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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Barry Bonds confident he will end up in Hall of Fame 11.25.14 at 8:10 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:
College basketball: Purdue vs. Missouri, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: BYU vs. Chaminade, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Peter’s at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arkansas at SMU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU vs. Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Eastern Illinois at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Maryland vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Northwestern vs. Miami (Ohio), 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Michigan, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. San Diego State, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Ohio at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: UMass at Vermont, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Barry Bonds was nowhere close to the 75 percent of votes needed for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year, but the home run king is confident he’ll get elected someday.

On Monday, the same day this year’s ballots were announced, Bonds said in an interview with MLB.com that he deserves to be enshrined despite widespread assumptions that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I love Major League Baseball. I always have and I loved playing the game,” Bonds said. “I don’t have any doubts that I’ll get there in time. I’m bothered about it, but I don’t sit here going, ‘I’m not going to make it.’ I don’t see how it stays the way it’s going. In my mind, in my head, I’m a lot more positive about it than I am negative. I think eventually they’ll do the right thing.”

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Bonds dipped from 36.2 percent two years ago to 34.7 percent last year, ranking him just behind Roger Clemens.

“I deserve to be there,” Bonds said. “Clemens deserves to be there. The guys that are supposed to be there are supposed to be there. Period. I don’t even know how to say it. We are Hall of Famers. Why are we having these conversations about it? Why are we talking about a baseball era that has come and gone? Era, era, era. Do the best players in the game deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Yes. Everything that everyone has accomplished in baseball is in that [record] book. Correct? So if that’s correct, then we need to be in there. End of story.”

— A Browns fan claims he was attacked by Johnny Manziel’s entourage when he spotted the quarterback at a Cleveland hotel and went to give him a hug.

Chris Gonos, 33, told police he was assaulted early Saturday morning after telling Manziel: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Buzz continues over Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.’s incredible TD catch 11.24.14 at 8:15 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:
NHL: Penguins at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Ravens at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Arizona, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Murray State at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Chaminade, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NJIT at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Iowa State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Auburn, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: BYU vs. San Diego State, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League,Southampton at Aston Villa, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Giants continued to struggle, losing Sunday night’s game to the Cowboys, but most of the talk after the game was about Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing touchdown catch that some have called the best ever.

Despite being interfered with by Cowboys DB Brandon Carr, Beckham leaped in the air and snatched the high pass with his outstretched right hand, then pulled it back to his stomach while his left hand cushioned his fall to the turf in the corner of the end zone.

“That’s the best catch I’ve seen in my 10 years playing,” teammate Antrel Rolle said.

Tweeted injured Giants receiver Victor Cruz: That’s the greatest catch I’ve ever seen.

The 43-yard TD gave the Giants a 14-3 second-quarter lead, although they went on to drop a 31-28 decision.

“Obviously Beckham had the great catch, which excited everybody,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “But we weren’t able to win, so it’s back to the drawing board.”

Added Coughlin of Beckham: “He’s got a gift, there’s no doubt.”

— Former Patriots backup Ryan Mallett‘s stint as a starter with the Texans appears to have come to an end — at least for now.

Mallett reportedly suffered an injury to his right pectoral muscle before Sunday’s 22- 13 loss to the Bengals. Mallett played in the game but could not duplicate the success he had the week before against the Browns, completing 21-of-45 passes for 189 yards and no touchdowns with one interception and a quarterback rating of 49.2.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Regretful Adrian Peterson takes ‘full responsibility,’ promises not to use switch again 11.21.14 at 8:31 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 Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. West Virginia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Charleston, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton vs. UConn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU vs. Old Dominion, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas vs. California, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. South Carolina, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Loyola (Ill.) at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple vs. Due, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
NHL: Bruins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Texas-El Paso at Rice, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College football: San Jose State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at San Diego State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Adrian Peterson had “shown no meaningful remorse” for his child abuse incident, Peterson changed course, telling USA Today that he will no longer use a switch to discipline his kids again.

Peterson hit his 4-year-old, leaving marks that last for weeks, but he insisted he was regretful for the pain he caused.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that, ‘I didn’t mean to do this to you,’ and how sorry I was.

“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”

Peterson has been lumped in with former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fiancee with a punch to the face in a hotel elevator, but he said that’s not a fair comparison.

“I take full responsibility, because I spanked my child, and no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line.

“That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same [category as Rice].”

Peterson has six children with six women, and he says he tries to maintain a relationship with all of them.

“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that,’ ” Peterson said. “This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”

Peterson said he hopes to talk to Goodell and would like to return to the Vikings, although he knows not everyone in Minnesota will be welcoming.

“I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” said Peterson, adding, “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” he said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Paul Pierce and LeBron James are set to renew acquaintances Friday night in Washington as the Wizards host the Cavaliers, but Pierce downplayed the intensity of their rivalry.

“I think a lot of it is really misunderstood,” the former Celtics star said Thursday. “If I see LeBron walking down the street, it’s not going to be no fistfight. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. It’s like fighting for the same girl. How am I going to be cool with that guy? I’ve got total respect for him as a person. It’s just the thing we go through on the court.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Plaudits roll in for retiring Jason Collins 11.20.14 at 7:57 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: Chiefs at Raiders, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College football: North Carolina at Duke, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas State at Texas State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Clippers at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: New Mexico vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Dayton, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: College of Charleston vs. UConn, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Miami, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Charlotte, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas vs. Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville at NC State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: George Mason vs. West Virginia, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Praise rolled in for Jason Collins after the one-time Celtic announced Wednesday that he is retiring after becoming the first openly gay player in major North American professional sports history.

“Twin is a role model for a lot of people in this country and throughout the world,” former Nets coach Jason Kidd said of the 35-year-old. “To have him around last year, as a person but he knew how to play basketball. He wasn’t one that could jump and touch the top of the backboard, but he knew how to be a true pro.”

Tennis legend Billie Jean King called Collins “an influencer on and off the basketball court,” and said: “I hope his decision to live his truth and do so on his own terms will inspire him on the next phase of his journey.”

Collins, who signed with the Nets in February and played 22 games, said in a press conference in New York that he had decided over the summer to step away from the game.

“After last season, especially over the summer, my body was talking to me like it does to all professional athletes after a certain while,” Collins said. “It’s a young man’s game and Father Time is undefeated. Got another one.”

— On the heels of the NFL’s controversies regarding domestic violence, the NBA sent a message Wednesday, suspending Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property related to an incident in Michigan in September.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods lashes out at Golf Digest for ‘grudge-filled piece of character assassination’ 11.19.14 at 8:02 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 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: St. Joseph’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Kent State at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods is not pleased with Golf Digest’s attempt at humor, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

Writer Dan Jenkins said he was denied an interview with Woods — something the golfer’s agency denies — so he created a fake interview in which Woods is portrayed as a selfish, uncaring individual who, in the real Woods’ words, “mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips — and a lot of other slurs, too.”

Wrote Woods in The Players Tribune: “Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody and is really more like a grudge-filled piece of character assassination.”

MASHUP POLL: Is Tiger Woods overreacting to Golf Digest's parody?

  • No, the piece is a cheap shot and he's right to be upset (57%, 290 Votes)
  • Yes, a guy with his history should not question anyone else's ethics (43%, 215 Votes)

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Here’s an excerpt from Jenkins’ piece:

Dan: “Why haven’t you fired Steiny, by the way? You’ve fired everybody else …”

Tiger: “I’ll probably get around to it. I like to fire people …”

Dan: ‘€œIn many cases, tips are a part of their salary.”

Tiger: “So let ‘em go find a better job.”

Dan: “Marko [O’€™Meara] was your best friend in golf at one time.”

Tiger: “I’m sorry. I can’t place him. Did he play the tour?”

Wrote the real Woods: “The truth is, Jenkins has no idea how I think or feel about any of the things he claims to know about, which is why he had to make things up. Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person.”

— Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who made news a week ago when he leaped over the line of scrimmage in the closing seconds of his team’s 20-13 loss to the Jets while New York was preparing to take a knee — a play even his coach said was “not professional” — is back in the news once again for the wrong reasons.

Following Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over the Titans on Monday night, Mitchell took to Twitter and address some of his haters. He let the obscenities fly, and he told one person to “kill yourself.”

“If people tweet me, I tweet them back,” he told KDKA-TV.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: RB LeGarrette Blount leaves Steelers game early after getting no carries 11.18.14 at 8:22 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: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sharks at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Iona at Wofford, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at Stephen F. Austin, 9 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Manhattan at UMass, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at South Carolina, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Wichita State vs. Memphis, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Utah at San Diego State, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Toledo at VCU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Long Beach State at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Marquette at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPn2)
College basketball: Kansas vs. Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Drake at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas Tech at LSU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Northern Illinois at Ohio, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico at Belarus, 11:55 a.m. (ESPNews)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— LeGarrette Blount is having trouble finding a fit since leaving the Patriots in the offseason, and he apparently showed his frustration with his lack of playing time with the Steelers by leaving the field early during Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over the Titans in Nashville on Monday night.

Blount, second on the team with 266 rushing yards (on 65 carries), did not have a carry Monday, as starter Le’Veon Bell rushed 33 times for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount “has been an internal problem for a least a month.” His early departure Monday did not sit well with at least one teammate who suggested the club should have left Blount behind in Tennessee.

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Blount, who started his NFL career with the Buccaneers, rushed 153 times for 772 yards and seven touchdowns with the Patriots last season. He then became a free agent and signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Steelers in March. He was arrested in August for misdemeanor marijuana possession after he and Bell were pulled over on the way to Pittsburgh International Airport to catch a team flight to Philadelphia for a preseason game. Coach Mike Tomlin said he would discipline the players, although they did not miss any playing time.

Blount complained to a Pittsburgh reporter about his lack of playing time last month.

— The Saints fan who took a ball intended for a Bengals fan during Sunday’s game in New Orleans tried to defend himself Monday, after taking heavy criticism nationally for his obnoxious behavior.

Longtime season ticket-holder Tony Williams insisted he had every right to grab the ball Bengals tight end Jermaine Greshman tossed to a female Bengals fan after a touchdown, even though Greshman clearly intended it for the woman.

“He tossed the ball,” Williams told the New Orleans Advocate. “It’s fair game, to me. My whole mindset was my grandson [who was sitting a few sections away].”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson criticizes NFL for ‘refusal to be fair’ 11.17.14 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: Steelers at Titans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Bulls at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Miami at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland-Eastern Shore at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Winthrop at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Georgia State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Binghamton at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oregon, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn at Colorado, 1 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico State at St. Mary’s, 3 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Hawaii, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson criticized the NFL on Sunday, saying the league is treating him unfairly by not allowing him to return to the Vikings since he pleased no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.

The NFL Players Association field a grievance seeking to allow Peterson to play while commissioner Roger Goodell determines his punishment. The running back remains on paid leave.

MASHUP POLL: Is the NFL treating Adrian Peterson unfairly?

  • Yes, the league should announce its decision and not leave him in limbo (51%, 117 Votes)
  • No, he's the one who misbehaved, and the league has the right to take its time (49%, 111 Votes)

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The league offered to have a hearing this past Friday, but Peterson objected to “outside people I don’t know” attending the hearing and turned it down.

“At this point, I’ve resolved my matter in the criminal court; I’ve worked to make amends for what I’ve done; I’ve missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened,” Peterson said in a statement issued by the union.

“However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.

“I’m sorry for all of this, but I can’t excuse their refusal to be fair.”

Peterson is slated to participate in a grievance hearing Monday before arbitrator Shyam Das.

— Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration paid surprise visits to NFL medical staffs Sunday as part of an investigation into teams’ alleged misuse of prescription drugs.

At least three road teams — the 49ers, Buccaneers and Seahawks — were spot-checked after their games to determine if they were following the law. Former players accused teams of pushing prescription drugs on players in an effort to keep them on the field, without regard for players’ long-term health.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots mocked after highlighting racist tweeter 11.14.14 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: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UNH at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Hampden-Sydney vs. Coast Guard, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Presbyterian at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: N.C. Central at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Auburn, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Colombia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Patriots’ attempt to highlight their 1 millionth Twitter follower backfired spectacularly Thursday evening when they tweeted out a racial slur.

A person who used a Twitter handle with the N-word (with IHATE before it) tweeted the Pats in an effort to get a retweet. The Patriots tweeted at the individual: Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.

They also included an image of a Patriots jersey with the offensive tag listed where a player’s name would be, along with a handwritten note from Rob Gronkowski thanking Patriots Nation for becoming the first NFL team with a million followers.

The team eventually deleted the tweet, writing: “We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Out filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.

That didn’t stop the Twitterverse from taking shots at the team.

Wrote @JesseBealJr: Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower! #1 MillionPatriots.

Added @AndrewLucksHead: Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?

— The hearing regarding Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL is scheduled for Monday, with veteran arbiter Shyam Das slated to hear the sides speak via conference call.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras reportedly drunk at time of fatal accident 11.13.14 at 8:01 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: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Bills at Dolphins, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: East Carolina at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Bethune-Cookman at Hampton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Southern Mississippi at Texas -San Antonio, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: California at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— According to a report out of the Dominican Republic, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was driving drunk when his car went off a highway on Oct. 26, killing him and his girlfriend.

A spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office said Taveras’ blood-alcohol level was fives times the legal limit, toxicology tests showed.

Taveras, a 22-year-old who made his major league debut May 31, was buried late last month.

“While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won’t change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate out players that they must take responsibility for themselves on and off the field.”

The Cardinals stopped providing alcohol in their locker room and banned it on team charter flights home following the death of pitcher Josh Hancock in a car accident early in the 2007 season. Hancock’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice Missouri’s legal limit when he was tested after the accident.

— One day after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi offered seemingly different opinions about Alex Rodriguez‘s standing with the team, Cashman insisted the two are in agreement about the player who was suspended for the 2014 season.

“We’re definitely on the same page,” Cashman said, before joking about the New York tabloids playing up his comments from the previous day. “We’re on the front and back page; of course we’re on the same page.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Niners DT Ray McDonald escapes domestic violence charges, ‘knew the truth would come out’ 11.12.14 at 7:58 am ET
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NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Timberwolves, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ball State at UMass, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Kent State at Bowling Green, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Netherlands vs. Mexico, 2:25 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Niners defensive tackle Ray McDonald addressed the media Tuesday, one day after authorities said he would not be charged following his Aug. 31 arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence, and said he remains with his fiancee despite their issues.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said McDonald was not charged due to “insufficient evidence.” The office’s report indicated the woman struck McDonald, and he forcibly restrained her during he ensuring scuffle and attempted to remove her from the house. The injuries McDonald’s fiancee suffered were minor and “consistent with restraint rather than an attack.” McDonald’s fiancee, who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, did not cooperate with the investigation.

“I’m not the kind of guy [who] would put my hands on a woman like that,” McDonald said. “My teammates know it. My friends know it. Everybody knows what kind of guy I am.”

McDonald, who also had an incident with his fiancee in May after which he admitted firing a gun into the ground while leaving their home, said it’s not fair to compare him to other troubled NFL players such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

“I’m not those other guys,” he said. “I’m just not. I know what kind of person I am. [The 49ers] know what kind of person I am. And that’s why they let me play all the way up to this point.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Ray McDonald be suspended by the NFL?

  • No, he was not convicted after either incident so it's not fair to suspend him (61%, 80 Votes)
  • Yes, this is his second incident in a year, clearly he needs to be punished (39%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 131

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McDonald, who had stayed quiet since his arrest, acknowledged the issue affected his ability to focus on the field.

“I wouldn’€™t be human if it didn’€™t bother me,” he said. “I knew the truth would come out. I knew it would eventually come out, but as far as me playing, it didn’€™t affect me a whole lot, but it was weighing on my mind a little bit. I had all this stuff that people were saying about me that I knew wasn’€™t true. I just had to keep my mouth shut and let the whole process play out.”

— Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. released a statement through the Lakers expressing his devastation over the death of his father, who was found Sunday night shot in the head in the driver’s seat of a car in Philadelphia.

Ellington, who was granted an indefinite leave of absence by the team, said he and his family were “devastated by the news of my father’s murder.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott said he learned of the news on Sunday night, after the team’s first win of the season.

“Driving home all I did was think about [Ellington],” Scott said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s really just very said news.”

Added Scott: “This is our livelihood, but this is still just a game. This thing that’s happened to Wayne is real life. It kinds of puts everything in perspective. I think all of us, every now and then, during the game, after the game, before the game, will have Wayne on our mind.”

— The Cowboys activated defensive tackle Josh Brent on Tuesday, with his 10-game suspension imposed by the league having come to an end.

Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of his teammate Jerry Brown, has not played since Dec. 2, 2012, six days before the accident. He has been practicing for the past two weeks for his return.

“Really, it’s just his football readiness,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been away from it for a little bit, but he’s working hard. He’s trying to get his body right. You can see his football instincts and feel for the game coming back, but he still needs to practice and get himself acclimated to football.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been consistent in his backing of Brent, who also received support from Brown’s family.

“He had some experiences since he’s last been on the field … that make him appreciate every second he gets to be on the football field and gets to be contributing and he’s got some real goals,” Jones said. “He wants to help that little girl very much, which is Jerry Brown’s daughter.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history when he took to the ice one month before his 17th birthday for a 3-1 loss in Toronto? Hint: He later coached the B’s.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They don’t have anyone on defense. … They just don’t have any players on the defensive side of the ball. Therefore, they don’t have a chance.” — NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison, during his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday, discussing the struggling Bears, whose defense has been woeful in consecutive losses to the Patriots and Packers

STAT OF THE DAY: 13,421 – Career missed shots for Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who on Tuesday passed Celtics legend John Havlicek for the most in NBA history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Hornets guard Gary Neal drives for what appears to be a game-tying layup against the Trail Blazers, but it comes a fraction of a second after the buzzer.

Mavericks players Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler are ready to provide “Maverick justice” as “Chandler and Chandler.”

Randy Moss recalls a memorable meeting Deion Sanders before he was drafted.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Armand “Bep” Guidolin, who played four seasons in Boston and coached the Bruins for half of 1972-73 and all of 1973-74

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Neil Young was born on this day in 1945.

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