celine Dion? Could be that he's selling his NBA...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Miami Heat's Mike Miller sidelined after hurting his thumb in practice

Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller is undergoing an MRI to determine the severity of a thumb injury he suffered during practice Wednesday. "It was just a drill," Coach Erik Spoelstra told the Sun-Sentinel. "He got it caught in a jersey...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Wayne Rooney, Manchester United officials fail to resolve dispute

Wayne Rooney's soccer-playing destination remains unclear after meetings between his representative and Manchester United executives. "We are aware that there is intense public and media interest on the club at the moment, but there are no developments of note to...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report: MLB may add 7-day disabled list for players with concussions

Like the NFL, Major League Baseball is grappling with the best way to handle concussions. The sport is considering a seven-day disabled list for players who have concussions, according to the Associated Press. Citing a source who requested anonymity, the...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Magic Johnson would 'really, really' love to have the NFL back in LA

Magic Johnson has roughly $100 million burning a a really big hole in his pocket, so maybe that's why he laughed when he was asked by the Los Angeles Times if he'd like to own an NFL team and take...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rutgers players to honor paralyzed teammate with 'Believe' decals

Rutgers players are preparing to play a football game for the first time since one of their teammates was paralyzed on a kickoff return last Saturday. Eric LeGrand (No. 52 above) continues to be hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Roger Goodell reiterates that NFL isn't changing rules, just enforcing them

Updated at 4:07 p.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in Boston on Wednesday night, accepting an Impact Award from the Sports Legacy Institute for his leadership efforts in preventing and treating concussions. What better time to clarify a few matters...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Brandon Meriweather apologizes for hit on Todd Heap

Brandon Meriweather apologized for the helmet-to-helmet hits Sunday that brought him a $50,000 fine from the NFL in its crackdown on dangerous hits. "Once again, I'm going to say I'm sorry for the hit. I understand the league is trying...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeSean Jackson still 'very sore' from collision with Dunta Robinson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion when he was hit hard by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson will not play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Eagles Coach Andy Reid said that Jackson remains very sore and...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reggie Bush says 'I'll take concussion to getting blind sided in knees'

Reggie Bush, the New Orleans Saints' running back who is currently recovering from a broken leg, sides with the defensive players who are questioning the NFL's crackdown on dangerous hits. Via Twitter, Bush said this morning: As an offensive player...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Deanna Favre says faith 'will get me through this'

It fell to Deanna Favre to talk about the NFL investigation involving her husband, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Not that she said anything specific, but she did describe to Robin Roberts, in an interview on "Good Morning America," how...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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NFL players prepare for tougher enforcement of rules; Harrison returns to Steelers

James Harrison considers his future in the game. (Larry Roberts / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Updated at 9:42 a.m. Linebacker James Harrison has returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice facility, after being excused from Wednesday's practice while he mulled retirement. Filed...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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T.J. Lavin battles pneumonia, but is not expected to have brain damage

T.J. Lavin, the BMX and MTV star who has been hospitalized since crashing on his Dew Tour finale a week ago, is recovering after suffering a setback. Lavin, who has been in a medically induced coma and is on a...

By Cindy Boren  | October 21, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rick Rypien suspended indefinitely by NHL for fight with fan

Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien has been suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing, by the NHL for fighting with a Minnesota Wild fan Tuesday night. The fight, which occurred late in the second period of Minnesota's 6-2, followed a fight between...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Brett Favre won't comment on NFL investigation into Jenn Sterger allegations

Brett Favre met with the media for the first time since he was interviewed by an NFL official as part of its investigation into allegations that he sexted graphic photos and left inappropriate voice mails for Jenn Sterger when both...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wayne Rooney says he won't re-sign with Manchester United

There's no longer is any doubt about it: Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United. "I met with [United's chief executive] David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Brett Favre investigation: Jenn Sterger hires lawyer

Updated at 1:53 p.m. Discussions between Joseph Conway, the lawyer hired by Jenn Sterger, and NFL representatives have begun, but Conway told Newsday's Bob Glauber that no decision has been made about whether she will speak with the league as...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Please, we're begging you, do not throw beer on Cal Ripken Jr.

Memo to Yankees fans (or to, perhaps, a wildly celebratory Rangers fan): We're very sorry about the dynasty teetering on the edge of disaster after giving up five-plus runs in three straight playoff losses for the first time in the...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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James Harrison misses practice as he mulls retirement

James Harrison takes out Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on Sunday. (AP) Updated at 1:13 p.m. James Harrison has been excused from the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice today as he considers retirement in the wake of the NFL's crackdown...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Georgetown's Austin Freeman named preseason Big East player of the year

Georgetown senior guard Austin Freeman has been named the preseason Big East Conference player of the year and the Hoyas have been picked to finish fourth in the conference (behind Pittsburgh, Villanova and Syracuse) in the coaches' poll. Freeman, who...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Colts punter Pat McAfee arrested after drunken dip

Updated at 10 p.m. The Colts acted swiftly, suspending Pat McAfee for one game about 12 hours after his arrest. Updated at 1:44 p.m. Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was released from the Adult Processing Center this afternoon after his...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Video: Butler High School pulls off miraculous victory

Do you believe in miracles? Well, duh, of course you do. Just watch the pigskin dazzler (Is that the Stanford band???) Butler High School pulled off in its 42-41 victory Friday night over Pleasure Ridge Park in Louisville, Ky. "My...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NFL says putting photos of illegal hits up for sale was a mistake

Updated at 9:31 a.m. The NFL says it regrets the mistake in which photos of illegal and dangerous hits in Sunday's games were put up for sale online. The sale sent a mixed message after the league fined three players...

By Cindy Boren  | October 20, 2010; 6:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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A.J. Burnett goes shopping for zombie hands and vampire teeth (yawn)

Even if A.J. Burnett doesn't win Game 4 of the ALCS for the Yankees, you can't fault his delivery: "Sorry I'm late," Burnett told reporters when he arrived at Yankee Stadium on Monday. "I was at the Halloween store, lost...

By Cindy Boren  | October 19, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NFL says suspensions for dangerous hits will be enforced immediately

NFL players will be subject to immediate suspension for dangerous and flagrant hits, the league has announced. Suspensions, according to the Associated Press, also could be handed out for hits that occurred Sunday. Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of...

By Cindy Boren  | October 19, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Report: Redskins may be lowering asking price for Albert Haynesworth

Updated at 3:31 p.m. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday there's a "pretty good" chance Albert Haynesworth will remain with the team, but, as the NFL's 4 p.m. trade deadline approaches, moving the disgruntled, high-priced defensive lineman isn't out of...

By Cindy Boren  | October 19, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Brandon Meriweather: 'I'm going to be aggressive, point blank.'

New England Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather defended his hit on Todd Heap of the Baltimore Ravens in the face of speculation that he will be fined by the NFL for launching himself for helmet-to-helmet contact Sunday. The NFL...

By Cindy Boren  | October 19, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NFL's crackdown on hits should emphasize fundamentals, Hoge says

Brandon Meriweather of the Patriots collides with Todd Heap of the Ravens. (AP) What to do about the kind of violence and injury that millions of football fans saw Sunday? The NFL promises to crack down on the dangerous,...

By Cindy Boren  | October 19, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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DC Sports-o-Meter: this week's winners and losers

On the DC Sports-o-Meter, it's another week in which Dan Steinberg is wrong about everything and does a Carlos Rogers impersonation. {"movie":"http://media10.washingtonpost.com/wp/swf/OmniPlayer.swf","id":"oplayer-video-swf","width":"450", height:"270","vars":{"title":"D.C. Sports-O-Meter: Best/Worst of the week","flvStreamingServer":"rtmp://cp39416.live.edgefcs.net/live/","stillURL":"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/images/sportsometer1017.jpg","flvStreamingServer":"rtmp://cp18263.edgefcs.net/ondemand","flvURL":"2010-10/584024/585205","autoStart":"false","clickThru":"http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-dc-sports-o-meter-1018.html","playAds":"true"},"params":{"allowFullScreen":"true"} }...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DeSean Jackson: It's 'a real stretch' to think he'll play Sunday, Andy Reid says

It's a "real stretch" to think that DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion on a powerful collision with Dunta Robinson, will be able to play this week, Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid said. "DeSean Jackson has a concussion," Reid said...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Junior Seau drives off cliff after domestic violence arrest

Updated at 5:57 p.m. EDT Junior Seau told law-enforcement officials that he did not deliberately drive off a cliff in Carlsbad, Calif., this morning, according to a TMZ report. Seau said he simply dozed off while driving, TMZ reported,...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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NFL taking action after Sunday's helmet-to-helmet hits

The NFL is taking action after a rash of helmet-to-helmet and jarring hits left a string of injured players Sunday. Here's Mark Maske's full account on the The League. Ray Anderson, the league's vice president of football operations, says immediate...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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T.J. Lavin injured on what was to be his final ride as BMX pro

BMX and MTV star T.J. Lavin was injured Thursday night in a crash in what was to be his final ride as a BMX pro. Lavin, who remains hospitalized after emerging from a medically induced coma, was not looking forward...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DC Sports-o-Meter Live: Give us your take on the week in sports

Dan Steinberg and I are on at noon with yet another DC Sports-o-Meter (how this doesn't get the hook, I'll never know). So shoot us your rankings of the top three and bottom three in DC sports over the last...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rutgers player, paralyzed from neck down, begins his recovery

(Newark Star-Ledger photo) Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is recovering from spinal fusion surgery, hoping for a miraculous recovery that will let him walk again after being paralyzed from the neck down in a game Saturday night. Ben LaSala,...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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NFL's former director of officiating calls for action after day of helmet-to-helmet hits

The announcement was repeated with frightening frequency for about two hours Sunday in press boxes at NFL games across the country: "Will not return (head injury)." There was a staggering number of helmet-to-helmet hits, particularly in the 1 p.m. games,...

By Cindy Boren  | October 18, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett 'conscious, has feeling and movement' in extremities

On a day of scary helmet-to-helmet hits around the NFL, Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett may have gotten the worst of it. He was carted off the field after being hurt on an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet late in the game against...

By Cindy Boren  | October 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NFL Week 6 Live: Ben Roethlisberger returns, Brett Favre faces questions

Ben Roethlisberger returns today from a four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, rejoining a team that has done quite nicely at 3-1, thank you very much, without him. His Steelers' lucky opponent? Colt McCoy and the struggling (we're...

By Cindy Boren  | October 17, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: T.J. Lavin shows signs of improvement, emerges from medically-induced coma

The condition of T.J. Lavin, an extreme BMX biker and star of MTV's "The Challenge," is improving and he no longer is in a medically-induced coma, his family and friends tell the Las Vegas Review Journal. While Lavin is not...

By Cindy Boren  | October 17, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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'Name Drew Brees' baby' takes on a life of its own

Baylen Brees may enjoy a sib less than the Super Bowl. (Nola.com) If TwitterWorld had its way, Drew Brees and his wife Brittany would welcome little Boodat Brees into the world in a few days. Or, perhaps, baby Blitz. The...

By Cindy Boren  | October 17, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rutgers tackle Eric LeGrand suffers spinal cord injury, has no movement below neck

Updated at 3:21 p.m. Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has no movement below the neck after suffering a spinal-cord injury during the Scarlet Knights' overtime victory over Army on Saturday at New Meadowlands Stadium. LeGrand, who was hurt on a...

By Cindy Boren  | October 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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