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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots missing Super Bowl game-winning football found; UConn Women reach record 100-game win streak 02.14.17 at 8:45 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:
NBA: Cleveland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Sacramento at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Vancouver at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at VCU, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Rutgers at Purdue, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Patriots running back James White said after the Super Bowl he forgot to take the game-winning touchdown football and didn’t know what happened to it.

“I wasn’t thinking in that moment,” White said. “I was too busy sprinting down the field.”

Thankfully, we now know, according to a team spokesman, an equipment manager picked it up and it is safe and sound and on display in the Patriots’ Hall of Fame.

The missing football was worrisome at the time because Tom Brady’s game-worn jersey was also missing and still has not been found.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Celtics center Fab Melo dead at 26; Jose Fernandez estate sued by families of other boat crash victims 02.13.17 at 8:23 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: San Antonio at Indiana, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Atlanta at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: NY Rangers at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colgate at Bucknell, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Morgan State at Howard, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at DePaul, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Texas at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: South Carolina at Connecticut, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Celtics and Syracuse center, Fab Melo, was found dead in his home in Brazil on Saturday.

According to reports, Melo went to bed Friday night and was found Saturday morning by his mother. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

“We don’t know the cause yet. It’s so hard right now, so hard to believe. It’s a sad, sad day. He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing: a 10-page paper,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to ESPN. He was referring to Melo’s academic ineligibility during his final season at the school. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player and was a nice kid.”

Melo was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year during the two seasons he spent with Syracuse before he was drafted in the first round by the Celtics in 2012. He spent a year with the Celtics before he was traded to the Grizzlies. He then left the NBA in 2014 to play in Brazil.

Current and former Celtics and others around the sports world reacted on social media to Melo’s death.

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ESPN writers writing book about Roger Goodell, NFL 02.10.17 at 2:47 pm ET
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Awful AnnouncingThough a date hasn’t been announced, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham have collaborated on Powerball, an investigative look at Roger Goodell, NFL owners, and the league’s modern-day power structure.

That’s a very promising starting point, and the synopsis is very intriguing:

“From the commissioner’s office on down, the NFL serves the interests of those who really have the power. Beginning in 2006, when Roger Goodell was elected NFL Commissioner on a secret ballot by the NFL team owners, POWERBALL will trace how the league’s owners evolved from a mainly cohesive group of legacy owners’ families to a raucous, divisive membership that has splintered into cliques, and it will examine how what happens in the inner circles of the league affects the games watched by millions every season.

Both separately and together, Van Natta and Wickersham have written definitive pieces for ESPN The Magazine—about Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, the connection of Deflategate to Spygate, the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles, and many of the league’s biggest stars, from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning.”

Fewer sports organizations have been more maligned in recent years than the NFL league office. Something goes wrong at seemingly every turn, and even incidents in which they’re on the right side of common sense (like the various New England scandals) turn into bumbling investigations.

And this is a multi-billion dollar enterprise! It’s astounding how much of a disconnect there is between the stern, competent face the league seems to want to present (respect the shield!) and the Keystone Cops routine into which things inevitably devolve.

Van Natta and Wickersham both contribute to ESPN: The Magazine and Outside the Lines. OTL regularly offers some of ESPN’s best journalism, and both men appear well-suited to this particular task.

Crown didn’t announce a release date yet, but smart money is later this year, perhaps around opening week for the league.

It should be an interesting read.

Before I even get to the part about these two particular ESPN writers authoring this book, look at this article itself.

“Something goes wrong at seemingly every turn, and even incidents in which they’re on the right side of common sense (like the various New England scandals) turn into bumbling investigations.”

THE RIGHT SIDE OF COMMON SENSE.

Stuff like this will never end. I know that. “It should be an interesting read.” No, it should not be. It should be a biased, infuriating read because these are the two guys who wrote that trash “Spygate to Deflategate: Inside what split the NFL and Patriots apart” piece for ESPN in Sept. 2015. It included lines like this: “Then the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, the cheating program’s mastermind, spoke.”

If this book is anything like that, expect it to make the Patriots look bad and Goodell look less like the devil.

 

NBA is cracking down on Twitter feuds between teams 02.10.17 at 2:08 pm ET
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ESPNThe NBA, citing concerns about provoking exchanges between players that could damage the league’s reputation, issued a memo to all 30 franchises this week emphasizing rules prohibiting “mocking and/or ridiculing” opponents or officials by official team social media accounts.

The memo was issued in the wake of an exchange between Memphis Grizzlies small forward Chandler Parsons and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum that started with the official Trail Blazers Twitter account posting a GIF of Parsons air-balling a 3-pointer during the Jan. 27 game between the teams.

Parsons, who received maximum-contract offers from Portland and Memphis before choosing to go to the Grizzlies in free agency last summer, replied after the game: “Good luck in the lottery show this year.”

McCollum quoted that tweet and added a snarky one-liner directed to Parsons, who has struggled while coming back from knee surgery this season: “We hit the lottery by not signing you.”

Parsons later laughed about the exchange and said an apology the next day from Blazers CEO and president Chris McGowan was not necessary, but the league office was clearly not amused.

Here is the memo:

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: MLB to test starting runner at 2B in extra innings in minors; Bob Costas steps down from NBC Olympics coverage 02.10.17 at 9:41 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: 
NBA: Indiana at Washington. 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Chicago at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Ohio at Ball State, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Akron at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton at URI, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Manhattan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Villanova at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Major League Baseball will test an extra innings rule change in the minor leagues to automatically begin the tenth inning, and every extra inning after, with a runner on second base. This test will determine whether MLB will implement the rule on the major league level.

This rule has been used in international baseball and will be incorporated into this spring’s World Baseball Classic.

“Let’s see what it looks like. It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch,” said Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer. “As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time. It’s baseball. I’m just trying to get back to that, where this is the game that people come to watch. It doesn’t mean you’re going to score. You’re just trying to play baseball.”

“What really initiated it is sitting in the dugout in the 15th inning and realizing everybody is going to the plate trying to hit a home run and everyone is trying to end the game themselves,” Torre continued. “I don’t know what inning is the right inning. Maybe the 11th or 12th inning. But there are a number of reasons.”

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Patriots fan nails deflated footballs to pole near Roger Goodell’s Maine house 02.09.17 at 1:28 pm ET
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Boston MagazineFor one Patriots fan, Deflategate was avenged long before Tom Brady and company mounted the most historic comeback in Super Bowl history; before TB12 received Super Bowl MVP honors the same season he was forced to sit out the first four weeks; before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell contorted his face into something vaguely resembling a smile while congratulating him.

No, for one gloriously petty Pats fan, victory was already theirs.

WCSH-6 reports that someone nailed deflated footballs to a telephone pole at the corner of Black Point Road and Route 1 in Scarborough, Maine, a short distance from Goodell’s $6.5 million summer home on Prout’s Neck.

Scarborough police beefed up patrols outside Goodell’s home after the commish upheld the four-game suspension he handed Brady in 2015 for his alleged role in Deflategate. “[The NFL] did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular,” Chief Robbie Moulton told the Portland Press Herald at the time.

That’ll show him.

I don’t think Roger even goes to his house in Maine anymore so if he’s never heard of Barstool (eyeroll) then he clearly doesn’t read news and won’t even see this. But it’s likely the passionate Patriots fan who did this doesn’t even care. It’s one of those “I defended the wall” personal victories.

And those aren’t even NFL footballs, they’re NCAA footballs.

 

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Knick Charles Oakley arrested at Madison Square Garden; Rapper Nelly supports Patriots players not going to White House 02.09.17 at 8:31 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (CSN, TNT)
NHL: NY Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Belmont at Jacksonville State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Winthrop at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Duke , 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri State at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNH at Vermont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Washington at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Pepperdine, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Knick Charles Oakley was arrested at Madison Square Garden during the Knicks-Clippers game Wednesday and charged with three counts of assault during an altercation in the stands near team owner James Dolan.

The incident occurred during the first quarter where Oakley was sitting behind the baseline. Oakley was making comments to Dolan, who was sitting in front of him, while Kristaps Porzingis was shooting free throws. Dolan had security escort Oakley from the arena.

Oakley got physical with security guards and players on both teams stopped to watch. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the former power forward.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who played with Oakley, called the incident “sad.”

“That was tough for me to watch,” Rivers said. “Honest to God, you could see it. I actually took three steps and I swear I was going to run down there, and I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But I didn’t like that. That’s my guy. That was tough to watch from where I was standing.”

“I was there for four minutes,” Oakley told the New York Daily News after being released from Midtown South Precinct. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”

On Thursday morning, Oakley posted this interview to the Instagram account of Jimmy’s NYC:

#CHARLESOAKLEY #NyKnicks #Jimmy’s

A video posted by Jimmy’s NYC (@jimmysnyc) on

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Bart Hubbuch sues NY Post for firing him 02.08.17 at 2:42 pm ET
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NY Daily NewsA New York Post sports writer fired over an anti-President Trump tweet sued the fact-challenged tabloid Wednesday, alleging the paper treated him unfairly because it “regularly exploits tragedy, violence and death to sell news.”

Bart Hubbuch wrote in the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that a tweet he posted comparing President Trump’s inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 was in keeping with the paper’s “freewheeling, non-conformist style of journalism.”

But Hubbuch charges that honchos at the paper fired him in an effort to maintain a relationship between the new President and the Post’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch.

“The Post does not exist to generate a profit; instead, it is operated in a manner designed to serve the ends of Murdoch and his other business interests,” says Hubbuch.

“The Post does not exist to generate a profit; instead, it is operated in a manner designed to serve the ends of Murdoch and his other business interests, such as 21st Century Fox,” Hubbuch states. “That gives Murdoch a strong incentive to please Trump and to avoid upsetting him.”

After Hubbuch posted the off-duty Inauguration Day tweet reading “12/7/41. 9/11/01. 1/20/17,” his supervisor called him, furious, according to the suit.

“What are you doing? You live in New York City. There are people even in here that want me to fire you. You’re going to take that down right now and apologize or I will fire you,” executive sports editor Chris Shaw allegedly fumed.

Hubbuch complied and subsequently tweeted two apologies.

Nevertheless, on Jan. 27 he was fired — though he said supervisors could not point to any written social media policy.

Hubbuch even cites the Dec. 9, 2015, cover of the Daily News — which showed Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty — to prove his point that concern over the president is widespread.

He seeks damages to be determined at trial.

Holy smokes, this guy.

Bart, you were not fired just because of this tweet. This was a solid reason for the Post to fire you but you were fired because you’re a scummy person and a bad journalist and the Post is better off without you.

The Post should have done this a LONG time ago. And Chris Shaw shouldn’t have said “take that down or I’ll fire you,” he should have said “you are fired.”

At least after this pathetic lawsuit is over this clown will officially be completely irrelevant and have no choice but to go away forever.

Mark Teixiera joining ESPN as baseball analyst 02.08.17 at 12:12 pm ET
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NY Daily NewsFour months after hanging up his cleats, Mark Teixeira is picking up a microphone as an ESPN analyst.

ESPN announced the former Yankees first baseman’s new gig on Tuesday. 

Teixeira will contribute to ESPN’s MLB studio coverage, “SportsCenter” and other platforms on the World Wide Leader. He’ll likely start during spring training.

“I coudn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira said in a statement released by the network. “I’m looking forward to being a part of their all-star rotation of commentators and to share my perspective with the fans.”

ESPN studio and in-game analyst John Kruk left the network in the fall for a television job with the Phillies, but it’s unclear if Teixeira will be filling Kruk’s shoes.

“Mark brings valuable insight from his experience as one of the elite first basemen and hitters of his era,” Seth Markman, an ESPN senior coordinating producer, said. “His star power and credentials, coupled with his modern perspective of the game will benefit our coverage.

“He’s been on our radar for quite some time and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

This seems like a good time to revisit Teixeira’s past TV venture called “Foul Territory” on the YES Network. The then-Yankees first baseman hosted this program in which he interviewed teammates and sometimes even equipment.

It was supposed to be bad and sometimes when something is bad on purpose it turns out to be painful to watch. Some of this is. The opening and most of the show is decently funny and the idea is good. As with all things like this, it’s funnier because of who he is.

The best moment is when Teixeira interviews Masahiro Tanaka through an interpreter and at the end asks the interpreter if he should shake the interpreter’s hand and then the interpreter shake Tanaka’s hand.

Will he be better as a real baseball analyst? Only time will tell.

Here is the work that put him on ESPN’s radar:

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Floyd responds to people angry about his Super Bowl tweet; Ed Markey congratulates ‘Boston Patriots’ on Super Bowl win 02.08.17 at 8:22 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 Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Clippers at New York, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Chicago at Golden State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: N.C. State at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at BC, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UCF at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at George Washington, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UNLV at Nevada, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— After the Patriots’ Super Bowl win Sunday, Michael Floyd tweeted this:

People were quick to point out Floyd was inactive and did not play in the Super Bowl and also brought up his recent DUI. 

   Floyd noticed this and responded to the haters on Tuesday. 

Floyd was picked up by the Patriots on Dec. 15 after the Cardinals released him following his DUI arrest.

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