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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Harvard, Northeastern draw legendary opponents in NCAA Tournament

03.16.15 at 8:02 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.

NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Cardinals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Cubs at Padres, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Liverpool at Swansea City, 3:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— As a former Duke player, Harvard coach Tommy Amaker knows well the challenge of playing North Carolina. That’s the team his Crimson drew for its opening opponent in the NCAA Tournament.

“What a program they have had through the years with great teams and great players and great coaches that have been as good as any,” Amaker said Sunday, adding: “We’€™re excited to keep going, and I think these guys are going to be excited to get ready for an incredible program and team that has done amazing things through the years.”

The teams play Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida, in a West Regional matchup of 4 vs. 13 seeds.

Northeastern, making its first tournament appearance since 1991, is a 14 seed in the Midwest and will meet another legendary program in Notre Dame on Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The third-seeded Irish are coming off a victory over UNC in the ACC championship game.

“You don’t really believe it until you see it, but I’m very excited for our guys to see our name pop up and get to compete against such a great program as Notre Dame,” NU coach Bill Coen said. “We couldn’t be more excited.”

Providence is the only other New England team in the field of 68. The Friars, seeded sixth in the East, will play the winner of Wednesday’s Boise State-Dayton play-in game on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Undefeated Kentucky is the overall top seed and the overwhelming favorite in the tourney field.

“I think I have the best team and the best players,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Does that mean we’ll win? No, it doesn’t.”

— Georgia State punched its NCAA ticket with a 38-36 victory over Georgia Southern in Sunday’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game, but coach Ron Hunter paid the price for leaping into his son’s arms in the postgame celebration.

“I tore my achilles on the right side years ago playing basketball,” Hunter said. “This was the exact same feeling and I knew when I jumped up. … I knew when I came down that I had done it [again], but instead of stopping right there, I wanted to go celebrate with my team. More importantly I wanted to go celebrate with my son. You don’t get many opportunities like that.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Providence must put aside bad call, loss to Villanova

03.14.15 at 7:37 am ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Keno Davis.

— An absolute heartbreaker of a game for the Friars on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. If you saw what happened at the end, you know PC got hosed by the officials. It’s not an excuse, but the entire arena of 20K strong booed the call from referee Brian O’Connell so vigorously that they took the replay down off of the big screen. It’s just a shame players can’t decide games at the end — especially when the officials themselves have very little clue as to what constitutes an actual foul.

— Not for nuthin’, but Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono made a great play to drive to the basket at the end, yes. There was contact with PC’s Ben Bentil, and Arcidiacono then hit two free throws to win it, 63-61. But the inconsistency with foul calls was grotesque. The game wasn’t lost here, however. The Wildcats hit two big shots with the Friars breathing down their necks in the clutch moments late in the game (Darrun Hilliard, Josh Hart) that really won it for them.

— It’s important now, for the Friars, to put the disappointment aside. They’ve still got games to play this season — somewhere next week.

— Had a very uneasy feeling going into Providence’s Thursday Big East quarterfinal with St. John’s. That comes, of course, when a team physically pounds on you not once, but twice during the regular season. The Friars pounded back, however, holding the Red Storm to a season-low 31 percent shooting and getting an unprecedented three double-doubles (LaDontae Henton, Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn).  Five or six 3’s and a defensive effort like that? Yes, please — a couple more like that next week, too, while you’re at it.

— If you watched the games — I mean, really watched them — then you have no problem with the Friars’ Kris Dunn being named as the co-Player of the Year in the Big East along with Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono. I’m a little surprised that Arcidiacono got the nod from the coaches rather than his teammate Darrun Hilliard, but perhaps Hilliard’s unspectacular play late in the year cost him a bit? Austin Croshere called Arcidiacono the best pure shooter in the league, and while there are some good ones (Butler’s Kellen Dunham comes to mind) out there, to have a team dominate the conference when the Big East is strong this year? Gotta have a Wildcat share the honor.

— Dunn’s ability to create his shot, to penetrate a defense, to rebound the ball and then take it away from an opponent is what won him a piece of the POY pie. Henton’s year is still special, as he, Dunn and Hilliard were unanimous choices to the all-Big East first team. More than 2K points, 1K rebounds? Ridiculous. But so is Dunn’s ability to dominate. The scary part is, he’s not all the way there yet.

— I know, the elephant in the locker room. Is Dunn going to come back for another year at Providence, or will he head for the NBA? He is a junior academically, a sophomore in eligibility, and so many seem to believe he’s outta here just because his name pops up on NBA mock draft lists. Kris likes PC, he likes his teammates. He knows he’s got more to do in order to be the player (and the man) he wants to be. Maybe he’ll kick the tires on the pros after the season is done, maybe he won’t. But I’m enjoying his ride, and I hope it lasts a little longer. I think it will.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Will Ferrell plays 9 positions for 10 teams in spring training adventure

03.13.15 at 7:59 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: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Michigan vs. Wisconsin, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: East Carolina vs. SMU, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: La Salle vs. Davidson, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis vs. Temple, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: VCU vs. Richmond, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee vs. UTEP, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Maryland, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: St. Bonaventure vs. Dayton, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Alabama-Birmingham vs. Louisiana Tech, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Providence vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor vs. Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Houston vs. Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 8:55 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: George Washington vs. Rhode Island, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UConn vs. Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Notre Dame vs. Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wyoming vs. Boise State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Georgetown, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Colorado State vs. San Diego State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah vs. Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UC Irvine vs. UC Santa Barbara, 11:59 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB exhibition: Orioles at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Brewers at Mariners, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)


— Comedic actor Will Ferrell was successful in his quest to suit up for 10 teams and play all nine positions at spring training in Arizona, striking out twice, misplaying a couple of balls and raising money for charity in the process.

Ferrell, 47, started the day by playing shortstop for the A’s — after meeting with former A’s shortstop Bert Campaneris, who was the first big leaguer to play all nine positions in one game, 50 years ago this season. He then made appearances for the Mariners, Angels, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Reds, White Sox, Giants, Dodgers and Padres.

Ferrell made two appearances at the plate, striking out both times. In the field, he generally avoided embarrassing himself, even when he pitched for the Dodgers in the nightcap against the Padres.

Said Ferrell in a morning interview before his journey: “I’m actually hoping the acting career is over after today. It’s pretty much the feeling out here that I’m going to land with one of these clubs.”

Ferrell also chimed in on some baseball trivia, noting: “I know for a fact that Curt Schilling, the infamous bloody sock — that was from a shaving accident.”

When it was over, Ferrell spoke to the crowd at the Dodgers-Padres game and said, “There’s no doubt I turned some heads today, even if it was just for a moment. I brought passion to the field, dedication, ability and a lot of ignorance.

“The ball moves fast out there. A lot faster than it looks on television. It’s like a speeding bullet. It’s horrible. Terrifying. . . .

“They say nothing’s more American than grabbing a hot dog, heading to the ballpark and watching nine guys from the Dominican Republic make magic on the field. But you know what? Today I learned they are wrong. Make that eight Dominicans and one guy from Irvine, California.

“Ruth, Musial. Mantle. Will Ferrell. Who would have thought that those names one day would be synonymous with each another? Show of hands. Scratch that. Never mind.”

Phil Jackson already called his first full season running the Knicks “a failed experiment,” and on Thursday he didn’t lighten up a bit, calling the lost campaign “a project gone awry.”

During an interview session in Los Angeles before his team ended a five-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Lakers, Jackson recalled a conversation with his fiancee, Lakers executive Jeanie Buss.

“My partner said, ‘You’re sitting on all this information. Come on out and destroy a basketball team that you love,’ So that’s what I’ve done,” he joked.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Fan recovers after being stabbed at Celtics game

03.12.15 at 6:55 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: Lightning at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Wizards, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Cavaliers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: UMass vs. La Salle, noon (NBCSN)
College basketball: Florida State vs. Virginia, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Michigan vs. Illinois, noon (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marquette vs. Villanova, noon (FS1)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Baylor, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Louisville, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Iowa, 2:25 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Providence vs. St. John’s, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Fordham vs. VCU, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU vs. Kansas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Air Force vs. Boise State, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Central Florida vs. East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah State vs. Wyoming, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston vs. Tulane, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s vs. St. Bonaventure, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Northwestern vs. Indiana, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NC State vs. Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas vs. Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UConn vs. South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Minnesota vs. Ohio State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami vs. Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV vs. San Diego State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duquesne vs. George Washington, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Butler, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford vs. Utah, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fresno State vs. Colorado State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB exhibition: Marlins at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at Padres, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


— A fan was recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed at Wednesday night’s Celtics game, Boston police told media outlets.

Officers responded to the incident shortly before 10 p.m., in the closing moments of the Celtics‘ victory over the Grizzlies.

A video on Deadspin purports to show the incident. It shows two men in Rajon Rondo jerseys arguing in one of the upper sections, and it appears to show one of the men flicking open a switchblade before the fighting begins. That man then can be seen running away from the incident.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who was suspended last month for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend — a charge he continues to deny — was cleared Wednesday to return to racing. The move comes after the Delaware attorney general last week declined to charge Busch in the incident despite a family court commissioner granting a no-contact order to the ex-girlfriend.

“It’s been torture sitting out of the car,” Busch said, adding: “I never did anything of the things I was accused of. I never wavered in this whole process because of the confidence in the truth.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Antonio Cromartie reportedly close to rejoining Darrelle Revis with Jets

03.11.15 at 8:08 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: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Florida State vs. Clemson, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Nebraska, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rutgers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: American at Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech vs. Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Rangers at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women’s Algarve Cup, United States vs. France, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris at Chelsea, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


NYDN cover 3-11-15Darrelle Revis is leaving the Patriots and returning to the Meadowlands, and fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie might be joining him in the Jets defensive backfield.

Cromartie had a solid year with the Cardinals in 2014 after being released by New York after a disappointing 2013 season. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was involved in serious discussions with Jets brass late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to reports in the New York media.

Cromartie, who played for New York from 2010-13 and still owns a house in the area, has shown an interest in playing for new Jets coach Todd Bowles, who worked with Cromartie as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals last season.

“I know their coaching staff, I know everybody, my house is there, so would it be easy? Yeah, it would be an easy choice, if the opportunity presented itself,” he said last month. “But at the same time, I’ve got to look forward to trying to win a Super Bowl, also.”

The Jets also reportedly agreed to a deal with former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine on Tuesday, as they go about rebuilding a defensive backfield that was a huge problem last year.

— Amar’e Stoudemire took a buyout from the Knicks and signed with the Mavericks so he could get another shot at the postseason. It hasn’t been working out well, as Dallas is 5-6 since Stoudemire’s arrival and losing ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

After the latest loss, Tuesday’s 127-94 embarrassment at home vs. the Cavaliers, Stoudemire voiced his frustration.

“I came here to win, and we’re [4 1/2] games out of being out of the playoffs, which is unacceptable,” Stoudemire told reporters. “This is something we can’t accept. We’ve got to find a way to refocus. We’ve got to key into the details of the game of basketball.

“We can’t cheat the game. We can’t screw around in games and practices and joke around all the time and figure we’re going to win games. This is the pros. It’s the highest level of basketball. We’ve got to act that way.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez continues hot start at spring training

03.10.15 at 8:04 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: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at Saint Francis (N.Y.), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Green Bay at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Princeton at Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Rangers at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Schalke at Real Madrid, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


— There were some expectations that Alex Rodriguez would need some time to shake off the rust after being suspended for the entire 2014 season. However, Rodriguez has been hot in his first week of spring training, going 2-for-3 Monday against the Rays to improve to 4-for-9 with two walks in four games.

“It doesn’t really mean anything,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve played for a long time. It’s better than 0-for-9, I guess. … Nothing’s really significant this time of year.”

Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged he didn’t expect Rodriguez to be this comfortable this quickly, and he said he’s impressed by the start.

“I think it’s impossible not to [be impressed],” Girardi said. “If you’re struggling in the beginning, like a lot of our hitters are, you say it’s timing. That was my concern for Alex coming into camp; how long would it take for him to get his timing? I think he’s done a pretty good job adjusting, and I want to continue to see it.”

Added Rays manager Kevin Cash: “He looked good, he was aggressive, obviously hunting fastballs. He looked just the same as he did two years ago, so good for him.”

Rodriguez also passed another checkpoint, as Monday’s game was his first back-to-back outing of the spring. He’s expected to take Tuesday off.

“The first week is always the toughest,” Rodriguez said. “So far, so good.”

— Oft-injured Bulls star Derrick Rose, who had surgery on his knee Feb. 27, said Monday that he thinks he will return this season, but only “whenever I feel right, that’s when I’m going to step back.”

The team indicated Rose would miss between four and six weeks after his surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He shot around on the United Center floor before Monday’s game.

“I feel good. I’m in a positive place right now,” Rose said in his first public comments since the surgery. “Just trying to keep it positive and get the most out of these days.”

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Phillies LHP Cliff Lee’s elbow injury may put career in jeopardy

03.09.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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Cliff Lee

Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee may face surgery on his throwing elbow that could jeopardize his career, he revealed Monday.

“Basically, if I have the surgery, this season will be done, possibly my career, I guess,” the 36-year-old said. “I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”

Late last week the team decided to shut down Lee temporarily in order to be cautious with the elbow, which was strained last season, limiting Lee to just 13 starts.

Lee felt renewed discomfort in the elbow after throwing two innings on Thursday in a spring training game against the Astros. The ensuing MRI did not reveal any major damage, but Lee is expecting a second opinion from surgeon Dr. James Andrews before deciding how to approach the injury.

“Any time it’s the elbow, you have to be concerned,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters. “We have to be concerned because it’s the area he felt something before.”

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Free agent QB Brian Hoyer reportedly fielding offers from Jets, Texans

03.09.15 at 12:47 pm ET
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Free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer is considering an offer to join the Jets in 2015, according to He is expected to sign with the Texans, but New York apparently has entered the sweepstakes for the former Browns and Patriots signal-caller.

Current Jets QB Geno Smith has been prone to turnovers. Hoyer, who has a 20-6 career record, would challenge Smith for the starting job.

Hoyer beat out Johnny Manziel to become Cleveland’s starter in training camp last season, and finished the year with 3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions

The Jets, along with the Bills and Dolphins, have been adding pieces to their teams over the past few days in an effort to challenge the Patriots for the AFC East title. On Friday, it was reported that the Bears reached an agreement to send receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets.

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Reports: 49ers LB Patrick Willis will announce retirement

03.09.15 at 12:44 pm ET
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Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

According to multiple reports, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will announce his retirement Tuesday.

Willis, 30, missed the final 10 games of the 2014 season with a toe injury that he said was chronic and had been affecting him for years.

Willis played eight seasons with San Fransisco and was a Pro Bowl linebacker in each of his first seven years. He was an integral part of the 49ers team that appeared in three consecutive NFC championship games from 2011 to 2013.

At the time of the injury, Willis said that he believed he had “five or six more years left in my body.” He was expected to rejoin San Fransisco as a defensive leader in 2015.


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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Defiant Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tells fans, ‘I’m not going anywhere’

03.09.15 at 8:04 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.

NBA: Celtics at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Pepperdine vs. Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Manhattan vs. Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Portland vs. BYU, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Penguins at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Braves at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Indians at Mariners, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women’s Algarve Cup, Brazil vs. Germany, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: FA Cup, Arsenal at Manchester United, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim

— After years of rumors and reports of transgressions at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim and his basketball program were punished by the NCAA on Friday, although the longtime coach defiantly told a group of supporters Sunday, “I’m not going anywhere.”

Speaking to about 700 Syracuse fans at a Hardwood Club dinner, an emotional Boeheim briefly addressed the situation after refusing to appear at a postgame press conference Saturday, following the Orange’s final game of the season at NC State (Syracuse last month imposed a ban on postseason play, including the conference tournament).

“There’s a lot of things to be said,” the 70-year-old Boeheim told his fans Sunday, according to “It’s difficult right now.”

Boeheim reportedly plans to appeal his suspension.

“I think there’s a hell of a battle ahead of us,” he said Sunday.

Boeheim, who received a long standing ovation from Sunday’s crowd after being taunted by NC State fans a day earlier, will have to sit out the first nine ACC games next season. The program will lose 12 scholarships over the next four seasons, must vacate 108 wins in which ineligible players participated during from 2004-07 and 2010-12, and is on probation for five years.

The violations, which were self-reported by Syracuse to the NCAA, included academic misconduct, extra benefits, impermissible booster activity and failure to follow the school’s drug-testing policy.

The Hall of Fame coach was 34 wins away from 1,000 but now drops to 858.

— Jets running back Chris Johnson is on the mend after being shot in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

Johnson was shot at an intersection while riding in a Jeep. Two other men in the car with Johnson were also hit by gunfire, including the driver, 28-year-old Dreekius Oricko Johnson, who was killed.

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