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Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh continues to deny he's a dirty player even as he does things to get ejected, as he did Thursday when he stomped on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith after pushing his head into the ground.

Jose Canseco tweeted Wednesday that he accepts Shaquille O'Neal's challenge and would be willing to step in the boxing ring to face the 7-footer.

Shaq, recently retired from the Celtics, tweeted Nov. 12 after hearing about Canseco's scheduled fight with disgraced former major league Lenny Dykstra (Dykstra pulled out, then denied he ever agreed to it). Tweeted Shaq to UFC president Dana White: What up Dana white I wanna fight Jose conseco hook it up.

The Wild were in a bind before Wednesday's game against the Predators when starting goalie Nicklas Backstrom had to leave the team to address a personal issue. They summoned Matt Hackett from their minor league team in Houston, but they weren't sure if his plane would arrive in time for him to serve as the backup to Josh Harding. So, they called Richard Deutsch, a 51-year-old who was a high school teammate of Wild assistant coach Mike Ramsey.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow responded to criticism of his religious fervor -- most recently by former Broncos QB Jake Plummer -- by explaining why he is constantly praising Jesus Christ and making it clear he does not plan to stop.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Syracuse police have not been cooperative in his investigation into Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who was accused of child molestation by two former ball boys but denies any wrongdoing.

Fitzpatrick said he had to get a court subpoena Monday ordering police to turn over records related to the case, and the deputy chief responded with an obscenity upon being presented with the order.

The Canucks continue to make enemies around the NHL. In the latest incident Sunday night, Senators forward Jesse Winchester was checked by Maxim Lapierre against the Canucks bench, and Alex Burrows happened to open the door at the same time, making Winchester fall into the bench area. The video doesn't make it appear intentional, but considering it's noted agitators Lapierre and Burrows who are involved, it's drawing a lot of interest.

One woman was killed and two others injured when a U-Haul truck sped through a parking lot into a crowd of tailgaters Saturday before the Harvard-Yale football game in New Haven, authorities said. According to reports, a police spokesman said the truck entered a parking area designated for pre-game tailgating, but quickly sped up for unknown reasons and hit the women. The truck then crashed into other U-Haul vans in the lot. A 30-year-old Massachusetts woman was taken to Yale-New Haven hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was taken into custody.

Yale quarterback Patrick Witt has been the subject of stories nationwide for his decision to play in Saturday's rivalry game vs. Harvard and skip his interview for a Rhodes scholarship. Now, Yale coach Tom Williams is getting publicity because he implied he faced a similar decision when he played at Stanford in the early 1990s. But, as The New York Times discovered when it did some investigating, Williams apparently never even was a candidate -- let alone a finalist -- for a Rhodes scholarship, despite his Yale website biography stating that he was.

Koby Clemens, one of Roger Clemens' sons, is expected to be banned from international play this winter after abandoning his Puerto Rican team, according to a report from a Puerto Rico newspaper. The Astros minor leaguer apparently left the Mayaguez Indians last Wednesday without providing a reason. The team filed paperwork that bans Clemens from playing for any other winter league team in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.