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Friday’s Morning Mashup: FIFA ‘perplexed’ by European Parliament resolution calling for Sepp Blatter to leave post 06.12.15 at 8:00 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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, United States vs. Sweden, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Australia vs. Nigeria, 5 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Switzerland vs. Ecuador, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Japan vs. Cameroon, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer; UEFA European qualifying, Italy at Croatia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

— FIFA president Sepp Blatter, apparently unable to grasp the enormity of the situation facing world soccer’s governing body, insisted Thursday that despite the issues he is “all the more proud that our organization runs smoothly in a crisis.” This came on the same day communications director (and Blatter confidant) Walter De Gregorio left his post three days after he repeated a joke about FIFA corruption on a TV show, and the European Parliament urged Blatter to vacate his post for an interim leader.

Blatter has said he will leave when a replacement is named, and it was announced Thursday that FIFA’s executive committee will meet July 20 in Zurich to set a date for the election of Blatter’s successor — which won’t come until at least December.

On Monday, De Gregorio, appearing on a German-language TV program, was asked to tell his favorite joke about FIFA. De Gregorio responded by saying he was in a car with Blatter and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, so who was driving? “The police,” he said.

Although De Gregorio is out as communications director, FIFA said he would remain as a consultant until the end of the year.

The European Parliament, meeting in France, passed a resolution encouraging Blatter to depart soon and urged its member states to “cooperate fully with all ongoing and future investigations on corrupt practices within FIFA.”

Responded the Zurich-based soccer organization: “FIFA is perplexed by the European Parliament’s resolution.”

— Eagles coach Chip Kelly showed his Bill Belichick side once again this offseason, reportedly releasing Evan Mathis on Thursday after the two-time Pro Bowl guard skipped all of this spring’s voluntary practices because of a contract dispute.

Mathis, who started 56 games during his four seasons in Philadelphia, was due to make $5.5 million this year and $6 million next year.

Tweeted Mathis on Thursday afternoon: Thanks for the memories Philly.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Disgraced former soccer executive Jack Warner promises to expose ‘avalanche’ of dirt on FIFA 06.04.15 at 8:04 am ET
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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: Twins at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Athletics at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Astros, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Finals, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Tennis: French Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN2), 11 a.m. (NBC)


Jack Warner

Jack Warner

— Disgraced former soccer executive Jack Warner isn’t going down without a fight. The Trinidad and Tobago politician, one of 14 individuals indicted by U.S. prosecutors last week in soccer’s corruption scandal, went on television Wednesday and said he has documents that show a connection between FIFA and his country’s 2010 presidential elections.

“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the company,” Warner said during his paid political advertisement.

Warner, who is charged with wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering, claims that he is putting himself in harm’s way, saying: “I reasonably actually fear for my life.”

However, he added: “Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming. The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”

After the televised speech, Warner spoke at his Independent Liberal Party’s rally to a cheering crowd of supporters and apologized for “not disclosing my knowledge of these events before.”

He implied that he has information about FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has not been charged with a crime but who announced earlier this week that he will step down after a successor is selected.

“Blatter knows why he fell,” Warner said. “And if anyone else knows, I do.”

— Running back LeSean McCoy implied Eagles coach Chip Kelly was racially biased after McCoy was traded to the Bills this offseason, noting that Kelly had traded away some of Philadelphia top black players, but on Wednesday he said he doesn’t feel the need to support his claim.

“I don’t have to explain myself to no one,” McCoy said after being questioned by reporters following Buffalo’s voluntary practice Wednesday. “I said what I said. It’s how I felt at the time. I’m done with that.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson goes on Twitter rant about contract 05.29.15 at 8:09 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: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup, United States vs. Myanmar, midnight (FS1)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. UCLA, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)


Adrian Peterson brought some clarity to his dispute with the Vikings, tweeting his frustration that his contract is not fully guaranteed.

There had been speculation that Peterson was skipping this week’s voluntary three-day practice session because he felt the Vikings did not support him enough during his legal problems last season. However, he indicated the issue is only about his contract.

Peterson apparently wants the Vikings to guarantee money due in the final two years of his deal, especially after he lost money during last season’s suspension.

Tweeted Peterson: I know hundreds of players that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash.

Peterson has three years and about $45 million remaining on his contract. If he is on the roster for Week 1, his $12.75 million salary for 2015 is guaranteed, but not the final two years.

Tweeted Peterson: A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it comes to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s) feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply! It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!

Peterson later indicated his anger is directed at the players’ lack of power, not at the Vikings in particular.

Wrote Peterson: This is not against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players.

The Vikings have another set of voluntary practices next week, but Peterson is not required to show up until minicamp that starts June 16.

— Eagles coach Chip Kelly responded to allegations from traded running back LeSean McCoy that he intentionally got rid of the team’s good black players by denying race played a role in any of his offseason decisions.

“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell gets advice on personal conduct policy from former NFL players 09.24.14 at 8:03 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.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Flames, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent met with a group of 11 former players, including ex-Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, in an often-emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the league’s personal conduct policy.

Vincent said the former players, including Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, told him the league should get players off the field immediately after they’ve been accused of a crime.

“One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?” Vincent said. “To a man, they said, ‘Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.’ ”

MASHUP POLL: Should the NFL suspend a player immediately after he has been arrested for anything?

  • Yes, if there's enough reason to arrest him, he should be held out until he settles his legal issues (75%, 110 Votes)
  • No, it's not fair to punish a player until he's be proven guilty of a crime (25%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

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With recent issues of domestic violence plaguing the league, Vincent said the ex-players insisted that “everyone is accountable” for their behavior. He added that he believes the league is getting closer to figuring out a better way to handle such problems.

“You can’t negotiate the game,” Vincent said, his voice cracking. “The one thing we’ve all got to fight for … we are talking about the game and we’ve all got to be all-in. We all have got to answer the questions of where are we today, how did we get here, why is this happening, how do we stop this and manage this?

“We don’t have time to wait on anybody to give us direction. There is one thing we don’t negotiate, it’s the game.”

The other players in the meeting were Harvard product Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher.

— Outspoken Eagles cornerback Cary Williams — known well around these parts for his criticism of the Patriots prior to joint practices the last two preseasons — apologized to his teammates Tuesday night for complaining about coach Chip Kelly after Sunday’s 37-34 victory over Washington.

Williams questioned Kelly’s decision to have team do a walkthrough last Tuesday, a day after a Monday night game against the Colts in Indianapolis. He met with Kelly on Monday and apologized publicly Tuesday.

“I said what I said, man. … It’s out there,” Williams said. “I could have played better [Sunday]. I spoke to my teammates and told them I was sorry for what I said. So, it won’t happen again. I won’t talk negatively about the team.

“We are 3-0 and that’s something to be proud of. I am happy we are 3-0. Things could have gone otherwise.”

Added Williams: “Obviously, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sometimes people take things the wrong way. But I realized I made that mistake. My teammates realize that and forgave me.

“I try not to lie. In that situation I don’t think I did. But in that situation, I should have kept it in house between me and 56 other guys in here and coach Chip. I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it.”

— Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne skipped practice and left the team’s training facility after being told that he was being pulled from the starting lineup, according to multiple reports.

The Cowboys traded up in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne sixth overall, and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday morning that Claiborne was not living up to his draft status.

“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”

Claiborne, who will be replaced by Orlando Scandrick, admitted that he “stunk it up” Sunday when he allowed five receptions for 108 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass, early against the Rams. He also was penalized for holding. On the positive side, Claiborne clinched his team’s comeback win with a leaping interception.

“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne, who missed the entire preseason with knee and shoulder injuries, said after the game. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The tackles, the guards, they’€™re just getting their butts kicked and getting pushed around. They just look so big and stiff, no knee bends, anything. It just looked bad. And Tom [Brady], you could just tell, Tom never felt comfortable, he doesn’€™t feel comfortable, he doesn’€™t trust that offensive line.” — NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 40 — Home runs this season for Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, making him just the sixth player in team history to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates clinch a playoff berth after turning a double play to finish off the Braves.

Wellington Castillo hits a long single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a walkoff win over over the Cardinals.

Rockies left fielder Brandon Barnes makes an impressive leaping catch at the fence against the Padres.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox.

The benches empty after Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig is hit in the foot by a pitch vs. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the first inning.

From Monday night, Guilder Rodriguez, called up the Rangers this month after 13 years in the minor leagues, gets his first major league hit.

Here are Derek Jeter‘s top-10 career highlights recreated with OYO toys.

A brawl breaks out at a college basketball game in the Phillipines, leading to the ejection of 17 players.

From a high school football game in South Dakota, Dell Rapids kicks an extra point, which is low but bounces off a Millbank player’s helmet and goes through the uprights.

A youth football team from New York has a little trouble running through a banner before the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bernie Parent, who played the majority of his career with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (1974, ’75)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was born on this day in 1942.

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Eagles announce hiring of Oregon’s Chip Kelly 01.16.13 at 12:23 pm ET
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Oregon coach Chip Kelly has decided to make the jump to the NFL as coach of the Eagles, the team announced Wednesday.

Kelly, a New Hampshire native who played at UNH and later served as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, had a change of heart, as last week he indicated he planned to stay at Oregon.

Kelly, 49, spent four years as head coach of the Ducks, compiling a record of 46-7, after two seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator. Oregon went 12-1 this season and was ranked No. 2 after beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.

“Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a story on the team’s website. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Bears hired Marc Trestman from the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. Trestman, who led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup titles in five seasons, has extensive NFL experience as an offensive assistant coach with the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders and Dolphins.

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Buccaneers confirm Chip Kelly’s decision to remain at Oregon 01.23.12 at 12:22 pm ET
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There have been a number of reports in the past 24 hours indicating that University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly planned to accept the Buccaneers‘ job offer and then changed his mind. On Monday morning, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik confirmed that Kelly will not join the team.

“His heart is with college football and Oregon, and he’s no longer being considered,” Dominik told the Tampa Bay Times.

Kelly reportedly met with Bucs executives last week and canceled a recruiting trip in order to finalize his contract with the NFL team. As the news leaked out Sunday, Kelly apparently had a chance of heart.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: HS basketball player dies after hitting game-winner 03.04.11 at 7:07 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: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox (SS) at Orioles, 1:05 p.m.
MLB Preseason: Marlins at Red Sox (SS), 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ A high school basketball player in Michigan died Thursday night after hitting the game-winning shot that capped his team’s undefeated regular season. Shortly after he was lifted up by teammates in celebration while fans rushed the court, 16-year-old Wes Leonard of Fennville High School collapsed. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Leonard, a 1,000-point scorer, also was an honorable mention all-state quarterback on the school’s football team.

‘™¦ Steve Mandl, who coached Manny Ramirez at George Washington High School in New York and has been at the school for 27 seasons, is fighting a one-year suspension he received for violating the league’s prohibition on recruiting.

‘™¦ blog has the story of two girls from Southern California, Ghazaleh Sailors and Marti Sementelli, who play varsity baseball at different high schools. On Saturday, the two are scheduled to be the starting pitchers against each other, making it the first time two girls take the mound as starters on opposing teams.

‘™¦ The University of Oregon football team is taking some heat for paying $25,000 to a Texas man, Will Lyles, who claims to run a scouting service but reportedly steers players to colleges. Oregon also paid a lesser fee to a former University of New Hampshire player, Baron Flenory, who runs camps and has close relationships with recruits. Flenory played at UNH when current Oregon coach Chip Kelly was an assistant for the Wildcats.

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a look at the top 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches. Kentucky’s John Calipari is No. 1 at $4 million per year. Next up are Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ($3.4 million) and Florida’s Billy Donovan ($3.3 million).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 4, 1984, which former Red Sox catcher was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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