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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rare umpire ruling ends Rangers-Twins game

09.06.10 at 7:29 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.

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


‘™¦ The American League West-leading Rangers were swept by the Central-leading Twins over the weekend, and Sunday’s game ended in some controversy. The Rangers were rallying and had the game-tying run within 90 feet of home when third base coach Dave Anderson was called for interfering with runner Michael Young because umpire Alfonso Marquez claimed the two touched hands as Young tried to stop while rounding the base. Anderson and Young insist they never made contact. Here is the video, but it’s not conclusive. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Gil LeBreton writes that fans shouldn’t worry about the suddenly struggling and injury-plagued Rangers, who still lead their division by eight games.

‘™¦ In the New York Post, Joel Sherman is calling on Yankees manager Joe Girardi to bat the struggling Derek Jeter at the bottom of the order, calling him “the weakest link in the everyday lineup.”

‘™¦ After the embarrassment of North Carolina having 13 players yanked under a cloud of NCAA suspicion prior to Saturday’s loss to LSU, coach Butch Davis should resign immediately, according to Terence Moore at AOL FanHouse.

‘™¦ Quarterback Matt Leinart was released by the Cardinals, and at Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole explains why his teammates did not respect the 2006 draft’s No. 10 overall pick.

‘™¦ The coach of the Russian national basketball team at the world championships is Framingham product David Blatt. In The New York Times, Pete Thamel explains how Blatt, a European coaching legend, came to coach the Russians.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox traded away a young local product to the Pirates, and he would go on to become a productive pitcher with another team. Who is he?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I felt fine, physically. I don’t think it had anything to do with the amount of pitches. A walk and a bloop hit. I couldn’t finish the job, basically.” ‘€” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, after blowing the save and taking the loss in Sunday’s 7-5 setback vs. the White Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 ‘€” Consecutive losses by the Padres, whose lead in the National League West over the second-place Giants is down to one game

‘NET RESULTS: A fan at a Dodgers game takes a batting practice home run off his head.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries is 39 today.

Read More: Butch Davis, Dave Anderson, Derek Jeter, Michael Young

Darrelle Revis holdout ended with seven-year Jets deal

09.06.10 at 1:01 am ET
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According to multiple reports, the Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis have agreed to a seven-year contract extension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the numbers on the the deal are “likely to be a team, but not NFL record.” Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting the deal has $32 million in guaranteed money and can be voided to four years and $46 million.

Revis held out of training and the preseason with three years remaining on his rookie contract. He was seeking a 10-year deal worth more on average than the three-year, $45.3 million contract the Raiders gave to Nnamdi Asomugha in February of 2009. Speculation that a deal could be reached heated up Sunday night when reports surfaced that head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson had flown to Florida to meet with the cornerback and his mother.

The Jets confirmed a deal had been reached, with Revis tweeting the following:

“To my family, [agents] neil [Schwartz], & john [Feinsod] I love u guys I’m comin home baby!!! Revis Island LET’S GO.”

Since the Jets traded up 11 spots to select the Pitt product with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Revis has established himself among the elite at his position. He had 31 passes defended last season and a career-high six interceptions.

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Rumor Mill,

Nationals’ Nyjer Morgan suspended 8 games for brawl

09.03.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended eight games for his role in Wednesday night’s brawl with the Marlins. Morgan charged the mound after a pitch was thrown behind him, which led to players on both teams clearing the benches.

Also for the Nationals, pitcher Doug Slaten and third base coach Pat Listach were suspended three games, and manager Jim Riggelman got two games.

Here’s the video of the brawl:

Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad was suspended six games, pitcher Alex Sanabia five games, first baseman Gaby Sanchez three and manager Edwin Rodriguez one.

Read More: Chris Volstad, Nyjer Morgan, Rumor Mill,

Ndamukong Suh fined $7,500 by NFL for hit

09.03.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Friday for his hit on quarterback Jake Delhomme in a preseason game. Suh grabbed Delhomme’s facemask and twisted the Browns QB’s head around, then threw him to the ground after he had released a pass, although the rookie said he wasn’t aware the ball had left Delhomme’s hands.

Here’s the video of the play:

Read More: Jake Delhomme, Ndamukong Suh, Rumor Mill,

Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension reduced to 4 games

09.03.10 at 2:57 pm ET
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After meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Friday morning, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his suspension reduced from six games to four.

Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after being accused of sexually assaulting a college student in Georgia. Goodell indicated then that Roethlisberger could have his penalty reduced by two games if his behavior lived up to the league’s standards.

The league said the “reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the personal conduct policy.”

“You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions,” Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger. “Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment.”

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, Roger Goodell, Rumor Mill,

A-Rod splits with agent Scott Boras

09.03.10 at 2:52 pm ET
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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez confirmed Friday that he has split from agent Scott Boras. Rodriguez is signed through the 2017 season, when he will be 42, and likely will not need to negotiate another contract. He has said that he did not enlist Boras’ help when he negotiated his record $275 million, 10-year contract after the 2007 season.

Read More: alex rodriguez, Rumor Mill, Scott Boras,

With NCAA probe looming, at least 12 UNC players to skip opener

09.03.10 at 2:14 pm ET
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The University of North Carolina football team, already short 12 players as the NCAA investigates possible misconduct, announced Friday that three more starters are not traveling with the team for the 18th-ranked Tar Heels‘ game Saturday in Atlanta against No. 21 LSU. Linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter, and safety Deunta Williams will not travel but could be cleared before the game.

The original list of 12 players suspended for the opener for violating school and/or NCAA rules includes six other starters: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerbacks Charles Brown and Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little and defensive ends Michael McAdoo and Robert Quinn.

Read More: North Carolina, Rumor Mill,

Report: Broncos RB LenDale White out for season

09.03.10 at 2:00 pm ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Broncos running back LenDale White has a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the season. White was signed by the Broncos in August following his release by the Seahawks. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Read More: LenDale White, Rumor Mill,

Video: Floyd Mayweather blasts Manny Pacquiao in racist rant

09.03.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., frustrated with failed negotiations to set up a match against Manny Pacquiao, videotaped a profanity-laced tirade against the Filipino fighter that includes racist and homophobic insults.

In the video, Mayweather again accuses Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs. One of the holdups during negotiations was Pacquiao’s unwillingness to accept random blood and urine testing during training. According to reports, Pacquiao only would agree to scheduled tests.

“At this particular time I don’t know if I’m gonna fight again,” Mayweather said in the video, filmed at his house. “As of right now, I truly believe I am gonna fight again, but as of right now I don’t have the urge to get up. But when I do got the urge to get up, believe me, my UStream and my Twitter fans will be the first to know, and when we do come back, we will kick ‘Poochiao’ ass. So I’ll let the fans know. Don’t worry, we’ll kick ‘Poochiao’ ass. He’s gonna take the urine and blood test.”

Added Mayweather: “I’m on vacation for about a year, about a year. As soon as we come off vacation, we’re going to cook that little yellow chump. We ain’t worried about that. So they ain’t gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget ass, I don’t want you all to jump on my [expletive]. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. … Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that [expletive] make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”

Mayweather eventually broke out into a song in which he called Pacquiao a “whore,” adding: “When we do come back, we’ll kick ‘Poochiao’s’ ass. I’m gonna fight the Pacman when he gets off the power pellets.”

Pacquiao’s response, released through his publicist, stated: “The video speaks for itself.”

Here is the video. WARNING: Contains profane language and racist and homophobic comments.

Read More: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao,

Wyatt Smith signs on with Bruins

09.03.10 at 11:31 am ET
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According to agent Ben Hankinson on twitter, the Bruins have signed free agent center Wyatt Smith. He figures to replace what Trent Whitfield, who will miss the coming season due to an injury to his Achilles tendon, brings to the table as a depth guy at the AHL level.

A former ninth round pick of the Coyotes, Smith played last season in the Penguins‘€™ organization, playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He had 13 goals and 35 assists for 48 points.

Smith last played in the NHL in 2007-08, picking up three assists and eight penalty minutes for the Avalanche.

Read More: Rumor Mill,