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Monday’s Morning Mashup: John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella during Wrestlemania 33; Grayson Allen ‘Why you trippin?’ t-shirt company facing legal trouble 04.03.17 at 8:43 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: 
MLB: Atlanta at NY Mets, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 2:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: San Diego at LA Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cleveland at Texas, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: LA Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Gonzaga vs. North Carolina, 9:20 p.m. (CBS)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— John Cena popped the question to longtime girlfriend and fellow WWE star Nikki Bella Sunday night during WrestleMania 33.

The native of West Newbury got down on one knee and presented Bella with a ring in the ring after the two defeated The Miz and his wife, Maryse.  

“I have been waiting so long to ask you this,” Cena said. “Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”

She said yes. 

Cena thanked WWE on Twitter for helping him pull off the proposal. 

This will be the second marriage for both Cena and Bella. Both were married to and divorced their respective high school sweethearts.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Theismann blasts 49ers for giving Colin Kaepernick courage award; Duke’s Grayson Allen returns from ‘indefinite suspension’ 01.05.17 at 9:05 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Edmonton at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Davidson at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at Wagner, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at San Francisco, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Arizona, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Belmont, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Richmond at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— NFL legend Joe Theismann criticized the 49ers on Tuesday for giving Colin Kaepernick the team’s Len Eshmont Award, which is given to the player who “best exemplified the inspirational and courageous play” of Eshmont. The recipient of the award is decided on by the players and was given to Kaepernick last week.

“You’re a 2-14 football team. He’s won one football game. What has he inspired?” Theismann said on Fox News’ Outnumbered.

Kaepernick started 11 of the 49ers 12 games this season. He threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also notably kneeled during the national anthem before the games this season, sparking national debate.

Theismann also had an issue with Roger Goodell’s handling of the Kaepernick kneeling situation.

“I don’t agree with what he’s done,” Theismann said. “As a matter of fact, the American flag … stands for the right to be able to do the things you want to do, to be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion. I agree with that part of it, but not when you’re on the job. Everybody has the right to express their opinion, but not in the workplace.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling will return to ESPN despite controversial comments 03.24.16 at 8:09 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: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Pelicans at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Miami vs. Villanova, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Maryland vs. Kansas, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Duke vs. Oregon, 9:55 p.m. (TBS)
MLB preseason: Astros at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Mariners at Rockies, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Giants, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Indians, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Curt Schilling

— Outspoken former Red Sox star Curt Schilling has acknowledged he’s on shaky ground with ESPN. When he made a donation to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson last fall, Schilling wrote in the employer section of the donation form: “ESPN (not sure how much longer).”

However, despite being pulled off the network’s Sunday night baseball broadcasts for the final month of last season for making controversial comments — and then continuing to speak his mind about the presidential race and other political issues — Schilling will return to ESPN this year. The network confirmed Schilling’s status to the website Vocativ.

Schilling’s return seemed in doubt following his comments earlier this month, when he appeared on a Kansas City sports radio show and blasted Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Said Schilling on March 1: “If I’m going to believe — and I’m not sure I would have any reason not to believe — that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server, and after what happened to General [David] Petraeus [the former Director of the CIA who resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after reportedly sharing classified information with his biographer], she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”

The day after that interview, ESPN said it was addressing the matter, which appeared to be a violation of an edict it made in January, when it warned employees to avoid “political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.”

The network told Vocativ, “We’ve addressed it with Curt.”

— Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday said in no uncertain terms that 2017 would be his final season. However, hours later he already started hedging.

“I won’t play after next year,” the three-time AL MVP first told ESPN. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.”

By Wednesday evening, when asked by New York reporters, Rodriguez seemed less sure.

“I’m thinking in terms of my contract which ends in 2017,” he said. “After that, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got two years and more than 300 games to play.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Incredible finish to R.I. basketball championship game 02.29.16 at 7:19 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: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Boston College at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Northeastern at Red Sox, 3:45 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Rhode Island high school Division 3 basketball state championship game had an ending that won’t soon be forgotten.

Burrillville took a one-point lead on a jump shot, then with four seconds left came up with a steal of Chariho’s inbounds pass. A Burrillville player threw the ball in the air, hoping to run out the clock, but a Chariho player came down with it just before time expired and called a timeout. The Burrillville players, hearing the buzzer, poured onto the court and started celebrating, but the referees put one second back on the clock.

Inbounding from the sideline, Chariho’s Jack Beauregard threw an alley-oop pass to Tom Longolucco, who sneaked past the defense, jumped and put the ball in just before the buzzer for the stunning 60-59 win.

“That was pretty crazy,” Longolucco told reporters afterward. “Coach drew up the play. I just finished. … I still can’t believe it. That was crazy.”

Said Chariho coach Corey Downey: “Think about the change of emotions and their attitudes from watching Burrillville and thinking the game’s over, and coming in and saying, ‘Guys, just run a play.’ They’re like, ‘What are you doing, Coach? We have one second left.’

“Again, I keep saying it, but it’s just what they do and who they are. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we had a chance to win a championship.”

— Duke guard Grayson Allen escaped punishment for his trip of Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes last week — the ACC decided only to issue a reprimand — and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is dismissing calls for him to issue his star player a suspension for his second trip of the season.

“I would not suspend any player for what would be a flagrant 1,” said Krzyzewski, who met with Allen about the incident and apologized to Florida State. “What he got was the stiffest reprimand a player in our conference has gotten this year. I thought the [ACC] took action, and you’ve got to move on. The world doesn’t move on, because it’s Duke.”

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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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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:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

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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