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09/26/2012 - 7:21am
Report: Belichick to receive fine Wednesday

According to a report on NFL.com, the punishment for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who grabbed a referee after Sunday night's loss to the Ravens, will be announced Wednesday afternoon, and it will include a fine.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh will not be fined for his behavior Sunday, according to multiple reports. Harbaugh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter of the game.

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan reportedly was fined $25,000 for berating officials following his team's 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

Belichick defended his actions on Monday, insisting that he only was trying to get the official's attention for an explanation about the Ravens' game-winning field goal as time expired.

"I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do," Belichick said. "I'm trying to get an explanation for obviously...

09/26/2012 - 7:06am
Mashup: Gagne: '80 percent' of LA on PEDs

In Wednesday's Morning Mashup, we have an alleged photo of Lance Easley, the referee who blew the Seahawks-Packers game, out at the bar immediately following the game. We also have details from a report that Easley's mishap swung anywhere from $150 million to $250 million of bets. 

And finally, in his new book, Eric Gagne said that during his time with the Dodgers 80 percent of the clubhouse was using PEDs.

Via ESPN Los Angeles:

Gagne, who set a major league record while converting 84 consecutive save chances, admits that he used human growth hormone over five cycles in a three-year period toward the end of his career.

"It was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career," Gagne says in the French-language book, titled "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne."

"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in...

09/25/2012 - 11:37pm
Source: Varitek 'close' to role with Sox

Retired Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, according to a major league source, is "close" to agreement on a role within the Sox organization. It is possible that he will head to Florida in the coming days to work with Red Sox minor leaguers taking part in the fall instructional league. 

Since Varitek announced his retirement during spring training, the Sox have said that the door would be open for him to have a future in the organization. In July, however, Varitek said that he was not yet ready to consider a post-playing-career job. 

"It's still too early for me to make that decision. I still need to get a little of the piss and vinegar of playing out of me, and what's most important is getting my life, my family, being involved in some of the things I had missed and enjoy," he said at the time. 

However, it appears that the 40-year-old has reached a point where he is comfortable pursuing his future in the game...

09/25/2012 - 9:13pm
Price is wrong for Sox in loss to Rays

Rays ace David Price dominated a Red Sox lineup that featured seven players who spent considerable portions of the year in Triple-A, and Tampa Bay's offense did enough damage against Clay Buchholz to claim a 5-2 victory. 

Jeff Keppinger smoked a three-run homer to left against Buchholz in the top of the second inning, and after the Sox whittled their deficit to one run with single tallies in the second and third innings, the Rays plated two more runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Jose Molina that also included an error by left fielder Daniel Nava to permit another run to score. 

Buchholz allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings, permitting eight hits, striking out five and walking two. He is now winless with an 0-4 record in his last six starts. He has given up at least four runs in four of those six outings. 

Price, meanwhile, struck out 13 and walked none on a night when he featured an explosive mid-90s...

09/25/2012 - 3:28pm
Mortensen: Officials have leverage already
By: DJ Bean

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday, ESPN football analyst Chris Mortensen said he does not believe the NFL admitting to the replacement ref's blown call Monday night would have given the locked-out referees any additional leverage in negotiations. 

"I think that the statement wouldn't change the leverage aspect anyway," Mortensen said. "To me, the leverage is there for [the refs]. I really believe now that there's more pressure on the league to get this thing done. We know they're negotiating as we speak in New York. I think that the statement doesn't change the leverage." 

The sides are negotiating in New York, and Mortensen said he wouldn't be shocked if Monday night's fiasco in Seattle led to a deal being reached quicker than expected. 

"It wouldn't shock me, maybe I'd be a little bit surprised if all of a sudden somebody told me at midnight tonight that they had an agreement or...

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