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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees sign Aroldis Chapman to record 5-year, $86 million deal; Ravens’ Steve Smith wears Yoda onesie at press conference

12.08.16 at 7:32 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: Colorado at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Oakland at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. (NBC; NFL Network)
NBA: Minnesota at Toronto, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nicholls at Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Texas A&M at TCU, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Aroldis Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, the largest contract ever for a closer.

Chapman told ESPN his decision came down to the Yankees or the Marlins.

“I love the [Yankees organization],” he said. “They welcomed me with open arms and that’s why I decided to go back. I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened. Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don’t it’s because they never got the chance.”

The signing was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Yankees acquired Chapman from the Reds last offseason, but Chapman missed the first 29 games of the season sue to a domestic violence suspension. He was dealt to the Cubs in July and became a free agent after winning the World Series with Chicago.

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Two morons arrested after doing Mannequin Challenge with guns

12.07.16 at 4:24 pm ET
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NY PostTwo Alabama men were arrested Tuesday after a gun-wielding Mannequin Challenge went viral, authorities said.

Kenneth Fennel White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23, were busted after the duo was spotted in the heavily armed video, WHNT reported.

The clip, which has nearly five million views on Facebook, shows what appears to be a frozen drive-by shooting. More than a dozen people pose in various positions while hoisting handguns as music blasts in the background.

Once social media got hold of the video, Madison County Sheriff’s investigators received a warrant and searched the property.

“You have a lot of people with firearms at one address,” Capt. Mike Salmonsky said of the video, which was posted in November. “And you have to ask yourself the question, ‘Why?’”

Once they arrived, cops seized two handguns, an assault rifle, a shotgun, along with multiple rounds of ammunition.

Cops charged White, a convicted felon, with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon.

Authorities also charged Brown with possession of drug paraphernalia, loitering and promoting prison contraband.

What the hell was THAT?

I don’t think there were this many guns in all of the six seasons of The Sopranos.

There are about fifty guns in this video and only two people were arrested?

Also, if you’re already a convicted felon this might not the smartest thing to do with your afternoon. When you post things online other people can see it and the police also have access to the internet.

I do give these people credit for coordination and not accidentally killing each other.

Luckily none of the guns went off, but something was killed here and that is the Mannequin Challenge itself.

Sheriff in Joe McKnight case gives bizarro press conference

12.07.16 at 9:59 am ET
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ProFootballTalkThe authorities in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana initially did not arrest Ronald Gasser, the 54-year-old man who shot and killed former NFL running back Joe McKnight last week. Gasser has since been arrested for manslaughter.

Sheriff Newell Normand, whose press conference from Friday seemed unreasonably defensive and unnecessarily combative, took it to the next level on Tuesday, complaining about the criticism his department has absorbed by pounding on the podium on multiple occasions and quoting from profanity-laden messages directed to elected officials who supported law enforcement’s desire to take a deliberate approach to the investigation of the shooting.

MSNBC quickly cut away from the press conference once Normand began reading the comments, which contained a variety of words not appropriate for broadcast.

This case was all over the place already with Gasser being arrested, released and arrested again and now the sheriff in charge seems to have lost his mind.

Normand read some of the worst words in the English language out loud during a press conference about something else. They just re-arrested they man accused of murdering McKnight and instead of focusing solely on that Normand gets super defensive and starts going rogue and dropping the n-word seemingly out of nowhere.

Here is MSNBC cutting away from the live broadcast.

Yes, it’s a shame if Normand and other officials are getting threats and being criticized, but maybe get the manslaughter issue settled first and then take on the haters.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42; Phil Jackson speaks out on his ‘posse’ comment

12.07.16 at 7:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA:  San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Princeton at California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida at Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and an NFL first-round draft pick, was found dead in a park in Colorado on Monday night. He was 42.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Salaam’s mother, Khalada, said her son left a note and suspects he might have committed suicide.

“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there,” she said.

Salaam was a star running back at the University of Colorado, ultimately winning the Heisman as a junior in 1994. That year he set the school record for touchdowns with 24.

The Bears selected him in the first round of the draft in 1995. Salaam only spent a few years in the league due to injuries but rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie season.

Former USC quarterback and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart tweeted his condolences.

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‘Major League’ star Margaret Whitton dies at 67

12.06.16 at 10:13 am ET
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TMZ— Margaret Whitton — who played Indians owner Rachel Phelps in “Major League” — has died at age 67.

She died peacefully at her home in Florida after a brief battle with cancer, this according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Whitton was GREAT in the ‘Major League’ movies — playing an owner rooting against her team so she could relocate ’em from Cleveland to Miami.

Her most memorable scene … when she crashed the Indians locker room when Lou Brown was complaining about the “bitch” who runs the team … and responded, “You wanted to talk to the bitch?”


OK, yes, she was very good in those movies even though she rooted against her team but she also basically sexually assaulted a bunch of the players.

It was because she rooted against the team that they won to spite her so she was actually a great owner.

Except she didn’t care about the fans at all because she was going to abandon them and move the team to Miami, so maybe she was a terrible owner.

Either way Whitton was a great actress and will be missed.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bud Selig admits he ‘should have said more’ about steroids; Antonio Cromartie bashes Jets-Colts game on Twitter

12.06.16 at 7:42 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Princeton vs. California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Villanova vs. La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)


Bud Selig

Bud Selig

— Just after being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bud Selig is opening up about his handling of steroids in baseball as the commissioner.

Selig teaches a “Baseball in American Society” class at the University of Wisconsin and spoke with ESPN about his lecture on steroids and baseball last week during which his students began to grill him about how he dealt with the issue.

“They asked me, ‘When were you aware of it?'” Selig told ESPN’s Jayson Stark on Monday, “and, ‘Why didn’t you do more?’ ”

Added Selig: “I talked to a lot of baseball people. Over and over and over again. But you know, by 2000, I moved [to impose testing and suspensions] in the minor leagues, which I could do unilaterally. So that’s 15 years ago. So this idea that we didn’t do anything just isn’t accurate.”

“You know, I’ve thought about it a hundred times, because I’m pretty tough on myself,” Selig said. “And I honestly don’t know what else I could have done. That’s my answer.”

But Selig continued, saying he should have done more. When Stark suggested he could have spoken out more about the issue of steroids earlier, Selig admitted he could have done that.

“Maybe you’re right,” Selig said. “Maybe I should have said more.”

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Juror forgets to tell family she’s deliberating late, relatives file missing person’s report

12.05.16 at 9:35 am ET
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New York Daily News — A Texas juror forgot to tell her family she was deliberating into the evening, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.

The juror had been working late Thursday evening in the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco when family members became concerned, according to the Tribune-Herald.

“This was a very intense trial and deliberations obviously were very intense because they deliberated for seven hours, and I think they just got so absorbed in what they were doing,” Judge Ralph Strother told the newspaper.

“It is comforting to know that the jury was taking it seriously, but we don’t want them to take it so seriously that they forget their families.”

In more than two decades as a prosecutor and a judge, Strother said that this was the first time a missing person report was filed for someone on jury duty.

“We knew everything was OK, and I’m sure the family member was quite concerned, and I don’t blame them,” Strother told the paper. “But from our perspective, it kind of brought a bit of comic relief from a very intense trial.”

After her family filed the missing person report, two Waco officers went to the courthouse to check on her whereabouts. Jurors were still working at 11:45 p.m. when the officers interrupted their deliberations.

This is absolutely something my mom would do. If I don’t let her know when I get home after driving at night or in the rain she is ready to call the police and I am three weeks away from being 25 years old. When my brother was studying abroad and she didn’t hear from him for two hours she almost contacted the embassy. But it’s because she cares.

Even so, I understand how this juror must have felt and can picture her eye-roll when officers told her they were there because her family thought she was missing and actually filed a missing person’s report, which is the ultimate worried mom move.

But I bet you this tactic worked because this juror will always check-in with her family when she’s going to be late from now on.

It’s actually kind of sweet that she has a family who worries enough to go through the trouble of filing a missing person’s report when she’d only been gone seven hours. We should all be so lucky.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bud Selig voted into Baseball Hall of Fame; Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis giving Donald Trump a chance

12.05.16 at 7:52 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Houston, 8 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NHL: Florida at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL)
NFL: Indianapolis at NY Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: CSUN at St. John’s, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stetson at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)


Bud Selig

Bud Selig

— Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with MLB executive and current Braves president John Schuerholz. The two will be inducted into the Hall in July 2017.

They were voted in by the Era Committee on the the “Today’s Game Era Ballot” spanning from 1988 to the present.

Former players are considered for induction along with non-players involved in the game.

Others being considered for induction but who missed the cut included Lou Piniella, Mark McGwire, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle and George Steinbrenner.

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Thinking Out Loud: Bryant basketball blunder puts Bulldogs in spotlight

12.02.16 at 5:39 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Bonzie Colson.

— The old saying that “bad PR is better than no PR” is applicable in the case of Bryant basketball this week. Did you catch the end of the game at Brown? You should have by now, it was all over social media — even ESPN and Deadspin picked up on it.

— ICYMI, Bryant freshman Ikenna Ndugba thought his team was leading in the game’s frantic final seconds, when in actuality his team trailed by a point. Ndugba’s miscalculation and inadvertent celebration led to Brown’s big come-from-behind 91-90 win Monday night. Ouch.

— A teachable moment for coach Tim O’Shea? Sure. Keep your head in the game, son. Keep your head in the game. And, freshmen will make mistakes. Count on them. Hopefully, not too many game-ending-in-a-defeat mistakes, like this one.

— On the positive side for the Bulldogs, sophomore guard Nisre Zouzoua (say it fast five times) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for averaging 25 points per game over three games last week. So there is that. If you need an entertaining, phonetic challenge at all, just follow Bryant basketball for a while.

— URI had the chance to come up large at Valparaiso this week but came up short instead. It is true — and Rhody fans might not want to hear this — but good teams find a way to win road games. Tuesday night’s loss in Indiana was a missed opportunity. You know when the next shot is, right?

— E.C. Matthews is, indeed, struggling after missing the last year due to his knee injury. He’s not the same player he was, and that’s not surprising. Rhody fans had best hope I just jinxed the Friars for Saturday, and that Matthews has his come-to-Jesus breakout performance against PC.

— Jared Terrell is carrying the Rams right now. But he needs offensive help, and he’ll get effort from Hassan Martin in that regard. Kuran Iverson needs to stay out of foul trouble, and someone on the team needs to be able to hit a clutch shot. Win or lose Saturday, the Rams most likely will fall out of the AP Top 25 next week after a four-week run, the second-longest in program history.

— There’s plenty of time and opportunity left to be NCAA good — but it’s got to start somewhere, some time. Just sayin’.

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Keira Knightley’s cat-obsessed stalker is beyond creepy

12.02.16 at 3:29 pm ET
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The SunA stalker who made meowing noises through Keira Knightley’s letterbox left her terrified to go out, a court heard.

Mark Revill, 49, repeatedly visited the actress’s north London home, delivering letters and postcards featuring cats and a USB stick containing a song he wrote called “The Fuzzy Kitty Waltz.”

Revill, who recently changed his name to Mark McCattipus, sent her a note asking her if she had listened to the music, and also wrote two letters to her mother.

One picture of two cats she received was labelled, “That’s you on the right, the stupid looking one, and that’s me on the left.”

In an emotional impact statement read to the court, Keira said, “This man has caused a lot of ­distress and panic. I’m scared every time I go outside. When I return home I have to look behind me, I don’t know who might be in the shadows.”

“Who recently changed his name to Mark McCattipus.”

Holy moly, what a psycho.

Knightley said “every time I go outside” and “when I return home” meaning she actually leaves her house while this is going on, which is brave. I would not leave my house ever until I was sure this guy was locked away somewhere with no chance of coming within 100 miles of me.


This article goes on to say Knightley and her husband and daughter are looking at houses in another part of London because of McCattipus.

If I heard that meowing in the mail slot in my front door, I would move that very day.

And I would be very, very scared to hear whatever the hell “The Fuzzy Kitty Waltz” is.