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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Royals, 8 p.m. (TBS)
NHL preseason: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL preseason: Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Basketball: FIBA World Championship for Women, United States vs. Angola, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Roma at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Derek Jeter is gone, and Alex Rodriguez is coming back. And manager Joe Girardi said he’s planning to insert A-Rod at third base assuming he proves he’s ready.

The oft-injured Rodriguez, who will turn 40 next July, was suspended for all of 2013 for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

“We’ve got to see where he’s physically at, and if he can play the field, how many days he can play the field and how many days he needs to DH,” Girardi said at a news conference Monday. “I don’t think really any of us know about him until we actually get him into games in spring training.”

Added Girardi: “He hasn’t played in a year. That’s not easy to do, to sit out a year. Do we expect him to be a player on our team? Absolutely. Do we expect him to play third base? Yes. But in fairness I think you have to see where he’s at.”

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There were reports that some players were upset with Rodriguez when he initially fought his suspension. Girardi said he does not anticipate any issues in the locker room.

“Our teammates enjoy Alex, his presence in the clubhouse, the way he likes to teach the game and talk about the game. So I don’t think that will be an issue,” Girardi said. “Will he have to deal from some angry fans? Yeah, but we’ll help him get through that. When was the last time Alex hasn’t had to deal with that? So it’s not like it’s something that he’s not used to, and sometimes players thrive on that.”

– According to an ESPN report, a neutral arbitrator will rule on the NFL Players Association’s appeal of Ray Rice‘s indefinite suspension, rather than someone appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

“For the first time ever, the league in the Rice appeal has agreed to a neutral arbitrator” in a personal conduct disciplinary case, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union’s executive board that ESPN obtained.

Wrote Smith: “This occurs in the context of a difficult set of facts and circumstances [but] it is a positive movement on the overall question of neutral arbitration and a fair personal conduct discipline process.”

The appeal was filed Sept. 16, and the league said at that time that Goodell did not intend to arbitrate the matter.

Smith also told his board that the NFLPA is reaching out to league sponsors to let them know the majority of players represent the league positively, and “that we will address the process issues that have caused them concern.”

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t mince words Monday when discussing a report from NFL Network’s Deion Sanders that his players don’t want to play for him anymore.

“Personally, I think that’s a bunch of crap,” Harbaugh said.

Earlier in the season, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer said the locker room was “toxic.”

“I haven’t seen Trent or Deion around much,” Harbaugh said. “If someone has a good story to tell, they want to put their name to it. If I had a good story to tell, I’d want to put my name to it, so I don’t put a lot of credibility to the unnamed source.”

During Sunday’s “NFL GameDay Final,” Sanders said: “They want him out. They’re not on the same page. I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach. I got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers? Because they way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem.

“They really got some problems that we hear rumblings. We all know people inside locker rooms.”

Harbaugh, whose 49ers are 2-2 after Sunday’s 26-21 win over the Eagles, is signed through the 2015 season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 30, 1962, which Red Sox player wrapped up the season with a .326 average to capture his second American League batting title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s a lot of negativity. Everyone is going to tell us how terrible we are. That’s just the NFL.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after Monday’s 41-14 rout at the hands of the Chiefs

STAT OF THE DAY: 303 – Yards of offense in the first half by the Chiefs, the most allowed by any Bill Belichick-coached team

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A Missouri middle school football team pulls off a trick play it calls the “Ugly Kardashian.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marilyn McCoo was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.

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We bring you the stuff you might have missed that we didn't have a chance to touch on today.

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We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.

[0:00:39] ... just -- -- got to ask. When everybody else's and cap and Rajon Rondo but he -- -- in the shower not have a shot in the shower. No not ever since a couple of little ...
[0:01:13] ... dumb question your hygiene you don't take as many showers as the Rajon Rondo who has been known. The shower five times a day -- sometimes. 4045. Minutes and it's so he should be well practiced ...
[0:02:32] ... hiding I don't believe that you know he's Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks -- punch somebody out in a nightclub last fall and broke his -- I don't think there's a situation like that -- ...
[0:03:51] ... he left there. Fine thank you very much no issues with the Rajon Rondo when he left trampoline place. Now the guy you're gonna say yeah yeah -- know there can't try to protect rexrodt Rondo ...






We bring you the stuff you might have missed that we didn't have a chance to touch on today.

[0:05:31] ... of months and we have here it's a good question so yesterday. Baltimore Ravens played Carolina and it is the return our. Steve -- to Carolina no member of the Baltimore Ravens and yes you could expect these pretty fired up you know get a chance to play against his former team. And he ...
[0:07:30] ... Greg Dickerson Steve DeOssie Chris price Tom. That to bring you late Monday Night Football addition of NFL Sunday. And will have a football game to talk about tomorrow Vince Wilfork will join us through Teddy Bruschi will join us Bill Belichick will join us -- electric knight's tale like the Patriots defense has got to play well. I -- still is gonna play ...




We tackle four topics all inspired by Derek Jeter's long goodbye.

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We tackle four topics all inspired by Derek Jeter's long goodbye.

[0:05:26] ... it was it was crazy. You've got to see you -- YouTube Kanye West in concert. Michael Jordan -- Must see or. Buffy lets think crazy too. Extremely. -- from one player who retired multiple times ...
[0:07:26] ... farewell of the day that brings us back home. To our own Tedy Bruschi now and not often do you hear Bill Belichick little choked up talking about one of -- players but he sure did not off talking about beavers of. All his strengths ...
[0:09:52] ... that was like for him that surprised. Or if you ever seen Bill Belichick I don't know had to shock him witnessed here imitating things -- limited credit that -- preached. This is dropped he's your ...





Gammon talks about the 1-2 punch of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali going up against the struggling Patriots offensive line. The line will likely have a tough time dealing with the noise at Arrowhead. Gammon also previews what to expect out of guys like Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe.

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Here are the highlights from Monday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Rap legend Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, is a diehard Steelers fan, and he’s not happy with Sunday’s last-seconds loss to the Buccaneers. Snoop, who earlier this season complained that offensive coordinator Todd Haley should be fired, posted a profanity-laced video on Instagram again calling for Haley’s head and voicing his frustration with the team.

“Steelers [expletive] getting on my [expletive] nerves,” Snoop said. “[Expletive] weak-ass offensive coordinator couldn’t even get 10 yards, man. [Expletive].”

“This is the passion I thought you would instill,” Fauria said to Benz, a longtime Steelers fan who worked on Pittsburgh radio before coming to Boston. “This is what I thought you would say.”

“I’m on here in Boston. Nobody wants to hear me melt down like that,” Benz replied.

Fauria noted that Snoop was a “friend of the program,” but he now might have to be kept at a distance.

“Are you allowing this guy anywhere near the team anymore? He’s no longer really an ally, is he, if he’s going to just flat-out just dog-cuss your offensive coordinator,” Fauria said. “Even though he may be right, you don’t want your guy like that talking about your team.”

Said Benz: “The problem with Snoop is like every other Steeler fan he’s too stupid to realize it’s not just about the offensive coordinator. It’s the frickin’ defense.”

– During Sunday night’s NFL game on NBC, the network ran a public-service commercial featuring NBC actors encouraging people to put an end to domestic violence.

“Obviously this is a ploy by the National Football League and its television partners to say, ‘Hey, we’re on your side, we want to help any way we can,’ ” Benz said.

Benz noted that shortly after the commercial aired, some of the same actors appeared in another commercial for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” teasing an episode that appears to be a dramatization of the Ray Rice situation.

“It just felt so dirty, it felt so seedy,” Benz said. “Here they are pandering to you to make themselves look better, and then like you forgot what happened 24 minutes ago. ‘€¦ It was just so distasteful watching it.”

– Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan admitted he and his brother, Jets coach Rex Ryan, are having a rough time early this season.

“Right now, man, nobody’s doing worse than the Ryan brothers,” Rob said. “We might say we are two of the best coaches, and I believe that, and I know that. We’re doing everything we can to do it, but we have to do more.”

Said Merloni: “You think Rex Ryan’s like, ‘Hey, Rob, zip it. I’ll deal with my own thing up here in New York. You don’t need to speak for me or my fans, saying I’m not doing a good job.’ “

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WEEI
Snoop Dogg takes to Instagram to cuss out Todd Haley's play calling. NBC has a awkward bit of programming. Rob Ryan admits he needs to do more, and throw REX in there too!