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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fire ticket-seller involved in Curt Schilling Twitter controversy

03.03.15 at 7:56 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:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox vs. Boston College/Northeastern, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Aston Villa, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that they have fired the part-time ticket-seller who posted vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter, saying they have “zero tolerance for anything like this.”

A number of individuals made vile comments on social media after Schilling tweeted congratulations to his 17-year-old for committing to play for the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Sean MacDonald was one of the most offensive tweeters, and Schilling called him out.

Yankees director of communications Jason Zillo said MacDonald worked a few days for the team in January, but, “We’ve terminated him.”

MacDonald is a former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University, from where he recently graduated. The fraternity acknowledged his “inappropriate and offensive tweets” and posted that “cyberbullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”

Another tweeter, identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey who hosted a one-hour show on his school radio station’s student radio streams, was suspended by the school and is being investigated by local police.

Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.

— More details are emerging about why Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Rasheed Sulaimon in January, making him the first player kicked off the team in the coach’s 35-year tenure.

According to a report in The Duke Chronicle, the school’s newspaper, two students accused Sulaimon of sexual assault last school year, and the team was aware of the allegations for at least a year before Sulaimon was dismissed. According to a statement from Krzyzewski at the time, Sulaimon “has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling lashes out at ‘vulgar’ tweeters who mock his daughter

03.02.15 at 7:44 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:
NBA: Suns at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston College at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Virginia at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling is on the attack after his congratulatory email to his daughter for her acceptance to college led to some vile tweets.

Schilling tweeted Wednesday: Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!

The former Red Sox pitcher said he expected some jock humor to follow, and he was not disappointed. However, when he started to see tweets “with the words ‘rape,’ ‘bloody underwear’ and pretty much ever other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom,” he decided to act.

Schilling wrote a response Sunday on his 38 Pitches blog in which he expressed his disgust with the behavior. He identified two of the offenders as a Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, N.J.) radio host [Editor’s note: The school emailed to say the student was a member of the Student Radio Club and had a one-hour slot on one the of the station’s student radio streams until being suspended Monday] and a Montclair State University fraternity vice president, and seven others as college athletes.

The ESPN analyst (who accepted an invitation to join Dennis & Callahan at 9 a.m. Monday) noted that he expects to be the subject of insults from Democrats, Yankees fans and “people that don’t like the sound of my voice,” and he notes that “that’s a pretty big group.” But, he questions, are putrid comments about his daughter “even remotely OK? In ANY world? At ANY time?”

Wrote Schilling: My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’€™t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’€™s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’€™s just say I can’€™t repeat and I’€™m getting beyond angry thinking about it. Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms.

These boys have yet to understand one of life’€™s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.

How on earth do you guys know who’€™s on the other end? What they’€™re thinking?

This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We’€™re at a point now where you better be sure who you’€™re going after.

Added Schilling: The ignorance and pathetic lack of morals or of any integrity is astounding.

Kevin Garnett is showing his appreciation to Timberwolves fans for welcoming him home by purchasing 1,000 tickets to the team’s next home game, Monday night against the Clippers.

The first 500 fans to log on to the team’s website at 9 a.m. Monday each will get a pair of tickets.

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Thinking Out Loud: PawSox sale marks end of era

02.28.15 at 12:24 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Mike Torrez.

— I’m left with an overwhelming sense of sadness in considering the sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox announced this week. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of an era, one in which Ben Mondor turned a moribund minor league team into a true Rhode Island treasure. Maybe it’s because of the fond memories over several years of calling games on radio and TV, covering those great players and watching my own kids grow up at McCoy Stadium. Maybe it’s because I sense that, in the end, greed is winning out over all.

— Greed? What else could it be? There’s a perfectly good, classic stadium sitting on Ben Mondor Way in Pawtucket with a low-cost lease in hand that the new ownership feels is no longer viable. Historically, the new owners are turning their back on the site of the longest game in the history of the game — 33 innings — that took place in 1981. From that context, it’s difficult to understand why they might feel the way they do. Why wouldn’t Larry Lucchino have felt that way about Fenway Park before sinking millions into keeping it around? Because it’s about control. Put up with what you have to, but control everything else you can.

— The new owners have every right to pursue every option in an effort to maximize their investment. After all, it IS an investment. But don’t feed me and every other Rhode Islander a steady diet of Quahog crap how this is “Rhode Island’s team, it belongs to everyone,” when you don’t consider the city of Pawtucket or its residents who have supported it for so long. To not even consider Pawtucket as an option? Stupid is as stupid does.

— The reluctance to consider staying at McCoy tells me one thing and one thing only: Brace for a move OUT of Rhode Island. If the land parcel on I-195 (and where would they park cars?) doesn’t work out, there’s your excuse to call in the moving vans to Massachusetts, where ownership can control everything. Land, new stadium, ticket prices, everything. That’s what they want. They’ll get it, too, unless R.I. leadership somehow holds their feet to the fire.

— Three words: I. Don’t. Trust. And I don’t mean the state or the city of Providence needs to unnecessarily capitulate on taxpayer-financed incentives. If a new palace goes up, the emperors should pay for it. If the skids can be greased without whacking an over-taxed populace over the head again, so be it. If not, well, it’s been nice knowing you, PawSox. We’ll have a two-year going-away party. Gee, that’ll be fun, huh?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: First black NBA player Earl Lloyd dies at 86

02.27.15 at 8:06 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: Hornets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Siena at Quinnipiac, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Harvard at Cornell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Manhattan at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Cleveland State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in NBA history when he appeared in a game for the Washington Capitals in 1950, died Thursday at the age of 86.

Tweeted Grizzlies forward Vince Carter: RIP to Mr. Earl Lloyd you opened that ever so important door for all African American athletes. Thank You!!!!

Lloyd was one of three black players to start the 1950-51 season in the fledgling NBA. The Celtics started the ball rolling, drafting Duquesne’s Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 draft. The Capitals then took Lloyd in the ninth round and the Knicks signed Harlem Globetrotters star Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton.

The Capitals opened the season on Oct. 31, 1950, one day before the Celtics and four days before the Knicks, allowing Lloyd to play first. He was inserted into the game in the second half of a 78-70 loss to the Rochester Royals in upstate New York and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points. The move did not have anywhere near the same impact as when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier three years earlier.

“In 1950 the NBA was like 4 years old. We were like babes in the woods,” Lloyd said in a 2008 Boston Globe story. “We wouldn’t say it was ho-hum. But it didn’t get the type of coverage that Major League Baseball got.”

Lloyd credits the Celtics for paving the way for him to play in the league.

“I truly believe this, that if the Celtics did not draft Chuck in the second round, you could not tell me that the Washington Capitols in 1950 were going to make me the first black player to play in this league. No way. … The Boston Celtics had a tremendous influence on my acceptance in the NBA.”

The Capitals folded in January of that season, but Lloyd went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals — helping them win the 1955 NBA title — and Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. A 6-foot-5 forward known as a standout defender, the former West Virginia State star finished his career averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 games.

Lloyd coached the Pistons for just over a season in the early 1970s — becoming the second black NBA head coach after Celtics legend Bill Russell — and then served as a scout for Detroit for five years.

The Virginia native was living in Tennessee at the time of his death.

Richard Hamilton, the former UConn star who went on to play 14 years in the NBA, officially announced his retirement Thursday.

“Today is a very special day for me because today is the day that I take my shoes … and I find a little street corner down the street and throw my sneakers on the power lines because today I officially retire from the NBA,” Hamilton said on ESPN’s “His & Hers” show.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Angels OF Josh Hamilton reportedly admits to relapse with drugs

02.26.15 at 8:05 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:
NBA: Warriors at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Nebraska at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston at Temple, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas-El Paso at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SMU at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee Tech at Morehead State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona State at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Young Boys at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, in a meeting with MLB officials Wednesday in New York, admitted to having a relapse and using cocaine a couple of months ago even though he apparently did not fail a drug test, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Hamilton, 33, was suspended from baseball for 2 1/2 seasons in 2004 after well-publicized battles with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He came back to win the 2010 American League MVP award with the Rangers but had two relapses. He signed with the Angels as a free agent before the 2013 season, inking a five-year, $125 million deal, but has not lived up to his contract, hitting just .255 with 31 home runs and 123 RBIs over two injury-plagued seasons.

MLB could treat Hamilton as a first-time offender because he was in the minor leagues when he was suspended in 2004. However, Los Angeles Times writer Bill Shalkin reported that it is “unlikely” that would be the case. Hamilton already is subject to testing three times a week due to his past transgressions.

“I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York,” Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday afternoon. “At this point I have no other information to offer.”

Hamilton has been recovering from Feb. 4 shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined into May. He has been staying at a friend’s ranch in Houston rather than remain with his team, which raised some eyebrows across the league.

— The fallout continues from Monday night’s court-storming incident in Manhattan, Kansas, as the Big 12 Conference publicly reprimanded Kansas State for failing to prevent the fans from pouring onto the court and jeopardizing the Kansas players’ safety after the Wildcats’ upset of the eighth-ranked Jayhawks.

Although no injuries were reported, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement that K-State’s events-management policy “was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators,” and “revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks PG Rajon Rondo benched after verbal exchange with coach

02.25.15 at 7:58 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:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Marquette at Butler, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Freso State at Wyoming, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Monaco at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rajon Rondo‘s honeymoon in Dallas appears to be over.

The former Celtic, who has a history of run-ins with coaches and teammates, had a profanity-laced exchange with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle during a third-quarter timeout and then was stuck on the bench the rest of the night as his team rallied for a 99-92 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Raptors.

The incident started early in the third quarter. With the Mavs trailing by nine, Rondo dribbled the ball past midcourt as Carlisle appeared to call for a play only to be brushed off by his point guard. The coach then abruptly called a timeout and the two argued as the team returned to the bench. Carlise would only say that they had a “difference of opinion.” As for why Rondo did not return to the game, Carlisle said: “Because I’m the coach and that’s the decision I made at that time.”

Added Carlisle: “I thought it worked out well. The other guys stepped up and we were able to win.”

Rondo, who finished with four points, four assists, two turnovers and three fouls, reportedly has been frustrated with his lack of play-calling responsibilities. He did not speak after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 18 points, said: “Stuff like that is never good. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. It’s about how the team responds.”

Owner Mark Cuban played down the issue, saying: “It’s an emotional game and sometimes emotions come out. It’s happened many times in the past and will happen many more in the future.”

Carlisle indicated he doesn’t plan to change his rotation for the future, implying the Rondo will start Wednesday night’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks.

Said Carlisle: “That’s what we brought him here for.”

— Keith Olbermann, no stranger to controversy for his behavior, was suspended by ESPN for insulting Penn State students on Twitter.

Olbermann responded to a tweet from a Penn State alumnus about students raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer by writing that Penn State students are “pitiful,” and that their fundraising “doesn’t change the school’s reputation.”

He eventually apologized, tweeting: I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez arrives at camp early, reportedly still manages to upset Yankees

02.24.15 at 8:11 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:
NHL: Canucks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: New Mexico at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— An outwardly contrite Alex Rodriguez showed up at Yankees spring training Monday, two days earlier than expected, but reportedly still managed to upset a team that has lost patience with him.

According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez did not inform the club that he would be showing up in Tampa early, and the team’s media relations staff was not prepared to deal with the increased attention.

“He’s learned nothing,” an unnamed baseball executive told the paper. “He’s the same old guy. He just did what he wanted to do.”

Rodriguez, however, insisted he wants to make amends for his sordid past, which includes the longest drug-related suspension in baseball history.

“I cringe sometimes when I look at some of the things I did, but I paid my penalty and I’m grateful that I have another opportunity,” Rodriguez told reporters. “No mistake that I’ve made has any good answer or justification. It’s unexplainable, and that’s on me. I’ve dug a big hole for myself and paid a price. I’m fortunate for a lot of people — especially the commissioner’s office, the players union and the Yankees — to give me an opportunity to play the game that I love.”

The Yankees have made it clear that they do not want to have to play Rodriguez $30 million in bonus money should he break MLB’s home run record — which would be in addition to the $61 million remaining on the final three years of his contract. He admitted that he isn’t sure if the Yankees are on his side anymore.

“I don’t know; you’d have to ask them,” he said. “I created a big headache for a lot of people, so I don’t blame whoever is made at me. I understand.”

Rodriguez did not answer questions about performance-enhancing drugs except to deny that he’s currently using any. He also indicated he knows his status on this team is uncertain, especially with the Yankees planning to move him from third base.

“It feels great to be back,” he said. “Obviously it was a rough year, but I’m very excited that’s behind me and I have a chance to hopefully make this team.”

— More details have emerged about why the University of Louisville dismissed guard Chris Jones from the basketball team. According to a university police report, Jones sent a woman a text last Tuesday threatening to “smack” her.

Jones was suspended from the team on the same day, reinstated late last week after missing one game, then dismissed for good on Sunday.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Phil Jackson criticizes Knicks on Twitter after latest loss

02.23.15 at 7:58 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:
NBA: Celtics at Suns, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Raptors at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Louisville at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at Norfolk State, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Red Wings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Beanpot championship. Boston University vs. Northeastern, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Knicks fans who were hoping team president Phil Jackson would rescue the franchise got another dose of reality (and humility) Sunday, as former Knicks J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert helped the Cavaliers roll to a 101-83 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Jackson, whose team is a league-worst 10-45 as it prepares for a Wednesday night game against the Celtics in Boston, tweeted his disapproval.

Wrote Jackson: Each NBA game is an opportunity for players to show their “best” nature and please the basketball gods…and those who know “it” takes. Today’s game vs Cavs gave bb gods heartburn an those that know what “it” takes/means a smh.

The Knicks now are 0-15 when playing without Carmelo Anthony, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last week.

Sunday’s game was never in doubt, as the red-hot Cavaliers led 62-38 at the half en route to their 16th win in 18 games. New York has lost seven straight and doesn’t have much reason for hope.

“It’s the same thing occurring over and over. It’s nothing new,” Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “We need a better start to games, point blank.”

— North Korea has never been known as a haven for tourists, but one of the few events that has appealed to foreigners is the Pyongyang marathon in April. However, authorities are banning foreign runners this year due to concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus.

The country tightened its restrictions in October, suggesting Ebola is a biological weapon created by the U.S. military. Any foreigners allowed in the country have been subjected to a 21-day quarantine.

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Thinking Out Loud: Providence makes statement with rout of DePaul

02.20.15 at 2:56 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Joey Meyer.

— Providence’s win at DePaul on Wednesday wasn’t a sizzler, but it was the kind of win that a contending team — a championship-contending team — needs late in the year against a team in the lower half of the league. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Oliver Purnell didn’t at least try a little zone against the Friars, but maybe if it’s not as good as DePaul’s man-to-man, then it makes sense.

— On the other hand, Providence’s zone was as good as it’s been in a while, and the Blue Demons had a very tough time hitting and getting into the gaps. The Friars did a superb job of cutting down and restricting the passing lanes, and extending to their shooters. Defense like that, provided there’s attention to detail when teams attack the baseline, will win a couple of tough ones down the stretch.

— LaDontae Henton is almost there. He’s 54 points and seven rebounds away from matching Ryan Gomes as the only two players in Friars history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. That’s extraordinary, especially when you consider some of the talent that has come through PC over the past 88 years. This week he was a national nominee for the new “Julius Erving Award,” which will be given to the nation’s top small forward.

— Speaking of the award, college basketball this season follows in the uber-popular college football postseason awards show’s footsteps (on ESPN2 April 10) by introducing awards for best point guard (Bob Cousy Award), best shooting guard (Jerry West Award), best small forward (Julius Erving Award), best power forward (Karl Malone Award) and center (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award). URI’s E.C. Matthews made the list for the Jerry West Award, but for the life of me, I’ve been searching for Kris Dunn’s name on the Cousy list and can’t find it.

— Not for nuthin’, but Matthews is on that list, too. So is UConn’s Ryan Boatright, BC’s Olivier Hanlan, Georgetown’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono. All worthy in their own right, but no Dunn. Kinda makes this award a joke, really, because someone is clearly asleep at the wheel. Dunn might be the best guard in the country, period. And he’s a candidate for Big East Player of the Year, but not the Cousy Award. Who looks dumb here?

— Great national PR this week for both PC and URI basketball, as Dunn was the feature subject for a Sports Illustrated piece (on SI.com) and Dan Hurley received a great write-up in USA Today. Getcha popcorn ready, ‘cuz the show really hasn’t started yet. Just sayin’.

— Seven straight losses to the Minutemen? Rhody’s win over UMass on Wednesday night was a huge step in the right direction for the Rams, who now certainly must feel like the Atlantic-10 is there for the taking. But the wins must keep coming, especially on the road. Winning at Dayton is a must for the Rams to have a shot at an NCAA at-large spot, if they don’t win the tournament title.

— But with VCU’s wounded list such as it is, the A-10 tourney crown is achievable even if the regular season falls a little short. If I’m a Rams fan, I’m grabbing tickets for the Barclays Center next month.

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Heat F Chris Bosh tested for blood clot in lung

02.20.15 at 1:55 pm ET
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Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Heat forward Chris Bosh has been admitted to a Miami-area hospital, where doctors are concerned that he might have developed a blood clot on his lung. If a clot is found, Bosh’s season could be over so that the condition can be treated effectively.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has warned against early speculation about his star forward’s diagnosis.

“Frankly, there’s not a full diagnosis right now,” Spoelstra said. “So for everybody to speculate, right now at this stage it’s very premature.”

Added Spoelstra: “Everybody’s jumping the gun right now. I know there’s a lot out there.”

Bosh has been suffering from discomfort in his back and side over the last few days.

“I have no way of knowing what he’s going through or what he’s feeling,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “I just knew that he wasn’t feeling his best.”

Bosh has received public support from around the league, including from former teammate LeBron James.

“Basketball is a small thing when it comes to health and people’s family,” James said on Friday. “He’s so connected to me that I feel it, for sure. So every minute I’m checking to see if he’s OK.”

The Heat will play the Knicks on Friday night.

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