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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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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Chargers, Raiders announce plan to share stadium in LA 02.20.15 at 8:26 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: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hartford at Albany, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iona at Marist, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Denver at Colorado College, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Los Angeles has not had an NFL team since 1994, but the area soon could be home to two clubs.

The Chargers and the Raiders announced a plan Thursday night in which they would share a stadium if they are unable to strike deals with their current homes.

The teams proposed a $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Carson already hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason,” the teams said in a join statement. “If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”

There have been two other Los Angeles-area stadium plans proposed. One is for downtown, and the other is in Inglewood, at the site of the former Hollywood Park horse track, on land owned by Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

The Chargers and Raiders both are in year-to-year leases and have struggles to get enough support for new stadiums. They said they will work in good faith through 2015 and adhere to league guidelines.

Representatives from San Diego and Oakland said they will continue to work on plans to keep their teams. Adam Day, head of the advisory group appointed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, said Thursday’s news came as a “complete surprise.”

“While it’s disappointing to hear the Chargers are moving forward with plans in Los Angeles, we remain committed to finding a solution in San Diego,” Day said.

The Chargers played their inaugural season in Los Angeles in 1960. The Raiders played in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 1982-94 before returning to Oakland. The Rams played in Los Angeles from 1946 until departing for St. Louis in 1994.

— Browns general manager Ray Farmer, speaking at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, took responsibility for texting coach Mike Pettine during a game this season in violation of league rules.

“It’s not an excuse, but sometimes your emotions get the best of you,” Farmer told reporters. “This was solely me. This was a decision that I made, and I’m owning that mistake.”

Farmer also claimed it was his decision to draft Johnny Manziel in the first round of last year’s draft. Manziel struggled with maturity issues and entered a treatment program at the end of the season.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Timberwolves reportedly make push for Kevin Garnett 02.19.15 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at Dayton, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Tulane, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Saint Francis (Pa.) at Central Conn., 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Mississippi State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at BYU, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kevin Garnett might be going back to where it all began.

According to reports out of Minneapolis, the Timberwolves have had talks with the Nets about acquiring the player who spent his first 12 NBA seasons in Minnesota before he was traded to the Celtics in 2007.

Flip Saunders, who returned to the Timberwolves to serve as president of basketball operations last year, coached Garnett for much of the forward’s time in Minnesota and apparently is interested in having Garnett end his career with his original club — and provide guidance to the team’s young players, including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 19-year-old dunk champion Zach LaVine.

Garnett, traded from Boston to Brooklyn in 2013, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $12 million this season, seeing reduced minutes on an underachieving Nets team that is 21-29. If he agrees to change teams, Garnett would go to the team with the worst record (11-42) in the Western Conference.

The Timberwolves reportedly would give up 26-year-old forward Thaddeus Young to acquire Garnett, who would have to waive his full no-trade clause by Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. Garnett has said previously that he is not looking to leave Brooklyn, mainly because he does not want to disrupt his family in the middle of the season.

“I haven’t thought too much of my own personal [situation],” Garnett said recently. “When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it. A lot of things with [my] family situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”

— The Vikings reiterated that they are ready to welcome back Adrian Peterson once his NFL suspension is lifted.

General manager Rick Spielman told reporters Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine that the team expects Peterson to return to Minnesota when his NFL suspension is lifted, and, “I think our whole organization is on that same page.”

“He admitted a mistake,” Spielman said. “I’m sure he’s doing everything he can to not only make himself better as a football player but also a better person off the field.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch gets 4-year prison sentence, blames addiction 02.18.15 at 8:23 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:
NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Florida State, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: UMass at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Xavier at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: East Carolina at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCLA at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Schalke, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Anthony Bosch

Anthony Bosch

— Hours before Alex Rodriguez made a public apology (via a handwritten letter) for his transgressions, the former owner of the Florida clinic where A-Rod procured his performance-enhancing drugs was sentenced to four years in federal prison.

Anthony Bosch was hoping for a lighter sentence after cooperating with federal investigators, but U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles was not sympathetic, giving Bosch only three months less than the maximum sentence allowed in federal guidelines.

“This defendant was the most culpable in this conspiracy,” Gayles said, adding: “He was the mastermind. He was the one who recruited others to assist him.”

The 51-year-old Bosch, who could see his sentence reduced if he continues to aid prosecutors, said his clinic was a legitimate business that turned bad. He provided steroid injections to everyone from major leaguers down to high school athletes.

An emotional Bosch blames drug addiction for part of his troubles.

“My addiction took the best of me,” Bosch told the judge. “I can’t put into words how sorry I am.”

Rodriguez did not mention Bosch in his apology.

— The Class-A Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rockets, an affiliate of the Royals, offered tickets to Opening Day for just 4 cents, in a promotion that matched the cost of the tickets with the temperature in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.

“It’s really cold here, and we want to get the fans thinking about us,” explained team ticket director Stefani Rash, who added that tickets would have been free had the temperature been zero or below rather than the 4 degrees it was.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Yankee critical of team’s decision to retire Andy Pettitte’s number 02.17.15 at 8:34 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: Sabres at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Saint Louis at VCU, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees confirmed Monday that they will retire three numbers this season and create plaques in Monument Park for Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams. Willie Randolph also will get a plaque.

One of those player’s inclusions didn’t sit well with another former Yankee.

Chuck Knoblauch, a second baseman in the late 1990s, took to Twitter to voice his disapproval that Pettitte, who admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, would receive the team’s ultimate honor.

Wrote Knoblauch: Congrats to 46. Yankees retiring his number. Hopefully they don’t retire it like his HGH testimony.

Knoblauch was named on the 2007 report by George Mitchell along with Pettitte as having used PEDs, and both players admitted their transgressions before congressional investigators the following year.

Unlike Pettitte, Knoblauch was unable to win back the adulation of Yankees fans, and he has had legal issues, including allegations of domestic violence, since leaving the game. Knoblauch admitted to a Twitter follower that the Twins, his original team, canceled his induction into its Hall of Fame following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Tweeted one follower to Knoblauch: Really the biggest difference between Andy Pettitte and @chuckknoblauch is that Yankees fans still love Andy. Sorry.

Responded Knoblauch: Don’t be.

Pettitte will be honored Aug. 23, one day after Posada’s tribute. Williams will be feted May 24. Randolph will be honored as part of Old Timer’s Day on June 20.

The addition of Pettitte’s No. 46, Posada’s No. 20 and Williams’ No. 51 will bring the number of retired Yankees jerseys to 20. And Derek Jeter, another member of the team that won four World Series in a five-year span from 1996-2000, likely will be next on the list.

Randolph was an infielder on the Yankees’ championship teams in 1977 and ’78 and then coached for 11 years.

— Amar’e Stoudemire, who asked for and received a buyout from the Knicks, reportedly will sign with the Mavericks in an attempt to win a championship.

Stoudemire can’t make any commitments official until he clears waivers Wednesday.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” Stoudemire said after being waived Monday. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick, always a Knick.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly agree to buyout with Amar’e Stoudemire 02.16.15 at 8:05 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Flames, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hampton at Morgan State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at Preston North, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

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Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire

— Amar’e Stoudemire’s days with the Knicks appear to be over.

According to multiple reports, Stoudemire and the Knicks reached an agreement on a buyout that will make the oft-injured six-time All-Star free to sign with any team (once he clears waivers). The 32-year-old is expected to draw interest from a number of contenders, especially in the Western Conference.

“It’s hard for me to believe,” teammate Carmelo Anthony said after Sunday’s All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. “It hasn’t really sunk in. One of the main reasons I came to New York is because of him.”

Stoudemire is in the final season of a five-year, $100 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2010 after eight seasons with the Suns. He averaged 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 78 games in his first season in New York but has played in just 177 games in the 3 1/2 seasons since then.

“Obviously playing these 13 years and through the few injuries, Father Time is ticking. So you know that you want to take advantage of good health when you can and try to win a championship when you can,” Stoudemire said before the All-Star break, speculating that an agreement was near. “It’€™s definitely kind of a bittersweet moment, going over all the joyful things that I have accomplished in New York.”

— Condolences and remembrances poured in Sunday for Steve Montador after the former NHL defenseman died Sunday at the age of 35.

Montador was found unconscious in his Ontario home early Sunday, according to Peel Region Police, adding that no foul play was suspected.

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