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Report: Florida Marlins almost traded top prospect for Ozzie Guillen to be manager

10.29.10 at 8:00 am ET
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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Florida Marlins — who were granted permission to talk to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen during the season to be their skipper — talked about potentially dealing top prospect Mike Stanton for Guillen. Guillen has experienced a tumultuous relationship with White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and has one year left on his current deal. Stanton hit 22 home runs with 59 RBI in 100 games throughout his rookie season. To read the complete report click here.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Astros ban Roger Clemens from field

10.29.10 at 7:54 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:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Vikings at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Roger Clemens signed a contract with the Astros in 2004 that locked him into a 10-year personal services deal with the team upon his retirement. Now, however, the Astros don’t want the disgraced ace around the club. “I think everybody is just on hold until they see where he is with the government,” Astros owner Drayton McLane told the New York Daily News on Thursday. “He doesn’t get involved in any way in our spring training or when he goes to where [his son] Koby is on one of our minor league teams. He doesn’t get involved in the activities of the team. He’s strictly a parent and a spectator.”

‘™¦ Fox Broadcasting has sold out its Super Bowl commercials, with 30-second ads selling for between $2.8 million and $3 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. The sellout comes earlier than in recent years.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Telander writes that adults are to blame in the death of Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan, who was videotaping Notre Dame football practice from a tower when it was blown over by a gust of wind Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 29, 1933, new Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey appointed a new manager who, despite lasting just one season in Boston, would eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his managing success. Who is he?

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LEEInks list: Memorable radio play calls

10.28.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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Florida Atlantic color commentator Dave Lamont was so offended by an unpenalized hit to the helmet of the FAU quarterback Saturday that he pounded his fists, screamed at the officials, yelled for the commissioner, then challenged everyone in the Arkansas State press box to a fight.

“I don’t really care if you people look at me in the press box,” he said. “You know what? I don’t care. That’s flag. And I’ll fight any one of you if you want to. That’s the mood I’m in at the moment. Apparently, the team isn’t the only one melting down here.”

Lamont later apologized for his actions.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 memorable radio calls from games of the past few years ‘€” both positive and negative.

10. Jan. 24, 2010: Brett Favre throws costly interception in NFC title game

Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen was not pleased with Favre’s poor decision that led to an interception toward the end of the NFC championship game vs. the Saints. Barked Allen: “This is not Detroit, man, this is the Super Bowl!”

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Barry Bonds wants to be a hitting coach

10.28.10 at 11:03 am ET
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Barry Bonds was in San Francisco for Game 1 of the World Series and he told reporters that he wanted to return to baseball as a hitting coach. “I have a gift and sooner or later I have to give it away,” Bonds said. “I have to share it. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity here.”

Bonds is scheduled to go on trail in March on allegations that he lied to a federal grand jury about knowingly took steroids. The man Bonds replaced as the single-season home run leader, Mark McGwire, just finished his first season as the Cardinals hitting coach.

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Report: Jeff Jagodzinski a candidate for Minnesota Gophers job

10.28.10 at 9:54 am ET
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According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Boston College head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski is being considered for the coaching position at the University of Minnesota. The report states:

“Jeff Jagodzinski, who was fired by Boston College last year for interviewing for the New York Jets‘ head coaching job after being told by BC not to interview. Jagodzinski is coach of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks.”

After leaving Boston College, Jagodzinski was dismissed from his job as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just 10 days prior to the 2009 season.

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Mike Tyson has sympathy for fellow actor Mel Gibson

10.28.10 at 9:43 am ET
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Speaking to the New York Post, Mike Tyson — who will be heading to Thailand to film ‘Hangover 2′ — said that he would have gladly worked with Mel Gibson in the movie. Gibson was originally scheduled to be part of the project, but is no longer in the mix. “I’m not going to ever in my life point my finger at anyone. I don’t live in a glass house. None of us do. I work with anybody, as long as they’re respectful.”

Gibson was forced out of the movie after castmates — including Zack Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Justin Bartha — complained about working with the actor, who is battling ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who is alleging that Gibson assaulted and made threats against her.

“We all have that guy — a Mel Gibson — in us,” Tyson told The Post. “We just don’t want people to be exposed to it. Maybe he needs to go get help. We all need help, and need someone to talk to. I’m not against him, but I’m not for him.”

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Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony: ‘It’s time for a change’

10.28.10 at 8:29 am ET
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Carmelo Anthony told Yahoo! Sports that he will not sign the the Nuggets’ contract extension offer of three years, $64 million, saying, “They want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it’s way beyond this year. It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM [Masai Ujiri], [team president] Josh [Kroenke], the players. For me, I feel it’s time for a change.” League sources tell Yahoo! that the Nuggets will attempt to trade Anthony rather than run the risk of losing him after this season. The forward is in the midst of five-year, $80 million contract. To read the entire story, click here.

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Student manager for Notre Dame football team dies while filming practice

10.28.10 at 7:58 am ET
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Declan Sullivan, a junior at the University of Notre Dame, died after falling from one of the four hydraulic, portable lifts used to film Notre Dame football practice. Sullivan, 20, was a student manager for the Irish football team, was taping the the team’s practice at the LaBar Practice Complex when the tower blew over amidst 50 mph wind gusts. To read more click here.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens fire back at Jets’ Kris Jenkins

10.28.10 at 7:52 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 LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Injured Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins took shots at Bengals receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco on Sunday, saying on CBS’ NFL pregame show Sunday that the players are not “serious about football.” Owens and Ochocinco responded on their “T.Ocho Show” on Versus this week. Owens criticized Jenkins for being injured, while T.O. claimed he did not know who Jenkins is. “You ain’t really relevant, you ain’t in my 360,” Owens said, adding: “I feel you, now get out my pockets.”

‘™¦ According to a story in The Wall Street Journal, more than 11 percent of Fox’ hour-long NFL pregame show consists of laughing from the studio hosts. Hey, it could be worse. Said Fox spokesman Lou D’Ermilio: “If we didn’t tell the guys to stop, they would laugh and crack jokes 100 percent of the time.”

‘™¦ Blake Griffin finally made his NBA debut after the 2009 No. 1 draft pick missed all of last season with a knee injury, and Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times was suitably impressed. Of course, the Clippers still lost.

‘™¦ Chris Dufresne in The Los Angeles Times looks at how Oklahoma can be No. 1 in the BCS standings despite not being selected by voters as one of the top two teams in the nation.

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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert insinuates retiring LeBron James’ number no lock

10.28.10 at 7:01 am ET
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Meeting with the media prior to the Cavaliers‘ season opener, against the Celtics, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert insinuated that he wasn’t sure LeBron James would ever have his number retired by the Cavs. Gilbert didn’t use James’ name, but did say, “A 25-year-old player? I don’t know if any franchise or anybody can make that kind of judgment on somebody that young until their career’s over.” For more on Gilbert’s comments regarding James click here.

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