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Charles Barkley criticizes players for mocking Jay Cutler

01.26.11 at 10:22 am ET
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NBA analyst Charles Barkley weighed in on the Jay Cutler controversy Tuesday, saying he was disappointed with players who criticized the Bears quarterback for an apparent lack of toughness.

“I was mad at the players, to be honest with you,” Barkley told ESPN 1000 in Chicago. “I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy’s heart. Now reporters, they’re going to do what they want to. They’re entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don’t think it’s appropriate to question another guy’s heart.”

Barkley singled out Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who had tweeted a comment Sunday.

“If you go back and start looking at all the stuff that’s been said, and clearly one of the more vocal critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, and then you find out he missed the last two games with a bad knee,” Barkley said. “And he was really the first guy who crucified Jay.

“You have to be careful, because in the two most important games of the year, [Jones-Drew] sat out with a bad knee. And then it really makes him look like an idiot now.”

Jones-Drew, meanwhile, answered his critics by saying he was joking about Cutler and his offending tweet was taken out of context.

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Astros sign Wandy Rodriguez for three years, $34M

01.26.11 at 10:14 am ET
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The Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez avoided arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a three-year contract worth $34 million. Rodriguez was 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA last season, winning eight of his last 10 decisions. He had a 2.03 ERA over his final 18 starts.

“This is one of the top left-handed starters in the game,” general manager Ed Wade said. “[He was] a year away from free agency, so to be able to be able to do three years guaranteed, with a fourth-year option, made all the sense in the world for us.”

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Blue Jays send Mike Napoli to Rangers for Frank Francisco

01.26.11 at 10:11 am ET
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Four days after acquiring him from the Angels, the Blue Jays sent catcher Mike Napoli to the Rangers for former closer Frank Francisco and cash. Napoli was obtained by the Jays on Friday along with outfielder Juan Rivera in a trade for outfielder Vernon Wells.

“It’s been a crazy couple of days,” Napoli said upon his return to the AL West. “I know the division well and the lineup they have, the type of players they have. “

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Michael Vick has endorsement deal

01.26.11 at 10:05 am ET
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick signed his first paid endorsement deal since being released from prison when he inked a two-year contract with Unequal Technologies, a provider of the football pads Vick wore most of last season.

The deal is scheduled to be announced Thursday.

“We’re real excited about it,” chief executive officer Rob Vito said Tuesday. “Michael is good people. He paid his dues. President Obama reached out to him. He deserves an opportunity. This is what makes America so great. He’s moved forward. He’s a whole other person.”

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LEEInks List: Most memorable Boston sports moments of 1986

01.26.11 at 9:37 am ET
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most memorable years in Boston sports history ‘€“ 1986. All four Boston teams made the playoffs, three reached the championship and one won it all. There were also great individual performances, broken records, comedy and tragedy. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, here’€™s a look back at the 10 most memorable Boston sports moments of 1986.

10. Early February: The Beanpot Trot

This might not be as famous as the Bears’€™ ‘€œSuper Bowl Shuffle,’€ but it’€™s every bit as entertaining and embarrassing. Leading up to the 1986 Beanpot, the Boston College hockey team wrote, choreographed and videotaped the ‘€œBeanpot Trot.’€ The Eagles ultimately lost 4-1 to archrival Boston University in the Beanpot final, but this is much more memorable than the game itself. Whether that’€™s a good thing or a bad thing for BC is another story.

9. April 21: Robert de Castella breaks Boston Marathon record

In becoming the the first (and still only) Australian to win the Boston Marathon, de Castella did it in record time. De Castella finished in 2:07:51, shattering the previous record by a full minute. His record stood until 1994 when Kenyan Cosmas Ndeti beat it by 36 seconds.

8. April 12: Canadiens sweep Bruins

It’€™s always memorable when the B’€™s and Habs meet in the playoffs, but this is one of the less memorable matchups, especially for B’€™s fans. Led by Keith Crowder‘€™s 38 goals and 84 points, the B’€™s finished just one point behind Montreal in the regular season. But the Habs, backstopped by rookie goalie Patrick Roy, made quick work of their rivals in the playoffs, winning three straight en route to claiming the Stanley Cup.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: UConn booster takes heat for scathing letter to AD

01.26.11 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 WEDNESDAY:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ UConn booster Robert Burton is coming under fire after the publication of his six-page letter to athletic director Jeff Hathaway detailed Burton’s displeasure with the hiring of new football coach Paul Pasqualoni. Burton said he want a portion of the $7 million he has donated to UConn returned because his advice was not heeded (he wanted to hire Steve Addazio). Burton, who sent a copy of the letter to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, also threatened to pull business from the state.

In the Hartford Courant, Jeff Jacobs takes Burton to task for his arrogance. Meanwhile, Malloy said he called Burton to try to smooth things over.

‘™¦ A dozen members of the University of Iowa football team were hospitalized a few days after an especially intense offseason workout. One of the players is freshman linebacker Shane DiBona of Duxbury, who wrote on Facebook last Thursday: I had to squat 240 pounds 100 times and it was timed. I can’t walk and I fell down the stairs … lifes great.

The school announced Tuesday that the players “were responding well to treatment.” DiBona’s father, Alan, told The Des Moines Register that his son is “doing great.”

‘™¦ The Jay Cutler toughness issue continues to be a hot topic in the sports world, especially in Chicago. In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Telander writes that Cutler’s image is irreparably damaged and he might have to leave town.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: Jan. 26 is the anniversary of the Patriots’ Super Bowl losses in 1986 (to the Bears) and 1997 (Packers). Both times, the MVP was not an offensive player. Who were the MVPs of those games?

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Clippers guard Eric Gordon out with wrist injury

01.26.11 at 6:51 am ET
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Clippers leading scorer Eric Gordon is expected to miss three weeks after suffering a sprained right wrist with a small bone chip fracture. Gordon, averaging 24.1 points, was hurt in Saturday night’s win over the Warriors.

“We have to get more out of everybody,” coach Vinny Del Negro said before Tuesday night’s loss at Dallas. “Other guys have to step up. Of course, we can’t go to Blake [Griffin] more than we already do.”

Randy Foye started in place of Gordon vs. the Mavericks.

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Korie Lucious suspended by Michigan State basketball team

01.26.11 at 6:47 am ET
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Michigan State junior guard Korie Lucious was dismissed from the basketball team for the rest of the season by coach Tom Izzo for “conduct detrimental to the program.” Lucious was averaging 6.5 points in 18 games for the 25th-ranked Spartans.

“I didn’t live up to the standards of the program,” Lucious said in the school’s press release Tuesday. “Unfortunately, I let my teammates, my coaches, and myself down, and wish them the best for the rest of the season.”

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Cashman: Derek Jeter’s future could be in center field

01.25.11 at 1:05 pm ET
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Derek Jeter is the Yankees‘ shortstop. But New York GM Brian Cashman has already started to give thought to a potential position change for the future Hall of Famer.

Cashman, in an appearance on WFAN in New York this morning, said that he could envision Jeter following the path of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, who spent the first 11 years of his career as a shortstop before moving to center field for the final nine years of his career. Yount won MVPs at both shortstop (in 1982) and center field (in 1989).

“I like corner outfielders and corner infielders who have power, so for me, if [Jeter’s] ever gonna move, it’s probably gonna be a Robin Yount situation. But we don’t have to deal with it at this point,” Cashman said, in remarks detailed by ESPN.com. “We’ll deal with it when we have to.”

The idea of having Jeter follow Yount’s career path would have its challenges. Yount was entering his age 29 season when he moved to the outfield. Jeter is entering his age 37 season. Only 19 players have played 100 or more games in center field in a season after turning 37. (For the list, click here.)

Cashman said that it would be surprising if Jeter remained at shortstop for the life of his three-year, $51 million deal that includes a player option for a fourth year, but that he wouldn’t rule out such a possibility completely, and that Jeter is working diligently this offseason in hopes of staying at short. Moreover, Cashman made clear that the Yankees are not currently working to prepare for such a move, and that Jeter is viewed as the shortstop for the coming year.

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Herschel Walker wants to make a comeback in the NFL

01.25.11 at 7:49 am ET
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Speaking in a conference call leading up to his upcoming mixed martial artist match, 48-year-old Herschel Walker suggested that he would want to make a comeback to the National Football League.

“I’ve told everyone that at 50 I might try football again to show people I can do that,” said Walker, who identified Minnesota and Atlanta has his two preferred landing spots. “I want to be the George Foreman of football, come back and do that one more time.”

Walker, who will be making his second MMA appearance, Saturday night, suggested he is in better condition now than during his NFL playing days, which ended in 1997.

“I’m a much better-conditioned athlete now than when I was playing football,” Walker said. “I’m 48 and in better shape now than I was when I was in my early 20s, playing football.”

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