– Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com reports that Bobby Valentine has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Marlins’ managerial opening. Bobbby V is a candidate for a bunch of different managing jobs this offseason and might have felt disrespected by the Marlins in June when they did not hire him to replace Fredi Gonzalez. The Mariners are expected to come calling, and the Mets could too once they find a new GM.
– Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that the Mets will interview Sandy Alderson for their GM vacancy on Thursday. Dodgers’ assistant GM Logan White will interview Friday. Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse suggested last week that Alderson might already have the job locked up and others in the media have hinted the same. Stay tuned.
– Saints’ RB Reggie Bush (broken fibula) stated Wednesday that he is targeting a return on Week 7 or 8. Bush still isn’t practicing, though. Bush stated in September that he’d return in “less time than everybody thinks.” He’s 4 weeks into his 4-6 week timetable and doing nothing noteworthy on the side of practice. Stay tuned.
– ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Chargers’ WR Vincent Jackson will report to the team by October 31. LT Marcus McNeill’s extension apparently got the ball rolling for V-Jax, though he won’t get similar treatment. Because of his “Roster Exempt” status, Jackson will not be eligible to play until November 28 (Week 12). Still, it’ll be a big late-season plus for the Bolts. V-Jax would probably become the new No. 1 wideout upon his return, as he’s trained hard on his own in hopes of a trade – assuming the Chargers allow him back.
– Former WWE performer Lance McNaught (aka Lance Cade) died on August 13, 2010 from accidentally ingesting multiple drugs combined with the effects of a an enlarged heart, according to an autopsy report from a medical examiner in San Antonio, Texas. A staffer of the Bexar County, Texas, Medical Examiner’s Office said of McNaught’s death to The New Haven Register in Connecticut: “The cause was ruled mixed drug intoxication, complicating a cardiomyopathy.” His death was ruled accidental. The medical examiner’s report does not indicate whether McNaught’s use of anabolic steroids contributed to cardiomyopathy, which has been linked to steroid abuse.
Robert Zimmerman, a spokesman for WWE, told the newspaper that WWE obtained e-mails written by McNaught to a fellow wrestler, saying he had ordered two types of steroids in March and expected to fail a drug test. McNaught was released from WWE in October 2008, then rehired in September 2009. He was sent to drug rehabilitation at his request, but was released a second time in April.
– According to reports, Mark Henry is the final member of Team Raw at Bragging Rights.
– WWE has confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that they will not be holding their annual Tribute to the Troops event this year. While there are no plans to hold the special event this year from an overseas base, company officials have discussed the possibility of visiting a base in the United States and doing a similar-style event.
– Wizards’ G Gilbert Arenas apologized on Wednesday after being fined an undisclosed amount for faking a knee injury so that teammate Nick Young could get more playing time. “I was just trying to help out Nick, get some playing time under his belt because he’s been working hard at practice. I screwed up again, so I just want to say, ‘Sorry.’…I’ll never do it again.” The NBA is reportedly reviewing the incident, but likely won’t do anything since a fine has already been implemented.
– Celtics’ F Kevin Garnett was quickly ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Knicks after picking up a pair of ‘ghost technicals’ due to the NBA’s new rules. Tommy Heinsohn snapped, Garnett simply smiled, laughed and left, while everyone else was pretty much was shocked. Garnett had a simple conversation about a call and ended up getting thrown out. The new system is creating more questions than answers, so the NBA is going to need to address this sooner rather than later.
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