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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Lewis calls out Patriots again, questions ‘integrity of this game’ 01.26.15 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at NC Central, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Army at American, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Lewis is at it again, criticizing the Patriots and questioning their integrity.

Lewis, now an ESPN analyst after retiring from the Ravens, said during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl pregame show that the Patriots should have an asterisk for their alleged role in Deflategate.

“Every time we talk about the Patriots, you have the Patriots fans … you get all the talk about the jealous of them and all that. I won two Super Bowls, I’ve been Defensive Player of the Year, I’ve been MVP of the Super Bowl, I’ve went to New England and won … so I’€™m not jealous of them at all,” Lewis said.

“But the integrity of this game. Marshawn Lynch … the league clearly said to him, ‘If you come out of the tunnel with those shoes on, we will not only suspend you for this game, but we will suspend you for the Super Bowl.’ Now we’€™re back at another place where we let a team go into an AFC championship, and if it’s proven that they played with deflated balls … because if it’€™s not cheating, then the Colts should have had the same option to play with the same balls. So we’€™re at a place now where we’€™re going to celebrate an organization once again, put an asterisk by it, because they went into a championship game.

“The integrity of this game! That’€™s not the way you go into games trying to win football games.”

Lewis was criticized earlier this month when he claimed that the tuck rule is “the only reason we know who Tom Brady is.” He later issued a “clarification” in which he praised Brady’s accomplishments and called him “one of the all-time greats.”

— After reportedly failing another drug test, troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a one-year suspension from the league.

“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement Sunday. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Rice reportedly reaches settlement with Ravens 01.16.15 at 8:12 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: Bulls at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iona at Niagara, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis at Robert Morris, 9 p.m. (ESPNU
NHL: Capitals at Predators, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Boston University, 7 pm. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UConn at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Rice, who had been seeking more than $3.5 million for wrongful termination from the Ravens, reportedly reached a settlement with the team Thursday, shortly before his grievance hearing was to be held.

Rice, who had signed a five-year, $35 million contract in July 2012, was seeking back pay of his $3.529 million base salary for the season.

A source told The Baltimore Sun that the two sides reached a compromise that was “fair.”

Rice was released on Sept. 8, after video emerged of him knocking out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator earlier in the year. The NFL, which had suspended Rice two games, extended his suspension to indefinite when the video become public. However, an arbitrator overturned the suspension and reinstated Rice, who became a free agent.

Rice, 27, apparently has received no interest from other teams since his reinstatement, although he continues to work out in hopes of getting a second chance.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Rice is the second-leading rusher in Ravens history.

— With the retirement of Kyle Orton, the Bills are in the market for a quarterback — either a starter or someone to back up EJ Manuel. In a radio interview Thursday, new coach Rex Ryan creatively implied that he wouldn’t rule out a reunion with Mark Sanchez.

“Well, I’ve still got the tattoo,” he told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” referring to the infamous rendering of his wife in a Sanchez No. 6 Jets jersey on his right arm.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets line up candidates for coach, GM vacancies 01.02.15 at 8:28 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: Mavericks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
College basketball: Florida State at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Utah, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Armed Forces Bowl, Houston vs. Pittsburgh (ESPN)
College football: TaxSlayer Bowl, Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alamo Bowl, Kansas State vs. UCLA, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Cactus Bowl, Washington vs. Oklahoma State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
High school football: Under Armour All-America Game, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone

— The Jets are lining up candidates to interview for the team’s vacant coach and general manager positions, and team owner Woody Johnson flew to Seattle on Thursday to speak with a trio of candidates who work for the Seahawks.

Assistant coaches Dan Quinn and Tom Cable are on Johnson’s list for a new coach, and director of pro personnel Trent Kirchner will interview for the GM position.

The early leader to be the new coach appears to be Doug Marrone, a Bronx native and former Jets assistant (2002-05) who quit as Bills coach Wednesday after leading Buffalo to its first winning record since 2004. Marrone went 15-17 in two seasons with the Bills after going 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse.

According to the New York Daily News, Marrone is being pushed on Johnson by Charley Casserly, the veteran NFL executive who recently was hired as a consultant to Johnson.

However, Marrone also is being blasted in some circles. The Buffalo News noted that he had a habit of alienating people around him — including players, team executives and reporters — and did not impress with his coaching acumen.

One front office executive told the Daily News it’s doubtful Marrone would succeed with the Jets.

“They’ll be doing the search again in two years,” the executive said. “I don’t think Marrone’s going to win there. He’s never won anywhere he’s been a head coach.”

Meanwhile, former Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly will interview with the 49ers this weekend.

— Lions wide receiver Golden Tate isn’t the name that comes to mind when thinking about Detroit’s dirty players (hello, Ndamukong Suh and Dominic Raiola), but to the Cowboys he’s apparently Public Enemy No. 1.

When Tate played for the Seahawks in 2012, he laid out Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee with a vicious block that left Lee stunned. It also left Tate $21,000 lighter in his wallet when he was fined by the league.

Cowboys safety Barry Church said Wednesday that his team had revenge on his mind for the “dirtiest shot I’ve ever seen.”

Responded Tate on Thursday: “Man, I don’t know this guy. I just now heard of him yesterday from this incident. He’s trying to get on the scene, I guess. We’ll see.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: U.S. will bid for 2024 Olympics; Boston still in running 12.17.14 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:
NHL: Bruins at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Hampton at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois-Chicago at SMU, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Following presentations from Boston and three other cities, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it will submit a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

The USOC said it will select from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston hopefully early next year. The board is scheduled to meet again in early January.

“The board voted unanimously to move forward with a bid,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said. “We are going to take our time and pick the city we think has the best chance of winning the competition from other cities around the world.

“This is going to be a really, really difficult decision. That is why we want to make sure we get to the best possible decision.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you support having the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston?

  • Yes (49%, 153 Votes)
  • No (45%, 139 Votes)
  • Undecided (6%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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The group No Boston Olympics was represented by a small contingent that held signs outside the meeting, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who was in attendance.

“We put on a great presentation,” Walsh told WBUR’s Curt Nickisch. “On a scale from 1 to 10, we put on an 11.”

The United States has not hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The last time the Summer Games were on American soil was 1996 in Atlanta.

— One day after announcing the re-signing of Chase Headley to play third base, the Yankees made it clear that their expectations for Alex Rodriguez are limited.

“I can’t expect Alex to be anything,” general manager Brian Cashman told The Associated Press. “I’ve got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension.

“And now he’s been out of the game for a year. He’s approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he’ll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I’m sitting in.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees give 3B Chase Headley extension, raise more questions about Alex Rodriguez’s future 12.16.14 at 8:07 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: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Warriors at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at UNC-Greensboro, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Club World Cup semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees agreed with Chase Headley on a reported four-year, $52 million deal, and in the process sent a message to Alex Rodriguez: third base is taken.

While A-Rod has expressed a desire to win back his old position after being suspended for the 2013 season, Headley said Monday that the team told him the job is his.

“That was a discussion that we had early on,” Headley said in a conference call. “I feel like the best position on the field for me is third base. That’s where I offer the most to a club. So it was important to me. That was something that was resolved fairly quickly.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hinted earlier this offseason that he wasn’t planning on the oft-injured, 39-year-old Rodriguez being the starting third baseman. Neither Cashman nor Rodriguez spoke publicly Monday.

Headley hit .250 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs last season. He was traded during the season from San Diego, where he finished fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs and winning a Gold Glove.

He said he believes he can coexist with A-Rod.

“I played against him earlier in my career and said hello to him, and he said hello to me,” Headley said. “I’m looking forward to the chance o playing with Alex, to be honest. He’s a tremendous player, and I don’t see there being any friction, especially coming from my side.”

— Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar weighed in on the Johnny Manziel situation, blaming the team’s problems on the front office.

“It is somewhat of a tough spot for Johnny given this team and given this organization,” Kosar said in an interview with Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 (via Cleveland.com). “It’s just a complete recipe for a disaster.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras reportedly drunk at time of fatal accident 11.13.14 at 8:01 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:
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Bills at Dolphins, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: East Carolina at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Bethune-Cookman at Hampton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Southern Mississippi at Texas -San Antonio, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: California at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— According to a report out of the Dominican Republic, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was driving drunk when his car went off a highway on Oct. 26, killing him and his girlfriend.

A spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office said Taveras’ blood-alcohol level was fives times the legal limit, toxicology tests showed.

Taveras, a 22-year-old who made his major league debut May 31, was buried late last month.

“While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won’t change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate out players that they must take responsibility for themselves on and off the field.”

The Cardinals stopped providing alcohol in their locker room and banned it on team charter flights home following the death of pitcher Josh Hancock in a car accident early in the 2007 season. Hancock’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice Missouri’s legal limit when he was tested after the accident.

— One day after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi offered seemingly different opinions about Alex Rodriguez‘s standing with the team, Cashman insisted the two are in agreement about the player who was suspended for the 2014 season.

“We’re definitely on the same page,” Cashman said, before joking about the New York tabloids playing up his comments from the previous day. “We’re on the front and back page; of course we’re on the same page.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Angry relative calls ‘evil’ Alex Rodriguez ‘the devil’ 11.07.14 at 8:16 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: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Fordham at Bucknell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Memphis at Tulane, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Utah State at Wyoming, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News 11-7-14– The New York media’s assault on Alex Rodriguez‘s character continued Friday, with the New York Daily News quoting the wife of A-Rod‘s cousin/alleged PED mule as saying the Yankees player is “the devil.”

Carmen Sucart, wife of Yuri Sucart, ripped Rodriguez for accusing Yuri of trying to extort him. Rodriguez reportedly admitted his widespread use of PEDs after publicly denying it while Major League Baseball was in the process of suspending him for the 2014 season, and now he’s apparently trying to cover himself by shifting the blame to others.

“He is the devil,” Carmen told the New York Daily News. “He is evil.”

Carmen said A-Rod visited the house where the Sucarts were living — owned by Rodriguez — in 2012 and offered $50,000 and an apartment if the Sucarts would sign a confidentiality agreement. Carmen said she declined the offer.

“He was not angry,” Carmen recalled of the visit. “He was arrogant. You know what he did? He peed outside on my wall, next to the pool. He didn’t ask for the bathroom. He go outside and he just pee right there. He came over, took his thing out and went right there.”

Shortly after that meeting, the Sucarts hired a Miami attorney, who sent a letter to Rodriguez asking for a cash settlement. According to court filings, Rodriguez agreed to a deal in June 2013, giving the Sucarts a $700,000 payment and then three other payments totaling $200,000.

However, Carmen Sucart said Rodriguez later threatened he was going to “destroy” the family.

“Alex is so poor, the only thing he has is money,” Carmen said. “He sleeps with his money, he will die with his money.”

Yuri Sucart, 52, is facing seven federal charges accusing him of distributing PEDs. His trial is scheduled to begin in February.

His wife said Yuri is in poor health, having undergone surgeries on his heart and legs since his August arrest and two-week stint in jail.

LeBron James has a message for Cavaliers fans panicking over the team’s 1-3 start: “Relax.”

James on Thursday referenced a tweet from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after his team’s slow start this season, writing: In the words of the great @AaronRodgers12 ‘Relax.’

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Report: Alex Rodriguez admitted PED use to DEA 11.05.14 at 2:23 pm ET
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According to a report in the Miami Herald, Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during a January meeting with officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rodriguez, who steadfastly proclaimed his innocence when confronted by Major League Baseball and eventually suspended for the entire 2014 season, detailed which drugs he took and how he took them, the Herald wrote, citing a “report of investigation.”

Rodriguez, who was reinstated to the Yankees‘ active roster Oct. 29, following the conclusion of the World Series, had been granted immunity by DEA officials and prosecutors before his Jan. 29 meeting in Weston, Florida.

Less than three weeks earlier, after an arbitrator reduced his MLB suspension from 211 games to 162, Rodriguez declared: “I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances … and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to court.”

 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cousin claims Alex Rodriguez paid him almost $1M to keep quiet about doping 11.04.14 at 8:14 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: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blues at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Cavaliers at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Northwood at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Bowling Green at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Toledo at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Liverpool at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez‘s controversial cousin is back in the headlines, and as usual, it’s not good news for A-Rod.

According to court papers filed in Florida (and reported by the New York Daily News), Rodriguez paid Yuri Sucart close to $1 million in 2013 so that Sucart would not divulge details of the Yankee’s use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Sucart is a defendant in the federal case against Biogensis and the company’s former owner, Anthony Bosch. Sucart, charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone and HGH, has pleaded not guilty.

Sucart’s former attorney wrote to Rodriguez in 2012 demanding $5 million and a “life estate” for Sucart’s “past services rendered, and for the loyalty he has shown you.” Attorney Jeffrey Sonn indicated Sucart had no intention of cooperating with Major League Baseball, which had ordered Sucart to stay away from the clubhouse when A-Rod played for the Rangers. “Yuri, even after he was accused of being a steroid mule for you, kept your confidence of all your activities while you played of rate Rangers and the Yankees,” Sonn wrote.

According to the filing, A-Rod agreed to pay Sucart a payment of $700,000 and then three more payments totaling $200,000. This was in addition to money Rodriguez paid Sucart every year since 2003.

If Alex Rodriguez's cousin's accusations are true, should A-Rod be further punished?

  • Yes, MLB should go after A-Rod any chance it gets and try to remove him from the game (69%, 350 Votes)
  • No, he already received his punishment (31%, 156 Votes)

Total Voters: 506

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When he admitted in 2009 to using PEDs, Rodriguez said Sucart had provided him the drugs from 2001-03.

Now Rodriguez, who was suspended by MLB and missed the entire 2014 season, apparently is cooperating with the feds against Sucart.

“That is what it sounds like. It sounds like A-Rod is a potential witness against his cousin,” Sucart’s court-appointed attorney, Edward O’Donnell IV, told the Daily News. “They are not allies, that’s for sure, or friends.”

— Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to a media gathering for the first time in 10 months and made it clear that his split with Jason Kidd was not amicable.

Kidd coached the team for one season before reportedly demanding more power and then fleeing to Milwaukee to coach the Bucks.

“I think there is a nice proverb in English: Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you,” Prokhorov said Monday before his team’s home opener against the Thunder. “I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even. And we’ll see it on the court.”

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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?

  • No, he did not do enough in Boston (49%, 357 Votes)
  • Probably, but not right away (34%, 253 Votes)
  • No question, he should be in as soon as possible (17%, 125 Votes)

Total Voters: 735

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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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