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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Indianapolis in panic mode after lifeless Colts lose again 09.22.15 at 8:04 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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA playoffs: Mystics at Liberty, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA playoffs: Sparks at Lynx, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Andrew Luck and the Colts were manhandled by the Jets on Monday night. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck and the Colts were manhandled by the Jets on Monday night. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

— The defending AFC championship game finalist Colts are laying a dud this season, and there are calls for change in Indianapolis.

The highly touted Colts offense turned over the ball five times for the second straight week — including a fumble by running back Frank Gore at the opposing 1-yard line — in Monday night’s 20-7 loss to the Jets.

Andrew Luck finished 21-of-37 for 250 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions and a fumble. Indy also was called for 11 penalties. And normally sure-fired kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 29-yard field goal — his first miss of less than 30 yards since 2007 — as the Colts went into halftime with no points for the second week in a row.

“Andrew Luck normally makes the people around him better,” Indy Star writer (and noted Patriots hater) Gregg Doyel said. “They’ve never been great around him. He normally makes them better; he’s making them worse.”

Said Colts coach Chuck Pagano: “You can’t penalize yourself, you can’t turn the ball over. We have to protect give [Luck] a clean pocket. You can’t drive the length of field and put the football on the ground.”

There has been speculation that Pagano’s job is in jeopardy. Prior to the game, Pagano told ESPN that he expects to finish his career with Indianapolis.

“This is my last job,” said Pagano, who turns 55 on Oct. 4. “And that’s what my plans are. We’ve won, and we’ll continue to do that. But when I took this thing, I said that’s my last job. And when I said that, I meant it. I’m not going nowhere.”

— Those offseason rumors about Randy Moss making an NFL comeback have died down, and Pro Football Talk reports that the onetime Patriots star has not reached out to any teams about resuming his career — nor have any teams inquired about his plans.

Moss is said to be happy working in television, mainly as an analyst on Fox’s pregame show.

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim wants WR Larry Fitzgerald ‘to retire a Cardinal’ 10.28.13 at 2:03 pm ET
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Cardinals general manager Steve Keim defused speculation of a possible offseason trade involving wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald on Monday.

Keim appeared on Arizona Sports 620, one day after Arizona defeated the Falcons, 27-13, and moved to 4-4 on the season.

“I can tell you two things, and I want to make this clear and simple — I have not had one conversation with another NFL team regarding a trade with Larry Fitzgerald,” Keim told the radio station. “Number two, starting with [Cardinals president] Michael Bidwill on down, it is our intent for Larry Fitzgerald to retire a Cardinal. Period. If there is any gray area there, let me know, and we can get that out.”

On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a Fitzgerald trade during the offseason would be in play. This made sense considering Fitzgerald’s ago (30), his contract, which received a $120 million extension in 2011, ending in 2017, and the fact that his salary cap hit is $18 million, meaning a trade would save Arizona $8 million next season, according to Schefter.

Fitzgerald caught his 800th career pass on Sunday to become the youngest NFL player to reach that milestone at 30 years, and 57 days, besting other stars such as Jason Witten, Andre Johnson, Torry Holt and Randy Moss.

The 10-year pro has caught 36 passes, for 470 yards and five touchdowns, all from new quarterback Carson Palmer.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Female kicker comes up short at NFL combine 03.04.13 at 8:05 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.

NBA: Heat at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Savannah State at UNC A&T, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Lightning at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Predators at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs Australia, 5:30 a.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Australia vs. Netherlands, 11:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Brazil vs. China, 3 a.m. Tuesday (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Things did not go well Sunday for the first female to participate in an NFL regional combine tryout. Lauren Silberman came up embarrassingly short on two kickoffs before seeking medical assistance and then leaving in tears.

The 28-year-old Silberman, who said she is a former University of Wisconsin club soccer player, kicked the ball about 19 yards on her first try and a few yards less on her next.

Silberman did not take any warmup kicks before the event, which featured 38 kicking prospects hoping to attract the attention of an NFL team. She later explained that she injured her quadriceps earlier in the week and was hoping she could kick through it.

“I suffered a quad injury. I tried staying off it and waited for today. I didn’€™t even take kicks in warmup,” she said, according to New York’s CBS TV affiliate. ‘€œIt’€™s pretty hard to know that you’€™d be in pain and wanted to work through it, and I certainly tried to, but I couldn’€™t do it today.”

Added Silberman: “I tried to work through the pain. The distance wasn’€™t there, but hopefully the scouts noticed my form.”

Silberman was not evaluated prior to the workout, signing up by paying a a $275 fee. She added to speculation that she was an unqualified publicity-seeker by being evasive when asked how far she kicked the ball in practices. “It’s hard to tell,” she said.

NFL regional combine director Stephen Austin offered no verification of Silberman’s ability.

“Our job is to evaluate talent and leave no stone unturned,” he said. “Until they get here, we don’t have any idea of how any of them are going to perform.”

‘™¦ LeBron James said Sunday that he’s considering an offer of $1 million by Magic Johnson to participate in the dunk contest during All-Star Weekend.

“I don’t have a response yet,” James told ESPN’s Lisa Salter, adding: “Tell [Johnson] I’ll get back to him.”

James has never taken part in the dunk contest, although he said Sunday, “I think about it every year.” He recently received some criticism for saving his highlight-reel dunks for pregame warmups and said he considered changing his warmup routine because of it. However, he decided to continue it.

‘™¦ Following a tweet from Randy Moss on Saturday night, there is speculation that the receiver will not return to the 49ers.

Tweeted Moss: Wished we could’ve finished the job!!thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers.

Moss, 36, ended his brief retirement in 2012 and recorded 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. He caught two passes for 41 yards in the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens.

The onetime Patriot has 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns in his 14-year career.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 4, 1984, which standout Red Sox catcher from the 1930s was chosen for the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee?

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49ers WR Randy Moss at Super Bowl media day: ‘I’m the greatest receiver ever’ 01.29.13 at 1:14 pm ET
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Niners receiver Randy Moss, making his first appearance at Super Bowl media day since 2008 with the Patriots, made it clear that he has not lost any confidence in his game despite sitting out all of last season.

“Now that I’m older, I do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever [play],” said Moss, who had 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns this season. “I don’t think numbers stand, because you talk about this and this. This year has been a down year for me statistically. The year before I retired was a down year, and then in Oakland [in 2006] was a down year. So, I don’t really live on numbers. I really live on impact and what you’re able to do out on that field. So, I really do think I’m the greatest receiver ever to play this game.”

(Responded Jerry Rice to ESPN’s Adam Schefter: Put my numbers up against his numbers.”)

One area in which Moss has struggled is winning. He has yet to capture a Super Bowl title in his 14 NFL seasons with the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Titans and 49ers.

“I’ve won a championship on every level, and I’ve already told myself that I wanted to win a championship on this level,” he said. “To have a Super Bowl ring, my career would be complete.”

Moss came close five years ago, when the Patriots lost to the Giants.

“In ’07 with the Patriots, we were riding high, being undefeated going up to the Super Bowl,” he said. “I think that’s just something we wanted to accomplish as a whole team, something to set ourselves in history. But being here with the 49ers, they were so close last year with a couple of mishaps [against] the Giants in the NFC championship game. I think just by the way we practice, the way the guys speak in the locker room, they were determined to get back here. And I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Moss’ teammates raved about his impact on the team, but Moss said he did not join the 49ers intending to influence the younger players, indicating it happened in an organic way.

“I never considered myself trying to be a leader,” he said, adding: “I just wanted to come in and play football. ‘€¦ If there’s anything I’ve been able to give back to the younger guys, it is my experience. That’s something I’ve taken to heart. Just looking at the younger guys and how they look at me is something I never imagined.”

Moss reiterated that he plans to return next season.

“I’ve thought about it,” he said. “I really want to play another year.”

However, he was sure he would re-sign with the 49ers, saying: “I don’t know about that.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss reportedly wants to play again next season 01.28.13 at 7:44 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.

NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 7 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Florida at Marquette, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss, whose comeback to the NFL after a one-year absence has led to an appearance in the Super Bowl with the 49ers, reportedly will attempt to play again next season.

Pro Football Talk credits a source with knowledge of Moss’ thinking as saying the player wants to return. He is slated to become a free agent in March, one month after his 36th birthday.

Moss has stirred up some controversy in every one of his previous five stops in the league, but he has been quiet in San Francisco, accepting his responsibility as a role player while making 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Pro Football Talk also reports that quarterback Alex Smith, who lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick midway through the season, will seek his release before the start of free agency. The team was expected to try to trade Smith, who is due $8.5 million in 2013, but apparently he is willing to forfeit that money for a chance to sign with a team of his choice.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News reported over the weekend that the Drug Enforcement Administration and Major League Baseball are investigating a training and nutrition adviser to Alex Rodriguez for links to performance-enhancing drugs.

Anthony Bosch is said to be a well-known figure among current and former Latin players in South Florida. Bosch and his father, Pedro Publio Bosch, were connected to Manny Ramirez when the then-Dodgers outfielder was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for using a banned substance. Pedro Bosch, a physician, reportedly wrote the prescription for the banned drug used by Ramirez.

‘™¦ Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones was a part of the gold medal-winning U.S. bobsled-skeleton team at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Jones served as the brakewoman on the bobsled driven by Elana Meyers, which finished third and contributed to the Americans’ team title at the combined event.

Jones is a two-time world champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, winning in 2008 and ’10.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss ‘trying to be a leader’ for 49ers receivers 07.10.12 at 7:59 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: All-Star Game, 7:30 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Celtics vs. Nets, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)


‘™¦ New 49ers receiver Randy Moss has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh so much that Harbaugh has called Moss the team’s “best receiver right now,” according to SiriusXM NFL Radio host Rich Gannon, who recently spoke with the coach.

Gannon, a former NFL quarterback, said he learned that Harbaugh sat down with Moss before the former Patriots receiver signed with the team and the two men talked about expectations.

Said Gannon: ‘€œAt the end of the meeting, Randy turned to Jim Harbaugh and said, ‘€˜Coach, what do you want me to do, what can I do for you?’€™ And Jim looked at him and said, ‘€˜For starters, I’€™d like you to sit in the front row of my meetings.’€™

‘€œ[Harbaugh] said by doing that it’€™s brought guys like [Michael] Crabtree, who’€™d hang out in the back, and some of these other young guys, now they’€™re sitting up front with Randy Moss. They don’€™t have the hoodies on anymore. They’€™re alert. They’€™re paying attention. Randy’€™s taking notes. Every meeting that coach has had, Randy Moss has been sitting in the front row.

‘€œRandy is trying to do the right thing. Randy is trying to be a leader. He’€™s trying to set a good example for these young players. It gets back to what the expectations are. Jim Harbaugh doesn’€™t have a ton of rules, but what the expectations are for Randy. ‘€˜We can get you back to where you were a couple years ago. You can be a huge addition for our offense. You can help us in the vertical passing game. But here’€™s what you have to do.’€™

‘€œSo far, Randy Moss has bought in.’€

‘™¦ The lawyer for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson defended the player, insisting Peterson was the victim rather than the aggressor in a weekend incident at a Houston nightclub where Peterson was detained and charged with resisting arrest.

“He, in fact, was struck at least twice in the face for absolutely no legitimate reason, and when all the evidence is impartially reviewed, it will clearly show Adrian was the victim, not the aggressor,” said Rusty Hardin, who is better known as the lawyer who defended Roger Clemens.

Added Hardin: “He was only in that club for 30 to 40 minutes, was never objectionable to other patrons, and never physically resisted any police officer. Adrian is extremely upset about these false allegations. These charges are totally at odds with the way he has conducted himself throughout his career, and he asks that his fans and the public at large reserve judgment until they hear all the facts.”

‘™¦ U.S. Olympic women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo was given a “public warning” by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after testing positive for the banned substance canrenone last month. Solo still is eligible to compete in the Summer Games after officials accepted her explanation.

“I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,” she said in a statement. “Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 10, 1992, which Red Sox player tied then-teammate Ellis Burks‘ major league record for grand slams by a rookie when he hit his second of the season in a 6-5 victory over the White Sox?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Randy Moss ‘totally engrossed in football’ 06.15.12 at 7:28 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 Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

MLB: Red Sox at Cubs, 7:15 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN, MLB Network)
MLS: Crew at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Golf: US Open, 4 p.m. (NBC)

MLB: Red Sox at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Nationals, 1:35 p.m. (TBS)
NBA finals: Thunder at Heat, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Golf: US Open, 4 p.m. (NBC)


‘™¦ Reviews on Randy Moss‘ comeback with the 49ers continue to be positive. A report from quotes a team insider as saying the 35-year-old former Patriot seems to have a singular focus.

‘€œYou can still see the Hall of Fame skills,’€ the team insider said. ‘€œAt times, he’€™s been unstoppable [as was the case on his nifty TD grab on a crossing pattern in a two-minute drill at the end of Wednesday’€™s mandatory minicamp practice], and he has very much quickly become the leader of the receiving corps. He sits in the front row in team meetings, takes notes and is extremely smart. He still has that major star power, and his teammates definitely recognize that.’€

Added Niners offensive coordinator Greg Roman: ‘€œHe has really been as good as you can possibly ask for in terms of being totally engrossed in football. He’€™s a throwback. ‘€¦ He’€™s got his family and football and his faith, and that’€™s what he’€™s all about. And it’€™s been great watching the players interact, the quarterbacks interact, the receivers interact with him. And we’€™ll all be better because of it.’€

‘™¦ A decision is expected Friday on the Mets’ appeal of a first-inning play that was ruled an infield hit in Wednesday’s game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. R.A. Dickey went on to allow no more hits in the game, but he said he’s conflicted about the situation.

“It would be weird,” he said of the potential of a delayed no-hitter. “I don’t know if it would be quite as satisfying. I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter, you know?

“Plus, you’re not pitching the eighth, ninth inning with the pressure of a no-hitter going. It would be a little bit cheap. But for the integrity of the game, I think it’s worthy of a review, just to make sure.”

On the play, third baseman David Wright tried to barehand B.J. Upton‘s high chopper, but it bounced off Wright’s hand.

Said Wright of the Mets’ appeal: “I guess that’s not an ideal situation. That’s their decision. It’s a little awkward when the team wants an error on its own player. Usually you’re trying to appeal to do the reversal of that. It would be a lot more difficult for me if I thought there was something else I could do. But I did everything I possibly could.”

‘™¦ The Kings paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of Los Angeles Thursday, celebrating the team’s first-ever NHL title. They also had a rally inside Staples Center, and the most memorable moment was goalie Jonathan Quick praising his teammates with a series of F-bombs (on live local television).

“It was more than you could ever expect,” forward Dustin Penner said of the parade. “It’s one of those moments you want to live over and over again. It’s amazing to hear all the support, and to put faces to the cheers we’re heard all year.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 15, 1976, the Red Sox agreed to purchase which two players from the A’s for $1 million each, a deal later voided by the commissioner’s office?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Randy Moss impresses 49ers teammates at first practice 05.11.12 at 8:03 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.

NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Clippers, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Rangers 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 pm. (WGN)

NBA playoffs: 76ers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Nuggets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 1 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Whitecaps at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

NBA playoffs (if necessary): Clippers at Grizzlies, 1 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Coyotes, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Cardinals, 2:15 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Randy Moss began his NFL comeback with his first formal practice for the 49ers Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif., and Niners quarterback Alex Smith said the former Patriot looked smooth.

“It’s tough to tell that he missed a year of football. I certainly don’t see any rust,” Smith said of the 35-year-old. “He’s running well, catching well. No surprise, he’s a pro and already has a good understanding of the playbook.”

Added safety Donte Whitner: “He still looks the same. He never, ever since he’s been playing football has looked like he’s been running fast. But he’s a long strider, and when you actually run against him, he’s really running really fast. He’s running the same as he’s always run. His body looks like a younger Randy Moss, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do on the football field.”

Moss also showed he was in midseason form in terms of his dealings with the media, as he has little to say following the hour-long workout.

“Work is over, baby, we’re out of here,” he said as he drove away.

‘™¦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, while saying reports of his rift with receiver Santonio Holmes were “ridiculous,” “out of control” and “way overblown,” said he worked out with Holmes last month after two earlier offseason visits to Holmes’ Florida residence, and the pair agreed to put the issue behind them.

‘€œIt was good to just kind of talk, away from the building, away from football, and talk about how things didn’€™t go so well last year, how we can move on and get better,’€ Sanchez said Thursday. ‘€œAs soon as we came back [for offseason workouts in New Jersey last month, we said] that we’€™d never talk about it again and let’€™s just move forward. That’€™s exactly what he’€™s done. That’€™s what I expect him to do. He expected the same from me. It was important that we had that time, and now we’€™re back and you would never [think] it happened.’€

Added Sanchez: “It gave us something to laugh about and move on. And we’re good.”

‘™¦ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman testified Thursday that Roger Clemens asked for the team to hire Brian McNamee after Clemens was shelled at Fenway Park in a 1999 ALCS loss to the Red Sox. Two year later, the Yankees parted ways with McNamee, after the trainer ruffled feathers in the clubhouse.

“This particular individual, Mr. McNamee, did not get along with people,” Cashman said.

Cashman also acknowledged the Clemens continued to use McNamee — who has claimed he injected the pitcher with steroids and HGH — as his personal trainer at late as 2007.

‘™¦ Nuggets center Chris “Birdman” Andersen missed Thursday night’s playoff win over the Lakers after police searched his home as part of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

A team-issued statement said Andersen was “excused from all team-related activities indefinitely as he deals with the reported investigation.”

Andersen is in his his seventh season in Denver and 10th in the NBA. In 2006 he was banned for violating the league’s drug policy, and he returned two years later.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 11, 1978, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals, the Bruins beat the Flyers, 6-3. Which Bruin recorded a goal and four assists to fuel the series-clinching win?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Colts boss Bill Polian says Randy Moss can’t beat Father Time 02.16.12 at 7:55 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.

NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College at Maryland, 9 p.m. (WEEI)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Blackhawks at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


‘™¦ Former Colts president Bill Polian weighed in on the Randy Moss situation, and his analysis makes it appear that Moss will have a tough time finding a team willing to give him a shot to return to the NFL.

Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Polian said Moss looked done when he was with the Titans in 2010, following his trade from the Patriots and subsequent release by the Vikings the same season.

‘€œIt was pretty clear he had lost a fair amount of speed and flexibility,’€ Polian said. ‘€œHe was not the same player he was three or four years earlier during his heyday in New England. Since his repertoire of routes was always limited — he was essentially a deep receiver his entire career — losing a step can really hurt your effectiveness.’€

Added Polian: ‘€œI just view it as a guy who was a great player, who obviously had some baggage throughout his career but had a nice run at New England, who sort of reached the end as every player does. Nobody, no matter how great they are, defeats Father Time. I just felt like Randy was in that category.

‘€œFor his sake, I hope he makes it back. But to me, he didn’€™t look like a top-echelon player in Tennessee.’€

Meanwhile, Moss returned to Ustream on Wednesday to chat with fans, and he said he wants to be on a team “where I can come in and do some damage.” He also offered his opinions on Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and more, and he said he still talks to Tom Brady “any chance I get.”

‘™¦ Isiah Thomas is so despised by Knicks fans, the Madison Square Garden faithful will even boo someone who shares the same name. Kings guard Isaiah Thomas took the heat Wednesday night, booed throughout his team’s loss to the Knicks.

“I knew it was coming,” said Thomas, who is not related to the former Knicks coach/executive. “When I was at prep school [in Connecticut] I used to come to the Knicks games when Isiah Thomas was the coach, so I knew something was going to happen.

“I was expecting it. Spike Lee even told me, ‘Next time you come to New York, you better change your name.’ ”

‘™¦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who reportedly feuded with receiver Santonio Holmes this past season, tweeted a Valentine’s message Wednesday morning: @santonio10 you want to be my Valentine? Included with the text was a picture of a heart-shaped box of cookies.

Holmes, criticized by teammates for his attitude toward the end of the season, did not immediately reply.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 16, 1980, in a 5-3 road victory over the Colorado Rockies, which Bruin recorded an assist to give him 1,220 points, moving him into seventh place on the NHL career scoring list?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Cris Carter questions Randy Moss’ attitude 02.15.12 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Grizzlies at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Warriors, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
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‘™¦ Not everyone is excited about former Patriots receiver Randy Moss returning to the NFL. While Moss’ agent claimed Tuesday night that three teams have shown an interest in the 35-year-old, former Vikings teammate Cris Carter said Moss first will need to prove that his attitude has improved.

“The one thing you have to address with Randy Moss is not a conditioning thing. It’s not an age thing,” Carter said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning.” “It needs to be addressed. I believe it’s the elephant in the room. It’s that thing called quit.

“And Randy, not like any other superstar I’ve met, he has more quit in him than any of those other players. So I need to address that. That’s what [Bill] Belichick did when he brought him over from Oakland. He told him he wasn’t going to have it. But Randy, when things don’€™t go well, like no other player I’€™ve ever been around or associated with, he has a quit mechanism in him that’€™s huge. That needs to be addressed before he signs with any team.”

Moss responded via Twitter, ribbing Carter for being bypassed in voting for the Hall of Fame this month: @CrisCarter80 (it’s) sad how u stroked ur own ego when u were supposed to be my mentor! Then u wonder why karma bites u in the (expletive)! #goodlukwithhof.

Moss softened later, tweeting: Cc no matter I still luv u bruh.

‘™¦ Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his mouth Tuesday. It was located inside the right cheek, the same spot where Gwynn, now the baseball coach at San Diego State, previously had a malignant growth.

“Tony told them to take [the malignant tumor] all out,” Gwynn’s wife, Alicia, told ESPN. “They said they may need to remove the facial nerve — they might have to go a lot deeper. But he just told them to take it out. And if they do remove the facial nerve, they’ll replace it with a nerve from his shoulder or his leg.

“Hopefully, his face will work fine; hopefully he’ll be able to blink his eye. They said they will make his face as normal as they can — and that it might be better than it was.”

‘™¦ Allen Iverson, who earned about $150 million in NBA salary during his career, apparently doesn’t have very much left. A Georgia judge recently ordered that Iverson’s future earning be garnished after the former All-Star was unable to pay a debt of $860,000 to a jeweler.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 15, 1985, which Massachusetts native scored his 42nd goal of the season to break the NHL record for American-born players?

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