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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan defends Bills’ aggressiveness after 17 penalties in loss to Giants 10.05.15 at 7:21 am ET
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NFL: Lions at Seahawks, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)


Rex Ryan‘s Bills are leading the league, but not in the right categories. In Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the visiting Giants, the Bills committed 17 penalties, giving them a league-leading 57 this season. In fact, it’s the most penalties by a team through four games in a decade.

Despite that, Ryan found positives in his team’s aggressiveness.

“Well, I’m going to tell you something: I’m proud of the way this team played,” an animated Ryan said after his team fell to 2-2. “Can you play a lot smarter? Absolutely. But I’ll take a team that can fight over a team that won’t — that will sit back and take it — any day of the week. And bring on the next team.

“So that’s how I look at it. Give me a team that’s got some fight, and we’ll compete to the very end, right, wrong or indifferent. No matter how good the officiating is, or whatever.”

Ryan did not appreciate members of the media saying his team had an issue with discipline, even though Buffalo had two touchdowns called back due to penalties Sunday.

“You guys write the story, so you’ll write it the way you want to write it,” Ryan said. “I know the one thing I know for a fact is that we have heart. The discipline things? I get it. When you have 17 penalties, that’s obviously a sign of lack of discipline. That’s not the real deal, but this is a free country. Write what you believe.”

Added Ryan: “I get it, no question about it. We can focus on the negatives and all that — and I get it, that’s your guys’ job — but you might not understand the game the way I understand [it] because I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been a part of a 20-some-penalty performance by the Ravens, OK? And we went on and we fixed it. We’ll fix it here.”

Some players say they believe the officials are making calls based on the Bills’ reputation, and defensive tackle Kyle Williams said they’ll now have to be “choirboys” because other teams will try to goad them into lashing out.

“Oh, I think we’re there,” Williams said of the reputation. “Especially in the fourth quarter, when we go back out. [Linebacker] Preston [Brown] is ripping out a ball and he gets 15 yards thrown on him for throwing an elbow when he’s trying to rip the ball out. So I think once you get to that point, they’re looking for things, whether they’re legitimate or not, they’re looking for things like that.”

However, safety Corey Graham called Sunday’s display “embarrassing.”

“One after another, dumb penalties,” the former University of New Hampshire star said. “It’s terrible. We can’t win games like that.”

— The Colts have taken a step back this season with their play on the field, and now it appears their game-day staff has taken a step back in time.

Three female reporters were temporarily denied entry to the Jaguars locker room after Sunday’s game in Indianapolis by an attendant.

Tweeted Yahoo’s Graham Watson: I was just blocked from a locker room by an old, out-of-touch geezer who wasn’t sure women were allowed because “you know how guys are.”

“At first we thought we had the wrong door,” Watson told the Indianapolis Star. “He said, ‘€˜I’m not sure you’re allowed back there.’ ”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Harlem Globetrotters drop Washington Generals as opponent 08.14.15 at 8:09 am ET
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MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL preseason: Broncos at Seahawks, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Lynx at Dream, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sky at Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Aston Villa, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona at Bilbao, 4 p.m. (ESPNews)
Golf: PGA Championship, 2 p.m. (TNT)


Corey "Thunder" Law and the Globetrotters will find another foil after parting ways with the Washington Generals.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Corey “Thunder” Law and the Globetrotters will find another foil after parting ways with the Washington Generals. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

— The Harlem Globetrotters won’t be beating up on the Washington Generals anymore. That’s because the Globetrotters dropped the team as their regular opponent after 63 years and thousands of Generals losses (vs. one win).

“All great rivalries come to an end, and as we get set to celebrate our 90th anniversary, we are excited to take on a new opponent,” Globetrotters coach and former player Sweet Lou Dunbar said in a statement. “We are looking forward to building a new great rivalry as we entertain families worldwide for years.”

Generals general manager John Ferrari, who took over in 1987 from his father-in-law, Generals founder Red Klotz, said he was surprised to learn of the Globetrotters’ plans to find new opponents. The Globetrotters have had a number of ownership changes in the past two decades — most recently being purchased in 2013 by Herschend Enterprises — and the move appears to be designed to save money.

“I got a call about a month ago, and they just told me that that was it,” Ferrari told “I turned to my wife and just said to her, in disbelief, ‘It’s over.’ ”

The franchise’s lone win came in 1971, when Klotz (who died last year at the age of 93) hit the game-winner in the closing seconds.

“Beating the Globetrotters is like shooting Santa Claus,” Klotz said later.

— A contrite Ikemefuna Enemkpali spoke the media Thursday after arriving at Bills camp and said he’s thankful for a second chance after being released by the Jets following his incident with Jets quarterback Geno Smith earlier in the week.

“I want to apologize to the Jets organization, the fans, my teammates and the coaches. I apologize for what happened,” he said, without mentioning Smith’s name. “It should’ve never happened. I should’ve walked away from the situation. It was never my intention to hurt anybody.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets castoff IK Enemkpali lands with Bills 08.13.15 at 8:18 am ET
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MLB: Yankees at Indians, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)


Ikemefuna Enemkpali

Ikemefuna Enemkpali

— Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali, released by the Jets after punching Geno Smith in the locker room and breaking the quarterback’s jaw, has found a new home, reuniting with former Jets coach Rex Ryan in Buffalo.

The Bills claimed Enemkpali off waivers , with Ryan saying he believes the young players is a “good teammate.”

“I think it’s clear it was a mistake,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Nothing justifies hitting somebody and all that stuff. And I’m not trying to say that it wasn’t a mistake. But I also believe that he’s going to learn from this. And we’ll give him a chance to compete.”

Added Ryan: “Look at every person in that locker room, not anybody’s perfect. But they know that I feel in my heart that this young man will be successful for us.”

Enemkpali released a statement Tuesday apologizing for the incident, which reportedly stemmed from Enemkpali getting impatient with Smith for failing to pay $600 to cover transportation costs after the QB failed to show up for Enemkpali’s charity event in Texas — which Smith apparently skipped because of a family issue. There also were reports that Smith was “up in [Enemkpali’s] face and pointed/touched his face” before the punch.

Either way, Bills players said their new teammates doesn’t need to explain himself to them.

“When he gets here, he’s got a clean slate with us,” running back Fred Jackson said. “We’ll see how everything works out, but I’m excited to have him. What happened in New York happened there. It’s not something we have to worry about here in Buffalo.”

— Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has yet to be charged with anything related to an alleged incident involving a woman at his Buffalo-area home earlier this month, but EA Sports decided it wasn’t worth the risk to put him on the cover of the company’s NHL video game.

“In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “He will not appear on the EA Sports NHL 16 cover, nor participate in other … promotional activities.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bills suspend OL coach Aaron Kromer 6 games, name Richie Incognito starter 08.03.15 at 7:42 am ET
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MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


Aaron Kromer

Aaron Kromer

— Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will avoid legal punishment for the incident last month when he allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family following a dispute over beach chairs, but the team announced Sunday night that he will be suspended six games for his behavior.

Kromer, who had a battery charge dropped after he reached a deal with the victim’s family, has been on paid leave since July 14, two days after he was arrested. He will rejoin the team at training camp and begin his suspension with the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 7.

“We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter, and we are highly supportive of the NFL personal conduct policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard,” Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement.

Kromer, who previously served as the Bears offensive coordinator, was hired in January as part of the staff hired by new head coach Rex Ryan. Assistant Kurt Anderson has been covering for Kromer and is expected to fill in during the suspension.

Kormer’s suspension was the second big story related to the Bills offensive line Sunday. Earlier in the day, Ryan announced that former outcast Richie Incognito stands to be his starting left guard.

“One thing’s for sure, Richie’s a starter,” Ryan said at the team’s training camp in Pittsford, New York. “He looks about as good as any of them. He really does.”

Ryan said Incognito, who sat out all of 2014 after being fingered in the Dolphins bullying scandal during the 2013 season, was one of the team’s top performers in conditioning tests held Thursday, the day before camp opened.

“He’s everything we thought he’d be,” Ryan said. “I think he’s probably along further than I even thought he’d be as far as coming back in shape. It’s like he never missed any time.

Incognito, who has a history of troubling behavior, signed a one-year deal with the Bills in February. He has not played in a game since Oct. 31, 2013.

“It was a long road back,” Incognito said Sunday after being told of Ryan’s comments. “It was dark times. And it was something at times I didn’t was going to happen. But I’ve been blessed with an opportunity. … A lot of people laid their neck out on the line for me. And I just wanted to prove them right.”

Added Incognito: “It left a bad taste in my mouth to kind of leave the game like that. I had a lot of time away, a lot of time to think. And today, I definitely woke up with that in the back of my head.”

— A 9-year-old bat boy was in critical condition Sunday, one day after being hit in the head by a bat during a tournament in Wichita, Kansas.

UPDATE: The boy died Sunday of his injuries.

Kaiser Carlile, who works for the Liberal (Kansas) Bee Jays, was retrieving a bat discarded by a batter when he was struck in the back of the head by a player warming up in the on-deck circle early in his team’s game against San Diego in the National Baseball Congress World Series. Carlile was wearing a helmet.

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Bills say they could have best defense ever 06.30.15 at 9:35 am ET
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Rex Ryan has brought the confidence he instilled in his early Jets teams to Buffalo, as some Bills players say they could have the best defense in the history of the NFL.

When asked about his team’s defensive goals for the season, Bills defensive tackle Marcel Dareus was pretty outspoken.

“[To be the] best ever,” Dareus said. “It’€™s so obtainable. All we have to do is continue to do what we want, and not what we can. If we do what we want, and do everything to head in that direction, why can’€™t we? Why can’€™t we?”

Linebacker Nigel Bradham echoed his teammate’s ambitions, speaking to the Toronto Sun.

“We want to be the best in history — one of the greatest,” Bradham said. “That’€™s what we’€™re striving for … the greatest of all time, not just this year or last year.”

Last year, the Bills were one of the best defenses in the NFL, finishing in the top-five for points allowed, yards per play and passing touchdowns. With the addition of defensive guru Ryan, Dareus believes the Bills can get even better and make history.

“We finally have a coach who will really lay it on the line for us,” he said. “I mean, Rex will make the tough calls and really put us in the position to win, regardless of whatever the stakes are. And he’€™s not going to be buddy-buddy. He’€™s like, ‘€˜You’€™re a grown man and I’€™m going to tell it to you like it is.’€™ And that’€™s what we all need. We’€™re all grown men. To have somebody babying us, or somebody trying to micro-manage us –€” I mean, no man really wants to ever be under somebody’€™s thumb all the time.

“Rex is just that type of guy where he’€™s going to let you play ball, he’€™s going to put you in the best situations, and he’€™s going to do his best not to let you fail.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Floyd Mayweather’s ex sues for defamation 05.07.15 at 8:00 am ET
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NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championship, United States vs. Belarus, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Fiorentina at Sevilla, 3 p.m. (FS1)


— Floyd Mayweather’s attempt to soften the sting of criticism about his history of domestic violence might cost him even more.

Josie Harris, who is the mother of three of Mayweather’s children, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles accusing Mayweather of defamation. She is targeting Mayweather for his comments in an April interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric in which Mayweather said Harris was on drugs and he had to restrain her during a 2010 incident.

Mayweather was arrested and charged with domestic violence for the attack, which was witnessed by two of their children. The boxer eventually served two months in jail after agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

Reads the lawsuit: “The statements by Mayweather during the Couric interview were totally and unequivocally false and defamatory. The true facts are Harris was not a drug-abuser or drug addict.”

Harris is seeking $20 million.

Last year Mayweather was sued by former fiancee Shantel Jackson, who said Mayweather beat her and later posted a sonogram of her pregnancy, insisting they broke up because she had an abortion.

— Bills coach Rex Ryan, asked about a comment from new running back LeSean McCoy that Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been getting rid of “all the good black players,” said he will continue to allow his players to speak their minds.

“I’d rather just be ourselves,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I think the players are more comfortable doing that. I know I’m more comfortable doing that. And I think that’s the way it is. I think you’ll get a real feel for who we are.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LSU OT La’el Collins meets with police, then Bills coach Rex Ryan 05.05.15 at 8:16 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)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Hawks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Flames, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Juventus vs. Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


La'el Collins (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

La’el Collins met with police and now is meeting with NFL teams about his future. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

— La’el Collins, the LSU offensive tackle who was projected to be a first-round pick but went undrafted following the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, met with police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Monday and then dined with Bills coach Rex Ryan.

Collins, who unsuccessfully tried to pull out of the draft hours before it started, had been sought for questioning by police about the April 24 death of Brittney Mills. The 29-year-old Mills, who was eight months pregnant, was shot dead after opening the front door of her apartment. Her unborn child initially survived but later died at a hospital.

Collins has not been named as a suspect, only someone the police wanted to interview in an effort to get information about the case.

“It went fine; we answered all their questions,” Collins’ attorney, Jim Boren, told The Times-Picayune of the meeting with police. “La’el is not going to make any comments. I’m not going to have any comments. The investigation is going to continue. La’el is now going to start making an effort to start getting his football career back on track.”

Added Boren: “I think [Collins] is not a suspect. He answered all the questions they had. Every question, we didn’t claim the fifth [amendment]. We answered every single question. We gave them all the information they asked for. He’s ready to get his life back.”

After having dinner with Ryan at a restaurant in Baton Rouge, Collins reportedly was scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Tuesday. The Cowboys and Saints are rumored to have an interest as well.

Because he was not drafted, Collins could sign with any team an undrafted free agent. Although he would receive far less money than if he had been drafted in the first round, he would have the option to renegotiate his three-year UDFA deal after two seasons. There also are reports that Collins could attempt to enter the 2016 draft.

Josh Hamilton, acquired by the Rangers from the Angels last week, made his first appearance in a game of any kind since October when he took the field Monday in an extended spring training game in Surprise, Arizona.

Hamilton, who was 0-for-13 in the Angels’ loss to the Royals in the American League Division Series before having offseason shoulder surgery and then admitting to a relapse with alcohol and drugs, struck out and hit three grounders to first base Monday.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills OL Richie Incognito starts workouts with new team after ‘inner reflection’ 04.07.15 at 8:09 am ET
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MLB: Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament final, UConn vs. Notre Dame, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Aston Villa, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito

— Richie Incognito began offseason conditioning with his new Bills teammates Monday, and the controversial offensive lineman acknowledged that his year and a half in exile following the 2013 bullying scandal with the Dolphins was “humbling.”

Incognito was benched by the Dolphins for the final eight games of the 2013 season, and no team was willing to sign him last year.

“It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute,” Incognito said [via ESPN]. “It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: ‘Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?’ It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth.

“Then it was an acceptance, and accepting the fact that I’m not going to play this year, that I’m going to have to chalk it up and wait for another opportunity.”

An NFL investigation found that Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin, and there were reports of other incidents of harassment.

“There was a lot of things said and done that I wish I could change,” Incognito said. “But moving forward, you have to accept that there was definitely a learning process and a growing process and a process that I went through to become a better person. Nobody’s perfect. I think the biggest thing is I’ve learned from what I’ve went through, I’ve learned from what went down. I’ve grown from it.”

Incognito added that he’s “very thankful” that the Bills have given him a chance, which came about after he met with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula as well as new coach Rex Ryan.

Rex Ryan spent a lot of time talking about being a good teammate and coming in and putting my best foot forward,” Incognito said. “One of the big things they wanted to make sure was that I could still be myself without having any of the issues.”

Said Ryan: “I just wanted to see the sincerity that he was speaking with and where he was at. He’s got a burning desire to play this game still. I think that’s important. And obviously — hey, look, we’ve all made mistakes. Every single one of us in here has made mistakes. I know I’ve made than you guys. But it’s what we do and how excited he is about getting a new opportunity, and I can’t wait to watch him. But he’s a Bill now. He’s just one of us.”

Alex Rodriguez received mostly cheers from the Yankee Stadium faithful in Monday’s opener, although there wasn’t much else for New Yorkers to cheer about in a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez, in his first at-bat in over a year following his MLB suspension, batted seventh as the designated hitter. He walked in his first plate appearance, then hit a single to right-center fielder in his second and lined out in his final at-bat.

“I have to admit, it definitely felt good. That’s for sure,” Rodriguez said.

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Report: Bills’ deal with Richie Incognito worth $2.25M 02.09.15 at 9:40 am ET
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Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito

On Saturday, the Bills announced via their website that they had “reached an agreement in principle” with Richie Incognito and, according to ESPN, the deal is for one year and $2.25 million.

The former Dolphin was involved in a bullying scandal in 2013 where he and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey bullied former teammate Jonathan Martin. The incident led to Incognito’s suspension for the remainder of that season, the last eight games.

Incognito, 31, reportedly had visits with the Buccaneers in August and Broncos in November but remained out of football for the 2014 season.

Now, with Rex Ryan at Buffalo’s helm, Incognito has landed with the Bills, despite Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus once calling him “the dirtiest player in the NFL.”

During his introductory news conference in January, Ryan expressed his intentions to “build a bully” of a football team.

“We’re going to see if you want to play it for 60 minutes,” Ryan said.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan plays down impact of Deflategate on Patriots 01.30.15 at 8:08 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: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Monmouth at Fairfield, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kent State at Buffalo, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Sabres at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Providence at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 a.m. (ESPN)


— New Bills coach Rex Ryan still might not want to kiss Bill Belichick‘s rings, but he also isn’t ready to pile on the Patriots coach regarding Deflategate.

Reporters caught up with Ryan on Thursday in Phoenix, and Ryan laughed when asked if he ever suspected that the Patriots deflated footballs.

“No, I never, you know, I don’€™t see that,” Ryan said (via “And I think it’€™s unfortunate that this takes away. This is the biggest stage there is and here we’€™re talking about something like that. It is a black eye to the league and the league will handle it as they see fit. But they’€™re a great football team, and they’€™ve earned the right to get here. Same thing with Seattle.”

Ryan also said he doesn’t believe the legacies of Belichick and Tom Brady will be affected by this controversy.

“I don’€™t think that’€™s anything,” Ryan said. “I mean, when you look at, you’€™re going to have a guy that’€™s arguably going to end up being if not the best coach in the history of the game, at least in that conversation. Same thing about their quarterback. So I don’€™t think it’€™s going to be anything.”

Ryan also weighed in on the issue the Patriots have been having with the fire alarm in their hotel going off in the middle of the night.

“Let’€™s face it: Belichick probably did it himself,” Ryan joked. “He’€™s the one that pulled the thing and created a different story. Those things happen. You try to prepare your team in the offseason — training camps and all that kind of stuff. Would you pull a fire alarm or something? You may.”

Ryan claimed that alarms have gone off in his teams’ hotels during visits to New England, but he insisted he wasn’t getting his revenge this week.

“I was not there,” he said. “You can’t blame that one on me.”

— Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is headed to jail for five days after pleading guilty Thursday to reckless driving for an incident in July in Virginia.

Werth admitted that he was driving his Porsche GT3 RS more than 100 mph on I-495 in Fairfax Country. A Virginia State Police trooper paced Werth driving at least 105 mph on an on-ramp, and Werth pulled way from the police cruiser on the highway, which has a posted speed limit of 55 mph.

Werth, who was cooperative after being pulled over and admitted he was “pressing his luck” by driving so fast, had been convicted of the charges in December. He appealed and was due for another trial next week before reaching a plea deal. He will serve his sentence on weekends.

“We are aware of the agreement reached today. It is clear that Jayson has taken this matter seriously and with great personal reflection,” the team said in a statement. “We do not condone reckless behavior, and we expect all members of the Washington Nationals organization to act in a responsible manner. We support Jayson, who is an integral part of the community and of the Washington Nationals family.

Werth, who declined comment after the hearing, is entering the fifth season of a seven-year, $126 million contract. He hit .292 with 16 home runs, 82 RBIs and a team-high .849 OPS in 147 games last season. He had arthroscopic shoulder surgery Jan. 9 and is expected to be ready to play in 2-3 months.

— One day after having season-ending shoulder surgery, Kobe Bryant said he intends to return in September for his 20th season.

“Yeah, that’s the plan,” Bryant told ESPN.

Bryant stopped by Staples Center to visit with former teammate Pau Gasol before Thursday’s Bulls-Lakers game, although Bryant said he wasn’t feeling well enough to go on the court.

Bryant will be heading into the final year of his contract in 2015-16, when he is slated to earn $25 million. The 36-year-old said he doesn’t pay attention to other people’s suggestions that he should retire.

“I don’t really listen much to what people have to say, to be honest with you,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 30, 1973, the Patriots had perhaps their best draft ever. Which three players did they select in Round 1?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “His desire to be so competitive, I’€™ve never seen it. You could put him in the category of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, just some of the great athletes in this world, and I’€™€™m talking different sports, too. He has the fight, the will and the determination to go out there and destroy anybody who’€™€™s in his way. You see the results on the field, he’€™€™s awesome.” Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis on Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 25 — Percent decrease in recorded concussions in NFL games from 2013 to 2014, according to data released by the league Thursday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch play Mortal Kombat X on “Conan.”

Magic guard Victor Oladipo soars in for an impressive dunk against the Bucks.

Bulls forward Joakim Noah makes a nice behind-the-back pass to Pau Gasol for a layup against the Lakers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Offensive lineman John Hannah (fourth), running back Sam Cunningham (11th) and receiver Darryl Stingley (19th)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Phil Collins was born on this day in 1951.

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