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.

A family of Patriots fans from New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the bosses of the old Giants Stadium based on a situation during last year's Patriots-Jets game. The suit alleges that Michelle Munoz, a 43-year-old mother, was sworn at, punched and eventually thrown over a row of seats for holding up a sign that read, "I love Tom Brady." Her 14-year-old daughter, wearing a Patriots jersey, also was the target of abuse. The family claims security ignored their pleas for help because they are Pats fans.

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show, PGA golfer Brad Faxon said that he expects Tiger Woods to be part of the United States Ryder Cup team when the group is announced by U.S. captain Corey Pavin Tuesday. "There's no way you can leave him off the team," said Faxon, who also identified J.B. Holmes, Zach Johnson, and Stewart Cink as the golfers he believes Pavin will choose to round out the team.
 

The American League West-leading Rangers were swept by the Central-leading Twins over the weekend, and Sunday's game ended in some controversy. The Rangers were rallying and had the game-tying run within 90 feet of home when third base coach Dave Anderson was called for interfering with runner Michael Young because umpire Alfonso Marquez claimed the two touched hands as Young tried to stop while rounding the base. Anderson and Young insist they never made contact, and the video is not conclusive.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and team president Art Rooney II are scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Friday morning to talk about the player's six-game suspension and see if Roethlisberger deserves to have his penalty reduced. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will not ask for more than a two-game reduction.