|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss reportedly wants to play again next season||01.28.13 at 7:44 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 7 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Florida at Marquette, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss, whose comeback to the NFL after a one-year absence has led to an appearance in the Super Bowl with the 49ers, reportedly will attempt to play again next season.
Pro Football Talk credits a source with knowledge of Moss’ thinking as saying the player wants to return. He is slated to become a free agent in March, one month after his 36th birthday.
Moss has stirred up some controversy in every one of his previous five stops in the league, but he has been quiet in San Francisco, accepting his responsibility as a role player while making 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk also reports that quarterback Alex Smith, who lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick midway through the season, will seek his release before the start of free agency. The team was expected to try to trade Smith, who is due $8.5 million in 2013, but apparently he is willing to forfeit that money for a chance to sign with a team of his choice.
♦ The New York Daily News reported over the weekend that the Drug Enforcement Administration and Major League Baseball are investigating a training and nutrition adviser to Alex Rodriguez for links to performance-enhancing drugs.
Anthony Bosch is said to be a well-known figure among current and former Latin players in South Florida. Bosch and his father, Pedro Publio Bosch, were connected to Manny Ramirez when the then-Dodgers outfielder was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for using a banned substance. Pedro Bosch, a physician, reportedly wrote the prescription for the banned drug used by Ramirez.
♦ Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones was a part of the gold medal-winning U.S. bobsled-skeleton team at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Jones served as the brakewoman on the bobsled driven by Elana Meyers, which finished third and contributed to the Americans’ team title at the combined event.
Jones is a two-time world champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, winning in 2008 and ’10.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL players vote Tim Tebow most overrated||10.26.12 at 7:53 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Cincinnati at Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Hornets at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Nuggets at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ According to a poll of 180 NFL players by Sports Illustrated, Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is by far the most overrated player in the league for the second straight season, receiving 34 percent of the vote. And No. 2 is New York’s starter, Mark Sanchez (tied with Cowboys QB Tony Romo at 8 percent). Eagles QB Michael Vick ranks fourth (4 percent) and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is fifth (3 percent). The only Patriot in the top 20 is Tom Brady, ninth at 2 percent.
“Wow,” a laughing Rex Ryan said Thursday when informed of the poll. “What are you going to say? I don’t even know how to comment on that. I just know that I’m happy that they’re on our football team. It seems like the Jets always get something, you know?”
In an NFL Network poll during the offseason, Tebow was named the 95th-best NFL player. That was after he rallied the Broncos to a playoff spot last season. This year, Tebow has been limited to spot duty for the struggling Jets.
♦ First-year Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel has positive memories of his time with his previous team, the Eagles. And he expects Eagles fans to feel the same way. Samuel, who started his career with the Patriots, travels with the Falcons to Philadelphia for a game Sunday, and on Thursday he talked about what kind of reception he expects to receive.
“They better cheer for me,” Samuel said. “They’re going to cheer for me or we’re going to have a problem right there in Lincoln Financial Stadium. All y’all fans, all I did for y’all, y’all better cheer for me.”
♦ According to an NCAA report released Thursday, the UConn basketball team has a graduation success rate of 11 percent for the classes that entered the school between 2002 and 2005. That’s well below the national average of 68 percent for men’s basketball and it’s another black mark for a team that already has been banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament due to its poor showing on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.
“I want to be clear that everyone at UConn is and will always be committed to academic excellence for all of our student-athletes and in particular our men’s basketball players,” UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “The university and its division of athletics has implemented changes that are designed to positively impact the academic performance of our men’s basketball student-athletes.”
♦ Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones might be headed to another Olympics in two years — this time as a bobsledder. Jones advanced through tryouts in Lake Placid, N.Y., and was selected as one of 24 members of the U.S. bobsled team.
“This is a breath of fresh air — cool, very cool, cold air,” said Jones, who finished fourth in the hurdles at the London Games in August.
Jones now will try to earn a spot on the Word Cup bobsled circuit this winter, with the 2014 Games in Sochi a possibility.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 26, 1986, the Red Sox lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Mets. Which Sox reliever took the loss after allowing three runs while getting only one out in the seventh inning?
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