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November 11, 2009

Baseball GMs pass on expanding instant replay

Upon further review ... baseball general managers like instant replay the way it is.

GMs failed to take a vote on expanding instant replay following a postseason filled with blown calls by umpires.

"I know there are some who have talked off line about the expansion of instant replay," said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office. "Right now, the commissioner doesn't see any reason to consider it."

Baseball began video review in August 2008 but only to determine whether potential home runs were fair or foul or cleared fences.

Any change for 2010 likely would be likely have to be instigated by commissioner Bud Selig, who repeatedly has said he's against widening the use of video review. While there was discussion, Solomon said "it was all confined to the current instant replay system that we have."

Pro football: Patriots sign LB Williams to practice squad

The New England Patriots have signed linebacker Thomas Williams to the practice squad.

The club says in a statement that Williams joins the eight-man practice squad after cornerback Kyle Arrington was promoted to the 53-man roster over the weekend.

The 6-foot-1, 237 pounds Williams was originally a fifth-round draft pick by Jacksonville out of USC in 2008. He appeared in six games for the Jaguars as a rookie.

Williams was waived by Jacksonville before the start of the season and spent time on the Seattle and Houston practice squads.

More pro football: McNair widow allowed to sell his restaurant

A Nashville judge has authorized the widow of retired NFL player Steve McNair to sell the restaurant he opened shortly before he was shot and killed.

Probate Court Judge Randy Kennedy this week cleared the sale of Gridiron9 by Mechelle McNair, administrator of the ex-player's estate.

According to court records, a potential buyer has come forward.

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