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Papelbon not going anywhere?

09.23.10 at 7:45 am ET
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The Jonathan Papelbon situation was a subject in the Boston Herald on Thursday. Papelbon is having the worst season of his career, with an ERA of 3.92 after giving up four runs vs. the Orioles on Tuesday. And with Daniel Bard seemingly ready to take over the ninth-inning role as Papelbon heads into his final arbitration-eligible season, the idea of Papelbon not being in Boston next season has some merit.

But Theo Epstein didn’t sound ready to make that move in his comments to the Herald.

‘€œHaving two really good pitchers is better than one,’€ Epstein said. ‘€œSometimes you don’€™t want to overcomplicate things.’€

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants, Jets can’t avoid controversy

09.23.10 at 7:42 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

No local games scheduled


‘™¦ The Giants continue to battle the Jets for headlines ‘€” and not in a good way. The latest controversy involves Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who ripped his coaches and teammates in a radio interview on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Rolle apologized for the manner in which he complained, although he didn’t apologize for what he said. His accusations included a lack of leadership from the players and an over-controlled environment by coach Tom Coughlin. Said Rolle: “I don’t feel like I was talking out of turn. I feel like I said what needed to be said. No matter who heard it, it definitely needed to be said.”

‘™¦ In the New York Daily News, Gary Myers writes that Jets coach Rex Ryan should bench receiver Braylon Edwards for Sunday’s game at Miami following Edwards’ arrest early Tuesday morning for DWI. The paper reports that the union will not file a grievance if he does so. Meanwhile, Ryan claims he did start to get tougher on his troops, telling the media Wednesday that he informed his players, “I’m tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization. Let’s just end it.”

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Morrissey looks at the dysfunctional White Sox and notes that they’re better off keeping their general manager and manager in place despite the daily soap opera.

‘™¦ At Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski looks at the Carmelo Anthony situation and writes that the Nuggets would make an “immense mistake” to rush into a trade of the disgruntled star.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 23, 1969, Dick Williams was fired as Red Sox manager. Who was named interim manager for the rest of the season, and who took over in 1970?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think he’€™s very coachable and really cares about the game, his teammates and his team. What’€™s there not to like about Kevin Faulk?” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Wednesday’s announcement that Faulk is done for the season with a torn ACL

STAT OF THE DAY:10 ‘€” Consecutive wins for the Phillies, who moved six games ahead of the second-place Braves in the National League East

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a TV news report on the kid who ran out onto the field at a Phillies game in a red bodysuit. His parents are not happy.

Some New Zealand All Blacks rugby players show off their skills.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Eddie Popowski managed the final nine games of 1972, and Eddie Kasko took over in 1970.

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bruce Springsteeen is 61 Thursday.

Read More: Antrel Rolle, braylon edwards, Rex Ryan, Tom Coughlin

Darrelle Revis out for Sunday

09.22.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the assembled media Wednesday that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will miss Sunday’s key AFC East clash with the Dolphins.

Revis strained his left hamstring in the Jets win over the Patriots on Sunday. He will stay in New York for treatment and will not join the team in Miami.

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Police: Broncos’ Kenny McKinley talked of suicide

09.22.10 at 10:18 am ET
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According to a sherrif’s investigative report released Tuesday, Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley had made statements about committing suicide before apparently taking his own life earlier this week. The report indicated that McKinley had been depressed following knee surgery last month, but no one took him seriously when he said that he should just kill himself.

The Broncos held an emotional news conference Tuesday to discuss the situation, and coach Josh McDaniels said no one sensed any warning signs.

“We’ve all seen him recently. He’s been the same person every time we see him. Liked junk food and chips and things like that,” McDaniels said. “He was in the cafeteria, or in the training room, when we were seeing him the last so many weeks here. Nothing that would alarm us to anything like this.”

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Rumor: Carmelo Anthony pushes for deal to New York or Chicago

09.22.10 at 10:11 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has the Knicks at the top of his list of targeted destinations, with the Bulls a close second. The report indicates that Anthony’s representatives have been pressuring the Nuggets over the last three days to get a deal done with the Knicks or Bulls before training camps open next week. The Nets and Rockets also are reported possibilities. Denver is rumored to have finally started listening to offers while at the same time holding out hope that Anthony will change his mind about wanting to leave.

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Jets to dress but not start Braylon Edwards

09.22.10 at 10:04 am ET
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Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards will play this Sunday against the Dolphins, despite his arrest for DUI early Tuesday morning. General manager Mike Tannanbaum spoke with both team owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan before making the decision that Edwards will dress but not start the game.

“Obviously, we’re very disappointed with Braylon’s actions,” Tannenbaum said. “We take player conduct very seriously here.”

Edwards was arraigned on drunken-driving charges after a breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit after he was stopped on Manhattan’s West Side around 5 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Due to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the Jets had few options in terms of discipline. Any punishment that the team placed on Edwards, other than what the NFL eventually decides, would violate the CBA. That means the Jets could not suspend or deactivate him without risking a violation. Keeping him active but not playing him could also be perceived as punishment, also a violation.

Last Sunday against the Patriots, Edwards had five catches for 45 yards, including a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

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Report: Brian Scalabrine signs with Bulls

09.22.10 at 10:02 am ET
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After five seasons with the Celtics, Brian Scalabrine has agreed to a contract with the Bulls, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. In Chicago, Scalabrine would be reunited with Tom Thibodeau, the former C’s assistant who is now the Bulls head coach.

Scalabrine, 32, has averaged 3.3 points per game in nine NBA seasons (his first four in New Jersey). His best season with Boston was 2006-07, when he averaged 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 19 minutes per game. He averaged just nine minutes in 52 games last season, scoring 1.5 points.

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Report: Kevin Towers to become Diamondbacks GM

09.22.10 at 8:46 am ET
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According to, former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers will be named the GM for the Arizona Diamondbacks later Wednesday. Towers is expected to sign a two-year deal. The Diamondbacks’ interim general manager, Jerry DiPoto (who was the other finalist), will be asked to stay on with Arizona. Towers spent 14 seasons as the GM for the Padres, making the playoffs four times. He spent this season as a consultant for the Yankees.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jerry Manuel fires back at Joe Torre

09.22.10 at 7:24 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)


‘™¦ After learning that outgoing Dodgers manager Joe Torre publicly admitted to having interest in the Mets managerial job that undoubtedly will become open after this season, current Mets manager Jerry Manuel criticized Torre and questioned his integrity. It doesn’t help Manuel that the underachieving Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the same day he blasted the apologetic Torre.

‘™¦ Even in death, George Steinbrenner is controversial. His newly unveiled plaque at Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park is substantially larger than those around it. A number of people have started to complain about that Steinbrenner’s tribute should not dwarf those for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and other Yankees legends.

‘™¦ A Texas man named Kelly Blair, who had sued the authors of a book about Roger Clemens‘ fall from grace, withdrew his $25 million lawsuit after Andy Pettitte‘s father detailed his purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from him.

‘™¦ Patriots fans might be encouraged by Clark Judge‘s story at in which he writes that NFL teams don’t need a running game to be successful.

‘™¦ USA Today has a piece on how colleges are using mandatory student fees to boost college sports budgets and keeping the details hidden.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, Elizabeth Olson writes about how sports teams are connecting with fans via electronic devices.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 22, 1974, which Red Sox reliever set a team record for strikeouts thrown in relief with 12 in 7 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll be ready to go by spring training. I’ll come back stronger, faster and a better baseball player next spring. You have to take the best out of everything. That’s the way I’m looking at it.” ‘€” Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.32 ‘€” Clay Buchholz‘ ERA in his last four starts vs. the Orioles this season, including Tuesday night’s performance

‘NET RESULTS: Impressive back-heel goal in an indoor soccer game.

Braves outfielder Matt Diaz helps subdue a man in a red bodysuit who ran onto the field in Philadelphia.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joan Jett turns 52 Wednesday.

Read More: Andy Pettitte, George Steinbrenner, Jerry Manuel, Joe Torre

Eagles name Michael Vick as starter

09.21.10 at 6:27 pm ET
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Just one day after naming Kevin Kolb as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, Eagles coach Andy Reid reversed his decision Tuesday and named Michael Vick as the starter under center for the Eagles.

Vick has played well in 2010 in relief of Kolb, who suffered a concussion in the first half of a Week 1 loss to the Packers. Vick threw for 175 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 103 yards in the 27-20 defeat to Green Bay, and had 284 yards passing and two TD tosses in a win at Detroit in Week 2.

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