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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: National women’s group calls for companies to suspend relationship with Peyton Manning 02.18.16 at 7:55 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: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bulls at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: SMU at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Charleston Southern at Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Missouri State at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Washington, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at San Diego, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Peyton Manning continues to remain quiet about his alleged sexual assault and defamatory comments about his accuser, but his critics are getting louder.

A national women’s rights group on Wednesday called for companies to halt their dealings with the Broncos quarterback until more details are known about what happened.

“Nationwide Insurance and Papa John’s Pizza must show their customers that they will never stand for sexual violence — and suspend their relationships with Manning pending further investigation,” UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary said in a statement.

UltraViolet, which previously called for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down after his initial ruling on the Ray Rice domestic violence incident in 2014, said the league should sideline Manning.

“While it is outrageous that the University of Tennessee chose to turn a blind eye to sexual violence by student athletes like Manning, it would be flat-out unacceptable for the NFL and major companies like Nationwide Insurance and Papa John’s Pizza to continue to stand with Manning in light of emerging evidence,” Chaudhary said in the statement. “The NFL should thoroughly investigate this incident before allowing Manning to play or work in [the] NFL again.”

— Boxer/politician Manny Pacquiao apologized for his comments criticizing gay people as “worse than animals,” but it wasn’t enough to stop him from losing his endorsement deal with Nike.

The company announced Wednesday that it found Pacquiao’s comments “abhorrent” and no longer would do business with him.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump calls Pete Rose’s rejection for reinstatement ‘ridiculous’ 12.15.15 at 8:01 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: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Rockets at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Georgia Southern at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Monmouth at Georgetown, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Longwood at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: DePaul at Stanford, 10 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Avalanche at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Pete Rose

Pete Rose

— Exiled baseball legend Pete Rose was denied reinstatement by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and that’s not sitting well with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Manfred said the fact that Rose continues to bet on baseball and other professional sports shows he has not learned from his mistakes. The commissioner also cited additional information implying that Rose bet on games in 1986, while Rose still was playing. Rose previously only has admitted betting on games while managing the Reds,, and Manfred said in a private meeting Rose continued to fail to be forthcoming about his gambling issues.

That apparently doesn’t matter to Trump, who weighed in Monday with this tweet: Can’t believe Major League Baseball just rejected @PeteRose_14 for the Hall of Fame. He’s paid the price. So ridiculous – let him in!

Former commissioner Fay Vincent said Rose’s case is a sad one. The 17-time All-Star is baseball’s all-time hits leader but has been banned since 1989.

“I think he is a tragic figure,” Vincent said. “He believed he was a great ballplayer, that he could do anything he wanted and that baseball would never have the guts to throw him out.”

— Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer might miss Sunday’s battle for first place in the AFC South as he recovers from a concussion he suffered against the Patriots on Sunday night.

“He took a beating [Sunday],” coach Bill O’Brien said Monday, indicating the former Patriots backup is in the concussion protocol following his second concussion in a month. Hoyer, who was sacked five times Sunday, also has a strained neck and a wrist issue.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL acknowledges officials’ error as Seahawks beat Lions after crucial blown call 10.06.15 at 7:50 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 playoffs: Astros at Yankees, 8:08 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Exhibition, Celtics vs. Olympia Milano, 2:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
WNBA Finals: Fever at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright acknowledged he intentionally batted the fumbled ball out of the back of the end zone with 1:51 remaining, in case it wasn’t obvious enough to anyone who watched Monday night’s game on television (see the video here).

The on-field officials, however, got it wrong, and the league has a new controversy after Seattle escaped with a controversial 13-10 victory over the Lions.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was reaching for the goal line and a go-ahead touchdown when he was hit and the ball bounced into the end zone. Wright, unaware that it’s illegal to hit a ball out, did just that. Yet instead of Detroit retaining possession at the 1-yard line, Seattle was awarded the ball at the 20 and went on to run out the clock.

“People do it all the time, though … is that illegal? Explain that to me,” Wright said in his postgame press conference when told his play was against the rules.

“I was just running to the ball, and the ball was right there. And I think they teach us to knock the ball out of bounds, so I wanted to make a smart play and it worked out for us.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows his team dodged a bullet.

“[Wright] was trying to knock it out. He did that,” Carroll said. “So it’s unfortunate the officials didn’t know … for their sake.”

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the back judge — who was looking right at the play — felt the bat was unintentional, and the call is not reversible by replay. He said the missed call is unacceptable.

“It’s a foul,” he said. “We have to make that call.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to discuss the issue, telling reporters to “talk to Blandino.”

Added Caldwell: “What can you do? You’re not going to cry about it, that’s for sure.”

— Donald Trump weighed in on the Washington Redskins nickname controversy and said the team should not be obligated to come up with a new name.

“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump said. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name. They think it’s a positive.”

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Mayor Martin Walsh fires back at Donald Trump on D&C 07.28.15 at 11:21 am ET
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Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump voiced his displeasure with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s decision to end the city’s Olympic bid Monday. He tweeted a short time after Walsh’s press conference explaining the failure in not pursuing the bid further.

Walsh had this one-liner locked and loaded in response to Trump’s statement when asked about the tweet on Dennis & Callahan.

“As I said earlier, that’s going to sound like his presidential campaign in about two months,” Walsh said.

Furthermore, after citing Trump’s rise in the polls following a name-drop by President Barack Obama, Dennis & Callahan teased Walsh, suggesting that he might consider running for national office after Trump’s public ridicule. Walsh didn’t rule out a future campaign.

“I might throw my hat in the ring for getting in on the democratic side,” he said.

When asked if he might endorse Bernie Sanders, Walsh stated that he had not considered it yet, but that he would stand behind a candidate in the near future.

“We’re going to see what happens in this race for a little while,” Walsh said. “I’m sure I’ll endorse somebody at some point.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel works to overcome ‘mental errors’ at Browns training camp 08.01.14 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: U.S. national team intrasquad game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was not his usual cocky self during his first media session since training camp opened last Saturday, acknowledging it will take time for him to adjust to the pro game.

Manziel, who has worked exclusively with the team’s second-stringers while Brian Hoyer has taken snaps with the starters, is making progress but still making his share of mistakes as he learns a new playbook.

“I’m a rookie,” he said Thursday. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Manziel will get a chance to practice with the first team “sooner than later” and that the QB battle remains wide open. Manziel said he’s not concerned with his standing at this point.

“I’m not worried about one or the other being ahead,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I’m worried about me making sure I know what I need to know to get out here and execute and run the offense and not have any mistakes. Once I go through a couple of days with no mental errors or getting where I need to be every single time, then I’ll feel a lot better.

“Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.”

MASHUP POLL: Who will start the majority of games at QB for the Browns this season?

  • Brian Hoyer (81%, 144 Votes)
  • Johnny Manziel (16%, 28 Votes)
  • Someone else (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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— Oft-injured guard Derrick Rose is looking forward to a “new beginning” with the Bulls, who are expected to challenge for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s aware of a rift between him and the organization, and he wants to fix it.

“I know it’s been there,” he said. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When the team made a push for free agent Carmelo Anthony last month, Rose was notably uninvolved, skipping out on a chance to help recruit the forward, who eventually re-signed with the Knicks.

“They were irate he wasn’t there,” a team source told the Sun-Times.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens takes jab at ‘desperate’ Jets 10.11.12 at 7:33 am ET
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The original Morning Mashup has returned, so let’s get right to it.

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 playoffs: Giants at Reds, 1:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Nationals, 4:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Yankees, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 9:37 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Steelers at Titans, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Western Kentucky at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Arizona State at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Heat vs. Clippers, at Beijing, China, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ How bad are things for the struggling Jets? Even out-of-work disgraced wide receiver Terrell Owens threw a jab at them Wednesday.

While New York was losing its third game of the season Monday night, Owens sent out a tweet reading:

Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen.

Then during an interview Wednesday with TSN Canada, Owens defended his desperate-sounding tweet. He said the Jets are the ones who are desperate, considering they had cornerback Antonio Cromartie line up as receiver to help compensate for the loss of Santonio Holmes.

Said Owens: “It’s not begging for a job when you know you can still play at a high level, given the opportunity. When you have a defensive back playing offense and running routes, I think that’s more desperate than my actual tweet itself.”

‘™¦ Donald Trump apparently has no more patience for struggling Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. The Donald sent out a tweet — somewhat prophetically, as it turned out — prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles:

A-Rod must be dropped in the Yankees lineup tonight if they want to win. He simply can’t perform without drugs.

In the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game, Raul Ibanez was sent up to pinch-hit for Rodriguez, who is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts in the series. Ibanez hit a game-tying home run, and the Yankees went on to win in 12 innings.

‘™¦ Jazz forward (and former Celtic) Al Jefferson was the talk of the Internet Wednesday after it was revealed that he paid more than $23,000 for a custom bed. The bed is a whopping 10 feet wide by 12 feet long, more than enough room to spread out for the 6-foot-9 Jefferson.

The accompanying photo is of Jefferson’s teammate, 6-1 Mo Williams, who looks tiny in the oversized bed.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1967, the Impossible Dream Red Sox forced the World Series to the limit with an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6. Which unheralded Sox rookie from New England started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball but did not get the win?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Amid criticism, Donald Trump bows out of Indy 500 appearance 05.06.11 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Flyers at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NESN/VERSUS)
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA Playoffs: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
MLS: Rapids at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NHL Playoffs (if necessary): Bruins at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump was supposed to ride the pace car for this month’s Indianapolis 500, but he announced Thursday that he was stepping aside due to “time and business constraints.” He didn’t mention that thousands of people had signed on to a campaign to have him removed. In the Indianapolis Star, Bob Kravitz celebrates the fact that the “wacko” Trump won’t be a distraction on race day.

‘™¦ There have been reports that popular play-by-play man Gus Johnson will no longer call NCAA basketball tournament games as he is leaving CBS in a contract dispute, but the New York Daily News reports that there still is a possibility the energetic announcer will return. Johnson reportedly is in talks with Fox to participate in its college football coverage.

‘™¦ Longtime University of Maryland (and former Boston College) coach Gary Williams announced his retirement Thursday via a press release. In The Baltimore Sun, Peter Schmuck finds the timing of Williams’ announcement puzzling. Williams is scheduled to meet with the media to explain his decision Friday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 6, Butch Goring was named coach of the Bruins? Who did he replace?

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Donald Trump wants to buy share of Mets 02.16.11 at 7:43 am ET
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Donald Trump told the New York Post that he’s interested in buying at least a share of the Mets in order to help friend Fred Wilpon. Fallout from the Bernie Madoff scandal has left Wilpon scrambling to sell shares of the club.

While Trump said he wouldn’t necessarily get a majority share, he added: “My history is I control things.”

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Stars make their Super Bowl predictions 02.04.11 at 12:43 pm ET
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With the Super Bowl now just two days away, it seems like people are throwing out predictions everywhere you look.

On the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter said he’€™s picking the Packers to win, 28-24. Schefter said one of the biggest reasons for making that pick is the play of Aaron Rodgers. “He has been the best quarterback in football over the last 5-6 weeks, period,” Schefter said. “He is as good as any quarterback in the game right now. He’s dominant.”

Schefter isn’€™t the only one picking that score. Former Red Sox pitcher and MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley picked the same 28-24 result and also cited Rodgers in his explanation. “Packers defense can stop Big Ben easier than the Steelers can stop Rodgers,” he said.

Donald Trump disagrees, though. He’s taking the Steelers, 21-14, and thinks Ben Roethlisberger‘s experience winning big games will play a vital role. “Steelers will win because Big Ben is a winning football player,” Trump explained.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer also likes the Steelers and their experience, and predicted a 28-14 Pittsburgh victory. Said Palmer: “The Steelers have a very good team and a great bunch of guys. Terrific defense and lots of experience in big games.”

Actress Alyssa Milano, picking a 27-10 Steelers rout, agrees. “The Packers are going to have a tough time running on the Steelers defense,” she said. “The Steelers core team has not changed, and many of them are veterans to the Super Bowl stage.”

Of course, not everyone’s prediction is based on their knowledge of the game. Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins picked the Packers, 35-28, because his brother Cullen is on Green Bay, while poet and author Maya Angelou is taking the Packers, 27-7, “because of the wonderful cheese and butter.”

Here is what other analysts, athletes and celebrities are predicting.

Patrick Willis, 49ers linebacker: Packers, 24-21

Heath Evans, Saints fullback: Steelers, 24-20

Leigh Bodden, Patriots cornerback: Packers, 28-23

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University of Miami targeting Jon Gruden, but Donald Trump wants Mike Leach 12.01.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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After firing coach Randy Shannon on Saturday, the University of Miami plans to speak with current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden today about filling the vacant coaching position, ESPN.com reports. The Associated Press cited an anonymous source on Sunday in reporting that Gruden is on the top of Miami’s list to fill the position.

Gruden has coached the NFL’s Buccaneers and Raiders, and has partnered with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

However, according to USA Today, Donald Trump wants Miami to hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to the position. This isn’t the first time that Trump has backed Leach, either. He vied for the hiring of Leach in 2006 after Larry Coker left – the year the university hired Shannon. Trump sent messages to Donna Shalala, the university president, saying that Leach should be the replacement.

Miami has not issued a timetable for the hiring of a coach and said that names of candidates will not be released until a hire has been made.

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