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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Chiefs coach Andy Reid defends clock management vs. Patriots 01.22.16 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pacers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Toledo at Northern Illinois, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rhode Island at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Canisius at Niagara, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Albany at Stony Brook, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Vermont at UConn, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 p.m., 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


— The Chiefs have taken some heat for their clock management late in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots, but coach Andy Reid stands firm that it wasn’t an issue.

During an interview with Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio, Reid defending himself against those who pointed to Sunday’s time-consuming drive in the fourth quarter as yet another example of his poor game management skills.

“I think clock management’s very important,” Reid said (via Pro Football Talk). “Every situation’s different. It’s a fluid situation on the spot and you’ve got to go off of feel. … This situation, I think, was handled right.”

The Chiefs did not appear to have any urgency as they worked their way down the field despite trailing by two touchdowns. (“At that point it really didn’t matter to me. I wanted to make sure we were calling the best plays,” Reid said.) Although they scored a touchdown, they did not get the ball back after the Patriots recovered the onside kick and then got a first down.

“I thought we handled it right,” Reid said. “You give us a minute on the clock and three timeouts, we feel like we can move the ball pretty good.”

— Former UConn star and NBA player Tate George continued to claim innocence while being sentenced Thursday in New Jersey to nine years in prison for running a $2 million real estate Ponzi scheme.

George, who also was ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution, did not apologize to his victims, including current NBA player Charlie Villanueva, but instead claimed his real estate projects still had a chance of succeeding.

“For the umpteenth time, I’m sorry — I’m sorry the projects got delayed,” said George, who played at UConn in the late 1980s and in the NBA with the Nets and Bucks from 1990 until ’95.

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NFL Roundup: Dwayne Bowe set to play Sunday despite arrest; Gary Kubiak to coach Texans Sunday 11.14.13 at 10:13 am ET
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Despite being arrested this past weekend on charges of speeding and possession of marijuana, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe still intends to play this Sunday. Bowe likely does not want to miss what is shaping up to be Kansas City’s biggest game of the season, as the 9-0 Chiefs are set to travel to Denver to face off against the Broncos.

After being stopped for doing 48 in a 35 mph zone shortly before midnight on Sunday, Bowe’s car was searched by police officers, who reported they found about a third of an ounce of marijuana. Bowe was taken to jail and was subsequently released on a $750 bond. Bowe is due in court on Dec. 18.

While Bowe has avoided speaking to the media since his arrest, Chiefs coach Andy Reid deflected questions regarding Bowe’s arrest and defended his Pro Bowl player, stating that Bowe has been a model citizen so far this season.

“There are rules and regulations put in place and we’ll abide by the rules and regulations, and we’ll make sure we take all of the information that comes out as it goes through the process,” Reid said. “That’s where we’re going with it.

“Dwayne’s been a team player since I’ve been here,” Reid said. “He doesn’t want to bring any problems to the table. That’s not what he wants to do.”

Bowe, who signed a five-year, $56 million extension with Kansas City this past offseason, has not had a season to remember, as the 29-year-old has only hauled in 33 receptions for 369 yards and two touchdowns.

Since being selected 23rd overall in the 2007 draft by Kansas City, Bowe has been one of the most effective offensive weapons in franchise history, as he is second all-time with 448 receptions and is fifth all-time in touchdowns (41).

‘€¢ After suffering a “mini-stroke” less than two weeks ago, Texans coach Gary Kubiak is set to return to the sideline Sunday for Houston’s game against the Raiders.

Kubiak last coached the Texans on Nov. 3 against the Colts, when the 52-year-old coach collapsed on field at halftime and was transported to a hospital. After testing, it was revealed that Kubiak had suffered a transient ischemic attack, typically referred to as a “mini-stroke” for its similarity in side effects and causes.

While doctors have limited the amount of work that he can do during the week, Kubiak was happy to finally be back with the team on Wednesday.

“It just feels great to be back,” Kubiak said. “I’m on kind of a different schedule — kind of hard to adjust to, but I’m adjusting to it. I’m listening to [my doctors.]

“I wasn’t doing anything different than I’ve always done. I guess it just makes you stop and think a little bit. I’ve been through a lot of good times in this league, I’m going through a hard time right now, but it’s nice to go through any time and to be doing what you love to do.”

Kubiak will have to deal with a lot of pressure in his first game back, as the Texans will look to break a seven-game losing streak against Oakland.

‘€¢ While Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said that quarterback Peyton Manning would “definitely” play this Sunday against the Chiefs, his status is a bit more unclear now.

Manning, who is dealing with injuries to his ankles, sat out Denver’s practice Wednesday. The four-time MVP took part in the team’s walk-through before heading into the trainer’s room for work on his nagging injuries.

“It’s my preference to be out there, but at the same time, I kind of do what’s best for the team in order for me to get healthy,” Manning said.

Manning has posted some of the best stats of his Hall of Fame career in 2013, as the 37-year-old has thrown for 3,249 yards and 33 touchdowns.

‘€¢ Former Bears receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his role in a drug-distribution scheme.

Hurd pleaded guilty in April to one count of attempting to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. In court on Wednesday, Hurd pleaded for mercy and admitted to being a drug addict.

“I have regrets, your honor,” he said. “I have a lot of regrets.”

‘€¢ Former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen died Wednesday in a Salt Lake City hospital from complications from liver transplant surgery.

Christensen, 57, had been waiting 10 months for a donor liver, his son, Toby, told the press.

Christensen played 10 seasons for the Raiders, earning five Pro Bowl selections and winning Super Bowls in 1981 and ’84. His 92 catches in 1983 were an NFL record for tight ends, and he broke that mark three years later with 95 receptions.

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Eagles QB Michael Vick misses Wednesday’s practice, Week 11 status uncertain 11.14.12 at 7:34 pm ET
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did not practice on Wednesday but has not been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

Vick suffered a concussion in the second quarter of a 38-23 loss to Cowboys this past Sunday and his availability this week is uncertain.

ESPN reports that a source has said backup Nick Foles will, in fact, make the start on Sunday, but the team has not confirmed.

Foles, a rookie, took first-team snaps at Wednesday’s practice and would make his first career start if Vick has to miss the game.

Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception after replacing Vick. The Eagles couldn’€™t muster a win, though, and dropped their fifth straight game.

Eagles coach Andy Reid offered little insight into Vick’€™s condition but said he was resting.

“Michael’s in a good place,” Reid said. “He’s hurting a little bit from the concussion, but he’s in a good place. I haven’t tried to overburden him right now.”

The Eagles and Redskins are tied for last place in the NFC East.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets hit new low in embarrassing loss to Dolphins 10.29.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: 49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)


‘™¦ The Jets are the team that just keeps on giving, at least when it comes to making headlines for their silly behavior and tough talk that they have not been able to back up this season. Following a week of trash-talking, mainly emanating from New York, the Jets went out and dropped a 30-9 decision to the visiting Dolphins on an embarrassing afternoon for Gang Green.

“When you’re playing against another team and they’re running their mouth, you’re going to go out and play harder. That’s part of the game,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. “It feels good. We said during the week, if people are going to talk, we’re going to go out there and just play harder.”

Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush, who was in the middle of last week’s back-and-forth, accusing the Jets of trying to hurt him in the teams’ first meeting, had a 19-yard run in the first quarter Sunday before colliding with outspoken cornerback Antonio Cormartie near the sideline. Cromartie then head-butted Bush, earning a flag for unnecessary roughness.

“I ain’t lose my composure,” insisted Cromartie, who dislocated his pinkie on the play. “I just called him a punk, and that’s exactly what he is. I didn’t head-butt him; I pushed him first, then I head-butted him.”

Bush, who yelled at Jets coach Rex Ryan while on the New York sideline, got in the last word. Even though Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was knocked out the game on the first series (injured quadriceps), leaving backup Matt Moore to do most of the damage against the Jets’ once-feared defense, Miami was able to roll, and Bush implied that the Jets (now 3-5) were quitters.

“It’s very satisfying. It’s as good as it gets,” Bush said. “We knew we wanted to jump on them early, and I think we were able to accomplish that. I think once we got on them early, they kind of laid down a little bit.”

Jets fans also quit on their team — at least on starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The crowd chanted for backup Tim Tebow, and that did not sit well with at least one Jet.

“That chant is BS. … I think the fans are out of place,” wide receiver Chaz Schilens said, acknowledging: “They’re pissed. They have a right to be pissed.”

‘™¦ Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel‘s return to Philadelphia went well, as Atlanta remained undefeated with a 30-17 victory over his former team. After the game, Samuel complained that Eagles coach Andy Reid snubbed him.

Andy Reid, why didn’t you speak to me?” Samuel told reporters. “What did I do to you, man? I’ve got nothing but love for you, Big Red. ‘€¦ He wouldn’t speak to me, man — can you believe that? As happy as I am, he wouldn’t even tell me, ‘Great game, Asante, I love ya, man.’ ”

Samuel, who said maybe it was his celebratory dancing that “got to [Reid] a little bit,” was asked about the difference between the teams.

“I think it’s the coaching,” said the onetime Patriot. “We’ve got really good coaching.”

‘™¦ Manny Ramirez apparently hasn’t given up on his baseball career. The former Red Sox slugger, twice banned by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, reportedly will play for Las Aguilas in his native Dominican Republic in an effort to impress three Japanese teams that have shown an interest.

According to the New York Post, the 40-year-old Ramirez is scheduled to fly from his home in Florida to the Dominican Republic on Monday to join the team, which already has begun its winter league season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 29, 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the league announced its list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The list included a number of Celtics — nine who played all or most of their career with the C’s, one who played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston, three who played two seasons or less with the Celtics, and one who had not yet played in Boston but made a brief stop here before retiring. Who are they?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankee claims home fans’ booing ‘spooked’ team 10.19.12 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Giants at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
College football: UConn at Syracuse, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: 76ers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA finals: Lynx at Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ The Yankees were swept out of the postseason Thursday night in Detroit, but the beginning of the end came days earlier in the Bronx. An unidentified Yankees player told the New York Daily News that the team was stunned by the way New York fans turned on the offensively inept team last weekend, and the players were unable to regain their composure.

“I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys,” the player said. “A lot of guys hadn’t been booed before, and they couldn’t believe how nasty it got in the stands.

Outfielder Nick Swisher referenced the behavior after Game 2, but now we’ve learned that other players shared his view.

“A lot of guys were talking about it in the clubhouse,” the player said. “I was surprised by how much it bothered them. I really don’t think they ever recovered.”

Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez, who went 0-for-2 in Game 4 to finish his postseason at 3-for-25 (.120) with 12 strikeouts and no RBIs, continues to insist publicly that he wants to remain with the Yanks.

“I’ve never thought about going to another team,” he said. “My focus is to stay here. Let’s make that very, very clear. No. 2, I don’t expect to be mediocre. I expect to do what I’ve done for a long time.”

‘™¦ An eighth-grader in Littleton, Colo., is finding his life is a little different since Peyton Manning joined the Broncos. That’s because the kid’s name also is Peyton Manning.

“People don’t believe me sometimes. They think I’m trying to impersonate,” said the 14-year-old, who was born three days before the quarterback made his NFL debut with the Colts in 1998. “Facebook won’t let me do Manning at all, no matter how many times I try.”

The young Manning does not play football, but he is the captain for his youth hockey team.

‘™¦ The county coroner in Easton, Pa., determined that Eagles coach Andy Reid‘s son, Garrett, died of an accidental heroin overdose. Garrett Reid was found dead in his Lehigh University dorm room at Eagles preseason camp on Aug. 5. Investigators revealed that they found a used syringe and spoon in the room along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many unopened. The 29-year-old, a recovering drug addict, apparently had a relapse.

“These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along,” the Reid family said in a statement. “We understood that Garrett’s long-standing battle with addiction was going to be difficult. He will, however, always have our family’s love and respect for the courage he showed in trying to overcome it. In the end, we take comfort in our faith and know that he’s in a better place.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 19, 2004, in Game 6 of the ALCS, Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-2, in the “bloody sock” game at Yankee Stadium. The game also featured Alex Rodriguez slapping the ball out of the glove of which Sox pitcher who went to tag him out, causing panic in Sox Nation until the umpires conferred and ruled A-Rod out for interference?

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Eagles coach Andy Reid ‘still evaluating’ team after firing defensive coordinator 10.17.12 at 5:12 pm ET
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In an attempt to strengthen his 3-3 Eagles, coach Andy Reid replaced his defense coordinator and is considering more changes going forward.

Reid fired Juan Castillo on Tuesday and promoted secondary coach Todd Bowles. It was the first time Reid dismissed a coach midseason in his 14 years in charge. The move came after the Eagles blew a 10-point lead to the Lions with 5:18 remaining this past Sunday.

Interestingly, Reid did not rule out additional changes to his coaching staff.

“Please understand that offense, defense and special teams right now, we need to get better,” Reid said. “I’m going to continue to work through that and it’s my responsibility to do that. I’m just bringing this to you because this is what’s happened so far. I’m still evaluating.”

Reid, however, did affirm that he would be sticking with quarterback Michael Vick.

“As I sit here today, Michael’s the starting quarterback,” Reid said.

The Eagles have a bye this weekend before taking on the Falcons in Week 8.

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Michael Vick suffers two broken ribs in loss to Cardinals 11.14.11 at 4:24 pm ET
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An injury-plagued season continues for Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who broke two ribs in the Eagles’ 21-17 loss to the Cardinals Sunday, Eagles coach Andy Reid said in his Monday press conference.

Vick was 16-of-34 for 128 yards Sunday and threw two interceptions. His inaccuracy was concerning considering he normally completes around 60 percent of his passes. Reid said Vick did not tell him he was in pain during the game and kept playing.

This is not the first time Vick has been injured this season. The quarterback suffered a concussion in Week 2 and a hand contusion in Week 3. He criticized the referees for not handing out “the 15-yard flags like [they do for] everybody else” when someone hits a quarterback.

Vick’s status for the Eagles’ Week 11 match-up against the Giants is unclear. The Eagles will play the Patriots in Week 12 in Philadelphia.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Arguments, injuries for NFL coaches Sunday 10.17.11 at 8:00 am ET
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No games scheduled


‘™¦ It was a tough day for NFL coaches Sunday. The big news was fired-up 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh instigating a confrontation with Lions coach Jim Schwartz with his obnoxious handshake after San Francisco’s big win.

Schwartz responded by chasing after Harbaugh, causing players to step in and separate the pair.

In Tampa, Saints coach Sean Payton suffered a broken leg and torn knee ligament after a sideline collision during New Orleans’ loss to the Buccaneers.

Here’s one more: Eagles coach Andy Reid is stung by a gut punch from a celebrating LeSean McCoy. At least the Eagles won, beating the Redskins.

‘™¦ Former Knicks forward Charles Oakley is not convinced the current members of the team have what it takes to restore New York to a title-contending level. Oakley said the West Coast style of coach Mike D’Antoni and star Amar’e Stoudemire won’t last in the East. “They’€™ve got hype,” Oakley said. “But hype don’€™t win nothing.” Oakley, who was an assistant coach with Bobcats last season, said he wants to help his old team but the Knicks “don’t want nothing to do with me.” He then took a shot at former team president Isiah Thomas. “I don’€™t understand how he even got a job with management,’€ Oakley said. ‘€œHe had nothing to do with the Knicks, then he talked bad about the Knicks. … If I see him, he’€™d better turn around and go the other way.”

‘™¦ The Associated Press college football poll is celebrating its 75th anniversary this fall. AP sports columnist Jim Litke takes a look at the controversy the poll has stirred up through the years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 17, 2004, the Red Sox began their historic comeback against the Yankees with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, highlighted by a run in the ninth off Mariano Rivera to force extra innings. David Ortiz won it in the 12th with a two-run home run off which former Red Sox pitcher?

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Eagles reportedly looking to trade CB Joselio Hanson 08.27.11 at 1:08 pm ET
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The Eagles went to great lengths to upgrade their secondary this offseason, adding Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie through a trade. Now, with a crowded group of cornerbacks, Philadelphia is reportedly fielding offers for veteran Joselio Hanson, who sits fourth on the depth chart.

According to Reuben Frank of, the Eagles likely will trade Hanson before the final cutdown day on Sept. 3. The cornerback has played in 82 games over five years in Philadelphia and is one of nine Eagles remaining from the 2006 team.

Hanson did not play much in the Eagles’ preseason game Thursday night, but coach Andy Reid claimed it was because he wanted to get a closer look at second-year player Brandon Hughes.

“We’re in this evaluation process,” Reid said. “I know what [Hanson] can do. He’s a good football player. He’s played for me for a number of years. … I have to see what else I have got and make sure that we give them enough reps to show.”

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QB Kevin Kolb draws interest from other teams, Eagles coach Andy Reid says 03.18.11 at 11:26 am ET
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Eagles coach Andy Reid said teams have been in touch to discuss backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. With Michael Vick entrenched as Philadelphia’s starter, the team is seeing what it could get for the established No. 2 QB.

“People have shown a little interest [Kolb], and as this thing picks up, I’m sure it will continue,” Reid said in an article on the team’s website. “Listen we’ll sit back and we’ll evaluate.”

Reid noted that the Eagles might decide to keep Kolb.

“You look at his numbers and the things he did when he had the opportunity to start, and you start six or seven games and you’€™re the NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice, and all the 300-yard games he put together and the way he commands the offense and all these things, you’€™re not in a big hurry to get rid of Kevin Kolb,” Reid said.

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