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Reports: Jets sign Trevor Pryce

09.30.10 at 11:31 am ET
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The Ravens released Trevor Pryce Wednesday with the intention of re-signing him. But Pryce didn’t stay around, choosing instead to sign with the Jets. Pryce’s teammate Terrell Suggs actually broke the news on his Twitter account. Pryce rejoins Rex Ryan who was his former defensive coordinator in Baltimore.

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LeBron James says race a factor in backlash

09.30.10 at 11:04 am ET
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In an interview on CNN, LeBron James said that race played a role in the negative reaction to “The Decision.” James was responding to a question from interviewer Soledad O’Brien about whether race was a factor.

O’BRIEN (on camera): Do you think there’s a role that race plays in this.

JAMES: I think so at times. It’s always, you know, a race factor.

James’ manager Maverick Carter said the show where James announced his signing with the Miami could have been executed better. (Transcription from CNN.com)

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Mark Buerhle ponders retirement

09.30.10 at 9:14 am ET
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White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle has one year left on his contract and he’s already thinking about hanging up his spikes. “As I sit here now, I’d love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there,” Buerhle said. “But when next year gets here, at this time, it could be a tough decision, knowing this is all you’ve known for 15 years of your life and constantly having to be somewhere, to go somewhere.”

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Trent Edwards could replace David Garrard

09.30.10 at 9:05 am ET
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The Jaguars signed former Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards after his release this week, and while he will be listed as the third, or emergency, quarterback this week behind David Garrard and Todd Bouman it may only be a matter of time before he becomes the starter, according to the Florida-Times Union.

Jags coach Jack Del Rio told reporters, “We’ll bring him along as quickly as we can, teach him our system, and like all of our players, put him in a position where if he is called upon, we expect him to play well.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tour de France winner tested positive

09.30.10 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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 TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Tour de France has yet another major controversy, as 2010 winner Alberto Contador tested positive for a banned substance on the final rest day of the event, according to his spokesman. Contador, a three-time winner, blames it on tainted food. Meanwhile, friends of Lance Armstrong are being called to testify before a grand jury investigating doping in professional cycling.

‘™¦ Former Giants running back Tiki Barber said the team is slipping away from coach Tom Coughlin, and the coach’s job is in jeopardy.

‘™¦ Clark Judge at CBSSports.com addresses the NFL’s expanded schedule controversy by suggesting an increase of only one game to each team’s slate, to be played at a neutral site.

‘™¦ At SportsIllustrated.com, Jon Wertheim has an interesting feature on Joe Moglia, a billionaire former CEO who quit his job and now serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Nebraska football team. Moglia was a Dartmouth assistant coach in the early 1980s before turning to the business world, and he’s enjoying his return to the field.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 30, 1966, who was fired as manager of the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’€™m lucky to be here. I’€™m happy to be here. I’€™m a soldier in Doc’€™s army. Whatever he needs me to do. I’€™ll go to war and die for this team. Playing every game, every minute this year like my life depended on it, ’cause it [does].” ‘€” Celtics guard Delonte West, at training camp Wednesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 ‘€” Consecutive seasons with 30 home runs for Alex Rodriguez, who reached the mark Wednesday night in the Yankees‘ 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS: Earlier this week we had two candidates for best touchdown run of the year. Here’s the early leader for best interception of the season, courtesy of Gallaudet University’s Tony Tatum and Shelby Bean.

A soccer referee takes a tumble. People falling down is funny.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Kennedy

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Johnny Mathis is 75 Thursday.

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Jaguars’ Osgood sustains bruises after leap from apartment

09.29.10 at 3:48 pm ET
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Jaguars wide receiver Kassim Osgood sustained only a few bruises after leaping out of a second-floor window to escape from a man wielding a gun who attacked him and a 19-year-old woman in her Jacksonville apartment.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that the gunman exchanged gunfire with his ex-girlfriend, Mackenzie Rae Putnal, after threatening her with a gun to her head on Monday night.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, according to the Associated Press, said, “He [Osgood]‘s fine. I’m aware of it. I really can’t comment on that whole deal. He’s doing OK.”

Osgood sustained the bruises after leaping from the apartment window and fleeing the scene.

The gunman, Armond Bartletto, 20, of Jacksonville, was arrested on charges on aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary, and violation of an injunction. He is currently being held without bond.

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Report: Sox, Angels to compete for Crawford

09.29.10 at 12:23 pm ET
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According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter), the Red Sox and Angels are viewed by industry executives as the likely chief competitors for the services of Rays outfielder Carl Crawford when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

“Early speculation among some rival executives: The Angels and Red Sox are going to go wallet-to-wallet for the services of Carl Crawford,” Olney wrote.

The Yankees have also been viewed as a potential bidder for Crawford’s services, though New York GM Brian Cashman recently suggested that his team would be content with the production from its current outfield configuration.

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Magic plan to offer Dwight Howard extension after season

09.29.10 at 11:16 am ET
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According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic will offer center Dwight Howard a contract extension next summer, one year before he can opt to explore free agency. Howard, 25, has two seasons (including 2010-11) left on his five-year, $80 million contract before he can opt out. General manager Otis Smith told the Sentinel “of course” the team would offer Howard a new deal. “We want Dwight to be in a Magic uniform for as long as he plays basketball,” Smith said. “That’s in the best interest of our franchise and, we hope, it is in the best interest of Dwight.”

During the Magic’s media day on Monday, Howard indicated to the Sentinel that he wants to remain in Orlando. “I plan on being here forever,” he said, according to the report. “I love Orlando.” So does that mean Howard plans on signing the extension then? “I can’t answer that,” Howard said, according to the Sentinel. “I mean, I love Orlando. I don’t want to leave.”

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Dez Bryant foots Cowboys’ $55K dinner bill

09.29.10 at 11:08 am ET
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Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant got the retribution that Roy Williams had been promising him since training camp. Bryant made news during training camp when he refused to carry Williams’ pads after practice as part of the hazing by veteran players of rookies. Bryant later said he didn’t know about such tradition. “I’m not doing it,” Bryant said then. “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads.”

Williams let it slide, saying then that Bryant, who received $8.3 million in guaranteed money from his rookie contract, would just have to take the team out to dinner and get him some new shoes instead. Well, that dinner happened Monday night. Bryant planned to take just the offensive players out to Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, but Williams wanted to make sure Bryant got the message, so he invited the defensive players as well. The final tab came to $54,896. “They got the young fella,” said Bryant’s adviser, David Wells. “What could he say? He had to pay it unless he wanted to wash dishes for a month.”

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LEEinks List: Biggest names to leave Boston via free agency

09.29.10 at 10:15 am ET
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Although the season is not yet over for the Red Sox, speculation already has begun about whether or not the team will resign All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre. Because Beltre undoubtedly will warrant top dollar, there is a good chance the Sox may pass on locking him up long-term. Good players come and go through a city all the time; it is the nature of the game. A player performs well during a contract year, or finishes up a long deal with the team, and decides a change of scenery is necessary.

With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of the best players who have played here and then decided to leave for greener pastures via free agency.

10. Jason Bay

Bay came to the Red Sox in the Manny Ramirez deal in 2008, showing fans right away why he was an All-Star outfielder for the lowly Pirates. In his two years in Boston, he batted .274 with 45 home runs and 156 RBI. He seemed to be a perfect fit on the team. Instead, he joined the Mets in the offseason, and has struggled in New York, battling both injury and inconsistent play.

9. Luis Tiant

Tiant made his MLB debut with the Indians in 1964, and in 1968 led the league in ERA (1.60) and shutouts (9). The Cuban right-hander then came to Boston in 1971 and became one of the more popular players in the team’s history. Unfortunately for Sox fans, Tiant joined the Yankees at the end of the ’78 season, playing two years with the Bronx Bombers.

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