|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: QB Mark Sanchez wants another shot at redemption with Jets||01.01.13 at 8:01 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Gator Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, noon (ESPN2)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Purdue vs. Oklahoma State, noon (ESPNU)
College football: Capital One Bowl, Georgia vs Nebraska, 1 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-FM)
College football: Outback Bowl, South Carolina vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rose Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Stanford, 5 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Florida State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: UConn at Marquette, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets began their long offseason by firing general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday, and more changes to the organization are expected after a disappointing 6-10 season.
However, Mark Sanchez might still be the team’s quarterback, as his contract — he’s owed $8.25 million for 2013 — makes him difficult to move. Sanchez said Monday that he’s eager for another opportunity to prove his worth to New York fans.
“Until I’m told different, I’m a Jet,” Sanchez said. “I don’t see anything different. I just want another crack at this thing. … I had a good talk with Rex [Ryan], and I know we’re destined for greatness here and that we can be successful here, and that’s what I’m focused on.”
Added the QB: “In my opinion, I underachieved and didn’t play the way I’m capable of playing. Unfortunately, that led to some losses and some things like that. So I just have to get better and take some time to get away from the game for a little bit and come back strong for next year.”
Sanchez struggled with turnovers this season. He tied for third worst in the league with 18 interceptions and also lost eight fumbles. His most ignominious moment was the “buttfumble” against the Patriots in the Thanksgiving night blowout.
“There were some great plays, some great throws, and then there were some not-so-good things,” Sanchez said. “And those are things I need to focus on this offseason, try to fix those and put us in a better position to take care of the ball.”
♦ Running back Brandon Jacobs, who was suspended for the 49ers’ final three regular-season games after complaining about his lack of playing time on social media, was waived by the team Monday. By waiting until after the regular season to cut Jacobs, the Niners ensured that no playoff team could sign him for the playoffs.
Jacobs, 30, had five carries for seven yards in just two games for the NFC West champions after coming over from the Giants, where he played seven seasons. He is the fourth-leading rusher in Giants history, with 4,849 yards.
♦ Terrell Owens couldn’t find an NFL team willing to take a chance on him this season, but the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver apparently has found a way to remain in front of an audience. Owens reportedly will appear in a new reality show on Fox called “Stars in Danger: The High Dive.”
Owens is one of eight celebrities who will receive training from a former Olympic diving medalist and then attempt a series of Olympic-style dives. The show is slated to air on Jan. 9.
Owens previously had his own cable reality show, “The T.O. Show.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 1, 1979, John Y. Brown attended his first game as owner of the Celtics. Which franchise did Brown trade with Irv Levin to acquire the C’s?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens takes jab at ‘desperate’ Jets||10.11.12 at 7:33 am ET|
The original Morning Mashup has returned, so let’s get right to it.
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Giants at Reds, 1:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Nationals, 4:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Yankees, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 9:37 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Steelers at Titans, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Western Kentucky at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Arizona State at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Heat vs. Clippers, at Beijing, China, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ How bad are things for the struggling Jets? Even out-of-work disgraced wide receiver Terrell Owens threw a jab at them Wednesday.
While New York was losing its third game of the season Monday night, Owens sent out a tweet reading:
Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen.
Then during an interview Wednesday with TSN Canada, Owens defended his desperate-sounding tweet. He said the Jets are the ones who are desperate, considering they had cornerback Antonio Cromartie line up as receiver to help compensate for the loss of Santonio Holmes.
Said Owens: “It’s not begging for a job when you know you can still play at a high level, given the opportunity. When you have a defensive back playing offense and running routes, I think that’s more desperate than my actual tweet itself.”
♦ Donald Trump apparently has no more patience for struggling Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. The Donald sent out a tweet — somewhat prophetically, as it turned out — prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles:
A-Rod must be dropped in the Yankees lineup tonight if they want to win. He simply can’t perform without drugs.
In the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game, Raul Ibanez was sent up to pinch-hit for Rodriguez, who is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts in the series. Ibanez hit a game-tying home run, and the Yankees went on to win in 12 innings.
♦ Jazz forward (and former Celtic) Al Jefferson was the talk of the Internet Wednesday after it was revealed that he paid more than $23,000 for a custom bed. The bed is a whopping 10 feet wide by 12 feet long, more than enough room to spread out for the 6-foot-9 Jefferson.
The accompanying photo is of Jefferson’s teammate, 6-1 Mo Williams, who looks tiny in the oversized bed.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1967, the Impossible Dream Red Sox forced the World Series to the limit with an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6. Which unheralded Sox rookie from New England started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball but did not get the win?
|Report: Bills acquire QB Tavaris Jackson, cut Vince Young||08.27.12 at 1:07 pm ET|
The Bills completed a trade to acquire backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks and cut Vince Young on Monday, according to an Associated Press report.
Respect Bills fans. I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and with the organization and my teammates good luck this season.
Jackson was acquired after reportedly agreeing to restructure the final year of his contract. He was to make $4 million this season, an expensive salary for a backup. He was said to be on his way to Buffalo on Monday morning.
Jackson has played seven seasons. He was 7-7 as a starter with the Seahawks last season, but Seattle drafted Russell Wilson and signed Packers free agent Matt Flynn. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced Sunday that Wilson, an undersized (5-foot-11) third-rounder from Wisconsin, will start the regular-season opener after impressing in the preseason. Wilson has a league-best 119.4 QB rating.
The Seahawks on Sunday also announced the release of veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens.
|Seahawks violated CBA with Terrell Owens’ first practice||08.10.12 at 11:31 am ET|
The Seahawks violated the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement during Terrell Owens’ on-field first practice when they allowed him to practice with shoulder pads.
According to the CBA, a newly signed player must have a three-day acclimation period during the preseason after signing: “Day 1 is for the physical and meetings. Day 2 and 3 the player may participate, but only in helmet and shells or a padded shirt. Day 4 and for the rest of camp is in full pads.”
The Seahawks said the violation was unintentional and that Owens should have just been in a shell on Wednesday instead of his shoulder pads.
The 38-year-old had signed on Monday, which was his first day, before participating in meetings and a walkthrough on Tuesday.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league is currently gathering facts about the situation. It is currently unclear if the team will face any discipline.
|Terrell Owens signs one-year contract with Seahawks||08.07.12 at 5:30 pm ET|
Terrell Owens is back in the NFL, as the Seahawks signed the wide receiver to a one-year, $1 million contract on Monday.
In his workout with the team on Monday, the 38-year-old reportedly impressed Seattle by posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.45 seconds.
The former 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals receiver is returning to the league after spending last season with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Owens, who was coming off left knee surgery, had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Wranglers before he was released in May.
The Seahawks had already signed veteran receivers Antonio Bryant and Braylon Edwards this offseason, but cut Bryant late last week. Seattle also cut veteran receiver Mike Williams earlier in the offseason.
With Sidney Rice as the starting receiver on one side, Seattle is looking for a bigger receiver to start across from him, a mold that Seahawks receivers Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Ben Obomanu do not fit.
Seattle plays its first preseason game Saturday against the Titans.
|Terrell Owens reportedly impresses in tryout with Seahawks||08.06.12 at 4:05 pm ET|
The Seahawks were the first team to give scrutinized wide receiver Terrell Owens another chance at the NFL, and apparently he made it worth the team’s while.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Owens had a “very impressive workout” on Monday for Seattle and it is expected that the team will attempt to sign him.
Owens, 38, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010 when he was with the Bengals. He underwent surgery on his left knee last season and received no offers to return to the league. The former start receiver went on to play for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League before being released in May.
The five time All-Pro ranks second all-time in receiving yards and touchdowns behind Jerry Rice. He was selected to the All-Decade second team for the 2000′s.
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Reggie Jackson expected to return to Yankees after apology||07.13.12 at 7:52 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Celtics vs. Magic, 10 a.m. (NBA TV)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Cubs, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Orioles, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: White Sox at Royals, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Pirates at Brewers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Toronto FC at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 1:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 1 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson, who was asked by the team to stay out of sight after his comments in a Sports Illustrated story disparaging a number of former and current major leaguers (including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice), is expected to return soon following an apology he released Thursday.
“In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players,” Jackson said in a statement. “This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t take greater care in expressing my views.
“I have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees organization for any disruption that I caused in the clubhouse. I continue to have a strong relationship with the club, and look forward to continuing in my role with the team. As always, I remain dedicated to the great game of baseball.”
Reports out of New York indicate the Yankees are pleased with the statement and will allow the Hall of Famer to return to the team next week during a road trip in Oakland, where Jackson has a home.
♦ Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens missed a hearing Thursday at an Atlanta court, where he was supposed to answer to charges that he has $20,000 behind on child support payments to the mother of his 7-year-old daughter. According to a report from Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Owens has been warned that he could face jail time if he misses the rescheduled hearing next Thursday.
The 38-year-old Owens was released in May by the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers, who were highlight critical of Owens’ behavior.
♦ The University of Hawaii placed athletic director Jim Donovan on indefinite paid administrative leave following his involvement in the loss of $200,000 from the athletic department. Donovan helped in the efforts to organize a Stevie Wonder concert for which the money was paid. However, the concert was called off because Wonder apparently was never informed that he was supposed to appear.
Asked at a press conference earlier in the week if the school had been scammed, Donovan said: “I couldn’t speculate.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 13, 1999, Pedro Martinez was named MVP of the All-Star Game at Fenway Park after striking out five of the six batters he faced in his two-inning stint: Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell. Which National League player was the only one to face Martinez and not strike out, reaching on an error before getting caught stealing to end the inning?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens cut from indoor football team||05.30.12 at 7:45 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA: Draft lottery, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Devils, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: White Sox at Rays, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Yankees at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Terrell Owens had hopes of returning to the NFL, but now the 38-year-old wide receiver is not even playing in the Indoor Football League following his release from the Allen (Texas) Wranglers. Owens, who caught 35 passes for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games this season, told the Wranglers he would not play in two upcoming away games and then missed an appearance at a children’s hospital, the team said. That led to his departure from the squad, as both a player and part-owner.
“It is impossible to maintain a player when even our fans notice and comment on a player’s lack of effort both on and off the field,” Wranglers owner Jon Frankel said in a statement on the team’s website. “We need to do what is best for this team, our fans and this community.”
Added team president and co-owner Tommy Benizio: “It is difficult to look other players on this team in the eyes and tell them that being a team player is important … that giving it your all on the field every night is our expectation, when another member of this team is not operating by these standards. The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Owens was his no-show to a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches. It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers’ organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance.”
♦ Reds rookie third baseman Todd Frazier, who made news Sunday when he threw his bat at the ball and still hit a home run off Rockies starter Jamie Moyer on Sunday, heaped save a man’s life Tuesday when he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a man who was choking on steak at a Pittsburgh restaurant.
“I was talking to [teammate Ryan Ludwick] and I see it out of the corner of my eye,” Frazier told MLB.com. “I said ‘I think that dude is choking over there.’ He was a little obese and there were two women side-by-side trying to give him the Heimlich. [Ludwick] said get over there because I was the closest one. So I went over there and was yelling at them to get out of the way. … I gave two pumps and it came out.”
Frazier, who played on the Little League World Series team from Toms River, N.J., and went on to star at Rutgers, said the man was grateful for his intervention.
“He paid for our lunch, which he didn’t have to do, and said thanks a couple of times,” Frazier said. “It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before.”
♦ Juan Carlos Oviedo, the relief pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez, is grateful to return to the Marlins and be able to wear a jersey with his real name on it. Oviedo was suspended by Major League Baseball for eight weeks for taking the identity of his best friend for the past 12 years. The 30-year-old Dominican has a new visa after eight months of legal maneuvering and is ready to start working his way back to the majors with a stint at the Marlins’ spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla.
“There are no words to explain how happy I am to have my father’s name.” Oviedo said Tuesday. “My father is gone now [he died last spring]. But that is what he wanted — to see that my name is Oviedo. My brothers and my mom are happy, too.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens insists, ‘I wasn’t disruptive’||02.13.12 at 7:47 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Timberwolves at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Suns at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Sharks at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot final, Boston College vs. Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Terrell Owens made a weekend appearance on Dallas radio station KESN as he prepares to join the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, and the controversial wide receiver insisted that it’s the media’s fault that he is viewed as a troublemaker.
“I think a lot of why I probably didn’t play [in the NFL] this year, everybody keeps talking about the ‘character’ issues,” he said. “The last two or three years relatively I was quiet, knowing that everybody was saying that I had a character issue, I’m disruptive, there’s a lot of hype that comes with me, they’re saying I’m a distraction here and there. That’s all hearsay. If you ask a bunch of my teammates, a lot of it is basically blown out of proportion, the media making me into a fall guy.
“Overall, will I ever admit that I was a bad teammate? Never. I wasn’t a bad teammate. Was I disruptive. No, I wasn’t disruptive. I feel like I have a lot of football left and I’m looking forward to getting back to playing. I think the thing … I didn’t get picked up was that a lot of general managers bought into the fact that the media thinks that I’m this bad guy, this rebel guy, this disruptive guy that divides and messes up team’s chemistry. They won’t allow me to turn over a new leaf. They won’t allow me to be a better person. Anytime anything is brought up about me, they keep talking about things that happened five, six, seven years ago. Why don’t I get a pass? I’ve kind of fallen into that villain category and I can’t get out of that box.”
♦ Former major league star Jose Canseco begins his comeback bid in Mexico, if you believe his tweet from Saturday. Canseco wrote that he was preparing to play for the Triple-A Tigres of Cancun. The 47-year-old admitted steroid user has not played in the majors since 2001 with the White Sox.
♦ Troubled guard Gilbert Arenas, a free agent since being waived by the Magic in the preseason, had a private workout for Lakers officials Sunday in Southern California, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Kobe Bryant and coach Mike Brown reportedly have been pushing for the team to sign the 30-year-old, who starred for the Wizards before being limited by injuries and a 50-game suspension for bringing a gun into the locker room.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 13, 1985, the Bruins fired coach Gerry Cheevers. Who replaced him for the remainder of the season?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Dolphins reportedly among teams with interest in Peyton Manning||01.23.12 at 7:44 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV; WEEI)
NBA: Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Blues at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ There’s been widespread speculation that the Jets would make a run at Peyton Manning if the Colts decide to move on from the veteran quarterback. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that another AFC East team is one of three clubs expected to join the hunt. Schefter writes that the Dolphins, Redskins and Cardinals all have interest, and The Miami Herald confirms via team sources that the Dolphins will “aggressively pursue him” if the 35-year-old is cleared medically.
The Colts, who own the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, must decide by March 8 whether to pay a $28 million roster bonus to Manning, who missed the season after having neck surgery.
Manning was in San Francisco Sunday, watching his brother Eli lead the Giants past the 49ers for the NFC championship.
“I’m just proud as a quarterback to watch him compete,” said Peyton, who bought his own tickets to the game and didn’t tell his brother he’d be watching him in person. “And the way he’s played, I’m even more proud that Eli is my brother.”
♦ Controversial former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who last week signed a deal to play for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, told GQ magazine he is running out of friends and money. “I don’t have no friends. I don’t want no friends. That’s how I feel,” he said. The 38-year-old said he’s been victimized by bad investments and struggles with child support for four children (with four mothers). When people ask him where he is, he tells them, “I’m in hell.”
♦ Prince Fielder remains unsigned, and a weekend rumor has the dysfunctional Dodgers as a possible landing spot.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 23, 1981, the Red Sox traded Fred Lynn and Steve Renko to the Angels for pitchers Frank Tanana and Jim Dorsey and which outfielder/designated hitter?
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