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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jerry Manuel fires back at Joe Torre

09.22.10 at 7:24 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:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ After learning that outgoing Dodgers manager Joe Torre publicly admitted to having interest in the Mets managerial job that undoubtedly will become open after this season, current Mets manager Jerry Manuel criticized Torre and questioned his integrity. It doesn’t help Manuel that the underachieving Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the same day he blasted the apologetic Torre.

‘™¦ Even in death, George Steinbrenner is controversial. His newly unveiled plaque at Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park is substantially larger than those around it. A number of people have started to complain about that Steinbrenner’s tribute should not dwarf those for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and other Yankees legends.

‘™¦ A Texas man named Kelly Blair, who had sued the authors of a book about Roger Clemens‘ fall from grace, withdrew his $25 million lawsuit after Andy Pettitte‘s father detailed his purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from him.

‘™¦ Patriots fans might be encouraged by Clark Judge‘s story at CBSSports.com in which he writes that NFL teams don’t need a running game to be successful.

‘™¦ USA Today has a piece on how colleges are using mandatory student fees to boost college sports budgets and keeping the details hidden.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, Elizabeth Olson writes about how sports teams are connecting with fans via electronic devices.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 22, 1974, which Red Sox reliever set a team record for strikeouts thrown in relief with 12 in 7 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll be ready to go by spring training. I’ll come back stronger, faster and a better baseball player next spring. You have to take the best out of everything. That’s the way I’m looking at it.” ‘€” Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.32 ‘€” Clay Buchholz‘ ERA in his last four starts vs. the Orioles this season, including Tuesday night’s performance

‘NET RESULTS: Impressive back-heel goal in an indoor soccer game.

Braves outfielder Matt Diaz helps subdue a man in a red bodysuit who ran onto the field in Philadelphia.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Diego Segui

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joan Jett turns 52 Wednesday.

Read More: Andy Pettitte, George Steinbrenner, Jerry Manuel, Joe Torre

Eagles name Michael Vick as starter

09.21.10 at 6:27 pm ET
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Just one day after naming Kevin Kolb as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, Eagles coach Andy Reid reversed his decision Tuesday and named Michael Vick as the starter under center for the Eagles.

Vick has played well in 2010 in relief of Kolb, who suffered a concussion in the first half of a Week 1 loss to the Packers. Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 103 yards in the 27-20 defeat to Green Bay, and had 284 yards passing and two TD tosses in a win at Detroit in Week 2.

Read More: Andy Reid, Kevin Kolb, michael vick, Rumor Mill

Report: Brandon Jacobs fined 10K for helmet toss

09.21.10 at 4:51 pm ET
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported the NFL has fined New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the stands during his club’s Sunday night loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Jacobs apologized Tuesday for his actions.

“I want to apologize one more time for accidentally tossing my helmet in the stands,” said Jacobs in a statement issued by the Giants. “It was something that happened because I was frustrated with the game, and I had no business tossing my helmet in the first place, and I am thankful that nobody was hurt.

“I talked to Jerry and Coach Coughlin yesterday,” he said. “Both of them asked to speak with me, I didn’t request a meeting with them. I have not demanded a trade and have no plans to demand a trade. The only demand I am making right now is of myself, to be the best player I can be and to help this team win.”

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Roundup of NFL quarterback controversies

09.21.10 at 12:55 pm ET
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The NFL is only two weeks old, but quarterback controversies already abound. Here’s a roundup:

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Kevin Kolb will be the starting quarterback against the Jaguars on Sunday, despite a pair of impressive performances by Michael Vick. Kolb has been cleared to practice after missing the second half of a season-opening loss to Green Bay and Sunday’s win over Detroit because of a concussion. Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and ran for 103 more in a 27-20 loss to the Packers, nearly rallying the Eagles to victory from a 17-point deficit. He had 284 yards passing and two TDs in a 35-32 win over the Lions in his first start in almost four years.

In Pittsburgh, Dennis Dixon tore his lateral meniscus cartilage in Sunday’s 19-11 win over the Titans. It’s possible Dixon will need to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and could miss at least three weeks. With Dixon out, the Steelers re-signed Byron Leftwich two days after they released him to create a roster spot for a defensive lineman. Leftwich hasn’t played since spraining his knee in preseason, but may get the start Sunday at Tampa Bay. Charlie Batch, No. 4 on the depth chart, finished the game after Dixon was injured. With Roethlisberger still out two more weeks with his suspension, Batch is the only healthy quarterback on the Steelers roster. Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Kevin Kolb, michael vick, Rumor Mill,

Second lawsuit accuses Shaq of hacking

09.21.10 at 10:26 am ET
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Radar Online has the details of yet another lawsuit accusing Shaquille O’Neal of hacking into someone’s computer. This one was filed by Vanessa Lopez, a woman described as a “former mistress” of O’Neal’s. This suit also involves Shawn Darling, a former Shaq employee, who filed the first lawsuit. Shaq’s attorney told Radar the Darling suit was a “complete and utter fabrication.”

Read the whole sordid details here.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Shaquille O'Neal,

Notre Dame radio host after Mark Dantonio heart attack: ‘God is going to get you’

09.21.10 at 9:41 am ET
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When referencing what happened in the Notre Dame loss to Michigan St. — in which the Spartans executed a fake field goal in overtime to beat the Fighting Irish — Mike Patrick of 95.3 FM in South Bend, Indiana suggested it was no coincidence Michigan St. head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack following the game.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Brandon Jacobs a Giant distraction

09.21.10 at 7:52 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 TODAY:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has taken over the spotlight in New York, and not for good reasons. He’s been upset since losing his starting job in the preseason, and he’s asked for a meeting with team officials following his helmet-throwing incident Sunday night in Indianapolis. There had been speculation that he would request a trade, but later reports indicated that’s not the case. In the Bergen Record, Tara Sullivan writes: Brandon Jacobs is on an unparalleled streak of selfishness, which for him, is saying a lot.

The Yankees unveiled their monument to George Steinbrenner on Monday night. At the event, Joe Torre hugged general manager Brian Cashman in their first meeting in almost two years, but it doesn’t appear the two have mended their relationship.

‘™¦ Following Sunday’s incident in which Cubs baserunner Tyler Colvin was hit by a broken maple bat and hospitalized, there’s been an outcry to ban the bats. In the Chicago Sun-Times, Gordon Wittenmyer looks at the controversy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 21, 1985, Wade Boggs collected his 223rd hit to break the team’s single-season record. Whose record did he break?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ve got to find a way to rally around each other when things are not going [well]. It’s easy to rally around each other when you’re making the plays, you’re having fun and you’re blowing people out. That’s easy. Don’t give me that team. Give me the team that can rally around when things are not going your way, that’s got the fight. I want a team like that. As soon as we get that together, we’ll be OK.” ‘€” Patriots defensive lineman Vince WIlfork, on Monday’s Dale & Holley show, talking about Sunday’s loss to the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 ‘€” Consecutive starts in which Daisuke Matsuzaka has given up at least four runs

‘NET RESULTS: Ohio University’s bobcat mascot was relieved of his duties following this attack on Ohio State’s mascot before Saturday’s game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tris Speaker

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Leonard Cohen is 76 Tuesday.

Read More: Brandon Jacobs, Joe Torre, Tyler Colvin,

Report: Reggie Bush suffers broken fibula

09.21.10 at 6:14 am ET
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According to ESPN.com, Reggie Bush suffered a broken fibula in his lower right leg when trying to cover up a muffed punt late in the Saints’ 25-22 win over the 49ers Monday night. The injury, which occurred with 6:58 remaining in the game, wasn’t expected to be season-ending, but Bush will undergo more tests Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury. He was helped off the field, not being able to put any pressure on the leg.

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Boras says Werth worth more than Bay

09.20.10 at 7:43 pm ET
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Agent Scott Boras, who recently became the agent for Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth after the 31-year-old left the Beverly Hills Sports Council, suggested to FoxSports.com that his new client will likely seeking a deal in excess of the four-year, $66 million guarantee that Jason Bay received from the Mets last winter.

Boras suggested that Werth’s defensive abilities along with his health would create a greater market for his services than Bay encountered last year. Werth, who plays left for the Phillies, was described by Boras as being capable of playing center, and was characterized as a Gold Glove caliber player in the field. Moreover, Boras claimed, concerns about Bay’s shoulder and knees that were raised by the Sox limited his market, whereas Werth does not face such health claims.

So, instead of pointing towards Bay as a comparable deal for his new client, Boras compared Werth to Matt Holliday, who received a seven-year, $120 million deal to re-sign with the Cardinals.

‘€œJason Bay suffered in the marketplace because of a predisposition about his medical condition,’€ Boras told FoxSports.com. ‘€œThe Red Sox rejected him, creating questions.

‘€œThat (predisposition) did not exist with Holliday. It certainly does not exist with Werth. And (with Bay) you were talking about a left fielder who was definitely not in the class of a Gold Glove outfielder.

‘€œWerth is a totally different type of player. He’€™s an athlete who can play center field, run, steal bases, be a Gold Glove type outfielder.’€

Werth is hitting .292/.381/.521/.902 with 24 homers and an NL-leading 44 doubles this year.

Read More: Jason Bay, Jayson Werth, Rumor Mill, Scott Boras

Boston Sports Drinks (shaken, not stirred)

09.20.10 at 5:45 pm ET
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Sitting on my North End roof deck, watching the sun set over the Garden, sipping a John Daly (a take on the Arnold Palmer: lemonade and sweet tea vodka), I got to thinking. Miami nightclubs already have a drink named after LeBron James. Kentucky bars have a shot named after John Wall, and he only spent a year there. How come Boston doesn’€™t have signature drinks named after its high-profile sports personalities? Enlisting the help of Boston’€™s best bartender, Sarah Pemberton, we came up with five cocktails every Boston establishment should add to its menu.

THE LASER SHOT (a.k.a. The Dustin Pedroia)

1 oz. Patrón Silver
1 fresh lime slice
Squirt of Frank’€™s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Combine tequila and juice of one lime slice over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a shot class, and add a squirt of Frank’€™s RedHot.

This shooter is like The Laser Show himself–compact and fiery. The Patrón gives a nod to the second baseman’€™s 2008 Silver Slugger Award, and the squirt of Frank’€™s RedHot obviously reflects the 5-foot-something Red Sox star’€™s impassioned personality.

THE SHPNOTAQ (a.k.a., The Shaquille O’€™Neal)

3 oz. Hpnotiq
0.25 oz. Midori
0.5 oz. sloe gin
3 crushed mint leaves
Dash of Sprite

Combine Hpnotiq, Midori and crushed mint over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour over a tall glass of ice, add a dash of Sprite and float the sloe gin over top. Garnish with a cherry.

A tall of drink of (not) water, this cocktail won’€™t cost much, and it can only help you rebound from that Game 7 hangover. Finding ingredients that end in Q is never easy, so the Hpnotiq is a natural fit. The Midori adds some Celtics green, and the mint is the next-best thing to a clover. Despite the aged legend’€™s sluggish pace (hence the sloe gin), we hope he’€™s still nimble (like the sprite).

THE SUPER BOWL (a.k.a., The Bill Belichick)

4 oz. Gale Force Gin
4 oz. ClearHeart Vodka
2 oz. Pusser’€™s British Navy dark rum
4 oz. Bacardi 151 over-proof rum
4 oz. Bacardi Silver light rum
2 oz. Blue Curaçao
2 oz. sour mix
6 oz. Hawaiian Punch
12 oz. Nantucket Nectars Pineapple Orange Guava

Fill a tiki bowl with about 20 ounces of ice. Add liqueurs. Mix in juice, top with sour mix and stir well. Makes enough for 3-5 people.

This concoction exposes your weaknesses. It’€™s 40 ounces– like you’€™d see a homeless man in a cutoff sweatshirt drinking. The gin and juice come from Belichick’€™s adopted home of Nantucket. The Bacardi Silver and Blue Curaçao add Pats colors. The vodka puts a twist on the Friday Night Lights ‘€œclear eyes, full hearts, can’€™t lose’€ mantra. The Hawaiian Punch represents his two Pro Bowl coaching stints. He’€™ll surpass 150 regular-season victories this year, hence the 151. The sour mix reflects Belichick’€™s ever-present sourpuss. And the dark rum recognizes his father’€™s contribution to the Naval Academy.

THE BLACK ‘€˜N’€™ GOLD (a.k.a., The Milan Lucic)

1 oz. black rum
1 oz. gold rum
0.5 oz. Chambord
Dash of Canada Dry Ginger Ale

Combine rum and Chambord over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a tumbler, add a dash of ginger ale and garnish with a yellow twist.

This drink will pull your sweater over your head and knock you out. Share a hat trick of these with a lady friend, and you’€™re definitely scoring. The combination is simple: the Bruins’€™ Black & Gold, a taste of Lucic’€™s home country (the ginger ale) and an appreciation for his slamming of people into the boards (the Chambord).

THE BIG O (a.k.a., The Glenn Ordway)

4 oz. stout
4 oz. Arrogant Bastard Ale
0.5 oz. Glenfiddich
0.5 oz. Bailey’€™s Irish Cream

In a pint glass, pour the stout slowly over a spoon to float atop the ale. Add the scotch and Irish cream to a shot glass. Drop the shot glass into the beer and chug.

Warning: This drink may cause you to talk over people, and it’€™ll stay in your mustache for hours. It’€™s a take on the Black & Tan, neither of which represents Glenn. But The Big O is admittedly stout, and he gets called ‘€œa fat bastard’€ by a handful of callers a day.

Read More: Bill Belichick, Dustin Pedroia, Glenn Ordway, john daly