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The Early Lead: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson to Thunder for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic

Updated at 4:32 p.m. The Boston Celtics made a move just at the NBA's 3 p.m. trade deadline, agreeing to trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, according to ESPN....

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  NBA  
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Alexei Kovalev returns to Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the very definition of the walking skating wounded, have obtained winger Alexei Kovalev from the Ottawa Senators for a conditional seventh-round draft pick this summer. Kovalev, who was with the Penguins from 1998-99 through 2002-03, has 426...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NHL  
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Tim Floyd gets an ejection and an escort in UTEP loss

It isn't often that a coach gets ejected from a game and is escorted from the premises by an armed officer of the law. But then it isn't often that a game features five technical fouls and 45 trips...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College basketball, College football  
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Washington City Paper's defense fund contributions rise to $28,000

As Washington City Paper prepares to fight a lawsuit filed by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, contributions by readers to its defense fund, publisher Amy Austin writes on the paper's Web site, have grown to $28,000. More than 600 supporters have...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Redskins  
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Chris Wright has surgery on broken left hand

Georgetown point guard Chris Wright underwent surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to return "before the end of the season." "Chris Wright underwent successful surgery this morning for a break in the third metacarpal of his left...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College basketball  
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Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright will require Tommy John surgery for the "significant" elbow injury he suffered at spring training. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak initially revealed the severity of the injury and announced this morning that Wainwright, who...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  MLB  
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Tiger Woods goes home early -- way early

At this point, how much more frustrating can life on a golf course get for Tiger Woods? All it took for his game to unravel was one disastrous swing on the first extra hole of the WGC-Accenture Match Play in...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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Baron Davis reportedly headed to Cleveland in trade for Mo Williams, Jamario Moon

The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Baron Davis and a draft pick to Cleveland for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon, according to multiple reports. Davis, most recently seen feeding...

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Carmelo Anthony takes Big Apple by storm with big sandwich

If the cost of courtside seats for Carmelo Anthony's debut (even if it's only on the bench) tonight with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden seems a little steep, try a cured-meats homage from the Carnegie Deli*. That's...

By Cindy Boren  | February 23, 2011; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Utah Jazz trade Deron Williams to New Jersey Nets

Updated at 1: 43 p.m. The New Jersey Nets and Utah Jazz have agreed to a deal that will send All-Star point guard Deron Williams to the Nets in a multi-player package. The Nets will send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris...

By Cindy Boren  | February 23, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Marine Corps Marathon 2011 enrollment opens at noon

Enrollment for the 36th Marine Corps Marathon, opens at noon (EST) today. The "People's marathon," which is open to 30,000 runners, will take place Oct. 30. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jacob Bradosky was the men's winner last year with a...

By Cindy Boren  | February 23, 2011; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Should Redskins take a quarterback with the 10th pick in NFL Draft?

In one corner, there's Jason Reid, who advises Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan to do anything other than taking a quarterback with the No. 10 pick in the NFL Draft. In the other corner, there's Mel Kiper, whose mock draft...

By Cindy Boren  | February 23, 2011; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan, Redskins  
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Doug Williams criticizes NFL 'fraternity,' returns to Grambling State to coach son

Doug Williams acknowledges that coaching his son in his second stint at Grambling State may be a challenge, but it has to be easier than navigating what he calls the NFL's good ol' boys "fraternity." Williams resigned over the weekend...

By Cindy Boren  | February 22, 2011; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  College football, NFL  
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Justine Siegal makes baseball history by throwing batting practice

There were a number of touching things about Justine Siegal throwing batting practice to the Cleveland Indians at spring training Monday in Goodyear, Ariz. Siegal, a 36-year-old advocate of "Baseball for All," is believed to be the first woman...

By Cindy Boren  | February 22, 2011; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Carmelo Anthony ticketed for New York, but is price too steep?

Updated at 3:50 p.m. With questions swirling about Isiah Thomas' possible involvement in the Knicks' acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, Donnie Walsh took a moment to deliver an "oof" to the midsection of Thomas. "I'm assuming Isiah's getting ready for...

By Cindy Boren  | February 22, 2011; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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