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Curt Schilling Says Red Sox Encouraged Him to Take PEDs

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said on ESPN Radio Wednesday that "former members of the organization" approved of him using performance-enhancing drugs in order to revitalize his career.

The Red Sox had signed Schilling to a one-year contract in 2008, but the former All-Star never pitched that season due to a shoulder injury.

"At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue," the current ESPN baseball analyst told Colin Cowherd.

What makes the situation even stranger is that the conversation took place in the clubhouse and could be heard by other teammates.

"It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation," he added. "Because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren't in the conversation but they could clearly hear the conversation. And it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn't going to get healthy, it didn't matter. And if I did get healthy, great."

"It caught me off guard, to say the least," he added. "That was an awkward situation."

As for the recent Miami New Times report involving his name and PEDs, Schilling says Braun should have never associated with dealer Anthony Bosh.

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Brad Keselowski Ready for 2013

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- Brad Keselowski is focused on winning another Sprint Cup championship in 2013.  NASCAR's season will get under way on Feb. 24 at the Daytona 500, but after winning last year's championship, Keselowski is enjoying the perks of being champion.

"Inside the garage, that's a big deal," Keselowski told ESPN Radio on Wednesday, speaking on getting the No. 1 spot in the garage for the entire 2013 season.  "You're like the first to go through inspection; you're the first that people see when they walk in.  It's one of those small ways that you get to celebrate winning a championship for a whole year."

Keselowski said that he hasn't stopped working since he won the Sprint Cup championship in November.

"If you expect to be the best, it should never end," said Keselowski.  "It should be a constant desire to self improve."

Keselowski doesn't believe any specific driver will be targeting him this season just becasue he is the defending champion.

"Racing's different because there's 43 teams on the track," said Keselowski.  "If there's a team that's focusing just on beating me, they're going to get beat by other teams."

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Donald Driver Announces Retirement

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver announced on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" that he would be retiring after 14 seasons in the NFL on Thursday.

Driver was part of the 2010 Super Bowl championship team that beat the Steelers.

"I played my entire career in Green Bay and have always enjoyed a special bond with the fans," Driver said in a statement released by the team. "I can think of no better way to retire than to celebrate with them and the Packers organization."

Driver's formal news conference will be on Feb. 6 at Lambeau Field.

"I'm going to open my retirement up to the fans...give them everything they deserve," Driver told ESPN Radio.

The 37-year-old was taken in the seventh-round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Packers and only Brett Favre played more games in a Green Bay uniform. The four-time Pro Bowler retires on the Packers' all-time list for receptions and receiving yards.

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Joe Namath: Sanchez Still Has a Future in NFL

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets sealed the fate of Mark Sanchez on Tuesday by announcing he would be benched for the remainder of the season. 

The team handed the reigns over to third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, passing over backup quarterback and international sensation Tim Tebow.

Sanchez and the Jets were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night after their loss to the Titans.

The Jets will host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, but Jets Hall of Fame quarterback and only man to bring a Super Bowl championship to the team, Joe Namath doesn’t think Sanchez is the only person to blame.

"I don’t think he’s had the right kind of coaching, I don’t think he’s had the right kind of help offensively," Namath told ESPN Radio on Wednesday.  "It is a team game."

Sanchez’ numbers don’t lie though, having only completed 55 percent of his passes, has thrown 17 interceptions, fumbled 12 times, and has only thrown for 13 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 25.0.

"I know Mark’s looked really bad these last several games and has played poorly, but I do believe he’s not as bad a quarterback as he’s made out to be or as he’s played these last few games," Broadway Joe said.

So is this the end of the line for Sanchez in New York or as a starting quarterback in the NFL?

"He does have a future in the NFL, with the Jets, I don’t see it," the 1969 Super Bowl champion said.  "I think Mark deserves better at this stage, better in a sense that he’s dealt a better hand."

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Dodgers GM Ned Colletti Not Worried About Spending

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dodgers are loaded in Los Angeles with a payroll sitting at $214.8 million for 21 signed players next season.

After their signing last weekend of Zack Greinke for a $147 million, six-year contract, the Dodgers could snap the New York Yankees streak of 14 years of baseball’s biggest spenders.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti spoke about the big size wallet he’s been carrying around all off-season.

"Our payroll a year ago was $90 [million]," Colletti said in an interview on ESPNLA 710. "We're up over $200 [million] now. If you added it all up, it might be up over 300 [million] over two years. Had we been at 150 last year and 150 this year, nobody would be saying a word, right?

The team traded for Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford last season and already have Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp aboard.

Grienke will join a pitching staff that already features Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett.  

Colleti was asked if manager Don Mattingly will be able to guide this team through the season and into serious October baseball next season.

"Donny's used to pressure," Colletti told ESPN Radio on Wednesday.  "He played a long time in New York, a city that every day is the Super Bowl.  I think he's ready for it, he embraces it."

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Seahawks' Russell Wilson Talks Rookie Success

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has led his team to an 8-5 record in his rookie season as the NFL season quickly comes to a close with only three weeks remaining.

Wilson entered preseason in a quarterback battle with Matt Flynn, but won the job come week one.

The rookie was asked about earning the respect of the veterans in the Seattle locker room.

"I just do what I love to do the most," Wilson told ESPN Radio on Wednesday.  "That's study, get here early, leave late, and ask tons of questions."

The Seahawks are 2-5 on the road in 2012 and will take on the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday. 

Wilson spoke about what he needs to do when playing on the road.

"Trusting your reeds and playing smart with the football," Wilson said.  "Being in attack mode, you can't be scared in this league."

And what does he think about his rookie success?

"I just take one day at a time, you’re so grateful for this opportunity," the quarterback said.  "You realize you just want to take one day at a time and just try and play your best football every single day."

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Ben Roethlisberger Will Start on Sunday

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Big Ben will be back in uniform on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that Ben Roethlisberger, who injured his right shoulder last month, will get the start on Sunday against the Chargers in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers went 1-2 in Roethlisberger's absence and are tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

"I think he's looking pretty good, I was surprised how well he threw it yesterday," said Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel on ESPN Radio on Thursday.  "Obviously getting him back on the field gives us some extra oomph going into these final four games."

Roethlisberger injured his right shoulder after a Chiefs linebacker slammed him into the turf on Nov. 12.

"He looks like himself for the most part," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. "Now I don't know what he's feeling when he's doing some of those things. But it looks like he's moving around pretty good."

After the Chargers game, the Steelers will play two out of their last three games at home.

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ESPN Radio NBA Voice Jim Durham Dies at 65

Getty Images/Ingram Publishing(NEW YORK) --  Jim Durham, ESPN's lead radio play-by-play announcer of the NBA died Sunday at his home in Tomball, Texas.

He was 65-years-old.  No cause of death was immediately announced.

Durham was also a former broadcaster for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, but he was mostly known for announcing NBA games on ESPN Radio, which he began doing in 1996.

His final game was the October 30. season opener between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.

One of his proudest career accomplishments was winning the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2011.

He was the radio and television voice of the Bulls from 1973 to 1991, announcing the team's first NBA title in 1991.

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The Battle for A.L. MVP

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- L.A. Angels outfielder Mike Trout, 21, is in the running for the Rookie of the Year award and the A.L. Most Valuable Player award, too.  Trout is hitting .327 with 27 home runs and 77 RBIs, and has a league-leading 46 stolen bases headed into Thursday's game against the Texas Rangers.

With just about two weeks remaining in the regular season, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera currently leads the league in average (.333) and RBIs (130) and is one homer behind Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton with 41. 

Trout appeared on ESPN radio on Thursday and spoke about the possibility of winning both the Rookie of the Year award and MVP.

"As a kid growing up, you want to be the best player in each of the league that you're in," said Trout.  "It'd be an incredible feeling, it would mean a lot to me."

"I'm just out there having fun and doing everything I can to help the team win, not worrying about anything else."

Even with Trout's performance so far, Cabrera's numbers don't lie, and the last time baseball saw a Triple Crown winner was in 1967 when Carl Yastrzemski did it for the Boston Red Sox.

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Michigan Ready for 2012 BCS Run

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Michigan Wolverines are coming off of a very successful first season under head coach Brady Hoke in 2011. The team finished 11-2 and won its first BCS bowl game since 2006 against Virginia Tech, finishing the season ranked 12th.

Hoke’s team comes into this season ranked 8th in the FBS Coaches' Top 25 Poll and spoke with the "Mike & Mike Radio Show on ESPN Radio" on Friday about what will be expected of his team in 2012.

"It's a toughness that we want to play with, it's a physicalness on defense at the point of attack, it's playing 60 minutes of football as hard as you can," said Hoke.  "Being guys who have the great character to play for each other and the integrity to understand that you're playing for the University of Michigan."

Senior quarterback Denard Robinson is entering his third season as the starter and is looking to bring his team to a BCS Championship this year. 

"He doesn't have to do it all," Hoke said when asked about Robinson's chances at a Heisman Trophy.

Michigan will take on Alabama on September 1.

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