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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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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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Giants fan in critical condition after beating by Dodgers fans

04.01.11 at 1:47 pm ET
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A Giants fan was listed in critical but stable condition with a head injury at a Los Angeles hospital after being beaten by two Dodgers fans after Thursday’s Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium. The injury is not considered life-threatening.

Police are looking for the attackers, who followed three men in Giants gear as they walked to their car after the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory. The Dodgers fans yelled expletives about the Giants while kicking and punching the San Francisco supporters.

“It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans,” the Dodgers said in a statement. “We’re committed to having the most fan and family friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority. We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation and we wish this fan a speedy recovery.”

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Warren Moon says criticism of Cam Newton is ‘racially based’

04.01.11 at 8:50 am ET
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In an interview with, Warren Moon said he believes Cam Newton is treated differently by media and fans because he is black.

“A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based,” Moon said. “I thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He’s being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we’re not.”

Moon, who is an adviser to Newton and helped prepare him for the combine, added that media and fans are scrutinizing Newton’s game more than they would if he were white.

“The thing that makes me laugh is the question of can he come out of the spread offense? Can he run a pro offense? Colt McCoy came out of the spread offense and very few people raised that issue about him,” Moon said. “So did Sam Bradford. Same thing. Very few questions asking if Bradford could run a pro offense. Some of these questions about Cam are more about his intellect. It’s blatant racism, some of it.”

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