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Friday’s Morning Mashup

08.20.10 at 7:32 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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Wizards, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Mike Vaccaro in the New York Post speaks for most people when he writes that Roger Clemens‘ defiance led to his indictment Thursday by a federal grand jury of lying to Congress. Kevin Blackistone at AOL FanHouse writes that Clemens has now passed Barry Bonds as the face of baseball’s steroids era. At SportsIllustrated.com, sports law professor Michael McCann explains Clemens’ likely strategy as he attempts to avoid a prison sentence. Meanwhile, Clemens’ former teammates on the Yankees and Astros said they still support the pitching legend. Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer, weighed in, insisting he told the truth about Clemens. But it was the testimony of former teammate Andy Pettitte that was the key in this case.

‘™¦ Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was ridiculed for his appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in which he appeared to struggle to name all of his eight kids (with six different mothers across five states). Now, Cromartie blames an HBO director, insisting he was told to shoot a second take and pause between the names.

‘™¦ In The Miami Herald, Israel Gutierrez writes that the outpouring of hatred toward LeBron James does not fit the “crime” the new Heat forward committed by leaving Cleveland and being an egomaniac.

‘™¦ A basketball game between Serbia and Greece Thursday night turned ugly. Serbia’s Nenad Krstic, who played in the NBA last season for the Thunder, was held overnight by Greek authorities after he threw a chair in the melee.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 20, 1967, the Red Sox completed a doubleheader sweep of the Angels by rallying from an 8-0 deficit in the fourth inning of the nightcap to win 9-8. Who won the game for the Sox with a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.” ‘€” Roger Clemens, writing on his Twitter feed, after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Receptions for Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker Thursday at Atlanta, in his first action since his season-ending injury last year

‘NET RESULTS: NBA rookies show off during rookie orientation with a dunk contest.

Trick basketball shots from a pool deck. Do not try this at home.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimmy Pankow, founding member and trombonist for Chicago, is 63 today.

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Vikings’ Harvin collapses at practice, hospitalized

08.19.10 at 9:43 pm ET
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Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin collapses during practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The Vikings said he “is alert and resting comfortably but will remain in the hospital overnight.”

Harvin, who has had issues with migraine headaches most of his life, and it appears  that this was the cause of Thursday’s problem. After leaving the field to see the team physician, Harvin returned to practice and was seen doubled over and trembling.

“I don’t know how they classify it,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said after practice. “Not really a seizure, but he had some trouble over here. I’d be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or another. It seemed like he was stable.”

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Report: Clemens to be indicted on perjury charges

08.19.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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The New York Times is reporting that Roger Clemens will be indicted soon on charges that he lied to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens told a Congressional committee in 2008 that he hadn’t used PEDs and that his ex-trainer Brian McNamee had made up such allegations. McNamee was forced to cooperate with federal authorities in order to escape steroid distribution charges.

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Cushing’s suspension upheld

08.19.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will still not be able to play in the first four games of the 2010 season after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld his four-game suspension due to heightened levels of testosterone. Cushing blamed the failed test on “overtrained athlete syndrome.” Texans owner Bob McNair had met with Goodell to try to get the commissioner to change the penalty, but those efforts appear to have been to no avail.

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Report: Ravens may trade McGahee

08.19.10 at 11:57 am ET
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The Ravens are taking some calls about the availability of running back Willis McGahee, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun. With Ray Rice set as the starter, this might be the time to sell high on the former Miami Hurricane. The team might be a little hesitant because a trade would leave a gaping hole at the running back spot in goal-line situations, but if they were to pull the trigger, Le’Ron McClain would most likely serve as Rice’s backup.

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Titans’ Blount punches teammate in practice

08.19.10 at 10:24 am ET
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Rookie LeGarrette Blount threw another punch at a player after the incident between Oregon and Boise State last September. This time, however, it was directed at his own teammate in practice.

After carrying the ball on a play and having his helmet thrown off, Blount got involved in a scuffle between Titans players on Wednesday. The running back took a swing at Eric Bakhtiari after the defensive end reportedly whispered something in Blount’s ear. Blount gave Bakhtiari a shove and then punched him while his helmet was still on.

Blount apologized to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who said, “I am not disappointed whatsoever.” Blount claimed that he’s been receiving tough treatment and been provoked on a daily basis because of his past.

Here is the video of the play:

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Grizzlies receiving offers for Henry

08.19.10 at 9:43 am ET
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The Grizzlies and 12th overall pick Xavier Henry are in a contract stalemate, causing other teams to make offers for the Kansas product, writes Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal.

Memphis owner Michael Heisley, however, stated that he doesn’t want Henry playing with any other team this upcoming season. “I’m not looking to trade him just to trade him,” Heisley said on Wednesday.

The contract disagreement between the two sides stems from rookie bonus incentives that the Grizzlies have offered Henry. Henry’s agent, Arm Tellum, has argued that only one player since the rookie salary scale was instituted in 1995 has accepted a performance bonus.

Greivis Vasquez, the Grizzlies’ late first-round pick (28th overall), also hasn’t signed for the same reasons. Vasquez, however, did participate at the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

If Henry doesn’t sign and play this season, Memphis holds the rights to negotiate with him until 2013.

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Astros’ Lindstrom heads to DL

08.19.10 at 7:59 am ET
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Following Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Mets, the Astros placed closer Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day DL due to back spasm and tightness.

Lindstrom struggled in three of his last four outings, blowing three saves for losses. This season, the right-hander is 2-4 with 4.15 ERA and 22 saves in 28 chances.

Houston recalled left-hander Fernando Abad to replace Lindstrom on the 25-man roster.

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Braves acquire Lee from Cubs

08.19.10 at 7:42 am ET
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The NL East-leading Braves bolstered their team for the stretch run by adding Cubs first baseman Derek Lee on Wednesday. In return, Chicago receives three pitching prospects from Atlanta in right-handers Robinson Lopez and Tyrelle Harris and lefty Jeffery Lorick.

With a 50-71 record, the Cubs sit behind the Houston Astros in the NL Central at fourth place. The Braves, meanwhile, are battling the Phillies for the division and were in search of a bat after losing longtime third baseman Chipper Jones to a torn ACL on Aug. 10.

In the final year of his five-year, $65 million contract, Lee is well below his career average of .282, hitting .251 with 16 home runs and 56 RBI. Due to dealing with a bulging disk on his lower left side, Lee’s first game in an Atlanta uniform could come back at Wrigley Field this weekend as the Braves and Cubs meet.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

08.19.10 at 7:40 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: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Johnny Damon‘s return to Yankee Stadium as a Detroit Tiger this week turned ugly. In the ninth inning of Monday night’s game, Yankee Brett Gardner slid into Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen on a double play and sent Guillen to the disabled list. Wednesday night, Gardner was one of three players hit by a pitch, and Damon called Gardner’s play “dirty” and accused the Yankees of throwing at Miguel Cabrera, which led to Tigers manager Jim Leyland‘s ejection.

‘™¦ To no one’s surprise, Brett Favre is back. At the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jim Souhan writes about the ego-fest that was Favre’s press conference Wednesday and notes that what drives the quarterback is his fear of failure. Michael Silver at Yahoo!Sports.com cautions that this return could be a disaster. Gary Myers in the New York Daily News writes that Favre’s “act has gotten so old and tired it’s comical,” and revisits the QB’s forgettable season with the Jets.

‘™¦ At SportsIllustrated.com, Joe Sheehan writes that the time has come for the Dodgers to trade Manny Ramirez.

‘™¦ Kevin Arnovitz at TrueHoop interviews NBA schedule-maker Matt Winick and gets some explanations about quirks in the schedule.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 19, 1986, which two players acquired from the Mariners made their debut for the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve done it all. There’s nothing left for me to prove. I’m here to have fun, help these guys win. I really enjoy this group of guys like you wouldn’t believe. I think the feeling is mutual.” ‘€” Brett Favre, upon returning to the Vikings on Wednesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 ‘€” Consecutive seasons at the start his career with 30 or more saves by Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, a major league record (No. 30 came Wednesday night vs. the Angels)

‘NET RESULTS: Four European golfers try to hit a ball 200 yards into a pond and skim it into a gong set up in the middle of the water.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Spike Owen and Dave Henderson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Johnny Nash is 70 today.

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