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Tough luck continues for Lions with controversial call and Matthew Stafford injury

09.13.10 at 9:12 am ET
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With only 24 ticks on the clock in their contest with the Bears, the Lions seemed primed for their first road win in three years. But a late and controversial call on what appeared to be a Calvin Johnson touchdown catch allowed the Lions to continue doing what they do best: lose.

It was about the only good throw for Shaun Hill, who entered following a Matthew Stafford shoulder injury. He finished 9-of-19 with no touchdowns and one interception to go with a lost fumble, five three-and-outs and only three first downs.

And this might be a sight Detroit fans have to stomach for at least two more weeks. According to a profootballtalk.com report, the organization fears Stafford could miss 2-3 weeks at minimum, and as many as six weeks. NFL.com’s Jason La Confora seconds the Lions’ fears. Stafford, who went 11-of-15 for 83 yards before being taken out after a hit by Julius Peppers, will undergo X-rays and an MRI Monday morning to reveal the exact extent of the damage.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets being investigated for behavior toward female reporter

09.13.10 at 7:10 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan, assistant coach Dennis Thurman and some players are being investigated for inappropriate behavior toward a female reporter who was at the team’s practice Saturday. Ines Sainz of Mexico’s TV Azteca was at practice to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez when Thurman and others allegedly overthrew passes during drills so the balls would land near her. After practice, when Sainz entered the locker room, several players reportedly hooted and hollered. Sainz later tweeted in Spanish that she was “dying of embarrassment.” Jets management said that the issue was addressed during a team meeting, and the NFL is looking into it. Meanwhile, another report indicates the league is investigating Ryan and assistant coach Marty Schottenheimer for allegedly overseeing Sanchez’ offseason workouts in California. In the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes about the unwanted attention as the Jets prepare to open their season with a Monday night game against the Ravens.

‘™¦ A motivated U.S. squad won the world championship in Istanbul behind Kevin Durant‘s MVP effort, proving the doubters wrong.

‘™¦ Angels manager Mike Scioscia supports expanding baseball’s postseason but suggests trimming the regular season by four games in order to allow time without extending the World Series into November.

‘™¦ Women’s Professional Soccer will not replace outgoing commissioner Tonya Antonucci, with team owners set to play a larger role in running the struggling league.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 13, 1946, the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant with a 1-0 victory over Indians. Who scored the lone run on an inside-the-park home run?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’€™m not saying that I’€™m not appreciated here, but this is the last year of my contract and there hasn’€™t been anything discussed, there has not been anything said, not a letter, nothing. I’€™m not saying that I want to stay here, but I love playing here. If the future of my job lets me go to another team, then that what’€™s it gonna be. Right now I have a contract with the New England Patriots, I’€™m going to play my last year out and do it to the best of my ability.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss, following Sunday’s 38-24 victory over the Benglas

STAT OF THE DAY: 231 ‘€” Rushing yards for Texans running back Arian Foster in Houston’s 34-24 victory over the Colts on Sunday, the second most ever in an NFL opener

‘NET RESULTS: Fantastic finish to a high school football game, with an 80-yard touchdown to win the game on the final play.

A soccer goalie makes a save on a penalty kick, but he neglects to make sure the ball is out of harm’s way, and it rolls in for a goal while he is celebrating.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ted Williams, with the only inside-the-park home run of his career

SOOTHING SOUNDS: David Clayton-Thomas, lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears, is 69 Monday.

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Stan Van Gundy fires back at Pat Riley

09.12.10 at 6:45 am ET
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Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy fired back after Miami Heat president Pat Riley’s comments regarding the criticism surrounding the building of his team. “I thought it was pretty typical,” Van Gundy told OrlandoMagic.com. “I was kind of amused by it, especially reading down through the interview. He goes into Charles Barkley, me and Otis and then says he doesn’t worry about what people say … Wait, you called the press conference, you went off … and you don’t care what people say? Clearly, he cares a great deal about what people say. I was laughing when I saw that.” To see the complete report click here.

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Report: 49ers’ Vernon Davis highest-paid tight end… again

09.11.10 at 4:00 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 49ers have signed tight end Vernon Davis to a five-year, $37 million contract extension. The deal makes Davis,  the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, the highest-paid tight end in the history of the league. Davis had 13 touchdowns last season for San Francisco, leading all NFL tight ends.

Such a rich deal is nothing new for Davis. In fact, he was the highest-paid tight end in the history of the league when he signed his first pact, worth $23 million over five years.

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Allen Iverson could end up in China

09.11.10 at 11:40 am ET
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According to reports out of China, and HoopsMarket.com, Allen Iverson is in negotiations with the Chinese professional team, Foshan, to play in the country next season. Iverson is a free agent, having last played for the 76ers before leaving the club due to personal reasons in February. Iverson has developed an enormous popularity in Asia throughout his professional career.

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First Pitch: George W. Bush vs. Barack Obama

09.11.10 at 11:10 am ET
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Regardless of your political stance, you’€™ve gotta admit one thing: George W. Bush’€™s first pitch in 2001 dominated Barack Obama’€™s first pitch in 2009. It was like Sandy Koufax vs. Heathcliff Slocumb. It’€™s difficult to imagine that W. ever got a standing ovation. At any time during his presidency. Anywhere in the world. Especially New York.

(tip of the cap to onemansjunk.tumblr.com)

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The worst high school football plays ever

09.11.10 at 10:51 am ET
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(Courtesy Prep Rally)

This has to be at the top of the charts …

Another good one …

Johan Santana to have second-straight season-ending surgery

09.10.10 at 8:46 pm ET
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The Mets have announced that for the second year in a row, Mets lefty Johan Santana will have season-ending surgery when the anterior capsule in his left shoulder is operated on. Santana, who has an 11-9 record and 2.98 ERA this season, his third as a member of the Mets. At exactly 199 innings on the year, Santana will fall just one inning shy of reaching 200, something he has done five time already in his career.

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Royals sign former Dolphins QB Pat White

09.10.10 at 6:34 pm ET
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The Royals announced Friday that they signed former Dolphins quarterback Pat White to a minor league deal.

“We are excited about the level of interest Pat has in becoming a Major League player and being a Kansas City Royal,” Director of Baseball Operations Lonnie Goldberg said in a press release. “Any time that you can add an athletic-type player to your organization, you try to do it. We know the NFL may still be an option and we have discussed that with Pat, but are excited that he is open to the idea of playing professional baseball for the Royals.”

White was drafted in the fourth round by the Angels as an outfielder out of high school, but he opted instead to pursue football at West Virginia. The Angels drafted him again in 2007 and the Reds chose him in 2008. He instead stuck with football and became a second round pick of the Dolphins in 2009. He was cut last week after just one season in the league.

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What’s your Sports Twi-Q? Episode 2

09.10.10 at 3:13 pm ET
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Welcome back to ‘€œName that Tweet’€–the game show where everybody’€™s a loser (including the host)! If you didn’€™t watch the first episode, here’€™s the deal: An athlete or celebrity posted the following 140-character thought on his/her twitter account over the last week. It’€™s your job to figure out who produced these Shakespearean efforts.

1. ‘€œRIP Tupac. 14 years later, and we miss you more than ever.’€

Terrell Owens or Spencer Pratt?

These guys are definitely ‘€œ2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted‘€. I can see T.O. pumping Tupac through his headphones before playing against on Sunday, but I’€™m having trouble picturing Spencer blasting ‘€œWhen Thugz Cry’€ before he does whatever he does on Sundays (probably worshiping the devil).

Answer: Click here.

2. ‘€œwatched some footbal on the precor…was going to skip the gym but went for it…I’m not doing anything but relaxing the rest of the day!’€

Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Ryan Seacrest?

It’€™s the battle of the Pretty Boys. Floyd knocks people out in the ring, making a boatload of money prancing around the mat. Seacrest knocks people off of American Idol, raking in a ton of cash just plain prancing around.

Answer: Click here

3. ‘€œSitting pool side in Maui getting a foot rub who wants to trade places with me’€

Paul Pierce or Paris Hilton?

They’€™ve both earned a foot rub. Pierce has appeared inside the lines of an NBA court 985 times, and Paris has appeared inside a courtroom for blowing lines approximately 985 times. At the Buzz Club in 2000, Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back. In House of Wax In 2005, Paris was stabbed once, directly in the face.

Answer: Click here. 

4. “The devil is at work tonight bothering me about my music in my room where i pay the bills, my music is low as hell, playing Joss Stone”

Chad Ochocinco or Lady Gaga?

Ochocinco’€™s outrageousness includes too much clothing, while Gaga’€™s outrageousness includes too little clothing. Neither of the names they’€™ve made for themselves are their given monikers. Chad went from the ordinary (Johnson) to Spanish gibberish, as Gaga went from Italian (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) to baby gibberish.

Answer: Click here.

5. ‘€œi just got another part in a big movie , stay tuned for details. I’m so grateful to still have opportunities at this stage in the game.’€

Mike Tyson or Bob Saget?

Fifteen years ago, just as Saget was wrapping up his stint on Full House in 1995, Tyson was wrapping up his stint in the Big House. As Danny Tanner, Saget had to feed three children. Meanwhile, as Iron Mike, Tyson wanted to eat Lennox Lewis’€™ two children.

Answer: Click here.

Thanks for playing again, folks. Two more terrible Twitter puns this week: If you got four or more wrong, you’€™re a Twidiot; if you got four or more right, you’€™ve got Twingenuity. So long everybody, and, as Truman Burbank said, ‘€œIn case I don’€™t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight!’€