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Warriors star Draymond Green arrested on charge of misdemeanor assault

07.12.16 at 10:28 am ET
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Warriors forward and U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team member Draymond Green was arrested Sunday on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery, according to court records.

The alleged incident happened in East Lansing, Michigan near the Michigan State campus that Green played college basketball from 2008-12. Green, 26, was arrested at 2:28 am on Sunday and released on $200 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20.

According to East Lansing Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth, the alleged victim was an adult male outside of a popular bar who was taunting Green. The male was not injured.

“We are aware of news involving Draymond Green in Michigan over the weekend,” the Warriors said in a statement Monday. “At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.”

Green faces a maximum of 93 days in prison or fine of up to $500, or both. He is coming off of a season in which he averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Warriors and was named to the All-NBA Second Team and All-Defensive First Team. He is expected to attend Team USA’s camp from July 18-21.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: UFC sold for reported $4 billion in most expensive sports transaction in history

07.11.16 at 7:19 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: All-Star Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Nets vs. Hawks, 4:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Raptors vs. Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Heat vs. Nuggets, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Pelicans, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Warriors vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rumors have been circulating for months that New England native Dana White and his UFC co-owners were looking to sell the mixed martial arts franchise, so Sunday night’s news that they reached an agreement with a group headed by the talent agency WME-IMG is not a complete surprise. The price, however, is turning some heads.

According to multiple reports, UFC was sold for $4 billion — the most expensive sports transaction in history — to WME-IMG, Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital.

WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel confirmed the deal in an internal email Monday morning.

“We’ve been honored to have UFC and a number of its athletes as clients and couldn’t be happier to take our relationship to this next level as the organization’s owner and operating partner,” he wrote (via ESPN.com).

Brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta bought UFC in 2000 for $2 million. They reportedly will retain a minority interest. White, the UFC president (and a minority owner) said Monday he expects that his role with the company will remain the same, adding that this deal with help grow mixed martial arts.

“Sport is going to the next level,” he said.

— The Nets have been busy in the past week, attempting to add some promising free agents to one of the league’s weakest rosters. Unfortunately for Brooklyn — but fortunately for the Celtics, who can swap first-round draft picks next year — their two most recent targets won’t be heading to New York.

The Trail Blazers and Heat reportedly decided to match the Nets’ offers for Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, meaning those restricted free agents will be returning to their original teams.

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Thinking Out Loud: Kevin Durant’s flirtation with Boston not rooted in reality

07.08.16 at 5:41 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Keith Foulke.

— For me, Kevin Durant’s flirtation with Boston was a fantasy. Pure fiction conjured up only to get the fans and media riled up and make a little news. It’s great that the Celtics brought Tom Brady into the mix for a recruiting pitch, and I’m sure KD thought it was cool. It’s also cool to see Julian Edelman, David Ortiz and other noteworthy New England sports superstars tout Boston’s attributes. But there’s only one thing that drives decisions like these, and that is money. Big money.

— Oh. And winning. It’s also about winning, and Golden State now stands to be an overwhelming favorite for next season, when you add Durant to the Warriors’ mix. Nothing different here than when LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach — KD simply decided against producing a (bleep) show, made-for-TV event to announce it.

— If Durant was really smart, though, he’d see that he could be setting himself up for a big-time flop. This team won a record 73 games during the season and didn’t win the title. Should we just fast-forward to June of 2017 now and get this over with? Talk about your meaningless regular seasons.

— And what does Durant’s departure for rich, Western pastures mean for former Friar Billy Donovan as Oklahoma City’s coach? Next year figured to be a transitional year without KD, of course. But with his other star Russell Westbrook also on the edge of leaving town (a year left on his deal), could Billy the Kid consider the college game again?

— Crazy rumor already being floated: Donovan to replace mentor Rick Pitino in Louisville. Hmmm. Makes sense (and cents?), doesn’t it?

— Speaking of making cents, congrats to Kris Dunn, now signed, sealed and delivered to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Dunn stands to make almost $4 million this year, just for playing basketball. He’ll make much more than that, you know, by being a solid citizen and great corporate spokesperson. We’ll say we knew him when.

— Al Horford’s addition to the Celtics is a good move. Not a great move, but a good move. Horford will bring toughness, rebounding ability and attitude — all three are good things contending teams must have. But shooting? Where is the shooter? Did I miss another memo on needing a shooter?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Local, national athletes react with dismay to ambush of police officers in Dallas

07.08.16 at 8:47 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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Hornets, 8 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pistons, 10 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Knicks, noon (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Thunder vs. Heat, 2 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pacers, 4 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Bucks vs. Cavaliers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Hawks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Timberwolves vs. Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Raptors, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Lakers vs. Pelicans, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 6 p.m. (NBCSN), 8 p.m. (NBC)
Gymnastics: U.S. Olympic trials, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Five police officers were killed and seven more injured when snipers opened fire during a protest in Dallas on Thursday following the deaths of two black men earlier in the week, and athletes around the nation reacted with dismay.

New Patriots defensive end Chris Long, who spent the past seven seasons playing in St. Louis, tweeted:

Praying for those Dallas PO’s
Respecting, appreciating good ppl in uniform
Being angry about an unjust murder by a PO
NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

Added Long: All violence in this country sucks. Whoever perpetrates it. intellectually dishonest people will continue to justify it. So sad. Rant over

Cavaliers star LeBron James commented on an article about Philando Castile, the Minnesota man shot by a policeman while in his car, writing: Sickens me and I shed multiple tears about it all.

Later in the evening, as details emerged from Dallas, he wrote: We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence

Former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders urged Dallas to show restraint.

Tweeted Sanders: Dallas let’s wake up this ain’t us! We’re better than this. We’re hurting,upset,confused,sad,frustrated,tired & fed up but this ain’t right!

Wrote former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck: Eye for an eye truly means that we all soon will be blind. Hate + more hate = HATE. I CHOOSE TO LOVE EVEN THOSE THAT HATE ME.

Tweeted Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong

— Rajon Rondo is saying all the right things as he joins the Bulls, although it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to avoid the issues with teammates and coaches that have plagued his career.

Rondo was introduced to the media Thursday after agreeing to a reported two-year, $28 million deal earlier in the week, and he said he understands he’s not the No. 1 star in Chicago, which features Jimmy Butler and former Heat star Dwyane Wade.

“Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here,” Rondo told reporters. “It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Dwyane Wade pays tribute to Miami after leaving Heat to join Bulls

07.07.16 at 8:25 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: Angels at Rays, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Utah Summer League, 76ers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Magic, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Magic, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Pistons vs. Heat, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Germany vs. France, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

— Dwyane Wade wrote a farewell letter to Miami after deciding to leave the Heat — his home for 13 seasons — and join the Bulls.

The Heat’s all-time leader in games, points, assists and steals, Wade agreed to a reported two-year deal worth $47 million with Chicago.

“I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships,” the 34-year-old Wade wrote in his letter released Wednesday. “I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community.”

Wade had flirted with joining his hometown team before. He reportedly was not happy with what he felt was a lack of respect from the Heat, who made a last-ditch effort to retain him Wednesday after prioritizing re-signing Hassan Whiteside and failing to land Kevin Durant.

Wade had a rough upbringing up in the Chicago suburb of Robbins, Illinois, before going on to become a 12-time NBA All-Star.

“Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,” Wade wrote in his letter. “My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”

In Chicago, Wade will share the backcourt with Jimmy Butler and new acquisition Rajon Rondo. Wade and Rondo previously had some run-ins when Rondo played for the Celtics. To clear cap space for Wade, the Bulls sent forward Mike Dunleavy to the Cavaliers and guard Jose Calderon to the Lakers.

The Heat, meanwhile, lost another member of their Big Three two years after LeBron James returned home to Cleveland. Chris Bosh, who continues to deal with health issues, is the only Heat player who appeared in the 2014 NBA Finals still under contract with the team.

Tweeted Heat owner Mickey Arison: Thank you @DwyaneWade for a great 13 yrs!. You’ve had a tremendous impact on our community and our organization. We wish you all the best.

— Pete Rose filed suit Wednesday against former MLB investigator John M. Dowd, saying the lawyer defamed him last year when he implied in a radio interview that Rose had sex with underage girls during his playing career.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years, with parole possible after 3

07.06.16 at 8:29 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: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Marlins at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Knicks, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Hornets, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Pacers vs. Thunder, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: New York City FC at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Portugal vs. Wales, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison — well below South Africa’s minimum sentence of 15 years for murder — and will be eligible for parole after three years, in a decision announced Wednesday morning at a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pistorius was calm as the decision was announced, embracing family members before being led away.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said there were “substantial and compelling circumstances” that caused her to give the double-amputee Olympic runner a reduced sentence, citing the fact that he tried to help girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her multiple times through a bathroom door in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013. Masipa also noted that Pistorius is a “good candidate for rehabilitation” who is not likely to re-offend.

A Pistorius spokesman said the 29-year-old would not appeal the decision. “The family accepts the judgment,” Anneliese Burgess said.

Prosecutors have the option to appeal in an attempt to get a longer sentence.

Pistorius, who claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her, was acquitted of murder by Masipa in 2014 after a seven-month trial, convicted only of manslaughter and serving one year in prison. His conviction was upgraded to murder last year by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

— Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was not injured in a single-car accident over the weekend, despite being discovered asleep in his car partially submerged in a pond, according to reports out of Jacksonville, Florida.

Robinson apparently fell asleep at the wheel around 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning and his car crashed into a retention pond. A police officer helped a woman out of the car and woke up Robinson.

Authorities said Robinson was not impaired and should not face a DUI charge.

Robinson tweeted Tuesday that he was grateful to God. Wrote Robinson: I should not have been driving that late or when I was that tired, but again, I’m just glad that everyone was safe. God Bless.

— A group that includes 212 former Penn State football players petitioned the school to bring back a statue of disgraced former coach Joe Paterno. The statue was taken down in 2012 during the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case, shortly before Paterno’s death from lung cancer.

The group delivered a letter to Penn State president Eric Barron and the school’s board of trustees on Tuesday, demanding the statue be returned and the administration apologize to Paterno’s widow, Sue.

“This a common act of decency, which is both warranted and long overdue,” the letter reads.

While victims’ advocates criticized the request, the school responded by repeating that “there will be a time and place to acknowledged Joe Paterno’s many contributions,” but any communication between the president and the Paterno family would be private.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 6, 1966, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Yankees. Which Red Sox pitcher won both games, and which Sox closer saved both games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s nothing positive to put out. I’m tired of this. It’s not me. I’ve got to get better.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, who allowed a home run on the first pitch of the game and went on to suffer the loss in Tuesday’s 7-2 setback vs. the Rangers

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Red Sox players who were named to the American League All-Star team on Tuesday

‘NET RESULTS: Reds speedster Billy Hamilton races home from second base on a passed ball as Cubs pitcher John Lackey fails to cover the plate.

A fan at the Rays game catches a foul ball in his hat, but another fan grabs the hat and takes the ball before returning the cap to the unhappy man.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Don McMahon got the wins and John Wyatt earned the saves

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bill Haley was born on this day in 1925.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jaylen Brown shows flashes in Celtics summer league debut; 76ers’ Ben Simmons helped off with leg cramps

07.05.16 at 8:24 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: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pirates at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Orioles at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah Summer League, Celtics vs. Jazz, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Utah Summer League, 76ers vs. Spurs, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Heat, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Knicks, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Pistons vs. Pacers, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sky at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in last month’s NBA draft, could not finish his summer league debut against the Celtics in Salt Lake City, as he was helped off the court with leg cramps in the fourth quarter. Celtics top pick Jaylen Brown, meanwhile, showed flashes of why the C’s took him third overall.

Simmons will be held out of Tuesday’s game against the Spurs, but he played down the issue.

“It’s been about four months since I played, that’s the main reason,” Simmons said. “More fluids. It’s just an adjustment. The game’s a lot harder, a lot quicker. It’s just one of those things you have to stay on.

“That’s the worst I’ve ever cramped up. I’m definitely going to stay on that.”

Sixers summer league coach Billy Lange said the team will be cautious with the new face of the franchise.

“We might have been able to put him back in, but on July 4, we didn’t need to create those fireworks,” Lange said. “We’ve got a long summer league schedule ahead of us.”

In just under 24 minutes, Simmons recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists with one turnover. He hit just 2-of-9 shots from the field but all six of his free throws in his team’s 102-94 loss.

He started the game being guarded by Brown and guarding him in return. Brown finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. He hit 2-of-7 from the field, making a 3-pointer for his first basket, and made 11-of-17 free throw attempts — going to the line eight more times than any other player in the game as he used his explosiveness to get to the rim.

“Just trying to get to the basket, draw some fouls, make the open reads,” Brown said. “Just getting used to getting up and down, playing with professionals. Just getting my feet wet, and next game will be better.”

Said Celtics guard Terry Rozier: “We need a guy who can play above the rim like that. He was drawing oohs and ahhs. He impressed me, too.”

Rozier led the Celtics with 18 points and five assists, while R.J. Hunter scored 17 points.

— The Knicks continue to fill out their roster with injury risks, agreeing to a deal with point guard Brandon Jennings, reportedly a one-year pact for $5 million.

Jennings, 26, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in January 2015 and missed a year of action. He shot 37 percent in the 48 games he played last season after his return — 23 games for the Pistons, then the remaining 25 with the Magic after a trade.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rajon Rondo ‘excited’ about new opportunity with Bulls

07.04.16 at 8:37 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: Rangers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Nationals, 11 a.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Rays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rockies at Giants, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Tigers at Indians, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Orioles at Dodgers, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah Summer League, Celtics vs. 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Utah Summer League, Spurs vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Magic, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs Pistons, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Hornets vs. Thunder, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

— Rajon Rondo has a new home, as the former Celtics guard reportedly agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract with the Bulls on Sunday. ESPN reported that the second year of the deal is partially guaranteed.

“I’m excited,” he told ESPN’s The Undefeated website. “Great organization with pieces around me that I’m excited about.”

Rondo has some big shoes to fill, as he’ll take over at point guard for former league MVP Derrick Rose, who was traded to the Knicks on draft day.

Rondo, who was a four-time All-Star in his 8 1/2 seasons with the Celtics before being traded to the Mavericks — where he clashed with coach Rick Carlisle and quickly was sent on his way — played last season with the Kings, averaging 11.9 points and 11.7 assists.

The Bulls, under rookie coach Fred Hoiberg, missed the playoffs last season for the first time in eight years.

— Major League Baseball hosted the first game on an active military base Sunday night, with the Marlins topping the Braves in a stadium constructed on a former golf course at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg.

A minor controversy developed when Zack Hample, the fan known for his ability to retrieve baseballs hit or thrown into the stands, announced on Twitter that he was one of the 12,500 people in the stadium. The tickets had been reserved for military personnel, distributed via lottery to active members of the military.

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Thinking Out Loud: Frozen Fenway a fun take, but novelty has worn off

07.01.16 at 5:43 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering why we don’t have birthday cake on the Fourth of July.

— OK, so it’s summertime. I’ve only been to the beach a couple of times, and we’re already talking hockey? But it was cool — and somewhat timely — to get the announcement this week that the Providence Friars would get the chance to skate again at Fenway Park (aka Frozen Fenway) next season against Boston College.

— PC first took part in the outdoor rink phenomenon that launched at Fenway in 2014, in a 1-1 tie with Hockey East rival Merrimack. Next year, there will be two weekends of outdoor doubleheaders at the Fens, with Jan. 7 featuring the Friars and Eagles along with BU facing UMass. The following Saturday (Jan. 14) will have Maine-UConn and UNH-Northeastern games.

— Great exposure for Hockey East perhaps, and maybe fun for hockey krishnas. If you like freezing. Personally, I’m a little past the novelty and nostalgia of staged pond hockey, whether it’s at Fenway or not. Just sayin’.

— A total of four future and current Friars were selected in the recently completed NHL draft. Vincent Desharnais, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound sophomore, was picked in the seventh round by Edmonton, while Friars-to-be Kasper Bjorkqvist (Finland), Brandon Duhaime (Florida) and Jake Ryczek (Ludlow, Mass.) were taken by Pittsburgh (2nd round), Minnesota (4th round) and Chicago (7th round).

— Not for nuthin’, but it’s the first time since 2000 that PC has had as many as four players selected in a single NHL draft — they had five picked back in ’00. Providence should have plenty of talent on the roster this fall, with seven NHL draft picks ready to suit up.

— Congrats to PC grad Ryan Breen, who is joining the scouting staff of the New Jersey Devils. Breen was director of hockey operations for PC, and followed that up with a scouting role for the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder, and a hockey ops/video coordinator position with the Providence Bruins before earning the NHL gig.

— In case you missed it, former Friar Bryce Cotton has been added to the Atlanta Hawks’ roster for the Las Vegas Summer League. Cotton appeared in eight games for Phoenix and Memphis last season, and spent the majority of his year with the D-League’s Austin Toros. The Hawks are looking for shooting, and Cotton is a career 45 percent shooter from 3 in the NBADL.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers reportedly join pursuit for Celtics free agent Evan Turner

07.01.16 at 7:50 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: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: European Championship quarterfinals, Wales vs. Belgium, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Swimming: U.S. Olympic trials, 6 p.m. (NBCSN), 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Evan Turner

Evan Turner

— With NBA free agency officially underway, Evan Turner reportedly has been getting interest from a few teams, including the Lakers. The Celtics, however, remain quiet.

Among the teams said to be interested in the shooting guard are the Knicks, Bulls, Pelicans, Mavericks and Grizzlies (according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney).

The Lakers reportedly have agreed on a four-year, $64 million deal with center Timofey Mozgov, who mostly sat on the bench for the Cavaliers during their title run, as they look to climb out of the Western Conference cellar.

The Knicks upgraded their roster with the acquisition of former MVP Derrick Rose in a draft-day trade, and they reportedly are closing in on a four-year deal with Joakim Noah. They have an opening at shooting guard and are said to be interested in a few free agents.

Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in 2010 who struggled to make an impact his first four seasons in the NBA with the 76ers and Pacers before arriving in Boston as a free agent in the summer of 2014, has indicated a desire to return to the C’s after averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists and 27.8 minutes per game over two seasons and reportedly being a positive locker room influence, but it’s not clear if Danny Ainge would spend the money to retain his services.

“I had some of the most fun playing basketball since I’ve played in the NBA,” Turner said recently on Yahoo Sports’ “The Vertical Podcast.” “We’ve had a great locker room. Boston was definitely a first-class organization. Brad Stevens did a lot for my career and my maturity.”

— A Canadian Football League game took a bizarre turn Thursday night courtesy of Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Duron Carter — son of NFL Hall of Famer and former ESPN analyst Cris Carter.

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