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June 17th, 2013
10:32 AM ET

Did Putin steal Super Bowl ring? – Alina Cho reports

Did Russian President Vladimir Putin steal a Super Bowl ring from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft?

Kraft says yes, but an aide to Putin says he witnessed Kraft give the ring as a gift. Alina Cho has more on the story.

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June 11th, 2013
06:21 AM ET

Fmr. NFL star Chad Johnson gets 30 days jail time for butt slapping his attorney in court – Pam Brown reports


After he was asked if he was pleased with his attorney, the former wide receiver once known as "Chad Ochocinco" gave his lawyer, Adam Swickle, a gentle pat on the rear.

McHugh was furious when people in the audience laughed.

"There's nothing funny about what's going on here today," she told Johnson.

Johnson, 35, replied that he wasn't laughing.

Then McHugh said, "I don't think anything's funny about it, Mr. Johnson. This isn't a joke."

Johnson said he didn't do it as a joke.

Swickle agreed, saying: "I don't think it was done as any disrespect to the court. I don't think he meant to get a reaction from the court room, judge."

The judge told Johnson she wouldn't accept a plea deal that involved only community service and more anger management counseling. Instead, she sentenced him to 30 days in jail and tacked three months onto his one-year probation, which would have ended in September.

READ MORE: Butt pat lands former NFL star Chad Johnson in jail

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March 28th, 2013
06:59 AM ET

CNNTrends: "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston's 911 call released & new Miami Dolphins logo confirmed

Trending on the web this morning is an update on displeasing news for fans of one of television’s hottest shows, and the new Miami Dolphins logo splashing in South Florida.

"Breaking Bad" returns this summer for the series' final eight episodes, but it was recently reported that star Bryan Cranston had a top-secret script from one of the upcoming final episodes stolen when a thief broke into his car near where the series is shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although a suspect has been arrested,  it appears the script is still missing. Now—we're hearing Cranston's 9-1-1 call to police.

And the new Miami Dolphins team logo is getting lots of buzz. The team officially confirmed the new logo  after it was leaked and appeared on NFL.com. It features a helmet-free dolphin and the team will official unveil it at the start of the NFL draft.

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January 29th, 2013
06:12 AM ET

Ravens, 49ers meet for media day in New Orleans – Carlos Diaz shares Super Bowl prep details

Forget "Fat Tuesday" - It's Super Tuesday in New Orleans! Also known as...media day at the Super Bowl.

The Baltimore Ravens arrived last night, one day after their Super Bowl 47 opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, touched down.

In a few hours, players from the Ravens and the 49ers will be getting hit from all sides...with questions!

This morning on "Early Start," HLN's Carlos Diaz shares the latest on the preps for the big game.

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December 27th, 2012
07:57 AM ET

2012's top 5 moments in sports; SI.com anchor Maggie Gray has the score

Sports fans all over the world witnessed an exciting year in 2012. Usain Bolt made Olympic history in London, Johnny Manziel became the youngest college football player to ever win the Heisman trophy, and Lebron James finally won a championship ring. Maggie Gray is an anchor for SI.com, and she comes to the studio to count down Sports Illustrated's top five moments in sports for this year. Take a guess at what made number 1.

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December 20th, 2012
07:29 AM ET

Anchor for SportsIllustrated.com, Maggie Gray, talks NY Jets' latest move: 'Tebow, out the door' for 2013

Tim Tebow is making headlines this morning, but not for being a starting NFL quarterback. That possibility is now up in the air. The New York Daily News has reported that Tebow will ask to be traded following the decision by New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan to select Greg McElroy instead of him to start in the place of Mark Sanchez. "Tim can play quarterback, do traditional things, but to me I was just, I kinda, made a decision that in my gut I feel the best thing for our football team is for Greg to be our quarterback now," Coach Ryan said yesterday. Maggie Gray is the anchor for SportsIllustrated.com. She comes to the studio with the latest on the speculation.

This move signals that Tebow’s not going to back in 2013. “It’s finally turned into the complete circus that we all thought that it was going to be at the beginning of this season,” Gray says. But she says you have to consider the Jets thinking about the team’s future. “They want to see if Greg McElroy can actually come in next year and challenge for that starting quarterback job with Mark Sanchez, and maybe another veteran quarterback they would bring in to have a true quarterback competition in the Jets locker room. But Tebow, out the door.”

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September 5th, 2012
06:08 AM ET

Will NFL replacement refs endanger players? Sports Illustrated Video's Maggie Gray says it's 'impossible' to make up for experience gap

(CNN) - The big calls in the NFL's opening week won't be made by the league's veteran referees, the referees' top negotiator said Saturday. The NFL has so far failed to reach a labor agreement with its regular referees, and no further talks are scheduled.

The league's 32 teams received a memo Wednesday indicating that "in light of the current state of negotiations, ... we will have replacement crews on the field when the regular season begins," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Nonetheless, talks continued - including a meeting Saturday morning in which the two sides "discussed various potential solutions to reach a new collective bargaining agreement," NFL Referees Association lead negotiator Mike Arnold said in a statement. But there was no breakthrough.

Negotiations between the league and the referees about pay and other matters have gone on and off for months. In the meantime, the NFL hired replacement referees who have been working games throughout the preseason. Some of the replacement referees' work so far has come under criticism, from their penalty calls (or lack thereof) to communication issues. The Cincinnati Bengals, on that NFL team's official Twitter feed, called out these refs earlier this week for "getting a little flag-happy."

Could the replacement refs put NFL players at risk? Sports Illustrated Video's Maggie Gray explains.

"The league has tried to give them the kind of education they need, but it's impossible to try to make up for the experience that normal referees would have," she says. "There have been some embarrassing gaffes for replacement officials in the preseason games, and those have gotten a lot of attention."

"In a way, the spotlight is very hot on these replacement referees and it's unfortunate because you want to have the best of the best on the field. Because of this labor dispute, it doesn't seem like that's happening," Gray says.

READ MORE: Union negotiator: NFL referees won't start season; no more talks planned

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