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Thinking Out Loud: Minus its star, URI looks to reinvent itself under fiery coach Danny Hurley

11.28.15 at 7:55 am ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Mike Bibby?

— This is the most wonderful time of the year, if you ask me. Holiday tournament basketball combined with meaningful, playoff-caliber football? Sign me up.

— Providence College’s cross-country trip to Anaheim, California, for the Wooden Legacy Tournament has been a good experience for a young team, regardless of the game results. Kris Dunn showcases his obvious talents, PC learns what it might take to be elite (with Michigan State and Arizona present), and young players can make mistakes without the red-hot spotlight of the Big East beating down their necks.

— Providence’s win over Evansville could be one of those that will look better as the season progresses. With Wichita State’s early struggles, the Purple Aces may be a real player in the Missouri Valley this season — certainly better than a CIT team in the postseason.

— Ben Bentil hit for a career high 24 (to this point) against the Purple Aces, and is capable of so much more, if he does just one thing: Calm down. Around the basket, that is. His energy level is so through the roof, it’s almost as if he has a putter’s “yips” when he gets close to scoring. A little more experience should, hopefully, provide the opportunity to learn the poise needed to be a truly dominant player inside.

— The struggle for basketball life after E.C. Matthews got started this week for the URI Rams, with mixed results in Cancun. A win over the Big 12’s TCU preceded a resounding thumping at the hands of national title contender Maryland. What does it mean? Rhody simply will need to grind, grind and grind some more to win. It won’t be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

— Strange that the alleged postgame handshake “incident” between Danny Hurley and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon Wednesday night was reported by the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, with direct attributions to what was said by a tournament official at the scorer’s table — and URI athletic director Thorr Bjorn reported he was satisfied that nothing was said at all. Who should we believe? As in all cases, the answer undoubtedly lies somewhere in the middle.

— I appreciate the fire with which Hurley guides the Rams program. Based on personal observation, however, there are times when he walks a tightrope on the line between energy, enthusiasm and absolute hysterics. It’s his style. And I’m quite certain it rubs other coaches the wrong way — you’ll perhaps recall Hurley and Ed Cooley shouting at each other two years ago at the Ryan Center?

— As for Maryland’s reaction to whatever was said in that handshake line, Turgeon also is known as being a bit flippant when it comes to emotions — I seem to recall a few years ago as coach at Wichita State he had a back-handed slap for the Friars after defeating them in Wichita, saying his team didn’t play well in a win over Providence.

— It would be nice, however, if some coaches could learn to be humble in victory, while also remaining gracious in defeat. Perhaps the pressure to win in college basketball‘s pressure-cooker simply has become too high for maintaining a certain level of sportsmanship?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: 76ers investigating after Jahlil Okafor gets in fight outside Boston bar

11.27.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NBC)
NHL: Blackhawks at Ducks, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Canucks at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bucks at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Warriors at Suns, 9:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: UC Irvine vs. Boston College, 3 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Providence vs. Arizona, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Stanford, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn vs. Gonzaga, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Xavier vs USC, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgia Tech vs. Villanova, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. Texas A&M, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kentucky vs. South Florida, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boise State vs. Michigan State, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Iowa State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis vs. Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Monmouth vs. Dayton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Midle Tennessee vs. UNC Asheville, midnight, CBSSN)
College football: UMass at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Marshall at Western Kentucky, noon (FS1)
College football: Miami at Pittsburgh, noon (ESPN2)
College football: Navy at Houston, noon (ABC)
College football: Western Michigan at Toledo, noon (CBSSN)
College football: Missouri at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Boise State at San Jose State, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Iowa at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Washington State at Washington, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
College football: Oregon State at Oregon, 4 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Baylor at TCU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Tulsa at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)


— Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor apparently is not injured, although his wallet might soon be a little lighter after his fight outside a Boston bar Wednesday night.

Via TMZ Sports, Okafor was being taunted outside Storyville Boston nightclub following the Sixers’ 84-80 loss to the C’s that left them at 0-16. Okafor then yelled, “We got money, you broke-[expletive] [N-word].”

The confrontation then turned physical, with Okafor pushing a friend out of the way to punch one of the taunters, falling to the ground in the process.

“We are aware of the report and we are currently working to gather additional information,” the 76ers said Thursday night. “Until that time, we will have no further comment.”

Okafor, selected third overall after leading Duke to a national title last season, is averaging a team-high 18.4 points with 8.1 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game. But he has not been able to stop Philadelphia’s 26-game losing streak that dates back to last season.

— The Panthers routed the Cowboys on Thursday, 33-14, and cornerback Josh Norman said Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant lit Carolina’s fire by disrespecting him before the game.

Norman said Bryant started trash-talking during warmups — telling some of the younger defensive backs that he was calling for Norman while Norman was in the locker room — and the controversial receiver continued it when he “popped off” on the game’s second play after an incomplete pass.

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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 home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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)


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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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: After hearing rumors of Red Sox’ interest, David Price jokes, ‘I’m going to play in Japan’

11.24.15 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. Indiana, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU vs. Rhode Island, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Redford at Penn State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Louisiana Tech at Ohio State, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Illinois State vs. Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Senators at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at UConn, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College football: Ohio at Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayer Leverkusen at BATE Borisov, 11:50 a.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Dinamo Zagreb at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— The latest rumors have the Red Sox as leading candidates for free agent pitchers David Price and Zack Greinke, but Price isn’t lending any credence to the chatter.

Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal said Monday that new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is willing to the be the highest bidder for either pitcher, while Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci predicted, “I believe David Price is going to Boston. Dave Dombrowski is all in.”

Price, who many predict will end up with the Cubs (and his former manager with the Rays, Joe Maddon), finds the rumors humorous, and he jokingly made an announcement about his future.

Tweeted Price: I can always tell the big rumor days…tons of mentions when I haven’t even said anything!! I love you all BUT I’m going to play in Japan.

He then added: Haha just kidding!! Patience my friends.

— The NFL is reviewing Sunday’s Rams-Ravens game to determine why St. Louis quarterback Case Keenum remained in the game late in the fourth quarter despite showing signs of a concussion.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher denied seeing Keenum’s head hit the turf on a tackle or being aware of Keenum’s obvious symptoms — the QB staggered after being slow to get up — and Fisher said it was a “combination of unusual events” that led to the apparent failure in protocol.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning reportedly plans to play next season

11.23.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Bills at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Crystal Palace, 2:5 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Ailing Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who sat out Sunday’s 17-15 victory over the Bears, reportedly plans to return next season, even if it means finding a new home.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said on NBC’s Sunday night’s NFL coverage that the 39-year-old “currently intends to play next year, even if it’s not for the Broncos.” However, co-host Tony Dungy, who knows Manning well as his former coach with the Colts, said he had not heard the same information.

Manning restructured his contract this past offseason, leaving him with a base salary of $19 million for next year. He reportedly has a torn plantar fascia in his foot.

Manning is coming off a disastrous outing in last Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, as he completed five passes while being intercepted four times. Brock Osweiler started in Manning’s place Sunday and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Early reports indicate Denver intends to start Osweiler again next Sunday against the Patriots.

“I don’t know if anybody believed me, but I really was telling the truth — I have not wasted a single day sitting behind Peyton,” Osweiler said after Sunday’s win. “I fully recognize that he might be the greatest quarterback to ever play, if not one of the greatest. I wasn’t going to let one of those days go by where I didn’t learn something. I’ve been very appreciative for my situation.”

— Washington defensive end Jason Hatcher is frustrated with what he believes is biased officiating against his team. After Sunday’s 44-16 loss to the Panthers, he threw out an interesting theory: The referees are punishing the Redskins because of their nickname.

“I’m not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. Don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name — we’re players and we work our butts off, too. I’m just frustrated with it.

“We shouldn’t have to be punished for that. It’s been every game, calls after calls that should’ve been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It’s just not right. We’re in the league, too. We’re [NFL] players. We’ve got a team, too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard, too. I don’t give a crap about the name. We are players. We’ve got feelings, too, and we want to win, too.”

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Thinking Out Loud: URI starts to regroup after devastating injury to star guard E.C. Matthews

11.20.15 at 4:41 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering where in the world is Donnie McGrath?

— So much to look forward to, and then “bam!” E.C. Matthews’ knee injury is a kick in the groin for the URI Rams, no question. But the season doesn’t have to end before it starts, and that’s the task at hand for Dan Hurley — pick up the pieces and shattered dreams, and weave them back into something special.

— Rhody’s ultimate fate undoubtedly will be carried by several players, but for my money the most important one is sophomore Jared Terrell. Four McGlynn certainly can shoot it, but like most shooters he can be streaky. Hassan Martin will have teams give him the “hack-a-Shaq” treatment until he learns to make free throws with some regularity. Terrell will need to be a consistent presence as a scorer and defender for the Rams to remain relevant in the Atlantic 10.

— We saw all of the above come into play Tuesday morning in URI’s matchup with Valparaiso at the Ryan Center. It seemed to me they spent much of the game looking for Matthews’ ghost on the floor, which they never found. They’ll need some time to re-tool, and re-learn. But I’m not betting against Hurley, or this team.

— McGlynn’s near-buzzer beater that could have tied the score with Valpo was a left-handed heave at its intended target. Good grief. Can he do that and make one without desperation? That would be some weapon.

— Bryant has made it a habit in recent years to test its mettle in the season opener, and this year was no exception with the Bulldogs’ opener at Duke — the defending national champs. Lesson learned in a 113-75 loss? That schools in the power conferences operate on a different plane than those in the NEC — but Tim O’Shea’s players also learn quickly what it takes to be nationally competitive. Nothing like a cold slap of reality to start your year. And a nice paycheck, too.

— Here’s the reality for Providence Saturday — Brown has beaten the Friars twice in the past three seasons, including by an astounding 10 points last year at the Dunk. Brown isn’t a “gimme,” and the Bears aren’t necessarily coming to take their guarantee check and head back across town. They know they can win, and that’s a dangerous attitude.

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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 home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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)


— 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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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 home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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)


— 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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Soccer match canceled in Germany after terrorist threat; French team receives emotional welcome in England

11.18.15 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Mavericks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Illinois at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wofford at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


The French soccer team received a warm welcome in London for Tuesday's game against England.

The French soccer team received a warm welcome in London for Tuesday’s game against England.

— A soccer match in Hannover, Germany, was canceled Tuesday after authorities determined that there was a legitimate bomb threat. A first threat turned out to be a false alarm, but a second threat was deemed worthy of calling off the game.

“We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device in the stadium,” Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe said, adding: “We got a tip that had to be taken seriously that an attack was being planned.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the government officials who had planned to attend the match in a show of solidarity against terrorism, although they had not yet arrived at the stadium.

Germany was playing France in an exhibition match in the Stade de France on Friday when terrorists launched simultaneous attacks in Paris, including setting off three suicide bombs outside the stadium.

Tuesday’s match between Belgium and Spain also was canceled following terrorist concerns in Belgium.

France’s exhibition match against England in London went on as scheduled. Fans at Wembley Stadium showed their support by singing along to “La Marseillaise” and waving French flags prior to the game, which was won by England, 2-0.

The United States also played Tuesday, settling for a scoreless draw against Trinidad and Tobago on the South American island.

— Aldon Smith won’t be a part of the rejuvenated Raiders for the rest of the season, as the troubled linebacker received a one-year suspension from the NFL for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

The 26-year-old signed with the Raiders after being released by the 49ers in early August following his arrest for drunken driving, hit and run and vandalism — the latest of his several run-ins with the law.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals QB Andy Dalton takes offense to J.J. Watt’s teasing after loss to Texans

11.17.15 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Sharks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Raptors at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa, 8 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Rhode Island, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama at Dayton, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Colorado at Dayton, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: DePaul at Penn State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Memphis, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky vs. Duke, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Villanova, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgetown at Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas vs. Michigan State, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Toledo at Bowling Green, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Ball State at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Euro, Sweden at Denmark, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, France at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)


— Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a rough day Monday. Not only was he unable to get his team in the end zone in a 10-6 loss to the Texans that left Cincinnati with its first loss of the season, he was offended by seemingly innocuous comments from Texans star J.J. Watt afterward.

In an on-field interview with ESPN after the game, Watt joked about Dalton’s “Red Rifle” nickname, saying: “Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun, and I think we did that. He is a great player, and they are a great team, but our coaches put together a great game plan, we executed the game plan, everybody did their job.

“It wasn’t pretty. I mean, it was 10-6. That is a great football team over there, but we were able to do some great things on defense to help stop them to only two field goals.”

During his press conference minutes later, Dalton — who went 22-for-38 for 197 yards with one interception — expressed his concern with Watt’s words.

“I’m disappointed in him because of the integrity of this game,” Dalton said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good player. There are a lot of kids and people who look up to him, and for him to make comments like that, he’s just showing that’s acceptable to say that kind of stuff.

“It’s disappointing for one of the best players in this league to come out and say something like that, so that’s all I’m going to say about that. He’s a good player, but for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he’s about, and that’s disappointing.

— After a promising start, the Jets have lost three of their last four games and are a game out of last place in the AFC East. The good feelings in New York are fading, and that’s evident in the players’ comments to the media.

Rookie receiver Devin Smith did not take kindly to a comparison to Stephen Hill — a similarly speedy second-round pick who showed potential as a rookie in 2012 but could not break through. Smith, who has just seven receptions for 82 yards and no touchdowns in six games, did not care to hear the word “bust” thrown around.

“Yeah, to be honest, the people who say that, they don’t got [expletive] going on themselves,” Smith said. “Doesn’t matter to me. They don’t know football themselves.”

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