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Colt McCoy named Browns starter

10.15.10 at 10:16 am ET
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Congratulations, Colt McCoy. You’ve been named the Browns starting quarterback for the first time in your career. The bad news? You get to face the Steelers. It’s not an optimal situation for the rookie from Texas who was supposed to have the NFL equivalent of a “redshirt” season according to Browns president Mike Holmgren, but injuries to Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace hastened McCoy’s rise up the depth chart.

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Tweets of the Week: Brett Favre front and center

10.15.10 at 8:49 am ET
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This is the first edition of Tweets of the Week, where we’ll highlight the events of the past seven days with the funniest and most interesting tweets.

With a week full of drama and intrigue, from Brett Favre‘s alleged sexual harassment to a questionable report of a Tom Brady-Randy Moss feud and Deion Branch‘s return to New England, those in the Twitter world were busy this week weighing in with their reactions. Even the Columbus Day holiday elicited some interesting responses.

Brett Favre

The Vikings quarterback had quite the brutal week. From allegations that he sent naughty text messages to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger to losing on Monday Night Football and his lingering elbow tendinitis, this is a week Favre will want to forget.

JPosnanski Joe Posnanski: This lightning delay can only mean one thing: God has not heard enough about Randy Moss and Brett Favre yet.

sportsguy33 Bill Simmons: Jaws: ‘€œThey’€™re reeling right now from Brett Favre’€™s assault.’€ This game might break the all-time double entendre record.

kirkmin Kirk Minihane: To be fair, this is the best game I can recall a QB playing four days after pictures of his genitals were shown on Deadspin.

rainnwilson Rainn Wilson: Brett Favre texted me explicit pictures of his enormous ego. Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: brett favre, deion branch, Randy Moss, Tom Brady

Ole Miss has a new mascot

10.15.10 at 8:38 am ET
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Change comes slow in the south, and after seven years the University of Mississippi finally has a new mascot. Say hello to the Ole Miss Rebel Black Bears. The Black Bear beat out “Hotty Toddy” and “Rebel Land Shark” for the top spot. Unfortunately, Admiral Ackbar of “It’s a trap” fame, didn’t make it to the final voting.

Read More: Admiral Ackbar, Mascots, Ole Miss, Rumor Mill

LEEInks List: Memorable returns to Boston

10.15.10 at 8:32 am ET
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With Deion Branch catching the door after Randy Moss let himself out, Patriots fans are daydreaming about Super Bowl XXXIX, when Branch was the MVP and the Pats won their third title in four seasons.

The Patriots hope Branch’s second go-round in New England can be as successful as the first, as Branch returns from a rough stint in oblivion in Seattle.

Here’s a look at some other notable returns to Boston teams over the past decade.

10. Delonte West, 2010

West may be most famous for an alleged relationship with LeBron James‘ mother, but the versatile point guard could play a major role for the Celtics this season. Originally drafted by the Celtics out of St. Joseph’s, West was a regular starter in his three years with the team. But after he averaged double digits in his second and third years, the Celtics made way for Rajon Rondo by dealing West to the SuperSonics in June 2007 as part of the Ray Allen deal. Three years later and a few gun charges and rumors later, West finds himself back in Celtic green playing alongside Allen and backing up Rondo. He won’t get his first chance to get out on the court until Nov. 17 because of a 10-game suspension, but look for West to make an impact this season.

9. Ellis Burks, 2004

Burks was heralded as an up-and-coming star when he broke into the big leagues with the Red Sox in 1987, but despite making the All-Star team in 1990, he was often treated as if he failed to live up to his potential in Boston. His existence with the Sox was, at times, uncomfortable, made more so by the fact that he was the lone African-American on the roster at times. When he left the Sox as a free agent after the 1992 season, it was with unhappy feelings about the organization with whom he came up.

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Read More: Antoine Walker, Curt Schilling, deion branch, Tedy Bruschi

Gilbert Arenas hurt; for real this time

10.15.10 at 8:25 am ET
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Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas played just three minutes in his return to the Verizon Center Thursday before injuring his groin. Two days earlier, Arenas left a game to help get his teammate Nick Young some playing time, but Thursday’s injury appears to be legitimate. It was Arenas’ first game back in Washington since his suspension last season. “He was good while he was in there,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. No word on whether Saunders was faking his soundbite.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ines Sainz speaks about Jets controversy

10.15.10 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 TODAY:
NBA Preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA Preseason: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)
MLS: Wizards at Revolution, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY:
NFL: Ravens at Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, whose offensive treatment at the hands of the Jets created major controversy last month, said she will not go into NFL locker rooms and instead interview players on the field or sideline. Sainz, who is scheduled to visit the Patriots soon, spoke Thursday at a news conference in Los Angeles. “I’m not going into the locker rooms anymore,” she said. “It’s not a good place right now for me. I don’t want to be in there.”

Sainz toook a month off after the Jets incident, “because I don’t want to be the focus,” she said. “I’m not looking for that kind of publicity. It affects my career and development in the States.” As for criticism that her clothing was inappropriate, she said: “If I dressed properly or not, I have nine years of my career making interviews with top players all around the world and I can’t believe that someone says my outfit is not proper. It’s unfair treatment. I believe the media thought they were going to find a victim but clearly I don’t feel like a victim.”

‘™¦ On the heels of former agent Josh Luchs‘ story in Sports Illustrated in which he accuses a number of players of accepting money before turning pro, agent Jack Bechta writes at National Football Post about experiences he’s had with athletes requesting payouts. He also polls some fellow agents, and the consensus is more than half of the top-rated college football players are receiving benefits in violation of NCAA rules.

‘™¦ With CC Sabathia set to start Game 1 of the American League Championship Series for the Yankees on Friday night, Bob Nightengale at USA Today has an in-depth feature on the pitcher. It includes moments in his life that helped shape him ‘€” including his father’s disappearance, re-emergence and death, and a robbery in which Sabathia had a gun pointed at his head.

‘™¦ The Yankees are attempting to stop a woman from publishing love letters she received from a college-age George Steinbrenner. The woman’s son called a team executive a “bully” for the manner in which he handled the situation.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 15, 1986, the Red Sox completed their comeback against the Angels in the American League Championship Series, taking Game 7 by a score of 8-1. Which pitcher got the win for the Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s over with. I’m not going to get into it. I’ve done enough.” ‘€” Wizards coach Flip Saunders, on guard Gilbert Arenas‘ fine for faking an injury; Arenas played Thursday but left after three minutes with a groin injury

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 ‘€” Consecutive postseason wins by the Yankees over the Rangers heading into Friday night’s Game 1 of the American League Championship Series

‘NET RESULTS: Brett Favre takes a football to the alleged scene of the crime at Vikings practice.

Lakers enforcer Matt Barnes throws a Kings player into a Lakers cheerleader.

Here’s video from a paratrooper’s helmet of him jumping from a plane and landing on his mark in Michigan Stadium before Saturday’s game.

U.S. women’s soccer star Abby Wambach‘s warmup kick goes awry and hits a guy in the stands.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Roger Clemens

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry McGuire turns 75 on Friday.

Read More: cc sabathia, George Steinbrenner, Ines Sainz, Jack Bechta

LeBron James not on Ron Artest’s short list of top players

10.14.10 at 11:28 pm ET
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According to a report from ESPN, Ron Artest of the Lakers feels that Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant is “the second-best player in the NBA,” behind Artest’s Lakers teammate, Kobe Bryant.

“Kobe’s got five rings, six game-winners [last season], 23 straight points in [Game 5 of the finals] off mostly jump shots,” Artest said. “[He’s] the biggest shot maker, big shot maker. So, that said, Durant’s the second-best player in the NBA.”

Asked who he felt was the third-best player in the league, Artest made no room for anybody else, including back-to-back MVP LeBron James.

“I only count to two,” Artest said. “I’ve been out of school 15 years, so I only count to two.”

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Colt McCoy probable starter for Browns

10.14.10 at 1:28 pm ET
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Browns coach Eric Mangini said on Wednesday that he was pleased with the progress Colt McCoy has shown in practice and that he was leaning toward making the rookie quarterback the starter Sunday against the Steelers. McCoy has taken the majority of snaps with the first-string offense in practice and Mangini said that he will continue to get the bulk of the reps in practice on Thursday. He added that he is grasping the Browns’ game plan nicely.

The Browns have had injury problems at the position as Jake Delhomme went down in Week 1 with an ankle injury, and Seneca Wallace suffered an ankle injury of his own this past weekend.

Read More: Colt McCoy, Eric Mangini, Jake Delhomme, Rumor Mill

John Elway caught up in Ponzi scheme

10.14.10 at 10:44 am ET
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Legendary Broncos quarterback John Elway and a business partner invested $15 million in an alleged Ponzi scheme with a hedge-fund manager, according to court documents. Sean Mueller has been charged with racketeering, securities fraud and theft. Mueller turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday. Elway and his business partner, Mitchell Pierce, declined to comment.

[Read the full report here]

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Best teams for the buck’

10.14.10 at 7:54 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 LOCALLY TODAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a list of baseball’s “Best Teams for the Buck.” The Padres, who recorded 90 wins with a payroll of just $37.8 million (29th in MLB), top the list, with the Rangers and Rays close behind.

‘™¦ Former Texas Rangers managing partner George W. Bush is enjoying the team’s success this fall. The New York Times has some interesting anecdotes about Bush’s time leading the Rangers, collected from other owners and former commissioner Fay Vincent.

‘™¦ Shawne Merriman‘s fall from grace with the Chargers is complete, as San Diego placed the once-feared linebacker on season-ending injured reserve with the additional stipulation that he be released once he is healthy. At the San Diego Union-Tribune, Tim Sullivan writes about how Merriman went from being a beast to a burden for the Chargers.

‘™¦ At ESPN.com, Bill Simmons explains in great details how he was the first to tweet about the Patriots’ Randy Moss trade.

‘™¦ Some versions of the 2011 Cavaliers calendar feature LeBron James on the cover. It’s not selling well in Cleveland.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5 in 10 innings. The game is remembered for the non-interference call on Ed Armbrister, when Sox catcher Carlton Fisk bumped into the batter before madking an errant throw to second base. Which Reds player later singled in the winning run?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve got an 11 o’clock reservation I had to make. I didn’t want to stay any longer than I had to, you know what I’m saying? It’s my birthday.” ‘€” Celtics guard Paul Pierce, after hitting the winning jumper vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, his 33rd birthday

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Batters hit by Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett in a simulated game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS: A brawl breaks out during a basketball game between China and Brazil.

Roger Federer nails another between-the-legs winner, much to the dismay of John Isner.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Morgan

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Cliff Richard turns 70 on Thursday.

Read More: Bill Simmons, George W. Bush, LeBron James, Randy Moss