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Eagles criticize Greg Hardy after beating Cowboys: ‘It’s a joke a guy like that is able to play this quickly’ 11.09.15 at 8:16 am ET
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Tom Brady might not want to wade into the Greg Hardy controversy, but members of the Eagles weren’t shy about offering their opinion after Sunday night’s game.

Following Friday’s release of photos of the victim in Hardy’s 2014 domestic violence incident, a new round of criticism has fallen upon Hardy — and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, for signing him.

After the Eagles finished off their 33-27 overtime victory over the struggling Cowboys, offensive tackle Lane Johnson said he had some extra motivation.

“Any time I had a chance to put a little extra mustard on a block, I tried,” Johnson said (via the Philadelphia Daily News). “He wasn’t all that emotional in the game. I guess he is in other games. I don’t know if the stuff got to him on the news, but he kind of seemed out of it a little bit.”

Added Johnson: “I felt like I faced better than him. He’s a guy who, when things are going good, he’s great. When things aren’t going good, he’ll shut it down.”

Hardy had one sack but otherwise was not a significant factor. He committed two penalties, including one for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing an Eagles player to the ground after the whistle.

“I’m glad he didn’t have a good day,” center Jason Kelce said. “It’s a joke a guy like that is able to play this quickly.”

Added Kelce: “Three people I have zero respect for in this world: People who hit women, who molest children, and rapists.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones defends Greg Hardy after sideline dispute with teammates 10.26.15 at 7:56 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.

NFL: Ravens at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Ducks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)


— It didn’t take Greg Hardy long to show that he has not learned to control his temper. The Cowboys defensive end, playing his second game since returning from a four-game suspension for a domestic violence incident that led to his departure from Carolina, got into an argument and shoving match with a coach and then some teammates during Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

Hardy was upset at Dallas’ special teams unit after it allowed a 100-yard kickoff return to Dwayne Harris that gave the Giants a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Hardy stepped into the special teams huddle, slapped coach Rich Bisaccia’s clipboard, then got in the coach’s face before being pushed away. He then exchanged words with, among others, injured wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Said Bryant: “There is no issue. That’s just football. People want to make nothing into something, especially when we lose. That’s just football.”

Special-teamer Danny McCray said Hardy “pushed me a little bit,” but he downplayed the incident.

“Greg Hardy is such a passionate player,” McCray said. “He’s all over the place. He’s in the defensive huddle, the offensive huddle, and today he made our special teams huddle. I was a little surprised he was in there. … I didn’t realize who it was. Then I realized it was Greg. He was showing his passion that we gave up the lead and we needed to fix it. “It’s football. Those guys love each other, and we’ll get in the meetings tomorrow and talk it over. We’ll see what the coach says about it. [Hardy] was just trying to get us fired up.”

In the locker room after the game, Hardy responded to all questions from the media by repeatedly interrupting and saying, “No comment. Any other questions?” before eventually turning his back.

Owner Jerry Jones continued his approach of enabling Hardy, calling him “one of the real leaders on this team” and saying he had no problem with his behavior Sunday, insisting, “As a matter of fact, I would encourage it.”

Said Jones: “He’s just getting guys ready to play, in my view. I don’t have any issue with him being involved in motivating or pushing in any part of the football team because he plays and walks the walk.”

— Condolences and tributes poured in Sunday for Flip Saunders after the Timberwolves coach and president died following a battle with cancer. Saunders, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in June, was 60.

“Flip was a symbol of strength, compassion, and dignity for our organization,” owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “He was a shining example of what a true leader should be, defined by his integrity and kindness to all he encountered.”

Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett posted a photo on Facebook of him sitting in front of Saunders’ empty parking spot, with a caption of “Forever in my heart….”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Niners DT Ray McDonald escapes domestic violence charges, ‘knew the truth would come out’ 11.12.14 at 7:58 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: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Timberwolves, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ball State at UMass, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Kent State at Bowling Green, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Netherlands vs. Mexico, 2:25 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Niners defensive tackle Ray McDonald addressed the media Tuesday, one day after authorities said he would not be charged following his Aug. 31 arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence, and said he remains with his fiancee despite their issues.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said McDonald was not charged due to “insufficient evidence.” The office’s report indicated the woman struck McDonald, and he forcibly restrained her during he ensuring scuffle and attempted to remove her from the house. The injuries McDonald’s fiancee suffered were minor and “consistent with restraint rather than an attack.” McDonald’s fiancee, who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, did not cooperate with the investigation.

“I’m not the kind of guy [who] would put my hands on a woman like that,” McDonald said. “My teammates know it. My friends know it. Everybody knows what kind of guy I am.”

McDonald, who also had an incident with his fiancee in May after which he admitted firing a gun into the ground while leaving their home, said it’s not fair to compare him to other troubled NFL players such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

“I’m not those other guys,” he said. “I’m just not. I know what kind of person I am. [The 49ers] know what kind of person I am. And that’s why they let me play all the way up to this point.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Ray McDonald be suspended by the NFL?

  • No, he was not convicted after either incident so it's not fair to suspend him (61%, 80 Votes)
  • Yes, this is his second incident in a year, clearly he needs to be punished (39%, 51 Votes)

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McDonald, who had stayed quiet since his arrest, acknowledged the issue affected his ability to focus on the field.

“I wouldn’€™t be human if it didn’€™t bother me,” he said. “I knew the truth would come out. I knew it would eventually come out, but as far as me playing, it didn’€™t affect me a whole lot, but it was weighing on my mind a little bit. I had all this stuff that people were saying about me that I knew wasn’€™t true. I just had to keep my mouth shut and let the whole process play out.”

— Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. released a statement through the Lakers expressing his devastation over the death of his father, who was found Sunday night shot in the head in the driver’s seat of a car in Philadelphia.

Ellington, who was granted an indefinite leave of absence by the team, said he and his family were “devastated by the news of my father’s murder.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott said he learned of the news on Sunday night, after the team’s first win of the season.

“Driving home all I did was think about [Ellington],” Scott said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s really just very said news.”

Added Scott: “This is our livelihood, but this is still just a game. This thing that’s happened to Wayne is real life. It kinds of puts everything in perspective. I think all of us, every now and then, during the game, after the game, before the game, will have Wayne on our mind.”

— The Cowboys activated defensive tackle Josh Brent on Tuesday, with his 10-game suspension imposed by the league having come to an end.

Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of his teammate Jerry Brown, has not played since Dec. 2, 2012, six days before the accident. He has been practicing for the past two weeks for his return.

“Really, it’s just his football readiness,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been away from it for a little bit, but he’s working hard. He’s trying to get his body right. You can see his football instincts and feel for the game coming back, but he still needs to practice and get himself acclimated to football.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been consistent in his backing of Brent, who also received support from Brown’s family.

“He had some experiences since he’s last been on the field … that make him appreciate every second he gets to be on the football field and gets to be contributing and he’s got some real goals,” Jones said. “He wants to help that little girl very much, which is Jerry Brown’s daughter.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history when he took to the ice one month before his 17th birthday for a 3-1 loss in Toronto? Hint: He later coached the B’s.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They don’t have anyone on defense. … They just don’t have any players on the defensive side of the ball. Therefore, they don’t have a chance.” — NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison, during his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday, discussing the struggling Bears, whose defense has been woeful in consecutive losses to the Patriots and Packers

STAT OF THE DAY: 13,421 — Career missed shots for Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who on Tuesday passed Celtics legend John Havlicek for the most in NBA history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Hornets guard Gary Neal drives for what appears to be a game-tying layup against the Trail Blazers, but it comes a fraction of a second after the buzzer.

Mavericks players Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler are ready to provide “Maverick justice” as “Chandler and Chandler.”

Randy Moss recalls a memorable meeting Deion Sanders before he was drafted.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Armand “Bep” Guidolin, who played four seasons in Boston and coached the Bruins for half of 1972-73 and all of 1973-74

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Neil Young was born on this day in 1945.

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Woman claims Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid her money to keep quiet for alleged sexual assault 09.25.14 at 10:29 am ET
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A former stripper claiming that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones allegedly sexually assaulted her in a bathroom now says Jones also paid her money for almost five years to keep quiet about the incident.

Jana Weckerly said Jones performed unconsented sexual acts on her and forced her to watch Jones receive oral sex from another woman in a Texas hotel bathroom in 2009. Since then, Weckerly claims Jones has sent hush money to her bank account.

The updated lawsuit says Jones attempted to pay off Weckerly until the five-year statute of limitations expired. A hearing will be held Friday to determine if the lawsuit was filed too late because of the statute. The lawsuit does not state on exact date or location the alleged incident took place.

The updated lawsuit filed Monday is seeking $1 million in damages from Jones. Jones’ attorney Levi McCathern has denied the allegations that Jones committed any such acts.

“This is nothing more than an attempt to embarrass and extort Jerry Jones,” McCathern said in a statement earlier in September.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell gets advice on personal conduct policy from former NFL players 09.24.14 at 8:03 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.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Flames, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent met with a group of 11 former players, including ex-Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, in an often-emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the league’s personal conduct policy.

Vincent said the former players, including Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, told him the league should get players off the field immediately after they’ve been accused of a crime.

“One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?” Vincent said. “To a man, they said, ‘Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.’ ”

MASHUP POLL: Should the NFL suspend a player immediately after he has been arrested for anything?

  • Yes, if there's enough reason to arrest him, he should be held out until he settles his legal issues (75%, 110 Votes)
  • No, it's not fair to punish a player until he's be proven guilty of a crime (25%, 36 Votes)

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With recent issues of domestic violence plaguing the league, Vincent said the ex-players insisted that “everyone is accountable” for their behavior. He added that he believes the league is getting closer to figuring out a better way to handle such problems.

“You can’t negotiate the game,” Vincent said, his voice cracking. “The one thing we’ve all got to fight for … we are talking about the game and we’ve all got to be all-in. We all have got to answer the questions of where are we today, how did we get here, why is this happening, how do we stop this and manage this?

“We don’t have time to wait on anybody to give us direction. There is one thing we don’t negotiate, it’s the game.”

The other players in the meeting were Harvard product Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher.

— Outspoken Eagles cornerback Cary Williams — known well around these parts for his criticism of the Patriots prior to joint practices the last two preseasons — apologized to his teammates Tuesday night for complaining about coach Chip Kelly after Sunday’s 37-34 victory over Washington.

Williams questioned Kelly’s decision to have team do a walkthrough last Tuesday, a day after a Monday night game against the Colts in Indianapolis. He met with Kelly on Monday and apologized publicly Tuesday.

“I said what I said, man. … It’s out there,” Williams said. “I could have played better [Sunday]. I spoke to my teammates and told them I was sorry for what I said. So, it won’t happen again. I won’t talk negatively about the team.

“We are 3-0 and that’s something to be proud of. I am happy we are 3-0. Things could have gone otherwise.”

Added Williams: “Obviously, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sometimes people take things the wrong way. But I realized I made that mistake. My teammates realize that and forgave me.

“I try not to lie. In that situation I don’t think I did. But in that situation, I should have kept it in house between me and 56 other guys in here and coach Chip. I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it.”

— Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne skipped practice and left the team’s training facility after being told that he was being pulled from the starting lineup, according to multiple reports.

The Cowboys traded up in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne sixth overall, and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday morning that Claiborne was not living up to his draft status.

“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”

Claiborne, who will be replaced by Orlando Scandrick, admitted that he “stunk it up” Sunday when he allowed five receptions for 108 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass, early against the Rams. He also was penalized for holding. On the positive side, Claiborne clinched his team’s comeback win with a leaping interception.

“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne, who missed the entire preseason with knee and shoulder injuries, said after the game. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The tackles, the guards, they’€™re just getting their butts kicked and getting pushed around. They just look so big and stiff, no knee bends, anything. It just looked bad. And Tom [Brady], you could just tell, Tom never felt comfortable, he doesn’€™t feel comfortable, he doesn’€™t trust that offensive line.” — NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 40 — Home runs this season for Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, making him just the sixth player in team history to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates clinch a playoff berth after turning a double play to finish off the Braves.

Wellington Castillo hits a long single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a walkoff win over over the Cardinals.

Rockies left fielder Brandon Barnes makes an impressive leaping catch at the fence against the Padres.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox.

The benches empty after Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig is hit in the foot by a pitch vs. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the first inning.

From Monday night, Guilder Rodriguez, called up the Rangers this month after 13 years in the minor leagues, gets his first major league hit.

Here are Derek Jeter‘s top-10 career highlights recreated with OYO toys.

A brawl breaks out at a college basketball game in the Phillipines, leading to the ejection of 17 players.

From a high school football game in South Dakota, Dell Rapids kicks an extra point, which is low but bounces off a Millbank player’s helmet and goes through the uprights.

A youth football team from New York has a little trouble running through a banner before the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bernie Parent, who played the majority of his career with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (1974, ’75)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was born on this day in 1942.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans players irate after Houston fans cheer Matt Schaub injury 10.14.13 at 7:58 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.

NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)


‘€¢ In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.

Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.

Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”

Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”

Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.

Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.

‘€¢ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”

Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”

‘€¢ Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.

General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.

“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.

“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”

Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”

Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.

Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Injuries continue to mount for struggling Lakers 04.25.13 at 7:55 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: Draft, Round 1, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Astros at Red Sox, 6:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Lightning at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
NHL: Penguins at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Ducks at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Bucks, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Nets at Bulls, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)


‘™¦ The Lakers are down 2-0 in their playoff series against the Spurs after dropping Wednesday night’s Game 2, 102-91, and they’re limping back to Los Angeles for Friday’s Game 3.

Already without Kobe Bryant (torn Achilles tendon) for the rest of the season, the Lakers saw guards Steve Nash (hip/hamstring), Steve Blake (hamstring) and Jodie Meeks (ankle) come up lame Wednesday night.

“This has been far and away the worst season for injuries I have ever been a part of personally and collectively,” Nash said.

WIth the backcourt issues, the Lakers are looking for the frontcourt to provide a spark. Center Dwight Howard had 16 points and nine rebounds Wednesday, but he picked up a technical and was in foul trouble after getting two fouls on the offensive end early in the third quarter. He also got into an exchange with Spurs center Tim Duncan, jawing at him as the two walked down the court after getting tangled up in the second quarter.

“It is frustrating,” Howard said of the defensive pressure he’s been facing. “I just have to trust my teammates to make shots. On whatever they do defensively, I have to be aware of my arms and try not to get tangled up.”

‘™¦ The inaugural College Football Championship Game will be held Jan. 12, 2015, at Cowboys Stadium, as the Cotton Bowl home was chosen over Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., to be the host.

“The stadium itself was the biggest determiner,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday of the facility that can seat more than 100,000 fans. “It’s still THE stadium with a capital ‘T.’ ”

Said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a statement: “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing college football’s biggest game to Cowboys Stadium. Rest assured, we all pledge to do everything we can to make sure this game exceeds everyone’s highest expectations.”

The Rose (Pasadena, Calif.) and Sugar (New Orleans) Bowls will host the semifinal games on Jan. 1, 2015. The Cotton, Orange (Miami), Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) and Fiesta (Glendale, Ariz.) Bowls are part of the six-site semifinal rotation. In years they are not hosting a semifinal game, the other bowls in the rotation will host a BCS-type bowl game on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

‘™¦ With the NFL draft set to start Thursday night, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 undrafted free agents in NFL history.

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is No. 1, followed by Hall of Fame defensive back Dick “Night Train” Lane, tight end Antonio Gates and quarterback Kurt Warner. Two Patriots made the list: kicker Adam Vinatieri (8) and wide receiver Wes Welker (9).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 25, 1950, the Celtics became the first NBA team to draft a black player when they selected which Duquesne star in the second round?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant shows frustration as Lakers lose again 11.08.12 at 6:42 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: Colts at Jaguars, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Florida State at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)


‘™¦ The Lakers are 1-4 after Wednesday’s 95-86 loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City, and Kobe Bryant, who only days ago was ripping impatient critics, is having trouble containing his frustration with everyone around him.

Bryant played Wednesday night with an anger he acknowledged he had not displayed in a while, although he wouldn’t say the reason for his motivation.

“Nothing I care to share,” said Bryant, who finished with 29 points and six turnovers.

Said teammate Dwight Howard: “Sometimes I think as a team, we ought to be able to not really show our frustrations that much. A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won’t get down on themselves.

“I know [Bryant] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do. We’ve just got to stay together, remember it’s a process and stay focused.”

Meanwhile, Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss isn’t ready to give up on coach Mike Brown.

“I have no problems with Mike Brown at all,” Buss said. “He just works too hard and he’s too knowledgeable for this to be happening.”

‘™¦ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also been the team’s general manager for many years, but former coach Jimmy Johnson insists that Jones’ implication that he was calling the shots during the team’s dynasty years in the early 1990s is false.

“This is completely a bunch of crock,” Johnson said in an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “Jerry started putting all those titles on himself after I left. He didn’t call himself general manager and president and all that stuff when I was there. He was just the owner.”

Actually, Jones was listed as president and GM while Johnson was coaching, but that means little to Johnson.

“It was in my contract that I had total responsibility for all football decisions,” Johnson said. “It was all in my contract, and he didn’t allow anybody to have that in their contract after I left.”

‘™¦ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he spoke to center Joakim Noah about his decision to shoot a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of a 99-93 victory over the Magic in an attempt to win free hamburgers for fans at Chicago’s United Center. If the Bulls had scored 100 points, all fans in attendance would have received the free burger.

After Noah missed one free throw with 23 seconds left and teammate Kirk Hinrich missed two free throws with 10 seconds left, the fans missed out on the treat, and many of them booed at the final buzzer.

“You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen in a game,” Noah said. “I just got caught up in the moment and I was trying to get the people a Big Mac. They really wanted a Big Mac [judging by how loud the crowd was getting] and I felt like, not only did I take the shot and miss the shot, we didn’t even get the Big Mac. Next time, I won’t take that 3-pointer.”

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a tough Sunday 11.05.12 at 12:56 pm ET
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not have a good day Sunday. Before, during, and after the game, things just did not go his way.

In an interview with Bob Costas prior to the game, Jones, the team’s owner and GM, said he would have fired another general manager who was in the position he’s in.

‘€œWell, I think so, because he was there to dismiss,’€ Jones told Costas. ‘€œI have always worked for myself, and you can’€™t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’€™d had the discretion, I’€™ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.’€

Jones also affirmed his support for coach Jason Garrett.

‘€œThis is a long-term thing with me,’€ Jones said. ‘€œI like what I’€™m seeing. I don’€™t like that we are 3-4, but I like the direction.’€

The Cowboys lost a close game to the undefeated Falcons, 19-13. The game could have gone the Cowboys’ way if they’€™d made a few key plays.

“Very disappointed that we didn’t have a chance and play better in the second half,” Jones said. “A play here, a play there might have made a difference. They’re 8-0 because they’re a good team. They play tough at home.”

Matt Barrie of NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth tweeted that following the game, Jones was seen pounding angrily on the Cowboys’€™ locker room door because he was locked out.

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Tony Romo appears to brush off Cowboys owner Jerry Jones 10.03.11 at 1:43 pm ET
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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could not have been happy with his three interceptions in the second half of Sunday’s 34-30 loss to Detroit, but does that frustration make an apparent snub of the team owner acceptable? Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner blog posted a video Monday morning in which the Cowboys quarterback appeared to shake off Dallas owner Jerry Jones in the waning moments of Sunday’s loss.

The Lions (4-0) had been trailing by 24 points in the third quarter, but thanks to Romo’s interceptions and a 51-yard field goal from kicker Jason Hanson, the Lions roared back to life with a 31-point second half.

Sunday marked the second time this season that the Cowboys (2-2) have blown a double-digit second half lead. Dallas lost its season-opener, 27-24, to the Jets after taking a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.

Romo has been playing through a fractured rib and wore a protective vest during the game. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 5 to think about the loss and then return to action on Oct. 16 on the road against the Patriots.

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