Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, who retired in April after reportedly testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, apparently wants to return to baseball. Winston Llenas, president of the Cibao Eagles in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Ramirez has expressed a desire to play for his former team in his home country. Llenas said the 39-year-old wants to "play before the Dominican fans and to perhaps motivate other major league stars to also play in the country."

Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, who lines up opposite standout Calvin Johnson, is comparing his team's passing game to the undefeated Patriots of 2007, who featured Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Explained Burleson to the NFL Network (via profootballtalk.com): "This year I'm going to try to be the black Wes Welker. I'm going to get as many catches in the slot or on the outside opposite Calvin because he's going to attract a lot of attention all year."

Following Sunday's announcement that Syracuse and Pittsburgh will be leaving the Big East for the ACC, there are rumors that UConn wants to follow, with Rutgers speculated to be going as well. UConn president Susan Herbst preached patience but added: "It is my responsibility as president that we stay in constant communication and be actively involved in discussions with our counterparts from around the country to ensure the successful long-term future of our university's athletic program."

Brian McNamee, the personal trainer who is the key to the Roger Clemens steroid case, was named general manager of an indoor baseball complex in New York, as he attempts to return to coaching the sport he loves. "This is what I haven't been able to do for 3-4 years, and I'm glad to be back at it," McNamee told the New York Daily News.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, who was the target of catcalls from Jets players at a practice last season, stopped by New York's practice Wednesday, accompanied by the team's public relations director as she stood along the sideline for the 30-minute portion of the workout out to the media. "Today's visit was business as usual," PR man Bruce Speight said. "She is welcome anytime." Sainz previously had downplayed the 2010 incident after the firestorm it created, insisting, "For me, nothing happened. … I never wanted to cause any problems."

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden revealed Tuesday that he was diagnosed with prostrate cancer (and successfully treated) in 2007, but he kept it secret because he was afraid opposing coaches would use it against him in recruiting. "People used to get on me that 'He's too old; he's 77 -- ought not even be coaching,' " Bowden said. "Now you add cancer to that and I didn't have a chance." The 81-year-old Bowden now says it's "my moral duty to bring it out in the open."

Despite increased security at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sunday night because of the 9/11 anniversary and the appearance of former President George W. Bush, there was an altercation in the stands in which a man used a Taser gun to injure three people.

The NBA might be close to resolving its labor dispute, if you believe reports of a text message from union president Derek Fisher. According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, the Lakers guard texted some players last week telling them to be physically prepared in case the season starts on time. This was one of a few signs that the sides might finally be close to a breakthrough.

This isn’t a story about healing. It’s not about politics or war. It’s simply a story about someone I used to know.

It’s odd that I can vividly remember so much about that day, but I can’t remember how I found out about Marty – only that he was in one of the Towers.



PAUL FLANNERY

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Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Everett was arrested last week on family violence charges in Texas, the latest run-in with the law for the controversial baseball player. The 40-year-old, who was arrested in April for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife's head, was taken into custody last Friday morning at the home he shares with his wife in Colleyville, Texas. He was charged with assaulting and injuring a family member.