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Longtime Boston broadcaster Bob Neumeier recovering in hospital after suffering stroke 10.31.14 at 8:32 am ET
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Longtime Boston sportscaster and reporter Bob Neumeier has been resting in the hospital after suffering a stroke Wednesday night.

Neumeier, who has been an anchor at CSNNE since 2010, was a sports reporter/anchor for WBZ-TV from 1981-2000. He hosted a midday show on WEEI from 2002-05.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Youkilis bids farewell to baseball 10.31.14 at 8:07 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.

NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Cincinnati at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Tulsa at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at Denver, 9:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Vermont at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement via a tweet from his representatives Thursday, ending his career after 10 major league seasons.

Read the tweet from Pro Star Management: 15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. Been a great one! Love ya, You. #YOOOUUUK

Youkilis played third base and first base for the Sox from 2004-12 before being to the White Sox and then spending an injury-shortened 2013 season with the Yankees. He attempted to play in Japan last season, but injuries limited him to 21 games and a .215 batting average for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

A three-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove winner, Youkilis compiled totals of .281/.382/.478 with 150 home runs and 618 RBIs. He was third in the American League MVP voting in 2008 when he hit .312 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs.

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Youkilis, who is married to Tom Brady‘s sister Julie, helped the Red Sox win World Series championships in 2004 and ’07.

— Jets receiver Eric Decker picked a bad time to ask New York fans for a show of support, and his Twitter episode ended badly.

Decker, who has 31 catches for the 1-7 Jets after signing a five-year, $36.25 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, asked his followers Wednesday to explain “why you love the @nyjets” and offered a prize for his favorite response.

Not surprisingly, the wise guys chimed in with sarcastic, mean-spirited responses.

“I don’€™t think it’€™s against the law to try to unite or reach out to fans,” Decker said. ‘€œPeople obviously enjoy winning a lot more than losing, I get that. For me, that’€™s the biggest thing, making fans feel like they are important, because they are. Obviously I wish things could be different. I didn’t expect everything to be all happy and gung-ho, I knew I was going to get some sarcastic remarks.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: San Francisco fans celebrate World Series title with fires, violence 10.30.14 at 8:07 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.

NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Knicks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Saints at Panthers, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Florida State at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Troy at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLS playoffs: Sporting Kansas City at Red Bulls, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


— San Franciscans celebrated the Giants‘ third World Series title in five seasons by taking to the streets and committing acts of violence and destruction.

Shortly after MVP Madison Bumgarner closed out the Royals with five scoreless innings, fans set bonfires, lit fireworks, started fistfights and threw bottles at police.

Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle: “The joy that erupted in San Francisco after the Giants won Game 7 of the World Series quickly turned into the same kind of rollicking orgy of fire, broken bottles, fistfights, sirens and drunkenness that the city endured after the last two world championships.”

Noting, “The heavy stench of booze and marijuana filled the air everywhere the rowdy crowds gathered,” the Chronicle described a night that began as a peaceful celebration, but “thuggery increasingly replaced level-headed revel as the night grew late.”

Two men were treated at San Francisco General Hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and another man had serious injuries after being stabbed several times. Some police officers suffered minor injuries.

— A Dallas television station obtained footage of the police booking of Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, and it shows a man joking to unimpressed jail employees, making a sexist comment and being reprimanded for making an unauthorized phone call.

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Hockey legend Gordie Howe in rough condition after stroke 10.29.14 at 8:13 am ET
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The family of Gordie Howe said the hockey legend remains in strong spirits despite losing much use of his right arm and leg after having a stroke Sunday night in Texas.

Howe was visiting his daughter Cathy in Lubbock when he was stricken. She said his speech is slurred, but, “He’s not giving up. … He’s as tough now as he was when he played.”

However, one of Howe’s sons told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that the prospects are not good for the 86-year-old Hall of Famer, who has been suffering from dementia.

“I feel like this is his final lap around the rink,” said Murray Howe, a radiologist. “I’m guessing that he’s not going to recover … but then again, he’s about as strong as they get. If anybody can do it, he can.”

Howe, known as “Mr. Hockey,” played 26 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Red Wings, before retiring at age 52 as the league’s all-time leader in goals (801) and points (1,850). He played three seasons for the New England/Hartford Whalers alongside his sons Mark and Marty, and he played one shift for the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers in 1997, when he was 69, so that he could mark his sixth decade as a pro.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco shoots off finger in gun accident 10.29.14 at 8:11 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.

World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Former Red Sox player Jose Canseco shot off one of his fingers when a gun he was cleaning went off accidentally, according to reports out of Las Vegas.

Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, told TMZ the 50-year-old was at his Vegas home when the handgun discharged and a bullet tore through the bottom part of the middle finger on his left hand, blowing the finger clear off his hand.

Canseco had surgery Wednesday night as doctors attempted to save as much of the finger as possible.

Tweeted his fiancee late Wednesday: Thank you for all the kind words and prayers . Jose is in still surgery and will be ok. Please pray for his finger !!

Canseco, best known for his days as a star outfielder with the Athletics in the late 1980s/early 1990s and later his admission of steroid use, played for the now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League in 2012. He has had numerous legal and financial issues.

— Warriors co-owner Peter Guber found himself involved a controversy Tuesday for something he said was nothing more than a typo in an email, when he said he planned to learn the language “hoodish.”

Guber was responding to an email from the team’s media relations head noting that a third of the Warriors roster is comprised of players from other countries: Andrew Bogut (Australia), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), Ognjen Kuzmic (Yugoslavia) and Nemanja Nedovic (Yugoslavia).

Wrote Guber: I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australia swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice.

Guber later wrote: Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word `hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use. I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets GM John Idzik addresses ‘unsatisfactory’ performance in strange press conference 10.28.14 at 8:15 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.

World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Wild at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)


NY Daily News cover 10-28-14Rex Ryan appears likely to be the one who takes the fall for the disaster that is the Jets’ 2014 season, but general manager John Idzik might have sealed his own fate Monday.

Idzik met the media to address the 1-7 team’s issues, and his strange press conference gave the the New York tabloids plenty of fodder.

The New York Daily News described it as “a bizarre 19-minute monologue complete with forced emotion, jaded talking points and illogical babble.”

“My performance to date is unsatisfactory,” Idzik said during his lengthy rambling opening statement in which he repeatedly referred to two typewritten pages of notes and appeared awkward and uncomfortable. He recounted stories of meeting Jets fans ages 5 to 75 and said he spends more time with Ryan than his own wife.

Idzik voiced support for Ryan, who appears unlikely to return next year — if he even lasts this season.

“The last time I checked, all the traits that make Rex Ryan our leader — our head coach — are still intact,” Idzik said. “He’€™s an excellent football mind. He’€™s a teacher. He’€™s a coach. He’€™s a motivator. He’€™s a mentor. He’€™s able to adapt. He sees both short- and long-term vision. He’€™s a competitor to his soul and he will never quit. It comes as no surprise that our players want to play so hard for Rex Ryan and his staff. … I support Rex.”

However, Idzik would not commit to Ryan for the second half of the season.

“It’€™s not not committing,’€ Idzik said. “It’€™s just our policy not to focus on job status during the season.”

MASHUP POLL: Will coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik survive in New York?

  • No, Ryan and Idzik both will be fired before next season (72%, 388 Votes)
  • Ryan will be gone but Idzik will get another chance (11%, 58 Votes)
  • Idzik will be gone but Ryan will get another chance (9%, 50 Votes)
  • It's the Jets -- both will be back next year (8%, 41 Votes)

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Ryan, in turn, expressed support for Idzik, who is in his second season running the team.

“I know one thing: He’s trying his best,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it.”

— Florida State, already facing heavy criticism for numerous issues with quarterback Jameis Winston and its handling of his situation, has another problem: Running back Karlos Williams is being investigated for an alleged domestic battery incident, according to the Tallahasee Police.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: MLB mourns after death of Cardinals rookie OF Oscar Taveras 10.27.14 at 7:31 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.

NFL: Cowboys at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Aston Villa at Queens Park, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)


Major League Baseball players and executives expressed their shock and sadness upon learning of the death of 22-year-old Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras in a car accident Sunday.

Taveras, considered one of the game’s top prospects, was driving on a highway in his native Dominican Republic when he apparently lost control of his car and drove off the road. An 18-year-old passenger also was killed.

“I simply can’t believe it,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a release. “I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”

Said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.: “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Taveras began the 2014 season ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the majors by MLB.com and Baseball America after compiling a .321 average in six minor league seasons. He homered in his first game and went on to hit .239 in 80 games this season. He hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants, a game St. Louis went on to win, 5-4.

The news of Taveras’ death broke during Sunday night’s Game 5 of the World Series. Giants outfielder Juan Perez hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of a 5-0 win and dedicated the hit to his fellow Dominican.

“He’s a really close friend of mine,” Perez said. “I know his family pretty good. I know his mom, his dad, his brothers, we were really close. It’s a huge loss for all his family, his teammates and the people that care about him.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did not hide from last week’s controversy after leading his team to a 13-9 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

A Bleacher Report story indicated some teammates feel that Wilson “isn’t black enough” and there is an apparent rift on the team.

“About me not being black enough, I don’t even know what that means,” Wilson said Sunday. “People were trying to find ways to knock us down and distract us, but there’s no doubt we’re more together than ever before.

“We’re probably the closest we’ve ever been. We keep swinging and we keep believing in each other and our coaching staff.”

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Joe Maddon quits as Rays manager 10.24.14 at 12:38 pm ET
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df Joe Maddon will not return as manager of the Rays after nine seasons in Tampa. Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately.

“We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement after ESPN’s Buster Olney broke the story. “As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015.”

Maddon, a two-time American League Manager of the Year, compiled a 754-705 record with the Rays. He previously managed parts of two seasons with the Angels.

Earlier this month, the Rays lost a key front office piece as executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman left to become a senior adviser to Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten. Friedman had been with the Rays for 10 years.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Syracuse reportedly will address NCAA allegations next week 10.24.14 at 8:07 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.

World Series: Royals at Giants, 8 p.m. (Fox, WEEI-FM)
College football: South Florida at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: BYU at Boise State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Oregon at California, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Michigan at UMass-Lowell, 7:15 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Colorado at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLS: Dynamo at Fire, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF semifinal, United States vs. Mexico, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)


— According to reports out of Syracuse, the school will address accusations of major rules violations in a hearing with the NCAA next week.

There have been reports for almost two years that the men’s basketball team was under investigation, with part of that centering on the academic record of Fab Melo, who was suspended in 2012. Newer reports indicate there are concerns surrounding the football team as well.

That’s news to coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Orange from 2009-12 and now is in his second season in the NFL as coach of the Bills.

“There’s nothing that I know about that we did that wasn’t either punished or put forth,” Marrone told Syracuse.com. “One thing I did, if we made a mistake, an incidental contact or something, I just always reported it. It’s not worth it. This way I can sleep at night.”

MASHUP POLL: Will Syracuse be punished for NCAA rules violations?

  • Yes, the basketball team finally will be exposed for cheating (68%, 54 Votes)
  • No, this is just another report that will prove to be minor (32%, 26 Votes)

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Since the investigation began, Syracuse restructured the athletic department’s academic services department, which included at least three employees changing jobs.

According to an ESPN story, the issues with Jim Boeheim’s basketball team include extra benefits, and the allegations date back about 10 years and are as current as 2013.

“There were things going on consistently [with the men's basketball program] for a long time,” a source told ESPN.

— Lakers president Jeanie Buss came to the defense of Kobe Bryant, saying she did not agree with the ESPN The Magazine feature that indicated top free agents do not want to play alongside the aging star.

“Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,” Buss said Thursday.

Added Buss: “I read the story. I don’t agree with any of it. If there is somebody that’s on our payroll who is saying things like that, I’ll soon get to the bottom of it, and they won’t be working for us anymore.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NHL players voice support for Ottawa after attack at Parliament building 10.23.14 at 8:09 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.

NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Miami at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Everton at Lille, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tripoli at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)


NHL players and teams expressed their thoughts and support for Ottawa after Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the Parliament building in Canada’s capital.

Wednesday night’s game between the Senators and Maple Leafs in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata was postponed following the shooting, which left a soldier and the suspect dead.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances.

“Hockey is certainly secondary to these types of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.”

The Maple Leafs were staying at a hotel near where the violence took place. According to reports, a man walked up to a soldier standing guard at a war memorial and shot him dead, then walked inside Parliament, where more shots were fired before he was killed.

Tweeted Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul at the time: Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of.

Said the Maple Leafs in a statement: “We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”

The Senators, who were supposed to play the Bruins on the day of the Boston Marathon attacks in April 2013 (that game was postponed), next play at home Saturday against the Devils.

Tweeted Senators defenseman Chris Phillips: Heartfelt thanks to all first responders for putting their safety on the line for ours. OttawaStrong.

Before Wednesday’s Penguins-Flyers game in Pittsburgh, fans sang the Canadian national anthem out of respect.

— Jets coach Rex Ryan is enduring a miserable season at 1-6, but he definitely hasn’t lost his sense of humor.

Ryan walked in on the New York media’s conference call with Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Tuesday, en route to his daily press conference, and he decided to pose as a reporter and ask Watkins a question in advance of the teams’ game Sunday.

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