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Report: No relationship between Reebok, Spikes

09.02.10 at 11:27 am ET
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Brandon Spikes agent, Terry Watson, has confirmed to the Boston Herald that Reebok has chosen to no longer pursue a relationship with the Patriots linebacker after the recent revelation that Spikes had appeared in a sex tape. The NFL is still investigating the matter involving the Pats‘ second-round pick, who may incur some sort of discipline from the league.

(Update/per Boston.com): Reebok has issued a statement saying: “The media reports that Reebok has terminated an endorsement contract with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes are completely false. Reebok never had a deal with Brandon. The story was reported without confirmation from Reebok, and as a result inaccurate information is now being reported as fact. We had discussions with Brandon earlier this summer, as we do with many NFL players, but no agreement has been reached and he is not currently under contract with Reebok.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Reds’ Aroldis Chapman brings heat

09.02.10 at 8:00 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:
NFL preseason: Patriots at Giants, 7 p.m. (WBZ-TV Ch.4)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds’ victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on how Chapman electrified the audience with his appearance.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Morrissey joins the legion of people chiding the White Sox for their acquisition of Manny Ramirez, calling the September playoff push “Guilty Pleasure Month.”

‘™¦ Andy Roddick was bounced by Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, and he didn’t go quietly. The ninth-seeded American berated an official for calling a foot fault and telling him the wrong foot was the one that faulted.

‘™¦ At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole looks at how free agency may be a bargaining chip for NFL players in the CBA talks.

‘™¦ Larry Brooks in the New York Post looks at the NHL’s hard-line stance on the Ilya Kovalchuk-Devils deal and reports that two other contracts are being contested.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 2, 2001, which Red Sox player broke up a no-hit bid by Yankees starter Mike Mussina with two outs (and two strikes) in the bottom of the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s definitely different right now … I don’t think we’ve completely folded up the tent.” ‘€” Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, on his team’s playoff chances

STAT OF THE DAY: 13-0 ‘€” Jon Lester‘s career record against the Orioles, following Wednesday night’s Red Sox win in Baltimore

‘NET RESULTS: Basketball juggling trick shots.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Everett

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sam Gooden of the Impressions is 71 today.

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Former BC star Williams signs in Israel

09.01.10 at 11:18 pm ET
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According to EuroBasket.com, former Boston College star, and New Jersey Nets first-round pick, Sean Williams has signed a contract to play with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. The forward had been playing in both China and Puerto Rico after spending 2 1/2 seasons with the Nets.

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Report: Antti Niemi to sign with Sharks

09.01.10 at 10:31 pm ET
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According to a report from ESPN, goaltender Antti Niemi, who led the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory last season, will sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Sharks. This comes after the Blackhawks walked away from the goaltender in arbitration. The team had offered $1.5 million but Niemi was awarded $2.75 million.

The Blackhawks moved on by signing free agent goaltender Marty Turco, who had been with the Stars since 2001.

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Red Sox, Martinez talk two years

09.01.10 at 11:00 am ET
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and Victor Martinez have talked about a proposal for a two-year contract. The 31-year-old Martinez is a free agent at the end of this season. The Boston Globe was first to report the offer. The Globe also reports that the Red Sox and Blue Jays were close to a deal that would have brought first baseman Lyle Overbay from Toronto.

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Delonte West looking to move back to Boston?

09.01.10 at 10:51 am ET
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Although it is unclear what his motivation is, guard Delonte West was reportedly shopping for a condo in Waltham, according to the Boston Herald. West was waived by the Timberwolves on Aug. 3 and is facing a 10-game suspension from the NBA after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland.

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Yankees were awarded waiver claim on Lilly

09.01.10 at 10:44 am ET
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According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees were awarded the waiver claim on pitcher Ted Lilly but the Dodgers were unwilling to deal the pitcher because they believe they are still in the race. Since coming to LA from the Cubs, the 34-year-old Lilly has gone 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA.

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Report: Cardinals QB Leinart on trading block

09.01.10 at 7:22 am ET
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According to a Fox Sports report, several NFL teams confirmed that they have received calls and e-mails from the Cardinals about quarterback Matt Leinart, who was recently named as a backup to Derek Anderson. Leinart did not respond well to losing the battle for the starting job, saying, “I think this goes beyond the football field. I’ve done everything they’ve asked of me and more ‘€” outplayed the competition in training camp and preseason. Obviously, there’s something that’s going on. I don’t know what it is.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

09.01.10 at 7:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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:
Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Washington Post columnist Mike Wise was suspended for a month for knowingly sending out a false tweet indicating that Ben Roethlisberger‘s NFL suspension had been reduced to five games, a “joke” Wise says he made to show how far journalism standards have fallen but one that blew up in his face. On his radio show, Wise apologized for his actions and accepted his punishment. It’s been a rough week for national columnists, with Wise’s embarrassing behavior coming on the heels of Jay Mariotti‘s misadventures that led to his national ridicule.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Tribune, David Haugh continues his tirade against Manny Ramirez that he started Tuesday when he called Manny a cheater and warned fans that the former Dodgers slugger hasn’t been the same since his 50-game suspension in 2009. At Tuesday’s press conference, Manny decided to answer questions in Spanish, having coach Joey Cora translate for the media, and threw out comments such as, “The past is the past,” when asked about his odd behavior.

‘™¦ Roger Clemens posted a second consecutive 84 at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and shooed away reporters as his defense team likely began combing through the massive amount of documents prosecutors shared about his federal perjury case.

‘™¦ T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times has his sarcastic analysis of the McCourt/Dodgers trial. On Tuesday, Frank McCourt took the stand but spent the majority of the time insisting he did not remember details related to his marriage property agreement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 1, 1974, the Red Sox acquired which veteran catcher from the Cardinals?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just want to play baseball, and you have to respect the personality of the person.” ‘€” Manny Ramirez, during his introductory press conference as a member of the White Sox on Tuesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 102 ‘€” Miles per hour of the fastest pitches thrown by Aroldis Chapman in his major league debut Tuesday night for the Reds

‘NET RESULTS: The Icelandic soccer team Stjarnan’s latest celebration is the human toilet.

Lions safety Louis Delmas got a little too excited during presume introductions and took out a couple of kids waiting to high-five him.

A hockey mom takes a puck to the midsection.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim McCarver, who also played 12 games for the Sox in 1975 before being released and picked up by the Phillies

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Archie Bell is 66 today.

Strasburg surgery set for Friday

08.31.10 at 11:25 pm ET
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According to the Washington Post, rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday. The operation will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum with Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih assisting. The top pick in the 2009 amateur draft has gone through two  arthrograms, both revealing a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. Following the surgery, Strasburg will rehab at the Scripps Clinic outside San Diego and is scheduled to be able to throw again in four months.

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