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Saints say Sean Payton is not going anywhere

02.07.11 at 9:39 am ET
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The Saints released a statement Sunday night addressing rumors that coach Sean Payton was set to leave the team to take a position with the Cowboys.

“Sean Payton is the coach of the New Orleans Saints,” team spokesman Greg Bensel said in the statement. “He will not be going to the Dallas Cowboys in any capacity.”

Although the rumors were never reported by any major media outlets, they gained enough momentum on Facebook, Twitter and online message boards to force the Saints to respond, according to WDSU.com.

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Report: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees attend negotiating session

02.07.11 at 9:38 am ET
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During the 1987 NFL players strike, several star quarterbacks weakened the players’ union by breaking ranks and signing licensing deals with the league. This year, it looks like the union is getting plenty of support from the league’s top stars.

Peyton Manning and Drew Brees were among several players who attended a negotiating session between the league and the union Sunday, according to ESPN.com. Sources told the site that “their presence was considered symbolic, at the very least.” Tom Brady has also been an outspoken representative of the union.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the two-hour meeting “beneficial” and said, “It’s always a positive when both sides are talking.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl snafus include seating issue, anthem flub

02.07.11 at 7:43 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:
Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ This Super Bowl hardly went off without a hitch. The biggest blunder Sunday was the failure of workers to complete 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium that had been sold for $800 apiece. The NFL re-seated most of the affected individuals (taking seats away from Cowboys staff and families), offered three times the price as a refund, and put the remaining people in standing room areas where they had to watch a video screen. At FanHouse, David Whitley writes that the game was doomed by the Curse of Jerry, referring to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, whose quest to set a Super Bowl attendance record was thwarted by the seating issue. At The New York Times, media critic Richard Sandomir looks at the failure of Fox to report on the ticket problem.

‘™¦ Las Vegas sports books also had a rough day Sunday, as bettors were the big winners despite all efforts by the bookies to catch up.

‘™¦ Christina Aguilera messed up a line in the national anthem (video below), and later said she loved her country and hoped that “the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”

‘™¦ One of the four men featured in a Visa credit card commercial for having attended every Super Bowl had his streak ended Sunday. Robert Cook of Brown Deer, Wis., was hospitalized over the weekend. The 79-year-old Cook was depressed about missing the game, his wife said. His two daughters went in his place.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 7, 1999, which Patriot was named co-MVP of the Pro Bowl after helping the AFC to a 23-10 victory?

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Report: Rangers 3B Michael Young wants trade

02.07.11 at 6:54 am ET
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Six-time All-Star Michael Young told the Rangers he wants to be traded, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. Young apparently is unhappy that the team wants him to be a full-time designated hitter in 2011.

The Rangers and Rockies reportedly discussed a trade during the winter meetings, and one month later Young said he would accept a move to DH so the team could sign Red Sox free agent Adrian Beltre to play third.

However, Young, who has three years remaining on his contract, has since changed his mind, the report notes.

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Desmond Howard says Phil Simms threatened to punch him

02.05.11 at 4:40 pm ET
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ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard, in a series of posts on his twitter page, said that CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms threatened to punch him over a disagreement about disparaging comments that Howard made about Simms’ son, Matt Simms, a junior quarterback at the University of Tennessee.

Howard wrote the following four tweets:

–At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him “LET’S GO!”

–I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!!

–During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said “u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC” That’s what Phil did not like.

–It ended w/police stepping in between so I could continue my appearance w/fans.

Simms played in 11 games for Tennessee, finishing the year with a 132.7 QB rating after completing 57.9 percent of his passes while throwing eight touchdowns and five picks. The Vols finished the year with a 6-7 record, and Simms was ultimately replaced at quarterback by freshman Tyler Bray.

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Report: Sides ‘increasingly pessimistic’ in Albert Pujols talks

02.05.11 at 3:24 pm ET
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According to FoxSports.com, which cited major league sources, participants in the negotiations between Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals on a long-term deal are “increasingly pessimistic” about the early shape of negotiations. Pujols signed a seven-year, $100 million deal with St. Louis prior to the 2004 season that included a $16 million option for 2011. The slugger has informed the Cardinals that he will not negotiate once spring training gets underway, meaning that there are roughly two weeks to go for the two sides to reach an extension.

According to the story, Pujols — a three-time National League MVP who was runner-up for the award in 2010 — seeks a deal that “likely would vault him ahead of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who signed a 10-year, $275 million, free-agent deal at the same age.”

Though the Red Sox (Adrian Gonzalez) and Yankees (Mark Teixeira) both have players who are expected to occupy first base for them for years to come (Gonzalez is expected to sign an extension that would run through 2018, while Teixeira is under contract through 2016), the article suggests that the Cubs, Rangers and Angels could all bid heavily on Pujols, with the Mets and Dodgers looming as potential bidders for his services, depending on the resolution of the financial issues facing their current owners. Moreover, the article suggests, the Sox and Yankees “could get creative” and become involved in bidding on Pujols.

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Orioles agree to terms with Vladimir Guerrero

02.05.11 at 11:12 am ET
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The Baltimore Orioles agreed to terms with Vladimir Guerrero on a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical next week. The 36-year-old Guerrero will likely be slotted in for designated hitter duty, which would push Luke Scott to the outfield. Guerrero is the latest, and probably final, veteran addition signed by Baltimore this winter. He joins Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy.

Longtime Oriole fixture Brian Roberts told the Baltimore-Sun, “This is probably the most excited I’ve been in nine years, that’s for sure.”

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Kevin Love replaces Yao Ming on Western Conference All-Star team

02.05.11 at 11:01 am ET
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There was a mild outcry when Minnesota’s Kevin Love wasn’t named to the NBA All-Star team Thursday night, but the forward got his due when commissioner David Stern tabbed Love to replace the injured Yao Ming. West coach Gregg Popovich will determine who actually starts the game.

“I was totally shocked, I had absolutely no idea,” Love told the Star-Tribune. “I’m truly humbled. I’m truly blessed. It’s a goal of mine my whole life, and I’ve reached it. I was very happy.”

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Redskins DL Albert Haynesworth reportedly charged with assault in Virginia

02.04.11 at 1:14 pm ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault for an alleged road rage incident in Virginia, according to The Washington Post.

Officer Shelley Broderick told the paper that Haynesworth got into a dispute with another driver, approached the driver at a stop light and struck the driver after a brief exchange of words. She said Haynesworth has not been arrested but that he is planning to turn himself in next week.

But Haynesworth’s agent, Chad Speck, said Haynesworth has not spoken to anyone yet and called the allegations “ridiculous.”

“Albert has yet to speak to the authorities at all on this matter,” Speck told the paper. “So only one side of this story has been told at this point in time. If contacted by the authorities, Albert will certainly cooperate in any way. This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money. Albert did not assault this man and looks forward to his day in court to refute these ridiculous allegations.”

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Poll: Who will win Super Bowl?

02.04.11 at 12:45 pm ET
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Who will win Sunday's Super Bowl?

  • Packers (73%, 172 Votes)
  • Steelers (27%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 236

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