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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Waffle-throwing Leafs fan remains unrepentant

01.28.11 at 7:12 am ET
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NBA: Celtics at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE/ESPN; WEEI)

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NBA: Celtics at Lakers, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
NHL: All-Star Game, 4 p.m. (NBC)


‘™¦ A Maple Leafs fan avoided a fine for his waffle-throwing incident at a game in December despite his refusal to plead out and insistence that the team deserved the protest for its lack of success for many years. Joe Robb was charged with mischief after tossing the breakfast food on the ice during the Leafs’ Dec. 20 game vs. the Thrashers in Toronto, mimicking another fan who lodged a similar protest earlier that month. On Thursday, Robb refused to refused to plead guilty, but charges were dropped in exchange for five hours of community service. However, the Oakville, Ontario, stonemason remains banned from all venues owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, at least for the time being.

“They wanted me to do over 30 hours of community service and they wanted me to sign a peace bond and other stuff. I refused,” he told The Toronto Star. “My parents are proud people, Scottish people. And they just always told me, no matter what I do, I should always stick up for myself and back what you’re doing and don’t stand down.”

The diehard Leafs fan said he hopes to be allowed back into the arena after his community service, despite no immediate promise from the team.

“To ban me for a lifetime ‘€¦ for all the money and effort and tears I’ve put into them, to be told I couldn’t go and see them, I’d be pretty disappointed,” Robb said.

Here’s the video of the incident.

‘™¦ Even Thunder star Kevin Durant is impressed by high-scoring BYU guard Jimmer Fredette. Following Fredette’s 43-point outburst in the ninth-ranked Cougars’ victory over fourth-ranked (and previously undefeated) San Diego State on Wednesday night, Durant tweeted that Fredette “is the best scorer in the world.” Fredette is hitting 48 percent from the field and 42 percent from 3-point range and leads Division 1 in scoring 27.8 points per game.

‘™¦ Titans coach Jeff Fisher was fired after 16 seasons guiding the franchise. There are rumors that the surprising decision came after Fisher attempted to hire his son as an assistant coach. At, Michael Lombardi writes that the split is best for both parties. At The Tennessean, Joe Biddle writes that “this is not an attractive job in its current status.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 28, 1971, which Bruins goalie recorded his 100th career victory with a 6-2 win over the Flyers?

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Lakers coach Phil Jackson: ‘It really is’ my last season

01.28.11 at 6:21 am ET
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Lakers coach Phil Jackson insists this will be his last season as coach of the Lakers. He said before the season that this would be his “last stand,” and he indicated Thursday he hasn’t changed his mind.

“Most everybody believes I’m not going to fulfill this ‘last stand’ promise and I will come back and coach again, but it really is [my last season]. I really want to do this for myself.”

Jackson has coached the Bulls and Lakers to 11 NBA titles, including the last two.

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Titans part ways with coach Jeff Fisher

01.28.11 at 6:16 am ET
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Titans coach Jeff Fisher is out after 16 seasons with the team. Owner Bud Adams decided to fire the coach one month after announcing quarterback Vince Young will be traded or released.

“It became evident that consensus was increasingly hard to find and reality wasn’t matching the vision we discussed,” the team said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that this decision is coming at this juncture, but we believe that we have reached the point where change is in the best interest of both parties.”

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NBA suspends O.J. Mayo for PEDs

01.27.11 at 5:46 pm ET
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The NBA announced that it has suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo for 10 games for violating the the league’s anti-drug program. According to the league, Mayo tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly referred to as DHEA. This is the same substance that former Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis tested positive for last season.

Mayo’s suspension will begin Friday night when the Grizzlies play the Philadelphia 76ers and last through Feb. 13. It’s been a tough season for Mayo who earlier was involved in a fight with former Celtic guard Tony Allen on the team plane over a card game debt.

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Report: Albert Pujols’ initial contract demand was for 10 years, $300 million

01.27.11 at 1:55 pm ET
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According to’s Jayson Stark, “scuttlebutt from other clubs” had first baseman Albert Pujols asking for a 10-year, $300 million deal in negotiations with the Cardinals. Pujols, who will become eligible to become a free agent after the 2011 season, has stated that he is going to cut off negotiations regarding a contract extension once St. Louis position players report for spring training. To read the complete report, click here.

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Report: Orioles make an offer to Vladimir Guerrero

01.27.11 at 1:46 pm ET
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According to, the Orioles have made an offer to free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero. The report states the terms are “probably” in the “$3 million to $5 million” range. Baltimore currently has Luke Scott as its DH, but could move Scott to left field if the team signs Guerrero. To see the complete report, click here.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jewish hockey player sues Ducks for discrimination

01.27.11 at 6:33 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ A Jewish hockey player sued the NHL’s Ducks for religious discrimination Wednesday because he said the team failed to prevent harassment by coaches of the minor league team he was assigned to in 2008-09. Jason Bailey claims he was the target of anti-Semitic comments by Bakersfield Condors head coach Marty Raymond and assistant Mark Pederson.

After Bailey complained during the season, the coaches were suspended and wrote letters of apology to Bailey. Raymond still coaches the Condors, who no longer are affiliated with the Ducks. Pederson now coaches in Europe.

Bailey now plays for AHL Binghamton Senators, an Ottawa affiliate, but he hasn’t forgotten how he was treated by Anaheim.

Said Bailey’s attorney, Keith Fink: ‘€œInstead of doing the right thing and disciplining those who [made the anti-Semitic comments] and firing them and treating Jason as any other player, those two guys are still coaches, and they sent him to Siberia.”

‘™¦ Lions linebacker Zack Follett has had a rough week. First, he did a radio interview in which he said a lot of positive things about teammate Matthew Stafford but also referred to the oft-injured quarterback as a “china doll.” (He also made come derogatory comments about Bears QB Jay Cutler.) Then, Follett, himself suffering from a neck injury that could end his career, tweeted an apology. When he continued to receive criticism, he responded with a five-minute video rant in which he blames the media first and then moves on to blame Satan, saying the devil is coming at him through the media and Twitter.

Zack Follett – Response to my comments made from zack follett on Vimeo.

‘™¦ Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett responded to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie‘s critical comments about union and ownership representatives by voicing support for union head DeMaurice Smith. “Players are not going to turn on each other,” Lewis said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 27, 1997, the Red Sox acquired John Wasdin from the A’s in a trade for which player?

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Hank Steinbrenner: ‘We just have to [expletive] win’

01.26.11 at 11:33 pm ET
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Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, in an interview with the New York Post, offered echoes of the bombast that characterized many of his father’s win-at-all-costs proclamations.

“We will do what we have to do to win,” Steinbrenner said in the interview. “We have the highest payroll and the reason is we are committed to our fans to win.

“We just have to [expletive] win.”

Steinbrenner said that he believed the Yankees had one of the four best teams in baseball, but it remained to be seen whether his club would emerge as the best in the game. He also suggested that he was very pleased with the acquisition of reliever Rafael Soriano, but regretted that free-agent starter Cliff Lee declined to meet with New York GM Brian Cashman before signing with the Phillies.

He also suggested that the Yankees would not apologize to anyone who criticizes them for their aggressive spending so long as baseball redistributes some of the team’s income via revenue sharing and the luxury tax.

“We will do what it takes to win. Look at the money we are paying out in revenue sharing. We are baseball’s stimulus package,” Steinbrenner said. “The fans of other teams have no reason to complain about us or the Red Sox or the teams that support the rest of baseball.”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will work for $1 during stoppage

01.26.11 at 2:22 pm ET
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he will take a salary of $1 if there is a work stoppage after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. Goodell makes about $10 million a year, including bonuses.

Chief negotiator Jeff Pash also will have his salary cut from $5 million to $1, Goodell said in a memo to his staff.

“Let me emphasize that we are fully committed to doing everything possible to reach a new collective bargaining agreement without any disruption to our business,” Goodell said. “The entire senior leadership team stands with me in its commitment to resolving the CBA issues with the player’s union.

“While several other executives have also volunteered to make additional reductions to their compensation, I have asked them not to take that step at this time as we continue our negotiating efforts.”

NFLPA communications director Carl Francis brushed off Goodell’s actions. “I have been around long enough to know that this decision is irrelevant to the process,” Francis said. “He should also guarantee there won’t be a lockout.”

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Bartolo Colon signs minor league deal with Yankees

01.26.11 at 1:20 pm ET
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The Yankees announced Wednesday that right-hander Bartolo Colon signed a one-year, minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Colon, 37, did not pitch in the majors last season. The 2005 Cy Young Award winner with the Angels, Colon has played 13 major league seasons. He joined the Red Sox in 2008 and went 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in seven games. He last played for the White Sox in 2009, going 3-6 witha 4.19 ERA.

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