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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL acknowledges officials’ error as Seahawks beat Lions after crucial blown call 10.06.15 at 7:50 am ET
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MLB playoffs: Astros at Yankees, 8:08 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Exhibition, Celtics vs. Olympia Milano, 2:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
WNBA Finals: Fever at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright acknowledged he intentionally batted the fumbled ball out of the back of the end zone with 1:51 remaining, in case it wasn’t obvious enough to anyone who watched Monday night’s game on television (see the video here).

The on-field officials, however, got it wrong, and the league has a new controversy after Seattle escaped with a controversial 13-10 victory over the Lions.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was reaching for the goal line and a go-ahead touchdown when he was hit and the ball bounced into the end zone. Wright, unaware that it’s illegal to hit a ball out, did just that. Yet instead of Detroit retaining possession at the 1-yard line, Seattle was awarded the ball at the 20 and went on to run out the clock.

“People do it all the time, though … is that illegal? Explain that to me,” Wright said in his postgame press conference when told his play was against the rules.

“I was just running to the ball, and the ball was right there. And I think they teach us to knock the ball out of bounds, so I wanted to make a smart play and it worked out for us.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows his team dodged a bullet.

“[Wright] was trying to knock it out. He did that,” Carroll said. “So it’s unfortunate the officials didn’t know … for their sake.”

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the back judge — who was looking right at the play — felt the bat was unintentional, and the call is not reversible by replay. He said the missed call is unacceptable.

“It’s a foul,” he said. “We have to make that call.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to discuss the issue, telling reporters to “talk to Blandino.”

Added Caldwell: “What can you do? You’re not going to cry about it, that’s for sure.”

— Donald Trump weighed in on the Washington Redskins nickname controversy and said the team should not be obligated to come up with a new name.

“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump said. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name. They think it’s a positive.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers CB C.J. Wilson lose fingers due to fireworks mishaps 07.09.15 at 7:52 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: Athletics at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Mexico vs. Cuba, noon (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)


— On the same day reports emerged that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had to have one of his fingers amputated due to a fireworks mishap, the father of Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson said his son lost two fingers in his own fireworks accident.

Pierre-Paul has had multiple surgeries, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, including one to amputate his right index finger and another to fix his fractured right thumb. He is expected to remain in the hospital two or three more days and then need about six weeks to recover.

The 26-year-old, who had a strong 2014 season, is unsigned but was offered a franchise tender by the Giants. The team, which sent a representative to Pierre-Paul’s Miami hospital but he reportedly wasn’t able to contact the player, apparently was in the dark about the amputation until Schefter tweeted a photo of Pierre-Paul’s medical chart.

Wilson, who has only played in four games in his two NFL seasons, lost his index and middle fingers on one hand as a result of his accident in North Carolina, his father said.

Wilson’s father told Charlotte television station WBTV that fireworks exploded in the canister Wilson was holding.

In a statement Wednesday about Wilson, the Bucs said, “We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday. It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands, and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health. We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation.”

— A federal judge dealt Redskins owner Dan Snyder a blow Wednesday, canceling the team’s trademark registration because the nickname may be offensive to Native Americans.

The ruling does not force the team to stop using the nickname and logo, but it makes it far more difficult to protect them.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Michigan students call for coach, AD firings after concussion controversy 10.01.14 at 7:44 am ET
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MLB playoffs: Giants at Pirates, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Penguins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Galatasaray at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Hundreds of students at the University of Michigan rallied Tuesday outside the president’s campus residence and called for changes in the athletic department after coach Brady Hoke sent quarterback Shane Morris back on the field during Saturday’s 30-14 home loss to Minnesota despite Morris showing signs of a concussion after being hit in the head.

The students called for the dismissal of Hoke, whose team is 2-3, and athletic director Dave Brandon, who issued an apology early Tuesday morning regarding the handling of Morris’ head injury.

“In my judgment, there was a serious lack of communication that led to confusion on the sideline,” said Brandon, who already was the target of Wolverines fans for unpopular new football ticket policies and his alleged lack of respect for the team’s tradition. “Unfortunately, this confusion created a circumstance that was not in the best interest of one of our student-athletes. I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that were made. We have to learn from this situation, and moving forward, we will make important changes so we can fully live up to our shared goal of putting student-athlete safety first.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Brady Hoke be punished for putting his QB back in after the player was noticeably affected by a hit to the head?

  • Yes, his first responsibility is to the players' health and he failed, so he should be held responsible (81%, 112 Votes)
  • No, there's no evidence that he knew his QB was concussed; the entire program needs to be better trained (19%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 139

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Thousands more have signed an online petition calling for Brandon’s firing. School president Mark Schlissel said he is looking into the situation.

“We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates and the entire Michigan family,” Schlissel said. “It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety.”

— Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps apologized after being arrested for DUI early Tuesday in his native Baltimore, his second such offense.

“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility,” Phelps said in a statement. “I know these words may not mean much right now, but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

Phelps, 29, was charged with DUI, excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone) and crossing double lane lines on Interstate 95 in the Fort McHenry Tunnel.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former NFL referee Mike Carey asked out of working Redskins games because of name 08.21.14 at 7:36 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: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Astros at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Braves at Reds, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Mexico vs. Tokyo, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Illinois vs. Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Steelers at Eagles, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA playoffs: Mystics at Fever, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA playoffs: 9 p.m. Stars at Lynx, (ESPN2)


— Longtime NFL referee Mike Carey, who retired after last season, was ahead of the curve on the Redskins controversy, but he only made it public this week.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Carey — the first African-American referee to work a Super Bowl — said he quietly requested to not work the team’s games beginning in 2006 because of the nickname, and “the league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington.” The Post checked the game logs and found this to be accurate.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” said Carey, who will serve a rules analyst for CBS this season.

Added Carey: “Human beings take social stances. And if you’re respectful of all human beings, you have to decide what you’re going to do and why you’re going to do it. ‘€¦ I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African-Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

MASHUP POLL: Should an NFL referee be allowed to avoid a team's games because he objects to the nickname?

  • No, it sets a dangerous precedent for an employee to make a stand against a team like that (65%, 180 Votes)
  • Yes, the league should continue to accommodate any such requests (35%, 96 Votes)

Total Voters: 276

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Asked why it took until 2006 for him to make his request, Carey explained: “There was an epiphany for me that it was time. I was never comfortable with the name. I’€™ve never said [the team’€™s name] in my games. But then I realized it wasn’€™t an option to be part of them anymore. For me, I just knew. I knew that everybody — everybody — deserves a level of respect.”

Kevin Durant has been offered a 10-year deal worth at least $265 million by Under Armour, and his representatives have taken the offer to Nike to see if his current endorsement company will match it, according to an ESPN report.

Durant’s contract with Nike requires him to stick with the company if it matches any other offer, the story notes.

As part of Under Armour’s deal, Durant would receive stock and incentives including a community center built in his mother’s name.

Durant turned down a much larger offer from adidas as a rookie in 2007 to sign with Nike. However, his new representatives at Jay Z‘s Roc Nation have pushed for tougher negotiations with the sneaker giants. Adidas reportedly dropped out of the bidding last week.

Under Armour, which gets only about 1 percent of its revenue from basketball shoes, is based in Baltimore, near Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland.

— Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, the team’s starting center, was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning. He was 21.

Bitsko, who started all 12 games last season, his third with the team, was discovered by a roommate who checked on him when he failed to wake up for practice. The roommate called police, who arrived minutes later.

His teammates were told of Bitsko’s death after the morning practice. The school is providing counseling services and support.

“Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family,” coach Paul Haynes said. “As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 21, 1986, which recently acquired Red Sox infielder scored six times in a 24-5 rout of the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’€™ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got. Absolutely. No question in my mind about that. ‘€¦ I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably, that chewing [tobacco] is what gave me cancer.” — Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, during a Wednesday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, discussing his battle with mouth cancer

STAT OF THE DAY: $2.6 billion — Worth of the Patriots, according to Forbes, ranking them second (to the Cowboys) in the NFL

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Nationals win their ninth in a row as Anthony Rendon hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the Diamondbacks.

A Brewers fan is treated to a new beer by the Milwaukee broadcast team after losing his drink while pursuing a foul ball.

Pacers president/Celtics legend Larry Bird takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Jack Hoffman, the 8-year-old cancer patient who scored a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game last year, gets support from the team as he prepares to undergo another round of chemotherapy treatment in Boston.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Spike Owen

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kenny Rogers was born on this day in 1938.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: CBS Sports boss says announcers won’t be forced to use Redskins name 07.17.14 at 8:05 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.

MiLB: Buffalo Bisons at Pawtucket Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)


— The Redskins might still be called the Redskins when the season starts, but CBS announcers have the option of refusing to use the nickname.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, said he does not tell his on-air talent what to say in situations such as this.

“We haven’t talked to them yet. Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say,” McManus said. “Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it’s reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don’t say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team.

“There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we’ll decide what is the right thing to do.”

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McManus’ comments come the same week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his disapproval. A longtime Washington resident, Holder made his position clear in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think the name ought to be changed,” Holder said. “I think it is an offensive name. And the Redskins, that organization is a great one. It’s a team with a stories history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C. And I think in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that is, from my perspective that, so obviously right.”

— Texas Tech freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II, who was dismissed from the team last month after punching a female basketball player during a pickup game, will return to the team but sit out the first three games of the season.

Bethel punched Amber Battle in the face, breaking her jaw. Despite video of the incident, a Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict Bethel for aggravated assault, and in fact requested that his scholarship be reinstated.

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Al Michaels: Dan Snyder said he’ll change Redskins name ‘over my dead body’ 06.13.14 at 10:24 am ET
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The debate over the Redskins nickname rages on.

With the urging of U.S. senators and an ad that ran in seven markets during Tuesday’s NBA Finals game from a California-based tribe, it’s apparent the desire to change the team’s name is growing rapidly.

NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels was asked about the situation when he was featured on Jim Rome‘s show on Showtime this week. He said he believes owner Dan Snyder will stand his ground in keeping the team’s name.

“It seems to me as if he is going to hold on,” Michaels said. “I mean, all of the sudden — I mean, for 70-some odd years this was a zero issue, and then it became an issue. I understand we live in this politically correct environment. It’€™s crazier than ever; you know, senators want to weigh in on this, like there’€™s nothing better to do in Congress. This becomes a big issue. I mean, I just think it’€™s nuts. And I do know, I’ve talked to Snyder about it — not recently, but when we were in Washington last year — and he basically said, ‘over my dead body.’€™ “

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Commercial opposing Redskins name to air during NBA Finals 06.10.14 at 11:52 am ET
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The anti-Redskins movement is about to get some heightened exposure.

Many are still opposed to the nickname, and those feelings will be expressed to a large audience during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a California-based tribe, purchased airtime for a 60-second anti-Redskins commercial to run in seven cities during halftime of Tuesday’s game, according to The Washington Post. The ad will run in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington.

A longer, two-minute version of the “Proud To Be” ad already is on YouTube.

The tribe’s campaign is part of a larger national push to have the Redskins name, which has been in place for more than 80 years, changed, much to the discontent of team owner Dan Snyder.

According to Politico, the Redskins hired lobbyist firm McGuireWoods Consulting last month to help with the backlash of a potential political battle that could erupt over the team’s name. The firm’s lobbying disclosure form says it will hold “discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and youth sports, activities of Original Americans’€™ Foundation.”

The hiring came one week after U.S. senators sent a letter to the NFL asking for the team’s name to be changed.

“The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the senators wrote.

Snyder has been quoted in the past, saying he will “never” change the Redskins’ name.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rangers unhappy with unpenalized cheap shot by Canadiens’ Brandon Prust 05.23.14 at 8:12 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 Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Padres, 10 p.m. (WGN)


— After losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Canadiens showed some life in Thursday’s Game 3, taking a 3-2 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers, meanwhile, were infuriated about a high blindside hit by Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on Derek Stepan that went unpenalized even though Stepan did not have the puck.

The hit occurred less than five minutes into the game. Stepan stayed on the ice for a minute before skating to the locker room, although he returned later in the period.

“It’s a bad hit,” Stepan said afterward. “I certainly hope the league will look at it. ‘€¦ [The hit] might have been with his shoulder, but he made contact with my face. The main focus is my head.”

The Rangers responded one minute later as Dan Carcillo picked up a charging call for running at Prust, and Derek Stepan started a fight with the Habs tough guy. Carcillo then picked up a game misconduct for jabbing the linesman who was restraining him.

“[Carcillo] can’t do what he did there, but we’ll let the league handle that,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I believe if a penalty would have been called on Prust, it probably wouldn’t have happened, but there is nothing we can do about it.”

Prust, a former Ranger who was very popular in New York before signing as a free agent with the Canadiens before last season, already was on the Rangers’ radar after he attempted to trip goalie Henrik Lundqvist during a timeout in Monday’s Game 2 in Montreal.

— Half the members of the U.S. Senate urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to push for the Redskins to change their name due to the racist connotation.

In a letter signed by 49 senators, the NBA’s quick action against Clippers owner Donald Sterling was referenced.

“We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” the letter read.

It also read: “The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur.”

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida wrote his own letter calling for a name change.

All of the senators involved are Democrats. Five Democrats did not sign, including Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, who represent Virginia, home of the team’s headquarters.

Landon Donovan, the most prolific scorer in U.S. national team history, will not join the team in Brazil for this year’s World Cup. The 32-year-old was one of seven players cut Thursday.

“This certainly is one of the toughest decisions in my coaching career, to tell a player like him, with everything he has done and what he represents, to tell him that he’s not part of that 23 right now,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Said Donovan in a statement on Facebook: “I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the U.S. in the years to come.”

Only six players from the 2010 World Cup squad are back, including defender DaMarcus Beasley, who will become the first American to play in four Word Cups. Donovan had been bidding to do the same.

“Landon is my brother,” Beasley said. “I’ve known Landon since I was 15. We’ve been through a lot together. To not have him there is difficult.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 23, 1976, the Celtics beat the Suns, 98-87, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 25 points and 21 rebounds?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly fed up with J.R. Smith after latest transgression 01.09.14 at 7:59 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.

NHL: Bruins at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Heat at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Memphis at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Florida at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: George Mason at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Auburn at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Washington at La Salle, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte at UTEP, 9:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at Oregon, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


— On the same day J.R. Smith received a $50,000 fine from the NBA for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” — trying to untie the sneakers of opposing players during free throws — a report emerged that the Knicks are trying to trade the troubled guard.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who has tried to keep Smith’s behavior in check, showed his frustration with the player after the latest incident.

“I’m not happy about this, because he was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake, and it’s not right,” Woodson said in a radio interview with ESPN New York’s Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco. “It’s just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it’s got to stop.”

Woodson added that Smith has been “unprofessional about how he’s approached this whole thing. Something got to be done. It has to stop. I’ll address it [Thursday] when I see him, and then we’ll go from there.”

Smith will be difficult to trade as he is in the first year of a three-year, $18 million deal and his numbers are down (11.3 ppg, 32.3 percent shooting) from last season, when he was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 18.1 ppg. The 28-year-old had offseason knee surgery and, according to his coach, still deals with soreness in his left knee. He also was suspended for the first five games of the regular season for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

Smith posted an apology on Twitter.


Deadspin revealed Wednesday that the media member who gave up his Hall of Fame ballot to the website was Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald and ESPN. The site allowed its readers to vote on the candidates and had Le Batard check off the names of the 10 receiving the most votes. The list included Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine, who all got in, as well as Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio (who missed by two votes), Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Curt Schilling.

Le Batard — who was a backup after the original media member had to pull out for unexplained reasons — explained why he allowed his vote to be used by writing, “I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it.”

Added Le Batard: “I’m not sure what kind of trouble this is going to bring me. I imagine I’ll probably have my vote stripped. But I don’t want to be a part of the present climate without reform anyway. Given that climate, doing THIS has more impact than my next 20 years of votes as sanctimony bars the HOF door on the steroid guys. Because, in a climate without reform, my next 20 years of votes will be counted but not actually heard. At least this gets it heard, for better or for worse.”

— The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected a request from a company trying to sell pork rinds called “Redskins Hog Rinds” because it deemed the nickname to be “derogatory slang term.”

This could be a bad sign for supporters of the Washington Redskins name, as the Patent and Trademark Office has been deliberating since early last year whether to revoke the federal trademark protection for the football team following a challenge from a group of Native Americans.

“The USPTO ruling sends a powerful message to Washington team owner Dan Snyder and the NFL that in the name of basic decency and respect they should immediately stop spending millions of dollars to promote the R-word,” Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said. “This is a huge potential precedent-setter rooted in the painfully self-evident truth that the Change the Mascot campaign has been reiterating: The R-word is a dictionary defined slur designed to demean and dehumanize an entire group of people. The federal government was right to declare that taxpayers cannot and should not subsidize the promotion of that slur through lucrative patent protections.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 9, 1993, who resigned after two seasons as Patriots chief executive officer, clearing the way for the new staff led by coach Bill Parcells?

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Former NFL player Dexter Manley under fire after directing gay slur at Troy Aikman 10.29.13 at 10:32 am ET
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Former Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley is facing a lot of backlash after calling Hall of Famer Troy Aikman a gay slur while making an appearance on a Washington radio station.

In a appearance on WTOP Monday morning, Manley was asked if he believed the Redskins, who Manley played for from 1981-89, were jinxed in their 45-21 loss to the Broncos because Aikman was in the Fox broadcast booth for the game.

Manley responded immediately, stating, “I think Troy Aikman’s a queer.”

The WTOP hosts asked Manley to apologize on-air right away, which Manley did after initially hesitating.

In wake of Manley’s insensitive comments, WTOP announced that Manley will no longer be a regular guest on any broadcasts.

‘€œThis morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment,” WTOP vice president of news Jim Farley said Monday. “He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP. WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning.’€

This is just the latest disappointing chapter in Manley’s rough life. The Pro Bowler was forced to retire from the game in 1991 after failing a fourth drug test when he tested positive for cocaine. In 1995, Manley was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and served two years in prison.

Here is a link to the audio from Manley’s interview.

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