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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former NFL QB Tim Tebow to make bid at baseball career 08.09.16 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid vs. Sevilla, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinals, Fire at Revolution, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Women’s water polo, United States vs. Spain, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Italy, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s soccer, United States vs. Colombia, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Swimming, women’s gymnastics, 8 p.m. (NBC)

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— Tim Tebow is making another run at the pros — only this time, it will be baseball instead of football.

Tebow’s agents revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the former NFL quarterback has been working out the past year as an outfielder and plans to hold a tryout for major league teams later this month.

An all-state baseball player in Florida who hit .494 as a junior, Tebow has not played a full baseball season since his senior year of high school in 2005.

“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” Tebow’s football agent, Jimmy Sexton, told Schefter.

“Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”

Tebow, who turns 29 Sunday, has been working as an analyst for ESPN, and he is expected to remain in that role during his baseball bid.

The Heisman Trophy winner as a sophomore at Florida in 2007, Tebow played for the Broncos and Jets before signing with the Patriots in 2013, but he never made it out of training camp.

— Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib practiced Monday for the first time since suffering a gunshot wound to his right leg on June 5 in an incident at a Dallas bar.

Taleb, who missed the first 10 days of training camp, was limited in practice, participating for about 35 minutes, but was excited to return to the field.

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Tim Tebow among sports figures to speak at Republican National Convention next week 07.14.16 at 10:11 am ET
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At one point, there were rumors of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger would be speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention.

There will be a quarterback there, but it’s not either of the aforementioned two.

It’s former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

The Heisman Trophy winner, now an analyst on ESPN, has always been known for his ultra-conservative views. Now he is now scheduled to speak on night four of the convention, set to take place in Cleveland July 18-21, per a list released by the New York Times.

Tebow has not played an NFL game since 2012, and was released from the Eagles following the preseason on Sept. 5 of 2015, but that has not kept him out of the limelight. This could very well be a jumping off point of a different avenue for the 28-year-old, who has even toyed with the idea of a political career down the road.

In an interview on Fox and Friends on March 29, when asked about a political career, Tebow said: “It’s been crazy, hasn’t it? It’s been a whirlwind watching everything. You know, I don’t know in this time in my life, but if there’s a chance you can make a difference some day in something, then that would be intriguing.”

Other athletes set to speak include golfer Natalie Gulbis and UFC President Dana White.

Gulbis has been an outspoken supporter, most noticeably when she penned “The Donald Trump I Know, by Natalie Gulbis,” which ran on Golf.com on June 2.

White, who was just involved in the record-breaking 4 million dollar sale of UFC, has adamantly supported Trump, starting with his appearance on TMZ Sports, where he says that he would, in fact, vote for Trump.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former tennis star James Blake mistakenly tackled, detained by NYC police 09.10.15 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Steelers at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
College football: Southern at Mississippi Valley State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former tennis star James Blake’s visit to New York for the U.S. Open has been memorable, but not for the right reasons.

The Harvard alumnus, who is black, was mistaken for an identity theft suspect, and he was tackled and handcuffed Wednesday until police realized they had the wrong man.

The 35-year-old Blake, who once was ranked fourth in the world, was standing on front the Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street and texting while waiting for a ride to the Open, where he was making a corporate appearance. That’s when he saw a man charging at him.

“Maybe I’m naive, but I just assumed it was someone I went to high school with or someone who was running at me to give me a big hug, so I smiled at the guy,” Blake told the New York Daily News.

Blake said the plainclothes officer never identified himself. He was released after a former police officer recognized Blake and told the handful of arresting officers of their mistake. Blake said he never got an apology from the individual who threw him to the ground.

“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” Blake said. “In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Wednesday night there will be an investigation.

“The nature of what he described is not what we do, not what we’re supposed to do,” Bratton said. “I will not tolerate any type of excessive use of force on the part of my police, but as always, we have that saying, the first story is never the last story.”

— Jets coach Todd Bowles had some advice for Brandon Marshall after the receiver’s comments on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that race played a role in Tom Brady‘s Deflategate suspension reversal: “Be smarter.”

“I think his opinion is well-warranted in what he said,” Bowles said Wednesday. “I’m sure you have cases back when I played. I’ve seen some things, just like he’s seen some things but I’m not on that platform. He is, and he’s got to be smarter.”

Added Bowles: “Yeah, he does have to be smarter. He expressed his opinion. I have no problem with it, I’d just like him to be smarter going forward, that’s all.”

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Mark Sanchez takes back Tim Tebow comments 06.02.15 at 9:36 am ET
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After the Eagles signed Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez called the former Patriot and Jet a “camp arm.” Now, he has taken back these comments, calling them misleading.

“I think that kind of came off the wrong way,” Sanchez said, via ESPN. “At least it was not exactly what I intended to say. It took on a life of its own. Listen, everybody’€™s here for a reason. We’€™re all working hard, trying to make each other better. Coach wanted specific guys here for specific reasons. That’€™s up to coach. We just plug in and play.”

Despite the negativity of the comments directed at him, Tebow has nothing but good things to say about his teammate.

“We had that relationship for a year,” Tebow said. “I think it’€™s deeper, it’€™s more evolved. I think it’€™s a good relationship. I have a lot of respect for him. I think you just try to make each other better.”

Sanchez deemed Tebow as “another guy to throw,” and he’s not very far off. Tebow will compete with Matt Barkley for the third-string job, while Sanchez will challenge new addition Sam Bradford for the top spot on the depth chart.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow reportedly set to sign 1-year deal with Eagles 04.20.15 at 7:07 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Jets, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
Road racing: Boston Marathon, 7 a.m. (WBZ-TV), 8:30 a.m. (Universal Sports Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tim Tebow apparently is going to get another chance at the NFL, as multiple reports out of Philadelphia indicate the Eagles will sign the quarterback to a one-year deal.

According to ESPN, Tebow flew to Philadelphia on Sunday night and will sign a minimum-level contract and join the team for its offseason program that starts Monday.

Tebow worked out for the team last month, and there has been speculation that coach Chip Kelly would be willing to give the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner an opportunity to play in his high-octane offense. Kelly later said at the NFL meetings, “I’ve always been a fan of Tim.”

The Eagles already have four quarterbacks on their roster: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. With Tebow they will have three QBs who rank in the bottom five in QB rating over the last five years: Tebow (33.4), Sanchez (40.4) and Bradford (40.7).

Tebow, 27, last played in an NFL game in the 2012 season with the Jets, who acquired him from the Broncos. He participated in training camp with the Patriots in 2013 but was cut at the end of the preseason. He was an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network last season.

Tweeted Tebow after his release from the Patriots: I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.

— The names change, but the troubles continue for football players in Florida. On Saturday night, University of Florida defensive back J.C. Jackson was arrested for allegedly participating in an armed robbery in Gainesville.

Jackson, who redshirted as a freshman this past season, is accused of setting up the robbery by going to the victim’s apartment with two friends, then leaving while the friends committed the robbery at gunpoint.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow reportedly will not be offered contract by Eagles after tryout 03.17.15 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Sabres at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Hampton vs. Manhattan, 6:40 p.m. (TruTV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, BYU vs. Mississippi, 9:10 p.m. (TruTV)
College basketball: NIT, Iona at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, George Washington at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, NC Central at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Illinois at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, UTEP at Murray State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Montana at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, UC Davis at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB exhibition: Angels at Rockies, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Mariners, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Monaco, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Tim Tebow, who has not been part of an NFL team since his training camp appearance with the Patriots in 2013, had a workout with the Eagles on Monday but left the team’s facility without discussing a contract, according to reports out of Philadelphia.

Tebow has been working as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN since his brief stint in New England, but he’s made it clear he wants another shot at the NFL. He last appeared in a regular-season game in 2012 with the Jets, who acquired him from the Broncos after Denver landed Peyton Manning prior to that season.

“I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback,” Tebow tweeted after his release from the Patriots toward the end of 2013 training camp.

The Eagles present an interesting possibility for the former University of Florida standout. Coach Chip Kelly runs an offense that would be more suitable to Tebow’s style — an ability to run and improvise. The Eagles traded starter Nick Foles to the Rams this month for oft-injured Sam Bradford. Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne also are on the roster.

There has been speculation that Tebow’s best chance of returning to the NFL would be as a tight end or fullback, but he is said to have no interest in switching positions, and he reportedly tried out at QB on Monday.

According to an ESPN report, the Eagles do not plan to sign Tebow at this time.

— The 49ers, already stung by Patrick Willis’ decision to retire last week, received another blow Monday when fellow linebacker Chris Borland announced that he is retiring after one NFL season.

Borland told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he is quitting due to concerns about head trauma.

“From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk,” Borland told the show. “I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve every been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait ’til you have symptoms, it’s too late.”

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Most memorable Super Bowl XLVIII commercials 02.03.14 at 3:08 pm ET
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At a reported $4 million for a 30-second spot, Super Bowl commercials are made to be as entertaining and memorable as possible. For many companies like Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Toyota, Sunday was the biggest night as their ads debuted on national television.

The consensus was that Super Bowl XLVIII’€™s commercials were cleaner and more family-friendly than in years past. GoDaddy, known for showing more risque ads, went with a simple commercial that featured bodybuilders and spray-tanning.

The cast of “Full House,” Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis all showed up with some lighthearted humor.

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2013, No. 2: Aaron Hernandez charged with murder 12.31.13 at 10:29 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 13 stories of 2013 in Boston sports. This is No. 2: Aaron Hernandez charged with murder. To see the previous entries, click here.

On Aug. 27, 2012, the Patriots rewarded tight end Aaron Hernandez, one of the team’€™s most promising players, with a lucrative contract extension. The deal would lock up Hernandez until 2018, paying him $40 million over five years.

“As soon as we started talking about contracts, I was emotional from that day on,” Hernandez said at a preseason gala hosted by the team just after the details of his contract were revealed.

“Honestly, it’s hard for me here [at the gala] to stay, keeping my mind off it, and it’s just, like I said, it’s surreal. Probably when I’m done with this conversation I’ll get some tears in my eyes. But it’s real, and it’s an honor.”

But less than one year later, the 23-year-old Hernandez was in a whale of legal trouble, and football and the monstrous contract he’€™d signed seemed immensely inconsequential. On June 26, Massachusetts State Police took Hernandez into custody on first-degree murder charges and five gun-related charges. Nearly two months later he was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player from Boston who hung around with Hernandez. There also reportedly are ongoing investigations into other shootings in Florida and Massachusetts as well as gun trafficking that have links to Hernandez.

New England acted swiftly, cutting the third-year tight end.

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss,” the team said in a statement. “Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

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NFL roundup: Rams QB Sam Bradford tears ACL; Colts WR Reggie Wayne, Bucs RB Doug Martin, Texans LB Brian Cushing, Bengals CB Leon Hall reportedly lost for season 10.21.13 at 11:27 am ET
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After producing three relatively pedestrian NFL seasons to start his career, the Rams’€™ Sam Bradford had begun showing why St. Louis took him No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft.

But his season was derailed on Sunday, when Bradford suffered a season-ending torn left ACL in the Rams’€™ 30-15 loss at Carolina. The team confirmed the injury on Monday.

Bradford injured his knee late in the fourth quarter on a quarterback scramble. Before Bradford reached the sideline, safety Mike Mitchell ripped him down to the ground, and Bradford’€™s knee bent awkwardly. Mitchell was not flagged on the play.

Through seven games, Bradford looked like one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He completed 60.7 percent of his passes, for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions for the 3-4 Rams.

Bradford put together a solid, if unspectacular, 2012 season, after a disappointing, injury-shortened year in 2011. Bradford threw for 3,702 yards and 21 touchdowns with 13 interceptions last season. In four seasons, Bradford’€™s posted an 18-30-1 record as a starter.

Kellen Clemens is the only other quarterback on the St. Louis roster. It’€™s expected that the Rams will search externally for options. A Mike Silver NFL.com report had Tim Tebow under consideration.

‘€¢ Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne also reportedly suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wayne injured his left knee in the fourth quarter of his team’s 39-33 win against the Broncos. Halfway into the fourth quarter, and Indianapolis leading 36-30, Wayne burned his defender on a crossing route and ran unguarded into the middle of the field.

But Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw slightly behind Wayne, and when he attempted to stop for the ball, his knee buckled. The pass fell to the ground, as did Wayne, who walked off on his own power, but left the game.

Luck took blame after the game for the poor throw, and the resulting Wayne injury.

Through seven games, Wayne caught 38 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns.

‘€¢ Texans linebacker Brian Cushing cannot catch a break.

One season after suffering a season-ending torn ACL, Cushing reportedly tore his LCL and broke his leg in Houston’€™s 17-16 loss at Kansas City, ending his season prematurely again.

The injury occurred midway through the third quarter, when Cushing came on a blitz and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles went low on a block, resulting in an ugly injury to Cushing’€™s left leg.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Small group of Jaguars fans rallies for Tim Tebow signing 09.17.13 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Minors: Triple-A championship, Omaha vs Durham, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Leverkusen at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ A small contingent of fans of the lowly Jaguars, who are 0-2 and have just one touchdown and one field goal from the offense, think they know what can help their team: Tim Tebow.

The fans called for a rally Monday in the parking lot of Jacksonville’s EverBank Field, campaigning for the player who was cut by the Patriots two weeks ago. According to The Florida Times-Union, about 40 fans turned out for the gathering at 3:16 p.m. and stuck around for exactly 3 hours, 16 minutes — a tribute to the John 3:16 biblical verse Tebow wrote on his eyeblack while winning a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida.

The group says it plans to meet at the same time every Monday to pressure the team to sign the free agent. A post on the group’s website (jags-tebow.com) insists: “Love him or hate him, Tim Tebow behind center in a Jacksonville Jaguar uniform would change everything.”

The team, however, doesn’t appear to be receptive. Said general manager David Caldwell at his introductory press conference in January: “I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”

Coach Gus Bradley acknowledged the team’s issues as the Jags prepare to meet the Seahawks on Sunday, but he implied that the answer needs to come from within.

“It’€™s not OK where we’€™re at right now,” Bradley said. “We have to get better and we have a high standard. ‘€¦ The big thing for us is accountability. What are willing to accept and what is our team willing to accept? We’€™re just trying to figure out, ‘Why is this happening and why is this taking place?’ It comes back to making sure we don’€™t hurt ourselves.”

‘€¢ An Upstate New York high school football player, knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet collision in a game last Friday, died Monday.

The family of Damon Janes, a junior running back for Westfield/Brocton High, released a statement Monday that read:

Damon W. Janes, 16, a Junior who attended Brocton Central School, lost his fight and went to be with the Lord following his injury resulting from helmet-to-helmet collision during a Westfield/Brocton varsity football game.

His parents wish to express their gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family, and continue to request that their privacy be respected at this time.

James is the second high school player in less than a month to die after suffering an on-field injury. De’Antre Turman, from Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga., died after fracturing a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage.

‘€¢ There has been some support lately for college athletes to be paid, but NCAA president Mark Emmert made it clear Monday that that’s not going to happen.

“One thing that sets the fundamental tone is there’s very few members and, virtually no university president, that thinks it’s a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid employees. Literally into professionals,” Emmert said at a forum at Marquette University. “Then you have something very different from collegiate athletics. One of the guiding principles [of the NCAA] has been that this is about students who play sports.”

With the NCAA facing an antitrust lawsuit from former players who want compensation for use of the likenesses, Emmert acknowledged it’s a difficult time for the organization.

“[There’s] enormous tension right now that’s growing between the collegiate model and the commercial model,” he said. “And, by the way, this is nothing new. This tension has been going on forever and ever. It has gotten greater now because the magnitude of dollars has gotten really, really large.

“The most valuable [television] products are things you have to watch in real time, and that’s sports and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ So we’re seeing an explosion in the value of sports media properties and that’s injected a lot of revenue into sports. … That’s led to a lot of the discussion. This whole notion of, first and foremost, treating student-athletes in fair fashion while still maintaining the student-athlete, is at the core of all of this.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 17, 1998, which Red Sox closer set an American League record by recording his 39th consecutive save in a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Orioles?

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