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Agent: Ravens CB Williams suspended by league

07.22.10 at 11:37 am ET
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According to a report at the National Football Post, the agent for Ravens cornerback Cary Williams confirmed that the player has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Over a year ago while Cary was a member of the Tennessee Titans, he was involved in an incident that fell under the NFL conduct policy,” agent Marc Lillibridge told the National Football Post. “Through the appeals process with the NFL and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office, Cary was suspended for two games. Although we’re disappointed we did not win the appeal, we respect the league office’s decision. Cary just wants to focus on the training camp with the Ravens and the remaining games in the regular season.

“Even though Cary was a member of the Titans at the time, he’s disappointed he let the Ravens’ front office, ownership and teammates down. What happened is in the past and now he just wants to focus on helping the Ravens get back to the playoffs and to the Super Bowl. Cary is a father, Cary is the kind of guy any agent is proud to represent. I’m excited for him moving forward as a player and a person as a human being.”

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Ravens’ Reed expects to miss 6 games

07.22.10 at 11:26 am ET
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Ravens safety Ed Reed confirmed in a radio interview that he expects his team to place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would require him to miss the first six games of the upcoming NFL season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Reed missed the end of the 2009 season with various hip, neck and groin injuries. Reed is entering his seventh season in the NFL.

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Mets reportedly want to move Francoeur

07.22.10 at 9:32 am ET
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The New York Post reports that the Mets are trying to trade right fielder Jeff Francoeur, now that Carlos Beltran finally is healthy and Angel Pagan continues to play well. The story quotes a friend of Francoeur’s as saying the player would welcome a trade as he wants to play every day.

Francoeur, acquired a year ago from the Braves, is hitting .243 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 91 games this season.

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McGrady works out for Clippers

07.22.10 at 9:01 am ET
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Tracy McGrady worked out for the Clippers Wednesday in Los Angeles, one day after taking a physical for the team. ESPN has the information about McGrady’s attempt to hook on with another team after finishing the 2009-10 campaign with the Knicks.

“The workout/visit went well,” Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said. “Tracy will continue to explore his options as will we.”

ESPN also reports that the Bulls have expressed some interest in getting more information about McGrady, while the player tweeted that he’s considering the Clippers, Bulls, Lakers and Heat.

McGrady, 31, is a seven-time All-Star and two-time NBA scoring champion, but he has struggled with injuries to his shoulder, back and knee, playing just 65 games over the past three seasons.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

07.22.10 at 8:03 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ On the heels of its announcement that it’s returning the Heisman Trophy awarded to Reggie Bush, USC is rewriting its record books to reflect the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. According to The Los Angeles Times, the school will add “about 100 asterisks” to its media guide with an explanation that the teams’ accomplishments in the mid-2000s were “later vacated due to NCAA penalty.” Meanwhile, the Downtown Athletic Club is trying to decide if it should remove Bush as the official winner of the 2005 Heisman.

♦ There’s still some confusion about how the umpires should have handled Tuesday’s double-visit to the mound in Los Angeles, but Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times writes that Don Mattingly has proven he’s not ready to be a major league manager.

Bill Madden in the New York Daily News has a tribute to former Yankees and Red Sox manager Ralph Houk.

♦ The latest LeBron-bashing piece comes from Bill Livingston in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. He writes that James fooled all of his fans in Cleveland, pretending to be someone he wasn’t.

♦ With the NCAA looking into alleged violations at a number of colleges, Lonnie White at AOL FanHouse writes that a solution to the agent problem is long overdue.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 22, 2004, the Red Sox had a fill-in starter for the day’s game against the Orioles. The pitcher was the only left-hander the Sox started all season. Who was the pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s doing everything in his power to do two things. One, to be ready as quickly as possible. And the second thing is to drive me insane. Yeah, he’s like a caged animal. We have got to get him back in the lineup or somebody’s going to kill him.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, during his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show, on injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia

STAT OF THE DAY: 1,619 — Career managerial victories for Ralph Houk, who died Wednesday at the age of 90

‘NET RESULTS: Impressive trick shot during a shootout from Wild prospect Jarod Palmer.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Abe Alvarez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Clinton is 69 today.

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Tigers reportedly ready to make moves

07.22.10 at 7:04 am ET
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A report at FoxSports.com indicates the Tigers, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday night, are eager to improve their roster, with an eye toward adding a player such as Cubs lefty Ted Lilly or a reliever from Seattle or Toronto. They reportedly are not interested in bringing back catcher Ivan Rodriguez or acquiring Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot.

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Rumor: Oswalt would OK deal to Phillies

07.22.10 at 6:58 am ET
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According to a report from AOL FanHouse, Astros ace Roy Oswalt would waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to the Phillies. However, one day after rumors surfaced that Philadelphia was in talks to acquire the 32-year-old righty, Astros owner Drayton McLane told the Houston Chronicle that no deal was imminent. Oswalt reportedly is insisting that whichever team acquires him pick up his 2012 option, worth $16 million, and that could be a hangup.

Oswalt told the Chronicle that he had not been approached about any trade and was non-committal when asked about Philadelphia.

“I want to go somewhere that has a chance to make it to the playoffs,” he said. “But I’m going to wait until they come to me and ask me what they have as far a deal done or what they are thinking about.
“We’ll weigh the options and go from there.”

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Lin makes it official with Warriors

07.22.10 at 6:52 am ET
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Harvard product Jeremy Lin was introduced Wednesday as the newest member of the Warriors, after signing a free agent contract with his hometown team. The 6-foot-3 guard who impressed scouts with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League inked a two-year deal that reportedly is partially guaranteed in the first year with a team option in Year 2.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of something like this before,” Lin told the media. “This is unbelievable. Words can’t really express my feelings right now and how happy I am and how grateful I am. This is crazy.”

According to the Harvard Crimson, Lin has been approached with a number of endorsement opportunities, including a shoe deal.

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Report: Paul has ‘exit strategy’

07.21.10 at 10:00 pm ET
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According to a report on CBSsports.com, New Orleans point guard Chris Paul is in the process of putting together an “exit strategy” that he hopes will lead to a trade before the start of the 2010-11 season.

“He wants out,” a source told CBSsports.com. “He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players.”

The report indicates that Paul’s list of desired destinations include the Knicks, Magic and Lakers.

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Report: Pedro won’t return in ’10

07.21.10 at 5:00 pm ET
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Pedro Martinez will not pitch this season, according to the Boston Herald. The report states that the former Red Sox ace is still considering a return, but that it would not be until the 2011 season.

Martinez joined the Phillies for the stretch run last season and went 5-1 with a 3.63 earned run average in nine starts. In parts of 18 seasons, Martinez has a career record of 219-100 with 3,154 strikeouts in 2,827 1/3 innings. He has won three Cy Young awards, including two with the Red Sox.

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