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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers owner heckles own players

12.14.10 at 7:39 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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 TUESDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Controversial Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been known to heckle players from his Staples Center courtside seat. The surprising thing is, its his own players he’s been heckling. The latest player to be on the receiving end of obnoxious comments from his boss is guard Baron Davis. Center Chris Kaman also acknowledged being the subject of taunts. “All kinds of stuff, Kaman said. “Some stuff like, ‘Oh, dunk the ball.’ He owns the team. What do you want me to say? He’s my boss. He signs the check.”

‘™¦ The University of Miami introduced its new football coach Monday. After having some success at Temple (and previously making a stop at Boston College as a defensive assistant in the late 1990s), 41-year-old Al Golden will guide the Hurricanes. In The Miami Herald, Greg Cote wonders why the school turned to an unproven coach.

‘™¦ An ESPN report last week indicated that Carmelo Anthony was demanding a trade from the Nuggets to the Knicks. In Tuesday’s New York Post, Peter Vescey calls out ESPN reporter Chris Sheridan‘s report as a “fake” and writes that “It never happened!” Vescey insists Melo is more likely headed to the Nets if he is traded at all, and that the only way he’ll end up in New York is if he waits to become a free agent next summer.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 14, 1960, the first expansion draft in Major League Baseball history was held, and the Red Sox gave up four players each to the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators. Which player would go on to become one of the Angels best players of the 1960s and later a longtime major league manager? And which player selected by the Senators would return to Boston and play a key role in the front office for many years?

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Read More: Al Golden, Baron Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Donald Sterling

Brett Favre will not play against Giants

12.13.10 at 5:55 pm ET
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Various outlets are reporting via Twitter that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is inactive for Monday night’s game with the Giants, which will end his consecutive games starters streak at 297, an NFL record. Favre has a sprained SC joint in his right shoulder.

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No suspension for Amar’e Stoudemire

12.13.10 at 5:28 pm ET
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Amar’e Stoudemire is in the midst of one of the best stretches of basketball in his career. He has scored more than 30 points in each of the last eight games, all wins for his Knicks. But in the Knicks win over the Nuggets Sunday, Stoudemire got into it with Nene, and there was talk of a possible suspension. Not so, says CBSSports Ken Berger whose sources tell him Stoudemire won’t be suspended.

The Knicks play the Celtics Wednesday in a highly-anticipated matchup.

Read More: Amar'e Stoudemire, celtics, Knicks, Nene

Aaron Rodgers’ status still in doubt

12.13.10 at 4:43 pm ET
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots will not be updated until Wednesday or Thursday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. Rodgers suffered his second concussion this season, late in the second quarter Sunday in the team’s 7-3 to the Lions.

“We’re not going to take any chances,” McCarthy said. “It’s no different than on game day. When it became an issue — was he clear, wasn’t he clear — we pulled him immediately. We’ll err on the side of caution.”

If Rodgers can’t play, the Packers will start third-year quarterback Matt Flynn. The LSU product has made 27 appearances, with no career touchdowns and two interceptions on 46 passing attempts. Flynn went 15-of-26 for 177 yards and one interception against the Lions.

“Matt did some good things,” McCarthy said. “He missed some throws. Probably the biggest criticism I have. He was productive as far as moving the offense. We didn’t help him as far as the run game and the protection was not a positive. He made some throws and he missed some throws.”

Read More: aaron rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Matt Flynn, mike McCarthy

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal asks NFL to televise game

12.13.10 at 4:17 pm ET
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Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is pleading with the NFL to rethink its ban on televising the Giants-Vikings game in Connecticut. In a letter Blumenthal wrote to the NFL, he argued that Connecticut residents should have access to the game.

“Fans in the Giants‘ home viewing area should not be penalized for such an unusual event as the collapse of a stadium roof. It is unreasonable and unfair to suddenly and arbitrarily boot Giants fans in Connecticut out of what is and should be part of the team’s home market for this game,” Blumenthal said.

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. before travel issues and issues with Metrodome roof moved the game to Detroit and a 7:20 start Monday night. Currently, the game will only be shown in New York and Minnesota markets, and on DirectTV.

The NFL will re-air the game on the NFL Network at midnight, after the completion after the original Monday Night Football game between the Ravens and Texans.

Read More: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Richard Blumenthal,

Big Ten announces new football divisional names

12.13.10 at 4:16 pm ET
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The Big Ten conference announced Monday their two football divisions will be called the: Leaders and Legends. With the addition of Nebraska next season, the Big Ten will hold their first championship game December 3, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium the home of the Colts.

The Legends division will be comprised of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. While the Leaders division will have Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Each team will play every team within their division and three games against teams from the other division.

The winner of the conference title will receive the Stagg-Paterno championship trophy, named after Amos Alonzo Stagg (University of Chicago coach) and long-time Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

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Jose Canseco wants to return to baseball

12.13.10 at 4:15 pm ET
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Jose Canseco wants to make a return to baseball according to a series of tweets from the man himself (@JoseCanseco) over the weekend. The 46-year old has not played in the major leagues since 2001 with the White Sox, but has made a series of minor league stints including a stay with the Laredo Broncos in 2010.

In a series of tweets Canseco said:

I can dh for any major league team and lead the league in home runs,just give me the chance

I dream about playing almost every night.when I wake up and realize I am not anymore that’s when the nightmare begins

I am and will always be just simply a baseball player,my tomb stone will just say. Baseball.

Canseco has hit 462 home runs and 1,407 RBIs in his major league career. Since retiring, he has played with eight minor-league teams; with the Broncos last year, Canseco served as a designated hitter and a bench coach.

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Cardinals to stick with rookie John Skelton at quarterback

12.13.10 at 3:29 pm ET
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Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that he will stick with rookie John Skelton at quarterback this week against the Panthers. In his first-career start, Skelton helped the Cardinals break their seven-game losing streak in the team’s 43-13 win over the Broncos Sunday.

“I think we’ll stick with what our plan has always been and that’s to play the best player or the player that gives us the best chance to win, and I think right now that’s John Skelton,” Whisenhunt said. “Until we feel otherwise, we’ll proceed along those lines.”

Skelton was given the start Sunday because Derek Anderson was ruled out with a concussion. Even if Anderson is available for Sunday, Whisenhunt said that he wants to stick with Skelton.

“What I really liked was his demeanor and how he handled himself,” Whisenhunt said of Skelton’s performance. “They brought a lot of pressure yesterday. He was able to handle that and make some throws. There’s potential there to grow into that position and that’s an exciting part of it.”

The Fordham product finished 15-of-37 for 146 yards Sunday.

Read More: Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Ken Whisenhunt, Rumor Mill

NFL reviewing trip by Jets’ coach Sal Alosi

12.13.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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NFL personnel and the Jets said Monday that they are reviewing a trip by a Jets staffer on Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi stuck out his left knee along the sideline to trip up Carroll on punt coverage in the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 10-6 road win.

Carroll was shaken up after the play but managed to walk off the field under his own power. Alosi apologized after the game to both Carroll and Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano.

“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment,” Alosi said in a statement released by the Jets. “My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for.”

Alosi played linebacker at Hofstra from 1996-2000 and is currently in his second stint with the Jets.

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Brett Favre doubtful with swollen collarbone

12.13.10 at 3:22 pm ET
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Brett Favre‘s status for Monday night’s matchup against the Giants is still not definite, but things are looking worse for his record starting streak. The 41-year old is suffering from a severely swollen collarbone according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, and Favre said Sunday that he likely would not be able to play.

The 20-year veteran has not thrown a pass all week long, after injuring his shoulder on the third play from scrimmage against the Bills last Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier is insistent that Favre will be a game-time decision. Favre has started an NFL record 297 consecutive games.

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