A week after troubled former baseball player Lenny Dykstra pulled out of a boxing match against Jose Canseco (and then fired off a bunch of anti-semitic tweets), former Celtic Shaquille O'Neal indicated he wants to take's Dykstra's spot. Tweeted Shaq at UFC boss Dana White: What up Dana white I wanna fight Jose conseco hook it up. There was no immediate response from White or Canseco.

Forget Chad Ochocinco.



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Former NHL star Theo Fleury, a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a Canadian junior hockey coach when he was a teenager, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss his recovery and offer some insight into how the alleged victims of the Penn State situation are feeling.

Fleury is now a motivational speaker and author of the 2009 autobiography "Playing with Fire," in which he made public the abuse he faced by Graham James, who served time in prison for abusing other players.

A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in a Qualcomm Stadium parking lot at Thursday night's Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, according to an Associated Press report. The victim, who was not cooperating with police, was treated for a stab wound to the abdomen. It's the second violent incident after a Raiders road game this season, following the shooting of a 24-year-old man after a preseason game between the Raiders and 49ers in San Francisco.

In the end, all Joe Paterno cared about was Joe Paterno.



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The Sporting News conducted a poll of 111 players from 31 teams and asked which player is the most overrated. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ranked first with 21 votes, edging out Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who had 21.

Said one NFC defensive player: "Tim Tebow. I think it’s more media-driven. I think based on what people say about him, he should be doing some unbelievable things."

I don’t want to hear about the peripheral damage to student-athletes. I don’t want to hear about the millions of dollars lost in revenues to academia. I don’t want to hear about TV contracts and the integrity of the schedule. And I don’t want to hear about due process.



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According to an Associated Press report, Joe Paterno said he will retire as Penn State coach at the end of the season, his 46th leading the team. Paterno, who last week recorded his 409th career victory, the most ever in NCAA Division 1 history, has come under fire for his failure to be more aggressive in reporting alleged child molestation accusations by a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.

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Archie Manning enjoyed watching his son Eli lead the Giants to a last-minute victory Sunday against the Patriots, but he had trouble listening to the commentary on Fox. The elder Manning said he doesn't agree with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck's criticism. "I don't always listen to Troy and Joe," Archie told ESPN. "They're kind of hard on Eli. Joe's always been really tough on Eli, and it seems this year Troy is too. But that's OK. Sometimes I just mute them."

Michael Vick might be rebuilding his image after his prison stint, but in the eyes of many people he has a long way to go. Forbes magazine has results of a poll of the most disliked players in the NFL, and the Eagles quarterback ranked first, with 60 percent of respondents saying they disliked him. Women were especially disapproving of Vick, with 70 percent viewing him negatively.