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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Barry Bonds has ‘great peace’ after government drops criminal case 07.22.15 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 12:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Liberty at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Gold Cup semifinals, United States vs. Jamaica, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Barry Bonds might not get into the Hall of Fame anytime soon, but at least he doesn’t have to worry anymore about going to jail for being evasive when asked by a grand jury about performance-enhancing drugs supplied by his former trainer.

Federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against Bonds on Tuesday, as the Department of Justice decided not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appellate decision that overturned Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction, one day before the deadline.

“The finality of today’s decision gives me great peace,” Bonds said in a statement. “As I have said before, this outcome is something I have long wished for. I am relieved, humbled and thankful for what this means for me and my family moving forward.”

Bonds, 50, received 36.8 percent of the votes for the Hall of Fame in this year’s election, his third time on the ballot. That’s well below the 75 percent needed for induction.

Victor Conte, founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) that supplied a number of star athletes with PEDs, was critical of the government’s pursuit of Bonds.

“It seems that the government has finally come to their senses,” said Conte, who was sentenced to four months in prison and four months of home confinement for his role in the scandal. “In my opinion they should have never brought charges against Barry Bonds and wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. … The Bonds case was simply a trophy-hunting expedition by these federal agents and prosecutors, and I believe they need to be held accountable for this waste of federal funds.”

Adrian Peterson didn’t have much leverage in his negotiations with the Vikings, but the team nonetheless accommodated his request for a better contract, restructuring the final three years of his deal to give him $20 million in guaranteed money.

Peterson, who prior to the adjustment had $45 million remaining on his contract but none of it guaranteed, tweeted the word “Amen” next to an emoji of praying hands.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Becky Hammon coaches Spurs to Las Vegas Summer League title 07.21.15 at 8:18 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 Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Dream at Sky, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
WNBA: Mercury at Sparks, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Fiorentina vs. Paris, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, LA Galaxy vs. Barcelona, 11 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Becky Hammon’s first foray into being a head coach of an NBA team ended with a championship, as the Spurs beat the Suns, 93-90, in the Las Vegas Summer League title game Monday night.

The first female coach of an NBA summer league team, Hammon guided the Spurs to an opening loss and then six straight victories — including a buzzer-beating win over the Celtics in the quarterfinals — en route to the championship.

“You never know what your journey has in store,” Hammon told Sports Illustrated. “You just work hard and keep your nose to the grind. You do things the right way, you treat people the right way, and good things happen. . . . I’m just thankful that [Gregg Popovich] trusted me with the guys in that locker room, and that those guys trusted me back.”

Jonathon Simmons, who scored 23 points and was named MVP, was highly complimentary of Hammon, who became the first woman to serve as a full-time NBA assistant coach last season after retiring from a playing career in the WNBA.

“It’s amazing. It was a humbling experience. For all of us,” Simmons told NBATV. “I really love her and I’ve only known her a couple of days. She’s a real cool coach. She’s a player’s coach. That’s something we all like.”

— Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter became the latest NFL player to be arrested this offseason, as the 24-year-old was charged with felony assault by stabbing, cutting or wounding for his role in a bar fight earlier this month in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

According to reports out of Virginia Beach, a large brawl broke out at the Sandbar Raw Bar on July 3. One person was taken to the hospital, although the extent of the individual’s injuries was not clear.

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Adrian Peterson wants to break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record 06.16.15 at 8:55 am ET
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Despite missing nearly all of 2014, Adrian Peterson remains optimistic about breaking the all-time NFL rushing record of 18,355 rushing yards set by Emmitt Smith.

“I don’€™t think it’€™s impossible,” he told the Pioneer Press during Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, Texas, on Saturday. “A lot of things are still to come. … I look at things that anything is possible. He played 15 years. I’€™m going into year nine but I’€™ve only got eight on the body. That’€™s a long-term goal (to break the record).”

The Vikings running back currently sits at 10,190 career rushing yards to begin his age-30 season. However, he believes that he’s capable of playing seven or eight more years in the league, which is unprecedented longevity for a running back. In order to break the record, Peterson would have to average 1,021 yards per season over the next eight years.

“I think I can play (past Smith’s retirement age of 35),” Peterson said. “I’m blessed with tremendous talent and recovery and everything, so I feel like I’ll be able to play as long as I want. … I want to play seven more (years). Eight. I really feel that I can be 38 out there and still be the best running back in the NFL.”

In addition to Smith’s record, Peterson also alleged that he has the ability to break Eric Dickerson‘s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Meanwhile, Vikings running back coach Kirby Wilson told Marc Sessler last week that he wants the veteran tailback to have a more “balanced workload,” perhaps leading to fewer carries in 2015.

Peterson’s wife, Ashley, still believes her husband’s season goal is attainable.

“I’d say 2,200 yards (this season),” she said of her husband’s goals in 2015. “I think he can definitely do it. His mind-set is totally different than anybody I’ve ever met. He’s very determined; he’s very strong-minded; he’s very strong-willed. I think he has a goal in mind and he’s not going to stop until he reaches that goal. … I think he’s going to go out there and surprise a lot of doubters and the naysayers.”

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Adrian Peterson will participate in Vikings’ OTAs Tuesday 06.02.15 at 8:57 am ET
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After nearly nine months away from the team, Adrian Peterson will return to the Vikings for OTAs on Tuesday.

“I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches,” Peterson told ESPN. “I was planning on coming in this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It’s what I love to do.”

Following Week 1 of the 2014-15 NFL season, Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges after allegedly disciplining his child with a switch. He missed the remaining 15 games of the season and speculation abounded that he would be traded this offseason. Peterson previously skipped the first two phases of the Vikings offseason program in hopes of making his $12.75 million 2015-16 salary fully guaranteed.

The 2012 NFL MVP went on a highly publicized Twitter rant Sunday morning regarding the viability of NFL contracts.

Peterson did not discuss whether he and the Vikings had begun restructuring his contract.

“I’ll leave those discussions to my agent, but any player wants to guarantee his future as much as possible,” Peterson said. “I’m focused on what I need to do on the field, what I need to do to prepare for the season.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson goes on Twitter rant about contract 05.29.15 at 8:09 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 Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup, United States vs. Myanmar, midnight (FS1)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. UCLA, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson brought some clarity to his dispute with the Vikings, tweeting his frustration that his contract is not fully guaranteed.

There had been speculation that Peterson was skipping this week’s voluntary three-day practice session because he felt the Vikings did not support him enough during his legal problems last season. However, he indicated the issue is only about his contract.

Peterson apparently wants the Vikings to guarantee money due in the final two years of his deal, especially after he lost money during last season’s suspension.

Tweeted Peterson: I know hundreds of players that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash.

Peterson has three years and about $45 million remaining on his contract. If he is on the roster for Week 1, his $12.75 million salary for 2015 is guaranteed, but not the final two years.

Tweeted Peterson: A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it comes to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s) feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply! It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!

Peterson later indicated his anger is directed at the players’ lack of power, not at the Vikings in particular.

Wrote Peterson: This is not against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players.

The Vikings have another set of voluntary practices next week, but Peterson is not required to show up until minicamp that starts June 16.

— Eagles coach Chip Kelly responded to allegations from traded running back LeSean McCoy that he intentionally got rid of the team’s good black players by denying race played a role in any of his offseason decisions.

“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Bears DL Ray McDonald arrested again 05.28.15 at 8:00 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 Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College softball: World Series, Tennessee vs. Florida, noon (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Alabama vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College softball: World Series, UCLA vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Two days after being arrested for domestic violence and child endangerment and then being cut by the Bears, lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order.

McDonald was issued the restraining order after Monday’s incident, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee, who was with their infant child. His attorney denies that he or McDonald were notified of the restraining order, which barred him from returning to the home in Santa Clara, California.

McDonald went to the home to meet with a private investigator, his lawyer said, at a time when his ex-fiancee was not home. He was arrested at a fast-food restaurant Wednesday afternoon and booked on $5,000 bail.

Cut by the 49ers in December after what the team called a “pattern of poor decision-making,” McDonald signed a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Bears team chairman George McCaskey expressed concern for the alleged victim.

“The overriding emotion for me was sadness,” McCaskey said of his reaction to McDonald’s Monday arrest. “Sadness for the child, for the child’s mother and for the entire situation. Domestic violence is a vexing social problem. The NFL has had some high-profile cases including this one, and the NFL because it’s a leader in a society is called upon to take action, which we are doing. We’re not going to do it by ourselves, but I think we have an opportunity to make an impact.”

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that the Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson, despite the running back’s lack of cooperation since his return from his suspension last season.

Speaking to the media Wednesday during the second day of OTAs — which Peterson is skipping — Zimmer dismissed any suggestion that the team might move Peterson.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said. “He’s not going to play for anybody else, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees honor Bernie Williams, then continue skid 05.25.15 at 8:23 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 Twins, 2:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Tigers at Athletics, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Rockets, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College lacrosse: NCAA championship game, Denver vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, noon (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Bernie Williams’ No. 51 was retired by the Yankees on Sunday night, and the list of dignitaries on hand was headed by Derek Jeter, making his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his retirement.

Williams, who was the center fielder on the Yankees teams that won four titles in five seasons from 1996-2000, batted .297 in 16 seasons in the Bronx, finishing third in team history in doubles and in the top seven in hits, runs, games played, home runs and RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, and he won the 1998 American League batting title (.339).

The Yankees’ all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and RBIs (80), Williams only signed his retirement papers last month.

“It took a long time [to retire],” Williams said after Sunday’s ceremony. “I think I sort of misunderstood my own feelings in my own emotions. The first three or four years [after I stopped playing] I was really making sure that I wasn’€™t going back. After the fifth or sixth year I started putting it on the shelf. I was like, ‘Well, this is not that important.’ I think to me, I was moving on to other things. I really needed to have this chapter of my life closed. It took me nine years but I finally got it done.”

As for Jeter, who was introduced last and received a long ovation, Williams said: “I think he’s very at peace with where he is right now in his life and I am so happy with him. I think a very important part of players when they retire is to try to make that transition from going 1,000 miles an hour to more of a normal kind of pace, and he seems to be handling it pretty good. So I’m really happy for him.”

As for Sunday’s game, the Yankees lost to the Rangers, 5-2, their sixth straight loss and 10th in 11 games — their worst skid since 1995. New York is 22-22, one game ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the AL East.

Adrian Peterson‘s standoff with the Vikings continues, as the running back told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the team’s optional practices that begin Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.

Although the Vikings have expressed a desire to have Peterson return to the team following his suspension last season while he handled his legal issues related to child abuse, Peterson apparently still has a chip on his shoulder due to a perceived lack of support from the organization.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin move on from racial incident with Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison 04.06.15 at 8:09 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 Phillies, 3:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Indians at Astros, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament final, Wisconsin vs. Duke, 9 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Crystal Palace, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Andrew Harrison (5) and Kentucky were frustrated by Frank Kaminsky (44) and Wisconsin in Saturday’s national semifinal. (Chris Steppig/Getty Images)

— Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky tried to play down the controversy that erupted when Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison muttered a racial slur about him during Saturday’s postgame press conference.

After Kentucky’s loss that ended the Wildcats’ season at 38-1, Harrison responded to a question about Kaminsky by saying, ‘[Expletive] that [N-word],” even though Kaminsky is white. Although Harrison covered the microphone with his hand, the comment was audible.

Harrison, who also was criticized for skipping the postgame handshake line along with a few of his teammates, later tweeted an apology, writing: First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.

Added Harrison: When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect.

Kaminsky, who on Sunday was named winner of the Naismith Award as the nation’s top player, confirmed that Harrison contacted him, and he attempted to put the issue to rest.

“He reached to me, we talked about it, [I’m] over it,” Kaminsky said Sunday, as he focused on leading the Badgers against Duke in Monday night’s NCAA championship game. “Nothing needs to be made out of it.”

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan also was in a forgiving mood, saying: “In this day and age, it always reminds all of us that whatever we say can and will be heard, it seems. The teaching moment is the individual himself learned from it obviously by reaching out to Frank, so we’ll leave it at that.”

— Jaguars defensive lineman Sen’Derrick Marks isn’t impressed with the NFL’s decision to hire a female official, and he made an interesting comparison.

The league announced last week that Sarah Thomas will be the first full-time non-replacement official.

“It’s just like the Michael Sam situation — if he wasn’t gay, he would have gone undrafted,” Marks told TMZ. “Instead, the league drafts him because I think they are trying to monopolize every aspect of the world. The same thing with a female ref.

“For the league, it’s great publicity. The NFL is all about monopolizing every opportunity.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LLWS star Mo’ne Davis asks for leniency for offensive tweeter 03.24.15 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Kings at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Miami at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Vanderbilt at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Angels at Rangers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis showed remarkable class in responding to a college baseball player’s dismissal from his team due to his insult of Davis in a tweet.

Bloomsburg (Pa.) University junior first baseman Joey Casselberry was booted from the team Sunday after he complained about Davis getting a movie made about her, tweeting: Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.

Davis said Monday that she emailed the school to ask that Casselberry, who apologized for his tweet, be reinstated.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” Davis told ESPN. “Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you’ve got to think about what you’re doing before you do it.

“It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he’s worked. Why not give him a second chance?”

The school acknowledged receiving Davis’ email but did not give any indication that it would reverse its decision.

“Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her,” the school said in a statement. “Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.”

— The Princeton women’s basketball team’s previously undefeated season came to an end Monday with a loss to host Maryland in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, and there was increased security at the arena following a threat made against a Princeton player who is the niece of President Barack Obama.

According to media reports, a phone message threatening Princeton freshman Leslie Robinson — whose father, Craig Robinson, is Michelle Obama’s brother — was left at Maryland.

Barack and Michelle Obama attended Saturday’s opening-round game but were not in attendance for Monday’s contest, which the Terrapins won 85-70.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fire ticket-seller involved in Curt Schilling Twitter controversy 03.03.15 at 7:56 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:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
College basketball: Villanova at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox vs. Boston College/Northeastern, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Blue Jays, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Aston Villa, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees announced Monday afternoon that they have fired the part-time ticket-seller who posted vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter, saying they have “zero tolerance for anything like this.”

A number of individuals made vile comments on social media after Schilling tweeted congratulations to his 17-year-old for committing to play for the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Sean MacDonald was one of the most offensive tweeters, and Schilling called him out.

Yankees director of communications Jason Zillo said MacDonald worked a few days for the team in January, but, “We’ve terminated him.”

MacDonald is a former vice president of the Theta Xi fraternity at Montclair State University, from where he recently graduated. The fraternity acknowledged his “inappropriate and offensive tweets” and posted that “cyberbullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”

Another tweeter, identified as Adam Nagel, a student at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey who hosted a one-hour show on his school radio station’s student radio streams, was suspended by the school and is being investigated by local police.

Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to discuss the situation.

— More details are emerging about why Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Rasheed Sulaimon in January, making him the first player kicked off the team in the coach’s 35-year tenure.

According to a report in The Duke Chronicle, the school’s newspaper, two students accused Sulaimon of sexual assault last school year, and the team was aware of the allegations for at least a year before Sulaimon was dismissed. According to a statement from Krzyzewski at the time, Sulaimon “has been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”

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