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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.

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Reports: Pacers’ Granger dislocates finger

08.11.10 at 8:29 am ET
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According to multiple reports, Pacers small forward Danny Granger dislocated his finger during Team USA’s first full day of training camp leading up to the World Championships. Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told the press, “He dislocated the bone, but he said he put it right back, and he says he feels he’ll be all right.” Granger was able to reset the finger and said he hopes to be back on the practice court quickly. The injury to Granger, whose 24.1 points per game were good for eighth in the NBA last season, is only the latest in a line of maladies on the American side. David Lee (dislocated finger) and Brook Lopez (mononucleosis) have both been forced off the national squad already.

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Report: Jets not looking to trade Revis

08.11.10 at 8:17 am ET
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Despite star cornerback Darrelle Revis‘ recent holdout amidst failed contract negotiations, the Jets have no interest in trading the cornerstone of their defense. Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum told 1050 ESPN Radio in New York that the team has had discussions about a potential trade, but those discussions have only led to the team shooting down the notion. Owner Woody Johnson also doubted that there would be a trade but gave a contradictory report in saying that the team hasn’t talked about a trade. Revis has not participated in any team activities since Jets training camp began Aug. 1 as he holds out for a new contract. He was scheduled to make $1 million next season despite being arguably the league’s best corner.

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LEEInks list: Shaq’s most memorable media interactions

08.11.10 at 7:55 am ET
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On Tuesday, Shaquille O’€™Neal had his introductory press conference with the Celtics. The Big Aristotle has never been afraid to speak his mind when the cameras are rolling. Here are some of his most memorable moments from press conferences and interviews throughout his long career.

10. In 2009 Shaq mentioned how he was moving to Cleveland to ‘€œwin a ring for the King.’€ One year later, LeBron James has moved on to Miami in search of that ring.

9. During the 2006 NBA finals when he played with the Heat, Shaq answered a question about a snake and his mother.

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Read More: Craig Sager, Michael Phelps, Shaquille O'Neal,

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

08.11.10 at 7:34 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’€™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 Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ The Darrelle Revis situation is starting to get ugly in New York. Revis’ representatives accused the Jets front office of lying about them denying an invitation for owner Woody Johnson to join a recent meeting. And the two sides presented different versions of negotiations, with agent Neil Schwartz insisting: “The Jets have never given us a proposal with one dollar in signing bonus or one dollar in fully guaranteed money.” Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan insists his defense will be fine without the All-Pro cornerback.

‘™¦ Former college/NFL coach Jimmy Johnson is back in civilization after competing on CBS’ “Survivor.” Dave Hyde in the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes about Johnson’s experiences, which the Fox NFL analyst called “some of the most miserable nights of my life.”

‘™¦ The Cardinals and Reds engaged in a bench-clearing incident Tuesday night, inspired by comments from Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips. Bernie Miklasz in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Phillips inspired the Cardinals, who have taken the first two games of the series between the teams battling for first place in the National League Central.

‘™¦ Former Red Sox super sub Alex Cora, released by the Mets last week, tried to explain the reason for the Mets’ collapse this season.

‘™¦ T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times has an update on the McCourts divorce saga as the court date approaches, and he wonders what it will mean for the Dodgers.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 11, 1979, Jim Rice hit his 30th home run of the season, a first-inning shot off Milwaukee’s Moose Haas. In the process, he became the third Red Sox player ever with 30 home runs in three consecutive seasons. Who were the first two Sox to accomplish the feat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was like our whole season. It wasn’t perfect, but we kept playing. … We did a lot of things that weren’t really conducive to winning a close game, but we found ways to come back and win.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 ‘€” Consecutive games the Yankees had won at Texas in contests that included an appearance from Mariano Rivera, until the New York closer gave up the Rangers’ winning run in Tuesday’s 4-3 decision in 10 innings

‘NET RESULTS: More creative celebrations from the Icelandic soccer team Stjarnan. There are three on this clip, but only the third one is truly memorable.

Only in soccer (or maybe wrestling): One player gets knocked into a pool, and the other takes a dive.

Get your own Tim Lincecum wig.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmie Foxx (5 consecutive years) and Ted Williams (4 years) ‘€” and they’ve since been joined by Mo Vaughn (4 years), David Ortiz (5 years) and Manny Ramirez (6 years)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Jackson is 56 today.

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McGrady reportedly agrees with Pistons

08.10.10 at 10:48 am ET
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According to multiple reports, free agent forward Tracy McGrady agreed to a one-year deal with the Pistons worth $1.3 million. McGrady, a seven-time All-Star who had major surgery on his right knee during the 2008-09 season, averaged 8.2 points in 30 games last season, split between the Rockets and Knicks.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.10.10 at 7:31 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: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ In The Miami Herald, Greg Cote writes that the deal between Florida International coach Isiah Thomas and the Knicks “is so many ways wrong,” and he expects the NBA and/or the NCAA to step in and declare it invalid. The New York Post reports that the NBA might very well block the contract as soon as Wednesday. And Isiah went on a sports talk radio show in Miami Monday and implied that he might leave FIU after one season if he has to choose between the two jobs.

‘™¦ Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has a new reason for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He blames it on “overtrained athlete syndrome.” Cushing, suspended for the first four games of this season, continues to assert his innocence, but Jerome Solomon in the Houston Chronicle writes that it’s difficult to believe.

‘™¦ In the New York Daily News, Filip Bondy writes that fans should celebrate Derek Jeter‘s accomplishments, but don’t compare him to Babe Ruth, the player Jeter passed on the all-time hit list Sunday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 10, 1999, which Red Sox pitcher tied a major league record by striking out four Royals batters in one inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’d say that would be one of the better days I’ve felt this year. It was pretty stellar.” ‘€” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, after recording the final four outs ‘€” the last three on strikeouts ‘€” in Monday’s 2-1 victory over the Yankees

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 ‘€” Stolen bases in Monday’s game for Jacoby Ellsbury, tying a Red Sox record

‘NET RESULTS: The now-famous Iceland soccer team Stjarnan shows off its latest goal celebration ‘€” a human bicycle.

Miami Heat fan/mascot Banana Man hangs out with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (sort of).

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ronnie Spector of the Ronnettes is 67 today.

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LEEInks list: Veterans who stopped in Boston on way to Hall

08.10.10 at 6:56 am ET
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With Shaquille O’Neal signing a two-year deal to play for the Celtics, it brings to mind other Hall of Fame-bound players who signed up for a stint in Boston toward the end of their stellar careers.

This list consists of players who played at least 10 years elsewhere before arriving in Boston, and later earned a spot in their sport’s Hall of Fame. (Apologies to Artis Gilmore fans, but he’s still not in the Hall.)


Dominique Wilkins

The Human Highlight Film didn’t have too many highlights in Boston after he joined the Celtics for the 1994-95 season at the age of 34. Wilkins, who starred with the Hawks for 11½ seasons, came to Boston and averaged 17.8 points, well below his career average of 24.8, for a Celtics team that went 35-47. After spending the next season in Greece, Wilkins returned for one-year stints with the Spurs and Magic before calling it quits. Here’s ‘Nique and the C’s losing to Shaq and the Magic in the final real game at Boston Garden, Game 4 of the first round of the 1995 playoffs. The C’s lost the game, 95-92, and the series, 3-1.

Pete Maravich

Pistol Pete was at the end of a 10-year career split between the Hawks and Jazz and playing on well-worn knees when he joined the Celtics for the final 26 games of the 1979-80 season, better known as Larry Bird‘s rookie year. Maravich averaged 11.5 points in 17.0 minutes. His most memorable night came when he scored the final 10 points of the game in a comeback win over the Washington Bullets. Maravich averaged 6.0 ppg in the playoff and then retired. Check out this clip of Maravich playing with Bird and fellow Hall of Famers Tiny Archibald and Dave Cowens.

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Read More: Bill Walton, Dominique Wilkins, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Seaver

Jets not optimistic about Revis

08.10.10 at 6:37 am ET
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As cornerback Darrelle Revis missed his ninth day of training camp Monday, the Jets rejected the latest offer proposed by the his agents, and Jets representatives did not sound optimistic a deal can get done before the regular season.

“The answer’s no,” owner Woody Johnson said, a few hours after agent Neil Schwartz told The Associated Press he was awaiting a response from the team.

Revis is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but he wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league. On Friday his agents met with team representatives and presented a new multi-year proposal.

“Fundamentally, there really wasn’t any change,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said, “and right now, we can’t find something that makes sense for both sides, so we really don’t have any progress.”

Added Tannenbaum: “The problem in this situation is we have a very fundamental difference of opinion on what the compensation should be. When we will talk next, that’s hard to say.”

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Reds acquire Edmonds from Brewers

08.10.10 at 6:30 am ET
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The Reds acquired 40-year-old outfielder Jim Edmonds from the Brewers Monday in a trade for injured outfielder Chris Dickerson. The Reds, attempting to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995, lead the Cardinals by one game in the National League Central after losing the opener of their three-game showdown in Cincinnati that started Monday night.

Edmonds, who played for the Cardinals from 2000-07, was in the starting lineup in center field, batting fifth against Chris Carpenter.

“I don’t know what to say,” Edmonds said. “It’s been a quick 24 hours. To go from kind of the bottom of the standings to the top in a hurry and show up here playing the Cardinals ‘€” it’s going to be a little nuts.”

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