The sports gossip website Deadspin indicated that it plans to publish X-rated photos of quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday. The site claims the photos were sent from Favre's cell phone to Jets TV host Jenn Sterger in 2008, when Favre played in New York. Deadspin also promised to post voicemails from Favre in which he comes on to Sterger. Read more about that story, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

The Titans were penalized 10 times for 111 yards on Sunday in a 26-20 loss to the Broncos, and then Tennessee was on the receiving end of some criticisms from Denver players and coaches. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Titans "cheap" after the game, and coach Josh McDaniels followed up on Monday by implying the team is taught to play dirty, saying, "You either coach it or you allow it to happen." Titans coach Jeff Fisher denied the charges.

According a new report, Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tested for high levels of a chemical that is found in plastic IV bags. Contador, who last month blamed tainted beef for the existence of high levels of the banned drug clenbuterol, has yet to come up with an explanation for the existence of a plasticizer in his urine.

 

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell's par on the 17th hole at Celtic Manor gave him a 2-up victory over Hunter Mahan and proved to be the clinching point for Europe in the first-ever Monday finish at the Ryder Cup.

 

Europe won the matches by a 14.5-13.5 final, and have now won six of the last eight Ryder Cups. The Americans won in 1999 at Brookline and two years ago at Valhalla. The U.S. has not won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993.

 

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber was booed during his introduction at halftime of New York's win over the Bears on Sunday night. Barber was one of 30 inductees into the team's Ring of Honor, but his recent critical comments of coach Tom Coughlin did not sit well with the fans. Get additional details on that story and others, plus videos, trivia and more assorted minutiae, at Monday's Morning Mashup.

With the United States' Ryder Cup team trailing the Europeans, NBC Analyst Brad Faxon broke down what has happened to the US in Newport, Wales, saying "The European team this year is as strong as they've ever had." The U.S. team entered the final day trailing the Europeans, 9 1/2-6 1/2.

 

"We're getting spanked,"  observed Faxon.

 

As part of a plea deal with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, sports columnist Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence Thursday and was sentenced to three years probation and 40 hours of community labor. Mariotti was arrested in August after allegedly pushing and grabbing his girlfriend. Read more about that story, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.

Just another day of controversy in the cycling world. Tour de France 2010 winner Alberto Contador tested positive for a banned substance on the final rest day of the event, according to his spokesman. Contador, a three-time winner, blames it on tainted food. Meanwhile, friends of Lance Armstrong are being called to testify before a grand jury investigating doping in the sport.

 

While a rumored Carmelo Anthony trade appears to be losing steam to the point of being dead, the Knicks are denying accusations of tampering with the Nuggets forward. New York was not involved in the reported four-team deal, but the Knicks come into play because Anthony has expressed an interest in making Madison Square Garden his new home, and he becomes a free agent next offseason — assuming he doesn't sign a contract extension with a team that might acquire him in a trade. Anthony spent last week hanging around with new Knick Amar'e Stoudemire.

And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team's lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays' loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: "It's kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place?