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Monday’s Morning Mashup: NY sports teams pay tribute to slain NYPD officers 12.22.14 at 8:19 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:
NFL: Broncos at Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Miami Beach Bowl, BYU vs. Memphis, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio vs. George Washington, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul vs. Colorado, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Colgate at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Arkansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence vs. Miami, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Nebraska at Hawaii, 1 a.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Stoke City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— New York’s struggling sports teams are the recipients of regular criticism for their performance, but they earned some respect from the fans over their weekend for their reaction to Saturday’s killing of two New York City police officers.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down Saturday by a man who appeared to be inspired by recent nationwide protests against police.

Jets center Nick Mangold wore an NYPD cap onto the field prior to Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The team held a moment of silence before kickoff.

“We go out here and play a sport. We don’t know whether or not it’s going to be our last play,” said Mangold, who had to leave the game on a cart with a left ankle injury. “But when you magnify that and don’t know whether it’s going to be your last day on Earth, I can’t even imagine what they go through. I’ve always been a big fan.”

Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, a St. Louis native who previously expressed his frustration following the shooting of an unarmed black suspect by a white police officer, insisted, “I didn’t want this to happen.”

“Innocent blood was spilled, man,” he said. “I’m not with that at all. That’s the only message I’m trying to get across. It’s sad. It’s real said.”

Added Richardson: “I’m with the peaceful protests and stuff like that. Murdering innocent cops is not the way to go.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin wore a black strip on his left shoulder, along with a pin depicting a peace sign under the team logo on his jacket.

“We wore this because the New York Giants wanted to honor and mourn the assassination of the New York City policemen that took place [Saturday] night in our city,” he said. “We also wanted to wear this pin representing peace. … Let’s hope that the voice of reason can prevail. Violence never solves anything. I realize there were issues, but solve them with non-violent means.”

The Rangers held a moment of silence at Madison Square Garden before Sunday’s game against the Wild, and when the NYPD presented the colors prior to the national anthem, the officers received a lengthy ovation.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less,” said Rangers captain Ryan McDonough, who is the son of a firefighter and brother of a Minnesota police officer. “This is a great organization, this is a great city and a great community. Everyone understands the importance of police officers, firemen, everybody who sacrifices their lives every day for our well-being. It’€™s unfortunate this had to happen, but I’€™m glad we were able to do that.”

The Yankees‘ Silver Shield Foundation, started by George Steinbrenner in 1982, will pay for the education of the children of the slain officers. Since its inception, the foundation has paid for the education of thousands of children of fallen NYPD, FDNY, state police and Port Authority workers, along with 700 children who lost parents in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

— Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared after the student code of conduct hearing that was held earlier this month.

Winston had been accused of sexual assault, and he could have been expelled from the school.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees president Randy Levine says team won’t spend big this offseason 12.19.14 at 8:14 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:
NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. Mary’s at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama A&M at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at UTEP, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College football: NAIA final, Southern Oregon vs. Marian, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: NCAA Div. 3 final, Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. Mount Union, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: FCS semifinal, Sam Houston State at North Dakota State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Up until the time Jon Lester accepted a deal from the Cubs last week, there was speculation that the Yankees would make a run at the former Red Sox right-hander. However, general manager Brian Cashman said that his team has no plans to spend big this offseason. On Thursday, team president Randy Levine backed up his GM, saying the Yankees have enough high-priced hurlers already.

“As [Cashman] has said, if you look at the construct of our roster, I think [Masahiro] Tanaka is an ace, CC Sabathia hopefully comes back, we get [Ivan] Nova back pretty soon. … You have to build around that,” Levine said. “So the chances of us bringing in another guy who makes $25 million or over are, to my opinion, virtually none.”

This is good news for teams interested in bidding for Tigers ace Max Scherzer (and bad news for agent Scott Boras). Scherzer is expected to land a deal in the $200 million neighborhood.

“I think that’s a lot higher level than we’re willing to play in right now,” Cashman said earlier in the week. “I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you believe the Yankees when they say they won't spend big?

  • No, they're just trying to keep Max Scherzer's price down (63%, 105 Votes)
  • Yes, every team has to have its limit (37%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 168

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Sabathia made $24 million last year while Tanaka made $22 million. Both missed much of the season with injuries.

“As I said, we’re going to have a payroll in excess of $200 million as we always have,” Levine said. “But at the end of the day, you have to be realistic in any organization.

“I think our payroll is right at the top. I think the Dodgers will be ahead of us. Nobody else,” Levine added. “The Steinbrenner tradition is if there’s a way to make the team better, [Cashman] is out there trying to make the team better, in the reality of building an organization. We’re always out there looking, but it has to be tempered by the reality of an organization. You look at our pitching staff, for example, we have two guys that make a lot of money.”

— Knicks star Carmelo Anthony missed Thursday’s game against the Bulls due to soreness in his left knee, and he said earlier in the day that he’s been advised to “shut it down” for a few weeks.

However, Anthony said he’s inclined to play through the pain due to the Knicks’ horrible start to the season. After Thursday’s 103-97 loss in Chicago, New York is 5-23 — the worst record through 28 games in franchise history.

“I’ve had multiple people say kind of just shut it down or just take time off,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s hard for me to just do that right now amidst what’s happening with the team. So I’m just trying to be smart about it. The more you play, the less recovery days you get.

“I can utilize these three days and get ready for the back-to-back [games Saturday and Sunday] and we get another three days [off] next week. … But it gets frustrating not knowing what’s going to happen.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers cut ties with DE Ray McDonald after new allegation 12.18.14 at 8:28 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:
NFL: Titans at Jaguars, 8:30 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Seton Hall at South Florida, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn vs. Duke, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Alabama-Birmingham, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The 49ers stood behind Ray McDonald once, but when they received word Wednesday that he was being investigated for sexual assault, they cut ties with the defensive end.

San Jose police said they searched McDonald’s home after an area hospital notified them that a woman who was seeking treatment said she was possibly sexually assaulted.

“After the recent allegations concerning Ray McDonald, we as an organization notified him and his agent that he will be terminated, released immediately, effective immediately,” general manager Trent Baalke said. “While this organization has a strong belief in due process and has demonstrated that over time, Ray’s demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions to this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.”

Added Baalke: “We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions. This is a situation that we can all learn from.”

Last month, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced that it would not pursue charges against McDonald for domestic violence. McDonald, who had been arrested Aug. 31, was allowed to play for the 49ers while the investigation was in progress. A lack of cooperation from McDonald’s fiancee contributed to prosecutors’ decision not to file charges.

— For the second time in six weeks, a group of Jets fans paid for a plane to fly a sign over the team’s practice encouraging ownership to fire general manager John Idzik.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: U.S. will bid for 2024 Olympics; Boston still in running 12.17.14 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Hampton at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois-Chicago at SMU, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Following presentations from Boston and three other cities, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it will submit a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

The USOC said it will select from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston hopefully early next year. The board is scheduled to meet again in early January.

“The board voted unanimously to move forward with a bid,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said. “We are going to take our time and pick the city we think has the best chance of winning the competition from other cities around the world.

“This is going to be a really, really difficult decision. That is why we want to make sure we get to the best possible decision.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you support having the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston?

  • Yes (49%, 153 Votes)
  • No (45%, 139 Votes)
  • Undecided (6%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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The group No Boston Olympics was represented by a small contingent that held signs outside the meeting, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who was in attendance.

“We put on a great presentation,” Walsh told WBUR’s Curt Nickisch. “On a scale from 1 to 10, we put on an 11.”

The United States has not hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The last time the Summer Games were on American soil was 1996 in Atlanta.

— One day after announcing the re-signing of Chase Headley to play third base, the Yankees made it clear that their expectations for Alex Rodriguez are limited.

“I can’t expect Alex to be anything,” general manager Brian Cashman told The Associated Press. “I’ve got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension.

“And now he’s been out of the game for a year. He’s approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he’ll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I’m sitting in.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees give 3B Chase Headley extension, raise more questions about Alex Rodriguez’s future 12.16.14 at 8:07 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: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Warriors at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at UNC-Greensboro, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Club World Cup semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees agreed with Chase Headley on a reported four-year, $52 million deal, and in the process sent a message to Alex Rodriguez: third base is taken.

While A-Rod has expressed a desire to win back his old position after being suspended for the 2013 season, Headley said Monday that the team told him the job is his.

“That was a discussion that we had early on,” Headley said in a conference call. “I feel like the best position on the field for me is third base. That’s where I offer the most to a club. So it was important to me. That was something that was resolved fairly quickly.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hinted earlier this offseason that he wasn’t planning on the oft-injured, 39-year-old Rodriguez being the starting third baseman. Neither Cashman nor Rodriguez spoke publicly Monday.

Headley hit .250 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs last season. He was traded during the season from San Diego, where he finished fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs and winning a Gold Glove.

He said he believes he can coexist with A-Rod.

“I played against him earlier in my career and said hello to him, and he said hello to me,” Headley said. “I’m looking forward to the chance o playing with Alex, to be honest. He’s a tremendous player, and I don’t see there being any friction, especially coming from my side.”

— Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar weighed in on the Johnny Manziel situation, blaming the team’s problems on the front office.

“It is somewhat of a tough spot for Johnny given this team and given this organization,” Kosar said in an interview with Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 (via Cleveland.com). “It’s just a complete recipe for a disaster.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant moves past Michael Jordan into third place on NBA’s scoring list 12.15.14 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Elon at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
NFL: Saints at Bears, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Lightning at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Everton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kobe Bryant provided the Lakers with a rare positive moment during a miserable season, as he moved past Michael Jordan for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list during Sunday’s victory over the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

Bryant, who began the night eight points behind Jordan, hit two free throws in the second quarter to tie and pass the Bulls legend. He finished with 26 points to give him 32,310 and now ranks behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

The game was stopped briefly so that Bryant could receive the ball from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor along with congratulations from players and coaches from both teams.

“I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,” said Bryant, who made his NBA debut as an 18-year-old in 1996, going scoreless in six minutes against the Timberwolves. “I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”

Said Jordan in a statement: “I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

Penguins star Sydney Crosby became the latest NHL player to be diagnosed with the mumps, as the two-time MVP was held out of his team’s two weekend games.

Crosby developed swelling on the right side of his face, and when his condition worsened Friday he was sent to the hospital, where the diagnosis was made. He was kept in isolation through the weekend and was expected to be through the infectious stage by Monday, although the Pens ruled him out of Monday’s game against the Lightning.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant goes off on ‘soft’ Lakers teammates 12.12.14 at 8:05 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: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Traill Blazers at Bulls, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: FCS quarterfinals, Chattanooga at New Hampshire, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Lakers are not good, and the frustration is showing. Kobe Bryant, who does not always practice with the team, was there Thursday, and he was even more intense than he normally is.

He trash-talked with Nick Young and Jeremy Lin, then he lashed out at the reserves as the starters crushed them in a scrimmage.

“Now I see why we’ve lost so many games,” Bryant said. “We’re soft like Charmin!”

Shortly thereafter, Bryant stormed off the practice court, yelling at general manager Mitch Kupchak that he wasn’t getting challenged enough. Said Bryant, “These [expletives] aren’t doing [expletive] for me.”

When he met with reporters a little later, he was back in control.

“I was just being myself,” he said. “I don’€™t get a chance to really get out there and play too much because of my body and stuff. I don’€™t know if it helps them. It obviously raises the intensity level. It was a tough practice for them.”

Bryant said his “soft” comment was meant to see if his teammates would respond.

“I just challenge guys, see what happens,” he said. “I’ve always believed in throwing them in the pool and then seeing if they can sink or swim.”

Derek Jeter participated in a Q& with Harold Reynolds at Hamilton College in upstate New York, and the recently retired Yankees shortstop offered some tips on how to avoid bad press.

“There’€™s two things you can always say to the media. One is, you have no comment. There’€™s no follow-up to that,’€ Jeter said. “The second thing I think most people get in trouble with, they’€™re afraid to say, ‘€˜I don’€™t know.’€™ If you ask me a question and I say, ‘€˜I don’€™t know,’€™ how are you going to follow it up?”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony downplays reports of rift on Knicks 12.11.14 at 8:11 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:
NHL: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Cavalier at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Maine at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NFL: Cardinals at Rams, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Krasnodar at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

— The Knicks’ losing ways continued Wednesday night, but much of the talk was about a report that star forward Carmelo Anthony and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. nearly came to blows following last Tuesday’s loss to the Nets after an on-court argument.

ESPN also reported that multiple players confronted Anthony about his shot selection, “telling him he shoots too much, doesn’t move or pass the ball and only plays defense when he feels like it.”

Anthony, who sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Spurs to rest his sore knee, acknowledged having a players-only meeting Saturday, but he insisted it was “very positive.”

“We felt like guys were holding things back they needed to say or get out and we had that meeting. Everybody had a platform to say how they felt about what was going on,” Anthony said (via the New York Daily News). “At this point, man, I try to just stay positive. I’€™m not a guy who, when darts are being thrown at me from anonymous sources, I will not allow myself to throw those darts back at my teammates. The best thing I can do is to be there for them, even when and if they’€™re feeling any kind of way about me personally, I have to be there. And I do that.”

Hardaway confirmed that he and Anthony argued during last Tuesday’s game, but he told reporters it was a “heat in the moment type of deal.”

“Everybody in this locker room is treated as brothers,” Hardaway said. “We’re a family and we’ve moved on.”

— It’s clear that Jets owner Woody Johnson will make some changes after a miserable season. The question is how many changes will he make?

“It’€™s safe to say you’ve got to do things differently that you did to get you to this point,” Johnson told the New York Daily News. “The thing about football is that after every season, everybody is up for grabs. You take a look at everything. You’€™re trying to get to the Super Bowl. It doesn’€™t sound like I should even be saying that at this point. But that’€™s what my goal is. That’€™s what the fans want. They want to have a clear direction in terms of how they get to where they want to go. I have to give them confidence they are going to have a chance to get where they want to go.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Magic Johnson endorses tanking, ‘I hope the Lakers lose every game’ 12.10.14 at 7:43 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: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Columbia at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Utah at BYU 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington State at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Roma, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Magic Johnson, who helped build the Lakers into a dynasty, threw his support behind his old team to tank the season.

The Hall of Famer, speaking at an event in New York City, encouraged his club to lose for the sake of getting a high draft pick.

“I hope the Lakers lose every game,” he said. “Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious.”

The Lakers, who improved to 6-16 with Tuesday night’s win over the Kings, are coming off the worst season in modern franchise history in 2013-14 when they went 27-55. That netted them the seventh overall draft pick, which they used on Julius Randle.

“If you’re going to lose, you have to lose because you can’t be in the middle of the pack,” Johnson said. “You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick. … I’d rather be all the way bad than be in the middle.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played alongside Johnson in the 1980s, dismissed the comment.

“That’s easy to say, but when you’re behind the scenes and you’re in the trenches and you’re coaching, that’s not something that you want to do,” Scott said. “We’ve got to go out here and win every game possible. I mean, if you lose games, that’s one thing. But to go out and try to lose, that’s a different story. I think that sends a message to those guys in there that it’s going back to that losing mentality. We don’t we want to create that here.”

Dennis Rodman can’t understand the Knicks’ struggles learning the triangle offense that Phil Jackson brought to New York.

Rodman, who played for Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers, explained at an event in New York City: “I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago. It’s not that difficult. It’s a triangle.

“Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Wizards G John Wall emotional about 6-year-old’s death following win over Celtics 12.09.14 at 8:06 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: Kings at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel at Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After leading the Wizards to a 133-132 double-overtime victory over the Celtics, Washington guard John Wall struggled to keep his composure as he talked about dedicating the game to Damiyah “Miyah” Telemaque-Nelson, a 6-year-old who died Monday after losing her battle with cancer.

Wall, who finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds and scored his team’s final 10 points as the Wizards rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second OT, met Miyah last March and became close to her as she was being treated for Burkitt’s lymphoma. A moment of silence was held before the game, and Wall wrote “RIP Miyah” on his sneakers.

“This was an emotional game for me,” Wall said in an on-court interview with CSN Washington right after the game. “This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost, that I met last year. It’s just tough for me, to see a little kid that fights so hard for cancer and can’t beat it. This game’s for her. All my jersey, my shorts, I’m going to give it to her family.

“It’s a tough day for me. I really cried today.”

Asked if Miyah really touched his heart, Wall could not respond, bending over while he cried.

Wrote Wall on Twitter later: If you were blessed to meet and get to know Miyah you know how special of a little girl she was. I’m saddened by the news but I know that she’s in a better place. Keep her family in your prayers. I’ll definitely miss my buddy. Rest In Peace Miyah.

LeBron James followed through on his suggestion that he would wear an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, donning the Eric Garner protest shirt during pregame warmups before his Cavaliers played the Nets in Brooklyn. He was joined by teammate Kyrie Irving and four Nets, including Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams.

“It was a message to the family. That I’m sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife. That’s what it’s about,” James said of the New York City man who died July 17 after police placed him in a chokehold. “I think everybody else gets caught up in everything else besides who’s really feeling it, and that’s the family. That’s what it’s about.”

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