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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Email links Sepp Blatter to alleged World Cup bribe 06.08.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Stanley Cup Final, Lightning at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, United States vs. Australia, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Sweden vs. Nigeria, 4 p.m. (Fox)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Japan vs. Switzerland, 10 p.m. (FS1)

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— When Sepp Blatter announced last week he would resign as FIFA president, it came as a surprise, as he had been defiant until that point. A report Sunday might have shed some light on why Blatter changed his approach.

According to South Africa’s Sunday Times, a 2007 email from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke to the South African government makes reference to the alleged $10 million bribe paid to soccer executives after South Africa was awarded the 2010 World Cup, and it mentions that the payment was discussed by Blatter and South African President Thabo Mbeki.

The U.S. Department of Justice has said the $10 million was transferred to then FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner in 2008 for him and two other committee members to share after they voted for South Africa in 2004. American Chuck Blazer, one of the other alleged FIFA recipients, already has admitted receiving bribes in connection with the 2004 vote.

FIFA said in a statement Sunday that the email constitutes “information, not involvement” on behalf of Blatter and Valcke. The organization also claims the money was a legitimate donation to help soccer development in the Caribbean. The DOJ says Warner, from Trinidad, kept most of the money for himself.

Morocco, which lost out to South Africa via a 14-10 vote by FIFA’s ruling panel of executives, also offered a bribe to Warner, the DOJ alleges.

— An ESPN report indicates U.S. Women’s National Team goalie Hope Solo was the “primary aggressor” during her fight with her half-sister and teenage nephew last year, and that she was combative and insulting with officers after her arrest.

The report indicates Solo had been drinking when she arrived at her relatives’ home and initiated the fight. She had faced two counts of domestic violence, but the charges were dismissed on procedural grounds earlier this year.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Andrew Luck top pick in Pro Bowl draft 01.22.15 at 8:31 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: South Florida at Temple, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Coast Carolina at UNC-Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: George Washington at Fordham, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Washington at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: St. Mary’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 11 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Andrew Luck, fresh off his loss to the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game, was selected first overall by Team Carter in Wednesday’s Pro Bowl draft. It was the second straight year Luck was tabbed No. 1 overall for the game.

It’s nice, I guess,” Luck said of his selection. “The reality is that everybody is deserving of it. There’s a bunch of No. 1 picks in there, but it’s nice, I guess.”

Team Irvin has a decidedly Dallas flavor, as alumni captain Michael Irvin loaded up on players from his former club, including quarterback Tony Romo, running back DeMarco Murray, tight end Jason Witten and offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick.

Romo and fellow Team Irvin QBs Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford will throw to the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham. Panthers linebacker (and former Boston College star) Luke Keuchly is one of the anchors of the defense.

Team Carter features QBs Drew Brees and Andy Dalton, running backs Jamaal Charles, Justin Forsett and Alfred Morris, and receivers A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Jordy Nelson and Antonio Brown.

Defensively Team Carter has Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and cornerback Aqib Talib.

— The first meeting between the Bills and Jets next season should be interesting, with former Jets coach Rex Ryan now at the helm of the Bills. The talk already has begun, as a former Jets assistant now working for the Bills spoke candidly about Jets QB Geno Smith’s issues this past season.

David Lee, who was the Jets quarterbacks coach before moving to Buffalo with Ryan, assigned some blame for New York’s issues on the second-year signal caller.

“Rex and I talked about it, he had some inconsistency, and the up-and-down part is what killed us,” Lee said. He would get loose with the football. We played good enough defense over there to win both years, but his play, it’ll cost you, and it cost us.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Judge indicates Donald Sterling faces uphill battle to regain control of Clippers 06.24.14 at 8:14 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Tigers at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Virginia vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Awards show, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
WNBA: Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
World Cup soccer: Italy vs. Uruguay, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Costa Rica vs. England, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Japan vs. Colombia, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Greece vs. Ivory Coast, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday indicated Donald Sterling might have a tough time fighting his estranged wife’s sale of the team.

At an initial hearing in probate court, Judge Michael Levanas put off for one week a ruling on the scope of a trial on Shelly Sterling‘s takeover of the team due to Donald’s mental incompetence. However, he told the lawyers (via the Los Angeles Times) that the agreement in the trust seems to spell out clearly that one of the Sterlings can be removed as co-trustee if two qualified doctors find them to be mentally incapacitated — which was the case last month — and he said unless it’s shown that the provision was unclear, he might only need to confirm the the two psychiatrists who examined Donald Sterling were qualified.

“As I sit here right now, I don’t see how this [trust] document is ambiguous and you are going to go behind it,” Levanas said.

Added the judge: “I could decide this case in five minutes. … I don’t know why you want the court involved at all.”

Shelly Sterling sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion after two neurologists tested Donald and declared the 80-year-old mentally incapable of managing his business affairs.

“The other side is trying to bring a lot of noise and trying to rewrite the trust to say something it doesn’t say,” Ballmer attorney Adam L. Streisand said. “And the judge is saying, ‘I don’t see it. There’s nothing ambiguous here. It’s crystal clear.’ ”

A probate hearing is scheduled to begin July 7. NBA owners are set to meet one week later to approve Ballmer.

“We really want this $2 billion, record-shattering sale — 3 1/2 times anything else that has ever happened — to go forward,” said Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell. “It’s in the best interest of Donald Sterling and Mrs. Sterling and the trust.”

— More details have emerged about the incident involving Hope Solo over the weekend. The U.S. women’s soccer goalie was arrested early Saturday morning and booked on two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly hitting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew.

According to The Seattle Times, the nephew told police that his mother recently let Solo back into their lives, and she showed up at a party at their home and appeared to have already been drinking and was upset about an incident with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. Solo and her nephew eventually got into a fistfight after she insulted him, and Solo hit the boy’s mother when she tried to pull Solo off him. At one point the nephew got a BB gun in an attempt to scare Solo away. It didn’t work, and he then broke a broomstick over her head in an unsuccessful attempt to ward her off. The police were called and determined that Solo was the primary aggressor.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox mourn employee Jack Lanzillotti, killed in car accident 06.23.14 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Nationals at Brewers, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, Virginia vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: Netherlands vs. Chile, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Australia vs. Spain, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Croatia vs. Mexico, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Cameroon vs. Brazil, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Award-winning Red Sox video producer Jack Lanzillotti was killed Saturday night along with his girlfriend when they were hit by a car while walking in Boston on Saturday night.

Lanzillotti, 28, and Jessica Campbell, 27, were walking near the intersection of Beacon and Fairfield streets around 9:15 p.m. when two vehicles collided, police told the media. One of the vehicles flipped and hit the couple, killing them both. Two individuals who were in one the cars were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lanzillotti, a Shrewsbury native and Boston University graduate who was in his seventh year as a Red Sox employee, was the manager of productions/game operations. He produced video and scoreboard entertainment during games, and he created vignettes that were shown between innings and on NESN’s “Red Sox Report.”

“Jack has been an important, respected, and beloved member of our organization for the past seven years,” Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said Sunday in a team statement. “His poise under pressure and good-humored manner helped us deliver consistently outstanding results. We are all grief-stricken, and we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jack’€™s and Jessica’€™s families.”

Lanzillotti won a New England Emmy in 2011 for co-producing a feature on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s base-stealing ability.

Tino Martinez and Rich “Goose” Gossage became the latest Yankees enshrined with a plaque in Yankee Stadium‘s Monument Park when the team honored the players in consecutive days over the weekend.

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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 WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ 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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Thursday’s Olympics roundup: U.S. women’s soccer captures third straight Olympics gold 08.09.12 at 5:55 pm ET
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The United States women’€™s soccer team earned redemption from its 2011 World Cup final loss to Japan, beating the Japanese, 2-1, for the Olympic gold medal on Thursday, their third straight Olympic gold.

Carli Lloyd opened the scoring in the eighth minute, burying a cross from teammate Alex Morgan into the back of the net to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Lloyd increased the lead to 2-0 early in the second half after she made a long run through the Japanese defense, then unleashed a shot from about 20 feet out that snuck just inside the left post.

Japan’€™s Yuki Ogimi answered in the 63 rd minute to cut the deficit in half, but the U.S., anchored by the impressive goalkeeping of Hope Solo, held the Japanese off in the final minutes to win the gold, their fourth in five Olympics since the sport was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

TRACK AND FIELD: BOLT MAKES MORE HISTORY

Days after becoming the first man to win back-to-back 100-meter finals at the Olympics, Usain Bolt became the first man to do so in the 200 meters on Thursday.

Bolt led a Jamaican sweep in the event, finishing in 19.32 seconds, ahead of Yohan Blake (19.44) and Warren Weir (19.84). American Wallace Spearman finished fourth in 19.90 seconds. Bolt is also the first to sweep both the 100 and 200 in consecutive Olympics.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Sponsors waver on Penn State commitment after punishment 07.25.12 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 12:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien said Tuesday that no players have indicated that they plan to transfer in the wake of the NCAA penalties announced a day earlier, but all the team’s sponsors are not demonstrating the same loyalty.

The insurance company State Farm is pulling its ads from Penn State broadcasts, and General Motors is reconsidering its sponsorship deal.

“We will not directly support Penn State football this year,” State Farm spokesman Dave Phillips said Tuesday. “We just feel it was the best decision.”

Other sponsors, including Pepsi, PNC bank and Highmark (Pennsylvania’s largest health insurer) said they will stay on board.

Meanwhile, the school’s credit rating could take a hit, as Moody’s Investors Service announced that the school’s Aa1 rating is in jeopardy due to potential for a decline in enrollment and fundraising.

‘™¦ Since Tim Tebow‘s arrival in New York, there has been speculation that he could be used on the Jets’ special teams in some capacity. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff discussed that possibility with the New York media.

‘€œThere are certain situations [on kickoffs] where he might be on the field that he could be utilized possibly to block or possibly to field a ball,’€ Westhoff told the New York Daily News. ‘€œIf a team squibs it at you or pops it at you, he might be the perfect guy to put in that could make an adjustment. If they kick it deep, he could block. If they squib it or pop it, he could be a guy that we’€™d have with a ball in his hands. ‘€¦ Jerricho Cotchery did a nice job for us in that role. Brad Smith, before he became the [primary return] guy, did some of that for us. So, it’€™s just a situational thing.’€

Added Westhoff: ‘€œHis role with me won’€™t be a paramount role. I’€™m not counting on Tebow coming in and being a hard-core special teams player. That’€™s not what we want. We have a limited role for him, but it will be one that presents problems. That’€™s what Tebow is all about. He presents problems to good football teams in a lot of aspects. You have to be aware of it. If you’€™re not aware of it, it could jump up and smack you. ‘€¦ His role with me will be limited, but I think it’€™s a very important one. He can help us in a lot of ways.’€

‘™¦ U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo is coming out with a book in which she talks about her troubled childhood. “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” is set for an Aug. 14 release.

According to excerpts from the book that were released this week, Solo said her father had multiple families who lived in homes paid for by money he embezzled from his work. The goalie said she was conceived during a conjugal visit while her father was serving time in a Washington prison.

“It was hard. I came to grips with a lot of difficulties that I’€™ve overcome,” Solo told NBC. “Each challenge kind of makes you who you are. It wasn’€™t always a good thing. I have my own struggles in my life because of the things I was forced to overcome. So it was hard, it was a reality check, for sure. But I am really happy I’€™ve done it.

“I just want people to not judge with their eyes, but judge with their hearts, and I think that’€™s what this book is all about.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his speech Williams lobbied for the induction of which two players?

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Hope Solo tests positive for banned substance, receives warning 07.10.12 at 10:46 am ET
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United States women’€™s soccer star goalie Hope Solo has tested positive for Canrenone, a banned substance found in prescription medicine, but will still play in the Olympics, which begin later this month.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency publicly warned Solo on Monday, but determined that she had digested the substance unknowingly and that it did not enhance her performance ability.

‘€œI took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,’€ Solo said. ‘€œOnce informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.’€

Solo has been the goalkeeper for the national team for almost six years and is considered one of the world’€™s elite players at her position. Last summer, she helped the U.S. to a runner-up finish at the World Cup after a penalty shootout loss to China in the final.

Solo will lead the U.S. women into their Olympics opener on July 25 when they take on France.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss ‘trying to be a leader’ for 49ers receivers at 7:59 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Celtics vs. Nets, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ New 49ers receiver Randy Moss has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh so much that Harbaugh has called Moss the team’s “best receiver right now,” according to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Rich Gannon, who recently spoke with the coach.

Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, said he learned that Harbaugh sat down with Moss before the former Patriots receiver signed with the team and the two men talked about expectations.

Said Gannon: ‘€œAt the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh and said, ‘€˜Coach, what do you want me to do, what can I do for you?’€™ And Jim looked at him and said, ‘€˜For starters, I’€™d like you to sit in the front row of my meetings.’€™

‘€œ[Harbaugh] said by doing that it’€™s brought guys like [Michael] Crabtree, who’€™d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’€™re sitting up front with Randy Moss. They don’€™t have the hoodies on anymore. They’€™re alert. They’€™re paying attention. Randy’€™s taking notes. Every meeting that coach has had, Randy Moss has been sitting in the front row.

‘€œRandy is trying to do the right thing. Randy is trying to be a leader. He’€™s trying to set a good example for these young players. It gets back to what the expectations are. Jim Harbaugh doesn’€™t have a ton of rules, but what the expectations are for Randy. ‘€˜We can get you back to where you were a couple years ago. You can be a huge addition for our offense. You can help us in the vertical passing game. But here’€™s what you have to do.’€™

‘€œSo far, Randy Moss has bought in.’€

‘™¦ The lawyer for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson defended the player, insisting Peterson was the victim rather than the aggressor in a weekend incident at a Houston nightclub where Peterson was detained and charged with resisting arrest.

“He, in fact, was struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason, and when all the evidence is impartially reviewed, it will clearly show Adrian was the victim, not the aggressor,” said Rusty Hardin, who is better known as the lawyer who defended Roger Clemens.

Added Hardin: “He was only in that club for 30 to 40 minutes, was never objectionable to other patrons, and never physically resisted any police officer. Adrian is extremely upset about these false allegations. These charges are totally at odds with the way he has conducted himself throughout his career, and he asks that his fans and the public at large reserve judgment until they hear all the facts.”

‘™¦ U.S. Olympic women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo was given a “public warning” by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for the banned substance canrenone last month. Solo still is eligible to compete in the Summer Games after officials accepted her explanation.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” she said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 10, 1992, which Red Sox player tied then-teammate Ellis Burks‘ major league record for grand slams by a rookie when he hit his second of the season in a 6-5 victory over the White Sox?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rangers coach John Tortorella critical of owner James Dolan’s optimistic talk 01.18.12 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cincinnati at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Clemson at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Texas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Rangers coach John Tortorella is known for speaking his mind and not backing down to anyone, and apparently it doesn’t matter even when dealing with the team’s owner. After James Dolan told the media Tuesday that the first-place Rangers were “pretty close” to winning a Stanley Cup, Tortorella called out his boss.

‘€œRight now up to this point we’€™ve done a pretty good job ‘€” we just have to go about our business,’€ Tortorella said after the Rangers shut out the Predators, 3-0, and Dolan had left the room on Madison Square Garden’€™s fifth floor. ‘€œLike I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That’€™s a bunch of bull—-. We need to take one game at a time.’€

‘™¦ Oilers forward Taylor Hall slipped on a puck during pregame warmups Tuesday night and ended up colliding with two teammates and getting a skate across his face. Hall, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a hospital for stitches above his eye. The No. 1 pick in 2010, Hall was taken one spot before the Bruins grabbed Tyler Seguin. Hall has scored six goals in his past nine games.

“This is one of those fluky things. It just happens,” Oilers coach Tom Renney said. “Not much we can do about it.”

‘™¦ A man was shot and killed at a restaurant inside a Vancouver hotel where the U.S. women’s soccer team is staying as they compete in an Olympic qualifying tournament. A team spokesman said no players witnessed the shooting.

Tweeted goalie Hope Solo: Saved by our instant yoga session. Was about to walk to starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel! Life is precious’€¦

‘™¦ Former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, named last week as coach of the Rams, was first at the scene of a serious car crash Sunday in Brentwood, Tenn., and aided two injured teenagers until medical personnel arrived. On a 911 tape, a woman who called for help can be heard recognizing Fisher. “Hi, coach Fisher. Hi. We need you. Right now!” she said. “There’s coach Fisher. That’s Jeff Fisher, from the Titans. So hold on. We need him. Immediately.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 18, 1973, the Red Sox signed their first designated hitter, with the position set to debut that season. Which veteran was obtained to fill that role?

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