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Morning Jolt: Marshall wants to 'get kicked out'

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Friday, October 14

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Marshall's goal: 'Get kicked out'

Brandon Marshall vowed Thursday to go off, even if it means being penalized. [Marshall] had been as quiet off the field through the first five weeks of the season as he has been on it. That all ended Thursday when the 27-year-old, two-time Pro Bowl selection diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder this offseason amped up his pregame Jets talk by promising "to play like a monster" on Monday Night Football and declaring four times that his goal is to "get kicked out in the second quarter." "I think the past four games have been tough for me, trying to control some things, and, hey man, I'm just going to let it out," Marshall said of his emotions. "I don't care if I have two, three cameras on me. I don't care if I have penalties." (The Miami Herald)Comment

McCourt stands to lose hundreds of millions

Frank McCourt would seem to have made a better than ideal purchase. Buy team, make money. That's the tried-and-true formula in major professional sports, where even an owner who loses money running his team can cash in when he sells. [McCourt] should be Exhibit A for this theory. McCourt bought the Dodgers for $421 million seven years ago, and the team arguably has doubled in value since then. Yet McCourt's decision to take the Dodgers into bankruptcy means he could be forced to walk away from the team with absolutely nothing. ... In a Bankruptcy Court filing last month, attorneys for Major League Baseball argued that "everyone wins" if the Dodgers are ordered sold, including his ex-wife and McCourt himself. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Crosby cleared for contact

Someone, at some point, is going to have to take one for the team and hit Sidney Crosby. Perhaps [Crosby's] biggest short-term concern will be finding a samaritan to rattle his teeth, and a time for that to happen. "I might have to do something to get them to hit me," Crosby, smiling broadly, said Thursday of his Penguins teammates. It was an upbeat day for the captain of the club. Crosby received clearance for full contact in practices, a highly anticipated late-stage step in his comeback from a concussion. ... He has noted that players coming off of injuries often are treated gingerly by teammates, but he doesn't want kid-gloves treatment. He's willing to be proactive. "Maybe bump them a little bit," Crosby said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Comment

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