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Report: Brad Penny to Tigers

01.11.11 at 11:17 am ET
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According to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Brad Penny. The veteran right-hander posted a 3-4 record with a 3.23 ERA for the Cardinals in nine starts in 2010. He missed four months of the 2010 season with a right shoulder strain.

This is a return to the American League for Penny, who struggled for the Red Sox in 2009, recording an ERA of 5.61 in 24 starts before being released by the club in August.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Falcons use buddy system to battle snowstorm

01.11.11 at 7:51 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:
Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Snow in Atlanta is not a regular occurrence. So, when the city was dealing with snow and ice from a weekend storm, it took a Falcons player from Montana to come up big. Defensive end Kroy Biermann picked up teammate John Abraham on the side of the road Monday after Abraham’s car had slid off I-985, getting him to practice in preparation for their playoff game vs. the Packers.

“Biermann has the biggest truck on the team,” wide receiver Roddy White told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He can probably get anybody out of the ditch.”

‘™¦ LeBron James is constantly booed in opposing arenas since joining the Heat. In The Miami Herald, Joseph Goodman writes about how James has accepted his role as a villain. “I’ve grown accustomed to it,” James said, claiming: “I enjoy it.”

‘™¦ RealClearSports has a list of the top 10 games of 2010. No. 5 is the Lakers’ Game 7 NBA finals victory over the Celtics. No. 1 is Canada’s overtime victory over Team USA in the Olympic hockey final.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 11, 2000, the Team USA basketball team was finalized for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. Which three players who were playing elsewhere at the time but would go on to play for the Celtics were named to the squad?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Granddaughter of former MLB manager Dallas Green killed in Arizona rampage

01.10.11 at 7:45 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: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (VERSUS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The 9-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies, Yankees and Mets manager Dallas Green was one of the six people killed in the supermarket shooting in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday that targeted congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Christina Taylor Green, whose father, John, is a scout for the Dodgers, had gone to the store with a neighbor when she was caught in the violence. In the New York Daily News, Mike Lupica talked to a disconsolate Green, now an executive adviser to the Phillies, about the tragedy.

Meanwhile, at the nearby University of Arizona, the Wildcats basketball team beat Stanford on Sunday in a game that was postponed one day due to the shooting. At FanHouse, Michelle Smith writes about how the win provided a lift to the shocked community. And there will be a moment of silence before Monday night’s BCS championship game in Scottsdale.

‘™¦ Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he “got greedy” when he threw an interception with a minute to play in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Packers. In the Philadelphia Daily News, Rich Hofmann examines Vick’s decision-making and wonders whether the QB can adjust his game enough to make the Eagles want to invest in him for the long term.

‘™¦ With the Nets reportedly making progress toward a deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated writes that New Jersey still would be short of championship contention, especially if Chancey Billups follows through on his threat to demand a buyout if he is part of the trade.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 10, 1966, the Bruins traded Reggie Fleming to the Rangers to acquire which player who would play a key role for the B’s Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972?

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Report: Nets make progress on trade for Carmelo Anthony

01.10.11 at 7:00 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, the Nets are making progress on a trade to acquire Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. The AP quotes a source with knowledge of the discussions as saying talks on a three-team trade with the Nuggets and Pistons are “advancing.”

The trade would reunite Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups and Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony.

However, the Nets only would make the deal if Anthony agrees to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension.

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Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao likely out for season

01.09.11 at 8:09 pm ET
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Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn tendon in his right ankle. Varejao was injured at practice Thursday. He had a second MRI Sunday that revealed “a complete tear.”

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Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha a free agent after contract voided

01.09.11 at 8:01 pm ET
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Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has become a free agent because the final year of his contract was voided after he did not reach certain incentives.

Asomugha signed a three-year contract worth $45.3 million in February 2009, making him the highest-paid defensive back ever. The contract had a clause stipulating the final year would be voided if he didn’t participate in more plays in 2010 than 2009 or improve his interception, fumble recovery or sack totals.

Asomugha, who missed two games with a sprained ankle, did not reach the playing time incentive, and he had no interceptions this season after having one a year ago.

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Matt Cassel gives insight into Tom Brady’s lessons in leadership

01.08.11 at 4:29 pm ET
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As he prepares for his first playoff start in the NFL (indeed, his first postseason game since he was a quarterback at Chatsworth HS in California), Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel sat down with the New York Times for an insightful interview about his maturation as a quarterback and person. Among the interesting topics that he addressed, Cassel discussed the influence that Tom Brady had on him when Cassel was the star quarterback’s backup in New England.

From the article:

Cassel became Brady’€™s shadow. He arrived at the facility to work out before the first scheduled activity of the day because that is what Brady did. Everything he knows about being a leader, he learned by watching Brady, who won three Super Bowls before Cassel’€™s arrival.

‘€œHe’€™d always yell at me and say you can’€™t make the simple mistake,’€ Cassel recalled, ‘€œbecause how are you going to yell at your receivers, your running backs, your linemen for making simple mistakes if you’€™re making them?’€

Once, Cassel said, he made the simple mistake of forgetting about a noon conference Brady had added to the schedule. When Cassel showed up on time for a 12:15 meeting, Brady glowered.

‘€œHe was furious,’€ Cassel said. ‘€œHe asked me where I had been at 12 o’€™clock, and I remember saying: ‘€˜Why didn’€™t you come get me? Because I was in the building, I was just eating lunch.’€™ And he said: ‘€˜Because I’€™m not responsible for you. You have to be accountable for yourself.’€™ ‘€

Cassel, of course, excelled when pressed into duty by Brady’s season ending injury in the Patriots’ 2008 season opener against the Chiefs. He led the Patriots to an 11-5 record while throwing for 3,693 yards and throwing 21 touchdowns (against 11 picks). That led to Cassel receiving the franchise tag and getting traded to Kansas City, where he threw for over 3,000 yards, 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions this year.

The Chiefs will play the Ravens in the wild card round on Sunday; if the Colts beat the Jets on Saturday night, the winner of the Kansas City-Baltimore game will face the Patriots in the divisional round on Jan. 16.

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Cambridge Ringe Latin star Rumeal Robinson sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail

01.08.11 at 10:05 am ET
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Rumeal Robinson, who starred at Cambridge Ringe and Latin School before helping to lead the University of Michigan to a national championship in 1989, received a 6 1/2 year jail sentence and was ordered to pay approximately $1.2 million in restitution for financial fraud, according to The Associated Press. From the story:

“A jury found Robinson guilty in September of 11 charges, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution.

“Prosecutors say Robinson schemed between 2004-05 to borrow more than $700,000 from a bank in Ankeny, Iowa, with the help of a loan officer. They say he claimed the money was for a business but that he actually bought a condominium, cars, furniture and invested in an energy company.”

After starring at the University of Michigan (Robinson made the game-winning free throws in the NCAA championship game against Seton Hall in 1989), Robinson played six seasons in the NBA with the Hawks, Nets, Hornets, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Suns.

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Titans to keep Jeff Fisher as head coach

01.07.11 at 5:54 pm ET
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In a statement released by the Titans (and conveyed by The Associated Press), Tennessee owner Bud Adams said that he planned to keep Jeff Fisher as the team’s coach for a 17th season. Fisher is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL, with his time in charge of the team dating back to its days as the Houston Oilers. Under Fisher, the Titans have reached the playoffs six times, getting as far as the Super Bowl once.

The 2010 season was one in which the Titans were split by controversy — largely created by the handling of quarterback Vince Young, whom the Titans decided to shed following the season. Fisher has a career 142-120 record in the regular season, and a 5-6 mark in the playoffs.

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Report: Jim Harbaugh agrees to five-year deal to coach San Francisco 49ers

01.07.11 at 4:00 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, Jim Harbaugh has agreed to leave Stanford University in order to become the coach of the 49ers. The report states that Harbaugh has a five-year deal, $25 million deal in place to coach San Francisco.

Harbaugh reportedly had also been courted by the Dolphins, and John Elway (a Stanford alum) had also contacted him to see if he would be interested in the Broncos‘ coaching vacancy. The 49ers have missed the playoffs for the last eight years. After their elimination from contention in a terrible NFC West division, coach Mike Singletary was fired, resulting in the search that led San Francisco to Harbaugh.

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