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February 15th 2011: Daily Sports News – Gossip – Headlines

Water Cooler – February 15th, 2011

Here we go with today’s sports water cooler talk. Here, you won’t just find the straight news; you’ll find the stuff everyone is talking about – the ice breakers, the Twitter Sports Picks and topics…well, basically all the stuff you discuss at the water cooler.

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Today’s Sports News – NFL news: Haynesworth accused of sexual assault; Nanee arrested; Banks stabbed; Kolb to Arizona? Edwards to pursue boxing?

Haynesworth accused of sexual assault

The NFL went a little wild over the last few days. First, there’s Albert Haynesworth. The Washington Redskins defensive tackle has been accused of sexually assaulting a D.C. waitress over the weekend, allegedly touching her breast while he paid his bill. One day earlier, Haynesworth had surrendered to authorities on an assault charge from a February 2 incident in which he punched another driver during a road-rage dispute.

Legedu Naanee, a free-agent receiver and ex-Charger, was arrested early Saturday for public intoxication and resisting arrest. He reportedly got involved in a crime scene and was asked to leave. He resisted, gave off a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” and used profanity toward an officer. He tried to pull away and ended up pepper sprayed while asking the officers, “Do you know who I am? I’m an NFL player and I’m going to sue your ass.”

Do we know who you are, Legedu? Barely. You caught 23 passes for 321 yards and one touchdown last year. You were barely roster-worthy in fantasy leagues. Why the big head?

Redskins receiver Brandon Banks got into trouble of his own over the weekend. He and a friend were repeatedly stabbed by Jason Shorter at a D.C. night club during a fight. Reports suggest that Banks and his friend may have actually instigated the melee, so they could face charges. Banks is still hospitalized for precautionary reasons but should be released today. His friend, Christopher Nixon, has more serious injuries to his face and upper body.

Could Kevin Kolb be the Arizona Cardinals’ next starting quarterback? He reportedly told the Philadelphia Enquirer this week that he’d accept a trade to the desert. “I hope that if something happens, [Arizona’s] name comes up,” he said. Kolb wants to start and obviously doesn’t have that option in Philadelphia anymore with Pro Bowler Michael Vick taking the reins.

If the NFL owners lock out the players for 2011, we may see some football players trying new sports. Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards said recently that he’d become a professional boxer in the event of a lockout. He started training to switch sports last summer, cutting his body fat from 15 per cent to six per cent.

NHL news: Peter Forsberg retires; Leafs trade Kris Versteeg to Flyers

Peter Forsberg’s comeback lasted just two games. Though he drew positive reviews for his play from his teammates, he had to cut his return short because his chronically sore foot acted up again.

In a tear-filled news conference yesterday, Foppa announced his retirement. His legacy includes a Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, a Hart Trophy as league MVP and two Stanley Cup rings.

Kris Versteeg’s stay in Toronto is over after less than one season. The Maple Leafs shipped the versatile forward to the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday for first and third-round draft picks. Versteeg had 35 points in 53 games for the Blue and White this season but was a minus-13.

NBA news: Nuggets want three of Knicks’ starters for Carmelo Anthony

Who would’ve thought Raymond Felton’s name wouldn’t be safe after the dynamite job he’s done as the New York Knicks’ starting point guard this season?

The Denver Nuggets are willing to send Carmelo Anthony to New York right now – but only if they receive Felton and two other Knick starters. The Nuggets want Felton, Danilo Gallinari, one more starter, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a first-round draft pick. In return, they’d send Melo and Chauncey Billups to the Big Apple. Your move, Knickerbockers.

NCAA football news: Jadeveon Clowney chooses South Carolina

The country’s top recruit has chosen his NCAA Div-1 school for next year. Who could resist the allure of the powerhouse SEC? Jadeveon Clowney, a 6’6”, 245-pound defensive end, selected the South Carolina Gamecocks. He’ll join a team that went 9-5 last year but lost to Auburn in the SEC title game and to Florida State in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl .

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