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The Early Lead: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Patriots' Myron Pryor, Gary Guyton fined for hits on Brett Favre

Updated at 3 p.m. New England Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton also was fined $7,500 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Brett Favre, bringing the fine total to $15,000 for hits on Favre last Sunday. Filed at 1:45 p.m. For a hit...

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cleveland tells LeBron James exactly what he should do

Cleveland has seen LeBron James' Nike "Rise" commercial and raised him at least one. It's a great response to James, "The Decision" and "Rise" and now it's time for the good folks of Cleveland to move on. It's over. Really....

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Minnesota restaurant roasts Randy Moss with luncheon specials

It's Randy Moss Day at Tinucci's restaurant in Newport, Minn. That's the joint whose cuisine was panned in an impromptu food review by James Beard Randy Moss when it catered locker room lunch for the Minnesota Vikings. Gus Tinucci is...

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Honus Wagner card brings $220,000 for nuns at auction

Honus Wagner came through in the clutch for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. A rare baseball card that had been bequeathed to the order of Roman Catholic nuns in Baltimore has sold at auction for $262,900, with the nuns...

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Zenyatta: a star prepares to give her final performance in Breeders' Cup Classic

How good is Zenyatta, a horse named for an album by the Police? Will the 6-year-old mare finish her career a perfect 20-0 in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs? ESPN's Wright Thompson writes of the girl...

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Report: Cam Newton was offered to colleges for cash

Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback who is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy this year, has been linked to allegations of wrong-doing, according to an ESPN report. When Newton was being recruited out of junior college last year, a man...

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sparky Anderson remembered: 'He lived the game's lore'

Just as you'd expect for the first manager to win a World Series in each league, the tributes to Sparky Anderson, who died Thursday at 76 of complications from dementia, were steeped in baseball lore, touching and, because this was...

By Cindy Boren  | November 5, 2010; 5:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sparky Anderson dies at age 76

Sparky Anderson, who was the first manager to win the World Series in both the National and American leagues and the only manager to lead two franchises in career wins, has died at the age of 76. Anderson, who led...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Steelers LB James Harrison fined again, this time for hit on Saints QB Drew Brees

James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker who was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Cleveland Browns wide receiver Oct. 17, has been fined $20,000 for a late hit on Drew Brees on Sunday night. That brings Harrison's...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Sidney Crosby wins fight but Matt Niskanen has the last word

Sidney Crosby dropped the gloves and let fly with some punches to the upper region of Matt Niskanen's person in the Dallas Stars' 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Hockeyfights.com voters rated Crosby the winner (68 percent...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kerry Collins endorses Tennessee Titans' pickup of Randy Moss

Skeptical that the whole thing with Randy Moss won't work out in Tennessee? Titans quarterback Kerry Collins was on board with having Moss as a teammate again (they were together in Oakland in 2005), hours before the Titans picked up...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kevin Garnett on Charlie Villanueva incident: 'I'm a passionate player'

Kevin Garnett responded verbally to Charlie Villanueva's accusation that he'd called him "a cancer patient." First, Garnett issued a statement that seemed as if it were, perhaps, the work of a PR person or manager and drew Twitter attention for...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kobe Bryant keeps Lakers rolling and says he'll play in London Olympics

Kobe Bryant passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and now holds the Lakers' record for career minutes, his Lakers are 5-0 (hi, LeBron) after crushing Sacramento 112-100 with a triple-double from Bryant, but the Olympics have been on his mind. Bryant, who had...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Aubrey Huff thanks fans, Zoolander, rally thong for San Francisco Giants' win

If there is such a thing as a World Series parade MVP, it has to be Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants, who managed to pay comedic tribute to Zoolander and launch a marketing campaign for rally thongs...

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kevin Garnett's apology to Charlie Villanueva generates waves of trash talk

The minute Kevin Garnett issued a statement of apology for allegedly calling Charlie Villanueva "a cancer patient," you knew this was going to happen. Gadzooks and great Odin's raven, my good people, there was just something about the way the...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Randy Moss claimed off waivers by Tennessee Titans

And the winner is ... the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee claimed wide receiver Randy Moss off the NFL's waiver wire today. Moss' name hit the waiver wire Tuesday when he was released by the Minnesota Vikings after a bizarre series of...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Buffalo claims Shawne Merriman off waiver wire

Buffalo has claimed Shawne Merriman. Merriman, who played at Maryland and was waived earlier this week by the San Diego Chargers, has five days in which to report to the Bills although he is not expected to play Sunday against...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Randy Moss, Shawne Merriman wait to see which teams claim them

The Tennessee Titans are interested in obtaining the services of Randy Moss, according to a report by Don Banks of si.com. There's a chance, of course, that a team ahead of them steps in with a claim; the Titans are...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Troy Polamalu says Roger Goodell has too much power

A day after his Pittsburgh Steelers teammate, James Harrison, was in New York to confer with Commissioner Roger Goodell about the NFL's crackdown on hits by defenders, Troy Polamalu was sounding off in Pittsburgh. "It's football, you know. If people...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Sparky Anderson's family says he has entered hospice because of dementia complications

Sparky Anderson, the Hall of Fame manager known for his success on a baseball diamond and his knack for telling stories that were gems, has entered hospice care because of complications from dementia. Anderson, 76, lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif....

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brett Favre, Brad Childress put Randy Moss drama behind them

While the world waits to see which NFL teams put in claims for the services of food critic and wide receiver Randy Moss, at least one member of the Minnesota Vikings said he was surprised by the team's decision to...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Knicks explore possibility of moving Wizards game to New Jersey

Updated at 4:39 p.m. Madison Square Garden should be open again in time for the New York Knicks game against the Washington Wizards on Friday night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "If they made any mistakes, they were...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Giants parade has fans lining the streets of San Francisco

Fans await the San Francisco Giants' championship parade. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Ordinarily, we're not in favor of closing libraries, but it seems like a good idea what with the city of San Francisco set to party honor...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Elijah Dukes arrested on contempt-of-court charges in Tampa

Elijah Dukes, the former Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, has been arrested in Tampa on contempt-of-court charges for allegedly failing to pay child support to two women. Dukes, 26, is being held in the Hillsborough County (Fla.) jail,...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Oregon election result: Chris Dudley is in overtime in race for governor

Updated at 2:42 p.m. EDT Chris Dudley continued to hold a slim lead over John Kitzhaber in the Oregon governor's race, but OregonLive.com says that projections favor Kitzhaber. Thousands of ballots remain to be counted in heavily Democratic Multnomah and...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Charlie Villanueva ready to fight Kevin Garnett over 'cancer patient' comment

Updated at 4:33 p.m. Kevin Garnett has responded to Charlie Villanueva's accusation that KG called him a "cancer patient." "My comment to [Villanueva] was in fact 'You are cancerous to your team and our league,' " Garnett said in a...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Zenyatta is a star no matter how she fares in the Breeders' Cup

Terrell Owens (with trainer John Shirreffs) said of Zenyatta: "You can tell she has a lot of power. She's as big as a male horse. She's unbelievable, very muscular." (Steve Turner / Hollywood Park) Zenyatta, according to "60 Minutes,"...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco debate the benching of Donovan McNabb

Updated at 11:04 a.m. Here's the full clip: Originally filed at 5:58 p.m. Tuesday What do a couple of NFL wide receivers -- one of whom was a teammate of Donovan McNabb's in Philadelphia -- think of Mike Shanahan's decision...

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 5:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson find tai chi to be a delightful workout

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer do just what you'd expect when they arrived in Shanghai: they did a little tai chi. They're playing in this week's HSBC Champions tournament there with a change in the world's...

By Cindy Boren  | November 2, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Knicks' game against Magic at Madison Square Garden is postponed

The New York Knicks' game against the Orlando Magic tonight at Madison Square Garden has been postponed because of an unplayable court and their next game, against the Wizards, may be in jeopardy as well. During cleaning at the Garden,...

By Cindy Boren  | November 2, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jock the Vote: Heath Shuler leads slate of former athletes

Looking for a different way to watch election returns tonight? Pretend they're a box score. Heath Shuler (former Redskins quarterback) is a North Carolina Democrat up for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He also wouldn't mind being Speaker...

By Cindy Boren  | November 2, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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JaMarcus Russell visits Redskins Park: Twitter goes a little berserk

Twitterworld struggles to make sense of the breaking news that JaMarcus Russell is working out, along with about 20 other players as part of the usual, bye-week process in which players often do this, for the Redskins today: Sportspickle: Mike...

By Cindy Boren  | November 2, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Randy Moss' drama goes on in Minnesota as Brad Childress feels more heat

When Brett Favre is the quiet guy shunning the spotlight in the corner of your locker room, you've got a situation on your hands. Randy Moss may or may not have been waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. His...

By Cindy Boren  | November 2, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Giants fans' World Series celebrations turn to lunacy by the Bay

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and the city erupted in its own brand of celebratory mayhem. .bbpBox29442741400 {background:url(http://s.twimg.com/a/1287502835/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;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 #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author...

By Cindy Boren  | November 2, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Randy Moss waived by Minnesota Vikings

Randy Moss greeted fans Sunday night in Foxborough. (Jim Davis / Boston Globe) Updated at 3:04 p.m. Randy Moss has been waived by the Minnesota Vikings. The move, initially reported by the NFL Network, has been confirmed by Vikings...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore tied to University of Iowa violations

Updated at 6:38 p.m. The NCAA has decided that the University of Iowa's explanation that contact between Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and high school recruits was a coincidence is "sufficient," an Iowa spokesman said. Steve Roe, Iowa's assistant sports information...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Notre Dame student killed in accident at football practice is buried in Illinois

Updated at 6:45 p.m. Notre Dame students, officials and Coach Brian Kelly joined to remember and say goodbye to Declan Sullivan during his funeral today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Gwyneth Sullivan, Declan's sister and a...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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DC Sports-o-Meter Live: Banks is up, McNabb is down

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By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baseball seeks to limit teams' champagne celebrations

No matter who wins World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, there will be a different look to the celebration on the field and in the locker room. Say adieu to champagne and hello to...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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DC Sports-o-Meter Live: Who had the best, worst week in sports?

Dan Steinberg and I go live with our weekly dissection of who's up, who's down at 1 p.m. Join us as we take your questions and comments. You can vote here or ping us on Twitter (@dcsportsbog and @CindyBoren)....

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Football beats baseball as "Sunday Night Football" tops World Series ratings

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the No. 1 show of the night for the eighth straight week, according to NBC's PR machine. The matchup of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints drew an 11.8 overnight rating ... which means...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tiger Woods tumbles from golf's No. 1 ranking as Lee Westwood moves up

Tiger Woods is no longer the world's No. 1 golfer. Englishman Lee Westwood moved into the top spot Sunday, becoming the first European in 16 years to be ranked first. Like Woods, Westwood didn't win a major tournament this year...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Randy Moss feels the love for Bill Belichick and Patriots, not so much for Vikings

Randy Moss didn't just take the podium after the Minnesota Vikings lost to the New England Patriots he incinerated it. Still, it was great theater (watch here) and completely overshadowed the chin boo-boo suffered by Brett Favre. Moss, traded to...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Maurice Lucas remembered for key role in Portland Trail Blazers' championship

Maurice Lucas, the man Bill Walton called the greatest Trail Blazer of all time, died Sunday at the age of 58, so let's take a moment to remember the guy who was known as an enforcer, who helped a small-market...

By Cindy Boren  | November 1, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Report: Miami Heat is shopping for a point guard

Know what the Miami Heat could use? Besides a little publicity? A point guard. The defense has played well, limiting the first three opponents to an average of 88 points a game for the 2-1 Heat, but ESPN's Ric Bucher...

By Cindy Boren  | October 31, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NFL Week 8 live: Brett Favre expects to start for Vikings against Patriots

Brett Favre expects to make his 292nd consecutive start today against the New England Patriots, to the surprise of utterly no one. "My expectations are to play and play well enough for us to have a chance to win this...

By Cindy Boren  | October 31, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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