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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers coach Doc Rivers bemoans ‘bum’s luck’ after injuries KO Blake Griffin, Chris Paul 04.27.16 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: Braves at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Hornets at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLS: Timbers at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Club Atletico de Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A bad week got worse for the Clippers on Tuesday, as Blake Griffin was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his partially torn left quadriceps tendon, and Chris Paul underwent surgery on his broken hand that will sideline him indefinitely.

Both players were injured in Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Trail Blazers that left the first-round series tied heading into Wednesday’s Game 5. One day after it appeared things might finally be lining up for a long playoff run after three years of disappointing finishes, the team appears headed for another frustrating ending.

“It’s bum’s luck three years in a row,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “What can you do? All you can do is you’ve just got to keep going.”

It seemed likely that Paul would not return this postseason after he got his hand caught in Gerald Henderson’s jersey and suffered a broken third metacarpal in his right hand. However, now there is speculation that he might return in a few weeks, if the team was able to reach the Western Conference finals.

“It’s not as long as I think some may think it would be,” Rivers said. “That’s the good news, but we don’t know how long yet.”

Rivers attempted to stay positive despite the setbacks, insisting: “We have won games before without key guys, and I think we can win games in the future without key guys.”

Added Rivers: “I get down for like five minutes, and I was [Monday] night, but you wake up in the morning and you feel like we’re going to find a way, and it’s my job to try to get them to feel like I feel. If we do that, I think we’ll have a fighting chance.”

— Assuming Tom Brady’s four-game suspension holds, one of the games he’ll miss will be a home game against the Dolphins. But there is no rejoicing in Miami, as the Dolphins have their own issues.

Tuesday was the first day of voluntary veterans minicamp under new coach Adam Gase, and it was marked by a couple of noticeable absences.

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Curt Schilling fired by ESPN after transgender controversy 04.20.16 at 10:03 pm ET
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During his Wednesday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane, baseball analyst Curt Schilling claimed he was “blindsided” when his bosses at ESPN called to talk to him about his latest firestorm, insisting his comments about the transgender controversy were “as innocuous and as non-aggressive as anything anybody can say.”

ESPN obviously did not agree, ending Schilling’s relationship with the network later Wednesday.

“ESPN is an inclusive company,” the network said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

On Tuesday, Schilling reposted a graphic that pictured a burly man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the words: Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!

He followed that by writing in a separate post: A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.

The posts were a response to the controversy in North Carolina, where a law was passed directing individuals to use bathrooms based on their biological sex. Companies and entertainers have responded by boycotting the state or threatening to pull their business.

Defending himself to D&C, Schilling said, “That [graphic] wasn’t my post. “I commented on that. … I replied to the post. I didn’t post that. I made a comment paraphrasing it would be people that go to the bathroom standing up use one, and people that go the bathroom sitting down use the other. That’s turned into somehow I’m transphobic. I don’t know.”

When asked about the possibility of discipline, he said: “I have not even thought that. I don’t want to say it snuck up on me, but it did. I know that might be hard to believe for some people, but I swear to God. My comment was as innocuous and as non-aggressive as anything anybody can say. I’m still kind of trying to figure out how the hell this all happened. But if that is the case, then I”l deal with that when the time comes.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling defends conservative view of transgender issue after controversial post at 8:20 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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 1:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hornets at Heat, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Pistons at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Panthers at Islanders, 8 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Schilling transgender post 4-19-16— Curt Schilling again finds himself in the middle of a political firestorm, as the ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher supported the conservative view in the debate about transgendered people and the public bathroom they should use, and as usual he expressed that view in an aggressive way.

Schilling, who is scheduled to appear on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, shared on Facebook a graphic that featured a man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the statement: Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!

He added in another post: A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.

The posts are a response to the controversy in North Carolina, where a law was passed directing individuals to use bathrooms based on their biological sex. Companies and entertainers have responded by boycotting the state or threatening to pull their business.

Schilling followed up with a blog post later Tuesday to “address all of you out there who are just dying to be offended to you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind.”

In that post, he brought up his controversial tweet from last year that compared Muslims and Islamist extremists to Germans living during the time when Nazis took over their country. He blasted the media for failing to accurately portray his opinion on that subject — “All you fraudulent media folks, you lazy ass “don’t actually won’t to work for a story” clowns.”

He went on to insist he is not biased, and that people who criticize him are missing the point.

Wrote Schilling: You know how I know you ‘offended’ people are full of crap? Because I’m not even close to any of the things you so desperately want me to be, so you can whine. … You frauds out there ranting and screaming about my ‘opinions’ (even if it isn’t) and comments are screaming for “tolerance” and “acceptance” while you refuse to do and be either.

— Agent Drew Rosenhaus made good on his threat to drop Johnny Manziel as a client if he did not seek help for his personal issues, moving on from the former Browns quarterback Tuesday.

Manziel had hired Rosenhaus after his previous agent, Erik Burkhart, parted ways with him after last season. Manziel also was dropped by his marketing firm (LeBron James’ MMR company) in January, and news broke Tuesday that Manziel recently lost his endorsement deal with Nike, which signed him in March 2014 to a multiyear deal.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling will return to ESPN despite controversial comments 03.24.16 at 8:09 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: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Pelicans at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Miami vs. Villanova, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Maryland vs. Kansas, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Duke vs. Oregon, 9:55 p.m. (TBS)
MLB preseason: Astros at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Mariners at Rockies, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Giants, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Indians, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

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— Outspoken former Red Sox star Curt Schilling has acknowledged he’s on shaky ground with ESPN. When he made a donation to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson last fall, Schilling wrote in the employer section of the donation form: “ESPN (not sure how much longer).”

However, despite being pulled off the network’s Sunday night baseball broadcasts for the final month of last season for making controversial comments — and then continuing to speak his mind about the presidential race and other political issues — Schilling will return to ESPN this year. The network confirmed Schilling’s status to the website Vocativ.

Schilling’s return seemed in doubt following his comments earlier this month, when he appeared on a Kansas City sports radio show and blasted Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Said Schilling on March 1: “If I’m going to believe — and I’m not sure I would have any reason not to believe — that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server, and after what happened to General [David] Petraeus [the former Director of the CIA who resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after reportedly sharing classified information with his biographer], she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”

The day after that interview, ESPN said it was addressing the matter, which appeared to be a violation of an edict it made in January, when it warned employees to avoid “political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.”

The network told Vocativ, “We’ve addressed it with Curt.”

— Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday said in no uncertain terms that 2017 would be his final season. However, hours later he already started hedging.

“I won’t play after next year,” the three-time AL MVP first told ESPN. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.”

By Wednesday evening, when asked by New York reporters, Rodriguez seemed less sure.

“I’m thinking in terms of my contract which ends in 2017,” he said. “After that, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got two years and more than 300 games to play.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling says Hillary Clinton ‘should be buried under a jail somewhere’ if she failed to protect classified information 03.02.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Trail Blazers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pistons at Spurs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tulane at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Davison at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Butler, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Creighton at Providence, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: East Carolina at South Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at USC, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Washington State at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado State at Fresno State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

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— Hillary Clinton is rolling toward the Democratic presidential nomination, and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling is not happy about it.

Schilling, a staunch conservative who has gotten into trouble many times before for his unfiltered comments, jumped back into the fray Tuesday during a discussion on Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio, saying Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere” if it is proven that she did not protect classified information due to her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.

“If she’s allowed to get to the general election before she’s in prison, I’ll be stunned and I’ll be upset,” Schilling said. “Because I think she’s shown her true colors all along the way. I’ll ask you this: Do you see her being anything even remotely different than what we’ve had?”

Added Schilling: “If I’m going to believe — and I’m not sure I would have any reason not to believe — that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server, and after what happened to General [David] Petraeus [the former Director of the CIA who resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after reportedly sharing classified information with his biographer], she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”

Schilling also criticized Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Although he’s publicly supported Republicans in the past, the former Red Sox star said he is a registered independent who is disgusted with and despises both parties.

“I’m tired of the [Trump slogan], ‘We’re going to make America great again.’ I get it, but what does that mean?” Schilling said. “Here’s the thing: If nothing else, Donald Trump has proven to politicians in every corner of the globe that America’s voting bloc is giving a gigantic middle finger to the establishment. Because, listen, he hasn’t elaborated on like two sentences for a policy. … There’s been no depth to anything he’s said. But look at the turnout. Look at the response. Absolutely staggering to me.”

Schilling joked that he’ll probably get fired from ESPN, but he said he won’t stop speaking out about what he believes.

“I don’t care,” he said of people’s perception of him. “I know who I am. My family knows who I am. I know what I believe. And I know that if you don’t stand up for something, you fall for everything. I’m proud of the things that I’m passionate about.

“I love my country. I love my country’s history. With all the warts its got, I love it. I love the things that this country was founded upon. I love the fact that the Bible was a central piece of the way this country was raised. So, yeah, obviously, I’m one of those people that looks around right now and is like, ‘What the hell is going on?’

“If you can’t speak to the things you believe in — I think a lot of the reason why we are where we are as a nation is because of people not saying things.”

— Florida International University women’s basketball coach Marlin Chinn was suspended after the team’s captain accused him of making sexual advances for much of the season.

Destini Feagin told The Miami Herald she was suspended four games for refusing his advances. She said she reported the coach to the athletic department and filed a complaint with the NCAA.

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ESPN suspends Curt Schilling for remainder of season 09.03.15 at 7:02 pm ET
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Curt Schilling‘s suspension from ESPN has been extended to the entire season, including the American League wild card playoff game, the network announced Thursday.

Schilling was pulled off the network’s coverage of the Little League World Series and the Aug. 25 edition of Sunday Night Baseball after he retweeted a graphic that pictured Adolf Hitler and compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans.

The tweet read: IT’€™S SAID ONLY 5-10% OF MUSLIMS ARE EXTREMISTS. IN 1940, ONLY 7% OF GERMANS WERE NAZIS. HOW’€™D THAT GO?

Above the graphic was a line that read: The math is staggering when you get to true #’€™s.

He acknowledged his poor decision and accepted the network’s punishment. The former Red Sox pitcher was back in the news this week when he wrote a harsh email to the website Awful Announcing and criticized a writer for misrepresenting the tweet and implying Schilling was comparing all Muslims to Nazis.

Said ESPN in a statement: At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company.  As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our wild card playoff game.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling goes on defensive about controversial tweet, takes shot at ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen in process 09.02.15 at 7:45 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: Yankees at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Mystics at Mercury, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling has been mostly quiet since his suspension from ESPN last week following his retweet of a post that compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans, but on Tuesday he lashed out at a website for what he considered biased reporting, and in the process he took a swipe at ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen.

The website Awful Announcing published an email Schilling wrote to one of its writers in which the former Red Sox pitcher complains that the site misrepresented Schilling’s tweet by implying he was comparing all Muslims to Nazis.

Wrote Schilling: If you want to rip me, or talk [expletive] about me, please do it with more than an ounce of pride in your job. Nowhere, ever, before during or after, have I ever compared “Muslims” to “Nazis”, ever. Normal every day peace loving Muslims have as much to do with “radical” as I do with “fleet afoot”.

However it appears, like many, you ‘made me say it’ anyway.

Added Schilling: You chose to make it up, ‘misremember’ as best you can, and create something that didn’t exist because it was the ‘flavor of the day”. Even if it wasn’t true> Very Chris Mortensen of you.

I don’t have a racist bone in my body, never have. Anyone that knows me even a little knows that.

Yet you, like so many others, continue to destroy what’s left of the publics trust and confidence in media by creating a story of your own design and liking when you didn’t need to, and smearing someone’s reputation ato do it. Any thought at all as to my children and their thoughts if they read the lie you created? That’s an honest question. I dealt with it in my home, but I always wonder when people of your ilk give ruining someone a shot, if you ever do think about the family you impact. Especially when you are creating a story that never happened to do it.

Schilling asked that the email “remain between us,” and asked for God’s forgiveness for “this rant.” However, the site reprinted the email and included a response from writer Dan Levy.

Wrote Levy: You have no idea how hurtful your messages are to people, so you can hide behind your love of soldiers, the flag and the bible all you want, but what you publish is vile and racist, no matter what Sarah Palin says in your defense. That has nothing to do with my integrity.

— Veteran running back Fred Jackson is looking for new employment after being released by the Bills — he took a physical for the Seahawks on Tuesday — but he isn’t leaving Buffalo quietly.

Jackson, the third-leading rusher in Bills history, thanked fans for their support during his nine years with the team, but he expressed his frustration with general manager Doug Whaley.

“There’s only one person in that organization that I haven’t gotten honesty from, and that was [Whaley],” Jackson told The Buffalo News.

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Thinking Out Loud: Red Sox owe Don Orsillo opportunity to seek other employment immediately 08.28.15 at 6:41 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering what has made this world go mad?

— My thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of the two TV journalists (Alison Parker and Adam Ward) who lost their lives simply doing their jobs this week, and to their fellow employees at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. As someone who has made his living doing exactly what they were doing at the time they were attacked, words simply cannot express all of my thoughts. Like many, I’m asking only one question: Why?

— What a scary, scary world this has become. Mental health issues need to be discussed, certainly as much as gun control is talked about. Isn’t it about time we tackle this?

— After this disaster of a baseball season at Fenway, to have NESN and Red Sox brass make the move to remove Don Orsillo from the broadcast booth simply shows the side of this business that too many people don’t see. It’s ugly, largely unfair, and the price many ultimately pay for following a dream. Don is truly one of the good guys in a field full of mines, trap doors and insincerity, as well as insecurity. But he’s a big boy, too, and undoubtedly understands the business side of the equation.

— All too often, moves are made just for the sake of making them. Just to change things up. Poor ratings? Come on now, the team’s performance had more to do with that. There really isn’t any other way to rationalize the irrational. Blame it on a contract, new management, ratings, whatever you want. Everyone in the broadcast business is hired to be fired, eventually.

— Dave O’Brien, who will move over from the WEEI radio broadcast into the TV booth, will do a fantastic job. Another good guy, and superb pro — no matter the venue. I can assure you no one in this line of work likes to reap the benefit from someone else’s misfortune.

David Ortiz‘€™s reaction probably put this rather sordid tale in its proper context. He told the Boston Herald, “No one is safe unless you are your own boss.” These days, I question that too, Papi.

— Orsillo is apparently under contract through December, and reportedly can’t look for another gig until then. Does that seem fair? Welcome to the realities of the broadcast world. NESN needs to do the right thing, today, and allow him the ability to seek other employment. Tom Werner and John Henry should step up and own this.

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Friday’s Morning’s Mashup: Former VP candidate Sarah Palin defends Curt Schilling, rips ESPN at 8:07 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 Mets, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rockies at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Giants, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL preseason: Patriots at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
WNBA: Sparks at Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Stars at Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling has been quiet since being yanked from the air by ESPN for retweeting a comment comparing Muslims to Germans when Nazis took over the country before World War II, but his defenders are out in full force.

The latest is former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who posted a message on Facebook titled “ESPN is a journalistic embarrassment.”

Wrote Palin: ESPN – what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!

By picking and choosing who they’ll tolerate and who they’ll try to destroy, ESPN has zero credibility as a round and reasonable media outlet.

There’s been crude, rude bile spewing from the once-great sports network for years now. Trust me. I know. My name and reputation’s been in it. One ESPN affiliate’s on-air rant featuring their misogynist, animalistic “analysts” grunting and giggling through an entire x-rated celebration of violence against women didn’t even draw a chirp from ESPN’s wussified leaders. Look it up; I don’t want to have to recount it. ESPN radio affiliate in Las Vegas got its kicks out of convicted rapist Mike Tyson describing the next rape he’d want to see. (Warning, graphic language throughout that Sept. 20, 2011 broadcast.)

Palin went on to write that the stats in Schilling’s tweet — claiming “only 5-10 percent of Muslims are extremists” — likely is “too generous in estimating Muslims’ attitudes.”

Added Palin: By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.

From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.

— The NBA community expressed shock and sadness after learning of the death of Darryl Dawkins, the former 76ers star who was known for his thunderous dunks and larger-than-life persona.

Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, of a heart attack, according to his family. He was 58 years old.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling accepts ESPN punishment after inflammatory tweet about Muslims 08.26.15 at 7:50 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: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Astros at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Twins at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Giants, 10L15 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Sparks at Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Club Brugge, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling was removed from ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series on Tuesday after he retweeted an inflammatory comment about Muslims, and the former Red Sox pitcher — scheduled to join the Dennis & Callahan show at 9:05 a.m. — said he understands it. [UPDATE: Schilling postponed his D&C appearance, indicating he hopes to talk later in the week.]

The tweet featured a graphic with a photo of Adolf Hitler saluting. The text read: IT’S SAID ONLY 5-10% OF MUSLIMS ARE EXTREMISTS. IN 1940, ONLY 7% OF GERMANS WERE NAZIS. HOW’D THAT GO?

Above the graphic was a line that read: The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.

ESPN yanked Schilling and released a statement that read: “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable and in now way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Schilling removed the graphic and followed with a tweet acknowledging a lapse in judgment, writing: I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.

Michael Vick has gone from one Patriots rival to another, landing with the Steelers after playing for the Jets last season.

The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal Tuesday night to back up Ben Roethlisberger — or serve as a third-stringer behind third-year pro Landry Jones.

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