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Wednesday
Oct262011

LeBron James, Others Pull Out of World All-Star Classic

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- The roster for Sunday's World All-Star Classic in San Juan has been set, but it's missing a few marquee names.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony pulled out of the exhibition charity game on Thursday, according to ESPN.

A press release listed Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant as the top names in the game. Others appearing include Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin, Rajon Rondo and Chris Bosh.

Some of the proceeds from the game will be going to charity. Other games under the World All-Star Classic are planned for England and Australia, but nothing has been formally announced.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Boxer Mayweather Acquitted of Harassment Charges

Jay Reilly/Getty(LAS VEGAS) -- Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been acquitted of misdemeanor harassment charges. The claims were brought against him by security guards from the homeowners association in the gated community in suburban Las Vegas where he lives.

The guards accused Mayweather of threatening their lives after a dispute over parking tickets. The judge dismissed the case, saying that she did not believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the guards feared for their lives.

The boxer's 29 cars are a source of conflict within the community.

Mayweather still has two more court dates ahead. On Nov. 4, he'll face trial for misdemeanor battery stemming from another conflict with a security guard. In December, an evidence hearing is scheduled in connection with felony charges brought against him following a domestic dispute with an ex-girlfriend and two of their children.

Mayweather is undefeated at 42-0. He won the WBC welterweight championship from Victor Ortiz in September.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Patriots Tight End Gronkowski Sorry for Racy Pictures

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has apologized after pictures with him and adult film star Bibi Jones surfaced on the Internet over the weekend.  One of the pictures shows Gronkowski with his shirt off and Jones wearing his Patriots jersey. 

"I didn't send anything to hurt the reputation of anyone on the New England Patriots or on behalf of Robert Kraft," Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday. "That's all, just a simple picture, that's all. From here on out, I'm just here to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the big game this weekend." The Patriots take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Gronkowski, who scored three touchdowns in New England's win over the Steelers last year, is one of the Patriots' top receivers this season.  He has 29 catches for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Lions QB Stafford Back at Practice

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who injured his ankle during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, returned to practice today, although backup quarterback Shaun Hill also took some snaps.

Stafford has been injury-prone during his two-plus seasons in the NFL.  He missed all but three games last season due to a shoulder injury.

The Lions, 5-2 on the season, have lost two straight games.  They face Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

NBA Owners, Locked-Out Players Meeting Wednesday

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA owners and locked-out players are meeting in New York City today to try and bring an end to the work stoppage before more games are canceled.  Commissioner David Stern has already canceled the first two weeks of the season, and the New York Daily News reported earlier this week that Stern is ready to cancel two more weeks.  The regular season was scheduled to start November 1.

Last week's talks between the two sides, overseen by federal mediator George Cohen, broke down after the two sides could not agree on how to split all basketball-related income.  Another main issue that needs to be discussed is a new salary cap system.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Marcus Cannon Joins Patriots After Undergoing Cancer Treatment

 

NFL via Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon's dream of becoming an NFL player took a potentially deadly detour, but now he's back on track.

Cannon was a highly regarded player coming out of Texas Christian, but just days before the NFL draft back in April, Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As a result, Cannon fell all the way to the fifth round, where the Patriots took a chance on him. Five months later, Cannon has worked his way back to the football field and practiced for the first time with the Patriots on Tuesday.

Cannon though, isn't ready to suit up for the Pats in a regular season game yet, as he is still on the reserve/non-football injury list. He cannot become eligible to play until he is added to the team's 53-man roster. New England now has three weeks from Tuesday to figure out if they want to activate him or put him on the injured reserved list, which would make him unable to play for the rest of the season.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Top Ranked LSU Welcomes Back Suspended Players

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- After being suspended a week ago for violating the team's drug policy, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, running back Spencer Ware, and defensive back Tharold Simon returned to practice on Tuesday. LSU had suspended the three players for their game last Saturday against Auburn. The team didn't miss them too much, as they handled Auburn 45-10.

All three players are expected play in the team's mega-matchup against number two ranked Alabama. The winner of that game on November 5th will all but likely earn the right to play in the BCS National Championship game.

"We're practicing, preparing them to play and operating along that way," Head Coach Les Miles said. "We're going to plan on using them."

Mathieu is one the best defensive players in college football and is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Ware is the team's leading rusher with 512 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, Simon is a contributing member of an LSU defense which is allowing the third fewest points per game in the entire country.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Colts Quarterback Kerry Collins On IR; Career Likely Over

Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- When the Indianapolis Colts signed quarterback Kerry Collins about two months ago, he was supposed to to help take away the sting of losing Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning to a neck injury. As it turns out, he may never win a single game with the team.

Colts team officials announced that the 38-year old Collins will miss the rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve following a concussion he suffered in just the third game of the season.

After spending last season with the Tennessee Titans, Collins had retired from football back in July. In September though, the Colts signed him to a one year deal as an insurance policy in case Manning missed the start of the season. With Manning sidelined, the team ended up cashing in on its insurance policy and start Collins, but he didn't play particularly well, completing just 49% of his passes with a quarterback rating of 65.9.

If this is indeed the end for Collins, he would retire with 40,922 yards (10th all-time), 208 touchdowns, and 196 interceptions. He was drafted fifth overall by the Carolina Panthers back in 1995.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Twins Decline Option on Closer Joe Nathan

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Twins all-time saves leader may be looking for a new team this off-season. Twins officials announced that the team will not pick up Nathan's 2012 option, saving the team $10.5 million. Nathan's final year of his contract will be bought out for $2 million as opposed to paying him $12.5 million.

Back in 2009, Nathan was one of the most dominant closers in baseball: he had 47 saves to go along with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. However, Nathan needed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for his elbow the following off-season and as result, he rode the bench for the entire 2010 season.

The 36-year old Nathan worked his way back in a year's time, and returned to the Twins bullpen as their closer for the 2011 season. Despite Nathan's return to the Twins, he struggled mightily his first month back and finished the year with 14 saves to go along with a 4.84 ERA, his highest since 2000.

Even though the team did not pick up his option, Twins General Manager Bill Smith acknowledged he would not rule out bringing back Nathan, but at a reduced price.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Formula 1 Racing Headed to New Jersey

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW JERSEY) -- Formula 1 racing is headed to the Garden State.  On Tuesday New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that the state will host the Formula 1 Grand Prix of America in 2013.

The event will take place in Port Imperial in Weehawken and West New York starting in June of 2013.

"The three-day event will bring very positive economic activity to the region, while giving fans of the sport in our region and around the world an exciting, new venue to experience Formula 1 racing," said Christie.

The races are expected to bring in hundreds of millions in economic development over the life of the 10-year agreement. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend each race.

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