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11/02/2010 - 10:42am
Report: Vikings dump Moss for poor behavior

According to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, the Vikings' decision to waive Randy Moss was motivated in part by what the article described as "brash, entitled behavior" that was encapsulated in an incident on Friday. Silver reports that Moss was uncomfortably critical of a local food establishment that was catering a post-practice meal:

 

"According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, 'What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog!'


"Said the witness: 'It was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’s what it was like being there.


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11/02/2010 - 8:26am
Youk: 'I'm preparing myself to play third'

Kevin Youkilis was tracked down by reporters this past weekend at the University of Cincinnati Homecoming football game, having played for the Bearcats' baseball team from 1998-2001. The fairly clean-shaven Youkilis explained that he has been hitting and throwing for the past couple of weeks, and that he and his injured thumb were ready to play baseball once again (yet, as he pointed out, "there's no baseball to be played.")

 

But then the subject of moving across the diamond came up. Clearly, Youkilis is not taking rumors of the Red Sox acquiring a first baseman lightly.

 

"I'm preparing myself to play third base because if you prepare yourself to play third base and you play first, it's an easy transition," Youkilis said. "So, for me, I try and prepare myself mentally to play third. I'll probably take a little more ground balls this year, but hopefully we'll find out sooner than later."...

11/02/2010 - 7:58am
Mashup: Ex-athletes running for office

There are five former professional athletes running for office in Tuesday's elections: former NBA centers Shawn Bradley (Utah state house of representatives) and Chris Dudley (Oregon governor), and former NFL players Jon Runyan (U.S. congress representing New Jersey), Keith Fimian (U.S. congress representing Virginia) and Heath Shuler (U.S. congress representing North Carolina). Said Bradley: "As a professional entertainer in sports, you get a lot of real-world experience in a world that's not very real — which is a lot of what politics are." Read more about that, plus check out a story on the first NCAA Division 1 transgender athlete — a former woman now playing on the George Washington men's basketball team — at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


11/01/2010 - 11:38pm
Three Red Sox become free agents

With the conclusion of the World Series, 142 major league players became free agents. That group included three members of the Red Sox: retiring corner infielder Mike Lowell and catchers Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek. Teams will have a five-day exclusive negotiating window with their free agents. On the sixth day, those players will be free to negotiate with other clubs.

 

The Sox will also have three days to decide whether or not to pick up their $12.5 million option on designated hitter David Ortiz, or to decline it and make him a free agent. Third baseman Adrian Beltre has the same period of time to elect whether or not to pick up his $10 million player option for next year, though it is essentially a foregone conclusion that he will decline and become a free agent. Meanwhile, the Sox are expected to decline their $9.25 million option for next year on utilityman Bill Hall in the next three days, thus making him a free agent.

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11/01/2010 - 10:30pm
Renteria, Lincecum lead Giants to title

For the second time in his career, Edgar Renteria delivered the game-winning hit in a World Series clincher. The Giants (and former Red Sox) shortstop shattered a scoreless pitcher's duel between San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum and Rangers starter Cliff Lee, smashing a two-out, three-run home run just over the wall in left-center in the top of the seventh inning. On a night when both pitchers dominated, that single mistake by Lee proved decisive, as the Giants won Game 5, 3-1, to claim the franchise's first title since 1954.

 

Renteria had once before delivered a game-winning hit in the World Series, delivering a bases-loaded single as a 21-year-old to win Game 7 of the 1997 World Series as a member of the Florida Marlins. This time, with runners on second and third and the Giants at risk of squandering a golden opportunity after Pat Burrell's one-out strikeout, Renteria jumped on a 2-0 cutter from Lee for his second homer of the World Series...

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