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The Early Lead: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon fined $40,000 for hit on Donovan McNabb

Will Witherspoon, the Tennessee Titans' linebacker, was fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb in the Redskins' overtime victory Sunday. "I'll admit, when you look at it on tape the crown of my helmet hit...

By Cindy Boren  | November 25, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Chris Henry: Bengals' late WR leaves lasting legacy as organ donor

Updated at 3:29 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died in an accident last December at the age of 26 and, thanks to the generosity of his mother, Carolyn Glaspy, four people have gotten a new chance at life....

By Cindy Boren  | November 25, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vince Young apologizes to Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, via text

Updated at 11:50 a.m. Jeff Fisher, on Vince Young's apology, on Wednesday: "He texted me and apologized." Fisher, meeting with the media, was asked if he'd rather have had an in-person apology. "I'm not a real big text guy, okay?...

By Cindy Boren  | November 25, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Marcus Jordan gets his first collegiate dunk as he follows in Michael Jordan's footsteps

Is it the shoes? Nope, it's the genes. Marcus Jordan, a 6-3 sophomore guard, got the first dunk of his collegiate career Tuesday night as his Central Florida team beat Stetson 85-58 in Deland, Fla. Jordan finished with 15 points,...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Stan Van Gundy: Phil Jackson's comments 'inappropriate,' 'ignorant'

Stan Van Gundy, whose Orlando Magic play the Miami Heat tonight, was none too thrilled at being looped into the conversation about a possible Miami Heat coaching change by, of all people, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson. "Phil has...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: Revisiting the Clinton Portis-Champ Bailey trade

Although the results are incomplete, which team got the better end of the deal between the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins involving Champ Bailey and Clinton Portis? poll by twiigs.com MORE Redskins Insider: Portis' season is done Mike Wise: Portis...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Brett Favre says he may have the flu, wants to get Vikings back on track

Brett Favre's weekly press conference, ahead of the Vikings' game Sunday against the Redskins, is underway in Minnesota and the Vikings quarterback, his voice hoarse, said he may have the flu. Other comments: "We have six games left, I hope...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Death of toddler at Staples Center ruled an accident by L.A. coroner

The death of a child who fell from a Staples Center luxury box after the Lakers' game Sunday night has been ruled an accident. According to the L.A. County coroner, an autopsy of 2-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang showed multiple traumatic...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brett Favre, Jenn Sterger representatives differ over whether settlment was discussed

Now that Brad Childress is out of the way, the focus can return to Brett Favre ... and that little matter of whether he sent inappropriate texts to Jenn Sterger when both were employed by the New York Jets. Her...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Week 11 look at the Redskins from Funny Danny Rouhier's friend Alistair

Alistair Spotswoolingtonworth may not know beans about football, but he knows when the fellow "under center" can't hold onto the ball and is most disturbed by the phenomenon. Amusing Alistair looks a lot like Funny Danny Rouhier....

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lakers Coach Phil Jackson can envision a coaching change with Miami Heat

Pat Riley, coach. Like it hasn't happened before. (Los Angeles Times) Updated at 1:30 p.m. Erik Spoelstra fires back: .bbpBox7499441959342080 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/12472295/Sun-Sentinel_Logo.jpg) #C6E2EE;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 24, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Jeff Fisher: Vince Young can get treatment but not attend meetings, practices

Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed a Nashville report that he told Vince Young to leave the team's facility Monday when the quarterback arrived at the building the day after he walked out of the locker room because of an...

By Cindy Boren  | November 24, 2010; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Report: Vince Young was asked to leave Tennessee Titans' facility Monday

Vince Young showed up for work Monday after an incident Sunday involving his coach, Jeff Fisher, and was told to leave the Tennessee Titans' facility. Young, who was not happy about being replaced at quarterback after hurting his thumb in...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Eric LeGrand, paralyzed in Rutgers game, is off ventilator and breathing on his own

Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers junior defensive tackle who was paralyzed as he made a tackle against Army on Oct. 16 at the New Meadowlands, has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on his own. LeGrand is undergoing rehabilitation...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NFL parity exists because there's a nice graphic illustrating it

Reddit user danchan22 makes a purdy picture illustrating that the concept of "any given Sunday" is alive and well, even if your real team and your fantasy teams are not....

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Giants will sign Michael Clayton with Hakeem Nicks out

The New York Giants, who lost wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for at least three weeks because of compartment syndrome Sunday night, reportedly will sign former Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Clayton. Clayton, who was released by the Buccaneers earlier this...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Paterno says he'll return for 46th season as Penn State's coach

Retire? Joe Paterno? Why? He won't turn 84 for another few weeks. He put any and all speculation to rest today, saying he plans to return for his 46th season as Penn State's coach next year, the final year of...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Patrick Crayton dislocated wrist in Chargers' win over Broncos

Updated at 1:06 p.m. San Diego Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton dislocated his wrist in the team's victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Crayton, who caught three passes for 105 yards and a...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Football Insider Live: Titans recap, Vikings preview and Thanksgiving traditions

Cindy Boren made a guest appearance on Football Insider Live this morning, joining Dan Steinberg, Rick Maese and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Sunday's overtime win, how the Redskins might fare against the Vikings, and...

By Washington Post Sports  | November 23, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Philly's Spectrum comes down ... ever so slowly

Updated at 12:40 p.m. This is the world's slowest demolition project. It's so slow, the live TV coverage has taken a break. Updated at 12:37 p.m. Um, they're gonna need a bigger ball. Updated at 12:28 p.m. The pregame ceremony...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Colt Brennan 'still sedated and in stable condition,' parents say

Terry and Betsy Brennan, the parents of former Washington Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan, issued a statement on his condition Monday, as their son continues to recover from injuries he suffered in a car crash Friday. Colt is still sedated and...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Investigation continues into death of child at Staples Center

The death of 2-year-old Lucas Anthony Tang, who fell from a Staples Center luxury suite Sunday night, remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division. The child managed to climb over a safety railing made of glass...

By Cindy Boren  | November 23, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Vince Young will have season-ending surgery, Jeff Fisher says

The Vince Young drama is over, at least for now, and so is his season. Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said that the quarterback will be placed on the injured-reserve list because the thumb injury he suffered Sunday against the...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Richard Seymour fined $25,000 for striking Ben Roethlisberger

Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the face on Sunday, sources told ESPN. Roethlisberger jumped into the arms of tackle Flozell Adams to celebrate a...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ravens right guard Chris Chester may be out 2 weeks with infection

Chris Chester, the Baltimore Ravens' starting right guard, could miss the next two weeks because of cellulitis, Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can spread to deeper tissues and through the bloodstream to the...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Agent: Ellis Hobbs will not play again this season

Updated at 3:21 p.m. Ellis Hobbs will be placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list, according to his agent, Kevin Omell. As for Hobbs' career, Omell told the Philadelphia Daily News in an email: "can't speak to that at the moment....

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: Will the Vikings beat the Redskins on Sunday?

A change at the top worked for the Cowboys, who've won two games since Jason Garrett replaced Wade Phillips as head coach. Will it work for the 3-7 Vikings, who replaced Brad Childress with Leslie Frazier today? The team's first...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Vince Young admits he's frustrated, says, 'I just want to win'

Vince Young told his version of the very public display of the issues between him and Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, admitting his frustration but saying he did not throw "half his uniform" into the stands. Young was demoted from...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Who had the best week in D.C. sports?

Vote for the best and worst in D.C. sports over the past week and watch Cindy Boren and Dan Steinberg discuss it on the Sports-o-meter.

By D.C. Sports-o-meter producer  | November 22, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nebraska chancellor to address Bo Pelini's outbursts at Taylor Martinez, refs

Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini is in a bit of hot water after yelling at freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez (and triggering an internet wave of rumors that Martinez had quit the team) and screaming at officials. Pelini, whose repeated outbursts were...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Child dies after 50-foot fall after Lakers-Warriors game at Staples Center

Updated at 2:55 p.m. The parents of a 2-year-old who was killed when he fell 50 feet from a luxury suite at Staples Center had been taking photos of him shortly before he fell. Los Angeles Police Department officials told...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ellis Hobbs says 'I'll be back' after suffering neck injury in Eagles' win

As Andy Reid (far right) watches, Ellis Hobbs is carted off the field. (Clem Murray / Philadelphia Daily News) Ellis Hobbs walked out of the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room, wearing a neck brace as a memento of the frightening...

By Cindy Boren  | November 22, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colt Brennan, his father says, is 'heavily sedated,' 'far from being alert'

Terry Brennan, the father of former Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan, said his son is "heavily sedated" as he begins to recover in a Honolulu hospital from injuries suffered Friday in a car accident. Brennan supplied details of his son's injuries...

By Cindy Boren  | November 21, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Richard Seymour apologizes -- to Raiders -- after hitting Ben Roethlisberger

Updated at 8:18 p.m. Oakland Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour apologized -- to his teammates -- for smacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the facemask in Pittsburgh's 35-3 victory. After throwing a touchdown pass that gave Pittsburgh a 21-3...

By Cindy Boren  | November 21, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Vince Young demoted after Titans' loss to Redskins

Updated at 8:13 p.m. Vince Young has lost his job as the starting quarterback of the Tennessee Titans, Coach Jeff Fisher said after Tennessee's 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at LP Field. "Yes, right now he has," Fisher...

By Cindy Boren  | November 21, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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NFL Week 11 Live: Manning vs. Brady, Favre's last shot at Green Bay?

Finally, it's Manning (Peyton) vs. Brady (Tom) day in the NFL. To find a quarterback rivalry as "durable and ubiquitous" as theirs, Mike Tanier writes, you have to go back to Starr vs. Unitas. Those two were 6-6 against each...

By Cindy Boren  | November 21, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colt Brennan reportedly alert and in stable condition in Honolulu hospital

Former Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan is in stable condition and a family spokeswoman says he is alert and feeling better as he recovers from injuries he suffered in an auto accident Friday in Hawaii. Brennan was flown to the Queen's...

By Cindy Boren  | November 21, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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