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Tweets of the Week: On Cliff Lee, James Harrison, Mark Sanchez

10.22.10 at 10:51 am ET
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Here’s the Oct. 22 edition of Tweets of the Week, where we’€™ll highlight the events of the past seven days with the funniest and most interesting tweets.

Playoff baseball

jimrome He’s going to end up there anyway. Maybe the Yanks can get Texas to sell them Cliff Lee before game 7. They bought the Babe off Boston.

MikeyAdamsWEEI Damn- that Molina family- they sure as hell can produce MLB catchers who can play this game. Big, fat, slow, and clutch. Love Em

realfreemancbs A.J. Burnett is throwing so many balls into dirt he should change his name to A.J. McNabb.

SopanDeb AJ, Kenny Rogers would like to have a word.

idiotsonsports I’m sure Bud Selig and MLB are just thrilled over the prospects of a texas – san fran world series……..

ChiTribRogers I love the Rangers’ antlers routine. But it was even better when Yankee fans parroted it back at Andrus after pickoff. That was funny.

TheBigLead Would rather wear a fecal scented mets tshirt for a week than listen to waldman RT @tvsportsplans: MLB.com audio listen to Sterling/Waldman

williamfleitch This inning is the final proof that every Major League Baseball game needs four right field umpires, all of whom are robots.

NFL’ s new rule on head hits

sportsfrog James Harrison got his feelings hurt, skipped practice and threatened to retire? Did he take his ball, too? #steelers http://yhoo.it/boZ2IU

Jeff_Darlington Karlos Dansby questions when NFL will go to flag football. “We’ll be counting to five Mississippi before 2012,” he said

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NFL instructional video has players ‘on notice,’ features Brandon Meriweather hit

10.22.10 at 9:31 am ET
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NFL.com has released the video that WEEI’s Kirk Minihane alluded to in his report on Goodell’s memo to coaches.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson tells players, “You are on notice” while providing visual outlines of tolerable and intolerable hits. Notably, Brandon Meriweather‘s pop to Todd Heap is featured, and it’s unsurprisingly labeled “inexcusable.” He received a $50,000 fine for the hit, a portion of the $175,000 of total fines issued between him, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

Reactions have been mixed throughout the week. Predictably, defensive players such as Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher were in strong disagreement with the new preventive measures, while those on offense, such as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, were supportive.

The crackdown will begin this weekend, with potential suspensions looming over the games. “So please, know the rules and play by the rules,” Anderson said in the video. “You are on notice, and we will appreciate your compliance.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Worst World Series winners of all-time

10.22.10 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 FRIDAY:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Chargers, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a list of the worst World Series champions. Two of Joe Torre‘s Yankees teams are on it, but the 1987 Twins are at the top. The 1916 Red Sox, with a young lefty pitcher named Babe Ruth, are fifth. Meanwhile, Forbes lists the 1975 Reds, who beat the Red Sox in seven games in a memorable World Series, as the most dominant champion of all-time.

‘™¦ The Yankees are on the brink of elimination as they face the Rangers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night. The bad news? According to a study by The Wall Street Journal of the team’s spending patterns since 1995, the Yankees spend more in offseasons when they lose.

‘™¦ Good news for fans of the Celtics, who went 7-1 in the preseason (while the Heat and Lakers have struggled to 3-4 marks): John Schuhmann at NBA.com writes that preseason stats are in some ways a prediction of what will happen in the regular season. He predicts that the Magic (7-0 preseason) will have the best regular-season record in the NBA in 2010-11.

‘™¦ Heat president Pat Riley and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy used to be close friends when they worked together in Miami, but their relationship has turned 180 degrees, writes Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. He notes that the two have not spoken to each other in two years, and they had a war of words through the press this offseason.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 22, 1951, Lou Boudreau was named Red Sox manager. Whom did he replace?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have come to the decision that I cannot and will not let the league office stop me from playing the game that I love.” ‘€” Steelers linebacker James Harrison, upon returning to the team following his fine for a hit to the head of a Browns receiver

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 ‘€” Power-play goals for the Bruins in Thursday night’s 4-1 win over the Capitals, a team that had not allowed a power-play goal in its first six games

‘NET RESULTS: A Capitals employee promised a puck to a youth hockey player who celebrated a goal by doing a snow angel during the mini-game between periods of the Bruins-Capitals contest in Washington on Tuesday. The whole team decided to get in on the act.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Steve O’Neill

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Leslie West of Mountain turns 65 Friday.

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Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic engaged to Maria Sharapova

10.22.10 at 6:42 am ET
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Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic said he is engaged to tennis star Maria Sharapova, and the agent for the three-time Grand Slam champion confirmed the news to The Associated Press. “We’re engaged and are both really happy,” Vujacic said before Thursday night’s preseason game vs. the Warriors. “It’s good now and we can focus on other things.”

Vujacic returned to action Thursday, a week after teammate Lamar Odom elbowed him in the face at practice, causing a concussion.

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Agent: Vincent Jackson set to return to Chargers

10.22.10 at 6:36 am ET
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The agent for Vincent Jackson said the wide receiver will return to the Chargers next week and sign his contract tender. Jackson will then serve a three-game team suspension then play in the final six games so that he gets his sixth season of credit for unrestricted free agency.

“With the landscape of labor uncertainty, we wanted to create, at this point in time, certainty,” agent Neil Schwartz told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Schwartz had said earlier in the fall that Jackson likely would not play this season. But last week, the NFL Players Association recommended that Jackson and Patriots holdout Logan Mankins report to their teams in time to get credit for a year’s service.

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Heat’s Mike Miller suffers serious hand injury

10.21.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller has an injury to his shooting hand that could sideline him for several weeks, and may keep him out of action when Miami opens the regular season against the Celtics. Miller appeared to injure his right thumb in practice on Wednesday. The Heat are also without guard Dwyane Wade, who suffered an injury several weeks ago.

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Browns linebacker Scott Fujita calls NFL ‘hypocritical’

10.21.10 at 1:06 pm ET
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Cleveland Browns defensive captain Scott Fujita said that the NFL is being “hypocritical” after recently implementing new helmet-to-helmet hits and forthcoming suspensions for them. Fujita cited the league selling photos of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. “That’s the whole point about hypocrisy,” Fujita said. “It’s unbelievable.” The photos have since been pulled from the NFL’s website.

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Attorney for Jets reporter Jenn Sterger met with NFL officials

10.21.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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Joseph Conway, a former federal prosecutor who now represents former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, met with NFL officials investigating the controversial photos that Brett Favre allegedly sent the reporter, and spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday. Conway told the New York Daily News that the conversation he had with NFL officials took place just hours after Favre held a news conference in Minnesota and refused to answer questions on his meeting with league officials.

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James Harrison returns to practice, not retiring

10.21.10 at 10:56 am ET
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison returned to the team’s practice facility on Thursday, just one day after saying that he was contemplating retirement after being fined $75,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Harrison was excused from practice on Wednesday by head coach Mike Tomlin.

Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that his client was “very serious” about retiring after the fine was handed to him by the league.

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Deanna Favre, wife of Vikings QB Brett Favre, appears on GMA

10.21.10 at 10:30 am ET
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Deanna Favre, wife of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss her new book, titled The Cure for the Chronic Life: Overcoming the Hopelessness That Holds You Back. This was Deanna’s first appearance since the allegations that her husband sent inappropriate photos to Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger surfaced.

Deanna Favre said it was faith that got her through her struggles, which was her inspiration to co-write the book. “I can tell you that faith . . . has gotten me through many difficult struggles,” she said.  “It will get me through this one, and that’s the reason Shane [Stanford] and I wrote the book.”

To watch the interview, check out http://abcnews.go.com/gma.

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