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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets reportedly will try to trade Mark Sanchez, might have interest in Michael Vick

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page [1] or click here for the top stories from our news wire [2].

NBA: Thunder at Timberwolves [3], 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball [4]: Elon at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten [5] Network)
College football: Poinsettia Bowl, BYU vs. San Diego State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ The Jets appear ready to start over at quarterback. According to the New York Daily News [6], the team will look to trade Mark Sanchez [7] after the season — although it likely will be difficult to find a team willing to pay Sanchez the $8.25 million he’s owed. Sanchez, in his fourth season in New York after being drafted fifth overall, has been benched in favor of Greg McElroy [8] for Sunday’s game against the Chargers following his disastrous five-turnover performance in this past Sunday’s 14-10 loss to the Titans that ended the Jets’ playoff hopes.

‘€œI’€™m not going to make excuses,’€ Sanchez said after Wednesday’s practice. ‘€œAt the end of the day, no matter what kind of situation that you’€™re in, the quarterback has the ball and it’€™s my job to make good decisions with the football regardless of the personnel situation. ‘€¦ I’€™m not going to go there. Is every interception the quarterback’€™s fault? Of course not. But they’€™re attributed to the quarterback. It goes as my stat. You live with that. You own up to your side of the mistakes and you move on.’€

The Daily News also reports that Michael Vick [9], who is expected to be released by the Eagles when the season ends, would be amenable to joining the Jets, and that Rex Ryan [10] has always admired the speedy QB.

“[Ryan] loves him,” a team official told the paper.

Vick lost his starting job in Philadelphia after receiving a concussion this season.

‘™¦ Suspended ESPN “First Take” panelist Rob Parker apologized for racially inflammatory remarks [11] he made last week about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Parker, himself African-American, questioned whether Griffin was “a brother or a cornball brother” and brought up the fact that the player has a white fiancee and is rumored to be a Republican.

Wrote Parker on Wednesday:

“I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one.”

Added Parker: “I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.”

‘™¦ Isiah Thomas [12], fired by Florida International University in March after going 26-65 in three seasons as coach, will make his debut as an analyst on NBA TV [13] on Friday. Thomas is slated to make several appearances a month and write for NBA.com.

His first appearance comes as a lead-in to the game between the Bulls and Knicks, the last NBA team Thomas worked for.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 20, 1964, the Patriots ended their season with a 24-14 loss to the Bills. Despite failing to score in the game, which Patriots player finished the season with an AFL record 155 points?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The money and things like that in baseball are great, but I came here because I believe this team has as good a chance of winning as much as anybody else. I’ve always believed that. I believe that that should be your mentality going into any season because it’s proven day in and day out.” — New Red Sox [14] pitcher Ryan Dempster [15], at his introductory press conference [16] Wednesday at Fenway Park [17]

STAT OF THE DAY: 35 — The age of Paul Pierce [18], who became the oldest Celtic ever to score 40 points in a regulation game when he hit the mark in Wednesday night’s 103-91 victory over the Cavaliers [19]

‘NET RESULTS: Rockets guard James Harden [20] throws a pass between the legs of 76ers center Spencer Hawes [21] that results in a layup for Greg Smith.

Pacers guard Gerald Green [22] skies for a dunk vs. the Jazz [23].

Zach McCormick, a 6-foot-2 guard at Cincinnati’s Turpin High School, throws down an impressive one-handed alley-oop dunk vs. Anderson High.

Here’s Nike’s new “Hockey is ours” commercial.


TRIVIA ANSWER: Receiver/kicker Gino Cappelletti

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson was born on this day in 1966.