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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Buccaneers WR Mike Williams allegedly stabbed by brother 03.24.14 at 8:02 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.

NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: NIT, Georgetown at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, LSU at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Arkansas at California, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: CBI, Penn State at Siena, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: CBI, Texas A&M at Illinois State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Pirates, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Indians vs. Reds, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


– The troubles continue for Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams, as he was treated and released from a hospital Sunday after his brother allegedly stabbed him in the thigh with a kitchen knife, according to police (via Tampa’s WTSP.com).

An arrest warrant was issued for the brother, 23-year-old Eric Baylor, on a charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence.

Williams, meanwhile, is due to face charges Monday for trespassing and criminal mischief related to an incident in December. He has had multiple domestic issues, including damaging the property of neighbors in the exclusive gated community in Tampa where he resides, and has paid more than $43,000 in damages for destructive house parties.

The 26-year-old Syracuse product signed a six-year, $40 million contract last offseason, then caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games in 2013 before being shut down for the season with a hamstring injury.

“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said last month. “No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that.”

Added Smith: “Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no better who it is.

“You have to be good on the field. Simple as that. And if you’re not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems, and that’s where Mike has to take care of a few things.”

The team released a statement Sunday: “We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information. While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”

– When the Heat lost to the Pelicans, 105-95, on Saturday night, it was their seventh loss in 11 games (including a loss to the Celtics last week). LeBron James is not pleased with how his team is handling the situation.

“It’s too many excuses,” he said (via ESPN.com). “Everything is an excuse. We do something wrong, it’s an excuse. We turn the ball over, it’s an excuse. What we’re doing right ain’t good enough.

“It’s very frustrating. We’re all frustrated. We’ve just got to all get on the same page. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ve got to figure it out.”

Chris Bosh took his teammate’s frustration a step further.

“So I figure I’ll be the first one to say we suck,” Bosh said. “This is unacceptable. If we don’t change this, we will be watching the championship from home. … There’s no passion.”

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “Yes, our locker room is angry. We’re not accustomed to this type of play, these type of standards, particularly on the defensive end, and if we want to change, we have to look inward.”

– Mavericks owner Mark Cuban predicts trouble for the NFL after the league last month announced a television package that includes Thursday and Saturday games.

“I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday night. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. ‘€¦ When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

“I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule No. 1 of business.”

Added Cuban: “They’re trying to take over every night of TV. Initially, it’ll be, ‘Yeah, they’re the biggest-rating thing that there is.’ OK, Thursday, that’s great, regardless of whether it impacts [the NBA] during that period when we cross over. Then if it gets Saturday, now you’re impacting colleges. Now it’s on four days a week. ‘€¦ It’s all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 24, 1973, which guard who would go on to play for the Celtics finished the season as the only player to lead the NBA in both scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4 apg)?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Heat players split about disloyal fans heading into Game 7 06.20.13 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.

NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers , 7:08 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m. (WGN)
College baseball: World Series, North Carolina vs. NC State, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. South Korea, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


♦ A number of Heat fans left Tuesday night’s Game 6 in Miami when it appeared the home team was going to lose to the Spurs. When the Heat made their dramatic comeback — tying the game and forcing overtime on Ray Allen‘s 3-pointer with five seconds remaining and eventually winning — some fans tried to return but were not allowed back inside AmericanAirlines Arena.

Heat forward Chris Bosh had little sympathy for those unfaithful fans.

“For all those guys who left, make sure they don’t come to Game 7,” Bosh said before Wednesday’s practice. “We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”

Dwyane Wade was a little more forgiving.

“It’s hard to be a fan,” he said. “I get nervous and frustrated when I watch my son play in his games. But you’d rather be in this moment than not be in this moment. I heard about what happened with some of our fans the other night. But it’s OK. I welcome them back with open arms.”

Game 7 is Thursday night in Miami, and LeBron James is calling it “one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game of my life.”

Said James: “I understand the moment for me. I’m going to have butterflies. I’ll be nervous. That’s how it should be. The moment is going to be grand.”

♦ Tennis star Serena Williams apologized Wednesday and implied she was misquoted when she said that the 16-year-old female victim in the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, “shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

Two Steubenville high school football players were convicted in March of raping the drunken teen.

“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

Tony Romo has been criticized for failing to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title, but one team legend who had more success has faith in him.

“I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback,” Roger Staubach said in an interview with Dallas sports radio station 105.3 The Fan. “He can take a team to a championship. He can’t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it. I just see what he does on the field, the plays he makes, the throws he makes, the sense that he has to move in the pocket so I’m pulling really hard for Tony because I really believe he is one heck of a quarterback, and that’s a feeling from somebody that I didn’t say that about any other quarterbacks except for Troy Aikman. I think Tony is the right quarterback, and we’re lucky to have Tony Romo.”

Staubach is convinced the Cowboys, 8-8 last season, aren’t far away from a Super Bowl berth.

“Dallas will have a shot at it,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 20, 1980, the Angels routed the Red Sox, 20-2. Which unlikely Angels infielder led the onslaught with three home runs and a double?

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Heat’s Chris Bosh robbed of $340K in jewelry, purses from home 04.04.13 at 12:10 pm ET
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The Miami home of Heat forward Chris Bosh was robbed while the player and his wife were out celebrating his 29th birthday Wednesday night, and the thieves took watches, rings and purses valued at $340,000, according to Miami Beach Police (via nbcmiami.com).

Two housekeepers were at the home watching the Boshes’ two children while the robbery took place, although no one in the house heard anything.

The thieves took what they wanted from the jewelry box but left behind Bosh’s 2012 NBA championship ring, police said.

“We are leaning on the side of this being an inside job,” Miami Beach Police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said.

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Dwyane Wade’s benching one of many minor concerns for Heat 01.16.13 at 5:00 pm ET
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Dwyane Wade's benching on Monday was the latest in a recent series of irritations for the Heat. (AP)

As Dwyane Wade sat on the bench and watched his teammates attempt a fourth-quarter comeback against the Jazz on Monday, some saw it as an example of the greater malaise that’s settled over the Heat recently (though they’re still 24-12 and in first place in the conference).

Wade’s benching — if it can be called that, given that it only lasted for one quarter — came after a recent dip in his offensive production, and hasn’t caused much of an uproar in and of itself. The same goes for the Heat’s 1-3 record so far on their Western road trip, in which they’ve beaten only the Kings and lost to the Pacers, Trail Blazers and Jazz.

However, comments and actions from Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh before and during the trip have raised some eyebrows. Despite the fact that the Heat have some of the most talented players in the game, James said after a two-point loss to Portland last Thursday, “We’re not the most talented bunch. We’re not the greatest team. So we can’t afford to just pick and choose when we want to turn it on and off.”

Meanwhile, Bosh is averaging the fewest rebounds of his career yet still campaigned this week on Twitter for fans to vote him into the All-Star Game.

Wade didn’t say anything particularly controversial about sitting out the end of the Jazz game, and neither did Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The incident seems to be just one more facet of the Heat’s internal troubles, minor problems that only will become more detrimental if they’re allowed to drag on.

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 5: Celtics burned by Heat in Eastern Conference finals 12.29.12 at 7:55 pm ET
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Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 5: the Celtics’ loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical

The Celtics put forth a valiant effort but were not able to knock off LeBron James and the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. (AP)

The Celtics were one victory away from advancing to the NBA finals. But what stood in the way, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, turned out to be more than the Big Three and the rest of the Celtics could handle.

A 101-88 defeat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals put an abrupt end to a playoff run that looked like it had legs after a comeback season from the Celtics, who were under .500 at the All-Star break of a lockout-shortened season.

The C’s battled injury issues all season. Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox had season-ending heart ailments. Jermaine O’Neal had his season end early, and Avery Bradley missed the Heat series. Even as the playoffs began, a sprained MCL slowed down Paul Pierce and bone spurs kept Ray Allen off the floor.

After finishing first in the Atlantic Division at 39-27, the Celtics took down the Hawks in six games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They went on to get by the 76ers in a seven-game series and line things up for a big series with the Heat.

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Heat forward Mike Miller to miss eight weeks 12.02.11 at 10:59 am ET
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Heat forward Mike Miller was in a laughing mood last month at a charity basketball game, but he was not so please this week when he found out he'll be sidelined for the next eight weeks following hernia surgery. (AP)

The NBA lockout is all but over, but Heat swingman Mike Miller will have to wait a bit longer before playing basketball again. Miller will miss about eight weeks as he recovers from hernia surgery performed earlier this week. Miller told The Associated Press that he has no idea how the injury occurred.

“It’s unreal with my luck right now,” Miller said. “When it rains, it pours.”

Miller played in just 41 games out of the regular season — exactly half of the season — last year for the Heat. The small forward hasn’t played more than 70 games in a season since his stint with the Timberwolves in 2008-09. Miller averaged 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for Miami last season.

There is also some speculation that Miami will used the new amnesty provision in the still not-finalized new collective bargaining agreement to get rid of Miller, who is set to make $4.35 million this season. Miller also is owed $18.2 million for the three seasons after the shortened 2011-12 season.

While Miller was not able to practice on Thursday, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony were among a group of Heat players who worked out at the team’s arena. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are expected to join their teammates next week.

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Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh considering playing overseas 08.01.11 at 12:54 pm ET
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Two of the Heat’s Big Three might be leaving the country should the NBA lockout cancel the 2011-12 season.

Henry Thomas, agent for both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, told Barry Johnson of The Miami Herald that both players are open to playing overseas.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Shaquille O’Neal takes shot at Chris Bosh 07.20.11 at 7:17 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 12:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)


♦ Recently retired Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal made his debut as an television analyst a memorable one Tuesday night. During a show on NBA-TV announcing the 2011-12 schedule, O’Neal heaped praise on Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade but made it clear he doesn’t consider Chris Bosh in their class. “The Miami Heat, they’ve got a lot of great players, the Big Two,” he said. “They will be back.”

Added Shaq: “Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, you know, they’re great players, they’re probably the greatest backcourt ever assembled. And you know they’re going to get back. They’re going to get back. They play well, they went through a lot, they put a lot of pressure on themselves. That’s how they like it. And they will be back.”

♦ Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson challenges teammates to look in the stands at visiting ballparks and see if they can spot more than 10 African-American fans. In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mac Engel writes about the downward trend of African-American players and fans and what is driving them away from the game.

♦ Match-fixing is a problem that has been plaguing soccer in recent years. The New York Times examines how international authorities are attempting to stop the trend. It appears to be originating mainly in Southeast Asia, where sophisticated criminal operations have funded payoffs to players and officials.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 20, 1958, which Tigers right-hander (and future Hall of Famer) became the last opposing player to no-hit the Red Sox at Fenway Park?

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Charles Barkley: NBA needs a miracle to avoid lockout 06.28.11 at 1:29 pm ET
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The NBA has taken some small steps toward a new collective bargaining agreement over the past few weeks, but Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley isn’t convinced the league will have a season next year.

“It would take a miracle on [commissioner David Stern's] part not to have a lockout and I truly believe that,” he said on ESPN Radio New York. “I think the owners are dug in. I think they want to send a message to these players.”

Barkley said team owners are strongly opposed to star players’ ability to form “superteams” in free agency.

“I think [the owners are] really upset by this Lebron James, Chris Bosh situation … If all the stars want to play together, we’re almost becoming like baseball where you’ve got a few good teams and the rest of them stink.”

The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Thursday.

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Mavericks more touchy-feely than Heat, could mean finals win 06.09.11 at 3:40 pm ET
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A little positive reinforcement never hurts.

A University of California, Berkeley study revealed last fall that teams who touch each other more, whether it be a high-five, head rub or even a butt slap, are more likely to win. Using data from the 2008-09 season, the study concluded that the Lakers and Celtics were the two touchiest teams in the NBA and consequently finished with two of the three best regular-season records in the league. The idea there is touching means team chemistry which leads to victories.

Well if the findings of that study are correct, the Mavericks should be the ones hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy by the end of the NBA finals. According to a study by The Wall Street Journal, the Mavs nearly doubled the amount of personal touches  of the Heat in the series’s first three games, “winning” that battle 250-134. Dallas center Tyson Chandler had the most touches with 90 while Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t far behind with 88. Chris Bosh, who led Miami with 49, would’ve been sixth on the Mavericks in that category.

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