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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. involved in domestic battery case

09.09.10 at 5:22 pm ET
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An ex-girlfriend of boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has filed a domestic battery complaint, leading Las Vegas police to seek Mayweather for questioning, according ESPN. The ex-girlfriend reportedly claims to have been hit by Mayweather in an argument.

Depending on the result of the questioning, Mayweather could be charged with a criminal battery domestic violence charge. The 33-year-old has been in the news more than he would care to be recently after the fallout from a racially offensive video made about Manny Pacquiao.

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Ray Lewis calls out Mark Sanchez and Jets, LaDainian Tomlinson responds

09.09.10 at 5:16 pm ET
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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sounded off on the New York Jets Thursday, suggesting the team boasts too much for a team with no recent hardware. In speaking with the Baltimore and New York media prior to Monday night’s season-opener against Rex Ryan‘s squad, Lewis said there are teams they should be more worried about.

“The bottom line is — and I’m going to be very careful with this — we’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints,” Lewis said. “That’s the Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned — Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets.

“All of this ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If you’re the Miami Heat, we got to be the Lakers. We’re aiming for multiple rings. But you listen to all this yap, yap, yap, the bottom line is you got to buckle up your chin straps.”

Lewis advised the Jets and Ryan to only talk a big game if they can back it up.

“The game ain’t played through tongues,” Lewis said. “The game is played when you buckle up your chin strap. So all this pressure that [Ryan] put on his team? I hope they can cash the check that he’s writing. . . . [T]he bottom line is there ain’t no man over there that’s just gonna flat-out whoop me, so I’m good with that part of it.”

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson responded to Lewis’ remarks, saying, “I’€™m going to cash any check. Written. Said. We’€™re going to cash it. Just part of being confident.”

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Report: Marc Colombo will miss opener

09.09.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com, Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo will miss the Cowboys’ season opener against the Redskins with a knee injury.

Columbo, 31, had arthroscopic surgery last month on the knee. With the Boston College product out, Alex Barron will start in his place.

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‘Cone of silence’ surrounds Peyton Manning’s contract

09.09.10 at 11:52 am ET
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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have always been linked on the field and as both quarterbacks enter the final years of their contracts, so have their pending contract negotiations. Colts owner Jim Irsay told the Indianapolis Star that there would be a “cone of silence” surrounding contract talks with Manning. Irsay had vowed that he would make Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL, so maybe the Colts are waiting to see the details on Brady’s rumored extension.

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Ron Artest to sell championship ring for charity

09.09.10 at 11:46 am ET
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Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to sell his NBA championship ring to raise funds to put more psychologists in schools. Artest, who publicly thanked his therapist for helping him get ready for Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics, told NBA.com, “You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mets players criticized for skipping hospital visit

09.09.10 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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:
No local games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In a repeat of the Red SoxManny Ramirez controversy of a few years ago, three Mets players ‘€” Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo ‘€” skipped the team’s visit to wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on Tuesday. The New York Times reports on the controversy and gets explanations from two of the players.

‘™¦ Amid reports that Reggie Bush will have his Heisman Trophy taken away, Terence Moore at AOL FanHouse writes that Bush and USC should keep the hardware they earned on the field. Moore brings up other Heisman winners of less-than-stellar character (O.J. Simpson, Billy Cannon, Johnny Rodgers) and wonders if they, too, should lose their Heismans.

‘™¦ The eligibility of another University of Kentucky freshman ‘€” center Enes Kanter ‘€” is being questioned after reports that he was paid by his Turkish team. In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Rick Bozich writes about coach John Calipari‘s “recruit first, ask questions later” approach.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 9, 1973, which former Red Sox first-round draft pick died from a staph infection contracted from an insect bite while catching for Triple-A Pawtucket.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s still the major leagues. We care. It’s hard to show up and not care about winning.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, discussing his lineups for the final weeks of the season

STAT OF THE DAY: 44 ‘€” The age of Tim Wakefield, who on Wednesday became the oldest pitcher in Red Sox history to record a win

‘NET RESULTS: Two Stephen F. Austin football players are caught faking injuries in an effort to slow down the Texas A&M offense.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Maggard

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Redding, who died in a 1967 plane crash, was born on this day in 1941.

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Lakers’ Matt Barnes arrested for domestic violence

09.09.10 at 7:12 am ET
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Lakers’ forward Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges after deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call from a private residence in Sacramento. The call was reportedly cut short when Barnes prevented the woman from talking to 911 operators. Both parties had visible injuries, with it being determined that Barnes was the primary aggressor. Barnes, who signed with the Lakers this offseason, was released on $50,000 bail.

Barnes told a Sacramento television station, “I was the victim but still got arrested.” To see that report click here.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to go to Knicks or Bulls

09.09.10 at 6:55 am ET
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According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Carmelo Anthony hopes to orchestrate a trade to either the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. Anthony is set to become a free agent after next season. According to Yahoo!, the Clippers, Nets and Rockets all figure to have interest in the forward. According to the report, Anthony has been offered a three-year, $65 million deal by the Nuggets. To read the complete report click here.

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NFLPA leader says 2011 lockout very realistic

09.08.10 at 7:18 pm ET
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According to a report from Bloomberg.com, NFL Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith is very much expecting a lockout following the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Thursday night will see the commencement of the last season of the current CBA.

‘€œI still feel that a lockout is coming in March,’€ Smith told Bloomberg.

The report sees Smith citing the length of season, rookie contract, and drug testing as major stumbling blocks in labor talks.

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Colts waive Tony Ugoh

09.08.10 at 6:21 pm ET
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According to a report on Pro Football talk citing ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, the Indianapolis Colts waived former second-round offensive lineman Tony Ugoh on Wednesday.

The 42nd overall pick in 2007, Ugoh stepped in as the team’s starting left tackle as a rookie but has battled injuries and mediocre production. He was believed to be better-suited at guard, a position he moved to prior to the team’s decision to let him go.

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