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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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Tuesday
Oct252011

John Lackey Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery 

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2012 season.

New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington made the announcement on Tuesday during his introductory press conference.  This is the latest blow to the Red Sox, who've faced reports that Lackey and fellow starting pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester drank beer, played video games, and ate fried chicken during their non-pitching days.

Lackey just completed the second year of his five-year $82.5 million contract.  He went 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts in 2011.

There was no announcement regarding when he will have the surgery.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

No NFL Teams Attend Owens' Workout

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(CALABASAS, Calif.) -- Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens on Tuesday worked out for the first time since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and undergoing surgery in early April.

The only problem for T.O. was there were no NFL team scouts in attendance.  His workout was aired on the NFL Network and ESPN.  The 37-year-old Pro Bowler received throws from Casey Hansen, who played quarterback at Norfolk State and has had stints with teams in the Arena Football League.

"It's not a problem, I feel confident, guys put me in a situation to be here today to show people with hard work you can come back from anything.  I don't need all 32 teams out there regardless if there were none here, I just need one," Owens told ESPN when asked about no teams attending the workout.

During the workouts Owens caught passes and ran drills but did not attempt a 40-yard dash.  His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he was planning to send the tape out to all 32 NFL teams.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Colts Coach Caldwell: 'The Effort Was Good'

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are 0-7 on the season and coming off one of their worst losses in franchise history, a 62-7 defeat against the New Orleans Saints.  While the score may indicate otherwise, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell thought his team played hard.

"I think the effort was good," Caldwell told reporters during his weekly press conference.  "Our performance was certainly not good.  We're all disappointed and frustrated, but we just did not play well."

The Colts head to Tennessee to face the Titans on Sunday.  Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has missed the entire season after undergoing neck surgery.  While there are two other winless teams in the NFL -- the Rams and Dolphins -- the Colts are certainly in the running to land the first pick in next year's NFL draft.  The team with the worst record at the end of the season receives the top pick.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Will More NBA Games Be Canceled?

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Daily News reports NBA Commissioner David Stern, who has already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, is set to cancel another two weeks, eliminating all games through November 28.

Talks between NBA owners and locked-out players broke down last week after both sides could not agree on how to split all basketball-related income. 

The regular season was scheduled to start November 1.

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