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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Brandon Browner reportedly facing 1-year suspension

11.26.13 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Ducks at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Chaminade vs. Gonzaga, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Penn State, 6 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Longwood at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas vs. DePaul, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Evansville at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Stanford, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor vs. Dayton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: BYU vs. Wichita State, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Basel, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The 10-1 Seahawks continue to roll in the NFC, led by a stellar defense, but there could be a crack in the armor. Two Seattle cornerbacks reportedly are facing suspensions for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs on a team with a recent history of such problems.

Brandon Browner, who was suspended for the final four games of last season, is said to be facing a one-year suspension this time around, indicative of a Stage 3 offense. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browner already had his appeal hearing on the matter, although the player and his agent are denying it.

Tweeted Browner: “I’m not facing suspension for PEDs, it’s sad that the NFL is reporting this.”

Browner, recovering from a groin injury, was not expected to be healthy enough to play until mid-December. The former Canadian Football League star who was a Pro Bowl player in 2011 already had been losing playing time to Walter Thurmond III.

Meanwhile, it was reported Sunday that Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for a similar offense. The Seahawks are said to be considering bringing back Antoine Winfield, whom they signed in the offseason but later released.

The Seahawks have had five players suspended since 2010, not including cornerback Richard Sherman, who won his appeal after allegedly testing positive for Adderall in 2012.

‘€¢ The ex-Marine who tried to save a woman who jumped about 50 feet from the third deck to a concourse at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum after Sunday’s Raiders game is resisting being called a hero.

Donnie Navidad, a 61-year-old government worker and Raiders season ticket-holder, attempted to break the fall of the woman, who remained in extremely critical condition a day after the incident. Navidad was released from the hospital Sunday night.

“I don’t know who she was,” Navidad told the Contra Costa Times. “I just happened to be there. ‘€¦ I’m just an average government worker trying to survive in the world. I just did what I did.”

Navidad said he plans to return to the stadium for the Raiders’ final two home games in December. And he’d react the same way if faced with a similar situation.

“Had I not taken any actions and she hit the pavement, that there alone would have been etched in my mind until the day I die, knowing that I could have done something,” he said. “That would have left an impact you’d never forget.”

‘€¢ Kobe Bryant isn’t playing now, but when he does return, it will be in a Lakers uniform. And he doesn’t want to play anywhere else.

Bryant, recovering from surgery on his torn right Achilles tendon, signed a two-year contract extension Monday. Although he’s taking a pay cut from his $30.45 million salary this season, he’s still making a reported $48.5 million over the two years.

Bryant, 35, tweeted a picture of his signature on the contract with the hashtag “Laker4Life.”

While there were some who questioned the decision to allocate so much money to an aging superstar considering there will be some prime free agents available next offseason, the team voiced its satisfaction with the deal.

“This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that that happens.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt .45′s for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We were OK. For some teams, sometimes it can be demoralizing. But I think this may have made us more hungry to go and try to win it.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after the B’s allowed the game-tying goal to the Penguins with less than a second remaining in regulation but rebounded to win in overtime

STAT OF THE DAY: 24 – Points by which Celtics reserves outscored their counterparts on the Bobcats (39-15) in Boston’s 96-86 victory Monday night

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Monday at the Maui Invitational, Syracuse’s C.J. Fair gets drills in the face on a dunk against Minnesota but doesn’t get a call, even though his face gets bloodied.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Outfielder Ramon Mejias, who, like Runnels, was out of baseball within two years

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tina Turner was born on this day in 1939.

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