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Fight night at Cowboys Stadium? Terence Newman is in

The Dallas Cowboys cornerback got into a heated conversation with his secondary coach, then joked it was nothing more than to promote a Pacquiao-Mayweather undercard.

November 26, 2009|By Mark Medina
  • Allen Iverson, a 10-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers, played just three games with the Grizzlies this season.
Allen Iverson, a 10-time All-Star who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia… (Lori Shepler / Associated…)

Don't worry about the confrontation involving Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman and secondary coach Dave Campo.

Their heated conversation in the first half of Sunday's game against Washington that escalated to Newman's shoving Campo? Newman joked it was nothing more than to promote a fight that would be on the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. undercard.

"It's going to happen in Vegas," Newman told ESPNDallas.com. "It's going down. We've got Don King promoting. You know? Actually, Jerry Jones is taking over. We're going to have Jerry. I'm kicking Don out. We'll have Jerry promoting."

Jones, the Cowboys owner, has been trying to secure a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight at his new $1.2-billion stadium.

First things first. Mayweather still needs to agree to fight Pacquiao.

"We might have to move this whole thing to Cowboys Stadium," Newman said. "It'll be Pacquiao-Mayweather and Campo-Newman. We're going to make it happen."

Trivia question

After the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys, which NFL team has played the most games on Thanksgiving?

Monkey around

FIFA has more to worry about with the 2010 World Cup than just a hand-ball controversy.

South African officials now have concerns other than crime, transportation and hotel accommodations.

The latest involves marauding baboons. Cape Town officials told the Guardian the primates have learned how to open car doors and jump through windows. The newspaper reported 29 baboons raided four cars Tuesday outside Simon's Town, a small coastal neighborhood.

Wrote David Smith of the Guardian: "Experts warn that the hundreds of thousands of fans expected for the 2010 football extravaganza in South Africa will represent rich pickings."

Highlight reel

Does NFL Films ever miss anything?

In the "being in the right place at the right time category," NFL Films wired Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for sound Sunday against the Cleveland Browns for a segment featured Wednesday on the NFL Network and Showtime.

Stafford led the Lions to a victory with a last-second pass but had an injured shoulder.

NFL Films president Steve Sabol told the Detroit Free Press through a spokesman that Stafford's performance "strips you down to your essence as a competitor and a man.

"What will you do when it counts, when you're hurting, when you're tired?" Sabol added. "In the NFL, being a hero is not a permanent condition, but rather a moment one rises to."

Trivia answer

The Green Bay Packers. They will make their 31st Thanksgiving appearance today against Detroit. From 1951 to 1963, Green Bay played Detroit every year on Thanksgiving.

And finally

Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg on what Thanksgiving means to football fans: "This is the week for two storied NFL traditions: the Lions playing on Thanksgiving, and people complaining about the Lions playing on Thanksgiving."

mark.medina@latimes.com

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