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Report: Antonio Cromartie has 1-year deal with Cardinals 03.20.14 at 1:50 pm ET
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Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals, according to a report from ESPN.

The 6-foot-2 Cromartie joins Patrick Peterson to form one of the best defensive secondaries in the league.

The Jets released Cromartie after his fourth season in New York rather than pay him a $5 million roster bonus and take a $14.98 million cap hit in the final year of his deal. Cromartie was slowed by a hip injury this past season, although he played in the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

Cromartie, 29, has said that he is now healthy and wants to play eight more years.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Controversial CB Antonio Cromartie bids farewell to Jets after release 03.10.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB preseason: Rays at Red Sox, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Suns at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: CAA final, William & Mary vs. Delaware, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: MAAC final, Manhattan vs. Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: WCC semifinal, St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Southern final, Western Carolina vs. Wofford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: WCC semifinal, San Francisco vs. BYU, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Liverpool, 3:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie's marital difficulties became public when his wife faked a suicide attempt, leading to police intervention. (AP)

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie is on the market after his release from the Jets. (AP)

– One year after they traded Darrelle Revis, the Jets cut ties with the other cornerstone of their once dominant defensive backfield, releasing controversial cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie, 29, was slowed by a hip issue in 2013, and the team decided to cut him now rather than pay him a $5 million roster bonus upon the start of the new league year. He would have carried a salary cap charge of just under $15 million in 2014. The team will save $9.5 million against the cap.

The New York Daily News reports that Cromartie would be willing to consider a return to New York at a cheaper rate, but the team appears to be ready to move on.

“Cro is one of the finest athletes I’€™ve ever coached,” coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “He was willing to contribute wherever the team needed him to win games, be it defense, special teams or offense. He has a passion and enthusiasm for the game and I wish him and his family the best.”

Cromartie played four seasons with the Jets, recording 13 interceptions, after being acquired from the Chargers in 2010. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2012 after stepping up in place of the injured Revis.

Cromartie tweeted his farewell Sunday, writing: I would like 2 thank the Jets organization so much with helpin me grow as leader and a player. S/O 2 my teammates I wish u guys the best.

Added Cromartie: It’€™s time for a new chapter in my life and now it’€™s time to let my lord and savior lead my steps every step of the way.

 

– There is excitement in New York regarding the Knicks, but it has nothing to do with what’s happening on the court. NBA coaching legend Phil Jackson reportedly will decide Monday whether he will accept a position with the team.

The 68-year-old Jackson is said to have turned down an offer to coach, and it’s not clear if he would be willing to run the team or if he would prefer to serve as a consultant. He also is believed to have an interest in returning to the Lakers in some capacity.

Said one unidentified general manager to the New York Daily News: “The Knicks and Phil are getting exactly what they want out of this. The Knicks are showing that they want to do something and this is a chance for Phil to get the Lakers to make a move. If they don’€™t, he can take the Knicks’€™ money.”

Jackson has won 11 NBA titles — nine as a coach and two as a player. He was a forward on the Knicks’ only two championship squads in 1970 and ’73.

– A Minnesota State Representative is taking some heat for a tweet Sunday night in which he implied NBA players would resort to crime if they weren’t playing basketball.

Republican Pat Garofalo tweeted: Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.

 

Garofalo did not back down despite receiving hundreds of negative responses, many of them accusing him of being racist. One tweeter had a clever response, writing: there’s more criminals in your profession than the nba buddy.

Garofalo later explained to the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he was “talking about NBA’s high arrest rate and that they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation.”

Added Garofalo: “No intent beyond that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 10, 1986, the veterans committee voted which Red Sox legend into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie on NFL’s marijuana policy: League needs ‘to just let it go’ 02.06.14 at 9:36 am ET
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With two states that have legalized marijuana represented in last Sunday’€™s Super Bowl, the ability for players to use the drug either recreationally or medicinally has drawn attention around the NFL. According to the New York Daily News, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said players will smoke marijuana regardless of the league’€™s policies.

“They need to just let it go,” Cromartie said in an interview with Thisis50.com last Friday. “Players are just going to do it anyway. They just need to let it go. They just need to go ahead and say, ‘€˜Y’€™all go ahead and smoke it, do what you need to do.’€™ ”

Players are prohibited from using the drug even in places where it is legalized.

Since doing the interview with Thisis50.com, Cromartie clarified via Twitter that he does not smoke marijuana.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl restrictions include no tailgating 12.10.13 at 8:11 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: Bruins at Flames, 9:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Predators at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Kansas at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oakland at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Evansville at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Boise State at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NJIT at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Shakhtar at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

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• In case you are planning to attend the Super Bowl in New Jersey in February, be warned: The tailgating police will be on patrol. Event organizers on Monday announced a list of rules regarding transportation to the Meadowlands and what fans who park in the limited spots will be able to do. The lucky fans who get a parking pass will only be able to use the immediate space around their vehicle.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Super Bowl organizing committee CEO Al Kelly told ESPN. “And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space.”

Kelly also revealed that fans will not be allowed to be dropped off at MetLife Stadium via taxi or limo, and they can’t park at a nearby lot and walk over. Instead, those without a parking pass will need to ride one of the chartered buses that will take fans from remote locations to the stadium, or take public transportation.

There are less than 13,000 parking spots for the 80,000 ticket-holders headed to the game. That, combined with security issues, made for the restrictions.

Ed Reed

Ed Reed

• It’s been rough season for Ed Reed. After getting kicked out of Houston following the Texans’ demise, the veteran safety signed with the Jets. And things haven’t gone so well since. Although New York ended a three-game losing streak with a win Sunday over the Raiders — the first win Reed has played in this season — he apparently helped cause an injury to a teammate.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a concussion, the team announced Monday, although he did not leave the game early. Coach Rex Ryan said he did not know when the injury occurred, but the New York Post notes that Cromartie appeared to be shaken up after colliding with Reed in the third quarter on a 48-yard touchdown by Oakland receiver Rod Streater.

The team is hopeful Cromartie will not miss any action, especially with the Jets struggling to remain in playoff contention.

“I think he’s going to be in the concussion protocol and things,” Ryan said. “He felt better [Monday], so I think that’s a positive thing.”

• With the struggling Nets preparing to host the Celtics on Tuesday, more details are emerging about the rift between coach Jason Kidd and recently demoted assistant Lawrence Frank.

According to NBA.com, Kidd lost his cool with Frank at a coaches meeting early in the season, telling Frank: “Sit the [expletive] down! I’m the coach of this [expletive] team! When you’re on the bench, don’t [expletive] move!”

Frank, who reportedly was complaining about Kidd to others, became less involved on the bench and last week lost his seat, assigned to doing daily reports. According to the New York Daily News, Frank has retained prominent sports attorney David Cornwell, who also represents Alex Rodriguez and Jonathan Martin, presumably to negotiate a buyout of his six-year contract that worth more than $6 million.

“[Frank] worked hard, he did the things that they asked him to do that I thought were on the court,” Paul Pierce said Monday. “But obviously some behind-scenes things that probably went down that didn’t go well with the coaches, and that’s why the decision was made.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 10, 1980, the Red Sox sent the left side of their infield — shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson — to the Angels for which three players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We got booed at halftime. We’ve just got such high expectations for our team, and people aren’t satisfied with anything less than our best every single game. It’s just the way it is around here.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Monday, on Sunday’s win over the Browns

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Boston College players who have been invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City, with running back Andre Williams joining 1984 winner Doug Flutie after earning an invitation to Saturday’s event

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Raptors guard Terrence Ross hits a shot from beyond halfcourt at the end of the first quarter Sunday night against the Lakers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Third baseman Carney Lansford, outfielder Rick Miller and pitcher Mark Clear

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy was born on this day in 1940.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Heisman winner Johnny Manziel reportedly being investigated for autograph fee 08.05.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
CFL: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at British Columbia Lions, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Johnny Manziel once again finds himself facing questions about his off-field actions. (AP)

Johnny Manziel once again finds himself facing questions about his off-field behavior. (AP)

Johnny Manziel‘s miserable summer just got longer. According to an ESPN report, the Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly signing hundreds of autographs in January in exchange for a five-figure fee.

Manziel purportedly signed the items for autograph broker Drew Tiernan when he traveled to Miami for the BCS championship game. Tiernan refused comment when contacted at his Florida home by The Associated Press on Sunday night.

Manziel could be ruled ineligible if the NCAA determines that he violated Bylaw 12.5.2.1, which bans the acceptance of money for promoting of advertising the commercial sale of a product or service.

Texas A&M declined comment, although the school responded to previous questions about a large number of Manziel-signed items appearing for sale by releasing a statement in March that read:

Johnny has indicated on numerous occasions and, once again earlier today, that he has never (and to his knowledge, his parents, other relatives and friends have ever) been compensated through cash or other benefits or promises of deferred compensation for providing his autograph.

♦ Rangers pitcher Matt Garza made a public apology Sunday after blasting A’s second baseman Eric Sogard and his wife on Twitter Saturday night.

“All I want to say is I let my competitive spirit cross outside the lines, and that shouldn’t happen,” Garza told reporters Sunday. “I let my passion, my fire, carry over, and that’s not the way this game should be played. For that, I apologize to the Sogards for anything that was said through my Twitter. Regret what happened and looking forward to a great game today.”

Garza was angry after Sogard laid down a safety squeeze bunt in the seventh inning Saturday night, giving the A’s an insurance run in a 4-2 win. The A’s frequently bunted on Garza, who yelled at Sogard after the seventh-inning bunt.

Sogard’s wife, Kaycee, tweeted: Get em on get em over get em in!

Wrote Garza: @KayceeSogard tell your husband to speak up so his wife doesn’t have to do it for him… Chumps! Hahaha!

Added Garza: @EricSogard childish is having your wife speak for you! certain people can’t shut there woman up!

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the team discussed the situation with Garza and planned to reach out to the Sogards and the A’s to apologize — although Garza said he did not see the need to personally contact Sogard.

Sogard said that he and his wife took the tweets “as a joke, and that’s how we’ll continue to look at it.”

♦ Jets fans booed Mark Sanchez during Saturday’s scrimmage as the quarterback struggled, completing 6-of-11 passes and being sacked twice. That didn’t go over well with cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who had an interception of Sanchez that provoked some of the loudest jeers.

“I think that’s bullcrap,” Cromartie said, via the New York Daily News. “My thing is, if you’re going to be a fan, be a fan. You don’t come out here and boo anybody.”

Sanchez, for his part, appears used to the negative reaction.

“Oh, shoot, I don’t care,” he said. “That’s the way it goes.”

Although he was outplayed by rookie Geno Smith (9-of-16 for 77 yards, one sack), Sanchez finished strong, throwing a 57-yard touchdown pass to second-year receiver Stephen Hill.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 5, 1979, which Red Sox pitcher became the first player born and raised in the Netherlands to record a major league victory?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mark Sanchez, turnover-prone Jets eliminated from playoff race 12.18.12 at 7:58 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:
NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Timberwolves at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Winthrop at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Richmond at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Western Kentucky at VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at Central Florida, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Stanford at NC State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville State at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

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♦ The Jets’ hopes of making the playoffs were ended Monday night with a brutal 14-10 road loss to the Titans. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions but was in position to win the game after a 19-yard punt gave New York the ball at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds remaining. However, Sanchez couldn’t handle a low shotgun snap on first down and the Titans recovered the fumble.

ESPN play-by-play caller Mike Tirico summed it up best, saying: “That’s the way this game should end, that’s the way the Jets’ season should end: Ugly, and a loss.”

Said Jets coach Rex Ryan: “Obviously, it’s a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief. I think the thing that really hurts the most is we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”

Sanchez (13-for-28 for 131 yards) had a passer rating of 32.6, lower than Tim Tebow (39.6), who was 0-for-1 and rushed three times for 15 yards. Sanchez turned over the ball on each of his team’s final three possessions.

“It doesn’t feel good hurting your team like that,” Sanchez said. “It’s not a winning formula. It never feels good.”

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was predicting a playoff berth a month ago, was in no mood to talk after the loss that dropped the Jets to 6-8.

“Guys, no questions,” he told reporters. “I’m going to tell y’all the truth. This [bleep] has got to stop. Just being real.”

♦ A walk-on long snapper for the University of North Alabama was dismissed from the team after he made a racially offensive reference to President Barack Obama on Sunday night.

Referring to Obama’s speech from Newtown, Conn., that caused NBC to cut away from its coverage of the Patriots-49ers game, Bradley Patterson tweeted:

Take that [n-word] off the tv, we wanna watch football!

UNA director of athletics Mark Linder later tweeted that Patterson no longer is a member of the team.

Patterson’s Twitter account was closed shortly after his tweet.

♦ Major League Baseball is attempting to produce hats with padding so that pitchers will be safer. Baseball officials are considering adding a Kevlar lining to help avoid concussions when balls are struck back toward the mound.

“Since we started looking at the concussions a few years ago, we’ve actually been talking about this and looking for products,” MLB medical director Gary Green told The Washington Post. “But unfortunately there has not been any product that can withstand the impact at the major league level. And I think the fact that we’ve had several [incidents] in the last two years has really given us more impetus to see if we can get this developed quicker.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 18, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his ninth (and final) career hat trick and added two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Hartford Whalers?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets CB Antonio Cromartie no longer sure about playoff guarantee 11.27.12 at 7:50 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:
NBA: Mavericks at 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Vermont at Harvard, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Florida State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa at Virginia Tech, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NC State at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Maryland at Northwestern, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Wake Forest, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Indiana, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who three weeks ago predicted a playoff berth, said he isn't sure what he believes now following the team's 49-19 loss to the Patriots. (AP)

♦ Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who three weeks ago was positive the Jets would rally and make the playoffs, was not as confident on Monday, as his team returned to practice following the 49-19 embarrassment vs. the Patriots on Thanksgiving night that dropped New York to 4-7.

“I don’t even know what I believe right now, the way we’ve been playing,” he said. “We’ve still got five games left. Anything can happen. My biggest focus right now is this one important game. I can’t worry about the playoffs right now.”

The Jets, who have not won consecutive games all season, begin their final stretch with a game against the Cardinals on Sunday as they look to win out.

“Heck, yeah, that’s your goal,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Absolutely, that’s what you’re trying to do. Our goal was to beat New England also, but that never worked out. That’s why you play. You try and win every game that you’re in. I’m saying right now I’m not going to make a guarantee that we’re going to make the playoffs or that deal. We have to get better. It has to start right now.”

Added running back Joe McKnight: “We still are playing for something. We’re playing for our pride and we’ve still got a chance to get in the playoffs. We’ve got five games left. We need some things to happen. [Ryan] just told us to keep playing. The season’s not over. We’ve got five games left and we need to win these five games.”

♦ While the Jets are floundering, the Giants are crediting a 15-year-old cancer patient from Vermont for inspiring them before their 38-10 rout of the Packers on Sunday night. Adam Merchant Jr., who has been winning his battle with Burkitt lymphoma, gave a brief but emotional speech to the team after Friday’s practice, telling the players to “play like world champions.”

“When he said, ‘Play like champions,’ I think we all stopped and thought about it.” offensive lineman Chris Snee said. “We are the champions, and we need to play like that.”

Said defensive end Justin Tuck: “I told him he needs to go into motivational speaking, because he kind of woke us up a little bit.”

Merchant, who visited the team as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation program, was welcomed back to the locker room following Sunday’s win.

“They didn’t just make a wish come true,” Merchant told the New York Post on Monday, “they made a dream come true.”

Phil Jackson has had a couple of weeks to digest what happened in Los Angeles, where he almost returned to the bench before Mike D’Antoni was chosen to coach the Lakers, and he’s softened somewhat.

“We never discussed any terms, so there was never anything unfair about it,” Jackson told TMZ.com. “It was just a midnight kind of coup. … Yeah, it was kind of weird.”

Jackson, 67, said he has no plans to come out of retirement and coach again.

“The chances are slim and none, probably,” he said. “I wasn’t really looking to coach again, but that one was happenstance and it just came about.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 27, 1950, the Red Sox signed which future Hall of Famer from the Indians?

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Jets CB Antonio Cromartie denies accusation of being anonymous critic 11.16.12 at 3:15 pm ET
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LaDainian Tomlinson

Retired running back LaDainian Tomlinson said on Wednesday that he knows who attacked Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow with anonymous quotes in the New York Daily News this week: Antonio Cromartie and Bart Scott.

“Cromartie has never had a problem putting his name on things,” Tomlinson said on SiriusXM radio, adding: “Once you start talking to the media about teammates, Rex [Ryan] is going to address it. He’s not going to let it go. And so, now you have guys that don’t want to put your name on it because, obviously, Rex Ryan has said something about it.”

Tomlinson, who spent the final two seasons of his career playing for Ryan and the Jets, said he believes Cromartie was the unnamed player who called Tebow “terrible” in the report.

Cromartie on Thursday denied the accusation.

“I heard it but I have no response for a retired player,” Cromartie said. “Y’all know me, if I say something I put my name to anything I want to say. I really don’t care if I hurt anybody’s feelings, that’s not me and for me to sit here and say I’m going to talk about a teammate? If I’m going to talk about a teammate I’m going to tell him personally.

“I’m not going to get into the media and say I’m anonymous, I’m not that type of cowardly person.”

Tomlinson also said he thinks Scott is the anonymous player who claimed the Jets offense won’t work with Tebow running it.

Ryan addressed the unnamed comments earlier this week with the Jets and called the comments “cowardly.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan will stick with Mark Sanchez despite Jets’ latest debacle 11.12.12 at 6:54 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Chiefs at Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM — joined in progress)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Gonzaga, 11:59 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Davidson at New Mexico, 2 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN)
College basketball: Houston Baptist at Hawaii, 4 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN)
College basketball: Stony Brook at Rider, 6 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez are running out of time to turn around the Jets' season. (AP)

Antonio Cromartie is “still confident” about his playoff guarantee despite the Jets’ latest embarrassment, a 28-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle that dropped New York to 3-6. Rex Ryan, meanwhile, said he isn’t rethinking his quarterback situation. Despite an anemic offensive performance (the only touchdown came from the defense), the Jets will stick with Mark Sanchez.

Said Ryan: “I believe we can win with Mark, and I believe that we can win with Tim [Tebow], but I’m not going to let you or anyone else convince me otherwise. Because this is how I feel.”

Sanchez (9-for-22 for 124 yards with an interception and a fumble on a sack) did his best to remain upbeat after his worst performance of a bad season. “I know we can do it,” he said. “I have seen our guys do it. It just has to turn, and it starts with me.”

♦ Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended two games by the NBA on Sunday for confronting Spurs radio broadcaster Sean Elliott following Friday night’s game in Sacramento.

Cousins crowed toward his team’s bench after scoring a couple of baskets on Tim Duncan and then drawing a foul on the Spurs legend midway through the fourth quarter. Duncan responded by blocking a Cousins shot and scoring three baskets downs the stretch of a 97-86 Spurs win.

“That’s why some humility is in order,” Elliott said on the air. “You think you’re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don’t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.”

Cousins apparently was informed that Elliott was criticizing him, and he decided to argue with Elliott after the postgame show. Cousins also told the media in the locker room that Elliott was “immature” for making his comments.

♦ First-year Washington State football coach Mike Leach took two years off from coaching after his acrimonious departure from Texas Tech, which was due in part to the fiery coach’s alleged mistreatment of a player who was suffering from post-concussion symptoms. It appears that Leach hasn’t softened.

Washington State president Elson Floyd called for an investigation after standout wide receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team and cited abusive behavior by Leach and his staff.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history when he took to the ice one month before his 17th birthday for a 3-1 loss in Toronto? Hint: He later coached the B’s.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: New-look Lakers preach patience after falling to 0-2 11.01.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Chiefs at Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Eastern Michigan at Ohio, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Virginia Tech at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dwight Howard (12) and the Lakers are 0-2 after Wednesday's loss in Portland. (AP)

♦ Before his Mavericks upset the Lakers on Tuesday, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was pointed when asked to assess the reloaded Los Angeles squad.

“I don’t know, I don’t care, I just hope they suck,” Cuban said with a laugh.

Through two games, Cuban is getting his wish.

A night after losing their opener to the Mavericks in Los Angeles, the Lakers dropped a 116-106 decision to the Trail Blazers in Portland. Adding injury to insult, point guard Steve Nash left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

“We’ve got to learn how to play together,” said Dwight Howard, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds. “You’ve got to be good before you can be great.”

Added Howard: “We didn’t expect to just come together and be awesome. It’s always a process. We’ve got to stick with it so that at the end of the year we can have a trophy.”

Coach Mike Brown is being criticized for his restrictive offense that doesn’t give Nash enough time with the ball in his hands, but the team is preaching patience.

“We’re not sharp,” Nash said. “I think the guys are trying, we just didn’t live up to what we’re trying to do.”

♦ Reggie Bush and the Dolphins appeared to get in the last word vs. the Jets with Sunday’s 30-9 beatdown, but the feuding between the teams is not over.

On Wednesday, Bush responded to Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie calling him a “punk,” apparently referring to a play on which Bush stiff-armed Cromartie, leading to a retaliatory shove and a head-butt that cost Cromartie a 15-yard penalty.

“I’ve been called a lot of things, but not a punk,” Bush said with a laugh. “I don’t feel like I did anything illegal. I didn’t try to hurt him. I didn’t talk about hurting him or ending his career or anything like that. What I did was perfectly within the rules, and if he didn’t like it, it’s tough. That’s football. I’ve been on the side of some ugly stuff. The last thing I’m going to do is cry about it and call somebody a punk.”

Added Bush: “If they don’t like me, I guess, tough.”

♦ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overruled the NBA on Wednesday, announcing that Thursday’s season-opener between the Knicks and Nets at Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center will be postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The league had said a day earlier that the game would be played, but Bloomberg decided that the city needed more time to recover from the damage. Many of the subway lines in the area have been suspended.

“We are disappointed that we can’t play, but there are a lot more important things going on right now,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said. “A lot of people lost homes, a lot of people lost loved ones, so a basketball game doesn’t mean much right now.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 1, 2005, Jason Varitek became the first Red Sox player in 14 seasons to win a Gold Glove. Who was the team’s previous recipient, in 1991?

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