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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Bronco Shannon Sharpe, Denver Police troll Patriots 01.25.16 at 7:58 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.

NHL: Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sabres at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Timberwolves at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Alabama A&M at Southern, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Davidson at Richmond, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Lafayette at Bucknell, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Shannon Sharpe reveled in the Broncos' win over the Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Shannon Sharpe reveled in the Broncos‘ win over the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

— Former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe does not have the same platform he once had, as he was fired as a CBS analyst two years ago, so he’s taken to Twitter to express his pleasure at Patriots fans’ disappointment following Sunday’s AFC championship game.

Sharpe, who took shots at Tom Brady and the Patriots after the Broncos‘ overtime win during the regular season, was back at it after Sunday’s AFC championship game, taunting New Englanders to tweet at him so he could fire off insults in return.

While Sharpe’s uncreative comments showed the likely reason he was dismissed by CBS, the Hall of Famer kept busy firing off insults. Among his highlights:

Pats would’ve had a healthy Brady, Gronk, Collins, Hightower Amendola and Edleman.They would’ve destroyed the Broncos. Wait they did.

I’m a concerned citizen. @POTUS we need as many men as you can spare because the Broncos killed the Pats. SB 50 bound. Run tell dat.

In the famous words of coach Belichick. Broncos are on to SB 50

Sharpe eventually acknowledged respecting what the Patriots have accomplished, but he doesn’t like the excuses the fans make when the Pats lose, and he doesn’t care for some of the obnoxious comments from the fan base.

Wrote Sharpe: Don’t believe I’ll see what Pats have done in 15yrs again, but some of their fans are disrespectful. And: Respect the tm, but won’t let fans attack me.

The Denver Police got in on the trolling as well, tweeting the Patriots for their lack of offense in the first half of Sunday’s game. Tweeted the department’s official feed next to an emoji of a winking face: MISSING PERSONS unit heading to @SportsAuthField to try & locate Patriots Offense. GO @Broncos.

— Longtime Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan returned to ESPN on Sunday, after reportedly being suspended for comments he made about NBA analyst Mark Jackson.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon defends Robinson Cano after criticism from Yankees coach 02.19.14 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Suns, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Cincinnati at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Louis at George Mason, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Creighton at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Houston at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: TCU at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: La Salle at Dayton, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Arizona at Utah, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona State at Colorado, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico at UNLV, 11:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Men’s hockey quarterfinal, Finland vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s curling semifinal, 9 a.m. (MSNBC)
Olympics: Women’s figure skating, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey quarterfinal, United States vs. Czech Republic, noon (USA)
Olympics: Men’s hockey quarterfinal, Canada vs. Latvia, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (MSNBC)
Olympics: Women’s speedskating, men’s cross-country, women’s cross-country, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling semifinal, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Women’s figure skating, men’s Alpine, women’s bobsled, men’s snowboarding, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s biathlon, women’s biathlon, 1 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s Nordic combined, women’s curling bronze medal game, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)


— A day after Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long made comments about Robinson Cano being unable to break his habit of loafing it to first base during his time in New York, Cano’s new manager with the Mariners defended his second baseman.

“I was very disappointed,” Lloyd McClendon said. “I’ve been in this game a long time, particularly at the major league level. And one thing I was taught was you worry about your players and getting them ready. I didn’t know [Long] was the spokesman for the New York Yankees.”

Long had many good things to say about Cano — who left the Yankees to sign a $240 million deal with Seattle this offseason — but he noted that the team could not convince him to run hard to first all the time.

“I just said he loafed sometimes,” Long said. “I’ve said 9,000 good things about him. He just had one issue.”

Cano didn’t seem too offended, telling the New York Post that Long texted him to make sure there were no hard feelings, and, “I told him, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ ”

McClendon said he wants all of his players to play hard, but as a former player, he understands why sometimes they don’t.

“My talk with Robbie was real simple,” McClendon said. “I expect all my players, including Robinson, to give me a fair effort down the line. I’€™m not too far removed from playing. I could remember the days when I hit a pop-up and I’€™m pissed off and you don’€™t run to first. Is that dogging it? I don’€™t think so.

“There’€™s a human element that comes with this game. You roll over, hit a ground ball to second base, your head drops, you’€™re a little disappointed. In the big scheme of things, would I rather have a guy out there for 160 games, hitting .300 and driving in over 100? I’€™ll take that.”

— CBS Sports announced Tuesday that retiring Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will be joining “The NFL Today” pregame show, and veteran analysts Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are no longer part of the crew.

James Brown will continue to host, and panelists Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason are sticking around.

“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. “As a future Hall of Famer, we are excited for him to share his knowledge, experiences and opinions with our viewers. Tony was one of the most respected and hardworking players in the NFL and a tremendous teammate. We look forward to him bringing these attributes to CBS Sports.”

Added McManus: “While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of ‘The NFL Today’ for more than a decade. Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best.”

— Veteran major league reliever Tim Byrdak is looking for a job, and he’s taking an unconventional route to get one. The 39-year-old lefty, a 12-year MLB veteran who spent the past three seasons with the Mets but was limited to eight games in 2013 due to injuries, posted a picture of a note on Twitter. The note reads:

Attention: MLB GMs

For sale, late model LHR, high mileage but VERY serviceable! Doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of newer models (i.e. 97 mph) however I can still break a pane of glass with my fastball! Comes with warranty, too (I will sign medical release!!!). Please call ASAP. I am driving my wife crazy being home during spring training.

Thank you,
Tim Byrdak


ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 19, 1972, which Bruin became the first player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season three times when he assisted on a goal in a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota North Stars?

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LEEInks List: Memorable slip-ups by sports media personalities 10.05.10 at 9:07 am ET
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While fans prefer their sports reporters and commentators to have personality, there have been a few times in recent years that the public has witnessed certain journalists in situations that are a little too personal.

Whether it’€™s getting drunk and spouting out expletives or starting a domestic dispute with a significant other, some sports reporters seem to forget that they are constantly in the public eye.

From the raunchy to the just plain rude, here is a list of 10 memorable slip-ups by sports journalist in the past five years.

10. Bob Griese

The ESPN broadcaster and former Dolphins quarterback was suspended one week in October 2009 for a remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

During ESPN’s broadcast of the Minnesota-Ohio State game one Saturday, a graphic was shown listing the top five drivers in NASCAR’s points race. Fellow analyst Chris Spielman asked where was Montoya, who is Colombian.

Griese replied that he was “out having a taco.”

After the incident, ESPN addressed Griese, and network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Griese “understands the comment was inappropriate.” He apologized twice on air for the remark.


9. Tony Kornheiser

In February, Kornheiser, a host of ESPN’€™s ‘€œPardon the Interruption,’€ was given a two-week suspension for comments he made regarding ESPN co-worker Hannah Storm‘€™s wardrobe choices.

Kornheiser’s criticisms included a “way too short” plaid skirt, “red go-go boots” and a “very, very tight shirt” that looked like “she had sausage casing wrapping around her upper body.”

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Restraining order against Shannon Sharpe dropped 09.16.10 at 3:38 pm ET
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A restraining order against former NFL star and current TV analyst Shannon Sharpe was withdrawn Wednesday in Fulton County, Georgia.

Michele Bundy, who was granted a temporary restraining order by the court against Sharpe earlier in the week, voluntarily withdrew the complaint.

Sharpe had taken a leave of absence from his work as a studio analyst on CBS until the case was resolved, but the network announced Thursday that Sharpe will return for Sunday.

“We are pleased that Shannon will be in his usual position with The NFL Today on Sunday,” CBS spokesperson LeslieAnn Wade said.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: CBS’ Shannon Sharpe to ‘step aside’ due to domestic situation 09.15.10 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 Mariners, 6:40 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ CBS Sports NFL analyst Shannon Sharpe announced he will “step aside” from his broadcasting duties while a domestic situation is addressed. Last week, Sharpe had a restraining order taken out against him for allegedly forcing a woman to have sex with him, stalking her and making multiple threats on her life. A hearing has been scheduled Monday in an Atlanta court. Sharpe, a former standout tight end with the Broncos and Ravens, appeared on “NFL Today” last weekend, but with more details emerging, he announced that he decided to step aside “until this matter is resolved.”

‘™¦ Reggie Bush announced Tuesday that he will forfeit his Heisman Trophy. Chris Dufresne at The Los Angeles Times writes that the former USC star still needs to make a public apology for the NCAA violations that led to this.

‘™¦ With the latest accusations against a John Calipari-coached player ‘€” this time its former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe involved in a grading controversy ‘€” Pete Thamel in The New York Times writes about Calipari’s past looming larger at Kentucky.

‘™¦ Chuck Culpepper in The New York Times has a feature on former Harvard guard Jeremy Lin as the player prepares for training camp with the Warriors.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 15, 1979, which Red Sox player hit for the cycle (in order, no less) and in the process became the first player in major league history to hit for the cycle in both leagues?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The rapport that I have here with this organization, the coaching staff and the fan base, it’s a lot of positives out there when dealing with me. I don’t really want to try to make it an individual thing, but I guess it has been over the last couple of days.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 ‘€” Seasons with 30 or more home runs for David Ortiz, tying him for second with Manny Ramirez (behind Ted Williams‘ eight) for most in Red Sox history

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s the latest gruesome sports injury ‘€” a soccer player breaking his ankle.

A high school football player loses a battle with a goalpost.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Country legend Roy Acuff, who died in 1992, was born on this day in 1903.

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