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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets staffers join in on pushup punishment

11.12.10 at 7:33 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups ‘€” 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday’s practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. “In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him,” explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.

‘™¦ At the National Football Post, Jack Bechta explains why voting for the Pro Bowl is so flawed, and he uses Wes Welker as an example.

‘™¦ Former NBA star Allen Iverson arrived in Turkey this week and is being treated adoringly. In The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon looks at Iverson’s situation and wonders how good a fit it will be.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history at the age of 16 years, 11 months?

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Officer won’t be disciplined after asking for Ray Rice’s autograph

11.12.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Baltimore county police say they won’t discipline an officer who, after stopping Ravens running back Ray Rice for the tint on his vehicle’s windshield, asked for Rice’s autograph, The Associated Press reports. Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough said that investigators found Rice was not given special treatment.

Rice had tweeted that he had gotten out of a ticket in exchange for an autograph, then retracted the post, saying that the tweet had been poorly worded. McCullough said that the officer who stopped Rice gave him a verbal warning about the windshield tint.

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After Rockets talk about increasing his minutes, Yao Ming injured again

11.12.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Rockets center Yao Ming left Wednesday night’s game against the Wizards with what trainers say are sprained tendons in his left ankle, Yahoo! Sports reported. Early indications showed that the injury is not serious, and Yao was scheduled to undergo further testing on Thursday to determine the extent of it.

The injury, Yahoo! Sports reported, came one day after the Rockets organization had discussed increasing the center’s minutes. Yao has been plagued with injury throughout his NBA career. The Rockets also have Brad Miller and Jordan Hill listed as second and third centers on the active depth chart.

Yao is averaging 10.2 points per game this season to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in five games for Houston.

Read More: Houston Rockets, Rumor Mill, Yao Ming,

Antonio Margarito, trainer apologize for video mocking trainer with Parkinson’s Disease

11.12.10 at 6:34 am ET
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Professional boxer Antonio Margarito issued an apology on Wednesday at his news conference at Cowboys Stadium for mocking Freddie Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, in a video interview posted by FanHouse, The Associated Press reports.

Margarito will be fighting Pacquiao on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium for the WBC junior middleweight title. In the video, Margarito and Brandon Rios, both of whom are trained by Robert Garcia, appear to mock Roach and his illness. Garcia apologized before making any other statements and taking questions at his news conference.

“This was nothing to do with the disease that Freddie Roach has. We know it’s something that we don’t wish [on] nobody,” Garcia said. “It’s something personal, something between Team Pacquiao and Team Margarito. I just wanted to make that clear.”

Read More: Antonio Margarito, Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao, Rumor Mill

Nets officials deny rumors that team will change name after relocation

11.12.10 at 6:33 am ET
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Despite rumors that the Nets would rename the team when the organization relocates to Brooklyn, northjersey.com reports that any rumors of renaming the team were shot down and will in all likelihood remain the Nets after relocation. Team officials denied the rumors after an NBA writer tweeted that the new team name would be the “Brooklyn Ballers.”

The team is scheduled to relocate to Brooklyn before the 2012-13 season. The Nets did file paperwork over the summer with the league to change the team name, but expect to keep the team name the same.

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Jenn Sterger meets with NFL in Brett Favre investigation

11.11.10 at 6:01 pm ET
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Jennifer Sterger, the former Jets sideline host who allegedly received inappropriate communiques from Brett Favre, met with the NFL on Thursday to discuss the investigation into the Vikings (and former Jets) quarterback. Sterger’s manager, Phil Reese, told The Associated Press in an email that “we cooperated fully by providing them with substantial materials in our possession. We now await the NFL’s decision.”

The NFL, through spokesman Greg Aiello, declined comment.

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Carlos Beltran open to waiving no-trade clause

11.11.10 at 5:53 pm ET
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As relayed by The Associated Press, New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran told reporters in a conference call on Thursday that he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause. Though he said that he would like to finish his career with the Mets, he also said that he had to keep an open mind if the club approached him with a deal.

“When they approach me, I have to call my agent,” Beltran. “I have to listen. I know that I have the no-trade clause, but if the team is searching or looking to trade a guy, I have to listen. I want to be a Met. I want to finish my career with the Mets.”

The 33-year-old, who will make $18.5 million in the final year of a seven-year, $119 million deal he signed with the Mets after the 2004 season, also said that while his preference is to play center field, he will also listen if his club suggests that he should move to a corner outfield spot.

A source told WEEI.com earlier this offseason that the Red Sox appeared to have little interest in trading for Beltran in exchange for a player such as Daisuke Matsuzaka due to concerns about his health and the size of the outfielder’s contract. Beltran was limited to 64 games in 2010 and 81 in 2009 due to knee injuries.

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Tigers make Victor Martinez ‘a priority’

11.11.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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According to Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com (via Twitter), the Tigers have made it a priority this offseason to sign free agent catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to a contract. Morosi says that it is unclear whether Detroit has already offered a contract to the switch-hitter, who joined the Red Sox in a trade deadline deal in 2009.

In a separate article, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga told Morosi that Martinez is looking for a four- to five-year deal, and that in the end, years and money will be more important in making a decision than the opportunity to catch.

‘€œCatching to him is very important,’€ Galarraga said. ‘€œBut you know what? It’€™s about the money, too. He’€™s a free agent. He wants to sign a good contract.

‘€œHe wants to get four or five years. Whatever team gives it to him, he’€™ll feel comfortable there. If the Tigers offer that, they’€™ve got a good shot. He knows the division. Detroit has a couple other Venezuelan players. But I don’€™t know anything for sure.’€

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Rockets show interest in trading for Timberwolves forward Kevin Love

11.11.10 at 10:57 am ET
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In an NBA season still very, very young, the Rockets have already shown interest in trading for a big-name player. The Rockets have discussed trades talks with the Timberwolves about the possibility of acquiring forward Kevin Love, CBS Sports reports. The scenarios, CBS reports, were met with very little enthusiasm from the Wolves.

Love, who played in the FIBA World Championships over the summer, is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, as well as 12.8 rebounds and .4 blocks per game. The 22-year old forward in in his third year in the league.

The Trail Blazers, according to CBS Sports, would be a great fit for the Lake Oswego, Ore., native. Blazers head coach Rick Adelman and Love are from the same town.

Read More: Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves, Rumor Mill,

Red Sox expected to pursue John Buck if V-Mart tests market

11.11.10 at 8:58 am ET
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If Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez were to leave the organization in pursuit of free agency and a bigger contract, the Sox are expected to be aggressive in their attempts to sign catcher John Buck, a member of the Blue Jays this past season, ESPN reports.

Buck was an All-Star this past season, his first selection to the team in his career. He hit 20 home runs, tying Martinez on the season, with a .266 batting average and an OPS upwards of .800. Buck threw out 28 percent of baserunners from behind the plate.

The Red Sox expect the Tigers to make a heavy push for Martinez, and said that it is “likely” he will sign elsewhere, according to several baseball sources.

Read More: Boston Red Sox, John Buck, Rumor Mill, victor martinez