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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals QB Andy Dalton hopeful he can return ‘as soon as I can’ after breaking thumb 12.14.15 at 8:01 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: Oilers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Suns at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NFL: Giants at Dolphins, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Leicester City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It appears likely that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will miss at least the rest of the regular season after breaking his right thumb in Sunday’€™s 33-20 loss to the Steelers, but the quarterback is hopeful that he will return for the playoffs if not sooner.

“It’s unfortunate it happened at this point in the season,” Dalton said. “I’m going to do what I can to get back as soon as I can to help this team. We will kind of see.”

Dalton was hurt making a tackle after throwing an interception deep in Pittsburgh territory in the first quarter.

“When I got to the sideline, I tried to grip the ball,” Dalton said. “Thought maybe it was a little bruise or something I could get through. Then I went and got the X-ray.”

Dalton, who led the league in passer rating heading into the game (107.4), returned from the locker room with a cast on his throwing hand and watched backup A.J. McCarron get his first meaningful NFL action. McCarron threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green but later threw a pick-six, finishing 22-of-32 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Bengals fell to 10-3, a game behind the Patriots.

“It is disappointing especially the way this season has gone,” said Dalton, who will see a specialist Monday. “There is still a lot of football left to be played and I’m going to try to get back as quick as I can.”

— Meanwhile, the Steelers and Bengals had a pregame shoving match before Sunday’s game, and Bengals offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth blames the NFL for allowing the situation to become volatile.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN fires Rob Parker, apologizes for Brent Musburger 01.09.13 at 7:41 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: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Lakers at Spurs, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Mavericks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Nebraska at Michigan, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Louisville at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Minnesota at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Arkansas at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNLV at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at California, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Hawaii at UC-Irvine, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Harvard at Boston University, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Two days after Rob Parker went on a Detroit television show and attempted to convince people his comments about Robert Griffin III were taken out of context and that he was not questioning RGIII’s “blackness,” ESPN announced that it was parting ways with the “First Take” panelist.

“Rob Parker’s contract expired at year’s end,” a statement from the network read. “Evaluating our needs and his work, including his recent RGIII comments, we decided not to renew his deal.”

Parker, who had been on the show for six years, was serving a 30-day suspension. A “First Take” producer also reportedly was suspended, apparently due to the fact the show re-aired repeatedly with the offensive comments unedited.

In other ESPN news, the network apologized on Tuesday for announcer Brent Musburger gushing about the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron during Monday night’s national championship game. Katherine Webb, the 2012 Miss Alabama, said she wasn’t offended — and her Twitter following has jumped about 200,000 since she was shown on TV during the game — but ESPN felt the need to silence critics of the announcer’s behavior.

“We always try to capture interesting storylines, and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test,” the statement from ESPN read. “However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far, and Brent understands that.”

‘™¦ Tuesday was a rough day for the NFL’s Ryan family. On the same day the Cowboys announced the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed that two of his assistant coaches (offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh) would not be retained. The Jets also need to hire a new defensive coordinator to replace Mike Pettine, whose contract expires at the end of this month and is interviewing with the Bills, but apparently it won’t be Rex’s brother, as a New York Daily News reports indicates the Jets will go with Dennis Thurman.

“I inherited a team that was 31st in the league in defense and made them better,” Rob Ryan told ESPNDallas.com. “I [expletive] made them a hell of a lot better. I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.”

Rex Ryan, who has two years and more than $6 million remaining on his contract, acknowledged Tuesday that he had concerns he might not be retained after the Jets’ woeful 2012 season. Now, he has a renewed focus as he looks to turn around the team’s fortunes.

“I’€™m approaching this day like it’€™s the first day. Period. Like my first day as a head coach,” he said. “This is a new chance for me. This is a beginning, certainly not an end.”

Ryan also continued to express confidence in his team.

“We are going to be a dangerous football team,” he said. “I can promise you that. I’€™m going to tell you: You’€™re not going to want to play the Jets.”‘€¨’€¨Added Ryan: “We’€™re not going to be bullied. We might not win every game, and no team does. But you’€™ve got to stand for something. We’€™re going to be the team you don’€™t want to play.”

‘™¦ Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., after he allegedly lied about his identity following a traffic stop for tinted windows. McClain, who was sentenced to 180 days in jail for firing a gun next to a man’s head in 2011 (the case eventually was dismissed after the victim decided to drop the charges), insisted police are out to get him.

“I’m falsely accused of everything,” he told the Decatur Daily. “It’s corrupt. It’s terrible.”

McClain, 23, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, was suspended by the Raiders two games late this season after arguing with coach Dennis Allen. He played in 11 games (starting nine), recording 60 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. He has two years and more than $9 million remaining on his rookie contract.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 9, 1993, who resigned after two seasons as Patriots chief executive officer, clearing the way for the new staff led by coach Bill Parcells?

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