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

Players, owners react as NFLPA decertifies, lockout looms

The NFL Players Association immediately nuked its website; moving to nfllockout.com. Updated at 5:50 p.m. The NFL Players Association has decertified as a union, opting to move forward as a trade association. The next step likely will be a...

By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  NFL, Redskins  
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Gary Wichard, agent to Chris Cooley, dies

Gary Wichard, an agent whose clients include Chris Cooley of the Redskins, died Friday afternoon of complications from diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Wichard, 60, is the founder of Pro Tect Management and represented, among others, Jason Taylor, Dwight Freeney and...

By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chris Cooley  
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Lorenzo Alexander: 'I think we are going to be decertifying'

Lorenzo Alexander of the Washington Redskins said of labor negotiations that are continuing today between the NFL and NFL Players Association: "From what I read yesterday and what I've been hearing from people just touching in from the negotiating...

By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL labor, Redskins  
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Kobe Bryant's parents safe in Japan after earthquake

The parents of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were evacuated from their hotel in Tokyo, but are safe after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. Bryant said he had spoken to his parents, according to ESPN Radio's...

By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kobe Bryant, NBA  
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Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa focuses on game after earthquake, tsunami

Ryo Ishikawa rose early and flipped on his computer as he prepared to finish his storm-delayed first round at the World Golf Championships this morning in Doral, Fla. Ishikawa, 19, learned of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in his homeland,...

By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Golf  
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Japan earthquake: Reaction to the devastation

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By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Drew Brees promises to 'keep fighting' as NFL labor deadline nears

Don't blame the Subway near the site of talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association if there's no deal. (Photo courtesy Subway) The NFL and the players' union are back in the office of mediator George Cohen with...

By Cindy Boren  | March 11, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Storm roars through Doral just before Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson tee off

Heavy rains and strong winds tore through the site of the WGC-Cadillac Championship today in Doral, Fla., minutes before Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were to tee off. According to tournament officials, 17 trees were ripped out of the ground...

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Golf, Tiger Woods  
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Yogi Berra taken to hospital as precaution after fall in Yankees' clubhouse

New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra was taken to a Clearwater, Fla., hospital today after falling in the team's clubhouse at Bright House Field. Berra, 85, stumbled and fell backward after catching his shoe in the carpet as...

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  MLB  
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Luis Salazar has surgery to repair facial fractures after being struck by liner

Luis Salazar, a manager in the Atlanta Braves' farm system, underwent surgery Wednesday night and is scheduled for more today after suffering multiple facial fractures when he was struck by a line drive in Wednesday's game between the Braves and...

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLB  
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Officials who worked Rutgers-St. John's game withdraw from Big East tourney

Updated at 12:25 p.m. The officials who worked the Big East Conference tournament game Wednesday between St. John's and Rutgers -- the one in which two fouls and a technical were not called -- have withdrawn from the tournament....

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College basketball  
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Pat Riley: Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra shouldn't worry about job security

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. The Miami Heat may be something of a hot mess, but Pat Riley wasn't saying anything negative about Coach Erik Spoelstra's performance. Or addressing the fact that, you know,...

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  LeBron James, NBA  
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Brandon Davies will be on BYU bench during Mountain West tournament

Brandon Davies, the Brigham Young University player who was suspended by the school for violating its honor code by having sex with his girlfriend, is expected to sit on the bench in the team's Mountain West Conference tournament opener today...

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College basketball  
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Rutgers goes home as St. John's gets the (non) calls

Let's review the unreviewable: Justin Brownlee traveled. He stepped out of bounds. He heaved the ball into the stands. He didn't get whistled for either of the first two offenses and didn't draw a technical for the third. It...

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College basketball  
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Atlanta Braves' minor-league manager injured by line drive, airlifted to hospital

Luis Salazar, a minor-league manager for the Atlanta Braves, was airlifted to a hospital after he was hit in the face by a foul ball today during an exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla. Salazar, 54, was struck by a liner...

By Cindy Boren  | March 9, 2011; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  MLB  
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Serena Williams says of health scare: 'I could not breathe'

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Serena Williams continues to recover from what she calls "the scariest moment in my life" and still has blood clots in her lung, she said in a "Today"...

By Cindy Boren  | March 9, 2011; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Antonio Pierce isn't onboard for the Tiki Barber comeback tour

This Tiki Barber comeback isn't really gaining the loft he might have hoped for Tuesday. First, the New York Giants, who hold his rights, said they plan to release him when the labor situation between the NFL and players' union...

By Cindy Boren  | March 9, 2011; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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A few cautionary words about Stephen Strasburg's mechanics

Stephen Strasburg was on the field in Viera, Fla., with the Nationals this morning and reportedly was looking good as he threw on flat ground. Sounds good, but the estimable Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated raises some questions about Strasburg's...

By Cindy Boren  | March 9, 2011; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nationals, Stephen Strasburg  
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Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney joins NFL, players' union talks

Pittsburgh Steelers president and co-owner Art Rooney is expected to join NFL representatives as meetings with the NFL Players Association continue today at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services in Washington. Talks are to begin at around 9:30 a.m., as...

By Cindy Boren  | March 9, 2011; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Tiki Barber plans to end retirement, play in 2011

Updated at 3:44 p.m. with Riggins' comeback. Excellent. Tiki Barber, the former New York Giants running back and erstwhile "Today" and "Football Night in America" correspondent for NBC, has filed paperwork with the NFL, ending his retirement from football. "After...

By Cindy Boren  | March 8, 2011; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  NFL  
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Tom Brady and his evolving hair seem to be enjoying Carnival

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sporting a sprig of a ponytail and a horrible outfit, seems to be enjoying himself on a trip to Carnival in Rio with Gisele Bundchen. That black boot on his surgically repaired foot is...

By Cindy Boren  | March 8, 2011; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  NFL  
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Bryce Harper on hecklers: 'I like all that bad stuff'

It was either "a small gathering" (Florida Today) or a lone voice (Bill Ladson at MLB.com). Either way, someone was yelling "overrated, overrated" when Bryce Harper came to bat for the Nationals on Monday. Clever. Yawn. It was no biggie...

By Cindy Boren  | March 8, 2011; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Wes Leonard's Fennville High School team wins on an emotional night

It wasn't easy to tell the teams in the Michigan state high-school tournament opener apart Monday night. Both wore black "Never Forgotten" T-shirts. The teams shared a pregame meal and listened to Bo Kimble, who knows about these things,...

By Cindy Boren  | March 8, 2011; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wes Leonard's Fennville High School team will play in tournament

Despite the death of star player Wes Leonard last week, the Fennville High School boys' basketball team will play in the Michigan state tournament tonight and Bo Kimble, a man who knows firsthand about their pain, is expected to...

By Cindy Boren  | March 7, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Miami Heat Clutch Reel, in all its glory

Presenting the Miami Heat Clutch Reel if, by clutch, you mean the clutch on, like, an old MGB. Gah. No wonder the guys are in tears in the locker room. (And thanks to Coach Eric Spoelstra for oversharing that little...

By Cindy Boren  | March 7, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  LeBron James, NBA  
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NFL, NFL Players Association return to talks with Friday deadline

From the sound of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's tweet, a weekend away from the NFL's labor troubles was probably a good idea. .bbpBox44287832646369280 {background:url(http://a0.twimg.com/profile_background_images/177251405/J2.jpg) #080808;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px}...

By Cindy Boren  | March 7, 2011; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mike Tyson, pigeon fancier, makes his Animal Planet debut

Iron Mike. The guy who bit off another guy's ear. The facial tattoo. The convicted felon. Tiger owner/Phil Collins fan from "The Hangover." Add lover of pigeons to the list of "ways to describe Mike Tyson." His not-entirely-convincing reality...

By Cindy Boren  | March 7, 2011; 5:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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City Paper lawsuit brings still more bad press for Dan Snyder

The brouhaha over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's lawsuit may have slowed in volume, but it hasn't lost any venom. Matt Taibbi brings down the gavel sledgehammer in his regular Supreme Court of, er, badpersonedness blog post at Rolling Stone. (Kind...

By Cindy Boren  | March 6, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder, NFL, Redskins  
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