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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Gabby Schilling supports father’s campaign against Twitter harassers

03.06.15 at 8:04 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:
NBA: Celtics at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Suns at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Yale at Harvard, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Akron at Kent State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Morehead State vs. Murray State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Belmont vs. Eastern Kentucky, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Minnesota at Ohio State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: North Dakota at Miami (Ohio), 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Denver at Saint Cloud State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. Norway, noon (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling acknowledged he was concerned how his daughter would feel when he decided to go after the Twitter trolls who made vulgar comments about her. Any hesitation on her part, however, appears to have subsided.

“It means a lot that [my dad] defended me, but that’s just what father do for their daughters,” Gabby told People.com. “He has been, and always will be, there for me no matter what.”

Schilling’s wife, Shonda, said it was “devastating” to see Gabby return home from school in tears Monday after learning of the comments.

“I was stunned that anyone would say these things, knowing people would see them,” Shonda told People.com. “Then angry they ever felt it was OK to ever say those things to my daughter. … No one deserves this! It’s never OK to speak to anybody like that, especially a 17-year-old girl.”

The backlash against the Twitter harassers has been severe, with suspensions and widespread humiliation for the offenders, allowing the Schillings to take some solace that a strong message has been delivered.

“I’m very glad that this all happened,” Gabby said. “The amount of awareness that’s being spread right now about cyberbullying and bullying in general from this situation is incredible. I’ve had girls and parents and adults reaching out to me saying, ‘Thank you so much for what you and your dad are doing, spreading awareness to these kids about what their words can do and what consequences they have.’ ”

Gabby said she has mixed feelings about how much the harassers have been punished.

“I do and I don’t feel bad,” she said. “It’s really sad that one thing they said could cost them their entire career on a sports team or their job, but I think it’s even sadder that they don’t think that should have happened. … They think, ‘Oh, it’s just social media. It’s just a tweet.’ People don’t realize how serious social media is.”

— The NBA acknowledged Thursday that its on-court officials erred in not calling a foul with four seconds remaining in Wednesday’s game in Houston, when Rockets guard James Harden was hit on the arm as he drove to the basket by Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph.

On the Grizzlies‘ ensuing possession, Marc Gasol hit a 10-footer with less than a second remaining to give his team a two-point victory.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez grateful for supportive fans after hitting ‘rock bottom’

03.05.15 at 8:09 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:
NHL: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at Washington, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Twins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at White Sox, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez singled in his first spring training at-bat, finished 1-for-2 with a walk and even heard some cheers mixed among the boos at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa as he made his return to baseball following his one-year suspension.

Rodriguez expressed gratitude with the fans who have remained supportive of him even after he embarrassed his team and the game with his behavior.

“Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Said manager Joe Girardi of the fans’ reaction: “It was mixed and it’s probably going to be that way. It’s nothing new for him. He’s had to deal with it for a long time now. He knows how to block it out and prepare himself.”

Rodriguez was in the lineup as designated hitter, not his preferred position of third base, when he swung and missed a pair of pitches from Phillies starter Kevin Slowey before lining a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

“I felt like I was swinging under water,” he said. “I was like, man, it’s been a long time.”

Added Rodriguez: “It’s going to take two or three weeks for me to kind of get a gauge where I am.”

Ray Allen, who reportedly had been courted by the Cavaliers, Clippers and other contenders, announced Wednesday that he will not play in the NBA this season but might come back in 2015-16.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in a statement. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season.”

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney admits client’s guilt in Boston Marathon bombing as trial opens

03.04.15 at 1:17 pm ET
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The attorney for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted her client participated in the Boston Marathon bombing, saying, “It was him,” during her opening statement Wednesday in a Boston courtroom.

Judy Clarke said the issue is why Tsarnaev committed the “senseless, horribly misguided acts.” She blames Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed during a shootout with Watertown police three days after the bombing, for influencing Dzhokhar to follow him.

The prosecution, meanwhile, detailed the carnage the Tsarnaevs caused — three dead, 260 injured at the race, plus an MIT police officer shot to death later that week — and said Tsarnaev was a holy warrior committed to violence. U.S. prosecutor Bill Weinreb noted that Tsarnaev appeared to show no remorse or concern immediately after the bombings, returning to UMass-Dartmouth to socialize with friends.

“While victims of the bombing lay in the hospital and learned that they would have to have their limbs chopped off to save their lives, the defendant pretended that nothing had happened,” Weinreb said.

 

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez ‘a little nervous’ for return to game action

03.04.15 at 8:27 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:
NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: La Salle at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: USC at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Rangers at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. Norway, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at West Ham, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez is set to play his first spring training game Wednesday, marking his return to the majors after his one-year suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.

“I’ll be a little nervous,” Rodriguez admitted. “I haven’t been in front of my — our — fans for a long time. I’m excited about that. I have some challenges ahead.”

Added Rodriguez: “I am excited for [Wednesday]. I’m not sure how ready, but I’ll give it a shot.”

The Yankees are anticipating about 9,000 fans for the game, and it’s unclear what kind of reaction Rodriguez will get. Manager Joe Girardi said he expects the Tampa crowd to support him.

“He was caught. He paid his time, and now he’s back, and he’s a Yankee and we’re going to cheer for him,” Girardi said. “Some people are going to say, ‘You know what, I might have a hard time cheering for him,’ And some people are just fans and they fall in love with a player, and no matter what they do, it doesn’t matter.”

— The Panthers, chasing the Bruins for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, found themselves scrambling for a goalie during Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Following injuries to starter Roberto Luongo and backup Al Montoya, the team considered having center Derek MacKenzie play as management contacted the league office to sign an emergency contract with 41-year-old goaltending consultant Robb Tallas, who last played an NHL game in 2001.

“It’s rare. Doesn’t happen very often,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “You’re in constant communication with the league to do the right thing, and you have to have him be legal and it has to be cleared by central registry.

“It’s hard to do that at 11 o’clock or 10:30 at night. … If we couldn’t get him cleared, it would have had to be a player.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fire ticket-seller involved in Curt Schilling Twitter controversy

03.03.15 at 7:56 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: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox vs. Boston College/Northeastern, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Aston Villa, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that they have fired the part-time ticket-seller who posted vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter, saying they have “zero tolerance for anything like this.”

A number of individuals made vile comments on social media after Schilling tweeted congratulations to his 17-year-old for committing to play for the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Sean MacDonald was one of the most offensive tweeters, and Schilling called him out.

Yankees director of communications Jason Zillo said MacDonald worked a few days for the team in January, but, “We’ve terminated him.”

MacDonald is a former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University, from where he recently graduated. The fraternity acknowledged his “inappropriate and offensive tweets” and posted that “cyberbullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”

Another tweeter, identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey who hosted a one-hour show on his school radio station’s student radio streams, was suspended by the school and is being investigated by local police.

Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.

— More details are emerging about why Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Rasheed Sulaimon in January, making him the first player kicked off the team in the coach’s 35-year tenure.

According to a report in The Duke Chronicle, the school’s newspaper, two students accused Sulaimon of sexual assault last school year, and the team was aware of the allegations for at least a year before Sulaimon was dismissed. According to a statement from Krzyzewski at the time, Sulaimon “has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling lashes out at ‘vulgar’ tweeters who mock his daughter

03.02.15 at 7:44 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:
NBA: Suns at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston College at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Virginia at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling is on the attack after his congratulatory email to his daughter for her acceptance to college led to some vile tweets.

Schilling tweeted Wednesday: Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!

The former Red Sox pitcher said he expected some jock humor to follow, and he was not disappointed. However, when he started to see tweets “with the words ‘rape,’ ‘bloody underwear’ and pretty much ever other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom,” he decided to act.

Schilling wrote a response Sunday on his 38 Pitches blog in which he expressed his disgust with the behavior. He identified two of the offenders as a Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, N.J.) radio host [Editor’s note: The school emailed to say the student was a member of the Student Radio Club and had a one-hour slot on one the of the station’s student radio streams until being suspended Monday] and a Montclair State University fraternity vice president, and seven others as college athletes.

The ESPN analyst (who accepted an invitation to join Dennis & Callahan at 9 a.m. Monday) noted that he expects to be the subject of insults from Democrats, Yankees fans and “people that don’t like the sound of my voice,” and he notes that “that’s a pretty big group.” But, he questions, are putrid comments about his daughter “even remotely OK? In ANY world? At ANY time?”

Wrote Schilling: My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’€™t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’€™s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’€™s just say I can’€™t repeat and I’€™m getting beyond angry thinking about it. Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms.

These boys have yet to understand one of life’€™s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.

How on earth do you guys know who’€™s on the other end? What they’€™re thinking?

This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We’€™re at a point now where you better be sure who you’€™re going after.

Added Schilling: The ignorance and pathetic lack of morals or of any integrity is astounding.

Kevin Garnett is showing his appreciation to Timberwolves fans for welcoming him home by purchasing 1,000 tickets to the team’s next home game, Monday night against the Clippers.

The first 500 fans to log on to the team’s website at 9 a.m. Monday each will get a pair of tickets.

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Thinking Out Loud: PawSox sale marks end of era

02.28.15 at 12:24 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Mike Torrez.

— I’m left with an overwhelming sense of sadness in considering the sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox announced this week. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of an era, one in which Ben Mondor turned a moribund minor league team into a true Rhode Island treasure. Maybe it’s because of the fond memories over several years of calling games on radio and TV, covering those great players and watching my own kids grow up at McCoy Stadium. Maybe it’s because I sense that, in the end, greed is winning out over all.

— Greed? What else could it be? There’s a perfectly good, classic stadium sitting on Ben Mondor Way in Pawtucket with a low-cost lease in hand that the new ownership feels is no longer viable. Historically, the new owners are turning their back on the site of the longest game in the history of the game — 33 innings — that took place in 1981. From that context, it’s difficult to understand why they might feel the way they do. Why wouldn’t Larry Lucchino have felt that way about Fenway Park before sinking millions into keeping it around? Because it’s about control. Put up with what you have to, but control everything else you can.

— The new owners have every right to pursue every option in an effort to maximize their investment. After all, it IS an investment. But don’t feed me and every other Rhode Islander a steady diet of Quahog crap how this is “Rhode Island’s team, it belongs to everyone,” when you don’t consider the city of Pawtucket or its residents who have supported it for so long. To not even consider Pawtucket as an option? Stupid is as stupid does.

— The reluctance to consider staying at McCoy tells me one thing and one thing only: Brace for a move OUT of Rhode Island. If the land parcel on I-195 (and where would they park cars?) doesn’t work out, there’s your excuse to call in the moving vans to Massachusetts, where ownership can control everything. Land, new stadium, ticket prices, everything. That’s what they want. They’ll get it, too, unless R.I. leadership somehow holds their feet to the fire.

— Three words: I. Don’t. Trust. And I don’t mean the state or the city of Providence needs to unnecessarily capitulate on taxpayer-financed incentives. If a new palace goes up, the emperors should pay for it. If the skids can be greased without whacking an over-taxed populace over the head again, so be it. If not, well, it’s been nice knowing you, PawSox. We’ll have a two-year going-away party. Gee, that’ll be fun, huh?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: First black NBA player Earl Lloyd dies at 86

02.27.15 at 8:06 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:
NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Siena at Quinnipiac, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Harvard at Cornell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Manhattan at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Cleveland State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in NBA history when he appeared in a game for the Washington Capitals in 1950, died Thursday at the age of 86.

Tweeted Grizzlies forward Vince Carter: RIP to Mr. Earl Lloyd you opened that ever so important door for all African American athletes. Thank You!!!!

Lloyd was one of three black players to start the 1950-51 season in the fledgling NBA. The Celtics started the ball rolling, drafting Duquesne’s Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 draft. The Capitals then took Lloyd in the ninth round and the Knicks signed Harlem Globetrotters star Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton.

The Capitals opened the season on Oct. 31, 1950, one day before the Celtics and four days before the Knicks, allowing Lloyd to play first. He was inserted into the game in the second half of a 78-70 loss to the Rochester Royals in upstate New York and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points. The move did not have anywhere near the same impact as when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier three years earlier.

“In 1950 the NBA was like 4 years old. We were like babes in the woods,” Lloyd said in a 2008 Boston Globe story. “We wouldn’t say it was ho-hum. But it didn’t get the type of coverage that Major League Baseball got.”

Lloyd credits the Celtics for paving the way for him to play in the league.

“I truly believe this, that if the Celtics did not draft Chuck in the second round, you could not tell me that the Washington Capitols in 1950 were going to make me the first black player to play in this league. No way. … The Boston Celtics had a tremendous influence on my acceptance in the NBA.”

The Capitals folded in January of that season, but Lloyd went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals — helping them win the 1955 NBA title — and Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. A 6-foot-5 forward known as a standout defender, the former West Virginia State star finished his career averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 games.

Lloyd coached the Pistons for just over a season in the early 1970s — becoming the second black NBA head coach after Celtics legend Bill Russell — and then served as a scout for Detroit for five years.

The Virginia native was living in Tennessee at the time of his death.

Richard Hamilton, the former UConn star who went on to play 14 years in the NBA, officially announced his retirement Thursday.

“Today is a very special day for me because today is the day that I take my shoes … and I find a little street corner down the street and throw my sneakers on the power lines because today I officially retire from the NBA,” Hamilton said on ESPN’s “His & Hers” show.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Angels OF Josh Hamilton reportedly admits to relapse with drugs

02.26.15 at 8:05 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:
NBA: Warriors at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Nebraska at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston at Temple, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas-El Paso at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SMU at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee Tech at Morehead State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona State at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Young Boys at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, in a meeting with MLB officials Wednesday in New York, admitted to having a relapse and using cocaine a couple of months ago even though he apparently did not fail a drug test, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Hamilton, 33, was suspended from baseball for 2 1/2 seasons in 2004 after well-publicized battles with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He came back to win the 2010 American League MVP award with the Rangers but had two relapses. He signed with the Angels as a free agent before the 2013 season, inking a five-year, $125 million deal, but has not lived up to his contract, hitting just .255 with 31 home runs and 123 RBIs over two injury-plagued seasons.

MLB could treat Hamilton as a first-time offender because he was in the minor leagues when he was suspended in 2004. However, Los Angeles Times writer Bill Shalkin reported that it is “unlikely” that would be the case. Hamilton already is subject to testing three times a week due to his past transgressions.

“I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York,” Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday afternoon. “At this point I have no other information to offer.”

Hamilton has been recovering from Feb. 4 shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined into May. He has been staying at a friend’s ranch in Houston rather than remain with his team, which raised some eyebrows across the league.

— The fallout continues from Monday night’s court-storming incident in Manhattan, Kansas, as the Big 12 Conference publicly reprimanded Kansas State for failing to prevent the fans from pouring onto the court and jeopardizing the Kansas players’ safety after the Wildcats’ upset of the eighth-ranked Jayhawks.

Although no injuries were reported, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement that K-State’s events-management policy “was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators,” and “revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks PG Rajon Rondo benched after verbal exchange with coach

02.25.15 at 7:58 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:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Marquette at Butler, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Freso State at Wyoming, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Monaco at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rajon Rondo‘s honeymoon in Dallas appears to be over.

The former Celtic, who has a history of run-ins with coaches and teammates, had a profanity-laced exchange with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle during a third-quarter timeout and then was stuck on the bench the rest of the night as his team rallied for a 99-92 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Raptors.

The incident started early in the third quarter. With the Mavs trailing by nine, Rondo dribbled the ball past midcourt as Carlisle appeared to call for a play only to be brushed off by his point guard. The coach then abruptly called a timeout and the two argued as the team returned to the bench. Carlise would only say that they had a “difference of opinion.” As for why Rondo did not return to the game, Carlisle said: “Because I’m the coach and that’s the decision I made at that time.”

Added Carlisle: “I thought it worked out well. The other guys stepped up and we were able to win.”

Rondo, who finished with four points, four assists, two turnovers and three fouls, reportedly has been frustrated with his lack of play-calling responsibilities. He did not speak after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 18 points, said: “Stuff like that is never good. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. It’s about how the team responds.”

Owner Mark Cuban played down the issue, saying: “It’s an emotional game and sometimes emotions come out. It’s happened many times in the past and will happen many more in the future.”

Carlisle indicated he doesn’t plan to change his rotation for the future, implying the Rondo will start Wednesday night’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks.

Said Carlisle: “That’s what we brought him here for.”

— Keith Olbermann, no stranger to controversy for his behavior, was suspended by ESPN for insulting Penn State students on Twitter.

Olbermann responded to a tweet from a Penn State alumnus about students raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer by writing that Penn State students are “pitiful,” and that their fundraising “doesn’t change the school’s reputation.”

He eventually apologized, tweeting: I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.

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