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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Appeals court convicts Oscar Pistorius of murder 12.03.15 at 7:57 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:
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: Packers at Lions, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius has insisted he did not mean to kill his girlfriend, but an appeals court did not buy his excuses. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder Thursday in Johannesburg, as an appeals court overturned a lower court’s conviction on a lesser charge of culpable homicide in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent,” Justice Lorimer Eric Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal announced to the courtroom, saying the original ruling was “fundamentally flawed.”

The maximum punishment for murder in South Africa is 15 years, although a shorter sentence could be imposed.

Pistorius has been under house arrest since October after serving one year in prison. He had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Leach described the situation as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”

“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete,” Leach said. “In doing so he becomes an international celebrity. He meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model. Romance blossoms and then ironically, on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.

While Pistorius has said he thought he was confronting an intruder when he fired shots through a bathroom door, Leach said Pistorius should have known someone could have been killed if he fired his gun.

“The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” Leach said, terming Pistorius’ testimony about his actions “unacceptable” and “contradictory.”

A Pistorius spokesman said the defense is considering its options, which include the possibility of appealing to the country’s Constitutional Court.

— Three premier AFC quarterbacks are in different stages as they look to return to action. While Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger was cleared to play Sunday against the Colts, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck started throwing some passes for but could not say how close he is to game action, and Broncos star Peyton Manning said he’s nowhere close to being healthy.

Roethlisberger was in the NFL concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s game against the Seahawks a few plays after being hit in the head. He implied Tuesday that he did not have a concussion — something that coach Mike Tomlin questioned — and said Wednesday he’s been OK’d to play.

“I said I didn’t know the results [Tuesday], but I felt good because when I left the training room the trainers told me this looks good,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “Don’t see why this would be an issue. That’s why I said I didn’t have a concussion and would be ready to go.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Colts confident ailing QB Andrew Luck will play Sunday 10.01.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Ravens at Steelers, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-AM)
College football: Miami at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL preseason: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NNHL Network)
NHL preseason: Avalanche at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Monaco, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Sion at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: NWSL champoonship: FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— As if the season isn’t going bad enough for the 1-2 Colts, quarterback Andrew Luck sat out most of Wednesday’s practice for what the team said was a sore throwing shoulder.

Coach Chuck Pagano said the move was precautionary, and that Luck is expected to play Sunday against the Jaguars.

“I’m not a witch doctor, I don’t have a crystal ball. I just listen to the trainers and the doctors, but I wouldn’t bet against [No.] 12, ever,” Pagano said, adding: “Supreme confidence that he’ll play.”

Luck, who was injured during this past Sunday’s win over the Titans — although he would not revel precisely how or when the injury occurred — has not missed a game since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2012.

“There’s always bumps and bruises that show up in high school, college and the NFL. You deal with stuff, you manage it,” Luck said. “It’s nothing more than that in my mind.”

There has been speculation that Luck’s injury actually is to his ribs, especially after Luck winced Sunday when backup Matt Hasselbeck tapped him after a touchdown pass. The Colts added quarterback Alex Tanney to the practice squad Tuesday, and Hasselbeck handled most of the throwing Wednesday.

“It’s probably not the first time they’ve tried to [give Luck some rest],” Hasselbeck said. “It’s probably the first time he gave in.”

— Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has two bruised fingers but no broken bones after taking a pitch off his hand during Wednesday night’s loss to the Phillies.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Indianapolis in panic mode after lifeless Colts lose again 09.22.15 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA playoffs: Mystics at Liberty, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA playoffs: Sparks at Lynx, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Andrew Luck and the Colts were manhandled by the Jets on Monday night. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck and the Colts were manhandled by the Jets on Monday night. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

— The defending AFC championship game finalist Colts are laying a dud this season, and there are calls for change in Indianapolis.

The highly touted Colts offense turned over the ball five times for the second straight week — including a fumble by running back Frank Gore at the opposing 1-yard line — in Monday night’s 20-7 loss to the Jets.

Andrew Luck finished 21-of-37 for 250 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions and a fumble. Indy also was called for 11 penalties. And normally sure-fired kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 29-yard field goal — his first miss of less than 30 yards since 2007 — as the Colts went into halftime with no points for the second week in a row.

“Andrew Luck normally makes the people around him better,” Indy Star writer (and noted Patriots hater) Gregg Doyel said. “They’ve never been great around him. He normally makes them better; he’s making them worse.”

Said Colts coach Chuck Pagano: “You can’t penalize yourself, you can’t turn the ball over. We have to protect give [Luck] a clean pocket. You can’t drive the length of field and put the football on the ground.”

There has been speculation that Pagano’s job is in jeopardy. Prior to the game, Pagano told ESPN that he expects to finish his career with Indianapolis.

“This is my last job,” said Pagano, who turns 55 on Oct. 4. “And that’s what my plans are. We’ve won, and we’ll continue to do that. But when I took this thing, I said that’s my last job. And when I said that, I meant it. I’m not going nowhere.”

— Those offseason rumors about Randy Moss making an NFL comeback have died down, and Pro Football Talk reports that the onetime Patriots star has not reached out to any teams about resuming his career — nor have any teams inquired about his plans.

Moss is said to be happy working in television, mainly as an analyst on Fox’s pregame show.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Andrew Luck top pick in Pro Bowl draft 01.22.15 at 8:31 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:
NBA: Celtics at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: South Florida at Temple, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Coast Carolina at UNC-Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: George Washington at Fordham, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Washington at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: St. Mary’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 11 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Andrew Luck, fresh off his loss to the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game, was selected first overall by Team Carter in Wednesday’s Pro Bowl draft. It was the second straight year Luck was tabbed No. 1 overall for the game.

It’s nice, I guess,” Luck said of his selection. “The reality is that everybody is deserving of it. There’s a bunch of No. 1 picks in there, but it’s nice, I guess.”

Team Irvin has a decidedly Dallas flavor, as alumni captain Michael Irvin loaded up on players from his former club, including quarterback Tony Romo, running back DeMarco Murray, tight end Jason Witten and offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick.

Romo and fellow Team Irvin QBs Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford will throw to the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham. Panthers linebacker (and former Boston College star) Luke Keuchly is one of the anchors of the defense.

Team Carter features QBs Drew Brees and Andy Dalton, running backs Jamaal Charles, Justin Forsett and Alfred Morris, and receivers A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Jordy Nelson and Antonio Brown.

Defensively Team Carter has Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and cornerback Aqib Talib.

— The first meeting between the Bills and Jets next season should be interesting, with former Jets coach Rex Ryan now at the helm of the Bills. The talk already has begun, as a former Jets assistant now working for the Bills spoke candidly about Jets QB Geno Smith’s issues this past season.

David Lee, who was the Jets quarterbacks coach before moving to Buffalo with Ryan, assigned some blame for New York’s issues on the second-year signal caller.

“Rex and I talked about it, he had some inconsistency, and the up-and-down part is what killed us,” Lee said. He would get loose with the football. We played good enough defense over there to win both years, but his play, it’ll cost you, and it cost us.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ailing Colts coach Chuck Pagano gives emotional postgame pep talk to team 11.05.12 at 7:01 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:
NFL: Eagles at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Timberwolves at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Premier League Soccer: Southampton at West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The surprising Colts are 5-3 after Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, and the fact that they’re doing so well while their coach is off battling leukemia is even more impressive.

Chuck Pagano, weakened by chemotherapy treatment, paid a visit to the locker room after Sunday’s game and delivered an emotional pep talk.

“As I mentioned before the game, you guys are living a vision, not circumstances,” Pagano told the players. “Because you know where [the prognosticators] had us in the beginning, every last one of them, but you refused to live in circumstances. And you decided consciously as a team, as a family, to living a vision. And that’s why you bring things home the way you brought it home today. That’s why you’re champions, and well on your way.

“I’ve got circumstances. I understand it. You understand it. It’s already beat. ‘€¦ My vision, I’m living to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and hoist the Lombardi Trophy several times.”

‘™¦ Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams helped his team to a victory in Washington on Sunday, and he explained that part of Carolina’s motivation was Washington’s decision to make the contest a “homecoming” game, welcoming back 150 former players and wearing throwback uniforms.

“That was definitely motivating,” Williams said. “I mean, you don’€™t say you’€™re going to have a homecoming in the National Football League. I mean, you do it in college. It’€™s [against] one of those teams that’€™s just terrible. You don’€™t book a good team for homecoming. ‘€¦ I don’€™t know if they had a dance or anything; I just know you don’€™t give a team extra motivation by putting that on your program, just blatantly coming out and saying, ‘You’€™re our homecoming game.’ ”

Added Williams later on Twitter: I’ve never been more insulted in the nil until today!

‘™¦ The New York City Marathon was canceled due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, but that did not deter thousands of runners, who showed up Sunday morning in Central Park to run an adjusted version of the 26.2-mile race.

“A lot of people just wanted to finish what they started,” explained Lance Svendsen, who organized an alternative marathon called Run Anyway that drew about 600 participants.

Meanwhile, other would-be marathoners took a ferry to Staten Island to help people in the neighborhoods that suffered the most damage.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 5, 1946, the newly founded Celtics played their first-ever home game, which was delayed after which player damaged the backboard during warmups?

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Jets to stick with Mark Sanchez at QB 10.10.12 at 3:16 pm ET
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It still isn’€™t Tebow time, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. The 2-3 Jets look to rebound this week against the Colts and will continue to start quarterback Mark Sanchez.

‘€œYeah, no question,’€ Ryan told reporters Tuesday on a conference call when asked if he’€™s sticking with Sanchez.

‘€œI think when you look at it [Monday] night I thought he played pretty good,’€ Ryan said. ‘€œI think he was accurate with the football.’€™’€™

Sanchez was off to a promising start in Week 1 against the Bills when he completed 19-of-27 passes for 266 yards, but he has been terrible since. He’€™s completed just 44 percent of his passes since Week 2 and thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions.

Team owner Woody Johnson said Sanchez ‘€œplayed great’€ in Monday night’€™s loss to the Texans. He said he had not discussed a change of quarterbacks with Ryan.

Johnson also confirmed that the Jets would keep Tim Tebow for the duration of his three-year contract. Tebow hasn’€™t been used much by the Jets. He was on the field for just seven offensive snaps Monday.

The Jets play rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts at home this week. They’€™ll head to New England for a game and then play the Dolphins at home before a bye week.

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Ailing Colts coach Chuck Pagano e-mails team 10.08.12 at 9:59 pm ET
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Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed last week with leukemia, sent an emotional e-mail to his team as it prepared to take on the Packers on Sunday.

‘€œMy condition will not determine my position. I understand the condition but choose to focus on my position. That is to stay positive and serve,’€ wrote Pagano in the e-mail, published on NFL.com. ‘€œWe will, we can, we must. We have no choice. By any means necessary. We will overcome. It’€™s all in the proper state of mind.’€

The Colts did, in fact, overcome with a comeback victory against the Packers after an 18-point deficit. A 4-yard touchdown from quarterback Andrew Luck to receiver Reggie Wayne capped the victory for the Colts.

Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney described how emotional things were this week with the big win while the team’s coach was in the hospital.

‘€œIt means a lot across the board. He’€™s not just a coach; he’€™s a family member,’€ Freeney said on Monday’s ESPN SportsCenter. ‘€œAnd that’€™s the kind of culture we have around our building. When one hurts, we all hurt.’€

Pagano will continue to undergo treatment and is out indefinitely. Bruce Arians, the team’s offensive coordinator, will serve as interim head coach.

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Andrew Luck signs four-year, $22.1 million deal with Colts 07.20.12 at 12:44 pm ET
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The Colts have made the finishing touches on their preparation for the new era of football in Indianapolis, signing Andrew Luck to a four-year, $22.1 million deal on Thursday.

Colts owner Jim Irsay broke the news via his twitter account, tweeting ‘€œ12 is officially signed !!!!!!’€ while adding a picture of the 2012 NFL draft‘€™s first overall selection.

The terms of the deal are very similar to those of last year’€™s first overall pick, Cam Newton, who signed a four-year, $22 million contract. Robert Griffin III, who was selected directly after Luck in the draft, signed a $21.1 million contract on Wednesday.

The former Stanford quarterback threw for 35 touchdowns last season while topping John Elway‘€™s career record of 77 touchdown passes at the school with 80 career scores.

Luck will be taking over the Colts, who went 2-14 last season without the injured Peyton Manning. Manning was signed by the Broncos in the offseason to make room for Luck, who is expected to take over as the quarterback in Indianapolis for at least the next decade.

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Colts close to signing Andrew Luck according to owner Jim Irsay 06.03.12 at 12:46 pm ET
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The Colts are close to signing quarterback Andrew Luck after snagging him with the NFL draft’s first overall pick, Colts owner Jim Irsay said.

On Saturday Irsay tweeted, Talks with A Luck’s agent,Will Wilson(the brother of Andrew’s mother) have been productive. Team Counsel Dan Emerson n Will r getting close!

According to Scout.com, Luck is looking at a potential four-year contract worth $24 million, a signing bonus of around $16 million with a fifth year option.

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After taking his job, Peyton Manning takes Tim Tebow’s top spot in jersey sales 05.30.12 at 4:57 pm ET
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As if taking over Tim Tebow‘€™s job as Broncos quarterback wasn’t enough, Peyton Manning also has stolen Tebow’€™s top spot for the best-selling NFL jersey.

According to NFLShop.com sales figures released Tuesday, Manning’€™s Broncos jersey has sold more than any other between April 1 and May 28. Tebow’s Jets jersey ranks second. Rookies Robert Griffin III of the Redskins and Andrew Luck of the Colts round out the top four.

The Washington Post, however, points out that rookie jerseys did not go on sale until April 26. According to the Post, Griffin owns the NFL’€™s top selling jersey in May, with Luck close behind.

Either way, the numbers are a confirmation that the NFL is indeed a quarterback-driven league, as QBs made up eight of the top 10 most popular jerseys over the full two-month period. Niners linebacker Patrick Willis (7) and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (10) were the only non-quarterbacks to make the list.

The full list, according to NFLShop.com:

1. Peyton Manning

2. Tim Tebow

3. Robert Griffin III

4. Andrew Luck

5. Eli Manning

6. Aaron Rodgers

7. Patrick Willis

8. Tom Brady

9. Cam Newton

10. Troy Polamalu

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