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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett considers offer to be assistant coach with Cavaliers 09.30.16 at 8:03 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB)
College football: Penn at Dartmouth, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Stanford at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Toledo at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA playoffs: Mercury at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
WNBA playoffs: Sky at Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPNews)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Augsburg at RB Leipzig, 2:20 p.m. (FS2)

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Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

— Kevin Garnett might be done as a player, but you might still see him around the NBA this season. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the recently retired Timberwolves legend is considering his offer to join the Cleveland coaching staff.

“I talked to him about it. I know his wife is pushing for it a lot,” Lue told reporters after Thursday’s practice. “Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back, ‘I might do it,’ but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”

Lue was an assistant for the Celtics under Doc Rivers during Garnett’s last four seasons in Boston, and he said KG is inspiring to other players.

“Everything he’s done, he’s been a trendsetter,” Lue said. “Just seeing him leave the game and the way he played every night on a night-to-night basis, every practice from me being with him in Boston, just how he approached the game every single day. He was just like LeBron [James]. One of the easiest guys to coach as far as being a superstar, as far as telling him what to do, they would do it. If they didn’t like what you were doing, they’d pull you out to the side and tell you. They’d never call you out in front of everybody.

“Just having respect for everybody from the janitor to the owner. Him, Kobe [Bryant] and [Tim] Duncan [retiring] at the same time is bad for the game. But we all get old. It’s all part of the game.”

— Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who appeared to be on track to make his return to the NFL against the Patriots in Week 5 after serving a year-long suspension in 2015 and another ban for the first quarter of this season, instead will enter a rehabilitation facility as he tries to get his issues under control.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Struggling Jonathan Papelbon pulled in 9th inning of Nationals’ win 07.29.16 at 8:30 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Giants, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Canada, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: Men’s exhibition, United States vs. Venezuela, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)

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Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon

— Nationals manager Dusty Baker has run out of patience with Jonathan Papelbon, and on Thursday night he pulled the veteran closer in the ninth inning after Papelbon gave up a single and walk while trying to protect a three-run lead over the Giants.

Papelbon has 19 saves but suffered two losses in the last week, giving up a combined six runs in those games. With the Nationals battling the Cubs for the best record in the National League, Baker did not want to risk another setback.

“I’m sure he felt badly, but I had to do what I had to do to win the ballgame,” Baker said. “I’m sure that Pap didn’t like it, but I’m sure that he understands.”

Oliver Perez took over and allowed a walk to load the bases. That was followed by a grounder to third that looked like it could be a game-ending double play, but a defensive miscue at second allowed all runners to advance without an out. Perez then struck out Denard Span, and Shawn Kelley was called on for the final out, which he got by striking out Angel Pagan.

Papelbon, whose fastball topped out at 91 mph once, took the team-first approach after the 4-2 win.

“The object is to win the game,” the former Red Sox closer said. “Do what you can do to win the game.”

Added Papelbon: “Turn the page and prepare like you always have every day and go out and be successful. You can’t help the outcome or worry about it, you just go like you do every day.”

— Speaking publicly for the first time since his NFL suspension for substance abuse was lifted this week, Browns receiver Josh Gordon insisted he’s learned from his mistakes.

“I definitely think I’m a different person,” he told reporters in Berea, Ohio, where the team’s training camp began. “If you haven’t changed over a period of time, it’s definitely a bad thing. I think me standing here is a testament to that.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Chris Sale apologizes for outburst, says he wants to stay with White Sox 07.26.16 at 8:16 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at White Sox, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rays at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, United States vs. China, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

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Chris Sale

Chris Sale

— White Sox pitcher Chris Sale apologized to his teammates and fans for cutting up the team’s throwback uniforms Saturday — an act that earned him a five-game suspension — and insisted he does not want to be traded.

“I want to win a championship in Chicago. That’s been my goal from Day 1,” Sale told MLB.com on Monday in his first public comments about the incident. “It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it’s not easy winning a championship. There’s a lot that goes into it.

“Our main focus should be winning. I know that every single player comes in ready to win every day. I can’t speak on anybody else. … I don’t think I would be traded. I don’t know for sure. I don’t know what they are thinking now or what’s going on.”

Sale explained that he had issues with the throwbacks, especially the 1976 version he was slated to wear Saturday when he was to pitch against the Tigers. The ’76 jerseys are untucked, and Sale said he was not comfortable pitching in that style for the first time. He took his complaint to pitching coach Don Cooper and manager Robin Ventura, and when he did not get his way, returned to the clubhouse and cut up his jersey and a few others so that the team could not wear them.

“When I saw that there was something in the way of that 100 percent winning mentality, I had an issue,” said Sale, who acknowledged losing his cool with Ventura. “I tried to bring it up and say, ‘Hey listen, these are my thoughts and concerns,’ and they got pushed away because of the business deal that was set in place. I’ll never understand why we need to do something on the business side on the field that might impede us winning a game.

“[The ’76 uniforms] are uncomfortable and unorthodox. I didn’t want to go out there and not be at the top of my game in every aspect that I need to be in. Not only that, but I didn’t want anything to alter my mechanics. … There’s a lot of different things that went into it. Looking bad had absolutely zero to do with it. Nothing.”

Ventura, who insisted he “didn’t put promotion in front of winning,” decided to scratch Sale and send him home. When his suspension ends, he’ll take the mound Thursday against the Cubs.

“I’m going to show up on Thursday and do what I’ve always done. That’s get ready to play baseball and put everything I got into winning that game,” said Sale, who is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA. “I know my teammates are, too. So that’s all that matters to me. It’s unfortunate it got to this point.”

Sale added that he has regret for missing his start and not being able to be there for his teammates, but he still believes in his point.

“Do I regret standing up for what I believe in? Absolutely not,” he said. “Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning? Absolutely not.”

— Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will get another chance to prove he can stay out of trouble, as the NFL conditionally reinstated him for this season — minus the first four games.

Gordon, who has been suspended since February 2015 following multiple violations of the league substance-abuse policy, can take part in all team activities once he meets clinical requirements.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Troubled QB Johnny Manziel reportedly living with suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon 04.12.16 at 8:20 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Grizzlies at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris Saint-Germain at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Johnny Manziel saga took another twist Monday, as Broncos star Von Miller denied Manziel’s claim that they have been living together while Manziel hopes to land a job in Denver. Instead, reports emerged that Manziel actually has been staying in a Hollywood apartment with suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon — who apparently failed another drug test last month.

Manziel was interviewed by a TMZ reporter outside a Hollywood nightclub over the weekend, and the former Browns quarterback said, “Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller. My brother. I’m living with him right now. We’re getting our lives together.”

Responded Miller on an Instagram post: Johnny’s not staying with me but he is my BROTHER! Like I’ve said a thousand times, I got his back no matter what!

Gordon, who was suspended for the entire 2015 season after repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy, reportedly had traces of marijuana and a diluting substance in his system when he took a league-administered test in March.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in January. Per league policy, he must prove sustained abstinence during his suspension.

— Montee Ball, the former Broncos running back who briefly joined the Patriots last season, is in trouble again. The former Wisconsin star was arrested in Whitewater, Wisconsin, over the weekend for violating his bail conditions.

Ball had been ordered not to be in a bar or drink alcohol, but he was spotted at the 841 Brewhouse tavern Saturday night. When police caught up with him he was no longer in the bar and he denied drinking, but police detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. Ball refused a breathalyzer or blood test and was taken to jail. He is due back in court Tuesday afternoon.

Ball is facing two domestic violence charges made by two women.

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Browns WR Josh Gordon will have to apply for reinstatement after 1-year suspension 02.04.15 at 9:23 am ET
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Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended by the league Tuesday for violating the NFL’€™s substance-abuse program. It’€™s the third suspension of his career, and it’€™s the longest, as he is to be kept out for at least one year without pay. Gordon will have to apply for reinstatement.

Gordon has not yet decided whether he will appeal this suspension, as he said in a public letter he posted last week.

“As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. “Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization. Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him.

“Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League.”

In the 2013 season, even though he only played 14 games, Gordon led the league with 1,646 receiving yards. He was not able to repeat that performance, though, as he was suspended for the first 10 games of this past season after initially being suspended indefinitely. After the league revised its drug policy, the ban was trimmed to 10 games. But while waiting for an appeal, Gordon was arrested for a DUI and traffic violations in North Carolina and Ohio, respectively.

He checked himself into rehab for a short stint, but, according to coach Mike Pettine, Gordon was late for meetings and was suspended for the Browns’€™ season finale for not attending a walk-through before the team’€™s flight.

In addition, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel checked into rehab last week.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Lewis calls out Patriots again, questions ‘integrity of this game’ 01.26.15 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at NC Central, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Army at American, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Lewis is at it again, criticizing the Patriots and questioning their integrity.

Lewis, now an ESPN analyst after retiring from the Ravens, said during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl pregame show that the Patriots should have an asterisk for their alleged role in Deflategate.

“Every time we talk about the Patriots, you have the Patriots fans … you get all the talk about the jealous of them and all that. I won two Super Bowls, I’ve been Defensive Player of the Year, I’ve been MVP of the Super Bowl, I’ve went to New England and won … so I’€™m not jealous of them at all,” Lewis said.

“But the integrity of this game. Marshawn Lynch … the league clearly said to him, ‘If you come out of the tunnel with those shoes on, we will not only suspend you for this game, but we will suspend you for the Super Bowl.’ Now we’€™re back at another place where we let a team go into an AFC championship, and if it’s proven that they played with deflated balls … because if it’€™s not cheating, then the Colts should have had the same option to play with the same balls. So we’€™re at a place now where we’€™re going to celebrate an organization once again, put an asterisk by it, because they went into a championship game.

“The integrity of this game! That’€™s not the way you go into games trying to win football games.”

Lewis was criticized earlier this month when he claimed that the tuck rule is “the only reason we know who Tom Brady is.” He later issued a “clarification” in which he praised Brady’s accomplishments and called him “one of the all-time greats.”

— After reportedly failing another drug test, troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a one-year suspension from the league.

“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement Sunday. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan ‘not afraid of what lies ahead’ 12.29.14 at 8:24 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 2 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Toledo at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Francisco at St. Mary’s, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Liberty Bowl, Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Clemson, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Texas Bowl, Arkansas vs. Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Swansea City at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan reportedly was to have a Monday morning meeting with Jets owner Woody Johnson, when the coach would be relieved of his duties after six seasons at the helm.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday night that Johnson would move quickly to fire Ryan as well as general manager John Idzik.

“I think we all expect what’s going to happen is going to happen,” Ryan said Sunday, adding: “Just understand that I’m not afraid of anything. I’m not afraid of what lies ahead, I can tell you that.”

The Jets gave Ryan a nice sendoff with a 37-24 victory over the Dolphins in Miami, leaving his career record (including playoffs) at 50-52.

“Deep down everybody was playing for him,” linebacker Calvin Pace said. “It’s only right to send him out with a win.”

Said David Harris: “He is one of us. He makes it fun to come to work every day, no matter what the situation.”

On the Jets’ first play from scrimmage Sunday, Ryan called the same play that Joe Namath and the Jets used in their Super Bowl III upset of the Colts in Miami, a rush to the left side.

“That was a tribute to the real Jets fans out there,” Ryan said. “I told the team it would work for three yards and it went for seven. So who says I don’t know anything about offense?”

Jim Harbaugh is done in San Francisco, reaching a mutual agreement to leave the 49ers after the team’s disappointing 2014 season.

Harbaugh had one year remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract.

“Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” CEO Jed York said. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history.”

Harbaugh ends his tenure with a 49-22-1 record, including a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season.

“It’s been the time of my life,” Harbaugh said after Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the Cardinals left the 49ers with an 8-8 record. “Been a lot of great memories, great moments. … It’s been a tremendous four years, it’s been a pleasure to work and serve for this organization. I feel great about what we accomplished.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees irate at Rays after Derek Jeter gets hit again 09.17.14 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals, at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Prior to Tuesday night game in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Rays honored Derek Jeter on the Yankees captain’s final trip to Tropicana Field. However, things deteriorated a few hours later.

Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

In Jeter’s final at-bat, he was hit on the hands by an eighth-inning pitch from reliever Steven Geltz. The Yankees retaliated in the bottom of the inning, as David Phelps threw a brushback pitch at Kevin Kiermaier, leading to the benches emptying.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was ejected after arguing with the umpire and then yelling at Geltz after Jeter’s HBP, voiced his frustration with the Yankees being hit five times in the past four games against Tampa Bay (with no Rays being hit during that time). Jeter was the victim twice, while Chase Headley missed four games after taking a ball off the chin.

“I don’€™t know what they expect; you hit five of our guys in four games, you don’€™t think we’€™ll be pissed?” Girardi said. “I’€™m tired of my guys getting hit and where they’€™re getting hit. I’€™m tired of it. If you’€™re going to pitch inside, learn how to pitch inside.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understood the Yankees’ point of view.

“I really don’€™t blame the Yankees for being upset right there,” Maddon said. “We’€™ve hit a couple of their guys — obviously none of it intentional. It’€™s called baseball. It happens once in a while.”

MASHUP POLL: With Derek Jeter in an 0-for-26 slump and the Yankees still in the playoff hunt, should the team bench the retiring legend?

  • No, he's earned the right to be in the lineup for the final two weeks of his career (57%, 243 Votes)
  • Yes, the focus has to be on making the playoffs, and he is hurting the team's chances (43%, 187 Votes)

Total Voters: 430

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Jeter’s slump continues, as the shortstop — who was benched Monday — is without a hit in his last 26 at-bats after his 0-for-2 effort Tuesday. He was down 0-2 in the count when he was hit, and the fading Yankees lost the game 6-1. New York is 1-5 on this road trip, scoring just seven runs in the six games.

Said Phelps: “I think our team as a whole is frustrated about a whole lot of stuff right now.”

— Hours after singer Rihanna blasted CBS for pulling her music video last week in the wake of the Ray Rice incident, the network announced that it would no longer include her as part of its intro.

Rihanna, who was the victim in a domestic incident involving singer Chris Brown in 2009, had recorded a special version of the song “Run This Town” for the network. CBS did not use the video last week, instead spending more time discussing the Rice situation.

Rihanna took that as an insult, and she lashed out at the network via Twitter, writing: CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, [expletive] you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.

CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle released a statement shortly thereafter, reading: “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open. We will be using our newly created ‘Thursday Night Football’ theme music to open our game broadcast.”

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Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon to work with Ohio auto dealer during NFL suspension 09.05.14 at 11:25 am ET
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Josh Gordon

Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will spend the 2014 season as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio, according to a Cleveland.com report.

Gordon, who was suspended the entire season by the NFL for a repeat violation of the league’€™s substance-abuse policy, will have a variety of tasks during his 40-hour work week at the dealership. He will also work on community service projects, such as the Wounded Warrior Project for veterans.

“He’s going to put his time in,” said Jeff Sarchione, who co-owns the dealership. “He’ll be everything from a salesman to attaching himself at the hip with my brother and just learning the automotive business from top to bottom.”

The job is a far cry from what Gordon did with the Browns in 2013. After coming back from a four-game suspension, he led the league in receiving yards despite playing with multiple backup quarterbacks.

Initially, Gordon tried to play in the Canadian Football League this year, but his contract with the Browns did not allow him to join a team in that league. Gordon is also not allowed to attend Browns practices or events, or even talk with his team. Browns coach Mike Pettine said he did not initially know about Gordon’s new job.

“We’re just finding that out as well,” Pettine said. “That’s something I don’t really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here. … Internally we want what’s best for him. We just hope for that to occur.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets CB Dimitri Patterson denies team’s claim he was AWOL 08.29.14 at 8:02 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:10 p.m. (WGN)
College football: BYU at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Bowling Green at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Texas-San Antonio at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Colorado State at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College football: UNLV at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Dynamo at Sporting KC, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: US Open, 11 .m. (Tennis Channel), 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri Patterson

— Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was suspended by the team Tuesday for the rest of the preseason, is disputing the team’s claim that he was AWOL for 48 hours.

Jets general manager John Idzik said Patterson did not show up for last Friday’s game against the Giants and did not speak to anyone with the team directly until meeting with Idzik and coach Rex Ryan on Sunday night. Agent Drew Rosenhaus let the team know Saturday that Patterson was OK but provided very little information.

Patterson has not explained his absence, but he apparently does not consider it a major issue.

“As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false,” Patterson said Thursday in a statement to ESPN. “My agent reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours prior to Friday night’s game. My commitment to the Jets organization and to my teammates has never been an issue and never will be an issue.”

The Jets, despite already thin at defensive back, reportedly might part ways with the 31-year-old. Following Thursday’s 37-7 preseason loss the Eagles, coach Rex Ryan deferred comment on the situation.

“I’m not going to address it until Monday,” Ryan said.

— USC coach Steve Sarkisian, who already has had to divert hit attention from practice this week due to the Josh Shaw situation, found himself dealing with another distraction Thursday.

Running back Anthony Brown, who quit the team a week ago, ripped his former coach, saying Sarkisian treated him “like a slave in his office,” and Brown “couldn’t play for a racist man.”

The comments caught Sarkisian by surprise.

“If you ask anybody in our building, any of our players … that’s about the furthest thing from the truth,” Sarkisian said. “Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”

Brown, who was switching from cornerback this season, was limited to two games last year due to ankle injuries. He missed most of training camp with a hyperextended elbow and was listed as sixth on the depth chart.

“I had encouraged him to play,” Sarkisian said. “I wanted him to play. I didn’t want him to quit, and I thought he could get healthy.”

— Browns receiver Josh Gordon, whose yearlong suspension was upheld by the NFL on Wednesday, will not able to play in the Canadian Football League this season as he reportedly indicated he would like to do.

A CFL rule in place since 2006 does not allow suspended NFL players under contract to play north of the border.

According to a CFL spokesman, Gordon could only play if he were to be released by the Browns and become a free agent.

Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season (despite being suspended for two games), was banned for another violation of the league’s substance-abuse program. He is not allowed to practice with the team or attend meetings.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 29, 2000, Pedro Martinez had a perfect game for eight innings in a beanball-marred game in Tampa. Which Devil Rays hitter — a former Red Sox player — ended the bid with a single to open the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.” — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in announcing tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence

STAT OF THE DAY: 46 — Consecutive batters retired by Giants pitcher Yesmeiro Petit, a major league record, before Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles hit a double Wednesday night to end the streak

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Alex Avila delivers a walkoff hit in the ninth to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a nice leaping catch at the wall.

In a strange play from Thursday’s Angels-Athletics game, Angels baserunner Erick Aybar is awarded first base after colliding with A’s pitcher Dan Otero.

Johnny Manziel leads an aerobics class in a Snickers commercial.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Catcher John Flaherty

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Michael Jackson was born on this day in 1958.

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