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Report: Knicks offer Chandler for Fernandez

08.20.10 at 1:57 pm ET
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According to an ESPN report, the Knicks have offered the Trail Blazers swingman Wilson Chandler in a bid to land disgruntled guard Rudy Fernandez. The report indicates the Celtics and Bulls each have offered a first-round draft pick for the Spaniard, who recently told the Blazers he will return to Europe rather than play in Portland another season.

Chandler, who was arrested on a marijuana possession charge in May, avergaed 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds last season but missed the final month with a groin strain. He had surgeries for an ankle problem and a sports hernia this offseason.

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NFL suspends Bills TE Nelson

08.20.10 at 1:50 pm ET
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Bills second-year tight end Shawn Nelson was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for a repeat violation the league’s substance abuse policy. This means Nelson will miss Buffalo’s Week 3 game against the Patriots.

Nelson had 17 receptions for 156 yards and one touchdown in 2009.

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Phillies prospect arrested on cocaine charge

08.20.10 at 1:43 pm ET
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According to a report in Florida’s St. Petersburg Times, highly touted Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies was arrested early Friday morning in Pinellas County, Fla., on a felony charge of possession of cocaine. The 21-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Phillies in an offseason trade that sent pitcher Cliff Lee to the Mariners. Gillies spent most of the season with the Phillies’ Double-A team in Reading, Pa., batting .238 with two home runs in 26 games. He was recently assigned to the organization’s Gulf Coast League team in Clearwater, Fla., as he rehabs an injured left hamstring.

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Rumor: Magic, Hornets interested in Iverson

08.20.10 at 1:37 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Ohio-based NBA.com reporter Sam Amico, the Magic and Hornets are considering bringing in Allen Iverson for a workout. Iverson returned to his original team, the 76ers, last season but left midway through the campaign for family reasons and did not return. The 14-year veteran is an 11-time All-Star with a career scoring average of 26.7 points per game.

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Giants sign former Eagles OL Andrews

08.20.10 at 11:30 am ET
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Shawn Andrews, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Eagles who hasn’t played since early in the 2008 season, signed with the Giants early Friday. The Giants waived offensive lineman Cliff Louis to make room on the roster.

Andrews, 27, did not play last season due to a back injury. The 2004 first-round draft pick made the Pro Bowl in 2005, ’06 and ’07. In 2008, he went on the injured reserve list after the second game of the season. He re-injured the back in training camp last year. The Eagles waived him when he failed a physical in March.

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Orton signs extension with Broncos

08.20.10 at 9:01 am ET
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The Broncos announced Thursday night that they signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a contract extension. ESPN reported that it was for one-year, through 2011, and worth $9 million, with $5.5 million guaranteed.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup

08.20.10 at 7:32 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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Wizards, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Mike Vaccaro in the New York Post speaks for most people when he writes that Roger Clemens‘ defiance led to his indictment Thursday by a federal grand jury of lying to Congress. Kevin Blackistone at AOL FanHouse writes that Clemens has now passed Barry Bonds as the face of baseball’s steroids era. At SportsIllustrated.com, sports law professor Michael McCann explains Clemens’ likely strategy as he attempts to avoid a prison sentence. Meanwhile, Clemens’ former teammates on the Yankees and Astros said they still support the pitching legend. Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer, weighed in, insisting he told the truth about Clemens. But it was the testimony of former teammate Andy Pettitte that was the key in this case.

‘™¦ Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was ridiculed for his appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in which he appeared to struggle to name all of his eight kids (with six different mothers across five states). Now, Cromartie blames an HBO director, insisting he was told to shoot a second take and pause between the names.

‘™¦ In The Miami Herald, Israel Gutierrez writes that the outpouring of hatred toward LeBron James does not fit the “crime” the new Heat forward committed by leaving Cleveland and being an egomaniac.

‘™¦ A basketball game between Serbia and Greece Thursday night turned ugly. Serbia’s Nenad Krstic, who played in the NBA last season for the Thunder, was held overnight by Greek authorities after he threw a chair in the melee.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 20, 1967, the Red Sox completed a doubleheader sweep of the Angels by rallying from an 8-0 deficit in the fourth inning of the nightcap to win 9-8. Who won the game for the Sox with a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.” ‘€” Roger Clemens, writing on his Twitter feed, after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Receptions for Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker Thursday at Atlanta, in his first action since his season-ending injury last year

‘NET RESULTS: NBA rookies show off during rookie orientation with a dunk contest.

Trick basketball shots from a pool deck. Do not try this at home.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimmy Pankow, founding member and trombonist for Chicago, is 63 today.

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Vikings’ Harvin collapses at practice, hospitalized

08.19.10 at 9:43 pm ET
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Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin collapses during practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The Vikings said he “is alert and resting comfortably but will remain in the hospital overnight.”

Harvin, who has had issues with migraine headaches most of his life, and it appears  that this was the cause of Thursday’s problem. After leaving the field to see the team physician, Harvin returned to practice and was seen doubled over and trembling.

“I don’t know how they classify it,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said after practice. “Not really a seizure, but he had some trouble over here. I’d be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or another. It seemed like he was stable.”

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Report: Clemens to be indicted on perjury charges

08.19.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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The New York Times is reporting that Roger Clemens will be indicted soon on charges that he lied to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens told a Congressional committee in 2008 that he hadn’t used PEDs and that his ex-trainer Brian McNamee had made up such allegations. McNamee was forced to cooperate with federal authorities in order to escape steroid distribution charges.

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Cushing’s suspension upheld

08.19.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will still not be able to play in the first four games of the 2010 season after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld his four-game suspension due to heightened levels of testosterone. Cushing blamed the failed test on “overtrained athlete syndrome.” Texans owner Bob McNair had met with Goodell to try to get the commissioner to change the penalty, but those efforts appear to have been to no avail.

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