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Indoor Football League team refuses to sign Greg Hardy after fans vote against adding him to roster 03.30.17 at 12:34 pm ET
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Greg Hardy is still unemployed. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Greg Hardy is still unemployed. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Greg Hardy is experiencing some well-deserved comeuppance.

For the second consecutive year, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of interest in Hardy on the NFL free agent market. With his career seemingly in jeopardy, he’s decided to turn to the Indoor Football League. But the defensive end has been rebuffed there as well.

The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles expressed an interest in bringing Hardy aboard, but only if their fans approved. They held a vote on their team app about the matter this week, which ended in a virtual tie. In an announcement Thursday, the team revealed 50.1 percent of voters were opposed to offering Hardy a contract. Thus, he will remain unemployed.

“We understood this fan vote to sign Greg Hardy would be controversial, but we believe in empowering fans to make the final decision, the right decision,” the club said in a statement, via ESPN. “We stand behind what was agreed upon and what is best for the team’s future success.”

Hardy, 28, played one game for the Panthers in 2014 before being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list following a domestic violence incident the previous May. According to law enforcement, Hardy threw his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, onto a couch littered with assault rifles and threatened to kill her. A judge found him guilty of assault, but the charges were eventually dismissed because Holder failed to appear in court to testify.

The Cowboys signed Hardy to an incentive-laden one-year contract in 2015, but he expressed little remorse for his actions. Prior to his first game back from suspension against the Patriots, he called out Tom Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

“I love seeing Tom Brady, he’s cool as crap,” Hardy said, via Fox Sports. “Have you seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game.”

The misogynistic comments were downright creepy coming from Hardy, considering his violent history with women. He flamed out at the end of the season in Dallas, only recording two sacks from Week 9 onwards.

Though the domestic violence incident has been expunged from Hardy’s record, his legal problems continue to persist. He was indicted on a felony count of cocaine possession last November.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL castoff Greg Hardy announces plans to fight in MMA 10.12.16 at 8:02 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wedneday 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:
NHL:
St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL:
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: New Orleans vs. Houston, at Beijing, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason:
Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:
Appalachian State at La.-Lafayette, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer:
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, Germany vs. Spain, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

TUESDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs:
Cubs 6, Giants 5
MLB playoffs: Dodgers 6, Nationals 5

AROUND THE WEB:

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

— After no NFL team would sign him, Greg Hardy is taking his talents to another sport.

The former Cowboys defensive end has decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.

“I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement on MMAFighting.com. “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”

Hardy has no background in the sport, according to the website, but has been training for several months.

Hardy faced charges of domestic violence and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List for almost the entire 2014 season. He was let go by the Panthers and the Cowboys picked him up. However, after a 2015 season filled with controversy in Dallas, Hardy was not re-signed this year, and he remains a free agent.

“I’m fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport,” Hardy said.

— Aly Raisman is not only the second most decorated Olympian in history, she’s also a sock designer.

A few years ago the 22-year-old Needham native teamed up with Feat Socks to design patriotic socks to raise money for breast cancer.

Her latest design, revealed on Tuesday, is her most memorable.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Emotional Marlins pay tribute to Jose Fernandez in win over Mets 09.27.16 at 8:13 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: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Astros, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Canada vs. Europe, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Champions League, Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Monaco, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions League, Real Madrid at Borussia Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Tottenham at CSKA Moscow, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Marlins held a pregame ceremony Monday night to honor Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old pitcher who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The players all wore jerseys with the number 16 and “Fernandez” written on the back as they played the Mets on a night when Fernandez had been schedule to pitch.

Things really got emotional when Marlins leadoff batter Dee Gordon took his first pitch batting from the right side while wearing Fernandez’s helmet, as a tribute to his late friend. He then switched helmets and switched to the left batter’s box — and proceeded to hit his first home run of the season. Gordon started crying as he rounded the bases. He tapped his chest and looked skyward after crossing home plate, and he was greeted in the dugout by his equally emotional teammates.

Gordon, who called it the most difficult game he’s every played, said he didn’t even remember circling the bases.

“It seemed like it took forever,” he said. “I was trying to get back to my teammates as fast as possible. I was just wondering why Jose wasn’t there standing on the top step cheering for me.”

Teammate Giancarlo Stanton said he had trouble seeing the ball during his plate appearances.

“We were hitting balls underwater pretty much,” Stanton said after Miami’s 7-3 victory. “Our eyes were full of water.”

Stanton gave a speech to his teammates just before the start of the game, but he said he can’t remember the content.

“Honestly I went kind of numb in that moment,” Stanton said. “I don’t know if I was stuttering. I don’t even know if I was saying the right stuff. A lot of us were talking about ‘Why are we here right now? What’s the main purpose of this? How do we get through this together?’ I was trying to ease all that, telling them we’re all here for Jose. We’re the last hope and the last heart for him, and we need to come together, as hard as it’s going to be.”

Mets players joined the Marlins for hugs after the national anthem, which was preceded by a slow version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” played by trumpet.

“Hearts are heavy,” Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said. “From a professional standpoint, you just try to prepare and play the game and respect the game. But I can’t even imagine what it’s like over in that other clubhouse.”

— Former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy remains a free agent, and Monday’s arrest for possession of cocaine won’t help his bid to return to the NFL.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NBA stars voice support after league pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte 07.22.16 at 8:18 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: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, United States vs. Argentina, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Costa Rica, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

— Hornets owner Michael Jordan and some of the league’s star players expressed disappointment but understanding after the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte due to the state’s HB2 law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

The league made its announcement Thursday, stating: “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”

Jordan said he’s hopeful the game will be returned to his state in three years, assuming there is progress on changing the law.

“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so,” Jordan said in a statement. “With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.”

Warriors star Steph Curry, who grew up in Charlotte while his father, Dell, played for the Hornets, said the game would have meant a lot to the city.

“We support [the decision],” he told ESPN, “but at the end of the day, I love Charlotte. I love the city.”

Tweeted Kevin Durant: I recognize this was a tough decision for the NBA but I respect the choice. Discrimination of any kind cannot be allowed.

North Carolina’s Republican-led government passed the law in March. As part of it, workers are allowed to use state law to sue over employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion and other factors, but sexual orientation and gender identity were excluded. The law also overruled a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use restrooms related to their gender identity.

Already, a number of entertainers have canceled events in North Carolina, and Albany had to cancel a basketball game scheduled next season at Duke as New York imposed a travel ban to the state.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement reacting to the NBA’s decision and criticizing those who have taken a public stance against the law.

“The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present,” he said in a statement.

Multiple lawsuits related to the law have been filed in federal court, and they’re expected to go to trial this fall.

— Greg Hardy, a free agent since playing last season for the Cowboys, had a workout with the Jaguars on Thursday. A team spokesman confirmed the workout but did not indicate if the team would pursue a contract with the defensive end.

According to Pro Football Talk, Jacksonville will not sign Hardy now but wanted to learn more about him in case a need arises later. The Jaguars have a young and unproven rotation at pass rusher.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Female ESPN hosts criticize network, Greg Hardy after Adam Schefter interview 04.07.16 at 8:20 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: Red Sox at Indians, 6:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Astros at Yankees, 4:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Twins at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Frozen Four, Boston College vs. Quinnipiac, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Frozen Four, Denver vs. North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Borussia Dortmund, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— ESPN’s Adam Schefter defended his interview with controversial defensive end Greg Hardy during an appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday, but he’s not getting much support from some of his female co-workers.

Michelle Beadle, co-host of “SportsNation,” criticized her company for allowing Hardy — convicted of domestic abuse in 2014 — a platform to profess his innocence. Hardy refused to explain how his ex-girlfriend ended up with bruises all over her body, insisting only that he’s “an innocent man.”

“I feel dirty in that this guy has no job right now, and for some reason we’ve decided as a network that we’re going to give him the stage for his redemption tour as he basically goes out and tries to find some employment,” Beadle said Tuesday. “I don’t understand why we’re doing that. If he wants to figure out a way to get his message out there — which by the way, he hasn’t said he did anything wrong, so how a man is supposed to convince anybody he’s changed and yet not admit to actually doing anything? I have no idea. But why we’re giving him the forum to go out there and tell anybody that is where I’m a little bit confused.”

Added Beadle on Twitter: For the love of f&$@. Dude doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. Dude has changed? I give the hell up.

Meanwhile, Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s “His & Hers,” focused her criticism on Hardy, who apparently is trying to repair his image as he seeks a new employer.

“Greg Hardy is despicable. And I hope he never wears another NFL uniform again,” she said Tuesday.”And if you choose to sign him I hope you get exactly what the Cowboys got, which is absolutely nothing and little to no return for somebody who honestly has no redeeming value.”

Hill was not swayed by Hardy’s insistence that he’s never laid his hands on a woman.

“For me, to have shown remorse and contrition and at least accountability is an important part of the forgiveness process or, for that matter, showing people that maybe you’re not what we think that you are,” she said. “Greg Hardy time and time again shows us exactly who we all think him to be.”

— Comedian John Oliver’s campaign to embarrass the Yankees continued Wednesday night, when women dressed in shark and unicorn costumes occupied four expensive seats behind home plate during New York’s game against the Astros.

Oliver hatched his plan in response to Yankees COO Lonn Trost saying the team discouraged secondary ticket purchases from StubHub because fans who pay full price for premium seats wouldn’t feel comfortable sitting next to someone “who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Free agent DE Greg Hardy insists he’s ‘innocent’ of domestic abuse despite 2014 conviction 04.05.16 at 7:54 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: Red Sox at Indians, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Royals, 4:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Lightning at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bulls at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA championship, Syracuse vs. UConn, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Greg Hardy, who remains a free agent after a rocky season with the Cowboys, insisted that he is innocent of domestic violence despite being convicted by a judge in 2014.

“I’ve never put my hand on any women,” the defensive end told ESPN’s Adam Schefter in a sit-down interview Monday. “In my whole entire life, no sir.”

Hardy said his conviction in the bench trial was “a flimsy situation,” despite the fact that girlfriend Nicole Holder accused him of a violent attack and had visible bruises on her body afterward.

“Pictures are pictures, and they can be made to look like whatever they want to,” he said, adding: “I didn’t say I didn’t do anything wrong. That situation occurred and that situation was handled, but as a man you can’t avoid situations that aren’t your fault or are your fault. … Saying I did nothing wrong is a stretch, but saying I’m innocent is correct, sir.”

Hardy, who played his first five seasons with the Panthers, was suspended 10 games by the league for his transgression, although it was reduced to four games by an arbitrator.

He appealed his guilty verdict and the case was thrown out in February 2015 when Holder refused to cooperate with authorities.

Steve Smith Sr., Hardy’s former Panthers teammate, questioned Hardy’s claims, posting an excerpt from the interview and writing above it: So I guess she Tripped on the carpet or something… my mom is a Survivor #DV and I am advocate against #DV.

— Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe, whom you might remember as the player who allegedly threatened to eat Tom Brady’s children (according to teammate T.J. Ward), might be in some trouble (again).

Wolfe, who was suspended for the first four games of last season due to a violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs, reportedly got into a fight at a Denver nightclub over the weekend.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Pat Riley defends LeBron James; David Blatt reportedly lost respect of Cavaliers veterans 01.29.16 at 8:00 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:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Rockets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: VCU at Davidson, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Manhattan at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kent State at Ohio, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— LeBron James has been taking heat as a coach-killer since the conference-leading Cavaliers fired David Blatt last week, but his former team’s boss indicated that description is not accurate — at least not as far as he knows. Amid a report that a Heat minority owner said James asked for Miami coach Erik Spoelstra to be fired a few years ago, Heat president Pat Riley said that request was never made.

“Not from him to me, ever,” Riley said Thursday. “So a lot of stuff is following him out the door. Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s just the nature of it. But as far as that goes, no, he never, ever walked in and said anything.”

James, who left the Heat two year ago to return to the Cavaliers, has staunchly denied every requesting a coach be removed at any point in his career. However, his actions made it clear he preferred Tyronn Lue, the assistant coach who was promoted to replace David Blatt last week.

Apparently James was not alone in lacking respect for Blatt. ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst said on ESPN’s TrueHoop podcast that all the team’s veterans felt the same way.

“I’ve never seen a coach dynamic with a team like I saw with David Blatt,” Windhorst said (via ProBasketballTalk’s Dan Feldman), adding: “I saw a guy who completely was unable to get even a modicum of respect from a majority of his players.

“And I also saw star players and veteran players — not just LeBron, OK. We know LeBron had issues with him. But basically any player that had any sort of veteran status in the league, more than Joe Harris and Matthew Dellavedova — all the veterans didn’t like him, either. He wasn’t able to win over about anybody.”

Blast, the Framingham native who had a very successful career coaching in Israel and Russia, reportedly wants to continue coaching in the NBA.

— The Cowboys apparently are leaning toward parting ways with defensive end Greg Hardy. As if he wasn’t enough of a handful with his sordid past and his confrontations with teammates and coaches, his focus during the season reportedly was not always on the field.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, Hardy’s condition and attendance were negatively affected by his partying ways.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rams WR Stedman Bailey recovering after reportedly being shot in head 11.25.15 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Gonzaga vs. Washington, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. Syracuse, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: St. John’s at Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: High Point at Georgia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana vs. UNLV, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Yale at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wake Forest vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UMass vs. Creighton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt vs. Kansas, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: San Jose State vs. Toledo, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego vs. Loyola-Chicago, 2 a.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Benfica at Astana, 9:50 a.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Wolfsburg at CSKA Moscow, noon (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, PSV Eindhoven at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Stedman Bailey

Stedman Bailey

— Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is recovering in a Miami-area hospital after being shot in the head Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

The Rams released a statement late Tuesday saying they been in touch with Bailey, who is halfway through a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

“We are aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident this evening,” the statement said. “We have spoken with Stedman and he is in the hospital in critical, but stable, condition. We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more.”

Players from around the league offered support for Bailey via social media.

Tweeted Rams defensive end Chris Long: Keep our brother @iamSB3 in your thoughts, prayers tonight. I don’t wanna believe it….

Tweeted Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell: prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey.

Bailey has 12 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown this season. He had 30 receptions last season, despite missing the first two games while suspended for performance-enhancing drugs.

— Greg Hardy might be Public Enemy No. 1 to many NFL players and fans, but some of his former Panthers teammates still view him with respect.

As Carolina prepares to visit Hardy’s Cowboys for a Thanksgiving Day showdown, some Panthers spoke out in support of the troubled defensive end.

“Greg Hardy is a guy that you flat-out want on your football team,” linebacker Thomas Davis said Tuesday. “He’s a guy that’s a game-changer. He can go out and totally wreck a game plan if you allow him to. Of course we went and spoke up for him, trying to get him back.

“But a few details came out with this whole situation. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get him back. Now he’s a part of the Dallas Cowboys. Guess who we play this week?”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Rice says Greg Hardy needs to ‘take a deeper look into what the severity of domestic violence is’ 11.20.15 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:
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Georgetown, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: DePaul at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at VCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Brown at Columbia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Cincinnati at South Florida, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Air Force at Boise State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Michigan at Boston University, 6 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Ravens running back Ray Rice, suspended by the league last year after video surfaced of him punching out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, shared his thoughts on the Greg Hardy situation Thursday, telling New York radio station WFAN that Hardy should “take a deeper look into what the severity of domestic violence is.”

Rice, during a visit to the “Boomer & Carton Show,” said Hardy needs to show he can change his behavior.

“You have to be sincere in your actions,” Rice said. “Show it on and off the field. Take that uniform and use it for what it’s worth. You don’t have to win another football game, you don’t need another dollar to go out and make a difference in other peoples’ lives.”

While Hardy was given a second chance by the Cowboys after his domestic incident last year while a member of the Panthers, Rice has not returned to the NFL even though his indefinite league suspension was overturned by an arbitrator.

The three-time Pro Bowler said he wants to play football again, and he’s come a long way since his incident.

“What I’ve done over the entire year is understand the severity of domestic violence,” the 28-year-old Rice said. “I really did a lot of research and counseling, whatever I had to do. I think it is a total rehabilitation. Domestic violence is very real. It was just one time for me, and it was the worst decision I ever made. That one bad decision, everything I had done good in my life had gone to waste.”

— Much has been made about Cam Newton‘s “dab” touchdown celebration during Sunday’s win over the Titans. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer now has his own controversy. Palmer was seen doing a pelvic thrust in the direction of the crowd after Arizona’s game-winning touchdown in a 39-31 victory Sunday night. However, Palmer said it was not meant to be a taunt toward Seahawks fans.

Palmer said he saw some familiar faces in the stands and decided to share his celebration with them.

“I had my buddies in the sideline, right four or five rows up,” Palmer told ESPN, saying his friends are called “Pup, Phil and Sugar Cane.” “I saw them pretty excited, and [that] got me excited to see them excited.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning acknowledges he ‘ended up hurting the team’ by playing through pain before benching 11.16.15 at 7:25 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:
NFL: Texans at Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Celtics at Rockets, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Tennessee at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMBC at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Virginia at George Washington, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: IUPUI at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kennesaw State at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at Utah, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Euro qualifier, Bosnia-Herzegovina at Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On a day when Peyton Manning became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, all the talk instead was about his miserable performance that led to his eventual benching in a 29-13 loss to the Chiefs.

Manning completed just 5-of-20 passes for 35 yards, with four interceptions and two sacks, and was booed off the field by the Denver fans. After his fourth interception, and with his team trailing 22-0 in the third quarter, Manning was replaced by Brock Osweiler.

Manning said he he should not have tried to play through injuries to his right foot, ribs and right shoulder.

“I thought I felt good enough to play,” he said. “Maybe it was a false feeling or a wrong feeling. … By going out there and trying to help the team, I ended up hurting the team.”

In the week leading up to the game, Manning did not practice until Friday.

“I probably should have right there said, you know, no, he’s not going to go this week,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “But he’s a competitor, he wanted to play.”

Despite Manning’s declining performance this season, Kubiak said the starting job belongs to the 39-year-old.

“Peyton’s our quarterback,” Kubiak said. “If he’s healthy and ready to go, Peyton’s our quarterback.”

The game was stopped to honor Manning after a 4-yard pass in the first quarter to running back Ronnie Hillman that gave him enough yards to pass Brett Favre and break the all-time record, but it came after Manning already had thrown an interception, gotten sacked and fumbled the ball.

“I think that’s an awkward situation to have any type of stoppage of play, in the middle of a game,” Manning said. “I wasn’t off to the best start.”

Giants legend Lawrence Taylor, a man with his own history of troubles, isn’t ready to jump on the anti-Greg Hardy bandwagon. Despite Hardy’s domestic violence incident, Taylor said the Cowboys did a good thing by giving the defensive end an opportunity to return to the field.

“I like that. I think they needed to give him another chance because it’s not clear what happened,” Taylor said Sunday at a promotional appearance in New York. “It’s not really 100 percent clear what happened. So listen, I think they need to give him a chance.

“I think he is going to make the best of that second chance because I’ll tell you what, he could have been screwed. A lot of people have been screwed in this league. But he got a do-over, and you got to do the best you can. You got to make the best you can with that do-over.”

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