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The Early Lead: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Shaun Rogers a Redskin? They already have a No. 92 ...

Watch as Shaun Rogers, the very personification of lumbering Redskins are looking at now, returns an interception of a Patrick Ramsey pass for a touchdown in a 2007 Detroit Lions game against the Denver Broncos and Mike Shanahan has...

By Cindy Boren  | February 11, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Michael Jordan shows his old moves in Bobcats' practice

Maybe Michael Jordan is aiming for a comeback with his sons, a la Gordie Howe. Or maybe he was just making himself useful. In any event, he suited up and participated in a full-court scrimmage when the team he owns,...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Report: Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan, assistant will resign

Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and assistant coach Phil Johnson will announce their resignation at a press conference later today, according to report by KSL radio and the Salt Lake City Tribune. "A dark day for the NBA with Jerry...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Cam Newton shows the media his skills

Cam Newton's media workout is underway. Yes, "media workout." The Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Auburn has invited reporters to spend an hour watch his training regimen at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. "It's really a chance for...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The hits just keep coming over Dan Snyder's City Paper lawsuit

In the continuing fallout over the lawsuit filed by Daniel Snyder against Washington City Paper and its parent companies, every day delivers another headline and, usually, another lead that's a blow to the gut of Redskins fans. Let's start with...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Bruins, Canadiens brawl or ... we're gonna need a bigger penalty box

There's a hockey game -- one in which 14 goals were scored by the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins -- in here somewhere, along with a goalie fight and standing-room only in the sin bin. Oh, and the Bruins...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NFL, NFL Players Association cancel second day of talks

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have canceled a second day of labor negotiations, set for today at an undisclosed location, according to multiple reports. Both sides met Wednesday as they try to reach agreement on a collective bargaining...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DeSean Jackson saves his best move for 'The View'

Believe it or not, this wasn't DeSean Jackson's best moment. The Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver, along with teammates Todd Herremans and Jamaal Jackson appeared on "The View" earlier this week Feb. 3 to surprise and support a young fan who...

By Cindy Boren  | February 10, 2011; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Lakers shoot down latest rumors of Carmelo Anthony trade

Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was chuckling about the latest in the unending trade rumors involving Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. "I haven't even entertained it," Jackson said after the Lakers' practice in Boston. "My first thought is why...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Report: Chris Samuels will be offensive coordinator at Alabama high school

Chris Samuels will be an offensive coordinator next fall -- at the high school in Blount, Ala. "He just said that if he got an opportunity, he'd love to come down [to coach]," Blount Coach Kevin Sigler told al.com. "To...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Johnny McEntee masters trick-shot video, which is nice

After about the 3-minute mark, Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee, who has yet to throw a pass to a human on the field for the Huskies, is just showing off....

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Kicker Nick Novak signs with New York Jets

Former Maryland and Redskins kicker Nick Novak, who led the United Football League in scoring with 69 points in 10 games, has signed with the New York Jets, according to an NFL Network report. Novak, signed to provide competition for...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Malkin to have surgery, is expected to be ready by September

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will have surgery Thursday to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments he tore in his right knee Friday. Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said that rehab will take six months and that...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Report: NFL, NFL Players Association representatives meeting

Representatives for the NFL and NFL Players Association are meeting today in Washington, according to an ESPN report. The two sides, who are trying to hammer out a labor agreement before the collective bargaining agreement expires March 3, will meet...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Remember when Mark Brunell warned Mark Sanchez about his daughter?

If all fathers were like Mark Brunell, there might not be tabloid headlines about Mark Sanchez dating a 17-year-old girl. But they aren't and there are. Travel back in time to "Hard Knocks," the chronicle of Jets wackiness (before feet...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lawsuit filed over Super Bowl seat issues

And now the Super Bowl ticket mess moves to the courts. A law firm in Los Angeles has filed a class-action lawsuit in Dallas on behalf of about 1,000 fans. The suit, which seeks more than $5 million in travel...

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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NFL adds second option for fans denied seats at Super Bowl XLV

The NFL has added a second option for the 400 ticketholders who were unable to be seated for Super Bowl XLV on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. The league earlier offered the 400, who watched the game in the stadium on...

By Cindy Boren  | February 8, 2011; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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Rodgers blabs to Letterman; Aguilera knows the words (really)

The Day after the Super Bowl is traditionally one for confessin' and stepping right up were Aaron Rodgers and Christina Aguilera. First, Rodgers. Monday morning, he declared that he did not sleep with the Lombardi Trophy. Monday night, he confided...

By Cindy Boren  | February 8, 2011; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Jerry Jones issues statement on Super Bowl ticket mess

Dallas Cowboys owner and Super Bowl XLV host Jerry Jones has declined to speak to the media but issued a statement about the mess that deprived 400 fans with tickets of seats and prompted an apology and promise of...

By Cindy Boren  | February 8, 2011; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Report: NFL knew seating snafu was possible days before Super Bowl

The NFL knew of a potential problem with temporary seats at Super Bowl XLV as early as the middle of last week but decided not to alert fans, league executives told the Dallas Morning News. The league, executives said, thought...

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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Super Bowl XLV was most-watched show in TV history

Updated at 5:33 p.m. Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers was the most-watched program in the history of eyes U.S. television history, drawing an audience of 111 162.9 million viewers. That, according to the Nielsen...

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Roger Goodell apologizes to fans for Super Bowl ticket snafu

Updated at 10:42 a.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said preliminary reports indicate that Super Bowl XLV will be the most-watched show in television history, but the bigger issue today concerned fans who purchased tickets and traveled to Texas, only to...

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers on rings and sleeping with Lombardi Trophy

Updated at 10:20 a.m. The biggest news from the Aaron Rodgers/Mike McCarthy presser? The Lombardi Trophy spent the night alone and Rodgers, of all people, missed getting measured for a Super Bowl ring Saturday night. (That probably won't prevent him...

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mike McCarthy motivated Packers by having them fitted for Super Bowl rings

Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy had a different motivational ploy for his players on the eve of Super Bowl XLV: He had them fitted for Super Bowl rings. "That's our head coach," defensive end Ryan Pickett said, via Tom...

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reader's Guide to Super Bowl XLV (#SB45)

Super Bowl XLV: Your guide to everything

By Cindy Boren and Katie Rogers  | February 7, 2011; 1:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How bad was Christina Aguilera's national anthem?

If you watch a lot of sports, you're going to see a lot of versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Christina Aguilera belted out a particularly lyrics-challenged rendition before Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night. but how bad was it?...

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Ben Roethlisberger: Super Bowl loss is 'on my shoulders'

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, whose season began with a four-game suspension stemming from an alleged sexual assault, fell short of earning a measure of redemption and joining the elite company of quarterbacks with three Super Bowl victories. "It's on...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Packers' Charles Woodson 'real broken up' after breaking collarbone

The scene in the Green Bay Packers' locker room at halftime was an emotional one as Charles Woodson, the cornerback and defensive leader who'd broken his collarbone in the first half, tried to address his teammates and couldn't. "Charles was...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Aaron Rodgers on Brett Favre; other reaction from players, coaches

The Green Bay Packers win their 13th NFL championship (fourth Super Bowl victory) in 80 years with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the game's MVP, on replacing Brett Favre: "I've never felt like...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cameron Diaz and A-Rod: Eating popcorn takes two people

John Madden texts. Cameron Diaz feeds Alex Rodriguez....

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Madieu Williams wins Walter Payton Award

Madieu Williams, a Minnesota Vikings safety who played at the University of Maryland, was named the winner of the Walter Payton Award before kickoff of Super Bowl XLV. Williams, who was born in Sierra Leone, also attended DuVal High School...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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400 fans with tickets find they have no seats for Super Bowl XLV

Updated at 8:24 a.m., Feb. 7 Updated at 7:12 p.m. Four hundred Super Bowl fans found themselves seatless in Dallas after pregame confusion just hours before the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers were to kick off the game. Temporary...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Super Bowl XLV live: Packers-Steelers open thread

All the words have seemingly either been written or spoken -- just watch the pregame show for proof -- over the two weeks since the conference championship games. Our open thread on Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers is open...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Super Bowl XLV: What the Obamas are serving at White House party

The menu for the Super Bowl party that President and Mrs. Obama are hosting (invitees include Dolphins part owners Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony) at the White House: Bratwurst Kielbasa Cheeseburgers Deep Dish Pizza Buffalo Wings German Potato Salad Twice...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Report: Santana Moss's contract will void five days after Super Bowl

The contract of Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss will be voided five days after the Super Bowl, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Moss will be a free agent whenever there is a collective bargaining agreement. His contract was restructured in...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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What time is the Super Bowl kickoff? Not soon enough. And other stuff.

Last-minute, indispensable information about Super Bowl XLV in Dallas: Kickoff is at 6:29 p.m. EST on Fox ... which means that Joe Buck will call play-by-play and Troy Aikman will do color commentary. (Experience teaches that this is a deadly...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tom Brady named NFL's Most Valuable Player

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player today. Brady was a unanimous choice with all 50 votes, the Associated Press announced. He is the first unanimous winner since the AP began using a national...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Super Bowl baby: Wife of Packers DE Jarius Wynn gives birth this morning

No matter what happens in the Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers defensive end has already had a life-altering day. His wife gave birth this morning to their son, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports (and shares photo), at a Texas hospital. Schefter...

By Cindy Boren  | February 6, 2011; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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