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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti commits apparent tampering regarding Haloti Ngata 04.02.15 at 7:57 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Heat at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Suns at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: CIT final, Northern Arizona at Evansville, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: NIT final, Stanford vs, Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Twins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Tigers, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)


Steve Bisciotti

Steve Bisciotti

— Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has been busy dealing with his players’ off-field transgressions of late, so maybe he hasn’t been paying attention to the league’s tampering controversies. Because there doesn’t seem to be any other way to explain his obvious tampering regarding defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, whom the Ravens traded to the Lions last month.

During a conference call with season ticket-holders Wednesday, Bisciotti indicated he was open to having Ngota — who spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Ravens — return to Baltimore when his contract expires next year. Per league rules, teams are not allowed to make public comments speculating about the future of players who are under contract with another team.

“I respect Haloti,” Bisciotti said (via the Baltimore Sun). I had a wonderful conversation with him after he was traded. We are going to miss him, but I haven’t heard anything about him getting an extension from Detroit. As far as I know, he could be a free agent a year from now, and we may be watching the second coming of Haloti Ngata.”

Added Bisciotti: “Players like that are always welcome back. There were no hard feelings on either side. Haloti is a wonderful guy. I wish him the best, and maybe we’ll see him again.”

The team’s social media staff made sure everyone was aware of Bisciotti’s apparent violation, tweeting: Steve Bisciotti doesn’t rule out the possibility of Haloti Ngata returning to Baltimore after this season. Will be a free agent in 2016.

— UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma is concerned about the decline in offense in his sport — especially on the men’s side.

Through the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament, men’s teams are averaging 67.8 points. That’s 1.7 points less than the women, continuing a recent trend that started in 2007 when the men scored six more points than the women.

In the regular season, men’s scoring is down four points a game over the last 15 years, and the men only outscored the women by three points per game this season — the closest margin in a decade and a half.

“As a spectator watching it, it’s a joke,” Auriemma said of the men’s game. “The game’s a joke, it really is. I don’t coach it, play it. I don’t understand its ins and outs.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti blames ESPN, Ray Rice’s camp for biased report 09.23.14 at 7:55 am ET
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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Flyers at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Real Esteli at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Alpha United at Portland, 10 p.m. (FS1)


— Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti broke his silence Monday and accused ESPN of biased reporting in its scathing piece that accused the team of influencing New Jersey authorities and the NFL in regard to Ray Rice‘s domestic violence incident.

In a statement to fans before the press conference, Bisciotti admitted the team “did not do all we should have done,” but he assured that “there has been no misdirection or misinformation by the Ravens.”

Bisciotti also placed blame on Rice’s camp for attempting to spin the story to the player’s benefit. He insisted the team expected a suspension of more than two games after the initial report of Rice knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator on Feb. 15.

“The accusations didn’t jibe with what we know is fact,” Bisciotti told the press, denying his organization pushed for leniency for Rice. “I don’t think the league would take too kindly to us badgering them. I didn’t really care. If it was going to be a precedent-setting [suspension of] four or six games, I would have told Ray not to appeal it.

“I expected four or six games, and I was surprised as everybody else that it was two.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you believe Steve Bisciotti that the Ravens did not attempt to influence New Jersey authorities nor the NFL?

  • No, there's enough evidence to show that the Ravens intervened (65%, 138 Votes)
  • Yes, Bisciotti is correct that the report was biased (35%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 213

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Bisciotti, who took ownership of the team 14 years ago and rarely meets with the media, said this is the biggest crisis he’s faced as owner.

“When your integrity is being questioned, it’s pretty humbling,” he said. “Last week it was our competence being questioned. Now it’s our integrity.”

Bisciotti acknowledged the team “failed” by not looking at the second videotape, which shows Rice’s knockout punch, and he promised to learn from the mistakes.

“The question is, What are we going to do next year as a team, and what is the league going to do next year or the next time this happens?” he said. “I would lose faith in the league if this happened next year and their response is unsatisfactory. If I’m asking people to give me another shot, then I certainly would ask you to give the league office another shot.”

— Former Patriots fan favorite Danny Woodhead‘s season is over, as the Chargers running back broke his lower right leg in the first drive of Sunday’s win over the Bills when he was hit by defensive tackle Kyle Williams in the ankle.

“He means a lot to the organization,” coach Mike McCoy said Monday. “His love for the game, the way he plays, his love for his teammates, the way he practices, great to be around. He’s one of the first guys in the building. He only knows how to do it one way. He’s a true professional. We’re going to miss him, but we’ve got to move on.”

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Joe Flacco tells David Letterman ‘the time has come’ for Ravens to pay him his worth 02.05.13 at 9:15 am ET
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Joe Flacco appeared on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” on Monday night, a day after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. Flacco, who earned Super Bowl MVP honors, talked with Letterman about his upcoming free agency.

Letterman asked Flacco if he had talked with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti about a new contract.

“Well, you know, actually, I only talked to him a little bit before this game, but before the New England game, you know, he just came came up to me and said, ‘Listen, this is our time, and go get ‘em. We have all the faith in you, and this is going to be your team for a long time,’ ” Flacco said.

Flacco has led the Ravens to the postseason in all five of his NFL seasons. This was by far his best postseason, setting career highs in completions (73), passing yards (1,140), touchdown passes (11), and quarterback rating (117.2). He threw 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions.

Flacco said he turned down an extension offer from the team last July.

“Well … when I wasn’t signing what they wanted me to sign, [Bisciotti] said, ‘Listen, when the time comes, I mean, you come and beat on my desk,’ and I said, ‘All right, I’ll take you up on that,’ and I think the time has come.”

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