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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Orioles OF Adam Jones hesitates to protest anthem because, ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’ 09.13.16 at 8:14 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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
WNBA: Lynx at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Mercury at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey exhibition, United States vs. Finland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup, Revolution at FC Dallas, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Paris Saint-Germain, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Celtic at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Rostov at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

— No Major League Baseball players have joined in the national anthem protest that is gaining popularity around the NFL, but according to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, there’s a reason for that.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport,” Jones said in an interview with USA Today, implying a protest could cost a player his job.

The article noted that 68 percent of the NFL is made up of African-Americans, while it’s only 8 percent for baseball.

“We already have two strikes against us,” Jones said. “So you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.”

Jones said he is dismayed by the fact that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests, is being criticized for “what he believes in.”

“The outside world doesn’t really respect athletes unless they talk about what they want them to talk about,” Jones said. “Society doesn’t think we deserve the right to have an opinion on social issues.

“We make a lot of money, so we just have to talk baseball, talk football. But most athletes, especially if you’re tenured in your sport, you’re educated on life, and on more things than most people on the outside. But because Donald Trump is a billionaire, he can say whatever he wants, because he’s older and has more money?

“And when Kaepernick does something, or says something, he’s ridiculed. Why is that?”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose team opened a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday night, said he had not seen the story but respected Jones’ right to speak his mind.

“That’s why we fought so hard for these rights,” Showalter said, “to be able to do that in our country.”

Meanwhile, before the 49ers’ game Monday night in San Francisco, Kapernick and teammate Eric Reid again took a knee during the national anthem, while a few players on both teams stood but raised their fists.

— Ryan Lochte’s redemption tour got off to a strange start, as the Olympic swimmer was rushed by two men from the audience after his performance Monday night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Goodell weighs in on Colin Kaepernick anthem protest, saying, ‘I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing’ 09.08.16 at 8:00 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: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Panthers at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Goodall, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. Senator, said it’s important to handle this issue by showing the proper respect for everyone.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” he said. “I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe was stymied in her effort to protest the national anthem before Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit in Boyds, Maryland, as the Spirit played the anthem before the players took the field.

“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement.

“We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise. While we respect every individual’s right to express themselves, and believe Ms. Rapinoe to be an amazing individual with a huge heart; we respectfully disagree with her method of hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal — albeit worthy — cause.”

Rapinoe, following the lead of Kaepernick, took a knee when the anthem was played before her team’s game Sunday in Chicago. The U.S. national team star, who won a World Cup title last year and played in the Rio Olympics last month, indicated that she planned to continue her protest the rest of the season.

After the game Rapinoe said she did not appreciate the choice of words in the Spirit’s statement, adding she was “saddened” by the move.

“It was incredibly distasteful, four days before [the anniversary of] one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to ‘hijack’ this event,” she told The Washington Post.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dwight Gooden lashes out at former Mets teammate Darryl Strawberry, denies being deathly ill due to drug abuse 08.23.16 at 8:07 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 Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Japan vs Texas, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Canada vs. Mexico, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Iowa vs. Rhode Island, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Australia vs. Curacao, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Tennessee vs. California, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Champions League, Hapoel Be’er-Sheva vs. Celtic, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Moncao vs. Villarreal, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Champions League, Roma vs. Porto, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News 8-23-16— Dwight Gooden insists he has not used cocaine in years and lashed out at Darryl Strawberry following his former Mets teammate’s comments that he is “a complete junkie-addict” whose life is danger. However, Strawberry responded by insisting, “Everyone knows that I’m telling the truth.”

Strawberry and Gooden — back in the spotlight following the release of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary “Doc & Darryl” that detailed their accomplishments as well as their fall from grace due to substance abuse — were scheduled to make a public appearance together last week, but Gooden failed to show.

Strawberry then told the New York Daily News that Gooden’s son called to ask for help before the former Cy Young winner dies.

Said Strawberry: “He’s a complete junkie-addict. I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen.”

Gooden responded Monday in multiple interviews — including one with the Daily News outside his Jersey City apartment in which appeared gaunt — and later in a statement, criticizing Strawberry for making “our differences personal, going back to our days with the Mets.”

Said Gooden: “I forgave him for a lot of stuff. I never threw him under the bus, never said anything about him publicly. For him to say that stuff, you have to draw a line somewhere and I guess do a better choice of picking friends.”

Strawberry stood firm later Monday, saying in an ESPN Radio interview: “I just felt like I needed to do this. And regardless what anybody else thinks or they can call me whatever they want to call me. As long I’ve known in my heart that I stepped up to do the right thing to help this man try to save his life, maybe just one day if he gets there and gets a recovery and realizes how good he is, he can come back and say, ‘Thank you, you helped save my life.’ ”

Added Strawberry: “He’s very good at BS-ing, he’s very good at blowing smoke up people’s behinds and telling them what he wants them to hear. If he wants to get well he’s going to have to get real. Because this is crunch time for him. This is public for him. Everyone knows that I’m telling the truth.”

— Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was dropped by four sponsors on Monday following his false accusation of a robbery at the Rio Olympics.

Speedo, Ralph Lauren, skin-care company Syneron-Candela and mattress maker airweave announced their sponsorships were ending.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Frustrated Bills ‘disappointed’ with DT Marcell Dareus after another NFL suspension 08.17.16 at 8:08 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinal, FC Dallas at Galaxy, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball, United States vs. Poland, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s basketball, United States vs. Argentina, 5:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Track and field, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus

— The bad news continued for Rex Ryan’s Bills on Tuesday, as veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended four games by the NFL, reportedly for a positive marijuana test. It’s the second year in a row Dareus was suspended, frustrating team ownership.

“We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization, and fans through his recent actions,” the Bills said in a statement. “From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league.”

Dareus, a two-time Pro Bowler who signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension last September, previously was suspended for the first game of last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, related to his 2014 arrest in Alabama for criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to Pro Football Talk, the 26-year-old will forfeit more than $3 million as part of his latest punishment.

Dareus apologized in an Instagram post, writing: With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL; however, please know and understand I am committed to the game and am more committed to my #Billsorganization and fans. This temporary setback will only fuel my desire and commitment to bring #Buffalochampionships and the #SuperBowl. I ask at this time that you continue to #believe in me and I will continue to invest all that I have to bring honor and respect to the organization and my fans and ultimately bring #Buffalomafia what it deserves – a #SuperBowl! Thank you for continuing to support me – I will rise above this setback, as with every challenge brings an opportunity for growth and supreme #success!

The Bills defense also will be without starting outside linebacker Shaq Lawson (offseason shoulder surgery) for at least the first six weeks of the season, starting inside linebacker Reggie Ragland is done for the year after tearing his ACL in training camp, and veteran linebacker Manny Lawson reportedly is facing a one-game suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy. On the other side of the ball, running back Karlos Williams also was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

If Lawson’s suspension goes through, the Bills would have to pay a $250,000 fine for having three players suspended in the same year as per the NFL’s remittance policy.

— Police in Rio have been looking into claims by U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning while heading back to the athletes village in a taxi, but a police official told The Associated Press little evidence has been found and the swimmers — who Lochte acknowledged were intoxicated at the time — were unable to provide key details.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Marlins consider signing Alex Rodriguez after Giancarlo Stanton injury 08.15.16 at 7:28 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea vs. West Ham United, 3 p.m. (USA)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Mexico, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Track and field, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Marlins acknowledged having internal discussions about whether to put into a call to Alex Rodriguez after losing Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday with a strained groin that could sideline him the rest of the season.

Stanton, who leads the Marlins with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs, was injured trying to stretch a single into a double — in the process making the game’s final out — in an 8-7 loss to the White Sox. He was placed on the disabled list.

Even before the Stanton injury there was speculation that the Marlins would consider reaching out to Rodriguez, who grew up in South Florida and still lives there. Rodriguez, batting .200 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 225 at-bats, played his final game for the Yankees on Friday.

“We’re going to look at everything,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the Yankees front office; I don’t know where his head is on that.”

The Marlins, who have not been the postseason since winning the World Series in 2003, are a half-game behind the Cardinals, who hold the second wild card spot.

— U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte confirmed that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning in Rio De Janeiro, another embarrassment for Olympic organizers.

Lochte said thieves posed as police officers and stopped his taxi, which was taking the swimmers back to the athletes’ village after a night out at the French Olympic team’s hospitality house in an upscale area south of the city.

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte told NBC’s “Today” show . “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like, we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.

“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like, ‘Whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cellphone, he left my credentials.”

While there have been other issues surrounding the Games, Brazil’s sports minister, Leonardo Picciani, said there have been no problems at the venues or in the athletes’ village. Picciani said the swimmers were “outside their places of competition and outside the appropriate time.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 15, 1971, the Patriots played their first game in Foxboro, a 20-14 preseason victory over the Giants. What was the name of the team’s original Foxboro home?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s pretty amazing, she’s an amazing woman, an amazing mother, and she represents the best of Brazil, as far as I’m concerned. It was a pretty amazing spectacle and she’s an amazing person.” — Tom Brady, on wife Gisele Bundchen’s appearance at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Home runs for Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts in Sunday’s 16-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, the second time this season he’s had a three-home run game

‘NET RESULTS: With the Marlins leading by a run and two outs in the ninth inning, left fielder Christian Yelich throws out White Sox baserunner Carlos Sanchez at home to close out the victory.

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin reaches over the railing and makes an acrobatic catch against the Astros.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Schaefer Stadium

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Caldwell was born on this day in 1951.

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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte’s parents reportedly face foreclosure 08.06.12 at 7:54 pm ET
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The parents of U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte reportedly are facing foreclosure on their Florida home.

TMZ reports that a CitiMortgage is suing to foreclose on Steven and Ileana Lochte, according to a lawsuit filed in May in Volusia County. The bank reportedly is seeking to recoup $250,000.

Steven and Ileana, who divorced last year, have been watching their son in London as the 28-year-old has won five medals, including two gold medals, in his third Olympic games.

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Wednesday’s Olympic Roundup: U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva grabs all-around bronze 08.01.12 at 6:52 pm ET
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The United States earned six medals Wednesday, three gold and three bronze, bringing its medal count to 29. Only the Chinese, with 30, have more.

One of those medals went to American gymnast Danell Leyva. The Cuban refugee recovered from his team’s disappointing fifth-place finish to earn the bronze medal in Wednesday’€™s individual all-around finals.

As expected, three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan, whom many believe could be the greatest gymnast ever, took home the gold. Germany’s Marcel Nguyen placed second.

Leyva joins 2004 champion Paul Hamm as the only U.S. men to win Olympic all-around medals since 1984.

SWIMMING: ADRIAN WINS 100 FREE

In one of the closest races of the games, U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle final to become the first American to win gold in the sprint for nearly a quarter of a century.

Nathan beat out Australian world champion James Magnussen by .01 seconds, the smallest margin in Olympic swimming.

The U.S. women’€™s swim team also earned a gold in the women’€™s 4 x 200-meter relay, outpacing Australia by nearly 1½ seconds. The Aussies took home the silver while the French grabbed the bronze.

In the men’€™s bracket, Michael Phelps earned a trip to the finals to defend his 200-meter individual medley with the fourth fasted time in the preliminaries. Teammate Ryan Lochte was second-quickest at 1:58.03 a short time after he advanced in the 200 backstroke heats. The 200 IM final is Thursday.

TENNIS: VENUS STUMBLES, SERENA BREEZES

Despite holding a lead in each set Wednesday, Venus Williams dropped her third-round match to No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

Williams still has a shot at her record fourth gold medal in Olympics tennis however, as she and sister Serena play in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, Serena breezed past No. 13-seeded Vera Zvonareva to win 6-1, 6-0 in just 51 minutes.

CYCLING: ARMSTRONG TAKES GOLD IN TIME TRIALS

Kristin Armstrong took home the gold for the U.S. in the women’€™s time trials with a time of 37:34.82, more than 15 seconds faster than silver medalist Judith Arndt of Germany.

ROWING: BU ALUM WINS GOLD

Former Terrier Florian Mennigen (’06) helped Germany to a gold in the men’s eight final Wednesday morning. Mennigen is the third-ever Terrier and first since 1988 to win a gold medal in the sport of rowing.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

The U.S. men’€™s volleyball team squares off against Brazil in a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game. Neither team has dropped a set so far in London (3 p.m., NBC).

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and company take on Nigeria. The U.S team is averaging 104 points per game. (5:15 p.m., NBCSN)

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Monday’s Olympics roundup: U.S. swimmers Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers win gold in 100m backstroke 07.30.12 at 6:15 pm ET
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It was a banner day for the Americans in the pool Monday, as U.S. swimmers swept the gold in the men’s and women’s 100-meter backstroke races.

Matt Grevers set an Olympic record in the men’s event with a time of 52.16 seconds, which was 0.38 seconds ahead of the previous mark set at the 2008 Beijing Games by another American, Aaron Perisol. This was Grevers’ fifth Olympic medal. U.S. teammate Nick Thoman won silver with a time of 52.16 seconds.

Missy Franklin, 17, took home gold in the women’s event with a time of 58.33 seconds. It was her second medal of the tournament, as she won bronze with the 4×100 freestyle relay team on Saturday.

It wasn’t all good news for the Americans, however, as Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the men’s 200-meter freestyle, finishing fourth. Once again the Americans and Lochte were undone by Frenchman Yannick Agnel, who helped France win the 4×100 freestyle relay gold on Sunday night. Agnel won Monday’s 200-meter freestyle gold with a time of 1 minute, 43.14 seconds.

After winning gold on Saturday in the 400-meter individual medley and looking poised for a monster Olympics, Lochte has disappointed, finishing second Sunday night with the 4×100 freestyle relay team and fourth Monday.

TENNIS: RODDICK, ISNER ADVANCE

Andy Roddick advanced out of the first round while fellow American John Isner passed on to the third round in men’s singles at the Wimbledon courts.

Roddick defeated Slovakian Martin Klizan, 7-5, 6-4. Roddick dominated Klizan with his serve, losing only nine points in his 11 service games. This was his first Olympic win since the Athens Games in 2004; he skipped the 2008 games in Beijing.

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