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Jenn Sterger: ‘I’m not a gold-digger’

04.11.11 at 11:58 am ET
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Jenn Sterger, the former Jets game hostess who allegedly received inappropriate photos and phone messages from Brett Favre in 2008, says in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that she hasn’t made any money off the scandal and never intended to.

“I haven’t made a dime off anything in this whole situation,” Sterger said in the interview that will air on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday and Wednesday and “Nightline” on Tuesday night. “Not from the pictures. Not from Favre. I never wanted to sue anyone. That was never an intention of mine. I’m not a gold-digger. The only way I wanted to make my money this whole time was to just have a job.”

The NFL fined Favre $50,000 in December for not cooperating with its investigation of the matter, but couldn’t conclude that Favre violated the personal conduct policy based on the evidence available.

“You know, I was trying to go to work. Do my job,” said Sterger, who was co-hosting the show “The Daily Line” on Versus when reports of the scandal first surfaced last October. “But how are you supposed to report on the news when you are the news? It was tough. It was embarrassing. It was humiliating. All I wanted to do was go to work. Do my job. That’s all I wanted.”

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Report: Judge will force mediation on NFL and players

04.11.11 at 11:00 am ET
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Judge Susan Richard Nelson will impose forced mediation on the NFL and NFL players early this week, according to ESPN.com.

The league wants mediation to take place in Washington, D.C., while federal mediator George Cohen and the NFL Players’ Association want it to be in Minnesota. ESPN reports that Judge Nelson told both sides in a conference call Friday that she would figure out a solution over the weekend.

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SB Nation: Kendrick Perkins backs up tough talk vs. Lakers

04.11.11 at 10:58 am ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis.

‘€¢ Over The Monster recaps the Red Sox win and Josh Beckett‘s much-needed dominant performance.

‘€¢ It’s impossible to predict the next five years, but for now, the Clay Buchholz extension is a win for both sides, write Ben Buchanan at SB Nation Boston.

‘€¢ The Bent Musket writes about the Revolution’s “debacle” of a match Saturday night.

‘€¢ Thunder center Kendrick Perkins says the Lakers are “soft, arrogant” … and then backs it up.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Masters apologizes for barring female reporters from locker room

04.11.11 at 7:41 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 LOCALLY MONDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WRKO)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Masters golf tournament, which has previously been criticized for its treatment of women, insisted an incident in which two female reporters were barred from the players’ locker room Sunday was a mistake. The women were with with a group of reporters following Rory McIlroy when they told by a female security guard that women were not allowed into the locker room, where McIlroy was being interviewed.

“The security guard told me women were not allowed in because it was open shower area,” said Tara Sullivan, a columnist for The Record of Bergen, N.J. “I told her, ‘Just like every other locker room. I’ve been in.’ ”

Masters personnel later acknowledged the error. “It should not have happened,” said Steve Ethun, a spokesman for Augusta National (which has no female members). “We will work as hard as we can to make sure it does not happen again.”

‘™¦ A youth football coach in the San Diego area was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony battery after allegedly assaulting a parent of another team. Coach Saivaauli Savaiinea claims to have overheard Mark Cannon trying to recruit one of his top players after a game between their teams, and during the dispute at Abraham Lincoln High School the parent was kicked and punched and knocked unconscious when he tripped and hit his head on the ground. Cannon was taken to the emergency room while Savaiinea was taken to jail.

‘™¦ In The Los Angeles Times, Bill Shaikin looks at the small-market problems of the Padres, who might be the only major professional team in San Diego if the Chargers move to Los Angeles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 11, 1961, the Celtics beat the St. Louis Hawks, 121-112, in Game 5 of the NBA finals at Boston Garden to win their third straight title. It was the final game for which Celtics legend?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When our turn [in the rotation] comes, we’re not thinking about what happened yesterday or in the future. You just take it really day by day.” ‘€” Josh Beckett, after pitching the Red Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 26 ‘€” Rebounds for the Celtics in Sunday’s 100-77 loss to the Heat, a season low

‘NET RESULTS: Soccer star David Beckham has a trick shot video that might include some digital assistance.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Sharman

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St. John’s coach Steve Lavin battles prostate cancer

04.08.11 at 1:23 pm ET
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Steve Lavin, who just completed his first season as coach of the St. John’s basketball team, revealed Friday that he has prostate cancer. Lavin, 46, said in a statement that he was diagnosed in September. He will begin treatment this spring.

“My family feels fortunate that through annual health exams, we detected my condition at an early stage,” Lavin said. “This past fall I didn’t want to distract our team, but with the season behind us, we are now working with medical experts and taking the proper steps to tackle this health challenge head on.”

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Allen Iverson allegedly irate with police during traffic stop

04.08.11 at 12:16 pm ET
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Former NBA star Allen Iverson allegedly berated a police officer when Iverson’s car was pulled over as he was being driven around Atlanta on March 30.

According to the police report, the gray Lamborghini was pulled over for changing lanes without signaling. The driver, Antwuan Clisby, could not produce papers for the car, which was found to have expired tags. That meant it had to be towed.

“Take the vehicle, I have 10 more,” Iverson said. “Police don’t have anything else [expletive] to do except [expletive] with me.”

Added Iverson: “Do you know who I am?”

Iverson, who played professionally in Turkey this year after failing to find an NBA suitor, continued his verbal barrage before finally saying, “I make more money than you will in 10 years.”

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Rumor: Knicks may have interest in John Calipari

04.08.11 at 11:51 am ET
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According to the New York Post, the Knicks may have interest in pursuing University of Kentucky coach John Calipari to run the front office and coach the team.

The $5 million option for current Knicks president Donnie Walsh has yet to be picked up by owner James Dolan, fueling speculation that a move will be made this offseason.

Calipari had a previous stint in the NBA, coaching the Nets from 1996-99 after leading UMass to the 1996 Final Four (since vacated by the NCAA). He was fired by the Nets 20 games into the lockout-delayed 1998-99 season with the team struggling to a 3-17 start.

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Bears QB Jay Cutler on criticism: ‘I can’t say it didn’t bother me’

04.08.11 at 11:02 am ET
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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who stood on the sidelines for much of the NFC championship game with a Grade 2 MCL tear in his knee, acknowledged in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times that the criticism he received from players around the league affected him.

“I was gone, and I stayed away from it all,” Cutler said. “But I can’t say it didn’t bother me that people questioned my toughness and desire to play.

“I think I’ve been through a lot here in Chicago, and I would have loved to play.”

Cutler said he appreciated the support he received from his teammates.

“Those are the guys you are with a lot of the time,” he said, “and those guys didn’t flinch. I’ve got to thank them for that.”

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SB Nation: Confidence of Red Sox Nation disappearing

04.08.11 at 10:53 am ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis.

‘™¦ The Red Sox home opener, typically a joyous occasion, now is filled with doubt, writes Over The Monster, as Red Sox fans’ confidence quickly is disappearing.

‘™¦ The Bulls dominated the Celtics Thursday night, and now Bulls fans have their eyes locked in on the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed, writes Blog-a-Bull.

‘™¦ The Bulls beat the Celtics with unrelenting energy and defense. In short, they played like we’ve come to expect the Celtics to play, writes CelticsBlog.

‘™¦ Pats Pulpit looks at draft prospect Prince Amukamara and details why the Nebraska cornerback is and is not a good fit for the Patriots.

‘™¦ Spencer Hall resurrects his Sports Memes at SB Nation, a weekly look at the week’s biggest sports stories.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James’ mother arrested for assaulting valet

04.08.11 at 7:24 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 LOCALLY FRIDAY:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 3 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Gloria James, mother of Heat star LeBron James, was released from jail Thursday after being arrested early in the morning outside a Miami hotel for allegedly assaulting a valet. Gloria James, who pleaded no contest to DUI in 2006, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and had bloodshot eyes when officers arrived on the scene at 4:47 a.m. Thursday, police said. The valet and witnesses told police that he brought the car to the front of the hotel but turned it off after waiting 30 minutes for Gloria. When she walked out to the ramp, she started screaming profanities when she didn’t immediately see her car and then slapped the valet.

“It’s a sensitive subject,” LeBron said after the Heat practiced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a personal matter. It’s being taken care of.”

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a list of baseball agents “who rip off teams the most.” Scott Boras is No. 1, with a “total waste” of $69.1 million.

‘™¦ Former Reds reliever Rob Dibble said that Barry Bonds‘ teammates with the Pirates in the late 1980s/early 1990s asked opposing pitchers to hit the slugger. Meanwhile, with the Bonds federal trial in the jury’s hands, Mark Purdy at the San Jose Mercury News writes that no matter the outcome, the Giants need to have a plan for dealing with their former star. He suggests that they keep their distance.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 8, 1991, which new Red Sox player hit a grand slam on Opening Day in a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto?

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