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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: CFL teammate calls out ex-Patriots WR Chad Johnson for lack of effort 08.07.14 at 7:57 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Rockies, 3 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Mariners, 10 p.m. (WGN)
NFL preseason: Patriots at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
NFL preseason: 49ers at Ravens, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Cowboys at Chargers, 10:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Onetime Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson, a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco, is making new enemies north of the border, and for similar reasons why he lasted only season in New England.

Johnson is toiling in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, and he has just four catches for 78 yards and one touchdown for his 1-4 team. Coach Tom Higgins admitted he treats Johnson differently because of what he accomplished in 11 NFL seasons, indicating that he allows him to start and “gives him the benefit of the doubt” despite his meager production.

That doesn’t sit well with at least one teammate, who claims Johnson does not put enough effort into playing hard and learning the playbook.

“We’re trying to win here,” the anonymous teammate told the Montreal Gazette. “This isn’t some [expletive] vacation league. Put the best players on the field that want to play.

“One position [receiver] has free reign to do whatever they want and aren’t accountable to anything. It doesn’t matter what they do or how they perform.”

Meanwhile, Johnson’s apparently delusional agent, Drew Rosenhaus, seems to think his client has a chance to return to the NFL.

“If they did [call], he would jump for it,” Rosenhaus told ESPN.com. “Of course, he would love it. But right now, he’s operating as a Canadian Football League player. We will see what happens. It’s not like we’re holding our breath that he’s going to play in the NFL. But he’s trying. That’s the goal.”

Added Rosenhaus: “He would tell you that he could still do it better than anybody. He doesn’t lack confidence or enthusiasm.”

MASHUP POLL: What are the chances Chad Johnson returns to the NFL this season?

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Johnson played 11 NFL seasons, 10 with the Bengals, catching 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 82 touchdowns. But he struggled in his lone season in New England, catching just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown, amid reports that he never mastered the playbook. He was cut from the Dolphins in training camp the following season after a domestic incident with his then-wife, which eventually landed him in jail. Now he’s found a home — at least temporarily — in Montreal as he tries to extend his career.

“He just loves playing football — Chad is a guy that will play football until he’s 50 if they let him,” Rosenhaus said. “He loves the game. He’s really very passionate. He’s got to do something with football, it’s just his life. It really is. All his Twitter followers are enjoying him in Canada just like they would in the NFL. It’s nice to see.”

Brian Hoyer will start the Browns’ preseason opener Saturday against the Lions, with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel expected to get some playing time with the starters after showing improvement in practice this week.

“That was his job,” coach Mike Pettine said of Hoyer, who impressed early last season before getting injured. “He was the one coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up coming into it, as we did, but he’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.”

Added Pettine: “They’ve both made improvement, and I think they’re both doing a great job of playing to their skill sets. It’s obviously very different, what they bring to the table. I think Brian’s starting to feel very comfortable in the pocket.”

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WR Chad Johnson signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes 04.17.14 at 2:43 pm ET
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Following a successful tryout with the Canadian Football League‘s Montreal Alouettes at the team’s minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla., former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson signed a contract with team Thursday.

Johnson starred for the Bengals from 2001-10, playing in six Pro Bowls and finishing as the franchise leader in receptions (751), receiving yards (10,507) and touchdown catches (65).

He last played in the NFL with the Patriots in 2011, recording just 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He signed with the Dolphins in 2012 but was released in training camp one day after being arrested on a domestic violence charge.

The 36-year-old was out of football last season.

 

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Patriots WR Chad Johnson impresses in CFL tryout at 8:00 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:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Onetime Patriots receiver Chad Johnson is in Florida, working out with the Montreal Alouettes in an attempt to make the Canadian Football League team, and by all accounts, he’s off to a good start.

“He’s in great shape,” Alouttes general manager Jim Popp said. “He wants to play and we’ll see how things are.”

 

The 36-year-old Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, last appeared in the NFL with the Patriots in 2011. After an unimpressive season in New England, he attempted to make the Dolphins the following preseason but was cut one day after being charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

“I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do, regardless of where it is,” he said. “Montreal, flag football, back in the street the way I grew up. I just want to play football.”

The average CFL salary is about $85,000, but Ochocinco said he isn’t concerned about the finances.

“I don’t even need a check,” he said. “Didn’t I give it all away for 12 years straight? Think about it. Did I ever care about money when I played throughout my career? Still don’t. I want to have fun. I want to enjoy the game. That’s it.”

Lamar Odom, out of the NBA this season after highly publicized personal troubles last fall, signed with the Knicks and will begin training at the team’s practice facility under new Knicks president Phil Jackson‘s watch.

Odom helped Jackson’s Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and ’10 and was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson’s final year on the bench.

Odom, a native of nearby Queens, played for the Clippers last season but averaged only 4.0 points in about 20 minutes per game. He played two games for a team in Spain this season.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Woodson‘s future remains in question, with speculation mounting that he will not return for the final year of his contract.

“Unfortunately, this year just didn’t go according to plan,” Woodson said before Wednesday’s season finale against the Raptors. “So is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but again, I don’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top.”

– Longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he’s selling the team to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for almost $550 million, with the understanding that the team will remain in Milwaukee.

“I wasn’t going to live forever,” the 79-year-old Kohl said at a press conference. “I’ve approached a time in my life where I have to think about … how do we think about succession.”

Kohl, who bought the Bucks for $18 million in 1985, said he would donate $100 million toward the building of a new arena for the team, with the new owners proving the same. The team’s current home, the Bradley Center, opened in 1988.

“We should be shouting from the rooftops because this is a game-changer for this entire debate,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

The Bucks, last in the NBA, took a 15-66 record — a franchise worst — into Wednesday night’s season finale against the Hawks.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 17, 1969, which Red Sox rookie followed up his two-home run effort the day before with another home run, giving him home runs for his first three major league hits, a team record?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Chad Johnson gets visit from Terrell Owens in prison 06.17.13 at 7:53 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:
Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College baseball: World Series, Louisville vs. Oregon State, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson, who has a hearing scheduled for Monday with Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider his 30-day jail sentence for a probation violation, had a jailhouse visitor Saturday: onetime Bengals teammate Terrell Owens.

Owens, no stranger to controversy himself, tweeted about his visit, writing: Just visited the homie @ochocinco. He’s in good spirits, he needs a haircut already tho. Lol. He sends his best regards to everyone.

Added Owens: I really didn’t know what to expect but to see the homie locked up is a very humbling experience, to talk to him via vid conference let me know that’s not where anyone wants to be. I know he’s only in the county jail but to someone that has never been locked up…Jail is Jail!

Johnson was supposed to avoid jail time, but his lack of seriousness during a court appearance last week — specifically a pat on the rear end of his attorney — led McHugh to admonish him, reject his plea bargain and sentence him to 30 days behind bars. Attorney Adam Swickle is pushing for Johnson’s sentence to be reconsidered.

‘™¦ The Athletics and Mariners were forced to evacuate their locker rooms at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum after raw sewage rose up from the shower drains following Sunday’s game. The teams went to an upper-level locker room used by the Raiders to share the showers there.

The A’s lease at O.co Coliseum expires at the end of the season. The stadium, which was built in 1966, has been the team’s home since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1968. There have been problems before, but not to this extent.

“It’s clear, right?,” team president Michael Crowley said when asked about the need for a new stadium. “This isn’t the first time this has happened.”

‘™¦ Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons. The Texas A&M quarterback expressed his frustration with an unidentified situation when he tweeted early Sunday morning: [Expletive] like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station’€¦whenever it may be

After deleting the tweet, Manziel sent another that read: Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 17, 1943, which future Hall of Famer slugged pinch-hit home runs in both games of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin McHale set to make emotional return to Minnesota 12.26.12 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Suns, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Little Caesars Bowl, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Rockets coach (and Celtics legend) Kevin McHale is set to make an emotional return to Minneapolis on Wednesday night. McHale, a Minnesota native who spent 16 years working for the Timberwolves as a TV analyst, executive and coach, raised his children in the area. This is his first visit to Target Center since the Nov. 24 death of his 23-year-old daughter, Sasha, from lupus. McHale’s wife and four remaining children will attend the game as well.

Following Tuesday night’s victory over the Bulls, the Rockets are 6-3 since McHale returned to the team for a Dec. 8 game against the Mavericks. That includes a Dec. 14 victory over the Celtics, after which former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett gave McHale a long embrace.

“Everywhere we go, somebody comes up to him to give him a big hug,” Rockets assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff told the Pioneer Press newspaper in Minnesota. “Over the last 33 years or so, his touch has been felt all over the NBA. It’s hard to find people who don’t like Kevin McHale, who weren’t touched by him in some way.”

‘™¦ Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson admitted that a sex tape making its way around the Internet is of him with two women, but he denies that he wanted it to go public. Johnson, released by the Dolphins before the season, said the tape was shot in a Florida hotel room about three years ago. He said he’s exploring legal options to have the tape removed.

Johnson, 34, had an unimpressive 2011 season with the Patriots (when he was known as Chad Ochocinco) after 10 productive seasons with the Bengals. He has said he wants to return to the NFL.

‘™¦ Former Braves and Yankees outfielder Andruw Jones was arrested in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday morning on a battery charge following a domestic dispute with his wife. He released on bond later in the day.

Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove-winner for the Braves who has 434 home runs in 17 major league seasons, played last season for the Yankees. He signed a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League earlier this month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 26, 1976, Bruins forward John Bucyk scored in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Cleveland Barons, giving him 545 career goals and moving him past which Canadiens legend for fourth place on the all-time list?

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Chad Johnson loses water endorsement 08.16.12 at 12:10 pm ET
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Chad Johnson, who was an extremely marketable player only a week ago, continued his downward trend on Wednesday.

The coconut water company Zico severed ties with Johnson as a result of the wide receiver’s domestic battery arrest on Saturday. The endorsement deal lasted less than a month as it was originally announced on July 27.

“In light of recent events involving Mr. Johnson, we have decided to terminate our relationship,” the company said in a statement. “The values we espouse, through our employees, our customers and our brand, are central to our mission. We have taken this proactive step to demonstrate just how important those values are.”

The 34-year-old was arrested on Saturday after reportedly head-butting his wife Evelyn Lozada. He was then immediately cut by the Dolphins on Sunday and Lozada then filed for a divorce on Tuesday.

The Celtics Kevin Garnett is also endorsed by Zico.

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Evelyn Lozada divorcing Chad Johnson following arrest 08.14.12 at 5:36 pm ET
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Evelyn Lozada is divorcing former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson just 41 days after the couple got married. Johnson was arrested for head-butting Lozada in their home on Saturday night.

Lozada said that Johnson ‘€œneeds help’€ and that he was lying when he told police she was the one who head-butted him on Saturday night.

Johnson made his first statement following his recent domestic battery arrest, apologizing in a statement released via the Ocho Cinco News Network.

‘€œI would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred,’€ Johnson said. ‘€œ I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies.  I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.’€

Johnson was cut by the Dolphins on Monday following Saturday’€™s arrest.

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Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby ‘upset’ with team’s decision to cut Chad Johnson 08.13.12 at 11:00 am ET
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Not everyone in Miami is thrilled with the Dolphins’ decision to dump Chad Johnson following his arrest Saturday night.

Middle linebacker Karlos Dansby, appearing on 640 Sports in Ft. Lauderdale with Sid Rosenberg, said he disagrees with the decision to cut ties with the former Patriot.

‘€œIt’€™s going to be a bigger distraction because we let him go,’€ Dansby said, via excerpts of the show disseminated by 640 Sports. ‘€œHe didn’€™t get that third strike. That’€™s just me personally. …  We’€™ve been through worse. We’€™ve seen worse.’€

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Mike Florio of NBCSports.com writes that Johnson was actually working on a one-strike arrangement.

While Dansby, who said he believes he speaks for the entire team, acknowledged that the front office likely had more information than the players, he said it’€™s ‘€œtough to lose a good man.’€

Dansby specifically said he’€™s ‘€œupset’€ that Johnson was cut and added that, despite his colorful persona and on-field antics, Johnson took his job seriously.

‘€œThe man don’€™t drink, the man don’€™t smoke,’€ Dansby said. ‘€œHe may clown around, but when it comes to football, he’€™s all about football. That’€™s his life. For him to be in this situation, that’€™s unfortunate. And it’€™s out of character.’€

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Dolphins WR Chad Ochocinco officially Chad Johnson again 07.23.12 at 11:43 am ET
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The Chad Ochocinco experience has come to an end. Not just for the Patriots, who released the 34-year-old receiver in June, but for the player himself.

The former Pro Bowler announced his intention to change his surname back to Johnson earlier in the year, in anticipation of his marriage. Now a member of the Dolphins, Johnson was married on July 4, a few days before he first began the legal process to change his name.

On Monday, Johnson was in the Broward County courthouse to finalize a process that allowed him to legally change his name back to Johnson. The name change cost him a $401 filing fee.

He changed his name to Ochocinco on Aug. 8, 2008, when he was a member of the Bengals.

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Around the NFL… 12.11.08 at 12:54 pm ET
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The days of Romeo Crennel and GM Phil Savage in Cleveland certainly appear to be waning. From the fine folks at Pro Football Talk, candidates are starting to line up as the team suffers through a remarkably disappointing 4-9 season. Then there’s that OTHER team in Ohio that has NFL membership and licensing privileges. Gotta love Chad Ochocinco. Only he could draw attention to a 1-11-1 team by predicting his team will be better next season. What Detroit wouldn’t give for a guy like that? Maybe they will in the off-season.

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