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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.03.10 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


♦ Former teammates of LaDanian Tomlinson took some shots at the running back as he begins his stint with the Jets. Chargers players implied that Tomlinson had trouble handling his diminished role with San Diego last season. “Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team,” tight end Antonio Gates said. Tomlinson did not return the fire.

♦ The “Mannywood” sign at Dodger Stadium, a tribute to Manny Ramirez, was replaced with an advertisement, reports The Los Angeles Times. The Dodgers say it was only because they found someone willing to pay for the space, and it was not meant as a slap in the face to their controversial player, who is on the disabled list for the third time this season. The team still is selling Mannywood seats and T-shirts for the left field section, although empty seats there are a regular occurrence.

Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated blasts Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt as “dirty,” with Nutt’s latest offense being his welcoming of Oregon castoff quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

♦ The use of video replay will be expanded at the Little League World Series.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 3, 1992, who pulled off the first successful steal of home by a Red Sox player in 24 years?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m going down. I’m going to take Pitino with me.” Randy Wise, recounting what ex-wife Karen Cunagin Sypher told him after she was charged with attempted extortion University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Players in Red Sox history who have appeared in a game at the age of 44, after Tim Wakefield, who pitched on his birthday Monday night, joined Carl Yastrzemski on the list

‘NET RESULTS: The Iceland soccer team that received rave reviews for its “gone fishing” goal celebration has another one, although not as impressive.

Check out the fancy footwork on this CFL touchdown celebration.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Billy Hatcher

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gordon Stoker of the Jordanairres, best known as Elvis Presley‘s backup singers, is 86 today. He’s the short one.

Read More: Houston Nutt, LaDanian Tomlinson, Manny Ramirez,

Titans first-rounder Morgan aggravates calf

08.03.10 at 7:06 am ET
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Titans first-round draft pick Derrick Morgan is on the shelf after aggravating a calf injury Sunday, on the first day of practice, shortly after signing a contract. Morgan, a defensive end from Georgia Tech who went 16th overall, battled hamstring and calf injuries in the offseason. “It’s really frustrating,” he said. “I’ve never really had to deal with injuries my whole career. I’ve never missed a game, practice, anything. So this is something new I’ve had to deal with.”

Read More: Derrick Morgan, Rumor Mill,

Modano reportedly set to join Red Wings

08.03.10 at 6:59 am ET
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The Detroit Free Press reports that free agent Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings this week. The 40-year-old Modano, who played 20 seasons for the Stars franchise and is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, texted that there would be a “big announcement Thursday.” He is a Michigan native

Read More: Mike Modano, Rumor Mill,

Report: Lakers’ Jackson makes contract official

08.03.10 at 6:54 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Lakers coach Phil Jackson last week signed his contract to return to Los Angeles, almost a month after announcing he would make “the last stand for me.” The Lakers also re-signed assistant coaches Brian Shaw, Frank Hamblen and Jim Cleamons and promoted special assistant Chuck Person to the coaching staff.

Read More: Phil Jackson, Rumor Mill,

Blackhawks walk away from Niemi, sign Turco

08.02.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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Two months after winning the Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks decided to part ways with goalie Antti Niemi, who was awarded a $2.75 million judgment from an arbitrator Saturday. Niemi went 26-7 last season with a 2.20 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with seven shutouts.

The Blackhawks moved quickly to sign a replacement, agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran Marty Turco, who went 22-20 with a 2.70 GAA and .913 SP with four shutouts for the Stars.

Read More: Antti Niemi, Marty Turco, Rumor Mill,

Bills moving on without Schobel

08.02.10 at 10:42 am ET
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After waiting for Aaron Schobel to make a decision on playing another season or retiring, Buffalo is reportedly moving forward without the linebacker, writes Chris Brown of Inside the Bills.

Bills general manager Buddy Nix released a statement Monday morning saying, “Aaron has been contemplating retirement for the past seven months, but we are at the point where we are moving forward and have informed his agent of our plans.”

Schobel has played his entire career with Buffalo after being selected by the Bills in the second round of the 2001 draft. The TCU product has 78 career sacks and had his best season in 2006-07, when he recorded 14 sacks.

Read More: Aaron Schobel, Buffalo Bills, Rumor Mill,

Broncos’ Moreno out three weeks

08.02.10 at 10:18 am ET
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Denver starting running back Knowshon Moreno is expected to be out three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the Broncos’ first training-camp session, writes Mike Klis of The Denver Post. An MRI exam revealed no significant tear.

Second-string back Correll Buckhalter also had to leave the field only minutes later with an upper back pull. Buckhalter was taken to the local hospital but was released after being checked and will take one week off to rest. Both Moreno and Buckhalter are projected to return well before the season opener against the Jaguars on Sept. 12.

Read More: Correll Buckhalter, Knowshon Moreno, Rumor Mill,

Brewers’ Hart receives contract extension

08.02.10 at 9:48 am ET
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With all the trade rumors and buzz swirling around Milwaukee’s Corey Hart this summer, the outfielder finally got a sense of stability when he signed a three-year extension on Monday. The financial terms were not released but the contract runs through the 2013 season, which would have been Hart’s final year of arbitration eligibility.

Hart, who was selected in the 11th round of the 2000 draft by Milwaukee, is the longest continuously tenured Brewer. He made his major league debut in 2004 and had a breakout season in 2007, when he hit .295 with 24 home runs and and 81 RBI.

This season, Hart is hitting .288 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI. The All-Star hit 13 homers in the 2010 Home Run Derby and finished third behind Boston’s David Ortiz and Florida’s Hanley Ramirez.

Read More: Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers, Rumor Mill,

Haynesworth sits out test again

08.02.10 at 9:26 am ET
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Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth didn’t take the conditioning test again at training camp on Monday. The two-time All-Pro didn’t take the test on Saturday or Sunday after failing it on Thursday and Friday.

Haynesworth has yet to practice and won’t be allowed to until he passes the test. On Monday, he wore a helmet unlike the previous days, but didn’t take part in drills.

Read More: Albert Haynesworth, Rumor Mill, Washington Redkins,

Monday’s Morning Mashup

08.02.10 at 7:28 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.

MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


Ben Roethlisberger said he was “scared” anticipating the fan reaction to his first appearance at Steelers training camp, but he was well-received over the weekend. Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tells the story, and explains how Hines Ward and the other Steelers promised the quarterback, “We’ve got your back no matter what.”

Gary Myers in the New York Daily News writes that the Jets need to pay holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis, and he doesn’t understand why owner Woody Johnson is alienating his team’s best player.

♦ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones questioned his coaching staff’s training camp strategy after first-round pick Dez Bryant was injured.

George Diaz in the Orlando Sentinel wonders what quarterback Tim Tebow has done to deserve so much hatred.

♦ White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen blasted baseball for its preferential treatment of Asian players while Latinos get the short shrift.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 2, 1923, Harry Frazee‘s tenure as owner of the Red Sox ended when which individual took control of the club?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not fully there. We’re getting closer. I can’t point out one thing. I think I can get better at a lot of things, whether I was 100 percent or not. We’re working toward that.” — Patriots receiver Wes Welker, on being removed from the physically unable to perform list and practicing with the team Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Blown saves this season for Jonathan Papelbon, with Sunday’s failure vs. the Tigers the latest

‘NET RESULTS: An odd handball leads to a penalty kick in the semifinals of the Women’s U-20 World Cup between Germany and South Korea.

Here’s the recently released police video of Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans speeding at about 120 mph and getting arrested a couple of months ago. The Sacramento Bee has the story.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Garth Hudson, keyboardist for The Band, is 73 today.

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, Darrelle Revis, Tim Tebow,