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12/14/2010 - 11:19am
Power Rankings: Pats remain in top spot

The Patriots are ranked No. 1 in the WEEI NFL Power Rankings for the fifth straight week, an easy choice following Sunday's 36-7 destruction of the Bears, who fell three spots to No. 10. The Falcons, Steelers, Saints and Eagles round out the top five. Check out all the rankings at the It Is What It Is Blog.


12/14/2010 - 8:46am
Mashup: NBA owner heckles own players

Controversial Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been known to heckle players from his Staples Center courtside seat. The surprising thing is, its his own players he’s been heckling. The latest player to be on the receiving end of obnoxious comments from his boss is guard Baron Davis. Center Chris Kaman also acknowledged being the subject of taunts. “All kinds of stuff, Kaman said. “Some stuff like, ‘Oh, dunk the ball.’ He owns the team. What do you want me to say? He’s my boss. He signs the check.”

 

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


12/14/2010 - 8:45am
Schilling: Phillies have 'a dream' rotation

Former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling was a guest on the Dennis and Callahan show Tuesday morning. Schilling was first asked if he was surprised that Cliff Lee accepted a $120 million deal with the Phillies, a contract that is worth some $30 million less than the reported offer from the Yankees. 

 

"Don't underestimate a player saying he had as much fun as he ever had, and he mentioned that after playing in Philadelphia," said Schilling of Lee, who pitched for the Phillies in 2009. "That is a phenomenal city to play in when you are winning. I had one [winning year in Philadelphia] in 10 and it was one of the most memorable of my life. Very passionate, hard-core city and it's obviously a great group of guys. When you're talking about the difference between $22 and $25 million a year? There's a lot of things that come into the mix from a decision perspective that I would think don't have to do with...

12/14/2010 - 8:25am
Sources: Blanton-to-Sox not imminent

According to two major league sources familiar with the situation, no agreement has been finalized in regard to the Phillies sending pitcher Joe Blanton to the Red Sox.

 

SI.com previously reported the Red Sox had a deal in place to acquire starting pitcher Blanton from the Phillies. Earlier Tuesday, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported Phillies “were deep in discussions” about sending pitcher Blanton to the Red Sox.

 

The 30-year-old Blanton has two years remaining on his current contract, which would pay him $8.5 million in both 2011 and ’12. The righty went 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 29 appearances for the Phillies in ’10, while finishing with a 12-8 mark with a 4.05 ERA in ’09. Blanton did go 6-1 with a 3.48 ERA after the ’10 All-Star Game.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


12/14/2010 - 5:25am
Reports: Phillies win Lee sweepstakes

In a startling turn of events, free agent pitcher Cliff Lee has a deal in place to return to the Phillies. The news was first reported by MLB.com, which cited multiple industry sources. According to SI.com, Lee's deal would be worth $120 million over five years, while FoxSports.com is also reporting there is a vesting option for a sixth year that would pay the pitcher $27.5 million, raising the potential worth of the deal to $135 million. There is also reportedly a $12.5 million buyout in the sixth season.

 

The deal was shocking in that Lee had been viewed by many in the industry as a mercenary who was intent on extracting as much money as possible from his first foray into free agency. But the Phillies did not make the most substantial offer in terms of either dollars or years. The Yankees, according to several reports, had an offer in the vicinity of seven years and $150 million on the table. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported (via...

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