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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens takes jab at ‘desperate’ Jets 10.11.12 at 7:33 am ET
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The original Morning Mashup has returned, so let’s get right to it.

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:
MLB playoffs: Giants at Reds, 1:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Nationals, 4:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Yankees, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 9:37 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Steelers at Titans, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Western Kentucky at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Arizona State at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Heat vs. Clippers, at Beijing, China, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ How bad are things for the struggling Jets? Even out-of-work disgraced wide receiver Terrell Owens threw a jab at them Wednesday.

While New York was losing its third game of the season Monday night, Owens sent out a tweet reading:

Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen.

Then during an interview Wednesday with TSN Canada, Owens defended his desperate-sounding tweet. He said the Jets are the ones who are desperate, considering they had cornerback Antonio Cromartie line up as receiver to help compensate for the loss of Santonio Holmes.

Said Owens: “It’s not begging for a job when you know you can still play at a high level, given the opportunity. When you have a defensive back playing offense and running routes, I think that’s more desperate than my actual tweet itself.”

‘™¦ Donald Trump apparently has no more patience for struggling Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. The Donald sent out a tweet — somewhat prophetically, as it turned out — prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles:

A-Rod must be dropped in the Yankees lineup tonight if they want to win. He simply can’t perform without drugs.

In the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game, Raul Ibanez was sent up to pinch-hit for Rodriguez, who is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts in the series. Ibanez hit a game-tying home run, and the Yankees went on to win in 12 innings.

‘™¦ Jazz forward (and former Celtic) Al Jefferson was the talk of the Internet Wednesday after it was revealed that he paid more than $23,000 for a custom bed. The bed is a whopping 10 feet wide by 12 feet long, more than enough room to spread out for the 6-foot-9 Jefferson.

The accompanying photo is of Jefferson’s teammate, 6-1 Mo Williams, who looks tiny in the oversized bed.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1967, the Impossible Dream Red Sox forced the World Series to the limit with an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6. Which unheralded Sox rookie from New England started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball but did not get the win?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup 07.16.10 at 7:34 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’€™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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The saga of the LeBron James pendant took an odd twist when the piece of jewelry was taken from the woman who said she paid $5 for it at a yard sale four years ago before realizing it was worth almost $10,000. Vaneisha Robinson, an amateur boxer from Akron, was fielding offers on eBay when she got a phone call from the mother of Maverick Carter, the CEO of James’ marketing company, saying that James wanted to but the pendant. But when she went to a meeting expecting to meet the NBA star, James wasn’t there, and she claims she was threatened and forced to surrender the item, which Carter said had been stolen from him. Police backed Carter’s claim that the pendant is his. But Robinson told Ohio television station WEWS that the pendant belongs to her and she wants it back.

‘™¦ At SportsIllustrated.com, Frank Hughes has more background on the sale of the Golden State Warriors to venture capitalist Joseph Lacob, who is a minority owner of the Celtics, and Peter Guber.

‘™¦ Former Celtic Al Jefferson made a good first impression with his new team, the Jazz. Because Jefferson is excited to be in Utah as opposed to recently departed free agent Carlos Boozer, Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson calls Jefferson “a heap of sincerity” and “the anti-Boozer.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 16, 1958, which Red Sox pitcher improved to 9-0 on the season with his 12th straight win (dating back to the previous year)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’€™ll be able to put Blake [Wheeler] in the mix and then we’€™ve got to sever cap space, and we’€™ll see where we’€™ll go from there as it applies to the start of the year.” ‘€” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, in a conference call Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 35 ‘€” Consecutive successful stolen base attempts by the Rangers, after one Thursday night vs. the Red Sox

‘NET RESULTS: The zaniness at the Tour de France continues, as Mark Renshaw head butts a competitor in order to make room for his teammate to win the stage. Renshaw was kicked out of the race for his behavior.

Batting Stance Guy was at the All-Star Game searching for the best most obscure jersey he could find.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ike Delock, who would add one more win to his streak before finally suffering a loss

SOOTHING SOUNDS: William Bell is 71 today.

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Ugly equals page views 11.26.08 at 2:57 pm ET
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Midday challenge: Can you add to this list of the NBA’s ugliest? Best part: What happened to Robert Swift? This is the guy Danny Ainge wanted to draft instead of Al Jefferson? That, my friends, is your Kedrick Brown draft day payback.

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