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.

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According to The Associated Press, Hurricane Earl's arrival could mark the start of at least 24 hours of stormy, windy weather along the East Coast. Governor Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. Much of New England should expect strong, gusty winds much like a nor'easter, along with fallen trees and downed power lines, forecasters said. "This is the strongest hurricane to threaten the Northeast and New England since Hurricane Bob in 1991," said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.

 

Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds' victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. Read more about Chapman's electrifying performance, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.