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Report: Jets, Mangold agree on $55M deal

08.23.10 at 7:42 pm ET
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The Star Ledger is reporting the New York Jets and All-Pro center Nick Mangold have come to terms on a seven-year, $55 million contract. The amount of money that would be guaranteed in the deal is not known but is expected to be more than the $20 million guaranteed in the contract of Rams center Jason Brown, which was the most money ever guaranteed to a center.

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Bears sign Walpole’s Collins

08.23.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Veteran quarterback Todd Collins signed a one-year deal with the Bears, who are seeking depth at the position as backup Caleb Hanie is dealing with a sprained shoulder. Collins,a  Walpole native who played collegiately at Michigan, has been in the NFL since 1995, having played for the Bills, Chiefs and Redskins.

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Report: Cowboys’ Sensabaugh out 3-4 weeks

08.23.10 at 10:44 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh‘s injured left shoulder will sideline him 3-4 weeks. Sensabaugh was injured early in Saturday’s game vs. the Chargers. X-rays were negative, and an MRI on Sunday revealed a subluxation in the shoulder.

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Report: Jets close to extension with Mangold

08.23.10 at 8:18 am ET
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According to a New York Post report, All-Pro center Nick Mangold has agreed to a contract extension with the Jets that will make him the highest-paid center in the league. Mangold is in the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to make $3.3 million this season.

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Rams’ Bradford might start vs. Patriots

08.23.10 at 8:14 am ET
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With A.J. Feeley injuring his thumb and elbow when he hit a defensive player’s helmet during a victory at Cleveland on Saturday night, No. 1 draft pick Sam Bradford might get the start when the Rams play the Patriots on Thursday night in Foxboro.

“Obviously, this goes without saying, if Feeley can’t work during the week, Sam would be the guy,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Sunday. “We’ll have to see where A.J. is. It’s hard to tell.”

Spagnuolo said Feeley had a “tingling sensation” up his arm after the throw. X-rays on the elbow were negative, and an MRI was scheduled.

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Haynesworth-Shanahan feud continues

08.23.10 at 8:10 am ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and coach Mike Shanahan continued to feud over the weekend. Haynesworth said he is tired of being singled out, and the coach insists it’s not going to change.

On Sunday, Multiple reports indicated that Haynesworth was suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a muscular condition whose symptoms included weakened, stiff or aching muscles. Shanahan said he knew nothing about it.

“Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing,” Shanahan said. “That will not happen under this regime. If he’s going to play, he’s going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over.”

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Sabathia: I’ll stay with Yankees after 2011

08.23.10 at 8:02 am ET
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Following his 17th victory of the season Sunday, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said he has no plans to become a free agent after 2011, which he has the right to do as part of his seven-year, $161 million contract. “I’m not going anywhere,” Sabathia said after improving to 15-0 in his last 20 starts at Yankee Stadium.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup

08.23.10 at 7:49 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.

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


‘™¦ Lou Piniella made an emotional farewell to baseball Sunday, managing his final game with the Cubs. The Chicago Tribune recaps Piniella’s tear-filled goodbye as he leaves early to tend to his ailing mother. In Florida’s St. Petersburg Times, John Romano opines that baseball is less interesting without the fiery Piniella. Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com agrees that Piniella will be missed, despite the Cubs’ struggles this season.

‘™¦ In The Washington Post, agent Don Yee, whose client list includes Tom Brady, lays out his plan for changing college athletics by paying the athletes.

‘™¦ In The Los Angeles Times, Dylan Hernandez looks at the decision by legendary announcer Vin Scully to stick around at least one more season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher outdueled the A’s Vida Blue to win his 20th game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s easy to say [he's maturing] when a guy gets everybody out. That’s the normal course of growing up.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on Clay Buchholz, who improved to 15-5 with a league-best 2.26 ERA after beating the Blue Jays on Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 100 ‘€” Career victories for Reds (and former Red Sox) pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who improved to 14-7 with Sunday’s win over the Dodgers

‘NET RESULTS: A fan falls asleep at a Rays game and is woken up by the team mascot shooting silly string at him.

Tennis star Roger Federer allegedly shows off his accuracy, William Tell-style.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Linda Thompson is 63 today.

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Strasburg leaves game with apparent injury

08.21.10 at 9:15 pm ET
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Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals’ game against the Phillies in the fifth inning with an apparent injury. The ailment appeared to be to his right wrist, which Strasburg grabbed and started shaking after a pitch to Philadelphia’s Dominic Brown. The first pick in the 2009 June amateur draft was making just his third start since returning from  a stint on the disabled list with inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. He finished his 4 1/3-outing giving up one run on two hits while striking out six.

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Columnist Mariotti arrested in LA

08.21.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Sports columnist and TV personality Jay Mariotti was arrested early Saturday morning on a felony charge. Sources told TMZ.com that the Around the Horn panelist and former Chicago Sun-Times columnist was charged with domestic violence. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

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