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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 7:49am  

Mashup: Ex-Jets QB Sanchez headed to Eagles?

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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1 p.m. (NESN) MLB preseason: Braves at Tigers, 1 p.m. (ESPN) MLB preseason: Giants at Brewers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB preseason: Phillies at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) NBA: Thunder at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA: Knicks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: NIT, Belmont at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: NIT, Southern Miss at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN) NHL: Red Wings at Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United vs. Manchester City, 3:45 p.m. (NBCSN)


– Three days after the Jets signed Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez, reports emerged Monday that Sanchez is likely to join the Eagles.

Philadelphia is said to be interested but first wants its medical staff to get a look at the quarterback’s surgically repaired right shoulder, as the 27-year-old Sanchez missed last season with a torn labrum.

Nick Foles is Philly’s starter, with the inexperienced Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne in reserve.

“That’s one of the positions we’ve always talked about having, a lot of depth, a lot of competition,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Monday at the NFL league meetings in Orlando (via “If there was an opportunity for us to add a player that we thought added competition, was a good player, we’d have to look at that.”

The New York Daily News reported that the Giants have showed interest as well, but Sanchez appears unlikely to remain in New York.

Sanchez had some success running a hurry-up offense in his first two years with the Jets, although he became turnover-prone when the talent around him dwindled. He finished his Jets career with a 36-31 record as a starter with 89 total touchdowns and 72 interceptions.

In a farewell letter to Jets fans Monday, Sanchez wrote, “It’s time to move on.”

“Playing quarterback for the New York Jets has been the thrill of my young career,” Sanchez wrote. “We shared some incredible moments together that I’€™ll never forget.

“There were some tough times, but mostly good times,” he added. “In the end, I know I gave you and the Jets everything I had to win the Lombardi Trophy. I only regret that we couldn’€™t bring it home for all of us to share.”

ESPN The Magazine polled 143 Major League Baseball players on a variety of topics, including which team they think will win the World Series. The defending champion Red Sox were fourth at 11 percent, trailing the Cardinals (19 percent), Tigers (18 percent) and Dodgers (15 percent), with the Nationals and Braves (7 percent each) just behind Boston.

Said one American League All-Star: “Boston still has a nice roster, but you have to think the Cardinals are just as good as last year, maybe a little better.”

The Yankees were ranked the most overhyped team at 44 percent, followed by the Dodgers (13 percent) and Angels (12 percent).

Said a National League outfielder: “The Yankees are the center of attention every year, so it’s fun to watch them when they’re going to be as bad as they will be this year. They’re just so old that there’s no way that lineup stays together. And even if they all stay healthy, it’s hard to see where guys aren’t tailing off.”

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was voted the most overrated player, garnering 24 percent of the vote, with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig second at 21 percent. Suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, of whom 51 percent of players said they would vote to kick out of the union, was the third most overrated player at 14 percent.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout (56 percent) was tabbed as the game’s best player, followed by Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (26 percent) and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (6 percent).

Asked if they agree with Yankees manager Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player, 81 percent responded in the affirmative. And the players said they believed 9.4 percent of MLB players are still taking performance-enhancing drugs.

– No entrant survived the first weekend in the Quicken Loans billion-dollar bracket challenge, and billionaire Warren Buffet, who was behind the contest, is disappointed.

“I would have preferred to see it go quite a bit longer,” he said in an interview Monday on the Dan Patrick Show. “Not all the way, but quite a bit longer.”

Buffet said he hopes to repeat the contest in 2015 but with some changes that will make it possible for people to stay in the pool longer.

“I think we’re going to come up with something better next year,” he said. “We’ll make it a lot easier to enter. There were some questions that were a little tough, I thought. We’ll make it easier to win, but I think we’ll have an exciting prize.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs by sending Mike Brumley and which player to Chicago?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My mind is pretty much the same. I’m still hungry.” – Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, at Monday’s press conference in Fort Myers, Fla., announcing his contract extension

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-11-2 – Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask‘s career record against the Canadiens, after Monday’s 2-1 shootout loss that ended Boston’s winning streak at 12 games

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Indians baserunner Jordan Smith slides about 10 feet short of second base, although he has time to get up and get to the bag safely on a wild pitch.

At the Triad All-Star Dunk Contest, North Carolina 6-footer Carlee Clemons dunks over two 6-foot-8 players and a 6-foot-9 player to boot.

Toronto welcomes back the Raptor mascot, who had been out with an injury.

Estonian soccer team Nomme Kaliju puts on a bowling-themed celebration after a goal.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dennis Eckersley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeff Healey, who died in 2008, was born on this day in 1966.

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