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‘Cone of silence’ surrounds Peyton Manning’s contract

09.09.10 at 11:52 am ET
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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have always been linked on the field and as both quarterbacks enter the final years of their contracts, so have their pending contract negotiations. Colts owner Jim Irsay told the Indianapolis Star that there would be a “cone of silence” surrounding contract talks with Manning. Irsay had vowed that he would make Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL, so maybe the Colts are waiting to see the details on Brady’s rumored extension.

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Ron Artest to sell championship ring for charity

09.09.10 at 11:46 am ET
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Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to sell his NBA championship ring to raise funds to put more psychologists in schools. Artest, who publicly thanked his therapist for helping him get ready for Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics, told NBA.com, “You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mets players criticized for skipping hospital visit

09.09.10 at 7:51 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:
No local games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In a repeat of the Red SoxManny Ramirez controversy of a few years ago, three Mets players ‘€” Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo ‘€” skipped the team’s visit to wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on Tuesday. The New York Times reports on the controversy and gets explanations from two of the players.

‘™¦ Amid reports that Reggie Bush will have his Heisman Trophy taken away, Terence Moore at AOL FanHouse writes that Bush and USC should keep the hardware they earned on the field. Moore brings up other Heisman winners of less-than-stellar character (O.J. Simpson, Billy Cannon, Johnny Rodgers) and wonders if they, too, should lose their Heismans.

‘™¦ The eligibility of another University of Kentucky freshman ‘€” center Enes Kanter ‘€” is being questioned after reports that he was paid by his Turkish team. In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Rick Bozich writes about coach John Calipari‘s “recruit first, ask questions later” approach.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 9, 1973, which former Red Sox first-round draft pick died from a staph infection contracted from an insect bite while catching for Triple-A Pawtucket.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s still the major leagues. We care. It’s hard to show up and not care about winning.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, discussing his lineups for the final weeks of the season

STAT OF THE DAY: 44 ‘€” The age of Tim Wakefield, who on Wednesday became the oldest pitcher in Red Sox history to record a win

‘NET RESULTS: Two Stephen F. Austin football players are caught faking injuries in an effort to slow down the Texas A&M offense.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Maggard

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Redding, who died in a 1967 plane crash, was born on this day in 1941.

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Lakers’ Matt Barnes arrested for domestic violence

09.09.10 at 7:12 am ET
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Lakers’ forward Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges after deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call from a private residence in Sacramento. The call was reportedly cut short when Barnes prevented the woman from talking to 911 operators. Both parties had visible injuries, with it being determined that Barnes was the primary aggressor. Barnes, who signed with the Lakers this offseason, was released on $50,000 bail.

Barnes told a Sacramento television station, “I was the victim but still got arrested.” To see that report click here.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to go to Knicks or Bulls

09.09.10 at 6:55 am ET
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According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Carmelo Anthony hopes to orchestrate a trade to either the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. Anthony is set to become a free agent after next season. According to Yahoo!, the Clippers, Nets and Rockets all figure to have interest in the forward. According to the report, Anthony has been offered a three-year, $65 million deal by the Nuggets. To read the complete report click here.

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NFLPA leader says 2011 lockout very realistic

09.08.10 at 7:18 pm ET
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According to a report from Bloomberg.com, NFL Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith is very much expecting a lockout following the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Thursday night will see the commencement of the last season of the current CBA.

‘€œI still feel that a lockout is coming in March,’€ Smith told Bloomberg.

The report sees Smith citing the length of season, rookie contract, and drug testing as major stumbling blocks in labor talks.

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Colts waive Tony Ugoh

09.08.10 at 6:21 pm ET
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According to a report on Pro Football talk citing ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, the Indianapolis Colts waived former second-round offensive lineman Tony Ugoh on Wednesday.

The 42nd overall pick in 2007, Ugoh stepped in as the team’s starting left tackle as a rookie but has battled injuries and mediocre production. He was believed to be better-suited at guard, a position he moved to prior to the team’s decision to let him go.

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Report: NFL union leader feels ‘lockout is coming’

09.08.10 at 5:10 pm ET
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In an interview with Bloomberg.com, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith expressed doubt that a new collective bargaining agreement will be completed before the start of the 2011 regular season.

‘€œI still feel that a lockout is coming in March,’€ Smith said to Bloomberg.

The key issues dividing the owners and players, according to Smith, are rookie salaries, a 16-game vs. 18-game regular season, health coverage and drug testing.

Smith told Bloomberg that the players are prepared in the event of a work stoppage, suggesting that the players union has over $200 million saved in a lockout fund.

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Tebow takes giant leap into web, twitter

09.08.10 at 3:18 pm ET
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Those who can’t get enough of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow are about to get a little more. Wednesday, the Florida product and 2007 Heisman winner launched his official website, TimTebow.com and twitter account, which is @timtebow.

“Thanks for all the years of support – I’m really excited about being able to keep in touch with all of you on twitter and facebook,” Tebow tweeted Wednesday.

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Patriots expected to be favored in 13 games

09.08.10 at 8:33 am ET
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According to Pregame.com, the Patriots are expected to be favored in 13 games this season, the third most in the NFL. Those teams expected to be favored in more games than the Pats are the Colts and Saints, who each are expected to have the advantage in 14 contests, and the Chargers and Jets, who both stand at 14 games in which they figure to have the upper-hand. Despite being projected to be be favored in more games than the Pats, the Jets, according to the site, are a longer shot to win the Super Bowl (15-to-1).

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