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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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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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Reports: Browns’ Johnny Manziel fined by NFL for obscene gesture 08.22.14 at 1:54 pm ET
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Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture toward the Redskins’ sideline Monday night, according to multiple reports.

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel  

Manziel extended his middle finger in front of Washington’s bench during the third quarter of Cleveland’s 24-23 loss.

Two days later he lost to Brian Hoyer in the competition for the team’s starting quarterback job.

Manziel said after Monday’s game that he had “words exchanged” with Redskins players.

“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” he said.

 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Browns QB Johnny Manziel gives finger to Washington sideline during game 08.19.14 at 8:11 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: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Canada vs. Tennessee, noon (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Texas vs. Illinois, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Besiktas, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Supercopa de Espana, Atletico Madrid at Real Madrid, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel lived up to his billing in Monday night’s game against Washington, drawing attention for both his play and his behavior — and neither was positive.

On a second-and-7 play late in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 24-23 loss, Manziel rolled out near the Washington sideline and threw an incompletion. As he headed back toward his huddle, he stuck out his middle finger over his right shoulder.

“I get words exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week, and I should’ve been smarter,” Manziel said. “It was a ‘Monday Night Football‘ game and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to be smarter about that. … It’s there, and it’s present every game, and I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play.”

MASHUP: How should Johnny Manziel be punished for his gesture Monday night?

  • A fine (48%, 150 Votes)
  • A warning (18%, 57 Votes)
  • No punishment (17%, 54 Votes)
  • A one-game suspension (17%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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It wasn’t clear what the Washington players said to Manziel to irritate him, although earlier in the game Washington linebacker Brian Orapko twice celebrated plays by doing the money gesture that Manziel is known for.

Manziel was not penalized, but he’s likely to face a fine from the league.

“It did not sit well,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I was informed of it after the game and it’s disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused — that you have to be able to maintain your poise.”

Added Pettine: “That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure. So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”

Manziel went on to throw a touchdown pass on the drive, but he finished the night just 7-of-16 for 65 yards. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer also struggled, going 2-for-6 for 16 yards.

— When the Redskins next play on CBS, at least two analysts won’t refer to the team’s nickname.

“My very first thought is it will be ‘Washington’ the whole game,” Phil Simms, the network’s lead analyst, told The Associated Press.

Added Simms: “I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it. There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: CFL teammate calls out ex-Patriots WR Chad Johnson for lack of effort 08.07.14 at 7:57 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Rockies, 3 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Mariners, 10 p.m. (WGN)
NFL preseason: Patriots at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
NFL preseason: 49ers at Ravens, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Cowboys at Chargers, 10:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Onetime Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson, a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco, is making new enemies north of the border, and for similar reasons why he lasted only season in New England.

Johnson is toiling in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, and he has just four catches for 78 yards and one touchdown for his 1-4 team. Coach Tom Higgins admitted he treats Johnson differently because of what he accomplished in 11 NFL seasons, indicating that he allows him to start and “gives him the benefit of the doubt” despite his meager production.

That doesn’t sit well with at least one teammate, who claims Johnson does not put enough effort into playing hard and learning the playbook.

“We’re trying to win here,” the anonymous teammate told the Montreal Gazette. “This isn’t some [expletive] vacation league. Put the best players on the field that want to play.

“One position [receiver] has free reign to do whatever they want and aren’t accountable to anything. It doesn’t matter what they do or how they perform.”

Meanwhile, Johnson’s apparently delusional agent, Drew Rosenhaus, seems to think his client has a chance to return to the NFL.

“If they did [call], he would jump for it,” Rosenhaus told ESPN.com. “Of course, he would love it. But right now, he’s operating as a Canadian Football League player. We will see what happens. It’s not like we’re holding our breath that he’s going to play in the NFL. But he’s trying. That’s the goal.”

Added Rosenhaus: “He would tell you that he could still do it better than anybody. He doesn’t lack confidence or enthusiasm.”

MASHUP POLL: What are the chances Chad Johnson returns to the NFL this season?

  • Less than zero (47%, 183 Votes)
  • Zero (42%, 161 Votes)
  • Miniscule (6%, 23 Votes)
  • Small, but it could happen if a team's entire WR corps gets hurt (5%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 387

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Johnson played 11 NFL seasons, 10 with the Bengals, catching 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 82 touchdowns. But he struggled in his lone season in New England, catching just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown, amid reports that he never mastered the playbook. He was cut from the Dolphins in training camp the following season after a domestic incident with his then-wife, which eventually landed him in jail. Now he’s found a home — at least temporarily — in Montreal as he tries to extend his career.

“He just loves playing football — Chad is a guy that will play football until he’s 50 if they let him,” Rosenhaus said. “He loves the game. He’s really very passionate. He’s got to do something with football, it’s just his life. It really is. All his Twitter followers are enjoying him in Canada just like they would in the NFL. It’s nice to see.”

Brian Hoyer will start the Browns’ preseason opener Saturday against the Lions, with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel expected to get some playing time with the starters after showing improvement in practice this week.

“That was his job,” coach Mike Pettine said of Hoyer, who impressed early last season before getting injured. “He was the one coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up coming into it, as we did, but he’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.”

Added Pettine: “They’ve both made improvement, and I think they’re both doing a great job of playing to their skill sets. It’s obviously very different, what they bring to the table. I think Brian’s starting to feel very comfortable in the pocket.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel works to overcome ‘mental errors’ at Browns training camp 08.01.14 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:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: U.S. national team intrasquad game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was not his usual cocky self during his first media session since training camp opened last Saturday, acknowledging it will take time for him to adjust to the pro game.

Manziel, who has worked exclusively with the team’s second-stringers while Brian Hoyer has taken snaps with the starters, is making progress but still making his share of mistakes as he learns a new playbook.

“I’m a rookie,” he said Thursday. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Manziel will get a chance to practice with the first team “sooner than later” and that the QB battle remains wide open. Manziel said he’s not concerned with his standing at this point.

“I’m not worried about one or the other being ahead,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I’m worried about me making sure I know what I need to know to get out here and execute and run the offense and not have any mistakes. Once I go through a couple of days with no mental errors or getting where I need to be every single time, then I’ll feel a lot better.

“Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.”

MASHUP POLL: Who will start the majority of games at QB for the Browns this season?

  • Brian Hoyer (81%, 144 Votes)
  • Johnny Manziel (16%, 28 Votes)
  • Someone else (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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— Oft-injured guard Derrick Rose is looking forward to a “new beginning” with the Bulls, who are expected to challenge for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s aware of a rift between him and the organization, and he wants to fix it.

“I know it’s been there,” he said. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When the team made a push for free agent Carmelo Anthony last month, Rose was notably uninvolved, skipping out on a chance to help recruit the forward, who eventually re-signed with the Knicks.

“They were irate he wasn’t there,” a team source told the Sun-Times.

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The Johnny Manziel Tour hits Fenway Park 07.10.14 at 4:33 am ET
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It was no surprise that at some point Browns quarterback — and, recently, one of the nation’s most prolific partygoers — Johnny Manziel was going to swing on by Fenway Park. He has, after all, form a relationship with Fenway Sports Group.

You know what also wasn’t a surprise? When he did show up at a Red Sox game Wednesday night he did so in the company of an entourage of attractive young ladies.

 

 

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Native American group plans $9 billion lawsuit against Cleveland Indians 06.26.14 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:
MLB: Braves at Astros, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: United State vs. Germany, noon (ESPN: WEEI-FM)
World Cup soccer: Portugal vs. Ghana, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Russia vs. Algeria, 4 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: South Korea vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A Native American group revealed plans to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians next month, calling the team’s nickname and Chief Wahoo logo racist.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” American Indian Education Center director Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache, told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since Day 1. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

Roche also is the director of the group People Not Mascots, which is looking to capitalize on the momentum following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that stripped the Washington Redskins of their trademark because the nickname is considered a “racial slur.”

MASHUP POLL: Should the Cleveland Indians change their nickname?

  • No, there's nothing wrong with it (87%, 359 Votes)
  • Yes, it's offensive (13%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 415

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The Indians have been phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo the past few years, replacing it on the players’ hats with a block ‘C.’ But the old logo has its supporters.

“If just a small amount of people are against it, then I think you’re doing a disservice to people that like it,” Bob Rosen, president of the Wahoo Club, told WEWS, adding: “I’m not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they buy it up, they love it. Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

— The NFL on Wednesday agreed to a revised settlement for concussion-related claims by former players, removing the $675 million cap after a federal judge expressed concern that it wouldn’t be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will decide whether to accept the new terms.

The new agreement has no cap on overall damage claims, although it still includes a payout formula that considers individuals’ age and illness, and both sides said they expect the league will not surpass the $675 million mark on damage claims. It will cover retired players who develop neurological problems including dementia and Lou Gehrig‘s disease.

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