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Plagiarism Allegation Hits 'Boston Globe' Football Writer

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Plagiarism Allegation Hits 'Boston Globe' Football Writer

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Similarities between a Sunday story by a Boston Globe sportswriter and a piece written a week earlier by a writer at the News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., have prompted a review by the Globe's top sports editor.

"We are aware of the complaint and we are looking into it," said Joe Sullivan, Globe assistant managing editor/sports. "Someone pointed it out to me and we are looking into it."

First reported by the web site www.coldhardfootballfacts.com, the allegations concern the "Football Notes" column of Globe sportswriter Ron Borges. The March 4 column includes several passages that appear similar, or in some cases identical, to a Feb. 25 story by the News Tribune's Mike Sando.

Both stories were related to the potential trade of Seattle Seahawks receiver Darrell Jackson, with Borges noting the New England Patriots' possible interest.

Coldhardfootballfacts.com posted several passages from both stories that offer grounds for concern. Those include:

Sando: "Jackson was leading the NFL in touchdowns last season when a turf-toe injury forced him to miss the final three games. The injury prevented Jackson from achieving his third 1,000-yard season in four years and the fourth overall. Jackson still led the Seahawks with 63 catches for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns." Borges: "Jackson was leading the NFL in touchdowns last season when a turf-toe injury forced him to miss the final three games. The injury prevented him from reaching his third 1,000-yard season in four years, but Jackson still led Seattle with 63 catches for 956 yards and 10 touchdowns." ***

Sando: "But trouble arose in March 2004 when former Seahawks president Bob Whitsitt allegedly shorted Jackson on a contract offer. Jackson said he signed the deal anyway at the urging of his father, who has since died. Whitsitt has dismissed the charge as preposterous, while Ruskell has resisted honoring a promise that a predecessor denies making. …

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