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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees president Randy Levine says team won’t spend big this offseason 12.19.14 at 8:14 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:
NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. Mary’s at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama A&M at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at UTEP, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College football: NAIA final, Southern Oregon vs. Marian, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: NCAA Div. 3 final, Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. Mount Union, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: FCS semifinal, Sam Houston State at North Dakota State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Up until the time Jon Lester accepted a deal from the Cubs last week, there was speculation that the Yankees would make a run at the former Red Sox right-hander. However, general manager Brian Cashman said that his team has no plans to spend big this offseason. On Thursday, team president Randy Levine backed up his GM, saying the Yankees have enough high-priced hurlers already.

“As [Cashman] has said, if you look at the construct of our roster, I think [Masahiro] Tanaka is an ace, CC Sabathia hopefully comes back, we get [Ivan] Nova back pretty soon. … You have to build around that,” Levine said. “So the chances of us bringing in another guy who makes $25 million or over are, to my opinion, virtually none.”

This is good news for teams interested in bidding for Tigers ace Max Scherzer (and bad news for agent Scott Boras). Scherzer is expected to land a deal in the $200 million neighborhood.

“I think that’s a lot higher level than we’re willing to play in right now,” Cashman said earlier in the week. “I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you believe the Yankees when they say they won't spend big?

  • No, they're just trying to keep Max Scherzer's price down (63%, 105 Votes)
  • Yes, every team has to have its limit (37%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 168

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Sabathia made $24 million last year while Tanaka made $22 million. Both missed much of the season with injuries.

“As I said, we’re going to have a payroll in excess of $200 million as we always have,” Levine said. “But at the end of the day, you have to be realistic in any organization.

“I think our payroll is right at the top. I think the Dodgers will be ahead of us. Nobody else,” Levine added. “The Steinbrenner tradition is if there’s a way to make the team better, [Cashman] is out there trying to make the team better, in the reality of building an organization. We’re always out there looking, but it has to be tempered by the reality of an organization. You look at our pitching staff, for example, we have two guys that make a lot of money.”

— Knicks star Carmelo Anthony missed Thursday’s game against the Bulls due to soreness in his left knee, and he said earlier in the day that he’s been advised to “shut it down” for a few weeks.

However, Anthony said he’s inclined to play through the pain due to the Knicks’ horrible start to the season. After Thursday’s 103-97 loss in Chicago, New York is 5-23 — the worst record through 28 games in franchise history.

“I’ve had multiple people say kind of just shut it down or just take time off,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s hard for me to just do that right now amidst what’s happening with the team. So I’m just trying to be smart about it. The more you play, the less recovery days you get.

“I can utilize these three days and get ready for the back-to-back [games Saturday and Sunday] and we get another three days [off] next week. … But it gets frustrating not knowing what’s going to happen.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: U.S. will bid for 2024 Olympics; Boston still in running 12.17.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Hampton at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois-Chicago at SMU, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total Voters: 310

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras reportedly drunk at time of fatal accident 11.13.14 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Bills at Dolphins, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: East Carolina at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Bethune-Cookman at Hampton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Southern Mississippi at Texas -San Antonio, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: California at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees ‘disappointed’ with elbow injury to Masahiro Tanaka 07.11.14 at 8:18 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Brewers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: DC United at San Jose Earthquakes, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a small ligament tear in his pitching elbow, but general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday the pitcher will not have Tommy John surgery — at least for now.

“All three doctors agree on the diagnosis and the rehab protocol,” Cashman told reporters in a conference call. “We are going to follow their recommendation, and none of them recommend surgery at this time. They’re all hopeful that in roughly maybe a six-week period that we will have a pitcher back if he responds positively.”

Added Cashman: “If he’s a failed rehab, certainly it does not rule out that Tommy John would be the recommendation. If the pain doesn’t subside or it comes back like he’s currently experiencing right now, continuing to reappear, then I think the rehab and recommendation factors would change.”

Manager Joe Girardi said he is keeping his “fingers crossed” that Tanaka returns this season to a rotation that saw CC Sabathia ruled out for the season only days earlier. Already, the team lost starters Ivan Nova for the season and Michael Pineda until at least August.

Tanaka has not been the same since allowing a game-deciding home run to Mike Napoli in the ninth inning of New York’s 2-1 loss to the Red Sox on June 28. Since then, he’s allowed 20 hits and 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings. After starting the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA, he’s 1-3 with a 4/25 ERA in his last four outings — the last two of which came on the standard four days’ rest after he was given an additional day off between nine of his first 14 starts.

“I think we managed him the best we could,” Girardi said. “We were careful. We did everything we could to give him extra rest and not have him throw too many pitches. And we’ll continue to do that because we know we’ve got to keep him healthy.”

Tanaka was signed to a seven-year, $155 million deal in January after being posted by his Japanese team, and he had rejuvenated the Yankees before his recent struggles.

“I’m certainly disappointed for our player,” Cashman said. “I’m disappointed for our organization. He’s an important piece.

“It’s a disappointing situation and one that none of us wanted to be talking about or experiencing. Unfortunately, the facts are the facts.”

— The trial in Los Angeles regarding the sale of the Clippers was postponed Thursday for two weeks, putting the closing date past the deadline to finish the $2 billion sale as set by buyer Steve Ballmer.

However, Ballmer’s attorney said there is a provision to extend the deadline assuming there is progress in court.

The delay was due to two of Donald Sterling‘s lawyers having plans for personal time — a vacation and a wedding anniversary. The next hearing is set for July 21 and closing arguments will be heard one week after that.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Soccer player dies after taking cleat to stomach 05.20.14 at 7:50 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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Pacers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Draft lottery, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, Germany vs. United States, 5:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A soccer player in Indonesia died from internal injuries sustained when he took a cleat to the stomach during a game six days earlier.

During an Indonesian Premier League game May 10, Akli Fairuz, a forward for Persiraja Banda Aceh, raced after a loose ball in the box and kicked it into the net while PSAP Sigli goalie Agus Rahman came high with his cleat and caught Fairuz in the side (the goal was disallowed on an offside call). Fairuz left the game but remained on the sideline to watch his teammates.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Fairuz eventually began to feel sick and was rushed to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe internal injuries and bladder leakage. Emergency surgery could not save him, and he died Friday.

The team reportedly is investigating the handling of the situation.

— The Rams dodged a bullet with the termination of a potentially distracting reality show about openly gay draft pick Michael Sam, and now they’re hoping to avoid another closeup look at the team this preseason.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that he believes the NFL will not choose his squad to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

“I think it’s unlikely,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We are eligible, but I think it’s highly unlikely they’d ask us to do it. I think it’s organization has a right to go through training camp with some normalcy.”

The Rams, who have never been featured on the program, meet the eligibility requirements set by the league, but after the team’s experience with the Oprah Winfrey Network, which had the rights to the proposed show on Sam, it’s clear how the Rams feel about Sam and the rest of the team being in the spotlight.

“Not good for the locker room,” Fisher told The Associated Press. “Nor Mike to get involved at this point.”

Added Fisher: “We had a meeting and we got it resolved satisfactorily for everybody. The best thing for Mike right now is to just focus on football.”

— The Red Sox might be struggling, but the Yankees have issues as well, including the health of ace CC Sabathia. General manager Brian Cashman said Monday that Sabathia is likely to be out until at least July 1 due to breakdown of cartilage in his right knee.

“It’s an unpredictable time frame,” Cashman told ESPN’s Buster Olney. “I’d say you’re talking at least six weeks until you see him on a major league mound again.”

Added Cashman: “If we predict anything before six weeks, then we’re probably setting ourselves up for disappointment.”

Sabathia was placed on the disabled list May 11, one day after allowing three home runs in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers. He received a stem-cell injection in his knee from orthopedic surgeon James Andrews.

Despite the loss of Sabathia, the Yankee held a half-game lead in the American League East heading into Monday’s action.

“The AL East is as tough as they get,” Cashman said. “All the teams in the division have a great deal of talent and have dealt with a great deal of injuries. We’re all still bunched together. It’s a constant battleground as managers, general managers try to move the chess pieces to stay in the race.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): Which Red Sox player had a streak of homering on May 20 for five straight years, starting with a three-home run game in a 10-3 victory over the Royals in 2001?

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Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner agrees to contract extension 02.24.14 at 11:26 am ET
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Just over a month after signing a one-year contract, outfielder Brett Gardner and the Yankees agreed to a deal that could keep Gardner in pinstripes until 2019.

The contract includes $52 million from 2015-18 and an option for 2019.

“It shows the level of confidence, belief and trust, and the type of player and person he is,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’€™re excited to know that he’€™s going to be a part of this team going forward. We’€™re a better team with Gardy on it, that’€™s the bottom line.

“This is a good day for him, and we believe it makes the future for us better.”

If Gardner had not agreed to the deal, which was announced Sunday, he would have made $5.6 million during the 2014 season and become eligible for free agency once the season ended.

“Free agency is something that, it kind of intrigued me, but it also kind of scared me,” Gardner said. “I’€™ve never been anywhere else. I love it here. I love putting on the pinstripes everyday.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Masahiro Tanaka ‘looking forward’ to Yankees-Red Sox rivalry 02.12.14 at 8:04 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: Spurs at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Kings at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Heat at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Southeast Missouri State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: George Washington at VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Baylor at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Penn State at Indiana, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCF at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: New Mexico at Boise State, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal at Manchester United, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s hockey, Canada vs. United States, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Pairs figure skating, men’s nordic combined, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Latvia vs. Switzerland, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Czech Republic vs. Sweden, noon (USA)
Olympics: Men’s luge, 1:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s nordic combined, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, Switzerland vs. Britain, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Women’s alpine, pairs figure skating, women’s snowboarding, men’s speedskating, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s luge, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Finland vs. Austria, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Masahiro Tanaka was welcomed to New York by the Yankees on Tuesday, with about 200 media members there to see him — the largest turnout since the 2003 introduction of outfielder Hideki Matsui.

“This is Yankee big,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is Steinbrenner big.”

Owner Hal Steinbrenner expressed no regret in shelling out $155 million (plus a $20 million posting fee) for the 25-year-old right-hander who went 24-0 in Japan last year.

“We needed another starter,” he said. “When we do things, we try to do them right. This guy is tough, he’s got tremendous ability and he’s going to be very exciting to watch. He’s going to be great for the team.”

Cashman said earlier in the week he considered Tanaka too be a solid No. 3 starter, despite his top-of-the-rotation salary. Asked if he viewed himself as an ace, Tanaka expressed confidence.

“When I take the mound, I feel that I like to win every single game,” he said through a translator. “Being an ace is something that not myself but other people label. What I want to do is go out there, compete and do my best.”

Tanaka said his goal is to win the World Series, which would mean getting the better of the rivalry with the defending champion Red Sox.

“Just by watching over the television of the Yankees-Red Sox games, you can see how intense the games are,” Tanaka said. “I’m very much looking forward to playing in that environment.”

— With two NBA titles and four MVP awards under his belt, LeBron James apparently is feeling better about his place in history.

During an interview with Steve Smith for NBA TV, James said he believes he will go up on the NBA”s “Mount Rushmore” as one of the game’s four greatest.

“I’€™m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game. For sure,” James said. “And if they don’€™t want me to have one of those top four spots, they better find another spot. We’€™ve got to bump somebody. Somebody got to get bumped. That’€™s not for me to decide. That’€™s for the architects, to chisel somebody’€™s face out and put mine up there.”

Asked who belongs on the current Mount Rushmore, James threw out some familiar names from his childhood.

“Four NBA greats — I would say, obviously, the easy three, that we all talk about in our league: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson,” he said. “I would say my fourth, wow, this is so tough. The greatest players of all time, that I would like to see on Mount Rushmore. This is not fair. This is not fair. You know how many great players there is? Oh my god, Oscar Robertson. Those are my four.”

— Wichita State, owner of the No. 4 ranking in college basketball, improved to 26-0 with Tuesday’s 78-67 victory over Southern Illinois, but it wasn’t the team’s smoothest performance. However, the Shockers got some advice from a former “Cheers” star on how to handle the ugly win, as Wichita native Kirstie Alley spoke to the team.

“She said to the guys, ‘Don’t read the reviews, the positive ones and the negative ones. Just play the game,’ ” coach Gregg Marshall said. “So, you’re getting it from a Hollywood star.”

Even the visiting coach was impressed with Alley — along with the rest of the sellout crowd that helped inspire the Shockers to rally from a four-point deficit early in the second half to become the first team since Memphis in 2008 to start the season 26-0.

“Kudos to them, seriously,” Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said. “High-five to 10,505 — and Kirstie Alley, because I love her. I think she’s great.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 12, 1981, which Bruin recorded his 200th career goal when he scored twice in a 3-3 tie vs. the Colorado Rockies?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers’ Matt Barnes crosses line in tweeting frustration after ejection 11.14.13 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:
NHL: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Colts at Titans, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Rockets at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Georgia Tech at Clemson, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Marshall at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Morgan State at South Carolina State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Toledo at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Temple at Towson, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7:30 p.m. (WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Veteran NBA enforcer Matt Barnes appears to be running out of patience with his Clippers teammates.

Barnes was ejected from Wednesday night’s victory over the Thunder later in the second quarter after pushing Serge Ibaka, who had gotten tangled up with Clippers star Blake Griffin. Ibaka was ejected as well.

After pulling his son out of the stands and going to the locker room, Barnes tweeted his frustration. Although he soon deleted it, it was retweeted and saved for posterity:

I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these [N-word]! All this [expletive] does is cost me money..

“I think he’s very emotional and down that he got thrown out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I get that part, but the choice of words obviously, that’s not a word I’m a fan of in all venues.”

Added teammate Jared Dudley: “He’s a really tough guy and sometimes he wants that [from] everybody. It goes both ways. We’ve got to be a little bit tougher, and he’s got to be a little bit smarter.”

‘€¢ Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, a favorite for the Heisman Trophy, was the subject of a sexual battery complaint last December, and the police investigation remains active.

A lawyer for Winston claimed he was told in February that the case is closed, but a representative for the Tallahassee Police said differently Wednesday. “The case is open and active, and the victim is working with the State Attorney’s Office.” said spokesman David Northway.

Florida State coach Jumbo Fisher would not comment on the allegations, but he said of Winston: “I think the world of the young man. Always have.”

A redshirt freshman, Winston has passed for 2,661 yards 26 touchdowns against seven interceptions in leading the Seminoles to a 9-0 record and the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings.

‘€¢ Veteran relief pitcher Brian Wilson is known as much for his beard as his success on the mound. Wilson, a free agent after spending the past season with the Dodgers, is so serious about his beard that he reportedly won’t consider negotiating with the Yankees because of the team’s policy against facial hair.

The Yankees apparently are moving on as well, as general manager Brian Cashman said, “Cross him off the list.”

Earlier this year, Wilson allegedly turned down a $1 million offer from a razor company to shave his beard, saying the beard is “going with him to the grave.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 14, 1967, which Red Sox representative was named Major League Executive of the Year for helping put together the Impossible Dream team that reached the World Series?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans players irate after Houston fans cheer Matt Schaub injury 10.14.13 at 7:58 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: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.

Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.

Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”

Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”

Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.

Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.

‘€¢ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”

Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”

‘€¢ Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.

General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.

“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.

“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”

Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”

Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.

Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?

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Yankees look to retain manager Joe Girardi amid reports of interest from Cubs 10.02.13 at 11:38 am ET
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Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since Joe Girardi took over the Yankees in 2008, New York wants its manager back.

The Yankees finished 85-77 and in third place in the AL East. But between injuries to key players like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis; the departures of a number of vital players from the 2012 AL East winning team; and the intense battle between Alex Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees, the fact that Girardi kept New York in contention for a wild card spot was an impressive accomplishment.

“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. “I feel we hired a good one. He’s been a world champion player for us. He’s been a coach, a broadcaster and obviously a world champion manager. So we’ve benefited from having him and we’d like to do that going forward, but we’ll have to speak with him and see how it plays out.”

Girardi, 48, signed a three-year, $9 million extension at the end of the 2010 season, which expires on Oct. 31. New York may have to compete with the Cubs who recently fired coach Dale Sveum, and are believed to be interested in Girardi.

Girardi has posted a 564-408 record as the Yankees manager, and his team claimed the 2009 World Series.

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