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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Julian Edelman reportedly is single, Alex Rodriguez is not; ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ 30 for 30 has premiere date 03.09.17 at 9:39 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:
MLB: Detroit at NY Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: USA at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
World Baseball Classic: Australia vs. China, 5 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs. Taiwan, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Mexico vs. Italy, 9 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Davidson at La Salle, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at North Carolina, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at State John’s, 12 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Duke at Louisville, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan State, 2:25 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UMass at St. Bonaventure, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Kansas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah State at Nevada, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Temple, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico at Fresno State, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Fordham at George Mason, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Indiana at Iowa, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Saint Louis at George Washington, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Northwestern, 8:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Air Force at Colorado State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Creighton at Providence, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego State at Boise State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: USC at UCLA, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Julien Edelman and his model girlfriend Adriana Lima have split up, according to confirmed reports on Wednesday. The breakup is said to be due to scheduling conflicts.

Their relationship reportedly spanned from last summer until just before the Oscars last month. Lima, a Victoria’s Secret model, was in attendance at the Super Bowl in February to support Edelman and the Patriots.

After Edelman’s diving catch in the Super Bowl, Lima was asked if she thought Edelman caught the ball for her.

“I think I’m a better catch than that,” she said.

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Drew Bledsoe says Julian Edelman’s beard makes him look like a ‘homeless logger’ 02.17.17 at 9:52 am ET
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Drew Bledsoe used to wear No. 11 for the Patriots. Julian Edelman wears No. 11 for the Patriots now. And apparently, Bledsoe doesn’t think the charismatic wideout is doing his legacy well.

Edelman, who prides himself as a fashionista, is rocking some unruly facial hair these days. On Twitter, Bledsoe said he should clean it up.

After making perhaps the best catch in Super Bowl history, Edelman can look like a hobo if he likes. But this writer agrees with Bledsoe: the clean-shaven or scruffy look suits him best.

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Deion Sanders: Julian Edelman is under appreciated because he’s white 01.23.17 at 11:04 am ET
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Deion Sanders had some interesting things to say about Julian Edelman. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Deion Sanders had some interesting things to say about Julian Edelman. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)

Deion Sanders says Julian Edelman’s skin color is the reason why he isn’t considered one of the best receivers in the league.

On NFL Network Sunday, Sanders said Edelman, who put up a monstrous stat line during the AFC championship game, is a victim of reverse racism.

“Julian Edelman is one of the best receivers in the league. … It’s like reverse racism,” he said. “I’m not lying. This is real talk. Julian Edelman, just because he’s a caucasian receiver, they don’t give him the credit that he deserves. He deserves so much more. This kid can flat out play. There hasn’t been there an answer for him over the last several years. Julian Edelman moves the chains, he can get deep, he works between the numbers, works outside the numbers, he can throw the football, he can run the football. He does it all, man.”

While the Patriots were largely able to contain Antonio Brown (seven receptions for 77 yards), Chris Hogan and Edelman tore up the Steelers’ secondary, reeling in 17 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns. After the extra-point, Edelman’s touchdown grab extended the Patriots’ lead to 34-9 with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.

Despite averaging 98 receptions over his last three full seasons, the Patriots don’t pay Edelman like an elite wideout. According to Spotrac, he only took home $2.5 million in base salary in 2016. Next year, the figure bumps up to $3 million.

Edelman’s position, not skin color, is probably the reason why he’s not put on the same level as star receivers like Julio Jones. Given the success of other slot receivers in this offense, he’s largely viewed as expendable. Tom Brady seamlessly transitioned from Troy Brown to Wes Welker to Edelman. He’s the primary reason for their success, not the other way around.

Edelman is an incredible talent, but his stock takes a major hit without Brady. He probably knows that’s the case, too, since he’s never even threatened to hold out for a bigger deal.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: WADA formally rebukes Russia’s anti-doping agency amid calls for Olympic ban 11.19.15 at 8:06 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: Wild at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Titans at Jaguars, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Coastal Carolina at Liberty, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College football: East Carolina at UCF, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA: Bucks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Central Conn. at Boston College, 6 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Temple vs. Minnesota, 11:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler at Missouri State, 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Mississippi state, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Long Beach State vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Indiana, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Rutgers at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Virginia at Bradley, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Stanford, 11:30 pm. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The World Anti-Doping Agency delivered a harsh rebuke to Russia on Wednesday, with the group’s board handing down a declaration of noncompliance to the nation’s anti-doping agency, and other leaders are pushing for Russia’s track and field team to be banned from next year’s Rio Summer Olympics.

Less than nine months before Rio, Russia acknowledged its anti-doping program was deeply flawed and supported changes to bring it into compliance. That’s not enough for many in the Olympic community.

Former U.S. Olympic hurdler Edwin Moses told the board that “the only sanction that can send the message that enough is enough is to state loudly and clearly that the Russian athletics team cannot go to Rio. … Athletes see wide-scale, high-level corruption at the top, and it’s a kick in the stomach for them to see leadership not following rules.”

“I feel that there are a lot of athletes watching and waiting right now,” said Beckie Scott, a Canadian cross-country skier and chair of the WADA athlete commission. “We’re at a crossroads. We urge you to please consider these athletes and consider these sports as a whole.”

WADA’s 38-person board applauded Scott’s comments but did not act on her request, saying more investigating is needed.

WADA is considering how to get Russia in compliance, including examine how drug-testing should be handled and who should oversee it.

“We as an anti-doping community have to decide, are we going to be relegated to a toothless bureaucracy or are we going to roll up our sleeves, make tough decisions and validate clean athletes’ decisions to do things the right way,” said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

— ESPN analyst Cris Carter delved into the issue of race in the NFL, defending white wide receivers such as Julian Edelman.

During an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” Carter noted that white wide receivers often are viewed as products of a system.

“I just don’t think they give them credit,” The Hall of Fame wide receiver said (via CBS’ Eye on Football). “They make excuses, they say it’s the system, they say it’s the quarterback. But a guy has a certain skill set and that means if he plays outside, plays inside, to me they are very, very good athletes. And they don’t give them credit for their athleticism.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots Malcolm Butler, Julian Edelman make cameo at Grammys 02.09.15 at 8:17 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: Clippers at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston University at Lafayette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Coyotes at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler made a cameo on the Grammys Sunday night, joining teammate Julian Edelman onstage to help present one of the awards.

The Super Bowl hero appeared nervous as he stood alongside Edelman and actor Josh Duhamel. As Duhamel was about to announce the winner of the award for best rock album, Butler (after getting a subtle nudge from Edelman) reached over and took the envelope from Duhamel.

“Once again, another interception by Malcolm,” Edelman deadpanned.

In a backstage interview, Butler said he’s starting to recover from the emotional high of the Super Bowl and its immediate aftermath.

“I’ve been coming down,” he said (via the New York Daily News). “I’ve been coming down lately, but coming back here brought me back up. But I’m managing it well. You’ve got to get over that. I don’t want one play to define me as a player, so back to work, sooner or later.”

As for the actual play, Butler admitted that he was concerned the Patriots might not be able to pull out the win.

“I’m not going to tell a story,” he said. “Me and the whole Pat Nation felt that way. But never give up, keep playing hard, and things like that happen.”

— Knicks owner James Dolan, no stranger to embarrassing himself, is back in the spotlight again for his obnoxious response to criticism from a longtime fan of the team.

The fan, 73-year-old Irving Bierman, emailed Dolan to complain about the team’s poor performance under his guidance and requested that he sell the club. “You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise,” wrote Bierman, who said he has been a fan of the team since 1952. “Please NO MORE.”

In his response, Dolan got personal with Bierman and suggested he takes his allegiance elsewhere.

Wrote Dolan: Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am.just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers limit tailgating after shootings 08.23.11 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Responding to the weekend violence during a preseason game against the Raiders, the 49ers decided to ban tailgating after kickoff and recommend a cancellation of the annual preseason rivalry with their Bay Area neighbors. There also are plans to beef up security and add DUI checkpoints outside the stadium. Two men were shot Saturday and another was found unconscious in a bathroom at Candlestick Park.

“To those of you who decide to come to our games, and it really doesn’t matter what jersey you may be wearing, or what hat you may wear, or what team you may support, your behavior on Saturday night is not welcome,” said Jim Mercurio, the 49ers‘ vice president of stadium operations and security. “Don’t come here. You’re not welcome.”

‘™¦ With the NFL’s new kickoff rules, Sam Farmer in The Los Angeles Times writes that kickers’ jobs now are even more precarious. Said veteran kicker David Akers, now with the 49ers: “Even the best job in the NFL, it’s a one-year deal for everybody.”

‘™¦ Controversial Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was selected in the third round of the supplemental draft by the Raiders. With speculation that Pryor might end up at wide receiver or tight end, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 college QBs to switch positions. No. 8 is Patriots receiver (and former Kent State QB) Julian Edelman.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times has a report on the decline of rookie hazing in professional sports. The Cowboys and Jaguars are two NFL teams that have cracked down on the practice. “There’s not going to be anything demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We don’t believe in that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season after outdueling Vida Blue of the A’s, 3-0?

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