"Fireman Ed" Anzalone, the diehard Jets fan who leads the J-E-T-S chants from his seat at MetLife Stadium, announced Sunday that he will no longer be a cheerleader for the team. Anzalone, in a guest column for New York Metro, explained that he left Thursday's 49-19 embarrassment against the Patriots before halftime not because it was a rout but because of confrontations with fellow Jets fans that have grown more frequent.

Wrote Anzalone:

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended two games last year for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day game, might face disciplinary action again this year after his foot landed in the midsection of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Detroit's overtime loss Thursday.

On a first-quarter play, Suh was on the ground after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot and it landed below Schaub's belt.

Boston will have a team in the new eight-team women's professional soccer league that was announced Wednesday. The league, set to begin play in the spring, will feature national team players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, with those countries' federations paying the salaries.

The U.S. has agreed to fund up to 24 players -- three per team. Canada will pay the salaries of 16 players, and  Mexico will pay 12.

Nets forward Reggie Evans became the first NBA player to be fined by the league for flopping when he was hit with a $5,000 penalty Wednesday. Evans picked up his second flopping violation of the season during Tuesday night's 95-90 loss to the Lakers. His first one came against the Celtics last Thursday in Brooklyn's 102-97 victory.

Tweeted Evans: Feel like the FEDS looking at the Boi. #iaintlyin!!!!!!!!!!!!

I moan about traffic on Route 20 leading to Route 128 on my way to Gillette Stadium every morning.

I know I complain to my daughters about it being pitch black at 4:20 p.m. driving them to swimming practice in mid-November.



MIKE PETRAGLIA

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Jack Taylor, a guard at Grinnell (Iowa) College, scored an NCAA record 138 points in Tuesday's 179-104 victory over visiting Faith Baptist Bible. Taylor, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, hit 52-of-108 shots, including 27-of-71 3-pointers. He also hit 7-of-10 free throws.

"I felt like anything I tossed up was going in," Taylor told The Associated Press.

The previous record was 113 by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande against Hillsdale in 1954.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had an impressive game Sunday, making 12 catches for 145 yards, but Dallas fans showed that their patience is thin with the controversial and inconsistent pass-catcher. When Bryant caught a second-quarter pass and stepped out of bounds short of the first-down marker rather than take a hit while going for extra yards, the fans let him know what they thought. There were boos after the play, and more boos when the replay was shown on the scoreboard.

"I was hearing it," Bryant told USA Today. "Man, that hurt my heart."

Just when you thought it might be quiet in the Jets locker room following Sunday's win over the Rams that ended a three-game losing streak, linebacker Bart Scott provided the controversy this team seems unable to avoid. Scott, unhappy about unnamed players criticizing backup quarterback Tim Tebow in a New York Daily News story last week, ordered his fellow defensive players to say nothing but, "Both teams played hard -- anonymously," to reporters.

Stephanie McCaffrey, the second-leading scorer on the Boston College women's soccer team, was suspended from the team Thursday for sending out joking tweets about Penn State's sexual abuse scandal as the Eagles prepared for a Friday night game at Penn State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Manny Ramirez still is trying to get back into baseball, and the former Red Sox slugger made his case on Wednesday when he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw from Escogido Lions right-hander Daniel Cabrera in his debut for the Los Aguilas Eagles of the Dominican winter league.

A packed house estimated at 22,000 turned out to see Ramirez return to play in his home country for the first time since the winter of 1994-95, and the fans went wild when Ramirez drilled a fastball over the right-field fence to give his team a 1-0 lead.