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Sun-Up: Channing Crowder accuses Le'Ron McClain of spitting on him; Austin Collie gets knocked out; Jacoby Ford arrives; Karina Smirnoff; Edison Pena completes New York City Marathon

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Few things are more debasing than spitting at another human being, so it's no surprise the passions surrounding what allegedly happened in Baltimore yesterday.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder went on a profanity-laced tirade in which he accused Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain of spitting in his face during Baltimore's 26-10 victory.

"Y'all can write it down," Crowder told reporters. "The [expletive] punk Le'Ron McClain spit in my face. Keep writing -- he spit in my face, and that's why I got mad. The refs told me they didn't see nothing, they didn't see the spit hit my face.''

McClain denied the claim.

"I guess he got a little frustrated,'' he said. "We got into a little head-butting conversation, but no spit, man. Probably me talking, but all the spitting, that ain't my game. I play ball between the whistles. I got that crazy penalty against New England [a personal foul in overtime] and learned from that. Why would I spit in his face? That's crazy. We were right in each other's face. I don't know what he was saying. He thought I spit on him. I sure wasn't trying if I did. I don't see no spit coming out of my mouth.''

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Collie knocked out



Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie left yesterday's game in Philadelphia after a second-quarter hit from Eagles safety Kurt Coleman left him motionless on the field for several minutes.

Collie suffered a concussion and was carried off on a stretcher, but was "awake and alert" in the team's locker room, according to the team, which is tremendous news for anyone who saw the troubling injury.

The hit is pushing the debate about helmet-to-helmet hits even more, with some wondering if it's time to dole out suspensions for offending players.

Others, predictably, are saying the new rules are ruining the game.

Built Ford tough



How crazy has this NFL season been?

The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs played arguably the day's most meaningful game, which lived up to the hype -- thanks large in part to young Jacoby Ford.

The rookie out of Clemson caught six passes for 148 yards -- including magnificent grabs that set up the game-tying and game-winning field goals -- plus returned a kickoff for a touchdown as the Raiders reduced Kansas City's division lead to a half-game.

Heroic effort
Edison Pena bravely completed the New York City Marathon just a month removed from a tortuous 69-day stint spent trapped underground in a Chilean mine. The freed miner overcame tendinitis in his knees to finish in 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Going to go out on a limb and say this effort was even more inspirational than the one turned in by Subway's Jared Fogle.

Lucky Penny
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Brad Penny wouldn't exactly qualify as one of baseball's best pitchers on the diamond, but off of it, he's done quite well for himself.

The St. Louis Cardinals hurler is reportedly engaged to Karina Smirnoff of "Dancing with the Stars." 

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