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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joba Chamberlain reaches out to new Yankees teammate Kevin Youkilis 12.13.12 at 7:58 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: Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Lakers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

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Joba Chamberlain

♦ There was speculation that former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis would be hesitant to join the Yankees considering the feud he had with Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees hurler was suspended two games in his rookie season of 2007 for firing a fastball over Youkilis’ head, and in 2008 Youkilis started to charge the mound but was stopped after another near-beaning. Chamberlain hit Youkilis with a pitch last season after the infielder had moved on to the White Sox.

After Youkilis accepted New York’s one-year, $12 million offer on Monday, Chamberlain did his part to show there were no hard feelings, leaving a voice message for his new teammate Wednesday morning. It’s not clear if the two have since connected.

Chamberlain’s agent, Jim Murray, offered an assurance that Chamberlain will let bygones be bygones.

“Joba has zero ill will toward him,” Murray insisted.

In other news from the Bronx, legendary reliever Mariano Rivera said he plans to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a knee injury that required surgery in May. Speaking at the team’s annual food drive at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Rivera indicated he’s on schedule to be ready for the April 1 opener in New York against the Red Sox.

“I don’t see why not,” said the 43-year-old, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal (a $5 million pay cut). “We have three to four months to that point. I will be ready.”

♦ Giants running back David Wilson says he has been doing backflips since he was 3 years old, but there are members of his team that would prefer he end the tradition. The first-round pick from Virginia Tech has taken to doing the flips after touchdowns.

“I like the backflip, man, but it scares me every time he does it because you never know what can happen,” receiver Victor Cruz said. “You don’t want to see him get hurt.”

Added defensive end Justin Tuck: “I told him several times never to do that again. We’re going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd. Let’s just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They’re already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them.”

Quarterback Eli Manning took a more positive approach to the flips.

“That means he’s scoring touchdowns,” Manning said. “So, that’s fine by me.”

♦ Winthrop’s Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling the jersey he wore during the historic victory over Russia at Lake Placid. Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale Feb. 23, estimates that the white No. 21 jersey will fetch more than $1 million.

Eruzione also is selling his stick, which he used to score the winning goal against Russian backup goalie Vladimir Myshkin, and his blue jersey from the gold medal game, a victory over Finland.

Eruzione, 58, works in development and alumni relations at his alma mater, Boston University, and is a motivational speaker.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 13, 1991, during the Celtics’ 117-97 victory over the visiting SuperSonics, center Robert Parish became the fifth player in NBA history to appear in 1,200 games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes and which two former Celtics?

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

STAT OF THE DAY: 52:30 – Time on the floor Wednesday night for Rajon Rondo, a career high, in a 117-115 double-overtime victory over the Mavericks

‘NET RESULTS: There were two-buzzer-beaters in the NBA on Wednesday night that toppled elite teams. First, Warriors forward Draymond Green gets free for a layup with less than a second left to knock off the Heat.

Second, Jazz guard Mo Williams beats the Spurs with a tiebreaking 3-pointer.

Referee Courtney Kirkland attempts to block Nets forward Kris Humphries‘ free throw (the whistle had blown for substitutions to enter).

Lakers star Kobe Bryant and soccer great Lionel Messi appear together in an ad for Turkish Airlines.

Zach Hodskins is a talented junior guard at Georgia’s Milton High School, and he only has one arm. He reportedly hit seven 3-pointers in one game this season and has been getting attention from college scouts.

TRIVIA ANSWER: John Havlicek and Paul Silas

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Morris Day was born on this day in 1957.

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Giants RB Andre Brown breaks fibula, out for season 11.26.12 at 10:56 am ET
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Andre Brown

The Giants’ impressive 38-10 win over the Packers Sunday night was made less sweet when coach Tom Coughlin announced running back Andre Brown had broken his fibula.

“Takes an awful lot off of the win, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said.

The injury reportedly will be season-ending for Brown.

Brown is not ruling himself out. He tweeted early Monday that his season wasn’t necessarily over.

Brown has rushed 73 times for 385 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

The Giants now will rely on Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie David Wilson to step up and fill Brown’s role.

“I feel bad for Andre, he’s my little brother,” Bradshaw said. “It’s heartbreaking for me just to see him so down. When I was a rookie I told David, [Derrick] Ward broke his fibula and I had to step in and be a big part of our offense. That’s what I expect from David and I told him to get right and get ready for the following weeks to come.”

Wilson said he is ready to help the Giants, who sit atop the NFC East.

“Dre played a big role in our offense running the ball, I’m definitely going to have to step up when my number is called and be prepared,” Wilson said.

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