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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: St. Louis sues NFL over relocation of Rams; Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton reportedly to retire 04.13.17 at 8:48 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: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 2:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Texas at LA Angels, 5 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL: Nashville at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Calgary at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The city of St. Louis has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and all 32 teams and their owners claiming they illegally approved the relocation of the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016.

The suit was filed on Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court and the city is seeking damages and profit restitution for the past 15 months since the move.

The suit claims St. Louis has lost $1.85 million to $3.5 million per year in ticket tax revenue, plus $7.5 million in property tax and $1.4 million in sales tax revenue and “millions” in earning taxes.

It also claims the league ignored bylaws in the move and is allowing it despite failing to “satisfy the obligations imposed by the League’s relocation rules” and the relocation “was not supported by the required statement of reasons or the adopted relocation standards.”

In addition, the suit claims the Rams and the team’s owner Stan Kroenke “made false statements regarding the team’s intent to engage in good faith negotiations” with the city of St. Louis.

The entire lawsuit document can be found here.

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Thinking Out Loud: Will NFL spy on Tom Brady during suspension? 09.02.16 at 5:30 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … and wondering if the Magic 8-Ball really knows all.

— As the Patriots roster now begins to take its shape for the upcoming season, keep this in mind: Injuries always play a factor. That’s why I find so-called roster projections from the media interesting. No one really knows what the coaches and front-office personnel ultimately will decide.

— Unless they’re like me, and they utilize their Magic 8-Ball, which always has been quick with a response in the past. I asked the 8-Ball what the Patriots roster was going to look like next week, and it replied, “My answer is no.” Makes perfect sense to me.

— So, any Tom Brady sightings in or around Gillette Stadium in the last 48 hours or so? Think the NFL might have some super-secret spies checking out the landscape to see if anyone is, um, taking liberties with the rules?

— Among the players already visited by “The Turk,” Terrance Knighton’s cut from the roster was a bit of a surprise from this corner. I do seem to recall, however, that when his signing appeared imminent, he wasn’t initially thrilled with becoming a “rotational player.”

— Knighton, according to the NFLPA and seconded by our friend and salary cap guru Miguel (his Twitter handle is @capspacev2), apparently did not earn any of his weight-based bonuses in his contract, either. Wonder if that came back to bite him, um, in the, um, you know?

— Barkevious Mingo brings badly needed depth to the linebacking corps, and if nothing else, also brings an automatic spellcheck every time I type his name.

— If you’re wondering about the guy who was flying around MetLife Stadium Thursday night against the New York Giants, Mingo’s story is a familiar refrain — underachieving, young veteran player looking for a clean start and new opportunity. This is how, more than just about anything else, the Patriots have built themselves into a dynastic franchise — identifying hungry players eager to make a name for themselves.

— Oh, and one more thing: They bring in players who also are in their final contractual years, as Mingo is. Make or break is a pretty good attitude to have on your side.

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