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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Anthony Davis breaks NBA All-Star Game scoring record with 52 points, comments on DeMarcus Cousins trade 02.20.17 at 8:44 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:
NHL: Florida at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Boston College at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Baylor at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

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— Pelicans forward Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA All-Star Game scoring record Sunday night with a whopping 52 points. Most of these points came from dunks.

Davis was named the All-Star Game MVP.

The West prevailed 192-182 in the game against the East.

Davis also commented on the Pelicans’ acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings Sunday night.

“This is an unbelievable weekend,” Davis said. “All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn’t get better than this.”

Here is the video of the moment DeMarcus Cousins found out he was traded to Pelicans on Sunday:

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Ex-Lions RB Jahvid Best suing NFL for allowing him to play despite concussion history 01.29.14 at 11:23 am ET
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The NFL will be dealing with another concussion lawsuit with former Lions running back Jahvid Best suing the league for drafting Best, despite a documented history with concussions, and causing “€œhim additional, permanent and severe injuries to his brain.” The 90-page lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Michigan’€™s Wayne County Circuit Court against the NFL and Riddell, a company that makes helmets for the NFL.

The lawsuit seeks more than $25,000 for “economic and noneconomic damages.” The suit goes on to say that Best, 24, is also seeking money from the Lions from a previous worker’€™s compensation claim.

Best’€™s attorney, Bret Schnitzer, talked about Best and how concussion symptoms will affect him for a long time.

“Unfortunately, with these types of injuries, as has been documented, the long-term effects of the injuries to the brain may not manifest themselves for a number of years,”€ Schnitzer said. “€œJahvid obviously had some manifestation of concussion syndrome, which is well documented in the media. But in terms of the full extent of the injury to the brain, as we can see from other players and from the science, that can’€™t always be determined in a 25-year-old.”

Added Schnitzer: “€œIt’€™s just like mesothelioma or asbestos type of case, if I could analogize it to that, that it sometimes takes decades to see the full ramifications of the injury.”

Best played at the University of California for three seasons. During his senior year, he suffered two concussions in two games. The Lions drafted him in the first round, 30th overall, in 2010. After playing in all 16 games his rookie year, Best suffered two more concussions in 2011, one in the the preseason, the other against the 49ers on Oct. 16. Best went on to miss the rest of the 2011 season and the entirety of 2012. On July 17, 2013, Best was released by the Lions.

“I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League,” Best said at the time of his release. “€œMy time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. I’€™ll always be a Lion.”

According to rivals.com, Best is set to become a student assistant for his alma mater’€™s football program.

Over 4,800 former players have sued the NFL over concussion issues.

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Jim Caldwell set to be introduced as coach of Lions 01.15.14 at 11:20 am ET
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Jim Caldwell will be introduced as the new coach of the Lions on Wednesday afternoon at Ford Field. According to The Associated Press, Detroit wanted Jim Schwartz‘€™s successor to have a background with tutoring quarterbacks and experience as a head coach. Former coaches Mike Munchak and Gary Kubiak reportedly also were considered.

“We believe Jim is the right man to lead our team and deliver a championship to our fans,” Lions owner William Clay Ford said in a statement.

“We had a very specific plan and profile for our next head coach, and I am convinced that we found that man in Jim Caldwell.”

In 2013, Caldwell worked for the Ravens, initially as quarterbacks coach in 2012 before being promoted to offensive coordinator late in the same season. The Ravens won last year’€™s Super Bowl, but the offense took a step back this season, ranking 30th in rushing, 18th in passing and 29th in overall offense.

Caldwell served as head coach of the Colts from 2009-11, compiling a 26-22 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2009. Before being named head coach, Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach for the Colts from 2002-08. Caldwell held the same position for the Buccaneers in 2001.

Tony Dungy, whom Caldwell worked under in Tampa Bay and Indianapolis, gave a positive review to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.

“Martin called me and said we’re looking for a leader who can help turn our locker room into a winning one and to help us get the most out of our investment in Matthew Stafford,” Dungy told the AP. “I told Martin that Jim Caldwell is exactly what you’re looking for. He’ll lead by making people accountable and by being a role model on and off the field. And with his attention to detail and history of developing quarterbacks, Stafford is going to flourish just like Peyton Manning did with us in Indianapolis.’€

Lions players also voiced their approval of the hire. Running back Joique Bell called it a “great move by our front office” on Twitter.

“I’m excited because he has worked with some good coaches and he did a good job with the Colts,” Lions offensive guard Rob Sims told the AP. “Players seem to like him, so I’m looking forward to being a part of the next chapter of Detroit Lions football with him leading us.”

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford reportedly gets 3-year, $53 million contract extension 07.10.13 at 10:54 am ET
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Matthew Stafford has finally been healthy for the past two seasons, throwing 61 touchdown passes during that span. So with only one year remaining on his rookie contract, the Lions were keen on keeping him around.

Stafford and the Lions reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year, $53 million contract extension Tuesday, including $41.5 million worth of guarantees.  Stafford helped the Lions reach the playoffs in 2012 for the first time in a decade.

However, the former first-overall pick had a tough year during the 2012 season, leading the Lions to a 4-12 record. He threw 20 fewer touchdowns last season as he did the season before with one more interception. While Stafford completed the most passes in the league last year (435), he also threw 57 more passes than any other quarterback (727).

“Matt’s not happy with last year,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said during last month’s minicamp. “None of us were happy with last year, but you also can’t overreact.”

Calvin Johnson, who restructured his contract in May to save the Lions salary cap space, is signed through 2019. The Stafford contract extension means that the Lions now have their top two offensive players under contract through 2017.

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Lions cut CB Aaron Berry after second arrest of offseason 07.23.12 at 12:18 pm ET
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The Lions have terminated the contract of cornerback Aaron Berry after his arrest over the weekend, his second in a month.

Berry was released due to ‘€œpersonal conduct which adversely affects the club,’€ according to DetroitLions.com.

‘€œWe have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld,’€ Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement.

Berry was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., and charged with three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm.

The 24-year-old University of Pittsburgh product was arrested last month for DUI, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and give information. His latest run-in with the law is the team’€™s seventh this offseason.

Berry, originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010, was expected to enter training camp as one of the team’€™s starting cornerbacks opposite Chris Houston.

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Report: Lions sign RBs Mike Bell, Jerome Harrison 08.09.11 at 9:52 am ET
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The Lions’ depth at the running back position took a big hit when second-round pick Mikel Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon Monday, causing him to miss his entire rookie season.

So in a pair of moves that will address that new weakness, the Lions signed running backs Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison on Tuesday, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Interestingly, Schefter adds in a later tweet that both players were traded for each other during last season in a deal between the Eagles and Browns (Bell went to Cleveland, Harrison to Philadelphia).

Bell played in all 16 games between those two teams but ran for just 99 total yards last season. Harrison showed flashes of greatness, rushing for 109 yards in a game for the Eagles against the Redskins and 99 in the season finale against the Cowboys, but didn’t rush for more than 20 yards in any other game. He totaled 330 yards on the ground in 2010.

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Former Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers facing foreclosure on second home 01.19.11 at 4:26 pm ET
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Former second overall draft selection Charles Rogers, who was picked by the Lions as the first wide receiver taken in the 2003 draft, is facing foreclosure on a second home after defaulting on his mortgage, the Detroit Free Press reports. The former wide receiver owes more than $421,000, according to a legal notice that was published on Tuesday.

A foreclosure sale is set for Feb. 22 in Oakland County Circuit Court. Rodgers defaulted on a mortgage for a unit in The Willits condo building in Birmingham, according to The Legal News.

Rogers bought the property for $610,000 in July of 2003. The former Michigan State receiver has faced foreclosure for the second time in months. Rogers stammered through the first few years of his career with injuries and has been out of football since the Lions released him just after training camp in 2006. He was also ordered to repay the Lions $6.1 million of a $9.1 million signing bonus due to his suspension in 2005 for substance abuse.

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Report: Lions RB Jahvid Best expected to miss Thanksgiving game vs. Patriots 11.22.10 at 1:05 pm ET
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Lions running back Jahvid Best, who has been plagued with turf toe in both feet, reportedly is a “long shot” to play on Thanksgiving against the Patriots, according to the Detroit News. Best made quite a splash into the league, scoring five touchdowns in his first two games while showing off a second gear only few players possess. But since suffering the injury in Week 3, Best has yet to consistently show any of the explosiveness he had originally flashed, and the pain reportedly is getting worse.

“This was different,” said Best, who had three carries for 2 yards and four catches for 15 yards in Sunday’s contest against the Cowboys. “It bothered me more this week, so my role was reduced. I just tried to go out there and make something happen.”

Despite his decreasing effectiveness and increasing pain, Best says he will do all he can to get on the field. “The kind of person I am, I never want to sit down,” the rookie said. “I always want to be in there. I am just going to get in the training room and hope for the best.”

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford leaves game with shoulder injury 11.07.10 at 5:53 pm ET
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Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford watched from the sidelines as the Jets beat the Lions in overtime, 23-20. Stafford left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent right shoulder injury. Stafford was tackled in the backfield while scrambling and fell hard on his shoulder. Stafford immediately ran off the field while pointing towards his shoulder.

The former first-round draft pick injured the same shoulder during the Lions’ opener and missed the next five games. Stafford was replaced by Drew Stanton, who finished the game while the Jets rallied for a big win on Sunday.

Stafford threw for 240 yards and two passing touchdowns during the game. He also scored on the ground, his first rushing touchdown of the season.

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Lions’ Ndamukong Suh attempts PAT against Jets at 5:12 pm ET
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Detroit rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh has been a versatile threat for the Lions this year, but few expected it would extend beyond the defense. The 307-pound rookie was called on to attempt an extra point for the Lions after starter Jason Hanson suffered an injury earlier in the drive. Hanson was injured by New York’€™s Trevor Pryce on a field goal attempt. Pryce was penalized and the Lions scored soon after on a Matthew Stafford run.

Suh missed the kick slightly off the right upright, leaving the Lions with a 13-10 lead over the Jets. Suh grew up playing soccer but was unable to succeed in his first attempt as Detroit’€™s emergency kicker. Last year, Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco converted a PAT against the Patriots in a preseason game last season.

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