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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Penn State child molestation allegations date back to 1971 05.09.16 at 8:13 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: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)\
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, Finland vs. United States, 1 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Those close to the late Joe Paterno attempted to defend the coaching legend after it was revealed last week that child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky dated back to 1976.

Over the weekend a Penn State spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the allegations dated back even further — to 1971, two years after Sandusky was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

Before his death in 2012, Paterno claimed the first time he heard complaints about Sandusky was 2001. But insurance settlements — which have topped $90 million for 30 civil claims — cover abuse claims dating back to 1971, the school confirmed.

The information first came to light when a judge cited it last week as part of his ruling in a lawsuit between an insurance company and Penn State over how much the school should have to pay.

Penn State President Eric Barron, in comments to the Penn State community Sunday, said he was “appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment” following the “unsubstantiated” allegations.

“Coach Paterno is not alive to refute them. His family has denied them,” Barron said, adding that some of the media reports “should be difficult for any reasonable person to believe.”

Paterno’s wife, Sue, called for an end to “this endless process of character assassination by accusation.”

— Heat star Dwyane Wade got defensive when asked about his actions during the Canadian national anthem Saturday, insisting it wasn’t his intention to be disrespectful when he took some additional shots as the song began before Game 3 against the Raptors.

Wade explained that his extra shots are part of his pregame routine, but because both the Canadian and American anthems were played back-to-back, it threw off his timing.

“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice Sunday. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno reportedly was informed of Jerry Sandusky molestation in 1976 05.06.16 at 8:23 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Canada, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno apparently was made aware of an accusation that Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in 1976, according to a report out of Pennsylvania.

Pennlive.com reported that Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer said insurers involved in a lawsuit with the school claim a boy told Paterno that he was molested by Sandusky, then an assistant coach. Other assistants coaches also said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

Glazer, who was ruling on a suit regarding insurance coverage for Sandusky-related claims, wrote in his decision that there was no evidence that Paterno or anyone else took the information to any higher-ranking Penn State officials.

Paterno, who was dismissed as coach in 2011 and died in early 2012, did report Sandusky’s abuse of a child in 2001 to school officials, but he denied that he had covered up other incidents.

“I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it,” Paterno testified in 2011, before Sandusky was first charged.

Sandusky eventually was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse of 10 boys for incidents that date back to the 1990s and is serving a long prison sentence. On Thursday he was granted a hearing to be held later this month as part of his appeal.

Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers said there is nothing new to prove that the coach covered for Sandusky.

“Through all of this review there has never been any evidence of inappropriate conduct by coach Paterno,” Sollers said. “To the contrary, the evidence clearly shows he shared information with his superiors as appropriate.”

— Jaromir Jagr will be back for at least one more season — his 23rd in the NHL — as the 44-year-old one-time Bruins forward signed a one-year deal to return to the Panthers, the team announced Thursday.

“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” general manager Dale Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s defense team resolves dispute with Patriots over records 07.23.14 at 7:49 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 Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Tottenham at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Patriots cooperate with Aaron Hernandez's legal team?

  • Yes, they should turn over any requested information so that Hernandez can get a fair trial (61%, 146 Votes)
  • No, the Patriots' information is not relevant to Hernandez's off-field behavior (39%, 92 Votes)

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

— The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jim Harbaugh plays down reports of rift with 49ers 03.05.14 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: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Nuggets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rutgers at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Indiana, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Louisville at SMU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Louis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Colorado at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at UNLV, 11:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Capitals at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Braves at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Reds, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: United States vs. Ukraine, 1:50 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Italy vs. Spain, 3:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Mexico vs. Nigeria, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNews)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jim Harbaugh has been the subject of rumors and reports that he wants out of San Francisco and/or that the team is tiring of his surly behavior. The 49ers coach played down the situation Tuesday, dismissing a suggestion that he wants to leave the team before his contract expires in two years.

“No,” he told Sports Illustrated. “Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind.”

Added Harbaugh: “I see all these reports about how I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. They presume I covet some kind of extension. I have never said to anybody that I want to be the highest-paid coach in football. I have never said that to anybody — my wife, my brother, my dad. I make plenty of money.

“The other one is that I want more power. I have never said that, nor do I want any more power than I have. I coach the team. I’ve told my owner I don’t want any more power. I want to coach the team. And I’ve never told anybody else otherwise.”

There have been reports that Harbaugh is at odds with general manager Trent Baalke and that the team eventually will need to choose between the two.

“We’re both demanding and we want to be accountable for ourselves, for each other,” Harbaugh said. “If you haven’t had a brother, you probably don’t understand the relationship between the GM and the head coach. We’re partners on the same team. I have great respect for him. He works extremely hard at it and is very good at it. We are all part of a team. I believe in the structure we have. I don’t want to change anything that we do in that regard.”

As for the Browns trying to acquire him in a trade, Harbaugh indicated that was not of his doing, nor did he have any intention of going along with it.

“There was never any opportunity to leave the San Francisco 49ers,” he said. “If that existed, it existed in somebody else’s mind, not mine. I am too fond of my team, the players, the coaches. I really feel like we have one of the best, if not the best organizations in football.”

Mike McQueary, who brought the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal to light after witnessing the former Penn State assistant coach molesting a boy, revealed to some Nittany Lions players that he was sexually abused as a child, according to a story in ESPN The Magazine.

McQueary, then a Penn State assistant, allegedly told the team’s receivers in a positional meeting about his history of abuse, explaining that he could relate to the boy who was abused by Sandusky. The meeting was held Nov. 9, 2011, one day after prosecutors revealed that McQueary had witnessed the incident a decade earlier.

McQueary refused comment about the matter and only told the magazine that he still has respect for longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was forced out after the scandal broke and died shortly thereafter.

“I love that man more than you can ever possibly say,” McQueary said. “He’s an unbelievable man. He did unbelievable things. He handled this thing in the best way he could. Was it foolproof or perfect? No. But I didn’t handle this in a foolproof or perfect way either. I am loyal to him to this day. I absolutely love him.”

The story also indicates that McQueary, who filed a $4 million whistleblower lawsuit against the school after his contract was not renewed in the summer of 2012, had a gambling problem and at least once bet on Penn State to cover an eight-point spread against Michigan State in a 1996 game when he was a backup quarterback.

Ian Kinsler, who was traded from the Rangers to the Tigers this offseason, turned some heads with his comments in an ESPN The Magazine story in which he called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” and said he hoped Texas went 0-162 this year.

On Tuesday, Kinsler backtracked from the comments and put some blame on the writer.

“I’m not happy about it. I think that the story was written for drama, and taken a little out of context,” he said. “I understand there were some things directed at the GM, but as far as my teammates and the fans, there’s nothing negative to say about that, and I think the quotes taken about the general manager were taken a little out of context.”

As for the 0-162 comment, Kinsler said: “That’s a matter of telling a joke.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 5, 2002, Joe Kerrigan was fired as Red Sox manager by the new ownership group. Who was named interim manager until Grady Little was hired six days later?

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Penn State sexual abuse documentarian John Ziegler on D&C: ‘I don’t believe that Joe Paterno had any knowledge of the 1998 investigation’ 03.26.13 at 1:21 pm ET
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Documentary writer and director John Ziegler checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss his recent three-plus-hour conversation with Jerry Sandusky at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute.

Ziegler made multiple visits to Sandusky and came to the conclusion that if it was not for a certain New York Jets losing streak from nearly 15 years ago, the Penn State scandal may have never come out.

Said Ziegler: “I’ve concluded, that after my three and a half hours with Jerry Sandusky, that if the New York Jets had not lost their last three games in the 2000 season, there would be no Penn State scandal … If Al Groh doesn’t decide at the last second — he was coaching the Jets at that time — that because they lost the last three games to miss the playoffs, Jerry Sandusky was about to sign on the dotted line to be the head football coach at Virginia in December of 2000. I’m totally convinced that there’s corroborating evidence for that, but Jerry and I talked about this extensively. Apparently during his last interview, the interviewer gets called out of the room, Al Groh calls, that’s his alma mater, Virginia, he’s on the search committee for that job, and tells them, ‘Hey look, I think I’m out of the Jets, I want the job.’ All of a sudden the guy comes back, is cold to Sandusky and Sandusky’s wondering what the heck’s going on. The next day Al Groh gets the job; five weeks later is the [Mike] McQueary episode.”

Ziegler, whose documentary “Framing Paterno” was recently released, also discussed what he thought Paterno really knew and, more importantly, didn’t know regarding the investigations into Sandusky’s actions in the late 1990s.

“People are misunderstanding what the most important conversation in this entire situation was,” Ziegler said, adding: “The key conversation was actually when the athletic director went to Sandusky and said, ‘OK, what was this all about? We have this report that you did something inappropriate with a kid in the shower.’ That’s where the information that I’ve been able to [get] from this interview is critical, because I have the actual statement from the boy in the shower, made ironically on the day [Joe] Paterno was fired, as a 24-year-old married sergeant in the marine corps, proactively coming forward with his mother with him, to say, ‘Look, I’m the boy in the shower, McQueary is lying. Nothing happened.’ ”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno’s family continues push to clear his name 02.12.13 at 7:51 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:
NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Kentucky at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ While the family of Joe Paterno continues its crusade to clear the Penn State legend of any wrongdoing in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, the school is closing in on settlements with most of the victims of the former assistant coach.

Attorney Ken Feinberg, who was hired by the school, told The Associated Press that he delivered settlement offers from 28 alleged victims (18 more than the number brought up in Sandusky’s trial) to school administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during Friday meeting in Philadelphia.

“The next step is Penn State — we’ll see how Penn State responds in the next few weeks,” Feinberg said.

Meanwhile, on Monday a member of the board of trustees called on the board to re-examine the findings of Louis Freeh‘s investigation, saying a new report from a team hired by Paterno’s family raised “serious and troubling” questions about the Freeh report. The school declined comment on the request from board member Alvin Clemens.

Pateron’s wife, Sue, and others, including former Penn State player Greg Buttle appeared on Katie Couric‘s show on Monday and defended Paterno, who died last January.

Joe Paterno didn’t conspire to do anything,” Buttle said. “The conspiracy to me was perpetrated by a cabal of trustees and others that felt they needed a convenient way out to relieve Penn State of what had happened.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant, who last year was fined $100,000 for using a homophobic slur toward an official during a game, apparently has learned his lesson. When one of his 1.3 million Twitter followers tweeted “You’re gay” as an insult to another follower Sunday, Bryant stepped in.

Tweeted the Lakers star:

Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.

Bryant acknowledged that last year’s incident was on his mind after another follower brought it up. Tweeted Bryant:

exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.

‘™¦ Inspired by the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, USA Today has a list of the top 10 athletes who tied to cling to their careers for too long.

No. 1 is Muhammad Ali, followed by Brett Favre. Former Red Sox players Rickey Henderson and Roger Clemens are third and fourth, respectively. They’re followed by Evander Holyfield, Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, Patrick Ewing, Gordie Howe and Deion Sanders.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 12, 1981, which Bruin recorded his 200th career goal when he scored twice in a 3-3 tie vs. the Colorado Rockies?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Emotionless Lance Armstrong admits being ‘flawed character’ 01.18.13 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Stony Brook at Vermont, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fairfield at Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Harvard at Yale, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Lance Armstrong admitted to cheating, but he did it on his terms. Showing little to no emotion or contrition and offering few details, the cycling legend acknowledged during his interview with Oprah Winfrey that he cheated in all seven of his victories at the Tour de France.

“I’m a flawed character,” Armstrong said.

However, Armstrong insisted his taking performance-enhancing drugs and doping only put him on par with other cyclists.

“I went and looked up the definition of cheat,” he said. “And the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I didn’t view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field.”

As for all the people — especially former teammates and support crew — he attacked when they tried to tell the truth, Armstrong offered no public apology, although he said he has reached out to some of his victims. He attributed his behavior to his competitiveness.

“It’s a major flaw, and it’s a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted and to control every outcome. And it’s inexcusable,” Armstrong said. “And when I say there are people who will hear this and never forgive me, I understand that. I do. … That defiance, that attitude, that arrogance, you cannot deny it.”

‘™¦ Notre Dame star Manti Te’o said in Wednesday night’s statement that he’s focused on the NFL draft, but the girlfriend hoax that was revealed this week might turn out to be a problem for prospective clubs.

“I think some teams will say it isn’t worth the problem,” said NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt, who has Te’o rated 19th overall following the linebacker’s disappointing performance in the national championship game.

“I don’t think anybody considered him to be a top-five pick before all this happened,” Brandt said. “In that game against Alabama, this was like a guy who was the best shooter in the world in basketball and here comes a game and he can’t even hit the backboard. His play in that game was absolutely horrible. He missed on run blitzes; guys ran over him …”

Meanwhile, a minor league baseball team in Kentucky, the Florence Freedom, announced that it would have a Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day in May. The first 1,000 fans will receive an empty bobble head box, there will be a pretend kiss cam for fans to kiss their imaginary friends, and there will be an imaginary food fight in the kids’ area.

‘™¦ Al Pacino has been been tabbed to play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State coach that’s based on Joe Posnanski‘s recent biography. Brian De Palma, who directed Pacino in “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way,” will direct the film, tentatively titled “Paterno.”

“I can’t think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw,” producer Edward R. Pressman said in a statement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): 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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Baseball legend Pete Rose to have reality show on TLC 07.18.12 at 7:55 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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Phillies at Dodgers, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Marlins at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLS: Revolution at Impact, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Major League Baseball career hits leader Pete Rose is filming a reality show for TLC. The show will focus on the 71-year-old Rose and his fiancee, a model who is about half his age. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show has a working title of “Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project.”

“It’s not going to be classless,” Rose insisted. “It seems like a lot of reality shows aren’t really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining and real.”

Rose, banned from baseball after gambling on games when he served as manager of the Reds, remains out of the Hall of Fame, but he hopes his call will come some day.

‘€œIf the commissioner [Bud Selig] ever finds it in its heart to give me a second chance, I’€™m sure that we’€™ll address that,’€ Rose said. ‘€œBut if I ever make the Hall of Fame, I’€™ll be the happiest guy in the world because I understand what it means. But I’€™m not just going to sit here on pins and needles. I’€™m not in the Hall of Fame because I screwed up. It’€™s not Bud’€™s fault. It’€™s not [former commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti‘s] fault. It’€™s not Mike Schmidt‘€™s fault or Johnny Bench‘€™s fault. I’€™m the one who screwed up. And if I’€™m ever given a second chance, all I can tell you is: I won’€™t need a third.’€

‘™¦ NCAA president Mark Emmert talked about the Penn State scandal during an appearance on Tavis Smiley‘s PBS show, and Emmert said he has not ruled out giving the Nittany Lions the death penalty.

“I’ve never seen anything as egregious as this in terms of just overall conduct and behavior inside a university and hope never to see it again,” Emmert said. “What the appropriate penalties are, if there are determinations of violations, we’ll have to decide.

“We’ll hold in abeyance all of those decisions until we’ve actually decided what we want to do with the actual charges should there be any. And I don’t want to take anything off the table.”

The NCAA is awaiting a response from the school after demanding information for its investigation.

‘™¦ Cornerback Asante Samuel, who left the Patriots for the Eagles in 2008 but was traded this offseason to the Falcons after his production continued to decline, engaged in some banter on Twitter with Philadelphia fans Tuesday. Samuel indicated he’s looking forward to his new team visiting Philadelphia on Oct. 28.

Tweeted Samuel: Last time I played against the Eagles I had two interceptions and 1 for a TD. #justsaying What was they thinking!

Added the 31-year-old: Just make sure yall booo me when I step on the field so I can get it crackin out there. #neverscared

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 18, 1990, one day after the Twins turned two triple plays against the Red Sox, the same two teams combined to set a major league record by hitting into how many double plays?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dez Bryant, Marshawn Lynch latest NFL players to be arrested 07.17.12 at 7:52 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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch are the latest NFL players to be arrested in what has been a busy offseason. There have been at least 25 arrests in the past six months.

Bryant was arrested Monday by police in DeSoto, Texas, after a domestic incident Saturday. According to an ESPN report, Bryant got into an argument with his half-brother and pushed his mother. Police paid a visit then but did not decide to make an arrest until Monday.

Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. Bryant also could be penalized by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Bryant has had a couple of run-ins with law enforcement in the last year, but this is his first arrest. His mother has a checkered past, including an 18-month stint in prison for selling cocaine when Dez was a youngster.

The 23-year-old had 63 receptions for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season, his second in the league.

Lynch was was arrested in Oakland on Saturday for DUI, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The Seahawks star, in his hometown to award a scholarship to a recent high school graduate through his charitable foundation, was detained after a traffic stop.

Lynch’s rap sheet includes an incident in 2008 in which he drove into a woman outside a bar and drove off, costing him his license, and a misdemeanor weapons charge for which he was suspended three games in 2009.

Lynch, 26, rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, his second in Seattle after being traded from Buffalo.

‘™¦ The area outside Penn State’s Beaver Stadium where students camp out to get tickets will no longer be known as “Paternoville.” The student group that manages the area announced a name change Monday to “Nittanyville” in an effort to “return the focus to the overall team and the thousands of students who support it.”

The move comes days after the release of the Freeh report, which concludes that then-Penn State coach Joe Paterno helped cover up child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox pitcher became just the second Sox player to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a longball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in a 4-3 loss? Hint: This pitcher was still active in the majors earlier this season.

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Red Sox’ Bill James claims Freeh report exonerated Joe Paterno 07.14.12 at 8:44 pm ET
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As the godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James has made a career out of looking at widely available information and coming to new and different conclusions.

In his “Hey Bill” Q&A on Friday, and later on ESPN’€™s The Doug Gottlieb Show, James discussed his rather different and controversial evaluation of the information laid out in Louis Freeh‘s investigation of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State and former coach Joe Paterno‘s role in it.

Below is the relevant passage, with the emphasis having been offered in the original article on James’ website:

Independent report on Penn State scandal: “The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s.” Asked by: Bruce’€¨Answered: 7/13/2012

The Freeh reports states quite explicitly and at least six times (a) that the 1998 incident did NOT involve any criminal conduct — on the part of Sandusky or anyone else — and (b) that Paterno had forced the resignation of Sandusky before the 1998 incident occurred.

The 1998 incident was perceived AT THE TIME to involve no criminal conduct. The May 3, 1998 incident was very, very, very thoroughly investigated by at least four different agencies (University police, state police, and two different child welfare agencies), all four of which issued written reports stating that no criminal event had occurred. In retrospect, since the actions were part of a pattern of criminal conduct, it may be said that they were criminal conduct in and of themselves, but no one saw that at the time.

In any case, what EXACTLY is it that Paterno should have done? Fire him again? It is preposterous to argue, in my view, that PATERNO should have taken action after all of the people who were legally charged to take action had thoroughly examined the case and decided that no action was appropriate.

In a follow-up post, James — a Red Sox senior adviser — said that satisfying the minimum legal requirements “is totally and absolutely irrelevant to the defense of Joe Paterno.”

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