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2010 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride

09.07.10 at 11:02 am ET
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One more reason never to live in Philadelphia: The Naked Bike Ride. If you haven’t already been dissuaded by those awful Southwest Airlines commercials (“there’s a lot, a lot of culture here” … “It’s like a baby New York!”), try avoiding a thousand nude people riding their Huffys along the Schuylkill River. And trust me–it’s nobody you’d ever want to see naked. Remember, this is a city that prides itself on cheesesteaks. There’s no hiding those rolls. By the way, a bike seat causes me enough trouble when I’m fully clothed, nevermind when I’m wearing a tiger-print thong. Um, I mean …

Report: Possible contract extension for Indians’ Choo

09.07.10 at 10:41 am ET
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Agent Scott Boras was asked Monday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer if his client — Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo would be able to land a contract extension this coming offseason or instead head to arbitration this winter.

“Things have a way of working out with the good players,” Boras said.

Choo is eighth in on-base percentage in the American League this season with a .390 mark.

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Report: Bush to be stripped of Heisman

09.07.10 at 10:14 am ET
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According to a report on Yahoo! sports, the Heisman Trophy Trust will strip former USC running back Reggie Bush of his 2005 award and will do by the end of September.

Bush would be the first player in the 75-year history of the award to be stripped of the Heisman Trophy.

In June, the NCAA found that Bush accepted gifts, cash and other benefits from an agent while playing at USC. The running back was was ruled retroactively ineligible for part of the 2004 season and all of 2005.

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Report: Jayson Werth might hook on with Scott Boras

09.07.10 at 8:41 am ET
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According to NBCSports.com, Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth is “way down the road’ in his talks with agent Scott Boras. Werth, thought to be one of the most prized free agents-to-be in the upcoming offseason, recently reportedly left his agent Jeff Borris, who is a member of the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

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Bad news for Al Davis, who is rated the worst owner in the NFL

09.07.10 at 8:12 am ET
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Yahoo! Sports has come out with its list, rating the NFL owners. Bad news for a league pioneer, Al Davis, who is rated as the worst owner in the entire NFL. The following is the first half of the list, with Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft making the yet-to-be-announced Top 15. (Click here for the ratings.)

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Pats supporters file suit after alleged abuse from Jets fans

09.07.10 at 7:57 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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ A family of Patriots fans from New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the bosses of the old Giants Stadium based on a situation during last year’s Patriots-Jets game. The suit alleges that Michelle Munoz, a 43-year-old mother, was sworn at, punched and eventually thrown over a row of seats for holding up a sign that read, “I love Tom Brady.” Her 14-year-old daughter, wearing a Patriots jersey, also was the target of abuse. The family claims security ignored their pleas for help because they are Pats fans.

In the New York Post, Steve Serby has the behind-the-scenes drama that led to the Jets’ contract agreement with holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis. Coach Rex Ryan explained how he nearly lost it with Revis’ agents toward the end of the negotiations.

‘™¦ The Jets promised they wouldn’t have a TV blackout for their opener as owner Woody Johnson will buy up the remaining tickets, but other teams probably won’t be so fortunate, writes Sean Leahy in USA Today. At least 11 teams could be facing blackouts due to unsold seats, including three 2009 playoff teams, the report states. The Los Angeles Times reports on what the NFL is doing to improve the fan experience at games.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: September 7, 1975, was the debut of which infielder who would go on to a productive career with the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted. I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling ‘€” feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Grand slams this season for Ryan Kalish, tying a record for Red Sox rookies

‘NET RESULTS: A youngster scores on a header ‘€” only, it’s hockey, not soccer. But the goal still counts.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Buddy Holly was born on this day in 1936.

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Colts favored to win it; Las Vegas not so optimistic about Patriots

09.07.10 at 7:06 am ET
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According to Las Vegas Oddsmakers, the Patriots have the fifth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas, coming in at 9-to-1. The best bet? The Indianapolis Colts, who are at 13-to-2, edging out the Saints and Cowboys, who are both slated at 8-to-1. The lines are set by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, who advise Nevada’s sports books on betting lines.

Click here to see the lines for all of the teams.

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Roethlisberger out as captain for Steelers

09.06.10 at 9:17 pm ET
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The Pittsburgh Steelers elected team captains Monday and Ben Roethlisberger – a captain in each of the last two seasons — was not chosen by his teammates for the honor.

Wide receiver Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller were named offensive captains.

“The captain’s not just what you do on the field, it’s what you do off the field,” Ward said on Monday.

Roethlisberger is suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The two-time Super Bowl winner had a sexual assault complaint filed against him in March by a Georgia college student, though criminal charges were never filed by authorities.

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Thrashers sign Fredrik Modin

09.06.10 at 6:44 pm ET
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The Thrashers announced on Monday that they have signed free agent forward Fredrik Modin to a one-year contract. A veteran of 13 years in the league, Moding had 11 points last season in 44 games between the Blue Jackets and the Kings.

Modin has also played for the Maple Leafs and Lightning, the latter of which he won a Stanley Cup with in 2004. Over his career, the Sweden native has totaled 454 points.

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Report: Dixon to start Steelers opener

09.06.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Bob Pompeani of KDKA TV in Pittsburgh, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has named Dennis Dixon the starting quarterback for the team’s season-opener Sunday vs. the Falcons.

The Steelers have been in a bit of a unique situation regarding the quarterback position. Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended by the league for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On top of that, the strong-armed Byron Leftwich suffered an MCL injury in the preaseason and, upon receiving a second opinion, will know just how long he will be out.

A fifth round pick in both the NFL (2008) and MLB (2007) drafts, Dixon has one career start under his belt. In that game, a 20-17 loss to the Ravens, he completed 12 of 26 pass attempts while adding a touchdown and an interception.

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