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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Derek Jeter a cheater or gamer?

09.17.10 at 7:47 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 TODAY:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Rapids, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NFL: Patriots at Jets, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In Wednesday night’s Yankees-Rays game, Derek Jeter gave an Oscar-worthy performance faking injury after a pitch hit his bat and not his arm as he indicated. At USA Today, Mike Lopresti continues the debate about whether Jeter is a cheater or a gamer. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Jeter hadn’t oversold the call and accepted medical treatment. For what it’s worth, Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was ejected arguing the incident, later called it “a heady play.”

‘™¦ Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock writes that Redskins running back Clinton Portis should not have had to apologize for his comments about the Jets-Ines Sainz controversy. David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune writes that Sainz is a poor example of women covering sports.

‘™¦ Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley weighed in on the Frank and Jamie McCourt controversy, suggesting that the team would be better off with new ownership. “The current Dodger ownership has lost all credibility throughout the city,” O’Malley told The Los Angeles Times.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 17, 1953, which Red Sox pitcher broke a 45-year-old American League record by appearing in his 67th game of the season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can sum it up like this: The Patriots hate the Jets, but I still think the Indianapolis Colts [are] the bigger rivalry. The simple fact is: The Patriots respect the Colts, the Patriots hate the Jets.” ‘€” NBC Sports NFL analyst and former Patriot Rodney Harrison, on Thursday’s Dale & Holley show

STAT OF THE DAY: 30 ‘€” Arrests of players during the tenure of Urban Meyer as University of Florida football coach

‘NET RESULTS: Austrian tennis player Daniel Koellerer adds to his controversial legacy when he takes a dive after apparently being brushed by his opponent’s racket.

Nice soccer goal by Germany’s Thomas Muller.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ellis Kinder

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimmie Rodgers turns 77 Saturday.

Read More: Clinton Portis, Derek Jeter, Frank McCourt, Ines Sainz

Report: Michael Vick to start Sunday

09.16.10 at 5:51 pm ET
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Sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Michael Vick will start for the Eagles on Sunday against the Lions.

This would be Vick’s first NFL start since December 31, 2006.

Vick played well for the Eagles in relief of Kevin Kolb (concussion) in a Week 1 loss to the Packers, throwing for 175 yards and a score and rushing for 103 yards.

Read More: Kevin Kolb, michael vick, Rumor Mill,

Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces eight charges

09.16.10 at 5:38 pm ET
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. was charged with four felonies and four misdemeanors Thursday for his alleged involvement in a domestic dispute in Las Vegas, which led to his arrest last week.

A criminal complaint filed in Clark County, Nevada, shows that Mayweather is facing two felony counts of coercion, one grand larceny count, one felony robbery count, and misdemeanor counts of harassment and domestic violence.

The former world champion boxer allegedly made threats to kill his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris on September 9 while visiting at her home in Las Vegas. The two have three children together. Mayweather also allegedly pulled her hair, threw her to the ground and told her that he could make her current boyfriend “disappear.”

If found guilty on all charges, Mayweather could face up to 30 years in prison, according to a Clark County spokesman.

Read More: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Josie Harris, Rumor Mill,

Restraining order against Shannon Sharpe dropped

09.16.10 at 3:38 pm ET
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A restraining order against former NFL star and current TV analyst Shannon Sharpe was withdrawn Wednesday in Fulton County, Georgia.

Michele Bundy, who was granted a temporary restraining order by the court against Sharpe earlier in the week, voluntarily withdrew the complaint.

Sharpe had taken a leave of absence from his work as a studio analyst on CBS until the case was resolved, but the network announced Thursday that Sharpe will return for Sunday.

“We are pleased that Shannon will be in his usual position with The NFL Today on Sunday,” CBS spokesperson LeslieAnn Wade said.

Read More: CBS, Michele Bundy, Rumor Mill, Shannon Sharpe

New team in Carmelo Anthony derby: Philly?

09.16.10 at 10:05 am ET
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You can add another team to the race to acquire Carmelo Anthony: Philadelphia. CBSsports’ Ken Berger writes that the Sixers might have the pieces to make a play for Melo. They have expiring contracts — Willie Green and Jason Kapono — and young talent in Thaddeus Young and maybe even Andre Iguodala. The Sixers are now run by Rod Thorn, who just happened to come over from New Jersey, thought to be the leader in the chase.

Either way it’s looking more and more likely that the Nuggets will be broken up soon.

Read More: Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Rumor Mill,

Detroit Lions step up and finally get cheerleaders … sort of

09.16.10 at 9:35 am ET
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The Detroit Lions, who haven’t had cheerleaders in their 76-year history, are bringing in a group of pom-pom waivers, although there will be some stipulations.

According to the Detroit News, the Lions will be allowing a group called the “Detroit Pride” to cheer on the sidelines of Ford Field Sunday. But, as Terry Foster writes, the Lions are easing into things a bit.

They’re not recognized as the Lions official cheerleaders. In fact, team officials and the Pride had to agree on a few rules of etiquette before the group was allowed inside Ford Field.

‘€¢ They are not allowed to perform organized cheers.

‘€¢ They cannot obstruct the view of fans.

‘€¢ They are not allowed to take group photos with fans. Only two girls may appear in photos, so they plan to walk through Ford Field in rows of two.

‘€¢ They cannot wear Lions logos or team colors. Although there is blue in their uniforms, it will not be “Honolulu blue.”

The Pride will be like any of the other 60,000 fans, just differently.

“We are not going to do anything that would cause us to be asked to leave and we do not want them (the Lions) mad,” said Andrea Wiliamowski, director of operations for the Pride. “We want them to like us. We want to show the Ford organization and the Lions that this is something people want.

“We want to support the team because we believe they deserve it. We believe they are going to do well and we want to make them happy.”

To read the complete report click here.

Read More: Rumor Mill,

Could Laurence Maroney be part of Broncos’ long-term plans?

09.16.10 at 9:05 am ET
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Denver head coach Josh McDaniels was asked about his team’s thoughts on working out a contract extension with newly-acquired running back Laurence Maroney. This is what he said (according to the Denver Post):

“Certainly we would love to have an opportunity to keep a young player at that position around for more than a year,” McDaniels said. “I think that would be the goal for sure ‘€” to give us some guys that really have an opportunity to be here for a long time.”

Maroney is the final year of his rookie contract and will become eligible for free agency following this season.

For the complete report click here.

Read More: Rumor Mill,

NFL stands to lose $8.2 billion with lockout

09.16.10 at 8:39 am ET
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This from BusinessWire.com …

The NFL is expected to account for 40 percent of the $20.3 billion sports franchising industry in 2010, reaching $8.2 billion. Having experienced tremendous growth over the past five years, increasing at an average annual rate of 7.5 percent since 2005, the league would suffer a colossal revenue loss of roughly $7.6 billion if a lockout occurred; however, IBISWorld projects that long-term repercussions would be minimal.

The report goes on to say that the players stand to lose 30 percent of their careers considering the average career length for the sport is 3.3 years with a median salary of  $770,000.

For the complete report click here.

Read More: Rumor Mill,

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Namath feuds with Jets receiver

09.16.10 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:
No local games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was the subject of some critical comments from Joe Namath after New York’s Monday night loss to the Ravens. The former quarterback said Edwards “can’t catch the ball … or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches.” On Wednesday, Edwards responded. While he said he respected the Jets legend, Edwards was not pleased, saying: “Tell him next time he’s here, stop by my locker and tell me that.”

‘™¦ In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ashley Fox writes that reporter Ines Sainz “brought the Jets’ behavior on herself” and explains how women should act in the locker room, recounting her own run-in with members of the Eagles. Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan said he volunteered to talk to the NFL about the situation.

‘™¦ In Los Angeles Times Magazine, Baxter Holmes writes about the downfall of the USC football and blames the program’s arrogance.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 16, 1965, which Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter to beat the Indians, 2-0? Bonus question: Which future Red Sox pitcher was the hard-luck loser for Cleveland?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “By law, women must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. Please remember that women reporters are professionals and should be treated as such.” ‘€” The NFL, in a memo to teams in the aftermath of the Jets controversy

STAT OF THE DAY: 2.48 ‘€” Clay Buchholz‘ ERA, second-best in the American League, after Wednesday’s 5-1 win over the Mariners

‘NET RESULTS: A high school football player ‘€” University of Kentucky-bound Ashley Lowery ‘€” has one of the best leaps over a defender ever. And he scores a touchdown on the play.

From the Canadian Football League, a defensive player recovers a fumble, only to drop the ball while running into the end zone and watch the other team recover it.

St. Louis Cardinals players Adam Wainwright and Skip Schumaker perform a strange pregame ritual in the dugout.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Morehead, who beat Luis Tiant

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Betty Kelly of Martha & the Vandellas is 66 today.

Read More: braylon edwards, Ines Sainz, Joe Namath,

Soccer, fake? Couldn’t be.

09.15.10 at 6:20 pm ET
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I’m not sure which is worse: that the country of Togo sent a fake soccer team, or that Bahrain only beat the faux Togo team 3-0. And isn’t all soccer fake by the way?