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NBA In Danger of Canceling First 100 Games of Season If Lockout Doesn’t End This Weekend

If NBA owners and players don’t come to an agreement by Monday to put an end to the current lockout, the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled.

Complicating matters is the fact that talks won’t take place on Friday or Saturday in observance of the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur.

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Former Red Sox Manager Terry Francona Takes Blame for Team’s Late Season Collapse

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke with Boston sports radio station WEEI on Wednesday, his first public comments since he parted ways with the team last week.

Francona, who guided the Red Sox to World Series victories in 2004 and 2007, said that after the team’s historic late-season skid he chose to leave.

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Bill Buckner’s Infamous 1986 World Series Ball Goes Up for Auction for $1 Million

Want to own a part of baseball history? The ball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs in game six of the 1986 world Series will hit eBay on October 15, and the auction will close 10 days later at the exact minute of the 25th anniversary of Buckner’s error.

Bidding starts at a cool $1 million.

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Hawaii Makes Surfing a High School Sport

Surf’s up.

Hawaii became the first state to officially recognize surfing as a high school sport, which will take effect by the spring of 2013. Funding for the program will come from the private sector and the community.

“Surfing has been a really big part of my life and has taught me a lot of valuable lessons: what hard work and perseverance can do, time management and how to stay organized,” said Carissa Moore, 18, Association of Surfing Professionals women’s world champion.

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Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 50 Golfer Rankings

After 778 consecutive weeks as one of the top 50 golfers, Tiger Woods dropped out of the sport’s elite this week.

Woods, now ranked 51st in the world, is recovering from injuries to his knees and Achilles tendon that had him sidelined. He finished 2010 in second, and tied for fourth at the Masters earlier this year.

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Ozzie Guillen Out As White Sox Manager, Could Become Marlins Skipper

Ozzie Guillen’s reign as Chicago White Sox manager has reportedly ended amidst the kind of drama you’d expect from the controversial skipper.

Late Monday night, reports indicated that Guillen had been traded to the Florida Marlins, but by morning the story had changed. Guillen was released from his contract and he will pursue other managerial opportunities on his own.

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Jay-Z Reveals Brooklyn Nets Name, Concerts to Celebrate New Barclays Center

Rapper and businessman Jay-Z has announced that he’ll be doing a series of concerts next fall at the new arena where the NBA’s Nets will soon call home. Jay-Z, of course, is part owner of the team.

An all-access pass to events at The Barclays Center will go for up to $15,400 per season. It’s set to open on Sept. 28, 2012.

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Texas A&M Will Join the SEC in 2012

After weeks of rumors, Texas A&M is set to leave the Big 12 and to join the SEC, the league said on Sunday. The move will go into effect next July.

“We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference,” Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said in a statement.

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Is Manny Ramirez Coming Out of Retirement and Returning to Baseball?

Well, that was fast.

After retiring this spring rather than serve a 100-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy, Manny Ramirez says now that he wants to return to the game and face his punishment. He plans to seek a formal reinstatement.

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Giants DB Antrel Rolle Wants to Face Michael Vick, Promises to ‘Put It To’ Eagles

With the Giants and Eagles set to square off in an early season NFC East showdown on Sunday, questions remain about whether Eagles’ starting QB Michael Vick will be able to suit up as he recovers from a concussion suffered in last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

While having Vick sidelined would hurt Philly, one Giants’ player is hoping that the Pro Bowler takes the field, after all.

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Is the Full Tilt Poker Site Just a Massive Ponzi Scheme?

Full Tilt Poker, one of the Internet’s most popular poker sites, operated “as a massive Ponzi scheme against its own players,” alleges Manhattan’s US attorney.

The allegations come as part of a civil money laundering complaint claiming that funds the site raised went to pay members of its board of directors, which includes poker pros Howard Lederer and Christopher “Jesus” Ferguson. The board is reported to have taken $440 million since April 2007.

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