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The Early Lead: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Brandon Lloyd has special message for Redskins after Pro Bowl honor

Brandon Lloyd seemed to be joking. Or maybe he was just refreshingly honest. Or maybe he's unacquainted with the high road. After he was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team, the Denver Broncos' wide receiver was asked if he...

By Cindy Boren  | December 29, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Redskins  
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NFL fines Brett Favre $50,000 for lack of cooperation in investigation

Brett Favre on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. (Jim McIsaac / Star Tribune) Updated at 3:09 p.m. The NFL has fined Brett Favre $50,000 for lack of cooperation with its investigation into improper emails and text messages he allegedly sent...

By Cindy Boren  | December 29, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Brett Favre, NFL  
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Shaquille O'Neal has dignified reaction to news of $35,000 fine

Shaquille O'Neal took the news that he'd been fined $35,000 by the NBA for remarks critical of officiating in a Nancy Kerrigan-x-50 manner. Oh, if only Brett Favre had reacted the same way. "In 20 years of playing in the...

By Cindy Boren  | December 29, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NBA  
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Reports: Brett Favre to be fined, not suspended, by NFL

The NFL will announce its decision in the Brett Favre/Jenn Sterger case within the next 48 hours and is expected to fine, but not suspend, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, according to reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the impending announcement, citing...

By Cindy Boren  | December 29, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Brett Favre, NFL  
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Tucker Carlson: Michael Vick 'should have been executed'

Filling in for Sean Hannity on Fox News, Tucker Carlson reworked the penal code and dropped a small bombshell, saying that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick "should have been executed" for killing dogs. "I'm a Christian. I've made mistakes myself....

By Cindy Boren  | December 29, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
Categories:  Michael Vick, NFL  
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Just for Ed Rendell: 'Tuesday Night Football'

You've been waiting all day for ... Tuesday night. (Courtesy SNFonNBC) This is probably only going to set Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell off again, but here's official, visual proof, from NBC, that there's an NFL game tonight between the...

By Cindy Boren  | December 28, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Air Force falcon flies off, is found after sightseeing in Shreveport

With a jaunty "so long, suckers," the Air Force falcon that is so majestic in its stadium flyovers was so gone before the Independence Bowl. "It's not atypical for the birds to lose concentration or panic and fly away,"...

By Cindy Boren  | December 28, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College football  
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Gilbert Arenas' shot is sweet...except for the pesky NBA rulebook

Gilbert Arenas came thisclose to a sweet little three-quarter-court halftime buzzer beater in the Orlando Magic's victory Monday night in New Jersey. Too bad the shot clock is out of bounds (or OOB, which is boo spelled backwards). Speaking...

By Cindy Boren  | December 28, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NBA  
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Football Insider Live: Jags recap, Giants preview and LaVar's flag football game with the troops

Cindy Boren joined LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Sunday's overtime win, LaVar's USO trip to the Middle East and what to expect from the season's final game. You can also...

By Washington Post editors  | December 28, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  Redskins-Giants, Redskins-Jaguars, Rex Grossman  
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Gov. Ed Rendell blasts decision to postpone Vikings-Eagles game...again

Workers clear snow from the Linc for tonight's game. (David Maialetti/Philly.com) Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell really disliked the NFL's decision to move the Sunday night game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles to tonight because of a blizzard...

By Cindy Boren  | December 28, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  NFL  
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Winter Classic threatened by rainy forecast for Saturday

Weather forecasts are notoriously and unreliably ominous five days removed from the annual Winter Classic, but this year there's a four-letter word that no one wants to hear: rain. Weather.com says there's a 50 percent chance of rain with...

By Cindy Boren  | December 27, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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Ed Reed's coat, containing Ed Reed, catches fire

While trying to stay warm during the fourth quarter of the Baltimore Ravens' 20-10 victory Sunday, Ed Reed's coat, with Ed Reed burrowed inside it, got a little too close to the sideline heater in Cleveland, with predictable results. All...

By Cindy Boren  | December 27, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  NFL  
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President Obama praises Eagles for giving Michael Vick a chance

When Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's phone rang the other day, President Barack Obama was at the other end of the line. Just what was on the First Fan's mind? The redemptive season of Michael Vick and the greening of...

By Cindy Boren  | December 27, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  NFL  
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Donovan McNabb (No. 5 jersey) price slashed

(Photo via Cheryl Nichols) Love those post-holiday sales? Look what Modell's is offering. Maybe they could bring No. 5 himself in to move a few....

By Cindy Boren  | December 27, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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Mike Singletary fired by 49ers, leaves memorable body of work

Mike Singletary's time as coach of the San Francisco 49ers ended with his firing after another loss and say this about his tenure: it was a dramatic and sometimes wacky run. Never too busy to stir up a little in-game...

By Cindy Boren  | December 27, 2010; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  NFL  
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Eagles-Vikings game postponed because of blizzard in Philadelphia

The Linc, at around 2 p.m. (via SNFonNBC) The game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles tonight has been rescheduled for Tuesday night because of an impending blizzard and snow emergency in Philadelphia. "Due to public safety concerns...

By Cindy Boren  | December 26, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  NFL  
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NFL 'discussing' whether to postpone Eagles-Vikings game in Philadelphia

Is there a chance that tonight's nationally-televised game between the Minnesota Vikings and Eagles might be postponed because of the near-blizzard conditions that are expected to envelop Philadelphia? Michael Nutter, the city's mayor, has issued a snow emergency to start...

By Cindy Boren  | December 26, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NFL Week 16 Live: A blizzard complicates matters for Eagles, Vikings

The status of the Sunday night game may be complicated by a blizzard, but the penultimate week of the regular season is underway for 30 other teams. Join me right after the Redskins-Jaguars game for a quick chat. Until then,...

By Cindy Boren  | December 26, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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