|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees GM denies trade talks involving Alex Rodriguez||10.18.12 at 7:55 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Yankees at Tigers, 4 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Giants at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Seahawks at 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Oregon at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Nets, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, mired in a batting slump and a controversy for allegedly flirting with two women behind the dugout during a recent playoff loss at Yankee Stadium, appears headed out of New York. The question is, who will take on the fading star and his megacontract?
Rodriguez, consigned to the bench after batting .087 this postseason, has a full no-trade clause but reportedly is resigned to the fact that he’s not wanted by the Pinstripes and would accept a trade.
On Wednesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman strongly denied a rumor that there have been discussions with the Marlins about sending the 37-year-old to Miami and paying all of the remaining $114 million left on his contract.
“I have had no discussions with the Florida Marlins, certainly would never have any trade discussions under the circumstances,” Cashman said. “There are no discussions whatsoever. They are false.
“We are not down the line on any trade talks with any of our players, including Alex. And I haven’t engaged any general manager about trade discussions since the [Aug. 30] deadline. I’ve had no trade discussions, so false, 100 percent false.”
♦ Forbes magazine unveiled its list of the world’s most valuable sports brands. Nike, valued at $15.9 billion, tops the list of businesses, followed by ESPN ($11.5 billion) and adidas ($6.8 billion). The Super Bowl (worth $470 million) is the top event, followed by the Summer Olympics ($348 million) and soccer’s World Cup ($147 million).
The top athletes are golfer Tigers Woods ($38 million) and tennis star Roger Federer ($29 million), with a three-way tie for third between three-time NBA MVP LeBron James, golfer Phil Mickelson and soccer legend David Beckham ($26 million). The Yankees ($363 million) lead the ranking of top teams, followed by soccer clubs Manchester United ($293 million) and Real Madrid ($255 million). Five of the top 10 teams are from soccer.
Looking at regional sports networks, YES is No. 1, worth $600 million. NESN moved into the top 10 for the first time, ranking ninth at $500 million.
♦ Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, from Everett via Tilton School in New Hampshire, was cleared by the NCAA to play this season after an investigation into the school’s funding of unofficial visits. Coach John Calipari revealed the news Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN. Noel, a 6-foot-10, 228-pounder who has been compared to NBA No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis, is part of another heralded freshman class assembled by Calipari.
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|NCAA expands inquiry into top Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel||08.22.12 at 5:01 pm ET|
Everett native Nerlens Noel, one of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2012, is the subject of an expanding NCAA investigation, writes SI’s Pete Thamel.
Thamel reports that two NCAA enforcement officials traveled to Tilton, Noel’s New Hampshire prep school, for a three-hour meeting with school officials. Citing a person with knowledge of the NCAA inquiry, Thamel writes the meetings focused on the people surrounding Noel’s recruitment and how Noel paid for his unofficial visits.
Noel is set to begin his freshman year at the University of Kentucky. His unofficial visits included trips to Louisville, Kentucky and multiple trips to Syracuse. Schools are not allowed to pay for unofficial visits.
|Top basketball recruit Nerlens Noel tabs Kentucky||04.12.12 at 10:29 am ET|
Nerlens Noel, the Everett native who attends Tilton School in New Hampshire, announced Wednesday that he will play for coach John Calipari at the University of Kentucky next season. Noel, a 6-foot-10 center, is considered the top recruit in the nation.
“Coach Cal recruited me real hard,” Noel told ESPN. “He is a good person who cares about his players, he helps them reach their goals and the team’s goals. They play as a unit and are very unselfish. Also, the fans were incredible on my visit. They are behind the program 100 percent.”
Meanwhile, Las Vegas product Shabazz Muhammad, ranked just behind Noel, announced Wednesday that he would attent UCLA.
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens’ Bernard Pollard OK with bounties, upset with Roger Goodell||04.05.12 at 7:57 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers, 1 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI)
MLB: Marlins at Reds, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Dodgers at Padres, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtic at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
NBA: Knicks at Magic, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Frozen Four, Boston College vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Frozen Four, Ferris State vs. Union, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, known to Patriots fans as the player who caused major injuries to Tom Brady, Wes Welker and, this past season, Rob Gronkowski, is not happy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell‘s attempts to make the sport less dangerous.
“It’s getting out of hand,” Pollard told Houston radio station KILT. “This is not powderpuff football, this is not flag football. This is a violent sport. And it’s a fun sport — we all love playing this game. And we’re blessed by God to even go out there and display our talent to the world, but at the same time you can’t sit there and say, ‘We want guts, we want glory, we want heart.’ You can’t give a player heart but at the end of the day you tell him, “Well, hold on, but be careful when you go to make that hit.’ We wear helmets and shoulder pads. That means you’re supposed to go knock somebody around. We ain’t wearing flags.”
Regarding the Saints’ bounty situation, Pollard said he doesn’t care if a team has bounties and called the one-year suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton “outrageous.”
“This is a game, this is a violent game. You can’t take this away,” Pollard said. “You suspend a man for a whole year? You suspend a man for a whole year and now you’re looking for players to suspend? This is outrageous. You’ve got to be kidding me.”
♦ After coaching Kentucky to the national championship Monday, John Calipari insists he has no desire to leave for the NBA, even though the Knicks reportedly have interest.
“Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching,” Calipari said. “Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We’re chasing UCLA.”
Meanwhile, a player being recruited by Kentucky, Everett’s Nerlens Noel, raised some eyebrows when he recounted a story of walking through Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Final Four weekend and being graciously received by Wildcats fans.
“I’m always just shocked at how dedicated Kentucky fans are,” Noel wrote in a diary for ESPN. “One man asked me if I wanted to take his wife home with me, ha ha. I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘Nah, I’m good,’ but that’s just how insane the fans were down there.”
♦ At Wednesday’s annual press conference prior to the start of The Masters, August National Chairman Billy Payne refused to answer questions about if and when a woman would be admitted as a member of the club. The topic became relevant again because IBM has a new CEO, Virginia Rometty, and the last four IBM CEOs have been invited to be club members.
“As has been the case whenever that question is asked, all issues of membership have been and are subject to private deliberations of the members,” Payne said. “That statement remains accurate and that remains my statement.”
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