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Clippers CEO says Doc Rivers to quit if Donald Sterling stays; Sterling files suit against wife, NBA 07.23.14 at 8:51 am ET
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Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit from his position if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Parsons said he not only fears the possibility of Rivers’ departure, but also the loss of some key players, including Chris Paul.

“Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else,” Parsons said. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.”

Sterling was active in court Tuesday as well. The Clippers owner filed a new lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court that names Shelly Sterling, the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Sterling said they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to Ballmer.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers reportedly pursue Paul Pierce 07.03.14 at 7:50 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: Cardinals at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Twins, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: Home run derby, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Paul Pierce might be on the move again. The former Celtics star, who was traded to the Nets last offseason, reportedly has been talking to Clippers coach Doc Rivers about a reunion in Los Angeles.

According to ESPN.com, Pierce, a free agent, likely would move via a sign-and-trade, even though Los Angeles has available its midlevel exception of $5.3 million.

It’s speculated that a trade could involve the Clippers parting with Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and 2013 first-round pick Reggie Bullock.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Celtics attempt to sign Paul Pierce?

  • No, not worth the investment and/or not a good fit with this young team (55%, 227 Votes)
  • Yes, bring him back and let him finish his career as a Celtic (45%, 188 Votes)

Total Voters: 411

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However, the Clippers are one of the teams courting premier free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, so they’re hesitant to make any major moves until they know their status regarding those two stars.

The Nets this week parted ways with coach Jason Kidd, who helped convince Pierce and Kevin Garnett to accept the trade to Brooklyn last year. Lionel Hollins was hired as his replacement Wednesday. Garnett has not yet announced if he will return for the final year of his deal (worth $12 million).

The Celtics reportedly had interest in sending Pierce and/or Garnett to the Clippers last year, but the NBA prohibited any such move because of Rivers’ involvement.

There also have been rumors that Pierce would consider a return to the Celtics.

— The Rockets made their push for Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, including putting up billboards in and around Toyota Center with Anthony pictured in a Rockets No. 7 uniform.

However, the team already has a No. 7: Jeremy Lin, who stole the spotlight from Anthony when he became a phenom with the Knicks midway through the 2011-12 season. It’s been speculated that Houston would have to trade Lin — who has a nearly $8 million cap hit — in order to fit Anthony’s contract.

In typical Lin fashion, the former Harvard star relied on his faith to pull him through this latest controversy, tweeting: Luke 6:29 – If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.

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Doc Rivers named Clippers president of basketball operations 06.17.14 at 9:10 am ET
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Former Celtics and current Clippers coach Doc Rivers was promoted to president of basketball operations, the team announced Monday.

Rivers, who previously served as senior vice president of basketball operations, will continue to coach the Clippers.

“Our goals are not only to become a championship team, but a championship organization as well,” Rivers said in a news release. “I feel with the new structure of the basketball operations department, we have taken a positive step in that direction.”

Rivers isn’t the only Clippers front-office member getting a new title. Assistant Kevin Eastman takes over as vice president of basketball operations, pro scouting director Dave Wohl was named general manager and former GM Gary Sacks was demoted to assistant GM.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling’s lawyer reportedly tells NBA ‘no punishment is warranted’ 05.16.14 at 8:00 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: Tigers at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Pirates at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Ducks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, United States vs. Kazakhstan, 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Draft combine, 10 a.m. (ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Softball: NCAA tournament, Boston University at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— National legal experts weighed in this week and said the NBA appears to be positioned to win its fight against Donald Sterling, but the suspended Clippers owner reportedly made it official: He’s not going away quietly.

According to a Sports Illustrated story by legal analyst Michael McCann, prominent antitrust litigator Maxwell Blecher informed the league that Sterling would not pay the $2.5 million fine commissioner Adam Silver imposed (and is past due). The letter asserts that “no punishment is warranted” for Sterling despite the racist comments he made on a secretly recorded tape that was made public by TMZ.

“We reject your demand for payment,” the letter to NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan reportedly reads.

Despite Sterling’s admission in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper earlier this week that he “made a terrible, terrible mistake,” Blecher apparently insists that the longtime owner has done nothing wrong and is prepared to sue the NBA if it persists in violating his “due process rights” and banning him.

If Sterling attempts to fight the league it might lead to a player boycott next season. Players union vice president Roger Mason Jr. said earlier this week that Heat star LeBron James indicated he’s prepared to lead such a protest, although Mason later backtracked and James publicly reaffirmed his support for the commissioner and his handling of the situation.

— In other Clippers news, coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 on Thursday for criticizing the officiating after Tuesday’s 105-104 loss to the Thunder, and Rivers acknowledged, “I thought it was deserved.”

After the game, in which some key calls went against Los Angeles in the closing minutes, Rivers said his team was “robbed.” On one play, Clippers forward Matt Barnes slapped the ball out of Reggie Jackson‘s hand as the Thunder guard was going in for a layup with 11 seconds remaining, and the officials awarded the ball to Oklahoma City. Rivers was sure the ball went off Jackson’s hand, but after a video review the ruling stood as initially called.

“In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be ‘clear and conclusive’ evidence,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. “Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retraining possession.”

The Clippers were eliminated by the Thunder in Game 6 on Thursday night, 104-98. As the Thunder took control in the fourth quarter , fans showed their frustration, with a couple of them throwing drinks at referee Ed Malloy after an offensive foul on Blake Griffin with just over three minutes remaining.

“We’ve gone through a lot of stuff over the last three or four weeks,” Rivers said. “I don’t think that was why we didn’t win. I don’t think we should use that as an excuse. We’re a team in process. I believe we were good enough to win it this year. Oklahoma City told us we were not.”

— UConn coach Kevin Ollie, rumored to be a candidate for some NBA openings, acknowledged that he is willing to listen to job offers, but he insists he has no desire to leave Storrs after leading the Huskies to the national championship last month.

“I love this university,” Ollie said at an event in New York City. “I am not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things. I’ve got two ears, I’m going to listen, but I’m not running out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut.”

Ollie is signed through the 2017-18 season, and he said he’s talking to athletic director Warde Manuel about a new deal. He made $1.6 million last season, including bonuses for the team’s postseason success.

“We are talking and hopefully we can get together once all this quiets down,” he said. “Have a nice talk and hopefully get everything situated.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 16, 1989, Mike Milbury was hired as Bruins coach, replacing which former teammate?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Magic Johnson defends himself following criticism from banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling 05.14.14 at 8:01 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 Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Orioles, 12:35 (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Mets, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Kings, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Nets at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Europa final, Sevilla vs. Benfica, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Magic Johnson responded to criticism from Donald Sterling by calling the suspended Clippers owner’s latest comments “disturbing” and “sad.”

In an earlier interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Sterling said Johnson is not a good role model for children because he became HIV positive due to his irresponsible sexual behavior. He also questioned Johnson’s financial commitment to the African-American community.

“That’s his opinion if he things I’m not a role model,” Johnson told TMZ. “I know the things that I’ve done in urban America and for people.”

Johnson also sat down with Cooper and said Sterling is struggling with the fact that he “is not welcome back in the NBA.”

“He’s trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team. And it’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen,” Johnson told CNN. “The board of governors now have to do their job. Adam Silver, our commissioner of the NBA, did a wonderful job of banning him for life. Now the board of governors have got to do their job.”

Johnson said Sterling called him after the tape of Sterling’s racist comments — including specific mentions of Johnson — was released, but the owner never apologized to him.

“I’m tired of talking about Donald, it’s a shame, I wish I would had did something to deserve this,” Johnson told CNN. “[I take] a photo with a young lady and I have to answer all these questions.”

Shelly Sterling, meanwhile, said she thinks her husband is having mental issues.

“He’s not the man I know, or I knew,” she told NBC’s “Today” show. “There’s something wrong. I really think, personally, he has dementia.”

— The Clippers did their best to tune out the Sterling distraction in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, but they squandered a seven-point lead inside the final minute and dropped a controversial 105-104 decision to the Thunder on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

“We were robbed,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, referring to an out-of-bounds call with 11 seconds left that went in favor of the home team — and stood after a review.

“That could be a series-defining call,” Rivers said. “And that’s not right.”

On the ensuing play, Chris Paul was called for touching Russell Westbrook‘s elbow on a 3-point try. Westbrook hit all three from the line for a one-point advantage with 6.4 seconds left.

Paul then had the ball stripped from him in the closing seconds as he drove the lane.

“Probably the toughest thing I’ve been through, basketball-wise,” said Paul, who also had a key turnover down the stretch. “Everything that happened there at the end is on me. It was just bad basketball.”

The Clippers got a memo from the league after a bad call in their opening-round series against the Warriors admitting the officials erred. Rivers said he doesn’t want a similar note this time.

“No, I don’t need it,” he said. “I’ll release the memo. They blew the call. That’s the memo.”

— Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson apparently is not convinced his team is on a fast track back to respectability.

The Texans were among the league’s elite in 2012 but are coming off a disastrous 2013 season and have a new coach, Bill O’Brien. Johnson, the team’s longest-tenured player, has played on just three winning teams in his 11-year career in Houston, and he acknowledged that “over time it can become very frustrating.”

When he looks at the team’s roster of quarterbacks, Johnson sees an unimpressive list that includes Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates and fourth-round draft pick Tom Savage.

Speaking to reporters at a charity event Tuesday, Johnson said: “I just kind of wonder sometimes: ‘Is this still the place for me?’ ”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 14, 1981, the Celtics captured their 14th NBA title with a 102-91 victory over the Rockets in Game 6. Who was named finals MVP?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling says Magic Johnson not a good example for kids, ‘should be ashamed of himself’ 05.13.14 at 7:40 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: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB : Mets at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 9 p.m. (CNBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Donald Sterling apologized and insisted he is not a racist in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that aired Monday, but the suspended Clippers owner made more news with his ill-timed criticism of Magic Johnson.

Sterling both praised and criticized Johnson, saying the Lakers legend was a bad example for the children of Los Angeles because he became HIV-positive due to his irresponsible behavior.

“He acts so holy,” Sterling said. “He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children? You know, because he has money, he’€™s able to treat himself. But Magic Johnson is irrelevant in this thing. He didn’€™t do anything harmful to anybody and I respect him and I admire everything that he does. I’€™d like to help even more if he would offer me an opportunity to help. I like to help minorities.

“If I said anything wrong, I’€™m sorry. He’€™s a good person. I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’€™t think so. But I’€™ll say it, he’€™s great. But I don’€™t think he’€™s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

Added Sterling: “What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself.”

Johnson, who has expressed an interest in buying the Clippers — something that irked Sterling, who said Johnson initially expressed a desire to help him retain ownership of the team — took the high road, tweeting: I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not impressed with Sterling’s comments.

“I’ll stand by Magic every day of the year because I’ve known him for a long time,” Rivers said. “Having said that, I don’t know what’s going on out there. I tried not to get involved in that part of it right now. Whatever it is, that doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.”

Johnny Manziel leads the post-NFL draft jersey sales, with Michael Sam in second place despite being drafted two days later. Top overall selection Jadeveon Clowney ranks third, followed by Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.

“This is unprecedented for a Day 3 pick, let alone a seventh-round pick, to crack the top five rookies sold following draft weekend,” NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter told OutSports.com.

ESPN‘s Darren Rovell reports that Manziel has the top-selling jersey among all NFL players since April 1, and more Manziel jerseys were sold during draft weekend than those of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow during their draft weekends combined.

— One day after Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined $2,820.52 for squirting water at Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban from the bench, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was fined $5,000 for squirting Penguins forward Sidney Crosby during a scrum in front of the goal.

The incident took place as the second period ended. Lundqvist grabbed his water bottle, skated by Crosby while the Penguins star was on the ice tangling with a Ranger, and squirted him in the face.

Lundqvist and Thornton both received the maximum fine — which is based on a percentage of the player’s salary — the NHL can assess without a hearing.

The Rangers and Penguins meet in Game 7 of their series Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 13, 1991, which two former Celtics — teammates in Boston in the late 1970s — were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Doc Rivers recounts players’ anger after Donald Sterling story broke 05.05.14 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Cardinals at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Clippers coach Doc Rivers, in a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon on Sunday, a day after his Clippers eliminated the Warriors in Game 7 of their first-round series, recounted how his players reacted when they first heard about owner Donald Sterling‘s racist comments last week.

“This was a distraction,” Rivers acknowledged. “In our first meeting after the tapes came out and we had a meeting before practice, and when I walked in that room and looked at [the players'] faces, it was bothering them. They were angry. They wanted to DO something. ‘€¦ As a coach, I had to think about it. I’m not going to kid you. I walked out with my gear on, because I needed the players to see me with the gear on, but it wasn’t easy to do it on that day. Because at that moment, at that time, you’re representing something else, and you didn’t want to and that was hard.”

Rivers recalled his experiences with racism growing up in Chicago, but he said sports has helped make him color blind.

“I think sports helps me, too,” Rivers said. “Sports, you don’t care what’s next to you, you just want to know, can he play? I think that does help. I think people who play sports learn that early on. That there’s no race. There’s people and I think that’s important.”

Meanwhile, reports emerged out of Los Angeles that the Clippers and Warriors had an altercation in the tunnel after Saturday night’s Game 7. The Warriors reportedly did not appreciate the Clippers’ celebrating and taunting outside their locker room, and that led to a confrontation.

The teams have had battles all season, on and off the court, and hard feelings apparently have continued. While Blake Griffin usually is in the middle of things, Warriors center Marreese Speights said earlier in the series that Chris Paul “starts all of that stuff.”

— Racism continues to be an issue in European soccer, most notably Spain, where for the second straight Sunday there was an embarrassing incident.

In Levante’s 2-0 upset victory at Atletico Madrid, midfielder Papakouli Diop danced like a monkey after the final whistle in response to monkey gestures from the crowd.

“They called me a monkey and I turned and imitated a monkey,” Diop said. “I’m tired of racism in football. And there’s a lot.”

Added Diop: “I did the monkey dance to highlight the matter. I wanted people to know what happened. I do not know if it’s racist or disrespectful, but they have to stop the monkey noises made by some people.”

One week earlier, in a game at Villarreal, Barcelona’s Dani Alves picked up a banana that was thrown at him and took a bite of it before taking a corner kick. Fellow players then posted photos of themselves eating bananas to draw attention to the cause.

— Florida State Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston was reinstated to the school’s baseball team Sunday after being suspended for a shoplifting incident last week.

Winston, who was issued a citation by police after leaving a supermarket with $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish, was held out of action until he completed community service as part of his agreement with the court.

Winston, FSU’s closer, missed the team’s three game series against Minnesota.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 5, 1969, in Game 7 of the NBA finals, the Celtics edged the Lakers, 108-106, for their 11th title in 13 seasons. It was the final game for which two Celtics legends?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rockets owner suggests NBA make Clippers players free agents to punish Donald Sterling 04.29.14 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Thunder, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Real Madrid at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— As the NBA prepares to make an announcement Tuesday afternoon regarding sanctions for Clippers owner Donald Sterling, one NBA owner has an idea that he says commissioner Adam Silver is considering: Make the players free agents in an effort to force Sterling to sell the team.

Sponsors have started to end or suspend their relationships with the team, but it might take more to push Sterling out the door following racist comments that he allegedly uttered in a conversation with his girlfriend. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander told the Houston Chronicle he recommended to Silver that he void the players’ contracts with Los Angeles.

“I told Adam I don’€™t think he can be removed because the constitution [of the NBA] only allows him to be removed except for gambling. I’€™m not sure that legally can be done,” Alexander said. “But if he loses his players, nobody is going to want to go there. He’€™ll only be able to get a player that is worth $2 million and will play for [$]12 [million]. And who is going to want to coach there?

“If you’€™re a player in the NBA you don’€™t want to play for somebody like that. If you worked for a company, you would walk away and say, ‘I’€™m gone.’ I think the players should have that right.”

The Clippers and Warriors resume their series Tuesday with Game 5 at Staples Center. Warriors coach Mark Jackson suggested that fans boycott the game.

“I believe if it was me, I wouldn’t come to the game,” Jackson said. “I believe the fans, the loudest statement that they can make as fans is to not show up to the game. ‘€¦ To me, it will make the noise of it not being tolerated. That this is a different time. It’s unfortunate, and we cannot allow someone with these feelings to profit.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who indicated he declined an offer to speak with Sterling, said he hopes the arena is “packed and people are cheering for us.” He said he isn’t sure what the team will do before the game in terms of addressing the controversy, but he acknowledged it’s a consideration for him or a player to address the crowd “if we feel that’s something will help our fans.”

Rogers Clemens is due in court in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning as part of the defamation suit brought by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, after a federal appeals court on Monday denied Clemens’ bid for an emergency intervention.

Clemens’ request for a stay of proceedings also was denied, with U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson expressing disgust with the former pitcher’s legal tactics.

“Clemens’ attempts in stalling this litigation are a threat to the administration of justice,” Sterling wrote, adding that Clemens “has chosen to file frivolous motions and appeals to perpetuate the delay of this five-year-old litigation.”

The ruling means Clemens will have to share about 900 emails that detail his strategy in dealing with accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs following the release of the Mitchell Report in 2007, when he was described as a user of steroids and human growth hormone.

— Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly will have surgery Tuesday on his left thumb, which he injured on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple in Friday’s game against the Padres.

Harper, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, is expected to be out until at least July.

“I slid into the bag and I caught it a little bit,” Harper said after Friday’s game. “Went into the dugout, swing a couple in the cage, felt fine. Went out to the outfield, it swelled up a little bit.”

Harper is hitting .289/.352/.422 with one home run and nine RBIs. He was yanked from a game a little over a week ago for a lack of hustle running out a ground ball.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 Mariners. The Red Sox were in jeopardy of losing the game, however, as Gorman Thomas hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning. Which Red Sox player answered with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning for a 3-1 Sox lead that would stand up as the final score?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Doc Rivers unsure of future with Clippers following Donald Sterling controversy 04.28.14 at 8:23 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Avalanche at Wild, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Pacers, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
MLB: Athletics at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Arsenal, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Doc Rivers is nearing the end of his first season with the Clippers after leaving the Celtics. It might be his only season in Los Angeles.

As the backlash continues against Clippers owner Donald Sterling for the racist comments he allegedly made to his girlfriend in a recorded conversation, Rivers indicated that his future with the team is in doubt.

Asked Sunday what he would need to hear from Sterling in order to continue as coach, Rivers replied: “Don’t know yet. I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Rivers said he had not spoken with Sterling since the tape was made public, but he made it clear his focus is on his players, who are in a tied series with the Warriors after losing Sunday’s Game 4.

“Our guys, they have family,” Rivers said. “They have friends. And they have cell phones. And I can’t imagine how much they’ve been pulled on and talked to, and what you should do and what you shouldn’t do and what you should say. And that’s abnormal to a playoff game.

“Usually they’ll be telling you [that] you should get more shots. Doc’s a terrible coach. He’s not playing you enough. Things like that. And now we’re talking about other stuff.”

Rivers said he hopes fans would not boycott Game 5 in Los Angeles, saying: “I would understand. I hope not. We need them. … We play for them. We always have. So we do need them. We’re going to need them on Tuesday.”

— Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves mocked an apparently racist gesture by a fan at Villarreal when the Barcelona defender took a banana thrown toward him and proceeded to peel and eat it before taking a corner kick in his team’s 3-2 victory Sunday.

The banana-throwing — which has happened a number of times in European leagues, along with monkey chants — occurred in the second half of the game as Alves was getting ready to kick the ball. He calmly walked a couple of step to pick up the banana and take a bite as he returned to his spot to kick the ball. He tossed the rest of the banana off to the side.

A couple of minutes later, Alves helped his team draw even when for the second time in the game he made a cross in front of the Villarreal goal that resulted in an own goal. Lionel Messi scored the game winner in the 83rd minute.

“We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves said afterward. “You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily.

“If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”

— A longtime 49ers fans filed a $50 million lawsuit this month against the NFL for “economic discrimination” because he was prohibited from buying tickets to the NFC championship game due to the Seahawks‘ restrictions against out-of-town fans.

The Seahawks limited ticket sales to credit cards with addresses in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii as well as parts of Canada, and that did not sit well with John E. Williams III.

“They’re always boasting up there about their 12th player and everything else,” Williams told The Associated Press. “But by allowing the NFL to decide who can or cannot attend the games, you make it an unfair game. Seattle fixed it.”

Added Williams in the suit: “The practice of withholding the sale of tickets from the public at large and allowing only credit card holders limited to certain areas is a violation of the Federal Consumer Fraud Act and/or common law.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 28, 1990, in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series, the Celtics set NBA single-game postseason records for field goal percentage (.670) and scoring in a 157-128 victory over which opponent?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Daisuke Matsuzaka ‘shocked’ at demotion to Triple-A by Mets 03.31.14 at 8:08 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 3:05 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 1 p.m. (ESPN, WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Rockies at Marlins, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: CBI, Siena at Fresno State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Panthers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Sunderland vs. West Ham, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched well at Mets spring training, including five scoreless innings Saturday against the Blue Jays, and the former Red Sox hurler was surprised to be sent to Triple-A to start the season.

“I always knew there was a possibility I would be going to the minors, but with what I have been doing in the past few games, I have had confidence in what I am doing,” Matsuzaka said through his interpreter (via the New York Daily News). “But I am definitely shocked at this.”

Matsuzaka, who was in camp on a minor league contract, had a 1-1 record with a 3.04 ERA and 1.27 WHIP at spring training, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and 26 hits in 23 2/3 innings. He struck out 25 and walked only four — three coming in his previous start against the Cardinals. He had no walks and eight K’s in Saturday’s game.

He pitched in seven games for the Mets last season, going 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.

Jenrry Mejia, a 24-year-old right-hander who was limited to 50 innings between the majors and minors last season last season due to surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow, grabbed the No. 5 spot in New York’s rotation and is slated to start Friday against the Reds.

‘€œThe situation with Dice-K was very difficult. He pitched very well,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Jenrry Mejia also pitched very well.”

— The Los Angeles reunion between former Celtics coach Doc Rivers and forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis doesn’t appear to be going so well.

Rivers had Davis removed from the bench during the Clippers’ victory over the Rockets on Saturday in Houston after the two exchanged words.

Davis, who joined the Clippers last month after being cut by the Magic, was taken out of the game in the second quarter when he yelled something at Rivers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Rivers responded by saying, “Sit your big [expletive] down.”

Associate head coach Alvin Gentry talked to Davis before Rivers had team security escort Davis to the locker room. Davis did not return in the second half.

“I thought Baby was just too emotional, and for me, if you’re too emotional I always send you back to the locker room and keep you back there until the next game,” Rivers said (via ESPNLA.com). “I love Baby. I just didn’t think emotionally he was ready to play tonight, so we told him to go to the locker room.”

Davis was known to be emotional during his time with Rivers in Boston, but the coach never sent him off as he did Saturday.

“No, I haven’t, but I’ve talked about emotional hijacks,” Rivers said. “If you have one, I’ll send you back. We’ve talked about that as a group. I didn’t make a big deal, didn’t address it halftime and it’s not a big deal. We needed him tonight, but he wasn’t here emotionally, so you tell him to go and sit.”

— Boys basketball player Pat Welch, a guard at Pembroke Academy in Concord, N.H., was stripped of his NHIAA Division 2 Player of the Year award after he sent out a tweet following his team’s state title win over Portsmouth in which he sent an obnoxious tweet capped by an obscenity.

Wrote Welch on March 15: Shout out to Portsmouth, you may have won in the regular season’€¦’€¦ But we won the ship you suck #[expletive]yourself

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, Welch deleted the post shortly after writing it, and he apologized in person to the Portsmouth administration. But the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization still stripped Welch of his honor (giving it instead to Bishop Brady’s Jourdain Bell) and rescinded his invitation to two all-star games.

NHBCO president Gary Noyes said in a statement that the organization could not tolerate the “flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior.”

“It is with great sadness that this committee has to act on this situation, but we strive to uphold the tenet that this award is not based solely on a basketball player’s ability but also on that player’s character and demonstrated sportsmanship,” Noyes said.

“I don’t believe the punishment fits the crime,” Pembroke coach Matt Alosa said, adding: “They basically took away Pat’s body of work this season because of a tweet that ended up online for 15 minutes.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 31, 2003, the Red Sox opened the season with a game in Tampa and unveiled their “closer by committee” to disastrous results. The bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth in a 6-4 loss as Boston wasted a seven-inning, one run effort from which starter?

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