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Cris Collinsworth to coach HS football with lockout looming

05.31.11 at 11:31 am ET
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It’s not only NFL players who will be without jobs if a potential lockout cancels the regular season.

NBC color commentator Cris Collinsworth, who works alongside Al Michaels on the network’s Sunday Night Football broadcasts, wrote in a blog post that he will be a wide receivers coach for Highlands High School (Fort Thomas, Ky.) where his son Jac plays until the lockout is lifted. “I am going to get my football fix this fall even if the lockout cancels the NFL season,” Collinsworth wrote in the post before adding later, “Maybe the NFL will save me and actually play football, but if not, you will know where to find me on Friday nights.”

Collinsworth played eight seasons as a wideout for the Bengals from 1981-88 and was a three-time Pro Bowler. The current NFL lockout has already become the longest work stoppage in the history of professional football.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-catcher Mike Matheny critical of Scott Cousins for injuring Buster Posey

05.31.11 at 7:29 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 LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The discussion about the safety of catchers continues to be a hot-button topic in the wake of Giants backstop Buster Posey suffering a season-ending injury in a collision with Marlins baserunner Scott Cousins last week. On Monday, former major league catcher Mike Matheny weighed in, criticizing Cousins for unnecessarily targeting Posey.

“[Cousins] could have gone straight, let alone go around and sweep the plate,” said Matheny, now a TV analyst on Cardinals broadcasts. “It wasn’t a dirty play. He didn’t come [in with] high spikes. He didn’t come [in with a] high elbow. But it was an unnecessary play.

“I love the play at the plate. I loved it as a catcher. But when guys go out of their way to get you, I’m not a big fan of it.”

‘™¦ Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned Monday after allegations continued to surface about improper behavior by players under his watch. At Sports Illustrated, George Dohrmann and David Epstein did some investigating and uncovered what the magazine calls an “eight-year pattern of violations.”

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports looks at the top 10 most unusual jobs for locked-out NFL players. No. 1 is Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko interning as an investment banker for a Philadelphia firm.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 31, 1980, which Red Sox rookie tied an American League record by hitting a home run in his first two games?

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Dwyane Wade practices fully Monday

05.30.11 at 3:32 pm ET
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After practicing Sunday without any contact, Heat guard Dwyane Wade was able to practice fully Monday, the day before Game 1 of the NBA finals against the Mavericks.

After receiving many questions regarding his health the past few days Wade said: “I’m not hurt.”

The Heat cut practice short Monday because according to coach Eric Spoelstra the practice was getting too physical.

“Guys were hitting a little too hard,” Spoelstra said. “A little bit too amped up.”

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Doctors ’99 percent sure’ Gary Carter has glioblastoma

05.30.11 at 3:07 pm ET
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Duke University doctors are “99 percent sure” that MLB Hall of Famer Gary Carter has Grade 4 glioblastoma, which affects the brain and nervous system. Doctors say that it is inoperable.

Carter, the current Palm Beach Atlantic University’s baseball coach, announced on May 21 that an MRI had revealed four small tumors in his brain. Doctors will know more on Tuesday and they are expected to confirm the results.

On a family website Saturday night, Carter’s daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote, “This will not be an easy road at all, nor is this a simple battle but WE WILL FIGHT.”

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Giants catcher Buster Posey out for season after surgery

05.30.11 at 2:54 pm ET
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Giants catcher Buster Posey is out for the season after having surgery on Sunday to repair three torn ligaments in his ankle. He suffered the injury in a collision at home plate in last Wednesday’s game versus the Marlins.

The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year had two screws inserted into his lower leg to stabilize his ankle during the 90 minute procedure Sunday morning.

“I think it’s a good prognosis,” Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said. “He just had a very devastating injury, he just had surgery and he still has a long rehab process to go. We’re optimistic and we’ll see how he does at the end of the summer, where he’s at.”

Posey was batting .284, with four home runs and 21 RBIs until he suffered the injury.

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FIFA suspends presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam

05.30.11 at 10:36 am ET
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The Associated Press reported Sunday that FIFA has suspended presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam for his involvement with the bribery scandal connected to the Caribbean soccer meeting that took place in Trinidad on May 10-11.

The suspension, which forces bin Hammam to withdraw from all soccer activities, comes just three days before the new election, leaving sitting president Sepp Blatter unopposed.

FIFA’€™s ethics committee concluded that there was sufficient evidence that bin Hammam and Trinidadian-native FIFA vice president Jack Warner offered $40,000 in bribes to Caribbean voters to open a full inquiry. FIFA could expel both officials from FIFA and ban them from all soccer matches if they are found guilty.

“I regret what has happened in the last few days and weeks,” Blatter said in a statement. “FIFA’s image has suffered a great deal as a result, much to the disappointment of FIFA itself and all football fans.”

Two Carribbean from the Caribbean Football Union were also suspended. U.S. executive committee member Chuck Blazer compiled the evidence of the scandal.

The ethics panel exonerated Blatter, who bin Hammam had accused of being aware of but ignoring the bribery.

Bin Hammam denied the accusations despite his suspension.

“Recent events have left me hurt and disappointed – on a professional and personal level,” bin Hammam wrote on his personal website. “It saddens me that standing up for the causes that I believed in has come at a great price – the degradation of FIFA’s reputation. This is not what I had in mind for FIFA and this is unacceptable.’€

Bin Hamam is from Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup will be held.

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Jim Tressel resigns as Ohio State football coach

05.30.11 at 10:01 am ET
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A memo obtained Monday by The Columbus Dispatch from Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee to university trustees revealed that Jim Tressel has resigned as coach for the Buckeyes football program.

Assistant coach Luke Fickell, who would have coached the Buckeyes during Tressel’€™s season-opening five-game suspension, will take over as interim coach.

The OSU football program came under criticism last December when five players, including starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended for selling memorabilia to a tattoo parlor in Columbus, a violation of NCAA rules. The parlor’€™s owner, Edward Rife, was under an unrelated federal drug investigation.

OSU learned in January that Tressel had known about this since April 2010, when a former OSU player e-mailed him. Tressel violated his contract with the university by not reporting it at the time. He also failed to report it when signing an NCAA compliance form in September. Tressel in March was fined $250,000 and suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season, which he voluntarily increased to five.

Gee’€™s letter said he would announce Tressel’€™s resignation later Monday moring.

“My public statement will include our common understanding that throughout all we do, we are One University with one set of standards and one overarching mission,” Gee wrote in the letter. “The University’s enduring public purposes and its tradition of excellence continue to guide our actions.”

Tressel led the Buckeyes to winning seasons in all 10 of his years with OSU. He resigned with a 106-22 regular-season record and a 6-4 bowl record. He won six Big Ten titles, six BCS bowl victories, and a national championship in 2002.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ticket scalper sues MLB’s Rangers over ban

05.30.11 at 6:57 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A ticket scalper in Texas filed suit against the Rangers because the team refused to sell him 100 tickets to a Rangers-Yankees game. Michael Melendrez said the team regularly sold him blocks of 100 tickets for $10 apiece, and he resold the tickets for much as $75 each. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for fraud and deceptive trade practices.

‘™¦ Jeremy Shockey, the controversial former Giants and Saints tight end who signed with the Panthers in March, recently competed in a 100-mile adventure race in the Scottish Highlands. In the Charlotte Observer, Joseph Person writes about Shockey’s passion and competitive spirit, which the Panthers hope will show through when the 30-year-old takes the field.

‘™¦ British Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton apologized for joking that he was being penalized by stewards because he’s black. Hamilton received two penalties in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. “I’ll just try and keep my mouth shut and try to enjoy the rest of the season,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 30, 1979, one week after he was dismissed by the Bruins, Don Cherry was named coach of which team?

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Jim Buss on Mike Brown hiring: ‘We should have contacted Kobe’

05.29.11 at 6:53 pm ET
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Jim Buss, son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has been getting a lot of heat for signing Mike Brown to be Phil Jackson’s replacement as head coach. Jim Buss wished the management group had consulted superstar Kobe Bryant before pulling the trigger, according to the LA Times.

‘€œLooking back on it, we should have contacted Kobe ,’€ Buss said. ‘€œKobe said it was management’€™s job to pick a coach. He just said, ‘€˜Defense first.’€™ That’€™s what we were doing, but we should have reached out to him.’€

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Jets owner: Randy Moss ‘has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar’

05.29.11 at 6:53 pm ET
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Jets owner Woody Johnson is the latest New Yorker to indicate that the team is interested in former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, according to NFL.com.

“There’s no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots,” Johnson said. “That’s about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he’s accomplished during those years.’€

Last month, Jets coach Rex Ryan praised Moss, especially his abilities as a “vertical receiver.”

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