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Redskins’ Clinton Portis out 4-6 weeks

10.07.10 at 9:21 am ET
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Redskins running back Clinton Portis is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury he suffered in Sunday’s victory over the Eagles. Coach Mike Shanahan said Portis has a third-degree separation of the left groin, with the muscle separated off the bone. It will not require surgery.

Portis’ injury leaves the Redskins with two inexperienced backs in Ryan Torain and Chad Simpson.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Website promises X-rated Brett Favre photos

10.07.10 at 7:57 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:
NBA Preseason: Celtics at Nets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The sports gossip website Deadspin indicated that it plans to publish X-rated photos of quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday. The site claims the photos were sent from Favre’s cell phone to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger in 2008, when Favre played in New York. Deadspin also promised to post voicemails from Favre in which he comes on to Sterger.

‘™¦ It didn’t take long for an umpire controversy to arise in this year’s baseball playoffs. In the ninth inning of the Yankees‘ 6-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday night, the umps ruled that Yankees right fielder Greg Golson did not catch a fly ball. Television replays appeared to show otherwise.

‘™¦ Forbes has a piece on baseball players in the playoffs who offer their teams the best values. The list is headed by Reds slugger Joey Votto and includes former Red Sox outfielder David Murphy of the Rangers.

‘™¦ With the Braves-Giants National League Division Series starting Thursday, Jeff Schultz in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at the turnaround of Braves starter Derek Lowe. The former Red Sox pitcher signed a four-year $60 million deal then started out slow before going 5-0 in September as the Braves won the wild card.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 7, 1999, the Red Sox suffered what was at the time their worst-ever loss in the postseason, an 11-1 shellacking at the hands of the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS. Which Red Sox pitcher took the loss?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after trading Randy Moss to the Vikings

STAT OF THE DAY: 477 ‘€” Millions of dollars paid by New England Sports Ventures, the company that owns the Red Sox, to purchase the English Premier League soccer team Liverpool

‘NET RESULTS: Northern Ireland soccer player Mattie Burrows scores on a jumping back heel tip shot.

Magic star Dwight Howard has some fun in a commercial with Spanish World Cup soccer standout David Villa.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bret Saberhagen

SOOTHING SOUNDS: John Mellencamp is 59 on Thursday.

Read More: brett favre, David Murphy, Derek Lowe, Joey Votto

LEEInks list: Randy Moss’ most memorable moments with the Patriots

10.06.10 at 3:11 pm ET
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The Patriots acquired wide receiver Randy Moss in 2007 via a trade with the Raiders in exchange for a fourth-round selection in that year’s NFL draft. “It’s something that you dream of,” Moss said, in his first interview as a Patriot, “knowing that the New England Patriots sit high on a lot of people’s charts and as a wide receiver to come in and play with the core guys, with Tom Brady and Kevin Faulk and the offensive line.”

Moss is now on his way to a different group of core guys out in Minnesota, including Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson, as the Patriots have finalized a trade to send Moss to the Vikings for a reported third-round pick in the 2011 draft. As a parting gift, we give you the top 10 most memorable moments in Moss’ career as a Patriot.

10. Sept. 19, 2010: Moss escapes Revis Island

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is known for making star wide receivers “disappear” in games. In 2009 that included Moss, who was held to a total of nine catches, 58 yards and one touchdown in two regular-season matchups. But in this season’s Week 2 battle Moss was able to one-up his rival with a one-handed, 34-yard touchdown catch ‘€” his first of the season and 150th of his career.

9. Jan. 12, 2008: Moss shares his wardrobe preferences

Moss is never one to be lacking in style and flair on the football field, but that doesn’t always translate to his wardrobe. During a press conference after a playoff win against Jacksonville, Moss tried to explain exactly how he chooses his outfits for game day.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos accuse Titans of dirty play

10.06.10 at 7:30 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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:
NBA Preseason: 76ers vs. Celtics, at Manchester, N.H., 7:30 p.m. (WEEI, CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Titans were penalized 10 times for 111 yards on Sunday in a 26-20 loss to the Broncos, and then Tennessee was on the receiving end of some criticisms from Denver players and coaches. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Titans “cheap” after the game, and coach Josh McDaniels had this to say on Monday:

I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be. You can put in any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.

“Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsmanlike game because I know that’s what they were trying to entice us into doing.”

Titans coach Jeff Fisher denied the accusations.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times catches up with former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra, the self-described financial guru who is battling financial and personal troubles but still professes confidence that he will return to glory.

‘™¦ The ground rules at the Rays’ Tropicana Field have been changed, making balls that hit certain parts of the roof a do-over rather than having them be in play as was previously the case.

‘™¦ The Panthers cut receiver Dwayne Jarrett on Tuesday, after he was arrested on a DUI charge for the second time in three seasons. In The Charlotte Observer, Scott Fowler writes that the team waited too long to cut ties with the unproductive former second-round draft pick.

‘™¦ Mike Ilitch, who already owns the Tigers and Red Wings, reportedly is set to purchase the Pistons. In the Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp writes that while local fans might be happy because it means the team won’t bolt town, this ultimately won’t be a good thing for the Pistons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 6, 1962, who was named to succeed Pinky Higgins as Red Sox manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was very satisfying for me as a coach to see our team have that kind of success after they worked so hard at it in practice and talking about it at meetings and so forth. I was happy for them. They deserved it, because they went out and played a good football game ‘€” against a good football team.” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on The Big Show Tuesday afternoon, talking about Monday night’s win over the Dolphins

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 ‘€” Minutes the Heat’s new superstar trio played together in Tuesday night’s preseason game vs. the Pistons in Miami before Dwyane Wade limped off the floor with an injured hamstring.

‘NET RESULTS: Wizards rookie John Wall shows off his 360 move.

A Finnish soccer team embarks on a lengthy Arabian nights celebration after a goal. How was there even time for this?

TRIVIA ANSWER: Johnny Pesky

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Millie Small is 64 on Wednesday.

Read More: Jeff Fisher, Josh McDaniels, Kyle Orton, Lenny Dykstra

Panthers cut Dwayne Jarrett after DWI arrest

10.06.10 at 6:36 am ET
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Hours after his second DWI arrest in less than three years, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett was released by the Panthers. Jarrett had just 35 catches and one touchdown in four seasons in Carolina since being selected in the second round of the 2007 draft out of USC.

“I talked to Dwayne and told him the situation here is just not working out for either side,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “We had a chance to pick up off waivers a receiver we considered claiming when he became available four weeks ago. We wish Dwayne the best.”

The Panthers replaced Jarrett with David Clowney, who was claimed off waivers from the Jets.

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Dwyane Wade hurt in Heat preseason opener

10.06.10 at 6:19 am ET
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Just over three minutes into the first preseason game featuring the Heat’s new superstar lineup, Dwyane Wade limped off the court with a strained right hamstring. He is expected to miss two weeks and return in time for the Oct. 26 season-opener vs. the Celtics in Boston.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh went on to combine for 38 points in the 105-89 victory over the visiting Pistons.

Read More: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Rumor Mill

Report: Cavaliers wanted Larry Bird as coach

10.05.10 at 3:41 pm ET
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According to a CBS Sports report, Celtics great Larry Bird was contacted by the Cavaliers this summer about his interest in returning to coaching before the team hired Byron Scott. The story indicates that Bird took the Cavaliers call but turned down the organization, saying he was likely done coaching.

Bird has not coached since 2000, when he took the Pacers to the NBA finals. In his three seasons at the helm, the Pacers went 147-67 and he was named Coach of the Year after the 1997-98 season. Bird remains the only person in league history to win an MVP and Coach of the Year award.

The three-time NBA champion has served as Pacers president of basketball operations since 2003. In his six seasons, the team has made two coaching changes, with none of the coaches achieving the same measure of success.

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Ryder Cup captaincy interests Jose Maria Olazabal

10.05.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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Less than a day after the European Ryder Cup team defeated the United States in thrilling fashion, Jose Maria Olazabal has admitted he is attracted by the notion of captaining the 2012 team. Olazabal served as one of the vice captains to Colin Montgomerie for the past two Ryder Cups and has played in seven of the tournaments.

The one major concern for Olazabal is his health. The 44-year-old has rheumatoid arthritis, which has cut down his ability to participate in Tour events. His health appears to be the sole factor holding the popular Spaniard back from being the captain in 2012 when the tournament will be held outside Chicago.

“You need to be close to the players and play with them during the qualifying process, that is why [health] is the only question mark,” Olazabal said. “But I have always said the Ryder Cup is special, it’s a unique event, and it’s been great to be part of it.”

Read More: colin montgomerie, jose marie olazabal, Rumor Mill,

Report: Seahawks acquire Marshawn Lynch from Bills

10.05.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Seahawks acquired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Bills for a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

Lynch had expressed an interest in leaving Buffalo, but the Bills were said to have no plans to trade the fourth-year pro. In four games this season, Lynch has rushed 37 times for 164 yards, an average of 4.4 per carry and 41.0 per game.

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Report: A.J. Burnett won’t start ALDS game for Yankees

10.05.10 at 2:12 pm ET
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The Yankees announced that their rotation for the first three games of the American League Division Series against the Twins will be CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. The team did not name a Game 4 starter, but an ESPN report indicated that A.J. Burnett will be passed over and Sabathia brought back on short rest if needed.

Burnett, in the second year of an $82.5 million, five-year contract, went 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA this season.

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