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Thrashers sign Fredrik Modin

09.06.10 at 6:44 pm ET
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The Thrashers announced on Monday that they have signed free agent forward Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract. A veteran of 13 years in the league, Moding had 11 points last season in 44 games between the Blue Jackets and the Kings.

Modin has also played for the Maple Leafs and Lightning, the latter of which he won a Stanley Cup with in 2004. Over his career, the Sweden native has totaled 454 points.

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Report: Dixon to start Steelers opener

09.06.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Bob Pompeani of KDKA TV in Pittsburgh, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has named Dennis Dixon the starting quarterback for the team’s season-opener Sunday vs. the Falcons.

The Steelers have been in a bit of a unique situation regarding the quarterback position. Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended by the league for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On top of that, the strong-armed Byron Leftwich suffered an MCL injury in the preaseason and, upon receiving a second opinion, will know just how long he will be out.

A fifth round pick in both the NFL (2008) and MLB (2007) drafts, Dixon has one career start under his belt. In that game, a 20-17 loss to the Ravens, he completed 12 of 26 pass attempts while adding a touchdown and an interception.

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon, Rumor Mill,

U.S. basketball routs Angola at worlds

09.06.10 at 1:17 pm ET
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Chauncey Billups scored 19 points Monday to lead the United States to a 121-66 rout of Angola in the final game of the group stage at the world championships in Istanbul. Billups scored 16 of his points in the first half, as the Americans led 33-13 lead after one quarter and 65-33 at the half.

The U.S. will play either Russia or New Zealand on Thursday night in the elimination round.

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Report: T.J. Houshmandzadeh to join Ravens

09.06.10 at 12:19 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has agreed to a one-year deal worth $855,000 with the Ravens. Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks’ leading receiver last season despite receiving and touchdown numbers that were his lowest in years, is owed $6.15 million by Seattle following his release.

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Report: Matt Leinart to sign with Texans

09.06.10 at 11:30 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texans after being released by the Cardinals. He is expected to join the team Monday and be the third-string QB, behind starter Matt Schaub and backup Dan Orlovsky.

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Jets owner will buy tickets to avoid blackout

09.06.10 at 7:54 am ET
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According to a report in the New York Post, the Jets have more than 1,500 non-premium seats unsold for next Monday night’s season opener vs the Ravens. The team announced that there is “no chance” the game will be blacked out, as Jets owner Woody Johnson can purchase the available seats to guarantee TV coverage. Owners are allowed to buy any unsold non-premium seats for 34 cents on the dollar, meaning it would cost Johnson approximately $100,000 to make it a sellout.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rare umpire ruling ends Rangers-Twins game

09.06.10 at 7:29 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ The American League West-leading Rangers were swept by the Central-leading Twins over the weekend, and Sunday’s game ended in some controversy. The Rangers were rallying and had the game-tying run within 90 feet of home when third base coach Dave Anderson was called for interfering with runner Michael Young because umpire Alfonso Marquez claimed the two touched hands as Young tried to stop while rounding the base. Anderson and Young insist they never made contact. Here is the video, but it’s not conclusive. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Gil LeBreton writes that fans shouldn’t worry about the suddenly struggling and injury-plagued Rangers, who still lead their division by eight games.

♦ In the New York Post, Joel Sherman is calling on Yankees manager Joe Girardi to bat the struggling Derek Jeter at the bottom of the order, calling him “the weakest link in the everyday lineup.”

♦ After the embarrassment of North Carolina having 13 players yanked under a cloud of NCAA suspicion prior to Saturday’s loss to LSU, coach Butch Davis should resign immediately, according to Terence Moore at AOL FanHouse.

♦ Quarterback Matt Leinart was released by the Cardinals, and at Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole explains why his teammates did not respect the 2006 draft’s No. 10 overall pick.

♦ The coach of the Russian national basketball team at the world championships is Framingham product David Blatt. In The New York Times, Pete Thamel explains how Blatt, a European coaching legend, came to coach the Russians.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox traded away a young local product to the Pirates, and he would go on to become a productive pitcher with another team. Who is he?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I felt fine, physically. I don’t think it had anything to do with the amount of pitches. A walk and a bloop hit. I couldn’t finish the job, basically.” — Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, after blowing the save and taking the loss in Sunday’s 7-5 setback vs. the White Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 — Consecutive losses by the Padres, whose lead in the National League West over the second-place Giants is down to one game

‘NET RESULTS: A fan at a Dodgers game takes a batting practice home run off his head.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Wilbur Wood

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries is 39 today.

Read More: Butch Davis, Dave Anderson, Derek Jeter, Michael Young

Darrelle Revis holdout ended with seven-year Jets deal

09.06.10 at 1:01 am ET
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According to multiple reports, the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis have agreed to a seven-year contract extension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the numbers on the the deal are “likely to be a team, but not NFL record.” Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting the deal has $32 million in guaranteed money and can be voided to four years and $46 million.

Revis held out of training and the preseason with three years remaining on his rookie contract. He was seeking a 10-year deal worth more on average than the three-year, $45.3 million contract the Raiders gave to Nnamdi Asomugha in February of 2009. Speculation that a deal could be reached heated up Sunday night when reports surfaced that head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson had flown to Florida to meet with the cornerback and his mother.

The Jets confirmed a deal had been reached, with Revis tweeting the following:

“To my family, [agents] neil [Schwartz], & john [Feinsod] I love u guys I’m comin home baby!!! Revis Island LET’S GO.”

Since the Jets traded up 11 spots to select the Pitt product with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Revis has established himself among the elite at his position. He had 31 passes defended last season and a career-high six interceptions.

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Rumor Mill,

Nationals’ Nyjer Morgan suspended 8 games for brawl

09.03.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended eight games for his role in Wednesday night’s brawl with the Marlins. Morgan charged the mound after a pitch was thrown behind him, which led to players on both teams clearing the benches.

Also for the Nationals, pitcher Doug Slaten and third base coach Pat Listach were suspended three games, and manager Jim Riggelman got two games.

Here’s the video of the brawl:

Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad was suspended six games, pitcher Alex Sanabia five games, first baseman Gaby Sanchez three and manager Edwin Rodriguez one.

Read More: Chris Volstad, Nyjer Morgan, Rumor Mill,

Ndamukong Suh fined $7,500 by NFL for hit

09.03.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Friday for his hit on quarterback Jake Delhomme in a preseason game. Suh grabbed Delhomme’s facemask and twisted the Browns QB’s head around, then threw him to the ground after he had released a pass, although the rookie said he wasn’t aware the ball had left Delhomme’s hands.

Here’s the video of the play:

Read More: Jake Delhomme, Ndamukong Suh, Rumor Mill,