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Morning Jolt: Thursday, August 19

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Thursday, August 19

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Blount throws another punch

At the end of a practice that was characterized as intense and featured "numerous shoving matches," LeGarrette Blount punched a teammate in the facemask. Blount immediately sought out [Jeff] Fisher on the field. "I promised to him it was behind me and that was in my past and it just came up again," a dejected Blount said. "I got into a situation where the defense pushed me too far." Blount was the ballcarrier when his helmet was knocked off and several defensive players shoved him. When defensive end Eric Bakhtiari got in his face, Blount punched him. ... Fisher defended Blount, who missed practices on Monday and Tuesday after the death of his grandmother. "I am not disappointed whatsoever," Fisher said. (The Tennessean)Comment

Fernandez quitting on Blazers?

The Rudy Fernandez Saga has taken another turn. [Fernandez] will not report to the Trail Blazers training camp in October and the disgruntled guard has no intention of playing for the Blazers for the remaining two years of his contract, his agent said Wednesday. What has been a simmering trade request since last summer has now reached a boiling point: Fernandez has informed agent Andy Miller that he is prepared to be suspended by the Blazers and forfeit the final two years of his contract in order to return to Europe and play in his homeland of Spain in 2012. (The Oregonian)Comment

Mancini hits back at Ferguson

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his team's spending is over for this transfer window, before hitting back at Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's attack on his neighbors' "kamikaze spending." Mancini dismissed Ferguson's criticism and said the 11-time Premier League champion had spent lavishly in the past for its own success. "It's normal when you want to buy a good player that you have to spend money, this is the market," said Mancini to media. "It is not important for me [what Ferguson says]. I respect his opinion, but I repeat that United, like City, have spent a lot of money in the past." (Daily Mail)Comment

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  • 1951 -- Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7 midget, is used as a pinch-hitter for the St. Louis Browns as part of a stunt by team owner Bill Veeck.
  • 1995 -- In his first fight since being released from prison, Mike Tyson knocks out Peter McNeely 89 seconds into the first round.