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Ozzie Guillen set to return to White Sox

09.28.10 at 11:17 am ET
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Ozzie Guillen said he will be coming back as manager of the Chicago White Sox in 2011. Guillen is already under contract for next season with a team option for 2012, but there had been speculation he would leave to join another club. The announcement was made  after Guillen had separate discussions on Monday with both White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams.

“I’m very excited,” Guillen said before Monday night’s game against Boston. “I want to be a White Sox for the rest of my life.” The White Sox are 83-73 and have been eliminated from postseason contention.

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Ray Rice nursing ‘significant’ knee bruise

09.28.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has a bruised knee, an injury that leaves his status in doubt for this week’s AFC North showdown against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice left Sunday’s game against the Browns with just under 10 minutes left after catching a short pass for a 4-yard gain and getting tackled by Ahtyba Rubin. An MRI on Monday revealed “a significant contusion,” according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

When asked if he expected Rice to play Sunday, Harbaugh said, “We’ll see how he fares throughout the week. We’ll see how it heals.” The team would not reveal whether it was the right or left knee that Rice hurt.

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Bill Polian says debate on 18-game NFL season is over

09.28.10 at 11:09 am ET
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Colts president Bill Polian believes that the debate is over, and the NFL will soon be expanding its season to an 18-game schedule. The competition committee member referred to the decision as a “fait accompli” twice during his weekly radio show Monday night. “I think that the owners, and principally the commissioner, have decided that it’s the way to go, and so the debate, such as it was, is over,” Polian said.

Officially, nothing has changed. Although league owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell have expressed support for cutting the preseason schedule from four games to two and expanding the regular-season schedule from 16 to 18, the format change hasn’t been approved by either the owners or the NFL Players Association.

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Jack Del Rio on the hot seat?

09.28.10 at 11:02 am ET
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The clock started ticking for Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio last season when owner Wayne Weaver said he didn’t expect to be home for the playoffs. Now that the Jags have started the season 1-2 with two straight 25-point losses, Del Rio is under pressure to turn it around. But, the coach said that he isn’t feeling the heat, according to the Jacksonville Sun. “I am doing well, thank you for asking,” he said. “I assume you’re asking because you care about me. I appreciate that.”

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Angels plan big push for Crawford

09.28.10 at 8:10 am ET
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According to ESPN.com, the Angels “are planning an aggressive push” to sign free agent-to-be Carl Crawford. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, whose locker at the All-Star Game in Anaheim this summer was located next to that of Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, is hitting .309/.360/.491/.851 with 16 homers and 46 steals. According to the report, the Angels plan a hard push for the well-rounded outfielder, despite expectations that he will receive a deal in the vicinity of six years and $100 million, though the Halos would bow out of the bidding if Crawford’s price significantly exceeds that.

Angels GM Tony Reagins told the website that the Angels will have the resources to spend this offseason.

“You always have to take account of how the finances work, but we’re not limited financially in any way,” Reagins said. “Whatever we need to do that makes sense and that’s reasonable, we’ll address.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Evan Longoria rips Rays fans

09.28.10 at 7:47 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 TODAY:
NHL Preseason: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m.
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team’s lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays’ loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: “It’s kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It’s actually embarrassing for us.” Added Longoria: “It’s disheartening. It’s something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. It’s not a jab at the fans. It’s not a kick below the belt. Obviously, you want to bring a championship to Tampa and we’d like for more than [12,000] to 15,000 to know about it.”

‘™¦ Some NBA teams held their media day on Monday along with the Celtics. In Denver, Carmelo Anthony denied ever asking for a trade while the team tried to firm up a deal to send him to New Jersey. In Miami, the Heat talked about their “unprecedented” situation.

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan continues to defend his players against accusations of a team gone wild.

‘™¦ The Oakland Tribune looks at the passing of Raiders legend George Blanda.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 28, 2005, a Red Sox player scored his 100th run of the season, making the Sox the first team since 1950 to have four players with 100 or more runs. Who were the four players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My whole career I’ve been the measuring stick. Glad to see I’m still relevant.” ‘€” Shaquille O’Neal, at Monday’s Celtics media day, referring to a comment by Kobe Bryant that the Lakers guard has one more championship ring than Shaq

STAT OF THE DAY: 100 ‘€” Runs batted in this season for David Ortiz, who reached the milestone Monday night vs. the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Ohio high school football player Marky Thompkins hurdles two defenders on his way to the end zone.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Edgar Renteria, Johnny Damon, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ben E. King turns 72 on Tuesday.

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Carmelo Anthony denies asking Nuggets for trade

09.27.10 at 9:36 pm ET
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While rumors continue to swirl about the Nuggets and Nets trying to put a deal in place to move Carmelo Anthony from Denver, the forward spoke at his team’s media day and denied ever asking for a trade. “I’ve never said I wanted to be traded,” he said. “I never once said anything about trade talk.”

The Nuggets reportedly had a four-team deal in place but hesitated because the players they would have acquired ‘€” Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko and Nets rookie Derrick Favors (along with two future first-round draft picks) ‘€” would have pushed the team $4.8 million further over the salary cap, meaning a tax of $4.8 million on top of that.

Another potential holdup in any trade is whether Anthony will sign an extension with his new team, which likely won’t risk having him for only one season before he becomes a free agent.

Anthony said Monday that he’s focused on the Nuggets.

“I’m here today. Whatever the future holds, it holds,” he said. “I’m leaving my options open right now.

“At the end of the season, I’ll sit down with my team, I’ll sit down with the Nuggets, and we’ll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I’m just excited to get back to the court.

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Report: Victor Martinez’ offer may have been for $22 million

09.27.10 at 4:29 pm ET
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According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, one baseball executive estimates that the two-year offer the Red Sox extended to Victor Martinez was for “about” $22 million. Heyman cites another executive saying that he doesn’t believe DH David Ortiz will hit the free agent market, and sees Detroit and the Angels as possible suitors for third baseman Adrian Beltre. To read the complete story click here.

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Driver convicted of murder in Adenhart crash

09.27.10 at 3:39 pm ET
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Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, was convicted of murder Monday eighteen months after a car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels rookie Nick Adenhart, 22, and two others. Gallo, a recovering alcoholic, had previously been convicted of a DUI and faces up to 55 years in prison for three second-degree counts of murder.

Adenhart made his first career start on April 8, 2009 and pitched six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics. Just after midnight Gallo ran a red light and hit the car Adenhart and three other people were traveling in. Courtney Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25, died at the crash scene while Adenhart died at a hospital in surgery. The fourth person in the car, Jon Wilhite, 24, suffered serious injuries.

After the crash Gallo, fled the scene and when caught posted a .19 % blood-alcohol level. He and his stepbrother, Raymond Rivera, had been drinking at two separate establishment that evening.

The Angels had slotted Adenhart in as their third starter going into the 2009 season after he was named the Angels’ number one prospect in 2009.  For the rest of the season the team’s uniforms were adorned with a No. 34 patch on the sleeve in his honor.

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Gilbert Arenas subdued at Wizards media day

09.27.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who was suspended last season after bringing a gun into the locker room, participated in the team’s media day Monday in Washington. Arenas took questions briefly and was more reserved than he has been in years past. “I’m more to myself now,” he said. “You’re getting older, so you automatically grow.”

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