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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Northeastern hockey star Wade MacLeod suffers seizure during AHL game in Springfield 02.18.13 at 7:44 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.

NHL: Predators at Avalanche, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Hurricanes at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Villanova, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Former Northeastern University star Wade MacLeod had a seizure during Sunday’s minor league hockey game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield after he was checked from behind into the glass, and he was in stable condition at an area hospital Sunday night.

MacLeod, a 26-year-old forward for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, collapsed while he was skating toward the bench. According to the Springfield Republican, MacLeod lay on the ice for several minutes, his legs flailing at times, while medical personnel attended to him.

“We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,” MacLeod’s family said in a statement Sunday night. “Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.”

Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play, which occurred late in the second period with MacLeod’s Falcons trailing 2-1. The coaches agreed to suspend the game at that point.

Manning tweeted later: would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of every hurting another player.. hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family

MacLeod, who had an assist Sunday, has four goals and seven assists in 20 games this season for the Falcons, an affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. At Northeastern, MacLeod played four years, leading the team in scoring his final three seasons. The native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, totaled 61 goals and 76 assists at NU while setting the school record for games played (149).

‘™¦ Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza wrote in his new book that he took karate lessons to be prepared for a fight with Roger Clemens after the then-Yankees pitcher beaned Piazza in 2000.

Clemens responded Sunday, telling the Houston Chronicle that Piazza wasn’t the only one who wanted revenge, noting that even some of his own teammates had issues with him.

“He’d have to stand in line,” said Clemens, who is serving as a spring training instructor for the Astros. “I think there were about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than [Piazza] did.”

Clemens, who said has not read the book, claims he has become friendly with Piazza after playing with him at golf events.

“Some of these guys, once you get to know some of them, they’re fine. But like I said, there was no intent there,” Clemens insisted of his famous run-ins with Piazza, including the 2000 World Series incident in which Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at the catcher. “And Mike’s a good hitter and I think he hit every breaking ball I threw to him and he hit them hard. But he’s not the first power hitter who’s got me. So, we had some good times. But, yeah, somebody just texted me the Cliffs notes of [the book], so we thought that was pretty good.”

‘™¦ Tiger Woods might not be the world’s best golfer anymore, but he’s still a major drawing card. On Sunday, he played a round with President Barack Obama at the Floridian, an exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The White House prohibited media coverage of the round, which included the participation of Astros owner Jim Crane, who owns the golf club, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Obama, who is spending Presidents Day weekend in Florida, spent the day Saturday with Butch Harmon, Woods’ former swing coach. That apparently was preparation for his round with Woods, who visited the president in the Oval Office of the White House in 2009.

“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” Harmon told Golf Digest. “The President said to Tiger: ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It’s good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn’t a throw-it-out compliment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 18, 1930, which Bruins goaltender set an NHL record for most wins in a season when he recorded his 31st with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants special teamers take shot at Jets coach 01.25.12 at 7:51 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: Pacers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Villanova at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Duke at Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The rivalry between the Patriots and Giants does not compare to both teams’ dislike for the Jets. On Tuesday, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes took a shot at Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff for comments Westhoff made early in the season about Giants punter Steve Weatherford, a former Jet.

“There were times when he just didn’t do the job. ‘€¦ Wasn’t good enough, in my opinion,” Westhoff said of Weatherford, who averaged 42.6 yards per punt in 2010 for the Jets.

“Unbelievable. That’s the worst statement of the year by any coach in this game,” Tynes said. “How could you say that? You just broke an NFL record for your team and you throw him under the bus. We’re glad to have him. Mike Westhoff is a great coach, but I certainly think he missed on that one.”

Responded Westhoff: “Tynes should mind his own business.”

After switching to the Giants this season, Weatherford averaged a career-best 45.7 yards per punt.

“I think a lot of it has to do with playing for Tom Quinn and being comfortable and being confident and being strong,” Weatherford said. “I think playing for the Jets and playing for that positional coach was draining. I thought it was difficult. It was physically taxing.”

Weatherford said he did not speak to Westhoff when the teams meet in Week 16 and has not spoken to his former coach all year.

“To be honest with you, personally I don’€™t have anything to say to him,’€ Weatherford said. ‘€œI think I’€™ve kind of let my play speak for itself. That’€™s what I was planning on doing. It’€™s just motivation. It’€™s kind of like the situation ‘€” somebody’€™s trash is another man’€™s treasure. I’€™m trying my best to be Tom Coughlin‘€™s treasure.”

‘™¦ New Astros owner Jim Crane announced Monday that he is considering changing the name of the team as it prepares for a move to the American League in 2013. In the Houston Chronicle, Jerome Solomon writes that Crane should worry about changing the team from a loser to a winner and leave the name alone.

‘™¦ Jeff Fedotin at The PostGame has the story of Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7-foot-5, 310-pound basketball player from Senegal who plays at a a Christian high school in Southern California. “We’ve played with big kids before, but this is ‘€¦ different,” and opposing coach said. “It looks like a dad playing with a bunch of little kids.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 25, 1956, which former Red Sox infielder and manager was elected to the Hall of Fame?

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Astros set to move to American League? 10.21.11 at 11:30 am ET
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The MLB reportedly is in discussions with Astros owner Jim Crane to work out a deal to move the team to the American League, according to the Houston Chronicle. The two sides are working out how much Crane will be compensated for agreeing to move the club out of the National League.

According to the report, MLB wants two 15-team leagues so that two more wild card spots can be added for the postseason. In order for that to happen, one of the 16 NL teams has to change leagues. Crane, who just reached an agreement to purchase the Astros in May, could stand to make $50 million for himself and his investors if he agrees to move the team to the AL.

‘€œBaseball seems very interested to cause this to happen,’€ an industry insider familiar with the negotiations told the Chronicle.

The Astros are coming off a their worst season in team history after finishing 56-102 and appear to be the leading candidate to leave the NL, of which Houston has been a part of since 1962. The sale of the club to Crane is pending a vote by the MLB owners to approve the deal.

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