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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots CB Brandon Browner rips Kanye West for behavior at Grammys 02.11.15 at 8:18 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: Hawks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Syracuse at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: South Florida at Central Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: La Salle at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova at Providence, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oregon at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: De Paul at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wyoming at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at Chelsea, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


— It’s a good thing for Kanye West that Brandon Browner was not at Sunday night’s Grammys along with Patriots teammates Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler. Because Browner might have treated the rapper like an opposing wide receiver and drilled him to the ground.

In case you missed it, Kanye was upset that Beck won the Grammy for Album of the Year over Beyonce, and he walked on to the stage — as he did at the Video Music Awards in 2009, when he took the microphone from a victorious Taylor Swift to voice his displeasure —  although this time Kanye quickly turned around with a smile and went back to his seat. Later, however, he complained to the press, saying: “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce.”

That didn’t sit well with Browner, who tweeted: KANYE WEST is a sucka! Everybody don’t listen to Beyonce. Second time he tried to steal somebody shine. First time it was a 15 yr old girl.

Kanye try and play that I’m weird because of my genius. Non of the greats pull that stupid ish. Meaning Marley, Mike Jack, Tupac, Jayz etc.

People who tried Beck and Taylor Swift. Real tough guy. If only I could’ve been Beck for one night. Kanye would be rapping thru the wire.

— Lakers legend Magic Johnson is not happy about what’s happened to his former team, and he has little confidence in team management to turn things around.

Johnson questioned whether Jim Buss — who took over the team when his father, Jerry Buss, died in 2013 — was taking the right approach to getting the team out of the cellar.

“Jim is trying to do it himself and trying to prove to everybody that this was the right decision that my dad gave me the reins,” Johnson said Tuesday on ESPN’s “First Take.” “He’s not consulting with anybody that can help him achieve his goals and dreams to win an NBA championship.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars say no to Tim Tebow 01.11.13 at 8:10 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 Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Loyola (Ill.), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Union at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Nebraska-Omaha at Denver, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ So much for speculation about Tim Tebow‘s triumphant return to Florida.

New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, speaking at his introductory press conference Thursday in Jacksonville, said Tebow, expected to be traded or released by the Jets this offseason, does not fit into the team’s plans.

“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said.

Owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in the former University of Florida standout, but on Thursday he said he’s standing behind his new GM.

“I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow, and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction,” Khan said. “That’s the difference.”

Blaine Gabbert might survive as the starting QB, but the Jaguars will have a change at coach, however, as Mike Mularkey was fired after one season and a 2-14 record, the worst in franchise history.

“We needed a rebuild from the ground up,” Khan said.

‘™¦ The Lakers continue to struggle along at 15-20 and on a five-game losing streak while they deal with injuries to four key players (Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake), but executive vice president Jim Buss said he has no plans to rebuild the aging roster.

“We still like this team a lot,” Buss said Thursday in an interview with ESPNLA 710 radio in Los Angeles. “How can you not believe in this team? This team is built to win. It’s a very, very solid team. We haven’t seen them all together and play together for games. In my mind, we would not consider a temporary fix or blow it up. Why blow up something we have a future with?

“It’s very difficult to talk this way because we’re five games under or six games under .500, and we’ve dug ourselves a hole. But at the same time, I feel that if we put it together, we can string seven or eight games in a row and dig ourselves out of this hole. If we play with the energy we’ve seen in the last two games, then I think you go into the playoffs with momentum.”

It cost the team $99.2 million to assemble this roster, but Buss said he doesn’t regret going all in.
“We stuck our neck out with this payroll because Kobe [Bryant] is in the twilight of his career and we want to win championships,” Buss said. “Now, am I upset that we might not make the playoffs? Of course. I’d be upset if I had a $10 payroll or a $200 million payroll. I want to make the playoffs and I want to win championships. But to panic? No, we’re not going to panic.”

‘™¦ Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage, who previously has voiced his opinion that players linked to performance-enhancing drugs should join him in the Hall, took things another step Thursday when he said he might boycott the Hall if such players were to be enshrined.

“What kind of a society and what kind of world are we living in where we reward these guys for cheating?” Gossage said on New York sports radio station WFAN. “What kind of message does that send? And you know what? If any of these guys ever get in, I probably will never go back to the Hall of Fame.”

Added Gossage: “Nobody got in [this year], and the guys that are performance-enhancing drug users ‘€¦ I think [the voters] sent them a statement that they didn’€™t get in, and nor should they ever get in. They’€™ve got to make an example [of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens]. If they let them into the Hall of Fame, they might as well forget about testing and everything else.”

However, former Astros star Craig Biggio, who fell 39 votes shy of election, said if he had a vote he would have tabbed Bonds and Clemens.

“Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter that I’ve ever played against, the greatest players I ever played against. … Roger was one of the greatest pitchers of all time,” he said, adding. “I would have [voted them in]. Yes. I think those guys are Hall of Fame players. There’s not doubt about it, Barry and Roger, their numbers speak for themselves. And what they did on a baseball field speaks for themselves.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 11, 1977, with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals, which player became the fifth goaltender to record 100 career wins with the Bruins?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ticket scalper sues MLB’s Rangers over ban 05.30.11 at 6:57 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.

MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ A ticket scalper in Texas filed suit against the Rangers because the team refused to sell him 100 tickets to a Rangers-Yankees game. Michael Melendrez said the team regularly sold him blocks of 100 tickets for $10 apiece, and he resold the tickets for much as $75 each. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for fraud and deceptive trade practices.

‘™¦ Jeremy Shockey, the controversial former Giants and Saints tight end who signed with the Panthers in March, recently competed in a 100-mile adventure race in the Scottish Highlands. In the Charlotte Observer, Joseph Person writes about Shockey’s passion and competitive spirit, which the Panthers hope will show through when the 30-year-old takes the field.

‘™¦ British Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton apologized for joking that he was being penalized by stewards because he’s black. Hamilton received two penalties in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. “I’ll just try and keep my mouth shut and try to enjoy the rest of the season,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 30, 1979, one week after he was dismissed by the Bruins, Don Cherry was named coach of which team?

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Jim Buss on Mike Brown hiring: ‘We should have contacted Kobe’ 05.29.11 at 6:53 pm ET
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Jim Buss, son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has been getting a lot of heat for signing Mike Brown to be Phil Jackson’s replacement as head coach. Jim Buss wished the management group had consulted superstar Kobe Bryant before pulling the trigger, according to the LA Times.

‘€œLooking back on it, we should have contacted Kobe ,’€ Buss said. ‘€œKobe said it was management’€™s job to pick a coach. He just said, ‘€˜Defense first.’€™ That’€™s what we were doing, but we should have reached out to him.’€

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