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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.

Read More: Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets,

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.

Read More: Collin Zych, Tim Murphy,

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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ 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.

Read More: Corey Pavin, Francisco Rodriguez, Jim Gray,

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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Read More: Bill Parcells, Doug Flutie, drew bledsoe, Jim Plunkett

A message from WEEI’s program director: ‘You can’t handle the truth!’

08.11.10 at 5:09 pm ET
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From Jason Wolfe, WEEI program director

Glad to see the Herald and now the Globe correct their mistakes with regard to their recent stories about WEEI’€™s ratings. I know they’€™re going to write a lot about sports radio and its ratings, and they should, because Boston is a sports cr…azy town! Just be accurate about it.

If they mess it up again, does anybody think I can pull off Nicholson in A Few Good Men? “You can’t handle the truth!”

Excerpt from Boston Globe, August 10, 2010: Clarification: In a Page One story in yesterday’€™s paper about WEEI and WBZ-FM, a reference to ‘€œProvidence listeners’€™’€™ being included in WEEI’€™s ratings should have made clear that it meant Boston-area listeners who tune in to WEEI’€™s Providence affiliate (103.7 FM). Arbitron does include those listeners in measuring total audience share for the Boston market, and using those numbers WEEI finished first with an 8.3 share.

Here is the direct link to the Globe correction.

Read More: Boston Globe, Boston Herald,

Mariners’ Wilson out for the season

08.11.10 at 4:05 pm ET
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Jack Wilson will have surgery on his broken finger on Wednesday and will be out eight weeks and the rest of the season, according to Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times via Twitter.

The shortstop is hitting .249 with 14 this season in only 61 games for the Mariners. Seattle (44-70) currently sits in last place in the AL West, 22 games behind the division-leading Rangers.

Read More: Jack Wilson, Rumor Mill, Seattle Mariners,

Colts’ Saturday could miss six weeks

08.11.10 at 3:34 pm ET
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Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, could miss up to six weeks. Saturday has been to four Pro Bowls and has missed only six games since winning the starting job in 2000.

Coach Jim Caldwell didn’t expound on when or how Saturday was injured and didn’t give a timetable for his return.

Read More: Indianapolis Colts, Jeff Saturday, Rumor Mill,

NBA teams agree on four-way trade

08.11.10 at 3:21 pm ET
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The Hornets, Pacers, Rockets, and Nets have agreed on a four-team, five-player deal, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.

The trade will send Trevor Ariza to New Orleans and Darren Collison to the Pacers, while New Jersey receives Troy Murphy and Houston receives Courtney Lee. According to sources, the teams have agreed to the details and are awaiting a call with the league this afternoon to make it official.

In a separate deal, the Hornets also acquired Marco Belinelli from the Raptors for Julian Wright, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. That trade is also expected to be completed Wednesday.

Read More: Darren Collison, Rumor Mill, Trevor Ariza,

Report: Civil suit accuses Mets’ Santana of rape

08.11.10 at 12:55 pm ET
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A Florida woman is filing a suit claiming that Mets ace Johan Santana raped her on a Fort Myers golf course last year, according to the New York Daily News. A criminal case about the incident had been dropped after authorities could find no evidence that Santana had assaulted the woman. Santana, a married man, had acknowledged that the two had sex but denies any legal wrongdoing, claiming that the sex was consensual. The pitcher has not commented about the incident nor the civil suit since.

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Report: Jets, Revis $40 million apart on new contract

08.11.10 at 9:56 am ET
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The Jets and holdout Darrelle Revis are at odds when it comes to dollar figures that the two sides have attached to a potential ten-year deal, and the difference between the two figures is an astonishing $40 million, according to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. The Jets reportedly offered the star cornerback a 10-year, $120 million contract. However, Revis wants something in the neighborhood of Nnamdi Asomugha‘s contract that calls for $16.5 million annually, meaning he most likely wouldn’t sign for anything less than a 10-year, $160 million deal. The two sides also appear to be at odds how much money would be guaranteed. The Jets are looking for something ion the $25 million range while Revis wants something a little closer to $30 million.

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Rumor Mill,