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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: St. Louis sues NFL over relocation of Rams; Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton reportedly to retire 04.13.17 at 8:48 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 and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 2:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Texas at LA Angels, 5 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL: Nashville at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Calgary at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The city of St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 teams and their owners claiming they illegally approved the relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016.

The suit was filed on Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court and the city is seeking damages and profit restitution for the past 15 months since the move.

The suit claims St. Louis has lost $1.85 million to $3.5 million per year in ticket tax revenue, plus $7.5 million in property tax and $1.4 million in sales tax revenue and “millions” in earning taxes.

It also claims the league ignored bylaws in the move and is allowing it despite failing to “satisfy the obligations imposed by the League’s relocation rules” and the relocation “was not supported by the required statement of reasons or the adopted relocation standards.”

In addition, the suit claims the Rams and the team’s owner Stan Kroenke “made false statements regarding the team’s intent to engage in good faith negotiations” with the city of St. Louis.

The entire lawsuit document can be found here.

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Watch Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett reminisce on Celtics championship team 04.12.17 at 4:54 pm ET
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Players’ TribuneI first met this tall, skinny kid from South Carolina named Kevin when we were both still in high school. I got to show him around Inglewood, California, when he came out here for an AAU tournament.

Somehow it took 20 years for us to play together again.

In 2007, on our first day as teammates, Doc said to all of us, “We’re going to win the NBA championship … but we have to do it now.”

Other people were saying things like, It’s going to take a while to jell. You’re going to need a year to figure it out.

We knew we couldn’t wait. And we just hit the ground running, like we’d been playing together for years. I think the secret that first year was that we were all comfortable being ourselves. KG and I both came from losing teams. Us being in Boston was about what we were trying to achieve together. So we asked ourselves, Is it about numbers, or is it about winning?

By the end of the year, only one number mattered: 17.

The 17th title in Celtics history.

That video is Celtics porn.

You’ve got two of the big three (I’m assuming Ray Allen was not even invited) talking about their glory days ten years (it’s been TEN YEARS) after the Celtics’ last championship season began, going through everything from their first impressions of each other to Doc Rivers’ coaching style to winning the title in 2008.

This is also real estate porn, as Pierce has a pretty sweet house. And he even has a Celtics basketball court in his backyard. If that doesn’t prove how much Boston means to him, I don’t know what does.

 

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rob Gronkowski makes appearance at SmackDown Live; Sergio Garcia considers wearing Masters green jacket at wedding 04.12.17 at 9:29 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Ottawa, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: NY Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL: St. Louis at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Edmonton, 10 p.m. (USA)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rob Gronkowski made his second WWE appearance on Tuesday night, this time at SmackDown Live in Boston.

Gronkowski appeared at Wrestlemania 33 earlier this month and began a feud with WWE personality Jinder Mahal and continued it at SmackDown. 

During Mahal’s match with Gronkowski’s friend Mojo Rawley, he stared down Gronkowski, who was wearing “Stay Hyped!” shirt, near the announcer’s table and and the two exchanged words. Gronkowski responded by throwing a drink at Mahal from behind the barrier, drenching him. Mahal then lost his match. 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Martha Stewart jinxes Yankees perfect game; Giants score 3 runs on swinging bunt 04.11.17 at 9:55 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 and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Houston at Seattle, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Phoenix at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was seven outs away from pitching a perfect game against the Rays on Monday when Martha Stewart decided to ruin it for him with a simple tweet.

The lifestyle guru was in attendance for the potential history-making game and wanted everyone to know she was there. During the seventh inning, Stewart tweeted: “It’s top of the seventh here at yankee stadium and the Yankees are pitching a perfect game versus the Tampa rays.”  

After this tweet was posted, Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria hit a double to left field to break up the perfect game and any chance of a no-hitter.

The number one rule during a perfect game or no-hitter is to not mention it’s happening and this is why. Fans on Twitter were not pleased with Stewart’s tweet and the Rays even responded with their own jab:


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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes, celebrities react to Sergio Garcia’s Masters win; NFL players could face punishment for arm wrestling tournament 04.10.17 at 8:34 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 and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Oakland at Kansas City, 4:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Arizona at San Francisco, 4:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Brooklyn at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Washington at Detroit, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Sergio Garcia won his first major on Sunday when he beat Justin Rose to take the Masters title and pro golfers, as well as other athletes and celebrities, reacted to the victory on social media.

 

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow homers in first minor league at-bat; LaVar Ball blames UCLA loss on team’s ‘three white guys’ 04.07.17 at 9:08 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 and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Washington at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: NY Yankees at Baltimore, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Seattle at LA Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Atlanta at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— To the disbelief of most, baseball rookie Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first official minor league at-bat on Thursday.

The former NFL quarterback and current outfielder for the Class-A Columbia Fireflies smacked a two-run homer in the second inning of his team’s 14-7 win over the Augusta GreenJackets.

He was a one-hit wonder, however, as he grounded out and struck out twice in his subsequent at-bats.

“I know so many people want to sensationalize it. But for me, it was just one day. One opportunity – the first of a lot of games,” Tebow said. “It’s never as good as it seems. It’s never as bad as it seems, right? You can go from a first at-bat home run to striking out. Don’t get caught up in the little things, the things people are saying when I leave here, and social media, or whatever y’all write – no offense, but I won’t read it!”

Tebow’s excitement was tempered, but he said his teammates were thrilled.

“Everybody was so excited and happy for me,” he said. “One of the guys comes up and gives me a big hug and says, ‘This is one of the best moments I’ve ever had!’ It was just fun.”

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Rob Gronkowski raps on Eminem’s Sirius XM station, is worst rapper of all time 04.06.17 at 2:13 pm ET
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TMZ SportsRob Gronkowski is no Eminem … but he tried.

The NFL star ht up DJ Whoo Kid’s “Whoolywood Shuffle” show with his WWE superstar pal, Mojo Rawley — and decided to bust out a few freestyle bars over Biggie Smalls’ “Hypnoitze” beat.

He rapped about Super Bowl rings. He rapped about chicks. He rapped about doorbells.

At the end, Gronk bragged that he wasn’t bad for a “big a– white boy.”

You be the judge.

WHERE TO BEGIN.

He started with “Yo, check me out” which is freestyle rap suicide.

Then he rhymed “ring” with “ring.” As in, “I’ve got a Super Bowl ring/ Everybody coming to my house/ I can hear the doorbell ring.” It really doesn’t get much worse.

But it does. A lot of the rest of this masterpiece is bleeped out, but based on the context I’m guessing he was saying a bunch of stuff about his penis. During the audible lines, he put the “g” on the end of words, like “going,” and his flow was not smooth at all.

To make matters worse, Gronk had a piece of paper in his hand which means he must have planned some of this out ahead of time.

Props for the effort, but Gronk the most horrible rapper on the planet.

He kind of sounded like Blizzard Man, only even worse:

 

 

 

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Irvin denies sexual assault claim in new video; Dustin Johnson ‘hopes’ to play in Masters after injuring back 04.06.17 at 9:46 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 and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S MORNING MASHUP:
MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 1:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 1:35 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Miami at Washington, 4:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Atlanta at NY Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Boston at Atlanta, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Minnesota at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBCSN, NESN)
NHL: Chicago at Anaheim, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On the TMZ Sports TV show this week, Michael Irvin insisted he is innocent of the sexual assault allegations levied against him by a female acquaintance.

“She was like my niece … a good friend,” Irvin said of the woman who is accusing him. “I was hurt to hear about [the allegation].”

Irvin is being investigated for rape after a 27 year-old woman accused him of sexually assaulting him in a Florida hotel room on March 21.

His accuser told police she believes Irvin drugged her and raped her at the hotel after a night out with him at a bar.

Irvin’s lawyer has also vehemently denied the allegations.

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Tom Brady missing jersey tip reportedly came from 19-year-old 04.05.17 at 10:52 am ET
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TMZ SportsThe man who led authorities to the stolen Tom Brady Super Bowl jerseys is a 19-year-old Pats fan … who reportedly tipped off the feds during a bizarre business deal with Mauricio Ortega.

Meet Dylan Wagner — a sports memorabilia collector who had been in contact with Ortega after selling him a jersey on eBay, this according to WBZ-TV.

Wagner says Ortega sent him roughly 30 photos of his jersey collection to show off — and that’s when he noticed what appeared to be an authentic Tom Brady Super Bowl 49 jersey front and center.

Wagner says he had read the SB49 jersey had gone missing — so he pressed Ortega about how he got it. Ortega’s response, “I’ll tell you later.”

Wagner says he went to a friend who happens to be an ATF special agent — and that guy passed the info to the FBI. Wagner says he later provided the FBI with addresses for Ortega.’

What’s crazier … Ortega’s collection consists of jerseys from Joe Montana, Steve Young, Deion Branch and more. Stolen? No idea yet.

I’m willing to bet the $500,000 value of Brady’s jersey that the rest of those jerseys were stolen somehow.

Mauricio Ortega is the most self-assured man on the planet with his “I’ll tell you later,” but wouldn’t you be too if you pulled off a heist like this so easily TWICE even with multiple cameras watching you and a ton of people around? This guy must have felt like he can get away with anything because he could and he did.

Because of this sense of invincibility, he probably never thought a teenager would be the one to blow up his spot. But of course, this particular teenager just happens to be a memorabilia collector who is also friends with an ATF special agent and could identify an authentic Tom Brady jersey and pass the info on to the right place.

The next step is to find out how Ortega has been doing this for years and years without getting caught. Watching that video of him stealing Brady’s jersey so calmly and brazenly it’s no surprise to find he’s done this a million times before.

The lesson here: you don’t steal from Tom Brady (a second time) and get away with it.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty is hit 3 times in 1 inning; Amazon gets streaming rights to Thursday Night Football 04.05.17 at 9:37 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 1:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: NY Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. (FS1)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: Dallas at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Rangers at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

–In the strangest of circumstances, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty was hit by the ball on three separate occasions in one inning during St. Louis’ 2-1 loss to the Cubs Tuesday night.

During his at bat in the fifth inning, Piscotty was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Jake Arrieta and took first base. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch but the throw to second from catcher Willson Contreras hit Piscotty in the left elbow. The final blow came when Piscotty scored on an infield hit by Kolten Wong. While sliding into home plate, Piscotty was hit in the head by the throw home from second baseman Javier Baez.

Piscotty exited the game and the Cardinals announced he suffered a head contusion.

“The trainers asked him a lot of questions. He answered everything fine,” manager Mike Matheny said after the game. “It just rung his bell, which we’ll find out what exactly that means when the doctors give him a better test than just us asking him questions on the field. But he was coherent.”

According to the MLB concussion protocol, the Cardinals would place Piscotty on the seven-day disabled list if he is found to have a concussion.

Piscotty signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals on Monday.

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