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Report: Frank Haith leaves Miami for Missouri

04.04.11 at 9:37 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Frank Haith agreed to become the next basketball coach at the University of Missouri. Haith has been coach at the University of Miami the past seven seasons, compiling a record of 129-101.

Haith has experience in the Big 12, serving as an assistant at Texas A&M (1992-95 and ’96-97) and Texas (2001-04).

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Former Yale hockey player Mandi Schwartz dead at 23

04.04.11 at 9:00 am ET
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Former Yale women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz died Sunday in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 23. Schwartz, the sister of Blues 2010 first-round draft pick Jaden Schwartz, had acute myeloid leukemia. It had been in remission since May 2009 but returned a year ago, ending her hopes of returning to the ice for Yale. She had a stem-cell transplant in September, but a biopsy in December showed the cancer had returned.

“I think Mandi should be remembered as an incredibly kind and selfless person; an extraordinary hockey player and athlete who always put others before herself,” former Yale teammate Aleca Hughes told NHL.com. “I think that was a huge part of her game while she was playing, and clearly it’s going to be a huge part of her legacy long after this.”

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Raiders WR Louis Murphy arrested for Viagra, resisting arrest

04.04.11 at 8:50 am ET
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Raiders receiver Louis Murphy was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., early Sunday morning for possession of a drug without a valid prescription, failure to obey a police officer and resisting arrest without violence, according to reports out of Florida. Murphy was unable to provide a prescription for an unlabeled bottle of Viagra pills found in his Cadillac Escalade.

Murphy, 23, is a University of Florida product who was arrested for marijuana possession while in college in 2006.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Mets embarrassed by own station

04.04.11 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:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (Versus)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Mets continue to suffer embarrassments, and the season has only just begun. Toward the end of Friday night’s season-opening loss to the Marlins, Mets cable station SNY broadcast a clip from the adult cartoon show “Family Guy” in which a character says, “It’s Opening Day, and here’s the first pitch … and the season’s over.” The clip was cut off before the “season’s over” comment, but it still generated some interest.

Said Mets PR boss Jay Horwitz: “It gets to the point where you’re almost immune to it all. I’m sure that what happened was accidental, not malicious, and I’m sure the person who did it felt terrible.”

This came on the heels of comedian Chris Rock tearing into the Mets as during an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

‘™¦ The Giants fan who was assaulted by two Dodgers fans after Thursday’s season-opener in Los Angeles was placed into a medically induced coma. At FoxSports.com, Jon Paul Morosi looks at the problem of fan violence.

‘™¦ Penguins star Sidney Crosby continues to work his way back into shape in hopes of returning from postconcussion syndrome. In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ron Cook writes that Crosby must return as soon as he’s cleared by doctors and is ready, and he explains why reasons for holding him out longer don’t make sense.

‘™¦ With electronic tickets becoming more commonplace, Darren Rovell at CNBC.com writes about the trend by organizations to personalize the tickets so the purchaser cannot resell them.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 4, 2001, who pitched a no-hitter in his Red Sox debut?

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Rays 3B Evan Longoria on DL with strained oblique

04.04.11 at 6:46 am ET
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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left oblique. Longoria was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, the same day Tampa Bay lost 5-1 to the visiting Orioles to complete a three-game sweep.

“It’s going to be much more difficult, of course,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re going to have to figure out another way to get this done. It’s just the way the baseball season works sometimes.”

Rays outfielder Johnny Damon missed the game with right calf soreness.

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Giants fan in critical condition after beating by Dodgers fans

04.01.11 at 1:47 pm ET
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A Giants fan was listed in critical but stable condition with a head injury at a Los Angeles hospital after being beaten by two Dodgers fans after Thursday’s Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium. The injury is not considered life-threatening.

Police are looking for the attackers, who followed three men in Giants gear as they walked to their car after the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory. The Dodgers fans yelled expletives about the Giants while kicking and punching the San Francisco supporters.

“It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans,” the Dodgers said in a statement. “We’re committed to having the most fan and family friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority. We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation and we wish this fan a speedy recovery.”

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Warren Moon says criticism of Cam Newton is ‘racially based’

04.01.11 at 8:50 am ET
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In an interview with CBSSports.com, Warren Moon said he believes Cam Newton is treated differently by media and fans because he is black.

“A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based,” Moon said. “I thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He’s being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we’re not.”

Moon, who is an adviser to Newton and helped prepare him for the combine, added that media and fans are scrutinizing Newton’s game more than they would if he were white.

“The thing that makes me laugh is the question of can he come out of the spread offense? Can he run a pro offense? Colt McCoy came out of the spread offense and very few people raised that issue about him,” Moon said. “So did Sam Bradford. Same thing. Very few questions asking if Bradford could run a pro offense. Some of these questions about Cam are more about his intellect. It’s blatant racism, some of it.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Sports radio personality sues rival over sexist comments

04.01.11 at 7:45 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 LOCALLY FRIDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Thrashers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 3:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 6 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A female Baltimore sports talk radio personality filed an $800,000 defamation lawsuit against a rival radio host for comments that she was unqualified for her job and had “personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships” with pro athletes. Jennifer Royle, who left New York’s YES network in 2010 to work for Baltimore cable network MASN and radio station 105.7 “The Fan,” is suing Nestor Aparicio, two of his co-workers and the station Aparicio owns, WNST. Royle said she needed to seek mental health treatment to treat “severe emotional distress” after the comments, including one that “she looks like a stripper.”

‘™¦ Despite its incredible success on the court and with attendance, the UConn women’s basketball team lost $723,900 in fiscal 2010, reports Bloomberg.com. According to financial records of the 53 public schools in the six largest conferences, those women’s programs lost a total of $109.7 million while their male counterparts profited to the tune of $240 million.

‘™¦ Free agent quarterback Chad Pennington tore an anterior cruciate ligament playing pickup basketball and is scheduled to have surgery next week, his agent said. Pennington has played for the Jets and Dolphins, seeing limited action in Miami the past two seasons due to major shoulder problems.

‘™¦ Fans of the Dodgers and Giants engaged in a back and forth in the air Thursday, as rival backers hired plans to tow banners taunting each other during Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 1, 1973 which Celtic tied an NBA playoff record by hitting 24 field goals in a 134-109 victory over the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals?

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Report: Health officials seek to ban smokeless tobacco at Fenway Park

03.31.11 at 8:59 am ET
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According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox manager Terry Francona may finally get the help he needs with kicking his chewing tobacco habit, as local health officials look to have all tobacco products banned from Major League Baseball games and ballparks.

While Fenway has already banned smoking within the park, the Boston Public Health Comission and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are looking to ban chew as well.

‘€œI understand this issue as a former smoker, but I also feel like we all have roles to play as we’€™re adults, and making sure that we’€™re not modeling unhealthy behaviors is something we can all do and do easily,’€ said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Boston Public Health Commission. ‘€œThis would be another opportunity for our sports heroes to be heroes and really put out that very important image.’€

Ferrer is looking to raise awareness of the issue and have it addressed during contract negotiations for the 2012 collective bargaining agreement.

Currently tobacco has already been outlawed in baseball’€™s minor leagues, the NCAA and the National Hockey League.

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Giants starter Barry Zito involved in auto accident

03.31.11 at 7:56 am ET
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Barry Zito, who is scheduled to start the Giants‘ game Sunday against the Dodgers, was involved in a two-car accident Wednesday.

Zito was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. According to the report the pitcher was taken out of his care by fire personnel, but it was not believed he was seriously injured, leaving the hospital shortly after arriving.

The lefty went 9-14 with a 4.15 ERA in 2010.