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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Wizards G John Wall emotional about 6-year-old’s death following win over Celtics 12.09.14 at 8:06 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:
NHL: Kings at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel at Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After leading the Wizards to a 133-132 double-overtime victory over the Celtics, Washington guard John Wall struggled to keep his composure as he talked about dedicating the game to Damiyah “Miyah” Telemaque-Nelson, a 6-year-old who died Monday after losing her battle with cancer.

Wall, who finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds and scored his team’s final 10 points as the Wizards rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second OT, met Miyah last March and became close to her as she was being treated for Burkitt’s lymphoma. A moment of silence was held before the game, and Wall wrote “RIP Miyah” on his sneakers.

“This was an emotional game for me,” Wall said in an on-court interview with CSN Washington right after the game. “This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost, that I met last year. It’s just tough for me, to see a little kid that fights so hard for cancer and can’t beat it. This game’s for her. All my jersey, my shorts, I’m going to give it to her family.

“It’s a tough day for me. I really cried today.”

Asked if Miyah really touched his heart, Wall could not respond, bending over while he cried.

Wrote Wall on Twitter later: If you were blessed to meet and get to know Miyah you know how special of a little girl she was. I’m saddened by the news but I know that she’s in a better place. Keep her family in your prayers. I’ll definitely miss my buddy. Rest In Peace Miyah.

LeBron James followed through on his suggestion that he would wear an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, donning the Eric Garner protest shirt during pregame warmups before his Cavaliers played the Nets in Brooklyn. He was joined by teammate Kyrie Irving and four Nets, including Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams.

“It was a message to the family. That I’m sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife. That’s what it’s about,” James said of the New York City man who died July 17 after police placed him in a chokehold. “I think everybody else gets caught up in everything else besides who’s really feeling it, and that’s the family. That’s what it’s about.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel works to overcome ‘mental errors’ at Browns training camp 08.01.14 at 8:06 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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: U.S. national team intrasquad game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was not his usual cocky self during his first media session since training camp opened last Saturday, acknowledging it will take time for him to adjust to the pro game.

Manziel, who has worked exclusively with the team’s second-stringers while Brian Hoyer has taken snaps with the starters, is making progress but still making his share of mistakes as he learns a new playbook.

“I’m a rookie,” he said Thursday. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Manziel will get a chance to practice with the first team “sooner than later” and that the QB battle remains wide open. Manziel said he’s not concerned with his standing at this point.

“I’m not worried about one or the other being ahead,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I’m worried about me making sure I know what I need to know to get out here and execute and run the offense and not have any mistakes. Once I go through a couple of days with no mental errors or getting where I need to be every single time, then I’ll feel a lot better.

“Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.”

MASHUP POLL: Who will start the majority of games at QB for the Browns this season?

  • Brian Hoyer (81%, 144 Votes)
  • Johnny Manziel (16%, 28 Votes)
  • Someone else (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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— Oft-injured guard Derrick Rose is looking forward to a “new beginning” with the Bulls, who are expected to challenge for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s aware of a rift between him and the organization, and he wants to fix it.

“I know it’s been there,” he said. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When the team made a push for free agent Carmelo Anthony last month, Rose was notably uninvolved, skipping out on a chance to help recruit the forward, who eventually re-signed with the Knicks.

“They were irate he wasn’t there,” a team source told the Sun-Times.

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Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, among 19 players selected for US men’s basketball roster 07.15.14 at 9:53 am ET
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Derrick Rose, who has been recovering from his latest knee surgery, was among the 19 players chosen by coach Mike Krzyzewski on Monday for this summer’s U.S. national team roster.

Rose joins the likes of Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis, who are the four holdovers from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as new additions DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons.

Rose will report to training camp with the rest of the team this month in Las Vegas in preparation for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain in late August. Krzyzewski said he’s hopeful Rose will be back to his pre-injury self.

“We’d like to see him play like the Derrick of old, because he’s one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA,” Krzyzewski said during a conference call. “What we’ve heard is that he’s in great shape.”

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the roster could be trimmed to 15 after the camp in Las Vegas. The final 12 will be selected before the Americans leave for Spain.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett preaches patience after Nets routed by last-place Knicks 12.06.13 at 8:09 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:
NBA: Nuggets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN)
College basketball: Arizona State at DePaul, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Fairfield at Quinnipiac, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: South Carolina at Oklahoma State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Baylor, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: MAC championship, Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: UMass at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: World Cup draw, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Women’s NCAA semifinal, Virginia Tech vs. Florida State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s NCAA semifinal, Virginia vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Knicks won the battle for New York — also a matchup between the Atlantic Division’s bottom-feeders — on Thursday night, rolling to a 113-83 victory in Brooklyn in a game that showcased how bad the Nets are playing right now.

Kevin Garnett, who was the glue on defense for the Celtics the past few seasons, explained that there is some confusion among Nets players, especially after defense-minded assistant coach Lawrence Frank was demoted earlier in the week.

“Chemistry isn’t just snap, wave a magic wand and voila,” said Garnett, who was involved in a dust-up with Andrea Bargnani in the fourth quarter that led to the Knicks forward’s ejection. “We have a new system ‘€¦ changing the team on the fly.”

Jason Kidd admitted that the first month of his coaching tenure has not been memorable.

“The losses can sometimes take the fun away,” he said after his team fell to 5-14, only percentage points ahead of the 4-13 Knicks for last place in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he’s already decided to flee New York when he becomes a free agent next offseason.

“I don’€™t think [any]body goes somewhere expecting to lose, but we’€™re going through it and I’€™m dealing with it,” Anthony said before Thursday’s game. “As far as me leaving and thinking about that, I’€™d be selfish to think about that at this point with us losing and going through the situation that we’€™re going through. I’€™d be selfish on my part, to my teammates and to the organization to even have that thought even coming across my mind.

“So, no, I’€™m not even thinking about that at this point.”

‘€¢ The Bulls have ruled Derrick Rose out for the season after he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee last month, but the star guard isn’t ready to give up on the season.

“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I will be back playing,” Rose said Thursday about the possibility of returning for the playoffs. “If I’m healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there’s no need.”

Rose also did not take kindly to a suggestion that the team move on from building around him, given that he just suffered his second major injury in three years.

“What can I say to that?” Rose responded, adding after a long pause: “You could be a fool if you want to. Dead serious. I know I’m going to be all right.”

‘€¢ Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin had a second meeting with NFL special investigator Ted Wells on Thursday to discuss his alleged harsh treatment by teammates, according to an Associated Press report.

Wells is expected to have another meeting with some Dolphins players before filing his report.

Martin, who first was interviewed on Nov. 15 after leaving the team on Oct. 28, continues to stay with family in California while undergoing counseling for emotional issues. He was put on the reserve/non-football illness list by the Dolphins last week, ending his season.

Richie Incognito, who emerged as the main focus of the bullying accusations, remains suspended from the team.

Despite the turmoil that threatens to cost coach Joe Philbin his job, the Dolphins are 6-6 and challenging for a playoff berth headed into Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 6, 1976, the Red Sox traded a young Cecil Cooper to the Brewers to return which two former Sox players to Boston?

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Bulls G Derrick Rose out for season after knee surgery 11.25.13 at 12:20 pm ET
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Bulls star Derrick Rose, who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, will miss the remainder of this season after having surgery Monday morning to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the team announced.

Rose was injured in the third quarter Friday night’s game in Portland, when he lost his footing while changing direction transitioning to defense. He limped across the court, unable to put any weight on his knee, and left the game after the Trail Blazers scored. He was seen on crutches after the game.

“We, of course, feel very badly for Derrick. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances, and he’s already thinking about his rehab,” coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday, before the extend of the injury was revealed. “Typical Derrick. He’s concerned about his team, his teammates.”

Rose has played just 49 regular-season games since winning NBA MVP after the 2011 season.

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LeBron James sees ‘no rivalries’ for Heat in Eastern Conference 10.16.13 at 12:12 pm ET
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While Boston lamented the breakup of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers Celtics this offseason, the Heat said goodbye to one of their chief rivals. Apparently, for the team that has won three straight Eastern Conference titles and hoisted the Larry O’€™Brien championship trophy two years in a row, there are no more arch-rivals remaining.

‘€œThere’€™s tension ‘€¦ but there’€™s no rivalries,’€ LeBron James told reporters Tuesday. ‘€œThere’€™s a lot of teams that want to knock us off. There’€™s a couple of teams in the East that hate us. And we know who they are.’€

Teammate Dwyane Wade echoed James’€™ sentiment, and added that the bad blood with the Celtics would ‘€œtransfer well’€ to the Nets.

The Heat reached the 2013 NBA Finals but faced some resistance from the Eastern Conference along the way. The Pacers took Miami to seven games in the conference finals before the Heat proved too strong in the end.

The renovated Nets, the budding Pacers, the star-studded Knicks and a Derrick Rose-led Bulls team will look to dethrone Miami this season.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Manny Ramirez agrees to minor league deal with Rangers 07.04.13 at 8:23 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:
MLB: Padres at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Nationals, 11 a.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Athletics, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mariners at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Canadian Football League: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Manny Ramirez is getting another shot at the majors, and he even agreed to cut off his dreadlocks for the opportunity.

Ramirez, the former Red Sox star who was twice suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers. He’s slated to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to start working out, and he’ll serve as designated hitter when he is activated. He agreed to “comply with our minor league rules on appearance and discipline,” said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

“[My salary] is the minimum wage, but for me it’s too much money,” Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com, adding: “I feel blessed spiritually; I have no words to describe how happy I am.”

The 41-year-old has not played in the majors since early in the 2011 season with the Rays. He recently returned from Taiwan, where he hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

“It’s kind of a no-risk flier,”Daniels said. “We like giving guys second chances. We know on and off the field the good and bad in Manny’s career. But we’re inclined to give him an opportunity here.”

Added Daniels: “We’re really just kind of going off the resume here a little bit. If he’s productive and we feel he fits our culture here in the clubhouse, we’ll give him an opportunity. If either of those ends don’t pan out, then kind of no harm, no foul.”

Ramirez was traded from the Red Sox in 2008, when Dave Magadan was in his second year as Red Sox hitting coach. Magadan, now the Rangers hitting coach, filled in his new team about Ramirez’s questionable behavior at Fenway.

“There were some bridges that were burned in Boston,” Magadan said. “It was unfortunate the way it ended up there because he did a lot of good things while he was there. But in the end it wasn’t pretty.”

‘™¦ Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice in his second rehab start for the Class-A Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, leaving him without a hit in two games.

“I don’t mind if I save all my hits for New York,” joked Rodriguez, who is recovering from January hip surgery.

Rodriguez, who is scheduled to play for the Yankees‘ minor league team in Tampa on Friday, started a double play in the field, one day after coming up short on two bunts to him at third base.

“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “That’s the first time in eight months I’ve gone out there back to back.”

The RiverDogs, who lost to the Rome (Ga.) Braves in 10 innings, 8-5, had a crowd of 7,667 after drawing 8,255 for A-Rod’s first game back on Tuesday. Rodriguez signed autographs for fans after leaving Wednesday’s game. He also posed for pictures with singer Darius Rucker, best known as the lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish.

“I love this place,” Rodriguez said.

The feeling isn’t completely mutual. Here’s the reaction when A-Rod was introduced Tuesday.

‘™¦ Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who came under some criticism when he sat out the postseason after receiving medical clearance, admitted he was “selfish,” but he insisted he made “the right decision.”

“I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and going through what I had to go through and being smart, it’s something that I had to be selfish with,” he said in a story on the team’s website. “I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”

Rose called sitting out “one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through in my life.” He said fans eventually will understand why he chose that route, once he returns to action.

“I think me going on the court and showing them and letting them know it was the right decision,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 4, 1983, Yankees left-hander Dave Righetti no-hit the Red Sox, allowing just two walks. Which Sox player struck out to end the game?

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Bulls’ Derrick Rose says he has no date set to return this season 02.13.13 at 10:07 am ET
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Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said in an interview with USA Today posted Tuesday that he has no target date for his return to the court, and indicated he might miss the rest of the season.

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season in the playoffs against the 76ers and has missed the entire 2012-13 season.

“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA Today. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”

Rose said that right now he’s “probably in the high 80s. Far, far away.”

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said there has never been a specific date when Rose was expected back in the game.

“To me, it’s why we’ve taken the approach that we have,” Thibodeau said. There’s no timetable. It’s when he’s ready. We’re not measuring it against someone else’s timetable. It’s just this is Derrick. When he’s ready, he will go.”

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Derrick Rose recovering ahead of schedule 07.13.12 at 3:26 pm ET
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Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is recovering ahead of schedule, his brother Reggie Rose told ESPN on Thursday.

“He’s walking without a [brace],” Reggie Rose said. “He’s way ahead of schedule.

“It’s just keeping him focused, and we’re not trying to rush him. Basically just rehab, rehab, rehab. We haven’t put [anything] basketball in his face.”

Last season Rose tore his ACL on April 28 against the 76ers in the playoffs.

In June Rose’s surgeon, Brian Cole, also said Rose was recovering ahead of schedule. Rose underwent surgery on May 12.

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Report: Bulls guard Derrick Rose ‘ahead of schedule’ 06.21.12 at 10:57 am ET
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According to Dr. Brian Cole, Bulls guard Derrick Rose is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a torn left ACL. Cole was the doctor who performed the surgery last month.

ESPNChicago.com reported that Rose flew to Alabama on Tuesday to consult with Dr. James Andrews, but Cole said that Rose worked with a therapist in Andrews’ office and not  with Dr. Andrews. This trip was reportedly scheduled before Rose even had the surgery.

“Derrick is ahead of schedule,” Cole said in a phone conversation Wednesday night with ESPNChicago.com. “This was part of the plan established before surgery. This was not a consultation with another physician, but rather it’s working with another therapist in collaboration with the Bulls’ training staff.”

Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers when he landed awkwardly in the final minutes of the game. Cole said he is expected to miss 8-12 months after the surgery.

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