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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills OL Richie Incognito starts workouts with new team after ‘inner reflection’ 04.07.15 at 8:09 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: Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Women’s NCAA Tournament final, UConn vs. Notre Dame, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Aston Villa, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

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Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito

— Richie Incognito began offseason conditioning with his new Bills teammates Monday, and the controversial offensive lineman acknowledged that his year and a half in exile following the 2013 bullying scandal with the Dolphins was “humbling.”

Incognito was benched by the Dolphins for the final eight games of the 2013 season, and no team was willing to sign him last year.

“It was definitely difficult sitting out, knowing I could still play, knowing I had talent to contribute,” Incognito said [via ESPN]. “It was a learning process. At first there was a lot of frustration: ‘Why am I not signed? Why am I not on a team?’ It was a time for inner reflection. Kind of a time for growth.

“Then it was an acceptance, and accepting the fact that I’m not going to play this year, that I’m going to have to chalk it up and wait for another opportunity.”

An NFL investigation found that Incognito bullied teammate Jonathan Martin, and there were reports of other incidents of harassment.

“There was a lot of things said and done that I wish I could change,” Incognito said. “But moving forward, you have to accept that there was definitely a learning process and a growing process and a process that I went through to become a better person. Nobody’s perfect. I think the biggest thing is I’ve learned from what I’ve went through, I’ve learned from what went down. I’ve grown from it.”

Incognito added that he’s “very thankful” that the Bills have given him a chance, which came about after he met with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula as well as new coach Rex Ryan.

Rex Ryan spent a lot of time talking about being a good teammate and coming in and putting my best foot forward,” Incognito said. “One of the big things they wanted to make sure was that I could still be myself without having any of the issues.”

Said Ryan: “I just wanted to see the sincerity that he was speaking with and where he was at. He’s got a burning desire to play this game still. I think that’s important. And obviously — hey, look, we’ve all made mistakes. Every single one of us in here has made mistakes. I know I’ve made than you guys. But it’s what we do and how excited he is about getting a new opportunity, and I can’t wait to watch him. But he’s a Bill now. He’s just one of us.”

Alex Rodriguez received mostly cheers from the Yankee Stadium faithful in Monday’s opener, although there wasn’t much else for New Yorkers to cheer about in a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez, in his first at-bat in over a year following his MLB suspension, batted seventh as the designated hitter. He walked in his first plate appearance, then hit a single to right-center fielder in his second and lined out in his final at-bat.

“I have to admit, it definitely felt good. That’s for sure,” Rodriguez said.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez continues hot start at spring training 03.10.15 at 8:04 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 Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at Saint Francis (N.Y.), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Green Bay at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Princeton at Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Dakota State vs. South Dakota State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Rangers at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Schalke at Real Madrid, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There were some expectations that Alex Rodriguez would need some time to shake off the rust after being suspended for the entire 2014 season. However, Rodriguez has been hot in his first week of spring training, going 2-for-3 Monday against the Rays to improve to 4-for-9 with two walks in four games.

“It doesn’t really mean anything,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve played for a long time. It’s better than 0-for-9, I guess. … Nothing’s really significant this time of year.”

Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged he didn’t expect Rodriguez to be this comfortable this quickly, and he said he’s impressed by the start.

“I think it’s impossible not to [be impressed],” Girardi said. “If you’re struggling in the beginning, like a lot of our hitters are, you say it’s timing. That was my concern for Alex coming into camp; how long would it take for him to get his timing? I think he’s done a pretty good job adjusting, and I want to continue to see it.”

Added Rays manager Kevin Cash: “He looked good, he was aggressive, obviously hunting fastballs. He looked just the same as he did two years ago, so good for him.”

Rodriguez also passed another checkpoint, as Monday’s game was his first back-to-back outing of the spring. He’s expected to take Tuesday off.

“The first week is always the toughest,” Rodriguez said. “So far, so good.”

— Oft-injured Bulls star Derrick Rose, who had surgery on his knee Feb. 27, said Monday that he thinks he will return this season, but only “whenever I feel right, that’s when I’m going to step back.”

The team indicated Rose would miss between four and six weeks after his surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He shot around on the United Center floor before Monday’s game.

“I feel good. I’m in a positive place right now,” Rose said in his first public comments since the surgery. “Just trying to keep it positive and get the most out of these days.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Defiant Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tells fans, ‘I’m not going anywhere’ 03.09.15 at 8:04 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 Heat, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Pepperdine vs. Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Manhattan vs. Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Portland vs. BYU, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Penguins at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Braves at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Indians at Mariners, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women’s Algarve Cup, Brazil vs. Germany, 1:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: FA Cup, Arsenal at Manchester United, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

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Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim

— After years of rumors and reports of transgressions at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim and his basketball program were punished by the NCAA on Friday, although the longtime coach defiantly told a group of supporters Sunday, “I’m not going anywhere.”

Speaking to about 700 Syracuse fans at a Hardwood Club dinner, an emotional Boeheim briefly addressed the situation after refusing to appear at a postgame press conference Saturday, following the Orange’s final game of the season at NC State (Syracuse last month imposed a ban on postseason play, including the conference tournament).

“There’s a lot of things to be said,” the 70-year-old Boeheim told his fans Sunday, according to Syracuse.com. “It’s difficult right now.”

Boeheim reportedly plans to appeal his suspension.

“I think there’s a hell of a battle ahead of us,” he said Sunday.

Boeheim, who received a long standing ovation from Sunday’s crowd after being taunted by NC State fans a day earlier, will have to sit out the first nine ACC games next season. The program will lose 12 scholarships over the next four seasons, must vacate 108 wins in which ineligible players participated during from 2004-07 and 2010-12, and is on probation for five years.

The violations, which were self-reported by Syracuse to the NCAA, included academic misconduct, extra benefits, impermissible booster activity and failure to follow the school’s drug-testing policy.

The Hall of Fame coach was 34 wins away from 1,000 but now drops to 858.

— Jets running back Chris Johnson is on the mend after being shot in the shoulder in a drive-by shooting early Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

Johnson was shot at an intersection while riding in a Jeep. Two other men in the car with Johnson were also hit by gunfire, including the driver, 28-year-old Dreekius Oricko Johnson, who was killed.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez grateful for supportive fans after hitting ‘rock bottom’ 03.05.15 at 8:09 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: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at Washington, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Twins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at White Sox, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez singled in his first spring training at-bat, finished 1-for-2 with a walk and even heard some cheers mixed among the boos at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa as he made his return to baseball following his one-year suspension.

Rodriguez expressed gratitude with the fans who have remained supportive of him even after he embarrassed his team and the game with his behavior.

“Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Said manager Joe Girardi of the fans’ reaction: “It was mixed and it’s probably going to be that way. It’s nothing new for him. He’s had to deal with it for a long time now. He knows how to block it out and prepare himself.”

Rodriguez was in the lineup as designated hitter, not his preferred position of third base, when he swung and missed a pair of pitches from Phillies starter Kevin Slowey before lining a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

“I felt like I was swinging under water,” he said. “I was like, man, it’s been a long time.”

Added Rodriguez: “It’s going to take two or three weeks for me to kind of get a gauge where I am.”

Ray Allen, who reportedly had been courted by the Cavaliers, Clippers and other contenders, announced Wednesday that he will not play in the NBA this season but might come back in 2015-16.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in a statement. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez ‘a little nervous’ for return to game action 03.04.15 at 8:27 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: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: La Salle at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: USC at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Rangers at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women, United States vs. Norway, 2 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at West Ham, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez is set to play his first spring training game Wednesday, marking his return to the majors after his one-year suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.

“I’ll be a little nervous,” Rodriguez admitted. “I haven’t been in front of my — our — fans for a long time. I’m excited about that. I have some challenges ahead.”

Added Rodriguez: “I am excited for [Wednesday]. I’m not sure how ready, but I’ll give it a shot.”

The Yankees are anticipating about 9,000 fans for the game, and it’s unclear what kind of reaction Rodriguez will get. Manager Joe Girardi said he expects the Tampa crowd to support him.

“He was caught. He paid his time, and now he’s back, and he’s a Yankee and we’re going to cheer for him,” Girardi said. “Some people are going to say, ‘You know what, I might have a hard time cheering for him,’ And some people are just fans and they fall in love with a player, and no matter what they do, it doesn’t matter.”

— The Panthers, chasing the Bruins for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, found themselves scrambling for a goalie during Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Following injuries to starter Roberto Luongo and backup Al Montoya, the team considered having center Derek MacKenzie play as management contacted the league office to sign an emergency contract with 41-year-old goaltending consultant Robb Tallas, who last played an NHL game in 2001.

“It’s rare. Doesn’t happen very often,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “You’re in constant communication with the league to do the right thing, and you have to have him be legal and it has to be cleared by central registry.

“It’s hard to do that at 11 o’clock or 10:30 at night. … If we couldn’t get him cleared, it would have had to be a player.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez arrives at camp early, reportedly still manages to upset Yankees 02.24.15 at 8:11 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: Canucks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: New Mexico at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— An outwardly contrite Alex Rodriguez showed up at Yankees spring training Monday, two days earlier than expected, but reportedly still managed to upset a team that has lost patience with him.

According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez did not inform the club that he would be showing up in Tampa early, and the team’s media relations staff was not prepared to deal with the increased attention.

“He’s learned nothing,” an unnamed baseball executive told the paper. “He’s the same old guy. He just did what he wanted to do.”

Rodriguez, however, insisted he wants to make amends for his sordid past, which includes the longest drug-related suspension in baseball history.

“I cringe sometimes when I look at some of the things I did, but I paid my penalty and I’m grateful that I have another opportunity,” Rodriguez told reporters. “No mistake that I’ve made has any good answer or justification. It’s unexplainable, and that’s on me. I’ve dug a big hole for myself and paid a price. I’m fortunate for a lot of people — especially the commissioner’s office, the players union and the Yankees — to give me an opportunity to play the game that I love.”

The Yankees have made it clear that they do not want to have to play Rodriguez $30 million in bonus money should he break MLB’s home run record — which would be in addition to the $61 million remaining on the final three years of his contract. He admitted that he isn’t sure if the Yankees are on his side anymore.

“I don’t know; you’d have to ask them,” he said. “I created a big headache for a lot of people, so I don’t blame whoever is made at me. I understand.”

Rodriguez did not answer questions about performance-enhancing drugs except to deny that he’s currently using any. He also indicated he knows his status on this team is uncertain, especially with the Yankees planning to move him from third base.

“It feels great to be back,” he said. “Obviously it was a rough year, but I’m very excited that’s behind me and I have a chance to hopefully make this team.”

— More details have emerged about why the University of Louisville dismissed guard Chris Jones from the basketball team. According to a university police report, Jones sent a woman a text last Tuesday threatening to “smack” her.

Jones was suspended from the team on the same day, reinstated late last week after missing one game, then dismissed for good on Sunday.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Biogenesis’ Anthony Bosch gets 4-year prison sentence, blames addiction 02.18.15 at 8:23 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 Oilers, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Florida State, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: UMass at Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Xavier at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: East Carolina at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCLA at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Schalke, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Anthony Bosch

Anthony Bosch

— Hours before Alex Rodriguez made a public apology (via a handwritten letter) for his transgressions, the former owner of the Florida clinic where A-Rod procured his performance-enhancing drugs was sentenced to four years in federal prison.

Anthony Bosch was hoping for a lighter sentence after cooperating with federal investigators, but U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles was not sympathetic, giving Bosch only three months less than the maximum sentence allowed in federal guidelines.

“This defendant was the most culpable in this conspiracy,” Gayles said, adding: “He was the mastermind. He was the one who recruited others to assist him.”

The 51-year-old Bosch, who could see his sentence reduced if he continues to aid prosecutors, said his clinic was a legitimate business that turned bad. He provided steroid injections to everyone from major leaguers down to high school athletes.

An emotional Bosch blames drug addiction for part of his troubles.

“My addiction took the best of me,” Bosch told the judge. “I can’t put into words how sorry I am.”

Rodriguez did not mention Bosch in his apology.

— The Class-A Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rockets, an affiliate of the Royals, offered tickets to Opening Day for just 4 cents, in a promotion that matched the cost of the tickets with the temperature in Wilmington on Tuesday morning.

“It’s really cold here, and we want to get the fans thinking about us,” explained team ticket director Stefani Rash, who added that tickets would have been free had the temperature been zero or below rather than the 4 degrees it was.

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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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