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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals still upset with Steelers coaches for behavior in Saturday’s game

01.12.16 at 8:10 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.

NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Bucks, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pelicans at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: George Washington at UMass, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulane at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Davidson at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Providence at Creighton, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Auburn at Vanderbilt, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Maryland at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: New Mexico at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Lightning at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Newcastle, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Bengals’ season is done, but their complaining is not. There are some lingering hard feelings after Saturday’s 18-16 loss to the rival Steelers, and much of the anger is directed at the Pittsburgh coaching staff.

Following a key play late in the game in which Vontaze Burfict was penalized for hitting Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in the head — Burfict, a repeat offender, on Monday received a three-game suspension from the league — Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones received another penalty for bumping an official while trying to get at Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who had walked onto the field. That helped set up the Steelers for their game-winning field goal.

Porter, who was no stranger to controversy when he played linebacker in the NFL for 13 seasons until 2011, remains the subject of some Bengals’ ire.

“I’ve got a ton of respect for those guys,” Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth said of the Steelers. “Joey Porter is not one of them. He’s not one of the guys I respect very much. He’s a guy that has always run his mouth. He’s always been disrespectful to people.”

Added Whitworth: “To me, Joey Porter just doesn’t have a lot of class. As a coach, there’s a different standard.”

In the first half, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak picked up a penalty for grabbing the hair of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson during an altercation on the sideline.

“Coaches are supposed to be held to a higher standard when it comes to stuff like that,” Jones said. “Even with Mike Munchak grabbing Reggie’s hair. Thank God that wasn’t me. I wouldn’t have just walked away.”

The league said it is reviewing the conduct of the coaches and other players during the game and could consider further discipline.

— The Broncos, meanwhile, have their own issues with the Steelers as the teams prepare to meet Sunday in the divisional round in Denver.

During the teams’ meeting last month in Pittsburgh, Steelers center Cody Wallace approached a pile of players, left his feet and delivered a head-to-head hit on Broncos safety David Bruton Jr.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan hires twin brother Rob as assistant head coach

01.11.16 at 7:45 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 p.m. (NESN)
College football: National championship, Alabama vs. Clemson, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)


— Last month Rex Ryan hinted a possible reunion with his twin brother, Rob, saying “it is fun to be around him, there’s no question about it, and I know he’s a great coach.” On Sunday Rex made it official, announcing that Rob would be his assistant head coach for defense.

“I’m excited to have Rob join our staff and I think he will be a great asset for our defense,” Rex said in a statement. “He has a tremendous working knowledge of our schemes and I look forward to his input.”

What’s not clear is the fate of last year’s defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman, who has assisted Rex for many years. Rex made no announcement regarding other staffing changes.

The Ryan brothers last worked together in 1995 when they were Cardinals assistants on a team coached by their father, Buddy. Rob then moved to college before returning to the pros to coach linebackers for the Patriots under Bill Belichick from 2000-03. He then served as an assistant for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and most recently the Saints, who fired him as defensive coordinator in November.

“On a personal note, it’s been a number of years since we have worked together,” Rex said. “And so we are both really looking forward to this opportunity.”

— Lionel Hollins’ tenure as Nets coach last just a season and a half, as he was fired Sunday following the team’s 10-27 start, second worst in the league. And general manager Billy King, in the final year of his contract, was reassigned.

Now the team reportedly has its sights set on John Calipari. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the Nets want the Kentucky coach to be coach and team president.

“It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.”

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Thinking Out Loud: No reason to panic after No. 8 Providence suffers home loss to Marquette

01.08.16 at 5:14 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Sammy Sosa?

— It’s what we love and hate about sports, all at once. You’re riding high, but at any given moment — BOOM — goes the dynamite.

— For eighth-ranked Providence to lose to a young but very talented Marquette team Tuesday night, you’d think the season was over based on the reaction from some fans — and some media folks. Look, pardon me ladies, but if you’ve never strapped on a protective cup before I’ll explain this to you: Losses happen. Inexplicable losses happen. It’s a part of competition. And this one wasn’t inexplicable.

— There’s a reason why the Golden Eagles had the fifth-ranked (or higher) recruiting class in the country last year, because the kids are good. Six-foot-11 freshman Henry Ellenson is an NBA lottery pick, just like Kris Dunn. The Celtics‘ Danny Ainge was in attendance at the Dunk Tuesday night, and don’t think for a minute he didn’t envision Ellenson in green and white.

— At the same time, the Friar kids weren’t so good. Some of that was Marquette’s doing, but some of it was poor execution and decision-making by PC, including the attempt at a last shot to win it. Early, there were three Friars in la-la land on the floor, because they certainly didn’t seem to be clued into the game being played. It happens with young, inexperienced players — and hopefully they learn from it. But slow starts are becoming a trend with this team.

— Maybe Ken Pomeroy is right? His KenPom college basketball rankings, based on a formulaic equation, are followed widely in hoop circles, and this week he had the Friars rated a mere 33rd nationally. The answer is, undoubtedly, somewhere in the middle of the muck, but it’s also worth noting that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

— Not for nuthin’, but while they’re still the No. 8 team in the country for another day or two, this was the first time in the history of the Big East Conference that Providence found itself the highest-ranked team in the league. Think about that for just a sec, and realize you’ve come a long way, baby.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay trade barbs about Hall of Fame candidacy

01.08.16 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Buffalo at Kent State, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UIC at Detroit, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Exeter City, 3 p.m. (FS1)


— Roger Clemens generally has taken the high road as sportswriters continue to deny him entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame, insisting Thursday, “I have distanced myself from the subject and moved on.” However, a dismissive comment from a former teammate caused him to go on the offensive.

Roy Halladay, who played his first season in 1998 alongside Clemens on the Blue Jays and went on to win two Cy Young Awards and appear in eight All-Star Games during his 16-year career, tweeted Wednesday that he agreed with writers who leave Clemens and Barry Bonds off their ballots.

Wrote Halladay before the balloting was announced: When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!

Clemens, who received 45.2 percent of the vote — 7.7 percent more than last year but well short of the 75 percent needed — texted a Houston TV reporter with his response.

“What is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill-informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher,” Clemens wrote.

“Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the ‘strength coach.’ You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand.”

Answered Halladay on Twitter: I’ll let my reputation speak for itself.

— As expected, the Broncos will go with Peyton Manning at quarterback when they open the playoffs a week from Sunday. And backup Brock Osweiler says he’s OK with it.

“I stand behind Peyton. I stand behind Coach. I stand behind this team,” Osweiler said Thursday. “You’re going to see the same exact guy out of me as you’ve seen the whole season. Bottom line: I just care about this football team winning games. If coach thinks Peyton gives the team the best chance, then I fully support that.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James’ marketing company parts ways with Johnny Manziel after latest issues

01.07.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Bryant at Wagner, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Louisiana Tech, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


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— Hours after LeBron James expressed concern for Johnny Manziel, the NBA star on Wednesday ended his company’s marketing agreement with the troubled Browns quarterback.

LRMR, the company run by James and his friends Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and Randy Mims, had been handling Manziel’s endorsement deals since the former Heisman Trophy winner was drafted two years ago. However, Manziel has had frequent off-field issues, including his reported visit to Las Vegas on Saturday and his absence from the team’s facility the following morning when he was supposed to meet with trainers after suffering a concussion the previous weekend.

On Wednesday morning, prior to the Cavaliers‘ game in Washington, James said he was not fully aware of Manziel’s latest issues, but he said the 23-year-old would be better off focusing on his personal issues.

“I’ve heard a little bit of it and it’s just a distraction for not only himself but for everyone that’s around him, including family, people that represent him, the people around him,” James said. “He’ll figure it out at some point — we all hope.”

Manziel spent 10 weeks last offseason in a rehab facility that specializes in alcohol and substance abuse, but his problems continued throughout the season.

“I will continue to support and advise him as a friend,” said Carter, James’ longtime adviser. “However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship.”

— The Buccaneers surprisingly parted ways with coach Lovie Smith despite his improvement from two wins last season to six this year.

Smith was 8-24 in two years, and the Bucs decided to move on after failing to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth straight time. Working against Smith was the fact that the team lost five of its last six games to finish last in the NFC South for the fifth consecutive year.

“This decision was difficult on a variety of levels,” Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. “I am disappointed that we were not more successful these past few seasons, but we are committed to doing what is necessary to give our fans the winning team they deserve.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman file lawsuits against Al Jazeera for HGH accusations

01.06.16 at 8:15 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.

NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: South Florida at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Xavier at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: California at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Stanford at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


Peyton Manning has adamantly denied the Al Jazeera report linking him to HGH, but he says he’s waiting until after the Broncos‘ season ends before deciding if he’ll pursue legal action against the media outlet.

Baseball stars Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman are not as patient. On Tuesday, they filed defamation lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The suit alleges that pharmacist Charles Sly made false claims when he said on hidden camera that Howard and Zimmerman used HGH as part of the documentary “The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping.”

Al Jazeera did not comment, although the documentary’s host, Deborah Davies, appeared on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Tuesday and defended the piece, insisting there was another reliable source that backed up Sly’s allegations.

“We have 27 hours of undercover conversation,” Davies told D&C. “Our program is like an iceberg. The bit that you see is what is going out. What’s underneath it, there is a ton of material we have on Charlie Sly concerning what he told us, which is then corroborated absolutely by the second source.”

Tom Coughlin met the media Tuesday in a press conference with Giants management, and he indicated he might not be done with coaching despite stepping down as leader of the Giants following a 12-year run in his dream job.

The 69-year-old spoke emotionally about how much it means to him to affect young lives, as a number of current and former Giants players watched from seats in front of Coughlin.

“I can tell you right now it has become the source of drive for me, is that when our players, whether they’re in their career, after their career, when they come back to me and they say: ‘Coach, I love you,’ ” Coughlin said. “They follow that up by saying they’ve become better men, better husbands, better fathers, better friends because of their experience having been a New York Giant.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Chuck Pagano has ‘best day of my life’ as he gets extension from Colts

01.05.16 at 7:54 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.

NHL: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Richmond at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: East Carolina at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Temple at UConn, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Butler at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kentucky at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulane at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Nebraska at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Georgetown at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Boise State at Utah State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)


— It was a surprise to many that coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigon were retained by Colts owner Jim Irsay. It was even more surprising that both men received extensions that tie them to the team for the next four years.

Even Pagano appeared to have accepted his fate Sunday, as he accepted the game ball and a hug from linebacker Robert Mathis in a somber locker room after the season finale. However, despite the Colts’ struggles this season, Irsay saw something that convinced him to stay the course.

“These are our guys. These guys are ready,” Irsay said Monday. “Like I said, there’s been a lot reported, a lot written. Like I said, I know what the reality is and this is what’s best for the Indianapolis Colts going forward. I’m sure of that.”

Pagano, who missed 12 games while battling cancer in 2012, led the Colts to the AFC championship game last season, but with quarterback Andrew Luck battling injuries most of this season, Indianapolis went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

“I’ve had a lot of great days in my life, but none better than today,” Pagano said. “This is absolutely the best day of my life, and I’m grateful and I’m thankful to Mr. Irsay and his family for the opportunity that he’s given me.”

There have been reports that Pagano and Grigson did not get along, but neither men addressed that issue, instead choosing to focus on the future.

“What we went through this year and that adversity, I believe from Andrew Luck to myself to coach Pagano, that adversity is what’s going to springboard us to greatness because that’s life. That’s life,” Grigson said. “He’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, Jim is a fighter and all three of us are going to fight together until we get the crown.”

Tom Coughlin‘s tenure with the Giants is over after 12 up-and-down seasons that ended with a third straight losing campaign. The 69-year-old announced Monday he was stepping down after his team finished 6-10.

“I met with [owners] John Mara and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and I informed them that it is in the best interest of the organization that I step down as head coach,” Coughlin said in a statement Monday. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and … the Giants organization.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets ‘numb’ after loss to Bills ends playoff hopes

01.04.16 at 7:57 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.

NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Bills ended the Jets’ season on Sunday, with a 22-17 decision that kept New York out of the playoffs. And Bills coach Rex Ryan made it clear that he enjoyed crushing the dreams of the organization that fired him last year.

“I’ve got a lot of friends over there, and I want them to be successful, but not at my expense,” Ryan said.

Ryan also took a shot at those who questioned his reputation as a defensive whiz, after his team, despite being shorthanded by injuries, held the Jets to 300 yards of offense and intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick on New York’s final three possessions.

“You guys know me, I’ve got a horrible resume as a defensive coach,” Ryan said to reporters. “You try to point it out all the time. But the facts don’t back you up a whole lot.”

The Jets, meanwhile, were in shock after the loss that ended their five-game winning streak.

“It’s the hardest and most difficult end to a season I have ever had,” said Fitzpatrick, who was making his first return to Buffalo since being cut by the Bills three years ago. “There’s not a whole lot of talking in there right now. It’s hard to come up with words.”

Added receiver Brandon Marshall: “I’m a little numb right now. I have no emotion. Just get on the bus and reflect a little bit.”

— Johnny Manziel reportedly was not at the Browns facility Sunday morning despite a requirement that he check in with team doctors as he recovers from a concussion, and the team could not reach him him by phone. And it’s where Manziel was believed to have been Saturday that is of similar concern.

According to a USA Today report, witnesses at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas said Manziel was in Sin City, eating and gambling.

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Thinking Out Loud: Top stories of 2015

01.01.16 at 3:47 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering what blockbuster stories 2016 might possibly bring.

— Yes, we have such a heavy Boston influence on our local landscape. Nevertheless, as part of this week’s thoughts and opinions, I’ll present what comes to mind as the top five Rhode Island sports stories for 2015 — while mixing in a few Boston-centric picks, too. Feel free to comment on your big stories if we miss one.

— The selection of Tim Neverett as the new Red Sox radio voice is a great pick. I had the pleasure of working with Tim in the early ’90s as part of something then known as The Sports Final Radio Network, based in Cambridge. Sports Final was a predecessor to ESPN Radio, and while it eventually ran out of funding, it did prove there was an appetite for sports radio — even in the overnight hours.

— In a business that so often chews up and spits out some really good people, Neverett is one of the good ones who has managed to stick around and stay with a craft he loves. He’s paid his dues (in the minors). He has big-league experience (in Pittsburgh (with the Pirates). He’s a New Englander coming home (from New Hampshire). Win-win-win for him, and for the listening audience.

— Working from my top story No. 5 to No. 1 in 2015: The death of new PawSox principal Jim Skeffington was indeed a blow to the local baseball community, as well as to his family, friends and business associates. His passing in May at age 73 also put the team’s campaign for a new stadium on the I-195 corridor in Providence on the back burner, where it eventually cooled and withered under public pressure.

— Could the new stadium deal (and the move from McCoy in Pawtucket) have been done had Skeffington been able to see the process through? I’ve heard from many people on this — and the answer is quite possibly yes.

— Dave Henderson’s death this past week forced me to revisit the very moment I remember becoming a real Red Sox “fan.” It was in 1986, the very moment the ball rolled through Bill Buckner‘s legs against the New York Mets in the World Series.

— I watched that entire playoff run — including Hendu’s big blast against the Angels — with a good friend from Cumberland, Rhode Island, who I was working with in television in San Antonio at the time, John Kirby. It was entertaining, watching JK’s emotional rise and fall on each big moment. But when Buckner’s boot occurred, I was hooked. It wasn’t hard to buy in to the sort of passion I witnessed.

— While all Sox fans suffered then, I was lucky. I only had to wait 18 years before the next World Series title, not 86.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: New York AG wants fantasy companies to refund residents, pay fines

01.01.16 at 9:26 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NBC)
College football: Outback Bowl, Northwestern vs. Tennessee, noon (ESPN)
College football: Citrus Bowl, Michigan vs. Florida, 1 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Fiesta Bowl, Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Rose Bowl, Iowa vs. Stanford, 5 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Utah at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA at Washington, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— New York has amped up its battle against daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel, requesting that the companies return all the profits to state residents who lost money with them and pay a fine of up to $5,000 per case.

According to an ESPN report, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman filed an amended lawsuit Thursday, adding the request for restitution of funds. The companies took in more than $200 million in entry fees in 2015 from at least 600,000 New York customers.

The sides are scheduled to argue before an appellate panel Monday to determine whether the companies can continue to operate in New York as the case proceeds to trial. Schneiderman initially demanded the companies leave the state in early November. He was granted a temporary injunction Dec. 11 that prevented DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in the state, but an appellate court quickly reversed the decision.

Schneiderman claims the companies are operating illegal gambling operations, and lately he’s attacked the organizations for what he says is deceptive advertising.

Last week, Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan said DraftKings and FanDuel are profiting from illegal gambling and must leave her state as well. The companies responded by filing lawsuits there.

— The Colts’ struggles this season have been well-documented, and now amid reports that coach Chuck Pagano is on his way out, Indianapolis is playing the blame game.

WTHR-TV columnist Bob Kravitz on Thursday wrote that Pagano’s job was made more difficult by general manager Ryan Grigson, whom sources described as a “terrible meddler.”

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