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Royals’ Guillen traded to Giants

08.13.10 at 1:12 pm ET
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Outfield slugger Jose Guillen has been traded from Kansas City to San Francisco in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations, according to multiple reports. He had been previously designated for assignment last week despite leading the team in home runs (16) and RBI (62). The Giants, who trail the Padres by 2 1/2 games for the lead in the NL West, are Guillen’s 10th team in his 14-year career.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup

08.13.10 at 7:43 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Dynamo at Revolution, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 3:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ The predictable fallout has begun from the Jets’ appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Coach Rex Ryan‘s mother was not pleased with her son’s foul mouth and said it was “excruciating” to watch him swear so much. Most members of the Giants told the New York Daily News they didn’t watch the show, but cornerback Terrell Thomas admitted he was surprised by the Jets’ “arrogance” as the teams prepare to meet in their preseason opener Monday night at the stadium they share. Greg Cote in The Miami Herald gets the Dolphins’ opinions on the show.

‘™¦ Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News looks at the mess that is the Mets, with Francisco Rodriguez‘ arrest Wednesday night and Johan Santana being sued by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her.

‘™¦ The Basketball Hall of Fame holds its induction ceremonies Friday night. David Haugh in the Chicago Tribune looks at the twists of fate that led to Scottie Pippen‘s emergence on the NBA draft scene in 1987. Steve Luhm in The Salt Lake Tribune examines the work ethic that made Karl Malone a legend.

‘™¦ In The Los Angeles Times, Chris Erskine writes picks his all-ego team, featuring LeBron James as captain, with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Lance Armstrong alongside.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 13, 1955, which player became the youngest in Red Sox history when he appeared in a game at the age of 17?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I didn’t have much power or energy in my delivery today.” ‘€” Jonathan Papelbon, after blowing the save and taking the loss in the Red Sox’ 6-5 setback to the Blue Jays Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 ‘€” Consecutive hits by Casey McGehee, a Brewers record, after he went 4-for-4 Thursday

‘NET RESULTS: Nice catch from last weekend’s Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament in Vermont.

Soccer-tennis, courtesy of Rafael Nadal and friends.

Some memorable leaps from the Nike Dunk Contest in Los Angeles.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Pagliaroni, who caught two innings against the Washington Senators, hitting a sacrifice fly for an RBI in his only plate appearance

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dan Fogelberg, who died in 2007, was born on this day in 1951.

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Braves’ Jones out for season with left knee injury

08.12.10 at 10:24 pm ET
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Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is out for the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.

The 38-year-old has played 17 seasons with the Braves, compiling a .306 average with 436 home runs in the process. Although he mentioned retirement at the beginning of the season, it is unknown whether he will call it quits, ending Hall of Fame-like career.

Jones injured the knee making a throw from third to first Tuesday night in Houston. The Braves, currently 2 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies in the NL East race, will likely look for a replacement at third base.

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Leslie Osborne: Boston Breakers’ model citizen

08.12.10 at 9:45 am ET
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Boston Breakers co-captain Leslie Osborne is one of the top midfielders in the nation, yet she still can’€™t decide whether she has more high heels or cleats kicking around in her closet.

Osborne, who signed with the Breakers as a free agent last October, takes runways and photo shoots by storm when she’€™s not dominating the pitch at Harvard Stadium.

‘€œI think it’€™s just a really cool thing for people out there to know what female athletes can be like off the field,’€ Osborne said. ‘€œIt’€™s a different viewpoint now what female athletes can be. They can be nice and fashionable off the field, and on the field and they can still go out and be great soccer players.’€

The Wisconsin native and Santa Clara alumna comes to Boston off her captainship with FC Gold Pride in 2009, and now leads Boston’€™s chapter of Women’€™s Professional Soccer alongside soccer legend Kristine Lilly.

Although Osborne admits her ‘€œCalifornia girl’€ style of vibrant colors and long dresses sometimes clashes with Boston’€™s neutral-colored fashion domain, she is still considered a trendsetter in the locker room.

‘€œ[My teammates] just think I’€™m funny because I come to the locker room and I’€™m wearing my Puma skirt and a tank top,’€ Osborne said with a laugh. ‘€œThey can get funny because a lot of them don’€™t care much about how they look or what they wear, and they’€™re always like, ‘€˜Oh, Leslie, you can pull that off but we can’€™t,’€™ and it’€™s like, ‘€˜No, you guys can.’€™ It’€™s totally about how you feel in it, and that way it looks how you feel.

‘€œI think they do give me a hard time when they have my Puma poster hanging up, but I think it’€™s pretty cool because I think that they appreciate it.’€

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Report: Thorn to be hired as 76ers president

08.12.10 at 8:53 am ET
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Rod Thorn is expected to be announced as the 76ers’ new team president Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

Current team president Ed Stefanski is expected to stay on as general manager. Stefanski has held both positions since he replaced Billy King in December 2007.

King took Thorn’s spot as New Jersey’s GM in July. Thorn was the Nets‘ president and GM for 10 years before he left at the beginning of the month.

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Isiah won’t consult for Knicks

08.12.10 at 8:50 am ET
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Isiah Thomas announced he will give up his newly acquired title of Knicks consultant, after it became clear the Florida International coach would not be allowed to hold both jobs at the same time.

NBA personnel are not allowed contact with players who aren’t yet eligible for the draft, which Thomas would violate as FIU’s coach.

“After speaking with commissioner [David] Stern and Knicks executives, it has become apparent that my new agreement violates certain NBA bylaws,” Thomas said. “Because of this, I have decided to rescind my contract with the team.”

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Mets’ K-Rod charged with assaulting in-law

08.12.10 at 8:00 am ET
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Following a scuffle with his father-in-law at Citi Field late Wednesday night, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was charged with third-degree assault, according to police.

The altercation resulted in Rodriguez’ arrest and holding at the ballpark early Thursday, while his father-in-law landed in a hospital with a scraped face and a bump on his head.

Several security guards, as well as women and children, were around the the clubhouse after the Mets lost to the Rockies, 6-2, when Rodriguez’ father-in-law was identified with a swelling over his right eyebrow. Rodriguez did not pitch in the loss, which dropped the Mets below .500.

Rodriguez, who signed a three-year, $37 million contract with the Mets after posting a record 62 saves with the Angels in 2008, is 4-2 with 25 saves and a 2.24 ERA this season.

He also maintains a has a history of lashing out in his span with the Mets, including confrontations with a team official, a coach and an opponent, though none of them rival the level of his latest run-in with his father-in-law.

Bullpen coach Randy Niemann and Rodriguez exchanged words in May while the 28-year-old was warming up to close the game. In July 2009, former Mets official Tony Bernazard and Rodriguez got into a heated argument on the team bus, which resulted in Bernazard’s eventual firing. In June of the same year, Yankees reliever Brian Bruney had to be separated from K-Rod before the game after each player ripped on the other in the media the day before.

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Harvard football picked to win Ivy title

08.12.10 at 7:55 am ET
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For the fourth time in five years, Harvard was favored to finish first in the Ivy League’s preseason media poll. The Crimson received 10 of 17 first-place votes and totaled 128 points, four more than Penn. Brown was tabbed third with 95 points, and Yale was fourth with 83.

The bottom half consisted of Columbia (61 points), Princeton (55), Darmouth (39) and Cornell (27).

Harvard, which was 6-1 in the Ivy League last year (7-3 overall) brings back 11 starters from its 2009 squad ‘€” five on offense, six on defense.

After just missing out on their third straight league title last year, the Crimson are looking for their sixth title under coach Tim Murphy (104-55 in 16 seasons). They have four Ivy League championships in the last 10 years, and three championships in the last six years.

Harvard opens its season Sept. 18 with a 7 p.m. home game against Holy Cross.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

08.12.10 at 7:31 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin got into a heated confrontation with Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray Wednesday afternoon after denying Gray’s report that he guaranteed Tiger Woods a spot on the U.S. team. Following a press conference at which Pavin called Gray’s report “incorrect,” the two reportedly stood nose-to-nose and Gray called Pavin a liar, saying, “You’re going down.” Responded Pavin: “You’re full of it.” Meanwhile, Robert Lusetich at FoxSports.com writes that Woods will be on the team despite his recent struggles.

‘™¦ Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday night and charged with assaulting his father-in-law at the team’s family lounge following New York’s latest loss. Tim Smith in the New York Daily News looks at the pitcher’s latest behavioral problem this year.

‘™¦ Boise State football coach Chris Peterson banned his players from Twitter, saying, “It’s just a distraction that we just don’t really need to have right now. There’s plenty of time in their lifetime for Twitter.” Clay Travis at AOL FanHouse predicts that this will become a trend.

‘™¦ Vicki Michaelis at USA Today writes about the sexual abuse controversy facing USA Swimming, following the latest lawsuit on Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 12, 1974, which pitcher struck out 19 Red Sox batters, setting an American League record?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Although I’m disappointed that Isiah will not be working with the Knicks as a consultant, I continue to believe in his basketball knowledge, including his ability to judge talent. He’s a good friend of mine and of the organization and I will continue to solicit his views. He will always have strong ties to me and the team.” ‘€” Knicks owner James Dolan, after Isiah Thomas‘ consultant deal with the team was ended

STAT OF THE DAY: 153 ‘€” Home runs this season for the Red Sox, second in the majors to Toronto, which has 178

‘NET RESULTS: LeBron James dunks on some 9-year-olds.

Fans recreate Tuesday’s Cardinals-Reds brouhaha with bobblehead dolls.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nolan Ryan, then of the Angels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mark Knopfler is 61 today.

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LEEInks List: Most memorable Patriots preseason moments

08.12.10 at 6:48 am ET
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The Patriots take on the Saints Thursday in a matchup between arguably the greatest NFL franchise of the last decade and the reigning Super Bowl champions. Too bad very few of the stars from either of those teams will actually spend much time on the field, as second- and third-stringers will account for most of the downs played in this preseason game.

Ah yes, the hotly debated NFL preseason is upon us. There is a current movement afoot to shorten the preseason. However, that would devoid football fans of some great moments surrounding the NFL’s version of spring training. As this list of the greatest Patriots preseason moments will prove, there’€™s the good (opening of new stadiums, team debuts), the bad (horrible, sometimes career-ending injuries) and the down-right entertaining (players trying out new roles).

10. Flutie tries out as punt returner

Any individual who has ever seen Doug Flutie play the game of football, and there are many given the popularity of the ‘€œHail Mary,’€ knows that he’€™s a highly entertaining player to watch on the gridiron. The Patriots were trying to find a way to get Flutie on the field when they tried the Heisman-winning quarterback as a punt returner during a game against the Bengals on Aug. 26, 1988. Those in attendance might remember the Boston College product muffing the only punt that came his way. Obviously, the role never stuck, and neither did Flutie in New England. He headed to Canada after the 1989 season.

9. Pats play Cowboys in Mexico City

The Patriots and Cowboys played in front of what was the second-largest crowd in NFL history at the time when the teams took the field on Aug. 17, 1998, in Mexico City for a preseason game that was called the American Bowl. One more time, the second-largest crowd in NFL history for a preseason game. That means it was pretty memorable to the 106,424 individuals in attendance at Azteca Stadium, but for those Pats fans at home, it was just another preseason game as the hometown team beat the ‘Boys, 21-3.

8. Parcells, Bledsoe make debut

Two of the biggest figures in Patriots history ‘€” Drew Bledsoe and Bill Parcells ‘€” made their debut on Aug. 7, 1993, in a preseason game in San Diego. Parcells had just come out of retirement to coach the Pats, and Bledsoe was playing in his first NFL game after being drafted first overall out of Washington State. Sounds like it would be a pretty memorable affair, right? Well, the game, a 13-7 loss to the Chargers, was rather forgettable. Bledsoe went on to win the starting gig out of the preseason, but the Patriots suffered through a 5-11 record in the regular season.

7. First game at Schaefer, Plunkett’€™s first home game with Pats

The Patriots finally moved out of Boston for good in 1971 and moved into what was then called Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro. (It was later changed to Sullivan Stadium and eventually Foxboro Stadium.) In the building’€™s debut on Aug. 15, 1971, a whopping 60,423 fans showed up not only to see the new digs but also first-overall pick Jim Plunkett. Some fans might remember concerns about the stadium’€™s plumbing leading up to its opener.

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