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The Early Lead: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Greivis Vasquez calls out Terps after loss to Virginia Tech

Greivis Vasquez tweeted tough love from NBAland about Maryland's 17-point loss to Virginia Tech on Thursday night: Last night was bad for my terps. The guys need to step up and be more mature because it looks like we don't...

By Cindy Boren  | January 21, 2011; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College basketball  
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Gale Sayers rates Da Bears greats just ahead of Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester

When it comes to modern Chicago Bears players like Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester, they don't measure up against Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Gale Sayers. Just ask ... Gale Sayers. Sayers made his preference for the old-timey guys known...

By Cindy Boren  | January 21, 2011; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL  
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Tomas Fleischmann out rest of season with blood clots in his lungs

Tomas Fleischmann, traded by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 30, will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in each of his lungs. Fleischmann was given the diagnosis after experiencing shortness of breath...

By Cindy Boren  | January 21, 2011; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NHL  
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Injured Venus Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Pain shows on Venus Williams' face after her final shot. (Getty Images) Venus Williams was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open because of injury, the first time she has retired from a Grand Slam singles event. Williams, who...

By Cindy Boren  | January 21, 2011; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Tennis  
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Joe Namath is rooting for the New York Jets. The rest of his family...not so much.

Joe Namath will be rooting for the New York Jets, the team the quarterback led to its only Super Bowl victory in 1969, against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game Sunday. The rest of his family will not....

By Cindy Boren  | January 20, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL  
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For $200, you can stand outside the Super Bowl and watch it on a big screen

Look at this photo. Save $200. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press) Remember the scene in "Animal House" in which Flounder and Pinto are repeatedly forced to sit in the Omegas' room for losers? Well, now you can experience that same feeling...

By Cindy Boren  | January 20, 2011; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NFL  
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Albert Haynesworth numbers among Jim Washburn's biggest fans

Bruce Allen has said that the Redskins would be open to having Albert Haynesworth back in the fall, but it just so happens that his favorite position coach now works for the Philadelphia Eagles. Although Coach Andy Reid previously has...

By Cindy Boren  | January 20, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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Rafael Nadal rolls into third round of Australian Open

Rafael Nadal took another step, and a fairly easy step it was, closer to becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. He beat Ryan Sweeting, an...

By Cindy Boren  | January 20, 2011; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Tennis  
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Paul the Octopus now honored with memorial

Paul and a soccer ball. Really, what more can be said? (Volker Hartmann/AP) In another of the things you weren't aware the world was missing, there's now a memorial for Paul, the World Cup prognosticating octopus who died Oct....

By Cindy Boren  | January 20, 2011; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Texas, ESPN reach agreement on 20-year, $300-million deal

The University of Texas and ESPN have reached agreement on a 20-year, $300-million deal for a network that will carry Longhorn sports and content. Don Hale, a spokesman for Texas, confirmed the details to the Associated Press. The Longhorn network...

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Al Saunders interviewing for Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator job

Al Saunders, the Redskins' associate head coach under Joe Gibbs and the author of the famous 700-page playbook, is Interviewing with the Oakland Raiders for the position of offensive coordinator under Coach Hue Jackson. Saunders is widely expected to get...

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  NFL  
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Ron Franklin sues ESPN for wrongful termination

Ron Franklin has filed suit against ESPN for wrongful termination. Confirming to USA Today that he has filed suit, Franklin, fired Jan. 4, declined to specify any other details of the suit. Franklin, who called college football and basketball games,...

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  College basketball, College football  
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President Obama plans to attend Super Bowl if Chicago Bears are in it

If his beloved Chicago Bears advance to Super Bowl XLV, cancel the party at the White House. President Barack Obama plans to do something no other president has done: attend the game. "If the Bears win, I'm going no doubt,"...

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  NFL  
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Despite injury, Venus Williams advances in Australian Open

No doubt this isn't the way Venus Williams would choose to quiet conversation about her skimpy couture. She pulled up with an injury in the Australian Open, raising doubts about how far she'll advance in the tournament. Williams, who has...

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tennis  
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Lance Armstrong says he has nothing to worry about 'on any level'

Lance Armstrong addressed the latest allegations of doping reported in Sports Illustrated, saying, "I don't have anything to worry about on any level." The SI investigation, previewed online and appearing in a longer version in the magazine this week, alleges,...

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Lance Armstrong  
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Nick Young brings new meaning to 'crunch time'

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video. The Benz was in the shop and Nick Young of the Wizards was dealing with an unfamiliar auto, icy streets and an NBC Washington crew doing a feature on him. He jumped in, fired...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Wizards  
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NFL players union planning no gesture of labor unity at title games

The NFL season opened with a show of labor unity by members of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. The gesture, in which players raised an index finger skyward, was repeated several times during the season but isn't likely...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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LeBron James offers up 'The LeBrons' -- because he can

The more the merrier. (Believe Entertainment Group) LeBron James, the animated show based on his Nike commercials, is about to be unleashed on the world. "I think everybody, even grown-ups now, today all wish they could be a superhero,"...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NBA  
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Carmelo Anthony says he'd never leave the way LeBron James did

Carmelo Anthony is in the process of leaving the Denver Nuggets in a death-by-paper-cuts trade that may or may not take place before this century ends. But he knows this much: While his situation may be "complicated," he won't leave...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  NBA  
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Greg Jennings says Soldier Field turf 'probably the worst' in the league

See any grass? (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings doesn't really care for the turf -- what turf? -- at Soldier Field, where the Packers will play the Chicago Bears in the NFL championship game...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  NFL  
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Post Sports: NFL Championship games, Wizards make progress and the Caps head out on the road

Cindy Boren joined LaVar Arrington, Rick Mease, and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss the NFL championship games, whether the Wizards have finally turned the corner, the Caps big road trip and Marland-Virginia Tech on Thursday night....

By Washington Post editors  | January 18, 2011; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Post Sports Live  
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Jim Cornelison will sing national anthem at Bears' game

Updated at 5:52 p.m. Jim Cornelison will sing the national anthem Sunday, according to a report by Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Lee DeWyze of "American Idol" will perform at halftime rather than sing the "Star-Spangled Banner." Filed at...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  NFL  
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HBO to air Jets' 'Hard Knocks' episodes Saturday

The Buzz: Hard Knocks Remember when the New York Jets had swagger and bluster and bravado and weren't giant luvtubs of goo for their next opponent? (It was only last week.) HBO will help you remember and prepare for the...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Nalbandian outlasts Hewitt in five sets at Australian Open

David Nalbanian finishes off Lleyton Hewitt. (AFP) It took five sets and almost five hours, but David Nalbandian beat Lleyton Hewitt, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 9-7, in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Both players...

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tennis  
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John Harbaugh: 'We'll take over Washington D.C.'

John Harbaugh's wardrobe is a clear indication of his plan for global domination. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Not to be overly alarmist, but John Harbaugh may be planning an invasion of Washington D.C. Maybe it was some combination...

By Cindy Boren  | January 17, 2011; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Marcus Trufant, John Carlson released from Chicago hospital

Marcus Trufant and John Carlson, who suffered frightening injuries in the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the Bears on Sunday, have been released from a Chicago hospital and are headed back to Seattle. Both players were immobilized immediately on the field...

By Cindy Boren  | January 17, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  NFL  
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Report: Brett Favre submits retirement papers to NFL

Brett Favre has submitted retirement papers to the NFL, according to FoxSports.com. News of Favre's retirement should always come with a complimentary grain of salt. This time, though, it seems more likely that he will permanently vacate the premises after...

By Cindy Boren  | January 17, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Brett Favre  
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Bart Scott on Tom Brady, Patriots: 'They can't stop a nosebleed"

"They can't stop a nosebleed." Sacking Tom Brady five times and beating the New England Patriots gives a team bragging rights and, boy, did Bart Scott -- justifiably -- take 'em. The Jets, who sniff out slights real and...

By Cindy Boren  | January 17, 2011; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  NFL  
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NFL playoffs live: Wes Welker benched for start of Jets-Patriots

Updated at 4:41 p.m. New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick benched wide receiver Wes Welker for the start of the game against the New York Jets because of comments Welker made late last week. Welker, in a press conference, made...

By Cindy Boren  | January 16, 2011; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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