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University of Florida football player charged with stalking

09.14.10 at 9:29 pm ET
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University of Florida receiver Chris Rainey was arrested Tuesday after allegedly sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message. The junior was charged with aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, for texting a message that read “Time to die, b—-” after leaving the woman’s home.

The alleged victim appeared in court and asked for the charges to be dropped, stating she did not want him arrested and she’s concerned about backlash from the public. “People all over the country have been calling my cell phone,” the victim said. “I’m not afraid of him. I’m more afraid of all the repercussions.”

Rainey is not expected to play in the Gators’ game Saturday at Tennessee. “Chris Rainey is not a part of our team right now,” Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said. “That’s really all I have to say on that.”

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Ex-Pats LB Adalius Thomas visits Jets

09.14.10 at 3:33 pm ET
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According to profootballtalk.com, the Jets met with former Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas on Monday. The Jets have been in need of a linebacker since Calvin Pace went down with an injury in the preseason, but New York reportedly wanted to wait until after Week 1 before signing a veteran replacement because, in waiting until after the season’s first week, they would not be responsible for the player’s entire salary if he is cut. Now, the Jets can sign Thomas (or any other veteran) without guaranteeing his contract for the season.

At the end of August, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that signing Thomas was “a possibility.” Thomas played under Ryan with the Baltimore Ravens, before signing a five-year, $35 million deal with the Patriots prior to the 2007 season. He was cut following a 2009 season in which he and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick were at odds and his playing time diminished.

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K-Rod faces additional charges

09.14.10 at 2:43 pm ET
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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who had been charged with 3rd-degree assault and harassment following an alleged assault of his girlfriend’s father last month, will face additional charges of criminal contempt after allegedly sending text messages to his girlfriend in violation of a restraining order. According to the AP account of the charges, Rodriguez sent 56 text messages to his girlfriend, though they were described as apologetic and non-threatening.

After Rodriguez required surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament incurred during the altercation, the Mets placed him on their disqualified list. The team is attempting to convert the remainder of his three-year, $37 million deal to non-guaranteed, something that the MLB Players’ Association has challenged.

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Colts’ Sanders could be lost for year

09.14.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Adam Schefter of ESPN.com is reporting (via Twitter) that Colts safety Bob Sanders has a torn biceps tendon and “is out indefinitely, if not for the season.” The 29-year-old, who was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, but has since had difficulty staying on the field. He missed 10 games in 2008, then started just two games in 2009 before being placed on injured reserve due to an elbow injury in 2009.

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Clinton Portis sounds off on women in the locker room

09.14.10 at 2:06 pm ET
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The bizarre story of the alleged harassment of Azteca TV reporter Ines Sainz took a new twist on Tuesday. The NFL is looking into some comments that Redskins running back Clinton Portis made on the Mike Wise Show on 106.7 The Fan in Washington.

When Portis was asked if he was familiar with the Sainz situation with the Jets, the veteran running back said he wasn’t, but did say, “You put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her.” Portis later said, “Somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages.”

Click here for more on this story from The Washington Post, including the complete audio of Portis’ comments.

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LeBron James’ Q rating suffers

09.14.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that LeBron James‘ Q Score has taken a dramatic hit. James is now the sixth-most disliked athlete, ranked behind (from 1-5) Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and Kobe Bryant. Bad news for LeBron, but even when it comes to being disliked, he still can’t beat Kobe.

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Bills’ Paul Posluszny injured again

09.14.10 at 10:01 am ET
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Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny is dealing with another injury. The Buffalo News reports that he will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained right knee. The Bills plays the Patriots in Week 3, so there’s a good chance that Buffalo will go into that game without the middle linebacker. Posluszny missed most of his rookie season with a broken forearm and missed time last season with another arm injury.

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Allen Iverson to China?

09.14.10 at 9:14 am ET
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Allen Iverson would like to continue playing basketball. The problem is that no one in the NBA wants to have him on their team. Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore, said that not a single NBA team has contacted Iverson this summer, so the former MVP is thinking about playing in China. A.I. and Stephon Marbury in the same league? Does League Pass carry Chinese Basketball Association games?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jay Mariotti faces seven misdemeanors

09.14.10 at 7:39 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 TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Columnist Jay Mariotti is being charged with seven misdemeanors in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend last month. The writer, suspended by AOL FanHouse after his arrest, will be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom on two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s purse. Mariotti’s lawyer, Debra Wong Yang, said Mariotti’s girlfriend was “extremely intoxicated that night and abusive toward Mr. Mariotti.”

‘™¦ The reporter at the center of the Jets’ harassment investigation, Mexican television personality Ines Sainz, said she spoke with the NFL and, “It will be up to them to decide whether or not there will be consequences.” Sainz attended Monday night’s game between the Jets and Ravens but was not seen in the locker room afterward. Following their loss to the Ravens, the Jets acknowledged the investigation but otherwise deferred comment. At AOL FanHouse, Kevin Blackistone writes that one good thing that came out of this story was how quickly and seriously the team and league took the matter, unlike 20 years ago when the Patriots dragged their feet on the Lisa Olson situation.

‘™¦ With the Jets and Giants failing to fill the seats for their openers at the New Meadowlands Stadium, Harvey Araton in The New York Times writes about fans’ preference for the couch.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 14, 2002, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, in the process becoming the first player to save 20 games one year and win 20 the following year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Just a whole different take from everybody. Really, it’s been a good attitude this year. That’s what we’ve got to continue.” ‘€” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, discussing the difference from last year’s team to this year’s during his appearance on Monday’s Dennis & Callahan show

STAT OF THE DAY: $3 million ‘€” The amount of the fine against the Devils, plus the loss of two draft picks, for the team’s signing of Ilya Kovalchuk that circumvented the league’s salary cap

‘NET RESULTS: A Titans cheerleader is eaten by a mascot.

Chad Ochocinco messes with a television reporter giving a report from Gillette Stadium.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Derek Lowe

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na is 63 Tuesday.

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Report: Jets ‘optimistic’ no ACL tear for Kris Jenkins

09.14.10 at 7:22 am ET
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According to a tweet from Jason La Confora of the NFL Network, the Jets are “optimistic” nose tackle Kris Jenkins did not tear the ACL in his left knee on Monday night.

Jenkins is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday. He left the game with a knee injury in the first quarter of the Jets’ loss to the Ravens and did not return. He had ACL surgery on the same knee in October of 2009 and missed the final 10 games of that season.

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