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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Former Red Sox OF Carl Everett arrested for family violence 09.09.11 at 7:35 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 LOCALLY FRIDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: FC Dallas at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 1:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett was arrested last week on family violence charges in Texas. The 40-year-old, who was arrested in April for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head, was taken into custody last Friday morning at the home he shares with his wife in Colleyville, Texas. He was charged with assaulting and injuring a family member.

Everett, no stranger to controversy, played in the majors from 1993-2006 with the Marlins, Mets, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers, White Sox, Expos and Mariners. He played for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League in 2010.

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday cautioned Cowboys fans planning to attend Monday night’s opener in New Jersey that they might not want to show their colors. On Thursday, he explained that he wasn’t trying to threaten opposing fans, and he clarified his comments. “If somebody else comes to enjoy a game, that’s fine. I’m not calling for our guys to do anything,” he said. “The safety of every fan is important to everybody in this organization, including me. But would I prefer not to see another color jersey, another team’s jersey? Absolutely. I would love to see our stadium just in our color.”

Linebacker Bart Scott backed up his coach and called on Jets fans to stay focused as the team begins its second season at the newly renamed MetLife Stadium. “I think the last stadium was a lot louder and maybe some of the diehard fans can’t afford tickets any more,” Scott said. “We have to challenge the people that’s in the stadium now to get off their iPads and tweets and represent the stadium and get loud and make it a home-field advantage for us.”

‘™¦ ESPN signed an eight-year extension with the NFL that will keep “Monday Night Football” on the cable giant through the 2021 season. The deal reportedly is worth $1.9 billion per season, an increase of $800,000 over the current pact. “Five hundred new hours of programming, right now, starting today,” ESPN/ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer said Monday during a conference call. “From our point of view, this is a great deal for the company. It really fuels our company 24-7.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 9, 1960, the Patriots played the first regular-season game in franchise history, losing to the Broncos 13-10 before a crowd of 21,597 at which area stadium?

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ESPN to unveil new QB rating system 08.02.11 at 2:16 pm ET
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In an effort to replace the NFL’s complex, 38-year-old quarterback rating system, ESPN plans to unveil its new Total Quarterback Rating during a TV special this Friday night.

In the current quarterback rating system, 158.3 is a perfect score. The new model plans to make 100 a perfect rating, and 50 an average rating. This ranks Tom Brady, Peyton Maning, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees as the top quarterbacks in the league, and puts Derek Anderson, Brett Favre and Jimmy Clausen at the bottom of the list.

Total QBR will reportedly account for everything a quarterback does (other than handoffs), including running, sacks, fumbles and penalties. The current system only takes completion percentage, touchdowns and interceptions into account.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN pulls plug on poker shows after indictments 04.19.11 at 7:37 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NBA Playoffs: Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at A’s, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ ESPN announced Monday that it will stop running poker shows and advertisements, following the U.S. government’s indictments against gambling websites that sponsor the shows. The government froze bank accounts in 14 countries and seized the websites of poker sites including major sponsors PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. “For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review,” ESPN said in a statement.

‘™¦ Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau did not have many nice things to say about Madison Square Garden or the Rangers a day after his team lost Game 3 in New York, 3-2. In a radio interview Monday, Boudreau criticized the historic arena, saying: “It’s reputation is far better than the actual building. I mean, it’s nothing.” Boudreau said the locker room and benches are too small, and he insisted the Capitals home is louder. He also singled out Rangers defenseman Marc Staal for what he called “dirty” play.

‘™¦ Canucks forward Raffi Torres, who had just returned from a four-game suspension, was not suspended by the NHL for his hit to the head of Blackhawk Brent Seabrook Sunday (video below). In The Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor writes that the league did not do the right thing in this case, using the excuse that the play was behind the net.

‘™¦ Notre Dame released its report on the death of student assistant Declan Sullivan, who was filming football practice last fall when the tower he was in was blown over by heavy winds. Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration report indicating recently that, “The University knowingly exposed its employees to unsafe conditions,” the school denied responsibility. Notre Dame president John Jenkins said its investigation concluded, “No one acted in disregard for safety.”

‘™¦ The English soccer team Stoke City has advanced to the final of the FA Cup for the first time in its 147-year existence. In USA Today, Mike Lopresti tells the team’s story from the viewpoint of a Stoke native who now lives in New York.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 19, 1969, the Red Sox made a six-player trade with the Indians, with which feature player reluctantly leaving Boston?

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ESPN parts ways with Joe Morgan 11.08.10 at 7:37 pm ET
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Joe Morgan will no longer be part of ESPN’s Sunday night baseball broadcast team.

Per The Associated Press, the network announced on Monday that after 21 years of being paired with play-by-play man Jon Miller, Morgan — a Hall of Fame second baseman and two-time National League MVP — will no longer be part of its weekly broadcast.

“Over the last two decades, Joe went from Hall of Fame player to one of his sport’s top analysts and Jon’s Hall of Fame voice and tremendous knowledge of the game have connected with baseball fans everywhere,” ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said in a statement Monday. “We owe them our deepest thanks for an outstanding body of work.”

While the network said that Morgan’s contract, which has expired, will not be renewed, it suggested that Miller — whose contract has also expired — may remain with ESPN as part of the Sunday Night Baseball series and covering postseason baseball for ESPN Radio.

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