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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Rice says he’s ‘a rehabilitated man’ as he continues attempt to return to NFL 08.05.15 at 8:02 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Audi Cup, consolation, AC Milan vs. Tottenham, 12:25 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Audi Cup, championship, Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Fiorentina at Chelsea, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Sounders at Whitecaps, 10 p.m. (FS1)


— Former Ravens running back Ray Rice, an NFL outcast since video emerged of him punching out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator last year, insists he’s “a rehabilitated man” as he attempts to find a team willing to give him a second chance.

Speaking to ESPN’s Jemele Hill on Tuesday, Rice said he wants to return to the league and eventually retire on his own terms so he can “hang them up the right way.” The 28-year-old said some teams have shown an interest in bringing him in for a look.

“The conversations that I had with [teams] is more to understand the magnitude of my situation,” he said. “I know that it’s a unique deal, so I just try to honestly live day to day and stay hopeful for that opportunity.”

Rice, whose indefinite league suspension was overturned on appeal, making him a free agent after his contract was terminated by the Ravens, reportedly has been working out daily in Connecticut while supporters, including former Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano (who coached Rice at Rutgers), lobby teams on his behalf.

There was an ESPN report in July that one team “seriously considered” making an offer to Rice, but ownership was not comfortable with the potential public backlash.

“We do live in a society where public opinion matters, and a I totally respect that,” Rice said. “Domestic violence is real. It happens every 12 seconds as we speak. … I think that that issue alone with me in my situation, having the video — that puts a lot in perspective. That vivid memory, obviously, that was the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

Added Rice: “I can understand some people probably never will forgive my actions. But I think that every step that I took going forward right now — over time, I want to be able to rewrite the scripts, to tell my daughter that daddy made the worst decision of his life, but this is what I did going forward.”

— While Rice is hopeful he’ll get another shot, things don’t look as promising for former Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

Drafted fifth overall in 2012 out of Oklahoma State, Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns in a promising rookie campaign. However, he was arrested for DUI in 2012 and suspended twice in 2013 for violating the league drug policy, with the last suspension an indefinite one. He also was arrested last year in Oklahoma for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said Tuesday his team has had no contact with Blackmon, despite retaining his rights, and time is not on the receiver’s side.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars say no to Tim Tebow 01.11.13 at 8:10 am ET
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NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Loyola (Ill.), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Union at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Nebraska-Omaha at Denver, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ So much for speculation about Tim Tebow‘s triumphant return to Florida.

New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, speaking at his introductory press conference Thursday in Jacksonville, said Tebow, expected to be traded or released by the Jets this offseason, does not fit into the team’s plans.

“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said.

Owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in the former University of Florida standout, but on Thursday he said he’s standing behind his new GM.

“I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow, and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction,” Khan said. “That’s the difference.”

Blaine Gabbert might survive as the starting QB, but the Jaguars will have a change at coach, however, as Mike Mularkey was fired after one season and a 2-14 record, the worst in franchise history.

“We needed a rebuild from the ground up,” Khan said.

‘™¦ The Lakers continue to struggle along at 15-20 and on a five-game losing streak while they deal with injuries to four key players (Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake), but executive vice president Jim Buss said he has no plans to rebuild the aging roster.

“We still like this team a lot,” Buss said Thursday in an interview with ESPNLA 710 radio in Los Angeles. “How can you not believe in this team? This team is built to win. It’s a very, very solid team. We haven’t seen them all together and play together for games. In my mind, we would not consider a temporary fix or blow it up. Why blow up something we have a future with?

“It’s very difficult to talk this way because we’re five games under or six games under .500, and we’ve dug ourselves a hole. But at the same time, I feel that if we put it together, we can string seven or eight games in a row and dig ourselves out of this hole. If we play with the energy we’ve seen in the last two games, then I think you go into the playoffs with momentum.”

It cost the team $99.2 million to assemble this roster, but Buss said he doesn’t regret going all in.
“We stuck our neck out with this payroll because Kobe [Bryant] is in the twilight of his career and we want to win championships,” Buss said. “Now, am I upset that we might not make the playoffs? Of course. I’d be upset if I had a $10 payroll or a $200 million payroll. I want to make the playoffs and I want to win championships. But to panic? No, we’re not going to panic.”

‘™¦ Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage, who previously has voiced his opinion that players linked to performance-enhancing drugs should join him in the Hall, took things another step Thursday when he said he might boycott the Hall if such players were to be enshrined.

“What kind of a society and what kind of world are we living in where we reward these guys for cheating?” Gossage said on New York sports radio station WFAN. “What kind of message does that send? And you know what? If any of these guys ever get in, I probably will never go back to the Hall of Fame.”

Added Gossage: “Nobody got in [this year], and the guys that are performance-enhancing drug users ‘€¦ I think [the voters] sent them a statement that they didn’€™t get in, and nor should they ever get in. They’€™ve got to make an example [of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens]. If they let them into the Hall of Fame, they might as well forget about testing and everything else.”

However, former Astros star Craig Biggio, who fell 39 votes shy of election, said if he had a vote he would have tabbed Bonds and Clemens.

“Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter that I’ve ever played against, the greatest players I ever played against. … Roger was one of the greatest pitchers of all time,” he said, adding. “I would have [voted them in]. Yes. I think those guys are Hall of Fame players. There’s not doubt about it, Barry and Roger, their numbers speak for themselves. And what they did on a baseball field speaks for themselves.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 11, 1977, with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals, which player became the fifth goaltender to record 100 career wins with the Bruins?

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