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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Manny Ramirez’s new Japanese contract includes unlimited sushi; LaVar Ball wants $1 billion shoe deal for sons 03.14.17 at 9:03 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:
World Baseball Classic: Cuba vs. Japan, 6 a.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Toronto at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Atlanta vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: San Francisco vs. Cleveland, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Chicago at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: New Orleans vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 6:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: UNCG at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Illinois, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oakland at Clemson, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wake Forest vs. Kansas State, 9:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Richmond at Alabama, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Boise St. at Utah, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bakersfield at California, 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

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— Former Red Sox goofball Manny Ramirez recently signed a contract with Japan’s Kochi Fighting Dogs and it is loaded with perks.

His deal with the country’s independent baseball league includes his own hotel suite for away games, his own Mercedes with a personal driver, unlimited sushi and practices are optional.

He will wear No. 99 with simply “Manny” stitched on the back.

Ramirez last played professional baseball in 2014 for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs as a player-coach. He hasn’t played at the major league level since 2011.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Julian Edelman reportedly is single, Alex Rodriguez is not; ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ 30 for 30 has premiere date 03.09.17 at 9:39 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 at NY Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: USA at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
World Baseball Classic: Australia vs. China, 5 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs. Taiwan, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Mexico vs. Italy, 9 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Davidson at La Salle, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at North Carolina, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at State John’s, 12 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Duke at Louisville, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan State, 2:25 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UMass at St. Bonaventure, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Kansas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah State at Nevada, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Temple, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico at Fresno State, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Fordham at George Mason, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Indiana at Iowa, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Saint Louis at George Washington, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Northwestern, 8:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Air Force at Colorado State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Creighton at Providence, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego State at Boise State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: USC at UCLA, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Julien Edelman and his model girlfriend Adriana Lima have split up, according to confirmed reports on Wednesday. The breakup is said to be due to scheduling conflicts.

Their relationship reportedly spanned from last summer until just before the Oscars last month. Lima, a Victoria’s Secret model, was in attendance at the Super Bowl in February to support Edelman and the Patriots.

After Edelman’s diving catch in the Super Bowl, Lima was asked if she thought Edelman caught the ball for her.

“I think I’m a better catch than that,” she said.

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Peter King calls Brandon Marshall a ‘good man’ on International Women’s Day 03.08.17 at 2:25 pm ET
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Look at Peter King drooling over Brandon Marshall and defending him despite his repeated domestic violence accusations on International Women’s Day, of all days!

I don’t really care that it’s International Women’s Day but calling Brandon Marshall a good man on any day is a bit of a stretch. It’s hard to call someone with a long list of domestic violence accusations, as well as arrests for other assaults and a DUI, a “good man.”

Exactly.

Marshall talked to King for the MMQB in September and discussed the mental health challenges he’s faced and his regrets stemming from his Borderline Personality Disorder before his official diagnosis in 2011. He seemed very sincere and gave King almost an hour of his time.

The wide receiver is working to turn his life around and founded an organization to spread awareness for mental health issues but that doesn’t excuse him from driving drunk and allegedly beating women.

Marshall has gotten help and that’s great, but it’s tough to look at his rap sheet and call him a good man.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rob Gronkowski answers questions at elementary school; Alex Rodriguez signs full-time deal with Fox Sports 03.08.17 at 9:46 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: 
World Baseball Classic: Japan vs. Australia, 5 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Taiwan vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Israel, 10 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: Boston at NY Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB; WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: US vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Detroit at Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Boston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (CSN; ESPN)
NHL: Detroit at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at Syracuse, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson at Duke, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Nebraska, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s vs. UMass, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rutgers at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Lehigh at Bucknell, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duquesne vs. St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Rob Gronkowski visited a Massachusetts elementary school on Tuesday to congratulate the students for raising the most money in the statewide One Mission Buzz-Off pediatric cancer fundraiser.

Sheffield Elementary School in Turners Falls raised just under $17,000 for One Mission, a local pediatric cancer charity and 50 people from the school and surrounding community shaved their heads in February. Gronkowski works with One Mission and thanked the school by answering questions from students and posing for pictures.

He was asked about his shoe size, which is 16, said his favorite ice cream is cookies and cream and his pregame snack is chocolate milk and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with smooth peanut butter, not chunky.

When one student asked if he knew Tom Brady, Gronkowski laughed and said “yes.”

Gronkowski also talked about his involvement with the charity since he joined the Patriots.

“I just want to say how incredible it is, how you guys come together as a town, as a school and as a team,” he said. “It’s just like playing football.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Demaryius Thomas calls out Tom Brady at bar, but then says he’s great 03.07.17 at 9:29 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:
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: China vs. Cuba, 10 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: Boston at Washington, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Canada vs. Toronto, 1 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (NBA)
NHL: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Clemson, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Boston College at Wake Forest, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. Francis (Pa.) at Mount St. Ma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Dakota State at Omaha, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Detroit at Green Bay, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: IUPUI at Western Illinois, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Marquette at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— In a video obtained by TMZ, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas jokingly took a shot at Tom Brady while partying at a nightclub on Saturday.

“F— Tom Brady! But he’s great!” Thomas said to the camera while at the Velvet Elvis Grille in Milledgeville, Georgia. The unidentified man with Thomas in the video assured everyone there is no ill-will between Thomas and Brady and said “He’s kidding!”

Thomas is also seen dancing shirtless on top of the bar and buying drinks for other club-goers.

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Mike Francesa doubles down: Hiring woman coach would be ‘publicity stunt’ 03.06.17 at 5:07 pm ET
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NY PostMike Francesa allows that females can be CEOs and perhaps even the president. However, the WFAN icon will not concede that a woman has the capability to be a head coach in the NBA.

Digging in further after his controversial comments last week, Francesa used his opening monologue and then five friendly callers to assert that women coaching professional basketball players is an impossibility. Where others may seen misogyny, Francesa believes he sees reality, doubling down on claims that a female coach would be eaten alive by male NBA players.

“There’s no saying that everybody has to do every single job. Some are better for some people. That’s all,” Francesa said Monday, after he told a father of a daughter Wednesday that the caller wouldn’t see a world in which women coached men at the highest level. “That’s not being chauvinist. That’s not being stone aged. That’s just being reasonable. … It is difficult for men to run these rooms.”

Francesa cited the fact that there are zero women coaching men at the collegiate level, extrapolating from there that a woman who would rise up the ranks at the professional level would not have the resume needed to demand players’ respect. He pointed at the latest Knicks drama, in which Carmelo Anthony questioned the adjustments Jeff Hornacek has made, and said that if Hornacek can’t be blindly accepted by players, neither can a woman.

“I have no problem with women advancing in business, they have every right to do and they will do it as well as men, maybe better,” Francesa said. “Same thing with politics, we’ve seen that. … In male sports at the highest level, running young athletes, bringing them along on the college level, coaching them, teaching them, disciplining them, trying to turn them into a cohesive group, is probably harder now, with all the trappings we have, then it’s ever been before.” 

“…That would be a very tall order for a woman. That’s not an unreasonable statement,” Francesa said. “… I don’t see how that in any way is stone age. If it ever happened, I don’t think it would be anything more than a publicity stunt, I don’t think it would last.

You are not going to change Mike Francesa’s mind on this, or anything really because he is always right.

As I wrote last week, there are currently no women next in line for a head coaching position on the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL level, but that’s not to say there won’t be one day. Right now it’s unlikely a woman can be a head coach because there just isn’t a female candidate up for the job.

Because of this, if a team hired a woman right now it would be a publicity stunt of sorts because she would only have been hired because of her gender. So, again, Mike is sort of right. If an NBA team hired Becky Hammon right now, that would be a publicity stunt. However, it’s not out of the question she could be a head coach someday.

But Francesa said “if it ever happened” meaning even if it happens in the future it would be a publicity stunt. And that is sexist. As is saying a woman in a head coaching position wouldn’t last.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Arian Foster explains why he can fight wolves; Russian politician wants to make fan fighting spectator sport 03.06.17 at 9:26 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 at Houston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Israel vs. Taiwan, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Boston at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Dallas at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Indiana at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (CSN; TNT)
College basketball: Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: BYU vs. Saint Mary’s, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

—  Arian Foster sent a tweet storm on Sunday detailing why he is capable of killing a wolf. Reasons include wolves don’t have thumbs, “don’t know biology” and biting is their only weapon.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Reporter unknowingly interviews Adrian Peterson; MLB, MLBPA agree to 2017 rule changes 03.03.17 at 8:57 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 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB:
NY Yankees vs. Toronto, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Cleveland at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: San Antonio at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Boston at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (CSN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami (Ohio) at Ohio, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville State at Belmont, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron at Kent State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Murray State at UT Martin, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. N.C. State, 11 a.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball:
Northwestern at Ohio State, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. Florida State, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball:
Minnesota at Maryland, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: TBA vs. Duke, 8 p.m. (NESN Plus)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A TV reporter in Houston interviewed a man on the street for a story on road rage last week and didn’t realize until the end of the interview the man was Adrian Peterson.

Peterson gave a general response to reporter Jon Donnelly’s road rage question and Donnelly had no idea who he was interviewing until he asked for the man’s name. When Peterson told him, Donnelly paused before saying, “Wait a minute…you’re not?” to which Peterson replied, “Yeah.”

The Vikings declined Peterson’s 2017 contract option the day this happened so it must have been a relief for Peterson when he realized this reporter just wanted to ask him about road rage.

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Mike Francesa’s coaching opinion is sexist, but problem is he’s not entirely wrong 03.02.17 at 11:04 pm ET
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NewsdayLike many jobs in sports, coaching remains a male-dominated profession, but a few women have found their way into the professional ranks of men’s sports. Former WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon has been an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs since 2014, and Kathryn Smith became the NFL’s first full-time female coach while working with the Bills in 2016.

Still, WFAN’s Mike Francesa thinks it would be “impossible” for a woman to be a head coach for a team of men.
On Wednesday, a caller asked Francesa if the radio host expected to see someone like Hammon take over a team in his lifetime. Francesa dismissed the notion as being outside the realm of possibility, saying Hammon had “no shot” to become a head coach.

“To be the head coach of an NBA team?” Francesa asked. “No shot. The odds on that are a million-to-one, and if it wasn’t the most dominant coach in the league doing that, I don’t think anyone else would hire a woman right now.”

Hammon was hired by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in 2014 after attending team practices and meetings the previous year. In 2015, she coached the Spurs’ NBA Summer League team, leading it to the Las Vegas Summer League title.

“I think it’s an honorable thing, but the bottom line is what you’re asking her to do is an incredibly difficult thing to do,” Francesa said. “It’s not something that makes sense to even aspire to.”

The caller mentioned his daughter who has an interest in sports, but Francesa was adamant that she would have no avenue to professional coaching.

“Here’s your thing — you have decided that your daughter should be allowed to manage a professional team. Let’s be honest, your daughter, maybe she’ll become a great athlete. Maybe she’ll become a great executive. But the problem is there’s not gonna be an avenue for her to manage a major- league men’s team,” Francesa said. “First of all, do you know how difficult it would be for a female to manage 25 men? Or 50 men? Do you know how impossible that would be?”

The caller answered that it would be tough, to which Francesa responded, “It wouldn’t be tough. It would be impossible. You’re gonna tell me that you would think a woman could walk in to an NFL team and coach as a head coach, 15 assistants and 50 to 60 men?”

When I was 12 I dreamed of being the manager of an MLB team. I decided not to pursue that, but it wasn’t because anyone told me I couldn’t. I agree with the caller that it would be tough. Really tough. However, I disagree with Francesa that it would be impossible. It’s not happening any time soon but it’s not impossible. There is currently a woman MLB coach and there was, until recently, another in the NFL. It’s not unfathomable to say they could be a manager or head coach one day, but the chances are slim. I even doubt it will happen, but I don’t think it’s something women shouldn’t aspire to.

By definition, what Francesa said here is sexist. Saying a woman can’t do something because she’s a woman is sexist. But he’s not completely wrong. And that’s the real problem.

I see where he’s is coming from. It would be extremely difficult for a woman to coach an MLB or NFL or NBA team because where would they come from and how would they get there? As Mike said, there’s no real pathway currently for women to coach on this level. As of right now, it is virtually impossible because there aren’t any women in positions where they can move directly to a head coaching job should one open up. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be impossible in the future. Just not in the near future.

I’m not offended by this at all because this is Mike Francesa saying this. Of course he’s going to say this. There’s never been a woman head coach or manager so he thinks there never can be. He’s a traditionalist who just learned what Uber is yesterday.

And I agree with Francesa that Susyn Waldman couldn’t manage the Yankees. She’s insufferable.

ALSO, Mike: You said someone can’t coach a team on a major league level if he (or she) hasn’t played the game. Not that this story is even necessarily true, but you said in the past you were offered a job in the NFL in the 90’s, possibly to coach, but you never played football. so based on what you said here, you are unqualified to coach an NFL team and I know you don’t believe that.

Though because Francesa had a “baseball career” in high school, he would be qualified to manage an MLB team. It’s a shame his bad knees cut that career short.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs speaks out after criticism 03.02.17 at 9:36 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:
Exhibition: Boston at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB:
Exhibition: Miami vs. Houston, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB:
Exhibition: LA Dodgers vs. San Francisco, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: Houston at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Arkansas at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: BC at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM 850)
College basketball: VCU at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Louisville at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Air Force at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 1 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: BC vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, 6:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Mack Beggs, the transgender wrestler who won the Texas state girls’ wrestling title last week, opened up in an interview with Outside the Lines on Wednesday, saying he needs to “stay strong” against the scrutiny he has received for wrestling against girls.

The 17 year-old Beggs identifies as male and said he was undeterred by the boos from the crowds during matches on his way to winning the championship.

“I just heard the boos, but I heard more cheering,” Beggs said. “Honestly, I was like, ‘You know what? Boo all you want, because you’re just hating. You hating ain’t going to get me and you nowhere, and I’m just going to keep on doing what I’ve got to do.’

“That’s why I’ve always had that mentality,” he went on. “If you’re going to be negative, you know, whatever, that’s not going to faze me.”

Beggs said he has been called “f—-t” and “it” and said his taking testosterone is the reason for the boos and criticism.

“I mean, I’ve been winning before when I didn’t have testosterone, but now that, you know, I’m actually winning winning, people want to go crazy,” Beggs said. He said he believes some people “just automatically want to call me a cheater.”

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