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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Youkilis bids farewell to baseball 10.31.14 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Cincinnati at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Tulsa at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at Denver, 9:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Vermont at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement via a tweet from his representatives Thursday, ending his career after 10 major league seasons.

Read the tweet from Pro Star Management: 15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. Been a great one! Love ya, You. #YOOOUUUK

Youkilis played third base and first base for the Sox from 2004-12 before being to the White Sox and then spending an injury-shortened 2013 season with the Yankees. He attempted to play in Japan last season, but injuries limited him to 21 games and a .215 batting average for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

A three-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove winner, Youkilis compiled totals of .281/.382/.478 with 150 home runs and 618 RBIs. He was third in the American League MVP voting in 2008 when he hit .312 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs.

MASHUP POLL: Does Kevin Youkilis belong in the Red Sox Hall of Fame?

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Youkilis, who is married to Tom Brady‘s sister Julie, helped the Red Sox win World Series championships in 2004 and ’07.

— Jets receiver Eric Decker picked a bad time to ask New York fans for a show of support, and his Twitter episode ended badly.

Decker, who has 31 catches for the 1-7 Jets after signing a five-year, $36.25 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, asked his followers Wednesday to explain “why you love the @nyjets” and offered a prize for his favorite response.

Not surprisingly, the wise guys chimed in with sarcastic, mean-spirited responses.

“I don’€™t think it’€™s against the law to try to unite or reach out to fans,” Decker said. ‘€œPeople obviously enjoy winning a lot more than losing, I get that. For me, that’€™s the biggest thing, making fans feel like they are important, because they are. Obviously I wish things could be different. I didn’t expect everything to be all happy and gung-ho, I knew I was going to get some sarcastic remarks.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Alex Rodriguez to be his third baseman next year 09.30.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Royals, 8 p.m. (TBS)
NHL preseason: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL preseason: Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Basketball: FIBA World Championship for Women, United States vs. Angola, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Roma at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Derek Jeter is gone, and Alex Rodriguez is coming back. And manager Joe Girardi said he’s planning to insert A-Rod at third base assuming he proves he’s ready.

The oft-injured Rodriguez, who will turn 40 next July, was suspended for all of 2013 for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

“We’ve got to see where he’s physically at, and if he can play the field, how many days he can play the field and how many days he needs to DH,” Girardi said at a news conference Monday. “I don’t think really any of us know about him until we actually get him into games in spring training.”

Added Girardi: “He hasn’t played in a year. That’s not easy to do, to sit out a year. Do we expect him to be a player on our team? Absolutely. Do we expect him to play third base? Yes. But in fairness I think you have to see where he’s at.”

MASHUP POLL: Will Alex Rodriguez return to the Yankees lineup in 2015?

  • Yes, they're paying him, so they'll play him (69%, 228 Votes)
  • No, they'll either trade or cut him (31%, 103 Votes)

Total Voters: 331

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There were reports that some players were upset with Rodriguez when he initially fought his suspension. Girardi said he does not anticipate any issues in the locker room.

“Our teammates enjoy Alex, his presence in the clubhouse, the way he likes to teach the game and talk about the game. So I don’t think that will be an issue,” Girardi said. “Will he have to deal from some angry fans? Yeah, but we’ll help him get through that. When was the last time Alex hasn’t had to deal with that? So it’s not like it’s something that he’s not used to, and sometimes players thrive on that.”

— According to an ESPN report, a neutral arbitrator will rule on the NFL Players Association’s appeal of Ray Rice‘s indefinite suspension, rather than someone appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

“For the first time ever, the league in the Rice appeal has agreed to a neutral arbitrator” in a personal conduct disciplinary case, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union’s executive board that ESPN obtained.

Wrote Smith: “This occurs in the context of a difficult set of facts and circumstances [but] it is a positive movement on the overall question of neutral arbitration and a fair personal conduct discipline process.”

The appeal was filed Sept. 16, and the league said at that time that Goodell did not intend to arbitrate the matter.

Smith also told his board that the NFLPA is reaching out to league sponsors to let them know the majority of players represent the league positively, and “that we will address the process issues that have caused them concern.”

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t mince words Monday when discussing a report from NFL Network’s Deion Sanders that his players don’t want to play for him anymore.

“Personally, I think that’s a bunch of crap,” Harbaugh said.

Earlier in the season, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer said the locker room was “toxic.”

“I haven’t seen Trent or Deion around much,” Harbaugh said. “If someone has a good story to tell, they want to put their name to it. If I had a good story to tell, I’d want to put my name to it, so I don’t put a lot of credibility to the unnamed source.”

During Sunday’s “NFL GameDay Final,” Sanders said: “They want him out. They’re not on the same page. I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach. I got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers? Because they way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem.

“They really got some problems that we hear rumblings. We all know people inside locker rooms.”

Harbaugh, whose 49ers are 2-2 after Sunday’s 26-21 win over the Eagles, is signed through the 2015 season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 30, 1962, which Red Sox player wrapped up the season with a .326 average to capture his second American League batting title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s a lot of negativity. Everyone is going to tell us how terrible we are. That’s just the NFL.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after Monday’s 41-14 rout at the hands of the Chiefs

STAT OF THE DAY: 303 – Yards of offense in the first half by the Chiefs, the most allowed by any Bill Belichick-coached team

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A Missouri middle school football team pulls off a trick play it calls the “Ugly Kardashian.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marilyn McCoo was born on this day in 1943.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer files suit for unpaid fees 07.15.14 at 7:53 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: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Washington Mystics at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After Alex Rodriguez failed to respond to a petition for arbitration in February, veteran sports attorney David Cornwell and the law firm Gordon & Rees filed a lawsuit Monday against the suspended Yankees slugger for unpaid fees of more than $380,000.

According to the firm, Rodriguez refused to pay the balance of his legal bill after receiving guidance from Desiree Perez, an adviser for Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation. Perez, an ex-con who also works as a nightclub manager, reportedly convinced A-Rod to continue his fight against Major League Baseball after the player expressed a willingness to strike a deal and retire.

“Mr. Rodriguez admitted that his advisers at Roc Nation, most specifically, Desiree Perez, instructed him ‘not to pay the invoices and to make Gordon & Rees sue’ him,” the complaint reads (via the New York Daily News).

MASHUP POLL: WIll Alex Rodriguez ever play in the majors again?

  • No, the Yankees are done with him and no other team will take the risk (49%, 146 Votes)
  • Yes, he'll be back with the Yankees in 2015 after serving his suspension (33%, 97 Votes)
  • Yes, but the Yankees will cut ties and he'll latch on somewhere else (11%, 33 Votes)
  • No, he'll retire on his own terms (7%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 297

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If Rodriguez were to pursue a claim of malpractice against Gordon & Rees, that could lead to a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and cause further embarrassment, as communication about A-Rod’s use of PEDs could be made public.

Alex Rodriguez has already paid substantial legal fees to this firm,” a Rodriguez spokesman said. “There are additional fees being sought from hours that continued to be billed and are the source of the disagreement between the parties. Alex looks forward to swiftly resolving this matter and moving on.”

Louis “Red” Klotz, who was a player, coach and owner of the teams the Harlem Globetrotters played since 1952 — most famously the Washington Generals — died Saturday at the age of 93.

The last time the Globetrotters lost to one of Klotz’s teams, it was Klotz himself who scored the winning basket. The then-50-year-old hit a buzzer-beater to give the New Jersey Reds a 100-99 win on Jan. 5, 1971, in Martin, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Klotz’s teams lost more than 14,000 times to the “Clown Princes of Basketball.”

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New book says Tiger Woods paid Alex Rodriguez’s former doctor $76K for 14 visits 07.09.14 at 10:44 am ET
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Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times and Gus-Garcia Roberts of Newsday released a book this week focused on Alex Rodriguez‘s use of performance-enhancing drugs. But Rodriguez wasn’t the only high-profile athlete highlighted.

The book, titled “Blood Sports: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era,” claims that Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea, who treated Rodriguez, met with Tiger Woods 14 times between January and August 2009.

Galea, who pleaded guilty to smuggling human growth hormone and other drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes in 2011, charged Woods a total of $76,012 as the golfer recovered from knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory, according to the book. Both Woods and Galea have said that Woods received legal platelet-rich plasma therapy from Galea.

The book also reports that Dr. Mark Lindsay, who also treated Rodriguez, met with Woods 49 times from September 2008 to October 2009 and charged Woods $118,979.

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MLB allowed Alex Rodriguez to use testosterone during 2007 season, book says 07.03.14 at 11:31 am ET
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With 54 home runs and 156 RBIs, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez looked like a cut above the rest of baseball during the 2007 season, capturing his third MVP award and earning a restructured 10-year, $275 million contract with New York in the offseason.

However, according to a new book, Rodriguez may have gotten an extra boost during his 2007 campaign.

The book, “€œBlood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’€™s Steroid Era,” alleges€ Rodriguez applied for and was given a therapeutic use exemption to use testosterone by the man who oversaw MLB’€™s drug-testing program, Dr. Bryan W. Smith, in 2007.

Rodriguez also allegedly was given another exemption by Smith to use the drug Clomid, which is commonly used by individuals to increase their testosterone production after cycling off the use of steroids.

After excerpts from the book — which was written by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts — were published by Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, the league office said in a statement that it did not know that Rodriguez was given the green light to use these drugs in 2007 and 2008.

“All decisions regarding whether a player shall receive a therapeutic use exemption under the joint drug program are made by the independent program administrator in consultation with outside medical experts, with no input by either the office of the commissioner or the players association,” the statement read.

According to one baseball official, Rodriguez had a doctor relay to Smith that Rodriguez suffered from a medical condition known as hypogonadism, which happens when the body does not generate enough natural testosterone.

Despite the fact that he gave Rodriguez two controversial exemptions, Smith was dismissed as the MLB’€™s drug program overseer in 2012 after the players union complained that he made it too difficult for players to receive exemptions. Smith still serves as the head of drug-testing program in the minor leagues.

This is obviously not the first time that Rodriguez has been connected to performance-enhancing drugs. In 2009 Rodriguez admitted to using steroids during a three-year period beginning in 2001 while playing for the Rangers.

The three-time MVP is suspended for the entire 2014 MLB season following his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

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Report: Alex Rodriguez was set to retire in wake of PED suspension before taking ex-con’s advice 05.19.14 at 10:56 am ET
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In the wake of a historic suspension sentence for his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez privately informed advisers last summer that he was prepared to retire from baseball, according to the New York Daily News.

“€œHe had been talking about retirement because of injuries. Given his prior involvement [with doping], he knew he would be a target for additional testing,”€ a source told the Daily News. “€œThere was no way he could use and play again.”€

While it seemed set in stone that the troubled slugger was ready to hang up his spikes last season, multiple sources told the Daily News that Rodriguez changed his mind and decided to fight MLB’€™s pending suspension after consulting with Desiree Perez, a Manhattan nightclub manager with close ties to rapper Jay-Z.

While Perez is not affiliated with Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z’s sports agency that includes clients such as Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant, sources say that Perez is a major influence within the organization.

“She’€™s directly involved with the athletes,”€ one source said. “She has a lot of power.”

According to a source, Perez, a convicted felon who was arrested in 1994 for intent to distribute over 35 kilograms of cocaine, accused Rodriguez of letting MLB and Yankees organization remove him from baseball and urged the three-time MVP to fight his pending suspension.

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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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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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