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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Sam’s father claims he was ‘terribly misquoted,’ offers support for son 02.14.14 at 7:58 am ET
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NBA: Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Detroit at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Canisius at Niagara, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at Vermont, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Boston University at New Hampshire, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Miami (Ohio) at North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: All-Star Bowl, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Sweden vs. Switzerland, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Norway vs. Finland, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Canada vs. Austria, noon (USA)
Olympics: Men’s ski jumping, 2:15 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s biathlon, women’s freestyle skiing, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, United States vs. Russia, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, men’s Alpine, women’s freestyle skiing, women’s skeleton, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s ski jumping, men’s skeleton, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Slovakia vs. Slovenia, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s hockey quarterfinal, Finland vs. Sweden, 3 a.m. (MSNBC)


Michael Sam‘s father was in the news earlier this week when The New York Times ran a story that quoted Michael Sam Sr. as saying he was having trouble accepting the fact that his son is gay. Sam Sr. told the Times he was “old school,” “a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” Added the father: “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”

On Thursday, Sam Sr. told the Galveston (Texas) Daily News that he was “terribly misquoted.”

“I did not say anything about my grandkids,” Sam Sr. said.

Addressing a comment he made that legendary Rams defensive lineman Deacon Jones would be rolling over in his grave, Sam Sr. said his quote was taken out of context.

“I told them Deacon Jones is going to roll over in his grave because here comes my son and that he’s going to be a star in the NFL,” Sam Sr. said.

The Times stood by its story, with sports editor Jason Stallman e-mailing the Galveston paper: “We generally are not inclined to discuss the details of our reporting, but I can assure you that we quoted Mr. Sam accurately and fairly. I’ve gone over it with our reporters, and everything was rock solid, beyond any doubt.”

Although Sam Jr. has said he has a complicated relationship with his family and he usually stays with friends when he visits his hometown of Galveston, Sam Sr. said he only has support for his son.

“My son did the right thing, and I am not against him at all,” Sam Sr. said. “He has made a great statement in coming out, and that he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally.”

Added the father: “Once he gets on the field and hits [someone] once, they won’t think he’s gay.”

— Jets safety Ed Reed has had a rough few months. After being cast off by the Ravens and signing a three-year, $15 million deal with the Texans last offseason, Reed and the Texans struggled badly. The veteran lost playing time and openly criticized the coaching staff as the losses piled up. That led to him being unceremoniously cut by the team. He proceeded to sign with the Jets, and the losses continued until a brief season-ending surge.

Now comes a report that Reed was robbed of $50,000 in cash while in Houston on Wednesday.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Reed had a stack of $100 bills in a bag in the front seat of his car as he left one bank and entered another down the street. When he returned from the second bank, he discovered that someone had smashed a window on his 2006 Audi and taken the money.

There was no immediate explanation as to why Reed had $50,000 in cash — or even why he was back in Houston.

— A month after a member of the Raiders cheerleading squad sued the team for failing to provide proper compensation to current and former cheerleaders, a Bengals cheerleader filed her own class action complaint.

Alexa Brenneman, who was a member of the Ben-Gals for the past year, said she worked more than 300 hours for the organization between mandatory practices, public appearances, pregame responsibilities and calendar posing/promotions. Yet her pay works out to less than $2.85 per hour, far less than Ohio’s minimum wage rate of $7.85.

She accuses the Bengals of being in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 14, 2003, which Bruin set a record for the fastest two goals by one player from the start of a game when he scored 10 seconds in and again at the 27-second mark in a 6-5 road victory over the Panthers?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl restrictions include no tailgating 12.10.13 at 8:11 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.

NHL: Bruins at Flames, 9:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Predators at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Kansas at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oakland at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Evansville at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Boise State at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NJIT at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Shakhtar at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


‘€¢ In case you are planning to attend the Super Bowl in New Jersey in February, be warned: The tailgating police will be on patrol. Event organizers on Monday announced a list of rules regarding transportation to the Meadowlands and what fans who park in the limited spots will be able to do. The lucky fans who get a parking pass will only be able to use the immediate space around their vehicle.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Super Bowl organizing committee CEO Al Kelly told ESPN. “And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space.”

Kelly also revealed that fans will not be allowed to be dropped off at MetLife Stadium via taxi or limo, and they can’t park at a nearby lot and walk over. Instead, those without a parking pass will need to ride one of the chartered buses that will take fans from remote locations to the stadium, or take public transportation.

There are less than 13,000 parking spots for the 80,000 ticket-holders headed to the game. That, combined with security issues, made for the restrictions.

‘€¢ It’s been rough season for Ed Reed. After getting kicked out of Houston following the Texans’ demise, the veteran safety signed with the Jets. And things haven’t gone so well since. Although New York ended a three-game losing streak with a win Sunday over the Raiders — the first win Reed has played in this season — he apparently helped cause an injury to a teammate.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a concussion, the team announced Monday, although he did not leave the game early. Coach Rex Ryan said he did not know when the injury occurred, but the New York Post notes that Cromartie appeared to be shaken up after colliding with Reed in the third quarter on a 48-yard touchdown by Oakland receiver Rod Streater.

The team is hopeful Cromartie will not miss any action, especially with the Jets struggling to remain in playoff contention.

“I think he’s going to be in the concussion protocol and things,” Ryan said. “He felt better [Monday], so I think that’s a positive thing.”

‘€¢ With the struggling Nets preparing to host the Celtics on Tuesday, more details are emerging about the rift between coach Jason Kidd and recently demoted assistant Lawrence Frank.

According to, Kidd lost his cool with Frank at a coaches meeting early in the season, telling Frank: “Sit the [expletive] down! I’m the coach of this [expletive] team! When you’re on the bench, don’t [expletive] move!”

Frank, who reportedly was complaining about Kidd to others, became less involved on the bench and last week lost his seat, assigned to doing daily reports. According to the New York Daily News, Frank has retained prominent sports attorney David Cornwell, who also represents Alex Rodriguez and Jonathan Martin, presumably to negotiate a buyout of his six-year contract that worth more than $6 million.

“[Frank] worked hard, he did the things that they asked him to do that I thought were on the court,” Paul Pierce said Monday. “But obviously some behind-scenes things that probably went down that didn’t go well with the coaches, and that’s why the decision was made.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 10, 1980, the Red Sox sent the left side of their infield — shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson — to the Angels for which three players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We got booed at halftime. We’€™ve just got such high expectations for our team, and people aren’€™t satisfied with anything less than our best every single game. It’€™s just the way it is around here.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Monday, on Sunday’s win over the Browns

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Boston College players who have been invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City, with running back Andre Williams joining 1984 winner Doug Flutie after earning an invitation to Saturday’s event

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Raptors guard Terrence Ross hits a shot from beyond halfcourt at the end of the first quarter Sunday night against the Lakers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Third baseman Carney Lansford, outfielder Rick Miller and pitcher Mark Clear

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy was born on this day in 1940.

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Veteran safety Ed Reed reportedly released by Texans after criticizing coaches 11.12.13 at 1:03 pm ET
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Ed Reed, the veteran safety who signed with the Texans this year after nine Pro Bowl seasons with the Ravens that included a Super Bowl last season, will be released Tuesday after criticizing the team’s coaching staff, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle. As it is after the trade deadline, Reed would be subject to waivers.

Reed, long a favorite of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, was signed as a missing piece to the puzzle by Houston, which was one of the AFC’s top teams last season. But the Texans have struggled this fall, and Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals was the franchise-worst seventh straight, leaving them at 2-7.

Wade Phillips coached the team Sunday as Gary Kubiak rested following his mini-stroke at halftime of the previous week’s game. Apparently, Reed was not impressed with Phillips’ fill-in performance.

“We played really well outside [of] certain situations,” Reed said. “Certain situations we just got outplayed … and outcoached.”

The previous week, when the Texans squandered a 24-6 halftime lead and lost to the Colts after Kubiak was taken to the hospital, Reed noted (twice) that his team “didn’t make adjustments.”

Reed, meanwhile, has seen his playing time go from 32 snaps last week to 12 snaps Sunday. The 35-year-old, in his 12th NFL season, has just 14 tackles (12 solo) and no interceptions in seven games.

Reed was signed to a three-year, $15 million deal that included a $2 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed. He missed all of the preseason and the first two games of the regular season following arthroscopic surgery on his hip.

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Ravens DB Ed Reed: Junior Seau ‘signed up for’ possible dangers of NFL 01.30.13 at 9:13 am ET
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Ravens safety Ed Reed said Tuesday that Junior Seau, who committed suicide after reportedly suffering brain damage during his NFL career, knew the possible dangers of football and accepted them when he signed an NFL contract.

“Did he sign up for it?” Reed said during Super Bowl media day Tuesday. “Yeah, he signed up for it.”

Reed said he’s already having issues he believes to be related to concussions during his NFL career, which began in 2002, but that all football players accept the potential risks.

“I feel effects from it,” Reed said. “Some days, I wake up and I’m like, ‘Where did my memory go?’ But I signed up for it.”

Meanwhile, Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard said he’d have doubts letting his own young son play football.

“My son will be 5 [years old] in a couple of days,” Pollard said. “He wants to throw the football and be tackled. I see it in him. My wife and I talk about it all the time. I know concussions can happen anywhere. I don’t want to see my son go through that.”

But Reed stood by his claim that Seau knew what could happen to his mind when he became a pro football player.

“Junior gave everything he had to football,” Reed said. “I’m sure he’s looking down and has no regrets.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife for mocking him 01.29.13 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.

NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Islanders at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Hornets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NC State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)


‘™¦ Following the Patriots’ loss to the Ravens in last Sunday’s AFC championship game, Wes Welker‘s wife, Anna Burns Welker, posted a comment on Facebook mocking Ray Lewis for his apparent hypocrisy. Welker noted that Lewis “paid off a family” after being involved in a double murder outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in 2000 and has fathered six children with four women.

On Monday, Lewis insisted he has forgiven Burns Welker, who apologized one day after her attack.

“I’ve always been a firm believer of the Good Book, and the Good Book always confirms, even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth,” Lewis said. “Sometimes people just say silly stuff. And they say it out of emotion.

“Sometimes you need to let the game take care of the game. We lost up there last year, and I didn’t hear one teammate say anything about nobody there because we have respect for that team, that they won it fair and square. So for her to come out and say what she said — listen, I truly forgive her, and I have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes.”

Lewis also acknowledged he has made mistakes in his life, and he appreciates that he has been given an opportunity to win people over.

“I don’€™t know nobody that’€™s ever lived a perfect life,” he said. “I have [seen] people that have been through things before. Realistically, most of the time when you find somebody that goes through adversity, you really find out what their true character is. For me, people really now have taken time to find out who I am ‘€¦ and [what] my character is.”

Added Lewis: “For someone who has been through adversity and found his way out and really just showing what my true character is and who I am as a person.”

‘™¦ Days after President Barack Obama said football needs to be safer for parents like him to consider allowing their kids to play, hard-hitting Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed.

“I am with Obama,” Reed said. “I have a son. I am not forcing football on my son. If he wants to play it ‘€¦ I can’t make decisions for him. All I can do is say, ‘Son, I played it so you don’t have to.’ ”

Reed added that football’s medical system needs major improvement.

“We’ve got some leaks in it that need to be worked out,” he said. “Every medical training room should be upgraded; training rooms can be a lot better.

“When you’ve got the president talking about it, you’ve got something.”

Meanwhile, Kristin Cavallari, who is engaged to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, said she will push their 5-month-old son to a sport other than football when he gets older.

“I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn’t so aggressive,” she said. “Maybe baseball — something where he doesn’t have to get hit.”

‘™¦ The Jets reportedly have had internal discussions about former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who struggled to stay focused and in shape and was out of the NFL after the 2009 season. Russell is planning to attempt a comeback after being out of the game the last two seasons.

New general manager John Idzik told New York sports radio station WFAN on Monday that he wants to challenge incumbent Mark Sanchez, whose contract makes him difficult to trade. Idzik recently got a chance to meet Sanchez and let him know where he’s coming from.

“Yeah, I’m comfortable with Mark being a Jet,” Idzik said. “I told him as well, we’re going to add competition. ‘€¦ It’s going to help make Mark and everybody else better.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 29, 1996, the Red Sox sent outfielder Lee Tinsley, reliever Ken Ryan and minor league outfielder Glenn Murray to the Phillies for which pitcher (and two minor leaguers)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re in the White House right now, which is like, ‘Mama, I made it.’ ” LeBron James, as the Heat visited President Obama to celebrate their 2012 NBA championship

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 — Consecutive penalty kills for the Bruins to open the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A player for the Russian Professional Basketball League team Unics Kazan makes a pass to his coach on the sideline. The alert coach makes a quick pass to another player.

Magic big man Glen Davis catches Gerald Wallace as the Nets forward goes in for a layup and gives him a lift to the baseline.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of The Gap Band, was born on this day in 1953.

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Ravens safety Ed Reed: Players wanted Rex Ryan for head coach in 2008 06.25.11 at 2:27 pm ET
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Safety Ed Reed told ESPN’s Ed Werder that he and other Ravens players wanted Rex Ryan hired as head coach for the 2008 season instead of John Harbaugh. Ryan was defensive coordinator when the Ravens went 5-11 in 2007. The entire coaching staff was dismissed following that season, and Harbaugh became head coach.

Harbaugh made Ryan defensive coordinator again, as well as promoting him to assistant head coach, but Ryan left after the 2008 season.

‘€œWe did not want him to leave,” Reed said. “It hurt when he left.’€

‘€œThere was a reason why that defense was the way it was,’€ he added. ‘€œI would play anywhere with Rex — in a dark alley, on the street, in high school football, sandlot, anywhere — because he makes it fun. He loves this game. He truly loves this game and there’€™s a reason why those guys in New York back him the way they do.’€

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Officials, family confirm body of Ed Reed’s brother 01.26.11 at 10:49 am ET
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The body found in the Mississippi River is that of the brother of Ravens safety Ed Reed, Louisiana officials confirmed Tuesday. Brian Reed, 26, jumped into the river Jan. 7 while being pursued by police.

“It’s been tough, but Gold is good,” Ed Reed told WDSU-TV. “To have found our brother today brings closure and knowing that he’s in a better place.”

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Ravens’ Reed expects to miss 6 games 07.22.10 at 11:26 am ET
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Ravens safety Ed Reed confirmed in a radio interview that he expects his team to place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would require him to miss the first six games of the upcoming NFL season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Reed missed the end of the 2009 season with various hip, neck and groin injuries. Reed is entering his seventh season in the NFL.

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Report: Ravens safety Reed could miss six weeks 07.20.10 at 11:27 am ET
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Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who had 50 tackles and three interceptions last season, reportedly could miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Reed had hip surgery in the offseason and is said to be only 35 percent recovered. The 31-year-old safety has three years left on his contract.

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