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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton admits working as an escort 12.21.12 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Florida Atlantic at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Niagara at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Brigham Young at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Ball State vs. Central Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The world has not ended, but there are a few individuals in the sports world who probably wish the Internet was destroyed. In the news Friday we have a former Olympian admitting a double life, an ESPN talker learning the duration of his suspension, and another NFL player receiving a death threat on Twitter.

In one of the most bizarre stories of the year, three-time U.S. Olympic middle-distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton admitted that worked as a call girl in Las Vegas for the past year. Favor Hamilton, 44, runs a real estate brokerage firm in Wisconsin with her husband and is the mother of a 7-year-old girl.

She tried to explain her actions on Thursday in a series of tweets after her situation was revealed by the website The Smoking Gun.

I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing. I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life.

I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression. As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody. I have been seeking the help of a psychologist for the past few weeks and will continue to do so after I have put things together. I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.

‘™¦ A day after ESPN “First Take” panelist Rob Parker apologized for his racially inflammatory comments about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, the network announced Thursday that Parker has been suspended for 30 days.

‘€œESPN has decided to suspend Rob Parker for 30 days for his comments made on last Thursday’€™s episode of ‘First Take,’ ‘€ ESPN said in a statement. ‘€œOur review of the preparation for the show and the re-air has established that mistakes both in judgment and communication were made. As a direct result, clearly inappropriate content was aired and then re-aired without editing. Both were errors on our part.

‘€œTo address this, we have enhanced the editorial oversight of the show and have taken appropriate disciplinary measures with the personnel responsible for these failures.

‘€œWe will continue to discuss important issues in sports on ‘First Take,’ including race. Debate is an integral part of sports and we will continue to engage in it on ‘First Take.’ However, we believe what we have learned here and the steps we have taken will help us do all that better.’€

‘™¦ Days after Mark Sanchez was the recipient of death threats from a Jets fan, 49ers kicker David Akers retweeted a death threat he received and then disabled his Twitter account.

The tweet read: IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED

Akers is 25-for-35 on field goals this season after setting an NFL record with 44 makes last season. The 14-year veteran missed one against the Patriots on Sunday night.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 21, 1996, in their final game of the regular season, the playoff-bound Patriots rallied from a 22-0 halftime deficit to beat the Giants, 23-22. Which Patriots receiver caught eight passes for 124 yards and finished the season with an NFL rookie record 90 receptions?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll be honest with you. If we had Tom Brady, I’d be happy with that. We don’t.” – Jets coach Rex Ryan, on his team’s unsettled quarterback situation

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Votes by which Michael Phelps edged LeBron James to win the AP Male Athlete of the Year

‘NET RESULTS: Thunder star Kevin Durant gets fouled and throws up a shot that bounces twice off the top of the backboard before falling in during Thursday night’s game against the Timberwolves.

Spike Lee is not happy with Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni‘s purple sneakers, and he lets him know it.

Dirk Nowitzki has Christmas gifts for his Mavericks teammates.

The Nuggets show their lack of singing ability with this Christmas video.

And the Warriors do the same.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Terry Glenn

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Carla Thomas was born on this day in 1942.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers limit tailgating after shootings 08.23.11 at 7:54 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 Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Responding to the weekend violence during a preseason game against the Raiders, the 49ers decided to ban tailgating after kickoff and recommend a cancellation of the annual preseason rivalry with their Bay Area neighbors. There also are plans to beef up security and add DUI checkpoints outside the stadium. Two men were shot Saturday and another was found unconscious in a bathroom at Candlestick Park.

“To those of you who decide to come to our games, and it really doesn’t matter what jersey you may be wearing, or what hat you may wear, or what team you may support, your behavior on Saturday night is not welcome,” said Jim Mercurio, the 49ers‘ vice president of stadium operations and security. “Don’t come here. You’re not welcome.”

‘™¦ With the NFL’s new kickoff rules, Sam Farmer in The Los Angeles Times writes that kickers’ jobs now are even more precarious. Said veteran kicker David Akers, now with the 49ers: “Even the best job in the NFL, it’s a one-year deal for everybody.”

‘™¦ Controversial Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was selected in the third round of the supplemental draft by the Raiders. With speculation that Pryor might end up at wide receiver or tight end, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 college QBs to switch positions. No. 8 is Patriots receiver (and former Kent State QB) Julian Edelman.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times has a report on the decline of rookie hazing in professional sports. The Cowboys and Jaguars are two NFL teams that have cracked down on the practice. “There’s not going to be anything demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We don’t believe in that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season after outdueling Vida Blue of the A’s, 3-0?

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Eagles franchise Michael Vick 02.15.11 at 10:31 am ET
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Quarterback Michael Vick was given the franchise tag by the Eagles on Tuesday. Vick was named Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after leading Philadelphia to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title. He is scheduled to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Feb. 24 to discuss his controversial past.

The Eagles also franchised kicker David Akers.

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Eagles kicker David Akers reveals daughter is battling cancer 01.31.11 at 11:18 am ET
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After veteran kicker David Akers missed two field goals in the Eagles’ 21-16 playoff loss to the Packers earlier this month, there was plenty of speculation over what was going on with the kicker. There had to have been some sort of reason the usually reliable kicker was off that day. Now we know what that reason is.

Akers revealed to the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article Sunday that in the week leading up to the game, doctors found a cancerous cyst in his 6-year-old daughter Halley‘s left ovary. The ovary was removed the week after the game and early tests show that doctors got all of the malignant tumor. Halley will have to go for blood tests every month to make sure the cancer doesn’t return, but even if she remains cancer-free, doctors said she will likely have to have her right ovary removed eventually as well.

Akers didn’t make any excuses after the missed field goals and chose to keep his daughter’s struggle quiet, but it’s obvious now that football was not the only thing on his mind that day.

“I could tell he was there doing his job,” his wife, Erika, told the newspaper. “But he wasn’t there.”

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