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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cousin claims Alex Rodriguez paid him almost $1M to keep quiet about doping

11.04.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blues at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Cavaliers at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Northwood at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Bowling Green at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Toledo at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Liverpool at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez‘s controversial cousin is back in the headlines, and as usual, it’s not good news for A-Rod.

According to court papers filed in Florida (and reported by the New York Daily News), Rodriguez paid Yuri Sucart close to $1 million in 2013 so that Sucart would not divulge details of the Yankee’s use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Sucart is a defendant in the federal case against Biogensis and the company’s former owner, Anthony Bosch. Sucart, charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone and HGH, has pleaded not guilty.

Sucart’s former attorney wrote to Rodriguez in 2012 demanding $5 million and a “life estate” for Sucart’s “past services rendered, and for the loyalty he has shown you.” Attorney Jeffrey Sonn indicated Sucart had no intention of cooperating with Major League Baseball, which had ordered Sucart to stay away from the clubhouse when A-Rod played for the Rangers. “Yuri, even after he was accused of being a steroid mule for you, kept your confidence of all your activities while you played of rate Rangers and the Yankees,” Sonn wrote.

According to the filing, A-Rod agreed to pay Sucart a payment of $700,000 and then three more payments totaling $200,000. This was in addition to money Rodriguez paid Sucart every year since 2003.

If Alex Rodriguez's cousin's accusations are true, should A-Rod be further punished?

  • Yes, MLB should go after A-Rod any chance it gets and try to remove him from the game (69%, 350 Votes)
  • No, he already received his punishment (31%, 156 Votes)

Total Voters: 506

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When he admitted in 2009 to using PEDs, Rodriguez said Sucart had provided him the drugs from 2001-03.

Now Rodriguez, who was suspended by MLB and missed the entire 2014 season, apparently is cooperating with the feds against Sucart.

“That is what it sounds like. It sounds like A-Rod is a potential witness against his cousin,” Sucart’s court-appointed attorney, Edward O’Donnell IV, told the Daily News. “They are not allies, that’s for sure, or friends.”

— Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to a media gathering for the first time in 10 months and made it clear that his split with Jason Kidd was not amicable.

Kidd coached the team for one season before reportedly demanding more power and then fleeing to Milwaukee to coach the Bucks.

“I think there is a nice proverb in English: Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you,” Prokhorov said Monday before his team’s home opener against the Thunder. “I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even. And we’ll see it on the court.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Inspirational freshman Lauren Hill scores first basket of college basketball season

11.03.14 at 7:31 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: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NFL: Colts at Giants, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Crystal Palace, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Lauren Hill, the freshman at Mount St. Joseph’s (Ohio) with inoperable brain cancer, scored the first points of the college basketball season Sunday when she hit a layup against Hiram College before 10,250 fans at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

Hill was mobbed be her teammates at center court after scoring, and she received a standing ovation before leaving the game, which the NCAA allowed the schools to move up in order to accommodate Hill. She re-entered with 26 seconds remaining and scored the game’s final basket as her team took a 66-55 victory.

At halftime, legendary former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt presented Hill with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award. An emotional Hill gave a brief speech.

During a TV interview, a reporter asked about it being her last game.

“Let’s not call this my last game. Let’s call this my first collegiate game,” she responded, adding: “I’ve never felt this good in my life.”

– Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki completed Sunday’s New York City Marathon in an impressive time of 3 hours, 26 minutes, one week after wrapping up the WTA season in Singapore.

Wozniacki’s time qualified her to run the Boston Marathon, but the 26-year-old said she won’t be in Hopkinton next April. However, after beating her target time of 3:30, she said she’ll consider running another marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greg Hardy’s future with Panthers in jeopardy after appeal date moved back

10.31.14 at 11:35 am ET
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Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy’s days in a Carolina Panthers jersey could very well be over.

After he was convicted in July for assaulting a women and communicating threats to her, Hardy asked for an appeal trial, which originally was set for Nov. 17. A person close to the proceedings, however, told The Associated Press the case will be postponed until football season is over.

Hardy, who played in the team’s first game because of the appeal process, was eventually put on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list and has not played or shown up to Carolina’s facility since. After he was put on the list, Hardy has been on a paid leave of absence and will make $13.1 million this year.

The league and the team have said the defensive end will not play in a game until the proceedings conclude. Though his 2014 season is in jeopardy, what is clear is that Hardy will become a free agent after this year comes to an end. Carolina is not expected to re-sign him.

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Thunder PG Russell Westbrook fractures hand, confronts Clippers fan

10.31.14 at 11:02 am ET
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Already without Kevin Durant, the Thunder were dealt another blow during the team’s loss to the Clippers at Staples Center on Thursday night.

Point guard Russell Westbrook appeared to injure his right hand during the second quarter when he hit Kendrick Perkins‘ elbow while going for a rebound. Westbrook left the game with 6:35 remaining in the second quarter, finishing with two points and four assists.

As he walked to the Thunder locker room to undergo medical tests, Westbrook got into a shouting match with a fan in the stands.

After the fracas ended, X-rays revealed that Westbrook had a small fracture in his right hand. The injury could require surgery to heal properly, which could make the guard miss up to six weeks. Westbrook will undergo more medical evaluation Friday to check the severity of the injury.

A rash of injuries to the Thunder could force the team to roll with eight players for Saturday’s game against the Nuggets.

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Longtime Boston broadcaster Bob Neumeier recovering in hospital after suffering stroke

10.31.14 at 8:32 am ET
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Longtime Boston sportscaster and reporter Bob Neumeier has been resting in the hospital after suffering a stroke Wednesday night.

Neumeier, who has been an anchor at CSNNE since 2010, was a sports reporter/anchor for WBZ-TV from 1981-2000. He hosted a midday show on WEEI from 2002-05.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Youkilis bids farewell to baseball

10.31.14 at 8:07 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: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Cincinnati at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Tulsa at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at Denver, 9:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Vermont at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement via a tweet from his representatives Thursday, ending his career after 10 major league seasons.

Read the tweet from Pro Star Management: 15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. Been a great one! Love ya, You. #YOOOUUUK

Youkilis played third base and first base for the Sox from 2004-12 before being to the White Sox and then spending an injury-shortened 2013 season with the Yankees. He attempted to play in Japan last season, but injuries limited him to 21 games and a .215 batting average for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

A three-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove winner, Youkilis compiled totals of .281/.382/.478 with 150 home runs and 618 RBIs. He was third in the American League MVP voting in 2008 when he hit .312 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs.

MASHUP POLL: Does Kevin Youkilis belong in the Red Sox Hall of Fame?

  • No, he did not do enough in Boston (49%, 357 Votes)
  • Probably, but not right away (34%, 253 Votes)
  • No question, he should be in as soon as possible (17%, 125 Votes)

Total Voters: 735

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Youkilis, who is married to Tom Brady‘s sister Julie, helped the Red Sox win World Series championships in 2004 and ’07.

— Jets receiver Eric Decker picked a bad time to ask New York fans for a show of support, and his Twitter episode ended badly.

Decker, who has 31 catches for the 1-7 Jets after signing a five-year, $36.25 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, asked his followers Wednesday to explain “why you love the @nyjets” and offered a prize for his favorite response.

Not surprisingly, the wise guys chimed in with sarcastic, mean-spirited responses.

“I don’€™t think it’€™s against the law to try to unite or reach out to fans,” Decker said. ‘€œPeople obviously enjoy winning a lot more than losing, I get that. For me, that’€™s the biggest thing, making fans feel like they are important, because they are. Obviously I wish things could be different. I didn’t expect everything to be all happy and gung-ho, I knew I was going to get some sarcastic remarks.”

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Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at age 71

10.30.14 at 12:06 pm ET
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Tom Menino was a big supporter of the Boston sports teams (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Menino was a big supporter of the Boston sports teams. (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

Boston lost one of its most famous public figures Thursday in former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who passed away at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. He was Boston’s longest-serving mayor.

Following is a statement released by Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce:

“At just after 9:00am this morning the Honorable Thomas M. Menino passed into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted wife Angela, loving family and friends. Mayor Menino the longest serving Mayor of the City of Boston led our city through a transformation of neighborhood resurgence and historic growth – leaving the job he loved serving the city and people he loved this past January. We ask that you respect the families privacy during this time and arrangements for services will be announced soon.”

Menino served as mayor from 1993-2013. During that time he saw eight championships for Boston sports teams, including three Patriots Super Bowl wins, three Red Sox World Series titles, a Bruins Stanley Cup win and a Celtics NBA championship.

He was last at Fenway Park this past April for the pregame ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. He stood behind the mound with current Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick when Jim Gallagher, president of the One Fund, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to David Ortiz.

The former Mayor has been a big supporter of Boston sports over the years, including some memorable lines mispronouncing local star’s names, including calling Vince Wilfork “Vince Wilcock” and Rob Gronkowski “Gonk.”

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Phil Jackson: ‘[Knicks] not ready for primetime’ following 24-point loss

10.30.14 at 9:21 am ET
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The Knicks did not get off to a good start to the season, falling 104-80 to the Bulls Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Knicks president Phil Jackson wasn’t impressed with the performance.

“Not ready for showtime, were we guys?” Jackson told reporters after the game before getting into his SUV.

The 24-point spread wasn’t indicative of just how bad the game was for the Knicks as they trailed by 35 points at one point in the second half. This is Jackson’s first full season as Knicks president.

“I can’t say how long it’s going to take,” Jackson said when asked how long it would take for the Knicks to be competitive this season.

He did add he expected the team to struggle in its season-opener: “Sure did,” he said.

Jackson was hired last March and is looking to turn the Knicks around after they did not make the playoffs last year, finishing with a 37-45 record.

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Video: Madison Bumgarner’s MVP trophy presentation gets awkward

10.30.14 at 8:52 am ET
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Rikk Wilde, a Chevrolet executive, presented Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner the MVP trophy, as well as keys to a new Chevy truck following Wednesday’s Giants win in Game 7 of the World Series over the Royals.

Things got a bit awkward when Wilde had trouble describing the truck saying it has, “technology and stuff.”

See for yourself:

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: San Francisco fans celebrate World Series title with fires, violence

10.30.14 at 8:07 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: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Knicks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Saints at Panthers, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Florida State at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Troy at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLS playoffs: Sporting Kansas City at Red Bulls, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— San Franciscans celebrated the Giants‘ third World Series title in five seasons by taking to the streets and committing acts of violence and destruction.

Shortly after MVP Madison Bumgarner closed out the Royals with five scoreless innings, fans set bonfires, lit fireworks, started fistfights and threw bottles at police.

Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle: “The joy that erupted in San Francisco after the Giants won Game 7 of the World Series quickly turned into the same kind of rollicking orgy of fire, broken bottles, fistfights, sirens and drunkenness that the city endured after the last two world championships.”

Noting, “The heavy stench of booze and marijuana filled the air everywhere the rowdy crowds gathered,” the Chronicle described a night that began as a peaceful celebration, but “thuggery increasingly replaced level-headed revel as the night grew late.”

Two men were treated at San Francisco General Hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and another man had serious injuries after being stabbed several times. Some police officers suffered minor injuries.

— A Dallas television station obtained footage of the police booking of Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, and it shows a man joking to unimpressed jail employees, making a sexist comment and being reprimanded for making an unauthorized phone call.

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