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The Early Lead: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Super Bowl XLV snapshots: Erik Walden ailing; Dorian Brooks activated

It's tough to know where to begin in the Official Eve of the Super Bowl roundup, what with the injury updates and labor talks and the Holy Grail videotape of Super Bowl I and the incident between Desmond Howard and...

By Cindy Boren  | February 5, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin suffers torn ACL, MCL

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in a collision with Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers on Friday night. "Evgeni Malkin had an MRI this morning," Coach Dan Bylsma said, via the Associated...

By Cindy Boren  | February 5, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Super Bowl XLV: Ice injures workers; weather messes with Texas

A Washington, D.C., photographer said he thought he was "going to die here," as ice and snow fell Friday from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLV. Dallas has been hit with a one-two punch of...

By Cindy Boren  | February 5, 2011; 6:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Super Bowl XLV: Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Smith ruled out Sunday

Updated at 4:42 p.m. Although the Pittsburgh Steelers kept a roster spot open for defensive end Aaron Smith, hoping that he'd be able to play as the season lengthened, he will not be able to play in the Super Bowl...

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl XLV live: Roger Goodell says NFL owners committed to agreement

Commissioner Roger Goodell is holding his annual state-of-the-NFL press conference in Dallas. Here's a quick transcript from select parts: His opening remarks include: This "will go down, at least until next year, as the most watched season" in NFL history....

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Report: Larry Drew II leaves North Carolina basketball team

Larry Drew II reportedly has left the North Carolina basketball team and will transfer to another school. ESPN, quoting an unnamed source close to the situation, reported that Drew, a junior point guard, left campus Thursday. He and freshman Kendall...

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay babies now sport teensy cheeseheads

In the Super Bowl XLV battle of the babies (this time it's personal, or it would be if they were more than a few hours old), Green Bay-bies at St. Vincent (of Lombardi, I think) Hospital are wearing teensy...

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Super Bowl live: Donald Driver will play; Packers like 'Hoosiers'

The other Super Bowl XLV head coach named Mike, Green Bay's McCarthy, was delayed in getting to his Friday morning press conference by -- what else this week in Dallas? -- weather. (There's nothing to rampant speculation that he was...

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl live: Mike Tomlin says Maurkice Pouncey decision will come after practice

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin offered an ever-so-slight update on the condition of center Maurkice Pouncey in his final and very brief formal press conference before Super Bowl XLV. Pouncey has not practiced all week because of a high ankle...

By Cindy Boren  | February 4, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ndamukong Suh named NFL's rookie of the year

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been named the NFL's Rookie of the Year. Other finalists for the award were St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and Tampa...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Super Bowl: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers linemen hit the town, do some singin'

Usually, by Thursday of every Super Bowl week, there's a juicy little controversy of the sort that calls for exclamation points. Super Bowl XLV is no exception. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took his offensive linemen out in Dallas! And...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl XLV: Eagles say Michael Vick won't attend his party

Updated at 4:27 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not attend a Super Bowl XLV party that is being billed as his, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Bird's Eye View blog. Jeff McLane reported that the news came from...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Report: Andy Pettitte will retire

Andy Pettitte has decided to retire and will announce his decision Friday, according to ESPN Radio's Michael Kay. Pettitte, 38, has compiled a 240-138 record with a lifetime 3.88 earned-run average in 16 seasons with the New York Yankees and...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Reactions on Weingarten's open letter to Daniel Snyder

What would your open letter to Snyder sound like?

By Katie Rogers  | February 3, 2011; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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James Harrison, fans aren't embracing expansion of NFL schedule to 18 games

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers has a huge pulpit in Dallas this week and he's using it to speak his mind about expanding the NFL season to 18 games. "I don't think it is a good thing if you're...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Super Bowl live: Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers on indoor practice, routine

Quick hits from the Green Bay Packers' availability this morning at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas: Aaron Rodgers On practicing indoors at a high-school facility (which, being in Texas, is state of the art) "They have an indoor, covered 80...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jay Gruden to be named offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals

Jay Gruden, head coach of the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL, will be named offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Gruden, the younger brother of "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden and the Gruden who does not resemble Chucky, led...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What would your open letter to Daniel Snyder say?

Gene Weingarten has responded to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's decision to file a lawsuit over a story that appeared in Washington City Paper with an open letter to the owner. (Yes, Gene mentions poop.) More importantly, though, here's your chance;...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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NFLPA creates 'Let It Air' ad after CBS rejects 'Let Us Play' ad

The NFL Players Association has responded to the decision by CBS Sports Network not to air its anti-lockout "Let Us Play" ad Saturday during an NFLPA-sponsored all-star game with a new ad. This one is called "Let It Air"...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When NHL goalies fight, everybody wins

Goalie fight! Really, is there anything more to be said? Purists will carp that it would have been better if the Pittsburgh guy (Brent Johnson) hadn't scored a TKO and then either apologized or tried to resuscitate Rick DiPietro, but...

By Cindy Boren  | February 3, 2011; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daniel Snyder vs. Washington City Paper

Updated: 1:50 a.m.: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has filed suit against the Washington City Paper and its parent company, The Post reports in Thursday's editions. The latest developments in the story of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's threat to sue...

By Cindy Boren  | February 2, 2011; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Super Bowl: Ben Roethlisberger on Flozell Adams and 'America's Team'

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be trying to win their seventh Super Bowl and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger -- who will be playing for his third title -- admitted that winning in Dallas would be special. "For me, yes, [it would be]...

By Cindy Boren  | February 2, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers move practice indoors

It's cold, snowy, icy and altogether unpleasant in Dallas, so the Green Bay Packers plan to practice at an indoor facility -- a high school facility -- today and most likely Thursday and Friday as well. Snippets from the team's...

By Cindy Boren  | February 2, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Le'Ron McClain echoes Joe Flacco's support of Jim Zorn

When it comes to talking about the dismissal of quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn last week, Baltimore Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain has Joe Flacco's back. McClain applauded Flacco's defense of Zorn in an interview on FOX 1370 in Baltimore (via Pro...

By Cindy Boren  | February 2, 2011; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reaction: Daniel Snyder seeks dismissal of Washington City Paper writer

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is seeking the dismissal of Washington City Paper writer Dave McKenna because of a story he wrote in November, as Paul Farhi reported today. Here's a sampling of reaction from Twitter and Post readers. What's...

By Cindy Boren  | February 2, 2011; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Maurkice Pouncey says there's a 75-percent chance he'll play in Super Bowl

Although reports have indicated that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will miss Sunday's Super Bowl, Pouncey thinks there's a 75 percent chance he'll be able to play. "I'm defintely not going to count that young man out," Coach Mike Tomlin...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl Media Day live: Steelers' James Harrison wants to put a pillow on the field

The second half of the Super Bowl Media Day soulsuck continued with the Pittsburgh Steelers meeting the media (including Ines Sainz, Vic the Brick and Pick Guy). Earlier, the Green Bay Packers had their turn. James Harrison, fined repeatedly for...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Super Bowl: Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, together again (one day)

With the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl and Brett Favre presumably in retirement in Mississippi, a reunion of the two may not be too far distant. "Yeah, at the appropriate time, we'll reach out to him," Packers President...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl Media Day live: Green Bay Packers' A.J. Hawk on hair

Super Bowl Media Day, the day that each year makes you weep simultaneously for the future of mankind and sports journalism, is underway with an hour of access to the Green Bay Packers first in Dallas. Expect the same silly...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Super Bowl XLV: The Ice Bowl II as bad weather hits Dallas

Sleet and snow have crippled the Dallas-Fort Worth area (as well as most of the middle of the United States, but a Super Bowl isn't being played in most of the middle of the United States). "Ice, sleet, snow and...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Super Bowl XLV oddities: Art guys talk smack, a lucky white blood cell

Sign that the Super Bowl has jumped the shark, then turned back and filleted and grilled it: Art nerds are wagering valuable works on it. Director Daniel Keegan has placed the Milwaukee Art Museum's "Boating on the Yerres" by Gustave...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joe Gibbs discusses 'real mistake' he made before Super Bowl XVIII

No matter how many Super Bowls they win, it's the losses that stick with great coaches and players. And the mistakes that lead to the losses. Joe Gibbs talked about that, and a mistake he made before the Washington Redskins'...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Report: Don't expect Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Smith to play in Super Bowl

Two injured Pittsburgh Steelers players, Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Smith, have not been officially ruled out of Sunday's Super Bowl XLV, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that neither will play. In the case of Pouncey, who hobbled down the stairs...

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Super Bowl live: The Green Bay Packers arrive in Dallas

The Green Bay Packers were the second to arrive today in Dallas and Coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers addressed the media just moments ago. This is a quick-hit running transcript. (Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger transcript is here.)...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Goodell-Smith meeting leads to NFL-NFLPA negotiating session Saturday

After a meeting today in New York between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, the NFL and NFL Players Association jointly released a statement saying the two sides will "hold a formal bargaining session" with their negotiating teams...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl live: The Pittsburgh Steelers arrive in Dallas

Super Bowl Week officially begins with Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin stepping up for the first press conference in Dallas. A few players, including Ben Roethlisberger, will be addressing the media, too. (The Green Bay Packers will be available at...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Super Bowl: Terrible towels bring extra layer of absorbency to Pittsburgh newborns

Look, it's newborn babies, in Pittsburgh Steelers caps and terrible towels. Adorable. (No word yet on whether Green Bay-bies are wearing tiny cheeseheads.) "It's pretty awesome," Joe Laffey of Bethel Park, Pa., said of daughter Annabella Grace. "I got a...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Roger Goodell on Ben Roethlisberger: 'Not a single player went to his defense'

Updated at 11:15 p.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was speaking generally of NFL players and not specifically the Steelers when he said that no athletes came to Ben Roethlisberger's defense during the league's investigation into Roethlisberger's actions last summer. Peter...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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NFLPA says its 'Let us play' ad was rejected by CBS College Sports Network

A video that was produced by the NFL Players Association for its "Let us play" campaign, has been rejected by the CBS College Sports Network, which will air the NFLPA All-Star Game on Feb. 5. "I tried to have my...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Poll: How will Tiger Woods do in 2011?

Tiger Woods' first tournament of 2011 wasn't markedly different from his tournaments of 2010. He finished in a tie for 44th in the Farmers Insurance Open and continues to tinker with his technique, to the point, Sally Jenkins writes, of...

By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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DeAngelo Hall, Pro Bowl MVP, wins Cadillac but no trip to Disney World

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By Cindy Boren  | January 31, 2011; 5:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco upset over firing of Jim Zorn

At least one member of the Baltimore Ravens is unhappy about the firing of quarterbcks coach Jim Zorn last week and that person is quarterback Joe Flacco, who said he feels "a little bit like I'm being attacked." "I'm not...

By Cindy Boren  | January 30, 2011; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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A Pro Bowl memory: Sean Taylor's hit on Brian Moorman

There's a chance that there'll be a better moment than this one from 2007 in tonight's Pro Bowl, but I wouldn't bet anything of value on it. Earlier in that game, Reggie Wayne chose not to take a run at...

By Cindy Boren  | January 30, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Paul Tagliabue takes issue with description of Gene Upshaw's role

Paul Tagliabue, who hasn't spoken often about football matters since he stepped down as NFL commissioner in 2006, defended the late Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association and Tagliabue's frequent adversary in labor negotiations, in a letter...

By Cindy Boren  | January 30, 2011; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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