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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

08.11.10 at 7:34 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’€™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, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ The Darrelle Revis situation is starting to get ugly in New York. Revis’ representatives accused the Jets front office of lying about them denying an invitation for owner Woody Johnson to join a recent meeting. And the two sides presented different versions of negotiations, with agent Neil Schwartz insisting: “The Jets have never given us a proposal with one dollar in signing bonus or one dollar in fully guaranteed money.” Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan insists his defense will be fine without the All-Pro cornerback.

‘™¦ Former college/NFL coach Jimmy Johnson is back in civilization after competing on CBS’ “Survivor.” Dave Hyde in the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes about Johnson’s experiences, which the Fox NFL analyst called “some of the most miserable nights of my life.”

‘™¦ The Cardinals and Reds engaged in a bench-clearing incident Tuesday night, inspired by comments from Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips. Bernie Miklasz in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Phillips inspired the Cardinals, who have taken the first two games of the series between the teams battling for first place in the National League Central.

‘™¦ Former Red Sox super sub Alex Cora, released by the Mets last week, tried to explain the reason for the Mets’ collapse this season.

‘™¦ T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times has an update on the McCourts divorce saga as the court date approaches, and he wonders what it will mean for the Dodgers.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 11, 1979, Jim Rice hit his 30th home run of the season, a first-inning shot off Milwaukee’s Moose Haas. In the process, he became the third Red Sox player ever with 30 home runs in three consecutive seasons. Who were the first two Sox to accomplish the feat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was like our whole season. It wasn’t perfect, but we kept playing. … We did a lot of things that weren’t really conducive to winning a close game, but we found ways to come back and win.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 ‘€” Consecutive games the Yankees had won at Texas in contests that included an appearance from Mariano Rivera, until the New York closer gave up the Rangers’ winning run in Tuesday’s 4-3 decision in 10 innings

‘NET RESULTS: More creative celebrations from the Icelandic soccer team Stjarnan. There are three on this clip, but only the third one is truly memorable.

Only in soccer (or maybe wrestling): One player gets knocked into a pool, and the other takes a dive.

Get your own Tim Lincecum wig.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmie Foxx (5 consecutive years) and Ted Williams (4 years) ‘€” and they’ve since been joined by Mo Vaughn (4 years), David Ortiz (5 years) and Manny Ramirez (6 years)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Jackson is 56 today.

Read More: Alex Cora, Darrelle Revis, Jimmy Johnson,

McGrady reportedly agrees with Pistons

08.10.10 at 10:48 am ET
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According to multiple reports, free agent forward Tracy McGrady agreed to a one-year deal with the Pistons worth $1.3 million. McGrady, a seven-time All-Star who had major surgery on his right knee during the 2008-09 season, averaged 8.2 points in 30 games last season, split between the Rockets and Knicks.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Tracy McGrady,

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.10.10 at 7:31 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ In The Miami Herald, Greg Cote writes that the deal between Florida International coach Isiah Thomas and the Knicks “is so many ways wrong,” and he expects the NBA and/or the NCAA to step in and declare it invalid. The New York Post reports that the NBA might very well block the contract as soon as Wednesday. And Isiah went on a sports talk radio show in Miami Monday and implied that he might leave FIU after one season if he has to choose between the two jobs.

‘™¦ Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has a new reason for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He blames it on “overtrained athlete syndrome.” Cushing, suspended for the first four games of this season, continues to assert his innocence, but Jerome Solomon in the Houston Chronicle writes that it’s difficult to believe.

‘™¦ In the New York Daily News, Filip Bondy writes that fans should celebrate Derek Jeter‘s accomplishments, but don’t compare him to Babe Ruth, the player Jeter passed on the all-time hit list Sunday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 10, 1999, which Red Sox pitcher tied a major league record by striking out four Royals batters in one inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’d say that would be one of the better days I’ve felt this year. It was pretty stellar.” ‘€” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, after recording the final four outs ‘€” the last three on strikeouts ‘€” in Monday’s 2-1 victory over the Yankees

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 ‘€” Stolen bases in Monday’s game for Jacoby Ellsbury, tying a Red Sox record

‘NET RESULTS: The now-famous Iceland soccer team Stjarnan shows off its latest goal celebration ‘€” a human bicycle.

Miami Heat fan/mascot Banana Man hangs out with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (sort of).

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ronnie Spector of the Ronnettes is 67 today.

Read More: Brian Cushing, Derek Jeter, Isiah Thomas,

LEEInks list: Veterans who stopped in Boston on way to Hall

08.10.10 at 6:56 am ET
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With Shaquille O’Neal signing a two-year deal to play for the Celtics, it brings to mind other Hall of Fame-bound players who signed up for a stint in Boston toward the end of their stellar careers.

This list consists of players who played at least 10 years elsewhere before arriving in Boston, and later earned a spot in their sport’s Hall of Fame. (Apologies to Artis Gilmore fans, but he’s still not in the Hall.)


Dominique Wilkins

The Human Highlight Film didn’t have too many highlights in Boston after he joined the Celtics for the 1994-95 season at the age of 34. Wilkins, who starred with the Hawks for 11½ seasons, came to Boston and averaged 17.8 points, well below his career average of 24.8, for a Celtics team that went 35-47. After spending the next season in Greece, Wilkins returned for one-year stints with the Spurs and Magic before calling it quits. Here’s ‘Nique and the C’s losing to Shaq and the Magic in the final real game at Boston Garden, Game 4 of the first round of the 1995 playoffs. The C’s lost the game, 95-92, and the series, 3-1.

Pete Maravich

Pistol Pete was at the end of a 10-year career split between the Hawks and Jazz and playing on well-worn knees when he joined the Celtics for the final 26 games of the 1979-80 season, better known as Larry Bird‘s rookie year. Maravich averaged 11.5 points in 17.0 minutes. His most memorable night came when he scored the final 10 points of the game in a comeback win over the Washington Bullets. Maravich averaged 6.0 ppg in the playoff and then retired. Check out this clip of Maravich playing with Bird and fellow Hall of Famers Tiny Archibald and Dave Cowens.

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Read More: Bill Walton, Dominique Wilkins, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Seaver

Jets not optimistic about Revis

08.10.10 at 6:37 am ET
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As cornerback Darrelle Revis missed his ninth day of training camp Monday, the Jets rejected the latest offer proposed by the his agents, and Jets representatives did not sound optimistic a deal can get done before the regular season.

“The answer’s no,” owner Woody Johnson said, a few hours after agent Neil Schwartz told The Associated Press he was awaiting a response from the team.

Revis is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but he wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league. On Friday his agents met with team representatives and presented a new multi-year proposal.

“Fundamentally, there really wasn’t any change,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said, “and right now, we can’t find something that makes sense for both sides, so we really don’t have any progress.”

Added Tannenbaum: “The problem in this situation is we have a very fundamental difference of opinion on what the compensation should be. When we will talk next, that’s hard to say.”

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Mike Tannenbaum, Woody Johnson,

Reds acquire Edmonds from Brewers

08.10.10 at 6:30 am ET
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The Reds acquired 40-year-old outfielder Jim Edmonds from the Brewers Monday in a trade for injured outfielder Chris Dickerson. The Reds, attempting to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995, lead the Cardinals by one game in the National League Central after losing the opener of their three-game showdown in Cincinnati that started Monday night.

Edmonds, who played for the Cardinals from 2000-07, was in the starting lineup in center field, batting fifth against Chris Carpenter.

“I don’t know what to say,” Edmonds said. “It’s been a quick 24 hours. To go from kind of the bottom of the standings to the top in a hurry and show up here playing the Cardinals ‘€” it’s going to be a little nuts.”

Read More: Chris Dickerson, Jim Edmonds,

Mariners fire Wakamatsu

08.10.10 at 6:23 am ET
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With the Mariners stumbling along at 42-70 and in last place in the American League West, the team fired second-year manager Don Wakamatsu on Monday.

Daren Brown, the manager of Triple-A Tacoma for the last four seasons, took over on an interim basis hours before a game against Oakland.

“I would like to thank the city of Seattle and all the baseball fans here in the Northwest for the great support offered to me during my time as Mariners manager,” Wakamatsu said Monday night in statement released by the team. “My single biggest disappointment is that we were not able to finish what we wanted to finish here, bringing a championship club to the fans.

“I cannot tell you how great the fans were to me, and to my family. The support I received here will always mean a great deal to me.”

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Arbitrator upholds voiding of Kovalchuk contract

08.10.10 at 6:19 am ET
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Ilya Kovalchuk is officially back on the market after an arbitrator Monday ruled that the NHL was correct to void his 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils because it violated the rules of the salary cap. The NHL Players Association filed a grievance against the league. A hearing was held last week and arbiter Richard Bloch sided with the league when he issued his ruling.

Kovalchuk and the Devils are back at the negotiating table.

“While we do not currently have a contract with Ilya Kovalchuk, discussions have resumed and we are hopeful that a contract will be reached that meets with the principles in arbitrator Bloch’s award and the NHL’s approval,” New Jersey president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said.

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Report: Devils expect Kovalchuk decision Monday

08.09.10 at 10:10 am ET
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The Devils are expected to hear if the front-loaded contact they signed Ilya Kovalchuk to is excepted by an arbitrator, according to the New York Post. The 17-year deal had been rejected by the NHL because it was believed to circumvent the salary cap. If the arbitrator does not rule in the team’s favor, other teams that had previously pursued Kovalchuk like the Rangers and Kings could be right back in the running.

Read More: Ilya Kovalchuk, Rumor Mill,

Report: Oakland’s Chavez considering retirement

08.09.10 at 8:49 am ET
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A’s third baseman Eric Chavez is mulling retirement while still recovering at home from bulging disks in his neck, according to a report by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Chavez is a six-time Gold Glover at the hot corner but was moved to a designated hitter role before suffering the injury earlier this season.

Read More: Eric Chavez, Oakland A's, Rumor Mill,