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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy calls UConn tournament ban ‘outrageous’ 04.06.12 at 8:03 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: Pistons at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Coyotes at Blues, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Royals at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

SATURDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Pacers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Magic at 76ers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Nuggets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Sabres at Bruins, 4 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Red Wings, 1 p.m. (NBC)
NHL: Flyers at Penguins, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Capitals at Rangers, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Sharks 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: NCAA final, Ferris State vs. Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers, 4:05 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

SUNDAY:
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 6 p.m. (NBA TV; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 1 p.m. (ABC)
NBA: Rockets at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: White Sox at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Coach Jim Calhoun and UConn won't appear in the 2013 NCAA tournament after losing their final appeal. (AP)

♦ The NCAA on Thursday denied the UConn men’s basketball team’s final appeal of its ban from the 2013 NCAA tournament due to its failure to meet academic standards. UConn argued that it has shown improvement over the past two seasons, but the NCAA wouldn’t budge.

The school said it’s hoping the rule will be changed in time for it to submit more recent test scores.

“While we as a university and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men’s basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom,” coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. “We will continue to strive to maintain that success as we move forward.”

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy called the NCAA’s rejection “absolutely outrageous.”

“It’s as if they’ve decided to get UConn, one way or the other,” he told The Associated Press. “UConn should have done a better job. But in point of fact, they are doing a better job. The results are already there. You know, grade the test.”

Dwight Howard might remain in Orlando after this season, but if he does it seems highly unlikely that Stan Van Gundy will be his coach.

In a strange situation Thursday after the Magic’s morning shootaround in New York, Van Gundy told reporters that he learned from high-ranking team officials that Howard has asked for the coach to be fired.

“I know he has,” Van Gundy said. “That’s just the way it is. Again, I’ve been dealing with that all year. It’s not anything real bothersome. You go out and do your job.”

Howard then arrived on the scene and put his arm around the coach and the two men shared an awkward moment, promising to focus on winning games. Howard, as he has done before, denied requesting his coach’s removal.

“Whatever happens at the end of the season is not under my control,” Howard said. “I am a player for the Magic. I am not the GM. … I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything. Our main concern is winning. So, all the other stuff should stop.”

Van Gundy said later that he, Howard and general manager Otis Smith met Thursday afternoon and “are ready to move forward.”

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♦ The University of Arkansas put football coach Bobby Petrino on administrative leave Thursday night after learning that the 51-year-old married coach was riding with a 25-year-old female employee of the football program when he crashed his motorcycle over the weekend.

“I have been in constant pain, medicated and the circumstances involving the wreck have come out in bits and pieces. That said, I certainly had a concern about Jessica Dorrell‘s name being revealed,” Petrino said in a statement released by the school. “In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details. Today, I’ve acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration.”

Added Petrino: “I will fully cooperate with the university throughout this process and my hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my athletic director, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 6, 1973, the designated hitter made its major league debut in the Opening Day game between the Red Sox and Yankees. Ron Blomberg of the Yankees was the first DH to get a plate appearance. Who was the Red Sox’ first-ever DH?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow removed, returned to nativity scene 12.23.11 at 8:13 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:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Western Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor vs. West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

SATURDAY:
NFL: Dolphins at Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
NFL: Eagles at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, noon (TNT; WEEI)
NBA: Heat at Mavericks, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
NBA: Bulls at Lakers, 5:15 p.m. (ABC)
NBA: Magic at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: Bears at Packers, 8 p.m. (CBS; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Fans' adoration of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow apparently knows no bounds. (AP)

♦ The latest Tim Tebow controversy centers around a cardboard cutout of the Broncos quarterback that an individual inserted in a nativity scene in a Florida park. A county staffer, responding to a handful of complaints, last week removed the image of the former University of Florida star that had been placed next to the baby Jesus.

However, on Monday Tebow was returned to his spot alongside the Three Wise Men, with Polk County communications director Mianne Nelson saying its presence apparently did not violate county policy.

“There is probably some verbosity with the policy, but in consulting with the ACLU and with their blessing their approval is to leave it there this year,” Nelson said.

The Tebow image was created by the individual who erected the entire nativity display, former Polk County Commissioner Randy Wilkinson.

“Tebow was a missionary and has gone all around the world,” Wilkinson explained. “He’s kind of like a Wise Man to many hanging out there. Today it could be Tebow, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.”

♦ In the lead-up to Saturday’s Jets-Giants game, Giants wide receivers have not been showing Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis much respect. And the Jets made sure Revis knew about it. Fellow defensive back Eric Smith said teammates teased Revis about comments from UMass product Victor Cruz. Smith said Revis just laughed in response.

“We’ll see how well that works out for them,” Smith said Thursday. “There’s been a bunch of guys call Rev out, and it’s not gone well for them so far, and those are big-name established guys.”

Added offensive lineman Matt Slauson: “They can say whatever they want — Revis is hands down the best in the NFL. So, if they feel like getting him all riled up, it’s their funeral.”

♦ With UConn freshman basketball players Andre Drummond revealing earlier this week that he turned down teammate Michael Bradley‘s offer of his scholarship and instead paid his own way, coach Jim Calhoun got testy when Hartford Courant writer Jeff Jacobs asked about the situation following Thursday night’s victory over Fairfield.

“My first responsibility isn’t to tell the press what’s going on,” said Calhoun, who is about to serve a three-game NCAA suspension for recruiting violations by his staff. “Plus, it’s none of your business. It’s a private matter between two young men.”

Explained Drummond: “I wanted to come to UConn and play for coach Calhoun. And if it meant I had to pay to come in then I’d do it. Mike worked hard to get that scholarship. It’s kind of disrespectful to take it from him. I’d never do that. We have a close relationship.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 23, 1986, which Red Sox player whose batting average declined each of his seven seasons in Boston signed as a free agent with the Mariners?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lenny Dykstra tries to spring Dwight Gooden from ‘Celebrity Rehab’ 05.25.11 at 7:09 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (Versus)
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 12:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS/Open Cup: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Dwight Gooden said that during a recent taping of the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab,” former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra made a surprise appearance in Gooden’s room and tried to get talk him into leaving the facility.

Explained Gooden: “It was around 10 o’clock and I was getting ready to go to bed. All of the sudden, one of the guys behind the scenes says, ‘Dykstra’s here.’ They tried to get Lenny to sign a waiver, and he didn’t want to do that,” Gooden told the New York Daily News Tuesday. “It was crazy. He was like, ‘Doc, you all right? I don’t like this. I got your bags.’ ”

Gooden, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the mid-1980s, stuck around instead of leaving with Dykstra, who has his own share of problems.

♦ A 27-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday night after falling from a stairwell leading to the center field seats at Colorado’s Coors Field. During the opening game of a doubleheader between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, the man tumbled approximately 20 feet onto concrete. The Rockies refused to discuss the incident but acknowledged an investigation was under way.

♦ Steelers receiver Hines Ward won Season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday, defeating actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the final round.

♦ On the heels of the UConn basketball team losing a scholarship due to a poor Academic Progress Rate, Jeff Jacobs in the Hartford Courant writes that Jim Calhoun‘s program is embarrassing but fixable.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs for which two players?

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UConn basketball to lose scholarships for low academic rating 05.24.11 at 5:18 pm ET
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The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team is one of six BCS schools receiving sanctions Tuesday for low marks in the annual Academic Progress Rates report.

“We are all disappointed in our academic performance and going forward we are going to attack this in the only way I know how, and that is to work as hard as possible to get better every day,” coach Jim Calhoun said. “I do know that over the past year, we have made improvements and are moving in the right direction.”

If UConn fails to improve, it could face further sanctions from the NCAA.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Derek Jeter downplays critical comments by Hank Steinbrenner 02.23.11 at 7:39 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Yankees star Derek Jeter and owner Hank Steinbrenner downplayed Steinbrenner’s comments from Monday that some players weren’t focused enough last season after the World Series title in 2009. Steinbrenner referenced unnamed players “building mansions and other things, not concentrating on winning.” Jeter has been building a 30,000-square-foot home in the Tampa area for the past three years.

Steinbrenner reportedly got word to Jeter on Tuesday that the captain was not the target of his ire, and Jeter laughed off the comment. “I have no problem with Hank — he didn’t say it to me. I don’t think my name came out of his mouth,” Jeter said. “Don’t make it out that I have a problem.”

♦ UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun was given a three-game suspension next season, but the Huskies avoided major sanctions when punished by the NCAA on Tuesday. Calhoun said he’s talking to his lawyer about his next move, but Jeff Jacobs in the Hartford Courant writes that the longtime coach should be satisfied with the minor penalty. At FanHouse, David Steele laments the NCAA’s light penalty and compares it to the organization’s handling of players.

♦ The Caltech basketball team ended a 310-game conference losing streak with a 46-45 victory over Occidental on Tuesday night. The Beavers, who broke an overall losing streak of 207 games (an NCAA record) in 2007, had not won in league play since 1985. “I hope that everyone who has participated in Caltech men’s basketball is able to celebrate a little bit tonight,” coach Oliver Eslinger said.

♦ According to a report on Bloomberg.com, YouTube is in negotiations to broadcast live NBA and NHL games next season. YouTube already streams Japanese baseball games and Indian cricket contests.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 23, 1986, which Red Sox player lost in arbitration but was awarded a $1.35 million salary, the largest ever in an arbitration case?

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UConn’s Jim Calhoun suspended three games by NCAA 02.22.11 at 9:45 pm ET
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The UConn basketball program avoided a major sanction by the NCAA, but coach Jim Calhoun received a three-game suspension next season for recruiting violations under his watch. The NCAA said Tuesday that Calhoun failed to create an atmosphere of compliance and it penalized the school with scholarship reductions for three years, recruiting restrictions, permanent disassociation of an unnamed booster and three years probation, in addition to Calhoun’s suspension from the first three Big East games next year.

“I am very disappointed with the NCAA’s decision in this case,” Calhoun said. “My lawyer and I are evaluating my options and will make a decision which way to proceed. In the meantime, I will not make any further statements about the case as our program prepares for what I hope will be an exciting and successful postseason.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former White Sox executive indicted 11.11.10 at 7:45 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs — including the Red Sox and Yankees — reportedly also are under investigation.

♦ With college basketball season starting up, Andy Glockner at Sports Illustrated writes about how 68-year-old Jim Calhoun, despite health issues and troubles with the NCAA, is not ready to give up on what he started at UConn.

AOL FanHouse has the story of Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 14-year-old from India who stands 7 feet and is developing his basketball skills in Florida as he bids to eventually become the first NBA player from India.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 11, 1943, the Bruins surrendered the first empty-net goal in NHL history when which coach pulled B’s goalie Bert Gardiner in an attempt to tie a game against the Blackhawks at Boston Garden?

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UConn admits major violations, denies Jim Calhoun charges 10.08.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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The University of Connecticut announced Friday that its men’s basketball team committed major NCAA recruiting violations and will face self-imposed sanctions. The penalties include two years’ probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons. However, the school denied charges by NCAA investigators that coach Jim Calhoun failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance.

The violations include impermissable telephone calls and text messages, as well as impoperly provided game tickets to high school coaches and others.

UConn has a hearing before the NCAA next Friday.

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