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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers’ struggles ‘baffling,’ ‘extremely frustrating’ to Kobe Bryant 12.12.12 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Mavericks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Savannah State at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Green Bay at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)


‘™¦ Mike Brown is just a memory for the Lakers, but the team’s losing ways have continued under new coach Mike D’Antoni. The Lakers are 4-8 under D’Antoni and 9-12 overall following Tuesday night’s 100-94 loss to the lowly Cavaliers in Cleveland.

“This is one of the most challenging stretches of my 17 years, and the most baffling, too,” Kobe Bryant said. “We have the talent and personnel to do it, but we’re not, and it’s baffling. It’s extremely frustrating. It doesn’t make any sense. We’re still finding ways to lose games.”

Said D’Antoni: “The state that we’re in, that’s inexcusable, and we’ve got to figure it out.”

Lakers legend Magic Johnson said D’Antoni’s style doesn’t appear to be a good fit with the current lineup. Pau Gasol, who has missed five straight games with tendinitis in his knees, has been criticized for not adapting, but Johnson said the 7-foot Spaniard shouldn’t have to change.

“You can’t run with these guys,” Johnson said. “There’s one guy who can get up and down the court, and that’s Kobe. You’ve got to take that ball inside. That’s how you win games.”

Ultimately, though, it’s the team’s defense that is getting the most blame.

“We can score points but the defense is breaking down,” Johnson said. “We have to correct our defense. Every night guys have to come with passion and urgency.”

Following Tuesday’s loss, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers, who takes pleasure in antagonizing coaches at press conferences, got under the skin of D’Antoni by accusing him of not focusing enough on defense. Responded D’Antoni: “You’re starting to piss me off because you’re saying something that’s not factually correct.”

‘™¦ One week after he called Jets management “idiots,” wide receiver Braylon Edwards was claimed by New York off waivers from the Seahawks.

Tweeted Edwards: It feels great to be going home. Thanks to all of jet nation that continuously supported me and pushed for me. I’€™m back and it’€™s go time.

Edwards, who played for the Jets in 2009 and 2010 before leaving as a free agent, previously had criticized the team in an attempt to defend quarterback Mark Sanchez, tweeting:

Don’€™t blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will [prove] it when given a proper chance.

Edwards later tweeted: I would like to apologize to the Jets family and my fans for my emotional outburst. Mark is a friend and former teammate, who I wholeheartedly support. Nonetheless, I have disrespected and insulted an administration that I have the utmost respect for.

‘™¦ Running back Rashard Mendenhall‘s fall from grace in Pittsburgh continued on Tuesday when he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mendenhall did not show up for Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers after being told he would not be active.

“What’s happened, happened,” Mendenhall’s agent, Mike McCartney, told the Post-Gazette. “When I spoke to Rashard, I know he is very excited next Monday to rejoin his teammates. He’s going to come back with great energy to do everything he can to help the Pittsburgh Steelers win football games.”

Mendenhall, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2009 and 2010 and was on target again last season before tearing the ACL in his right knee in the regular-season finale, has struggled to regain his form. He returned on Oct. 4 and played well, recording 101 total yards and catching a 13-yard touchdown pass in a 16-14 victory over the Eagles, but he strained his right Achilles four days later against the Titans and lost his starting spot. He was demoted to third-string following a fumble against the Browns on Nov. 25 and has not dressed for the last two games.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 12, 1975, the Red Sox traded Roger Moret to the Braves for which pitcher, known in part for the fact that he caught Hank Aaron‘s 715th home run ball in the bullpen in 1974?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former Jets receiver Braylon Edwards says to ‘blame the idiots calling shots’ 12.04.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Thunder at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Lamar at Purdue, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Michigan, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Louisville at Charleston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NC State vs. UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UNLV at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ Honestly, it’s not the intention here to write about the Jets’ miseries every day. But it’s impossible to ignore the daily foolishness emanating from New York. Actually, the latest Jets item originates from Seattle, where former Jets (and current Seahawks) receiver Braylon Edwards weighed in on his old team’s quarterback controversy.

Edwards isn’t happy with the treatment former teammate Mark Sanchez is getting, and he let the fans know they should direct their anger elsewhere.

Tweeted Edwards: Don’t blame Sanchez. I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will [prove] it when given a proper chance.

Edwards didn’t identify who he meant were the “idiots,” but coach Rex Ryan on Monday said he had not yet decided whether to stick with Sanchez, go with third-stringer Greg McElroy, who passed for New York’s only touchdown in Sunday’s 7-6 victory over the Cardinals, or give the ball to Tim Tebow, who is recovering from cracked ribs but said he could have “forced it” against the Cardinals. The Jets play Sunday in Jacksonville, which would be a homecoming for Tebow, a former University of Florida star.

“I feel good about three quarterbacks,” Ryan said. “I think we’€™re in a lot better situation than probably a lot of teams.

“I just want to make sure I get all the facts,” he added. “It’€™s a big decision. ‘€¦ So I don’€™t want to say that there’€™s a way that I’€™m definitely leaning. I want to make sure that everybody knows that it’€™s an open discussion. I want honest feedback.”

‘™¦ The Lakers continue to struggle after their coaching change, with Sunday’s surprising loss to the Magic dropping them to 8-9. This is not sitting well with Kobe Bryant. The veteran star is impatient with teammates such as center Pau Gasol, who has been benched down the stretch of the past two games due to his inability to keep up in new coach Mike D’Antoni‘s fast-paced offense.

“Put your big-boy pants on,” Bryant said after Sunday’s game. “Just adjust. Just adjust. You can’t whine about it. You can’t complain about it.”

Added Bryant: “There’s no excuses to be made, there’s no whining. No putting your head down. We’re here, we have the talent to make adjustments, we have to make them. Period.

“I’ll kick everybody’s [butt] in this locker room if that doesn’t happen. That’s the attitude that you have to have.”

‘™¦ George Holscher, 48, became the second man in a wheelchair to bowl a perfect game when he nailed 12 consecutive strikes during league play on Nov. 26 in Virginia Beach, Va.

“I know I said I can’t feel my knees, but let me tell you, they were weak.” he said.

Holscher has a customized wheelchair just for bowling, with more weight, sturdier wheel locks, extra seat support and a bolted-on ball stand. His previous record was eight consecutive strikes until the perfect game brought down the house at the Indian River Lanes.

“Everyone just went crazy,” he said. “It was amazing.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 4, 1988, which Patriots player recorded his 500th career reception during a 13-7 victory over the Seahawks?

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WR Braylon Edwards signs with Seahawks 08.01.12 at 8:36 am ET
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Wide receiver Braylon Edwards signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks and practiced with the team Tuesday.

Edwards tried out with Seattle prior to training camp but left for Miami when the Seahawks signed Antonio Bryant. Coach Pete Carroll then called the 29-year-old back to Seattle, since the Seahawks are in short supply of receivers. They released Mike Williams, and Sidney Rice underwent offseason shoulder surgery.

“I like what they’ve got going on out here,” Edwards said. “Just walking and talking to these guys when I came on an interview last year, it’s a highly positive organization. There is a lot of positivity and you can see the energy these guys have. These guys are happy to come out here and play for coach Carroll and their position coaches and it seems like they have the thing moving in the right direction.”

Last season with the 49ers Edwards caught 15 passes for 181 yards and no touchdowns in nine games. He spent four-plus seasons of his seven-year career in the NFL with the Browns. He caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2007, his best season.

After going to the Jets in 2009, Edwards failed to duplicate his success. The closest Edwards came was in 2010, when he caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. Edwards also has involved in multiple off-the-field incidents.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz returns to Jets practice 09.15.11 at 7:32 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, who was the target of catcalls from Jets players at a practice last season, stopped by New York’s practice Wednesday, accompanied by the team’s public relations director as she stood along the sideline for the 30-minute portion of the workout out to the media. “Today’s visit was business as usual,” PR man Bruce Speight said. “She is welcome anytime.” Sainz previously had downplayed the 2010 incident after the firestorm it created, insisting, “For me, nothing happened. ‘€¦ I never wanted to cause any problems.”

‘™¦ Controversial wide receiver Braylon Edwards filed a $14 million lawsuit against a suburban Detroit establishment, claiming that his name was tarnished by accusations he was directly involved in a fight there in 2010 and it cost him a big contract. Edward, who played for the Jets last season and signed with the 49ers last month, insists he had a $15 million guaranteed contract offer that was rescinded after the incident. He is suing South restaurant and bar in Birmingham and three of its employees for slander, extortion and malicious prosecution.

‘™¦ White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was named meanest player in Major League Baseball in a Sports Illustrated survey of 215 players. Pierzynsky received 29 percent of the vote, ranking him ahead of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, former Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley and suspended Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Two Red Sox made the list: Kevin Youkilis (10) and Josh Beckett (11). Other names on the list include Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (6), Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (8) and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (15).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 15, 1979, which Red Sox player hit for the cycle (in order, no less) and in the process became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues?

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Braylon Edwards signs one-year deal with 49ers 08.05.11 at 11:39 am ET
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Former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the 49ers Thursday.

Edwards recorded 904 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns in 2010, numbers only eclipsed by his 2007 season with the Browns. In recent seasons, however, Edwards’ football accomplishments have been overshadowed by off-the-field issues.

Edwards plead no contest to aggravated disorderly conduct in Cleveland in January 2010 after allegedly punching a friend of LeBron James. He was sentenced to 18 months probation, which was extended an additional year after Edwards was charged with driving under the influence in Manhattan in September.

Edwards has also been linked to a bar fight earlier this week in Michigan, although so far no charges have been filed.

“He’s hit some potholes,” 49ers coach and fellow Michigan alumnus Jim Harbaugh said. “You don’t want that to spiral any further down. It’s kind of time to start doing all the little things right, that he knows of and he’s capable of. He’s a good guy.”

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Jay Feely says Cardinals players want Braylon Edwards 08.03.11 at 9:24 am ET
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Many Cardinals players would like to see free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards sign with the team, according to

“I’d love to see it, I really would,” kicker Jay Feely told Sports 620 KTAR. He played with Edwards in college at Michigan and also with the Jets.

Feely also told the station that a few Cardinals players have texted Edwards trying to convince him to play in the desert, but Edwards has not responded.

“I know that Kerry [Rhodes] has, and I know [Larry Fitzgerald] texted him as well, so obviously we’re trying to convince him that he should come here,” Feely said.

Last season with the Jets Edwards caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Report: Braylon Edwards entourage involved in bar brawl 08.02.11 at 1:03 pm ET
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Braylon Edwards still hasn’t signed with an NFL team, allegedly due to character concerns in the wake of recent run-ins with the law, and this latest story won’t do much to help. reported that two members of Edwards’s entourage were in a bar brawl in Birmigham, Mich. with Edwards in attendance. The pair was reportedly arrested for “roughing up some employees around two o’clock in the morning.” According to the report, one of the employees was cut by a knife, and the wound required 14 stitches.

The story has a twist though as the original report states that Edwards tweeted “Damn. Get ya knuckles ready” and “Don’t fight if. You don’t know how.” However, Edwards tweeted again Tuesday morning, “Yo…Lost my phone last night someone sent tweets. Deleted them and changed my password. Sorry for the mishap hopefully never happens again!”

Edwards, a former Brown and Jet, was arrested last September for drunk driving in New York City and was involved in a different incident in June.

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Jets’ Braylon Edwards pleads guilty to DWI 07.22.11 at 10:27 am ET
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Jets free agent receiver Braylon Edwards agreed to a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a DWI charge Friday morning in a New York court.

Edwards was pulled over in Manhattan on the morning of Sept. 21 and tested with a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit, police said. As part of his agreement, he will pay a $500 fine, take a six-month driver’s education course to regain his revoked license, and continue his alcohol abuse treatment administered by the NFL.

“I feel like it came to a fair conclusion.” Edwards told the New York Post after the hearing. “I’m glad we got this resolved before the free agency process started.”

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Braylon Edwards returns to court, wants to return to Jets 03.07.11 at 12:31 pm ET
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Jets coach Braylon Edwards appeared in a Manhattan courtroom Monday in an attempt to get his drunken-driving case thrown out. Edwards’ attorney planned to file motions to suppress the field sobriety test from Edwards’ DUI arrest on Sept. 21. Edwards, who denies driving drunk, is due back in court May 16.

Following his appearance, Edwards said he felt that the Jets were interested in bringing him back.”The interest is there on their side,” he said. “The interest is there on my wide. We’ve just got to put it together and see what happens.”

Added Edwards: “And one more time, I love being a Jet.”

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Report: Jets to use franchise tag on linebacker David Harris 02.07.11 at 11:25 am ET
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The Jets have 17 free agents and only one franchise tag. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, they’ve decided to use it on linebacker David Harris.

Harris had 99 tackles and three sacks this season and was voted team MVP by his teammates. He is the last of the team’s “Core Four” players to not get a new contract. Cornerback Darrelle Revis, center Nick Mangold and offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson all got new deals before the season.

The players’ union plans to battle the use of the franchise tag in labor negotiations, but Jeff Pash, the league’s lead negotiator, said last week that he expects the franchise tag to continue to operate in the same way it has.

Other notable free agents for the Jets include wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

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