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01/05/2011 - 9:41am
Whitlock on D&C: Chiefs GM Pioli 'a bully'

FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday to talk about news from around the sports world.

 

Looking at the AFC playoffs, Whitlock ranks the Steelers ahead of the Patriots. "The biggest threat to the Patriots, to me, is the Pittsburgh Steelers," he said. "I still think Pittsburgh's the best team in football. … That does not mean that the Patriots won't win the Super Bowl, because I think they've got the best quarterback in football and I think they've got the best coach in football. But the best team, top to bottom, I think is the Pittsburgh Steelers, on both sides of the ball. I love their quarterback, not as much as I like Tom Brady, but I do like Ben Roethlisberger, I think he plays big in the playoffs. I love Troy Polamalu. There's a lot to like about Pittsburgh."

 

Whitlock wrote a column this week in which he was especially critical of Chiefs coach...

01/05/2011 - 7:49am
Mashup: Lakers' Artest confronts coach

Ron Artest has tried to be on his behavior since joining the Lakers last season. On Tuesday, Lakers coach Phil Jackson confirmed that Artest reverted to his old ways recently, confronting the coach at a recent practice because he felt Jackson was embarrassing him in public.

 

Artest was not pleased that news of the incident was leaked. "I've worked too hard to have something like this come out," Artest said Tuesday, prior to the Lakers' win over the Pistons. "My image is very important to me — whatever image I have left — and this hurts, this really hurts."

 

Added Artest, who apologized to the team for the confrontation: "I've tried so hard not to be part of any controversy, not to be part of any conflict, for this to come out now, that's weird, and it's really hard."

 

Shortly after Tuesday's game, Artest followed through on his promise to auction off his 2010...

01/04/2011 - 6:59pm
Patriots add Ellison, Favorite

The Patriots made a pair of moves on Tuesday, signing defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellison to the 53-man roster and adding defensive lineman Marlon Favorite to the practice squad.

Ellison, 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, has spent time on the practice squads and active rosters for Carolina, Houston, Baltimore, San Francisco, Jacksonville and Kansas City since joining the Panthers as a third-round draft pick out of Missouri in 2005. His best season came in 2009 when he played in 15 games with six starts for Jacksonville in 2009 and finished with 16 total tackles, one sack and one pass defensed. Ellison was waived by Jacksonville at the end of training camp in 2010 and then spent a week on the 53-man roster for Kansas City before being waived on Oct. 27.

Favorite, 6-foot-1, 317 pounds, is a first-year player who spent his rookie season in 2009 on the practice squads of St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle and New Orleans after originally joining the NFL as...

01/04/2011 - 1:34pm
Thomas not among first All-Stars named
By: DJ Bean

On Tuesday, the NHL announced the six players chosen in the fan vote for the upcoming All-Star Game. Only the Penguins and Blackhawks were represented, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury will represent Pittsburgh, while Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will go from Chicago.

 

In last week's voting update, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was fourth among netminders in votes. He still has the opportunity to be one of the 36 additional All-Stars announced on Jan. 11. Thomas leads the league with a .945 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average. He is tied for the NHL lead with five shutouts.

 

Fleury, meanwhile is fifth in the league with a 2.31 GAA and 12th in the league with a .918 save percentage. He has 17 wins to Thomas' 18. Detroit's Jimmy Howard leads the NHL with 20 wins.

 

The 2011 All-Star Game will be played on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C. For more on the Bruins...

01/04/2011 - 11:39am
Report: Bill Buckner to manage Brockton Rox

According to Gordon Edes of ESPN.com (via twitter), former Red Sox first baseman Bill Bucker will be named manager of the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League.

 

Buckner spent five of his 22 major league seasons (in which he amassed 2,715 hits and a career .289/.321/.408/.729 line) with the Red Sox, playing in Boston from 1984-87 and then finishing his career with the Sox in 1990. He became the subject of significant infamy in New England thanks to the game-ending error he committed on a ball between his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, but after being invited to throw out the first pitch prior to the Fenway Park home opener in 2008 (following the Sox' second World Series in four seasons), he suggested that he'd made his peace with the region.

 

"I really had to forgive, not the fans of Boston, per se, but in my heart, I had to forgive the...

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