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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez reportedly likely to land with Eagles 03.25.14 at 7:43 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 preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Braves at Tigers, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Giants at Brewers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Thunder at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Knicks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Belmont at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Southern Miss at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United vs. Manchester City, 3:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Three days after the Jets signed Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez, reports emerged Monday that Sanchez is likely to join the Eagles.

Philadelphia is said to be interested but first wants its medical staff to get a look at the quarterback’s surgically repaired right shoulder, as the 27-year-old Sanchez missed last season with a torn labrum.

Nick Foles is Philly’s starter, with the inexperienced Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne in reserve.

“That’s one of the positions we’ve always talked about having, a lot of depth, a lot of competition,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Monday at the NFL league meetings in Orlando (via Philly.com). “If there was an opportunity for us to add a player that we thought added competition, was a good player, we’d have to look at that.”

The New York Daily News reported that the Giants have showed interest as well, but Sanchez appears unlikely to remain in New York.

Sanchez had some success running a hurry-up offense in his first two years with the Jets, although he became turnover-prone when the talent around him dwindled. He finished his Jets career with a 36-31 record as a starter with 89 total touchdowns and 72 interceptions.

In a farewell letter to Jets fans Monday, Sanchez wrote, “It’s time to move on.”

“Playing quarterback for the New York Jets has been the thrill of my young career,” Sanchez wrote. “We shared some incredible moments together that I’€™ll never forget.

“There were some tough times, but mostly good times,” he added. “In the end, I know I gave you and the Jets everything I had to win the Lombardi Trophy. I only regret that we couldn’€™t bring it home for all of us to share.”

ESPN The Magazine polled 143 Major League Baseball players on a variety of topics, including which team they think will win the World Series. The defending champion Red Sox were fourth at 11 percent, trailing the Cardinals (19 percent), Tigers (18 percent) and Dodgers (15 percent), with the Nationals and Braves (7 percent each) just behind Boston.

Said one American League All-Star: “Boston still has a nice roster, but you have to think the Cardinals are just as good as last year, maybe a little better.”

The Yankees were ranked the most overhyped team at 44 percent, followed by the Dodgers (13 percent) and Angels (12 percent).

Said a National League outfielder: “The Yankees are the center of attention every year, so it’s fun to watch them when they’re going to be as bad as they will be this year. They’re just so old that there’s no way that lineup stays together. And even if they all stay healthy, it’s hard to see where guys aren’t tailing off.”

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was voted the most overrated player, garnering 24 percent of the vote, with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig second at 21 percent. Suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, of whom 51 percent of players said they would vote to kick out of the union, was the third most overrated player at 14 percent.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout (56 percent) was tabbed as the game’s best player, followed by Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (26 percent) and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (6 percent).

Asked if they agree with Yankees manager Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player, 81 percent responded in the affirmative. And the players said they believed 9.4 percent of MLB players are still taking performance-enhancing drugs.

— No entrant survived the first weekend in the Quicken Loans billion-dollar bracket challenge, and billionaire Warren Buffet, who was behind the contest, is disappointed.

“I would have preferred to see it go quite a bit longer,” he said in an interview Monday on the Dan Patrick Show. “Not all the way, but quite a bit longer.”

Buffet said he hopes to repeat the contest in 2015 but with some changes that will make it possible for people to stay in the pool longer.

“I think we’re going to come up with something better next year,” he said. “We’ll make it a lot easier to enter. There were some questions that were a little tough, I thought. We’ll make it easier to win, but I think we’ll have an exciting prize.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs by sending Mike Brumley and which player to Chicago?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: New Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders defends agent against accusations of misleading teams 03.17.14 at 7:55 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: Wild at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Cardinals at Red Sox, 1 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
MLB preseason: Indians at Reds, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Twins at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The agent for new Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is coming under fire for the way he handled negotiations with two other teams before settling on Denver.

Steve Weinberg, who only recently was reinstated by the NFL Players Association after being barred and decertified in 2003 reportedly for financial irregularities, was shopping Sanders to the Chiefs and Buccaneers. He also apparently agreed to a visit with the 49ers but blew it off.

According to a report by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, a team source said Weinberg accepted a deal in principle with the Chiefs, then closed in on a deal with the Buccaneers before signing with the Broncos.

“This was one of the worst situations in modern football negotiations,” one executive involved told NFL.com. “Totally wrong. This needs to be stopped.”

Weinberg declined comment, but Sanders downplayed the matter at his Sunday press conference.

“There was no handshake,” the former Steeler said. “There was no kind of agreement in terms of — you know — we were close to a deal, but it wasn’t anything official just yet.”

— NFL teams are shuffling bodies around to stay under the salary cap, and the Jets are no exception. releasing receiver Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie last week. However, there’s another candidate who has yet to be moved from New York: quarterback Mark Sanchez.

With a $2 million roster bonus due later this month — and with Geno Smith having taken his job last season — Sanchez seems likely to be elsewhere soon.

Asked by TMZ if he would like to play on the West Coast, the former USC star said, “I do love the West Coast, but I’m a Jet for two more years at least on my contract. I love New York, I’ve had a ball there.”

Sanchez was injured in the third preseason game last year, otherwise things might have turned out differently.

“Things were going great, I was competing well, felt like I was winning the job and then I got hurt, so we’ll see what happens,” Sanchez said. “I know management has some decisions to make here in the next few days.”

— Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt announced Sunday that he is recovering from skin cancer, having undergone two operations, radiation and chemotherapy.

Schmidt, who arrived in Clearwater, Fla., to start his second season as a member of the Phillies broadcast team but was unable to be a spring training guest instructor because of his health, expressed optimism about his battle with Stage 3 melanoma, which was diagnosed in August.

“I feel fantastic right now,” the 64-year-old said.

Schmidt said he feels fortunate that he was able to have his cancer detected and treated before it was too late.

“I was doing a closing on a house and I had a thing on my hand,” he recalled. “I just went in and said, ‘Can you look at this?’ and he said, ‘Why don’t I take a look at your whole body while you’re here.’ Obviously the moral of the story is, everybody, get your skin checked. I think at least once a month, now that I know what I know. I caught it early.

“If I hadn’t gone into see my dermatologist in late August, I might still have it. It might be more than Stage 3. Even though that was a tough couple months, I’m a very lucky man.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 17, 1979, which Bruins goalie got the win in a 4-2 decision over the visiting Blackhawks and became the third netminder in team history with 200 wins in a B’s uniform?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rays’ David Price says he’s prepared to be traded 10.10.13 at 8:13 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:
NHL: Avalanche at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Giants at Bears, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Rutgers at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: South Carolina State at N.C. Central, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: San Diego State at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Arizona at USC, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
NBA preseason: Rockets vs. Pacers, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA finals: Minnesota at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ It’s been speculated for a while that David Price won’t be back with the Rays next season, as the team has a history of jettisoning its high-priced players. On Wednesday, a day after the Rays were eliminated from the playoffs by the Red Sox, Price acknowledged the likelihood of that scenario.

“It’s crossed my mind several times, in Texas as well and ever other [elimination game] we’ve played,” he said on a conference call (via The Tampa Tribune).

Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, made $10.1 million this season, his second year of arbitration eligibility, and is due for a raise after going 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA.

“If you go with what’s been done in the past, I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said, adding: “You’ve seen it a couple of times already. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”

Price said he hasn’t talked to the Rays about a long-term deal, although he would prefer to stay.

“This is a place I love to be,” he said. “My teammates and everyone in the organization knows that. It’s part of baseball and it’s something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”

‘€¢ Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrote a letter to season ticket-holders Wednesday explaining his reasons why he refuses to back down about changing the name — although his tone was far less adversarial than it’s been in the past.

Snyder notes that the team began in Boston as the Braves in 1932 and was changed to the Redskins a year later, with the coach and four players from the inaugural team being Native Americans.

“The name was never a label,” Snyder insists. “It was, and continued to be, a badge of honor.”

Adds Snyder: “I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81-year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.

“We are Redskins Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.”

Indian activist Suzan Shown Harjo disputed some facts in the letter and indicated the reference to preserving the team’s heritage is misguided.

“Part of that heritage and tradition is name-calling, belittling and maligning Native Americans,” Harjo said. “The n-word was traditional and had quite a heritage, too. Happily, not all traditions are carried on forever.”

Meanwhile, the National Congress of American Indians produced an image of baseball hats of imaginary teams called the New York Jews and the San Francisco Chinamen and included them on a graphic next to one of the Cleveland Indians, with all having similarly satirical cartoon logos.

‘€¢ The Jets are taking some heat for their handling of the Mark Sanchez situation, after the QB underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday. At Wednesday’s press conference, coach Rex Ryan refused to discuss the possibility of Sanchez returning to New York after he becomes a free agent in the offseason, although he expressed confidence that Sanchez would bounce back.

“We’re acting like he’s dead. Mark Sanchez is not dead,” Ryan said. “Sanchez is going to be 100 percent healthy. It’s not like his career is over. He’s going to play again.”

Sanchez has been a good soldier publicly, and he’s on the sidelines at games supporting his replacement, Geno Smith. But according to a New York Post report, Sanchez was not pleased with new general manager John Idzik after the veteran was inserted late in the third preseason game against the Giants and suffered his injury on a hit while he was protected by backups.

Smith was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Jets past the Falcons on Monday night.

“Mark’s been a great guy to me,” Smith said. “He’s also been a great mentor. When he was out there on the practice field, he was a guy who pushed me every single day and pushed himself as well. When he went down, he kept in high spirits and stayed active and stayed in my corner. That’s the sign of a great teammate.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 10, 1999, the Red Sox exploded for 23 runs on 24 hits, both postseason records, in a 23-7 rout of the Indians in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Which Indians ace who would later go on to pitch for the Red Sox took the loss?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets’ Mark Sanchez has season-ending surgery 10.09.13 at 8:10 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 playoffs: Pirates at Cardinals, 5 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ While the New York Daily News proclaimed “A star is born” on its back page Tuesday, a day after Geno Smith led the Jets past the Falcons on Monday night, the team’s former “star” quarterback had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery to repair a torn labrum, which Sanchez injured in the third preseason game.

“I’m very disappointed that I can’t be out there to help my team on the field,” Sanchez said in a statement, “but I’ll continue to help our team in whatever capacity I can.”

Sanchez helped the Jets reach consecutive AFC championship games in his first two seasons in the league but then turned over the ball a league-high 52 times over the last two seasons, culminating with him briefly losing his starting job toward the end of the year. Now in the final year of a three-year deal worth about $20 million in guarantees, Sanchez was in a battle with Smith in the preseason when he went down with the injury.

“All doctors expect a full recovery and I look forward to getting back on the field,” Sanchez said. “Until then, Go Jets!”

‘€¢ According to a report out of Houston, fans visited Matt Schaub at his home and berated the Texans quarterback for his poor play this season.

“A fan went to his house and told him off,” a source told Houston SportsRadio 610, adding that another fan took pictures of Schaub’s family. The fans left before police responded.

Schaub has thrown a pick-six in four consecutive games for the 2-3 Texans. The 10-year veteran has nine interceptions through five games, after throwing 12 all of last season. Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday he plans to stick with the maligned QB.

“You watch the struggle and you just want to be a part of the solution,” Kubiak said.

‘€¢ On the same day it was reported that 19 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky settled with the school, Sandusky’s son, Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Jon Sandusky, 36, was detained early Tuesday morning in Fargo, N.D., where he apparently was on a scouting trip to North Dakota State.

Jon Sandusky, who played safety at Penn State from 1996-99 and worked for the Eagles for nine seasons before joining the Browns four years ago, is responsible for evaluating college prospects and free agents.

“We’re aware of the situation and currently working to gather facts,” a Browns spokesman said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 9, 1988, the Red Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Athletics, as Oakland completed a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. Which former Red Sox player was named MVP of the series?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets have new version of ‘butt fumble’ in embarrassing loss to Titans 09.30.13 at 7:58 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: Rays at Rangers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Dolphins at Saints, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Everton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Jets entered Week 4 at 2-1, just a game behind the AFC East-leading Patriots and Dolphins, giving New York fans hope that their team could find a way to win enough games to challenge for a playoff spot.

Then the Jets went to Tennessee and, with quarterback Geno Smith turning over the ball four times, were embarrassed by the Titans, 38-13. On one play deep in New York territory, Smith tried to switch hands by going behind his back with the ball, but he lost control of it while it was on his rear end — a play some are calling the new “butt fumble” after the ball was pounced on for a touchdown by Titans defensive lineman Karl Klug.

“I was too reckless with the ball,” Smith acknowledged after two fumbles and two interceptions. “I’m extremely disappointed in the way I handled the ball. I was piss-poor.”

Added Smith: “This will never happen again.”

Asked if this comes with the territory when starting a rookie behind center, coach Rex Ryan showed his frustration.

“How many times are we going to make that excuse,” he said. “One of these days we’ve got to learn from it, and it better be soon. We’d better learn in a hurry.”

Injured QB Mark Sanchez, whose turnover issues were one of the key reasons for the Jets’ miserable 2012 season, was on hand to see Smith struggle.

“I’ve been there,” Sanchez said when asked if he was happy he wasn’t the one in the line of fire. “Believe me, I’ve been there.”

‘€¢ Lane Kiffin was fired as USC football coach following Saturday’s 62-41 loss at Arizona State, reportedly told of the decision in a meeting at Los Angeles International Airport in the early morning hours Sunday after the team arrived home.

“It’s never the perfect time to do these things, but I thought it was the right time,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said.

Kiffin lasted 3 1/2 seasons at the helm and had an up-and-down tenure marked by solid recruiting while the program was handicapped by NCAA sanctions due to the Reggie Bush violations, but also featuring a series of ethically questionable moves and comments.

“Lane did negotiate some of these things remarkably well,” Haden said. “I have supported Lane with my heart and soul for 3½ years and gave him every opportunity. He wasn’t given a fair hand in a lot of ways. I said all along, we graded on the curve, but we failed on the curve, too.”

Assistant Ed Orgeron will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season. Names bandied about as speculated candidates include Broncos defensive coordinator (and former Jaguars head coach) Jack Del Rio and Rams coach Jeff Fisher, both of whom are USC alums, along with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Boise State coach Chris Peterson, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

‘€¢ Legendary Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood, a pass-rushing standout who was part of the “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970s, died Sunday at a Pittsburgh hospital at the age of 67.

The six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro played for the Steelers from 1969-81, winning four Super Bowls.

“L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history, and he will be missed by the entire organization,” Stellers chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 30, 1962, which Red Sox player wrapped up the season with a .326 average to capture his second American League batting title?

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Report: Jets QB Mark Sanchez likely to miss rest of season 09.12.13 at 12:22 pm ET
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After renowned sports physician Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a labrum tear in his right shoulder, sources close to both Sanchez and the Jets told ESPN that the 26-year-old quarterback is “likely to have surgery” and will miss the rest of the season.

However, Sanchez texted ESPN Wednesday night and called the report “reckless.”

“If I needed surgery right now, I never would have left Andrews’ office,” Sanchez wrote. “I would’ve stayed and got the surgery.”

While a labrum tear is not a career-ending injury, it does not simply heal on its own and requires surgery. Sanchez could decide to rehab his shoulder and attempt to play through the pain this year, but he would ultimately require surgery to fully repair the injury during the offseason.

According to ESPN’s sources, Sanchez is expected to make a decision regarding when to have surgery within the next few days.

Sanchez injured his shoulder on Aug. 24 during the Jets’ third preseason game against the Giants after being hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

Jets coach Rex Ryan received flak in the days that followed Sanchez’s injury, as he rushed the quarterback in with 11 minutes remaining, with an inexperienced second-unit offensive line.

With Sanchez likely out for a significant amount of time, it seems like rookie Geno Smith will take on the role as Jets quarterback for the foreseeable future.

In the first start of his career last Sunday, Smith was solid, finishing the game 24-for-38 for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Smith came up big for the Jets at the end of the game, leading his team on a fourth-quarter drive that set up a game-winning 48-yard field goal from Nick Folk to give New York a 18-17 win.

Smith will have a much tougher task on Thursday night, as he will face off against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

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Jets name Geno Smith starting quarterback 09.04.13 at 11:47 am ET
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In the end, the announcement was almost anti-climactic. The Jets confirmed Wednesday that they will hand the ball to rookie Geno Smith for Sunday’s opener against the Buccaneers, with incumbent Mark Sanchez reportedly unable to play due to a bruised joint in his throwing shoulder.

Sanchez had better numbers in the preseason, but with his inconsistency and turnover tendencies from last year, there was speculation that the team was considering going in a new direction. Sanchez’s injury — suffered after he was rushed into action in the third preseason game in relief of an unimpressive Smith — may have forced the Jets to go to Smith earlier than they would have preferred.

Smith, a second-round pick, had some highlights early in training camp, but the West Virginia product sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and struggled thereafter. Now he’ll get his chance to lead the Jets back to respectability following a 6-10 campaign in 2012.

If Smith does well, Sanchez likely will remain on the roster as an expensive backup. He is set to earn a guaranteed $8.25 million this season, making it unlikely the Jets would release him before the end of the year.

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Jets sign QB Brady Quinn, release Graham Harrell 09.02.13 at 1:48 pm ET
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The Jets not only have uncertainty at starting quarterback, they’re not settled with their third-stringer as well. On Monday, the team signed Brady Quinn, who was cut by the Seahawks after stints with the Browns, Broncos and Chiefs, and released Graham Harrell, who was only with the club for a week.

Matt Simms also remains on the roster after a promising preseason, and there is speculation that New York hopes to pass him through waivers and place him on the practice squad.

Quinn, a first-round draft pick of the Browns in 2007 out of Notre Dame who has struggled to find a home in the NFL, practiced with the Jets on Monday.

The Jets still have not named their starter for Sunday’s opener against the Buccaneers. Mark Sanchez did not play in the final preseason game after suffering a shoulder injury in the previous outing, making it appear that rookie Geno Smith will get the nod — at least for Week 1.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie calls Jets reporter ‘a complete idiot’ 08.27.13 at 8:18 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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Fenerbahce vs. Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel 1892 vs. Ludogorets, 2:30 p.m. (FSC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie inserted himself in the Jets’ quarterback controversy, blasting New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta for pestering Rex Ryan with questions after Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Giants.

Co-hosting WFAN’s Boomer & Carlton morning radio show Monday, Christie said of Mehta: “Idiot. The guy’s a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid reporter ‘€¦ the only way he’s empowered is because we’re spending all this time talking about Manish Mehta this morning ‘€¦ who, by the way, I couldn’t pick out of a lineup, and no Jets fan gives a damn about Manish Mehta.”

Christie, who is friends with Ryan, continued: “We shouldn’t be giving this dope, you know, the amount of airtime we’ve given him already.”

Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez, who injured his right shoulder after being hit in the fourth quarter, following his insertion with the second-team offense, hopes to return in time for the team’s regular-season opener.

Sanchez said he was “a little sore,” but he refused to criticize Ryan for rushing him into action Saturday with the backups.

“If they call your number, you’ve got to play,” Sanchez said. “That’s what I do, and that’s what I’ve always done. They said to be ready to play, and I was ready to play.”

‘€¢ According to an ESPN report, NCAA investigators met with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for about six hours Sunday to talk about allegations that Manziel was paid by memorabilia dealers for his autograph.

Multiple dealers have said they paid the Heisman Trophy winner to sign thousands of items following last season.

Texas A&M administrators reportedly plan to let Manziel play despite concerns that this situation could affect his eligibility.

‘€¢ The Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues, are on pace to set a record as the most profitable team in league history, according to a report in Forbes.

With pitcher Erik Bedard the team’s only player making more than $1 million a year and the active payroll sitting at about $13 million (down from $26 million at the start of the season), owner Jim Crane should make $99 million this season, thanks in part to soaring television revenues.

The Astros have steadily decreased their payroll since Crane bought the team in 2011, although he recently told ESPN The Magazine, “Once our minor league system is filled in, we’ll move up into the top five or 10 in payroll.”

The report notes that 64 current major leaguers — including nine Yankees — each make more than the entire Astros roster.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 27, 1967, in another memorable game during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox held off the White Sox, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader after which Sox right fielder threw out Ken Berry at home in the ninth inning?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan under fire after Mark Sanchez injury 08.26.13 at 7:40 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: Reds at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Manchester United, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Rex Ryan‘s hot seat just got hotter. There are calls for the Jets coach to be fired after he rushed Mark Sanchez into Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Giants and allowed him to get knocked around while being protected by the second-team offense.

Sanchez was inserted after Geno Smith failed to impress in his first preseason start, throwing three interceptions in a 24-21 overtime victory. Smith finished 16-of-30 for 199 yards and a 22-yard touchdown pass, but he also took a safety when he stepped out of the back of the end zone while trying to avoid a sack. He finished with a 45.7 passer rating, just 34.8 against the Giants’ first-team defense.

Sanchez replaced the rookie in the fourth quarter and proceeded to injure his shoulder when he was hit by Marvin Austin after eluding two defenders and completing a pass. Sanchez, who was 5-for-6 for 72 yards with one lost fumble, left the game in obvious pain and was taken for an MRI. On Sunday, the team announced that Sanchez was “day-to-day” and would not play in the preseason finale.

“Unfortunately, the best play that he makes, probably all of preseason, he ends up getting hurt on it,” Ryan said after the game. “We’ll see the severity of the injury later.”

Sanchez appeared to warm up quickly upon being told he was going into the game — with one report indicating he did not expect to play. Ryan was questioned afterward about inserting Sanchez with the backups.

“We talked about the [quarterback] competition, and that was something that I felt was important,” he said. “If it wasn’t important, then I wouldn’t have put him in there. I would not have put Mark in if it wasn’t important.”

Ryan got frustrated after being badgered by the media about the QB competition, at one point turning away from the aggressive questioners.

“I can say anything I want,” he said. “That’s the beauty of this country. I can answer it 100 times. I’ll stand backwards and answer the question. I’m going sideways. We’ll make the announcement when I think it’s the appropriate time.”

‘€¢ NBA veteran Lamar Odom has disappeared for over three days, leaving family members concerned that he’s using drugs again, according to a report from TMZ.

Odom, a free agent who played last season for the Clippers, rejected an intervention from wife Khloe Kardashian on Wednesday, the report indicates, and dropped out of sight.

TMZ claims Odom has battled drug addition for at least two years, and reluctantly agreed to go to rehab in San Diego last year, although he left after three weeks. The report credits sources as saying Odom has gone on crack cocaine binges since the season ended.

A representative for Odom told the website Sunday that the player is fine, although no information about his whereabouts was given.

Odom, who played one season of college basketball at Rhode Island (1998-99), was suspended twice in 2001 for violating the league’s policy on drugs while a member of the Clippers. He won two championships after joining the Lakers but has seen his career take a downturn in the last couple of years, playing for the Mavericks and the Clippers.

‘€¢ ESPN analyst John Kruk was taken out from the broadcast booth on a stretcher before Sunday night’s Red Sox-Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Play-by-play man Dan Shulman said early in the broadcast that Kruk wasn’t feeling well but expressed optimism about his condition.

The network issued a statement that read: “John left the booth feeling dizzy and was diagnosed with dehydration. His vital signs are stable and he’s in good spirits. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Kruk 52, played 10 seasons in the majors before joining ESPN in 2004.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 26, 1945, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, winning the game for himself by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep?

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