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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Niners OL Alex Boone says ex-coach Jim Harbaugh ‘might be clinically insane’ 04.21.15 at 7:15 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Flames, 10 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jim Harbaugh‘s breakup with the 49ers wasn’t pretty, and it’s getting uglier.

Harbaugh, now at the University of Michigan, alienated some players in his final season in San Francisco, leading at least one to question the coach’s sanity.

“I think he just pushed guys too far,” offensive lineman Alex Boone told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” “He wanted too much, demanded too much, expected too much. You know, ‘We’ve got to go out and do this. We’ve got to go out and do this. We’ve got to go out and do this.’ And you’d be like, ‘This guy might be clinically insane. He’s crazy.’ ”

Added Boone: “He does a great job of giving you that spark, that initial boom. But after a while, you just want to kick his ass. … He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain, Stop. Let go.’ He kind of wore out his welcome.”

Boone, who attended Ohio State, was one of Harbaugh’s most vocal supporters in the fall. Now he says Harbaugh will be a better fit at the NCAA level.

“I think he’s a better college coach than he would be as an NFL coach,” Boone said. “It’s different for college kids than pro players. I don’t think college kids can say, ‘Hey, Jim, you’re pissing me off today.”

Asked by HBO if he has a problem working with others, Harbaugh said: “It must be true. Because I’d wear out my welcome. People just don’t want to be around you for a while.”

— The Trail Blazers confirmed a report that they had a laminated card in their locker room before Sunday’s Game 1 of their series against the Grizzlies that included the line, “We don’t lose to Spanish players,” but they insisted it was not meant to be offensive.

The sign, which apparently was posted while the media was in the locker room before the game (it was referenced by The Oregonian’s John Canzano), included messages such as, “We will be tougher,” “Nobody can beat us eight times in one year,” and “Staying together through adversity.”

“First of all, that wasn’t the only thing that was on that [card],” said Blazers coach Terry Stotts, adding that the card should have been taken down when the media was in the room. “I wouldn’t classify that as the only message of the day. But that being said, it was a motivational thing, and I think the Spanish thing was a little lighthearted. It was the things we needed to do to win the series.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow reportedly set to sign 1-year deal with Eagles 04.20.15 at 7:07 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Jets, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
Road racing: Boston Marathon, 7 a.m. (WBZ-TV), 8:30 a.m. (Universal Sports Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tim Tebow apparently is going to get another chance at the NFL, as multiple reports out of Philadelphia indicate the Eagles will sign the quarterback to a one-year deal.

According to ESPN, Tebow flew to Philadelphia on Sunday night and will sign a minimum-level contract and join the team for its offseason program that starts Monday.

Tebow worked out for the team last month, and there has been speculation that coach Chip Kelly would be willing to give the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner an opportunity to play in his high-octane offense. Kelly later said at the NFL meetings, “I’ve always been a fan of Tim.”

The Eagles already have four quarterbacks on their roster: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. With Tebow they will have three QBs who rank in the bottom five in QB rating over the last five years: Tebow (33.4), Sanchez (40.4) and Bradford (40.7).

Tebow, 27, last played in an NFL game in the 2012 season with the Jets, who acquired him from the Broncos. He participated in training camp with the Patriots in 2013 but was cut at the end of the preseason. He was an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network last season.

Tweeted Tebow after his release from the Patriots: I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.

— The names change, but the troubles continue for football players in Florida. On Saturday night, University of Florida defensive back J.C. Jackson was arrested for allegedly participating in an armed robbery in Gainesville.

Jackson, who redshirted as a freshman this past season, is accused of setting up the robbery by going to the victim’s apartment with two friends, then leaving while the friends committed the robbery at gunpoint.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Frustrated Senators seek revenge on Canadiens’ P.K. Subban 04.17.15 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Tigers, 1:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Flames at Canucks, 10 p.m. (CNBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A day after P.K. Subban was ejected for slashing Senators rookie Mark Stone, the Sens voiced their frustration with the player and the league’s decision not to suspend him.

Subban will avoid further punishment from the NHL for his two-handed slash in Wednesday’s Game 1 that the Senators said left Stone with a microfracture in his right wrist. Stone is doubtful for Friday’s Game 2, and his availability for the rest of the series is uncertain.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray claimed Thursday that Subban twice threatened Stone before the slash, as he questioned why the league would not suspend the defenseman.

“The disturbing part from our point of view is that there was a threat made before by Subban to Stone,” Murray said. “There were two attempts on faceoffs to slash him, one connected. Then he two-handed him across the wrist in front of the net. [Stone] has been one of the top five players in the league the last two months of the year. It’s huge loss.

“I thought the officials made the right call on the ice, but I thought also, after knowing the extent of the injury, that something further would be considered.”

Subban, however, indicated he thinks the matter has been overblown. He said he has no plans to reach out to Stone, adding: “I’ve been slashed a lot harder than that.”

Senators enforcer Chris Neil, who did not play in Game 1 but could take Stone’s spot in the lineup Friday, suggested his team could get revenge on Subban simply by delivering solid hits on him.

Said Neil: “If [Subban] is skating up the ice with his head down, you finish your check on him. That’s how you get him back.”

— ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for one week after video emerged of her berating a parking lot attendant while paying to retrieve her car after it was towed.

McHenry said her car was towed while she was at dinner last week — by a towing company with a long list of complaints for its allegedly questionable business tactics. In the video, shot inside the towing company’s trailer, a clearly agitated McHenry makes a number of obnoxious comments, even after being warned that she was being videotaped. Among them: “I’m on television and you’re in a [expletive] trailer, honey. Lose some weight, baby girl.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Senators want suspension for ejected Canadiens D P.K. Subban after slash 04.16.15 at 8:14 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 playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Blues, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Jets at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (CNBC)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 1:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Napoli at Wolfsburg, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has infuriated the Bruins with his dramatics as he attempts to draw penalties. On Wednesday night in the opening game of Montreal’s first-round playoff series against Ottawa, Subban acted as the aggressor, and it cost him in the form of an ejection. Subban received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct after he slashed Senators rookie Mark Stone midway through the second period.

As Stone skated in front of the Montreal goal, Subban chopped his stick down on Stone’s right wrist, sending the 22-year-old to the ice in pain. Subban immediately raised his hand to protest the call against him and appeared shocked that he was being punished. Stone, the Sens’ leading scorer, skated to the dressing room. He returned before the end of the period, left again and then was back for the last half of the third period.

The Senators scored twice on the power play, although they allowed a shorthanded goal as well — one of four goals Montreal scored in the second period en route to a 4-3 victory.

Afterward, the Senators called for Subban to be suspended.

“I think it’s quite simple — it’s a vicious slash on an unprotected part of the body,” Ottawa coach Dave Cameron said. “You either do one of two things. I think it’s an easy solution. You either suspend him, or when one of their best players gets slashed just give us five [minutes].”

Said Stone: “It’s up to the league. Obviously it was a pretty big hack. It looked like he wanted to hurt me. He had been doing it a couple of times, he tried targeting me a couple of times in the first period off faceoffs.”

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, however, didn’t even think Subban deserved a major penalty.

“I agree it was a slashing penalty, but I don’t agree that it deserved five minutes,” he said.

— A day after Paul Pierce questioned Deron Williams’ ability to handle the pressure and said Williams “didn’t want” to be an MVP candidate, the Nets guard insisted the criticism doesn’t bother him.

“Being here, I got pretty thick skin,” Williams said Wednesday. “He has his opinions, and that’s fine.”

Added Williams: “It’s what it is. I can’t change his opinions. So just leave it at that.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Paul Pierce details icy relationship with Ray Allen, criticizes ex-Nets teammates 04.15.15 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pacers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Flames at Canucks, 10 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico at United States, 9 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There have long been indications that Ray Allen‘s relationship with his Celtics teammates was icy during their time in Boston, and on Tuesday Paul Pierce explained just how strained it was.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Pierce offered some details about the Big Three’s time together. He said he has not talked to Allen since Allen left Boston as a free agent to sign with the Heat in the summer of 2012 — not because he’s angry, but more because there wasn’t that much depth to the relationship.

“It was a weird relationship,” Pierce said. “We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That’s just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we’d be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn’t show up. We’d go to his charity events, but Ray wouldn’t show up to somebody else’s. I called him on it. I said, ‘Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don’t come to ours.’

“I remember when [Rajon] Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn’t show up. I know Ray probably didn’t like Rondo that much, but it wasn’t a fact of not liking somebody. You don’t have to like everybody you play with — it’s a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn’t like Ray either, but he came to Ray’s functions to show, ‘Hey, we’re together in this.’

“It’s not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we’d say, ‘Let’s go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.’ We’d get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam [Cassell], but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three.

“It just got to the point where it was, ‘That’s Ray.’ No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn’t much there.”

As for Rondo, Pierce said he’s trying to convince Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal that they have to show up to play every single night if they want to be great, something he wasn’t able to convince Rondo to do.

“That was Rondo’s problem, too,” Pierce said. “Some days he did, some days he didn’t. I think it’s more this generation. A lot of these players have been catered to since the sixth grade. The NBA is changing so much. It’s not like when I came up, with that old-school mentality that practice really mattered. You’ve got these 24-, 25-year-old guys who sit out of practice now to rest. It’s hard for me to understand, but I’m trying.”

Pierce also discussed his “horrible” 2013-14 season in Brooklyn, criticizing the team’s players for not caring enough despite the efforts of Pierce and Kevin Garnett to fire them up.

“It was just the guys’ attitudes there. It wasn’t like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn’t want to play and didn’t want to practice. I was looking around saying, ‘What’s this?’ Kevin and I had to pick them up every day in practice,” Pierce said. “If me and Kevin weren’t there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cubs P Jon Lester finally makes pickoff attempt, throws ball into right field 04.14.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 6:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Pacers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Atletico Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Much has been made about Jon Lester‘s issues throwing to bases. On Monday the Cubs left-hander made his first pickoff attempts since 2013, and it didn’t go well — although it had a happy ending for the Cubs.

With Reds baserunner Zach Cozart at first in the second inning of a 3-3 game Monday night in Chicago, Lester thew a soft but relatively accurate throw to keep Cozart honest. However, when Lester tried it a second time he threw it well over first baseman Anthony Rizzo‘s head.

Fortunately for Chicago, right fielder Jorge Soler retrieved the ball and made a strong throw to third base to get Cozart.

“When you’re not used to doing stuff like that, I got a little overexcited and threw the ball too soon,” Lester explained. “Once again, [Soler] picks me up.”

The Cubs won the game, 7-6, as Soler hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning (his second two-run homer of the game) and Arismendy Alcantara hit a walkoff single in the 10th inning.

While the Cubs improved to 4-2, there is concern about Lester, who allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings and saw his ERA climb to 7.84.

“He’s still at the end of spring training right now,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the former Red Sox ace, who missed some time in the spring with an injury. “He’ll be fine. I have no doubt about that.”

Said Lester: “I don’t want to use anything as a crutch. I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

— Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, serving a 31-year sentence in a Central California prison, is suspected of killing his cellmate, according to prison officials.

The 39-year-old Phillips, who starred at Nebraska in the 1990s and played for the Rams, Dolphins and 49ers but struggled with off-field issues, is suspected of killing Damion Soward, a 37-year-old who was imprisoned for first-degree murder. Soward was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, a prison spokesman said.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Providence College apologizes to police for rowdy campus celebration of hockey title 04.13.15 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 3:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Phillies at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Timberwolves, 4:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Providence College students and fans welcomed the national championship hockey team back to campus in a controlled celebration Sunday afternoon, which was much different than the reaction last Saturday night after the Friars rallied to beat Boston University, 4-3, in the title game at TD Garden.

During Saturday’s late-night celebration, approximately 1,000 supporters on campus assembled at Pembroke Avenue, where they set a couch and other smaller items on fire. As Providence firefighters attempted to put out the fire, the fans threw bottles, jumped on cars, climbed telephone poles and mounted the fire engine, according to a report in the Providence Journal.

It took three hours for police to clear the young revelers, one of whom threw a 1.75-liter vodka bottle that struck Patrolman Michael Clary and sent him the hospital to get 20 stitches in his head.

“We have reached out to the police to apologize and to the officer to apologize,” said Steve Maurano, associate vice president for public affairs, community and government relations at Providence College. “But other than the fires and the bottle thrown, the majority of the celebration was controlled.”

While police complained that the celebration “created a very perilous situation,” as it required the department to send 60 officers, leaving other areas of the city “minimally protected,” the school played down the seriousness of the issue.

“For the most part it was a predictable response,” Maurano said. “Your student body is going to be enthusiastic celebrating something like this. The large majority were just letting off steam.”

— The Rockies placed John Axford on the family medical emergency list Sunday so that the reliever could spend a few days with his 2-year-old son, who is receiving medical treatment after being bitten by a rattlesnake last month.

Jameson Axford was in the backyard of the home the family rented in Scottsdale for spring training when he was bitten. The boy had surgery last week on his right foot in an attempt to improve mobility in his toes and combat infection, and he was scheduled to take an emergency medical flight to Denver on Monday for more treatment.

“We still have a long road, a long process to go,” Axford said. “But at least I’ll be able to be closer to him.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother threatens America ‘will pay for my sons’ 04.10.15 at 8:21 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Phillies, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Islanders at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Golf: Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The mother of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lashed out at the United States, insisting her son is innocent and promising retribution for his treatment.

The website Vocativ tracked down Zubeidat Tsarnaeva in the Russian republic of Dagestan, where she returned after being arrested for shoplifting while living in Cambridge with her two sons in 2012. After verifying her identity, Tsarnaeva sent a threatening message to the site.

Wrote Tsarnaeva:

MY SONS ARE INNOCENT, AS INNOCENT AS ALL THOSE WHO ARE BEING KILLED BY YOUR COUNTRY . . . TODAY THEY ARE KILLING MUSLIMS, AND TOMORROW WILL COME YOUR TURN AND HE, WHO DOUBTS THIS IS DEEPLY MISTAKEN!!!!!

Tsarnaeva claims that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan, who was killed during a shootout with Watertown police days after the 2013 bombing, were framed for the bombing. She insists Americans ultimately will pay for their actions.

HOW CAN A MOTHER FEEL WHOSE SON IS IN THE CLAWS OF A PREDATOR PREPARING TO TEAR HIM TO PIECES LIKE MEAT ??? ((((((((( BUT THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF SUCH MOTHERS, WHO BURY THEIR BEST SONS IN THE GROUND WHO ARE TORMENTED BY PREDATORS, LIKE BRAVE YOUNG EAGLES SOARING THROUGH THE OPEN SKY, LIMITLESS, AND WHO IN ONE MOMENT AND IN ONE INSTANT END UP IN THE CLAWS OF BLOODTHIRSTY AND RAVENOUS BEASTS, WHOM THEY FEED TO THEIR EMPTY AND TERRIFYING BELLY! (((

THEY WILL PAY FOR MY SONS AND THE SONS OF ISLAM, PERMANENTLY!!! THE TEARS OF THEIR MOTHERS WILL BE FUEL FOR THEM IN HELL, AND ALSO THEIR BLOOD, I AM DOUBTLESS AND ETERNALLY GLAD THAT I KNOW THIS FROM THE WORDS OF THE CREATOR, NOT JUST ANYONE’€™S WORDS!!!!!!

Tsarnaeva has her supporters, as a friend started a “Support for Dzhokhar” group on the Russian social media site VKontakte that claims to have raised at least $5,000 for the family.

In a recent message to the group that was posted on the site, Tsarnaeva wrote:

“I will never forget it. May God bless those who helped my son. The terrorists are the Americans and everyone knows it. My son is the best of the best.”

— Lauren Hill, the inspirational freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph in Ohio who courageously fought brain cancer, died early Friday morning at her Indiana home at the age of 19, according to reports out of Cincinnati.

Hill, who was diagnosed with Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) as a high school senior, helped raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research. Mount St. Joseph’s opening game was moved up to Nov. 2 so she could participate, and she scored a ceremonial layup to open the game and another to end it, much to the delight of the 10,000 fans at Xavier’s Cintas Center. She went on to make cameos in three other games, the last on Dec. 16, before becoming an honorary assistant coach.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev relative insists on his innocence despite guilty verdict in Boston Marathon bombing 04.09.15 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Padres, 6:40 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament semifinal, Providence vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: NCAA Tournament semifinal, Boston University vs. North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Golf: Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The 30 guilty verdicts for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing trial came as little surprise Wednesday, as his own lawyer admitted at the start of the trial that he participated in the attack.

However, there are still those who remain convinced Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, did not commit the heinous crimes. His relatives in the Russian republic of Chechnya have held firm in their belief of the boys’ innocence, and that did not change with Wednesday’s verdicts.

One of those relatives, Roza Tsarnaeva, a 66-year-old cousin of Tsarnaev’s father, told The Associated Press that she is “completely convinced that they were not guilty of this.”

Meanwhile, reaction from victims of the bombing was muted, as many of the individuals expressed a desire to wait until after the sentencing phase of the trial has concluded before commenting more fully.

Jeff Bauman, who helped investigators zero in on the Tsarnaevs after losing his leg in the bombing, said: “Today’s verdict will never replace the lives that were lost and so dramatically changed, but it is a relief, and one step closer to closure.”

— More details have emerged about the stabbing of Pacers forward Chris Copeland outside a New York City nightclub early Tuesday morning as the player recovers in the hospital.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Copeland had surgery on his elbow and abdomen but wasn’t sure how long he would be out.

According to police, Copeland and his girlfriend were arguing on the street around 4 a.m. when 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary started to interfere. After the dispute escalated, Bleary pulled out a knife and started slashing, hitting Copeland, Copeland’s girlfriend and a third woman who apparently was with the attacker.

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Jury announces guilty verdicts in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial 04.08.15 at 2:19 pm ET
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line and will be eligible for the death penalty.

The verdicts were read Wednesday afternoon at the Moakley federal courthouse in Boston.

Tsarnaev was described by media in the courtroom as fidgety, stroking the beard he has grown in prison, while awaiting the verdicts. He then stood with his hands clasped in front of him and mostly looked down at his list of charges with no visible reaction on his face as the guilty verdicts were read.

Of the 30 charges, 17 carry with them the possibility of the death penalty. The jury will begin the sentencing phase in the days to come.

Tsarnaev’s defense team admitted he participated in the bombing but blamed his older brother, Tamerlan, as orchestrating the attack and convincing Dzhokhar to participate.

The brothers also killed MIT police officer Sean Collier and then were involved in a violent shootout with Watertown police, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after being run over by a car driven by his brother.

Among those in the courtroom for the verdicts were Bill and Denise Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was killed by the bomb placed by Dzhokhar, which went off shortly after the one planted by Tamerlan one block down Boylston Street.

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