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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan under fire after Mark Sanchez injury

08.26.13 at 7:40 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Manchester United, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan‘s hot seat just got hotter. There are calls for the Jets coach to be fired after he rushed Mark Sanchez into Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Giants and allowed him to get knocked around while being protected by the second-team offense.

Sanchez was inserted after Geno Smith failed to impress in his first preseason start, throwing three interceptions in a 24-21 overtime victory. Smith finished 16-of-30 for 199 yards and a 22-yard touchdown pass, but he also took a safety when he stepped out of the back of the end zone while trying to avoid a sack. He finished with a 45.7 passer rating, just 34.8 against the Giants’ first-team defense.

Sanchez replaced the rookie in the fourth quarter and proceeded to injure his shoulder when he was hit by Marvin Austin after eluding two defenders and completing a pass. Sanchez, who was 5-for-6 for 72 yards with one lost fumble, left the game in obvious pain and was taken for an MRI. On Sunday, the team announced that Sanchez was “day-to-day” and would not play in the preseason finale.

“Unfortunately, the best play that he makes, probably all of preseason, he ends up getting hurt on it,” Ryan said after the game. “We’ll see the severity of the injury later.”

Sanchez appeared to warm up quickly upon being told he was going into the game — with one report indicating he did not expect to play. Ryan was questioned afterward about inserting Sanchez with the backups.

“We talked about the [quarterback] competition, and that was something that I felt was important,” he said. “If it wasn’t important, then I wouldn’t have put him in there. I would not have put Mark in if it wasn’t important.”

Ryan got frustrated after being badgered by the media about the QB competition, at one point turning away from the aggressive questioners.

“I can say anything I want,” he said. “That’s the beauty of this country. I can answer it 100 times. I’ll stand backwards and answer the question. I’m going sideways. We’ll make the announcement when I think it’s the appropriate time.”

• NBA veteran Lamar Odom has disappeared for over three days, leaving family members concerned that he’s using drugs again, according to a report from TMZ.

Odom, a free agent who played last season for the Clippers, rejected an intervention from wife Khloe Kardashian on Wednesday, the report indicates, and dropped out of sight.

TMZ claims Odom has battled drug addition for at least two years, and reluctantly agreed to go to rehab in San Diego last year, although he left after three weeks. The report credits sources as saying Odom has gone on crack cocaine binges since the season ended.

A representative for Odom told the website Sunday that the player is fine, although no information about his whereabouts was given.

Odom, who played one season of college basketball at Rhode Island (1998-99), was suspended twice in 2001 for violating the league’s policy on drugs while a member of the Clippers. He won two championships after joining the Lakers but has seen his career take a downturn in the last couple of years, playing for the Mavericks and the Clippers.

• ESPN analyst John Kruk was taken out from the broadcast booth on a stretcher before Sunday night’s Red Sox-Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Play-by-play man Dan Shulman said early in the broadcast that Kruk wasn’t feeling well but expressed optimism about his condition.

The network issued a statement that read: “John left the booth feeling dizzy and was diagnosed with dehydration. His vital signs are stable and he’s in good spirits. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Kruk 52, played 10 seasons in the majors before joining ESPN in 2004.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 26, 1945, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, winning the game for himself by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They’ve been on an incredible run, but we’re a good ballclub as well, and this shows the caliber of ballclub that we are. We’re on the same level with those guys. I knew the day I walked into this clubhouse what we had here. And every guy, man for man, knows that we’re capable of playing with anybody on a given day. It’s just up to us to be prepared to do that.” — Jake Peavy, after pitching the Red Sox past the Dodgers, 8-1, Sunday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 – Little League World Series titles for Japan, which defeated Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4, Sunday for its third championship in four years

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Florida’s Apopka High School runs the Statue of Liberty play to perfection, with Nebraska-bound Zach Darlington handing off to Ray Ray Smith for a 72-yard touchdown run against South Carolina’s Byrnes High School.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave “Boo” Ferriss

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson, was born on this day in 1946.

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