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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Comedian Jim Breuer says Patriots staffer at center of Deflategate is angry at organization 05.25.16 at 8:21 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: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Sharks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Deflategate has been a comedy of errors on a number of levels, so it’s only appropriate that a comedian has injected himself into the controversy.

Jim Breuer, a former “Saturday Night Live” regular, told Sports Illustrated that he ran into Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski at a comedy festival in Mexico a few months ago and had an interesting conversation with the man at the heart of the accusations that the Patriots deflated footballs.

Breuer said he was working out in a resort gym while watching Deflategate coverage on TV when Jastremski introduced himself and asked Breuer’s opinion of the story.

“He was there with his wife,” Breuer recounted. “They were actually trying to get away because they were being so harassed in the Massachusetts area, his family’s being harassed.”

Acccording to Breuer, Jastremski expressed frustration with the Patriots organization for “holding me down” and not letting him comment publicly. Breuer said Jastremski wouldn’t answer the question of if he deflated the footballs for Tom Brady, insisting, “Tom’s my guy, Tom takes care of me.”

“All I remember is that guy would not throw Tom Brady under the bus,” Breuer said. “He said Tom Brady does so much for him.”

Breuer added that Jastremski’s wife eventually joined them and complained about the Patriots organization as well, while Jastremski explained that he had no other employment options.

“He said he can’t get [another] job, either,” Breuer said. “This is all he knows, all he does.”

— Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter who has been battling leukemia, was selected to receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS in July.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Government report blasts NFL for trying to influence concussion study, withholding donation 05.24.16 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:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Marlins, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Thunder, 9 p.m. (TNT)
WNBA: Dream at Liberty, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sparks at Sky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On the same day Tom Brady’s legal team filed an appeal of his Deflategate suspension, the government took the NFL to task for trying to influence a study of football’s effects on the brain.

The NFL had agreed in writing to donate $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to fund brain research, but after the NIH awarded a $16 million grant to Boston University researcher Robert Stern — an expert on the link between football and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the league withdrew its donation, forcing taxpayers to pick up the cost, a government report concluded.

To make matters worse, some members of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee apparently pursued the grant for themselves despite the obvious conflict of interest.

The league’s actions violated NIH policy on donors interfering in the grant process and were part of a “long-standing pattern of attempts” by the NFL to steer concussion research in the direction it wanted, the 91-page report concluded.

“Our investigation has shown that while the NFL had been publicly proclaiming its role as funder and accelerator of important research, it was privately attempting to influence that research,” the report states.

“This investigation confirms the NFL inappropriately attempted to use its unrestricted gift as leverage to steer funding away from one of its critics,” New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone said. “Since its research agreement with NIH was clear that it could not weigh in on the grant selection process, the NFL should never have tried to influence that process.”

The NFL, which denied the allegations when ESPN first exposed them in an “Outside the Lines” report, acknowledged raising concerns about Stern but continues to insist it was done appropriately despite evidence to the contrary.

“The NFL rejects the allegations,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Monday.

— Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a suspension for his kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams during Sunday’s game, but the NBA fined him $25,000.

The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2. If it was called a flagrant 2 by the game officials, Green would have been ejected. With the upgrade, he now has three flagrant foul points this postseason, and if he accrues one more he would receive an automatic suspension.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Warriors F Draymond Green denies intentionally hitting Thunder C Steven Adams in groin for 2nd straight game 05.23.16 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:
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt at FC Nuremberg, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— For the second straight game, Thunder center Steven Adams was hit in the groin by Warriors forward Draymond Green. And despite Green’s protestations, Adams is convinced it’s no accident.

During the second quarter Sunday’s Game 3 — an Oklahoma City victory — Green kicked out his leg after being fouled by Adams in the post, and his foot hit Adams right in the sweet spot.

Officials reviews the play and gave Green a flagrant foul 1 for the play. Green — who did not apologize to Adams during or after the game but said he plans to — is hopeful the call will get rescinded.

“I followed through on a shot,” Green insisted. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the men’s section. I’m sure he wants to have kids one day. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core’s not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going.

“Honestly, I didn’t know I hit him. I walked to the 3-point line and clapped everybody’s hand, and I turned around and he was on the floor. I’m like, ‘What happened?’ I’m standing at the 3-point line, I look at [teammate Andrew] Bogut, and he looked at the replay, and he was like [cringes]. So then I looked at the replay, like, ‘Uh oh.’

“But like I said, I thought it would get rescinded because I’m not trying to kick him. I was following through on the shot, and my leg went up. So no, I don’t think I’ll get suspended. I don’t know how anyone could possibly say I did that on purpose, regardless of the way it looked.”

Green has his coach’s support.

“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Steve Kerr said. “There’s contact, people’s arms, legs flailing. If they think it’s on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time. [Russell] Westbrook kicks his feet out on every 3, and there is contact. I mean, that’s just part of the game. So I don’t understand how that can be deemed a flagrant 1. I think it should be rescinded.”

The Thunder, of course, have a different perspective, and the fact that Green kneed Adams in the groin on a drive to the basket in Game 2 makes them less sympathetic.

“I mean, it happened before, mate,” Adams said Sunday. “He’s pretty accurate, that guy.”

Added Thunder guard Bryant Westbrook: “Honestly, I think it’s intentional. That’s two times in the last two games. I don’t think you can keep [hitting] somebody in their private areas.”

— Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is keeping his options open regarding the race for president.

During comments that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, the “fiercely independent” Cuban said he’d “absolutely” consider an offer to be running mate to Republican Donald Trump.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-NBA executive questions Ben Simmons’ maturity 05.20.16 at 8:08 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: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There was a time when Ben Simmons was considered the certain No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. But after a season in which he was not able to lead LSU to an NCAA Tournament berth, some concerns have been raised about the 6-foot-10 forward.

His work ethic and overall passion for the game has been questioned, and now a former NBA executive said there also are concerns about his maturity level.

“He’s a great talent, great passer and knows the game,” former Nuggets vice president of player personnel (and former player) Rex Chapman said Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “But I think if you ask people around LSU, around the league, he’s got some immaturity issues, and I think that’s what frightens teams a little bit.

“I think more so off the court. I think his game is a little more mature than his age for sure, but I think there are questions about his ability to be a really good teammate.”

The 76ers, who hold the No. 1 pick, apparently still are high on Simmons, as coach Brett Brown this week compared him to Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Simmons, who is credited with being able to do just about everything except shoot from outside, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for an LSU team that went 19-14.

Brown also revealed that he has been friendly with the Simmons family since he coached Ben’s father, David, for five seasons with the Melbourne Tigers in Australia in the late 1980s/early 1990s, although NBA rules forced him to limit his contact with them.

— The NFL finally did something in an attempt to improve its image, indicating that it will refund $723,734 to the Defense Department, which had paid teams to honor military service members at games and events.

The league had come under heavy criticism for accepting the payments, with Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake criticizing the Pentagon for the “paid patriotism.” A reports issued last year found 72 contracts — in various sports — in which the government paid for patriotic tributes, something the Defense Department said it no longer will do.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly set to hire Jeff Hornacek as coach 05.19.16 at 8:26 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: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Sharks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, 9 a.m., 1 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jeff Hornacek

Jeff Hornacek

— The Knicks apparently have settled on Jeff Hornacek to be their next coach, a decision that turned some heads in New York.

Hornacek, who was spotted with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills leaving a New York restaurant Wednesday evening, did not play or coach under Jackson, and he has not coached Jackson’s preferred triangle offense. He compiled a 101-112 record during two-plus seasons with the Suns before being fired in February.

ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, a former Knicks coach, said in an interview on Sirius XM Radio that he was told Hornacek won’t be pushed to run the triangle, even though Jackson worked with the players on the offense after New York’s season ended.

“The things I’ve heard is that he’s not going to be required to run the triangle,” Van Gundy said. “Which is smart from the standpoint that he’s never taught it before. So you don’t want to come in trying [something] that you’ve never played in or taught. I’m interested in that. But I think it’s an inspired choice.”

Jackson reportedly wanted to promote interim coach Kurt Rambis but apparently was concerned that Rambis was not popular with the players or team owner James Dolan.

Since Jackson’s arrival in New York two years ago, the Knicks are 49-115.

— It wasn’t close to the kind of tirades his father used to go on, but Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner had a few choice words for his last-place team during a meeting with the media Wednesday at the MLB owners meetings in New York.

Steinbrenner placed the blame for the team’s struggles squarely on the shoulders of the players.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Former Bruin Kevin Stevens released after pleading not guilty to federal drug charges 05.18.16 at 8:21 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: Red Sox at Royals, Game 1, 2:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, Game 2, 8:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Europa League, Sevilla vs. Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Bruin Kevin Stevens, who had been in custody since being arrested Thursday on federal drug charges, pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released — then was arrested by local police for violating terms of his probation. He was released by local police later in the day.

The 51-year-old, who grew up in Pembroke and starred at Boston College before playing 15 years in the NHL, is accused of conspiracy and intent to distribute the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone.

Stevens, who received treatment for substance issues late in his NHL career, agreed to participate in a mental health treatment program and undergo a substance abuse evaluation as part of his terms for release.

His attorney, Paul Kelly, told The Boston Globe that Stevens developed additions to Percocet, Vicodin and various opioids during his recovery from multiple fractures in his face after he slammed headfirst into the ice following a collision during a game in 1993. Stevens, who helped the Penguins win Stanley Cups in 1991 and ’92, continued his career — playing a half-season for his hometown Bruins in 1995-96 — but was arrested in 2000 after being found in a motel room after a game with crack cocaine and a prostitute. He entered the NHL’s Substance Abuse Program but apparently never was able to get clean.

Stevens was arrested in May 2015 in Plymouth County for driving with a suspended license.

“He has beaten the opioid addiction a couple of times,” Kelly told the Globe prior to Tuesday’s hearing. “He’s done a couple of stints in rehab through the NHL drug treatment program, which is all very hush-hush and confidential. But the NHL and NHLPA stepped in, and he has done a couple of stints. But the problem is he struggles with pain.

“Maybe a year or 18 months ago, he was in a car accident and he broke a couple of vertebra in his neck and upper back and again he was just in incredible pain. And again, they put him on Oxycontin, or one of these painkillers, and of course for a guy who has been fighting an addiction to these things, it immediately just sucks him right back in.”

— Rougned Odor said he will appeal the eight-game suspension he was given by Major League Baseball for punching Jose Bautista in the face during Sunday’s game.

“I knew I was going to be suspended,” Odor said Tuesday after the punishment was announced. “I have to follow the rules, and I’m just waiting for the appeal. I want to be with my team all year. I don’t want to be out eight games.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Thunder again benefit from late missed call to win playoff game, this time over Warriors 05.17.16 at 8:13 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 Royals, 8:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Draft lottery, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Thunder benefited from some key missed calls during their second-round series victory over the Spurs, and that trend continued in Monday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

After the Thunder rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to take a three-point lead, guard Russell Westbrook dribbled up the court, picked up his dribble and clearly dragged his pivot foot before calling a timeout.

Referee Monty McCutchen, standing a few feet away, gave Westbrook the timeout despite the protestations of the Warriors and coach Steve Kerr, who signaled for a travel.

“I thought he walked, but it wasn’t called, so that’s the way it goes,” Kerr said.

Said Westbrook: “I just play until I hear the whistle.”

After the timeout, Westbrook was fouled and hit one free throw to make it a two-possession game, and the Thunder held on for a 108-102 victory.

“The officials, no one could get in a good position to see him drag that pivot foot,” NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia told NBA TV. “It’s an unfortunate miss, but so much going on in the play, the speed of it, and officiating is about getting angles and sometimes you just can’t get them, and they did not get a great angle on that play.”

— One day after his fight with Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor said Monday that he did not regret what happened but that he respects Bautista and wants to move on from Sunday’s incident.

“I think it’s over,” the Venezuelan said through a translator. “It’s in the past.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista ‘pretty surprised’ by Rougned Odor’s punch to his face 05.16.16 at 8:12 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: Red Sox at Royals, 8:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Warriors, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s not secret that the Rangers were not happy with Jose Bautista’s bat flip during the playoffs last season. On Sunday they got some revenge, courtesy of second baseman Rougned Odor’s right hand to Bautista’s jaw.

In the eighth inning of Texas’ 7-6 victory, Rangers pitcher Matt Bush — the 30-year-old rookie whose career was derailed by a 3 1/2-year stint in prison for a drunken driving accident — plunked Bautista.

On an ensuing grounder, Bautista slid through second base and forced a wild relay throw from Odor (but the runner was called out due to Bautista’s obstruction). As Bautista got up, Odor pushed him in the chest, and they both took a fighting stance. Odor then connected with a strong right that knocked off Bautista’s helmet and glasses and appeared to stun him.

“I was pretty surprised,” Bautista said. “I mean, obviously, that’s the only reason that he got me and he got me pretty good, so I have to give him that. It takes a little bit bigger man to knock me down.”

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre grabbed Bautista and pulled him away as players from both teams rushed in.

Bautista and Odor were ejected along with another representative from each team.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who had been ejected during a third inning argument with umpires, returned to the field during the fight and exchanged words with Rangers manager Jeff Banister.

“I didn’t want to sit here and drink too much wine,” Gibbons joked. “You’ve got to go out there. I’m sure the league will say something about that, but it’s kind of the manager’s responsibility.”

When the game resumed, Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder with the next pitch and was ejected along with bench coach Demarlo Hale, who had replaced Gibbons.

Gibbons said he didn’t appreciate that the Rangers waited until Bautista’s last at-bat of the series to start something.

“It was ugly and unfortunate,” Gibbons said. “To me, it was gutless. The other 29 teams, they come at you right away, but to wait until the end, it just sort of tells you something. Everybody is going to say, ‘Oh, it was a one-run game. The ball got away.’ That ain’t going to fly.”

— The Mayor of Manchester, England, expressed his frustration with Sunday’s postponement of a Premier League soccer game due to a fake bomb left apparently behind after a training exercise.

After the Manchester United-Bournemouth match was called off and the stadium cleared of fans, the device — found in a toilet — was blown up in a controlled explosion. It was later determined to be a fake.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace acquitted of murder but found guilty of being accessory 05.13.16 at 8:13 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: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Hungary, 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ernest Wallace, one of Aaron Hernandez’s associates who was with the former Patriots tight end the night Hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd, was acquitted of first-degree murder but found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.

Wallace was sentenced to serve 4 1/2 to seven years in state prison. He has been in custody since turning himself into authorities in June 2013, shortly after Lloyd’s death, and will receive credit for the nearly three years he already has been in custody.

The Bristol Superior Court jury’s decision Thursday came after a 10-week trial and about eight hours of deliberations over two days.

“I very much respect the jury’s verdict,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said in a statement. “They apparently felt there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove Mr. Wallace and Mr. Hernandez were acting in concert to kill Odin Lloyd. I am happy the jury found the defendant guilty of accessory after the fact to murder, and was involved in the attempt to cover up the crime. I am pleased he will serve a state prison sentence.”

Wallace’s attorney, David E. Meier, also sounded pleased with the result.

“The jury’s verdict on the first-degree murder charge speaks for itself, as does the speed with which the jury returned that verdict,” Meier told The Boston Globe. “In the end, the truth won out. Mr. Wallace looks forward to rejoining his family in Florida as soon as possible and moving on with his life.”

Another man, Carlos Ortiz, faces similar charges and is due to be tried in October. Prosecutors say all three men played meaningful roles in Lloyd’s death after picking him up from his Dorchester apartment.

Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder last year and is serving a life sentence, which he is appealing. He also faces a double-murder charge for the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside a Boston nightclub in July 2012.

— Russia’s chances of competing in track and field in the upcoming Rio Olympics took a blow Thursday when the World Anti-Doping Agency criticized the country’s oversight of its program.

WADA released statistics indicating that testing by independent authorities in Russia decreased by more than two-thirds in the past year, despite reports of widespread violations by athletes.

On the same day, The New York Times published a story detailing how at the Sochi Games in 2014 Russia switched out urine samples and committed other acts to hide doping in its athletes, including 15 who won medals.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cubs P John Lackey upset about Padres batter admiring HR, says he has ‘long memory’ 05.12.16 at 8:02 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: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Thunder, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Sharks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. France, 9 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Cubs pitcher John Lackey, no stranger to controversy, took offense Wednesday after Padres batter Christian Bethancourt paused to admire his monster home run off the right-hander.

Lackey, who had his share of issues during his up-and-down stint with the Red Sox from 2010-14, had a perfect game in the fifth inning when Bethancourt unloaded on a breaking ball, sending it 445 feet. It soared over the left field bleachers out of the park and onto the street below.

Bethancourt took his time making his way to first base, admiring the shot that ended up being the game’s only run, and that didn’t sit well with Lackey.

“How many home runs does he have?” Lackey asked sarcastically after the game (it was the 24-year-old Bethancourt’s third homer of the season).

Lackey had never faced Bethancourt before, but when they meet again it promises to be interesting.

“Oh, I know,” Lackey said. “He’ll learn.”

Added Lackey: “I’ve got a long memory.”

Lackey fell to 4-2 after pitching eight innings of three-hit ball with no walks and seven strikeouts. The homer allowed San Diego to complete a doubleheader sweep, giving the league-leading Cubs their first two-game losing streak of the season.

— Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette will announce his retirement Thursday, after suffering a serious neck injury last season.

Lockette, who played five seasons in Seattle, was known as a standout on special teams. He also caught 22 passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns.

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