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Gilbert Arenas subdued at Wizards media day

09.27.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who was suspended last season after bringing a gun into the locker room, participated in the team’s media day Monday in Washington. Arenas took questions briefly and was more reserved than he has been in years past. “I’m more to myself now,” he said. “You’re getting older, so you automatically grow.”

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Bills release Trent Edwards

09.27.10 at 2:20 pm ET
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One week after being benched, quarterback Trent Edwards was released Monday morning after four years with the Bills. After reportedly shopping the Stanford product in a trade last week, the Bills released Edwards, who had won the starting job in the offseason.

The former third-round pick went 14-18 with the Bills as a starter and was 0-2 this season, including going 11-of-18 for 102 yards with two interceptions against the Packers in Week 2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has replaced Edwards as the starting quarterback each of the past two years, led the Bills to 30 points Sunday against the Patriots, eight more points than the team combined for in Edwards’ two starts.

Brian Brohm is the only other quarterback on the Bills roster.

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Niners fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

09.27.10 at 2:15 pm ET
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The 49ers axed second-year offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye after they were held to 10 points against the Chiefs on Sunday. The 49ers have scored just 38 points through the first three weeks, second fewest in the NFL.

Raye will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson, with offensive assistant Jason Michael taking over as quarterbacks coach.

After being the favorite to win the NFC West going into the season San Francisco has started 0-3 with the offense struggling for consistency. San Francisco is 30th in the league in turnover differential at -5 with six turnovers in its first three games.

After a Week 1 loss to the Seahawks in which the 49ers managed just six points Raye took full responsibility for the offense’s struggles but he has been silent since.

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In case you missed it: Aroldis Chapman throws fastest pitch ever recorded

09.27.10 at 1:33 pm ET
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Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman made history Friday night when one of his fastballs was clocked at 105 mph, the fastest ever recorded in a major league game. According to Yahoo! Sports, Chapman threw 25 pitches in his 1 1/3 innings and every one was clocked at at least 100 mph. The fastest pitch was a fastball delivered to San Diego’s Tony Gwynn.

‘€œI didn’€™t see it until the ball was behind me,’€ Gwynn said. ‘€œI was trying not to look at the radar reading because I’€™d be intimidated. I saw how hard he was throwing and just tried to be slow and work my hands.’€

For more on Chapman’s velocity click here.

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Yankees might pass on Crawford, Werth

09.27.10 at 12:03 pm ET
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The Yankees, according to GM Brian Cashman, believe that they have gotten excellent outfield production from their current group of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. As such, the team appears not to view the acquisition of an elite free-agent outfielder as a priority for the coming offseason. So while the Yankees may investigate the availability of free agents Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, they do not appear inclined to break the bank for either outfielder. For more, click here.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Braylon Edwards’ strong play for Jets leads to more criticism

09.27.10 at 7:41 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 TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who did not start due to his DUI arrest earlier in the week, entered in the second quarter and played a key role in the Jets’ victory over the Dolphins on Sunday night. In the New York Post, Steve Serby has a contrite Edwards talking about his situation. In the New York Daily News, Gary Myers criticizes the team for playing Edwards and notes that it makes the Jets’ lack of discipline look even worse after Edwards had a strong game.

‘™¦ The Baltimore Sun has a story on Orioles reliever Troy Patton, who was reunited with his long lost half-sister during a game at Fenway Park last week.

‘™¦ With Derek Jeter struggling this season in the final year of his contract, Dan Le Batard in The Miami Herald looks at the Yankees‘ dilemma. He also compares Jeter to Marco Scutaro.

‘™¦ The Texas Rangers clinched the AL West on Saturday, and Gil LeBreton in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes about the team’s long road to the division title (after an 11-year wait).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 27, 1977, which Red Sox player recorded his 200th hit, becoming the first Sox player since Johnny Pesky in 1947 to reach that milestone?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Giving up points like that to any team is very alarming. We weren’€™t really expecting some of the things they showed today, but we got the job done.” ‘€” Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, after Sunday’s 38-30 victory over the Bills

STAT OF THE DAY: 233 ‘€” Career touchdown passes for Tom Brady, ranking him 19th all-time, after he move ahead of Steve Young on Sunday

‘NET RESULTS: Slick move by Claude Giroux of the Flyers in a shootout vs. the Maple Leafs.

Check out the clouds at Saturday’s college football game between host Kansas State and Central Florida. The game was delayed 1½ hours.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Rice

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Meat Loaf is 63 today.

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Nets in talks for Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony in four-team trade

09.24.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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After weeks of rumors concerning the uncertain future of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, reports indicate that the Nuggets are considering a four-team trade that would send Anthony to New Jersey. The other teams involved are reported to be the Jazz and the Bobcats. The Nuggets could potentially receive Nets rookie Derrick Favors, Jazz veteran Andrei Kirilenko, and multiple first-round picks for Anthony, who has expressed his interest to join another team after refusing to sign an extension with the Nuggets in the offseason.

Anthony will become a free agent at the end of the season and reports indicate that New Jersey hopes for the All-Star forward to sign a contract extension with the team before parting with Favors, the No. 3 pick in NBA draft. It has been rumored that Anthony wishes to be traded to the New York or Chicago. One source claimed that the trade negotiations are “seriously engaged” but Anthony’s willingness to sign a long-term contract with the Nets could be a key to the deal.

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Jerry Jones backs Cowboys coach Wade Phillips

09.24.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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Despite a plethora of chatter and speculation suggesting that Cowboys coach Wade Phillips is losing favor with Jerry Jones, the owner voiced his support of Phillips and the Cowboys coaching staff despite their 0-2 start to the season. “I can just give you a very affirmative ‘no,’ ” Jones stated on KRLD-FM in Dallas when asked if he had lost confidence in the coach or if he would make a change with a loss this Sunday.

The Cowboys will face Houston (2-0) on Sunday in a critical matchup that is being heralded as the a changing of the guard between the two Texas football teams. With a loss, the Cowboys would also be at a serious disadvantage to qualify for the playoffs; only five teams in NFL history have ever overcome an 0-3 start to reach the playoffs. Phillips, whose job security has been a constant topic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, signed a two-year extension through 2011 at the end of last season after leading the Cowboys to their first playoff win since 1996.

However, Jones made it clear that he expects nothing but positive results from this year’s team, so Phillips’ position in the Cowboys organization could be a future concern if the team fails to meet the expectations before it.

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Jamie and Frank McCourt begin mediation

09.24.10 at 2:32 pm ET
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Mediation began Friday between Jamie and Frank McCourt in Los Angeles. The McCourts, in divorce proceedings, arrived at a downtown courthouse to begin negotiations that could determine the future ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jamie McCourt hopes to convince Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman to nullify a postnuptual agreement, granting her part ownership in the National League West team. Negotiations could continue through the weekend if both sides are unable to come to a settlement.

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Report: Expanded NBA technical rules have complainers in a pickle

09.24.10 at 12:35 pm ET
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Perhaps it’s for the best that Rasheed Wallace has retired.

According to an ESPN report, the league expanded the guideline on calling technical fouls during the referees’ annual meeting in Jersey City, N.J., on Thursday, making “overt” player reactions reason for a ‘T.’ As if Wallace, the all-time NBA leader in technical fouls, needed any help in that department. According to new guidelines, a player may receive a technical foul for:

— Running directly at the ref to complain.

— Questioning a call excessively, even if in a calm manner.

— Making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, on the court.

— Using demonstrative disagreement, such as hitting his own arms to demonstrate how he was fouled.

Though similar crackdowns have been discussed in years prior, most notably 2005-06, league officials expect enforcement to increase and the rules to stick this time around. “Heat of the moment” reactions are tolerable, as are discussions with referees, but the intensity levels of these actions will be under increased scrutiny.

Maybe every foul called on LeBron James won’t be the first any more.

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