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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.31.10 at 7:49 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.

Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Roger Clemens appeared at his arraignment Monday afternoon in Washington and then went to play golf in South Carolina. The New York Daily News has the recap of Clemens’ quick round of 18 in Myrtle Beach. For the record, he finished with an 84 just after 7:30 p.m. to avoid disqualification in the World Amateur Handicap Championship. Meanwhile, his not guilty plea is more evidence that Clemens is a Hall of Fame liar, writes Terence Moore at AOL FanHouse.

‘™¦ The Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce trial began in Los Angeles, and T.J. Simers of The Los Angeles Times has his version of what happened in the courtroom as the two sides fight over ownership of the Dodgers.

‘™¦ Las Vegas investigators are looking into MGM Resorts International after Michael Jordan‘s 19-year-old son, who plays collegiately at Central Florida, tweeted earlier this month about partying and gambling away thousands of dollars at one the company’s casinos.

‘™¦ Sunday’s crash that killed 13-year-old motorcycle racer Peter Lenz at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has led to criticism of Lenz’ parents for letting him participate in such a dangerous sport. John Canzano at The Oregonian is one such critic who insists Lenz’ death could have been avoided with better parental supervision.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 31, 1946, which Red Sox player recorded two hits to set a team record with 53 hits in one month?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want him to feel comfortable here. I want him to like it here. I want him to have fun and I want him to be Manny.” ‘€” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, on the team’s acquisition of Manny Ramirez

STAT OF THE DAY: $1 million ‘€” Amount of the insurance policy on the hair of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, whose flowing locks are a tribute to his Samoan heritage

‘NET RESULTS: Soccer player loses his shorts on tackle.

Another soccer goalie surrenders an absurdly long goal, victim of a high bounce.

Golf-basketball combo trick shot.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Van Morrison is 65 today.

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White Sox want Manny Ramirez to bring his wigs

08.31.10 at 6:32 am ET
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According to TMZ.com, the White Sox have asked the Dodgers about securing the stock of Manny Ramirez dreadlocked wigs they had left over from the slugger’s days in Los Angeles. While Ramirez will be joining the White Sox Tuesday, there has been no word yet if the transaction for the wigs have been finalized.

Report: O.J. Simpson’s daughter accused of money laundering

08.30.10 at 12:26 pm ET
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O.J. Simpson‘s oldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson, reportedly faces a lawsuit in Miami accusing her of money laundering in her attempt to hide money paid to her father in his 2006 book deal. And according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times (scroll down to the second item), the 41-year-old Arnelle also is on the defensive against half-sister Sydney Simpson for allegedly spending the hidden money that had been designated for all the former NFL star’s children.

O.J. Simpson, who is serving a prison sentence of 19 to 33 years in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping, allegedly set up a Florida corporation to collect approximately $780,000 paid to him as an advance for his book “If I Did It.” According to the National Enquirer, the company was equally owned by Simpson’s four children, with Arnelle serving as president and director. Those maneuverings were designed to keep the money from the families of the late Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. Simpson lost a wrongful death civil trial in 1997 and was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families, the large majority of which has not been paid.

According to the Sun-Times report, a source close to Sydney Simpson said the 25-year-old former Boston University undergrad ”is furious that Arnelle has gone through most of that money all by herself.”

Read More: O.J. Simpson, Rumor Mill,

Report: Coyotes sign Stempniak

08.30.10 at 9:52 am ET
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According to a report in The Arizona Republic, unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak signed a two-year deal with the Coyotes worth $1.75 million per season. The 27-year-old right winger was traded from the Maple Leafs to the Coyotes at the trade deadline last season and recorded 14 goals and four assists in 18 regular-season games. He had two assists in seven playoff games. Prior to the trade, Stempniak had just 14 goals and 16 assists in 62 games with Toronto.

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Jets cut Coles but might bring him back

08.30.10 at 9:14 am ET
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Wide receiver Laveranues Coles was released by the Jets on Sunday, a month after being signed as a free agent, but coach Rex Ryan said it’s “a real possibility” the team could re-sign the veteran after the first week of the season. Coles, 32, had four catches for 19 yards in three preseason games.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup

08.30.10 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’€™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.

No local games scheduled


‘™¦ Roger Clemens will plead not guilty to federal perjury charges Monday in Washington, D.C., and then the former pitcher will fly to South Carolina to play golf, according to the New York Daily News. The Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., starts a few hours before Clemens’ 2 p.m. arraignment, but Clemens plans to take a private plane to the event so he and his wife can participate in the opening round.

‘™¦ Manny Ramirez ended his tenure with the Dodgers by getting thrown out of Sunday’s game after one pitch for arguing with the home plate umpire. At Yahoo! Sports, Jeff Passan writes that the White Sox are getting a handful in Ramirez, and he recounts some of Manny’s acrimonious breakups. In the Chicago Tribune, Phil Rogers writes that the “Hail Manny” play is worth the risk for the desperate White Sox. In The Los Angeles Times, Steve Dilbeck bids farewell to Manny and his muddled legacy.

‘™¦ The NFL’s plan to add two more games to the regular-season schedule despite recent studies detailing issues with concussions, brain trauma and other injuries shows there is no limit to owners’ greed and hypocrisy, writes Phil Sheridan in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

‘™¦ Pete Thamel in The New York Times has a feature on 19-year-old Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, who said he plans to take his game to the NBA (the Timberwolves own his rights) in 2011.

‘™¦ Johnette Howard of ESPN.com takes John McEnroe to task for his recent comments about women not being able to handle the strain of the WTA schedule.

‘™¦ Pakistan has been rocked by a “spot-fixing” scandal in cricket involving three key players.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 30, 1984, which Red Sox player broke Jackie Jensen’s single-season team record for grounding into double plays with his 33rd of the season (he would finish with 36)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I mean, what are we five or six behind? We’ve got a lot more games than that. I’m not a math whiz, but I think it’s doable.” ‘€” Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, after Sunday’s loss to the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 599 ‘€” Career saves for Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman, who on Sunday closed to within one save of being the first reliever with 600

‘NET RESULTS: Minor league manager Gary Robinson of the State College Spikes gets his money worth after being ejected, taking first base, signing it and giving it to a fan.

This is Frenchman Nicolas Batum, and this is an example of why the Trail Blazers feel he can take the minutes of Rudy Fernandez.

One bad play in a football game, and it’s immortalized forever on the web.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: On this date in 1965, Bob Dylan released his groundbreaking album “Highway 61 Revisited.”

Read More: Manny Ramirez, roger clemens,

Jets LB Pace to have foot surgery, miss opener

08.30.10 at 6:30 am ET
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Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace is scheduled to have surgery on his broken right foot Monday and will miss the season opener against the Ravens on Sept. 13. Pace was injured in the third quarter of Friday’s preseason loss to the Redskins.

“Hopefully, it’ll be a somewhat speedy recovery,” Pace said Sunday. “I probably definitely will miss the first game, that’s safe to say, but beyond that, I don’t really have an idea.”

Pace had to sit out the first four games of last season after being suspended by the league for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances. He still led the Jets with a career-high eight sacks.

Read More: Calvin Pace, Rumor Mill,

Bengals cut WR Bryant

08.30.10 at 6:27 am ET
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The Bengals cut wide receiver Antonio Bryant on Sunday, one year after signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal. Bryant had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee a year ago and has struggled to regain his form. The move is another indication of how pleased the team is with Terrell Owens, who signed a one-year deal at the start of camp.

Also on Sunday, the Bengals put safety Gibril Wilson on injured reserve with damaged ligaments in his left knee.

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It’s good to be Tom Brady … but not good to be Paris Hilton or Stephen Strasburg

08.28.10 at 10:53 am ET
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In case you didn’t know, people love Tom Brady. (For example click here.)

But for the best analysis of Brady’s existence ever since hurting his knee, I turn to this 3-year-old who is clearly upset that the Patriots quarterback has a computer and went to the University of Michigan but wishes him well just the same.

You won’t get people caring that much about the state of Paris Hilton or Stephen Strasburg, that’s for sure.

Report: Multiple teams claim Manny

08.27.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, “multiple teams” have put in a waiver wire claim on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez before Friday’s 1:30 p.m. deadline. There was no immediate report on which team has claiming rights or if the Dodgers would let him go.

The White Sox had been considered the front-runners to land the former Red Sox star, but the Rangers reportedly made a late push.

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