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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Barstool Sports writer faces backlash for Rihanna post 05.31.17 at 9:24 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Houston at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: LA Dodgers at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Washington at San Francisco, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Nashville at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Cosmopolitan magazine, Elle UK and people on Twitter went after Barstool Sports on Tuesday after blogger Chris Spags posted a blog criticizing Rihanna for her weight. In the post, which has been removed from the website, Spags explores whether or not Rihanna’s apparent weight gain in a recent picture will lead to a new trend.

And some people did not find it funny.

Barstool leader Dave Portnoy responded to the outcry with a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

” … Lots of feminists not happy about it,” the statement reads. “To be honest I don’t think the blog was as bad as many are making it out to be, but I’ll tell you this. It wasn’t that funny either and I could have told you with absolute certainty that feminists would hate it and use it as an example of ‘there goes Barstool being Barstool again.’ There are just certain topics that you better nail if you’re gonna write about them because you know they are hot button issues for us. So if you’re gonna blog about Rihanna gaining weight you better be funny as fuck and you better make it bullet proof. This line right here? A world of ladies shaped like the Hindenburg loaded into one-piece bathing suits may be on the horizon now that Rihanna is traipsing around out there looking like she’s in a sumo suit. Well that’s neither.”

Portnoy went on to blast Spags, saying he is not a writer worth defending.

“If Big Cat or PFT or KFC or I write this blog I’ll defend it to the death,” he said. “They have earned that trust and loyalty from me. I hired them because I think they are all legitimacy hilarious people. However as I’ve said many times Spags wasn’t originally hired to be a personality at Barstool. He should not be writing blogs that we as a company end up having to defend. And I’ve been doing this long enough to know that somewhere down the line this blog will be dug up again and used as an example of our extreme sexism. Frankly that’s not a hill I’m willing to die on. I’ll choose a different guy and a different blog to go to war for. Just like how the risk wasn’t worth the reward in writing this, the risk isn’t worth the reward defending it either. That’s called being a leader. I make the decisions nobody else has the stomach to make.”

Cosmopolitan posted a response calling out Barstool as a “garbage sports site” who fat-shamed Rihanna and criticizing Portnoy’s apology. Elle UK also published an article in response with the headline “These Dude Bros Are Fat-Shaming Rihanna and I Am Disgusted.”  

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars fire coach Gus Bradley; Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey 12.19.16 at 8:23 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Carolina at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis  at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tennessee State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Delaware State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Ohio State at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Tulsa, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley on Sunday, mere hours after Jacksonville’s 21-20 loss to the Texans. That loss was the Jaguars’ ninth straight and dropped the team to 2-12 on the season.

Bradley leaves Jacksonville with the second-worst winning percentage of NFL coaches who have coached at least 50 games.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell is expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the interim coach for the final two games of the season.

The decision was made by the team’s owner, Shad Khan, who spoke of Bradley’s dedication to the team in a statement on Sunday.

“As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I,” the statement read.  ” … It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

The Jaguars are 14-48 since Bradley became coach in 2013. After being fired, Bradley returned home from Houston on the team charter.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Congress set to hold ‘critical’ hearing on daily fantasy sports 05.11.16 at 8:30 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:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Trail Blazers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A congressional subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday morning in Washington to discuss legal controversies surrounding the daily fantasy sports industry, although the two largest companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, declined invitations to attend.

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will discuss “Daily Fantasy Sports: Issues and Perspectives” at 10:15 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building, with a focus on whether federal oversight is needed.

“It’s a critical pivot point,” sports law expert Daniel Wallach told the New York Daily News. “We’ll find out if the federal government wants to get involved in fantasy sports.

“This is it.”

DraftKings and FanDuel, whose CEOs testified before the Nevada Gaming Control Board two months ago, will be represented by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

The four majors sports leagues also will not attend the meeting. Major League Baseball and the NHL have equity in DraftKings, as does Patriots owner Robert Kraft, while the NBA has equity in FanDuel.

Nine state attorneys generals — most notably New York’s Eric Schneiderman — have ruled that daily fantasy sports are illegal, while other states — including Massachusetts — are working on regulating the industry.

An estimated 56.8 million people in the United States and Canada participated in fantasy sports in 2015, generating $3.4 billion in entry fees.

— Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he likes Bryce Harper, but even he acknowledged that his star player should face some additional discipline from Major League Baseball for his confrontation with an umpire Monday night.

Despite being ejected for arguing a called third strike on a teammate from the dugout, Harper raced onto the field with his teammate to celebrate Clint Robinson’s walk-off home run moments later. While on the field, Harper pointed at home plate umpire Brian Knight and dropped an F-bomb at him.

Baker said Harper “deserves a fine or something,” noting that “probably what he did and said was wrong.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: After ejection, Nationals star Bryce Harper celebrates teammate’s walk-off HR by taking shot at umpire 05.10.16 at 8:06 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: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Blue Jays at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLBNetwork)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at West Ham, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Nationals start Bryce Harper likely is in line for some additional punishment from Major League Baseball after swearing at an umpire while running onto the field to celebrate his teammate’s walk-off home run against the Tigers — moments after he was ejected from the game.

Video shows Harper pointing at Brian Knight and tossing an F-bomb at the home plate umpire. And Harper didn’t deny it.

“Absolutely,” he confirmed. “I was pretty upset. … So let him hear what I have to say — and let him hear it again. And, you know, so what?”

As for the possibility of incurring a fine, Harper said, “If I do, I do. I’ll pay it. Maybe he’ll get fined, too. So we’ll see.”

Harper was among several Nationals who were complaining from the dugout after Danny Espinosa was called out on a high strike. Harper claims he was singled out for punishment.

“I think everybody was up on the steps and preaching about what they thought was going on,” Harper said. “And [Knight] picked me and said, ‘See you later.’ ”

Said manager Dusty Baker: “I guess you can’t kick everybody out on the team, because a lot of guys were hollering about it.”

Added Baker: “He’s an emotional young man, like most of us on the field out there. You certainly don’t like him to get tossed, but every once in a while, you’ve got to blow off some steam or else you go crazy.”

Two pitches later, Clint Robinson ended the game with a one-out home run off Mark Lowe — without realizing he had won the game, as he thought it was only the eighth inning.

“Rounding first, I thought it was a go-ahead homer,” Robinson said. “Thinking it was the eighth inning probably had a little bit of a calming effect on me, maybe, going to the plate. Thinking it’s just the eighth inning – just another pinch-hit at-bat, no big deal.”

— One day after taking a somewhat defiant stance regarding his disrespectful actions during the Canadian national anthem on Saturday, Heat guard Dwyane Wade made sure to line up for the playing of the song before Monday’s game against Toronto and issued an apology.

Wade insisted he did not mean to offend anyone when he continued to hoist up shots after the anthem started before Saturday’s Game 3 in Miami, deflecting some of the blame on a miscommunication regarding the pregame timeline. On Monday he was the first Heat player to line up.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Nationals star Bryce Harper says he’s OK with suspended closer Jonathan Papelbon returning next year 09.29.15 at 8:08 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: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Athletics at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA playoffs: Fever at Liberty, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions League, Dinamo Zagreb at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions League, Leverkusen at FC Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jonathan Papelbon is done for the season following his dugout attack on teammate Bryce Harper, but Harper said he’d be OK with the outspoken closer returning next season.

“If Paps can help us win a World Series next year, that’s what I need. That’s what this whole clubhouse needs,” Harper said. “We can’t be fighting or anything like that.”

Papelbon was suspended three games by the league for throwing at Orioles star Manny Machado, and the team gave him a four-game punishment for Sunday’s fight. He initially appealed the league ban but dropped it Monday, meaning he’ll miss all of his team’s remaining games.

Harper sat out Monday’s game, which the team said was discipline for the fight, although he had said Sunday it was a scheduled day off.

Harper also said he’s not sure what he could have done to avoid the scrap. Papelbon was criticizing Harper for not running out a fly ball when the exchange became heated and Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat and pushed him backward.

“If you’re in a bar or if you’re in the dugout or if you’re anywhere, if someone grabs your neck, your first reaction is to do what I did, I guess,” Harper said.

— There was a scary moment in Monday night’s Cardinals-Pirates game in Pittsburgh, as St. Louis left fielder Stephen Piscotty’s head collided with the knee of center fielder Peter Bourjos while Bourjos made a catch of a fly ball.

Piscotty was knocked unconscious by the blow, and he was bleeding from the mouth. He eventually moved his arms while receiving medical attention. He was taken away on a cart and examined at Allegheny General Hospital, where he remained overnight. Manager Mike Matheny said the initial test results “were as good as we can get.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for fight with Nationals teammate Bryce Harper 09.28.15 at 7:49 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: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Astros at Mariners, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Chiefs at Packers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at West Brom, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jonathan Papelbon is accepting blame for a dugout fight with Nationals teammate Bryce Harper during Sunday’s 12-5 loss to the Phillies in Washington.

In the top of the eighth inning, Harper popped up to left field and walked out of the batter’s box toward first base. When he returned to the dugout, Papelbon appeared to chastise him for not running out the play. As the confrontation became more heated, Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat and pushed him backward into the dugout bench as teammates stepped in to break it up.

“I’m in the wrong there. I’ve got to leave that up to our manager,” Papelbon said. “There’s a lot of competition, it’s a long season, it’s a grind. I think we’re going to handle that in-house and stuff like that. I’ve talked to Bryce and told him how we feel. We’re on the same page now, which is good. [We’ll] squash this and head to tomorrow’s game.

“I grew up with brothers, he grew up with brothers, I view him as a brother of mine. Sometimes in this game there’s a lot of testosterone, there’s a lot of intensity that spills over. I think that happened today. For me, I can’t allow that to happen in the middle of a game. You can handle that after the games or allow the manager to handle that. So in that light of it, I’m wrong.”

Harper, who did not play the ninth inning, was dismissive of questions about the incident.

“I mean, he apologized, so, whatever,” Harper said. “I really don’t care.”

Papelbon, who was acquired from Philadelphia in late July, entered Sunday’s game in the eighth with the score tied. He went back out for the ninth and promptly allowed five runs to take the loss.

The Nationals, expected to challenge for the National League pennant, were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday.

— The Jets were off to a 2-0 start, but Sunday was not a good day at the Meadowlands. Not only did New York turn over the ball four times in a 24-17 loss to the previously winless Eagles, the son of one of the Jets coaches found himself in hot water after a couple of antagonistic tweets directed at injured quarterback Geno Smith and cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Cavaliers coach David Blatt plays down report of rift with LeBron James 06.19.15 at 8:01 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 Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Golf: U.S. Open, noon (FS1), 8 p.m. (Fox)

AROUND THE WEB:

David Blatt

David Blatt

Cavaliers coach David Blatt played down an ESPN report that LeBron James is frequently dismissive and rude to him — even while Blatt is instructing the team during games — and said that he “absolutely” plans to return next season.

“People sometimes judge things on a game or on a period of time and they forget that we’re in there working together and striving to make the utmost of our team and of our situation day to day,” Blatt said Thursday, “and a bond develops over time that is a lot more than what meets the eye.”

Blatt acknowledged that he adjusted his coaching style to work with James, who carried the team to the sixth game of the NBA Finals.

“Absolutely, yes,” Blatt said. “He is a galvanizing player. He is our best player. He’s the league’s best player. He’s a winner. He’s a proven champion. I think it’s important that he feels empowered and at the same time that he knows that he’s very much a part of this team. He’s exhibited that, and always put the team’s success beyond his.

“Now if he has felt that he has something to say and wants to impose his will in terms of influencing in a positive way on those around him, that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for all, and I certainly encourage that and certainly respected the fact that LeBron’s heart was in the right place.”

General manager David Griffin supported his coach — and he noted that James did publicly as well, telling the media two weeks ago that Blatt had done “a hell of a job.” Griffin dismissed the constant stream of negative press directed at Blatt.

“It never has to go away because it’s all conjecture,” Griffin said. “So I think one thing David did as well as anybody I’ve ever seen, and I wish I did better, was just ignore the noise from the media perspective. Because frankly, none of that means anything. We know what actually takes place here.”

— The Nationals got a scare Thursday when right fielder Bryce Harper went down while making a throw to home plate in the sixth inning of their game against the Rays.

Harper ran in to pick up single and planted on the damp grass to throw home, but his throw went wild and he fell to the ground in pain. He limped off the field, favoring his left knee. The team later said he had a strained hamstring and would be evaluated Friday.

“I’ve had problems with my left knee before — I’ve had surgery on it,” Harper said. “So you know, it was definitely really scary.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Soccer world celebrates Sepp Blatter’s decision to resign 06.03.15 at 8:08 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:
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, Game 1, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, Game 2, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Mariners, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Rockies, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Stanley Cup finals, Blackhawks at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBC)
College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico at Peru, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
Tennis: French Open, 8 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

— Sepp Blatter’s decision to step down as FIFA president just four days after his re-election came as a surprise, but the news was welcomed by many in the game.

“Wholesale changes need to be made,” former U.S. World Cup goalie Tony Meola, who now hosts a soccer show on SiriusXM, told the New York Daily News. “What’s been going on for years and years is nothing short of disgusting. I don’t want to sound naive and say no one knew about it. We knew about it. But now it took Loretta Lynch and the FBI to uncover things.

“It’s terrible what’s been happening for years where fans of the game — and I’m including myself — have just been slapped in the face with these guys, and I’ll call them criminals, laughing at us the entire time. In one sentence we call this the beautiful game, and in another sentence it’s been about as ugly as it could be.”

U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe was even more direct, tweeting: Ding dong the witch is dead. Daddy got his hand caught in the cookie jar.

Added former U.S. star Julie Foudy: Hallelujay! Sepp Blatter is out. #adiosSepp

Blatter said he plans to stay on until a successor is named.

Meanwhile, Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most-wanted list for racketeering and corruption. The list includes former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who already was arrested and released in his home country of Trinidad. Also on the list are former FIFA vice president Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, Brazilian broadcast executive Jose Margulies, and Argentinians Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, who stand accused of paying more than $100 million bribes for media and commercial rights to soccer tournaments.

— Joey Gallo, the top prospect in the Rangers organization, lived up to his hype Tuesday in his major league debut, recording a single, a double, a home run and a walk in Texas’ 15-2 rout of the White Sox.

Gallo set a franchise record for RBIs in an MLB debut with four.

“I definitely did not think this was going to happen the first game,” Gallo said. “I was just going to be happy to get on base the first game, so I definitely overachieved my goals there.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Nationals star Bryce Harper lashes out at ump after another ejection 05.21.15 at 8:12 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: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 12:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Padres, 9:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Bryce Harper was ejected for the second time in just over a week, and the young Nationals star is not happy with how umpire Marvin Hudson handled the situation.

After a low strike call, Harper and Hudson exchanged words in the third inning of Washington’s 3-2 victory over the Yankees before Harper and manager Matt Williams were sent home early.

“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple. Plain and simple. I mean, I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees,” Harper said.

“The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. And, I mean, the way I’m hitting, I don’t want to get tossed. I don’t think I really did anything bad to get tossed. But maybe he just had a bad morning. Maybe he didn’t get his coffee.”

Hudson warned the Washington dugout and then appeared to tell Harper to get back in the batter’s box before ejecting him.

“I think the whole thing was me not getting into the box. I really do,” Harper said. “I didn’t look at him one time and show him up.”

Hudson denied that was the case.

“Had nothing to do with the box,” Hudson said. “He didn’t like the pitch, and I let him have his say, going and coming. The dugout didn’t like it, and one thing led to another and I had to run him. I had to eject him.”

The game ended with another protested call, as Alex Rodriguez — who earlier in the day posed for pictures with politicians on Capitol Hill — watched a fastball go by and was called out on strikes.

“I didn’t think it was a strike,” Rodriguez said, “but I’m not the ump.

— The Jets have received rave reviews for their rebuilding efforts, but at the end of the day, they still have Geno Smith starting at quarterback. That much was confirmed Wednesday by new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

“Right now, Geno’s the starter,” Gailey told reporters Wednesday. “Unless something happens — an injury, or something like that, that you don’t foresee — that’s how we anticipate it going.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rockets owner suggests NBA make Clippers players free agents to punish Donald Sterling 04.29.14 at 8:06 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: Mariners at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Thunder, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— As the NBA prepares to make an announcement Tuesday afternoon regarding sanctions for Clippers owner Donald Sterling, one NBA owner has an idea that he says commissioner Adam Silver is considering: Make the players free agents in an effort to force Sterling to sell the team.

Sponsors have started to end or suspend their relationships with the team, but it might take more to push Sterling out the door following racist comments that he allegedly uttered in a conversation with his girlfriend. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander told the Houston Chronicle he recommended to Silver that he void the players’ contracts with Los Angeles.

“I told Adam I don’€™t think he can be removed because the constitution [of the NBA] only allows him to be removed except for gambling. I’€™m not sure that legally can be done,” Alexander said. “But if he loses his players, nobody is going to want to go there. He’€™ll only be able to get a player that is worth $2 million and will play for [$]12 [million]. And who is going to want to coach there?

“If you’€™re a player in the NBA you don’€™t want to play for somebody like that. If you worked for a company, you would walk away and say, ‘I’€™m gone.’ I think the players should have that right.”

The Clippers and Warriors resume their series Tuesday with Game 5 at Staples Center. Warriors coach Mark Jackson suggested that fans boycott the game.

“I believe if it was me, I wouldn’t come to the game,” Jackson said. “I believe the fans, the loudest statement that they can make as fans is to not show up to the game. ‘€¦ To me, it will make the noise of it not being tolerated. That this is a different time. It’s unfortunate, and we cannot allow someone with these feelings to profit.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who indicated he declined an offer to speak with Sterling, said he hopes the arena is “packed and people are cheering for us.” He said he isn’t sure what the team will do before the game in terms of addressing the controversy, but he acknowledged it’s a consideration for him or a player to address the crowd “if we feel that’s something will help our fans.”

Rogers Clemens is due in court in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning as part of the defamation suit brought by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, after a federal appeals court on Monday denied Clemens’ bid for an emergency intervention.

Clemens’ request for a stay of proceedings also was denied, with U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson expressing disgust with the former pitcher’s legal tactics.

“Clemens’ attempts in stalling this litigation are a threat to the administration of justice,” Sterling wrote, adding that Clemens “has chosen to file frivolous motions and appeals to perpetuate the delay of this five-year-old litigation.”

The ruling means Clemens will have to share about 900 emails that detail his strategy in dealing with accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs following the release of the Mitchell Report in 2007, when he was described as a user of steroids and human growth hormone.

— Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly will have surgery Tuesday on his left thumb, which he injured on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple in Friday’s game against the Padres.

Harper, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, is expected to be out until at least July.

“I slid into the bag and I caught it a little bit,” Harper said after Friday’s game. “Went into the dugout, swing a couple in the cage, felt fine. Went out to the outfield, it swelled up a little bit.”

Harper is hitting .289/.352/.422 with one home run and nine RBIs. He was yanked from a game a little over a week ago for a lack of hustle running out a ground ball.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 Mariners. The Red Sox were in jeopardy of losing the game, however, as Gorman Thomas hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning. Which Red Sox player answered with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning for a 3-1 Sox lead that would stand up as the final score?

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