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The Early Lead: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Anthony Pettis' showtime kick is a showstopper

I wouldn't dream of attempting to become your MMA correspondent, but that doesn't mean I won't urge you to check out Anthony "Showtime" Pettis' kick. You can read about his victory over Ben Henderson in their WEC 53 match here....

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Donovan McNabb to Arizona? Not so fast, one writer says

Will Donovan McNabb end up as the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals? The notion that McNabb could end up working year-round in the state in which he owns a home and practices in the offseason is always a hot topic...

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Big Ten may reconsider Legends, Leaders division names

Legends? Leaders? So maybe those aren't the greatest names for the 12-team Big Ten Conference's two divisions. The Big Ten is ready to rethink its decision. "We've had enough experience with names and expansion and development of divisions that we...

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College football  
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Rex Ryan maintains innocence on Sal Alosi tripping incident

Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (Opposingviews.com) New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan gently corrected his former employer, Brian Billick on Friday. Billick, on "Mike& Mike in the Morning," said, "Of course, Rex knew" that Sal Alosi,...

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Theismann on McNabb: The handwriting's 'in paint and it's in very big letters'

From DC Sports Bog on those heady post-Easter days. Think there's a chance Donovan McNabb returns to the Washington Redskins next year? Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann doesn't. He was asked in an interview with the NFL Network's Randy...

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Donovan McNabb benched; Rex Grossman to start: Your reaction

The tweet that started it: .bbpBox15786893077647360 {background:url(http://s.twimg.com/a/1291318259/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 img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block} Just learned that Rex Grossman is starting over...

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Tony Romo engaged to Candice Crawford as Dallas week loses its oomph

Tony Romo and Candice Crawford at a Mavs game. (Associated Press) It's Dallas week in Washington (and Washington week in Dallas), but it doesn't seem possible, though, because of the decided lack of smack talk. Both teams have struggled,...

By Cindy Boren  | December 17, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Michael Vick: 'I wish I could' own a dog ... for his kids

@ Yahoo! Video Michael Vick has gotten an endorsement deal. It's for Nissan and on the Eastern Motors scale, it's actually pretty good. Next, he'd like to get a dog. Sorry, but he's going to have to apply the...

By Cindy Boren  | December 16, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Michael Vick, NFL  
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Mark Cuban would like to buy America a college football playoff system

Mark Cuban, the oft-fined owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the spurned would-be owner of two baseball teams, would like to buy a college football playoff system. Cuban told ESPNDallas that he is "actively interested but in the exploratory stage"...

By Cindy Boren  | December 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Vikings, Bears prepare to play outdoors at TCF Bank stadium

Viktor needs a bigger shovel. (Eric Miller / Reuters) Updated at 4:06 p.m. The Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota officials have agreed that alcohol will not be sold at Monday night's game at TCF Bank Stadium. (This is...

By Cindy Boren  | December 16, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Bob Feller on Stephen Strasburg's style and hype

One of those watching Stephen Strasburg pitch last summer with the Washington Nationals was Bob Feller, the Cleveland Indians' Hall of Famer who died Wednesday. Feller, never known for mincing his words, bluntly evaluated Strasburg and his team as he...

By Cindy Boren  | December 16, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Bob Feller: 'I just reared back and let them go'

Bob Feller, the Hall of Fame pitcher who died Wednesday night at the age of 92, once said of his pitching style: "I just reared back and let them go." It wasn't easy to quantify Feller's talent or velocity...

By Cindy Boren  | December 16, 2010; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Vikings' move to TCF Bank Stadium is still not official

The Minnesota Vikings are working to prepare the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the Monday night game against the Chicago Bears, but the decision is not final yet. The Vikings issued a news release this afternoon: At this...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Danny Rouhier's alter ego fears an NFL lockout

Comedian and 106.7 The Fan contributer Danny Rouhier is nothing if not committed to football and, specifically, the Washington Redskins. Now, adopting an alter ego in connection with the NFL Players Association, it has come to his attention that there...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cliff Lee in Philadelphia: 'I never wanted to leave ... in the first place'

Cliff Lee has taken center stage in Philadelphia, with his introductory press conference starting at 3 p.m. Highlights from the live rough transcript: Lee, whose press conference began two hours after Jayson Werth's in Washington, was asked about his former...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Kobe Bryant, MLB  
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Jets suspend coach Sal Alosi indefinitely because of new information

Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (Opposingviews.com) The New York Jets have now suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi indefinitely because they discovered he instructed players to form a wall along the sideline. Alosi was initially...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Live: Jayson Werth meets the media at Nationals Park

Watch the Nationals' 1 p.m. press conference featuring Jayson Werth live here, watch below or keep refreshing this post as I do a very rough, live transcript of his comments. Adam Kilgore will have more on Nationals Journal. 12:58 p.m....

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Florida high school player attacks referee over ejection

Mason Holland, a 6-foot-5 senior swingman for DeSoto County High School in Florida, was not happy when the referee ejected him in a recent game...and he let the referee have it. Holland pushed away a Port Charlotte opponent twice, drawing...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree out for the season, will have toe surgery

Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree will undergo surgery on his big toe and will miss the rest of the Dallas Cowboys' season. The Cowboys, who play the Washington Redskins on Sunday, could call up Manny Johnson from the practice squad as...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith out for the season

In his first game back after missing a month because of a torn pectoral muscle, New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith injured his knee Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings and will be out the rest of the season....

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Minnesota Vikings will try to play at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night

The "Monday Night" countdown is underway. (Bruce Bisping / Star Tribune) The field at TCF Bank Stadium is the very definition of "frozen tundra" right now, covered by five-foot snowdrifts. It's a place designed for a University of Minnesota...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Brett Favre  
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Game 7 of 1960 World Series to be shown for first time in 50 years tonight

Finally. Months ago, it was reported that a rare kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series -- you know, the one in which (spoiler alert) Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 10-9 victory over...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Time Magazine Person of the Year is not LeBron James

He didn't found a social networking company or have a big hit movie made about him. Evidently, that's what it takes to be Time Magazine's Person of the Year. LeBron James fell just a leeeetle bit short. In internet balloting...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Smith, Sasha Vujacic part of Lakers, Rockets, Nets trade

Updated at 12:54 p.m. The Los Angeles Lakers have made it official, announcing that they have traded Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round draft pick to the New Jersey Nets for veteran forward Joe Smith as part of a...

By Cindy Boren  | December 15, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Oregon uniforms for BCS title game designed to 'look like blur'

Nike has unveiled the uniforms the University of Oregon Ducks will wear when they play Auburn in the BCS Championship Game. Like Oregon's game, speed was the concept behind the design and Ducks Coach Chip Kelly was even consulted by...

By Cindy Boren  | December 14, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Ovechkin and Crosby? The price is right.

Now this is a showcase. The showdown comes later Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will present a showcase for bidding on "The Price Is Right" at 11 a.m. Monday. Ovechkin and Crosby will help Jeremy Roenick introduce a showcase that...

By Cindy Boren  | December 14, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Capitals, Have another doughnut, NHL  
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LeBron James' basket is a thing of beauty as Heat streak reaches nine

The Miami Heat beat the New Orleans Hornets for their ninth straight win Monday night and, really, nobody is terribly worried about them, their egos or their wallets any more....

By Cindy Boren  | December 14, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cliff Lee gives Phillies' rotation a boost into the stratosphere

The Philadelphia Phillies' signing of Cliff Lee wasn't the expected outcome among the People Who Cover Baseball for a Living, but there was the analysis to prove it this morning: he's back in Philadelphia as part of a starting rotation...

By Cindy Boren  | December 14, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Cam Newton presents David Letterman's Top Ten List

Updated, Dec. 14, 11:25 a.m. Now that he has won the Heisman Trophy, there are 10 things that Auburn quarterback can say and he'll say them later tonight in convenient Top Ten List form on "The Late Show with David...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jets suspend Sal Alosi for rest of season, fine him $25,000

Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (Opposingviews.com) The New York Jets have suspended strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi without pay for the rest of the season (including postseason) and have fined him $25,000. Standing on the...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Brett Favre will not play tonight; streak ends at 297 games

(Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Brett Favre's NFL-record streak for consecutive starts will end at 297 games. Here's Mark Maske's full story on The League. Favre, who hurt his shoulder Dec. 5, reportedly has a golf-ball sized knot in his shoulder and...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tampa Bay linebacker Geno Hayes arrested after victory over Redskins

Hours after his team's victory over the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes was arrested at a Tampa nightspot and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. Hayes, 23, was arrested just after 2 a.m. on the misdemeanor charges....

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sal Alosi says he 'just wasn't thinking' when he tripped Dolphins player

Sal Alosi's knee meets an onrushing Nolan Carroll. (Opposingviews.com) Updated at 4:37 p.m. New York jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi apologized again today, saying that he "just wasn't thinking" when he tripped Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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NFL Network to show Vikings-Giants rerun tonight

The rescheduled and relocated game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants tonight in Detroit's Ford Field can be seen live nationally by DirecTV's Sunday Ticket subscribers and locally in Minnesota and New York. The NFL Network will televise...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eagles-Vikings game Dec. 26 moves to prime-time

The Philadelphia Eagles' game Dec. 26 against the Minnesota Vikings in Philadelphia has been flexed to prime-time. The originally scheduled night game, San Diego at Cincinnati, has been moved to that afternoon. This will be the Eagles' sixth prime-time game;...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Big Ten Conference goes with Leaders and Legends divisions

The Big Ten Conference has released the names of its two divisions. One will be the Leaders Division; the other will be the Legends Division. The conference has a new logo, too. The logo that replaces the "i" in "Big"...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College basketball, College football  
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Tashard Choice apologizes for asking for Michael Vick's autograph

Moments after his team, the Dallas Cowboys, had lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on "Sunday Night Football," Cowboys running back Tashard Choice walked over to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and ... asked for his autograph. It's not something that...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Sal Alosi trips player, triggers memories of other sideline foibles

And now, in honor of the Jets' Sal Alosi, who tripped Nolan Carroll of the Dolphins on Sunday, great moments in sideline stupidity: Tommy Lewis averts a touchdown, is instantly regretful or at least wishful that the ground would swallow...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fans snap up free Vikings-Giants tickets; Brett Favre still 'doubtful'

Updated at 12:32 p.m. Fans lined up in Detroit very, very early this morning to get free tickets to an impromptu NFL game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings tonight and by late morning the giveaway at the...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Albert Haynesworth Photoshop fun never ends

The Hogs Haven Albert Haynesworth Photo Contest winners are up and, unlike Redskins' kicks, they are good. Albert chases money like a guy chasing pigeons in the park. Albert and Cigar Guy! And, of course, with the Metro zombies....

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DC Sports-o-Meter Live: Who had the best week in sports?

Granted, the competition for bests in DC sports this week wasn't fierce, so help a sister out with some suggestions, will ya? (As usual, Steinberg gets the light lifting with the worsts). Then join us at noon as we try...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jets coach Sal Alosi apologizes for tripping Dolphins player

Updated at 9:34 a.m. It might be a good idea if, in the future, the New York Jets kept their strength and conditioning coach a little busier on the sideline during games. With his team struggling of late, Sal...

By Cindy Boren  | December 13, 2010; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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NFL Week 14 Live: Bears, Patriots play in snow and wind; Giants, Vikings in Detroit

There's rain/snow in Pittsburgh, rain in Jacksonville, Washington and New York, snow in Chicago and the Metrodome, which suddenly has been rendered an outdoor stadium. What's not to love about Week 14 fubball? The best game, weather- and football-wise? It's...

By Cindy Boren  | December 12, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metrodome roof collapses under snow; Giants, Vikings to play in Detroit

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Updated at 12:20 p.m. The collapse of the Metrodome roof begins with a few small tears that allow snow to drift down to the stands and field. It builds to a terrifying roar and a...

By Cindy Boren  | December 12, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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