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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 home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

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)


— 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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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ejected Clippers star Blake Griffin upset about Warriors’ ‘cowardly basketball’ 12.26.13 at 8:32 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Grizzlies at Rockets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Little Caesars Bowl, Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State vs. Northern Illinois, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Hull City, 7:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal at West Ham, 9:55 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Liverpool at Manchester City, 12:25 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Clippers star Blake Griffin wasn’t around for the finish of Wednesday’s 105-103 loss to the Warriors in Oakland, and he’s not happy about it.

Griffin was ejected for his second technical foul with 10:43 remaining following a confrontation with Golden State center Andrew Bogut, who was given a technical and a flagrant 1 foul.

Earlier in the game, Griffin had a dispute with Draymond Green, who was sent off after being charged with a flagrant 2 foul for elbowing Griffin.

“If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said. “It all boils down to [the referees] fell for it. To me, it’s cowardly basketball. I don’t know their intentions, but it worked. ‘€¦ Tonight I got two technicals for nothing.”

Added Clippers coach Doc Rivers: “I don’t know if they were [trying to bait Griffin], but it sure looked like it it. I can’t accuse them of that, but it looked like it. ‘€¦ It’s whatever you have to do to win, I guess.”

Shortly after Griffin’s ejection, Clippers center Ryan Hollins elbowed Bogut, and that did not sit well with Rivers, who could be seen yelling at his own player.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson downplayed the situation, even after the teams scuffled at the conclusion of the game.

“We like them. Merry Christmas,” he joked. “It’s just physical basketball, so we don’t get caught up in that. ‘€¦ It’s good, old-fashioned basketball between two teams that are playing for something.”

— NBA teams playing on Christmas Day were suited up in special short-sleeve uniforms, and the jerseys were not received well. Beno Udrih of the Knicks shot just 1-for-6 in his team’s 123-94 loss to the Thunder and put some of the blame on the short.

“Personally, it bothered me and my shot,” he said. “On a normal shot, I’m used to getting my shoulder and elbow up [unhindered]. That was my personal feeling. I don’t know how anyone else was feeling. I know Timmy [Hardaway] was saying he wore it in college before. I never did it before.”

After putting a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner off the side of the backboard, Udrih could be seen rolling up his sleeves.

“Maybe we should practice wearing them for a few weeks to get used to it,” Udrih said. “It’s what the NBA decided to do, we can’t go against that. They told us we were going to wear the short sleeves, but we’ve never worn them before.”

LeBron James, who led the Heat to a 101-95 victory over the Lakers, said he’ll ask for a larger jersey next time.

“It’s definitely a different feeling,” he said. “I felt a little tug.”

Even players who were off for the day weighed in with their criticism — but more for fashion than fit.

“Call me old school, but these jerseys with sleeves are awful,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki wrote on Twitter.

Tweeted Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez: “Needs to be a mass burning of these sleeved NBA jerseys.”

Wes Welker‘s Christmas included a return to practice with the Broncos, his first practice since suffering a concussion in a game again the Texans on Dec. 8.

Welker participated on a limited basis as he tries to return from his second concussion in a month.

“He’s still in the steps of the concussion protocol, and we’re taking it day to day,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “It was good to see him out there.”

Welker must be cleared of symptoms by the team’s medical staff as well as an independent physician approved by the league and the NFL Players Association before he can return to game action. Assuming he skips Sunday’s regular-season finale, he would have two more weeks of recovery time before the team’s playoff opener.

Two other Broncos also returned to the practice field Wednesday, as defensive end Derek Wolfe and cornerback Kayvon Webster gave it a go. Wolfe had “seizure-like symptoms” on the team bus en route to the airport Nov. 29, while Webster broke his right thumb in two places in a Dec. 12 game against the Chargers and had surgery the following day.

Denver could use a boost on defense after losing All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 26, 1976, John Bucyk scored in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Cleveland Barons, giving him 545 career goals and moving him past which Canadiens legend for fourth place on the all-time list?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Amar’e Stoudemire in tiff with Bucks 11.10.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Last week, it was Kevin Garnett who was engaged in some heated discussions with Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Tuesday night, Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire took his turn. Stoudemire objected to what he felt was an intentional elbow from Bogut during the Bucks’ 107-80 blowout win. After receiving a technical foul for taunting Bogut, Stoudemire took his argument to the Bucks bench, engaging in a back-and-forth with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles. “I think they might have amped [Bogut] up to play very physical out there,” Stoudemire explained, adding: “It’s a team effort, so I’m going after the whole team.” Stoudemire, perhaps not coincidentally, was the player who gave Bogut a nudge last year on a dunk, causing Bogut to lose his balance and fall, breaking his elbow and wrist.

Here’s video of some of the dust-up.

‘™¦ With the accusations against Auburn quarterback Cam Newton gaining steam, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel writes that the Heisman Trophy favorite needs to come out and deny the charges if he’s innocent.

‘™¦ With Derek Jeter winning another Gold Glove on Tuesday and sparking the annual debate about the selection process, John Harper at the New York Daily News writes that it’s time to make changes.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 10, 2002, who turned down the Red Sox‘ general manager job after initially accepting it, paving the way for Theo Epstein to take over and lead the Sox to the 2004 World Series title?

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