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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees play hardball with public transportation

04.06.11 at 7:31 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLS: Revolution at Whitecaps, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)


‘™¦ The Yankees ‘€” who squandered a late four-run lead and lost in 10 innings to the Twins Tuesday night ‘€” are involved in a “misunderstanding” with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The team for many years has had a between-innings scoreboard segment in which three MTA trains race to Yankee Stadium. The MTA allowed the Yankees to use its name and those of the trains ‘€” B, D and 4 ‘€” because it promoted public transportation, and all the MTA asked was that the team not sell sponsorship of the segment. When the Yankees went ahead and sold sponsorship to Subway restaurants this year, the MTA tried to contact the team. The Yanks not only did not return the MTA’s call, they changed the names of the trains. “It would be a win-win for everybody involved to get the numbers and letters of these three subway lines back on the trains,” an MTA official said. “Hopefully it will happen.”

‘™¦ The prosecution completed its presentation Tuesday in its case against Barry Bonds. At the San Francisco Chronicle, Gwen Knapp writes about the slim chance that Bonds will take the stand Wednesday to defend himself.

‘™¦ A hit-and-run driver knocked over a heavy metal fence and left tire tracks in the front yard of Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb‘s Virginia house over the weekend. McNabb and his family were not home at the time.

‘™¦ Most of the talk about UConn’s NCAA championship game victory over Butler remains centered on the poor shooting by both teams. In the New York Daily News, Dick Weiss points the finger at the NCAA for playing the game in a cavernous football arena, Houston’s Reliant Stadium, noting the warehouse-like feel had to affect the players.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 6, 1973, the designated hitter made its debut in a game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway. New York’s Ron Blomberg became the first DH to register a plate appearance when he drew a walk off Luis Tiant. Who started at DH for Boston and went 0-for-6 in the Sox’ 15-5 win

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SB Nation Tuesday: Where does Adrian Gonzalez rank?

04.05.11 at 11:16 am ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis.

At Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer asks if Adrian Gonzalez is the best player in the American League.

At SB Nation, Andrew Sharp asks if we can just forget the actual title game between UConn and Butler.

Randy Booth thinks Red Sox fans are OK with an 0-3 start but warns that things could get ugly fast.

The folks at BC Interruption wonder if all the recent coaching changes in the ACC means more mediocre basketball in the conference.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Millar criticizes Lou Piniella’s managing

04.05.11 at 7:43 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WRKO)


‘™¦ Former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar, who was one of the final cuts by the Cubs last year, criticized ex-Cubs manager Lou Piniella for his lack of communication and apparent disorganization. “I didn’t get a chance to play with Lou, but I mean, there definitely was something missing,” Millar said Monday in a radio appearance on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” in Chicago. “You have to have more organization and know who is going in the game that day.”

Piniella retired Aug. 23 and was replaced by Mike Quade, who has been well received by players for being better prepared than his predecessor. Added Millar: “Nothing against Lou Piniella, he managed a lot of years and you get to the point where you don’t think about those things, but it was a little frustrating from the player’s side — period. There were no lineups, Lou didn’t know who was playing and who was going in, and it gets old. So then what happens … you get guys in bad moods, and then what happens is you’re kind of like, ‘Whatever.’ That’s the way the Cubs kind of played to an extent.”

‘™¦ Legendary New York City youth basketball coach Bob Oliva pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse in the case of a 14-year-old boy he had been accused of raping during a trip to Boston in the 1970s. Olivia will only have to serve probation for five years, but he’s also facing a $20 million lawsuit from his victim.

‘™¦ High-profile litigator David Boies is preparing to present the NFL’s argument against the players’ request for an injunction to stop the lockout. In The New York Times, Judy Battista takes a closer look at the lawyer who represented Al Gore before the Supreme Court in the 2000 president election dispute and who helped Jamie McCourt in her divorce trial vs. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt last year.

‘™¦ has the top 10 broadcasting calls in sports. No. 9 is WRKO’s Dan Davis calling Doug Flutie‘s Miracle in Miami. No. 8 is Johnny Most‘s “Havlicek stole the ball.” No. 1 is Al Michaels‘ 1980 U.S. hockey Miracle on Ice.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 5, 1971, the Cardinals returned a Rule 5 selection to the Red Sox, and it was a player who would go on to a successful major league career (mostly outside of Boston). Who was he?

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Read More: Al Michaels, Bob Oliva, David Boies, Doug Flutie

SB Nation Monday: Rangers a bad opening matchup for Red Sox

04.04.11 at 12:25 pm ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis.

At SB Nation’s Red Sox blog, Over the Monster, there’s a look at why the Rangers were the worst matchup for the Sox in their opener.

At the Celtics blog, Jimmy Toscano writes about where the Celtics are headed after Sunday night’s Shaquille O’Neal return/injury.

The latest NFL mock draft by Brian Galliford has Auburn quarterback Cam Newton going No. 1 and the Patriots taking Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder in the first round.

With Boston College star Reggie Jackson considering turning pro a year early, Gethin Coolbaugh looks at the pros and cons if Jackson decides to remain in the draft.

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Report: Medford’s Pat Skerry new Towson coach

04.04.11 at 12:05 pm ET
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University of Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry is set to be named as the new basketball coach at Towson University, according to multiple reports. Skerry spent one season at Pitt after moving over from Providence College, where he assisted Keno Davis for two years. The Medford native and former Tufts star also has made coaching stops at Rhode Island, College of Charleston, William & Mary, Northeastern, Curry, Stonehill and Tufts.

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Report: Frank Haith leaves Miami for Missouri

04.04.11 at 9:37 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Frank Haith agreed to become the next basketball coach at the University of Missouri. Haith has been coach at the University of Miami the past seven seasons, compiling a record of 129-101.

Haith has experience in the Big 12, serving as an assistant at Texas A&M (1992-95 and ’96-97) and Texas (2001-04).

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Former Yale hockey player Mandi Schwartz dead at 23

04.04.11 at 9:00 am ET
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Former Yale women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz died Sunday in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 23. Schwartz, the sister of Blues 2010 first-round draft pick Jaden Schwartz, had acute myeloid leukemia. It had been in remission since May 2009 but returned a year ago, ending her hopes of returning to the ice for Yale. She had a stem-cell transplant in September, but a biopsy in December showed the cancer had returned.

“I think Mandi should be remembered as an incredibly kind and selfless person; an extraordinary hockey player and athlete who always put others before herself,” former Yale teammate Aleca Hughes told “I think that was a huge part of her game while she was playing, and clearly it’s going to be a huge part of her legacy long after this.”

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Raiders WR Louis Murphy arrested for Viagra, resisting arrest

04.04.11 at 8:50 am ET
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Raiders receiver Louis Murphy was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., early Sunday morning for possession of a drug without a valid prescription, failure to obey a police officer and resisting arrest without violence, according to reports out of Florida. Murphy was unable to provide a prescription for an unlabeled bottle of Viagra pills found in his Cadillac Escalade.

Murphy, 23, is a University of Florida product who was arrested for marijuana possession while in college in 2006.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Mets embarrassed by own station

04.04.11 at 7:43 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.

NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (Versus)


‘™¦ The Mets continue to suffer embarrassments, and the season has only just begun. Toward the end of Friday night’s season-opening loss to the Marlins, Mets cable station SNY broadcast a clip from the adult cartoon show “Family Guy” in which a character says, “It’s Opening Day, and here’s the first pitch … and the season’s over.” The clip was cut off before the “season’s over” comment, but it still generated some interest.

Said Mets PR boss Jay Horwitz: “It gets to the point where you’re almost immune to it all. I’m sure that what happened was accidental, not malicious, and I’m sure the person who did it felt terrible.”

This came on the heels of comedian Chris Rock tearing into the Mets as during an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

‘™¦ The Giants fan who was assaulted by two Dodgers fans after Thursday’s season-opener in Los Angeles was placed into a medically induced coma. At, Jon Paul Morosi looks at the problem of fan violence.

‘™¦ Penguins star Sidney Crosby continues to work his way back into shape in hopes of returning from postconcussion syndrome. In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ron Cook writes that Crosby must return as soon as he’s cleared by doctors and is ready, and he explains why reasons for holding him out longer don’t make sense.

‘™¦ With electronic tickets becoming more commonplace, Darren Rovell at writes about the trend by organizations to personalize the tickets so the purchaser cannot resell them.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 4, 2001, who pitched a no-hitter in his Red Sox debut?

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Read More: Chris Rock, David Letterman, Mets, Sidney Crosby

Rays 3B Evan Longoria on DL with strained oblique

04.04.11 at 6:46 am ET
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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left oblique. Longoria was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, the same day Tampa Bay lost 5-1 to the visiting Orioles to complete a three-game sweep.

“It’s going to be much more difficult, of course,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re going to have to figure out another way to get this done. It’s just the way the baseball season works sometimes.”

Rays outfielder Johnny Damon missed the game with right calf soreness.

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