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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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NCAA rules out Georgia RB Todd Gurley 2 more games

10.29.14 at 11:22 am ET
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University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley will have to wait before getting back on the football field again.

Gurley already missed two games this season while his school investigated an incident in which he took more than $3,000 in exchange for signing autographs. Georgia attempted to get Gurley reinstated for its upcoming game against the University of Florida this weekend, but the NCAA ruled the running back must sit out two more contests.

Along with the suspension, the NCAA ruled Gurley must repay some of the money he received for the autographs and also complete 40 hours of community service. The NCAA said in a statement it did not come down harder on Gurley because he admitted to the wrongdoing.

“The university’s due diligence in its investigation and the student’s full disclosure of his involvement in the violations were factors in not imposing a more severe withholding condition,” the NCAA said in the statement.

Georgia replaced Gurley with tailback Nick Chubb, who has since run for 345 yards and three touchdowns. Chubb is expected to start until Gurley returns.

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Alleged victim wants Florida State RB Karlos Williams’ assault investigation dropped

10.29.14 at 11:21 am ET
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A woman allegedly assaulted by Florida State running back Karlos Williams said through her attorney that she wants the investigation to end.

While Williams and the woman lived together, Williams apparently assaulted her while she was carrying the couple’€™s second child. Nathan Prince, the woman’€™s attorney, said the woman asked Tallahassee Police to drop its case against the running back.

Williams hasn’€™t been arrested and the woman hasn’t charged any files against him.

“Apparently, FSU passed the information along to the Tallahassee Police Department,” Prince said to ESPN. “There wasn’t a formal request by [the woman] to police. I don’t know if the administration contacted police and told them they needed to take a look at it.”

Williams’€™ attorney, Tim Jansen, said he wants to make it clear to the public that his client hasn’t been convicted of anything.

“I have also been informed by a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s office that there is no current case for domestic battery against Mr. Williams,” Jansen said in a statement. “We feel it’s important that the public have the unbiased truth of the facts as they currently exist. Mr. Williams has not been charged with any crime.”

Florida State said in a statement that it will review Williams’ status with the team.

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Lakers coach Byron Scott calls Julius Randle injury ‘heartbreaking’

10.29.14 at 10:28 am ET
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The Lakers lost more than a game Tuesday night when they fell 108-90 to the Rockets at Staples Center.

Just 14 minutes into his career, rookie Julius Randle landed awkwardly on his leg after going up for a shot. The training staff immediately attended to Randle, who clearly was in pain.

The No. 7 overall pick was carted off on a stretcher and got X-rays, and the results revealed that Randle had a fractured tibia. After hearing the news, Lakers coach Byron Scott called the incident “heartbreaking.”

“The last three or four minutes, obviously we weren’t thinking a whole lot about basketball,” Scott said. “We were just thinking about Julius and hoping he’s OK.”

Kobe Bryant, who made his long-awaited comeback during the game, said the Lakers will miss the growth they could’ve had with Randle in the lineup.

But Bryant added that the injury could end up helping Randle in the long run.

“We’ll help him through this, and he’ll come back a better basketball player,” Bryant said. “That’s the goal, is to try to find a silver lining in this. He’ll use the time to come back and be stronger.”

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Hockey legend Gordie Howe in rough condition after stroke

10.29.14 at 8:13 am ET
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The family of Gordie Howe said the hockey legend remains in strong spirits despite losing much use of his right arm and leg after having a stroke Sunday night in Texas.

Howe was visiting his daughter Cathy in Lubbock when he was stricken. She said his speech is slurred, but, “He’s not giving up. … He’s as tough now as he was when he played.”

However, one of Howe’s sons told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that the prospects are not good for the 86-year-old Hall of Famer, who has been suffering from dementia.

“I feel like this is his final lap around the rink,” said Murray Howe, a radiologist. “I’m guessing that he’s not going to recover … but then again, he’s about as strong as they get. If anybody can do it, he can.”

Howe, known as “Mr. Hockey,” played 26 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Red Wings, before retiring at age 52 as the league’s all-time leader in goals (801) and points (1,850). He played three seasons for the New England/Hartford Whalers alongside his sons Mark and Marty, and he played one shift for the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers in 1997, when he was 69, so that he could mark his sixth decade as a pro.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco shoots off finger in gun accident

10.29.14 at 8:11 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:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Red Sox player Jose Canseco shot off one of his fingers when a gun he was cleaning went off accidentally, according to reports out of Las Vegas.

Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, told TMZ the 50-year-old was at his Vegas home when the handgun discharged and a bullet tore through the bottom part of the middle finger on his left hand, blowing the finger clear off his hand.

Canseco had surgery Wednesday night as doctors attempted to save as much of the finger as possible.

Tweeted his fiancee late Wednesday: Thank you for all the kind words and prayers . Jose is in still surgery and will be ok. Please pray for his finger !!

Canseco, best known for his days as a star outfielder with the Athletics in the late 1980s/early 1990s and later his admission of steroid use, played for the now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League in 2012. He has had numerous legal and financial issues.

— Warriors co-owner Peter Guber found himself involved a controversy Tuesday for something he said was nothing more than a typo in an email, when he said he planned to learn the language “hoodish.”

Guber was responding to an email from the team’s media relations head noting that a third of the Warriors roster is comprised of players from other countries: Andrew Bogut (Australia), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), Ognjen Kuzmic (Yugoslavia) and Nemanja Nedovic (Yugoslavia).

Wrote Guber: I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australia swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice.

Guber later wrote: Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word `hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use. I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended.

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