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Monday’s Morning Mashup: John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella during Wrestlemania 33; Grayson Allen ‘Why you trippin?’ t-shirt company facing legal trouble 04.03.17 at 8:43 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: 
MLB: Atlanta at NY Mets, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 2:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: San Diego at LA Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cleveland at Texas, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: LA Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, 9:20 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— John Cena popped the question to longtime girlfriend and fellow WWE star Nikki Bella Sunday night during WrestleMania 33.

The native of West Newbury got down on one knee and presented Bella with a ring in the ring after the two defeated The Miz and his wife, Maryse.  

“I have been waiting so long to ask you this,” Cena said. “Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”

She said yes. 

Cena thanked WWE on Twitter for helping him pull off the proposal. 

This will be the second marriage for both Cena and Bella. Both were married to and divorced their respective high school sweethearts.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Penn State trustee ‘running out of sympathy’ for ‘so-called’ abuse victims; Geno Auriemma: ‘Not as many women want to coach’ 03.31.17 at 9:32 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 MORNING MASHUP:
MLB: Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Washington, 4 p.m. (NESN Plus, WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: US vs. Canada, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In an email sent on Saturday to “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” Penn State trustee Albert L. Lord said he “is running out of sympathy” for the “so-called” victims of sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Lord also defended former Penn State president Graham Spanier in the email. Spanier was convicted last week of one count of child endangerment for his mishandling of complaints against Sandusky. He was found not guilty of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment. He has stated he was never informed of Sandusky’s abuse.

“Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth,” Lord wrote in the email. “Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew Sandusky abused anyone.”

“Al Lord’s comments are personal and do not represent the opinions of the board or the university,” Ira M. Lubert, the chairman of Penn State’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “The sentiments of the board and university leadership were expressed in the very first line of the statement released by Penn State: First and foremost, our thoughts remain with the victims of Jerry Sandusky.”

Lord, an alumni-elected trustee member, is a former CEO of Sallie Mae and is currently seeking re-election to the board of trustees. The election will conclude on May 4.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Pete Rose jokes about Alex Rodriguez dating Jennifer Lopez; Ichiro on retirement: ‘I think I’ll just die’ 03.30.17 at 9:42 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: Detroit vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Washington at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Dallas at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In their first show back from the baseball offseason, the hosts of the MLB on Fox are already taking jabs at each other.

Pete Rose routinely made jokes about his co-host A-Rod during the postseason last year and it seems things are no different this year.

In their return Monday night, Pete Rose made a joke about A-Rod’s relationship with Jennifer Lopez.

“You’re about as close to J-Lo as you’re gonna get,” Rose said to the former Yankee.

Fox was apparently ready for this joke.

“I found a tabloid in New York that says differently, Pete,” Kevin Burkhardt said. “This was in the papers recently.”

They then showed a graphic of a fake magazine cover showing J-Lo and Rose reported to be dating.

All four co-hosts, including Frank Thomas, laughed and A-Rod said, “You didn’t tell me about that, Petey.”

“I didn’t know about it,” Rose replied.

I bet A-Rod is thrilled he took this job full time.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jay Cutler’s wife posts nude picture of him on Instagram; Draymond Green rips Raiders for Las Vegas move 03.29.17 at 8:17 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: Minnesota at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Philadelphia vs. Detroit, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers vs. Seattle, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Orlando, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Milwaukee at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Pittsburgh, 8p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While on vacation in Mexico, Jay Cutler’s actress wife Kristin Cavallari posted a picture of her husband’s bare behind on Instagram with the caption, “Good times, no tan lines. Let the sea set you free.” 

Click here to see the post.

She also posted this picture of the two together in the Mexican town of Tulum.

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Jose Canseco takes TV baseball analyst gig 03.28.17 at 11:01 am ET
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  CBS SportsJose Canseco is back in baseball.

According to Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area, Canseco is joining NBC Sports California as an on-air analyst for their pre- and postgame coverage of the Oakland Athletics, one of his former teams.

From Stiglich: “I’ve got quite a bit of experience. I’ve pretty much been there, done all of that whether it’s on or off the field,” Canseco said. “I think the fans can expect the truth — an honest opinion, honest analysis — and hopefully in some shape or form we expand the fan base.”

“He’s enthused about taking on his first role as an analyst, and he joins NBC Sports California at a time of budding excitement surrounding the A’s and the expectation of them building a new ballpark in Oakland. Canseco, the 1986 AL Rookie of the Year, played for the A’s when they were one of the Bay Area’s hottest sports stories.”

Canseco has been mostly persona non grata around Major League Baseball since his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big was released in 2005. The book documented performance-enhancing drug use by both Canseco and several other big name players in the league.

On Twitter, Canseco has lobbied for managerial jobs and even chances to resume his playing career over the years. He hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2001, though the now 52-year-old Canseco has played in several independent leagues since 2006.

Canseco is part of NBC Sports California’s new analyst lineup of former Athletics players. Alex Rodriguez, another former star with PED ties, was recently hired as a full-time analyst by Fox .

Canseco hasn’t even started this job yet and I’m already sick of him.

He is a lunatic who will do literally anything for attention. This is a guy who pretended to lose a finger in a poker game and the saga became national news before he revealed it was a hoax. 

Yes, he will probably say some insane things on TV and will be more animated than traditional baseball analysts. But he is grasping for relevancy and that is a recipe for a pathetic performance on television. There’s a good chance he’ll say outrageous things for the sake of saying outrageous things.

Here is his series of tweets announcing his new job:

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bears’ Deonte Thompson testifies in Aaron Hernandez trial; Tim Tebow still can’t hit a fastball 03.28.17 at 9:23 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: St. Louis vs. NY Mets, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus, WEEI-AM 850)
NHL: Nashville at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Washington at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Bakersfield vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: TCU vs. UCF, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Deonte Thompson, a receiver for the Chicago Bears, took the stand on Monday in the Aaron Hernandez double murder trial.

Thompson, who was a teammate of Hernandez at the University of Florida, played for the Ravens in 2013 when Baltimore beat Hernandez’ Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

“That’s my guy,” Thompson said about Hernandez, who smiled in response.

Thompson said he doesn’t remember much about the night Hernandez allegedly shot Alexander Bradley in the face on Feb. 13, 2013. Thompson and Hernandez went to Tootsie’s, a strip club in Miami, that night for Thompson’s birthday and Thompson left before Bradley was shot.

“It’s kind of a blur. We were every day partying,” Thompson said. “We were kids … I had just won the Super Bowl.”

He said he thought Bradley and Hernandez “were just homies and whatnot. I thought they were pretty close.”

Hernandez and Thompson seemed happy to see each other and Thompson laughed as he was told to point out Hernandez in the courtroom and identified him by his purple tie.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Indians GM’s son blurts out Francisco Lindor contract info on radio; Roger Goodell rips Oakland’s proposal to keep Raiders 03.27.17 at 8:10 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:
MLB: Boston vs. Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN, WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Seattle vs. San Diego, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Cleveland at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: New Orleans at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Chicago at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Wyoming at Coastal Caroli, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— During an appearance in the Indians’ radio broadcast booth during a spring training game on Saturday, the son of the team’s general manager, Mike Chernoff, accidentally revealed some inside information about Francisco Lindor’s contract.

When Indians play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton asked six year-old Brody Chernoff which players his dad is working to get, Brody gave a very honest answer.

“He’s trying to, um, get Lindor to play for seven more years,” Brody blurted.

“OK. We better not talk anymore Brody. There you have it folks, we’ve finally had a scoop on the Indians’ radio network,” Hamilton responded.

So now we know Chernoff is possibly trying to keep the shortstop in Cleveland with a seven-year contract extension. Of course, it’s possible Brody misspoke but this is very specific information that likely has some truth to it.

The Indians posted the audio in the tweet above but neither confirmed nor denied Brody’s comment.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley offers to kill Skip Bayless; Yadier Molina wants apology from Adam Jones for WBC party comments 03.24.17 at 9:25 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: Boston vs. Toronto, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: San Francisco vs. Colorado, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Baltimore vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Phoenix at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN, WBZ-FM 98.5)
NBA: Atlanta at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: NY Islanders at Pittsburgh (NHL Network)
College basketball: Butler vs. North Carolina, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: South Carolina vs. Baylor, 7:29 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Wisconsin vs. Florida, 9:59 p.m. (TBS)

AROUND THE WEB:

— During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, Charles Barkley talked about Michael Jordan’s gambling and Michigan’s run in the NCAA tournament after their plane incident, but it wasn’t until the final minutes that things got really interesting.

As the spot was ending, Barkley made Patrick an interesting offer to boost ratings for his show: Barkley said if he ever gets a terminal illness, he will kill Second Take host Skip Bayless live on Patrick’s show.

“You know what we should do for ratings? If I get a disease and I’m gonna die, how about you get Skip Bayless in here and I’ll kill him live on national television,” Barkley said.

“I like it. Like pay-per-view,” Patrick responded.

“No, no, no. Just get him in here. Only when I know Imma die….Cause I just want to get Skip Bayless in a room one time and beat him like a dog,” Barkley said. “… Only if I knew I was gonna die. Not if I’m gonna live, cause I don’t wanna go to prison. Cause like Mahorn say, ‘they would love you in prison.’”

The producer looked thrilled when Patrick asked if he would be willing to set this up.

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Doctors see rise in vasectomies during March Madness 03.23.17 at 3:46 pm ET
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Toronto StarEvery March, away from the basketball court, a different kind of madness begins. Whether it’s called U Vas Madness or carries a cool ad slogan like “it’s hip to get snipped,” it’s urologists’ one shining moment: Vasectomy season.

And you thought only the nets got cut this time of year.

It’s a combination of things, really, that brings this about: For most men, personal timing and the sports calendar happen to coincide perfectly. And then there are the deals. A D.C. area man with four daughters won a free vasectomy in a contest sponsored by 106.7 The Fan’s Junkies. “We had Vasectomy Madness, so to speak,” Dr. Kelly Chiles, an assistant professor of urology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, told the Post.

“If you’re a guy, no one wants to do it. We’re lazy,” Eric Bickel of the Junkies added. “ . . . But any excuse to sit around and watch TV works for most guys.”

At Obsidian Men’s Health in McLean, Virginia, you’d be a fool not to schedule a snip-snip the first week of the tournament. A concierge practice, Obsidian offers a spa-like experience, with patients awake and watching the games on big-screen TVs. The recovery room, its website says, is “equipped with comfortable robes and slippers, flat-screen TVs with Netflix, cappuccino and top-shelf liquor. We’ll do everything we can to keep you comfortable after the procedure.”

In March, it’s easy to just relax with games on TV all day and brackets yet to be busted. “Men can say, ‘doctors’ orders, I have to take it easy and sit on the couch for a couple of days,’” Chiles says, “having beer and chips. ‘It’s doctors’ orders: Be a couch potato.’”

The beer isn’t a problem, she adds, within reason and, of course, as long as the patient is not on narcotic painkillers (and most are not). No wonder the first week of the NCAA tournament is the perfect time to get this taken care of.

Chiles says that she did “several” vasectomies Wednesday and has had a couple more consultations. “Anecdotally,” she says she sees an increase in the procedure during March, with men beginning to call in February.

A lot of businesses take advantage of the NCAA tournament in marketing campaigns and “hip to get snipped” is the greatest example of this.

Too bad vasectomy recovery time is only two or three days to a week so this can’t be used as an excuse to do nothing but watch basketball for the entire month.

If you’re going to get it done, it’s worth taking a trip to Virginia to do it. This Obsidian Men’s Health practice does look like a spa, has great Yelp reviews and the doctors are very tan.

And of course a guy with four daughters would win a free vasectomy from a radio station. Imagine how frantically he called in when he heard about that contest.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Team USA wins World Baseball Classic 03.23.17 at 10:02 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: Pittsburgh at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cincinnati vs. Chicago White Sox, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers vs. Texas, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Toronto at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN, WBZ-FM 98.5)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Michigan vs. Oregon, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Gonzaga, 7:39 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas, 9:39 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Arizona, 10:09 p.m. (TBS)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Team USA beat Puerto Rico 8-0 Wednesday night to win the World Baseball Classic.

Marcus Stroman didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning for the United States and was named the tournament’s MVP. He threw 73 pitches, 44 for strikes to go along with three strikeouts and one walk.

“I love pitching in these moments,” Stroman said afterwards. “I love the atmosphere. I feel like the bigger the game, the more I’m able to get up, the more effective I am.

This was Puerto Rico’s first loss in eight games.

“These guys were here to do their best,” said Team USA general manager Joe Torre. “The thing I marveled at was how quickly they came together, and [manager] Jimmy [Leyland] deserves a lot of that credit. They’re just a great group who understood what this event is all about.”

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred presented the trophy to Leyland, who dedicated the win to the country’s armed services.

“This is for the men and women who serve our country,” Leyland said.

“There was only one thing on our mind, was to win this thing and to do whatever we can to win,” said left fielder Christian Yelich. “That helped us come together.”

“Marcus set the tone right off the bat and just was dealing,” he went on. “And we kind of fed off that and we were just rolling ever since.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our guys played like champions in the last 20 minutes, and we really were able to have a lot of things go right, which they needed to pretty much just had to fall the way they did or we would have been in trouble. So it was a great year and a great victory for our team.” — Bill Belichick, to Mike Krzyzewski, on the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI win