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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Gay NFL player reportedly considers coming out 03.26.13 at 7:53 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: Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Maryland at Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Rangers at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Cardinals at Mets, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: White Sox at Rangers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB Network: Astros at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Could the NFL have the first openly gay athlete in a major American team sport? According to CBSSports.com NFL writer Mike Freeman, it might happen this spring.

After interviewing several current and former players, Freeman wrote Monday that a current player is considering making a public announcement of his homosexuality and attempting to continue his career.

The player’s concern, according to the report, is not his teammates but the treatment he might receive from homophobic fans.

“I honestly think the players of the NFL have been ready for an openly gay player for quite some time now,” free agent linebacker Scott Fujita told Freeman. “Trust me, the coming out of a player would create much bigger waves outside the locker room than inside. The way I’ve seen the conversation around LGBT issues evolve, especially in the past few years, has been encouraging. Guys are more accepting than they used to be. Even those who raise personal objections to homosexuality, some of whom are good friends of mine, would still be able to coexist and accept a gay teammate.”

‘™¦ According to a forthcoming book about Lenny Dykstra, the former Mets and Phillies outfielder is a sociopath who consistently exhibited racist and sexist behavior before eventually landing in jail on charges including bankruptcy fraud and grand theft auto.

The book is called “Nailed! The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra” and its author, Christopher Frankie, at one point worked for Dykstra until quitting because he wasn’t being paid. Frankie details Dykstra’s abusive and destructive behavior, especially his mistreatment of employees, women and even his own family, from whom Dykstra reportedly stole thousands of dollars.

‘™¦ Royce White, who only days ago tweeted that he was leaving the Rockets’ D-League affiliate to spend the rest of the season in Houston, returned to the Rio Grand Valley Vipers. White, who had claimed a team doctor advised him to leave the Vipers, tweeted Monday that a “miscommunication” with the Rockets had been cleared up.

White, a first-round draft pick (16th overall) who has acknowledged having an anxiety disorder, has played in 12 games for the Vipers, averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 26, 1974, the Red Sox released which two future Hall of Famers?

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Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty in bankruptcy fraud case, faces up to 20 years in prison 07.14.12 at 4:46 pm ET
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The Associated Press reports former Mets and Philles outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty to three counts stemming from a bankruptcy fraud case Friday.

Dykstra faces up to 20 years in prison for one count each of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering. He’s scheduled to be sentenced December 3.

After filing for bankruptcy, prosecutors said that Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

A three time All-Star, the 49-year-old former World Series champion has faced numerous run-ins with the law since he left baseball in 1996. He is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. He also was sentenced this year to nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to women he met on Craigslist.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NCAA investigates Syracuse for drug violations 03.06.12 at 7:48 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:
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
College basketball: Big East tournament, UConn vs. DePaul, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Pittsburgh vs. St. John’s, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Providence vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Villanova vs. Rutgers, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Horizon League championship, Detroit at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A great season for the Syracuse basketball team on the court continues to be marred by off-court news. More than three months after longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid accusations that he sexually molested former ballboys, school officials on Monday acknowledged that they self-reported possible violations of the school’s internal drug policy last year and the NCAA is investigating.

A Yahoo! Sports report indicates that at least 10 players since 2001 tested positive for banned substances, yet all of them were allowed to practice and play instead of being suspended. One of the players allegedly failed four tests and another tested positive for three.

Syracuse (30-1) is the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament and opens play in Thursday’s quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Jim Boeheim‘s Orange are in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

‘™¦ Former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra, who pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement, was sentenced to three years in a California state prison. Dykstra, who has already served almost a year, tried to withdraw his plea at Monday’s sentencing but was denied.

“I’m doing everything in my power to be a better person,” Dykstra said, although he insisted he would have been cleared of wrongdoing had he been able to change his plea.

The 49-year-old self-proclaimed financial guru was arrested last April, and police found recreational drugs and HGH in his Los Angeles home. Dykstra’s no-contest plea was part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped 21 of the original 25 counts against him.

‘™¦ With the NCAA tournament around the corner, Real Clear Sports has a look at the top 10 college basketball teams without pro talent since 1985. No. 10 is the 1986-87 Providence Final Four team led by coach Rick Pitino and sharpshooting guard Billy Donovan. No. 1 is last year’s Butler team that reached the NCAA final before losing to UConn.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 6, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his 600th NHL point with two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nordiques at Boston Garden?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ndamukong Suh insists he’s not a dirty player 11.25.11 at 6:54 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: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NBC)
College football: Arkansas at LSU, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Boston College at Miami, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
College basketball: Harvard vs. Florida State, 4:30 p.m. (Versus)
College basketball: Boston College vs. UC Riverside, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Jets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Patriots at Eagles, 4:15 p.m. (CBS)
NFL: Steelers at Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. (NBC; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh continues to deny he’s a dirty player even as he does things to get ejected, as he did Thursday when he stomped on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith after pushing his head into the ground.

“What I did was remove myself from the situation the best way that I felt in me being held down in the situation that I was in,” Suh explained following the Lions’ 27-15 loss. “My intentions were not to kick anybody, as I did not. [I was] removing myself, as you see, I’m walking away from the situation. And with that I apologize to my teammates, and my fans and my coaches for putting myself to be in position to be misinterpreted and taken out of the game.”

Suh refused to apologize for his actions, sticking with the “misinterpreted” excuse.

“I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down,” Suh said. “As I’m getting up, I’m getting pushed so I’m getting myself unbalanced. … With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own story lines … but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did.”

‘™¦ Troubled former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra sat down for an interview with the New York Daily News after a five-month stint in county jail and claims he’s learned his lesson. “I really for the first time understand humility,’€ he said Thursday from The Hills rehab center in Los Angeles. ‘€œIt’€™s not everybody else’€™s fault. It’€™s not a coincidence that I’€™m here. It happened because I was using drugs and alcohol. It was a reality check.”

‘™¦ Thunder backup center Byron Mullens has spent part of the NBA lockout playing with players who are locked up. ESPN‘s Anna Katherine Clemmons writes about how Mullens visits a medium-security facility in his home state of Ohio to play pickup games with prisoners.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 25, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt 45’s for which player?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens rookie breaks up knife fight on way to game 08.26.11 at 7:53 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:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, Game 1, noon (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, Game 2, 5 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NFL Preseason: Patriots at Lions, 8 p.m. (WBZ)

SUNDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Ravens rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss might be focused on trying to make the team, but that didn’t stop him from doing his civic duty. A few hours before Thursday’s preseason game against the Redskins, Doss broke up a fight at a restaurant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Apparently, a man who was fired from a Five Guys restaurant cut a manager with a knife and was beating him up with the aid of a friend before Doss intervened. After Doss tweeted about his actions, someone asked why he risked his health on a game day. Tweeted the Indianapolis native: I’m not gonna sit there and let someone get jumped. [I don’t know] where ur from but we don’t do that in Indy. Asked about the incident by reporters after Thursday’s game, Doss stated: “I saw a guy on the ground bleeding, and I saw [another man] on top of him hitting, so I just had to stop him.”

‘™¦ Former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra, already in trouble for his financial issues, was charged with indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to women he met through Craigslist ads for personal assistants or housekeepers. Dykstra, 48, has been in jail since June on car theft and drug possession charges. He also faces bankruptcy fraud charges.

‘™¦ The U.S. championship game in the Little League World Series is scheduled for Friday. In The Los Angeles Times, Diane Pucin looks at how expensive it can be for families of players participating in the tournament. She tells the story of a Mexican player’s father, who is a waiter in the Los Angeles area and received a free plane ticket from patrons of the restaurant where he works.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 26, 1945, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, winning the game for himself by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Pirates catcher Chris Snyder’s wife attacked 06.17.11 at 7:42 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:
MLB: Brewers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at New York Red Bulls, 8:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Brewers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Brewers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In a road rage incident in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder while the player sat helplessly in the car, unable to get out after having back surgery a few days earlier. Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, 44, followed the Snyders to a gas station after a near collision and attacked Carla Snyder after damaging the car, according to police. Modhwadia was subdued by a passerby and eventually taken to jail and held on $25,000 bail.

‘™¦ The Philadelphia Daily News recaps the rise and fall of former Mets and Phillies star Lenny Dykstra, who was arraigned Thursday in a Los Angeles court and faces 92 years in prison on numerous fraud and drug charges.

‘™¦ While some sports figures have spoken out in support of passing a gay marriage bill in New York, former Giants wide receiver David Tyree made it clear that he’s on the opposite side of the debate. Said the player who stunned the Patriots with a memorable catch on the game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII: “This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it’s a strong word, but anarchy. How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda … and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country?”

‘™¦ Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo announced the birth of a baby bongo antelope Wednesday, and officials named the calf Stanley in honor of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 17, 1964, Yankees star Mickey Mantle hit a home run off which Red Sox reliever who struck out the slugger 12 of the 16 times they faced each other?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty 06.14.11 at 7:53 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 Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra, who has tried to pass himself off as a financial guru but has run into numerous problems over the past decade, pleaded not guilty Monday in a Los Angeles court to embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. Represented by a federal public defender, Dykstra was asked if he understood the charges and he responded: “I don’t understand it, but I understand them.” Dykstra has been in jail since being arrested last month on charges of grand theft auto and drug possession.

‘™¦ The lawyer for cyclist Tyler Hamilton, who last month told “60 Minutes” that former teammate Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs, said his client was confronted by Armstrong at a restaurant in Aspen, Colo., over the weekend. Attorney Chris Manderson said Armstrong stiff-armed Hamilton as they passed and then berated him, demanding to know how much CBS paid him for the “60 Minutes” interview. The owner of the bar ‘€” who is a friend of Armstrong’s ‘€” denied there was a dramatic confrontation.

‘™¦ Dwight Howard told NBA.com that he wants to stay in Orlando, but he said he’s planning to test free agency next summer and would keep his options open if the Magic don’t make a title run with an improved roster. “I want to win a championship,” he said. “I think the owners have to really know that. … I don’t have any side goals or agendas. My main goal is to win a championship. I want to have 14 other guys who feel the same way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 14, 1980, which Red Sox speedster set a team record with four stolen bases in a 7-3 victory over the Angels?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lenny Dykstra tries to spring Dwight Gooden from ‘Celebrity Rehab’ 05.25.11 at 7:09 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (Versus)
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 12:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS/Open Cup: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Dwight Gooden said that during a recent taping of the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab,” former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra made a surprise appearance in Gooden’s room and tried to get talk him into leaving the facility.

Explained Gooden: “It was around 10 o’clock and I was getting ready to go to bed. All of the sudden, one of the guys behind the scenes says, ‘Dykstra’s here.’ They tried to get Lenny to sign a waiver, and he didn’t want to do that,” Gooden told the New York Daily News Tuesday. “It was crazy. He was like, ‘Doc, you all right? I don’t like this. I got your bags.’ ”

Gooden, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the mid-1980s, stuck around instead of leaving with Dykstra, who has his own share of problems.

‘™¦ A 27-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday night after falling from a stairwell leading to the center field seats at Colorado’s Coors Field. During the opening game of a doubleheader between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, the man tumbled approximately 20 feet onto concrete. The Rockies refused to discuss the incident but acknowledged an investigation was under way.

‘™¦ Steelers receiver Hines Ward won Season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday, defeating actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the final round.

‘™¦ On the heels of the UConn basketball team losing a scholarship due to a poor Academic Progress Rate, Jeff Jacobs in the Hartford Courant writes that Jim Calhoun‘s program is embarrassing but fixable.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs for which two players?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos accuse Titans of dirty play 10.06.10 at 7:30 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
NBA Preseason: 76ers vs. Celtics, at Manchester, N.H., 7:30 p.m. (WEEI, CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Titans were penalized 10 times for 111 yards on Sunday in a 26-20 loss to the Broncos, and then Tennessee was on the receiving end of some criticisms from Denver players and coaches. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Titans “cheap” after the game, and coach Josh McDaniels had this to say on Monday:

I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be. You can put in any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.

“Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsmanlike game because I know that’s what they were trying to entice us into doing.”

Titans coach Jeff Fisher denied the accusations.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times catches up with former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra, the self-described financial guru who is battling financial and personal troubles but still professes confidence that he will return to glory.

‘™¦ The ground rules at the Rays’ Tropicana Field have been changed, making balls that hit certain parts of the roof a do-over rather than having them be in play as was previously the case.

‘™¦ The Panthers cut receiver Dwayne Jarrett on Tuesday, after he was arrested on a DUI charge for the second time in three seasons. In The Charlotte Observer, Scott Fowler writes that the team waited too long to cut ties with the unproductive former second-round draft pick.

‘™¦ Mike Ilitch, who already owns the Tigers and Red Wings, reportedly is set to purchase the Pistons. In the Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp writes that while local fans might be happy because it means the team won’t bolt town, this ultimately won’t be a good thing for the Pistons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 6, 1962, who was named to succeed Pinky Higgins as Red Sox manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was very satisfying for me as a coach to see our team have that kind of success after they worked so hard at it in practice and talking about it at meetings and so forth. I was happy for them. They deserved it, because they went out and played a good football game ‘€” against a good football team.” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on The Big Show Tuesday afternoon, talking about Monday night’s win over the Dolphins

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 ‘€” Minutes the Heat’s new superstar trio played together in Tuesday night’s preseason game vs. the Pistons in Miami before Dwyane Wade limped off the floor with an injured hamstring.

‘NET RESULTS: Wizards rookie John Wall shows off his 360 move.

A Finnish soccer team embarks on a lengthy Arabian nights celebration after a goal. How was there even time for this?

TRIVIA ANSWER: Johnny Pesky

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Millie Small is 64 on Wednesday.

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Shameless self-promotion minute 11.27.08 at 9:05 am ET
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OK, this might be two minutes, but it’s worth it. Curt Schilling has posted the first of a two-parter reliving the Thanksgiving five years ago which changed quite a bit in Boston baseball. I know today is all about high school football (and seeing exactly how deceiving those Facebook photos of your old classmates are), but I implore you to check this out. Oh, and you might want to check out this post on 38 Pitches. Good stuff. Best part: When the ‘other’ GM calls the house during what was supposed to be an exclusive negotiating period with the Red Sox

As we were getting settled into the living room my cell phone rang. It happened to be a G.M. of another team.

Basically, I was asked if I was in discussions with the Sox’€”which I was’€”and what the status of those talks was. I didn’t offer much insight other than to say we were talking. The G.M. told me that his team did not want me to sign with the Red Sox and whatever could be done to stall the negotiations and run out the deadline would be much appreciated. I was also told this team would have a deal in place the minute we hit that deadline and would offer a better deal than whatever was being tabled.

The call was not really that surprising given how often teams cross boundaries with players and with each other. This was a very good guy I knew just a little, someone well respected in the game. 

And while you’re add it, check out this video chronicling Schilling’s former teammate, Lenny Dykstra’s rise to Robin Leitch territory. (I think this is what the Pilgrims were after …)

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