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Randy Moss wants to return to Titans next season

12.23.10 at 8:10 am ET
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Despite his lack of production since joining the Titans, former Patriots receiver Randy Moss said he’s enjoying his time in Tennessee and would like to return next season.

“This organization has been good to me,” he said Wednesday. “My production has not been where I want it to be or where the organization wants it to be. But when it comes down to it, I think they are happy with where they are at with me and I am happy with where I’€™m at.

“Next year, hopefully, if the opportunity presents itself for me to be here, I would love to. I like the city and I like the people. There’€™s a lot of history here and football is one of the many things they have going on around here in this city and I am a country boy in a country city. I love it. I can’€™t speak enough about the city and the fans.”

Moss has just five receptions for 62 yards since the Titans claimed him off waivers from the Vikings on Nov. 3. He becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

“At 33 I am still running with the 20-year olds. It might take me a little longer to warm up,” Moss said with a smile. “But other than that, I still have fun with the guys. I still can compete and I still can get open. The bad thing about me being so old at 33 is I still have a lot of football left to be played. So we’€™ll see what the future holds.”

Moss did his part to avoid sounding like the selfish player he’s been accused of being in the past. Asked if wanted a promise that more balls would be thrown to him next season, he refused to take the bait.

“Man, this is a business. It is really not my call or for me to say, ‘Throw me every ball or throw me balls,’ ” he said. “Earlier in my career if I think you’€™d have asked me that question I would have probably been a little more biased and a little more as an individual. But I’€™ve always understood the concept of team.

“I’€™ve always felt I could take over a game and things like that. Now I am a little older and there are younger guys coming into the league with a little bit more pizazz and determination. But I am still determined ‘€¦ to go out there and make it happen. Last week I told [teammate] Kenny [Britt], ‘There is only one Moss,’ and when I leave this league there will never be another Moss come through this league. The last couple of years I want to finish out I want to give the league something to remember me by, and hopefully if it is not here in Tennessee it would be somewhere else.

“But I wouldn’t mind staying here in Tennessee. I really wouldn’t.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ohio State football players allegedly traded autographs for tattoos

12.23.10 at 7:39 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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


‘™¦ Some Ohio State football players reportedly are being investigated for allegedly trading signed memorabilia for tattoos from a parlor near the campus in Columbus. The players’ eligibility for the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas could be in jeopardy, although the investigation might not be completed by then. Quarterback Terrell Pryor denied being involved, writing on his Twitter page: I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks.

‘™¦ Rex Ryan chose not to address the foot-fetish videos that apparently feature his wife, calling it “a personal matter.” In the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes about the latest example of the Jets being in the headlines for the wrong reasons. In the New York Post, Steve Serby writes that Ryan deserves sympathy instead of scorn.

‘™¦ With Larry Brown out as coach of the Bobcats, Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports writes that owner Michael Jordan has himself to blame. He points to Jordan allowing Brown to talk him out of drafting Brook Lopez in 2008 and allowing the veteran coach to rip apart the roster.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 23, 1986, which player left the Red Sox to sign with the Mariners after seeing his battling average decline all seven seasons he played in Boston?

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Read More: Larry Brown, Michael Jordan, Rex Ryan, Terrell Pryor

Drunk driver who killed Angels pitcher gets 51 years to life

12.23.10 at 6:41 am ET
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The drunk driver who killed Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others was sentenced Wednesday to 51 years to life in prison.

“You’re right. I am a horrible person, a drunk driver who took your beautiful kids away,” Andrew Gallo said in court, addressing the relatives of his victims although he faced the judge while speaking because he was not permitted to look at the audience in the courtroom.

Gallo was convicted in September of three counts of second-degree murder and single counts of drunken driving, hit-and-run driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. Judge Richard F. Toohey gave Gallo 15 years to life on each of the murder counts and six additional years for the other crimes.

Gallo already was on parole for a felony DUI conviction when he ran a red light and hit Adenhart’s car on April 9, 2009.

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Paul Silas replaces Larry Brown as Bobcats coach

12.23.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Former Celtic Paul Silas, who coached in Charlotte with the Hornets but had been out of the NBA since 2005, was named interim coach of the Bobcats on Wednesday. He replaces Larry Brown, who was in his third season with the team and had struggled to a 9-19 start.

“I met with coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it,” owner Michael Jordan said in a statement Wednesday. “We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary.”

Brown’s agent said the 70-year-old, who was coaching his 13th pro or college team, is not finished.

“Larry is going to coach again,” Joe Glass said. “He’s got plenty of strength and energy.”

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Johnny Damon discussing return to Yankees

12.23.10 at 1:00 am ET
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According to Newsday, which cited four sources, free agent Johnny Damon is in talks with the Yankees about a possible return to the Bronx. According to the story, the two sides are discussing a scenario in which the 37-year-old would get “occasional at-bats” as a designated hitter and left fielder, spelling Jorge Posada as a DH and either filling in for Brett Gardner in left or permitting Gardner to slide to center on days when Curtis Granderson gets the day off.

While the article suggests that Damon would prefer a job that had more certain playing time, making it unclear whether there is a deal to be struck, it also notes that “neither Damon nor the Yankees are thrilled with their other options.”

Damon spent the 2010 season with the Tigers, hitting .271/.355/.401/.756. That followed four years with the Yankees (.285/.363/.458/.821) from 2006-09 and four years with the Sox (.295/.362/.441/.803) from 2002-05.

Damon told earlier this month that he would welcome a return to the Red Sox, but the team has subsequently signed Carl Crawford, leaving it without an outfield need.

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Phillies looking to trade pitcher Joe Blanton, but can afford to wait if no deals open up

12.22.10 at 2:57 pm ET
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After adding Cliff Lee to an already impressive starting pitching rotation, the Phillies have said that they are willing to trade 30-year-old starter Joe Blanton, who will make $8.5 million this year and next year, Newsday reports. However, Newsday also reports that there isn’€™t much of a market for Blanton, since he has a guaranteed contract.

According to Newsday, the only remaining free agent that figures to impact Blanton is pitcher Carl Pavano, who has drawn interest from teams including the Nationals, Rangers and Twins, which would make adding Blanton irrelevant.

Newsday said that the Phillies might be wise to wait until spring training to trade Blanton to see if any surprises present themselves. But with Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels as the top four starters, the Phillies can afford to wait on dealing Blanton.

Read More: cliff lee, Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies, Rumor Mill

Donovan McNabb says he wants to stay with Redskins next season

12.22.10 at 2:55 pm ET
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Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said that he told coach Mike Shanahan he would like to remain in Washington and in a Redskins uniform next season, The Washington Post reports. McNabb was benched last weekend in favor of Rex Grossman.

McNabb told Shanahan Tuesday he ‘€œdoesn’€™t want to go anywhere.’€ He acknowledged on his weekly ESPN 980 radio show that the decision was ultimately not up to him, but he has made it clear that he would like to remain in Washington, despite the uncertainty of his status with the team.

Grossman, in his first start with the Redskins on Sunday against the Cowboys, threw for 322 yards on 25 of 43 passing. Grossman threw for four touchdowns in the 33-30 loss.

Read More: Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Rumor Mill, Washington Redskins

Boxing king Manny Pacquiao will fight Shane Mosely on May 7

12.22.10 at 2:45 pm ET
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World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is set to take on Shane Mosley in a fight scheduled for May 7, ESPN reports. Pacquiao was not able to work out a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an attempt to spark a title fight, so instead Pacquiao will fight Mosley in a pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum said on Tuesday after a meeting with Mosley and his adviser that this May 7 fight will be a ‘€œmeeting of the minds,’€ and that Pacquiao and Mosley know each other’€™s fighting styles well, so it should be an interesting match.

‘€œ[Top Rank matchmaker] Bruce Trample says it’s a very difficult fight,’€ Arum said. ‘€œI believe it will be an exciting fight. Shane knows how to fight and how to deal with the speed. Manny is in for a hellacious fight. I really believe styles make fights.’€

Arum added that the fight will take place at the welterweight level, which has a limit of 147 pounds. The 39-year-old Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) is 0-1-1 in his last two fights. Pacquiao is 52-3-23 with 38 KOs in his career.

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Colts place Austin Collie on IR

12.22.10 at 11:46 am ET
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Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Wednesday via Twitter that receiver Austin Collie would be placed on injured reserve and sit out the remainder of the season. Collie left the last three games he played ‘€” including a loss to the Patriots on Nov. 21 ‘€” early due to concussion issues.

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Rex Ryan on foot-fetish video: ‘It’s a personal matter’

12.22.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked during Wednesday’s conference call with the Chicago media about a home video that appears to feature Ryan and his wife discussing her feet in a suggestive manner. A member of the media asked if the video could become a distraction to the team. Responded Ryan: “I know you need to ask. It’s a personal matter.”

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