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Report: Coyotes sign Stempniak

08.30.10 at 9:52 am ET
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According to a report in The Arizona Republic, unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak signed a two-year deal with the Coyotes worth $1.75 million per season. The 27-year-old right winger was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Coyotes at the trade deadline last season and recorded 14 goals and four assists in 18 regular-season games. He had two assists in seven playoff games. Prior to the trade, Stempniak had just 14 goals and 16 assists in 62 games with Toronto.

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Jets cut Coles but might bring him back

08.30.10 at 9:14 am ET
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Wide receiver Laveranues Coles was released by the Jets on Sunday, a month after being signed as a free agent, but coach Rex Ryan said it’s “a real possibility” the team could re-sign the veteran after the first week of the season. Coles, 32, had four catches for 19 yards in three preseason games.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup

08.30.10 at 7:57 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 TODAY:
No local games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Roger Clemens will plead not guilty to federal perjury charges Monday in Washington, D.C., and then the former pitcher will fly to South Carolina to play golf, according to the New York Daily News. The Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., starts a few hours before Clemens’ 2 p.m. arraignment, but Clemens plans to take a private plane to the event so he and his wife can participate in the opening round.

‘™¦ Manny Ramirez ended his tenure with the Dodgers by getting thrown out of Sunday’s game after one pitch for arguing with the home plate umpire. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan writes that the White Sox are getting a handful in Ramirez, and he recounts some of Manny’s acrimonious breakups. In the Chicago Tribune, Phil Rogers writes that the “Hail Manny” play is worth the risk for the desperate White Sox. In The Los Angeles Times, Steve Dilbeck bids farewell to Manny and his muddled legacy.

‘™¦ The NFL’s plan to add two more games to the regular-season schedule despite recent studies detailing issues with concussions, brain trauma and other injuries shows there is no limit to owners’ greed and hypocrisy, writes Phil Sheridan in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

‘™¦ Pete Thamel in The New York Times has a feature on 19-year-old Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, who said he plans to take his game to the NBA (the Timberwolves own his rights) in 2011.

‘™¦ Johnette Howard of ESPN.com takes John McEnroe to task for his recent comments about women not being able to handle the strain of the WTA schedule.

‘™¦ Pakistan has been rocked by a “spot-fixing” scandal in cricket involving three key players.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 30, 1984, which Red Sox player broke Jackie Jensen’s single-season team record for grounding into double plays with his 33rd of the season (he would finish with 36)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I mean, what are we five or six behind? We’ve got a lot more games than that. I’m not a math whiz, but I think it’s doable.” ‘€” Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, after Sunday’s loss to the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 599 ‘€” Career saves for Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman, who on Sunday closed to within one save of being the first reliever with 600

‘NET RESULTS: Minor league manager Gary Robinson of the State College Spikes gets his money worth after being ejected, taking first base, signing it and giving it to a fan.

This is Frenchman Nicolas Batum, and this is an example of why the Trail Blazers feel he can take the minutes of Rudy Fernandez.

One bad play in a football game, and it’s immortalized forever on the web.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Rice

SOOTHING SOUNDS: On this date in 1965, Bob Dylan released his groundbreaking album “Highway 61 Revisited.”

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Jets LB Pace to have foot surgery, miss opener

08.30.10 at 6:30 am ET
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Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace is scheduled to have surgery on his broken right foot Monday and will miss the season opener against the Ravens on Sept. 13. Pace was injured in the third quarter of Friday’s preseason loss to the Redskins.

“Hopefully, it’ll be a somewhat speedy recovery,” Pace said Sunday. “I probably definitely will miss the first game, that’s safe to say, but beyond that, I don’t really have an idea.”

Pace had to sit out the first four games of last season after being suspended by the league for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances. He still led the Jets with a career-high eight sacks.

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Bengals cut WR Bryant

08.30.10 at 6:27 am ET
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The Bengals cut wide receiver Antonio Bryant on Sunday, one year after signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal. Bryant had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee a year ago and has struggled to regain his form. The move is another indication of how pleased the team is with Terrell Owens, who signed a one-year deal at the start of camp.

Also on Sunday, the Bengals put safety Gibril Wilson on injured reserve with damaged ligaments in his left knee.

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It’s good to be Tom Brady … but not good to be Paris Hilton or Stephen Strasburg

08.28.10 at 10:53 am ET
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In case you didn’t know, people love Tom Brady. (For example click here.)

But for the best analysis of Brady’s existence ever since hurting his knee, I turn to this 3-year-old who is clearly upset that the Patriots quarterback has a computer and went to the University of Michigan but wishes him well just the same.

You won’t get people caring that much about the state of Paris Hilton or Stephen Strasburg, that’s for sure.

Report: Multiple teams claim Manny

08.27.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, “multiple teams” have put in a waiver wire claim on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez before Friday’s 1:30 p.m. deadline. There was no immediate report on which team has claiming rights or if the Dodgers would let him go.

The White Sox had been considered the front-runners to land the former Red Sox star, but the Rangers reportedly made a late push.

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Reports: Rays to sign Hawpe

08.27.10 at 12:25 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Rays are set to sign a minor league deal with former Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe. The Rockies released the seven-year veteran this week after he passed through waivers unclaimed. Hawpe, 31, was hitting .255 with seven home runs in 88 games. The Red Sox, Rangers and Padres also reportedly had interest in Hawpe.

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LEEInks list: Athletes who left Boston for foreign lands

08.27.10 at 8:10 am ET
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We usually consider playing professional sports in the United States the pinnacle of competition. Though kids in America don’€™t grow up dreaming of playing on foreign soil, often it is the only option for athletes who hit a lull in their careers.

Sometimes, playing in a lesser league in another country marks the end of a professional career in the United States. Other times, the athletes return to America and resume playing in their respective leagues.

With the recent news that Celtics captain Paul Pierce plans on playing in Europe after his career is over in the NBA, we’ve come up with a list of 10 athletes who bolted Boston for a chance to continue their career in a foreign league.

10. Dino Radja

The 6-foot-11 Croatian forward came to Boston in 1993 after starring in his native country and Italy. Radja spent four productive seasons with the Celtics, averaging 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds, but the teams weren’t very good. Following their 15-win season in 1996-97, the C’s decided to move on without Radja and traded him to the 76ers. However, he failed his physical and was returned to Boston. Seeing the writing on the wall, Radja returned to Europe, playing in Greece and Croatia before retiring in 2003 by winning the Croatian title with his first professional team, KK Split.

9. Dmitri Kvartalnov

Though the majority of Kvartalnov’€™s playing days came in Europe, he was able to contribute on the ice in his short time with the Bruins. The winger came to Boston in 1992 from the IHL after being drafted 16th overall and recorded a point in his first 14 NHL games. The streak stood as the record for the longest point streak from the beginning of a career until Evgeni Malkin broke it in 2007. Following the 1993-94 season with the Providence Bruins, he went back overseas and played the rest of his career in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Austria and Russia before retiring in 2008.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup

08.27.10 at 7:22 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 TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Union at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 8 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner talked to the media for the first time since his father’s death in July. In addition to reminiscing about the late Yankees owner, Hank offered a comment that might provide some bulletin-board material in Boston: “We’d like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured we’re going to get to the playoffs.” The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first in the AL East and are 5½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card race.

‘™¦ Controversial columnist Jay Mariotti was suspended by AOL Thursday following his weekend arrest on domestic violence charges. In The New York Times, Richard Sandomir looks at the “gleeful” reaction around the nation to Mariotti’s downfall.

‘™¦ Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!Sports.com has an update on the Carmelo Anthony situation in Denver. Wojnarowski explains that the Nuggets have agreed to trade the star forward, but only after owner Stan Kroenke stood up to Anthony’s representatives, William Wesley and CAA’s Leon Rose, and made them stop trying to control the whole process. And in The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that Anthony’s apparent desire to be a movie star won’t help the Nuggets get value in return.

‘™¦ Former MLB union boss Don Fehr is set to take over the NHL Players Association. In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin looks at the effect Fehr likely will have on hockey.

‘™¦ Women’s hockey officials said they have had preliminary discussions with the NHL about forming an NHL-supported women’s league. similar to the WNBA.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 27, 1970, which individual who ended his playing career with the Bruins and went on to coach the team was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In a game of no defense, we played less.” ‘€” Bill Belichick, after the Patriots’ 36-35 preseason loss to the Rams Thursday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 47 ‘€” Major leaguers with 400 career home runs, after Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols joined the list Thursday

‘NET RESULTS: Fantastic soccer goal.

An unsuspecting soccer reporter takes a ball off the back of her head.

A bodybuilding contest in Mexico turns ugly when one of the contestants gets upset about not winning and gets into a fight with one of the judges.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Johnson, who starred for the Canadiens before finishing with the Bruins in 1963-64 and 1964-65, and then coached the B’s to their last Stanley Cup title in 1972

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Daryl Dragon of The Captain and Tennille is 68 today,