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NFL roundup: Dolphins’ trade with Eagles reportedly back on after Byron Maxwell passes physical 03.09.16 at 12:36 pm ET
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After being held up due to injury concerns, a trade between the Dolphins and Eagles reportedly is back on. According to multiple reports, the Dolphins will swap first-round draft picks with the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso. The two teams appeared to be close to finalizing the trade earlier in the week until concerns about an injury to Maxwell’s shoulder began to rise.

During the required physicals to complete the trade, the Dolphins medical staff apparently discovered lingering effects of Maxwell’s injury, which put him on injured reserve to end last season. ESPN reported Tuesday night that Miami considered the deal to be “dead” after its findings. Wednesday morning, however, news broke that the deal will be going through as originally planned after concerns over Maxwell’s injury passed.

The Dolphins were weary of acquiring Maxwell if his injury was expected to linger. He is in just the second year of a six-year, $63 million deal he signed with the Eagles last season in free agency. On top of those concerns, he had a disappointing season as the Eagles’ top cover corner last season. After breaking out with the Seahawks the year prior, Maxwell finished with just two interceptions and 64 tackles. The Dolphins may need some depth at cornerback, after reports have indicated the team plans to release four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes.

Alonso is in a similar position as well. He came off his worst season as a pro last year, as he fought through several injuries and registered a career-low 43 tackles to go with one interception. He was acquired from the Bills last offseason by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, in a controversial deal that sent star running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo.

— In other NFL news, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday morning after an 18-year NFL career, and he now will be breaking down the game on the set of ESPN. He reportedly will be joining the “Sunday NFL Countdown” crew as an analyst, while also contributing to broadcasts on Monday nights. In 2005 Hasselbeck made his lone Super Bowl appearance, which was the first in Seahawks history. He served as a backup for the Colts the past three seasons.

— After former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement earlier this week, interest has grown around Denver as to who will replace him as the Broncos starter. A report Wednesday indicated if the team cannot retain Brock Osweiler, it will pursue 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick via a trade. The 28-year-old Kaepernick has made it clear he is not happy in San Francisco, so the possibility of a deal could be mutually beneficial for both teams.

— Also making headlines Wednesday are the Giants, after the team reportedly inked ex-Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a deal. His contract reportedly is worth $62.5 million over five years. In his four-year stint with the Rams, Jenkins was a standout in the secondary. His six defensive touchdowns over that span are the most in the NFL.

— After Calvin Johnson’s retirement on Tuesday, the Lions did not waste any time attempting to replace his production. According to reports, the team signed former Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to a deal worth an estimated $8 million per season. Additional contract details have not yet been released. The 25-year-old Jones had his best season as a pro last year, catching a career-high 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-teammate comes to defense of Peyton Manning regarding Tennessee incident 03.03.16 at 8:14 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: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UMass at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UConn at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at Penn State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Twins, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. England, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Peyton Manning remains quiet about his incident with University of Tennessee trainer Jamie Naughright in 1996, but an ex-teammate and others have come to his defense.

Greg Johnson, a linebacker who was one of Manning’s Tennessee roommates, claims he was in the training room and witnessed the incident, which he describes as mooning of a fellow athlete and nothing more.

“[Manning] says ‘Hey’ to [track athlete Malcolm] Saxon and pulls down the back of his shorts, and I saw one butt cheek, and then he pulled his pants up,” Johnson told Sports Illustrated’s MMQB. “And Jamie said something like, ‘Aw, you’re an ass.’ Then I left. Thought nothing of it.”

Naughright described the incident similarly in a 1996 affidavit that was part of an employment discrimination complaint she filed against the school. However, Naughright filed a legal document seven years later alleging that Manning placed his bare behind and testicles against her face.

Johnson said he was not deposed in the 2003 case because he was serving with the Marines in Iraq and was not aware of the more serious accusation.

The MMQB story also quotes others who question Naughright’s integrity, including a woman who said she was friends with Naughright until Naughright sued her after allegedly slipping outside her restaurant.

“She sues people to make money,” Gretchen Anglero told MMQB.

Naughright also called the Knoxville News Sentinel for years to criticize the paper’s failure to adequately cover the training room incident and used “the most vulgar wording imaginable,” columnist John Adams said.

— Meanwhile, Manning was in a joking mood during an appearance in Jacksonville, Florida, Wednesday.

Before giving a speech on leadership at the Florida Forum, Manning hinted that he would say something about his impending decision whether to retire from the NFL or return for a 19th season.

Many of you have probably heard that I have a significant announcement to make, so I thought I’d go ahead and make it with all of you here tonight,” Manning said. “Papa John’s is offering 50 percent off tonight through Friday.

“I’m sure that was the response you were looking for.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul sues Adam Schefter, ESPN, over publication of medical records 02.25.16 at 8:12 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:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Penn State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UConn at South Florida, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Indiana at Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCLA at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Winthrop at High Point, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Murray State at Eastern Illinois, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Portland at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Predators at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul severely damaged his hand in a fireworks accident last July, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was on top of the story, tweeting out a copy of Pierre-Paul’s medical records to prove that the player had his right index finger amputated.

Schefter later acknowledged that he should have done more to protect Pierre-Paul’s medical records. Pierre-Paul apparently agrees, as he filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Schefter and ESPN.

“This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of Plaintiff’s medical records,” the lawsuit states, “all so Schefter could show the world that he had ‘supporting proof’ of a surgical procedure.”

The lawsuit does not indicate how much money Pierre-Paul seeks except to say it’s “an action for damages in excess of $15,000.”

According to previous media reports, Pierre-Paul is believed to have already reached a settlement with Jackson Memorial Hospital, which fired two employees for inappropriately accessing the player’s health record.

Pierre-Paul missed the first half of the season but returned to start New York’s final eight games, playing with his hand wrapped for protection. He finished with one sack. He had another surgery on the hand after the season.

He is due to become a free agent this offseason.

— A day after 16 of Tennessee’s head coaches held a press conference to defend the athletic department following a Title IX lawsuit that accuses the school of fostering a “hostile sexual environment,” the lawsuit was amended to include information about alleged mistreatment toward a former Volunteers football player who aided a woman who claimed to have been raped by two other players.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: While Broncos wait, evidence continues to pile up against Peyton Manning 02.23.16 at 8:14 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:
NBA: Pelicans at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Nets at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Davidson, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia State at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Rutgers at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: TCU at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: New Mexico at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UNLV at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There is speculation that Peyton Manning already has informed the Broncos of his plans for next season, two weeks before the deadline for the team to commit one way or another. However, with the quarterback continuing to get embarrassed in the media over his alleged sexual assault from 1996 and his subsequent treatment of the alleged victim, he continues to lay low.

ESPN reported Monday that the former University of Tennessee trainer who accused Manning of exposing himself and pushing up against her while she examined his injured ankle called a sexual assault crisis center less than three hours after the incident, lending more credence to her version of the facts.

According to court documents, Jamie Naughright called a sexual assault crisis center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and said she had been victimized by a “very well-known public figure … an athlete at UT” and that she did not want to discuss the details because she “feared for her job, worried and feared for her life.” Notes written by a crisis center worker quoted Naughright as saying she sensed “there will be a cover-up.”

Naughright reported the incident to her supervisor, head trainer Mike Rollo, who discouraged her from going to police.

Manning claimed he was mooning fellow athlete Malcolm Saxon, but Saxon denied that assertion. Rollo said in a deposition that he was the one who initially described the incident as mooning, something he regretted. While he said Naughright never told him Manning made contact with her, Rollo said Naughright had seen other athletes moon one another before previously and she never seemed upset about it. This time, Rollo said Naughright “was distraught, she was upset, and it seemed unusual.”

Meanwhile, Tennessee scheduled a press conference for Tuesday morning featuring all 16 of its head coaches. The athletic department did not announce the reason, but it appears to be a response to a federal lawsuit related to the school’s handling of sexual assaults, many of which involve UT athletes.

— Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict believes he’s being targeted by officials because of his reputation, and that he would not have been penalized for his hit to the head of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the AFC playoffs if not for his previous transgressions.

Burfict’s penalty helped set up Pittsburgh for the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds and earned him a three-game suspension from the league.

“I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble,” he told ESPN. “My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn’t number 55, I wouldn’t have got flagged.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos reportedly waiting on Peyton Manning decision 02.15.16 at 8:16 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:
College basketball: LIU Brooklyn at St. Francis (N.Y.), 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Wright State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: N.C. State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Morgan State at Hampton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Holy Cross at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alcorn State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Peyton Manning might have more pressing matters on his hands right now — he’s taking a beating nationally since the release of legal documents suggesting he launched a defamation campaign against a onetime Tennessee athletic trainer who accused him of sexually harassing her — but he also has some business decisions to make.

The Broncos reportedly are waiting for Manning to decide whether he will return next season before they negotiate with fellow quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler, who showed promise while filling in for an injured Manning this past season, is set to become a free agent March 9. That same day, Manning’s $19 million salary for 2016 — the final year of his five-year deal — becomes fully guaranteed.

According to Denver’s 9News writer Mike Klis, the Broncos want to sign Osweiler to a multiyear extension and have him be the starting quarterback next season.

Manning has hinted that he will retire, but he has not made any official announcement.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann revealed some additional information about Manning’s issues with former Tennessee trainer Jamie Naughright, noting that in Naughright’s initial comments and legal filings, she did not initially say Manning made contact with her when he allegedly exposed himself in the training room in 1996.

Naughright was somewhat vague about exactly what happened other than to say Manning exposed himself, but she later said Manning made contact with her head with his “naked butt and rectum” — making the actions far more serious.

Manning has claimed he was mooning a teammate, although the teammate denied that assertion.

— The Memphis Grizzlies raised some eyebrows Sunday when they sent out a Valentine’s Day tweet featuring controversial forward Matt Barnes.

The tweet shows a picture of Barnes looking down at a bouquet of roses and a basketball, with the line: “Love is always the answer.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning hired private investigators after HGH accusation 02.05.16 at 8:26 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Columbia at Yale, 5 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Central Michigan at Akron, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Saint Peter’s at Siena, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, Canada at United States, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Peyton Manning‘s legal team hired private investigators to find and interrogate former Guyer Institute intern Charles Sly before the release of the Al Jazeera report that suggested the Broncos quarterback and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs, according to a story in The Washington Post.

The Post story indicates that private investigators visited Sly’s parents’ home in suburban Indianapolis and one initially said he was a law enforcement officer but could not provide a badge, leading the family to call 911.

Sly, who said the company shipped HGH to Manning’s wife, Ashley, in 2011 while Manning was rehabbing from neck injuries, recanted the statements he made on hidden camera, claiming he made them up in order to impress a potential business associate. His video statement was recorded one day after he talked to Manning investigators.

Ari Fleischer, the crisis management consultant Manning hired, told the Post that a Manning lawyer examined the Mannings’ medical records at the Indianapolis anti-aging institute but none of the lawyers or investigators removed any records, coerced Sly into recanting, or did anything that would interfere with subsequent investigations.

“When somebody accuses you of doing something you didn’t do — and Al Jazeera refused to tell us who it was — it’s only logical to say, ‘€˜Who is it, and why are they doing this?”€‰” Fleischer said in defense of the private investigation. “That’s human nature.”

Fleischer acknowledged that Ashley Manning received medication from the Guyer Institute, but he did not say if it was HGH, citing her right to privacy.

Manning has repeatedly denied any suggestion that he used PEDs, calling the report “garbage.” His father, Archie, appeared on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Thursday and supported his son.

“I always had a saying when he was going through everything and he had to talk to a lot of different doctors and trainers, and I always said, ‘No voodoo.’ That was kind of our theme,” Archie Manning said. “And he didn’t. He said he didn’t. He didn’t.”

— One day after his back-and-forth with NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison, Panthers cornerback Josh Norman turned his attention to the Broncos, calling out wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Responding to Sanders saying Norman “talked himself into the media,” Norman said, “I think you’d have to be pretty darn good at what you do to talk your way into the spotlight. I haven’t been hearing much about him. Obviously he may want to go back and go practice some more.”

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Report: Rams have discussed bringing Peyton Manning to LA next season 02.03.16 at 12:01 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams have discussed the possibility of bringing Peyton Manning to Los Angeles next season. While many suspect Manning will retire after this year, if he does give it a go in 2016 he apparently already is drawing interest outside of Denver.

Writes Schefter: Manning still must decide whether he wants to play again, and the Rams still are formulating their quarterback plans. But they are monitoring the Manning situation, per a source, which is a sign that the Broncos quarterback could have options next season.

It also sets up the possibility — even if it is remote — that Manning could finish his career in Southern California just as former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas did with the San Diego Chargers in 1973 and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath did with Los Angeles Rams in 1977.

The Rams quarterbacks entering 2016 are Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion. Needless to say, if Manning were to sign with the Rams he would be stepping right into a starting role with the team.

While Manning recently told Bill Belichick that this could be his “last rodeo,” it remains to be seen if he will give it one more shot next season.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay trade barbs about Hall of Fame candidacy 01.08.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Buffalo at Kent State, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UIC at Detroit, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Exeter City, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Roger Clemens generally has taken the high road as sportswriters continue to deny him entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame, insisting Thursday, “I have distanced myself from the subject and moved on.” However, a dismissive comment from a former teammate caused him to go on the offensive.

Roy Halladay, who played his first season in 1998 alongside Clemens on the Blue Jays and went on to win two Cy Young Awards and appear in eight All-Star Games during his 16-year career, tweeted Wednesday that he agreed with writers who leave Clemens and Barry Bonds off their ballots.

Wrote Halladay before the balloting was announced: When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!

Clemens, who received 45.2 percent of the vote — 7.7 percent more than last year but well short of the 75 percent needed — texted a Houston TV reporter with his response.

“What is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill-informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher,” Clemens wrote.

“Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the ‘strength coach.’ You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand.”

Answered Halladay on Twitter: I’ll let my reputation speak for itself.

— As expected, the Broncos will go with Peyton Manning at quarterback when they open the playoffs a week from Sunday. And backup Brock Osweiler says he’s OK with it.

“I stand behind Peyton. I stand behind Coach. I stand behind this team,” Osweiler said Thursday. “You’re going to see the same exact guy out of me as you’ve seen the whole season. Bottom line: I just care about this football team winning games. If coach thinks Peyton gives the team the best chance, then I fully support that.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning, ‘still angry’ about HGH story, will be backup for Sunday’s game 12.31.15 at 8:30 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: Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic Alumni Game, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Flames, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Peach Bowl, Houston vs. Florida State, noon (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Orange Bowl, Clemson vs Oklahoma, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Cotton Bowl, Alabama vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Xavier at Villanova, noon (FS1)
College basketball: Creighton at St. John’s, 2 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Drake at Wichita State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Butler, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s been a rough end to 2015 for Peyton Manning, but at least he’ll start the new year back in uniform.

The Broncos announced Wednesday that Manning’s torn plantar fascia in his left foot has improved to the point where he will serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

Manning has not participated in a full practice since Nov. 13. He worked out with his teammates doing seven-on-seven drills and running the scout team on Dec. 17, but he had a setback that limited his participation afterward. He said he’s looking forward to taking this next step.

“I’m happy to be more of a part of it now than just being in street clothes and kind of quarantined in the indoor facility and work on out on my own,” he said.

Osweiler said he appreciates being kept in the starting role as the Broncos look to clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye.

“Obviously it means a lot,” Osweiler said. “It shows that Coach believes in me. … It feels good, but I have a job to do this week and that’s where my focus is.”

Meanwhile, Manning continued to deny having used HGH following an Al Jazeera story that implied a connection.

The NFL has said it will investigate the allegations against Manning and other players, including Packers stars Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and Manning said that was “appropriate,” adding: “I’d be glad if they came in here tonight and tomorrow and do it and get it over with.”

Said Manning: “The report wasn’t true Sunday. It’s not true today and it won’t ever be true. And I’m still angry about it. And if the league has to do that, I’ll cooperate. The sooner the better, though, if they’re listening.”

Asked about pursuing legal action against Al Jazeera, Manning said: “I don’t want to deal with that until after the season.”

— Ravens receiver Steve Smith has changed his mind about retiring, announcing Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to “defy the odds” and return from a torn right Achilles tendon that ended his season on Nov. 1.

Wrote Smith: Making a comeback, returning to the Baltimore Ravens ready to play football in 2016.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. appeals suspension, reportedly claims he felt threatened by Panthers 12.22.15 at 8:14 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:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Wild (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Fordham, 3:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: BYU vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn vs New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at La Salle, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Delaware at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Purdue, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: California at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Washington at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mercer at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at Hawaii, 1:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Akron vs Utah State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Boca Raton Bowl, Temple vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t yet commenting to the media, but he let the NFL know that he would like to talk about his actions Sunday, when he repeatedly targeted the head of Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, leading to his one-game suspension.

The NFL issued its ruling Monday, citing Beckham for “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”

Wrote NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks: “At numerous times during [Sunday’s] game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk, and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”

Losing Beckham, the team’s most potent offensive threat, would make the Giants‘ challenge even more daunting. At 6-8, New York needs to win its final two games (and have Washington lose twice) to have a chance at qualifying for the postseason.

Beckham would not discuss specifics about his feud with Norman after Sunday’s game, although he did say, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”

ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis said before Monday night’s game that he spoke to Beckham and the player admitted, “I messed up.” Lewis said Beckham was responding to being challenged and threatened by Panthers players.

Other reports indicated the Panthers directed homophobic and personal insults at Beckham. Some Panthers also wielded a baseball bat pregame, a tradition they established this season.

An infuriated Norman called Beckham a “ballerina” and said he deserved a suspension. “He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman said.

— The Broncos‘ season has taken a downward turn, but coach Gary Kubiak indicated there will be no change at quarterback this week — assuming Brock Osweiler is available to play.

Osweiler is having tests on his left shoulder, which he injured in Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Steelers in which Denver squandered a 17-point lead. Kubiak said Osweiler was sore Monday, but “all indications are that he’ll be OK.”

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