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After pathetic season, Woody Johnson will leave Jets to serve as ambassador to United Kingdom 01.19.17 at 3:12 pm ET
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After a pathetic showing this season, Jets owner Woody Johnson is ditching his team to live in the United Kingdom. According to CNBC, he’s been called to serve as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the U.K. The jokes write themselves:

Johnson, 69, is a longtime Republican donor and served as the vice chairman of Trump’s victory committee. Ironically, he first supported Trump nemesis Jeb Bush in the GOP primary, but quickly shifted his allegiance after the former governor dropped out.

Earlier this month, Pro Football Talk reported Johnson would hand over day-to-day control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson, if he were to be awarded an ambassadorship.

Like many of Trump’s appointments, Johnson has never previously held a job in government. But it’s not surprising he’s been named an ambassador. It’s political tradition to reward big-money donors with cushy overseas posts. Steelers owner Dan Rooney, for example, served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-2012.

When Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited Trump Tower in November, there was some speculation he was lobbying to be named ambassador to Israel (the job went to bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman). Though Kraft wasn’t a prominent Trump supporter during the campaign, he did call the President-elect a “good friend” before the Massachusetts primary. On Tuesday, Kraft was photographed with senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway at a pre-inauguration dinner.

Given the NFL’s interest in relocating a team to the United Kingdom and Kraft’s role on several league boards, it’s possible he could work closely with Johnson on international expansion over the next several years.

But in order for Johnson to help the NFL make further inroads in the U.K., he’ll have to be a better ambassador than owner. Since he purchased the Jets in 2000, they’ve gone 132-140 and cycled through five different head coaches.

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Woody Johnson pleads for Ryan Fitzpatrick to ‘come back to the Jets’ 03.22.16 at 8:52 am ET
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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Jets apparently are not ready to move on from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although contract talks have appeared to reach a stalemate, Jets owner Woody Johnson made a public pitch for Fitzpatrick to return to the team at the NFL owners meetings on Monday morning.

“Come back to the Jets,” Johnson said.

While his words may hold some weight with the quarterback, Johnson likely will need to put his money where his mouth is in order to retain Fitzpatrick. Reports have said the two sides are off by around $7 million per year. The 33-year-old Harvard product had the best season of his career last year with the Jets, finishing with 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns.

“I kind of hope [he returns],” Johnson said. “He did have such a good year. I like him a lot as a person; he’s very engaging. He’s the Harvard guy, and then he’s the normal guy.

Although neither side has seemed willing to give up any ground in contract discussions, Fitzpatrick has yet to find another suitor in free agency, which has given the Jets some leverage.

“The two sides have got to come up with an agreement that obviously both sides are happy with,” Johnson said. “That is what we’re working toward.”

Added Johnson: “He’s a priority. You have to fill out about 25 positions, 25 percent change. We’re focused on this and we’re also looking at the draft. There is time to pick up players, not only this period but pre-draft free agents.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets line up candidates for coach, GM vacancies 01.02.15 at 8:28 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: Mavericks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
College basketball: Florida State at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Utah, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Armed Forces Bowl, Houston vs. Pittsburgh (ESPN)
College football: TaxSlayer Bowl, Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alamo Bowl, Kansas State vs. UCLA, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Cactus Bowl, Washington vs. Oklahoma State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
High school football: Under Armour All-America Game, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)


Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone

— The Jets are lining up candidates to interview for the team’s vacant coach and general manager positions, and team owner Woody Johnson flew to Seattle on Thursday to speak with a trio of candidates who work for the Seahawks.

Assistant coaches Dan Quinn and Tom Cable are on Johnson’s list for a new coach, and director of pro personnel Trent Kirchner will interview for the GM position.

The early leader to be the new coach appears to be Doug Marrone, a Bronx native and former Jets assistant (2002-05) who quit as Bills coach Wednesday after leading Buffalo to its first winning record since 2004. Marrone went 15-17 in two seasons with the Bills after going 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse.

According to the New York Daily News, Marrone is being pushed on Johnson by Charley Casserly, the veteran NFL executive who recently was hired as a consultant to Johnson.

However, Marrone also is being blasted in some circles. The Buffalo News noted that he had a habit of alienating people around him — including players, team executives and reporters — and did not impress with his coaching acumen.

One front office executive told the Daily News it’s doubtful Marrone would succeed with the Jets.

“They’ll be doing the search again in two years,” the executive said. “I don’t think Marrone’s going to win there. He’s never won anywhere he’s been a head coach.”

Meanwhile, former Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly will interview with the 49ers this weekend.

— Lions wide receiver Golden Tate isn’t the name that comes to mind when thinking about Detroit’s dirty players (hello, Ndamukong Suh and Dominic Raiola), but to the Cowboys he’s apparently Public Enemy No. 1.

When Tate played for the Seahawks in 2012, he laid out Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee with a vicious block that left Lee stunned. It also left Tate $21,000 lighter in his wallet when he was fined by the league.

Cowboys safety Barry Church said Wednesday that his team had revenge on his mind for the “dirtiest shot I’ve ever seen.”

Responded Tate on Thursday: “Man, I don’t know this guy. I just now heard of him yesterday from this incident. He’s trying to get on the scene, I guess. We’ll see.”

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Woody Johnson confirms firing of Rex Ryan, John Idzik, ‘will consider all options to improve the Jets’ 12.29.14 at 9:10 am ET
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After weeks of speculation, Jets owner Woody Johnson made it official Monday morning, firing coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik only hours after the conclusion of the team’s forgettable 4-12 season.

“After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season,” Johnson said in a statement. “Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember.”

Johnson brought in former Super Bowl-winning NFL general managers Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to help him determine the team’s future.

“We will consider all options to improve the Jets,” Johnson said. “Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority, and today’s decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals.”

Ryan lasted six seasons in New York, going 50-52 (including playoffs). His tenure ended with a victory over the Dolphins in Miami.

“Just understand that I’m not afraid of anything,” Ryan said after Sunday’s game. “I’m not afraid of what lies ahead, I can tell you that.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony downplays reports of rift on Knicks 12.11.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Cavalier at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Maine at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NFL: Cardinals at Rams, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Krasnodar at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)


Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

— The Knicks’ losing ways continued Wednesday night, but much of the talk was about a report that star forward Carmelo Anthony and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. nearly came to blows following last Tuesday’s loss to the Nets after an on-court argument.

ESPN also reported that multiple players confronted Anthony about his shot selection, “telling him he shoots too much, doesn’t move or pass the ball and only plays defense when he feels like it.”

Anthony, who sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Spurs to rest his sore knee, acknowledged having a players-only meeting Saturday, but he insisted it was “very positive.”

“We felt like guys were holding things back they needed to say or get out and we had that meeting. Everybody had a platform to say how they felt about what was going on,” Anthony said (via the New York Daily News). “At this point, man, I try to just stay positive. I’€™m not a guy who, when darts are being thrown at me from anonymous sources, I will not allow myself to throw those darts back at my teammates. The best thing I can do is to be there for them, even when and if they’€™re feeling any kind of way about me personally, I have to be there. And I do that.”

Hardaway confirmed that he and Anthony argued during last Tuesday’s game, but he told reporters it was a “heat in the moment type of deal.”

“Everybody in this locker room is treated as brothers,” Hardaway said. “We’re a family and we’ve moved on.”

— It’s clear that Jets owner Woody Johnson will make some changes after a miserable season. The question is how many changes will he make?

“It’€™s safe to say you’ve got to do things differently that you did to get you to this point,” Johnson told the New York Daily News. “The thing about football is that after every season, everybody is up for grabs. You take a look at everything. You’€™re trying to get to the Super Bowl. It doesn’€™t sound like I should even be saying that at this point. But that’€™s what my goal is. That’€™s what the fans want. They want to have a clear direction in terms of how they get to where they want to go. I have to give them confidence they are going to have a chance to get where they want to go.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets players elated after owner announces Rex Ryan will return 12.30.13 at 8:09 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.

NBA: Bulls at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Virginia at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Louis at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Juniors: Czech Republic vs. Germany, 7:30 a.m. (NHL Network)
World Juniors, Canada vs. Slovakia, 11:30 a.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Armed Forces Bowl, Middle Tennessee State vs. Navy, 11:45 a.m. (ESPN)
College football: Music City Bowl, Mississippi vs. Georgia Tech, 3:15 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alamo Bowl, Oregon vs. Texas, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Holiday Bowl, Arizona State vs. Texas Tech, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)


Rex Ryan will get another chance with the Jets.

Owner Woody Johnson announced after Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins that the bombastic coach will return for another season. Johnson said he had already decided to retain Ryan before the team won its final two games — its first two-game winning streak of 2013 — to finish 8-8.

“I couldn’€™t be prouder of our team, the effort and the passion and everything they put into this game. Coming down here to Miami, Geno [Smith] and the offense putting another great game together, two in a row, so we’€™re clearly on the ascent,” Johnson said. “And a lot of it is due to our coach. So we’€™re going to keep Rex Ryan, and he’€™ll be our coach next year.”

The players erupted in the locker room after Johnson made the announcement to them, and general manager John Idzik gave Ryan the game ball. (To see the video, click here.)

“That’s what we wanted to hear,” defensive end Sheldon Richardson said. “The whole team was elated for that.”

“I mean, it was up there with going to the AFC championship games, just the joy that everybody had,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “Everybody genuinely wanted Rex back. And he’s the right man for the job. It’s a great day all around.”

Ryan has one year remaining on his contract but is expected to work out an extension.

“I love being the head coach of the New York Jets. Plain and simple,” Ryan said. “You put everything you’ve got into it. I never wanted to go out this way.”

— The Dodgers issued a statement Sunday criticizing Yasiel Puig after the outfielder was arrested in Florida a day earlier for driving 110 mph, 40 mph over the speed limit, seven months after he was arrested on similar charges in Tennessee.

“We have spoken to Yasiel and made it clear that we, as an organization, are very disappointed in his recent behavior,” the team said in the statement. “This is a very serious issue to us and we will continue to educate him and strive to further develop his growth off the field and as a member of this community.”

Puig, the 23-year-old Cuban who had a standout rookie season in Los Angeles, was pulled over Saturday morning on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale and taken to Collier County jail, according to Florida police. Puig, who has an offseason home in Miami, was cooperative.

The Tennessee charges — speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance — were dismissed last month, in large part due to community service Puig performed in Los Angeles.

Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula One history, was in critical condition after a skiing accident in the French Alps over the weekend. Schumacher, 33, underwent brain surgery after arriving at a Paris hospital in a coma on Sunday.

According to a release from the Meribel resort, Schumacher was skiing off-piste with his 14-year-old son when he hit his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers arrived at the scene.

Schumacher has seven Formula One drivers’ championships and 91 victories. He retired this year after making a comeback in 2010 following a four-year layoff.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 30, 1973, which Bruin became the first rookie in team history to score four goals in a game?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets owner Woody Johnson insists, ‘I’m very happy with Rex [Ryan]’ 09.05.13 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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 Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network); WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Ravens at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
College football: Florida Atlantic at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)


‘€¢ Jets coach Rex Ryan has been getting roasted in the New York media the past month, but at least he has the support of the team’s owner — sort of.

Woody Johnson defended Ryan’s decision to fly to South Carolina on Saturday — NFL cutdown day — to see his son suit up as a walk-on wide receiver for Clemson, and he insisted he’s supportive of his coach.

“I’m very happy with Rex,” Johnson said, via the New York Daily News. “I think Rex is a great coach. He’s a good head coach. He’s a great teacher. I have a lot of confidence in Rex.”

However, Johnson would not address Ryan’s future. The coach is signed through next season, and Johnson would not address questions about if Ryan is coaching for his job this year, as has been widely reported.

“You guys are speculating,” Johnson said. “I’m not speculating. We don’t talk about any of that. We’re all in. The team is put together. There is no speculation.”

Ryan, for his part, said the lack of a long-term commitment is not an issue for him.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “You guys know me. I’€™ve never been the focus and shouldn’€™t be ever. My thing is I’€™m just happy. I get to coach this year. Obviously, I had a bad year last year. But I can’€™t wait for the thing that is right in front of us. It starts on Sunday, and I am so looking forward to this season. It’€™s never been about me. Not one time.”

Both Ryan and Johnson — as well as general manager John Idzik — appear to be on the same page when it comes to the quarterback situation. Rookie Geno Smith is starting Sunday’s opener against the Buccaneers, but injured veteran Mark Sanchez eventually will get another shot to win the starting job.

“That competition’s not finished,” Johnson said, via the New York Post. “The competition’s ongoing. Our competition team-wise is ongoing, too.”

Said Ryan: “Any long-term plan, any of this, any of that, we’re not thinking about it. We’re thinking about Tampa Bay only, and that’s it.”

‘€¢ Veteran NBA forward Lamar Odom has checked into a rehab center for drug and alcohol abuse, according to a report at

“He realized he needs help,” a source told the website.

Odom, 33, was arrested for DUI last Friday, days after he reportedly left his home following an argument with his wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and dropped out of sight.

Odom is a free agent after playing a reserve role last season for the Clippers. The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Lakers in 2011, Odom has seen his career plummet since then, bouncing from the Lakers to the Mavericks to the Clippers.

‘€¢ Koni Dole, a high school senior at Worden Huntley Project School in Montana, suffered a devastating injury during a football game last year and eventually had his right leg amputated below the knee. One day after the surgery, he was back in the weight room. A couple of months later, Dole joined the wrestling team. In the spring he ran track, using a “cheetah blade” prosthetic similar to the one made famous by Olympian Oscar Pistorious.

This past weekend Dole made his return to the football field, taking the handoff on his team’s first play from scrimmage and rushing for 10 yards. He also scored his team’s first touchdown — one of two for him on the day — and recorded a sack as a defensive lineman in a 45-0 victory over Joliet High.

“[It was an] untouchable feeling to be back out there with my team with all I’ve been through in the last nine, 10 months,” Dole stold the Billings Gazette. “It’s been a long road.”

Dole has an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Montana State next year.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 5, 1918, the Major League Baseball season ended early due to World War I, and the Red Sox began the World Series — which they would win for their last title until 2004 — against which National League team?

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Report: Jets have ‘good’ offer for Darrelle Revis 03.12.13 at 8:38 am ET
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According to a report from, the Jets have received an offer for cornerback Darrelle Revis, with a source telling the website that the offer is a “good” one in terms of compensation for the Jets and a new contract offer to Revis.

Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at an NFL event related to player safety and concussion studies, would not answer questions about Revis, saying he would hold off on discussing that situation until next week.

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Jets owner Woody Johnson claims Tim Tebow was ‘forced’ on him 01.21.13 at 12:22 pm ET
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Jets owner Woody Johnson, previously reported to be the driving force behind the team’s acquisition of Tim Tebow, claimed this month that the quarterback was “forced” on him, according to one of the candidates for the team’s since-filled general manager vacancy.

An ESPN story reveals that Johnson and team president Neil Glat interviewed former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist two weeks ago, and during that meeting Johnson said he only “jumped on board” after being convinced of Tebow’s value by his football staff.

“They realized it was divisive and hard on the locker room and they wanted an exit strategy,” Sundquist said.

Johnson fired GM Mike Tannenbaum one day after the regular season ended and hired former Seahawks executive John Idzik last week to replace him. Idzik will be introduced at a press conference Thursday.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets reportedly struggling to find GM 01.14.13 at 7:41 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.

NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Hawks at Bulls, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Louisville at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Howard, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Jackson State at Prairie View A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ The Jets apparently are having real trouble finding someone to take on the challenge of replacing Mike Tannenbaum as general manager.

“They can’t give the position away,” reported Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. “They are now calling back candidates that turned them down, saying please reconsider.”

Glazer noted that the team’s salary cap issues, unbalanced roster, quarterback controversy and media circus have turned off prospective GMs. Add to that the fact that owner Woody Johnson has told candidates they must be able to work with blustery coach Rex Ryan.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, three individuals will have second interviews this week: former Bears GM Jerry Angelo, Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen.

‘™¦ Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony explained his slow start Sunday by noting that he has been on a very restrictive diet for the last two weeks. Anthony said he has not had any meats or carbs for 15 days, a diet that he has tried before.

“I usually do it sometimes just to get some clarity in my life and just spiritual reasons,” Anthony said after scoring 27 points in Sunday’s 100-87 victory over the visiting Hornets. “I’m done now. I can’t do it no more. I surrender.”

Anthony missed seven of his first eight shots and scored just two points in the opening quarter before netting 18 in the second quarter. He helped New York end a three-game losing streak.

“I’m kind of going through something right now with my own self, bring to find some energy and things like that. But we’ll be fine,” Anthony said. “We bounced back pretty well, I bounced back pretty well, stuck with it and won the game.”

‘™¦ The father of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is not happy with how his hometown newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, presented the Irish’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game, and he announced a boycott of the paper.

The Star-Advertiser used a photo of Teo on his back on the ground reaching in vain for Alabama running back Eddie Lacy with the headline: BOWLED OVER.

Brian Te’o posted a photo of the paper with this comment on the Manti Te’o official fan club Facebook page:

Our family has been very gracious to the Star Advertiser by providing interviews and photos of our son in the recent weeks. On our way home from Miami we were ‘€œprivileged’€ to see how the Star Advertiser returns that favor by posting a photo of our son ‘€œpresumably’€ being ‘€œbowled over’€ by the Alabama RB (Eddie Lacy). So, from this point forward, Star Advertiser you have been officially black listed. I will no longer agree to any more interviews, sharing of photos, or anything else, and I will encourage all who have a subscription to your newspaper to not renew. Be more responsible in the future’€¦if you can.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 14, 2007, the Patriots traveled to San Diego and knocked off the Chargers, 24-21, to advance to the AFC championship game. Which receiver — signed as a free agent from the Chargers in the previous offseason — had a huge game for the Patriots, catching a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:36 remaining and hauling in a 49-yard pass that set up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with 1:10 left?

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