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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Barack Obama congratulates Cubs; Bill Murray celebrates with Theo Epstein

11.03.16 at 8:29 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Buffalo at Ohio, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Arkansas State at Georgia State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Oklahoma at Iowa State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: UCLA at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Soccer: Europa: Austria Wien vs. Roma, 2 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa: Fenerbahce vs. Manchester United, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Europa: Schalke 04 vs. Krasnodar, 4 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa: Southampton vs. Internazionale Milano FS1

MLB: Cubs 8, Indians 7
NBA: Celtics 107, Bulls 100
NBA: Raptors 113, Wizards 103
NBA: Hornets 109, 76ers 93
NBA: Nets 109, Pistons 101
NBA: Rockets 118, Knicks 99
NBA: Grizzlies 89, Pelicans 83
NBA: Suns 118, Trail Blazers 115
NBA: Lakers 123, Hawks 116
NBA: Jazz 97, Mavericks 81
NBA: Thunder 85, Clippers 83
NHL: Canadiens 3, Canucks 0 
NHL: Penguins 5, Ducks 1
NHL: Flyers 4, Red Wings 3


— President Barack Obama is a huge White Sox fan, but that didn’t stop him from congratulating the Cubs on their World Series win.

He tweeted to the crosstown team after its long-awaited win Wednesday night and invited the players to visit the White House before he leaves office in January.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mets closer Jeurys Familia arrested for alleged domestic violence; Brandon Marshall almost cried at trade deadline scare

11.02.16 at 8:21 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN; ESPN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NHL: Detroit at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Toledo at Akron, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Borussia Dortmund vs. Sporting CP, 3:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Champions: Juventus vs. Olympic Lyon, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Tottenham vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

NHL: Bruins 2, Panthers 1
NHL: Blue Jackets 3, Stars 2 
NHL: Rangers 5, Blues 0
NHL: Senators 2, Hurricanes 1
NHL: Oilers 3, Maple Leafs 2
NHL: Lightning 6, Islanders 1
NHL: Capitals 3, Jets 2
NHL: Sabres 2, Wild 1
NHL: Blackhawks 5, Flames 1
NHL: Predators 5, Avalanche 1
NHL: Ducks 4, Kings 0
NHL: Coyotes 3, Sharks 2
MLB: Cubs 9, Indians 3
NBA: Cavaliers 128, Rockets 120
NBA: Magic 103, 76ers 101
NBA: Pistons 102, Knicks 89
NBA: Pacers 115, Lakers 108
NBA: Heat 108, Kings 96
NBA: Timberwolves 116, Grizzlies 80
NBA: Bucks 117, Pelicans 113
NBA: Jazz 106, Spurs 91
NBA: Warriors 127, Trail Blazers 104


Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia

— Mets closer Jeurys Familia was arrested at his New Jersey home this week on charges of domestic violence.

Around 2 a.m. on Monday, police were called to Familia’s Fort Lee apartment he shares with his wife, Bianca Rivas, and 1 year-old son, Jeurys Jr., to find a victim with visible bruising and scratches.

MLB is investigating the charges.

The 27-year-old Familia was a part of an anti-domestic violence campaign this past season. He was featured in a 30-second ad for the “Not a Fan” campaign by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In the ad, Familia says, “I’m a fan of baseball. I’m a fan of the Mets. I’m not a fan of domestic violence.”

“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jeurys Familia and call on MLB to launch an immediate and thorough investigation,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who organized the Not A Fan campaign. “The Familia ads will be removed from the campaign.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow suffers knee injury on awkward slide; Broncos cheerleader unrecognizable in dinosaur costume

11.01.16 at 8:03 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: Houston at Cleveland, 6 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Golden State at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Bowling Green at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Michigan at Ball State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Atletico Madrid vs. Rostov, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions: Manchester City vs. Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions: Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Arsenal, 3:30 p.m. (FS2)

NFL: Bears 20, Vikings 10
NBA: Bulls 118, Nets 88
NBA: Raptors 105, Nuggets 102
NBA: Hawks 106, Kings 95
NBA: Clippers 116, Suns 98


— Tim Tebow’s fledgling baseball career has hit a snag.

The former NFL quarterback and current outfielder in the Mets organization had a rare great day at the plate during an Arizona Fall League game on Monday, but it ended badly.

After Tebow got on base in the fourth inning of his 10th game with the Scottsdale Scorpions, he was not only caught stealing but was injured on his awkward slide into second.

Tebow came up lame after the slide with a knee injury that took him out of the game.

Before his injury, Tebow had a single in the first inning and reached base in the fourth on a fielder’s choice. He is 5-for-34 on the season with one RBI and two runs scored.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Brandon Marshall goes after Joe Namath for criticism of Jets; Seahawks’ Earl Thomas penalized for hugging referee

10.31.16 at 8:24 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Denver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Premier League, Swansea City at Stoke City, 3:55 p.m. NBCSN

Patriots 41, Bills 25
Bengals 27, Redskins 27
Texans 20, Lions 13
Chiefs 30, Colts 14
Chargers 27, Broncos 19
Cowboys 29, Eagles 23
Panthers 30, Cardinals 20
 Saints 25, Seahawks 20 
Jets 31, Browns 28
Raiders 30, Buccaneers 24
 Falcons 33, Packers 32
 Cubs 3, Indians 2
Warriors 106, Suns 100
 Pistons 98, Bucks 83
 Grizzlies 112, Wizards 103
Spurs 106, Heat 99
NBA: Thunder 113, Lakers 96
 Rockets 93, Mavericks 92
NBA: Clippers 88, Jazz 75
NHL: Panthers 5, Red Wings 2 
NHL: Sabres 3, Jets 1 
NHL: Rangers 6, Lightning 1 
NHL: Senators 2, Oilers 0
NHL: Flyers 4, Hurricanes 3
NHL: Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 1
NHL: Blackhawks 3, Kings 0
NHL: Capitals 3, Flames 1 


Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

— Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall wants Joe Namath to pump the brakes on tweeting his critiques of the team before the game is over.

The Jets beat the Browns, 31-28, on Sunday, but were trailing by 13 at halftime when Namath took to Twitter to suggest the Jets put in another quarterback.

Tweeted Namath: Who thinks we should see Bryce Petty start the 2nd half? I know I do. It hurts to say this, but we’re not goin anywhere with Fitzpatrick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick went 3-for-14 with 30 yards in the first half when Namath sent the tweet. And Brandon Marshall had a problem with him jumping the gun.

“I ain’t going to fight with Joe, they’ll throw me out of the city,” Marshall said, before expressing his true feelings about Namath’s tweet. “Joe can’t say that! Come on Broadway.”

“I mean, it’s four quarters. I would ask Joe, can you reserve your comment until after the game,” Marshall went on. “That’s two weeks in a row that you’ve been wrong, Joe!”

Namath went after Jets quarterback Geno Smith last week for not re-entering the game after suffering a knee injury.

“I like Joe. I have his number, we talk,” Marshall said. “[But] come on, Joe. He got on Geno, too, last week when Geno had an ACL! But Joe I’m not fighting against you. For all the New York fans, I’m not going against Joe. But Joe, come on, you can’t say that.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Can’t fault RI prep football star Kwity Paye for spurning BC to attend Michigan

10.28.16 at 5:49 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering how many dead people I’ll see at the polls Nov. 8.

— The power of branding, networking, 100K (or more) rabid football fans per game, and winning — Bishop Hendricken defensive end Kwity Paye made news this week by choosing Michigan as his college football destination, after initially opting verbally for Boston College.

— Way better news on the youth football front than a 19-year-old “man” suiting up to play against 13- and 14-year-old kids, don’t you think?

— That Paye chose Big Blue over Big Irrelevant isn’t really the surprise, considering the current respective fortunes of each program.

— Not for nuthin’, but Michigan currently is ranked No. 2 in the country, while the Eagles haven’t won an ACC game in two seasons.

— Paye is following a coach who initially recruited him, Don Brown (a former coach at Brown, Northeastern, UMass and UConn), who was at BC for the past three years and now is in Ann Arbor. Kids play for coaches, not the school. The education part, sadly, means little. But in this case, Michigan is no educational slouch.

— Rhode Island high school football has placed an athlete with a Top 25 college program two straight years now, with former Mount Pleasant star Joseph Putu signing a year ago out of junior college with Florida.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Penn State coach wins whistleblower lawsuit against university; 76ers fan who flipped off Russell Westbrook apologizes

10.28.16 at 8:15 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Cleveland at Chicago Cubs, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: Golden State at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cleveland at Toronto, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Yale at Columbia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Navy at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: San Diego State at Utah State, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football:
Air Force at Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

NBA: Bulls 105, Celtics 99
NBA: Hawks 114, Wizards 99
NBA: Clippers 114, Trail Blazers 106
NBA: Spurs 102, Kings 94
NFL: Titans 36, Jaguars 22
NHL: Penguins 4, Islanders 2
NHL: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4
NHL: Wild 4, Sabres 0
NHL: Canadiens 3, Lightning 1
NHL: Red Wings 2, Blues 1
NHL: Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 1 
NHL: Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 2 
NHL: Jets 4, Stars 1 
NHL: Kings 3, Predators 2 


— Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary was awarded $7.3 million Thursday after a court ruled the university defamed him when it became public his testimony aided prosecutors in charging Jerry Sandusky with child molestation.

In his lawsuit against Penn State, McQueary asked for over $4 million in damages and lost wages, saying he was defamed and misrepresented after testifying against Sandusky in his child molestation trial in 2012.

As a witness in that trial, McQueary testified he saw Sandusky raping a boy in the Penn State locker room in 2001. He also claimed he quickly reported it to Joe Paterno and other officials at the university. The university put McQueary on paid leave after he testified before ultimately letting him go in June 2012. He has not been able to find a job since.

McQueary was given $1.15 million for his defamation claim, $1.15 for the misrepresentation claim and $5 million for punitive damages.

The judge must still decide on McQueary’s claim that the university treated him unfairly after they let him go after his Sandusky testimony.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: 76ers anthem singer claims she was barred after wearing ‘We Matter’ shirt

10.27.16 at 8:19 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Appalachian State at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Ohio at Toledo, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: California at USC, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: MLS playoffs, Kansas City at Seattle, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)

Celtics 122, Nets 117 
NBA: Pacers 130, Mavericks 121
NBA: Nuggets 107, Pelicans 102
NBA: Hornets 107, Bucks 96
NBA: Kings 113, Suns 94
NBA: Heat 108, Magic 96
NBA: Raptors 109, Pistons 91
NBA: Grizzlies 102, Timberwolves 98
NBA: Thunder 103, 76ers 97
NBA: Lakers 120, Rockets 114
NHL: Rangers 5, Bruins 2
NHL: Oilers 4, Capitals 1
NHL: Canadiens 3, Islanders 2
NHL: Ducks 6, Predators 1
MLB: Cubs 5, Indians 1


— Singer Sevyn Streeter was set to sing the national anthem at Wednesday night’s 76ers game, but the team allegedly nixed her performance once it saw what she was wearing.

Streeter showed up for her performance in a “We Matter” tank top and claims she was barred from stepping foot on the parquet.

Wrote Streeter on Twitter: Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but minutes b4 @sixers said I couldn’t because I was wearing a “We Matter” jersey.

“I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,” she told The Associated Press. “Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.”

Streeter, who is African-American, also said she was never given a dress code for her performance.

The Sixers did not directly address the controversy.

“As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community,” the team said in a statement.”The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities.”

A 76ers dancer sang the anthem in Streeter’s place.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: MLB fans want Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck; Bobby Knight faces new allegations

10.26.16 at 8:18 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Brooklyn at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Houston at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 7:08 p.m. (Fox)
MLS: Philadelphia at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Indians 6, Cubs 0
NHL: Wild 5, Bruins 0
NHL: Devils 5, Coyotes 3
NHL: Red Wings 4, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Penguins 3, Panthers 2
NHL: Lightning 7, Maple Leafs 3
NHL: Flyers 4, Sabres 3
NHL: Flames 4, Blues 1
NHL: Senators 3, Canucks 0
NHL: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2 
NHL: Stars 3, Jets 2
NHL: Sharks 2, Ducks 1
NBA: Cavaliers 117, Knicks 88
NBA: Spurs 129, Warriors 100
NBA: Trail Blazers 113, Jazz 104


Bob Uecker

Bob Uecker

— Major League Baseball fans are eager for life to imitate art.

First there was a failed push for Charlie Sheen, who played fictional Indians pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in “Major League,” to throw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series.

Now fans want Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck in the broadcast booth.

Uecker played fictional Indians announcer Harry Doyle in the movie, and fans are petitioning for the former player and Brewers broadcaster to call a World Series games on Fox.

Even Buck is in favor of this idea.

“Nothing would make me happier than to have Uceker in the booth,” Buck tweeted.

The petition has over 52,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Arian Foster announces retirement; Todd Bowles responds to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s criticism

10.25.16 at 7:56 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Anaheim at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: New York at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Broncos 27, Texans 9
Canadiens 3, Flyers 1
Flames 3, Blackhawks 2


— Dolphins running back Arian Foster announced his immediate retirement Monday after eight years in the NFL.

Foster, 30, only played four games this season due to hamstring issues. His history of injuries likely is a factor in his decision to retire midseason.

Digital media company UNINTERRUPTED tweeted this message from Foster on Monday night:

The sudden announcement was a shock for some.

“It was pretty surprising,” said Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, a longtime teammate of Foster’s. “Obviously, I think the world of him as a football player. It’s not easy to see guys step away from the sport.”

Texans tackle Duane Brown also didn’t see this coming.

“That’s a good friend of mine. Wow, I didn’t know that,” Brown said. “Hat’s off to him, salute to him. He had a heck of a career, and I’m honored to be able to share the field with him and be able to contribute to some of his success and have him contribute to some of my success.”

Foster played for the University of Tennessee and was signed by the Texans in 2009 as an undrafted free agent.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants CB Eli Apple caught in middle as his mother rips owner over domestic violence; Derrick Rose returns to Knicks

10.24.16 at 8:03 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Houston at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Calgary at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NHL)

NFL: Patriots 27, Steelers 16
Cardinals 6, Seahawks 6
NFL: Buccaneers 34, 49ers 17
NFL: Giants 17, Rams 10
NFL: Eagles 21, Vikings 10
NFL: Dolphins 28, Bills 25
NFL: Bengals 31, Browns 17
NFL: Jets 24, Ravens 16
NFL: Chiefs 27, Saints 21
NFL: Colts 34, Titans 26
NFL: Lions 20, Redskins 17
NFL: Raiders 33, Jaguars 16
NFL: Chargers 33, Falcons 30
NHL: Oilers 3, Jets 0 
NHL: Rangers 3, Coyotes 2 
NHL: Islanders 6, Wild 3 
NHL: Ducks 4, Canucks 2


Eli Apple

Eli Apple

— After the mother of Giants rookie corner Eli Apple criticized Giants co-owner John Mara on Twitter last week, Apple reacted to her posts on Sunday.

“My mom’s very vocal and that topic is very important to her, so I can understand where she was coming from,” Apple said. “But at the same time in my position I just have to do my part and play football and do what I can do.”

Annie Apple, a domestic violence survivor, criticized her son’s boss for his handling, or mishandling, of Giants kicker Josh Brown’s domestic violence against his wife.

In an article for on Sunday, Annie Apple further expressed her disgust.

“The comments made by John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, were insensitive, dismissive and callous,” she wrote. “How are you a so-called champion of domestic violence but lack basic compassion for a victim? Yes, this man signs my son’s checks as I’ve been reminded on Twitter. Mr. Mara owns the New York Giants. He doesn’t own Annie Apple. Wrong is wrong. And Mr. Mara’s comments were unapologetically wrong and hit at a raw place.”

Apple stressed on Sunday he spoke with his employers and assured them he is committed to the team despite his mother’s anger.

“I talked to them, let them know my mom, her reactions like that sometimes are like that, she’s her own person, she’s going to do that, so I’ve just got to do my job,” he said. “I just made sure I talked to everybody, man, just let them know, whoever is concerned.”

Apple returned from a groin injury Sunday to play in his team’s 17-10 win over the Rams in London.

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