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Indians outfielder Shin-Shoo Choo wins gold, earns military exemption 11.19.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has struck gold in more ways than one. According to an MLB.com report, Choo and South Korea defeated Taiwan, 9-3, to earn the gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday.

Of particular note is the fact that the medal earns Choo and the rest of his teammates exemption from their home country’s required military service. According to Korean military regulations, athletes will receive an exemption from 30 months of military conscription if they capture a gold medal in the Asian Games

Choo’s budding talents were on full display throughout the series. Over five games in the tournament, Choo hit at a .571 (8-for-14) clip with three home runs, six walks, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs for his team, including a 2-for-4, two RBIs and stolen base performance in the championship. The 28-year old hit .300 with 22 home runs, 90 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 144 games for Cleveland last year.

I am kind of dreaming right now,” said Choo. If I [told you I] didn’t “think about the military service, I might be a liar.”

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Report: Bucs rookie WR Mike Williams arrested for DUI 11.19.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to a profootballtalk.com report, Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Williams was arrested for a DUI Friday morning. The site reportedly received a tip in the morning and then confirmed on Hillsborough County Sheriff’€™s Office’s website that Williams had been arrested.

According to the available information, Williams’€™ blew a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.065 and 0.061 percent into the breathalyzer .  Notably, these counts are below Florida’s legal limit of .08, but urine testing was also being conducted. As of  Friday morning, Williams was still in custody.

Williams was having a stellar rookie season up to this point, starting in all of the Bucs nine games and recording 40 catches for 627 yards and five touchdowns and emerging as thetop target in Tampa’s aerial attack. He fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft due to character concerns when he quit the Syracuse football team.

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Report: Blue Jays showing “strong interest” in Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton 11.19.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, the Blue Jays are now joining the trade sweepstakes for Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, expressing “strong interest” in his services. It remains unclear as to what the Jays would part with, but the team is deep in high-end pitching prospects.

Rosenthal also reports that the Red Sox are now  on the ‘€œbackburner”  of trade talks,  despite originally being considered a front runner.

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Report: Miami LT Jake Long’s shoulder injury could be season-ending 11.15.10 at 1:08 pm ET
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Apparently, quarterback wasn’t the only position to suffer serious blows for Miami following Sunday’s win against the Titans. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly writes that Dolphins LT Jake Long‘s shoulder injury might require season-ending surgery.
According to a source, Long dislocated his left shoulder and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. The mammoth tackle stayed in the game despite the injury, and has never missed a game in his three-year NFL career. Still, it’s possible this shoulder injury could require season-ending surgery.

If Long’s sidelined, it’s possible the Dolphins would consider moving starting right tackle Vernon Carey to the left side. Reserve tackles Lydon Murtha, Pat McQuistan and recently signed rookie Matt Kopa are also options to either replace Long or fill in for Carey on the right side.

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Video: Jaguars game-winning Hail Mary never even practiced 11.15.10 at 1:05 pm ET
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In one of the craziest plays of the 2010 NFL season, a deflected David Garard Hail Mary fell right into the lap of wide receiver Mike Thomas on Sunday to give the Jaguars’ a 31-24 victory over the Texans. The play epitomizes Houston’s league-worst secondary, even more so because it’s something the Jags never truly practice, according to SI.com’s Peter King.

“We jog through it, and we know what position to be in, and then we look at diagrams,” Thomas said in describing what the team calls “Rebound.” The team doesn’t practice the play at full speed to avoid injuries. “[Tight end] Marcedes Lewis is the point man. He’s supposed to tip it to one of us if he can. I’m the scoop guy, out front.”

Instead of Lewis, Houston cornerback Glover Quin was the tipper, and he batted it straight ahead instead of down to the ground. “When it happened,” Thomas said, “all I could think was, ‘Oh my goodness! Did he really just tap it to me?’ ”

Ironically, with three seconds left in a tie game and the ball at midfield, Thomas explained how the team, “basically began to think of overtime.” Clearly, that wasn’t necessary due to the Texans participation in “Rebound.”

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Steelers WR Hines Ward says he’ll play Sunday 11.15.10 at 11:23 am ET
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Shortly after he was knocked out of Sunday night’s contest against the Patriots with a concussion, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would be ready to play in this coming Sunday’s game against the Raiders. In fact, Ward believes he could have returned to the game vs. the Patriots, but the team’s medical personnel wouldn’t allow him.

‘€œI felt like I could have played but our [doctors] felt otherwise,’€ the 13-year old veteran said. ‘€œIt’€™s my body. I feel like if I want to go back out there I should have the right. They saw me tripping over the grass and the league was going to make a big deal about it, them putting  me back out there.’€

Ward was injured on a 5-yard catch after he took a shot to the head from safety James Sanders to end the first quarter. The play was originally ruled a completed pass but was overturned following a Patriots challenge. Consequently, Ward left the contest with no catches, snapping his streak of regular-season games with at least one catch at 186.

‘€œI’€™m a competitor and I want to be out there, especially against the New England Patriots,” Ward said. “I worked my tail off all week to get in that position and I got dinged up.’€

Though he believes he could have returned Sunday night, Ward will still have to pass multiple cognitive tests this week before he is cleared to play against the Raiders.

Read More: Hines Ward, James Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rumor Mill
Report: Clinton Portis to sit Monday night against Redskins 11.15.10 at 10:54 am ET
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NFL Network’s Jason La Confora tweeted Monday morning that Redskins running back Clinton Portis is scheduled to be inactive for the Monday night game against the Eagles. La Confora’s report is in agreement with the Washington Post’s feeling that Portis is “doubtful” for the game. Portis has been out with a groin injury suffered in a Week 4 contest with the Eagles. Ryan Torain, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury throughout the practice week, should get the start in his place.

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Lakers critical of Lamar Odom technical foul in loss to Suns 11.15.10 at 10:47 am ET
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As was reported before the season began, NBA officials pledged to expand the guidelines on calling technical fouls. So far, they’ve held true to their world, which has drawn criticism throughout the season, most recently from Lakers players and coach Phil Jackson. In a controversial call, forward Lamar Odom was given a tech late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 121-116 loss to the Suns on Sunday, and it might have cost his team the game.

After he absorbed contact from Hedo Turkoglu as he made a layup with 53.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Odom spun around and signaled to referee Ron Garretson that he should have been awarded an and-one call and a chance to bring the Lakers to within one. Instead, Odom’s reaction drew a technical foul from referee Tony Brown, which Steve Nash followed with a made foul shot to put the Suns up by three with the ball. The two-point swing  “changed the context of the ballgame,” according to Jackson.

“I was unhappy about the situation that happened with Lamar,” Jackson said. “I don’t think the NBA wants that type of thing to happen, but that’s part of the residual that’s going to happen off of the policy they have.”

The play was ruled more excessive than a normal reaction by Odom, which led to the T. Lakers forward Matt Barnes called the foul “ridiculous” while Kobe Bryant deemed it “disgusting.”

“It’s a bad, bad rule,” Bryant said. “It’s a bad rule. It’s subject to so much interpretation. It’s tough. I’ve been toeing the line here so I don’t want to [say much more]. You have to [think about the rule when you play] now. It’s something you have to be conscious about as a player, which kind of throws you off your game a little bit because basketball is such an emotional sport and you have to think about it a little bit.”

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Update: Cleveland WR Josh Cribbs expected to be fine with multiple dislocated toes 11.15.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Updating a previous post, Cleveland wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs dislocated all of the toes on his right foot except the big toe. After recording an electrifying 37-yard catch-and-run, Cribbs went to the locker room for X-rays and did not return to action.

“I just couldn’t get back out there,” said Cribbs, describing the play. “I was about to jump and somebody behind me stepped on my foot right as I was about to jump. They took X-rays and they just told me, ‘You’re done for the day.’ I asked them what the X-rays show, but they didn’t tell me. They just said, ‘You’re done, you’re done.’ ”

Cribbs added, “I knew I couldn’t. It doesn’t seem too serious, but it hurts.” His initial diagnosis is quite accurate, as Profootballtalk reports the dangerous receiver is expected to be fine for the upcoming game with the Jaguars.

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Video: Chiefs coach Todd Haley refuses to shake Josh McDaniels’ hand 11.15.10 at 9:08 am ET
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Nobody likes a sore loser.

Following an embarrassing 49-29 loss to the Broncos yesterday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley refused to shake opposing coach Josh McDaniels‘ hand, instead pointing a finger and lecturing him before turning his back. When he was asked about the altercation, Haley offered little, simply calling it a “private moment.”

Haley was presumably upset about the way McDaniels handled a big lead. Though they were up a comfortable margin entering the fourth, the Broncos were still airing the ball out, blitzing on defense and max protecting. Cue the coaching rivalry music.

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