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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis sues former agents for allegedly increasing fees; Dennis Rodman charged in July hit-and-run case 11.22.16 at 8:19 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: St. Louis at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Chicago at Denver, 9 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Akron at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech vs. Auburn, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IUPUI at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Utah State, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)

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— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is suing his former agents for increasing their legal fees without his knowledge while he was playing for the Patriots.

Revis sued Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod along with their sports agency Schwartz & Feinsod, LLC last week in Westchester (N.Y.) Supreme Court.

Revis alleges when he signed an endorsement deal with Healthy Beverages, LLC, the producer of the Steaz green tea energy drink, Schwartz increased his legal fee from 10 percent to 50 percent on the deal without telling Revis.

The complaint states in January 2015 Schwartz had Revis initial pages detailing legal fee changes without explaining them or “giving Mr. Revis time to read it or a copy to read at a later date.”

At that time, Revis was with the Patriots and documents say he was “focused on the playoffs and the Super Bowl” and signed the legal fee documents because he “trusted” Schwartz.

Schwartz’s attorney denied the accusations and claims Revis filed this lawsuit to get out of paying the agents fees he owes from the deal he signed with the Jets.

This offseason Revis split with Schwartz and Feinsod who negotiated all of Revis’ contracts since he was drafted, including his most recent five-year, $70 million contract with the Jets before the 2015 season.

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Jets CB Darrelle Revis fires longtime agents 05.20.16 at 12:38 pm ET
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Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has made a reported $101 million in his NFL career, fired his longtime agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who have been with the player since his rookie season in 2007. Schwartz confirmed the move (first reported by ESPN) to The Associated Press without explanation.

Revis, known as something of an NFL mercenary, is in the second year of a five-year, $70 million contract that guarantees him $17 million this season.

Schwartz and Feinsod over the past nine seasons have made Revis one of the wealthiest players in the NFL. According to sportrac.com, Revis is one of only three non-quarterbacks in the top 15 in NFL player earnings among active players.

Patriots fans know Revis’ money-first mindset. In 2014 Revis signed a two-year $32 million contract with New England that essentially was a one-year $12 million deal that allowed Revis to cash in and also win a Super Bowl ring before bolting for the Jets the following season.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Bills RB LeSean McCoy says Eagles coach Chip Kelly ‘can’t shake my hand’ 12.10.15 at 7:52 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:
NFL: Vikings at Cardinals, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Knicks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iowa at Iowa State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Troy at Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Notre Dame at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at FC Sion, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, AS Monaco at Ottenham Hotspur, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Trinidad & Tobago at United States, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A day after appearing to soften his stance toward Eagles coach Chip Kelly, Bills running back LeSean McCoy said he won’t shake Kelly’s hand when their teams meet Sunday in Philadelphia.

Kelly, coming off Sunday’s win over the Patriots, had said he would like to shake hands with McCoy, whom he traded for what he said was salary-related reasons in the offseason after McCoy became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher during his six seasons in Philadelphia.

Responded McCoy: “Chip can’t shake [expletive]. He can’t call me. He can’t shake my hand. There’s nothing he can do with me. He can’t say [expletive] to me. It’s as simple as that.”

McCoy initially implied Kelly’s decisions were racially motivated, but he has backtracked on that. He also insists he has nothing against Kelly, saying, “No hatred. We’re not enemies.” But he won’t talk to the coach.

“I’m sure there are people you don’t hate or have an issue with that you don’t speak to,” he said. “I’m with the Bills. He’s with the Eagles. We never had any great relationship, best friends. So there’s nothing to really talk about.”

McCoy’s comments are not sitting well with ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, who during a memorable rant Wednesday said selfish players like McCoy are the reason he no longer wants to coach in the NFL.

— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis returned to practice Wednesday, back with his teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion in a Nov. 22 loss to the Texans, although he did not participate in any drills.

“He ran a little bit on the side,” coach Todd Bowles said. “So, that was encouraging.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NFL officiating in spotlight again as Packers win on Hail Mary after controversial penalty 12.04.15 at 7:53 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 Flames, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Pelicans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Duquesne, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Alabama at Southern Mississippi, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oregon at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Another marquee NFL game, another officiating controversy.

The Packers capped a comeback against the Lions on the game’s final play Thursday as Aaron Rodgers completed a 61-yard Hail Mary to Richard Rodgers in the end zone for a 27-23 win. The play came right after Lions defensive end Devin Taylor was called for a face mask when his thumb grazed one of the bars on Aaron Rodgers’ helmet. Taylor’s hand continued to Rodgers’ shoulder, but it made it appear as though Taylor had tugged on the face mask.

Taylor said afterward, “I didn’t believed I touched” Rodgers’ face mask, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell added, “Didn’t think it was [a face mask], but [even though] you don’t think it was or I don’t think it was, it was called. Therefore, it is, and we’ve just got to find a way to make a play.”

Rodgers was convinced the right call was made. “It was a face mask,” he insisted. “I was looking for the flag afterwards. I don’t really flop any calls. That was a legit face mask.”

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino backed Rodgers’ claim, tweeting: Hand up to the mask, quick grab with finger and head gets turned. At full speed official is going to make that call almost every time.

The only problem is the replay shows there was no “grab” with the finger, just the appearance of one because Rodgers’ head turned as Taylor yanked Rodgers’ shoulder.

The penalty, occurring with no time remaining, moved the ball from the Green Bay 24 to the 39. Given an untimed extra play, Rodgers scrambled to buy time for his receivers to get to the end zone. He then heaved the ball from his 35 almost 70 yards into the end zone, where the 6-foot-4 Richard Rodgers leaped in front of a pack of players to haul in the game-winner.

“Most amazing game of my life,” Aaron Rodgers said on the NFL Network broadcast right after the dramatic finish, adding: “When he caught it, I blacked out.”

— Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim still has to serve his nine-game suspension, but he won a small victory Thursday when the NCAA allowed him to start serving his ban immediately rather than wait for the conference schedule to start.

The Committee on Infractions had ordered the suspension to be served during ACC play when it announced the punishment in March. However, in Thursday’s ruling the NCAA said Boeheim was not directly involved in the violations — including academic misconduct, extra benefits and drug testing issues — and he could move up the ban. Now Boeheim will miss only three league contests, returning for the Jan. 9 game against North Carolina.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis’ ex-manager accuses him of using drugs 10.20.15 at 8:05 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 playoffs: Royals at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Mets at Cubs, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Stars at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 pm. (ESPN)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Roma at Bayer Leverkusen, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was profiled favorably by “60 Minutes” Sunday night, and that apparently did not sit well with one former member of Revis’ inner circle, who claimed in a Twitter rant that Revis is a drug-using phony.

John Geiger, Revis’ childhood friend from Pittsburgh who was the player’s business manager since Revis was drafted by the Jets in 2007, sent out a long and sometimes confusing series of tweets Sunday that he later deleted.

Wrote Geiger about “Team Revis,” the player’s support crew: When Revis was getting drunk every night and smoking where was the “team.”

Added Geiger: The team was me. I made sure he was cool. I made sure the drugs came in. I made sure he was cool.

Geiger then tweeted at the NFL to suggest that the league test Revis for marijuana.

Geiger told Complex.com that he had a falling out around the time Revis helped the Patriots reach Super Bowl XLIX, blaming Revis’ agents for the divide.

“I was at the Super Bowl. He won the Super Bowl, and I tried to get on the field after and I couldn’t. I didn’t talk to him for a week after that,” Geiger said.

The aspiring sneaker designer claimed Revis owed his fashion sense to him, tweeting at 60 Minutes: you wrote a bs story based on a guy [that] lived my life. That d-khead don’t look at art. That’s me. I dressed his ass.

Added Geiger: Revis is A [expletive] liar.

Geiger also implied a connection between Revis and commissioner Roger Goodell, writing: I have dm from Revis and the commissioner about hiring his uncle. Ppl fake.

On Monday, Geiger deleted the tweets and claimed he was hacked. He also tweeted that Revis severed ties with him despite some challenging family issues.

Wrote Geiger: Both of my parents had cancer. I was called up saying I was fired by Revis. Not a care in the world.

Added Geiger: I will get deleted. [Jets owner] Woody Johnson is paying to delete this.

— Lamar Odom reportedly was flown via medical helicopter from Las Vegas to a Los Angeles hospital Monday night to continue his treatment, six days after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel and put on life support.

According to ESPN, the former Lakers star was accompanied by his estranged wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ailing Jets CB Darrelle Revis ‘a game-time decision’ Sunday 09.25.15 at 7:52 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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Astros, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Boise State at Virginia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Stanford at Oregon State, 10 p.m. (FS1)
WNBA playoffs: Mercury at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Darrelle Revis doesn’t play for the Patriots anymore, which means he’s allowed to be more forthcoming about his groin strain and his availability for the Jets’ next game.

“It’s not getting any worse, it’s getting better,” the cornerback said after limited participation in Thursday’s practice — after taking Wednesday off to rest. “Leading up to these next couple days, we’ll see how it pans out and how it goes with practice. And we’ll see what happens Sunday.”

As for the possibility he plays in Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Revis said, “That’s a game-time decision of what Coach [Todd Bowles] wants to do and what the training staff wants to do.”

Bowles said he’s encouraged by the fact that Revis has progressed since suffering the injury in Monday night’s win over the Colts.

“He did some things in practice,” Bowles said, “and he’ll get better day by day.”

In Monday’s game, Revis had an interception and two fumble recoveries. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Wide receiver Erick Decker and running back Chris Ivory also are ailing for the Jets, who are off to a 2-0 start. Decker sprained his left knee Sunday and has not practiced since. Ivory, who strained his groin last week, has a quadriceps injury that has kept him out of practice all week.

— Metta World Peace is back with the Lakers, agreeing to a one-year deal after working out at the team’s training complex this summer.

The team is looking for the 35-year-old defensive specialist to provide a leadership role and toughen up the younger players.

“I think he’d be great in the locker room with young players,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “But we have to be careful not to use a roster spot too early because we have a lot of young kids.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Antonio Cromartie reportedly close to rejoining Darrelle Revis with Jets 03.11.15 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:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Florida State vs. Clemson, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Nebraska, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rutgers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: American at Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech vs. Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Rangers at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women’s Algarve Cup, United States vs. France, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris at Chelsea, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

NYDN cover 3-11-15Darrelle Revis is leaving the Patriots and returning to the Meadowlands, and fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie might be joining him in the Jets defensive backfield.

Cromartie had a solid year with the Cardinals in 2014 after being released by New York after a disappointing 2013 season. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was involved in serious discussions with Jets brass late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to reports in the New York media.

Cromartie, who played for New York from 2010-13 and still owns a house in the area, has shown an interest in playing for new Jets coach Todd Bowles, who worked with Cromartie as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals last season.

“I know their coaching staff, I know everybody, my house is there, so would it be easy? Yeah, it would be an easy choice, if the opportunity presented itself,” he said last month. “But at the same time, I’ve got to look forward to trying to win a Super Bowl, also.”

The Jets also reportedly agreed to a deal with former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine on Tuesday, as they go about rebuilding a defensive backfield that was a huge problem last year.

— Amar’e Stoudemire took a buyout from the Knicks and signed with the Mavericks so he could get another shot at the postseason. It hasn’t been working out well, as Dallas is 5-6 since Stoudemire’s arrival and losing ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

After the latest loss, Tuesday’s 127-94 embarrassment at home vs. the Cavaliers, Stoudemire voiced his frustration.

“I came here to win, and we’re [4 1/2] games out of being out of the playoffs, which is unacceptable,” Stoudemire told reporters. “This is something we can’t accept. We’ve got to find a way to refocus. We’ve got to key into the details of the game of basketball.

“We can’t cheat the game. We can’t screw around in games and practices and joke around all the time and figure we’re going to win games. This is the pros. It’s the highest level of basketball. We’ve got to act that way.”

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 1: Tom Brady overcomes early struggles, leads Patriots to AFC’s top seed 12.31.14 at 10:31 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com has been counting down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 1: Tom Brady overcomes early struggles, leads Patriots to AFC’s top seed. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Tom Brady overcome a sluggish start to lead the Patriots to the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady overcame a sluggish start to lead the Patriots to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady finished the 2013 season with more than 4,000 passing yards for the sixth time in his career and looked to repeat this performance in 2014. But the Patriots quarterback had his doubters before the season began.

In a column for ESPN and during an interview with Dennis & Callahan, Sam Monson argued that Brady wasn’t among the elite NFL quarterbacks anymore. He said Brady was in a decline and no longer in the prime of his career.

About two months later, offensive lineman Logan Mankins was traded to the Buccaneers, leaving a void on the offensive line. Whether or not the trade played a factor, Brady struggled and appeared to fuel Monson’s claim from the get-go against the Dolphins in Week 1.

Brady completed 51.8 percent of his passes and was kept off of the scoreboard for the entire second half. He didn’t throw an interception, but he was strip-sacked twice by Cameron Wake and had trouble connecting with receivers when the Dolphins rushed him into quick decisions.

“Truthfully, I don’t think we were really jelling anywhere,” Brady said. “There wasn’t much positive from the quarterback position, the receiver position, the tight end position and the running back position. None of us can play like that and expect to win. All of us have to go out and do a much better job than we did today. We’ve got to take the coaching, understand what we need to do better and then go out and execute next week.”

Added Brady the following day on Dennis & Callahan: “When we’re open down the field I’ve got to hit them. I think that’s how I look at it. We’ve got to make more plays down the field to get more chunks, to shorten the field a little bit. It certainly wasn’t our best day passing the ball yesterday.”

Brady and the Patriots did recover somewhat for two straight wins against the Vikings and Raiders, although the quarterback threw for a combined 383 yards and two touchdowns. NFL analysts noted Brady’s play was unimpressive in the first three weeks. One of Brady’s former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, said he worried that New England’s mostly inexperienced offensive line would be a hindrance to Brady going forward.

“There’s been only limited improvement over the first few weeks, so that’s somewhat discouraging,” Bruschi said. “Is there still plenty of time? Yes. But I really worry. I really worry about the health of Tom Brady and the interior offensive line and what they’re doing there. To me, inside-out, it starts at the center position, which is a very valuable position now in the National Football League. It’s getting to be just as valuable as the left tackle, how you have to solidify the center of that pocket and the running game because that’s where all the pressure is going to come from. Especially when you have a pocket passer, which is what Tom is.”

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Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 8: Patriots acquire standout CB Darrelle Revis 12.27.14 at 9:20 am ET
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Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 8: Patriots acquire standout cornerback Darrelle Revis. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Darrelle Revis helped turn the Patriots defensive secondary into one of the team's strength. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis helped turn the Patriots defensive secondary into one of the team’s strength. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Heading into the 2014 offseason, the Patriots were in desperate need of a premier pass-catcher. Instead, they got one of the league’s best at shutting down other team’s receivers.

The courtship of Darrelle Revis was brief and profitable. The veteran cornerback agreed to a deal with the Patriots on March 12 just hours after being released by the Buccaneers in a cost-cutting move.

Revis, whose best days were with the rival Jets from 2007-12, helped transform a New England defensive secondary that had struggled the previous few seasons, leading some to call him the 2014 Patriots MVP.

Heading into the final two games of the regular season, Revis had been targeted 74 times by opposing quarterbacks, who completed just 50 percent of those passes. The passer rating of those QBs when throwing at Revis was 68.7.

With Revis — along with some other key additions — the Patriots defense has improved from a rank of 25th in yards allowed and 23rd in points allowed last season to 16th in yards and eighth in points.

You needn’t convince Tom Brady of Revis’ importance to the team.

“He’€™s a phenomenal player and I’€™ve loved playing with him,” Brady said last week. ‘€œI’€™ve hated playing against him, and I’€™ve had my fair share of those opportunities. He’€™s a great teammate. He’€™s a phenomenal player. I think the thing that I’€™m so impressed with is his coverage skills without getting penalties.”

Revis also appears to have bought into the Patriot Way, focusing on the team rather than individual performance.

“Look, it’€™s a team effort, it’€™s a defensive effort. It’€™s all aboard,” he said earlier this month. “We have great, talented players on this team, this defense. We just have to continue to play great team ball, chemistry ball. We’€™ve been doing that. Guys have been coming to work. It doesn’€™t have anything to do with me, or me being the focal point. Everybody is doing their job, and it’€™s working well for us.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NHL players voice support for Ottawa after attack at Parliament building 10.23.14 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: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Miami at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Everton at Lille, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tripoli at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

NHL players and teams expressed their thoughts and support for Ottawa after Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the Parliament building in Canada’s capital.

Wednesday night’s game between the Senators and Maple Leafs in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata was postponed following the shooting, which left a soldier and the suspect dead.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances.

“Hockey is certainly secondary to these types of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.”

The Maple Leafs were staying at a hotel near where the violence took place. According to reports, a man walked up to a soldier standing guard at a war memorial and shot him dead, then walked inside Parliament, where more shots were fired before he was killed.

Tweeted Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul at the time: Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of.

Said the Maple Leafs in a statement: “We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”

The Senators, who were supposed to play the Bruins on the day of the Boston Marathon attacks in April 2013 (that game was postponed), next play at home Saturday against the Devils.

Tweeted Senators defenseman Chris Phillips: Heartfelt thanks to all first responders for putting their safety on the line for ours. OttawaStrong.

Before Wednesday’s Penguins-Flyers game in Pittsburgh, fans sang the Canadian national anthem out of respect.

— Jets coach Rex Ryan is enduring a miserable season at 1-6, but he definitely hasn’t lost his sense of humor.

Ryan walked in on the New York media’s conference call with Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Tuesday, en route to his daily press conference, and he decided to pose as a reporter and ask Watkins a question in advance of the teams’ game Sunday.

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