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Death of LPGA’s Blasberg ruled a suicide

08.24.10 at 8:07 pm ET
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LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg’s death has been ruled a suicide.

The Clark County (Nev.) coroner’s office announced Tueeday that Blasberg died of asphyxia coupled with the presence of toxic levels of prescription medication — including prescription headache, cough, pain and anti-anxiety medications — in her system.

‘€œWhile asphyxia was the primary cause of death, the presence of prescription drugs in Ms. Blasberg’s system was a significant factor,’€ said coroner Michael Murphy.

Blasberg’s body was found on May 9 in at her Henderson, Nev. home. Foul play has been ruled out, but an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday Dr. Thomas Hess on misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges. Hess called 911 from Blasberg’s home on the day of her death but was not there was the police arrived. It is believed that Hess hid a suicide note and prescription medications in his car.

A two-time All-American at the University of Arizona, Blasberg earned $332,416 on the LPGA Tour over parts of eight seasons (2003-10).

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Report: Bowden was ‘pushed out’

08.24.10 at 3:32 pm ET
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Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden has told the Associated Press that he was “pushed out” after 34 years on the job by now former school president T.K. Wetherell. Bowden left the program last December but does not want the school to “spread the story that I voluntarily, happily resigned.”

Wetherell told the Palm Beach Post that his relationship with Bowden is “strained,” while Bowden is quoted by the AP as saying “I doubt I’ll have a relationship with T.K. anymore.”

Wetherell, once one of Bowden’s players, asked Bowden to stay on as an “ambassador” for the program but he rebuffed the offer.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.24.10 at 7:49 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Major League Baseball is looking into how financial information on teams was leaked to the media. The info showed that the Pirates are still profitable despite 18 losing seasons, and it details how much lower-echelon teams receive in profit-sharing.

‘™¦ In Chicago magazine, Shane Tritsch has a revealing piece on Sammy Sosa, in which the controversial slugger blames the Cubs for making him appear to be a “a monster.”

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times looks at the McCourt saga and how it landed the Dodgers owners in court.

‘™¦ Rob Gloster at Bloomberg.com has a piece on Blake Strode, a tennis player who has put Harvard law school on hold while he tries to qualify for the U.S. Open.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 24, 1973, which Red Sox player publicly demanded a trade ‘€” a wish that would eventually be granted in the ensuing offseason?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.” ‘€” Tom Brady, on the Dennis & Callahan show, talking about HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 ‘€” Hits ‘€” all singles ‘€” in Monday night’s game between the Red Sox and Mariners

‘NET RESULTS: Another wall-climbing catch from Japanese baseball.

Here’s the one from earlier in the season in case you missed it.

And here’s one from about 25 years ago that tops them both.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Reggie Smith

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mason WIlliams is 72 today.

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Report: Jets, Mangold agree on $55M deal

08.23.10 at 7:42 pm ET
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The Star Ledger is reporting the New York Jets and All-Pro center Nick Mangold have come to terms on a seven-year, $55 million contract. The amount of money that would be guaranteed in the deal is not known but is expected to be more than the $20 million guaranteed in the contract of Rams center Jason Brown, which was the most money ever guaranteed to a center.

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Bears sign Walpole’s Collins

08.23.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Veteran quarterback Todd Collins signed a one-year deal with the Bears, who are seeking depth at the position as backup Caleb Hanie is dealing with a sprained shoulder. Collins,a  Walpole native who played collegiately at Michigan, has been in the NFL since 1995, having played for the Bills, Chiefs and Redskins.

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Report: Cowboys’ Sensabaugh out 3-4 weeks

08.23.10 at 10:44 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh‘s injured left shoulder will sideline him 3-4 weeks. Sensabaugh was injured early in Saturday’s game vs. the Chargers. X-rays were negative, and an MRI on Sunday revealed a subluxation in the shoulder.

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Report: Jets close to extension with Mangold

08.23.10 at 8:18 am ET
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According to a New York Post report, All-Pro center Nick Mangold has agreed to a contract extension with the Jets that will make him the highest-paid center in the league. Mangold is in the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to make $3.3 million this season.

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Rams’ Bradford might start vs. Patriots

08.23.10 at 8:14 am ET
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With A.J. Feeley injuring his thumb and elbow when he hit a defensive player’s helmet during a victory at Cleveland on Saturday night, No. 1 draft pick Sam Bradford might get the start when the Rams play the Patriots on Thursday night in Foxboro.

“Obviously, this goes without saying, if Feeley can’t work during the week, Sam would be the guy,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Sunday. “We’ll have to see where A.J. is. It’s hard to tell.”

Spagnuolo said Feeley had a “tingling sensation” up his arm after the throw. X-rays on the elbow were negative, and an MRI was scheduled.

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Haynesworth-Shanahan feud continues

08.23.10 at 8:10 am ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan continued to feud over the weekend. Haynesworth said he is tired of being singled out, and the coach insists it’s not going to change.

On Sunday, Multiple reports indicated that Haynesworth was suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a muscular condition whose symptoms included weakened, stiff or aching muscles. Shanahan said he knew nothing about it.

“Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing,” Shanahan said. “That will not happen under this regime. If he’s going to play, he’s going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over.”

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Sabathia: I’ll stay with Yankees after 2011

08.23.10 at 8:02 am ET
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Following his 17th victory of the season Sunday, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said he has no plans to become a free agent after 2011, which he has the right to do as part of his seven-year, $161 million contract. “I’m not going anywhere,” Sabathia said after improving to 15-0 in his last 20 starts at Yankee Stadium.

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