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Report: Stanford makes Jim Harbaugh an offer to stay as coach

12.06.10 at 9:20 am ET
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Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby has offered coach Jim Harbaugh a contract raise before the coach gets offers from other organizations. Harbaugh, who originally inherited a 1-11 club, has helped the Cardinal achieve a 11-1 record and No. 4 national ranking. The Cardinal will be playing in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 against Virginia Tech.

Harbaugh’s success has led to rumors that the coach will receive offers from NFL and higher-profile college organizations. Bowlsby, however, believes that will be a non-issue. “We have a proposal in front of Jim and he’s indicated he plans to accept it,” Bowlsby said Sunday. “He’s got this year and four more on his contract. I expect that he will be our coach in the foreseeable future.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Redskins’ Albert Haynesworth in middle of controversy again

12.06.10 at 7:48 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:
NFL: Jets at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was deactivated by the Redskins before Sunday’s loss to the Giants. No stranger to controversy, Haynesworth admitted he was late to practice on Friday and did not practice because he said he was sick, but he still wasn’t happy with being held out Sunday. ‘€œI was sick, so I did show up a minute late, but I don’€™t think that’€™s a reason to sit out,’€ he said. Asked if he was shocked he was deactivated, he said: ‘€œYeah, I am [shocked]. I thought it was a do-or-die situation and we needed to do whatever it takes to win.’€

Teammates admitted that the situation caused a distraction in the locker room before the blowout loss. In The Washington Post, Thomas Boswell writes that coach Mike Shanahan needs to cut ties with Haynesworth so he can moved forward in his efforts to rebuild the team.

‘™¦ With Kyle Orton struggling again in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs that dropped the Broncos to 3-9, Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla writes that it’s time to give Tim Tebow some starts behind center.

‘™¦ Comedian Bill Cosby will be honored by the National Football Foundation at a dinner in New York on Tuesday. In The New York Times, Cosby recounts his time playing college football at Temple.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 6, 1976, the Red Sox traded young slugger Cecil Cooper to the Brewers to bring back which two former Sox players?

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Report: NBA has deal to buy Hornets

12.06.10 at 6:39 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the team to the NBA, allowing the league to oversee the sale of the team to a more permanent owner.

Louisiana native Gary Chouest, who owns 35 percent of the team, has been in talks to take over the team since last spring, but the negotiations reportedly have been stalled for months.

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LEEInks List: Memorable moments in Jets-Patriots rivalry

12.06.10 at 6:34 am ET
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For Patriots and Jets fans, Monday night can’t come soon enough. With the two teams tied for the best record in the NFL  at 9-2, the Monday Night Football tilt between the AFC East rivals could decide which team gets home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and which team ends up as a wild card.

With so much attention being paid to this game, we started thinking about some of the other memorable moments in the rivalry. Over the past 15 years, there have been major personnel switching places, career-changing injuries that reshaped the faces of the franchises, and claims of cheating between the two teams. Here are 10 memorable moments in the rivalry.

10. Sept. 20, 2009: Rex Ryan enters the rivalry

The outspoken coach of the Jets has not backed away from any challenge. When hired by New York last year, he said: ‘€œI never came here to kiss Bill Belichick‘€™s rings.’€ Ryan backed it up in the teams’ first meeting as the Jets won 16-9, their first home victory over the Patriots since 2000. Mark Sanchez outplayed Tom Brady, throwing the only touchdown of the game without turning the ball over. While the Jets won the game, the Patriots would go on to win the second meeting in 2009 and capture the AFC East.

9. Oct. 24, 2004: Pats beat Jets in matchup of unbeatens

The Patriots and Jets both entered the Week 7 matchup at 5-0, the first time two undefeated teams had met that late in the season since 1973. In a defensive showdown, the Patriots scored the only touchdown of the game with 11 seconds left in the first half and fought to hold off the Jets. With 2:14 left and the Jets trailing 13-7, New York decided to go for it on fourth-and-8 from the Patriots’ 30. Chad Pennington‘€™s pass was broken up by Rodney Harrison, giving the Patriots the NFL’s regular-season record for wins with 18 (the Pats broke their own record four years later with 21 in a row).

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Read More: Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Eric Mangini, Tom Brady

Brett Favre knocked out of Vikings game following hit from Arthur Moats

12.05.10 at 1:48 pm ET
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After starting his 297th consecutive game, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was knocked out of the team’s contest against the Bills when he took a hard hit from Buffalo linebacker Arthur Moats.

Moats hit Favre on the Vikings’ third play of the game, a pass that was intercepted by Bills cornerback Drayton Florence. Tarvaris Jackson replaced the 41-year-old at quarterback after Favre’s exit.

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Report: Jets signing wide receiver Laveranues Coles

12.05.10 at 6:19 am ET
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According to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, the Jets are re-signing wide receiver Laveranues Coles. New York had waived Coles on Aug. 29. The 32-year-old isn’t expected to dress for the Jets’ game Monday night against the Patriots. He played last season for Bengals and has 674 catches and 49 touchdowns for his career.

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Report: Yankees, Derek Jeter come to terms on contract

12.04.10 at 1:15 pm ET
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According to the New York Post, the Yankees and Derek Jeter have agreed to a three-year contact worth $15 million-$17 million annually, with a fourth-year option that is dependent on what happens in the first three years of deal. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, Jeter has agreed to defer some the money in order to help the Yankees when it comes to dealing with the luxury tax.

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Reds to extend Bronson Arroyo for three years

12.03.10 at 4:03 pm ET
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According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com (via twitter), the Reds and pitcher Bronson Arroyo have agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension that will keep the pitcher in Cincinnati from 2011-13.

Arroyo had a career high 17 wins in 2010, going 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA. In five seasons with the Reds, he has a 70-60 mark with a 3.97 ERA while averaging 217 innings a season.

The Reds acquired Arroyo from the Red Sox during spring training in 2006, picking him up in exchange for outfielder Wily Mo Pena. Pena proved something of a bust in Boston, and was out of baseball early last year before resuming his pro career in the independent Atlantic League. Earlier this week, Pena signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that could pay him $675,000 if he makes the big league team.

The Reds had exercised a $13 million option on Arroyo for the 2011 season, but the two sides instead agreed to hammer out the extension.

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LeBron James’ return to Cleveland draws big ratings

12.03.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland drew big TV ratings Thursday night, according to TNT. The game drew a 5.0 overnight TV rating, besting the 4.1 overnight rating for the NFL Network’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Houston Texans by 22 percent.

The NBA game averaged a huge 25.4 overnight rating in the Cleveland TV market, compared to 14.9 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Nation ratings peaked at 6.7 from 8:15-8:30 p.m, then declined as the Heat took control. The pregame show from 8-8:11 p.m ET outdrew the game itself, pulling a 5.9 rating.

Despite the high-rating, the game did not beat out the first Celtics-Heat matchup. Darren Rovell tweets that the Heat-Cavs drew 7.05 million viewers, while the Celtics contest drew 7.3 million viewers. Headline Planet adds the game couldn’t outpace the season opener’s 5.6 rating.

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Vikings report: Adrian Peterson practices, Percy Harvin doesn’t

12.03.10 at 2:45 pm ET
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Updating a previous report, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to practice on Friday, according to Minnesota radio reporter Tom Pelissero. Peterson has been recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the second quarter in last Sunday’s contest against the Redskins. How much work Peterson can put on his ankle has yet to be seen, but this at least bodes well for his playing status for Sunday’s game with the Bills.

Pelissero also notes that receiver Percy Harvin did not practice. The Pioner Press adds that Harvin was nowhere to be found in the building, calling him questionable for Sunday’s game. He’s missing time due to migraine issues, and though Harvin hasn’t missed a game this year, his absence is concerning.

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