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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes with ties to Cuba react to death of Fidel Castro 11.28.16 at 7:52 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 BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NFL: Green Bay at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Kentucky at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died on Friday at the ago of 90 to the relief of many athletes with ties to the communist country.

Former Red Sox third baseman and current MLB Network analyst Mike Lowell spoke with WEEI’s own Rob Bradford on the Bradfo Show about Castro. Many of Lowell’s family members were killed under Castro’s regime.

On Saturday morning, Lowell tweeted:

Yankees minor league catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who was born in Cuba, also took to Twitter on Saturday morning to express his happiness at hearing the news of Castro’s death:

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CNN reportedly airs porn in Boston accidentally instead of regular programming 11.25.16 at 3:05 pm ET
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NY PostCNN viewers feasted their eyes on more parts than they bargained for Thanksgiving night when they tuned in for “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Boston viewers hungry for the popular culinary travelogue instead got a hefty serving of hardcore porn for 30 minutes because of a mistake by cable provider RCN, which provides CNN’s broadcasting down the East Coast.

The X-rated gaffe was gleefully shared on social media after the raunchy fare, featuring adult transsexual film star Riley Quinn, appeared at 10 p.m.

Well this is something.

How does this mistake even happen? Why did this local RCN have porn cued up and ready to go? Was this even a mistake?

The national RCN account tweeted this a few hours before the porn happened:


I have a lot of questions, Cody. A lot of questions.

Ice cream for breakfast is good for you, scientists say 11.25.16 at 1:32 pm ET
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  Washington Times — Kyorin University professor Yoshihiko Koga found that test subjects who ate ice cream for breakfast performed better on a computer-based mental-exercise drill than a control group, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “Professor Koga found that ice cream eaters fired off an abundance of high-frequency Alpha-waves,” explained the Daily Mail. “These waves are linked with reduced mental irritation and high alertness.”

 According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Koga, “is a specialist in psychophysiology, with his studies including looking into links between certain types of food and reduced stress.”

As with virtually all dietary research, however, there’s a caveat. Mr. Koga “has yet to determine a firm connection between the mental boost delivered by ice cream and a specific ingredient,” said the Daily Telegraph, and the boost in performance may well be largely psychological, “in the sense that ice cream is a treat that triggers positive emotions and added energy.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that specific ingredient is sugar.

Much like Ross Gellar, I don’t like ice cream because it’s too cold and hurts my teeth. But I do love Dippin’ Dots. It’s been the Ice Cream of the Future for about 30 years now and I still believe it will one day catch on in the mainstream and be the ice cream of the present. 

An alarming number of people are dying trying to take selfies 11.23.16 at 4:54 pm ET
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N.Y. PostMore people are dying for the perfect selfie.

A new study – titled, “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths” – found that 127 people have died in a 29-month span through last September while trying to get photos of themselves at dangerous or exotic locations. The overwhelming majority of the deaths compiled by researchers occurred in India, where 76 people died. In the United States, there were eight selfie-related deaths.

The most common factor behind the so-called “selfie deaths” – defined as a death of an individual or group that could have been avoided had the individual(s) not been taking a selfie – was a fall from an elevated location like buildings or mountains. Deaths involving both elevation and water were next, followed by fatalities involving trains, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and two colleges in India.” 

“We found that taking selfies on train tracks is a trend,” the study reads. “This trend caters to the belief that posting on or next to train tracks with their best friend is regarded as romantic and a sign of never-ending friendship.”

This baffles me to no end.

First of all, I didn’t even know people were dying taking selfies. Now I come to find A LOT of people are dying taking selfies.

There’s even a name for it now and soon “killfies” will be added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A lawyer is arguing that his client who trespassed on the Brooklyn Bridge to take a selfie shouldn’t be charged because there weren’t warning signs. We now need warning signs that say “No selfies here” to tell us if something that looks dangerous is actually dangerous.

Case against 3 women topless at New Hampshire beach won’t be dismissed 11.23.16 at 10:26 am ET
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Laconia, N.H.A legal motion to dismiss a case against some women who went topless at a New Hampshire beach and were ticketed has been denied.

Three women supporting the Free the Nipple movement were cited by police for appearing topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia over Memorial Day weekend.

Police say the women violated an ordinance prohibiting women from going topless.

The women said their constitutional rights to freedom of expression were being violated and filed a motion to dismiss the case against them early last month. They argue there’s no state law forbidding female toplessness and call the case gender-based discrimination because men don’t have to cover their nipples.

NH1.com reports a judge’s order dated Sunday says protecting “the public sensibilities” is an important government interest based on the difference between the sexes.

There are no pictures of these women here if that’s why you clicked on this.

I agree with this judge. I’m always in favor of public sensibilities over freedom of expression.

But I’m sure there are many people who think allowing women to go topless at the beach is an important issue, so here is a poll:

Should there be topless beaches in New England?

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Wednesday Morning Mashup: Barack Obama pokes fun at Michael Jordan during Medal of Freedom ceremony; MLB owners threaten lockout 11.23.16 at 8:25 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: 
NBA: Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Minnesota at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Chicago at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: LSU at Wichita State, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: VCU at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at South Carolina, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Charleston at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: William & Mary at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Buffalo at Alaska-Anchorage, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While presenting Michael Jordan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn’t resist poking fun at the basketball legend’s status as a pop culture icon.

Obama praised Jordan for his accomplishments and said Jordan is “more than just a logo, more than just an Internet meme,” in reference to the popular “Crying Jordan” image.

The president went to joke about Jordan’s acting career.

“Today, we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened out union, pushed us towards progress,” Obama said. “I always love doing this event, but this is a particularly impressive class. We’ve got innovators and artists … public servants, rabble-rousers, athletes, renowned character actors, like the guy from ‘Space Jam.’ ”

Jordan starred in the 1996 hit movie “Space Jam” with Looney Tunes cartoon co-stars.

The other 20 honorees included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Vin Scully.

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Terry Bradshaw does backstage striptease at Fox Sports studios 11.22.16 at 12:01 pm ET
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Yikes.

Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson shared these videos on her Instagram of Bradshaw doing some impromptu topless modeling behind the scenes at Fox Sports on Sunday.

Thompson seemed to enjoy it but Howie Long (and probably everyone else)? Not so much.

I will never watch Fox NFL Sunday or a shingles commercial the same way again.

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‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ thankfully renewed for second season 11.22.16 at 9:03 am ET
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VH1The first season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner has been a thrill ride. From Martha Stewart and Rick Ross getting steamy in the kitchen, to watching Snoop Dogg terrified of lobsters, to Martha’s gangster method for killing chickens, the show is riddled with comedy gold moments. So much so, that the highly acclaimed cooking show has already been picked up for Season 2. More Snoop. More Martha. What else could you want?

I was really hoping this show would work and I’m pleasantly surprised it does. I wouldn’t call it comedy gold but it’s not terrible.

The third, and most recent, episode features Snoop Dogg in a sweater vest and Stewart having Thanksgiving dinner with Chris Bosh, Naya Rivera and 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz wore sunglasses and a hat at the table but he was endearing, calling Stewart “ma’am” and “Miss Martha.”

As it stands right now I would call this show “watchable.” Who am I to tell VH1 how to structure their shows but I would make a few changes to this one for the second season.

For starters, take out the live studio audience. Completely unnecessary.

The DJ/MC and the live musical performances, also unnecessary. Keep the focus on Snoop Dogg and Stewart and the celebrity guests and it’ll be the new Barefoot Contessa.

And take it off VH1. This show has Food Network potential. It is infinitely better than the shows they have Guy Fieri doing these days.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis sues former agents for allegedly increasing fees; Dennis Rodman charged in July hit-and-run case 11.22.16 at 8:19 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:
NHL: St. Louis at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Chicago at Denver, 9 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Akron at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech vs. Auburn, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IUPUI at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Utah State, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)

AROUND THE WEB:

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is suing his former agents for increasing their legal fees without his knowledge while he was playing for the Patriots.

Revis sued Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod along with their sports agency Schwartz & Feinsod, LLC last week in Westchester (N.Y.) Supreme Court.

Revis alleges when he signed an endorsement deal with Healthy Beverages, LLC, the producer of the Steaz green tea energy drink, Schwartz increased his legal fee from 10 percent to 50 percent on the deal without telling Revis.

The complaint states in January 2015 Schwartz had Revis initial pages detailing legal fee changes without explaining them or “giving Mr. Revis time to read it or a copy to read at a later date.”

At that time, Revis was with the Patriots and documents say he was “focused on the playoffs and the Super Bowl” and signed the legal fee documents because he “trusted” Schwartz.

Schwartz’s attorney denied the accusations and claims Revis filed this lawsuit to get out of paying the agents fees he owes from the deal he signed with the Jets.

This offseason Revis split with Schwartz and Feinsod who negotiated all of Revis’ contracts since he was drafted, including his most recent five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets before the 2015 season.

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Rougned Odor has a younger brother named Rougned Odor, who reportedly masturbated teammate as part of hazing ritual 11.21.16 at 8:20 pm ET
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Yahoo SportsEight Texas Rangers prospects were questioned by police in the Dominican Republic after a video showed a group of players sexually assaulting an underage teammate in a hazing incident that targeted players new to the team’s Dominican complex, sources familiar with the case told Yahoo Sports.

While prosecutors in the Dominican Republic have yet to press charges for the alleged assault, they told the court they intend to charge at least four players who held down a teammate and masturbated him, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Among those expected to be charged are the younger brother of Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, also named Rougned, and Yohel Pozo, a top catching prospect, both 19 years old. The players facing potential charges have been told not to leave the country, according to sources.

Jeff Passan seriously buried the lede here because not only does Rougned Odor have the name Rougned Odor but so does his brother.

Rangers second baseman Rougned Roberto Odor has a younger brother named Rougned Jose Odor, who is a Rangers prospect.

The Rangers have two players in their system named Rougned Odor.

 

This was first reported in 2015 when the Rangers signed the younger Odor but we all forgot and now we’re being reminded all over again in the most unlikely of ways.

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