In Wednesday night's Yankees-Rays game, Derek Jeter gave an Oscar-worthy performance faking injury after a pitch hit his bat and not his arm as he indicated. At USA Today, Mike Lopresti continues the debate about whether Jeter is a cheater or a gamer. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that it wouldn't have been that big a deal if Jeter hadn't oversold the call and accepted medical treatment.

Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was the subject of some critical comments from Joe Namath after New York's Monday night loss to the Ravens. The former quarterback said Edwards "can't catch the ball ... or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches." On Wednesday, Edwards responded. While he said he respected the Jets legend, Edwards was not pleased, saying: "Tell him next time he's here, stop by my locker and tell me that." And in other Jets news, coach Rex Ryan said he volunteered to speak to the NFL about the Ines Sainz incident.

On Wednesday, the Heisman Trophy Trust announced that the 2005 Heisman Trophy -- forfeited by former USC running back Reggie Bush on Tuesday -- will remain vacated.

 

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.

Columnist Jay Mariotti is being charged with seven misdemeanors in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend last month. The writer, suspended by AOL FanHouse after his arrest, will be arraigned Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom on two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s purse.

Jets coaches and players are being investigated for inappropriate behavior toward a female reporter who was at the team’s practice Saturday. Ines Sainz of Mexico’s TV Azteca was at practice to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez when Thurman and others allegedly overthrew passes during drills so the balls would land near her. After practice, when Sainz entered the locker room, several players reportedly hooted and hollered.

Lakers guard Ron Artest talked to East Los Angeles middle school students Thursday about his long history of mental issues and encouraged them to seek counseling to work through their own troubles. He also said he's considering auctioning off his NBA championship ring and donating the money to mental health care. Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.

In a repeat of the Red Sox' Manny Ramirez controversy of a few years ago, three Mets players — Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo — skipped the team's visit to wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on Tuesday. Check Thursday Morning's Mashup for the details on the latest embarrassing situation in the Mets' forgettable season.

United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin announced his four wild-card picks on Monday, choosing Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods.

 

Roger Clemens' attorneys will be back in court Wednesday morning, this time in a New York courtroom. They will be there for oral arguments to address Clemens' motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his former trainer Brian McNamee for defamation, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It's not clear how the situation will be affected by the judge's gag order on Clemens' federal case.