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Friday’s Morning Mashup: In first interview since alcohol rehab, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says, ‘It was just the time’ to seek help 11.06.15 at 7:34 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pacers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Cornell at Dartmouth, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Rice at UTEP, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Temple at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: BYU at San Jose State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Yale at Harvard, 7 p.m. (NESN)


— Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, in his first interview since leaving the team to seek treatment for alcoholism, said “it was just the time” for him to get help.

Sabathia stepped away from the club right before the postseason began. The Yankees lost the wild card playoff to the Astros.

“I know it was a bad time of the season, but there was no other option for me but to get help,” Sabathia told “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts in an interview that was scheduled to air Friday morning. “And I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people don’t understand, but it’s a disease. And if it was my knee or it was anything else, then people wouldn’t have a problem with it, but, you know, it being alcoholism, it’s tough for people to swallow. But it’s the same thing.”

Sabathia, 35, went 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this season while battling a chronic knee issue. The left-hander is due to make $25 million in 2016, the last year of his contract. The Yankees have a vesting option for 2017.

— President Barack Obama waded into the controversy over the Redskins nickname on Thursday. saying “a certain NFL team in Washington” should stop perpetuating negative stereotypes of Native Americans.

Speaking at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, Obama said sports teams should help to “break stereotypes.”

“If you’re living in a society that devalues your culture or perpetuates stereotypes, you may be devaluing yourself,” Obama said. “We all need to do more to ensure that our young people feel supported and respected.”

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Mayor Martin Walsh fires back at Donald Trump on D&C 07.28.15 at 11:21 am ET
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Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump voiced his displeasure with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s decision to end the city’s Olympic bid Monday. He tweeted a short time after Walsh’s press conference explaining the failure in not pursuing the bid further.

Walsh had this one-liner locked and loaded in response to Trump’s statement when asked about the tweet on Dennis & Callahan.

“As I said earlier, that’s going to sound like his presidential campaign in about two months,” Walsh said.

Furthermore, after citing Trump’s rise in the polls following a name-drop by President Barack Obama, Dennis & Callahan teased Walsh, suggesting that he might consider running for national office after Trump’s public ridicule. Walsh didn’t rule out a future campaign.

“I might throw my hat in the ring for getting in on the democratic side,” he said.

When asked if he might endorse Bernie Sanders, Walsh stated that he had not considered it yet, but that he would stand behind a candidate in the near future.

“We’re going to see what happens in this race for a little while,” Walsh said. “I’m sure I’ll endorse somebody at some point.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LLWS star Mo’ne Davis asks for leniency for offensive tweeter 03.24.15 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Kings at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Miami at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Vanderbilt at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB exhibition: Angels at Rangers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Tigers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)


Mo'ne Davis

Mo’ne Davis

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis showed remarkable class in responding to a college baseball player’s dismissal from his team due to his insult of Davis in a tweet.

Bloomsburg (Pa.) University junior first baseman Joey Casselberry was booted from the team Sunday after he complained about Davis getting a movie made about her, tweeting: Disney is making a movie about Mo’ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada.

Davis said Monday that she emailed the school to ask that Casselberry, who apologized for his tweet, be reinstated.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” Davis told ESPN. “Everyone deserves a second chance. I know he didn’t mean it that type of way. I know people get tired of seeing me on TV. But sometimes you’ve got to think about what you’re doing before you do it.

“It hurt on my part, but he hurt even more. If it was me, I would want to take that back. I know how hard he’s worked. Why not give him a second chance?”

The school acknowledged receiving Davis’ email but did not give any indication that it would reverse its decision.

“Her request demonstrates the type of person she is, her level of maturity and the empathy that her family and coach teach her,” the school said in a statement. “Bloomsburg University stands firm on our decision; however, his consequences will be reviewed as is common in disciplinary actions like this.”

— The Princeton women’s basketball team’s previously undefeated season came to an end Monday with a loss to host Maryland in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, and there was increased security at the arena following a threat made against a Princeton player who is the niece of President Barack Obama.

According to media reports, a phone message threatening Princeton freshman Leslie Robinson — whose father, Craig Robinson, is Michelle Obama’s brother — was left at Maryland.

Barack and Michelle Obama attended Saturday’s opening-round game but were not in attendance for Monday’s contest, which the Terrapins won 85-70.

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President Barack Obama picks undefeated Kentucky to win NCAAs 03.18.15 at 10:18 am ET
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President Barack Obama is predicting Kentucky to run the table, going with the Wildcats to win the NCAA Tournament in his bracket that he revealed to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

Obama has an all-Wildcats final, with Villanova reaching the title game. His other Final Four teams are Duke and Arizona (another Wildcats).

In the regional finals, Obama has Kentucky over Notre Dame, Arizona over Wisconsin, Villanova over Virginia, and Duke over Iowa State.

While Kentucky is the safe pick, Obama did predict a few upsets, most notably 10 seed Davidson reaching the Sweet 16. He also has 12th-seeded Buffalo beating fifth-seeded West Virginia, 11th-seeded Texas upending sixth-seeded Butler and 12th-seeded Wyoming bouncing fifth-seeded Northern Iowa.

Last year, Obama had Michigan State beating Louisville in the title game (UConn beat Kentucky). He has not correctly predicted the winner since 2009 (North Carolina).

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling lashes out at ‘vulgar’ tweeters who mock his daughter 03.02.15 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Suns at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston College at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Virginia at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Curt Schilling is on the attack after his congratulatory email to his daughter for her acceptance to college led to some vile tweets.

Schilling tweeted Wednesday: Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!

The former Red Sox pitcher said he expected some jock humor to follow, and he was not disappointed. However, when he started to see tweets “with the words ‘rape,’ ‘bloody underwear’ and pretty much ever other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom,” he decided to act.

Schilling wrote a response Sunday on his 38 Pitches blog in which he expressed his disgust with the behavior. He identified two of the offenders as a Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, N.J.) radio host [Editor’s note: The school emailed to say the student was a member of the Student Radio Club and had a one-hour slot on one the of the station’s student radio streams until being suspended Monday] and a Montclair State University fraternity vice president, and seven others as college athletes.

The ESPN analyst (who accepted an invitation to join Dennis & Callahan at 9 a.m. Monday) noted that he expects to be the subject of insults from Democrats, Yankees fans and “people that don’t like the sound of my voice,” and he notes that “that’s a pretty big group.” But, he questions, are putrid comments about his daughter “even remotely OK? In ANY world? At ANY time?”

Wrote Schilling: My daughter comes to me beyond upset. She didn’€™t do anything, she never said anything, yet she’€™s now receiving personal messages with guys saying things to her, well let’€™s just say I can’€™t repeat and I’€™m getting beyond angry thinking about it. Her boyfriend, a wicked good hockey player who has a fighting streak I absolutely love is going out of his mind to be let off his leash but unlike the athletes tweeting this stuff he understands the potential consequences of his actions and knows the time and place will hopefully come when he can make it right on his own terms.

These boys have yet to understand one of life’€™s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.

How on earth do you guys know who’€™s on the other end? What they’€™re thinking?

This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We’€™re at a point now where you better be sure who you’€™re going after.

Added Schilling: The ignorance and pathetic lack of morals or of any integrity is astounding.

Kevin Garnett is showing his appreciation to Timberwolves fans for welcoming him home by purchasing 1,000 tickets to the team’s next home game, Monday night against the Clippers.

The first 500 fans to log on to the team’s website at 9 a.m. Monday each will get a pair of tickets.

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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).

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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 home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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)


‘€¢ 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 home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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)


‘€¢ 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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