With Deion Branch back with the Patriots for his second go-round, we looked for other instances in the past decade in which sports figures returned to jobs with Boston-area sports teams after a stint elsewhere (including retirement). From Ellis Burks to Glen Murray to Doug Flutie to Antoine Walker to Bill Belichick and others, the list features some successful returns and others that did not go quite as well. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, whose offensive treatment at the hands of the Jets created major controversy last month, said she will not go into NFL locker rooms and instead interview players on the field or sideline. Sainz, who is scheduled to visit the Patriots soon, spoke Thursday at a news conference in Los Angeles. "I'm not going into the locker rooms anymore," she said. "It's not a good place right now for me. I don't want to be in there."

 

Forbes magazine has a list of baseball's "Best Teams for the Buck." The Padres, who recorded 90 wins with a payroll of just $37.8 million (29th in MLB), top the list, with the Rangers and Rays close behind. The Red Sox did not make the cut.

 

Also in baseball news, former Rangers managing partner George W. Bush is enjoying the team's success this fall. The New York Times has some interesting anecdotes about Bush's time leading the Rangers, collected from other owners and former commissioner Fay Vincent.

 

A transgender woman is suing the LPGA after being banned from the women's world championship in long-drive golf due to a rule that competitors must be female at birth. Lana Lawless, a 57-year-old retired police officer who had gender-reassignment surgery in 2005, won the event in 2008. But the organization that oversees the competition, Long Drivers of America, this year has decided to match the LPGA's policy, ruling out Lawless. "There is no such thing as born female," Lawless said.

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reached a couple of milestones in Monday night's loss to the Jets — 500 touchdown passes, 70,000 passing yards — but much of the postgame discussion was about the accusations of sexual harassment against him. He refused to answer the questions. Meanwhile, Jenn Sterger, the Jets TV host who allegedly was on the receiving end of X-rated text messages from Favre, reportedly is keeping quiet about the situation and might be in line for a payout from the QB to stay that way.

With athletes' bad behavior a repetitive theme recently, we decided to look through the archives for stories about local stars who had run-ins with the law. For Monday's LEEInks List, we've got 10 memorable occasions of Boston athletes of the last three decades who were arrested. Check it out at the LEEInks blog.

The corked bat that Sammy Sosa used in a Cubs game in 2003 has resurfaced, thanks to former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who is selling it through an online auction house. Remlinger, who grew up in Plymouth and attended Dartmouth College, was a pitcher for the Cubs when Sosa used the bat during a game and broke it while hitting a ground ball. Remlinger found the bat under some equipment and tucked it away in an effort to protect the slugger. He said no one from the league came looking for it.

The Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club appeared ready for merger under the roof of the current Red Sox ownership New England Sports Ventures (NESV) after the Liverpool board of directors voted unanimously 3-2 to sell the English Premier League club for the bargain basement purchasing fee of £300 million (just over $476 million U.S.



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It's the baseball postseason, which means umpires' blown calls are magnified and calls for instant replay get louder and louder. In Thursday night's Twins-Yankees game, home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt struggled with the strike zone and ejected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire for bringing it to his attention. In Game 2 of the Rangers-Rays game, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was tossed for complaining about an apparent missed check swing call that proved to be a turning point. Now, reports are emerging that the players union has requested an offseason meeting to discuss the umpiring problem.

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.