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-How will Rashard Mendenhall's (right) return impact the Steelers' offense?
-"He finds people who fit what he does best." - Ryan Clark on Eagles coach Andy Reid.
-Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin isn't bothered by Antonio Brown's words.
-Philadelphia's special teams are struggling under former Steelers special teams coach Bobby April.
-Sam Bradford threw two touchdown passes for the Rams who defeated the Cardinals, 17-3.
-Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola left the game due to a shoulder injury.
-Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has been ruled out this week due to a groin injury.
-Former Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress is still looking for work.
-Blog 'n' Gold catches up with Lions great Barry Sanders.
-Pitt meets Syracuse tonight.
-How will West Virginia's offense handle Texas' staunch defense?
-Penn State's defense will have its hands full with Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter.
-No. 13 USC defeats Utah, 38-28.
-"It's not a good situation for anybody." - Penguins forward Craig Adams (right) on the NHL the first two weeks of the season.
-“The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners. If the owners truly cared about the game and the fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue." - NHLPA head Donald Fehr.
-"This is not about 'winning' or 'losing' a negotiation. This is about finding a solution that preserves the long-term health and stability of the League and the game." - NHL deputy commisioner Bill Daly.
-The lockout is hurting business near Consol Energy Center.
-Evgeni Malkin had an assist for Mettalurg Magnitogorsk which defeated Sibir Novosibirsk, 2-1, in a KHL game yesterday.
-Sidney Crosby. Still not going to Europe just yet.
-"I prefer the NHL to the KHL. I received invitations to training camps from several clubs but, because of the lockout, I have not been able to visit directly in North America." - Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev on his future.
-Flyers forwards Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux have joined Eisbaren Berlin of Germany's DEL for the duration of the lockout.
-Former Penguins forward Michel Ouellet was released outright by the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' AHL affiliate.
-“None of us wanted to reach this point. But I think we all expected it with there being so little progress the last few weeks.I’m definitely upset. It’s time to play hockey. I’m angry that it doesn’t get done. It seems like the NHL is not willing to negotiate or compromise in anyway to help get a deal done. That’s where the frustration comes in for me.” - Blue Jackets forward and Plum native R.J. Umberger (right) on the NHL canceling games.
-The postseason begins tonight.
-The Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine.
-White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko underwent wrist surgery.
-Former Pirates coach Chris Chambliss was let go as the Mariners' hitting coach.
(Photo: Mendenhall-Rick Stewart/Getty Images; Adams-Harry How/Getty Images; Umberger-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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