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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Derek Jeter says Yankees want to ‘move on’ from Alex Rodriguez controversy 02.11.14 at 8:01 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.

NBA: Kings at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Florida at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at N.C. State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Butler, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah State at Colorado State, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Wyoming, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at West Bromwich, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s, women’s cross-country, 6 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Figure skating, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s ski jumping, women’s speedskating, 1:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s, women’s cross-country, women’s luge, women’s freestyle skiing, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s curling, United States vs. Britain, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Men’s snowboarding, figure skating, women’s freestyle skiing, women’s ski jumping, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s speedskating, women’s biathlon, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s hockey, Switzerland vs. Finland, 3 a.m. (MSNBC)


Derek Jeter is at the Yankees‘ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., and Alex Rodriguez is not. The questions about the suspended slugger persist, but the captain made it clear that the team wants to move on from the controversy.

“For us, we don’t have to deal with it,” Jeter said Monday. “It’s over and done with. He’s not going to be here this year, so you have to find ways to get it done. ‘€¦ It is what it is. He’s not here for this season, so we’re going to have to find ways to win with the team we have.”

Jeter said he exchanged texts with Rodriguez after A-Rod dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players union and accepted his suspension, but he offered no insight regarding the third baseman’s frame of mind.

“It’s not my job to answer for him,” Jeter said. “I can’t tell you what he’s thinking. You’ve got to ask him.”

Added Jeter: “For us, look, we show up and we do our job. The situation that he’s in is a situation that affects him. You have to ask him how he feels about it, if he’s glad that it’s over with. But it’s not something that’s weighing on our mind when we’re playing games. It’s a situation that he has to deal with. Now it’s over and it’s done with and we move on from there.”

– Angels first baseman Albert Pujols dropped his defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark on Monday after he received an apology and retraction from the former Red Sox slugger.

Clark, during an appearance last summer on his since-canceled St. Louis sports talk show, claimed he had information that a trainer had given Pujols performance-enhancing drugs.

“I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement. “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize.”

Said Pujols in a statement Monday: “I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name.”

– The fight over the Redskins nickname heated up again when two politicians wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pushing for the league to change the name. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) hinted that the league’s anti-trust exemption could be in jeopardy if the nickname persists.

The Redskins responded with a statement saying: “Don’t they have more important issues to worry about than a football team’s name?”

According to The Washington Post, D.C-area lawmakers support a name change but don’t appear ready to support congressional action to force one.

“I think it would be wise and appropriate for Dan Snyder to consider changing the name,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a statement. “I hope there will continue to be conversations that lead to resolution on this issue.”

Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Ray Halbritter has less patience. In a statement Monday, he said: “The NFL is a publicly subsidized $9 billion-a-year brand with global reach, and it is using this public resources and that brand to promote a dictionary-defined racial slur.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly drops lawsuit against MLB, MLBPA 02.07.14 at 4:52 pm ET
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Alex Rodriguez has dropped his lawsuit against MLB, Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association, according to multiple reports.

Rodriguez filed the lawsuit on Jan. 13, two days after independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced his 211-game suspension to 162 games. MLB and the MLBPA both said in statements that they disagreed with Horowitz’€™s ruling — for different reasons — but that they respected the arbitration process and recognized Horowitz’€™s decision as final.

Because Rodriguez’s dismissal was voluntary, he has the option to refile the lawsuit at a later date if he wants.


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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis says Richard Sherman ‘about me, me, me, me’ 01.24.14 at 8:10 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.

NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Rider at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vermont at Stony Brook, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Canadiens at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Northeastern at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: RIT at Niagara, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Denver, 9:35 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Coventry at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 a.m. Saturday (ESPN)


Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, who got under the skin of the Patriots when patrolling “Revis Island” for the Jets, weighed in on the Richard Sherman controversy, and he wasn’t impressed with Sherman’s selfish behavior.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s an entertainer, but he shouldn’t have said that,” Revis said Wednesday at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. “The reporter asked him a question about the team and he went on to answer about me, me, me, me. So that is how I took it. He didn’t answer the question in the right way.”

Added Revis: “It is what it is, that is Sherman. That is what he thinks. Everybody has their own opinion.”

Revis, who had some Twitter battles with Sherman over the last couple of years since the Seahawks star started bragging that he was better, still isn’t prepared to tip his cap to Sherman.

“I feel like I’m the best,” Revis said. “Deion Sanders probably feels like he is the best. Everybody has their own personal opinion. And that is how you go with it and I think that is what makes it fun.

“[Sherman is] saying he’s the best,” Revis continued. “I’m saying I’m the best, Joe Haden thinks he’s the best. ‘€¦ You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players.”

– One week after Jets quarterback Geno Smith walked off a Virgin America plane before takeoff in Los Angeles following a confrontation with a flight attendant, the airline apologized for the situation.

“After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily,” Virgin America said in a statement. “We’ve apologized to Mr. Smith for his experience, which could have been better — and we’d welcome him back onboard any time.

“As an airline that prides itself on our guest service, we take incidents such as this one very seriously.”

Smith reportedly was wearing headphones when an attendant who asked him to take them off became frustrated and removed them. That led to Smith’s departure from the flight.

“I really appreciate that Virgin America took this seriously, looked into this matter and followed up with me,” Smith said. “I look forward to flying their airline again soon.”

Alex Rodriguez isn’t allowed to play baseball this season, but he has at least one offer to remain in the game. The Torrington (Conn.) Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced that they are offering Rodriguez a position as an assistant coach this summer.

The Titans can only offer $5,000 for the 10-week gig, but they did include free coffee and donuts from a local donut shop.

“We would love to help Alex start to rebuild his image as a professional athlete by giving back to the community and helping our young athletes,” general manager Joey Abis said.

On a side note, comedic actor Bill Murray is a part owner of the team.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 24, 1971, which Bruin was honored in a pregame ceremony before the B’s beat the Canadiens, 4-2, to extend their home winning streak to 15?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: MLB players reportedly wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of union 01.22.14 at 7:48 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.

NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pacers at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Louisville at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa at Michigan, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: VCU at Dayton, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: La Salle at St. Bonaventure, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at USC, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah State at UNLV, 11:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


– If there was any doubt how fellow major leaguers feel about Alex Rodriguez, that was made clear Tuesday when a report emerged that several players wanted Rodriguez to be kicked out of the MLB Players Association after he included the union in the lawsuit he filed last week seeking to overturn his year-long suspension.

The suit claims the MLBPA “breached its duty of fair representation to Mr. Rodriguez.” Union head Tony Clark responded by calling the suit “unfortunate” and said: “His claim is completely without merit and we will aggressively defend ourselves and our members from these baseless charges.”

The players, speaking Jan. 13 during an MLBPA conference call, were informed by staff lawyers that a player could not be expelled from the union. According to Yahoo! Sports, one unnamed player said that of the approximately 40 players and board members on the call, no one defended Rodriguez when it was suggested he be removed from the union.

“That’s what everyone was thinking,” the player said. “We wanted to get on this call and not let him back. [To say,] ‘This is our game and we don’t want you in it.’ ”

One player suggested that A-Rod could face repercussions when he returns to the field.

“When he gets up to bat, you can hit him and hit him hard.” the player told Yahoo! “That’s what I’d do. He sued us. Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz screwed up. You know what? They owned up to it. They took their medicine.

“[Rodriguez] needs to be scared of coming back and facing people he sued. If he can’t fear the wrath of getting kicked out or not being included, he’s going to be forced out.”

– Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett is insuring a Quicken Loans contest that offers $1 billion to anyone who can fill out a perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in March.

Buffett said he proposed the idea to Quicken founder and chairman Dan Gilbert (also the owner of the Cavaliers) in November. The company announced the contest Tuesday.

“I said, ‘Here’s a proposition that might be interesting to you,’ ” Buffett recounted to the Los Angeles Times. “It heated up three weeks ago. We quoted a price. They worked out the mechanics of it.”

The contest is free and open to the first 10 million people who sign up online. If someone gets all the games correct, they have the option of taking 40 annual payments of $25 million or taking a lump sum of $500 million.

“Just imagine if there’s one person left [with a perfect bracket] at the last game,” Buffett said. “I will go to that final game with him or her and I’ll have a check in my pocket. … I think we’ll be rooting for different teams.”

Buffett also said he might try to negotiate with anyone who enters the the tournament’s last weekend with a chance to win.

“If you get to the Final Four with a perfect bracket, I may buy you out of your position,” Buffett said. “I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse. I will accept your phone call, you better believe it.”

– Knicks coach Mike Woodson claims he’s not upset that his players appeared to question his ability following Monday’s loss to the Nets, the team’s fourth straight setback, although he asked that the complaints be kept in-house.

Tyson Chandler was the most outspoken player, saying the Nets “out-schemed” the Knicks in a 103-80 rout at Madison Square Garden.

Responded Woodson: “I don’t think it’s something you air in the paper. You’ve got issues, you hold your coach and your teammates accountable and you air it out amongst yourself.”

Chandler tried to downplay the issue, insisting he wasn’t taking shots at his coach.

“We’re fine,” he said. “Coach knows me. He knows if I have something to say it’s going to be to him. ‘€¦ Anything I say, I say to them, to their face. But I will be honest about what I saw in the game. But that’s not meant to nitpick at anybody or send any messages. I’ll send my messages directly.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 22, 2012, in the AFC championship game, the Patriots edged the Ravens, 23-20, after Billy Cundiff‘s 32-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left with seconds remaining. Which Patriot scored the game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter?

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Alex Rodriguez: MLB ‘could have done me a favor’ by forcing slugger to get some rest 01.16.14 at 8:56 am ET
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In his first public comments since the rejection of his appeal last week, Alex Rodriguez said his 162-game suspension from baseball will give him time to rest.

“I think that in the year 2014, the league could have done me a favor because I’ve played 20 years without a timeout,” Rodriguez said at a press conference for the opening of a gym he is affiliated with in Mexico City, according to ESPN. “I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life.

“I have three years left on my contract starting in 2015, and I hope to play very well and finish my career in New York.”

Speaking in Spanish, Rodriguez initially informed the press that he would not discuss his suspension or any of his legal issues before he briefly spoke on the topic. The Yankees third basemen went on to say that he hopes better news about the league can start to make headlines instead of his story.

“It’s a very sad story,” Rodriguez said. “And we hope we can take it out of the newspapers and I hope we can start concentrating on all the good things the big league is doing with all the young players moving forward.”

Despite this desire, information surfaced Wednesday about the extreme measures Rodriguez utilized both on and off the field.

Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer Daniel Engelstein revealed the pressure Rodriguez put on the union to find a solution other than arbitration to stop attempted disciplinary actions. Engelstein made the comments about Rodriguez the same day he asked a Manhattan federal court to make Rodriguez’€™s two lawsuits into a single case, according to The Associated Press.

Engelstein said Rodriguez found fault with the MLBPA’€™s actions as they were “not complying with Mr. Rodriguez’€™s demands that the union pursue extraordinary remedies outside of the arbitration process to ‘€˜stand up’€™ to MLB and to stop it from acting in a manner Mr. Rodriguez characterized as improper.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Anthony Bosch details alleged PED use, bribes by Alex Rodriguez 01.13.14 at 8:07 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.

NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Syracuse at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Charleston at Northeastern, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Virginia at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Lafayette at Loyola (Md.), 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal at Aston Villa, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Anthony Bosch, who ran the Florida anti-aging clinic with affiliations to Major League Baseball players, said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night that he provided an assortment of performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and even injected A-Rod himself at times.

Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension was reduced to 162 games plus playoffs (the entire 2014 season) by an arbitrator Saturday, and he has indicated he will file a suit in federal court to overturn the ruling. He has denied using PEDs.

According to Bosch, Rodriguez started working with him in the summer of 2010, shortly before the Yankees slugger hit his 600th home run. Bosch said A-Rod wanted to know what Manny Ramirez used in 2008 and ’09, when he had a resurgence of power while playing for the Dodgers (although he eventually was suspended).

Bosch said he was paid $12,000 per month to supply Rodriguez with banned drugs including testosterone and human growth hormone.

Bosch detailed his links to Rodriguez, including hundreds of text messages and a document that indicates he was paid $50,000 from “A-Rod Corporation” that Bosch said was an effort to keep him quiet. The money was returned. Bosch also said people with an affiliation to Rodriguez threatened him. That led Bosch to strike a deal with MLB for security and legal assistance in exchange for his testimony.

Rodriguez’s lawyers have claimed the player’s relationship with Bosch was limited to nutrition consultations. Attorney Joe Tacopina criticized MLB for cooperating with the “60 Minutes” interview, even though Tacopina himself was interviewed on the program.

“Tonight’s further expansion of Bud Selig and Rob Manfred‘s quest to destroy Alex Rodriguez goes beyond comprehension,” Tacopina said in a statement. “In a clearly pre-orchestrated display, Selig and Manfred, having known for some time what the result of the arbitration would be (in light of Manfred sitting on the arbitration panel) put forth an unparalleled display of hubris and vindictiveness — complete with Manfred appearing in tandem with the drug dealer Tony Bosch, both in full makeup, celebrating the joint victory of Bosch’s lies and Manfred’s intimidation and payments for testimony.”

Peyton Manning is riding high after ending a personal three-game postseason losing streak and leading the Broncos to the AFC championship game against the Patriots. However, according to an ESPN report, Manning’s future could be in jeopardy.

The report indicates that Manning will have an offseason exam on his surgically repaired neck, and if there is an increased risk of injury, the quarterback will be forced to decide whether to retire.

Manning underwent fusion surgery on his neck while a member of the Colts and missed the entire 2011 season.

Last week, Manning commented about his future, saying, “The light is at the end of the tunnel for me, no question.”

– Rangers pitcher Derek Holland is expected to miss about three months of the season after having surgery Friday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Holland denied a report that he suffered the injury while playing in an amateur hockey game, instead explaining that it was caused by his dog, a boxer named Wrigley.

“I was running around with the dog and took off up the stairs,” Holland told the Dallas Morning News. “He chased me and ran up under me and undercut me, and I slammed my head on the steps.

“It could have been worse. I could have cracked my head open. I was doing a typical guy thing, closing around with the dog thing, and this happened.”

Holland, who signed a five-year contract before the 2012 season and is due to make $5.4 million this year, was injury-free in 2013, leading the team in starts (33) and innings pitched (213) while going 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 13, 1983, the Red Sox shipped which veteran pitcher to the Mets for a minor leaguer to be named later (infielder Mike Davis, who never reached the majors)?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN’s Dan Le Batard says losing Hall of Fame vote ‘was worth it’ for protest 01.10.14 at 8:07 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.

NBA: Celtics at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Radford at High Point, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Air Force at Army, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Alabama-Huntsville at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Colorado College at North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)


Dan Le Batard

Dan Le Batard

Dan Le Batard on Thursday was suspended from the Baseball Writers Association of America for one year and had his Hall of Fame voting privileges permanently rescinded after he gave his vote to Deadspin, which had its readers vote on the selections. Le Batard insists that he doesn’t regret his actions.

“It was worth it,” said Le Batard, a longtime columnist for the Miami Herald who now the show “Highly Questionable” on ESPN2. “I knew this would be the consequence. Hopefully, change is a consequence, too.”

In explaining his reasons for giving up his vote, Le Batard said he is bothered by “all the moralizing we do in sports” and specifically referred to the lack of support for players linked to steroids, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. However, the BBWAA called him out for his methods.

“The BBWAA board of directors has decided to remove Dan Le Batard’€™s membership for one year for transferring his Hall of Fame ballot to an entity that has not earned voting status,” a statement from the organization read. “The punishment is allowed under the organization’€™s constitution. In addition, Le Batard will not be allowed to vote on Hall of Fame candidates from this point on. The BBWAA regards Hall of Fame voting as the ultimate privilege, and any abuse of that privilege is unacceptable.”

– The arbitration ruling for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez regarding his 211-game suspension is expected soon — as early as Friday — and an ESPN report indicates the player has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban.

The story indicates Rodriguez is likely to head to court to challenge any suspension longer than 100 games. But that is expected to cost Rodriguez at least $10 million, and there’s no guarantee he would win. If he accepts a 100-game suspension, Rodriguez would lose $15.4 million of his $25 million salary for 2014.

“All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options,” a source told ESPN. “In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight.”

Added the source: “It’s not just a matter of money. It’s also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you’re going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on.”

However, a Rodriguez representative insisted there will be no compromise.

Said A-Rod spokesman Ron Berkowitz: “We have not asked to negotiate, have not thought about negotiating, and the facts, in any of these stories that state this, are inaccurate.”

– Jets tight end Kellen Winslow was charged by police in East Hanover, N.J., with possession of synthetic marijuana and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Although the incident occurred Nov. 19 — shortly after he ended a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs — a criminal complaint was not signed until Dec. 30, and Winslow appeared in court Wednesday.

Winslow, a former standout with the Browns who briefly was a member of the Patriots last season, finished the season with 31 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The 30-year-old becomes a free agent in March and is not expected to return to the Jets.

“We are aware of the situation,” the Jets said in a statement. “This is a pending legal matter and we will have no comment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 10, 1996, which Celtic hit a 3-pointer in his 89th consecutive game, an NBA record?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Florida police arrest man in theft of Biogenesis documents 12.12.13 at 8:08 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.

NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Clippers at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Maryland at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Florida Atlantic at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Awards Show, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Swansea City at St. Gallen, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Anji at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)


‘€¢ Police in Boca Raton, Fla., arrested a 20-year-old tanning salon technician in connection with the theft of documents related to the Biogenesis scandal.

Reginald St. Fleur was linked to the theft of the files from the car of former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer by some blood stains on the door handle. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with armed burglary.

Major League Baseball paid cash for documents that connected numerous players, including Alex Rodriguez, to the since-closed anti-aging clinic. However, an MLB source told the New York Daily News, “We have never had any dealings with this individual.”

The Daily News reports that the man who sold the documents to MLB, Gary Jones, worked with St. Fleur at Boca Tanning. Fischer reportedly worried earlier this year that he had been double-crossed by Jones and St. Fleur.

According to a police statement about St. Fleur’s arrest: “He told [police] he did not know about the burglary, does not know Fischer, and never touched anyone’s car. When investigators explained his blood was found on Fischer’s car, St. Fleur again denied knowledge of the crime and he did not speak further with detectives.”

‘€¢ In other A-Rod news, MLB wants the player’s public relations representative held in contempt of court for refusing to testify in last month’s appeal hearing.

Michael Sitrick, whose firm is accused by MLB of leaking information about other players’ involvement in the Biogenesis scandal to the media in an attempt to deflect attention from Rodriguez, has refused to travel to New York from his Southern California home or even testify by video or phone, despite being ordered to do so by U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos. Sitrick also won’t provide documents requested by MLB lawyers, who want a judge to order Sitrick or Rodriguez to pay a daily fine “in an amount sufficient to cause him to comply” with the order.

Sitrick’s lawyers had the case moved to federal court, and they want him to get a pass because they say he was part of Rodriguez’s legal team and should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

‘€¢ Terry Bradshaw apparently did not get the memo to be supportive of the first Super Bowl being played in the Northeast. During a weekly segment on New York’s WFAN radio, the Fox Sports studio analyst blasted the league for awarding the game to MetLife Stadium.

“Thank you, commissioner, thank you Super Bowl committee for putting us in New York,” the Steelers legend said. “And we all know why we’€™re in New York, it’€™s because they overpaid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey. ‘€¦ By the way, not a gorgeous stadium, either.

“It’€™s freakin’€™ outside in New York, are you kidding me? Not even New York — New Jersey. It’€™s not like Minnesota, it’€™s a dome. It’€™s not like it’€™s Detroit, it’€™s a dome. It’€™s not like it’€™s Indy, it’€™s a dome. ‘€¦ I don’€™t want it to be bad, ‘€™cause I’€™m there. I don’€™t want it to bad, I want it to be nice, but I don’€™t think you should be putting Super Bowls in northern cities in the winter time.”

Added Bradshaw: “You should be in Florida or California or Arizona, where there [are] no excuses. What if the Saints make it there? What if Seattle [qualifies]. … Teams that run the football will have a bigger advantage than teams that throw the football. What if we get two passing teams? What if they get Denver there? What if it’€™s pouring down snow? You get a bad game.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 12, 1975, the Red Sox traded Roger Moret to the Braves for which pitcher, known in part for the fact that he caught Hank Aaron‘s 715th home run ball in the bullpen in 1974?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce needs more minutes to contribute to Nets 12.11.13 at 8:16 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.

NBA: Clippers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Dakota State at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Napoli, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)



Doc Rivers remains supportive of his former players as he heads to Boston for a date with the Celtics. (AP)

Paul Pierce returned from a hand injury to help the Nets beat the Celtics on Tuesday night, a rare positive moment in a trying season for the veteran.

Doc Rivers, who leads his Clippers into Boston for a Wednesday night game before traveling to Brooklyn to meet Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the Nets a day later, isn’t convinced this is a sign that Pierce’s career is nearing the end.

Rivers appeared to question how rookie Nets coach Jason Kidd was using Pierce, who came off the bench Tuesday night.

“[Pierce] can score anywhere,” Rivers told Bleacher Report columnist Howard Beck. “I think he was more uncomfortable with the short minutes that they were [playing him], like they did with Kevin. And that’s not Paul. Paul doesn’t work under those type of minutes — at least, in my opinion he doesn’t. He’s a guy that needs a rhythm to play. In Kevin’s case, on a 20-minute restriction, of course his numbers are going to be down. So I think at some point, he probably is going to have to play more minutes to improve, so he can get a better rhythm himself.”

While early returns indicate the Celtics made the right decision to cut ties with Garnett and Pierce, Rivers doesn’t expect the Nets to continue to flounder.

“I think that’s just ridiculous,” Rivers said. “How does anybody have the right to know that? They haven’t had their team one single game this year. So I don’t know how you would know that. It’s a long season.”

Rivers said he delivered that message himself to one of the former Celtics.

“One of the things I was telling one of those guys — which, I won’t say — is, ‘So what’s the big deal? You’re not playing well right now. You don’t get a trophy right now. You don’t get to play for the trophy right now. Just keep going.’ ”

• One of the Rutgers basketball players who was subject to abuse at the hands of former coach Mike Rice has filed a lawsuit against Rice, former assistant coach James Martelli and three school officials, including former president Robert Barchi.

Derrick Randall, who played at Rutgers from 2011 until last spring, claims he suffers from learning disabilities and he experienced emotional trauma because of the mistreatment.

“Defendants, directly and/or through their agents, willfully, recklessly, negligently and with deliberate indifference, placed Derrick in a hostile environment in which he was regularly and continuously subjected to physical, mental, verbal and emotional abuse of the most outrageous nature,” the suit states.

Two of the school officials named in the suit, board of governors member Mark Hershhorn and CFO for intercollegiate athletics Janine Purcaro, still are employed by the school.

• As part of the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic, there are a number of fundraising auction items. One of them is a New York City lunch with Alex Rodriguez. It initially did not draw any interest — no bids for the first two days — but one individual stepped up to make an offer, and he made it clear that he intended to make it a meal A-Rod wouldn’t soon forget.

Joe Schiff, a Yankees fan from Brooklyn, made the first bid and said he hoped to grill the player about his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

“I thought it would be pretty cool to sit down with one of the most controversial people in the world,” Schiff told NJ.com. “What I’m thinking about asking A-Rod is: Are you guilty?

“I want to make it as awkward as possible for him. … He’s ripping off the Yankees for $28 million a year. I think it’s wrong.”

Schiff, a 29-year-old software salesman, said he also wanted to ask Rodriguez about his dating life, such as why the player does things like solicit girls phone numbers from the stands during a 2012 playoff game.

“You’re a pretty smart guy, but I don’t know how you make all the wrong choices in life,” Schiff said. “Why can’t you just settle down.”

Alas, Schiff may have hurt his chances with the publicity. A handful of other bidders jumped in since Schiff made his intentions known, and the bidding was up to $3,700 as of Wednesday morning — more than Schiff said he would be willing to spend.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 11, 1954, which Bruins goalie recorded his 27th and final career shutout with a 3-0 victory over the Canadiens?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez amends lawsuit, says Bud Selig lacks ‘courage’ 11.27.13 at 7:59 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.

NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Knicks at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Minnesota at Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Gonzaga, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Louis vs. Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California vs. Dayton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin vs. West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. Baylor, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa vs. Indiana State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: TCU vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 2 a.m. Thursday (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Bayer Leverkusen, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, apparently not content with being out of the headlines for a couple of days, filed an amended lawsuit against Major League Baseball and Bud Selig on Tuesday, and took more shots at the commissioner for his decision to pass on testifying at the player’s hearing to appeal his 211-game suspension.

“Mr. Selig chose to hide in his office in Milwaukee rather than come testify at the grievance hearing in New York. In Mr. Selig’s world, apparently the ‘buck’ does not stop with Bud,” the lawsuit reads. “Mr. Selig lacked the courage of his convictions to explain under oath the reasons for the suspension and the conduct of his investigators. His silence on these issues speaks volumes and leads to only one logical conclusion — his actions, and those of the MLB personnel he controls, were aimed at destroying the reputation, career and business prospects of Alex Rodriguez.”

As part of the 33-page filing, Rodriguez’s lawyers included a photo of Selig next to a fan wearing a shirt with “A-ROID’” printed on it.

“Sadly, this cowardly stance by Mr. Selig is consistent with his past and highly inappropriate conduct in posing, smilingly, with a young fan wearing a T-shirt with a derogatory message directed at Mr. Rodriguez,” the complain reads. “One cannot imagine the commissioner of any other professional sport — or indeed the CEO of any business — doing something similar with respect to one of his or her players or employees.”

Rodriguez’s lawyers are trying to get the suit back in New York state court, where it originally was filed. MLB had it moved to federal court and plans to ask for it to be dismissed.

• Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton, not one to hide his feelings, really let loose about his feelings for the Lions in a radio interview Tuesday with Milwaukee radio station WSSP.

Sitton was asked whether he thought the Lions — Green Bay’s opponent on Thanksgiving — would take a penalty in exchange for a hard hit on the Packers quarterback.

“Absolutely,” Sitton said. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time, that’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags, or scumbags. I mean, that’s how they play.”

Two years ago on Thanksgiving, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was ejected and later suspended two games for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Sitton, who has been with Green Bay since 2008, put the blame for the Lions’ bad behavior on the coaching staff.

“It starts with their frickin’ coach,” he said. “Starts with the head coach. [Jim] Schwartz, he’s a [expletive], too, I wouldn’t want to play for him. … Starts with him, their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags, and so are the D-line.”

• The Ravens mixed in the wildcat offense in Sunday’s win over the Jets, but it didn’t set well with the team’s regular quarterback. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco was not pleased with the insertion of Tyrod Taylor behind center so that Baltimore could improve its running attack against the Jets.

“I don’t like that stuff,” Flacco said Tuesday. “I think it makes you look like a high school offense. That’s just my opinion.”

Added Flacco: I don’t care how we use it in the game, I’m just not a huge fan of it. I’m the quarterback. I want to be behind the line of scrimmage, I want to be taking the snaps. That’s really the only thing. I don’t necessarily take it personally. I just think it makes us look like not an NFL team.”

Flacco said he would rather see his team perfect its regular offense than go to trickery, which includes him sometimes lining up at wide receiver as a decoy.

“I’m all for us doing things to get better, but we’re not going to be good if we just can’t get good at the basics of what we do 90 percent of the time,” he said. “We have to be good at those things or we’re not going to be good no matter what. I just want to make sure that we’re focusing on getting good at those things.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 27, 1950, the Red Sox signed which future Hall of Famer from the Indians?

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