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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

08.26.10 at 7:35 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:
Rams at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV Ch. 4)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine compiled a ranking of NFL teams by their value, and the Patriots are third at $1.4 billion, behind only the top-ranked Cowboys ($1.8 billion) and the Redskins ($1.6 billion). The report breaks down the each team’s financial situation, and it indicates that the Patriots’ revenue is $318 million, operating income is $66.5 million, player expenses are $133 million and gate receipts are $90 million. The magazine praises the Pats as one of the best-run teams on and off the field, and notes that team sponsorship revenues are up again this season.

‘™¦ Giants punter Jeff Feagles told SportsIllustrated.com that Plaxico Burress and agent Drew Rosenhaus never paid him as promised when Feagles gave up jersey No. 17 to the receiver in 2005. Burress, now serving a prison sentence after shooting himself at a nightclub, had agreed to finance Feagles’ outdoor kitchen, according to the punter. At least Feagles has since reclaimed the number ‘€” although he insists it doesn’t mean much to him.

‘™¦ NFL owners met in Atlanta and agreed to move forward on an expanded, 18-game season. But, as FoxSports.com‘s Len Pasquarelli reports, the players aren’t yet convinced.

‘™¦ The leak of the Marlins’ financial reports was not good news for owner Jeffrey Loria, who had convinced Miami to foot most of the bill for the team’s new stadium. His claims of financial struggles are not backed up by the documents. Jeff Passan at Yahoo!Sports.com calls out Loria for his “scheming” ways. Meanwhile, Darren Rovell at CNBC.com writes that the leaks could have a big effect on baseball’s future.

‘™¦ Nevada police ruled the May 9 death of 25-year-old golfer Erica Blasberg a suicide, and the doctor who had refused to cooperate with authorities now claims that he hid prescription drugs and a suicide note in an effort to protect the family.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 26, 1994, the Bruins traded which defenseman to the Hartford Whalers for three first-round draft picks?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything. The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’€™m not going to go out there and put myself in a situation where I’€™m going to slip and get hurt.” ‘€” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, explaining his reaction to umpire Joe West‘s request to take less time between pitches during Wednesday’s early game

STAT OF THE DAY: 243 ‘€” Consecutive games with at least one strikeout for Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, the longest active streak in Major League Baseball to start a career

‘NET RESULTS: Dwyane Wade goes undercover at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store to promote Gatorade.

The mayor of Winnipeg got a yellow card for kicking an opponent in the face during a soccer game. His opponent was an immigrant boy invited to play in the charity game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Glen Wesley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Cowsill of the Cowsills turns 61 today.

Read More: erica blasberg, Jeff Feagles, Jeffrey Loria, Plaxico Burress

Vikings acquire Camarillo from Dolphins

08.25.10 at 1:44 pm ET
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After losing Sidney Rice for half the season to a hip surgery, the Vikings have traded with the Dolphins for Greg Camarillo, reports Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald via Twitter.

During his three seasons with Miami, the wide receiver caught 113 passes for 1,325 yards. His fourth career catch was an overtime touchdown against the Ravens to give the Dolphins their only win of the 2007 season.

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NFL approves new ownership for Rams

08.25.10 at 1:29 pm ET
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The NFL unanimously approved a proposal for Stan Kroenke to become the majority owner of the St. Louis Rams, though Kroenke will need to turn control of his NBA and NHL teams to his son.

Kroenke — who already owns 40 percent of the Rams — has exercised his option to purchase the remaining 60 percent of the team from the Rosenbloom family for a reported $750 million.

The NFL, however, does not allow cross-ownership of pro sports teams in other cities with NFL teams. Kroenke, who owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, must give up his majority ownership in those teams by December 2014. It is believed his son Josh will take over for both organizations.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

08.25.10 at 7:48 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:
Mariners at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez offered only compliments when asked about Tom Brady‘s comments from Monday that the Patriots star hates the Jets. After calling the question a “setup,” Sanchez smiled and said: “I love the Patriots. I love Tom.” Added Sanchez: ‘€œ[Brady'€™s comment] doesn’€™t matter. It’€™s neither here nor there. We respect the heck out of them. I think he’€™s a great quarterback, it’€™s a great franchise, and we need to bring our best when we play them ‘€” every time.’€

‘™¦ Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb did an interview with GQ magazine in which he came up with excuses or passed the blame for some of his famous mistakes with the Eagles, including his failure to show a sense of urgency in the final drive against the Patriots in Super Bowl 39. In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bob Ford lets McNabb have it, writing: McNabb said some things in the article that were dumb. He said some things that were insulting. And he said some things that were downright bonkers. This is not a particular surprise. McNabb was good for any of the three on a given day during his time as quarterback of the Eagles.

‘™¦ Despite Brett Favre‘s return, there’s a dark cloud hanging over the Vikings, writes Tom Powers in the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. The writer’s concerns start with the receiving corps, which has been stung by injuries. He also notes there’s a different feeling around Favre’s return this season, and it’s much less positive.

‘™¦ Commissioner Bud Selig received a statue outside Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Mike Bauman at MLB.com explains why Selig is deserving of the honor, despite his many critics.

‘™¦ Ann Killion at SportsIllustrated.com writes that the Warriors’ new owners need to clean house, starting with the removal of coach Don Nelson.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 25, 1965, Bill Russell signed a contract with the Celtics that paid him a dollar more than which rival player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not surprised because he’s in a situation where he’s happy and if he’s happy, why not stay? If he’s not happy, obviously he would have left.” ‘€” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, on Johnny Damon‘s decision to stay with the Tigers

STAT OF THE DAY: 16 ‘€” Innings the Astros and Phillies played Tuesday night in Philadelphia, where Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt had to play left field due to a shortage of position players

‘NET RESULTS: Lavelle Hawkins of the Titans makes an impressive leap over a Cardinals defender.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Wilt Chamberlain

SOOTHING SOUNDS: On Aug. 25, 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his “Born to Run” album.

Read More: brett favre, Donovan McNabb, Mark Sanchez, Tom Brady

Death of LPGA’s Blasberg ruled a suicide

08.24.10 at 8:07 pm ET
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LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg’s death has been ruled a suicide.

The Clark County (Nev.) coroner’s office announced Tueeday that Blasberg died of asphyxia coupled with the presence of toxic levels of prescription medication — including prescription headache, cough, pain and anti-anxiety medications — in her system.

‘€œWhile asphyxia was the primary cause of death, the presence of prescription drugs in Ms. Blasberg’s system was a significant factor,’€ said coroner Michael Murphy.

Blasberg’s body was found on May 9 in at her Henderson, Nev. home. Foul play has been ruled out, but an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday Dr. Thomas Hess on misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges. Hess called 911 from Blasberg’s home on the day of her death but was not there was the police arrived. It is believed that Hess hid a suicide note and prescription medications in his car.

A two-time All-American at the University of Arizona, Blasberg earned $332,416 on the LPGA Tour over parts of eight seasons (2003-10).

Read More: erica blasberg,

Report: Bowden was ‘pushed out’

08.24.10 at 3:32 pm ET
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Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has told the Associated Press that he was “pushed out” after 34 years on the job by now former school president T.K. Wetherell. Bowden left the program last December but does not want the school to “spread the story that I voluntarily, happily resigned.”

Wetherell told the Palm Beach Post that his relationship with Bowden is “strained,” while Bowden is quoted by the AP as saying “I doubt I’ll have a relationship with T.K. anymore.”

Wetherell, once one of Bowden’s players, asked Bowden to stay on as an “ambassador” for the program but he rebuffed the offer.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.24.10 at 7:49 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:
Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Major League Baseball is looking into how financial information on teams was leaked to the media. The info showed that the Pirates are still profitable despite 18 losing seasons, and it details how much lower-echelon teams receive in profit-sharing.

‘™¦ In Chicago magazine, Shane Tritsch has a revealing piece on Sammy Sosa, in which the controversial slugger blames the Cubs for making him appear to be a “a monster.”

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times looks at the McCourt saga and how it landed the Dodgers owners in court.

‘™¦ Rob Gloster at Bloomberg.com has a piece on Blake Strode, a tennis player who has put Harvard law school on hold while he tries to qualify for the U.S. Open.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 24, 1973, which Red Sox player publicly demanded a trade ‘€” a wish that would eventually be granted in the ensuing offseason?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.” ‘€” Tom Brady, on the Dennis & Callahan show, talking about HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 ‘€” Hits ‘€” all singles ‘€” in Monday night’s game between the Red Sox and Mariners

‘NET RESULTS: Another wall-climbing catch from Japanese baseball.

Here’s the one from earlier in the season in case you missed it.

And here’s one from about 25 years ago that tops them both.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Reggie Smith

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mason WIlliams is 72 today.

Read More: Frank McCourt, Sammy Sosa,

Report: Jets, Mangold agree on $55M deal

08.23.10 at 7:42 pm ET
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The Star Ledger is reporting the New York Jets and All-Pro center Nick Mangold have come to terms on a seven-year, $55 million contract. The amount of money that would be guaranteed in the deal is not known but is expected to be more than the $20 million guaranteed in the contract of Rams center Jason Brown, which was the most money ever guaranteed to a center.

Read More: Nick Mangold, Training Camp,

Bears sign Walpole’s Collins

08.23.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Veteran quarterback Todd Collins signed a one-year deal with the Bears, who are seeking depth at the position as backup Caleb Hanie is dealing with a sprained shoulder. Collins,a  Walpole native who played collegiately at Michigan, has been in the NFL since 1995, having played for the Bills, Chiefs and Redskins.

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Report: Cowboys’ Sensabaugh out 3-4 weeks

08.23.10 at 10:44 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh‘s injured left shoulder will sideline him 3-4 weeks. Sensabaugh was injured early in Saturday’s game vs. the Chargers. X-rays were negative, and an MRI on Sunday revealed a subluxation in the shoulder.

Read More: Gerald Sensabaugh, Rumor Mill,