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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Duke’s Grayson Allen takes heat after tripping another opponent 02.26.16 at 8:24 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston University at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bulls at Hawks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Yale, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iona at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Bowling Green at Akron, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rider at Monmouth, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oakland, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


There are calls for Duke guard Grayson Allen to be suspended after his latest transgression, a trip of Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes late in Thursday’s 80-65 Duke win.

On video, Allen can be seen sticking out his foot as Rathan-Mayes starts to run upcourt behind him. After Rathan-Mayes falls, Allen turns and puts out his hands as it to imply it was not intentional.

“He wanted to keep playing physical,” Allen said (via the Fayetteville Observer). “So I tried to walk away from it as he was grabbing me. We ended up tangling up and falling. It was really nothing.”

No foul was called on the play, although the league could punish Allen after investigating.

On Feb. 8, Allen tripped a Louisville player and was charged with a flagrant foul 1. He’s also been more aggressive arguing calls with officials lately, complaining that other teams are being allowed to be more physical with him.

“I think I’m handling it pretty well,” he said after Thursday’s game. “Obviously, I’m a very emotional guy. I think everyone knows that on the court. There are a lot of times where I let that out, but I think I’d have a few more technicals if I wasn’t controlling it well.”

Added Allen: “I’m not going to take anything from anyone. Whatever someone’s dishing out to me, inside the game and inside the rules of the game, I’m going to give it right back. It doesn’t matter to me what kind of physical contact I get, I’m not looking to the ref to bail me out. I’m playing physical right back, and I think that shows in my driving ability, how I attack, how I’m getting open for the ball. I’m going to be just as physical with that person as they are with me.”

— Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case has been referred to a grand jury, Dallas police announced Thursday, raising more questions about whether the former Heisman Trophy winner is receiving preferential treatment.

The soon-to-be-released Browns quarterback is accused of hitting and threatening an ex-girlfriend during an incident Jan. 30 that started at a Dallas hotel.

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Report: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants to play for Jets next season 02.03.16 at 11:23 am ET
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After a dreadful season in 2015, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly wants out of San Francisco, and his preferred destination apparently is the Jets. This is according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, citing sources.

Kaepernick has experienced quite the fall from grace, as just a few years removed from leading his team to the Super Bowl he was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert midway through the 2015 season.

While he may want out of San Francisco, that is easier said than done. The 28-year-old has five years left on his $114 million deal he signed in 2014. The 49ers will need to decide if they want to trade Kaepernick, cut him or keep him right where he is. On April 1, his salary for the upcoming season ($11.9 million) will become guaranteed. That means if the team is going to make a move, it might need to do it relatively soon.

An additional and maybe more significant question is if the Jets actually are interested in Kaepernick. They are coming off their best season since 2010, and that was in large part due to the success of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. They also have 25-year-old Geno Smith, who has not had much success in the NFL, but Jets owner Woody Johnson recently was quoted as saying he has “the ability” if he sticks with it.

If the Jets do feel Kaepernick would be a beneficial addition to their team, trading for him likely would cost them more than signing him if he was cut by the 49ers. It remains to be seen what their level of interest is in Kaepernick, if any at all.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets LB David Harris ‘shocked’ by team’s lack of effort, promises, ‘It ain’t going to happen again’ 11.03.15 at 8:10 am ET
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NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Nuggets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Northern Illinois at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Juventus, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, CSKA Moscow at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— The Jets, apparently suffering from a Patriots hangover, were embarrassed by the Raiders on Sunday, dropping a 34-20 decision. That hasn’t shaken the confidence of what had been the league’s best defensive team.

Said linebacker David Harris on Monday: “Just trust me: It ain’t going to happen again.”

Harris said the team’s effort was not up to par, saying it was “disgusting” watching the game film.

“We just did a poor job of tackling,” Harris said. “The effort was poor all the way across the board. We had way too many guys not hustling on every play and it hurt us.”

The Jets had been the league’s stingiest team prior to allowing 30 points to the Patriots and then 34 to Oakland in consecutive losses that have dropped their record to 4-3 — and dropped them to 12th in points allowed (four spots behind behind the Patriots). Raiders quarterback Derek Carr amassed 333 yards passing with four touchdowns against the vaunted Jets secondary, while tailback Latavius Murray compiled 113 rushing yards. Pro Football Focus tallied 19 missed tackles by Gang Green.

Said Harris: “They outplayed us in every aspect. … Nobody expected it to happen. Surprised. Shocked. Worried. Any way you view it, it wasn’t our best effort, let’s put it that way.”

Kobe Bryant laughed off a preseason breakdown from ESPN that had him rated as the 93rd-best player in the NBA. A week into the season, he doesn’t even consider himself that good.

After saying he’s the “200th-best player in the league right now,” Bryant was given a day off Monday by coach Byron Scott, who hopes the 37-year-old will stop beating himself up.

“I said, just stay away from the gym today,” Scott said after Monday’s practice. “Just spend some time with your kids and family and get basketball off your mind for 24 hours if you can — which I don’t think he can — and then come in tomorrow fresh and we’ll go from there.”

Bryant is shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from 3-point range, although he’s still averaging 17.3 points per game.

After Sunday’s 3-for-15 performance in a loss to the Mavericks that dropped Los Angeles to 0-3, Bryant said, “I just can’t make a shot,” and, “I freaking suck.”

Said rookie guard D’Angelo Russell: “We’re going to keep feeding him. … He’s in the gym 24/7. It’s not that he’s not putting in the work. It’s just, the basketball gods aren’t blessing him right now with making shots. But they’ll fall. Then we won’t be having this conversation.”

— Almost exactly three years after taking over as 49ers starting quarterback — and proceeding to lead the team to the Super Bowl — Colin Kaepernick reportedly is being demoted.

According to multiple reports out of San Francisco, Blaine Gabbert will be behind center when the Niners take the field Sunday.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson after admission of marijuana use 10.10.14 at 8:03 am ET
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MLB playoffs: Royals at Orioles, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Washington State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Fresno State at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Whitecaps at Sounders, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Texas prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson based on his admission that he smoked marijuana while out on bond. Peterson allegedly confessed to a drug tester that he “smoked a little weed” before he was tested during Wednesday’s court appearance to address a child abuse charge.

Peterson has been free on $15,000 bond since being charged with felony child abuse. Using illegal drugs usually is a condition for revocation of bond.

“In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond,” the district attorney’s office wrote.

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  • No, he's not a threat to anyone and it would be unnecessary and unreasonable to imprison him (34%, 62 Votes)

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No action can be taken on the matter until a hearing is held on whether a new judge should be appointed in the child abuse case. Prosecutors asked that the judge be replaced after a comment he made about the lead attorneys playing to the media.

A trial date tentatively was set for Dec. 1 for Peterson, who did not enter a plea during Wednesday’s hearing.

The 29-year-old running back remains on paid leave from the Vikings, who placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list last month. He is not allowed to participate in any activities, although he continues to draw his $11.75 million salary.

— Colin Kaepernick revealed Thursday that he was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the 49ers‘ victory Sunday.

The NFL has a contract with Bose. Kaepernick, who has an endorsement deal with Beats, knew he could be punished for wearing the Beats headphones — a pink version in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.

Tweeted Kaepernick: I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!

Asked if Beats would pay his fine, Kaepernick said, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling reportedly hires private investigators to seek dirt on NBA 06.13.14 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Phillies, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Nationals at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Stanley Cup finals: Rangers at Kings, 8 p.m. (NBC)
World Cup soccer: Mexico vs. Cameroon, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Spain vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Chile vs. Australia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
Track and Field: NCAA championships, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Golf: U.S. Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)


— Banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling is pulling no punches in his bid to exact revenge on the NBA. According to multiple reports, Sterling’s legal team has given four private investigation firms a six-figure budget to unearth any history of misconduct by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, former commissioner David Stern and the league’s 29 other owners.

As part of their investigation, the detectives will attempt to discover if any owners have made racist or sexist comments or jokes.

“The gloves are off, as they say,” a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy told The Associated Press. “Have them dig up all the dirt they can find.”

Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion in federal court after being pushed out as Clippers owner and fined $2.5 million, claiming that the tape of him making racist comments was made illegally and use of it as evidence violates his constitutional rights. He also accuses the league of committing a breach of contract and violating antitrust laws.

Sterling is headed to probate court next month to fight a claim by his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, that he is mentally incapacitated. Shelly Sterling negotiated the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The NBA on Wednesday submitted a filing encouraging a judge to confirm Shelly Sterling’s authority to act as sole administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which controls the team.

“He realized these guys will literally go to any low to get this sold,” the Sterling insider said of the NBA. “Even if it gets[him] nothing other than exposing all these guys and shaking up the league and seeing a change in the leadership of the league, it’ll be worth it to him.”

Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges related to an incident involving a woman at a Miami hotel on April 1, as the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office said Thursday there was not enough evidence that a crime was committed.

The woman, who had a previous sexual relationship with the 49ers quarterback, was incoherent when police responded to the room after receiving a 911 call, according to authorities. A hotel security officer said she started “screaming incoherently about Jesus and devils” and banged her head against the walls. The woman was sedated and taken to a hospital. Tests indicated she was not sexually assaulted.

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton were the other players in the room.

Kaepernick, who signed a six-year, $126 million contract extension this month, attempted to leave the hotel when the women’s behavior deteriorated.

He tweeted Thursday: As I said from day one, I would never do the things that were made up about me. I’m glad this issue is resolved. It’s time for football.

— Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be featured on the ninth annual edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary program this preseason.

“We are excited about the opportunity to give our fans a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare an NFL team for the rigors of a 16-game regular season and beyond,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “This marks the first time that our franchise will be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ and we look forward to showcasing our great players and coaches to football fans all across America.”

Coach Mike Smith seemed an unlikely willing participant in the show, which debuts Aug. 5, but he said he’s up for the challenge.

“We are looking forward to connecting with our fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2014 training camp,” Smith said. “The series will give fans a behind the scenes look at the competition between players as we build our roster and prepare for the season. We are looking forward to the start of camp in late July.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 13, 1997, the Red Sox played their first interleague regular-season game ever, recording an 8-7 victory over which National League club?

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Colin Kaepernick reportedly inks six-year, $126 million extension with 49ers 06.05.14 at 9:42 am ET
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Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be serving as San Francisco’€™s franchise play-caller for a long, long time — with the contract to show it.

The dynamic signal-caller agreed to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping the University of Nevada product with the Niners through the 2020 season. The contract is reported to be worth $126 million — with $61 million in guaranteed money.

Both Kaepernick and the 49ers made it a goal to reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of training camp in July.

“They were able to get it done six weeks earlier than what I think everyone thought,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very excited to have it done at this point and we don’t have to worry about talks or anything like that moving forward.”

Kapernick, who was set to make less than $1 million this season, now has the most guaranteed money of any current NFL quarterback under contract.

“I’m always striving to be in that group. An elite group in the NFL. Not necessarily pay, but as far as a player. Whatever comes along with that comes along with it,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very grateful for it. … I don’t think my motivation is money-driven.”

Once a relative unknown on a team that advanced to the NFC championship game during his one season as backup to current Chiefs play-caller Alex Smith, Kaepernick supplanted Smith as starting quarterback midway through the 2012 season and has led the team to one of its most successful periods in franchise history.

Kaepernick led the Niners to their first Super Bowl in 18 years during the 2012 year — losing by three points to the Ravens — while later helping his team make it to the NFC championship game in 2013, when San Francisco fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks by a score of 23-17.

In 32 career NFL games, Kaepernick has completed 382 of 639 passes for 5,046 yards with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick in Miami police report after incident with woman 04.11.14 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Reds, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pistons at Bulls, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Blackhawks at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


Colin Kaepernick is one of three NFL players named in a police report for an incident involving a woman who says she passed out in a Miami hotel room and woke up at a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there.

The 49ers star was with teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on April 1 at the hotel where Lockette lives. The woman, who acknowledged having a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past, said she was told by the men to use marijuana before drinking shots of alcohol with them. She later went to the bedroom to lie down because she was feeling lightheaded. Kaepernick allegedly joined her and undressed her, but she does not remember what happened after that, and police stressed that there are only unproven allegations at this point.

“As far as whether there was a crime committed, it’s too early to say,” police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

The 49ers and Seahawks issued statements only saying they were aware of the incident.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

Kaepernick, 26, just completed his third season, leading San Francisco to the NFC title game a year after sparking the team’s run to the Super Bowl. He has been working out in the Miami area.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, coming off a disappointing 2013 season, had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday after rehab efforts did not relieve the discomfort, the team announced.

Manning sprained the ankle in New York’s regular-season finale. The 33-year-old finished the season with a career-high 27 interceptions and a QB rating of 69.4, his worst since his rookie season in 2004 (55.4). The Giants finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Manning had been working out with his brother, Peyton Manning, and members of the Giants and Broncos at Duke University under the watch of Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who coached both Mannings in college.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the [April] 21st,” Manning said. “I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”

— Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons will accompany a fan to Fenway Park for the Red Sox-Yankees game April 23 as part of a contest to benefit the Peter Gammons Scholars through the Foundation To Be Named Later.

Fans can enter for free via through next Wednesday. The winner will receive round-trip airline tickets (if more than 150 miles from Boston) and a one-night stay in a downtown Boston hotel, and meet Gammons on the field for batting practice prior to sitting with him to watch the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout while making his Fenway Park debut?

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: Insecure Richard Sherman ‘afraid’ of San Francisco receivers 01.31.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Colin Kaepernick typically has few words for the media, but after Richard Sherman‘€™s postgame interview after the NFC championship, the 49ers quarterback decided to open up.

“I think everyone knows his comments were ridiculous,” Kaepernick said of Sherman to the New York Post.

“As my dad has always told me, if you have to tell people how good you are, then how good are you really? If you have to go on national TV and try to say you’€™re the best cornerback in the league, then you’ve got your own insecurities.”

Seattle’€™s Sherman made a choke sign toward Kaepernick after the quarterback underthrew a pass to Michael Crabtree in the end zone at the end of the championship game. According to Sherman, the 49er should have known better than to throw the ball near him.

Kaepernick responded Thursday saying he would attempt the same play again.

“I don’€™t care who’€™s out there,” Kaepernick said. “I had Crabtree one-on-one with half of the field to himself, and I’€™m going to take that every single time. He made a good play on that ball, but if I throw it a foot farther, it’€™s a touchdown and now you’€™re the goat, Richard Sherman.

“It’€™s a game of inches. The inches were in [Sherman’€™s] favor in that case, but this game will humble you very quickly.”

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NFL roundup: Discipline expected for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin; Giants-Redskins ends in controversy 12.02.13 at 11:35 am ET
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When the NFL comes out with a decision regarding Mike Tomlin‘€™s disciple for his antics in the Steelers’€™ 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night, it’€™s expected that his pockets will be significantly lighter.

ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter reported that Tomlin could, at the least, be issued a hefty fine by the league. Schefter wrote that in addition to a possible six-figure fine, the Steelers also could lose a draft pick.

During Thursday’s game with Pittsburgh trailing 13-7, Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones raced up the sideline, seemingly destined for the end zone. Replays showed Tomlin, who stood perilously close to the field to begin with, step with his right foot onto the field before immediately jumping back off. Jones was tackled, and the question of whether Tomlin intended to disrupt Jones came into play. The officials did not issue Tomlin a flag.

The NFL is expected to reach a decision this week, but Schefter reported that a suspension for Tomlin is unlikely.

The last case of a coach interfering with a player occurred in 2010 when Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was caught on video tripping a gunner on the Dolphins punt return team. The NFL fined the Jets $100,000 while the team fined Alosi $25,000 and suspended him for the remainder of the season.

‘€¢ A battle between NFC East cellar-dwellers featured a controversial ending on the final drive of the Giants‘€™ 24-17 win over the Redskins Sunday.

With less than two minutes remaining in the game, and Washington down seven with the ball on its own 41-yard line facing a second-and-5, Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon close to the first-down marker. The Redskins, without any timeouts, went into a no-huddle offense as it appeared the officials had given Washington a fresh set of downs, with the chains moving. But after an incompletion, the refs revealed that instead of second-and-10, it would be fourth-and-1. The Redskins completed a pass but fumbled, and New York went on to win.

‘€œI said I wanted a measurement,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. ‘€œAnd [the official] said, ‘€˜You don’t have to, it’s a first down.’€™ ‘€

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees, Orioles managers have angry confrontation 09.10.13 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Mexico at United States, 7:40 p.m. (ESPN)


‘€¢ Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who famously went on a hypocritical, holier-than-thou rant against Ryan Dempster after the Red Sox pitcher hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last month, continued his crusade against the American League East on Monday, sparking a confrontation with Orioles manager Buck Showalter during the teams’ game in Baltimore.

In the first inning, Girardi walked to the end of his dugout and started yelling at O’s third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs. That didn’t sit well with Showalter, who stormed out of his dugout after the frame, angrily yelling and gesturing at his counterpart. Girardi left his dugout as well, as did the players, before the umpires interceded and issued warnings to both teams.

“He was yelling at the third-base coach,” Showalter said. “Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen.”

Girardi would only say: “It was something that I saw. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Showalter and Dickerson strongly denied any sign-stealing. Dickerson said Girardi yelled at him, “I know what you’re doing.”

“I’m a grown man. I don’t see why he was yelling at me,” Dickerson said. “I just said, ‘You don’t know anything. You don’t even know me to be yelling at me.’ I’m just trying to do my job over there and nobody’s going to yell at me for nothing.”

The O’s won the game, 4-2, putting another dent in New York’s chances to earn a postseason berth. The Yankees trail the Rays by three games for the second wild card, with the Orioles and Indians in their way as well.

‘€¢ Talk after the 49ers’ 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday centered on Clay Matthews‘ late hit on Colin Kaepernick and the way the officials handled it.

After Matthews dove and collided with Kaepernick out of bounds on a run in the second quarter, San Francisco lineman Joe Staley got in Matthews’ face and the two had an angry exchange, with Matthews appearing to be more aggressive, punching and smacking Staley. The officials gave Staley an unsportsmanlike penalty that matched the one on Matthews for the hit, and they negated the play entirely.

The NFL on Monday announced that it was handled incorrectly, that Staley should not have been penalized and the run should have stood.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, voiced his disappointment with Matthews, who had said before the game that Green Bay would target the scrambling Kaepernick.

“Like I said last week, usually a man will tell you his bad intentions if you just listen,” Harbaugh said. “That certainly was a cheap shot, launching, clotheslining to the neck-head area. Bad play.”

Harbaugh also took a shot at Matthews for slapping Staley.

“If you’re going to go to the face, come with knuckles, not an open slap,” the coach said. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Responded Packers coach Mike McCarthy: “Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means. I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.”

‘€¢ The U.S. men’s national soccer team plays Mexico on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, in a World Cup qualifying match, and U.S. defender Matt Besler will miss the match after receiving a controversial yellow card in Friday’s loss to Costa Rica.

Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell walked behind Besler, bumped into him and flopped to the ground, claiming to be injured. Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, who was not near the play as the ball was up the field, jogged over and gave Besler a yellow card after communicating with his linesman. Because it’s Besler’s second yellow in World Cup qualifying play, he has to sit out a game.

Tweeted Besler: It’s difficult putting into words the feeling, but watching the video confirms what I already knew. ‘€¦ I’m extremely disappointed this is the reason I won’t get a chance to represent my country in another Mexico match, with a chance to qualify.

The United States sits in second place in the final CONCACAF qualifying round, one point behind Costa Rica. The top three teams earn automatic berths in the World Cup, while the fourth-place finisher faces New Zealand for another spot.

The incident can be seen at the 5:40 mark.

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