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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL players rip Donald Trump for mocking concussion protocol

10.14.16 at 8:09 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs:
Toronto at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (TBS)
College football: Duke at Louisville, (7 p.m.) ESPN
College football:
Memphis at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football:
San Diego State at Fresno State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: 
Mississippi State at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals: Minnesota at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB: Dodgers 4, Nationals 3 
NFL: Chargers 21, Broncos 13

AROUND THE WEB:

— After Donald Trump mocked the NFL concussion protocol on Wednesday, NFL players swiftly reacted.

“Uh, uh! A little ding on the head, no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season,” Trump said at a rally in Florida after a woman in the audience passed out. “Our people our tough.”

“Let him get hit like that one time,” Giants tight end Larry Donnell responded Thursday. “He won’t be on that microphone talking after that.”

Donnell suffered a concussion a few weeks ago and sat out Sunday’s game against the Packers.

“The NFL, it’s very serious, man,” said Jets safety Calvin Pryor. “There’s a lot of people who have head problems and a lot of injuries that can relate to football after this. So for him to say that, it’s not a good thing.”

“He hasn’t gone through it,” Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin said. “It’s as plain as that. He hasn’t gone through it, so he doesn’t know the severity of it.”

— The NFL is investigating Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers after he shoved a reporter following his team’s loss on Sunday.

After his team fell 23-16 to the Packers last weekend, Flowers shoved ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan as Raanan approached Flowers in the locker room while Flowers was talking to another reporter.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Derrick Rose rape trial continues despite death of investigator

10.13.16 at 7:43 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL:
Denver at San Diego, 8:25 (CBS; NFL Network)
College football: North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer:
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Derrick Rose rape trial will continue after a motion to dismiss it was denied.

After Rose’s lawyers petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of the accuser deleting a crucial text, the judge, Michael Fitzgerald, ruled it is not a reason to throw out the trial. But he did rule the jury will know the accuser did not disclose all the texts in question in the correct time frame.

This continuing case was shrouded in tragedy on Tuesday when one of its investigators was found dead in her California home.

Natalie Hernandez, 44, died of gunshot wounds and her death it being investigated as a suicide. She was a detective investigating Rose’s case and it is not clear if her death is related to that case.

— Tim Tebow might actually be a miracle worker.

On Tuesday the former NFL quarterback and current Mets prospect came to the swift aide of a fan in the stands who was having a seizure. One day later he explained why he did it.

“It’s what you are supposed to do,” Tebow said prior to Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale. “In my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL castoff Greg Hardy announces plans to fight in MMA

10.12.16 at 8:02 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wedneday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL:
St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL:
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: New Orleans vs. Houston, at Beijing, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason:
Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:
Appalachian State at La.-Lafayette, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer:
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, Germany vs. Spain, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

TUESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs:
Cubs 6, Giants 5
MLB playoffs: Dodgers 6, Nationals 5

AROUND THE WEB:

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

— After no NFL team would sign him, Greg Hardy is taking his talents to another sport.

The former Cowboys defensive end has decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.

“I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement on MMAFighting.com. “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”

Hardy has no background in the sport, according to the website, but has been training for several months.

Hardy faced charges of domestic violence and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List for almost the entire 2014 season. He was let go by the Panthers and the Cowboys picked him up. However, after a 2015 season filled with controversy in Dallas, Hardy was not re-signed this year, and he remains a free agent.

“I’m fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport,” Hardy said.

— Aly Raisman is not only the second most decorated Olympian in history, she’s also a sock designer.

A few years ago the 22-year-old Needham native teamed up with Feat Socks to design patriotic socks to raise money for breast cancer.

Her latest design, revealed on Tuesday, is her most memorable.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods pulls out of Safeway; Derrick Rose headed back to stand in rape trial

10.11.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Washington at Los Angeles, 5:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Chicago at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m. (FS1)
WNBA Finals: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Portland at LA Lakers, 11 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Romania at Kazakhstan, 11:45 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Armenia at Poland, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, England at Slovenia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. New Zealand, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

 MONDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Indians 4, Red Sox 3
MLB playoffs: Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
MLB playoffs: Giants 6, Cubs 5
NFL: Buccaneers 17, Panthers 14

AROUND THE WEB:

— After announcing he would play in this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, California, Tiger Woods abruptly withdrew on Monday.

“After a lot of soul-searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods, 40, wrote on his website. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

This would have been Woods’s first PGA Tour event in over a year.

Woods also withdrew from next month’s Turkish Airline Open, and it seems his reason is performance anxiety.

“After a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world,” Woods said on his website.

Woods has won 14 major events and has been taking a break from golf after having back surgery last year.

Time will tell if we have seen the last of Tiger Woods, but he hopes to play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

— Derrick Rose’s rape trial is set to continue Tuesday with the Knicks player is back on the witness stand.

Rose and two of his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, are accused by an anonymous woman, who dated Rose on and off, of gang rape in August 2013.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes react to presidential debate; Steelers WR Antonio Brown threatened with ejection

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

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs:
Cleveland at Boston, 6:08 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Washington at Los Angeles, 4:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Chicago at San Francisco, 9:38 p.m. (FS1)
NFL:  Tampa Bay at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Bulgaria at Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, France at Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

SUNDAY’S RESULTS:
NFL: 
Patriots 33, Browns 13
NFL: Vikings 31, Texans 13
NFL: Steelers 31, Jets 13
NFL: Lions 24, Eagles 23
NFL: Falcons 23, Broncos 16
NFL: Packers 23, Giants 16
NFL: Cardinals 33, 49ers 21
NFL: Redskins 16, Ravens 10
NFL: Cowboys 28, Bengals 14
NFL: Bills 30, Rams 19
NFL: Colts 29, Bears 23
NFL: Titans 30, Dolphins 17
NFL: Raiders 34, Chargers 31
MLB: Red Sox-Indians, postponed
MLB: Nationals 5, Dodgers 2
MLB: Blue Jays 7, Rangers 6

AROUND THE WEB:

— People all over the world tuned into Sunday’s second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and athletes were no exception.

Dwyane Wade and Brett Anderson were not enjoying it so much:

 

 

Brandon McCarthy is usually very active on Twitter and weighed in on the debate:

 

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Thinking Out Loud: Should we have seen Patriots’ letdown vs. Bills coming?

10.07.16 at 5:40 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Bernie Kosar.

— We should have been reading the tea leaves. Or, at the least, we should have been reading between the lines of last week’s buildup to Buffalo. The Patriots were due for a letdown against the Bills, but no one wanted to admit it was even possible. It was.

— This isn’t revisionist history as much as it is finding clues or signs within a single chapter of the 2016 NFL season. The Patriots played with very little emotion against the Bills, almost as if they were waiting for something — or someone — to join them. Just sayin’.

— Could they have possibly just thought “Let’s bag this, and protect ourselves for the long haul?” There is precedent for this theory, and all you have to do is look back at the end of last season to find it (Miami, hello). It didn’t work well there, either. But last year’s team at that time was far too beat-up to matter.

— The Bills had the proper game plan, but it wasn’t a world-beater. The Patriots simply didn’t adjust to it, as if they accepted their fate with the realization that TB12 returns in a week and there’s still three-quarters of the season to play.

— Rex Ryan knew he escaped with one in Foxboro, and probably knew he escaped with his professional life intact. Ryan needed that win much, much more than did New England. His team was able to shut out a rookie, third-string QB. Attaboy Rex, and we still have you to kick around in the AFC East. Life is still good.

— At least, it should be good for Patriots fans, because Tom Brady is back. That’s what we’ve all been waiting for — and that includes his teammates. Like they were last week.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants reportedly fed up with Odell Beckham Jr., threatening suspension

10.07.16 at 8:53 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, 4:38 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Toronto at Texas, 1:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 5:38 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: San Francisco at Chicago, 9:15 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Clemson at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: SMU at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Boise State at New Mexico, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB: Indians 5, Red Sox 2
MLB: Blue Jays 10, Rangers 1
NFL: Cardinals 33, 49ers 21

AROUND THE WEB:

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.

— The Giants apparently have had enough of Odell Beckham’s antics.

If the wide receiver has another outburst during Sunday’s game against the Packers, the team reportedly will consider benching and/or suspending him.

Beckham is prone to meltdowns. On Monday he was flagged for taunting and scuffled multiple times with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. This prompted Beckham to say after the game he no longer enjoys playing football.

Giants punter Brad Wing, who also was Beckham’s teammate at LSU, has a theory as to what causes Beckham to fly off the handle.

“I think it’s from within himself,” Wing said. “I think it’s when he gets frustrated that he’s not performing to the height of his level. It’s not what anyone else is doing.’’

The only person who can get Beckham back on track is Beckham himself, and he looks to do so in Week 5.

“I think I just have to control what I can control,” Beckham said Thursday. “I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that.”

— On the topic of Beckham, Giants coach Ben McAdoo got into a heated exchange with WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa on Thursday afternoon when Francesa asked McAdoo about Beckham’s behavior.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Astros minor leaguer under fire for sexist Jessica Mendoza tweet

10.06.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Toronto at Texas, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
NFL: Arizona at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Norfolk State at North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Temple at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
NBA preseason: Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: World Cup 2018 qualifying, Austria vs. Wales, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: World Cup 2018 qualifying, Ireland vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup 2018 qualifying, Italy vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Giants 3, Mets 0

AROUND THE WEB:

— Astros minor leaguer Brooks Marlow found himself in hot water Wednesday night when he sent out an offensive tweet about ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza.

Tweeted Marlow tweeted from his @Bmarlow8 account: No lady needs to be on espn talking during a baseball game especially mendoza sorry

@astros Here is the screenshot pic.twitter.com/ddovXUUU0J

Marlow, a 23-year-old second baseman who was drafted in the 29th round in 2015 out of the University of Texas and hit .205 in 74 games this year for Single-A Lancaster in the California League, deleted the tweet minutes later.

Mendoza is a member of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth and has received both praise and criticism for her performance calling games.

Backlash against Marlow was swift, and he has since deactivated his account. The Astros responded by tweeting out an apology.

— The Ravens fan who was critically injured during a brawl with two Raiders fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday is showing signs of improvement.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Arnold Palmer remembered in memorial service

10.05.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Wednesday morning mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: San Francisco at NY Mets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:Georgia Southern at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

TUESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2

AROUND THE WEB:

— Legends of golf gathered on Tuesday to pay their respects to Arnold Palmer in a memorial service at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson were some of the game’s greatest in attendance.

Nicklaus was one of the speakers at the service and spoke about Palmer’s incredible character.

“He was an everyday man,” Nicklaus said. “Everyone’s hero. Arnold managed to remove the ‘I’ from icon and instead let the world share in his greatness.”

“Remember when Arnold Palmer touched your life, and touched your heart,” Nicklaus said to end his speech, “please, don’t forget why.”

Other speakers included CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, retired LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam, Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders and Royal & Ancient Golf Club former chief executive Peter Dawson.

Palmer won 62 PGA Tours and seven majors championships.

People turned out in droves to honor Palmer. Monitors were set up in several locations on campus for those who couldn’t get into the basilica, and giant screens were set up for spectators to watch the service.

Palmer’s longtime friend, singer Vince Gill, sang and ended the service with Carole King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend.”

“This man was my favorite person,” Gill said of Palmer. “Not my favorite golfer, my favorite person I ever met.”

Palmer died at the age of 87 on Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh.

— Andy Murray told reporters he was stalked by a hotel maid who followed him to many of his European tennis events and entered his hotel room and stroked his arm while he slept.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Diamondbacks fire manager Chip Hale, GM Dave Stewart

10.04.16 at 8:07 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Tuesday Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB wild card playoff: Orioles at Blue Jays, 8 p.m. (TBS)
WNBA playoffs: Sparks at Sky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Knicks at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Sabres vs. Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (OLN)

MONDAY’S RESULTS:
NFL: Vikings 24, Giants 10

AROUND THE WEB:

Chip Hale is out as Diamondbacks manager. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

Chip Hale is out as Diamondbacks manager. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

— After finishing the season close to the basement, the Diamondbacks have cleaned house.

Arizona fired manager Chip Hale and general manager Dave Stewart on Monday afternoon after the team finished the season with a dismal 69-93 record.

“We are very grateful to Dave and Chip, who are widely respected throughout the game of baseball,” Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick said in a statement. “Ultimately, the results have not been what we had hoped, and while that responsibility is shared by all of us, we have decided that a change is necessary.”

Stewart doesn’t seem to be heartbroken over getting axed.

“They may think I’m going to blast people, but I’m not,’’ Stewart told USA Today Sports. “It is what it is. It’s that side of the business. To be honest with you, I’m kind of relieved. Quite frankly, I’ve got better things to do.’’

“I don’t have anything bad to say about Ken Kendrick,” Stewart said. “I’m not mad at this guy. He’s different. I’m different. Really, we were oil and water.”

In a press release on Monday, the team announced it will discuss another role for chief baseball officer Tony La Russa in the future, but Kendrick said La Russa will not be the manager.

— Barry Bonds reportedly has been fired after just one season serving as the Marlins hitting coach.

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