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Former Auburn players say they were paid to play

03.30.11 at 12:37 pm ET
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Four former Auburn football players told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that they were part of a pay-for-play scheme during the early to mid-2000s, according to SportsbyBrooks.com. Offensive lineman Troy Reddick said he was given nearly $5,000 over two seasons, while defensive end Stanley McClover claimed to receive $4,000 for his performance in one game against Alabama. Offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey and defensive end Raven Gray are the other players who made the accusations.

Said McClover on the show, which airs Wednesday night: “It really turned me into a monster. When there’€™s no morals to what you’€™re doing, you’€™re just into getting money, I spent it cause I felt like I could get it right back.”

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Police issue warrant for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib

03.30.11 at 9:45 am ET
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Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and his mother have been accused of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, and an arrest warrant was issued by police in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas.

Police said they believe Talib and his mother shot at the man, who was not injured, in an incident March 21. Talib is expected to turn himself in this week. His mother, Okolo Talib, turned herself in Tuesday.

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Mike Krzyzewski: ‘Uncle Tom’ comments ‘very insulting’ to Duke

03.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking Tuesday to “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on Chicago’s ESPN 100, finally addressed the comments made by former Michigan player Jalen Rose during a documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five of the early 1990s.

Rose, whose March 11 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving was revealed this week, said in the ESPN documentary that debuted March 13: “I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Responded Krzyzewski: “Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

Krzyzewski said Duke was interested in the Fab Five’s most highly regarded member.

“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids [Jimmy King and Ray Jackson] we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Erik Ainge lives with uncle Danny Ainge after latest rehab stint

03.30.11 at 7:19 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 LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Astros, 8:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge has been living in Wellesley with his uncle, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, while trying to get a grip on his drug and alcohol addiction. Erik says he’s been clean and sober for eight months, the longest such stretch since he was 11 years old. He tells the details of his troubles in a piece at ESPN. Said Erik: “During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would’ve made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy.”

‘™¦ ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose was arrested March 11 in Michigan on suspicion of drunken driving. Rose made news this month with his comments in an ESPN documentary about the University of Michigan’s Fab Five that he perceived Grant Hill as an “Uncle Tom” for attending Duke.

‘™¦ With the Final Four set to begin this week, NCAA president Mark Emmert says athletes will not get paid but perhaps their scholarships should be increased. “I will make clear that I want this to be a subject we explore” at the NCAA meetings in April, he said.

‘™¦ Fiesta Bowl president and CEO John Junker was fired this week after allegedly conspiring to reimburse employees for political contributions and then cover up the scheme, along with some other accusations of misappropriated funds. The BCS said it will conduct its own investigation to determine if the Fiesta Bowl should remain a BCS bowl game. At CBSSports.com, Dennis Dodd ponders the future of the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 30, 1976, which Celtic became the third player in NBA history (joining Bill Russell and Bill Bridges) to record 10,000 rebounds before scoring 10,000 points?

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Read More: Danny Ainge, Erik Ainge, Jalen Rose, John Junker

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Chad Ochocinco unimpressive in soccer scrimmage

03.29.11 at 7:42 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 LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (Versus)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco failed to impress during a practice soccer game with Sporting Kansas City on Monday, struggling with his skills and conditioning against MLS players. However, the team hasn’t given up on Ochocinco, especially considering the publicity this stunt has generated. Ochocinco is scheduled to meet with Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes on Tuesday to discuss his future. “I’m satisfied,” Ochocinco said. “My dream has been answered, to be able to come onto the pitch and play for an MLS team. It doesn’t have to be against someone professional. Just to be out here was enough for me. I can go home. I can die tomorrow and be satisfied. I can go to heaven and tell God, ‘Man, I played professional soccer and I’m good.’ ”

‘™¦ In The New York Times, Dan Barry catches up with former Red Sox manager Joe Morgan and recalls the longest game in baseball, the Pawtucket Red Sox’ 33-inning victory over the Rochester Red Wings in 1981.

‘™¦ Jose Canseco had an eventful week last week. After making a memorable appearance on “Celebrity Appearance,” the former major leaguer allegedly sent his twin brother, Ozzie, to a celebrity boxing match to fight in his place. At National Post, Bruce Arthur recounts some of Canseco’s zany behavior and suggests that a sitcom should be in the works.

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 celebratory traditions in sports, such as cutting down the nets in college basketball.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 29, 1929, the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup. Which team did they beat in the best-of-3 finals?

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Research firm says Chad Ochocinco is second-most influential Twitter user

03.28.11 at 11:27 am ET
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Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is the second-most influential Twitter user in the world, according to independent research firm Twitalyzer.

The firm created a tool called the Influence Index to determine who makes the biggest impact on the Twitter world. Instead of just counting who has the most followers or who tweets the most, it counts the number of times somebody’s Twitter name is mentioned by other users.

Ochocinco, who has more than 1.6 million followers, earned an influence score of 89 (out of 100). That put him second only to Brazilian comedian Rafinha Bastos. Rounding out the top five were late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien, English actor Stephen Fry and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco accused of sending twin brother to his fight

03.28.11 at 6:50 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 MONDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Pacers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Red Sox slugger Jose Canseco has been accused of trying to pass off his twin brother Ozzie as himself at a celebrity boxing event in Florida on Saturday night. Shortly before the bout against Billy Padden at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., organizers discovered the ruse and had Ozzie escorted from the premises by police when they noticed his tattoos were different. Jose tweeted Sunday that the promoter “did not comply with his part of the agreement.”

‘™¦ The shared home of Rays players Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed, with Price saying he lost around $50,000 worth of property. Said Longoria: “It’s unfortunate. You just hope that karma catches up with whoever did it.”

‘™¦ Thunder star Kevin Durant is a nice guy who genuinely cares about the common man and NBA fan, explains Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman. Said Durant: “I just tell myself that I need to do what Jesus would do. He would do the same thing, go the extra mile just to please people. So I said why not me?”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 28, 1986, the Red Sox made a trade with the Yankees to acquire designated hitter Don Baylor, who would go on to help the Sox win the pennant. Who did Boston trade to New York?

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Read More: David Price, Evan Longoria, Jose Canseco, Kevin Durant

Killer of UConn football player Jasper Howard sentenced to 18 years

03.25.11 at 2:01 pm ET
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John Lomax, who in January pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter in the death of UConn football player Jasper Howard in 2009, was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Lomax, 22, was charged with stabbing Howard during a fight between some football players and a group that included Lomax.

Lomax cried while addressing the court, saying, “I know it hurts.”

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Report: NFL pushes for HGH testing in labor negotiations

03.25.11 at 12:14 pm ET
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The NFL is insisting on implementing HGH testing when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, according to FoxSports.com.

“We want it. We think it’s necessary. We’re going to ensure that it’s done,” said Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of law and labor policy. “That’s something very important to us and the integrity of our game. We believe some of the basis for going slowly on it before has been addressed. At this point, it’s proper for it to be an active part of our program.”

FoxSports reports that HGH testing could become a controversial subject among members of the NFL Players Association. Former NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw resisted HGH tests because of an opposition to blood testing. There is currently no reliable HGH urine test, although research is being done to create one.

“Until a test is developed for HGH, there’€™s really not an awful lot to talk about,” Upshaw said before his death in 2008. “When that test is developed, we really believe it should be a urine test. No one is interested in a blood test. We’ve got a lot of big tough guys, but even they don’€™t like to be pricked on the finger to give blood.”

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Yankees trade righty Sergio Mitre to Brewers for OF Chris Dickerson

03.25.11 at 12:13 pm ET
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The Yankees acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Brewers on Friday for pitcher Sergio Mitre, according to an ESPN report.

The 30-year-old Mitre went 0-3 with a 3.33 ERA for the Yankees last season. Dickerson, 28, has spent parts of three seasons in the major leagues. In 45 games last season with the Reds and Brewers, he hit .206.

The Yankees also reportedly signed veteran pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league deal.

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