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Josh McDaniels to become offensive coordinator for Rams

01.18.11 at 6:46 pm ET
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Sources have told ESPN.com that Josh McDaniels will be named the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, after all.

Earlier Tuesday it appeared as though negotiations between the Rams and McDaniels had hit a snag, but the two sides found common ground later in the day. McDaniels, the former offensive coordinator for the Patriots and Broncos head coach, will replace Pat Shurmur, who was hired to be the head coach for the Browns.

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Report: Josh McDaniels talking to Seahawks as negotiations with Rams cool

01.18.11 at 4:13 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, former Broncos head coach and Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels‘ talks with the Rams have hit a “significant snag.” The report suggested that McDaniels had been viewed as the front-runner to take over as offensive coordinator in St. Louis, and that the impasse in contract talks between the coach and team represented “a surprising development,” with one source suggested that negotiations “may have been derailed by the team’s conservative fiscal approach.”

The same report suggests that Seattle is now talking with McDaniels about the possibility of becoming offensive coordinator under Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

“With the firing of Jeremy Bates as Seahawks offensive coordinator, Seattle is giving strong consideration to hiring McDaniels for the vacancy, according to a source with knowledge of the situation,” the report stated.

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Gil Meche retires, leaving millions on the table

01.18.11 at 3:07 pm ET
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According to The Associated Press, Royals starting pitcher Gil Meche elected to retire rather than attempting to move from the rotation to the bullpen in the final season of a five-year, $55 million deal he signed to join the Royals after the 2006 season. The right-hander had been due $11 million in the last year of the deal, but after pitching just 190 innings in 32 starts and 11 relief appearances over the last two years, the 32-year-old has opted to hang up his spikes.

“After a lot of thinking and prioritizing of issues in my life I have decided to retire from baseball,” Meche said in a statement released by the Royals.

“As a competitor my entire life, this is the hardest decision that I’ve ever faced, but it’s not fair to me, my family or the Kansas City Royals that I attempt to pitch anymore. I came into this game as a starting pitcher and unfortunately my health, more accurately, my shoulder, has deteriorated to the point where surgery would be the only option and at this stage of my life I would prefer to call it a career rather than to attempt to pitch in relief for the final year of my contract.

“I can’t thank the Kansas City Royals and their fans enough for my four seasons there and if I have any regret, it’s that we weren’t able to accomplish on the field what the goal was when I signed there.”

Meche’s deal was widely criticized in the industry for both its length and average annual value, though the right-hander muted some critics of the deal by leading the AL with 34 starts in both 2007 and 2008, going 23-24 with a 3.82 ERA for a cellar-dwelling Royals club. But he was 6-15 with a 5.29 ERA over the last two years while dealing with injuries.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Sidney Crosby reportedly considers All-Star protest

01.18.11 at 7:49 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:
NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Penguins star Sidney Crosby reportedly is considering skipping the NHL All-Star Game because he is upset at the league for not protecting its players. Crosby has twice been given concussions from hits to the head this season, and neither offending player was suspended. On Tuesday, the league is to name the two players who will serve as captains and pick the teams, and Crosby is expected to be one of them.

‘™¦ Giants safety Antrel Rolle says the Jets’ chemistry is the reason for their success. He says the Giants have more talent but the Jets play harder because Rex Ryan lets them have fun and inspires more loyalty. That should go over well with Tom Coughlin.

‘™¦ The injury bug has struck the Heat’s trio of superstars. In The Palm Beach Post, Ethan J. Skolnick writes that the team will benefit in the long run from the brief absences of LeBron James (ankle), Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Bosh (ankle).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 18, 1973, which future Hall of Famer signed with the Red Sox to serve as their first designated hitter?

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Jets fan killed on celebratory sled ride

01.17.11 at 1:08 pm ET
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A 46-year-old Jets fan was killed Sunday night when he took a celebratory sled ride down his Staten Island driveway and slid into the path of an oncoming car, according to SILive.com.

Raymond Larsen was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived and he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Staten Island University Hospital, the article said.

The driver, a 61-year-old woman whom police have not identified, remained on the scene and is not suspected of any criminal activity.

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Video: Boston Blazers halftime show featuring lap dances outrages fans

01.17.11 at 1:06 pm ET
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It’s difficult for the Boston Blazers indoor lacrosse team to make headlines, but the team is now doing just that thanks to the halftime show at Saturday night’s home opener at TD Garden.

The show, which was emceed by a DJ from Jam’n 94.5, featured three scantily clad dancers competing to see who could give the Blazers’ mascot, Scorch, the best lap dance.

It caused a wave of backlash from fans, with commenters on the team’s official Facebook page calling the show “disgusting,” “distasteful” and “shocking,” among other things. Many commenters noted the number of children who were at the game and how inappropriate it was for them to see that. Some threatened to never go to another game, while others were willing to forgive the Blazers as long as it never happens again.

Blazers president and general manager Doug Reffue issued a public statement on Facebook in which he said the Blazers “are extremely disappointed with elements of the halftime show” and “have already taken steps to ensure this never happens again at one of our games.”

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Brett Favre reportedly has filed retirement papers

01.17.11 at 12:17 pm ET
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It looks like Brett Favre retirement talk season is beginning early this year. The 20-year veteran has already filed his retirement papers with the NFL, reports Fox Sports.

This time, however, it does not appear he will change his mind like he did in the 2008 and 2009 offseasons. Favre, 41, has been saying since August that 2010 was his final season.

It was also one of his most disappointing. He finished with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his passes. He saw his record-setting streak of 297 consecutive starts come to and end last month when a shoulder injury forced him to miss a game against the Giants. He also missed the Vikings’ last two games of the season with a concussion.

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Report: Yankees pursuing Andruw Jones

01.17.11 at 12:16 pm ET
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Hoping to add some outfield depth, the Yankees are the leading candidate to land free agent outfielder Andruw Jones, according to ESPN.com.

Jones, a five-time All-Star, hit .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs for the White Sox last season. He has not been an everyday player since 2007 in Atlanta. New York already has Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield and Jorge Posada at designated hitter, so Jones likely would not be a regular there, either.

The article said the Rays are also in the running for Jones after losing Carl Crawford in free agency to the Red Sox.

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Nets reportedly expect to meet with Carmelo Anthony this week

01.17.11 at 11:36 am ET
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The Nets, in the midst of talks of a three-team mega-trade, expect to have a face-to-face meeting with Carmelo Anthony either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Anthony, however, said he had no knowledge of a scheduled meeting and had no desire to talk to anyone.

“I don’t want to talk to nobody,” Anthony told reporters in San Antonio. “I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain’t my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, the Lakers, Dallas, no one. That’s not my job to do.”

ESPN.com reported Friday that the league would have no problem with the meeting as long as the Nuggets approved it first.

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Report: Tom Cable files grievance against Raiders

01.17.11 at 11:36 am ET
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Former Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance against the team to fight fines totaling $120,000, according to ESPN.com.

Oakland owner Al Davis deducted $20,000 from six different paychecks, the article said. It is unclear why Davis fined Cable. One possible reason could be that Davis was upset over the fact the Raiders lost two days of offseason team activities in June.

Cable is not the first coach to file a grievance after being fired by the Raiders. Lane Kiffin did the same in 2008 because he felt Davis owed him money, but the NFL ruled in favor of the team.

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