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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow suffers knee injury on awkward slide; Broncos cheerleader unrecognizable in dinosaur costume 11.01.16 at 8:03 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: Houston at Cleveland, 6 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Golden State at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Bowling Green at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Michigan at Ball State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Atletico Madrid vs. Rostov, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Manchester City vs. Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions: Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Arsenal, 3:30 p.m. (FS2)

NFL: Bears 20, Vikings 10
NBA: Bulls 118, Nets 88
NBA: Raptors 105, Nuggets 102
NBA: Hawks 106, Kings 95
NBA: Clippers 116, Suns 98


— Tim Tebow’s fledgling baseball career has hit a snag.

The former NFL quarterback and current outfielder in the Mets organization had a rare great day at the plate during an Arizona Fall League game on Monday, but it ended badly.

After Tebow got on base in the fourth inning of his 10th game with the Scottsdale Scorpions, he was not only caught stealing but was injured on his awkward slide into second.

Tebow came up lame after the slide with a knee injury that took him out of the game.

Before his injury, Tebow had a single in the first inning and reached base in the fourth on a fielder’s choice. He is 5-for-34 on the season with one RBI and two runs scored.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yet again, NFL’s Monday night game marred by controversy 10.27.15 at 7:32 am ET
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World Series: Mets at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Coyotes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Lightning at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Pelicans at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)


— Communications issues persist in NFL games, although the Patriots seem to be the only team that has faced accusations of cheating because of it.

During the Ravens’ 26-18 loss to the host Cardinals on Monday night, Baltimore mounted a late comeback and had the ball in the closing seconds looking for the tying touchdown and two-point conversion before the possession ended with an interception. During that drive, the Ravens could not use their wireless communications system to call in plays to quarterback Joe Flacco.

“We lost our phones, so [Flacco] couldn’t heard Marc [Trestman], offensive coordinator,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, noting there were issues throughout the game but especially at the end. “I don’t know why the phones were going out. They went out on that drive.”

Trestman had to yell the plays to Flacco from the sideline, forcing the team to take more time to get the right personnel on the field.

“It was way too much communication going on for the amount of time we had left,” Flacco said. “Guys were just confused — and rightfully so.”

A day earlier, in the Bills’ loss to the Jaguars in London, Rex Ryan complained about frequent problems with his team’s electronics.

“I don’t get it,” Ryan said. “I don’t understand it. But this one was absolutely miserable.”

The communications issues began in Week 1, when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said his coaches were hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast instead of each other on their headsets. After the game, Tomlin said there have been frequent problems in Foxboro and implied something nefarious was going on.

Monday night’s game also featured an officiating controversy (for the third time in a Monday game this season), as Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel was called for illegal formation after catching a pass even though replays showed him reporting as an eligible receiver before the play. According to Harbaugh, referee Ronald Torbet said he did not see Urschel signal to him.

— After a day to think about it, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was not as supportive of controversial defensive end Greg Hardy for his sideline outburst during Sunday’s loss to the Giants, although the coach said he will not discipline the player.

In an interview Monday with Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan, Garrett played down the altercation that occurred when an angry Hardy stepped into the special teams huddle following New York’s 100-yard kickoff return, slapped at special teams coach Rich Bisaccia’s clipboard, then pushed a teammate before exchanging words with injured wide receiver Dez Bryant.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ailing Jets CB Darrelle Revis ‘a game-time decision’ Sunday 09.25.15 at 7:52 am ET
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MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Astros, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Boise State at Virginia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Stanford at Oregon State, 10 p.m. (FS1)
WNBA playoffs: Mercury at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Darrelle Revis doesn’t play for the Patriots anymore, which means he’s allowed to be more forthcoming about his groin strain and his availability for the Jets’ next game.

“It’s not getting any worse, it’s getting better,” the cornerback said after limited participation in Thursday’s practice — after taking Wednesday off to rest. “Leading up to these next couple days, we’ll see how it pans out and how it goes with practice. And we’ll see what happens Sunday.”

As for the possibility he plays in Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Revis said, “That’s a game-time decision of what Coach [Todd Bowles] wants to do and what the training staff wants to do.”

Bowles said he’s encouraged by the fact that Revis has progressed since suffering the injury in Monday night’s win over the Colts.

“He did some things in practice,” Bowles said, “and he’ll get better day by day.”

In Monday’s game, Revis had an interception and two fumble recoveries. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Wide receiver Erick Decker and running back Chris Ivory also are ailing for the Jets, who are off to a 2-0 start. Decker sprained his left knee Sunday and has not practiced since. Ivory, who strained his groin last week, has a quadriceps injury that has kept him out of practice all week.

— Metta World Peace is back with the Lakers, agreeing to a one-year deal after working out at the team’s training complex this summer.

The team is looking for the 35-year-old defensive specialist to provide a leadership role and toughen up the younger players.

“I think he’d be great in the locker room with young players,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “But we have to be careful not to use a roster spot too early because we have a lot of young kids.”

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Report: Lakers have had ‘casual conversations’ about Metta World Peace 08.25.15 at 8:38 am ET
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Metta World Peace

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers have talked about signing Metta World Peace to a one-year contract. No deal is in place, however, the two parties have been in contact to discuss potential terms. The Los Angeles Times adds that the two sides have had “casual conversations” about World Peace returning to his former team.

While many have remained skeptical of the 35-year-old’s presumably declining skills, Kobe Bryant has enthusiastically supported signing World Peace. He has been in the Lakers’ practice facility throughout the summer and has played with much of the current roster, including 2014 first-round pick Julius Randle.

World Peace hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013-14 when the Knicks waived him. Last year he played for Pallacanestro Cantu of the Italian League.

He played for the Lakers from 2009-13, helping them win a championship in 2010.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens fans welcome embattled RB Ray Rice with ovation 08.08.14 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Cubs, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB)
Little League Baseball: Mid-Atlantic semifinal, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Midwest final, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Mid-Atlantic semifinal, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: West semifinal, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League Baseball: Southeast final, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: West semifinal, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Saints at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (NFL Network)
MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s U-20, United States vs. Brazil, 9:45 p.m. (ESPNU)
Golf: PGA Championship, 1 p.m. (TNT)


— Ravens running back Ray Rice made his preseason debut Thursday night against the 49ers, his first game action since being suspended for the first two games of the regular season because of his domestic violence incident, and he was warmly received by the fans in Baltimore.

Rice received a standing ovation during pregame introductions and was applauded again loudly after his first run. There were no audible boos. He only played one series in the game, carrying the ball three times and picking up 17 yards.

“Our fans are the best fans in the world,” Rice said. “I can’t thank them enough, No. 1, for sticking by me and supporting me throughout my trials and tribulations. I owe my best to these fans for giving me that kind of ovation. I’m looking forward to giving them the best effort that I can every week throughout the season.

“That means the world to me. Everything I went through, I don’t take anything for granted anymore, especially going out there and playing in front of our fans. It’s a lot of respect that I have to go out there and earn because of the position that I put myself in.”

Rice was arrested Feb. 15 after an altercation in an elevator at an Atlantic City hotel, which left his now-wife Janay Palmer unconscious. Rice pleaded not guilty and was accepted into a pretrial intervention program three months later. The league has come under heavy criticism for only giving Rice a two-game suspension (he was fined an additional game check as well).

MASHUP POLL: How should Ray Rice have been received by Ravens fans Thursday night?

  • They should have booed to send a message that his behavior is unacceptable (54%, 88 Votes)
  • They should have responded with silence (36%, 59 Votes)
  • The applause is fine, he plays for their team and it's reasonable for them to show support despite his troubles (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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Off-field distractions aside, Rice enters the season with something to prove, as he is coming off the worst season of his six-year career, rushing for 660 yards and averaging 3.1 yards per carry as he battled hip and quadriceps injuries. He shed about 15 pounds in the offseason, getting down to 206, and he appears to have regained some of his quickness.

“I do feel different,” Rice said. “I guess it’s safe to say I feel like back when I was a rookie. That’s the weight I’m continuing to try to play at. Obviously, what I went through when I added a little bit of extra weight, you can’t make the cuts like you want to do.

“Training this offseason and focusing on the stuff that I needed to focus on, diet, exercise, all the stuff I needed to do, finally I got down to the weight I was comfortable at and went out there and executed.”

Metta World Peace, a.k.a. Ron Artest, is changing his name again, coinciding with his decision to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association this season.

After reports surfaced that he had selected Panda Friend, he clarified on Twitter that his Chinese name is The Pandas Friend.

A few days earlier, he hinted where his mind was when he tweeted: First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter.

World Peace, 34, will be the highest-paid player in the CBA this season, earning $1.43 million. He last played in the NBA with his hometown Knicks.

— Former Boston College and Patriots offensive lineman Damien Woody, now an ESPN analyst, will be a contestant on the NBC weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” when the new season begins next month.

The 36-year-old father of seven is up to 388 pounds four years after retiring from the game. H’ll be the fourth-heaviest of the show’s 20 contestants.

Woody played for the Patriots from 1999-2003, winning two Super Bowls. He also played for the Lions (2004-07) and Jets (2007-10).

Woody will be joined on the show by former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell, former women’s tennis player Zina Garrison and former WNBA player Vanessa Hayden.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 8, 2004, which Red Sox pitcher allowed a team-record six home runs but still got the win in an 11-9 victory over the Tigers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “€œLosing like that is never fun, but it is a good experience for the first preseason game and I had fun out there I did all right. There is a lot of stuff to improve on. It is a process. For any rookie quarterback, there is a lot to learn from and we will go watch the tape tomorrow and fix those things.” — Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, after completing 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards in the Patriots’ 23-6 preseason loss to Washington

STAT OF THE DAY: 27 — Consecutive at-bats without a hit for Jackie Bradley Jr., who went 0-for-3 in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Cardinals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bryce Harper homers in the 13th inning to give the Nationals a walkoff win over the Mets.

Cubs rookie Javier Baez has made an immediate impact, hitting two home runs off the Rockies in just his third major league game.

Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings is out on his feet after taking a line drive to the head against the Pirates. Jennings was kept at a hospital overnight for observation.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s latest edition of his humorous talk show “Foul Territory” includes an interview with center fielder Brett Gardner and Teixeira reminiscing about making mixtapes for girls in high school.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Creed lead singer Scott Stapp was born on this day in 1973.

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Metta World Peace signs with Knicks, who lose J.R. Smith to knee surgery for 3-4 months 07.16.13 at 9:21 am ET
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Tell the world: World Peace is coming home.

After four seasons with the Lakers, and one day after becoming a free agent, forward Metta World Peace met with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson on Monday, and by the end of the conversation he agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, grew up in the Queens section of New York City and played for St. John’s for two seasons in the late 1990s.

The second year of the deal is a player option, according to multiple reports.

“The team is amazing, the players. I’m excited to play and hustle,” World Peace told reporters. “I don’t think I’m a missing piece [to a puzzle]. … I’m more honored to be playing with these players.”

World Peace’s final season in Los Angeles was arguably his most productive. He put up 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while also seeing his playing time increase to 33.7 minutes. In 14 seasons with five teams, World Peace averages 14.1 points and 4.7 boards.

In addition to what the Knicks pay him, 6-foot-7 World Peace will also make the $7.7 million that he was due to make with the Lakers before his old team waived him last week.

The news comes the same day that the team announced guard J.R. Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year for 2012-13, will miss 3-4 months following patella tendon and arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Smith signed a four-year, $24.7 million contract last week.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers waive Metta World Peace under amnesty provision 07.12.13 at 8:03 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 4 p.m. (WGN)
NBA Summer League: Orlando, Pistons vs. Heat, 8 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Orlando, Pacers vs. Jazz, 10 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Orlando, Rockets vs. Thunder, noon (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Orlando, Magic vs. Celtics, 2 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Las Vegas, Knicks vs. Pelicans, 4 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Las Vegas, Hawks vs. Clippers, 6 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Las Vegas, Cavaliers vs. Lakers, 8 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Las Vegas, Bobcats vs. Spurs, 10 p.m. (NBA)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti, 7 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: Exhibition, Guadalajara vs. D.C. United, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Honduras vs. El Salvador, 9:30 p.m. (FSC)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Australia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The Lakers parted ways with the controversial Metta World Peace on Thursday, waiving the 33-year-old under the NBA’s amnesty provision to save about $15 million in luxury tax. The team still must pay him his $7.7 salary next season.

World Peace joined the Lakers in 2009, when he was known as Ron Artest, and helped Los Angeles knock off the Celtics in the 2010 NBA finals. His performance diminished this past season, especially after he tore knee cartilage in March. He averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 75 games.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to a player such as Metta, who has been a significant part of our team the past four seasons,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “For anyone who’s had the opportunity to get to know him, it’s impossible not to love him.”

World Peace has played for five teams in his 14-year career. He has been suspended numerous times — most famously for 86 games for his part in a brawl with fans in Detroit when he played for the Pacers — but he also won the league’s citizenship award in 2011.

His father, Ron Artest Sr., told the New York Post on Tuesday that World Peace was hoping to “stay with the Lakers for a couple of more years, but if not, he wants to finish his career in New York if he can,” as he is a native of Queens.

‘™¦ The Cubs’ plan to install Wrigley Field’s first-ever Jumbotron video board along with a sign above the outfield wall moved forward Thursday, as the city’s landmarks commission approved the plan. The full City Council next must OK the deal, which is expected despite the objections of the local alderman, who has expressed concerns about how the changes will affect neighbors and rooftop businesses.

The plan allows the team to install a 5,700-square-foot Jumbotron in left field and a 650-square-foot- sign in right.

“The Cubs often point to large signs at Fenway and U.S. Cellular [White Sox]. Those signs back up to expressways, not people’s homes,” Alderman Tom Tunney said, adding, “From blocks and blocks away, the light from the proposed ‘€¦ Jumbotron will flicker in living rooms and bedrooms throughout the ward.”

Wrigley Field turns 100 next year. The park did not have lights until 1988.

‘™¦ Major League Soccer has continued its campaign to eliminate a vulgar chant by home fans when the opposing goalie kicks the ball, but it’s not being well-received in New York. When the Red Bulls front office reached out to three supporters groups and offered them $500 for every game they went without chanting “You suck a–hole,” one group responded with an angry statement.

“From this day forth GSU won’€™t accept a single penny from the [front office] or Redbull. This of course will result in a lot of friction between us and the [front office]. But we stand strong together. This is our club, our city, our family. We will not be censored, we will not be bought,’€™’€™ Garden State Ultras spokesman Christopher Vidaic announced.

“As we all know the FO is on the lookout for ‘€˜inappropriate’€™ language and behavior. We say [forget] them! We will not be censored.”

Empire Supporters Club member Mike Vallo told the New York Post that the chant isn’t the real issue, it’s the perception of the groups selling out by taking the money.

“No one really cares about the chant. It’€™s the act of taking money to change our songbook and the extreme exaggeration of the negative consequences of a chant containing a word I’€™ve heard about 30 times today walking around the city,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 12, 1997, Roger Clemens made his return to Fenway Park as a visitor for the first time, leading the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory by striking out 16 Red Sox in eight innings and allowing just one run on four hits. Which Boston pitcher was the hard-luck loser, striking out 13 Jays in seven innings but allowing three runs on five hits?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Despite lack of personal apology, Tiger Woods ‘done with’ Sergio Garcia feud 05.30.13 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)


‘™¦ On the eve the Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Tiger Woods spoke publicly about his feud with fellow golfer Sergio Garcia and Garcia’s racially insensitive comments from last week. Although he said Garcia had not apologized to him “in person,” Woods claimed, “That’s already done with.”

Garcia offered an apology at a press conference last week after saying he would invite Woods to dinner and serve “fried chicken.” Garcia reportedly also called Woods’ agent.

Said Woods: “It’s time to move on.”

Meanwhile, golf legend Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the feud, saying, “It’s stupid.”

Noted Nicklaus: “We were trying to figure out how to get somebody to write about anything when we played. I think today you have to figure out how you keep somebody from writing about anything. It’s a big difference.”

‘™¦ Jalien Messersmith, a forward at NAIA Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., became the first openly gay active college basketball player when his story was revealed Tuesday at

Messersmith said he told his coach last summer and his teammates before the season, and he said most people at his small college knew about his sexual orientation. He was interviews by in March, although the story didn’t come until after NBA free agent Jason Collins made his admission in April with his Sports Illustrated article.

“The big thing for me, why I wanted to do it, before the whole Jason Collins thing, is there weren’t a lot of basketball-related stories like this,” Messersmith said. “When I started coming out, I didn’t have anyone to look to for advice or to see how their story went. People can look to see what happened to me — and there are positive things going on.”

‘™¦ Controversial Lakers guard Metta World Peace has released a children’s book, called “Metta’s Bedtime Stories,” which includes five stories “written to help children think about daily events in a positive light.”

According to, where the book is available, “These stories will show everyone that you can always have a better day tomorrow, if you have a hopeful heart and keep positive thoughts.”

World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest, is a spokesman for mental health.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?

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Umpire admits bad call that ends Rays’ rally vs. Rangers 04.09.13 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Dodgers at Padres, 6:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Athletics at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Suns at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Hornets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: NCAA women’s championship, Louisville vs. UConn, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The Rays’ ninth-inning rally against the Rangers ended Monday night when umpire Marty Foster called out Ben Zobrist on a full-count pitch that was well outside the strike zone, and the umpire later admitted that he blew the call.

The Rays had scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth and had the tying run on first base, but Texas reliever Joe Nathan got a friendly call to end the game at 5-4.

Rays manager Joe Maddon argued immediately and later told reporters: “It just can’t happen in a Major League Baseball game.”

Foster acknowledged his mistake.

“I saw the pitch and of course don’t have the chance to do it again,” he told a pool reporter. “But had I had a chance to do it again, I wouldn’t call that pitch a strike.”

Said Zobrist: “Umpires make mistakes just like players do. It was a tough time to have a bad call.”

‘™¦ When Metta World Peace had surgery to repair a torn meniscus 12 days ago, he was expected to be sidelined for six weeks. However, the Lakers forward said he plans to return for Tuesday night’s game against the Hornets.

“It’s not how sure I’m playing [Tuesday] night,” he said. “It’s how sure I was playing three days ago. I was ready to play.”

World Peace explained that the swelling that normally accompanies meniscus surgery did not exist in his case, allowing him to return much earlier.

“He’s good,” coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday after World Peace participated in a three-on-three scrimmage at practice. “It’s probably a game-time decision, but he looks good. He’s raring to go. The medical staff will make a decision [Tuesday]. It’s unbelievable. He’s different. ‘€¦ I’ve never seen this before.”

With five games to play, the Lakers are battling for the final playoff spot in the West.

“We’ve got a chance to make a push for this championship run,” World Peace said. “We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we all need each other to make a run at this thing.”

‘™¦ Flyers minor leaguer Eric Wellwood was recovering Monday after undergoing surgery Sunday night to repair tendons he cut during the Philadelphia Phantoms’ Sunday game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut.

The 23-year-old Wellwood, who has played 31 games for the Flyers over the past three seasons, apparently clipped himself with his own skate after falling into the boards. He is believed to have severed an artery, as his skate filled with blood.

“I don’t think anyone really saw it,” Phantoms coach Terry Murray said. “It was away from the play. In conversation, everyone figures it was an accident that happened to himself. The play was already in the offensive zone and this happened in the neutral zone, so we’re not sure exactly what took place.”

Trainer Greg Lowden rushed onto the ice — not even waiting for play to be stopped and causing a Phantoms goal to be disallowed — and helped Wellwood to the locker room. Wellwood underwent surgery at a Bridgeport-area hospital to repair vascular damage, stop the bleeding and close the wound. He is scheduled for another surgery later this week in the Philadelphia area. to repair damage to the tendons and ligaments.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 9, 1982, the Celtics retired jersey No. 10 in honor of which player?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Some NFL players reportedly turn in guns after KC tragedy 12.10.12 at 7:30 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Texans at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Pistons at 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)


‘™¦ At least seven NFL players have surrendered their guns to team personnel in the wake of last week’s murder-suicide in Kansas City, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

King, who revealed the information on NBC’s “Football Night in America” pregame show Sunday night, reported that one player turned in multiple weapons, saying that he didn’t trust himself with the guns.

Following last week’s incident involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, it’s been speculated that about 70 percent of NFL players own at least one gun, with many owning more than one.

‘™¦ The Cowboys managed to win Sunday, posting a 20-19 road victory over the Bengals one day after the death of linebacker Jerry Brown and the arrest of defensive lineman Josh Brent on charges of intoxication manslaughter (Brent was released on bond Sunday afternoon).

“It’s a hard, hard situation we’re in,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “There’s no playbook for this sort of thing in life.”

Added defensive end Marcus Spears: “This was a step in the healing process for us. But we haven’€™t dealt with a lot yet — remembering Jerry and keeping his memory alive, dealing with Josh and supporting him in whatever way we can. That’€™s still to come.”

Meanwhile, according to a report from Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, injured Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a “volcanic” argument with team owner Jerry Jones last week.

Ratliff, who signed a five-year, $40 million extension last year, had just 25 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures this season before sitting out the last three games. He’s missed seven games in all this year with join, ankle and foot problems.

Jones, a familiar figure in the locker room after games, reportedly approached Ratliff after last Sunday’s victory over the Eagles and said, “We need you.” Ratliff’s response was an angry one.

“They’re both passionate men and great men and they want to win, that’s all it is,” a source told the station. “But they were in each other’s faces. People had to intervene.”

‘™¦ Spurs guard Stephen Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA and apologized for his threatening tweet toward Thunder center Serge Ibaka. Jackson sent his message after Ibaka tangled with Jackson’s friend and former teammate, Lakers forward Metta World Peace, on Friday night.

Wrote Jackson: Somebody tell serb Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much.

After the NBA and the Spurs condemned Jackson’s comments, Jackson sent out a much more well-written apology:

Tweeted Jackson: I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made. It was unprofessional and childish. I’m not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he’s wrong.

Jackson and the former Ron Artest were teammates with the Pacers in 2004, when they both took part in the infamous brawl in the stands in Detroit that led to long suspensions.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 10, 1980, the Red Sox sent the left side of their infield — shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson — to the Angels for which three players?

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