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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony warned Colin Kaepernick about anthem protest; Raiders OL Donald Penn’s wife airs his alleged affair

10.19.16 at 8:31 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs:  
Cleveland at Toronto, 4:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NBA preseason: New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA preseason: Golden State vs. LA Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Detroit at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Switzerland, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Champions League, Barcelona vs. Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Arsenal vs. Ludogorets Razgrad, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Champions League, Bayern Munich vs. PSV Eindhoven, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain vs. Basel, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Blue Jays 5, Indians 1
Dodgers 6, Cubs 0
NHL: Sharks 3, Islanders 2
NHL: Capitals 3, Avalanche 0
NHL: Canadiens 4, Penguins 0
NHL: Devils 2, Ducks 1
NHL: Senators 7, Coyotes 4
NHL: Wild 6, Kings 3
NHL: Blackhawks 7, Flyers 4
NHL: Flames 4, Sabres 3
NHL: Lightning 4, Panthers 3
NHL: Stars 2, Predators 1
NHL: Oilers 3, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Canucks 2, Blues 1


— Right after Colin Kaepernick made his first controversial protest of the national anthem, he consulted one of the biggest names in basketball for his opinion.

In an interview with ESPN’s Howard Bryant released on Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony talks about his text conversation with Kaepernick regarding the 49ers quarterback kneeling during the pregame national anthem.

“I said, ‘You just showed a lot of courage in what you just did, but now is the hard part because you have to keep it going. So if that was just a one-time thing, then you’re f–ked,” Anthony said.

“But now you keep it going and be articulate and elaborate on why you’re doing it, and be educated and knowledgeable of why you’re doing it so when people ask, you can stand up for what you believe in and really let them hear why.’”

Anthony himself is also an advocate for social justice. In July he posted a long message on Instagram encouraging athletes to speak out against injustices.

First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Indians wear Chief Wahoo logo in Canada despite objection; Jim Harbaugh loves steak sandwiches

10.18.16 at 8:00 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs:
Cleveland at Toronto, 4:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs:
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NBA preseason:
New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason:
LA Clippers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Real Madrid vs. Legia Warsaw, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Leicester City vs. Copenhagen, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions League, Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Tottenham, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Sporting CP vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)

Bruins 4, Jets 1
NHL: Red Wings 5, Senators 1
NHL: Rangers 7, Sharks 4
NHL: Avalanche 4, Penguins 3
NFL: Cardinals 28, Jets 3
MLB: Indians 4, Blue Jays 2


Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and the Indians wore their Chief Wahoo logo during Monday's victory over the Blue Jays. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and the Indians wore their Chief Wahoo logo during Monday’s victory over the Blue Jays. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

— A Toronto judge has blocked an attempt to ban the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo from being worn in Canada during the ALCS. 

After indigenous people advocate Douglas Cardinal filed suit with the Supreme Court of Justice in Toronto to ban the use of the logo in Toronto arguing it is offensive, a judge ruled the team can continue using the logo in the Canadian city.

Cardinal is an architect who designed New York’s National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Blackfoot tribe.

“Using a racially discriminatory caricature is a violation of the Ontario human rights code,” Cardinal’s lawyer, Monique Jilesen, told the Ontario Superior Court.

Jilesen argued the Indians could play the game in their spring training uniforms, which do not have the Chief Wahoo logo on them.

But the judge denied the request.

“Given the demands for completing the League Championship Series in a timely manner, MLB will defend Cleveland’s right to use their name that has been in existence for more than 100 years,” MLB responded in a statement.

“We would welcome a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to address these concerns outside the context of litigation,” the statement also said.

The Indians wore the Chief Wahoo logo in Monday night’s Game 3 and beat the Blue Jays, 4-2.

— It seems Jim Harbaugh will do almost anything for a steak sandwich.

The University of Michigan football coach recently turned up as a member of the chain gang at a high school in Albany, California, for what many assumed was a chance for him to scout El Cerrito High School offensive tackle Aaron Banks.

When asked why he was there, Harbaugh gave a surprising reason.

“They needed a guy. I was promised a tri-tip steak sandwich at halftime, that was all I needed to hear,” he said.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ben Roethlisberger reportedly will have surgery for torn meniscus; Cam Newton walks out of press conference

10.17.16 at 7:31 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: N.Y. Jets at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB playoffs: Cleveland at Toronto, 8:08 p.m. (TBS)
NBA preseason: Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)
Premier League, Manchester United at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

Patriots 35, Bengals 17
Cowboys 30, Packers 16
Texans 26, Colts 23
NFL: Redskins 27, Eagles 20
NFL: Jaguars 17, Bears 16
NFL: Giants 27, Ravens 23
NFL: Saints 41, Panthers 38
NFL: Dolphins 30, Steelers 15
NFL: Titans 28, Browns 26
NFL: Bills 45, 49ers 16
Lions 31, Rams 28
NFL: Chiefs 26, Raiders 10
NFL: Seahawks 26, Falcons 24
MLB playoffs:
Dodgers 1, Cubs 0


Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

— Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss next Sunday’s game against the Patriots after suffering a meniscus tear in his left knee in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, according to multiple reports.

Roethlisberger played through the injury in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, missing only one series after suffering the injury when he was clipped on the leg while scrambling out of the pocket. He described his knee as “black and blue” after the game.  He reportedly will undergo surgery on Monday.

Roethlisberger is expected to return for Week 9. The Steelers have a Week 8 bye before facing the Ravens the following week.

— Cam Newton walked out of his postgame press conference on Sunday after his Panthers lost 41-38 to the Saints to fall to 1-5.

Newton gave short responses to questions, saying, “Next question” when a reporter asked him about his level of frustration.

He made his exit after 90 seconds and six questions.

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Thinking Out Loud: Providence gearing up to prove Big East coaches wrong

10.14.16 at 5:43 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Herschel Walker.

— With Midnight Madness/Late Night Madness largely a thing of the past for true college hoop aficionados, conference media days now signal the true start to a season. Or at least, the start of the college game’s PR push against the NFL and NBA — especially around here.

— Not for nuthin’, but I miss the days (years?) when fans could be treated to the latest information, hear from the coaches and guest speakers, and actually watch the team PRACTICE on the floor to start the season. Does any school still do this?

— Nowadays — and not that this is bad, or anything — it’s just for the kids. The on-floor show is for students only. And that’s fine and all, but don’t schools still need to appease their alumni and season-ticket holders?

— Especially in the day and age of personal seat licensing, increased ticket prices and late(r) start times due to television. I’m no marketing genius, but if I need to raise money and increase awareness and attendance, I’m throwing a bone in the direction of my longtime fans and alumni, especially those who have a tendency to gripe about these things. Just sayin’.

— Now, get off my lawn! Please?

— Not surprised in the least with Providence being picked for ninth at the Big East media day in New York this week. The only issue I have is, St. John’s was eighth?

— Listen, the coaches doing the voting aren’t stupid. But the preseason polls mean squat. The Johnnies have talented newcomers, but this league tends to eat its young. Don’t these guys know this? SJU will have an extraordinary team if the Red Storm finish AHEAD of PC.

— That is, primarily, because Providence returns four players with starting experience. But you lose the two big dogs (Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil), the assumption is there for a step back. But you know what happens when you assume, right?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL players rip Donald Trump for mocking concussion protocol

10.14.16 at 8:09 am ET
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Good morning, here’s your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs:
Toronto at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (TBS)
College football: Duke at Louisville, (7 p.m.) ESPN
College football:
Memphis at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football:
San Diego State at Fresno State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: 
Mississippi State at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals: Minnesota at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

MLB: Dodgers 4, Nationals 3 
NFL: Chargers 21, Broncos 13


— After Donald Trump mocked the NFL concussion protocol on Wednesday, NFL players swiftly reacted.

“Uh, uh! A little ding on the head, no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season,” Trump said at a rally in Florida after a woman in the audience passed out. “Our people our tough.”

“Let him get hit like that one time,” Giants tight end Larry Donnell responded Thursday. “He won’t be on that microphone talking after that.”

Donnell suffered a concussion a few weeks ago and sat out Sunday’s game against the Packers.

“The NFL, it’s very serious, man,” said Jets safety Calvin Pryor. “There’s a lot of people who have head problems and a lot of injuries that can relate to football after this. So for him to say that, it’s not a good thing.”

“He hasn’t gone through it,” Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin said. “It’s as plain as that. He hasn’t gone through it, so he doesn’t know the severity of it.”

— The NFL is investigating Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers after he shoved a reporter following his team’s loss on Sunday.

After his team fell 23-16 to the Packers last weekend, Flowers shoved ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan as Raanan approached Flowers in the locker room while Flowers was talking to another reporter.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Derrick Rose rape trial continues despite death of investigator

10.13.16 at 7:43 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
Denver at San Diego, 8:25 (CBS; NFL Network)
College football: North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)


— The Derrick Rose rape trial will continue after a motion to dismiss it was denied.

After Rose’s lawyers petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of the accuser deleting a crucial text, the judge, Michael Fitzgerald, ruled it is not a reason to throw out the trial. But he did rule the jury will know the accuser did not disclose all the texts in question in the correct time frame.

This continuing case was shrouded in tragedy on Tuesday when one of its investigators was found dead in her California home.

Natalie Hernandez, 44, died of gunshot wounds and her death it being investigated as a suicide. She was a detective investigating Rose’s case and it is not clear if her death is related to that case.

— Tim Tebow might actually be a miracle worker.

On Tuesday the former NFL quarterback and current Mets prospect came to the swift aide of a fan in the stands who was having a seizure. One day later he explained why he did it.

“It’s what you are supposed to do,” Tebow said prior to Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale. “In my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL castoff Greg Hardy announces plans to fight in MMA

10.12.16 at 8:02 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wedneday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

St. Louis at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: New Orleans vs. Houston, at Beijing, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason:
Phoenix at Utah, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football:
Appalachian State at La.-Lafayette, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, Germany vs. Spain, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

MLB playoffs:
Cubs 6, Giants 5
MLB playoffs: Dodgers 6, Nationals 5


Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

— After no NFL team would sign him, Greg Hardy is taking his talents to another sport.

The former Cowboys defensive end has decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.

“I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement on “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”

Hardy has no background in the sport, according to the website, but has been training for several months.

Hardy faced charges of domestic violence and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List for almost the entire 2014 season. He was let go by the Panthers and the Cowboys picked him up. However, after a 2015 season filled with controversy in Dallas, Hardy was not re-signed this year, and he remains a free agent.

“I’m fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport,” Hardy said.

— Aly Raisman is not only the second most decorated Olympian in history, she’s also a sock designer.

A few years ago the 22-year-old Needham native teamed up with Feat Socks to design patriotic socks to raise money for breast cancer.

Her latest design, revealed on Tuesday, is her most memorable.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods pulls out of Safeway; Derrick Rose headed back to stand in rape trial

10.11.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Washington at Los Angeles, 5:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Chicago at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m. (FS1)
WNBA Finals: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Portland at LA Lakers, 11 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Romania at Kazakhstan, 11:45 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Armenia at Poland, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, England at Slovenia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. New Zealand, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

MLB playoffs: Indians 4, Red Sox 3
MLB playoffs: Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
MLB playoffs: Giants 6, Cubs 5
NFL: Buccaneers 17, Panthers 14


— After announcing he would play in this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, California, Tiger Woods abruptly withdrew on Monday.

“After a lot of soul-searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods, 40, wrote on his website. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

This would have been Woods’s first PGA Tour event in over a year.

Woods also withdrew from next month’s Turkish Airline Open, and it seems his reason is performance anxiety.

“After a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world,” Woods said on his website.

Woods has won 14 major events and has been taking a break from golf after having back surgery last year.

Time will tell if we have seen the last of Tiger Woods, but he hopes to play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

— Derrick Rose’s rape trial is set to continue Tuesday with the Knicks player is back on the witness stand.

Rose and two of his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, are accused by an anonymous woman, who dated Rose on and off, of gang rape in August 2013.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes react to presidential debate; Steelers WR Antonio Brown threatened with ejection

10.10.16 at 8:18 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs:
Cleveland at Boston, 6:08 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Washington at Los Angeles, 4:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Chicago at San Francisco, 9:38 p.m. (FS1)
NFL:  Tampa Bay at Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Bulgaria at Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, France at Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

Patriots 33, Browns 13
NFL: Vikings 31, Texans 13
NFL: Steelers 31, Jets 13
NFL: Lions 24, Eagles 23
NFL: Falcons 23, Broncos 16
NFL: Packers 23, Giants 16
NFL: Cardinals 33, 49ers 21
NFL: Redskins 16, Ravens 10
NFL: Cowboys 28, Bengals 14
NFL: Bills 30, Rams 19
NFL: Colts 29, Bears 23
NFL: Titans 30, Dolphins 17
NFL: Raiders 34, Chargers 31
MLB: Red Sox-Indians, postponed
MLB: Nationals 5, Dodgers 2
MLB: Blue Jays 7, Rangers 6


— People all over the world tuned into Sunday’s second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and athletes were no exception.

Dwyane Wade and Brett Anderson were not enjoying it so much:



Brandon McCarthy is usually very active on Twitter and weighed in on the debate:


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Thinking Out Loud: Should we have seen Patriots’ letdown vs. Bills coming?

10.07.16 at 5:40 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Bernie Kosar.

— We should have been reading the tea leaves. Or, at the least, we should have been reading between the lines of last week’s buildup to Buffalo. The Patriots were due for a letdown against the Bills, but no one wanted to admit it was even possible. It was.

— This isn’t revisionist history as much as it is finding clues or signs within a single chapter of the 2016 NFL season. The Patriots played with very little emotion against the Bills, almost as if they were waiting for something — or someone — to join them. Just sayin’.

— Could they have possibly just thought “Let’s bag this, and protect ourselves for the long haul?” There is precedent for this theory, and all you have to do is look back at the end of last season to find it (Miami, hello). It didn’t work well there, either. But last year’s team at that time was far too beat-up to matter.

— The Bills had the proper game plan, but it wasn’t a world-beater. The Patriots simply didn’t adjust to it, as if they accepted their fate with the realization that TB12 returns in a week and there’s still three-quarters of the season to play.

— Rex Ryan knew he escaped with one in Foxboro, and probably knew he escaped with his professional life intact. Ryan needed that win much, much more than did New England. His team was able to shut out a rookie, third-string QB. Attaboy Rex, and we still have you to kick around in the AFC East. Life is still good.

— At least, it should be good for Patriots fans, because Tom Brady is back. That’s what we’ve all been waiting for — and that includes his teammates. Like they were last week.

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