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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Report: Knicks turn down deal for Rudy Fernandez

09.03.10 at 10:30 am ET
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Despite Rudy Fernandez‘ apparent desire to play in New York, Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to the Pacers, a first-round pick to Portland and Fernandez to the Knicks, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Fernandez, now playing for Spain at the world championships in Turkey, has been fined by the NBA for publicly requesting a trade and saying he would rather return to Europe than play another season in Portland.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ben Roethlisberger to meet with commish

09.03.10 at 7:53 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 Orioles, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

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

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and team president Art Rooney II are scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Friday morning to talk about the player’s six-game suspension and see if Roethlisberger deserves to have his penalty reduced. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will not ask for more than a two-game reduction. Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw weighed in, saying he hopes the league keeps the suspension at six games because, “There’s no excuse for that.”

‘™¦ ESPN‘s Rich Cimini went to Aliquippa, Pa., in search of Darrelle Revis and couldn’t find him in a hometown that was protective of him. But he did find Revis’ grandmother, who called the Jets’ treatment of the cornerback “a slap in the face.” At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole writes that the Jets risk alienating Revis permanently if they don’t give the cornerback a new contract, and he explains why it would benefit New York financially to give in to Revis’ demands.

‘™¦ Michael Silver at Yahoo! Sports has Part 1 of his NFL owner rankings. Al Davis ranks at the bottom of the list, with Mike Brown, whose Bengals play the Patriots on Sunday, next to last.

‘™¦ Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times looks at the debut of Lane Kiffin at USC. The Trojans defeated Hawaii, 49-36, in their first game since being placed on probation.

‘™¦ Frank McCourt continued his testimony in the Dodgers ownership case, and he explained how his wife insisted her assets not be put at risk as he engineered the purchase of the team. The Los Angeles Times has the recap of McCourt’s day on the stand.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 3, 2005, which Red Sox pitcher earned the save in his 70th game of the season, setting a team record with 70 appearances in three consecutive seasons?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Honestly, I didn’t even know what to say when they told me. They were like, ‘You have no reaction.’ I was just in shock.” ‘€” Manny Delcarmen, upon joining the Rockies after his trade from the Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 998 ‘€” Career RBIs for Adrian Beltre, who had one Thursday night in Baltimore an leads the Red Sox this season with 92

‘NET RESULTS: A soccer player is ejected for a tackle from behind, then decides to add to his trouble by kicking the player while he’s on the ground.

Trick bowling shots.

Super Cool Bowling Awesome Trick Shots – watch more funny videos

Ricky Rubio is the victim of the off-the-back inbounds self-pass courtesy of Lithuania’s Mantas Kalnietis.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Timlin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Donald Brewer, drummer for Grand Funk Railroad, is 62 today.

Read More: Al Davis, Ben Roethlisberger, Darrelle Revis,

What’s your Sports Twi-Q?

09.02.10 at 12:51 pm ET
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to ‘€œName that Tweet’€–the game show where everybody’€™s a loser (including the host)! Either an athlete or a celebrity posted the following 140-character thoughts on their twitter account over the past couple weeks. It’€™s your job to figure out who produced these Shakespearean efforts.

1. ‘€œIn the last year I’ve spoke at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and Wharton Schools of Business.. Today, I debate Skip Bayless on ESPN !!!’€

Lance Armstrong or MC Hammer?

I can see how you get the two confused. Lance built Livestrong into one of the world’€™s most powerful fundraising efforts, slapping his organization’€™s moniker on everything from t-shirts to tea kettles. I’€™d be shocked if they didn’€™t make Livestrong thongs. Meanwhile, MC built himself into one of the world’€™s most powerful fund-blowing efforts, amassing $13 million in debt and filing for bankruptcy. So, naturally, they’€™re both perfectly suited to shape the minds of the world’€™s brightest business students.

Answer: Click here.

2. ‘€œSo.. caught up on Trueblood las nite.. Not a fan of how they get u hooked with the 1st 2 seasons then bring on a barrage of homosexuality’€

Todd Herremans or Chamillionaire?

When I’€™m watching True Blood, I’€™m often wondering, ‘€œWhat do Todd Herremans and Chamillionaire think of this episode?’€ I can picture them now: the 6-foot-6, 321-pound Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman from Michigan and the 5-foot-nothing, 100-and-nothing rapper from Houston cuddled up on a couch ‘€¦

‘€œExcuse me, Chamillionaire, can you please pass the popcorn?’€
‘€œAbsolutely, Todd. Would you perchance like a refill on that soda pop?’€

Answer: Click here.

3. ‘€œI got 5k for whoever see @ihatekatstacks and slap the shit out her pigeon face a**. Real talk. U f***ed with the right one now’€

50 Cent or Carmelo Anthony?

Fifty has been shot at least nine more times than I have. He’€™s made his bones with upbeat lyrics like, ‘€œIf the roof on fire, let the motherf***er burn.’€ And his Twitter rants make Mel Gibson seem like Mr. Rogers. You’€™d think Melo would steer clear of threatening women, considering he’€™s entering a contract year. But I wouldn’€™t put it past anybody who’€™s tried to transport their weed in a backpack through an airport.

Answer: Click here.

4. ‘€œim gonna be ok just need 2 rest but i wanted all of u 2 know i never want to let any of u down. ever. i really appreciate all the kind words’€

Justin Bieber or Serena Williams?

Even with the bum ankle that kept her out of the US Open, Serena Williams would beat the hell out of Justin Bieber, right? She’€™d pull her ‘€œI swear to God, I’€™m f***ing taking this ball and I’€™m shoving it down your f***ing throat’€ routine. After all, Bieber had to reschedule a recent concert because of throat trouble. True story.

Answer: Click here.

5. “Last night was stupid… 35k at Haze… Totals 50k something the whole day. Damn!! Going to the pool again today … Gotta relax!”

Marcus Jordan or Brody Jenner?

They’€™re both heirs to ‘€¦ well ‘€¦ air. Marcus is the son of Air (Michael) Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever. Brody is the son of airhead (Bruce) Jenner, the greatest procreator of reality TV stars ever. Both kids blow more money in a day than most people make in a year. I smell a Tom Brokaw book: The Greediest Generation.

Answer: Click here.

Thanks for playing, folks. If you got four or more wrong, you’€™re a Twimbecile. If you got four or more right, you’€™re Tweinstein. And that’€™s enough with the terrible Twitter puns. So long everybody, and, as Bob Barker said, ‘€œHave your pets spayed or neutered!’€

Read More: 50 Cent, Brody Jenner, Carmelo Anthony, Chamillionaire

Report: No relationship between Reebok, Spikes

09.02.10 at 11:27 am ET
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Brandon Spikes agent, Terry Watson, has confirmed to the Boston Herald that Reebok has chosen to no longer pursue a relationship with the Patriots linebacker after the recent revelation that Spikes had appeared in a sex tape. The NFL is still investigating the matter involving the Pats‘ second-round pick, who may incur some sort of discipline from the league.

(Update/per Boston.com): Reebok has issued a statement saying: “The media reports that Reebok has terminated an endorsement contract with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes are completely false. Reebok never had a deal with Brandon. The story was reported without confirmation from Reebok, and as a result inaccurate information is now being reported as fact. We had discussions with Brandon earlier this summer, as we do with many NFL players, but no agreement has been reached and he is not currently under contract with Reebok.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Reds’ Aroldis Chapman brings heat

09.02.10 at 8:00 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 TODAY:
NFL preseason: Patriots at Giants, 7 p.m. (WBZ-TV Ch.4)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds’ victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on how Chapman electrified the audience with his appearance.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Morrissey joins the legion of people chiding the White Sox for their acquisition of Manny Ramirez, calling the September playoff push “Guilty Pleasure Month.”

‘™¦ Andy Roddick was bounced by Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, and he didn’t go quietly. The ninth-seeded American berated an official for calling a foot fault and telling him the wrong foot was the one that faulted.

‘™¦ At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole looks at how free agency may be a bargaining chip for NFL players in the CBA talks.

‘™¦ Larry Brooks in the New York Post looks at the NHL’s hard-line stance on the Ilya Kovalchuk-Devils deal and reports that two other contracts are being contested.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 2, 2001, which Red Sox player broke up a no-hit bid by Yankees starter Mike Mussina with two outs (and two strikes) in the bottom of the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s definitely different right now … I don’t think we’ve completely folded up the tent.” ‘€” Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, on his team’s playoff chances

STAT OF THE DAY: 13-0 ‘€” Jon Lester‘s career record against the Orioles, following Wednesday night’s Red Sox win in Baltimore

‘NET RESULTS: Basketball juggling trick shots.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Everett

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sam Gooden of the Impressions is 71 today.

Read More: Aroldis Chapman, Ilya Kovalchuk, Manny Ramirez,

Former BC star Williams signs in Israel

09.01.10 at 11:18 pm ET
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According to EuroBasket.com, former Boston College star, and New Jersey Nets first-round pick, Sean Williams has signed a contract to play with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. The forward had been playing in both China and Puerto Rico after spending 2 1/2 seasons with the Nets.

Read More: Rumor Mill,