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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Chargers, Raiders announce plan to share stadium in LA 02.20.15 at 8:26 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: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hartford at Albany, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iona at Marist, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Denver at Colorado College, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since 1994, but the area soon could be home to two clubs.

The Chargers and the Raiders announced a plan Thursday night in which they would share a stadium if they are unable to strike deals with their current homes.

The teams proposed a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Carson already hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason,” the teams said in a join statement. “If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”

There have been two other Los Angeles-area stadium plans proposed. One is for downtown, and the other is in Inglewood, at the site of the former Hollywood Park horse track, on land owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

The Chargers and Raiders both are in year-to-year leases and have struggles to get enough support for new stadiums. They said they will work in good faith through 2015 and adhere to league guidelines.

Representatives from San Diego and Oakland said they will continue to work on plans to keep their teams. Adam Day, head of the advisory group appointed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, said Thursday’s news came as a “complete surprise.”

“While it’s disappointing to hear the Chargers are moving forward with plans in Los Angeles, we remain committed to finding a solution in San Diego,” Day said.

The Chargers played their inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960. The Raiders played in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 1982-94 before returning to Oakland. The Rams played in Los Angeles from 1946 until departing for St. Louis in 1994.

— Browns general manager Ray Farmer, speaking at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, took responsibility for texting coach Mike Pettine during a game this season in violation of league rules.

“It’s not an excuse, but sometimes your emotions get the best of you,” Farmer told reporters. “This was solely me. This was a decision that I made, and I’m owning that mistake.”

Farmer also claimed it was his decision to draft Johnny Manziel in the first round of last year’s draft. Manziel struggled with maturity issues and entered a treatment program at the end of the season.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Owner insists Browns ‘haven’t given up’ on Johnny Manziel 02.12.15 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Northeastern at Hofstra, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Tulsa at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mississippi at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Purdue at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: American at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan at Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. Mary’s at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: California at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Southeast Missouri State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at San Francisco, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blues at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Johnny Manziel

— Johnny Manziel’s season ended with the quarterback seeking treatment in rehab after behavioral issues, but the Browns aren’t ready to cut their losses with the 2014 first-round draft pick.

“I think it’s way too early to give up on him,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said in a meeting with the team’s beat writers Wednesday. “We certainly haven’t given up on him, and if it’s two years from now and Johnny hasn’t played any or doesn’t have his personal life together, that’s different. But it’s way too early. I think everybody’s way too harsh. He’s an easy guy to pile on and for everybody to give up on.”

Haslam said the Browns did not order Manziel to go to rehab, but they “applaud and support him.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to support him,” Haslam said. “Our primary interest is making sure that he gets well, fixes himself and however long that takes, we’re going to stand beside him. And we hope Johnny can get that straightened out because we think he’s a really good athlete and can help our team. But the first he’s got to do is get himself fixed.”

Haslam also commented on the team’s game-day texting controversy, saying general manager Ray Farmer admitted texting to the field in violation of league rules, “but it does not affect his standing with the club.”

As for reports that the organization is dysfunctional, leading to the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with two years left on his contract, Haslam insisted, “We work extremely well together.”

— Honolulu police announced Wednesday that they have made an arrest in the alleged robbery of golfer Robert Allenby.

Allenby said he was beaten and robbed after visiting a bar on Jan. 16, the day he missed the cut for the Sony Open, and he has no memory of what transpired for about 2 1/2 hours starting at 11 p.m. until he was discovered on the ground by a homeless woman.

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment 02.02.15 at 11:16 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Just one day after the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl in the Belichick-Brady era, news surfaced regarding one of the league’s most notable individual stories of the past year. A representative for Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel confirmed that the troubled youngster has started treatment to help resolve some off-field issues.

“Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step,” a statement released by Manziel’s publicist Denise Michaels read. “On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”

Manziel, one of the highest-profile picks in last year’s draft, has had several off the field issues dating back to his days playing for Texas A&M. This season, Manziel has drawn negative attention for partying on multiple occasions, and for his entourage getting into a fight.

Most recently, Manziel was fined by the Browns for oversleeping the day before Cleveland’s final game of the season. Manziel later admitted that he had partied too hard the night before.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Lions’ Dominic Raiola stunned by ‘ridiculous’ suspension to Ndamukong Suh 12.30.14 at 8:01 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:
NBA: Cavaliers at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Northwestern at Rutgers, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa at Ohio State, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at West Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cincinnati at NC State, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland at Michigan State, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Davidson at Virginia, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mississippi at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Music City Bowl, Notre Dame vs. LSU, 3 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College football: Belk Bowl, Georgia vs. Louisville, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Foster Farms Bowl, Maryland vs. Stanford, 10 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The NFL came down hard on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his latest transgression, but teammate and fellow troublemaker Dominic Raiola can’t understand why.

Suh was suspended for Sunday’s wild card playoff game against the Cowboys after stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ ankle during this past Sunday’s game. Suh can appeal the suspension and receive an expedited appeal.

Raiola, who was suspended for the Packers game after stepping on a Bears player’s leg the week before, insisted Suh did not try to hurt Rodgers, despite video that shows Suh making no attempt to avoid putting full pressure onto a defenseless Rodgers after backing up onto him.

“The play … he wasn’t even looking at [Rodgers],” said Raiola, who also was fined for a cheap shot in a November game against the Patriots. “He was getting pushed back a little bit. It was ridiculous what Fox did right after it. It was crazy, watching it. I couldn’t even listen to those guys after he did it.

“There is no way, at that point in the game, that he did something like that in purpose. No way.”

Teammate Larry Warford was a little more understanding of the NFL’s approach, considering Suh is a repeat offender who has been fined seven times and suspended once over his career.

“It’s part of what has been happening around here. Obviously, they’re going to be stricter on us. That is just a fact of what happened a week before,” Warford said, adding: “They’re obviously a lot stricter with our team. It’s something we have to fight through. A little adversity. We’ll make it through.”

— Johnny Manziel denied reports that he threw a party Friday night, but the Browns quarterback admitted he overslept Saturday morning and missed treatment for his hamstring injury. And for the second time this month, he claimed he understands he needs to grow up fast.

“It’s about actions,” he said Monday. “It’s about being accountable and doing what I’m going to say instead of looking like a jackass.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan ‘not afraid of what lies ahead’ 12.29.14 at 8:24 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 2 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Toledo at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Francisco at St. Mary’s, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Liberty Bowl, Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Clemson, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Texas Bowl, Arkansas vs. Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Swansea City at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan reportedly was to have a Monday morning meeting with Jets owner Woody Johnson, when the coach would be relieved of his duties after six seasons at the helm.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday night that Johnson would move quickly to fire Ryan as well as general manager John Idzik.

“I think we all expect what’s going to happen is going to happen,” Ryan said Sunday, adding: “Just understand that I’m not afraid of anything. I’m not afraid of what lies ahead, I can tell you that.”

The Jets gave Ryan a nice sendoff with a 37-24 victory over the Dolphins in Miami, leaving his career record (including playoffs) at 50-52.

“Deep down everybody was playing for him,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “It’s only right to send him out with a win.”

Said David Harris: “He is one of us. He makes it fun to come to work every day, no matter what the situation.”

On the Jets’ first play from scrimmage Sunday, Ryan called the same play that Joe Namath and the Jets used in their Super Bowl III upset of the Colts in Miami, a rush to the left side.

“That was a tribute to the real Jets fans out there,” Ryan said. “I told the team it would work for three yards and it went for seven. So who says I don’t know anything about offense?”

Jim Harbaugh is done in San Francisco, reaching a mutual agreement to leave the 49ers after the team’s disappointing 2014 season.

Harbaugh had one year remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract.

“Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” CEO Jed York said. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history.”

Harbaugh ends his tenure with a 49-22-1 record, including a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season.

“It’s been the time of my life,” Harbaugh said after Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the Cardinals left the 49ers with an 8-8 record. “Been a lot of great memories, great moments. … It’s been a tremendous four years, it’s been a pleasure to work and serve for this organization. I feel great about what we accomplished.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James receives mostly positive welcome back from Miami fans 12.26.14 at 8:26 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: Nets at Celtics, 1 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Quick Lane Bowl, Rutgers vs. North Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: St. Petersburg Bowl, NC State vs. Central Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Chelsea, 7:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Manchester United, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Arsenal, 12:25 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Heat welcomed LeBron James back to Miami on Christmas Day before sending him home to Cleveland with a loss.

James hugged and high-fived his former teammates, taking extra time to joke around with Dwyane Wade, then saw Wade score 24 first-half points en route to a 31-point night in the Heat’s 101-91 victory.

James, who finished with 30 points and eight rebounds, was the first player introduced of Cleveland’s starters, and the crowd wasn’t given much time to react before the next player’s name was called. However, he received an ovation when a video tribute was played during the first timeout of the game. There were some boos but mostly cheers for his first game in South Florida since his four-year stint there.

“We only play this game for so long,” James said. “You’ve still got life afterwards. For us we’re going to compete, we’re going to go about our business and do what we need to do in our profession. You’ll never let friendship come in between that.”

James expressed dismay that people criticize his decision to switch teams as a free agent.

“The question I have, which is kind of bothering me sometimes, is when a player decides to decide his own fate, there is always questions about it?” James said. “And, ‘Why did this guy do that, do that and do this?’ When an organization decides to go elsewhere for a player, it’s that they did what’s best for the team. Let’s figure that out some time.”

James said he has not had any contact with team president Pat Riley since announcing his plans to sign with the Cavs, but he spent Christmas Eve at Wade’s house.

“We didn’t have a bad breakup,” Wade said. “We played against each other for seven years, man. The weirdness just wasn’t there. It wasn’t like we played against each other our whole career and the breakup happened. We played against each other for seven years, then with each other for a period of time, then he went back to the same situation and I’m in the same place.”

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “Couple of the best in this generation. Spectacular. I wish I could sit back and enjoy it like a fan, because it’s just fantastic basketball. … However long these two guys play, you’ll get your money’s worth.”

Rex Ryan might soon be headed out of town, but Geno Smith believes he can be with the Jets for the foreseeable future.

“I see myself being the quarterback here for a long time,” Smith said. “I see myself helping this team turn things around. Obviously, I’m a part of the reason why we are in this position, so I’d love to be a part of the solution.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees give 3B Chase Headley extension, raise more questions about Alex Rodriguez’s future 12.16.14 at 8:07 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: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Warriors at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at UNC-Greensboro, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Club World Cup semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees agreed with Chase Headley on a reported four-year, $52 million deal, and in the process sent a message to Alex Rodriguez: third base is taken.

While A-Rod has expressed a desire to win back his old position after being suspended for the 2013 season, Headley said Monday that the team told him the job is his.

“That was a discussion that we had early on,” Headley said in a conference call. “I feel like the best position on the field for me is third base. That’s where I offer the most to a club. So it was important to me. That was something that was resolved fairly quickly.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hinted earlier this offseason that he wasn’t planning on the oft-injured, 39-year-old Rodriguez being the starting third baseman. Neither Cashman nor Rodriguez spoke publicly Monday.

Headley hit .250 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs last season. He was traded during the season from San Diego, where he finished fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs and winning a Gold Glove.

He said he believes he can coexist with A-Rod.

“I played against him earlier in my career and said hello to him, and he said hello to me,” Headley said. “I’m looking forward to the chance o playing with Alex, to be honest. He’s a tremendous player, and I don’t see there being any friction, especially coming from my side.”

— Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar weighed in on the Johnny Manziel situation, blaming the team’s problems on the front office.

“It is somewhat of a tough spot for Johnny given this team and given this organization,” Kosar said in an interview with Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 (via Cleveland.com). “It’s just a complete recipe for a disaster.”

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Marvin Lewis refers to Johnny Manziel as a ‘midget’ 12.09.14 at 10:16 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis was asked on WLW-AM in Cincinnati about what it would be like to face rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel when the Bengals take on the Browns Sunday. Lewis gave a rather interesting response.

“You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player,” Lewis said before adding, “Particularly a midget.”

Lewis did later apologize for the comment.

“I apologize to Johnny, the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland,” Lewis said. “It was just a poor remark. I really didn’t mean anything by it.”

The Browns will host the Bengals Sunday at 1 p.m., which is reportedly going to be Manziel’s first career NFL start.

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Johnny Manziel on starting at quarterback: ‘Maybe next time it will be a yes’ 12.04.14 at 9:39 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

After relieving quarterback Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday in Buffalo and going 5-for-8 passing for 63 yards, it was not enough for Johnny Manziel to get the start this week against the Colts. Head coach Mike Pettine announced earlier in the week Hoyer would be the starter.

“[Pettine]’s answer is no,” said Manziel, via ESPN.com. “Hopefully moving forward, whatever transpires, maybe next time it will be a yes.”

The rookie is focused on getting better each week and isn’t changing his attitude because he isn’t starting this week.

“I want to show even through practice, even after this, that my mood hasn’t changed,” Manziel said. “I’m not taking this lightly. All this is going to do is motivate me to come in here to work every day, come to practice, continue to try and elevate my game to where next time in a situation like this maybe there’s no doubt.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Barry Bonds confident he will end up in Hall of Fame 11.25.14 at 8:10 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:
College basketball: Purdue vs. Missouri, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: BYU vs. Chaminade, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Peter’s at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arkansas at SMU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU vs. Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Eastern Illinois at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Maryland vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Northwestern vs. Miami (Ohio), 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Michigan, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. San Diego State, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Ohio at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: UMass at Vermont, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Barry Bonds was nowhere close to the 75 percent of votes needed for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year, but the home run king is confident he’ll get elected someday.

On Monday, the same day this year’s ballots were announced, Bonds said in an interview with MLB.com that he deserves to be enshrined despite widespread assumptions that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I love Major League Baseball. I always have and I loved playing the game,” Bonds said. “I don’t have any doubts that I’ll get there in time. I’m bothered about it, but I don’t sit here going, ‘I’m not going to make it.’ I don’t see how it stays the way it’s going. In my mind, in my head, I’m a lot more positive about it than I am negative. I think eventually they’ll do the right thing.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Barry Bonds be elected to the Hall of Fame?

  • No, he cheated and he should be kept out (74%, 162 Votes)
  • Yes, his performance makes it clear he belongs (26%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 218

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Bonds dipped from 36.2 percent two years ago to 34.7 percent last year, ranking him just behind Roger Clemens.

“I deserve to be there,” Bonds said. “Clemens deserves to be there. The guys that are supposed to be there are supposed to be there. Period. I don’t even know how to say it. We are Hall of Famers. Why are we having these conversations about it? Why are we talking about a baseball era that has come and gone? Era, era, era. Do the best players in the game deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Yes. Everything that everyone has accomplished in baseball is in that [record] book. Correct? So if that’s correct, then we need to be in there. End of story.”

— A Browns fan claims he was attacked by Johnny Manziel’s entourage when he spotted the quarterback at a Cleveland hotel and went to give him a hug.

Chris Gonos, 33, told police he was assaulted early Saturday morning after telling Manziel: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.”

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