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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump taps Florida Panthers owner for Secretary of the Army; Salvation Army sees spike in donations after Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown celebration 12.20.16 at 8:25 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:
NHL: NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Memphis at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charlotte at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maine at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Notre Dame at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: New Orleans at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Donald Trump has nominated Florida Panthers owner Vincent “Vinnie” Viola for Secretary of the Army.

Viola is a New York financier and founder and chairman of Virtu Financial.

He graduated from West Point and is a former Infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Viola said his primary focus if confirmed “will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

In a statement, Trump said of Viola, “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes tweet range of reactions to Donald Trump’s election win 11.09.16 at 8:17 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 from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Boston at Washington, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Brooklyn at New York, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Houston at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Toledo at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

TUESDAY’S RESULTS:
NHL:
Canadiens 3, Bruins 2
NHL: Jets 8, Stars 2
NHL: Coyotes 4, Avalanche 2
NHL: Sharks 3, Capitals 0
NHL: Penguins 4, Oilers 3
NHL: Canucks 5, Rangers 3
NHL: Red Wings 3, Flyers 2
NHL: Devils 3, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Kings 7, Maple Leafs 0
NBA: Hawks 110, Cavaliers 106
NBA: Grizzlies 108, Nuggets 107
NBA: Kings 102, Pelicans 94
NBA: Nets 119, Timberwolves 110
NBA: Trail Blazers 124, Suns 121
NBA: Mavericks 109, Lakers 97

AROUND THE WEB:

— As Donald Trump was elected president Tuesday night, many athletes had strong reactions to the news.

Emotions ranged from stunned:

To worried:

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL players rip Donald Trump for mocking concussion protocol 10.14.16 at 8:09 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs:
Toronto at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (TBS)
College football: Duke at Louisville, (7 p.m.) ESPN
College football:
Memphis at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football:
San Diego State at Fresno State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: 
Mississippi State at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals: Minnesota at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB: Dodgers 4, Nationals 3 
NFL: Chargers 21, Broncos 13

AROUND THE WEB:

— After Donald Trump mocked the NFL concussion protocol on Wednesday, NFL players swiftly reacted.

“Uh, uh! A little ding on the head, no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season,” Trump said at a rally in Florida after a woman in the audience passed out. “Our people our tough.”

“Let him get hit like that one time,” Giants tight end Larry Donnell responded Thursday. “He won’t be on that microphone talking after that.”

Donnell suffered a concussion a few weeks ago and sat out Sunday’s game against the Packers.

“The NFL, it’s very serious, man,” said Jets safety Calvin Pryor. “There’s a lot of people who have head problems and a lot of injuries that can relate to football after this. So for him to say that, it’s not a good thing.”

“He hasn’t gone through it,” Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin said. “It’s as plain as that. He hasn’t gone through it, so he doesn’t know the severity of it.”

— The NFL is investigating Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers after he shoved a reporter following his team’s loss on Sunday.

After his team fell 23-16 to the Packers last weekend, Flowers shoved ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan as Raanan approached Flowers in the locker room while Flowers was talking to another reporter.

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Tim Tebow among sports figures to speak at Republican National Convention next week 07.14.16 at 10:11 am ET
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Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

At one point, there were rumors of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger would be speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention.

There will be a quarterback there, but it’s not either of the aforementioned two.

It’s former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

The Heisman Trophy winner, now an analyst on ESPN, has always been known for his ultra-conservative views. Now he is now scheduled to speak on night four of the convention, set to take place in Cleveland July 18-21, per a list released by the New York Times.

Tebow has not played an NFL game since 2012, and was released from the Eagles following the preseason on Sept. 5 of 2015, but that has not kept him out of the limelight. This could very well be a jumping off point of a different avenue for the 28-year-old, who has even toyed with the idea of a political career down the road.

In an interview on Fox and Friends on March 29, when asked about a political career, Tebow said: “It’s been crazy, hasn’t it? It’s been a whirlwind watching everything. You know, I don’t know in this time in my life, but if there’s a chance you can make a difference some day in something, then that would be intriguing.”

Other athletes set to speak include golfer Natalie Gulbis and UFC President Dana White.

Gulbis has been an outspoken supporter, most noticeably when she penned “The Donald Trump I Know, by Natalie Gulbis,” which ran on Golf.com on June 2.

White, who was just involved in the record-breaking 4 million dollar sale of UFC, has adamantly supported Trump, starting with his appearance on TMZ Sports, where he says that he would, in fact, vote for Trump.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Warriors F Draymond Green denies intentionally hitting Thunder C Steven Adams in groin for 2nd straight game 05.23.16 at 8:19 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt at FC Nuremberg, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— For the second straight game, Thunder center Steven Adams was hit in the groin by Warriors forward Draymond Green. And despite Green’s protestations, Adams is convinced it’s no accident.

During the second quarter Sunday’s Game 3 — an Oklahoma City victory — Green kicked out his leg after being fouled by Adams in the post, and his foot hit Adams right in the sweet spot.

Officials reviews the play and gave Green a flagrant foul 1 for the play. Green — who did not apologize to Adams during or after the game but said he plans to — is hopeful the call will get rescinded.

“I followed through on a shot,” Green insisted. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the men’s section. I’m sure he wants to have kids one day. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core’s not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going.

“Honestly, I didn’t know I hit him. I walked to the 3-point line and clapped everybody’s hand, and I turned around and he was on the floor. I’m like, ‘What happened?’ I’m standing at the 3-point line, I look at [teammate Andrew] Bogut, and he looked at the replay, and he was like [cringes]. So then I looked at the replay, like, ‘Uh oh.’

“But like I said, I thought it would get rescinded because I’m not trying to kick him. I was following through on the shot, and my leg went up. So no, I don’t think I’ll get suspended. I don’t know how anyone could possibly say I did that on purpose, regardless of the way it looked.”

Green has his coach’s support.

“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Steve Kerr said. “There’s contact, people’s arms, legs flailing. If they think it’s on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time. [Russell] Westbrook kicks his feet out on every 3, and there is contact. I mean, that’s just part of the game. So I don’t understand how that can be deemed a flagrant 1. I think it should be rescinded.”

The Thunder, of course, have a different perspective, and the fact that Green kneed Adams in the groin on a drive to the basket in Game 2 makes them less sympathetic.

“I mean, it happened before, mate,” Adams said Sunday. “He’s pretty accurate, that guy.”

Added Thunder guard Bryant Westbrook: “Honestly, I think it’s intentional. That’s two times in the last two games. I don’t think you can keep [hitting] somebody in their private areas.”

— Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is keeping his options open regarding the race for president.

During comments that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, the “fiercely independent” Cuban said he’d “absolutely” consider an offer to be running mate to Republican Donald Trump.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista ‘pretty surprised’ by Rougned Odor’s punch to his face 05.16.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s not secret that the Rangers were not happy with Jose Bautista’s bat flip during the playoffs last season. On Sunday they got some revenge, courtesy of second baseman Rougned Odor’s right hand to Bautista’s jaw.

In the eighth inning of Texas’ 7-6 victory, Rangers pitcher Matt Bush — the 30-year-old rookie whose career was derailed by a 3 1/2-year stint in prison for a drunken driving accident — plunked Bautista.

On an ensuing grounder, Bautista slid through second base and forced a wild relay throw from Odor (but the runner was called out due to Bautista’s obstruction). As Bautista got up, Odor pushed him in the chest, and they both took a fighting stance. Odor then connected with a strong right that knocked off Bautista’s helmet and glasses and appeared to stun him.

“I was pretty surprised,” Bautista said. “I mean, obviously, that’s the only reason that he got me and he got me pretty good, so I have to give him that. It takes a little bit bigger man to knock me down.”

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre grabbed Bautista and pulled him away as players from both teams rushed in.

Bautista and Odor were ejected along with another representative from each team.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who had been ejected during a third inning argument with umpires, returned to the field during the fight and exchanged words with Rangers manager Jeff Banister.

“I didn’t want to sit here and drink too much wine,” Gibbons joked. “You’ve got to go out there. I’m sure the league will say something about that, but it’s kind of the manager’s responsibility.”

When the game resumed, Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder with the next pitch and was ejected along with bench coach Demarlo Hale, who had replaced Gibbons.

Gibbons said he didn’t appreciate that the Rangers waited until Bautista’s last at-bat of the series to start something.

“It was ugly and unfortunate,” Gibbons said. “To me, it was gutless. The other 29 teams, they come at you right away, but to wait until the end, it just sort of tells you something. Everybody is going to say, ‘Oh, it was a one-run game. The ball got away.’ That ain’t going to fly.”

— The Mayor of Manchester, England, expressed his frustration with Sunday’s postponement of a Premier League soccer game due to a fake bomb left apparently behind after a training exercise.

After the Manchester United-Bournemouth match was called off and the stadium cleared of fans, the device — found in a toilet — was blown up in a controlled explosion. It was later determined to be a fake.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Indiana basketball legend Bobby Knight welcomes ‘honest politician’ Donald Trump 04.28.16 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Braves at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Athletics at Tigers, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NFL: Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Villareal, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Legendary former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight introduced Donald Trump at a Wednesday campaign rally in Indiana, and he did it in typical Bobby Knight style — with profanities, sarcasm and rambling, off-topic remarks.

The 75-year-old Knight told Trump supporters they were changing the nation’s path for the better and would be recognized for doing so.

“They’re going to take all you people and put you next to our Founding Fathers and George Washington. That’s the hell they’re going to do with you people,” Knight said.

Knight, known for his tyrannical ways when he coached, said Trump doesn’t suffer fools.

“He does a great job of finding good people and teaching good people,” Knight said. “And even as important, he’s really good at getting rid of people.”

Knight went on to claim that Trump would have a better relationship with the military, and then bragged that his Indiana teams beat Navy eight straight years. Toward the end of his speech, he told a joke about a father being strict about his son’s haircut, purportedly as an example of how Trump “gets things done.”

Added Knight: “There has never been a more honest politician than Donald Trump.”

Trump responded by calling Knight “a cool cat” and a “winner.” He then mocked rival Ted Cruz, who earlier in the day attempted to pander to the state’s hoop fans but misspoke when talking about a basketball rim.

“He called the rim a ‘ring,’ so he doesn’t know too much about basketball,” Trump said.

— It’s been a rough week for Clippers coach Doc Rivers, and his emotions came out before Wednesday’s Game 5 loss to the Trail Blazers.

With Game 4 injuries knocking out his two best players — Blake Griffin and Chris Paul — for the remainder of the series, Rivers was asked who he leans on to make sure he doesn’t get discouraged at times like this.

Rivers struggled to compose himself, explaining that the question reminded him of his mother, who passed away last June.

“I’m not crying about being discouraged,” he explained. “[That] made me think about my mom. That would have been the person.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills coach Rex Ryan introduces Donald Trump at Buffalo rally 04.19.16 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Twins, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Hawks, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft aren’t the only ones in the NFL who are friendly with Donald Trump. Bills coach Rex Ryan introduced the Republican presidential candidate Monday night at a rally in advance of Tuesday’s New York primary.

Ryan has not endorsed Trump, instead saying he is 100 percent behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race and threw his support behind Trump.

Nonetheless, Ryan took the stage at a rally in downtown Buffalo that drew a crowd of about 10,000 people.

“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind,” Ryan told the crowd. “But so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference. They don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it.

“And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it, and that’s why I respect him. And you know what? So do the people of New York. This man, he’s one of the greatest businessmen, obviously, that we can ever remember. There’s no question about that.”

After being introduced, Trump made a misstatement about Ryan, saying the loud-mouthed coach “won championships in New York — the AFC, I think, twice.” In actuality Ryan led the Jets to two AFC championship games in his previous stop but lost both times.

Added Trump: “I’ve been watching, and I’ll tell you, you’re going to have a very, very good season this year, you watch. It’s going to be good, and it’s because you have a good coach, you really do. And he’s also a terrific guy. … I’m going to be rooting for the Buffalo Bills this year. Believe me.”

Trump was a candidate to buy the Bills in 2014, but he was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who spent an NFL-record $1.4 billion. Trump said Monday that he “bid a billion,” and he praised the Pegulas as “great people.”

The Pegulas distanced themselves from Ryan’s appearance, saying in a statement: “The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at [Monday’s] event.”

— Philadelphia fans, often cited as the worst behaved in the nation, added to their legacy Monday when they threw commemorative wristbands on the ice during the Flyers-Capitals game and caused their team to be assessed with a penalty.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump threatens to take out ads saying Cubs owners are doing ‘rotten job’ 03.22.16 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Rockets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Saint Mary’s at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Creighton at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Wild, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Braves at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network, NESN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Cuba, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Padres, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Royals, 9:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at West Ham, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Donald Trump is not happy with the owners of the Cubs. (Craig Rubadoux/USA Today Network)

Donald Trump is holding a grudge against the owners of the Cubs. (Craig Rubadoux/USA Today Network)

— Taking a break from feuding with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to take out ads against the owners of the Cubs saying they’re doing a “rotten job” running the team.

Trump first made comments about the Ricketts family in February, tweeting after a report that a super political action committee opposing his campaign received a $3 million donation from family matriarch Marlene Ricketts.

Wrote Trump: I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!

During an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, Trump elaborated on his view.

“I actually said they ought to focus on the Chicago Cubs and, you know, stop playing around. They spent millions of dollars fighting me in Florida,” Trump said of the conservative family.

“I’ll start spending on them. I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. I mean, they are spending on me. I mean, so am I allowed to say that?”

Trump apparently is not aware that the Cubs reached the National League Championship Series last season and are one of the favorites to win the World Series this year.

The team responded to Trump’s latest remarks by referring to chairman Tom Ricketts’ statement last month.

“We stand up for what we believe in,” Ricketts said then. “We support the causes we think are important. That is what America should be.”

— Fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel reached an agreement with the state of New York in which they will stop taking bets while lawmakers debate if they should regulate the industry.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been aggressively pushing for the companies to stop doing business in his state, accusing them of running an illegal gambling operation while participating in false advertising and consumer fraud.

“As I’ve said from the start, my job is to enforce the law, and starting today, DraftKings and FanDuel will abide by it,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Damon endorses ‘good friend’ Donald Trump 03.10.16 at 8:39 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Cavaliers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, UMass vs. Rhode Island, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Georgetown vs. Villanova, noon (FS1)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Richmond vs. Fordham, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern vs. Michigan, noon (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Baylor vs. Texas, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Duke vs. Notre Dame, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Illinois vs. Iowa, 2:25 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Butler vs. Providence, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, Saint Louis vs. George Washington, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Kansas State vs. Kansas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, Utah State vs. San Diego State, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, South Florida vs. East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, Nevada vs. New Mexico, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: AAC Tournament, Tulane vs. UCF, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Penn State vs. Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Georgia Tech vs Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Marquette vs. Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, TCU vs. West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska vs Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: ACC Tournament, Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: A-10 Tournament, La Salle vs. Davidson, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Big 12 Tournament, Iowa State vs. Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, UNLV vs. Fresno State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big East Tournament, Creighton vs. Seton Hall, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pac-12 Tournament, Oregon State vs. California, 11:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mountain West Tournament, Colorado State vs. Boise State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Johnny Damon is all in on Donald Trump. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Johnny Damon is all in on Donald Trump. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

— Tom Brady and Robert Kraft might still be unwilling to publicly endorse controversial Republican presidential candidate (and good friend) Donald Trump, but former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon is completely on board.

“I want [Trump] for president,” Damon told the New York Daily News on Wednesday. “I’m a Trump fan every since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, [Trump] is bringing us up to speed.”

The 42-year-old Damon once appeared on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice” and is friends with Trump’s children. He dismissed concerns about Trump’s apparent bias toward immigrants.

“Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That’s how I’m viewing it,” Damon said, adding: “He wants to watch out for [terrorist attacks like last year’s in Southern California]. He wants everyone documented and in this country legally.”

Damon, a Florida resident, said he did not oppose Trump’s plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, but he wasn’t sure it would be possible.

“I can see other people’s views. The country is so split. Building a wall is going to be tough to do, and there would have to be beefing up of patrols,” Damon said. “He’s trying to make the country great. We’re worrying too much about what’s going on in Cuba, the Middle East. We have enough to worry about here.”

Damon — whose endorsement follows that of another ex-Yankee, Paul O’Neill — said he is willing to offer his support to Trump during the campaign.

“If [Trump] needs me anywhere, I’ll be there,” Damon said. “He’s a good friend.”

— As the exodus from the Broncos continues — quarterback Brock Osweiler is the latest high-profile player to depart Denver one month after its Super Bowl championship — executive vice president and general manager John Elway defended the team’s offseason strategy.

“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here,” Elway said Wednesday. “That’s been a successful approach for us.”

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