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Bad news for Al Davis, who is rated the worst owner in the NFL

09.07.10 at 8:12 am ET
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Yahoo! Sports has come out with its list, rating the NFL owners. Bad news for a league pioneer, Al Davis, who is rated as the worst owner in the entire NFL. The following is the first half of the list, with Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft making the yet-to-be-announced Top 15. (Click here for the ratings.)

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Pats supporters file suit after alleged abuse from Jets fans

09.07.10 at 7:57 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A family of Patriots fans from New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the bosses of the old Giants Stadium based on a situation during last year’s Patriots-Jets game. The suit alleges that Michelle Munoz, a 43-year-old mother, was sworn at, punched and eventually thrown over a row of seats for holding up a sign that read, “I love Tom Brady.” Her 14-year-old daughter, wearing a Patriots jersey, also was the target of abuse. The family claims security ignored their pleas for help because they are Pats fans.

In the New York Post, Steve Serby has the behind-the-scenes drama that led to the Jets’ contract agreement with holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis. Coach Rex Ryan explained how he nearly lost it with Revis’ agents toward the end of the negotiations.

‘™¦ The Jets promised they wouldn’t have a TV blackout for their opener as owner Woody Johnson will buy up the remaining tickets, but other teams probably won’t be so fortunate, writes Sean Leahy in USA Today. At least 11 teams could be facing blackouts due to unsold seats, including three 2009 playoff teams, the report states. The Los Angeles Times reports on what the NFL is doing to improve the fan experience at games.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: September 7, 1975, was the debut of which infielder who would go on to a productive career with the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted. I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling ‘€” feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Grand slams this season for Ryan Kalish, tying a record for Red Sox rookies

‘NET RESULTS: A youngster scores on a header ‘€” only, it’s hockey, not soccer. But the goal still counts.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Butch Hobson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Buddy Holly was born on this day in 1936.

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Rex Ryan, Woody Johnson,

Colts favored to win it; Las Vegas not so optimistic about Patriots

09.07.10 at 7:06 am ET
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According to Las Vegas Oddsmakers, the Patriots have the fifth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas, coming in at 9-to-1. The best bet? The Indianapolis Colts, who are at 13-to-2, edging out the Saints and Cowboys, who are both slated at 8-to-1. The lines are set by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, who advise Nevada’s sports books on betting lines.

Click here to see the lines for all of the teams.

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Roethlisberger out as captain for Steelers

09.06.10 at 9:17 pm ET
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The Pittsburgh Steelers elected team captains Monday and Ben Roethlisberger – a captain in each of the last two seasons — was not chosen by his teammates for the honor.

Wide receiver Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller were named offensive captains.

“The captain’s not just what you do on the field, it’s what you do off the field,” Ward said on Monday.

Roethlisberger is suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The two-time Super Bowl winner had a sexual assault complaint filed against him in March by a Georgia college student, though criminal charges were never filed by authorities.

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, captain, Rumor Mill,

Thrashers sign Fredrik Modin

09.06.10 at 6:44 pm ET
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The Thrashers announced on Monday that they have signed free agent forward Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract. A veteran of 13 years in the league, Moding had 11 points last season in 44 games between the Blue Jackets and the Kings.

Modin has also played for the Maple Leafs and Lightning, the latter of which he won a Stanley Cup with in 2004. Over his career, the Sweden native has totaled 454 points.

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Report: Dixon to start Steelers opener

09.06.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Bob Pompeani of KDKA TV in Pittsburgh, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has named Dennis Dixon the starting quarterback for the team’s season-opener Sunday vs. the Falcons.

The Steelers have been in a bit of a unique situation regarding the quarterback position. Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended by the league for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On top of that, the strong-armed Byron Leftwich suffered an MCL injury in the preaseason and, upon receiving a second opinion, will know just how long he will be out.

A fifth round pick in both the NFL (2008) and MLB (2007) drafts, Dixon has one career start under his belt. In that game, a 20-17 loss to the Ravens, he completed 12 of 26 pass attempts while adding a touchdown and an interception.

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon, Rumor Mill,

U.S. basketball routs Angola at worlds

09.06.10 at 1:17 pm ET
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Chauncey Billups scored 19 points Monday to lead the United States to a 121-66 rout of Angola in the final game of the group stage at the world championships in Istanbul. Billups scored 16 of his points in the first half, as the Americans led 33-13 lead after one quarter and 65-33 at the half.

The U.S. will play either Russia or New Zealand on Thursday night in the elimination round.

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Report: T.J. Houshmandzadeh to join Ravens

09.06.10 at 12:19 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has agreed to a one-year deal worth $855,000 with the Ravens. Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks‘ leading receiver last season despite receiving and touchdown numbers that were his lowest in years, is owed $6.15 million by Seattle following his release.

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Report: Matt Leinart to sign with Texans

09.06.10 at 11:30 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texans after being released by the Cardinals. He is expected to join the team Monday and be the third-string QB, behind starter Matt Schaub and backup Dan Orlovsky.

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Jets owner will buy tickets to avoid blackout

09.06.10 at 7:54 am ET
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According to a report in the New York Post, the Jets have more than 1,500 non-premium seats unsold for next Monday night’s season opener vs the Ravens. The team announced that there is “no chance” the game will be blacked out, as Jets owner Woody Johnson can purchase the available seats to guarantee TV coverage. Owners are allowed to buy any unsold non-premium seats for 34 cents on the dollar, meaning it would cost Johnson approximately $100,000 to make it a sellout.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Woody Johnson,