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Sun-Up: Sal Alosi suspended for season, fined after trip; Josh Wilson's game-winning INT; Cliff Lee's shocker; Cam Newton's Top Ten; Vacation at Chernobyl?

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Sal-Alosi-trip.jpgNew York Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi's knee brought out the swift arm of justice from his team.

Alosi, who was caught intentionally tripping up Miami Dolphins' Nolan Carroll on the sidelines during Sunday's game, was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season. Additionally, he was fined $25,000.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the team spoke with the league, and there will be no further discipline.

"Hopefully we're going to learn from what happened yesterday and take full responsibility for it," Tannenbaum said. "We're really disappointed with Sal, with what happened, and we're going to hold him accountable for his actions."

Alosi was standing in a line with several inactive players when the incident happened, but he, coach Rex Ryan and Tannenbaum dismissed speculation that any such behavior is coached or planned.
Baltimore stop



Baltimore and Houston turned in one of the better games of the year last night, which featured a frantic Texans comeback that was negated by a rare game-winning interception return by Ravens' Josh Wilson in overtime.

Arms race
Sports fans in Texas also got some bad news in the form of vaunted free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rangers and New York Yankees were thought to be favorites to ink the left-hander.

Lee's $120 million, five-year deal is worth significantly less than the one offered by the Yankees.

National League teams all over are cowering in fear at the Phillies rotation, which now features Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt.

Cam on camera



Cam Newton continued his post-Heisman victory tour by stopping by the Ed Sullivan Theater to deliver the Top Ten list on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Actually, pretty funny. All meatloaf-related jokes are hilarious.

Spring Brrrrrreak!
Looking for a fun, off-the-beaten-path vacation spot? Might I suggest the Chernobyl disaster site? Ukraine will lift restrictions in 2011, allowing brave tourists to get an up-close look.


 

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