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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Geno Smith gets start at QB for Jets in preseason game vs. Giants

08.23.13 at 8:04 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League World Series: Washington vs. Connecticut, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Seahawks at Packers, 8 p.m. (CBS)
NFL preseason: Bears at Raiders, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: San Antonio Silver Stars at Tulsa Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘€¢ Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed Thursday that rookie Geno Smith, who practiced with the first team all week, will start at quarterback in the team’s preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night, with Mark Sanchez backing him up.

“We’ll see how far we take him into this game this week,” Ryan said. “Mark will play also. I think [Smith] has looked good and seems like the ankle is obviously a lot better than it was this past week. I’m excited to see him play.”

Smith sat out the team’s last preseason game with a sprained ankle, while Sanchez played three quarters in that game.

“We did say all along that it was going to be an equal competition,” Ryan said. “And, I think, obviously, the fact that Geno wasn’t able to play last week, you never really saw him when there were ‘live bullets,’ so to speak. So, it wouldn’t be an equal competition had we not played it out this way.”

Quarterbacks coach David Lee said the team might not be able to decide on its regular-season starter for another week.

“It’s been too close to call,” he said. “I want it clear. I want it cleaner before we make that decision.”

Lee added that the battle has been emotionally draining.

“They come off the field and you’re frowning at one and ‘saying], ‘Atta boy’ to the other,” Lee said. “I’m being honest, it’s kind of been an emotional up-and-down deal: ‘Who’s the best one today? Maybe that’s our guy. We can do this with him and the other one, we can do this with him. We can do more with this guy in the passing game.’ So, that’s an honest answer.”

‘€¢ Robert Griffin III‘s “patience” cost him this week. The rehabbing Redskins quarterback’s decision to wear a T-shirt reading “Operation Patience” while warming up prior to Monday night’s preseason game instead of approved NFL apparel led to him being fined $10,000.

Griffin, who was fined $10,000 last year for wearing adidas clothing at a postgame press conference (the league has a contract with Nike), did not play in Monday’s game as he continues to work his way back after having surgery on his right knee after last season ended. He has yet to make an appearance in the preseason.

“I’m getting the team reps, and that’s what I wanted, and that’s what the team needed me to be out there doing,” Griffin said. “I feel good. I am confident coach [Mike Shanahan] easing me in has helped, and giving me the extra reps has helped now. My eyes are set on Philly.”

‘€¢ The Buccaneers hired a cleaning company to sanitize the team’s training facility after two players were diagnosed with staph infections on their feet.

Guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes have MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics. Tynes, sidelined by an ingrown toenail on his kicking foot, did not travel to Foxboro last week when the Bucs practiced with the Patriots before their preseason game. Nicks made the trip and practiced but did not play in the game.

Both players are responding to treatment.

“Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our players and staff,” general manager Mark Dominik said in a team statement. “Our players were informed of the situation and we sought the advice of experts, including the NFL’s medical advisor, who provided counsel and approved of our comprehensive measures including the treatment of our practice facility.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season after outdueling Vida Blue of the A’s, 3-0?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards. I have disappointed the people closest to me — the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone. For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.” — Suspended Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Turnovers in the Patriots’ first five possessions of Thursday night’s 40-9 preseason loss to the Lions

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Dude Perfect crew shows what types of players you can expect to find at your local basketball court.

From Russia’s KHL, AK Bars Kazan 20-year-old Vladimir Tkachyov takes the puck for a spin or three to score a shootout goal in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Rockies coach Rene Lachemann offers a young fan some guidance in life after handing him a baseball.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison was born on this day in 1951.

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