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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants reportedly promote Ben McAdoo to head coach 01.14.16 at 7:49 am ET
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NHL: Blackhawks at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Raptors vs. Magic, 3 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Cavaliers at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UConn at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Winthrop, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UAB at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: BYU at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Murray State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Washington at Arizona, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: California at Stanford, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Pacific, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


Ben McAdoo

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— The Giants reportedly have settled on offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to replace Tom Coughlin as head coach, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday night.

Macao, 38, also interviewed for the vacancy with the Eagles before the Giants made their offer.

“Excited for Coach McAdoo,” cornerback Prince Amukama said in a text to The Associated Press. “I figured him or [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo] would have been a great pick. I’m sure his players and the fans are all excited.”

Macho was an assistant with the Saints in 2004 and 49ers the following season before an eight-year run with the Packers, including the final two as quarterbacks coach. He joined the Giants in 2014 and has helped sparked an offensive surge, as Eli Manning has thrown 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions the past two seasons.

Meanwhile, Coughlin continues to conduct interviews for other openings, most recently stopping in San Francisco to meet with 49ers brass after a visit with the Eagles.

CBS analyst (and former Giants quarterback) Phil Simms said teams should not be scared away due to Coughlin’s age (69).

“The shape he’s in and the life he leads, his age isn’t the factor we put on him,” Simms said during in a Wednesday conference call for NFL on CBS.”He’s not like other coaches. That’s for sure.”

Added Simms: “This guy knows what he’s doing. There’s no guesswork. We’ve seen what does. Look at the Jacksonville success before New York. Even Boston College. He will turn a team around fast.”

Hue Jackson would not admit it when he was introduced Wednesday as coach of the Browns, but there are reports that he wants the team to move on from troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“I don’t know Johnny personally,” Jackson said. “I know who he is, but at the same time I think I have to give everybody on our football team a fair opportunity to see who they are, to truly learn who they are, and then make decisions from there.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman file lawsuits against Al Jazeera for HGH accusations 01.06.16 at 8:15 am ET
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NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: South Florida at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Xavier at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: California at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Stanford at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


Peyton Manning has adamantly denied the Al Jazeera report linking him to HGH, but he says he’s waiting until after the Broncos‘ season ends before deciding if he’ll pursue legal action against the media outlet.

Baseball stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman are not as patient. On Tuesday, they filed defamation lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The suit alleges that pharmacist Charles Sly made false claims when he said on hidden camera that Howard and Zimmerman used HGH as part of the documentary “The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping.”

Al Jazeera did not comment, although the documentary’s host, Deborah Davies, appeared on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Tuesday and defended the piece, insisting there was another reliable source that backed up Sly’s allegations.

“We have 27 hours of undercover conversation,” Davies told D&C. “Our program is like an iceberg. The bit that you see is what is going out. What’s underneath it, there is a ton of material we have on Charlie Sly concerning what he told us, which is then corroborated absolutely by the second source.”

Tom Coughlin met the media Tuesday in a press conference with Giants management, and he indicated he might not be done with coaching despite stepping down as leader of the Giants following a 12-year run in his dream job.

The 69-year-old spoke emotionally about how much it means to him to affect young lives, as a number of current and former Giants players watched from seats in front of Coughlin.

“I can tell you right now it has become the source of drive for me, is that when our players, whether they’re in their career, after their career, when they come back to me and they say: ‘Coach, I love you,’ ” Coughlin said. “They follow that up by saying they’ve become better men, better husbands, better fathers, better friends because of their experience having been a New York Giant.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Chuck Pagano has ‘best day of my life’ as he gets extension from Colts 01.05.16 at 7:54 am ET
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NHL: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Richmond at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: East Carolina at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Temple at UConn, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Butler at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kentucky at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulane at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Nebraska at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Georgetown at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Boise State at Utah State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)


— It was a surprise to many that coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigon were retained by Colts owner Jim Irsay. It was even more surprising that both men received extensions that tie them to the team for the next four years.

Even Pagano appeared to have accepted his fate Sunday, as he accepted the game ball and a hug from linebacker Robert Mathis in a somber locker room after the season finale. However, despite the Colts’ struggles this season, Irsay saw something that convinced him to stay the course.

“These are our guys. These guys are ready,” Irsay said Monday. “Like I said, there’s been a lot reported, a lot written. Like I said, I know what the reality is and this is what’s best for the Indianapolis Colts going forward. I’m sure of that.”

Pagano, who missed 12 games while battling cancer in 2012, led the Colts to the AFC championship game last season, but with quarterback Andrew Luck battling injuries most of this season, Indianapolis went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

“I’ve had a lot of great days in my life, but none better than today,” Pagano said. “This is absolutely the best day of my life, and I’m grateful and I’m thankful to Mr. Irsay and his family for the opportunity that he’s given me.”

There have been reports that Pagano and Grigson did not get along, but neither men addressed that issue, instead choosing to focus on the future.

“What we went through this year and that adversity, I believe from Andrew Luck to myself to coach Pagano, that adversity is what’s going to springboard us to greatness because that’s life. That’s life,” Grigson said. “He’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, Jim is a fighter and all three of us are going to fight together until we get the crown.”

Tom Coughlin‘s tenure with the Giants is over after 12 up-and-down seasons that ended with a third straight losing campaign. The 69-year-old announced Monday he was stepping down after his team finished 6-10.

“I met with [owners] John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” Coughlin said in a statement Monday. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and … the Giants organization.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 12.16.13 at 7:46 am ET
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NBA: Timberwolves at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Gardner-Webb at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mississippi Valley State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (BTN)
NFL: Ravens at Lions, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Maple Leafs at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


‘€¢ Peyton Manning, in the midst of a standout season with the Broncos at age 37, was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

Manning, in his second season in Denver, has led the Broncos to an 11-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC (helped by the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins on Sunday). He has thrown 47 touchdown passes, three short of Tom Brady‘s single-season record with two games to play.

The 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after missing the previous season while recovering from neck surgeries, Manning is the first Bronco — and first Denver athlete — to win the award.

LeBron James won last year’s honor, then went on to lead the Heat to their second straight NBA title.

“At first, when I knew we were considering Manning, I thought: good choice. Lifetime-achievement-award choice,” said SI senior writer Peter King, who announced the winner on NBC at halftime of Sunday night’s game between the Bengals and Steelers. “But if you isolate this year, you’€™re looking at a player two years removed from four neck procedures that would have prompted many 35-year-old legends to choose retirement. He has his Super Bowl. He has his MVPs. Now he’€™s on the verge of breaking the most important single-season quarterback records [touchdown passes and passing yards] in the 94-year history of the game. He threw seven touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champs. And he’€™s got his team set to win the top seed in the AFC. Who plays his best’€”wounded, with so many great young guns chasing him’€”at 37?”

‘€¢ The Giants were eliminated from the playoffs last week, and that’s not sitting well with team legend Lawrence Taylor. The former linebacker said he thinks coach Tom Coughlin‘s time has come, despite his two Super Bowl championships.

Tom Coughlin has done wonders for the Giants. Personally, I don’€™t know if I could play for him, but the guy is a winner, he is a fighter. But I think it is time for him to take his talents on the road,” Taylor told the New York Post on Saturday night at David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. “He’€™s done all he can do for the Giants. If he wants to coach, I think he needs to take his philosophies to another team.

“After a while, the players just stop listening. I respect the man, but it’€™s time. As much as I like Coughlin and the job he has done, it’€™s time for a shakeup.”

On the other hand, Taylor had kind words for Ortiz.

Big Papi has a big heart and he cares,” Taylor said. “A guy like that with that notoriety, with that status, he could easily say kiss off and do his own thing. He genuinely loves people and things he does for the city of Boston and the Dominican Republic.”

‘€¢ Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, the former Patriots assistant who was put in charge of restoring the Nittany Lions to prominence following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, reportedly has been approached by two NFL teams and is considering returning to the pros.

O’Brien was said to have been close to leaving Penn State for the Eagles job last year, but he decided to return to Happy Valley for a second season mainly out of loyalty. This time, he appears to be more willing to make the jump, especially after the school received more punishment than expected for its handling of the Sandusky situation. Also, his buyout is less financially restrictive than last year.

The Texans and Vikings are the teams said to have contacted him already, with Washington another possibility.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On. Dec. 15, 2003, which Celtic had his number retired to the rafters?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Eli Manning, ‘frustrated’ Giants searching for answers after falling to 0-5 10.07.13 at 7:45 am ET
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MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 6:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Pirates, 3:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Braves at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Jets at Falcons, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)


‘€¢ Take heart, Patriots fans: At least your offensively challenged team has found a way to win four games. Look at the Giants. They’re 0-5 after Sunday’s 36-21 loss to the visiting Eagles. It’s New York’s worst start in a non-strike year since 1979.

“They’re very frustrated, very down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’ve worked very hard during the week, built themselves up to a good approach, and then the frustration of not getting the win … They’re doing the best they can. They’re standing up, they’re supporting each other. That’s the way it has to be for a team to continue on.”

Eli Manning completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions, including a key pick in the fourth quarter when he tried to make something out of nothing and it backfired.

“I know I can play better,” Manning said. “Sometimes, things are going to go wrong, but you’ve got to make the best decision. Throw it away, take a sack. I know I can’t keep turning the ball over every time.”

Said Coughlin: “I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us going that he puts too much on himself. ‘€¦ He’s way too good a player to have these kinds of things keep happening to him.”

‘€¢ Joe Torre is widely viewed as a man who would have been a good fit for Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s job, which will be vacated by Bud Selig next year, but the drawback is Torre’s age. And he acknowledges that.

“I’m 73 years old, I really don’t envision that happening, based on the fact Bud has been there 20-plus years,” Torre said Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the MLB executive vice president watched the Dodgers-Braves ALDS Game 3. “I think when the owners decide on who the next commissioner should be, I think they have to think long term.

“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner, based on my age. I’€™m very comfortable working there. I’€™ve got a significant job. I don’€™t have a great deal of stress, job-wise in my life and that feels good.”

‘€¢ President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over the Redskins nickname, saying he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he were owner due to its offensiveness.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he told The Associated Press.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the name, despite growing criticism.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants coach Tom Coughlin in ‘indescribable’ pain over missing playoffs 01.04.13 at 7:32 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: Pacers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Memphis at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Cotton Bowl, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Dartmouth at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ While Jets coach Rex Ryan tried to escape the media in the Bahamas (and was photographed displaying an arm tattoo of his wife wearing only a Mark Sanchez Jets jersey), Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked Thursday about how distraught he is over his team missing the playoffs.

“I can’t even describe how it hurts. I don’€™t know what to do,” Coughlin said in an interview on New York sports radio station WFAN. “I’€™m walking around here like a crazy man. I am. I don’€™t know what to do with myself. We shouldn’€™t be doing this right now. The pain of it is almost indescribable.”

The defending Super Bowl champions lost five of their final eight games to squander their chance to defend their title.

“For us, right now, to not be in the playoffs; to be the Super Bowl champion and not be in the playoffs, if that doesn’€™t bring you down to earth and create the kind of humility that comes along with getting your nose back to the grindstone, I don’€™t know what does,” Coughlin said.

‘™¦ The baseball field carved into a cornfield at an Iowa farm for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was sold last week for $3.4 million to an investment group out of Chicago that includes Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.

An estimated 65,000 tourists travel to Dyersville, Iowa, each year to see the field. The new ownership group, which goes by the name of Go the Distance Baseball LLC and is led by CEO Denise Stillman, plans to develop the complex into 24 youth baseball and softball fields ad call it All-Star Ballpark Heaven.

Don and Becky Lansing put the 193-acre property on sale a couple of years ago, asking $5.4 million.

“My family’€™s farm has been part of the landscape for more than a century,’€ Don Lansing said in a statement. ‘€œI have been honored to care for it my entire life and know the Stillmans and their group will care for the movie site like I did.”

‘™¦ The 9-year-old Utah girl who became an Internet sensation after highlights of her dominating boys in youth games hit the web was invited by the NFL to attend this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. Sam Gordon already attended a Giants game in New York with commissioner Roger Goodell, and now she’s receiving tickets to the title game.

“I think it’s going to be really cool,” Gordon said. “Plus, I get to sit next to the NFL commissioner, maybe.”

Gordon’s father, Brent, said the family saw Goodell the day after the Giants game while touring the NFL offices, and the commissioner hinted what was to come.

“As we were leaving, Roger Goodell walked in and said, ‘Sam, would you like to go to the Super Bowl? Well, maybe you should ask Santa Claus,’ ” Brent Gordon said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 4, 1985, the Celtics honored Red Auerbach by retiring which number?

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Giants RB Andre Brown breaks fibula, out for season 11.26.12 at 10:56 am ET
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The Giants‘ impressive 38-10 win over the Packers Sunday night was made less sweet when coach Tom Coughlin announced running back Andre Brown had broken his fibula.

“Takes an awful lot off of the win, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said.

The injury reportedly will be season-ending for Brown.

Brown is not ruling himself out. He tweeted early Monday that his season wasn’€™t necessarily over.

Brown has rushed 73 times for 385 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

The Giants now will rely on Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie David Wilson to step up and fill Brown’€™s role.

“I feel bad for Andre, he’s my little brother,” Bradshaw said. “It’s heartbreaking for me just to see him so down. When I was a rookie I told David, [Derrick] Ward broke his fibula and I had to step in and be a big part of our offense. That’s what I expect from David and I told him to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come.”

Wilson said he is ready to help the Giants, who sit atop the NFC East.

“Dre played a big role in our offense running the ball, I’m definitely going to have to step up when my number is called and be prepared,” Wilson said.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Torre says Roger Clemens is deserving of Hall of Fame 07.02.12 at 7:28 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)
Swimming: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBC)


‘™¦ Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for Old-Timers’ Day, said he thinks Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame despite his alleged steroid use.

“He is [deserving] to me,” Torre said. “I can’t make other people look at him, I can just tell you the way I feel about him. I was proud to have him play for me and I respect him.”

Added Torre: “I’m a little prejudiced on Clemens. He was like a son to me. Unfortunately, the question is always going to be there with him. It’s something that’s sad for me ‘€¦ because I disliked him like everyone else until I got a chance to know him. He was a great teammate for these guys and he was very devoted to the team was playing on, and I always respected that.”

‘™¦ White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy allowed three home runs to the Yankees on Saturday, and he voiced his displeasure with the park’s hitter-friendly dimensions after suffering a 4-0 loss.

“They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run,” Peavy said.

Peavy added that New York’s left-handed hitters are locked in on the short fence in right.

“Every guy is standing right on the plate.” he said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way. Except Robinson Cano. That’s why he’s hitting .300, because he will use the whole field.

“Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn’t you? They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run.”

‘™¦ Michael Jordan‘s son Marcus, who averaged 13.7 points as a junior at Central Florida last season, was arrested in Omaha, Neb., early Sunday after he got into an argument with two women outside a hotel. Police said Jordan was “very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative” and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him.

Jordan was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News has a nice feature on Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his relationship with the family of former Boston College defensive back Jay McGillis, who died of leukemia 20 years ago this month, following Coughlin’s first season as BC coach.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 2, 1975, which Red Sox hurler, in a bid to become the third pitcher ever to have a no-hitter in both leagues, came within one out of a no-hitter before allowing a walk and two home runs in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Racist taunts mar Euro 2012 soccer practice 06.08.12 at 7:56 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: Nationals at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

NBA playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Devils, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN: WEEI)
MLB: Astros at White Sox, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Giants, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Athletics at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 1 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Cubs at Twins, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Reds, 8 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Two black players for the Netherlands were targeted with monkey noises and loud jeers Thursday by hundreds of fans at Stadion Miejski during a training session in Krakow, Poland, for Euro 2012. The players, who had visited the site of the former Auschwitz World War II concentration camp a day earlier, responded by moving their drills to the other end of the stadium.

“It is a real disgrace especially after getting back from Auschwitz that you are confronted with this,” Dutch captain Mark van Bommel told the British newspaper The Guardian. “We will take it up with UEFA and if it happens at a match we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field.”

Added coach Bert van Marwijk: “At least now we know what we can encounter. Very atmospheric.”

Despite concerns of racism and violence leading up to the event, UEFA later denied that the chants were racially motivated, claiming the fans were protesting Krakow’s omission as a host city for the tournament. UEFA did say referees will stop matches if players face abuse from fans.

“You need to open your ears,” Van Bommel said of UEFA’s explanation. “If you did hear it, and don’t want to hear it, that is even worse.”

‘™¦ Coming off last season’s late struggles, controversial Jets receiver Santonio Holmes is off to a slow start if he plans to work on remaking his image. Holmes limped to the sideline and tossed his helmet Thursday after completing 20 of a scheduled 35 reps at Jets practice because he’s not yet in shape to complete a full workout.

“I was talking to [wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal] and letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said.

In his defense, Holmes missed half of the voluntary workouts because he was on a USO-sponsored trip to Germany to visit U.S. troops.

“I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of these guys and where they want us to be at,” Holmes said. “So, giving us a few reps off is much-needed for all of us.”

‘™¦ The Giants’ Super Bowl celebration continues Friday with a visit to the White House, where the team will be honored no only for its championship but for its “ongoing support to the men and women who serve in the military and their families.”

‘€œWe are excited,’€ coach Tom Coughlin said. ‘€œIt’€™s always something that we look forward to.

‘€œIt’€™s a great honor to go to the White House, to be invited by the President of the United States, to have our Super Bowl XLVI and world championship team go and be in the presence of the President and the historic White House.’€

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 8, 1950, the Red Sox recorded their most lopsided victory ever, with a 29-4 rout of the St. Louis Browns. Which future Red Sox Hall of Famer led the way with three home runs?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rhode Island politicians work to save Curt Schilling’s video game company 05.16.12 at 8:11 am ET
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‘™¦ Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee revealed Tuesday that he has called the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss financial problems at former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling‘s video game company.

Two years after relocating from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to take advantage of a $75 million taxpayer-backed loan, Schilling’s company missed a loan-guarantee payment of $1.125 million, setting off red flags.

‘€œWe’€™re concerned and just doing everything possible to ensure that 38 Studios stays part of the Rhode Island community,’€ Chafee told Providence TV station WPRI earlier this week. ‘€œWe’€™re working on different issues with them.’€ Asked whether he thinks 38 Studios can be stabilized, Chafee paused and said: ‘€œWe’€™re working on it.’€

Last June, PriceWaterhouseCoopers audited 38 Studios and expressed “substantial doubt” that the company would be able to stay solvent. The company since released its first game, “Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning,” to positive reviews and decent sales, but another game, “Project: Copernicus,” appears to be facing delays.

Schilling, who also serves as an ESPN analyst, loaned his company $4 million in 2010, but that money was paid back from the package the company received from Rhode Island.

‘™¦ The Giants will receive their Super Bowl rings Wednesday night in a ceremony at Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

“It will be exciting for everybody, no doubt,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “That’€™s the symbol, you know? In your heart it’€™s already been established. I look forward to it, I think it’€™s going to be very festive. Let’€™s face it, now it’€™s twice in a lifetime. It’€™s a wonderful thing to do it again.”

The ring is 14k white gold with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band (representing Giants blue) and diamond footballs. It has images of the four Lombardi trophies the franchise has won, plus the team logo and the score of Super Bowl XLVI, a 21-17 victory over the Patriots.

“Big and obnoxious, that’s always the goal,” guard Kevin Boothe joked.

‘™¦ Brian McNamee continued to testify in Roger Clemens‘ perjury trial Tuesday in Washington, but the star witness wasn’t enough to keep all the members of the jury awake, as one juror was dismissed for sleeping.

What the sleeping juror missed was McNamee claiming his wife encouraged him to keep evidence that he injected Clemens with steroids. McNamee said he did, putting a needle, swab and cotton ball in an empty beer can to sneak it out of Clemens’ apartment after an injection.

McNamee also talked about injecting Clemens’ wife, Debbie, which he insists was done with the pitcher’s approval.

‘™¦ According to police in Oceanside, Calif., someone broke into Junior Seau‘s San Diego-area home last week, five days after Seau committed suicide in the bedroom. Lt. Leonard Mata told the North County Times that the burglar accessed the garage through a doggy door and apparently did not enter the main part of the house. The only item noticed to be missing was a bicycle that belonged to a friend of the former NFL star.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 16, 1989, Mike Milbury was hired as Bruins coach replacing which man?

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