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Report: Bills sign first-rounder Spiller

08.06.10 at 10:48 am ET
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There is only one first-round pick left without a contract after Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract, according to the Associated Press. The deal for the ninth pick in the draft includes $20.8 million in guaranteed money and could escalate to as much as $37.5 million depending on performance. Spiller is expected to report to Bills training camp Friday. That leaves Russell Okung, the offensive tackle who was selected sixth overall by the Seahawks, as the only first rounder without a deal.

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Report: Cardinals eyeing Pirates’ LaRoche

08.06.10 at 9:58 am ET
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The Cardinals are looking for help at third base after it was announced that David Freese will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, and one of their targets is Pirates third basemen Andy LaRoche, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. LaRoche is hitting just .223 for the Pirates this season with three home runs and 14 RBI but was at one time considered one of the best third base prospects in the game. He would have to clear waivers if he is to head to St. Louis.

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Reports: Mason to Knicks, May to Nets

08.06.10 at 8:17 am ET
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Two teams that were passed over by LeBron James in his “Decision” are trying to continue pick up the pieces this NBA offseason as the Knicks added Roger Mason and the Nets added Sean May, according to reports. Mason is expected to add depth to the New York bench while May, who hasn’t played more than 37 games in any one season, can at best add a little strength to the New Jersey frontcourt.

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Report: Yankees could add Royals’ Guillen

08.06.10 at 8:08 am ET
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The Yankees may not be done adding to their roster and could be eyeing outfielder Jose Guillen, who was just designated for assignment by the Royals, as their next target, according to a report in the New York Post. Guillen was leading Kansas City in home runs (16) and RBI (62) before the Royals decided they’d rather part ways with the slugger. His next team will be his 10th in a career that has been mired by character issues. Guillen is scheduled to make $3.9 million the remainder of the season if he is not released.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup

08.06.10 at 7:37 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: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 4:10 p.m. (FOX, WEEI)
MLS: D.C. United at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 8 p.m. (ESPN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez made a promotional appearance in New York Thursday and said the Phillies and several other teams recently tried to lure him out of retirement, but he’s going to continue to spend time with his family instead ‘€” at least for now. And in comments that should sound familiar to Boston fans, Pedro criticized the Mets for not re-signing him after the 2008 season. “They didn’t pull me back,” Martinez told the New York Daily News. “They left me hanging after I let go of so many teams. It’s business. I know that baseball has a bad side. And that’s the bad side of baseball ‘€” business.”

‘™¦ A youth baseball coach in Slidell, La., was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and two years probation for assaulting a rival coach during the handshake line after a game two years ago. Jason Chighizola, who coached the Yankees, attacked Robert Johnson in front of players and parents after Johnson’s Red Sox won a game to move into first place at the end of the season, leaving a bloody Johnson with facial injuries that required nine stitches. Chighizola, who grabbed a bat during the fracas before being calmed down, later tested positive for extremely high levels of animal steroids.

Here’s the video of the fight:

VIDEO: Coaches come to blows at Slidell Bantam Baseball Association game

Here’s the news report of Wednesday’s sentencing:

VIDEO: Jason Chighizola sentenced to 30 days for battery

‘™¦ With the Karen Sypher extortion trial now over, Rick Pitino faces a rebuilding job at Louisville, writes Eric Crawford of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

‘™¦ West Virginia is the latest school to face the wrath of the NCAA, with accusations of five major violations occurring withing the football program. the Charleston Gazette has the story. Meanwhile, Andy Staples at Sports Illustrated addresses problems with the NCAA, noting the case in which Boise State coaches could not attend the funeral of a recruit without breaking NCAA rules.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 6, 2001, which Red Sox player hit into a triple play and smacked a grand slam in the same game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We lose a big part of our heart and soul. One of the best hitters, one of the best players in the league. It’s a blow.” ‘€” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein on Kevin Youkilis‘ season-ending injury

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.93 ‘€” Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s ERA in his last four games against the Indians

‘NET RESULTS: A 77-year-old golfer wins $10,000 for making a 50-foot putt.

A Canadian Football League player has an impressive leap over a defender.

This soccer player couldn’t miss this tip-in again if he tried.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Scott Hatteberg

SOOTHING SOUNDS: On this day in 1965, the Beatles released the album “Help!”

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Brown set to sign with Lakers

08.06.10 at 7:09 am ET
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Agent Mark Bartelstein told The Los Angeles Times that Shannon Brown will sign a two-year deal to remain with the Lakers.

“Obviously, the process took a while, but Shannon wanted to be here and they wanted him,” Bartelstein said. “Shannon had a number of other opportunities out there, but he had been in LA for two years and they won two championships. The chance to go for a three-peat is very special to him.”

Brown averaged career highs in points (8.1), rebounds (2.3), assists (1.3) and minutes (20.7) last season.

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Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament at ‘Little Fenway’ Aug. 6-8

08.05.10 at 8:01 pm ET
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The sound of a plastic bat’€™s sweet spot coming flush into contact with a whistling ball. Seeing the white orb traveling about 10 feet beyond the left field wall. Running the bases with pride as though you were David Ortiz, Carl Yastrzemski or Ted Williams. All these emotions are fed from a simple little backyard game that is best played during the summer: Wiffle Ball. For the weekend of Aug. 6-8, players from far and wide will get the same feelings when they play in the Travis Roy Foundation’€™s 2010 Vermont Wiffle Ball Tournament, but they also will feel fantastic for helping out a good cause.

Tucked away in the forested mountains of Essex, Vt., are what could be considered the most famous Wiffle Ball fields in the world, Little Fenway and Little Wrigley. Built in 2000 as a whimsical backyard project for a bunch of friends, Little Fenway was the first field built by Pat O’€™Connor and it quickly took a life of its own. After several trips between Boston and Essex to get the proper paint color, dirt type and dimensions of the original Fenway Park down ‘€œpat,’€ O’€™Connor opened up Little Fenway on July 4, 2001.

Part of the allure to building such a unique structure would be for recreation, but O’€™Connor saw beyond that and decided it could be used for something better. Since the beginning, Little Fenway has raised money through tournaments for many noble causes, including the Travis Roy Foundation. The two sides have teamed up since 2002, when the inaugural tournament was held.

‘€œLittle Fenway was designed for Wiffle Ball and it seemed like a natural venue to use for a tournament to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation,’€ O’€™Connor said. ‘€œThe money we raise goes directly to the people who need it.

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Indians catcher Santana out for season

08.05.10 at 6:42 pm ET
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It turns out Kevin Youkilis wasn’t the only player to suffer a season-ending injury on Monday, as the Miami Herald is reporting Indians catcher Carlos Santana will miss the remainder of the season due to knee surgery.

Santana was injured when Red Sox rookie outfielder slid into home plate and collided with the 24-year-old Santana’s left knee. The catcher remained on the ground for several minutes before he was lifted onto a cart and taken out of the game.

The procedure is expected to take between four and six months to recover from, with the Indians anticipating that Santana, one of the more promising young players in baseball, will be ready for the 2011 season.

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Pedro rejects offers to return to baseball

08.05.10 at 2:31 pm ET
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Pedro Martinez said he recently received offers from several teams that were “very tempting,” but the former Red Sox ace has decided to remain retired. Speaking at a promotional event for Gillette in New York, Martinez told The Associated Press he was “really happy” to receive the offers the past two weeks from teams he did not identify. He said he will spend the rest of the year with his kids and go on vacations.

Martinez signed with the Phillies last July and went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts, helping Philadelphia reach the World Series. He threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park for the Red Sox’ home opener this season.

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Redskins’ Haynesworth to undergo MRI on knee

08.05.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was scheduled to have an MRI Thursday to examine his sore knee. Haynesworth failed to take the team’s conditioning test for the third straight day and coach Mike Shanahan said that the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman needs to pass the test in order to practice with the rest of the team.

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