|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rays’ David Price says he’s prepared to be traded||10.10.13 at 8:13 am ET|
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?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets’ Mark Sanchez has season-ending surgery||10.09.13 at 8:10 am ET|
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?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets have new version of ‘butt fumble’ in embarrassing loss to Titans||09.30.13 at 7:58 am ET|
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?
|Report: Jets QB Mark Sanchez likely to miss rest of season||09.12.13 at 12:22 pm ET|
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.
|Jets name Geno Smith starting quarterback||09.04.13 at 11:47 am ET|
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.
|Jets sign QB Brady Quinn, release Graham Harrell||09.02.13 at 1:48 pm ET|
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.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie calls Jets reporter ‘a complete idiot’||08.27.13 at 8:18 am ET|
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?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan under fire after Mark Sanchez injury||08.26.13 at 7:40 am ET|
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?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Geno Smith gets start at QB for Jets in preseason game vs. Giants||08.23.13 at 8:04 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League World Series: Washington vs. Connecticut, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Seahawks at Packers, 8 p.m. (CBS)
NFL preseason: Bears at Raiders, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: San Antonio Silver Stars at Tulsa Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Seattle Storm at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed Thursday that rookie Geno Smith, who practiced with the first team all week, will start at quarterback in the team’s preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night, with Mark Sanchez backing him up.
“We’ll see how far we take him into this game this week,” Ryan said. “Mark will play also. I think [Smith] has looked good and seems like the ankle is obviously a lot better than it was this past week. I’m excited to see him play.”
Smith sat out the team’s last preseason game with a sprained ankle, while Sanchez played three quarters in that game.
“We did say all along that it was going to be an equal competition,” Ryan said. “And, I think, obviously, the fact that Geno wasn’t able to play last week, you never really saw him when there were ‘live bullets,’ so to speak. So, it wouldn’t be an equal competition had we not played it out this way.”
Quarterbacks coach David Lee said the team might not be able to decide on its regular-season starter for another week.
“It’s been too close to call,” he said. “I want it clear. I want it cleaner before we make that decision.”
Lee added that the battle has been emotionally draining.
“They come off the field and you’re frowning at one and ‘saying], ‘Atta boy’ to the other,” Lee said. “I’m being honest, it’s kind of been an emotional up-and-down deal: ‘Who’s the best one today? Maybe that’s our guy. We can do this with him and the other one, we can do this with him. We can do more with this guy in the passing game.’ So, that’s an honest answer.”
• Robert Griffin III‘s “patience” cost him this week. The rehabbing Redskins quarterback’s decision to wear a T-shirt reading “Operation Patience” while warming up prior to Monday night’s preseason game instead of approved NFL apparel led to him being fined $10,000.
Griffin, who was fined $10,000 last year for wearing adidas clothing at a postgame press conference (the league has a contract with Nike), did not play in Monday’s game as he continues to work his way back after having surgery on his right knee after last season ended. He has yet to make an appearance in the preseason.
“I’m getting the team reps, and that’s what I wanted, and that’s what the team needed me to be out there doing,” Griffin said. “I feel good. I am confident coach [Mike Shanahan] easing me in has helped, and giving me the extra reps has helped now. My eyes are set on Philly.”
• The Buccaneers hired a cleaning company to sanitize the team’s training facility after two players were diagnosed with staph infections on their feet.
Guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes have MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics. Tynes, sidelined by an ingrown toenail on his kicking foot, did not travel to Foxboro last week when the Bucs practiced with the Patriots before their preseason game. Nicks made the trip and practiced but did not play in the game.
Both players are responding to treatment.
“Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our players and staff,” general manager Mark Dominik said in a team statement. “Our players were informed of the situation and we sought the advice of experts, including the NFL’s medical advisor, who provided counsel and approved of our comprehensive measures including the treatment of our practice facility.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season after outdueling Vida Blue of the A’s, 3-0?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets’ QB battle more confusing after ‘brutal’ practice by Geno Smith||08.15.13 at 8:12 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
Little League World Series: Puerto Rico vs. Panama, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: Washington vs. Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: Mexico vs. Australia, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League World Series: Connecticut vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL preseason: Chargers at Bears, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Golf: U.S. Amateur, noon (TGC)
Golf: PGA Wyndham Championship, 2 p.m. (TGC)
Gymnastics: U.S. Championships, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Jets’ quarterback battle continues to take twists and turns on a daily basis. Just when it seemed that rookie Geno Smith might have gotten the upper hand over inconsistent incumbent Mark Sanchez, Smith threw four interceptions in Wednesday’s practice, including three in 11-on-11 drills.
Said coach Rex Ryan: “It was brutal. That was Geno’s worst day.”
Smith suffered a mild ankle sprain in Friday’s preseason opener in Detroit, and although he didn’t miss a practice since and he insisted it didn’t affect him (“Not one bit”), he appeared to be off his game.
“The ankle is part of it, but way too many picks,” Ryan said. “He did not look comfortable today. Obviously, he has to come back from it, and he will come back from it, But it was a bad day. Guys have bad days, but this was a really bad day.”
• Alex Rodriguez‘s lawyers reportedly have threatened to sue Major League Baseball over his 211-game suspension, but it doesn’t appear to be having much impact.
At the quarterly owners meetings Wednesday, team representatives brushed off the report in comments to the New York Daily News.
“I guess he’s chosen to ignore 100 years of history [in which federal judges have routinely dismissed lawsuits against baseball],” one team executive said.
Added an owner: “He’s suing us now? That’s interesting. Good luck to him.”
Meanwhile, A-Rod is expected to be edited out of an animated film about a cancer-stricken boy’s visit to the Yankees in which the boy talks to some team legends. Rodriguez provided his voice for his character, but the producers of “Henry & Me” are said to be concerned about how A-Rod’s inclusion will affect the movie’s marketability and image.
• Rams starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, a former Boston College star, was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, although he maintained that his error was a mistake rather than a lapse in judgment.
“I just want to say that I did not take a performance-enhancing drug,” an emotional Dunbar said Wednesday. “I mistakenly took something that prompted a failed drug test.”
Added the 27-year-old who is entering his second season in St. Louis after four years with the Saints: “I sincerely apologize to my teammates [and] the organization. I am deeply saddened by this. But I plan to serve my four-game suspension and get back to playing football as soon as possible.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 15, 1971, the Patriots played their first game in Foxboro, a 20-14 preseason victory over the Giants. What was the name of the team’s original Foxboro home?
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