Elite agent Scott Boras is in the middle of a controversy involving baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic, and he could face sanctions from the Major League Baseball Players Association. Boras' company allegedly provided tens of thousands of dollars in loans and payments to families of teenage prospects in an effort to secure them as clients. However, there are restrictions on such behavior, and it's up to the players union to determine if Boras crossed the line.

Last week, Jets coach Rex Ryan challenged fans to get to their seats by kickoff and help his team get off to a fast start. Apparently, the fans didn't realize Ryan also would like them to stay until the finish. Thousands of fans headed for the exits after the Jets squandered a fourth-quarter lead Sunday vs. the Texans, and they missed the Jets' game-winning touchdown drive engineered by Mark Sanchez. Meanwhile, the news got worse for five Jets fans who were sent to the hospital after an escalator accident at the Secaucus train station.

Red Sox owner John Henry has hired Damien Comolli, a friend of A's general manager Billy Beane, to do a "Moneyball"-style analysis of his new soccer team, but there is skepticism that it will work with Liverpool FC. "I don't think there's a business anywhere in the world which is not using metrics, not as a template for success but as a tool," Beane insisted.

The Jets are 5-0 on the road but just 2-2 at home. Rex Ryan hopes to change that trend, starting with Sunday's game vs. the Texans, and he's asking for the fans' help. The Jets coach on Wednesday said he wants his team to get off to a fast start, and the crowd can help by ending the tailgating early enough to be seated in the stadium before kickoff. "I’m just asking that we start tailgating earlier so by the time the introductions come out, we’ve got a butt in every seat," he said.

 

Generally speaking, I consider myself to be a guy with fairly middle-of-the-road, mainstream tastes. The stuff I like tends to be widely popular and the stuff I don’t usually isn’t. I don’t know if that makes me a follower or what, but I do know that typically I’m like a one-man focus group when it comes to gauging what the American public likes.



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The UConn women edged Baylor, 65-64, in a thriller Tuesday night in Hartford to improve their record winning streak to 80 games. UConn's surprise savior was Bria Hartley, who was playing in just her second college game and missed her first six shots before hitting two 3-pointers and an inside basket down the stretch. Read more about that story, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody was not pleased after perusing the Internet following his team's overtime victory over the Browns on Sunday. The former Boston College and Patriots blocker did not appreciate people implying the Jets were more lucky than good. So, he tweeted: "Lots of haters out there calling us lucky ... will y'all please check tha stats of the game b4 drinkin tha Haterade."

 

It didn't take long for Amar'e Stoudemire to question what's going on at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks' prized free agent acquisition was livid after Sunday night's loss to the Rockets that came two days after a meltdown in Minnesota, where New York blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Timberwolves. "I don't understand why we're not playing with the urgency. ... It's almost as if it doesn't matter," Stoudemire said after the team's fifth straight loss. "Maybe it's the fact that the winning mentality has never been here. I'm used to winning.

In an effort to show their solidarity with the team, staffers of the Jets went outside together and did 30 pushups — 10 for each penalty committed by the team at Thursday's practice. Even fitness-oriented owner Woody Johnson joined in. "In this age of Rex [Ryan], this is so indicative of how people are willing to run through a wall for him," explained Jets executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins. The executive said fans now want to get on board as well, so a system is being developed to alert followers as to how many pushups to do each day.

Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation.