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-If you have a healthy set of ribs, the Steelers might need you to play quarterback.
-Welcome back Plaxico Burress (right)?
-The Steelers and the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority are going to court over expanding Heinz Field.
-Ravens safety Ed Reed was suspended one game by the NFL over his hit to the head of Emmanuel Sanders.
-Colin Kaepernick threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 49ers to a 32-7 win against the Bears.
-Patriots tight en and Woodland Hills product Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair his broken left forearm.
-Broncos running back Willis McGahee will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a right knee injury.
-Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
-Redskins safety Brandon Merriweather will miss the rest of the season due to a right knee injury.
-Maryland agrees to join the Big Ten. Is Rutgers next?
-Pitt prepares for Rutgers.
-Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti (right) will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.
-Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was named the Big Ten's co-offensive player of the week.
-West Virginia prepares for Iowa State.
-Sean Johnson scored 20 points for Duquesne which edged James Madison in overtime, 90-88.
-Robert Morris got 16 points from Velton Jones and defeated Bowling Green, 71-60.
-Pitt has relied on its depth quite a bit this season.
-Jordan Hulls scored 14 points for No. 1 Indiana which defeated Georgia, 66-53.
-Leslie McDonald collected 21 points for No. 9 North Carolina which routed Mississippi State, 95-49.
-Markel Starks had 23 points for Georgetown in a 78-70 upset of No. 11 UCLA.
-Brandon Ashley scored 20 points for No. 10 Arizona which routed Long Beach State, 94-72.
-No. 12 Kansas got 17 points from Travis Releford and stomped Washington, 78-41.
-Hugh Greenwood scored 12 points and led New Mexico to a 66-60 upset of No. 21 Connecticut.
-The NHL and NHLPA met again last night but neither side extended a formal offer.
-In addition to a charity game in Atlantic City, N.J., James Neal (right) will also participate in a charity game in Windsor, Ont.
-The Penguins were mixed about the Steelers' throwback jerseys.
-NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called a report by the Philadelphia Daily News which stated that Flyers owners Ed Snider was growing inpatient with Bettman's approach to the lockout as "a fabrication."
-"You do try to look at the best case scenarios moving forward once the CBA does get done and you gotta look for the cancers and you gotta cut out the cancer. I think when you look at Bill Daly and Bettman they've been polluting this game for far too long." - Panthers forward Kris Versteeg on NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and commissioner Gary Bettman.
-Major League Baseball's Rule 5 draft is today.
-The Marlins re-signed outfielder Juan Pierre.
-The Cubs re-signed pitcher pitcher Shawn Camp.
-The Padres exercised an option on manager Budd Black's contract which keeps him through 2015.
-The Blue Jays are expected to re-hire John Gibbons as manager.
-Toronto signed former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera (right) to a two-year contract worth $16 million.
(Photos: Burress-Harry How/Getty Images; Mauti-Rob Carr/Getty Images; Neal-Jamie Sabau/Getty Images; Cabrera-Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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