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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.”

Read More: David Garrard, Rumor Mill, Todd Bouman, Trent Edwards

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.

Read More: Alberto Contador, Tiki Barber, Tom Coughlin,

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.

Read More: Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kassim Osgood, Rumor Mill

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.

Read More: Angels, Carl Crawford, red sox, Rumor Mill

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.”

Read More: Dwight Howard, NBA, Orlando Magic, Rumor Mill

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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks deny tampering with Carmelo Anthony

09.29.10 at 7:43 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:
NHL Preseason: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m.
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ While a rumored Carmelo Anthony trade appears to be losing steam to the point of being dead, the Knicks are denying accusations of tampering. New York was not involved in the reported four-team deal, but the Knicks come into play because Anthony has expressed an interest in making Madison Square Garden his new home, and he becomes a free agent next offseason ‘€” assuming he doesn’t sign a contract extension with a team that might acquire him in a trade. Anthony spent last week hanging around with new Knick Amar’e Stoudemire. Then, at Nuggets media day earlier this week, Anthony insisted he never asked for a trade.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News looks at some recent Jets castoffs who starred over the weekend, including new Patriot Danny Woodhead.

‘™¦ The Rays’ lack of fan support has become a hot-button issue after players complained about the small crowds. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan writes that Major League Baseball shares in the blame for expanding into Florida.

‘™¦ With a new cry for college athletes to get paid, Gregg Doyel at CBSSports.com explains that they already do get some form of payment. One of his examples is the $41 off-campus meal allowance for Boston College athletes. Meanwhile, the University of California dropped five sports, including baseball, for financial reasons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox played their final game of the season. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski finished with an average of .301, which ranks as the lowest average ever to lead the league. Which Red Sox player finished first in the AL in RBIs, with 109.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Watching the games on TV is going to feel weird.” ‘€” David Ortiz, following the Red Sox’ elimination from postseason contention Tuesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 17,891 ‘€” Attendance at Tuesday’s game in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Rays clinched a playoff spot with a 5-0 win over the Orioles one day after players criticized fans for a lack of support

‘NET RESULTS: A 17-year-old with Down syndrome, Ike Ditzenberger, scored a memorable touchdown in a high school football game in Snohomish, Wash.

Caleb Jennings of Division 3 Emory & Henry College has the early lead on touchdown run of the year.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Harrelson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jerry Lee Lewis is 75 on Wednesday.

Read More: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony,

Jaguars claim Trent Edwards

09.29.10 at 7:05 am ET
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One day after his release from the Bills, quarterback Trent Edwards was picked up by the Jaguars. Jacksonville has been frustrated with starter David Garrard, who threw four interceptions before being benched in a Week 2 loss to the Chargers and completed just 13-of-30 passes for 105 yards with an interception on Sunday vs. the Eagles.

Jags backup Luke McCown tore a knee ligament in Week 2 and is on injured reserve. Jacksonville had signed 38-year-old Todd Bouman as a replacement.

Read More: David Garrard, Rumor Mill, Trent Edwards,

Agent: 46-year-old John Carney returning to Saints

09.29.10 at 7:00 am ET
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According to his agent, 46-year-old kicker John Carney will return to the NFL, signing with the Saints. Carney worked out for his former team Tuesday after Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime Sunday in an eventual loss to the Falcons. A source told The Associated Press that Hartley, 4-for-7 this season after starring in last season’s playoffs, will remain with the club.

Carney played for the Saints last season when Hartley was suspended four games following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, and he remained active for 11 games before becoming the team’s kicking consultant.

Read More: John Carney, Rumor Mill,