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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos accuse Titans of dirty play

10.06.10 at 7:30 am ET
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‘™¦ The Titans were penalized 10 times for 111 yards on Sunday in a 26-20 loss to the Broncos, and then Tennessee was on the receiving end of some criticisms from Denver players and coaches. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Titans “cheap” after the game, and coach Josh McDaniels had this to say on Monday:

I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be. You can put in any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.

“Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsmanlike game because I know that’s what they were trying to entice us into doing.”

Titans coach Jeff Fisher denied the accusations.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times catches up with former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra, the self-described financial guru who is battling financial and personal troubles but still professes confidence that he will return to glory.

‘™¦ The ground rules at the Rays’ Tropicana Field have been changed, making balls that hit certain parts of the roof a do-over rather than having them be in play as was previously the case.

‘™¦ The Panthers cut receiver Dwayne Jarrett on Tuesday, after he was arrested on a DUI charge for the second time in three seasons. In The Charlotte Observer, Scott Fowler writes that the team waited too long to cut ties with the unproductive former second-round draft pick.

‘™¦ Mike Ilitch, who already owns the Tigers and Red Wings, reportedly is set to purchase the Pistons. In the Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp writes that while local fans might be happy because it means the team won’t bolt town, this ultimately won’t be a good thing for the Pistons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 6, 1962, who was named to succeed Pinky Higgins as Red Sox manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was very satisfying for me as a coach to see our team have that kind of success after they worked so hard at it in practice and talking about it at meetings and so forth. I was happy for them. They deserved it, because they went out and played a good football game ‘€” against a good football team.” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on The Big Show Tuesday afternoon, talking about Monday night’s win over the Dolphins

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 ‘€” Minutes the Heat’s new superstar trio played together in Tuesday night’s preseason game vs. the Pistons in Miami before Dwyane Wade limped off the floor with an injured hamstring.

‘NET RESULTS: Wizards rookie John Wall shows off his 360 move.

A Finnish soccer team embarks on a lengthy Arabian nights celebration after a goal. How was there even time for this?


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Millie Small is 64 on Wednesday.

Read More: Jeff Fisher, Josh McDaniels, Kyle Orton, Lenny Dykstra

Panthers cut Dwayne Jarrett after DWI arrest

10.06.10 at 6:36 am ET
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Hours after his second DWI arrest in less than three years, wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett was released by the Panthers. Jarrett had just 35 catches and one touchdown in four seasons in Carolina since being selected in the second round of the 2007 draft out of USC.

“I talked to Dwayne and told him the situation here is just not working out for either side,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “We had a chance to pick up off waivers a receiver we considered claiming when he became available four weeks ago. We wish Dwayne the best.”

The Panthers replaced Jarrett with David Clowney, who was claimed off waivers from the Jets.

Read More: Dwayne Jarrett, Rumor Mill,

Dwyane Wade hurt in Heat preseason opener

10.06.10 at 6:19 am ET
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Just over three minutes into the first preseason game featuring the Heat’s new superstar lineup, Dwyane Wade limped off the court with a strained right hamstring. He is expected to miss two weeks and return in time for the Oct. 26 season-opener vs. the Celtics in Boston.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh went on to combine for 38 points in the 105-89 victory over the visiting Pistons.

Read More: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Rumor Mill

Report: Cavaliers wanted Larry Bird as coach

10.05.10 at 3:41 pm ET
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According to a CBS Sports report, Celtics great Larry Bird was contacted by the Cavaliers this summer about his interest in returning to coaching before the team hired Byron Scott. The story indicates that Bird took the Cavaliers call but turned down the organization, saying he was likely done coaching.

Bird has not coached since 2000, when he took the Pacers to the NBA finals. In his three seasons at the helm, the Pacers went 147-67 and he was named Coach of the Year after the 1997-98 season. Bird remains the only person in league history to win an MVP and Coach of the Year award.

The three-time NBA champion has served as Pacers president of basketball operations since 2003. In his six seasons, the team has made two coaching changes, with none of the coaches achieving the same measure of success.

Read More: byron scott, Larry Bird, Rumor Mill,

Ryder Cup captaincy interests Jose Maria Olazabal

10.05.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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Less than a day after the European Ryder Cup team defeated the United States in thrilling fashion, Jose Maria Olazabal has admitted he is attracted by the notion of captaining the 2012 team. Olazabal served as one of the vice captains to Colin Montgomerie for the past two Ryder Cups and has played in seven of the tournaments.

The one major concern for Olazabal is his health. The 44-year-old has rheumatoid arthritis, which has cut down his ability to participate in Tour events. His health appears to be the sole factor holding the popular Spaniard back from being the captain in 2012 when the tournament will be held outside Chicago.

“You need to be close to the players and play with them during the qualifying process, that is why [health] is the only question mark,” Olazabal said. “But I have always said the Ryder Cup is special, it’s a unique event, and it’s been great to be part of it.”

Read More: colin montgomerie, jose marie olazabal, Rumor Mill,

Report: Seahawks acquire Marshawn Lynch from Bills

10.05.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Seahawks acquired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Bills for a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

Lynch had expressed an interest in leaving Buffalo, but the Bills were said to have no plans to trade the fourth-year pro. In four games this season, Lynch has rushed 37 times for 164 yards, an average of 4.4 per carry and 41.0 per game.

Read More: Marshawn Lynch, Rumor Mill,

Report: A.J. Burnett won’t start ALDS game for Yankees

10.05.10 at 2:12 pm ET
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The Yankees announced that their rotation for the first three games of the American League Division Series against the Twins will be CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. The team did not name a Game 4 starter, but an ESPN report indicated that A.J. Burnett will be passed over and Sabathia brought back on short rest if needed.

Burnett, in the second year of an $82.5 million, five-year contract, went 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA this season.

Read More: A.J. Burnett, cc sabathia, Rumor Mill,

Report: Mike Ilitch to purchase Pistons

10.05.10 at 2:08 pm ET
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Mike Ilitch, who already owns the Tigers and Red Wings, will purchase the Pistons, according to an Associated Press report. The report indicated that financial terms are being negotiated.

Former Pistons owner Bill Davidson died last year. His widow, Karen, has said she expected to have a deal done before the start of the season later this month.

Read More: Bill Davidson, Mike Ilitch, Rumor Mill,

Dolphins fire special teams coach John Bonamego

10.05.10 at 12:58 pm ET
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The Dolphins fired special teams coordinator John Bonamego on Tuesday, just 12 hours after the team’s breakdowns helped the Patriots post a 41-14 victory. Patriots safety Patrick Chung blocked a punt to set up a touchdown, then Chung blocked a field goal attempt that Kyle Arrington returned 35 yards for another score. Brandon Tate also returned the second-half kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. The Dolphins led the game 7-6 at halftime.

“It’s a hard decision to make,” Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. “I know how hard this guy works. Nobody works harder than him at what he does. Special teams is a hard area because there’s a lot of hands involved in that area.”

The team announced that assistant special teams coach Darren Rizzo will take over the unit. Bonamego had been the Dolphins’ special teams coach since 2008.

Read More: John Bonamego, Miami Dolphins, Rumor Mill,

LEEInks List: Memorable slip-ups by sports media personalities

10.05.10 at 9:07 am ET
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While fans prefer their sports reporters and commentators to have personality, there have been a few times in recent years that the public has witnessed certain journalists in situations that are a little too personal.

Whether it’€™s getting drunk and spouting out expletives or starting a domestic dispute with a significant other, some sports reporters seem to forget that they are constantly in the public eye.

From the raunchy to the just plain rude, here is a list of 10 memorable slip-ups by sports journalist in the past five years.

10. Bob Griese

The ESPN broadcaster and former Dolphins quarterback was suspended one week in October 2009 for a remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

During ESPN’s broadcast of the Minnesota-Ohio State game one Saturday, a graphic was shown listing the top five drivers in NASCAR’s points race. Fellow analyst Chris Spielman asked where was Montoya, who is Colombian.

Griese replied that he was “out having a taco.”

After the incident, ESPN addressed Griese, and network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Griese “understands the comment was inappropriate.” He apologized twice on air for the remark.


9. Tony Kornheiser

In February, Kornheiser, a host of ESPN’€™s ‘€œPardon the Interruption,’€ was given a two-week suspension for comments he made regarding ESPN co-worker Hannah Storm‘€™s wardrobe choices.

Kornheiser’s criticisms included a “way too short” plaid skirt, “red go-go boots” and a “very, very tight shirt” that looked like “she had sausage casing wrapping around her upper body.”

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