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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cubs P John Lackey upset about Padres batter admiring HR, says he has ‘long memory’

05.12.16 at 8:02 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:
MLB: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Sharks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. France, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Cubs pitcher John Lackey, no stranger to controversy, took offense Wednesday after Padres batter Christian Bethancourt paused to admire his monster home run off the right-hander.

Lackey, who had his share of issues during his up-and-down stint with the Red Sox from 2010-14, had a perfect game in the fifth inning when Bethancourt unloaded on a breaking ball, sending it 445 feet. It soared over the left field bleachers out of the park and onto the street below.

Bethancourt took his time making his way to first base, admiring the shot that ended up being the game’s only run, and that didn’t sit well with Lackey.

“How many home runs does he have?” Lackey asked sarcastically after the game (it was the 24-year-old Bethancourt’s third homer of the season).

Lackey had never faced Bethancourt before, but when they meet again it promises to be interesting.

“Oh, I know,” Lackey said. “He’ll learn.”

Added Lackey: “I’ve got a long memory.”

Lackey fell to 4-2 after pitching eight innings of three-hit ball with no walks and seven strikeouts. The homer allowed San Diego to complete a doubleheader sweep, giving the league-leading Cubs their first two-game losing streak of the season.

— Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette will announce his retirement Thursday, after suffering a serious neck injury last season.

Lockette, who played five seasons in Seattle, was known as a standout on special teams. He also caught 22 passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Congress set to hold ‘critical’ hearing on daily fantasy sports

05.11.16 at 8:30 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:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Trail Blazers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A congressional subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday morning in Washington to discuss legal controversies surrounding the daily fantasy sports industry, although the two largest companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, declined invitations to attend.

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will discuss “Daily Fantasy Sports: Issues and Perspectives” at 10:15 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building, with a focus on whether federal oversight is needed.

“It’s a critical pivot point,” sports law expert Daniel Wallach told the New York Daily News. “We’ll find out if the federal government wants to get involved in fantasy sports.

“This is it.”

DraftKings and FanDuel, whose CEOs testified before the Nevada Gaming Control Board two months ago, will be represented by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

The four majors sports leagues also will not attend the meeting. Major League Baseball and the NHL have equity in DraftKings, as does Patriots owner Robert Kraft, while the NBA has equity in FanDuel.

Nine state attorneys generals — most notably New York’s Eric Schneiderman — have ruled that daily fantasy sports are illegal, while other states — including Massachusetts — are working on regulating the industry.

An estimated 56.8 million people in the United States and Canada participated in fantasy sports in 2015, generating $3.4 billion in entry fees.

— Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he likes Bryce Harper, but even he acknowledged that his star player should face some additional discipline from Major League Baseball for his confrontation with an umpire Monday night.

Despite being ejected for arguing a called third strike on a teammate from the dugout, Harper raced onto the field with his teammate to celebrate Clint Robinson’s walk-off home run moments later. While on the field, Harper pointed at home plate umpire Brian Knight and dropped an F-bomb at him.

Baker said Harper “deserves a fine or something,” noting that “probably what he did and said was wrong.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: After ejection, Nationals star Bryce Harper celebrates teammate’s walk-off HR by taking shot at umpire

05.10.16 at 8:06 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:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Blue Jays at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLBNetwork)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at West Ham, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Nationals start Bryce Harper likely is in line for some additional punishment from Major League Baseball after swearing at an umpire while running onto the field to celebrate his teammate’s walk-off home run against the Tigers — moments after he was ejected from the game.

Video shows Harper pointing at Brian Knight and tossing an F-bomb at the home plate umpire. And Harper didn’t deny it.

“Absolutely,” he confirmed. “I was pretty upset. … So let him hear what I have to say — and let him hear it again. And, you know, so what?”

As for the possibility of incurring a fine, Harper said, “If I do, I do. I’ll pay it. Maybe he’ll get fined, too. So we’ll see.”

Harper was among several Nationals who were complaining from the dugout after Danny Espinosa was called out on a high strike. Harper claims he was singled out for punishment.

“I think everybody was up on the steps and preaching about what they thought was going on,” Harper said. “And [Knight] picked me and said, ‘See you later.’ ”

Said manager Dusty Baker: “I guess you can’t kick everybody out on the team, because a lot of guys were hollering about it.”

Added Baker: “He’s an emotional young man, like most of us on the field out there. You certainly don’t like him to get tossed, but every once in a while, you’ve got to blow off some steam or else you go crazy.”

Two pitches later, Clint Robinson ended the game with a one-out home run off Mark Lowe — without realizing he had won the game, as he thought it was only the eighth inning.

“Rounding first, I thought it was a go-ahead homer,” Robinson said. “Thinking it was the eighth inning probably had a little bit of a calming effect on me, maybe, going to the plate. Thinking it’s just the eighth inning – just another pinch-hit at-bat, no big deal.”

— One day after taking a somewhat defiant stance regarding his disrespectful actions during the Canadian national anthem on Saturday, Heat guard Dwyane Wade made sure to line up for the playing of the song before Monday’s game against Toronto and issued an apology.

Wade insisted he did not mean to offend anyone when he continued to hoist up shots after the anthem started before Saturday’s Game 3 in Miami, deflecting some of the blame on a miscommunication regarding the pregame timeline. On Monday he was the first Heat player to line up.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Penn State child molestation allegations date back to 1971

05.09.16 at 8:13 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:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)\
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, Finland vs. United States, 1 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Those close to the late Joe Paterno attempted to defend the coaching legend after it was revealed last week that child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky dated back to 1976.

Over the weekend a Penn State spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the allegations dated back even further — to 1971, two years after Sandusky was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

Before his death in 2012, Paterno claimed the first time he heard complaints about Sandusky was 2001. But insurance settlements — which have topped $90 million for 30 civil claims — cover abuse claims dating back to 1971, the school confirmed.

The information first came to light when a judge cited it last week as part of his ruling in a lawsuit between an insurance company and Penn State over how much the school should have to pay.

Penn State President Eric Barron, in comments to the Penn State community Sunday, said he was “appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment” following the “unsubstantiated” allegations.

“Coach Paterno is not alive to refute them. His family has denied them,” Barron said, adding that some of the media reports “should be difficult for any reasonable person to believe.”

Paterno’s wife, Sue, called for an end to “this endless process of character assassination by accusation.”

— Heat star Dwyane Wade got defensive when asked about his actions during the Canadian national anthem Saturday, insisting it wasn’t his intention to be disrespectful when he took some additional shots as the song began before Game 3 against the Raptors.

Wade explained that his extra shots are part of his pregame routine, but because both the Canadian and American anthems were played back-to-back, it threw off his timing.

“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice Sunday. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Conference realignment set to rear its ugly head again

05.06.16 at 5:47 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to WPRO disc jockey Holland Cooke.

— Told ya so. The story that just won’t go away, like an oncoming tidal wave of inevitability, has returned to our shores. And no, it has nothing to do with air pressure in balls.

It has everything to do with balls, all right. Intercollegiate Armageddon (as I like to call it) began in the early 2000s and rose to a crescendo just a few short years ago (2013) when the old Big East disintegrated, thanks in part to the poaching abilities and inexorable greed from conference commissioners and school administrators in the current ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Pac-12 and, to a lesser extent, the Big 12. Football drives the economic bus on these schools’ campuses, and everyone was eager to pull up to the pump, ready for a fill-up.

For the most part, everyone got what they were hoping to get — especially when it came to their bank accounts. Perhaps except for Boston College, which received athletic irrelevancy and inadequacy in exchange for a big check. But forget the added expenses, forget the extra time spent for student-athletes away from their studies, forget the non-revenue sports thrown to the curb to cut expenses and lower budgets — this is life in the Power Five, or the Football Five. Their version of Collegiate Relevancy.

However, the Big 12 found itself reduced to just 10 schools, and while the conference boasted of being able to play everyone from within, it still was missing out on the Big Party. That soon could change, as a result of league meetings this week and the Big 12 presidents meeting at the end of this month.

The Big Party is the College Football Playoff. True, the Big 12 did have its first entrant in the four-team CFP this year (Oklahoma), but it missed out in Year 1 with two teams that arguably could have been factors (TCU and Baylor). Even though the NCAA has now said leagues with less than the previously mandated 12 teams can hold a conference title game (for more $$$, of course), the Big 12 has known for some time that to be a player in the current national championship chase every year, expanding back to 12 teams from 10 would need to be considered.

Why? Because new research (from CBSSports.com) says the Big 12 would have a 10-15 percent better chance (a chance, mind you) of reaching the CFP in a given year with 12 teams instead of 10. Well then. Drop everything for the almighty dollar, and get ‘er done. More power? More prestige? More money? The Big 12 finally is looking at expansion to get back to 12 teams, and it’s targeting the former members of the Big East currently residing in the American Athletic Conference — whose league office still remains in Providence.

Yes, Providence. The epicenter of Intercollegiate Armageddon then and now, with another earthquake about to shake down the landscape. As if having crime, political inadequacy and corruptness, and general business unfriendliness in Lil’ Rhody wasn’t enough.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Paterno reportedly was informed of Jerry Sandusky molestation in 1976

05.06.16 at 8:23 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Canada, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno apparently was made aware of an accusation that Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in 1976, according to a report out of Pennsylvania.

Pennlive.com reported that Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer said insurers involved in a lawsuit with the school claim a boy told Paterno that he was molested by Sandusky, then an assistant coach. Other assistants coaches also said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

Glazer, who was ruling on a suit regarding insurance coverage for Sandusky-related claims, wrote in his decision that there was no evidence that Paterno or anyone else took the information to any higher-ranking Penn State officials.

Paterno, who was dismissed as coach in 2011 and died in early 2012, did report Sandusky’s abuse of a child in 2001 to school officials, but he denied that he had covered up other incidents.

“I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it,” Paterno testified in 2011, before Sandusky was first charged.

Sandusky eventually was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse of 10 boys for incidents that date back to the 1990s and is serving a long prison sentence. On Thursday he was granted a hearing to be held later this month as part of his appeal.

Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers said there is nothing new to prove that the coach covered for Sandusky.

“Through all of this review there has never been any evidence of inappropriate conduct by coach Paterno,” Sollers said. “To the contrary, the evidence clearly shows he shared information with his superiors as appropriate.”

— Jaromir Jagr will be back for at least one more season — his 23rd in the NHL — as the 44-year-old one-time Bruins forward signed a one-year deal to return to the Panthers, the team announced Thursday.

“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” general manager Dale Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel jokes after domestic violence arrest

05.05.16 at 8:23 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:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Shakhtar Donetsk at Sevilla, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Villareal at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Manziel_Johnny mug shot 5-4-16— If anyone thought Johnny Manziel would finally get a wake-up call after his arrest Wednesday for domestic violence, the 23-year-old unemployed quarterback quickly made it clear that’s not the case.

Manziel, who is expected to appear before a judge in a Dallas courtroom Thursday morning, commented on Twitter about his mug shot photo, in which a smirking Manziel is wearing a gray T-shirt — unlike when he appeared shirtless when he was arrested in 2012 after a fight outside a bar near Texas A&M.

Tweeted Manziel: Just thankful I had a shirt this time.

Manziel was indicted by a grand jury last month after being accused of hitting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend during an incident in January. He faces a Class A misdemeanor and could be penalized with up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The former Heisman Trophy winner remains without a job after being released by the Browns following the season.

— Alex Rodriguez’s strained right hamstring has sent him to the 15-day disabled list, much to his dismay.

Rodriguez ended an early season skid and started producing in his previous four games — including a weekend series against the Red Sox in which he hit two home runs and had a four-RBI game — before he was injured running out a grounder in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Orioles.

“I can’t think of a worse time to go on the DL,” said Rodriguez, who is hitting .194. “The whole offense has been struggling. I talked to the team [Tuesday] and I said there is no reason we can’t score five runs per night.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez injured as offensively challenged Yankees lose 6th straight

05.04.16 at 8:08 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:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— One of the few brights spot for the Yankees during their three-game weekend sweep at the hands of the Red Sox was Alex Rodriguez, who had two home runs and five RBIs as he showed signs that he was coming out of his early season slump.

As they lost for the sixth straight time Tuesday night — a 4-1 setback vs. the Orioles that dropped them to 8-16 — the Yankees lost Rodriguez as well, as the 40-year-old left after the fifth inning with a sore right hamstring. An “extremely frustrated” Rodriguez is scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday morning.

“It wasn’t a big pop; I’ve done that before in my career,” Rodriguez said (via the New York Daily News). “I’m hopeful for the best. We’ll see how I wake up in the morning.”

Before he was lifted for pinch-hitter, Rodriguez went 0-for-3 to drop his batting average back below the Mendoza line at .194. He had raised it from .145 to .203 by going 6-for-14 over his previous four games against the Rangers and Red Sox.

“I was really excited about coming here to Baltimore and continuing what I started in Texas and Boston,” he said. “Hopefully it’s just a small setback.”

Manager Joe Girardi expressed concern after Rodriguez’s potential absence, after his team went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position against the O’s.

“It’s definitely worrisome,” Girardi said. “If he’s out, someone’s going to have to step up in his place, that’s all. That’s the nature of the game. Hopefully it’s not much and he won’t go on the DL but we’ll see.”

The Yankees, off to their worst start since 1991, are trying to remain positive despite being mired in last place in the American League East.

“We keep showing up and we keep grinding,” Brian McCann said. “This is adversity. This is when you keep pushing forward. We just started May. We have five months to clean it up and play better baseball.”

— The Marlins and Pirates are scheduled to play a two-game series in Puerto Rico at the end of the month, but concerns over the Zika virus might curtail those plans.

Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, the team’s player representative, said the Miami players became more concerned after attending a seminar on Zika, which is being blamed for a birth defect called microcephaly.

“The information was more shocking to both sides,” Koehler said (via The Associated Press). “Maybe shocking isn’t the correct word, but there was a lot more information and data and numbers thrown our way that we didn’t have.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Referees admit blown call in closing seconds of Thunder’s 1-point win over Spurs

05.03.16 at 8:13 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:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Trail Blazers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The NBA has made an attempt to me be more accountable regarding its officiating, and Monday night’s finish in San Antonio undoubtedly will lead to another acknowledgement from the league of a refereeing error. In fact, the officials themselves admitted their mistake before they left the building.

With 13.5 seconds remaining and the Thunder protecting a one-point lead, Oklahoma City guard Dion Waiters was having trouble inbounding the ball on the sideline when he leaned over and pushed Spurs defender Manu Ginobili, yet no foul was called.

It didn’t turn out as bad as it could have, as the Spurs ended up stealing the inbounds pass and had a shot to win the game. But still, San Antonio was not pleased that no foul was called.

“I was trying to pressure the ball, and he kind of created room with his elbow,” Ginobili said. “It’s a very awkward play. It doesn’t happen very often. So I guess they didn’t see it. With all that, we complain about that, but what can we do? We had the ball. We had a great shot. We had a few other opportunities. So things happened.”

Lakers legend Magic Johnson was more direct, tweeting: Waiters foul on Ginobili was the worst missed call in playoff history.

Lead official Ken Mauer explained to a pool reporter that his crew simply blew it.

“On the floor, we did not see a foul on the play,” Mauer said. “However, upon review we realize and we agree we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It’s a play we’ve never seen before, ever. We should have had an offensive foul on the play.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who talked to the referees when the game ended, echoed previous comments from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade when asked if the league’s acknowledgement of a mistake would lessen the blow.

“No, it won’t mean anything if they do that,” Popovich said. “The game’s over.”

— Leicester City, a 5,000-to-1 shot at the start of the Premier League soccer season, clinched its first-ever title Monday night when second-place Tottenham settled for a 2-2 tie with Chelsea, much to the chagrin of English bookmakers.

The Foxes’ title reportedly will cost the gambling houses $11.4 million.

Leicester players watched the game at the home of leading scorer Jamie Vardy, after the celebrated with chants of “Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling fires back after ESPN edits out bloody sock game from Red Sox documentary

05.02.16 at 8:11 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:
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A week and a half after ESPN fired Curt Schilling, the network ran a documentary Sunday about the Red Sox’ memorable comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, and Schilling’s heroics in Game 6 were conspicuously absent. The network edited out Schilling’s bloody sock game, claiming it was due to time constraints.

Not surprisingly, Schilling didn’t take kindly to his former employer’s latest slap in the face, and he used the network’s slanted coverage of the Patriots’ Deflategate controversy and Tom Brady to make his point.

Tweeted Schilling Sunday night: Wow, full one year complete fabrication to defame greatest QB, now omitting about 4 hours of a game I think I played in. Hmm #integritymuch?

Added Schilling later: Btw, please don’t make me victim. You saw it, I lived it, still got the ring. This is what happens when you embarrass powerful people. And … Nothing more. It’s why we are where we are at as a people and as a nation. Time to change that #standup

Schilling, who has the hashtag #ESPNLIES alongside a quote on his Twitter bio, also noted that he liked the hashtag #boycottespn offered by another tweeter.

ESPN’s public relations department released a statement explaining that a softball game earlier in the day went over its time slot, forcing the editing of the 30 for 30 documentary “Four Days in October” prior to Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

“When a live event runs long, it’s standard procedure to shorten a taped program that follows,” the statement read. “In this case, we needed to edit out one of the film’s four segments to account for the extra length of the softball game.”

— Capitals defenseman Brooks Opik received a three-game suspension from the NHL on Sunday for his late hit to the head of Penguins forward Olli Maatta during Saturday’s Game 2 of their second-round series.

Orpik, a former Boston College star who played 11 seasons for the Penguins before leaving as a free agent after the 2013-14 season, was called for interference for the hit, which came well after Maata fired a shot from the left side early in the first period. Maata was woozy after the hit and did not return to the game.

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