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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 home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Magic Johnson endorses tanking, ‘I hope the Lakers lose every game’ 12.10.14 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Columbia at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Utah at BYU 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington State at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Roma, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


Magic Johnson, who helped build the Lakers into a dynasty, threw his support behind his old team to tank the season.

The Hall of Famer, speaking at an event in New York City, encouraged his club to lose for the sake of getting a high draft pick.

“I hope the Lakers lose every game,” he said. “Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious.”

The Lakers, who improved to 6-16 with Tuesday night’s win over the Kings, are coming off the worst season in modern franchise history in 2013-14 when they went 27-55. That netted them the seventh overall draft pick, which they used on Julius Randle.

“If you’re going to lose, you have to lose because you can’t be in the middle of the pack,” Johnson said. “You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick. … I’d rather be all the way bad than be in the middle.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played alongside Johnson in the 1980s, dismissed the comment.

“That’s easy to say, but when you’re behind the scenes and you’re in the trenches and you’re coaching, that’s not something that you want to do,” Scott said. “We’ve got to go out here and win every game possible. I mean, if you lose games, that’s one thing. But to go out and try to lose, that’s a different story. I think that sends a message to those guys in there that it’s going back to that losing mentality. We don’t we want to create that here.”

Dennis Rodman can’t understand the Knicks’ struggles learning the triangle offense that Phil Jackson brought to New York.

Rodman, who played for Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers, explained at an event in New York City: “I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago. It’s not that difficult. It’s a triangle.

“Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?”

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Mike Tyson on D&C: ‘I’m still rebuilding myself by living a life that I really want to live’ 01.09.14 at 10:07 am ET
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Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who is on a national tour with his one-man show in which he talk about his controversial life, checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Tyson’s show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” which stops in Foxwoods on Jan. 24, features him recounting his personal and professional trials and tribulations, including his drug and alcohol problems and his prison sentence following a rape conviction.

While Tyson had a Hall of Fame career, he acknowledges that he could have accomplished so much more.

“Absolutely I think I wasted my career. I think I wasted my life for a small period of time,” Tyson said. “At this stage of my life I’m still rebuilding myself by living a life that I really want to live and allowing myself to be the person that I want to be and the man I want to be now. It’s late in life, but I’m just very grateful. That’s the word I’m just trying to convey, it’s gratitude. I have a great deal of gratitude now. And I can change my life and live my life the way that I believe that it’s meant to be lived and be the man that I want to be now in life.

“All those other things, being a bunch of women, a bunch of cars, bunch of drinking, smoking, that allowed me to be the man I wanted to be. Not being in that situation, and not being in that spirit anymore, I don’t know, in this middle age of my life I’m prepared to be the man that I want to be, even if it takes me into my 60s and 70s — God forbid if I live that long — I can at least be the person I want to be and I should be and I deserve to be.”

One of Tyson’s nicknames was “Baddest Man on the Planet,” which aptly described his behavior in and out of the ring.

“Well, I believed I was at that particular time,” Tyson said. “The fact that I was just pretty much testosterone- and ego-prone, so at that time in my life I probably believed that stuff. But that was just me being a little insecure kid back then.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dennis Rodman takes heat after bizarre interview defending North Korean trip 01.08.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Spurs, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Suns at Timberwolves, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at UMass (CSNNE)
College basketball: Georgetown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Virginia, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Nevada at UNLV, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Boise State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Rangers at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


Dennis Rodman attempted to defend his trip to North Korea with a group of former NBA players with a bizarre rant during an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

“It’s a great idea for the world,” Rodman said as the players, including former Celtics Kenny Anderson and Vin Baker, sat behind him.

When he was pressed about why he would get involved with a country that has long been criticized for its poor record on human rights, Rodman lashed out at interviewer Chris Cuomo.

“I don’t give a rat’s ass what the hell you think,” Rodman said. “You are the guy behind the mic right now. ‘€¦ We are the guys who have to go back to America and take the abuse.”

As for controversial North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Rodman said: “I love my friend. This is my friend.”

Charles Smith, one of the former players on the tour, stepped in to help when Rodman got overly emotional.

“Outside of what people know of Dennis, you don’t know Dennis,” Smith said. “This guy’s got a great heart. His passion is about children and families. That’s why we’re here. We’re here because it’s about doing great will around the world.”

Meanwhile, the family of American Kenneth Bae, a tour operator who has been imprisoned in North Korea for over a year on vague accusations, is not happy with Rodman’s rambling insinuation that Bae did something wrong.

“He was in a position to do some good and to help advocate for Kenneth,” Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, told CNN. “He refused to do so. But then instead he has chosen to hurl these outrageous accusations against Kenneth. He clearly doesn’t know anything about Kenneth, about his case. And so we were appalled by that.”

Added Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations: “I think Dennis Rodman crossed a line [Tuesday] morning by implying that Kenneth Bae might be guilty, by suggesting that there was a crime. There is no crime. Kenneth Bae is an American detainee that’s been there a year in bad health, who deserves to come home.”

— Knicks guard J.R. Smith just can’t seem to behave himself for any length of time. The controversial player made news over the weekend for reaching down and untying Mavericks forward Shawn Marion‘s sneaker while the two were awaiting Dirk Nowitzki‘s free throw.

Smith then showed questionable judgment in engaging with a critic on Twitter. After a woman tweeted him: u should get off twitter and go Practice on ur jump shots, Smith replied: U look like a man!

Smith reportedly was warned by the league about the shoe trick (“Yes and no,” Smith said Tuesday, “I’m not really supposed to talk about it, so I’ll leave it at that.”) and his coach was not pleased.

“He shouldn’t be doing stuff like that,” Mike Woodson said. “And I mean again, and I’m going to talk to him a little more about it when I get in [the locker room]. His focus should just be on playing basketball. That’s what it’s about, and those are things you just don’t do.”

However, Smith appeared to try his shoelace maneuver again in Tuesday’s win over the Pistons, but Greg Monroe moved his foot just in time. And apparently he got Dwight Howard during last Friday’s game against the Rockets.

A fan tweeted Smith after the game: I seen you untie Dwights show against the Rockets too! Haha didn’t you?

Replied Smith: Yea I do it every game!

— Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was the target of some teasing for a postgame interview he gave following the Seminoles’ victory over Auburn in Monday’s BCS national championship game. Winston didn’t have the best grammar in the interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron‘s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, tweeted “Am I listening to English,” but quickly deleted the comment.

On Tuesday, Winston tweeted a response to those who made fun of him. Wrote the QB: For all the people that criticize the way that I walk this is for y’all. The Florida state Seminoles are national champions! That is all.


ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 8, 1944, which Bruins forward was leading the NHL with 53 points in just 26 games when he injured his shoulder during a 12-3 loss to the Maple Leafs, causing him to miss all but 10 games the rest of the season — and finish with 71 points, two points short of the league’s single-season record?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony laughs off trade rumor involving Clippers’ Blake Griffin 01.06.14 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

College football: BCS national championship, Auburn vs. Florida State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Maryland at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


— A rumor making the rounds over the weekend was that the Knicks and Clippers were talking internally about the potential of a Carmelo AnthonyBlake Griffin trade.

A story from ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the Knicks were thinking about reaching out the Clippers, as Anthony is due to be a free agent at the end of the season, but no one on either team had any contact.

That didn’t sit well with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who responded to inquiries Saturday by saying, “It’s just so stupid.”

Added Rivers: “My whole issue with any of that ‘€¦ is that that network [ESPN] to me reports a story that they created and then they do reports on it for the next two days, on a story that they created. But it’s stupid.”

Anthony was asked about the rumor and called it “silly and stupid,” noting that it’s long been speculated that he and Chris Paul would eventually be teammates.

“Coming up everybody talks about it,” Anthony said Sunday. “It started back with the USA team. You’d laugh and joke about it. It just so happens those three guys [with the Heat] did it. Everybody says they want to play with this guy or that guy.

“Me and Chris have been rumored to play together since he came into the NBA. There was always a trade rumor trying to get us together and it never happened.”

— Speaking of the Knicks, controversial guard J.R. Smith had an interesting defensive maneuver in Sunday night’s win over the Mavericks. During a free throw, Smith reached down and untied the shoelaces of Mavericks forward Shawn Marion.

Marion seemed surprised but did not react, waiting until the next stoppage in play to re-tie his laces.

Dennis Rodman announced his team of former NBA players that will play an exhibition game in North Korea on Wednesday. The team included former Celtics Kenny Anderson and Vin Baker, as well as former UConn star Cliff Robinson, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith.

Rodman traveled to North Korea before Christmas to help train the North Korean team as he pushes his “basketball diplomacy.”

“My previous travels have allowed me to feel the enthusiasm and warmth of fans,” Rodman said. “The positive memories and smiles on the faces of the children and families are a testament to the great efforts we have put into fulfilling our mission wherever we go voiding any politics. We are all looking forward to arriving in Pyongyang, meeting the citizens, visiting various charities and using the opportunity to develop new relationships that result in our annual return.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 6, 1989, which Patriots player was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets players defend embattled Rex Ryan 12.20.13 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Rockets at Pacers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nicholls State at Indiana, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (BTN)
NHL: Canucks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
Hockey: Olympic exhibition, U.S. vs. Canada, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: FCS semifinal, New Hampshire at North Dakota State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: NCAA Div. 3 final, Mount Union at Wis.-Whitewater, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘€¢ There’s been speculation that Rex Ryan‘s job is in jeopardy as the Jets battle to avoid last place in the AFC East at 6-8. If it were up to the players, apparently, the coach would be back next season.

Rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said he would make an appeal to first-year general manager John Idzik if he felt it was necessary.

“True statement, I would,” Richardson told the New York Daily News. “If I felt like that, that his job was in jeopardy, which I don’€™t feel like it [is]. It’€™s all speculation. But I most definitely would.”

Added Richardson: “I most definitely think he’€™ll be back, I could be wrong, but hey man, this is the way the business works. If his job was in jeopardy, Rex would tell you his job was in jeopardy. I promise you he would.”

Said wide receiver David Nelson: “If [Idzik] came down here and asked, I think every single guy in here would stand up and have Rex’€™s back. ‘€¦ I think every player in here cares for him, it’€™s so much deeper than a player-coach relationship. It’€™s not just so much of X’€™s and O’€™s and schemes with Rex. It’€™s about the people, it’€™s about the relationships. Guys respect that, because in this business that’€™s hard to come by.”

Ryan has not been as brash as in past years as his team has struggled this season, but when it comes to his job, he’s retained his confidence.

“I know I’m a good football coach,” Ryan said Monday. “I believe in this team. I believe in this organization ‘€¦ and I’m determined to being a winner to this team. I believe that I’m the right guy for it. Again, I’m not the guy making that decision. If I was, it’d be easy.”

‘€¢ Dennis Rodman held tryouts in Pyongyang for a North Korean team that will play a squad of NBA veterans for an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un‘s birthday next month. The only problem is, some of the ex-NBA players aren’t comfortable with traveling to the country.

Kim had his once-powerful uncle executed last week for crimes against the country, but Rodman insisted basketball players shouldn’t be concerned.

“You know, they’re still afraid to come here, but I’m just telling them, you know, don’t be afraid man, it’s all love, it’s all love here,” Rodman told The Associated Press. “I understand what’s going on with the political stuff, and I say, I don’t go into that venture, I’m just doing one thing for these kids here, and for this country, and for my country, and for the world pretty much.”

The plan for the game is to have the teams play against each other for the first half, then be mixed for the second half.

“It’s not about win or loss,” Rodman said. “It’s about one thing — unite two countries.”

‘€¢ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 sports stories of 2013, and there a couple with Boston connections.

Aaron Hernandez‘s murder charge is the top story of the year. That’s followed by Lance Armstrong‘s confession and Oscar Pistorius‘ dead girlfriend. The Dolphins’ bullying scandal and “A-Rod vs. the World” are 4 and 5, followed by the Jameis Winston saga at No. 6. No. 7 is the Boston Marathon bombing.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 20, 1964, the Patriots ended their season with a 24-14 loss to the Bills. Despite failing to score in the game, which Patriots player finished the season with an AFL record 155 points?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Umpires in Cleveland blow game-tying home run call 05.09.13 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The umpires in Cleveland are coming under fire after missing a home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning of the Athletics’ 4-3 loss to the Indians. Oakland’s Adam Rosales struck a ball that hit off the railing a few feet above the left-field wall, but somehow the umpires could not see it when they went to watch the replay.

“Probably the only four people in the ballpark,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected for arguing after the botched call.

“Our whole team thought it was the wrong call,” Rosales said. “The replays showed it hit the railing. With six eyes on it [the three umps that went to review it], you would have thought they’d make the right call.”

Second-base umpire Angel Hernandez insisted the review did not offer anything conclusive.

“It wasn’t evident on the TV we had it was a home run,” Hernandez told a pool reporter. “I don’t know what kind of replay you had, but you can’t reverse a call unless there is 100 percent evidence and there wasn’t 100 percent evidence.”

‘™¦ Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman took his involvement in U.S.-North Korea relations to a new level Wednesday, as he tweeted to his friend, Kim Jong Un, asking him to release Korean-American Kenneth Bae. The 44-year-old Bae, a tour operator who was in North Korea with some Chinese businessmen, was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor for undisclosed “hostile acts” against the country.

Rodman, who visited with the basketball-loving Kim in February, explained that he was responding to a challenge from the Seattle Times to prove his friendship with Kim by intervening in this dispute.

‘™¦ A 28-year-old woman died Tuesday after choking on a hot dog at a Cubs game two days earlier. Maureen Oleskiewicz, an Illinois junior high school teacher, was at Wrigley Field on Sunday when she collapsed and was taken out in an ambulance.

“They were watching the action on the field, sitting next to each other, and all of a sudden [younger brother] Martin said she was on the floor,” Oleskiewicz’ mother explained. “And he said, ‘€˜What are you doing? Get up!’€™ And she was totally out of it. She had no pulse.”

The family kept her alive until Tuesday so that her organs could be donated.

“The Chicago Cubs are saddened to hear news of the untimely death of Maureen Oleskiewicz,” the team said in a statement Wednesday. “We express our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We will continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 9, 1989, which Red Sox catcher dropped a foul popup, ending his major league-record errorless streak of 159 games?

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Dennis Rodman says FBI asked him for advice on North Korea 04.17.13 at 12:57 pm ET
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Dennis Rodman says the FBI has reached out to him for information on North Korea, hoping to use his recent trip to the country to help settle tensions as North Korea threatens to use nuclear force against the United States.

The White House did not originally embrace Rodman’s trip to North Korea in February, saying Kim Jong Un‘s government should be focusing on the welfare of its citizens instead of “celebrity sporting events.”

But as Rodman told The Miami Herald at a recent charity event, the FBI now is hoping to use Rodman’s first-hand experience with the North Korean elite to its advantage.

“They wanted to know what went on and who’s really in charge in North Korea,” Rodman told the Herald. “I have been invited back to North Korea in August, and I want to go.

“I know what Kim Jong Un is threatening to do regarding his military muscle,” he added. “I hope it doesn’t happen because America will take whatever actions to protect America and our allies. I do think that we have to talk to people who want to cause us harm, so hopefully they won’t.”

Rodman said he isn’t apologizing for North Korea’s human rights offenses, considered some of the worst in the world by the State Department. But he said his personal experience with Kim Jong Un, who took power in 2011, was a positive one when he visited North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters to film an HBO series.

“He’s a good guy to me,” Rodman said after the trip. “As a person to person, he’s my friend. I don’t condone what he does.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Could Jets CB Darrelle Revis end up as a Patriot? 03.01.13 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Grizzlies at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Fairfield at Manhattan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Ferris State at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha, 8:35 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Pirates at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Australia vs. Chinese Tapei, 11:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: CONCACAF U-20 semifinal, United States vs. Cuba, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: CONCACAF U-20 semifinal, El Salvador vs. Mexico, 9 p.m. (FSC)


‘™¦ It’s no secret that the Jets are looking to unload cornerback Darrelle Revis rather than give him a new contract before he becomes a free agent after next season. If Revis plays out the final year of his pact, the worst-case scenario for Jets fans is that Revis joins the Patriots, who have long needed a shutdown corner. According to the New York Daily News, that’s a possibility.

“It’s not that far-fetched,” an NFL source told the Daily News. “It would not shock me if he’s in a Patriots uniform next year.”

Revis is due $6 million this season in the final year of his four-year, $46 million deal. He reportedly wants $16 million per year in his next contract, despite coming off a season in which he played just two games before tearing his ACL. He’d certainly have to accept less to play in New England, but the thought is that he might want to get revenge on the Jets by playing for their rival.

“Why wouldn’t Revis want to play for the Patriots?” the source said.

‘™¦ Former NBA star Dennis Rodman spent time with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, reportedly announcing in a speech, “You have a friend for life.”

Rodman, who arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a documentary film crew, sat next to Kim as they watched Americans and North Koreans play basketball.

According to the founder of the VICE production company, Shane Smith, Kim told Rodman that he hoped the visit would break the ice between the United States and North Korea.

‘™¦ Former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro said he was joking when he implied in a recent interview that he considered “driving into a tree, off the Throgs Neck Bridge” if not for the support of his wife, Cassandra.

DiPietro, a former Boston University standout, is playing for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers after being demoted by the Islanders despite having eight years left on his 15-year, $67.5 million contract. The 31-year-old insisted that “never again” will he joke about his depression.

“I’€™m just trying to bring light to the fact how important my wife has been,” DiPietro said Thursday. “It’€™s been a trying last couple years. There have been times that I’€™ve been depressed, and I don’€™t know where I’€™d be without the support of my wife.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 1, 1997, the Bruins sent Adam Oates, Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet to the Capitals for which three players (plus a third-round draft pick)?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Damon lobbies for return to Yankees 02.26.13 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, NHL Network)
College basketball: Indiana at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Xavier, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Auburn at Alabama, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Towson at George Mason, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Florida at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Diamondbacks at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ With Curtis Granderson out for an estimated 10 weeks after breaking his arm, the Yankees are looking for outfield help. Former Yankee (and Red Sox) Johnny Damon is eager to return, but he isn’t expecting he’ll get a call.

“I don’t think it will [happen],” Damon told the New York Post. “They’ve had plenty of opportunities since 2009 and it hasn’t happened. But if they call, I’m ready to go.”

Damon was released by the Indians after hitting .222 in 64 games last season. He lobbied for a chance to prove his worth to the Yankees, for whom he hit 24 home runs during their 2009 World Series championship season — although even then he was moved to a DH role as his outfield skills deteriorated.

“I would play for the minimum [$490,000 one-year deal] for six weeks,” Damon said. “If Granderson returns, I would leave. If there’s no room for me, I am gone.”

‘™¦ The Jets added to speculation that they want to part ways with cornerback Darrelle Revis when they avoided contact with Revis’ camp at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to a New York Daily News report.

Jets general manager John Idzik, coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson reportedly had no contact with Revis’ representatives, who were staying at a hotel a few blocks from the Jets brass before departing Monday. Meanwhile, the Jets executives met with representatives of a number of other Jets players.

Revis suffered a season-ending knee injury after playing just two games last season. He is scheduled to earn $6 million in 2013 and is looking for a long-term deal, ideally to remain in New York.

‘™¦ Dennis Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters are part of a group heading to North Korea as part of an HBO show. Rodman, the controversial former NBA star, is visiting the country that is in a state of war with the United States two weeks after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in defiance of a United Nations ban.

“Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to [North Korea] strange? In a word, yes,” said Shane Smith, VICE media company founder who is host of the upcoming series. “But finding common ground on the basketball court is a beautiful thing.

“These channels of cultural communication might appear untraditional, and perhaps they are, but we think it’s important just to keep the lines open,” he said. “And if Washington isn’t going to send their generals, then we’ll send our Globetrotters.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 26, 1994, Patriots fans bought 5,968 season tickets, a team single-day record, following the previous day’s announcement that Robert Kraft had purchased the team from which man?

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