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LEEInks list: Upcoming sports milestones

08.17.10 at 6:38 am ET
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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez recently hit his 600th home run and joined an elite group of players to have reached this significant mark. The list includes Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630) and Samy Sosa (609).

Last Sunday against the Red Sox, Derek Jeter passed Babe Ruth to become the Yankees‘ all-time leader in career hits.

That got us thinking about other sports milestones on the horizon. Here are 10 athletes ‘€” some in Boston and some national ‘€” primed to make news for a career accomplishment in the next year or so.

10. Terry Francona, second-most games managed for the Red Sox

When, in mid-September, Francona manages the 1,120th game of his Red Sox career, he will pass Pinky Higgins and trail only Joe Cronin in that category. Francona already has passed Higgins for No. 2 in career wins. He’s got a long way to go to catch Cronin in either games (2,007 to Francona’s 1,091 through Monday) and wins (1,071 to 632).

9. Billy Wagner, most strikeouts and saves by a left-handed reliever

Wagner, now with the Braves after finishing last season with the Red Sox, began play on Monday only five strikeouts behind Jesse Orosco‘s record of 1,179 K’s by a lefty reliever. And he’s 10 saves behind John Franco‘s mark of 424. Wagner has said he will retire at the end of this season whether or not he breaks the records.

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Mets’ K-Rod out for season

08.17.10 at 6:35 am ET
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Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez suffered a torn ligament in his thumb reportedly during last week’s confrontation with his girlfriend’s father after a game at Citi Field and will have surgery that will force him to miss the rest of the season.

“Obviously I’m disappointed, discouraged, frustrated,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “When you get this kind of news it’s … we’ve just been through a lot. We seem to continue to have difficulties keeping things from ‘€” having these type of injuries or these type of setbacks. Every year it seems like we get a little something here or there.”

The 28-year-old reliever was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment after last Wednesday’s incident. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 14.

On the morning after the fight, New York put the four-time All-Star on the restricted list without pay for two days, costing him $125,683 of his $11.5 million salary.

He is owed $11.5 million next year as part of a deal that includes a $17.5 million team option for 2012 with a $3.5 million buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he remains healthy and has 100 games finished this year and next, including 55 in 2011.

It’s possible the Mets could try to withhold Rodriguez’ salary during the time he’s out, but based on past precedent it would be unlikely they could void the remainder of the contract.

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Cowboys’ Colombo will miss 2-4 weeks

08.16.10 at 9:27 am ET
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The Cowboys’ Marc Colombo will need surgery, presumably arthroscopic, and will likely miss 2-4 weeks after suffering  a knee injury, reports Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas via Twitter. Dallas received the news of the MRI on Sunday evening.

The offensive tackle has played nine seasons in the NFL and was drafted 29th overall by the Bears in 2002 out of Boston College.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup

08.16.10 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.

No local games scheduled


‘™¦ The New Meadowlands Stadium opens Monday night, with the Jets “hosting” the Giants. The New York Daily News and the New York Post look at the “Battle for New York,” which has featured some trash-talking on both sides.

‘™¦ Also Monday night, Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon makes his return to the Bronx to face the Yankees.

‘™¦ The New York Times looks at Jason Bay‘s issues recovering from a concussion and wonders whether his situation will signal a need for the Mets to review how they deal with players in his situation.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News has the update on Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who entered Saturday’s game to boos from the New York crowd. The Mets reportedly aren’t happy with him, either, hoping that they could have suspended him longer than the two games he got. This came despite him apologizing earlier in the day for his behavior that led to him being arrested on assault charges. He said he plans to go to an anger management program.

‘™¦ The U.S. basketball team routed France on Sunday after cutting two more players. One more cut will be made before the team heads to Europe on Monday.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times has more details on the California desert off-road auto race in which a truck veered off into the crowd and killed eight people.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 16, 1978, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 200th career victory by out-dueling Nolan Ryan and beating the Angels, 4-2.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We don’t have time for [making sure everything's perfect]. We’re in a pennant race. I’ve got to try to get back in there, and I’ll figure it out.” ‘€” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after the second game of his rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 ‘€” Red Sox pitchers who have reached 500 strikeouts in fewer games than Daisuke Matsuzaka, who recorded No. 500 Sunday in his 91st game for the Sox (Roger Clemens did it in 79 games)

‘NET RESULTS: There have been a few goals from midfield in soccer this year. You’d think the goalies would catch on by now. Back up, already.

Via Red’s Army, here’s Dwyane Wade blocking little kids’ shots and taunting them.

Dwyane Wade blocking childrens’ shots from John Karalis on Vimeo.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robert Lester of the Chi-Lites , who died of cancer in January, would have been 68 today.

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Heat’s Haslem arrested on marijuana charge

08.16.10 at 6:34 am ET
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Heat forward Udonis Haslem was arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County. According to Miami-Dade court records, Haslem was charged with possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana, a third-degree felony that could bring maximum punishments of a $5,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence.

Haslem, who also was charged with speeding and having an illegal window tint. was released on bond shortly after 10 p.m.

Haslem has spent all seven of his NBA seasons with the Heat, averaging 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds, and the South Florida native signed a new five-year contract to stay with the team last month.

Meanwhile, Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson was arrested Sunday and charged with assaulting his girlfriend following an altercation in Brooklyn. The woman was treated at a hospital for injuries sustained in a fall down a flight of stairs. Stephenson, who played one season at Cincinnati before declaring for the draft and being selected 40th overall in June, is a New York City native.

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Report: Second-year 49ers RB Coffee to retire

08.13.10 at 3:36 pm ET
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San Francisco running back Glen Coffee will retire after playing just one season in the NFL, according to a report by CSNBayArea.com. Coffee played in 14 games for the 49ers as a rookie in 2009, gaining 226 yards on 83 carries to go with one touchdown, but has decided to cut his career short. He did not appear at the team’s practice Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. Coach Mike Singletary indicated to the website that he did not see the move coming whatsoever.

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Report: Fuentes, Inge won’t be traded

08.13.10 at 1:47 pm ET
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Angels left-handed closer Brian Fuentes has been recently been blocked as a part of the waiver process and hence cannot be traded this season, according to a tweet by FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal listed the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies as teams interested in the reliever. Fuentes has 23 saves for Los Angeles this season to go along with a 3.22 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings.

Rosenthal also tweeted that Tigers infielder Brandon Inge was pulled off waivers and also cannot be traded. He had been mentioned as a potential replacement for Chipper Jones in Atlanta after Jones went down with a season-ending ACL injury Tuesday.

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Report: Ex-Raider Russell failed drug test in ’07

08.13.10 at 1:36 pm ET
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Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell said that he failed a drug test after being selected first overall by Oakland in the 2007 draft in an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez. He tested positive for codeine, the same drug he was arrested for possessing back in July. Russell claimed he had a prescription for the drug but that it came from a doctor not associated with the team. He is still without a team following his arrest and is not expected to play in the NFL in 2010.

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Rumor: Merriman back with Chargers

08.13.10 at 1:20 pm ET
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Shawne Merriman has signed his tender, meaning that he will end his holdout and return to practice with the Chargers this preseason, according to Merriman’s Twitter page. The star linebacker had reportedly wanted the team to assure him that he wouldn’t be traded and wouldn’t sign his tender until he got such a guarantee. He has played in just 15 games the last two seasons and saw his numbers dip from 12.5 sacks in 2007 to just four a year ago.

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Royals’ Guillen traded to Giants

08.13.10 at 1:12 pm ET
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Outfield slugger Jose Guillen has been traded from Kansas City to San Francisco in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations, according to multiple reports. He had been previously designated for assignment last week despite leading the team in home runs (16) and RBI (62). The Giants, who trail the Padres by 2 1/2 games for the lead in the NL West, are Guillen’s 10th team in his 14-year career.

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