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Clippers players stage silent protest while President Barack Obama, Michael Jordan, LeBron James blast Clippers owner Donald Sterling 04.27.14 at 5:44 pm ET
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After Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly told a woman that he didn’t want her to bring African-Americans to games, players of the NBA team staged a silent protest by wearing their shirts inside-out during pregame shootaround to hide the team logo. Clippers players also featured black arm bands and/or wristbands and wore black socks.

From The Associated Press:

“It’s just us, only us. We’re all we got,” Clippers star guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out.

The Warriors’ sellout crowd of 19,596, decked out in gold shirts, booed the Clippers – as they always do – during introductions.

Sterling’s wife, Shelly, was sitting courtside across from the Clippers’ bench. Commissioner Adam Silver had said Donald Sterling would not be at the game.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he would remain the only one to speak for the team on this, saying players want to remain focused on basketball. Even he, though, acknowledged that has not been easy since TMZ released the alleged recording of Sterling on Saturday.

“Our message is to play,” Rivers said. “Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that’s a good message. I really do. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message.”

The reaction to Sterling’s comments has been far-reaching, as other NBA players and teams have had to take stock of the owner’s alleged comments. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan released a statement saying that he was “completely outraged” by Sterling, while Heat star LeBron James said “there’s no room in the NBA for Donald Sterling.”

Even President Barack Obama. weighed in on the matter while on a state visit to Malaysia.

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That’s what happened here,” the President said in a press conference in Malaysia (as documented by CNN).

For more on the reaction to Sterling, click here.

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President Obama picks Michigan State to win NCAA tournament, predicts Harvard upset 03.19.14 at 10:09 am ET
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President Barack Obama unveiled his NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN for the sixth straight year, and the nation’s boss is predicting Michigan State will defeat Louisville in the title game.

Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz as he wrote in his selections at the White House. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way. … He knows how to motivate folks and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It’s been a while since I’ve won my pool.”

Obama’s Final Four also includes No. 1 seeds Florida and Arizona.

“I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones,” he said.

Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School, predicts the 12th-seeded Crimson will open with an upset for the second straight season, knocking off fifth-seeded Cincinnati.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees stuck with huge luxury tax bill, Red Sox just under mark 12.18.13 at 8:12 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: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: N.C. State at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Francisco at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Yankees didn’t make the playoffs this year, but they did lead baseball in one category: luxury tax. The Yankees received a bill Tuesday from MLB for $28.1 million, pushing their total since the tax began in 2003 to more than $250 million.

The Yankees, who have had baseball’s highest payroll for 15 straight years, pay a 50 percent rate for every dollar over $178 million on their payroll because the team has been over the tax threshold at least four consecutive years. Their $28.1 million bill Tuesday is second only to their $34.1 million bill after the 2005 season.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has said he wants to avoid surpassing next year’s threshold of $189 million, but after their most recent free agent binge — including the signing of former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury — the Yankees already are locked in to $177.7 million for 15 players. However, if Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is upheld, that would provide New York some salary relief.

The Dodgers were the only other team to be taxed this year, receiving a bill for $11.4 million. The Red Sox avoided the penalty by finishing $225,666 under the $178 million payroll threshold.

According to MLB, the average salary for a player increased 7.1 percent to $3,326,645, the steepest rise since 2006.

‘€¢ The dysfunctional Knicks continue to make news for the wrong reasons. On Monday, following a 102-101 loss to the Wizards in which the team showed a lack of poise in the closing seconds, coach Mike Woodson announced that Amar’e Stoudemire would be sidelined because his knees were swelling.

Stoudemire responded via Twitter on Tuesday, refuting his coach’s statement and explaining that he just needed rest after playing six games in nine days, including two back-to-backs.

Tweeted Stoudemire: Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I’m ONLY stay’n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks! Body & Knees feel great!

Woodson, meanwhile, again addressed the ending to Monday night’s game, when the Knicks had a defensive lapse to allow the game-winning layup with six seconds left, then didn’t call a timeout and showed no urgency before Carmelo Anthony threw up an off-balance 3-pointer that was well off the mark.

“Bad coaching,” Woodson said Tuesday. “We made a lot of bad mistakes coming down the stretch. It happens sometimes. And I don’€™t mean that in just a blow-off way. We didn’€™t take the foul when we should have and we talked about it, I didn’€™t call the timeout, so I mean, I can’€™t go back and get it. But I’ve got to learn from it and we’ve got to learn from it as a team, and if we are in that position again we can’€™t let that happen.”

‘€¢ President Barack Obama sent a clear message to Russia when on Tuesday he named tennis legend Billie Jean King and other openly gay athletes to serve as part of the U.S delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies of February’s Sochi Olympics.

Russia has been heavily criticized for passing a national law banning “gay propaganda,” and although the White House did not mention the law Tuesday, a spokesman said the delegation “represents the diversity that is the United States.”

Said King: “I am equally proud to stand with the members of the LGBT community in support of all athletes who will be competing in Sochi and I hope these Olympic Games will indeed be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people.”

Openly gay women’s hockey player Caitlin Cahow, a Connecticut native who played at Harvard, will attend the closing ceremony as part of the U.S. delegation.

The White House also announced that Obama will not attend the Winter Games, nor will the vice president, the first lady or a former president.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 18, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his ninth (and final) career hat trick and added two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Hartford Whalers?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Eli Manning, ‘frustrated’ Giants searching for answers after falling to 0-5 10.07.13 at 7:45 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:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 6:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Pirates, 3:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Braves at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Jets at Falcons, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Take heart, Patriots fans: At least your offensively challenged team has found a way to win four games. Look at the Giants. They’re 0-5 after Sunday’s 36-21 loss to the visiting Eagles. It’s New York’s worst start in a non-strike year since 1979.

“They’re very frustrated, very down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’ve worked very hard during the week, built themselves up to a good approach, and then the frustration of not getting the win … They’re doing the best they can. They’re standing up, they’re supporting each other. That’s the way it has to be for a team to continue on.”

Eli Manning completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions, including a key pick in the fourth quarter when he tried to make something out of nothing and it backfired.

“I know I can play better,” Manning said. “Sometimes, things are going to go wrong, but you’ve got to make the best decision. Throw it away, take a sack. I know I can’t keep turning the ball over every time.”

Said Coughlin: “I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us going that he puts too much on himself. ‘€¦ He’s way too good a player to have these kinds of things keep happening to him.”

‘€¢ Joe Torre is widely viewed as a man who would have been a good fit for Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s job, which will be vacated by Bud Selig next year, but the drawback is Torre’s age. And he acknowledges that.

“I’m 73 years old, I really don’t envision that happening, based on the fact Bud has been there 20-plus years,” Torre said Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the MLB executive vice president watched the Dodgers-Braves ALDS Game 3. “I think when the owners decide on who the next commissioner should be, I think they have to think long term.

“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner, based on my age. I’€™m very comfortable working there. I’€™ve got a significant job. I don’€™t have a great deal of stress, job-wise in my life and that feels good.”

‘€¢ President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over the Redskins nickname, saying he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he were owner due to its offensiveness.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he told The Associated Press.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the name, despite growing criticism.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?

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President Barack Obama in Boston: ‘Every one of us stands with you’ 04.18.13 at 1:19 pm ET
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President Barack Obama attended an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on Thursday and delivered an inspirational speech to residents still healing from Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.

“I’m here today on behalf of the American people with a simple message: Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. Every one of us stands with you,” Obama said. “Boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too. Boston, you’re my home. For millions of us, what happened on Monday is personal.”

Obama said the city has sent a strong message to the rest of the country.

“This doesn’€™t stop us,” he said. “And that’€™s what you’€™ve taught us, Boston. That’€™s what you’€™ve reminded us — to push, to not grow weary, to not get faint, even when it hurts. We finish the race. And we do that because of who we are, and we do that because we know that somewhere around the bend, a stranger has a cup of water. Around the bend, somebody’€™s there to boost our spirits. On that toughest mile, just when we think we’€™ve hit a wall, someone will be there to cheer us on and pick up.”

Added Obama: “When the Sox, the Celtics, the Patriots, the Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans — the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street. And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it!”

As for the perpetrators of the attack, Obama promised retribution.

“Yes, we will find you,” he said. “And, yes, you will face justice. We will find you. We will hold you accountable, but, more than that, our fidelity to our way of life, to a free and open society, will only grow stronger — for God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but one of power and love and self discipline.”

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President Barack Obama: ‘The American people refuse to be terrorized’ 04.16.13 at 1:28 pm ET
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President Barack Obama, speaking at a White House press conference Tuesday, said investigators don’t know if Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing was carried out by an individual or terrorist organization, nor do they “have a sense of motivation yet.”

He reiterated his stance a day earlier that those responsible would be brought to justice, and that Boston would be deterred by the attack.

“The American people refuse to be terrorized,” he said.

Obama later gave a short televised speech and said the FBI is investigating the bombing “as an act of terrorism.”

“Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror,” Obama said. “What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why. Whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual. That’s what we don’t yet know.”

The president offered praise to the first-responders: police, fire personnel, race volunteers, runners and spectators.

“If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid,” he said.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jeremy Lin celebrates Harvard’s upset win 03.22.13 at 8:04 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: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Pistons at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Albany vs. Duke, 12:15 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Mississippi vs. Wisconsin, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Temple vs. NC State, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Pacific vs. Miami, 2:10 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Cincinnati vs. Creighton, 2:45 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, La Salle vs. Kansas State, 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, James Madison vs. Indiana, 4:10 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado vs. Illinois, 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, FGCU vs. Georgetown, 6:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iona vs Ohio State, 7:15 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Villanova vs. North Carolina, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Northwestern State vs. Florida, 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Oklahoma vs. San Diego State, 9:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iowa State vs Notre Dame, 9:45 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Kansas, 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Minnesota vs. UCLA, 9:57 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT tournament, Arizona State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT tournament, Stony Brook at Iowa, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Red Wings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinal, Providence vs. Lowell, 5 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinal, Boston University vs. Boston College, 8 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Brewers, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB preseason: Royals at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Harvard’s upset of New Mexico late Thursday night might have messed up most of America’s NCAA tournament brackets, but those with Harvard ties were celebrating the win.

The school’s only current NBA alumnus, Rockets guard Jeremy Lin, posted a message and photo on Facebook, writing: YYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you’€¦. #threepointgoggles

Tweeted the Harvard Lampoon: America, we are sorry for messing up your brackets and also your financial system and everything else

Not all Harvard alumni were believers. President Barack Obama predicted a New Mexico win, even though he attended Harvard Law School and is close friends with the father of Crimson sophomore walk-on guard Alex Nesbitt.

Said Nesbitt in the days leading up to the game: “If we were to pull off an upset, [the president] would know about it and be excited for sure.”

‘™¦ The Royce White saga continues, as the would-be Rockets rookie tweeted that he’s leaving his D-League team and returning to Houston in order to prepare for next season. White, who battles anxiety disorder, has yet to play for the Rockets this season.

Tweeted White: Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season. Thank @rgvvipers for having me.

Added White: Working out in Houston to transition to next year has been medically deemed the healthiest option. I’m excited to get to work.

The Rockets, who reportedly did not take part in White’s decision, said only that White is still on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster.

Following negative feedback, White tweeted later: Don’t understand the uproar because I’m working out in Houston’€¦ Lol relax ppl Showing you’re too high strung over sports.

‘™¦ Lakers center Dwight Howard turned up at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, working the Delta Airlines check-in counter and taking boarding passes for a flight to Hawaii. Accompanied by the Laker Girls, he also ran a trivia contest.

“I am part of Delta, the team. They are the official airline for the Laker Girls and the Lakers,” Howard said. “This is a great experience for me to come out and enjoy L.A.”

It provided a rare lighthearted moment in what has mostly been a rough season for Howard, due to be a free agent this offseason. He had little to say regarding his future Thursday, only joking: “Will I re-sign with Delta? That’s a good one.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 22, 1995, the Celtics raised a number to the rafters in honor of which player?

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President Barack Obama picks Indiana over Louisville in NCAA tournament 03.20.13 at 12:32 pm ET
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President Barack Obama is taking a relatively safe approach to his March Madness picks, choosing Indiana to top Louisville in the title game.

In addition to those two No. 1 seeds, Obama picked second-seeded Ohio State and third-seeded Florida to fill out his Final Four.

“I’m going with Louisville. I know it’s not a surprise pick,” the president told ESPN’s Andy Katz as he wrote in his picks on a board at the White House. “And I’m going with Indiana. These are the two best teams right now. And for the championship I’m going back to the Big Ten. I think this is Indiana’s year.”

Obama picked half of last year’s Final Four correctly, choosing Ohio State and Kentucky, but North Carolina, his choice for the national title, lost in the Elite Eight.

Obama also filled out a bracket for the women’s tournament, which will be revealed in its entirety Friday. His Final Four picks on the women’s side are Baylor, UConn, Notre Dame and California.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Northeastern hockey star Wade MacLeod suffers seizure during AHL game in Springfield 02.18.13 at 7:44 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:
NHL: Predators at Avalanche, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Hurricanes at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Villanova, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Northeastern University star Wade MacLeod had a seizure during Sunday’s minor league hockey game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield after he was checked from behind into the glass, and he was in stable condition at an area hospital Sunday night.

MacLeod, a 26-year-old forward for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, collapsed while he was skating toward the bench. According to the Springfield Republican, MacLeod lay on the ice for several minutes, his legs flailing at times, while medical personnel attended to him.

“We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,” MacLeod’s family said in a statement Sunday night. “Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.”

Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play, which occurred late in the second period with MacLeod’s Falcons trailing 2-1. The coaches agreed to suspend the game at that point.

Manning tweeted later: would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of every hurting another player.. hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family

MacLeod, who had an assist Sunday, has four goals and seven assists in 20 games this season for the Falcons, an affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. At Northeastern, MacLeod played four years, leading the team in scoring his final three seasons. The native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, totaled 61 goals and 76 assists at NU while setting the school record for games played (149).

‘™¦ Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza wrote in his new book that he took karate lessons to be prepared for a fight with Roger Clemens after the then-Yankees pitcher beaned Piazza in 2000.

Clemens responded Sunday, telling the Houston Chronicle that Piazza wasn’t the only one who wanted revenge, noting that even some of his own teammates had issues with him.

“He’d have to stand in line,” said Clemens, who is serving as a spring training instructor for the Astros. “I think there were about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than [Piazza] did.”

Clemens, who said has not read the book, claims he has become friendly with Piazza after playing with him at golf events.

“Some of these guys, once you get to know some of them, they’re fine. But like I said, there was no intent there,” Clemens insisted of his famous run-ins with Piazza, including the 2000 World Series incident in which Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at the catcher. “And Mike’s a good hitter and I think he hit every breaking ball I threw to him and he hit them hard. But he’s not the first power hitter who’s got me. So, we had some good times. But, yeah, somebody just texted me the Cliffs notes of [the book], so we thought that was pretty good.”

‘™¦ Tiger Woods might not be the world’s best golfer anymore, but he’s still a major drawing card. On Sunday, he played a round with President Barack Obama at the Floridian, an exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The White House prohibited media coverage of the round, which included the participation of Astros owner Jim Crane, who owns the golf club, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Obama, who is spending Presidents Day weekend in Florida, spent the day Saturday with Butch Harmon, Woods’ former swing coach. That apparently was preparation for his round with Woods, who visited the president in the Oval Office of the White House in 2009.

“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” Harmon told Golf Digest. “The President said to Tiger: ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It’s good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn’t a throw-it-out compliment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 18, 1930, which Bruins goaltender set an NHL record for most wins in a season when he recorded his 31st with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife for mocking him 01.29.13 at 7:59 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: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Islanders at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Hornets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Boston College, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NC State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Following the Patriots’ loss to the Ravens in last Sunday’s AFC championship game, Wes Welker‘s wife, Anna Burns Welker, posted a comment on Facebook mocking Ray Lewis for his apparent hypocrisy. Welker noted that Lewis “paid off a family” after being involved in a double murder outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta in 2000 and has fathered six children with four women.

On Monday, Lewis insisted he has forgiven Burns Welker, who apologized one day after her attack.

“I’ve always been a firm believer of the Good Book, and the Good Book always confirms, even a fool is counted wise until he opens he or she mouth,” Lewis said. “Sometimes people just say silly stuff. And they say it out of emotion.

“Sometimes you need to let the game take care of the game. We lost up there last year, and I didn’t hear one teammate say anything about nobody there because we have respect for that team, that they won it fair and square. So for her to come out and say what she said — listen, I truly forgive her, and I have no hard feelings against her at all, but I believe people just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes.”

Lewis also acknowledged he has made mistakes in his life, and he appreciates that he has been given an opportunity to win people over.

“I don’€™t know nobody that’€™s ever lived a perfect life,” he said. “I have [seen] people that have been through things before. Realistically, most of the time when you find somebody that goes through adversity, you really find out what their true character is. For me, people really now have taken time to find out who I am ‘€¦ and [what] my character is.”

Added Lewis: “For someone who has been through adversity and found his way out and really just showing what my true character is and who I am as a person.”

‘™¦ Days after President Barack Obama said football needs to be safer for parents like him to consider allowing their kids to play, hard-hitting Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed.

“I am with Obama,” Reed said. “I have a son. I am not forcing football on my son. If he wants to play it ‘€¦ I can’t make decisions for him. All I can do is say, ‘Son, I played it so you don’t have to.’ ”

Reed added that football’s medical system needs major improvement.

“We’ve got some leaks in it that need to be worked out,” he said. “Every medical training room should be upgraded; training rooms can be a lot better.

“When you’ve got the president talking about it, you’ve got something.”

Meanwhile, Kristin Cavallari, who is engaged to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, said she will push their 5-month-old son to a sport other than football when he gets older.

“I will try to steer Cam in a different direction, maybe a sport that isn’t so aggressive,” she said. “Maybe baseball — something where he doesn’t have to get hit.”

‘™¦ The Jets reportedly have had internal discussions about former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who struggled to stay focused and in shape and was out of the NFL after the 2009 season. Russell is planning to attempt a comeback after being out of the game the last two seasons.

New general manager John Idzik told New York sports radio station WFAN on Monday that he wants to challenge incumbent Mark Sanchez, whose contract makes him difficult to trade. Idzik recently got a chance to meet Sanchez and let him know where he’s coming from.

“Yeah, I’m comfortable with Mark being a Jet,” Idzik said. “I told him as well, we’re going to add competition. ‘€¦ It’s going to help make Mark and everybody else better.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 29, 1996, the Red Sox sent outfielder Lee Tinsley, reliever Ken Ryan and minor league outfielder Glenn Murray to the Phillies for which pitcher (and two minor leaguers)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re in the White House right now, which is like, ‘Mama, I made it.’ ” LeBron James, as the Heat visited President Obama to celebrate their 2012 NBA championship

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 – Consecutive penalty kills for the Bruins to open the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A player for the Russian Professional Basketball League team Unics Kazan makes a pass to his coach on the sideline. The alert coach makes a quick pass to another player.

Magic big man Glen Davis catches Gerald Wallace as the Nets forward goes in for a layup and gives him a lift to the baseline.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of The Gap Band, was born on this day in 1953.

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