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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.

“No, 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.”

“There 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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Carli Lloyd and the U.S. women's soccer team are Olympic champions. (AP)

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:

Bill O'Brien faces major challenges at Penn State. (AP)

♦ 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.

“There 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. “If 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: “His 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.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” Solo said. “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.”

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:

Randy Moss is off to a good start with the 49ers. (AP)

♦ 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: “At 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.’

“[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.

“Randy 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.’

“So 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.

“Right 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. “Like 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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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jeremy Shockey saves choking Panthers teammate 08.30.11 at 7:23 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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jeremy Shockey

♦ Tight end Jeremy Shockey has not avoided controversy during his NFL career, but on Monday he showed his better side. When fellow Panthers tight end Ben Hartstock could not breathe because he was choking on a piece of pork tenderloin, Shockey stepped in and dislodged the meat, the National Football Post reported.

“[Hartstock] started to go to the bathroom, and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” said Hartstock’s agent, Mike McCartney. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was pretty scary.

“Ben told me, ‘Shockey came over and gave me the Heimlich maneuver and saved my life.’ He was in good spirits and he’s real thankful for Shockey.”

♦ U.S. women’s soccer team goalie Hope Solo, building on her newfound celebrity after the team’s World Cup runner-up finish, will compete on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” this fall. Solo and Lakers guard Ron Artest are the two athletes who were named to the Season 13 cast, announced Monday. They’ll join actor David Arquette, Sonny & Cher offspring Chaz Bono, legal analyst Nancy Grace, model Elisabetta Canalis, reality TV personalities Kristin Cavallari and Rob Kardashian, talk show host/actress Ricki Lake, singer/actress Chynna Phillips, war veteran/actor J.R. Martinez, and fashion analyst Carson Kressley.

Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 shorelines for college football this season, while Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated makes his bowl predictions. Mandel has Alabama and Oklahoma in the BCS title game, and Boston College playing Navy in the Military Bowl.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 30, 1997, Nomar Garciaparra‘s American League rookie-record hitting streak came to an end against the Braves at how many games?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick tweets about possibility of Brett Favre joining Eagles 07.25.11 at 7:43 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
MLB: Royals at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ A hot rumor over the weekend was that 41-year-old Brett Favre would join the Eagles as a backup to Michael Vick. Sunday morning, this tweet appeared on Vick’s account but was later removed: I would be honored to have Brett Favre as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career. According to The Inquirer of Philadelphia, the move is unlikely to happen, with an Eagles source referring to it as the longest of long shots.

♦ With U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo on the cover of last week’s Sports Illustrated, the Atlantic has a piece detailing the history of women on the cover of the magazine. The story notes that women grace the cover on average about once per year, not including the swimsuit issue.

♦ Longtime Maine high school sports writer Bob McPhee, who was paralyzed while playing high school football 36 years ago and left unable to speak, recently was honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Eric Adelson in Yahoo! Sports’ ThePostGame blog writes about McPhee’s inspirational story.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 25, 1941, which Red Sox pitcher won his 300th and final game, pitching a complete game to beat the Indians, 10-6

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LEEInks List: Best U.S. World Cup moments 07.16.11 at 5:33 pm ET
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Soccer fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the heroic run the U.S. women’s soccer team has put on during the 2011 World Cup. Names like Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach will surely go down in the U.S. Soccer history books, and their performances will join an ever-expanding list of memorable U.S. World Cup moments. We’ve ranked 10 of them below (men’s and women’s included) to get you geared up for Sunday’s final match against Japan.

10. Men tie Italy in 2006 with nine players

In most sports, a tie would hardly even sniff a top 10 list, but the Americans accomplished something truly impressive by stealing a point from Italy and keeping their tournament hopes alive in 2006. Thanks to a pair of red cards, the U.S. eventually had only nine players on the field to Italy’s 10, and somehow managed to prevent the go-ahead goal. Granted, the U.S. tally was scored on an own-goal, and the team failed to advance past the group stage in Germany, but the 1-1 tie was the only match in the entire tournament that eventual champion Italy failed to win.

9. Men finish third in 1930

It was the first-ever World Cup, and although only 13 teams entered in 1930, the U.S. impressed with wins over Belgium and Paraguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. However, the Americans were overmatched against Argentina, and fell 6-1 in the semifinal round. The third-place finish is still the farthest the United States men’s team has ever gone in the World Cup.

8. U.S. hosts Men’s World Cup in 1994; team advances to elimination round

Nobody expected much from the U.S. team or fan base when the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994, but the Americans impressed both on the pitch and in the stands. The country set tournament attendance records and made a healthy profit while Team USA advanced past the group stage with a landmark 2-1 win over fourth-ranked Colombia at the Rose Bowl. The tournament put U.S. Soccer back on the map, although the team finished dead last in the 1998 contest.

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