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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ozzie Guillen ‘sad’ about son’s tweet embarrassing Bobby Jenks

01.21.11 at 7:27 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

NHL: Bruins at Avalanche, 3 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

No games scheduled


‘™¦ White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said his feelings were hurt by criticism from new Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks last month, but Guillen admitted that his son Oney crossed the line when he tweeted details of a meeting in the manager’s office with Jenks. Jenks had criticized his former manager’s handling of the pitching staff, and Oney Guillen responded by suggesting Jenks had problems with his drinking and marriage, and that Jenks cried in a meeting in the manager’s office.

“When Oney [tweeted] that, the only thing I was upset about [was] clubhouse stuff,” Guillen said Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field. “He grew up in baseball, and he knows the clubhouse stuff ‘€” whatever happens in there, everybody knows. … In the past, our clubhouse was a temple. Now you can do what you to do and people find out what happened in the clubhouse. That’s not the first time it happened.”

Added Guillen: “That’s the only thing I regret, when he [tweeted] about Bobby crying in the clubhouse.”

‘™¦ In The Palm Beach Post, Greg Stoda takes Bills Parcells to task for his performance leading the Dolphins and suggests the team will be better off with him out of the way.

‘™¦ With the frustrated Nets pulling out of the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie writes that the Nuggets appear to have made a costly mistake. At The Denver Post, Dave Krieger writes that the Melodrama needs an ending. In the New York Post, Marc Berman writes that the Knicks’ four-game losing streak may spur them into making a bigger push for Anthony.

‘™¦ Lakers star Kobe Bryant will become the first athlete to have a hand and foot print ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The ceremony will be held Feb. 19, the day before the All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 21, 1993, Bill Parcells was named coach of the Patriots. Who did he replace?

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Report: Yankees sign Andruw Jones

01.20.11 at 4:17 pm ET
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According to a Twitter post from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Andruw Jones. The deal is reported to be for $2 million with another $1.2 million if Jones can reach incentives.

The 33-year-old Jones hit .230 with 19 HR and 48 RBI in 107 games with the White Sox last season. He ranks ninth among active players with 407 career home runs.

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Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulls plug on Carmelo Anthony talks

01.20.11 at 10:47 am ET
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In a stunning twist, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov announced Wednesday that his team was no longer interested in acquiring Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. The team had been given permission to talk with Anthony about a contract-extension as a final hurdle to completing a long-discussed deal that would have involved the Detroit Pistons and up to 13 players and multiple draft picks.

By all accounts it was surreal moment for the Russian billionaire. As Yahoo basketball columnist Adrian Wojnarowski put it, “This franchise has a long, illustrious history of sitcom moments, and this ranks with the most entertaining of all.”

Speculation now turns to the Knicks as likely suitors for Anthony, which has been his preferred choice all along. The Rockets and Bulls have also been mentioned as potential trade partners.

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Twins re-sign Carl Pavano

01.20.11 at 10:34 am ET
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The Minnesota Twins locked up pitcher Carl Pavano with a two-year $16.5 million contract after some surprising interest shown by his former team, the New York Yankees.Embattled Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters in New York that he had talks with the pitcher, who was reviled bust in his four years in pinstripes.

Pavano had a bounce-back year with Minnesota, winning 17 games with a 3.75 ERA and 221 innings pitched.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Steelers LB James Farrior disappointed Jets have gone quiet

01.20.11 at 7:50 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.

NHL: Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Steelers linebacker James Farrior, a former Jet, said Wednesday that he was looking forward to hearing his old team talk trash in the lead-up to Sunday’s AFC championship game. “They have been doing it all year, and the last couple weeks of the playoffs they have been doing it, so I was kind of expecting something from those guys,” Farrior said. “But they haven’t really given us anything. I’m a little disappointed.”

Added Farrior: “It is funny to me. It is always funny to hear those guys talk. They do a lot of trash talking. If you really look at it, those guys really do a good job of backing it up. They talk a lot. I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors. If you fall into it and you believe the stuff that they are saying, you’ll get beat.”

‘™¦ The Wall Street Journal reports that NFL players often are notified a day in advance of drug tests, which would appear to violate league policy and give players time to cheat the test. Anti-doping officials aren’t pleased with this news, but the league insists that it only occurs on game days to make sure the players show up for the test the following day.

Meanwhile, new Raiders coach Hue Jackson was ordered by the NFL to sever ties with a company that sells supplements, as one of the products contains a substance (IGF-1) banned by the league.

‘™¦ With more information coming out this week regarding the Lance Armstrong allegations, Christine Brennan at USA Today looks at the effect it has on the cancer community and those who have been inspired by the cyclist.

‘™¦ Former ESPN announcer Ron Franklin, fired last month after making a sexist comment, is suing ESPN for wrongful termination.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 20, 1892, the first official basketball game took place at the Springfield YMCA with a soccer ball and peach baskets for goals. How many players were on the floor for each team?

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman expresses disapproval with Rafael Soriano signing

01.19.11 at 6:48 pm ET
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Earlier this week, the Yankees signed former Rays closer Rafael Soriano to be the setup man in the Yankees bullpen for longtime closer Mariano Rivera. On Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman said that he did not approve of the signing, because it made no sense to pay the amount of money typically given to a closer for a setup man, ESPN reports.

‘€œI didn’€™t recommend [the deal],’€ Cashman said after the team introduced Soriano as their designated ‘€œeighth-inning man.’€ Cashman said that his feelings are not against the 31-year-old reliever, but the fact that he would have preferred a more patient approach when considering the $200 million payroll.

Team president Randy Levine said that the club is running a $5 billion business, and there is a ‘€œsacred obligation’€ to the organization’€™s fans. Levine did the majority of negotiations with Soriano’€™s agent, Scott Boras. The deal the two sides agreed on is for three years, worth $35 million that includes player opt-outs after each of the first two seasons.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he considers Soriano his eighth-inning closer, and Rivera his ninth-inning closer.

Levine and Cashman both dismissed the idea of any potential rifts within the organization’€™s front office.

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Former Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers facing foreclosure on second home

01.19.11 at 4:26 pm ET
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Former second overall draft selection Charles Rogers, who was picked by the Lions as the first wide receiver taken in the 2003 draft, is facing foreclosure on a second home after defaulting on his mortgage, the Detroit Free Press reports. The former wide receiver owes more than $421,000, according to a legal notice that was published on Tuesday.

A foreclosure sale is set for Feb. 22 in Oakland County Circuit Court. Rodgers defaulted on a mortgage for a unit in The Willits condo building in Birmingham, according to The Legal News.

Rogers bought the property for $610,000 in July of 2003. The former Michigan State receiver has faced foreclosure for the second time in months. Rogers stammered through the first few years of his career with injuries and has been out of football since the Lions released him just after training camp in 2006. He was also ordered to repay the Lions $6.1 million of a $9.1 million signing bonus due to his suspension in 2005 for substance abuse.

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Judge orders Chidi Ahanotu to hand over 2002 Rams conference championship ring

01.19.11 at 4:23 pm ET
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Former Buccaneers and Rams defensive lineman Chidi Ahanotu was ordered by circuit Judge Elizabeth Rice on Tuesday to surrender his 2002 Rams conference championship ring to help pay back more than $130,000 in legal fees owed by Ahanotu, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Ahanotu told the Times that the court system that will take his ring is a ‘€œfarce.’€

‘€œThis court wants a man to hand over his once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment to pay some damn attorney’€™s fees? I could see if it was going to pay something for my children or my ex-wife,’€ Ahanotu said.

If the former defensive lineman does not produce the ring, he runs the risk at being jailed for contempt of court. Ahanotu, who played with the Buccaneers from 1993-2000 and again in 2004, said that he will have to see Rice’€™s order to determine his next move. He added that he does not have the money to hire an attorney, and that the ring is probably only worth $500 for the gold.

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Another massage therapist says Brett Favre sent her unsettling text messages

01.19.11 at 4:22 pm ET
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The saga involving Vikings quarterback Brett Favre continues to grow thicker, as former Vikings massage therapist Stephanie Dusenberry said that Favre sent her text messages that were innuendo-laden, the New York Daily News reports. Dusenberry is no longer a member of the Vikings staff, but as a Minnesota massage therapist, she still treats Vikings players on occasion, and it was one of the players that gave Favre Dusenberry’€™s number. The story about Dusenberry broke on, where many of the other stories about Favre first appeared.

Senior editor of Deadspin A.J. Daulerio wrote that Dusenberry got in touch with the site on Jan. 4, and said that she wanted to tell her story in response to the NFL’€™s light punishment on Favre after the Jenn Sterger case. Favre was fined $50,000 for failure to cooperate with the league.

In one text message that Favre sent to Dusenberry, he reportedly asked her to come by his house because his wife was away. The text message allegedly read: You don’€™t know what it’€™s like to not be touched by a woman in three weeks.

Dusenberry reported the text message to the Eden Prairie police in Minnesota, but police told her that there wasn’€™t much they could do since Favre hadn’€™t broken any laws.

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ESPN’s Tom Jackson backtracks on backtracking about Pats-Jets prediction

01.19.11 at 2:21 pm ET
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ESPN’€™s Tom Jackson, before the Patriots and Jets met in the AFC divisional round playoff game on Sunday, said on NFL Countdown that he thought the Patriots would hand the Jets a beatdown, 30-10. In response to Jackson’€™s comments and pick, Jets linebacker Bart Scott called Jackson out in a postgame rant, saying that the ‘€œnon-believers,’€ specifically Jackson, didn’€™t give the team a chance.

Jackson then appeared on ESPN’€™s Mike & Mike in the Morning and announced that he certainly thought the Jets might win the game. He added that the pick was a premeditated move in a psychological game to cement the Jets ‘€œin the bunker mentality of ‘€˜us against the world.’€™ ‘€

Now, Jackson is coming under fire for injecting himself into the story and claiming to have made the prediction just to fire up the Jets. So, he again re-stated his position.

‘€œI was shocked and stunned by Bart’€™s comments, that they were directed at me. ‘€¦ So in an effort to make an excuse for the comments, I made comments I shouldn’€™t have,’€ Jackson said.

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