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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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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.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup 08.11.10 at 7:34 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: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ The Darrelle Revis situation is starting to get ugly in New York. Revis’ representatives accused the Jets front office of lying about them denying an invitation for owner Woody Johnson to join a recent meeting. And the two sides presented different versions of negotiations, with agent Neil Schwartz insisting: “The Jets have never given us a proposal with one dollar in signing bonus or one dollar in fully guaranteed money.” Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan insists his defense will be fine without the All-Pro cornerback.

‘™¦ Former college/NFL coach Jimmy Johnson is back in civilization after competing on CBS’ “Survivor.” Dave Hyde in the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes about Johnson’s experiences, which the Fox NFL analyst called “some of the most miserable nights of my life.”

‘™¦ The Cardinals and Reds engaged in a bench-clearing incident Tuesday night, inspired by comments from Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips. Bernie Miklasz in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Phillips inspired the Cardinals, who have taken the first two games of the series between the teams battling for first place in the National League Central.

‘™¦ Former Red Sox super sub Alex Cora, released by the Mets last week, tried to explain the reason for the Mets’ collapse this season.

‘™¦ T.J. Simers in The Los Angeles Times has an update on the McCourts divorce saga as the court date approaches, and he wonders what it will mean for the Dodgers.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 11, 1979, Jim Rice hit his 30th home run of the season, a first-inning shot off Milwaukee’s Moose Haas. In the process, he became the third Red Sox player ever with 30 home runs in three consecutive seasons. Who were the first two Sox to accomplish the feat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was like our whole season. It wasn’t perfect, but we kept playing. … We did a lot of things that weren’t really conducive to winning a close game, but we found ways to come back and win.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 ‘€” Consecutive games the Yankees had won at Texas in contests that included an appearance from Mariano Rivera, until the New York closer gave up the Rangers’ winning run in Tuesday’s 4-3 decision in 10 innings

‘NET RESULTS: More creative celebrations from the Icelandic soccer team Stjarnan. There are three on this clip, but only the third one is truly memorable.

Only in soccer (or maybe wrestling): One player gets knocked into a pool, and the other takes a dive.

Get your own Tim Lincecum wig.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jimmie Foxx (5 consecutive years) and Ted Williams (4 years) ‘€” and they’ve since been joined by Mo Vaughn (4 years), David Ortiz (5 years) and Manny Ramirez (6 years)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Jackson is 56 today.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup 07.21.10 at 7:15 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Dodgers coach Don Mattingly, filling in for ejected manager Joe Torre, made a rulebook mistake Tuesday night that cost his team in a 7-5 loss to the Giants. In the top of the ninth inning of a game Los Angeles was leading 5-4, with one out and the bases loaded, Mattingly went to the mound to talk to closer Jonathan Broxton and arrange his defense. Mattingly started to leave, but then turned around to respond to a question and stepped back on the dirt below the pitcher’s mound. That constitutes a second visit, requiring the pitcher to be removed. Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports has the details and reaction. Here’s the video from

‘™¦ The New York Post has the story of Mets utility player (and former Red Sox super sub) Alex Cora admonishing a teammate for laughing with reporters after Tuesday night’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

‘™¦ Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune has the story about Lou Piniella‘s decision to retire as manager of the Cubs.

‘™¦ Former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant on the CBS reality show “Survivor: Nicaragua,” according to

‘™¦ On the heels of USC’s decision to replace athletic director Mike Garrett with Pat Haden and return Reggie Bush‘s Heisman Trophy, Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times writes that Garrett was his own worst enemy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 21, 1988, Red Sox manager Joe Morgan and slugger Jim Rice got into a heated dispute after Morgan replaced Rice with which pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a win over the Twins?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I didn’t see it. He saw something that nobody else in our dugout saw.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on a 10th inning balk call by umpire Bob Davidson that put the winning run in scoring position

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 ‘€” The rank for managerial wins in major league history for Cubs mentor Lou Piniella, who announced he will retire at the end of the season

‘NET RESULTS: The Japanese team pulled off the hidden ball trick at the World Lacrosse Championships.

A reporter got a little too close to the skateboard action, and a kid paid the price.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Spike Owen, who was sent in to drop down a sacrifice bunt

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is 62 today.

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