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UConn admits major violations, denies Jim Calhoun charges

10.08.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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The University of Connecticut announced Friday that its men’s basketball team committed major NCAA recruiting violations and will face self-imposed sanctions. The penalties include two years’ probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons. However, the school denied charges by NCAA investigators that coach Jim Calhoun failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance.

The violations include impermissable telephone calls and text messages, as well as impoperly provided game tickets to high school coaches and others.

UConn has a hearing before the NCAA next Friday.

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Albert Haynesworth’s half-brother killed in motorcycle accident

10.08.10 at 12:03 pm ET
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Following Sunday’s win over the Eagles, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the media that Albert Haynesworth had played “by far, [his] best game since I’ve been here.”

The news on Friday, however, was much more grim. According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Haynesworth’s half-brother Lance McCoy was was killed Thursday night in a motorcylce crash. McCoy, 23, was reportedly traveling at around 100 mph while weaving in and out of traffic when the accident occurred. He, along with Haynesworth, was one of three boys raised by Linda Haynesworth in Hartsville, S.C.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Umpires back in spotlight

10.08.10 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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:
No local games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Coyotes vs. Bruins, at Prague, noon (Versus, NESN)

SUNDAY:
NH: Bruins vs. Coyotes, at Prague, 10 a.m. (NESN)
NBA Preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 6 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Dynamo, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ It’s the baseball postseason, which means umpires’ blown calls are magnified and calls for instant replay get louder and louder. In Thursday night’s Twins-Yankees game, home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt struggled with the strike zone and ejected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for bringing it to his attention. In Game 2 of the Rangers-Rays game, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was tossed for complaining about an apparent missed check swing call that proved to be a turning point. Now, reports are emerging that the players union has requested an offseason meeting to discuss the umpiring problem.

‘™¦ Brett Favre brings the Vikings to New York on Monday night to play the Jets, the team he helped make relevant again in 2008. In Thursday’s conference call with New York media, the quarterback had no interested in addressing the Deadspin website post that claims to show him exposing himself on a cell phone video made for a Jets TV host.

‘™¦ The Bears will turn to Walpole’s Todd Collins at quarterback with Jay Cutler still feeling the effects of a concussion. In the Chicago Tribune, David Haugh looks at why the 38-year-old Collins got the call.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 8, 1967, which Red Sox pitcher became the youngest American Leaguer to appear in a World Series game when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Cardinals in Game 4?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There was never any incident or discipline problem with Randy. There never has been one with me in four years.’€ ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, denying rumors that Randy Moss‘ bed behavior contributed to his trade to the Vikings

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 ‘€” Consecutive postseason losses by the Twins, after Wednesday’s setback to the Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series

‘NET RESULTS: An Ohio State soccer player kicks the ball into an Akron player’s face after a foul. And yet, the Buckeyes coach questions the referee for handing out a red card.

Grant Hill of the Suns and Reggie Evans of the Raptors are ejected for slapping each other on the behind a little too aggressively.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 19-year-old Ken Brett

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool & the Gang is 60 today.

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Liverpool manager excited about buyout

10.07.10 at 10:27 am ET
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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said he is pleased with the interest from Red Sox owners to purchase the club. New England Sports Ventures submitted a bid of $476 million to buy the franchise, and it was accepted by three members of Liverpool’s board just before an Oct. 15 deadline. The team must get rid of its debt by the deadline. If no deal is made by then, the team must file for bankruptcy protection or be taken over by Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Cardinals exercise option on Albert Pujols

10.07.10 at 9:36 am ET
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The Cardinals on Wednesday exercised a $16 million club option with Albert Pujols and said there is no timetable for beginning negotiations with the three-time National League MVP before he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.

St. Louis also announced that left-handed reliever Trever Miller met a vesting option at $2 million for 2011.

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Report: Packers LB Nick Barnett done for season

10.07.10 at 9:31 am ET
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Packers linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury, according to an ESPN report. Barnett was injured during Green Bay’s win over the Lions on Sunday.

The Packers already have lost running back Ryan Grant (ankle) and safety Morgan Burnett (ACL) for the year.

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Saints CB Tracy Porter to miss 3-4 weeks

10.07.10 at 9:28 am ET
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Saints cornerback Tracy Porter had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair the lateral meniscus in his left knee and will miss 3-4 weeks. Porter, a three-year veteran who had the game-clinching interception of Peyton Manning in New Orleans’ Super Bowl victory, was injured in Sunday’s victory over the Panthers.

Former Patriot Randall Gay and rookie Patrick Robinson are expected to fill in while Porter is out.

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Redskins’ Clinton Portis out 4-6 weeks

10.07.10 at 9:21 am ET
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Redskins running back Clinton Portis is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury he suffered in Sunday’s victory over the Eagles. Coach Mike Shanahan said Portis has a third-degree separation of the left groin, with the muscle separated off the bone. It will not require surgery.

Portis’ injury leaves the Redskins with two inexperienced backs in Ryan Torain and Chad Simpson.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Website promises X-rated Brett Favre photos

10.07.10 at 7:57 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:
NBA Preseason: Celtics at Nets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The sports gossip website Deadspin indicated that it plans to publish X-rated photos of quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday. The site claims the photos were sent from Favre’s cell phone to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger in 2008, when Favre played in New York. Deadspin also promised to post voicemails from Favre in which he comes on to Sterger.

‘™¦ It didn’t take long for an umpire controversy to arise in this year’s baseball playoffs. In the ninth inning of the Yankees‘ 6-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday night, the umps ruled that Yankees right fielder Greg Golson did not catch a fly ball. Television replays appeared to show otherwise.

‘™¦ Forbes has a piece on baseball players in the playoffs who offer their teams the best values. The list is headed by Reds slugger Joey Votto and includes former Red Sox outfielder David Murphy of the Rangers.

‘™¦ With the Braves-Giants National League Division Series starting Thursday, Jeff Schultz in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution looks at the turnaround of Braves starter Derek Lowe. The former Red Sox pitcher signed a four-year $60 million deal then started out slow before going 5-0 in September as the Braves won the wild card.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 7, 1999, the Red Sox suffered what was at the time their worst-ever loss in the postseason, an 11-1 shellacking at the hands of the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS. Which Red Sox pitcher took the loss?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In this business, there are complex and often difficult decisions, but it is my responsibility to make them based on what I feel is best for our football team, in both the short term and long term. I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached Randy Moss and aside from facing him as an opponent, I wish him the very best for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after trading Randy Moss to the Vikings

STAT OF THE DAY: 477 ‘€” Millions of dollars paid by New England Sports Ventures, the company that owns the Red Sox, to purchase the English Premier League soccer team Liverpool

‘NET RESULTS: Northern Ireland soccer player Mattie Burrows scores on a jumping back heel tip shot.

Magic star Dwight Howard has some fun in a commercial with Spanish World Cup soccer standout David Villa.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bret Saberhagen

SOOTHING SOUNDS: John Mellencamp is 59 on Thursday.

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LEEInks list: Randy Moss’ most memorable moments with the Patriots

10.06.10 at 3:11 pm ET
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The Patriots acquired wide receiver Randy Moss in 2007 via a trade with the Raiders in exchange for a fourth-round selection in that year’s NFL draft. “It’s something that you dream of,” Moss said, in his first interview as a Patriot, “knowing that the New England Patriots sit high on a lot of people’s charts and as a wide receiver to come in and play with the core guys, with Tom Brady and Kevin Faulk and the offensive line.”

Moss is now on his way to a different group of core guys out in Minnesota, including Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson, as the Patriots have finalized a trade to send Moss to the Vikings for a reported third-round pick in the 2011 draft. As a parting gift, we give you the top 10 most memorable moments in Moss’ career as a Patriot.

10. Sept. 19, 2010: Moss escapes Revis Island

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is known for making star wide receivers “disappear” in games. In 2009 that included Moss, who was held to a total of nine catches, 58 yards and one touchdown in two regular-season matchups. But in this season’s Week 2 battle Moss was able to one-up his rival with a one-handed, 34-yard touchdown catch ‘€” his first of the season and 150th of his career.

9. Jan. 12, 2008: Moss shares his wardrobe preferences

Moss is never one to be lacking in style and flair on the football field, but that doesn’t always translate to his wardrobe. During a press conference after a playoff win against Jacksonville, Moss tried to explain exactly how he chooses his outfits for game day.

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