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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’ 11.21.13 at 8:33 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:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Georgetown, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. Kansas State, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama-Birmingham vs. New Mexico, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Long Beach State vs. Michigan, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia vs. Davidson, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at VCU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Hampshire at Marquette, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL: Saints at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Rutgers at Central Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rice at Alabama-Birmingham, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: UNLV at Air Force, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez made a scene and stormed out of Wednesday’s suspension hearing in New York, claiming to be irate that commissioner Bud Selig would not be forced to testify. And the show didn’t stop there.

Rodriguez then turned up in the studio of New York sports radio station WFAN with his attorney and did an on-air interview with Mike Francesa in which he described his reaction to the arbitrator’s ruling the Selig did not have to appear.

“I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said. “I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”

Even though Selig has never testified in a similar PED-related hearing, and MLB was represented by COO Rob Manfred, A-Rod and his legal team chose to make this the centerpiece of their claim that the hearing is tainted. And Rodriguez, who professed his innocence and claimed he is fighting for his family and the people who support him, said it’s personal.

“My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music,” Rodriguez said of the soon-to-be-retired Selig. “He hates my guts, there’s no question about it. One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”

Rodriguez also said he would not change anything about the way has handled his appeal of his 211-game suspension.

“I have no regrets,” he said. “I would do it again. It’s the system that’s wrong.”

• With the Steelers having a surprisingly disappointing season, rumors are swirling that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wants out after the season. Roethlisberger has denied the reports, and on Wednesday he took it a step further, implying that he’ll make financial concessions in an effort to return.

“You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do,” said Roethlisberger, who is scheduled to cost the Steelers $17.89 million toward their salary cap next season. “That’s something that can be discussed when the time comes. It’s not really my thing. I play football. I have people to deal with all that stuff. I will do whatever it takes to stay here and be a part of this team and help this team win.”

The Steelers, who went a combined 24-8 during the 2010 and ’11 seasons and have won two Super Bowls with Roethlisberger under center, are 4-6 this year after going 8-8 in 2012. Roethlisberger has two more years on his contract.

“I love being in Pittsburgh,” he said. “I am extremely happy.”

• After being involved with the NFL for 43 years, Dan Dierdorf is ready to step away. The 64-year-old Hall of Fame offensive lineman announced Wednesday that he will retire from his analyst job with CBS after this season, as the physical demands of all the traveling is too much for his football-damaged body.

A six-time All-Pro with the Cardinals who played from 1971-83, Dierdorf moved to the broadcast booth right after his playing career ended and has been there for 30 years.

“I’ve just never done anything else in the fall other than be in an NFL stadium,” he said.

Dierdorf has two artificial knees, two artificial hips and back issues, which makes travel difficult. He said he might still work some games on a part-time basis, if there is no travel involved.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 21, 1992, with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers, which Bruin became the 20th goalie in NHL history to record 250 career victories?

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Report: Ben Roethlisberger restructures Steelers contract 02.28.13 at 1:31 pm ET
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Ben Roethlisberger

Days after Tom Brady worked out a new contract with the Patriots that frees up cap room for the team, Ben Roethlisberger tweaked his deal with the Steelers, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

The Steelers are expected to save about $6 million with the new pact, which converts salary into bonus money. Unlike Brady, Roethlisberger did not add years or money to his deal.

Roethlisberger was slated to carry a salary-cap figure of $19.595 million in 2013.

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Former Patriots QB Brian Hoyer, ex-Jets WR Plaxico Burress work out for Steelers 11.20.12 at 1:35 pm ET
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The Steelers, desperate for help at quarterback and wide receiver following a series of injuries, worked out ex-Giants and Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday. Wide receiver Derrick Williams and quarterback Mike Kafka also attended the workout.

“We’re looking at these guys with the potential to sign at least one at each position,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “The men we will acquire will fortify our depth to win this football game” against the Browns on Sunday.

Byron Leftwich, who was filling in at quarterback for injured start Ben Roethlisberger, suffered two cracked ribs in Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens. Receiver Jerricho Cotchery sustained multiple rib fractures in the same game. And receiver Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with a high-ankle sprain and is not expected to play Sunday.

Roethlisberger, out with injuries to his shoulder and ribs, is not expected back soon, but Tomlin said he had additional tests Tuesday and, “We are encouraged with his status.”

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger’s rib injury could be life-threatening 11.14.12 at 2:54 pm ET
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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder sprain might be the least of his worries.

The Steelers quarterback said Wednesday he also dislocated a rib while getting sacked in the third quarter of Monday night’s win against the Chiefs. Roethlisberger sprained a joint in his shoulder on the play but says the rib issue is a bigger concern.

Roethlisberger said doctors are concerned his rib could cut into his aorta. Roethlisberger told an NFL Network reporter that he was experiencing pain at a 9 on a 1-10 scale.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted the injury could have killed Roethlisberger.

He has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Backup Byron Leftwich will start in his place.

Roethlisberger was having a great year, with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

There is no timetable for his return.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wants to play Sunday 12.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, still on the mend from a sprained ankle, said that he’ll do his best to be on the field Sunday in the team’s regular-season finale against the Browns.

“As long as I can deal with pain, I’ll be out there,” Roethlisberger said Thursday. “I don’t want to let the guys down, so I’ll do what I can to be out there.”

Pittsburgh has clinched a playoff berth and remains in the hunt for a division title and the No. 1  seed in the AFC (that would take losses by the Ravens and Patriots).

Roethlisberger missed last week’s game, a win over the Rams. Backup Charlie Batch started for the Steelers after Roethlisberger looked shaky a week earlier against the 49ers, a 20-3 loss in which Roethlisberger threw three interceptions.

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he was “much more” confident in Roethlisberger after seeing him practice Thursday, but he doesn’t want to rush the QB back.

“I want him out there but not at the risk of injuring himself,” Arians said. “If he can’t move around and get out of the way, there’s no sense in getting him out there.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick most disliked NFL player in poll 11.08.11 at 7:32 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

Michael Vick

Michael Vick might be rebuilding his image after his prison stint, but in the eyes of many people he has a long way to go. Forbes magazine has results of a poll of the most disliked players in the NFL, and the Eagles quarterback ranked first, with 60 percent of respondents saying they disliked him. Women were especially disapproving of Vick, with 70 percent viewing him negatively.

Vick is followed by Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Two first-year Patriots are on the list. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth checks in at No. 4, with a 46 percent disapproval rating, and receiver Chad Ochocinco is sixth at 35 percent.

Michael Jordan‘s image has been taking quite a hit the past few days, as reports emerged that the Bobcats owner has been taking a hard line toward negotiations with NBA players. This despite that fact that when he played, he showed no sympathy toward owners who could not turn a profit. Onetime Celtic Stephon Marbury, asked on Twitter about Jordan, tweeted: Mike has never been with the real. Mike lives up there in the air up there. He can’t come down.

Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 football/academic powerhouses, giving equal weight to the NCAA’s graduation success rate and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer rankings. Stanford is No. 1, followed by Notre Dame and TCU. Boston College, despite ranking near the top in GSR, is nowhere to be found on the list due to its on-field struggles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history?

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Week 4 NFL injury roundup: Jets’ Bryan Thomas out for season 10.05.11 at 10:39 am ET
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Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas will miss the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon. (AP)

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle in New York’s loss to the Ravens Sunday night.

A 10-year NFL veteran, Thomas suffered the injury in the first quarter. An MRI confirmed the injury on Monday. The Jets’ longest-tenured player, Thomas will be a free agent after this season.

“That’s going to be a huge loss to us, obviously,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said of Thomas’ injury.

While no replacement has been chosen, the Jets did work out former Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain recently as they prepare to face New England this Sunday.

Here are some more notable injuries from Week 4.

• Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play this Sunday despite suffering a sprained right foot this past weekend. Roethlisberger’s injury occurred in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ loss to the Texans this past Sunday.

Roethlisberger’s teammate, linebacker James Harrison, will be out “for a number of weeks,” according to coach Mike Tomlin, after he suffered a right orbital fracture around his eye against Houston. The injury will require surgery. Harrison was injured after being hit helmet-to-helmet by a Houston player

• Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson suffered an injured right hamstring in Houson’s win over Pittsburgh, but the star receiver’s status remains uncertain. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said that the team is still in the “evaluation process” and that Johnson could miss anywhere from a few days to “a few weeks.”

• Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster spent Monday night in the hospital for observation after dislocating his right ankle in the first half of Indy’s, 24-17, win over the Buccaneers. Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said that Foster’s injury will need surgery.

• Texans running back Ben Tate suffered a sprained right groin in Houston’s win over the Steelers on Sunday, but coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle that Tate is day-to-day and the team hopes Tate will be ready to go for its game against the Raiders next Sunday.

• Redskins running back Tim Hightower revealed to coach Mike Shanahan on Monday that he played the majority of Sunday’s game against the Rams with an injured shoulder, The Washington Post reports. While the extent of the injury is unknown, Washington has a bye next week. But the Redskins might not be in a hurry to get Hightower back on the field after Ryan Torrain‘s strong game on the ground for Washington.

• Browns cornerback Joe Haden suffered a sprained left knee in Cleveland’s loss to the Titans on Sunday, and it’s uncertain whether the standout corner will miss time heading into the Browns’ bye week. Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack underwent an appendectomy Monday afternoon and it is also uncertain whether he will have to miss any games.

The Eagles had a pair of Pro Bowl starters suffer injuries in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. Defensive end Trent Cole suffered a calf strain, while left tackle Jason Peters has a hamstring strain. While nothing is certain, both could very well miss Philly’s game against Buffalo next Sunday. The Eagles also lost defensive tackle Antonio Dixon for the season after he tore his triceps against San Francisco.

• Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne‘s status is unclear after he injured his left shoulder in Miami’s loss to the Chargers on Sunday. While results of an MRI from Monday are pending, Henne says that he will be ready to go for the Dolphins’ game against the Jets on Oct. 17 following Miami’s Week 5 bye.

• Titans safety Chris Hope is out for 4-6 weeks after breaking his left forearm on Sunday against the Browns. The injury will require surgery. Hope had missed the first three weeks of the season with a dislocated shoulder.

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski‘s status is uncertain after he suffered a concussion in Baltimore’s win over the Jets on Sunday. Zbikowski did not return to the game after suffering the head injury. He will have the Ravens’ upcoming bye week to recover before Baltimore’s next game.

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Report: Ben Roethlisberger has sprained foot, status unknown 10.03.11 at 3:14 pm ET
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A Steelers team source told ESPN Monday afternoon that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI Monday that revealed a sprained foot. Roethlisberger said he injured his foot on the second-to-last series of Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans. He finished the game but had difficulty walking in the locker room and left the stadium in a walking boot.

ESPN’s source would not speculate on Roethlisberger’s status for next Sunday’s game against the Titans. Given Roethlisberger’s history with foot injuries, however, it seems unlikely that he would miss any time as he played through part of last season with a broken foot.

Because of their loss Sunday, the Steelers moved to 2-2 this season. Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense has struggled, as Roethlisberger has thrown five interceptions this season and just three touchdown passes. The Steelers have struggled to get into the end zone, and they rank 27 in the NFL in points per game with 16.

The Patriots are due to visit the Steelers on Oct. 30.

Roethlisberger was 16-for-30 Sunday, throwing for 206 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Namath questions Rex Ryan’s preparation of Jets 09.27.11 at 7:35 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Jets legend Joe Namath apparently puts the blame for his old club’s loss to the Raiders Sunday on coach Rex Ryan. Appearing on ESPN Radio Monday, Namath questioned Ryan’s method of preparing his players. “It’s rather alarming,” Namath said. “It starts at the top. Coach Rex Ryan, he’s been doing a great job, getting us to two conference championship games, but there’s one thing about the athlete: You keep telling him how good he is, he’s going to start believing it to the point that he may not be preparing quite the way he should. He may be losing some respect for the other team.”

Responded Ryan: “I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something. Joe Namath can come in here and if he can still throw we’ll have him as a backup quarterback. But you know what? He doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside, even though he’s a Jet and once you’re a Jet you’re always a Jet. But he’s on the outside. He’s not in these meetings. I think if he was he’d be shocked at the preparation.”

♦ With Cam Newton off to a fast start with the Panthers, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 rookie quarterbacks of the Super Bowl era. The list includes No. 10 Rick Mirer, who the Patriots passed over for Drew Bledsoe, and No. 5 Matt Ryan, who starred at Boston College before joining the Falcons. The top three are all AFC rivals of the Patriots: No. 3 Peyton Manning, No. 2 Ben Roethlisberger and No. 1 Dan Marino.

♦ With people flocking to see “Moneyball,” the movie about the A’s front office that stars Brad Pitt, Sports-Kings.com has its list of the 10 best baseball movies of all-time. The top three are “Field of Dreams” followed by “Major League” and “Bull Durham.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 27, 1977, which player recorded his 30th save to break the Red Sox single-season record set in 1964 by Dick Radatz?

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Civil sexual assault case against Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger will stay in Reno 08.05.11 at 9:44 am ET
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The Nevada Supreme Court said Thursday that the civil suit against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stemming from a July 2008 rape allegation will stay in Reno. Roethlisberger had requested the case be moved to the town of Minden in Douglas County.

Roethlisberger’s accuser is a former VIP casino hostess from Harrah’s, a casino chain that includes a resort in Lake Tahoe. The hostess said Roethlisberger assaulted her in his penthouse suite while Roethlisberger was in Tahoe for a celebrity golf tournament.

The Supreme Court said that Roethlisberger lacked the standing to seek a change of venue, rejecting other arguments by Roethlisberger’s attorneys.

“The record contains no evidence demonstrating that the convenience of the witnesses compels a change in venue or that holding the trial in Douglas County rather than in Washoe County would promote the interests of justice,” the ruling said.

David Cornwall, an attorney for Roethlisberger, said that he’s still confident in the outcome of the case. He wrote in an e-mail that after examining the accuser’s testimony, “the jury will conclude that Ben has been falsely accused.”

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