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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-NFL QB Erik Kramer survives apparent suicide attempt 08.20.15 at 8:21 am ET
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Welcome to 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: Royals at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Pirates, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL preseason: Bills at Browns, 8 p.m. (ESPN)


Erik Kramer played 13 seasons in the NFL, most memorably with the Bears and Lions. (Tom Pidgeon/Allsport/Getty Images)

Erik Kramer played 13 seasons in the NFL, most memorably with the Bears and Lions. (Tom Pidgeon/Allsport/Getty Images)

— Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer is recovering from a gunshot wound after apparently attempting to commit suicide Tuesday night, according to reports out of Southern California.

Kramer was at a motel in Calabasas, California, when police were called for a welfare check and found the 50-year-old with a gunshot wound.

His ex-wife says Kramer was struggled with depression since his playing days.

“He is a very amazing man, a beautiful soul, but he has suffered depression since he was with the Bears,” Marshawn Kramer told NBC News. “I can promise you he is not the same man I married.”

Kramer, who works as a television analyst covering the Bears, played in the NFL for 13 seasons, going 31-36 as a starter. He helped the Lions go 12-4 and reach the NFC championship game in the 1991 season, the first of three years in Detroit, and he threw for 29 touchdowns — by far his career high — in 1995 while leading the Bears to a 9-7 mark. After five seasons in Chicago, he finished his career with the Chargers in 1999.

The Kramers divorced in 2010, and one year later their 18-year-old son died from a drug overdose. They have another son, who is 17, and Marshawn said Erik is a wonderful father.

“He’s such a good dad and he would not do this to his son,” she said. “This is a brain injury.”

Eli Manning is denying a report claiming he told the Giants he wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

“Never been said, never come out of my mouth,” he told reporters Wednesday.

Added Manning: “Reports are all wrong. I don’t know where they are getting their information from. I just kind of laugh at it.”

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Report: Eli Manning wants to be NFL’s highest-paid player 08.18.15 at 9:06 am ET
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According to Ian Rapoport, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is vying to become the highest paid player in the NFL during his ongoing contract negotiations. Due to his demands, the Giants and Manning are believed to have a “significant gap” in their negotiations.

Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, who were drafted in the 2004 draft like Manning, recently scored new contracts with their respective teams, but neither reached the $22 million a year threshold held by 2014 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Manning’s agent Tom Condon says the 34-year-old is “uniquely suited” to be the Giants‘ quarterback because he’s performed so well under the media microscope.

Manning would earn $25 million in 2016 on the franchise tag if the two sides can’t come to an agreement during the season.

Last year, Manning turned in one of the best regular seasons of his career, tossing 30 touchdowns and 14 picks, as well as 4,410 yards. However, the two-time Super Bowl winner is just a year removed from his catastrophic 18 touchdown, 27 interception 2013 campaign.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick in Miami police report after incident with woman 04.11.14 at 8:04 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 Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Reds, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pistons at Bulls, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Blackhawks at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


Colin Kaepernick is one of three NFL players named in a police report for an incident involving a woman who says she passed out in a Miami hotel room and woke up at a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there.

The 49ers star was with teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on April 1 at the hotel where Lockette lives. The woman, who acknowledged having a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past, said she was told by the men to use marijuana before drinking shots of alcohol with them. She later went to the bedroom to lie down because she was feeling lightheaded. Kaepernick allegedly joined her and undressed her, but she does not remember what happened after that, and police stressed that there are only unproven allegations at this point.

“As far as whether there was a crime committed, it’s too early to say,” police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

The 49ers and Seahawks issued statements only saying they were aware of the incident.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

Kaepernick, 26, just completed his third season, leading San Francisco to the NFC title game a year after sparking the team’s run to the Super Bowl. He has been working out in the Miami area.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, coming off a disappointing 2013 season, had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday after rehab efforts did not relieve the discomfort, the team announced.

Manning sprained the ankle in New York’s regular-season finale. The 33-year-old finished the season with a career-high 27 interceptions and a QB rating of 69.4, his worst since his rookie season in 2004 (55.4). The Giants finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Manning had been working out with his brother, Peyton Manning, and members of the Giants and Broncos at Duke University under the watch of Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who coached both Mannings in college.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the [April] 21st,” Manning said. “I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”

— Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons will accompany a fan to Fenway Park for the Red Sox-Yankees game April 23 as part of a contest to benefit the Peter Gammons Scholars through the Foundation To Be Named Later.

Fans can enter for free via through next Wednesday. The winner will receive round-trip airline tickets (if more than 150 miles from Boston) and a one-night stay in a downtown Boston hotel, and meet Gammons on the field for batting practice prior to sitting with him to watch the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout while making his Fenway Park debut?

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Giants, Eli Manning allegedly sold fake game-worn gear 01.30.14 at 9:55 am ET
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In 2008, quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14 in the Super Bowl. After the game, Manning’€™s helmet supposedly made its way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Nearly six years after the helmet became relevant, a lawsuit claims that it, along with other “game-worn” Manning football gear sold over the past few years, is a fake, according to the New York Post.

Included in the list of fake collectibles is a number of Manning jerseys, two 2012 Super Bowl helmets and a 2004 helmet from Manning’€™s rookie season, according to court documents.

The court papers also state that Manning and the Giants took part in the ruse so that Manning could keep the original items. Team equipment manager Joe Skiba discussed the fake gear through an official Giants e-mail account.

Sports collector Eric Inselberg filed a civil racketeering, break-of-contract, malicious prosecution and trade-libel suit Wednesday in Bergan County Superior Court.

According to Inselberg’€™s lawyer, the sports collector walked into the Giants’€™ dry cleaners store one day and found the owner, Barry Barone, attempting to make jerseys and other items look as though they were worn during games.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Eli Manning, ‘frustrated’ Giants searching for answers after falling to 0-5 10.07.13 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 6:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Pirates, 3:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Braves at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Jets at Falcons, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)


‘€¢ Take heart, Patriots fans: At least your offensively challenged team has found a way to win four games. Look at the Giants. They’re 0-5 after Sunday’s 36-21 loss to the visiting Eagles. It’s New York’s worst start in a non-strike year since 1979.

“They’re very frustrated, very down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’ve worked very hard during the week, built themselves up to a good approach, and then the frustration of not getting the win … They’re doing the best they can. They’re standing up, they’re supporting each other. That’s the way it has to be for a team to continue on.”

Eli Manning completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions, including a key pick in the fourth quarter when he tried to make something out of nothing and it backfired.

“I know I can play better,” Manning said. “Sometimes, things are going to go wrong, but you’ve got to make the best decision. Throw it away, take a sack. I know I can’t keep turning the ball over every time.”

Said Coughlin: “I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us going that he puts too much on himself. ‘€¦ He’s way too good a player to have these kinds of things keep happening to him.”

‘€¢ Joe Torre is widely viewed as a man who would have been a good fit for Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s job, which will be vacated by Bud Selig next year, but the drawback is Torre’s age. And he acknowledges that.

“I’m 73 years old, I really don’t envision that happening, based on the fact Bud has been there 20-plus years,” Torre said Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the MLB executive vice president watched the Dodgers-Braves ALDS Game 3. “I think when the owners decide on who the next commissioner should be, I think they have to think long term.

“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner, based on my age. I’€™m very comfortable working there. I’€™ve got a significant job. I don’€™t have a great deal of stress, job-wise in my life and that feels good.”

‘€¢ President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over the Redskins nickname, saying he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he were owner due to its offensiveness.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he told The Associated Press.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the name, despite growing criticism.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 1: Patriots lose Super Bowl XLVI to Giants 12.31.12 at 1:50 pm ET
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Over the final week of 2012, has been counting down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 1: the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical
No. 5: Celtics’ Eastern Conference finals loss to Heat
No. 4: Red Sox’ megatrade with Dodgers
No. 3: Tom Brady’s MVP-caliber season
No. 2: Bobby Valentine’s nightmare season as Red Sox manager

It wasn’€™t a perfect season that was ruined, but the second time that the Giants ended the Patriots’€™ hopes for a fourth Super Bowl title was equally as heartbreaking.

For the Patriots, hopes were high at the beginning of the postseason. That’€™s because New England won the AFC East with a 13-3 record. For the Pats, especially after the previous year’€™s loss in the divisional playoffs to the Jets, it was Super Bowl or bust.

The Giants dealt the Patriots one of their three losses on the season in Week 9. In a game that featured no scoring in the first half, the Giants came out strong after the half and put 10 points on the board in the third quarter while the Patriots were held to just a field goal. Despite two touchdown drives and a field goal in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots couldn’€™t overcome Eli Manning and the Giants offense, who put up another 14 points for a 24-20 victory. It was the Patriots’€™ last loss of the regular season.

The Pats trounced the Broncos in the divisional playoffs on a frosty night in Foxboro. Brady threw for 363 yards and six touchdowns, three of which were to Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots went on to a close win in the AFC championship game against the Ravens. After Brady’€™s fourth-quarter rushing touchdown put the Pats up 23-20, the defense was able to hold off the Ravens for two drives. The Pats forced the Ravens to place their trust in kicker Billy Cundiff. Luckily for the Pats, Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field goal attempt with 15 seconds on the game clock, ensuring another Patriots Super Bowl appearance.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joba Chamberlain reaches out to new Yankees teammate Kevin Youkilis 12.13.12 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Lakers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)


‘™¦ There was speculation that former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis would be hesitant to join the Yankees considering the feud he had with Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees hurler was suspended two games in his rookie season of 2007 for firing a fastball over Youkilis’ head, and in 2008 Youkilis started to charge the mound but was stopped after another near-beaning. Chamberlain hit Youkilis with a pitch last season after the infielder had moved on to the White Sox.

After Youkilis accepted New York’s one-year, $12 million offer on Monday, Chamberlain did his part to show there were no hard feelings, leaving a voice message for his new teammate Wednesday morning. It’s not clear if the two have since connected.

Chamberlain’s agent, Jim Murray, offered an assurance that Chamberlain will let bygones be bygones.

“Joba has zero ill will toward him,” Murray insisted.

In other news from the Bronx, legendary reliever Mariano Rivera said he plans to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a knee injury that required surgery in May. Speaking at the team’s annual food drive at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Rivera indicated he’s on schedule to be ready for the April 1 opener in New York against the Red Sox.

“I don’t see why not,” said the 43-year-old, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal (a $5 million pay cut). “We have three to four months to that point. I will be ready.”

‘™¦ Giants running back David Wilson says he has been doing backflips since he was 3 years old, but there are members of his team that would prefer he end the tradition. The first-round pick from Virginia Tech has taken to doing the flips after touchdowns.

“I like the backflip, man, but it scares me every time he does it because you never know what can happen,” receiver Victor Cruz said. “You don’t want to see him get hurt.”

Added defensive end Justin Tuck: “I told him several times never to do that again. We’re going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd. Let’s just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They’re already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them.”

Quarterback Eli Manning took a more positive approach to the flips.

“That means he’s scoring touchdowns,” Manning said. “So, that’s fine by me.”

‘™¦ Winthrop’s Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling the jersey he wore during the historic victory over Russia at Lake Placid. Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale Feb. 23, estimates that the white No. 21 jersey will fetch more than $1 million.

Eruzione also is selling his stick, which he used to score the winning goal against Russian backup goalie Vladimir Myshkin, and his blue jersey from the gold medal game, a victory over Finland.

Eruzione, 58, works in development and alumni relations at his alma mater, Boston University, and is a motivational speaker.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 13, 1991, during the Celtics‘ 117-97 victory over the visiting SuperSonics, center Robert Parish became the fifth player in NBA history to appear in 1,200 games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes and which two former Celtics?


STAT OF THE DAY: 52:30 — Time on the floor Wednesday night for Rajon Rondo, a career high, in a 117-115 double-overtime victory over the Mavericks

‘NET RESULTS: There were two-buzzer-beaters in the NBA on Wednesday night that toppled elite teams. First, Warriors forward Draymond Green gets free for a layup with less than a second left to knock off the Heat.

Second, Jazz guard Mo Williams beats the Spurs with a tiebreaking 3-pointer.

Referee Courtney Kirkland attempts to block Nets forward Kris Humphries‘ free throw (the whistle had blown for substitutions to enter).

Lakers star Kobe Bryant and soccer great Lionel Messi appear together in an ad for Turkish Airlines.

Zach Hodskins is a talented junior guard at Georgia’s Milton High School, and he only has one arm. He reportedly hit seven 3-pointers in one game this season and has been getting attention from college scouts.

TRIVIA ANSWER: John Havlicek and Paul Silas

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Morris Day was born on this day in 1957.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets teammates criticize Tim Tebow 11.14.12 at 7:57 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.

NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. Bonaventure at Cornell, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ohio at Ball State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Toledo at Northern Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ Mark Sanchez is an easy target nowadays, considering how poorly he has played for the 3-6 Jets. But the other quarterbacks in New York aren’t getting much respect, either.

Sanchez’ backup, Tim Tebow, continues to see limited action, and that’s just fine with some anonymous Jets players, who criticized Tebow to the New York Daily News.

“He’s terrible,” a defensive starter said.

“We don’t look at him as a quarterback,” another starter said. “He’s the wildcat guy.”

Added a member of the team when asked who wants Tebow to be the starter: “Nobody.”

Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw agrees, as he called the Jets’ acquisition of the former Bronco a “huge mistake.”

“I don’t know him, but he just can’t play,” the Fox analyst said Tuesday on New York sports radio station WFAN, adding, “He is not a difference-maker by any stretch of the imagination.”

Bradshaw went on to say that the Jets should give Tebow some time because that would prove his point and quiet the fans.

“They created this monster and they’ve got to shut it up,” he said. “Now your season is shot, so what are you going to do? You know what? Put him in. I don’t think Mark would mind. Just put him in, let it go.”

Meanwhile, Eli Manning appeared to cross into “elite” territory last season with his second Super Bowl MVP performance, and he started this campaign strong. But in the Giants‘ last four games, Manning has two touchdown passes vs. six interceptions, and he has no TD passes in his last three games.

‘€œNo, he is not one of the elites. Because when I hear the word ‘€˜elite,’€™ I’€™m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves,’€ CBS broadcaster (and former Giants QB) Phil Simms said on CBS Sports Network’s “NFL Monday Quarterback.”

‘€œThere are very few quarterbacks in that category. Yes, Eli has been a tremendous team player. He has been MVP of the Super Bowl twice. I know that. But the way I look at it, the answer is no.’€

‘™¦ Former Seahawks tight end Jeramy Stevens was released from jail Tuesday, a day after his arrest on charges that he assaulted U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo a day before they were planning to get married.

According to court documents, the 33-year-old Stevens and the 31-year-old Solo had been arguing over whether to live in Washington or Florida after their marriage.

Stevens was a first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2002, but his NFL career didn’t live up to expectations. He was arrested three times as a pro, most recently for possession of marijuana the night before a game in 2010 when he was playing for the Buccaneers, who subsequently released him.

‘™¦ Grizzlies assistant general manager Kenny Williamson died early Tuesday morning of cancer, the team announced. Williamson, 65, a longtime college assistant coach, was in his sixth season with the Grizzlies.

“Anybody who has met him will never forget him,” general manager Chris Wallace said. “He was a big personality and extremely well respected, and about as well known as you can get in basketball circles — not only in this country but internationally.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 14, 1967, which Red Sox representative was named Major League Executive of the Year for helping put together the Impossible Dream team that reached the World Series?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon wants umpire demoted to Triple-A 06.05.12 at 7:53 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.

NBA playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 p.m. (WGN)


‘™¦ Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon took the loss Monday night after surrendering a single to Elian Herrera that scored the winning run for the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning. Papelbon thought he struck out Herrera the pitch before, and he shared his thoughts about home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after the 4-3 loss.

“I thought he was terrible all day,” Papelbon said.

Papelbon talked to Reyburn after the inning.

“I wanted to know If he could throw me out for what I was thinking,” the former Red Sox closer said. “And if he could, then I thought he sucked. It’s that simple.”

After suggesting that Reyburn should be demoted to Triple-A, Papelbon insisted: “That’s not a knock on him. That’s not a knock on the umpires. You’re up in the big leagues for a reason — to do a good job. When you don’t do a good job, you should be demoted or fired. ‘€¦ There’s no room for that up here.”

‘™¦ Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he won’t be distracted by last season’s Super Bowl championship as the team begins working toward a new season.

“It really shouldn’€™t change things in your preparation,’€ Manning said. ‘€œThe only difference is you have a night when you go get your Super Bowl ring and a day when you get to go to the White House and visit the president. Other than that, everything should be the same.’€

‘™¦ Former Mets general manager Jim Duquette and his daughter Lindsey had a combined nine hours of surgery Monday so that his right kidney could be transplanted into her abdomen to help her deal with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

‘€œThe kidney’€™s working great and Lindsey is good, recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit,’€ Pam Duquette, Jim’€™s wife and Lindsey’€™s mother, said Monday night. ‘€œShe’€™s in and out, and in lots of pain, [but] they were very successful surgeries.’€

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 5, 1989, the Red Sox had a productive draft, selecting which two players who would go on to win MVP awards — one in the American League and one in the National League?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants QB Eli Manning to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ May 5 04.17.12 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.

NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT; WRKO)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI)
NHL playoffs: Panthers at Devils, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (CNBC)


‘™¦ Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host “Saturday Night Live” on May 5 after turning down the offer a few times before. He follows in the footsteps of his brother, Peyton, who hosted the show five years ago.

‘€œI’€™m looking forward to it,’€ Eli said Monday, as the Giants gathered for their first offseason workout program. ‘€œIt’€™s something that’€™s been offered a few times and I’€™ve turned it down. But it seemed like the right time. I felt ready to do it and I’€™m excited about that opportunity.’€

Eli said he has no stage experience, although he has appeared in a few commercials since arriving in New York.

‘€œNot much Broadway or acting, so this will be a new experience for me,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™m a little nervous about it, but excited also. It should be a lot of fun. It will take some work, but it should be something I’€™ll always remember.’€

‘™¦ The crystal trophy Alabama received for winning the BCS championship game shattered into pieces Saturday when a player’s father tripped and fell into the podium where it was displayed. The $30,000 trophy was on display in the athletic building. A school spokesman said the trophy will be replaced.

“In 2009 and again this season, Alabama did a great job showing the trophy off to fans even after we turned it over to them,” said Charley Green, manager of the coaches’ trophy. “Unfortunately it is fragile, and accidents can happen.”

‘™¦ It being tax season, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 players owners wish they could write off. The list includes Mavericks forward Lamar Odom, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey and, at No. 1, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: 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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