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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens coach John Harbaugh voices support for embattled RB Ray Rice 07.31.14 at 7:48 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: White Sox at Tigers, 1 p.m. (WGN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Bayern Munich vs. Guadalajara, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— With Ravens running back Ray Rice scheduled to meet the media Thursday for the first time since being suspended two games for a domestic violence incident with his now-wife, coach John Harbaugh threw his support behind the beleaguered player.

“I hate what happened. What happened was wrong. Flat out,” Harbaugh told reporters after Wednesday’s training camp practice. “The thing I appreciate about it is how Ray has handled it afterward by acknowledging it was wrong and he’ll do everything he can do to make it right. That’s what you ask for when someone does a wrong thing. So, I’m proud of him for that.”

Added Harbaugh: “I’m there for Ray as a friend and I also think an older male figure in his life and try to give him advice and wisdom. And just be there for him. A friend is born from adversity. That’s what it is really about with Ray. I love the way he’s handled it.”

Many have criticized the NFL’s suspension as being too short, but Harbaugh indicated he’s comfortable with how those in charge handled the situation.

“Those that make those decisions do so with great seriousness,” Harbaugh said. “They aim to be just and fair. They aim to do right by all parties involved. Public opinion will often push those decisions in certain directions. But both of those decision makers — not the opinion makers, but the decision makers — who know all the knowable facts of the case came from the same direction on it. So, we said all along that the circumstances will then determine the outcome of this and we said all along that we will respect the outcome. That’s going to be tough for us. That’s going to be two games without one of our very best players. But we’ll move forward and deal with it.”

— Former Red Sox infielder Jose Offerman was ordered to pay $940,000 to Johnathan Nathans, who clams he suffered a career-ending head injury during a rampage by a bat-wielding Offerman in an independent minor league baseball game in 2007.

Nathans’ attorney, Josh Koskoff, said his client, now an attorney in Portland, Maine, still is affected by the injury. He was seeking $4.8 million.

“What we really were looking for after seven years was accountability for Mr. Offerman,” Koskoff said (via The Associated Press).

Offerman, who at the time was playing for the Long Island Ducks, denied that he swung his bat at Nathans, then a catcher for the Bridgeport Bluefish. Offerman charged the mound after being hit by a pitch. The jury found Offerman guilty of assault for charging pitcher Matt Beech but not battery, according to Offerman’s lawyer, who said he is considering an appeal.

“I think the verdict is inconsistent and a bit perplexing,” attorney Frank Riccio II said. “Mr. Offerman is certainly happy seven years later that a jury said he did not strike Mr. Nathans. … How is Mr. Offerman liable for damages if [the] jury found he never struck him? It’s an interesting question that has to be resolved before it gets to its final end.”

Offerman played 3 1/2 seasons for the Red Sox as part of a 15-year major league career that ended in 2005.

— A video making its way around the web shows a 13-year-old basketball player from Romania said to be 7-foot-4. Robert Bobroczky, son of 7-foot-1 former professional player Zigmond Bobroczky, recently joined Stella Azzurra Rome, the European program that produced NBA player Andrea Bargnani.

As the video below shows, the wiry Bobroczky isn’t very athletic, but the fact that he’s already taller than every player in the NBA works in his favor.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 31, 1997, in one of the most favorably one-sided deals in Red Sox history, Boston acquired catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Derek Lowe from the Mariners for which reliever?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We were well aware of it, heard it. Wouldn’t expect anything less. This is a fan base that is very much in tune with what we’re doing, good and bad, and I think it’s a clear sign of support for Jon.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, on fans chanting Jon Lester‘s name during Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Consecutive losses for the Revolution before Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates run into a double play — on a walk. As Chris Stewart trots down to first base on his free pass from Giants pitcher Jean Machi, Travis Snider wanders off second and is caught in a rundown that ends with him being tagged out, and Gaby Sanchez is tagged as well after leaving third base to make room for Snider.

Rangers left fielder Jim Adduci snags a foul fly ball down the line while crashing into the wall.

Matt Kemp delivers an RBI single to give the Dodgers a walkoff win over the Braves in the 10th inning.

Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra dives to catch a line drive off the bat of Reds hitter Todd Frazier.

For those who missed the “Sharknado 2″ premiere Wednesday night, here’s a clip of the Mets’ CitField being caught in the sharknado storm that terrorizes New York.

A running track in China, apparently a rush job as it had to be finished before a visit from Communist Party officials, has rectangular lanes, making the turns a little tricky.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Closer Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: On July 31, 1975, three members of the popular Irish group the Miami Showband were massacred on their way home from a performance as part of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NBA considers nickname jerseys 09.24.13 at 7:58 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 Rockies, 8:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB)
NHL preseason: Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Canucks at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The NBA is considering putting nicknames on the backs of players’ jerseys for select games, and it’s getting mixed reviews.

Some Heat players were told the league might have them wear the special jerseys in a game against the Nets this season, and they were asked for nickname suggestions, The Associated Press reported.

Ray Allen, who selected “Shuttlesworth” in tribute to the character he played in the movie “He Got Game,” voiced his support for the move.

“It shows growth in our league and it shows we do adapt to what’s going on around us,” the former Celtic said. “And we’re still kids, playing a kids’ game. Even though we’re now men playing a kids’ game, we still remember where we come from. Everybody had a nickname, and it’s a way to let the fans in a little bit more.”

Added Allen: “Fans will like it, and so will a lot of the players. Guys will get a good kick out of it.”

Not all players agreed, however. Suns guard Kendall Marshall tweeted his displeasure.

 

‘€¢ Injured Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones is recovering after an incident on a party bus early Monday morning, when a stripper hit him head in the head with a champagne bottle.

Jones, who has been out since the season opener with a knee injury, was celebrating teammate Bryant McKinnie‘s birthday when the incident happened, and it was followed by a fight, according to TMZ. Jones refused medical treatment despite reportedly bleeding from the head.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the altercation and said he talked to Jones and the rest of the team about it.

“It’s not something we want to be known for,” Harbaugh said, adding: “It’s nothing to be proud of. I’m kind of disappointed in that sense.”

‘€¢ Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 regular-season games for leaving the bench to join the brawl between his team and the Sabres on Sunday night. The suspension, which includes the rest of the preseason and is without pay, was automatic based on the game misconduct penalty Clarkson received.

Clarkson, who signed a seven-year, $36.75 million contract in the offseason, will forfeit $269,230.

Leafs forward Phil Kessel is likely to be disciplined for repeatedly swinging his stick at Sabres defenseman John Scott, who tried to engage the much-smaller Kessel in a fight in retaliation for a mismatched fight moments earlier. Kessel received a match penalty.

The NHL also announced a five-game suspension for Canucks forward Zack Kassian, who broke the jaw of Oilers forward Sam Gagner with a hit Saturday. Gagner lost several teeth when the two collided along the boards during the game and Kassian’s stick struck Gagner’s face.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s female cousin said to be voice of Manti Te’o’s ‘girlfriend’ 01.25.13 at 7:49 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: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Yale at Cornell, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ On Thursday, the lawyer for the man said to be behind the hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o claimed that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was imitating a woman’s voice during phone conversations with Te’o. However, the New York Post reported Friday morning that the voice was actually Tuiasosopo’s female cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo.

“Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months,” a Tuiasosopo cousin told the paper.

A Tuiasosopo relative said Ronaiah took the blame because he “is determined to take the rap.”

Te’o released voicemail messages of the woman to ABC’s Katie Couric for his interview that aired Thursday. Said Te’o: “It didn’t sound like a man. It sounded like a woman.”

Said the Tuiasosopo cousin after hearing the tapes: “There is no doubt whatsoever that it’s Tino.”

‘™¦ A report came out Thursday that the Jets were considering trying to trade Darrelle Revis, who can become a free agent after next season. That did not sit well with the standout cornerback.

Tweeted Revis: I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!! I guess will see how this plays out.

Coach Rex Ryan, who once called Revis the greatest player in franchise history, had little to say Thursday.

“You guys know how I feel about Darrelle,” Revis said. “But as [new general manager John Izdik] said, all decisions will be made in the best interest of the football team.”

‘™¦ With John and Jim Harbaugh set to do battle in the Super Bowl, the website Sports on Earth has a list of the top sports siblings of all-time. The Harbaughs barely make the list at No. 10.

The list is headed by hockey’s Sutter brothers, followed by tennis’ Williams sisters and football’s Manning brothers. The only Boston connection is the DiMaggio brothers — Yankees great Dom DiMaggio and his brothers, Red Sox outfielder Dominic and journeyman outfielder Vince, who started out with the Boston Braves.

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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Read More: Darrelle Revis, Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Manti Te'o
Report: Ravens LB Ray Lewis could return as soon as Week 15 11.26.12 at 1:20 pm ET
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The Ravens could be in for a major boost at the end of the regular season with the return of linebacker Ray Lewis, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Sources told Yahoo! Sports that Lewis, who tore his triceps in mid-October, could return as soon as Week 15 when the Ravens take on the Broncos.

“At the end of the day, you’re going to see Ray Lewis again,” said veteran linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, whose been filling Lewis’€™ role since the injury. “For the greatest player in Ravens history to be able to return from this injury and come on this championship run with us? When he was said to be down and out? Man, that’s critical mass. When he comes through that tunnel, that’s going to be be the earthquake and the tsunami.”

Lewis, who was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list, could practice as soon as he’€™s eligible this Thursday, according to Yahoo! As long as there are no setbacks, it is almost certain that Lewis will return sometime in the next month.

‘€œI would say it’s possible,’€ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. ‘€œWe can’t put Ray out there until he’s ready to win those battles. But if it can be done, yes, we want to do it.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco off to frustrating start with Worcester Tornadoes 06.07.12 at 7:57 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:
NBA playoffs: Heat at Celtics, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Dodgers at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jose Canseco‘s comeback bid is off to a slow start. The Worcester Tornadoes designated hitter is not impressing against Can-Am League pitching, hitting .171 with one extra-base hit (a double) and 15 strikeouts in 41 at-bats. To add to his indignity, Canseco was ejected from Sunday’s game after arguing a generous strike call.

Canseco has played in 12 games for the Tornadoes, who are 7-9 and in third place of five teams, a half-game out of last place. Worcester ranks second in attendance, averaging 2,252 fans per game.

Here’s the video of Canseco’s ejection, courtesy Eric Beato of New England Baseball Journal.

‘™¦ A 6-year-old Giants fan isn’t happy about running back Brandon Jacobs signing with the 49ers this offseason. So, the youngster sent Jacobs $3.36 in hopes of luring him back to New York.

“So, you could go to the Giants, here is my money. Love, Joe,” wrote the fan.

Jacobs posted the letter and money on his Twitter account, calling the gesture “the best ever.”

Wrote Jacobs: I almost cried, I am still trying to hold it in. I may have to pay him a surprise visit.

‘™¦ All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs continues to deny he hurt his Achilles playing basketball, despite witness accounts to the contrary, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he doesn’t care.

“That’s not a conversation we’re even having,” the coach said, looking to downplay the controversy. If it’s a non-football injury, the Ravens would have the right to deny Suggs some of the $4.9 million salary he is due this season.

“It’s not relevant to anything or has anything to do with what we’re trying to accomplish,” Harbaugh said. “If it were, I guess we’d think about it. The relevant conversation with Terrell Suggs is going to be rehab.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 7, 1968, the Red Sox drafted which two players who went on to have solid major league careers mainly as teammates with the Brewers?

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Ravens safety Ed Reed: Players wanted Rex Ryan for head coach in 2008 06.25.11 at 2:27 pm ET
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Safety Ed Reed told ESPN’s Ed Werder that he and other Ravens players wanted Rex Ryan hired as head coach for the 2008 season instead of John Harbaugh. Ryan was defensive coordinator when the Ravens went 5-11 in 2007. The entire coaching staff was dismissed following that season, and Harbaugh became head coach.

Harbaugh made Ryan defensive coordinator again, as well as promoting him to assistant head coach, but Ryan left after the 2008 season.

‘€œWe did not want him to leave,” Reed said. “It hurt when he left.’€

‘€œThere was a reason why that defense was the way it was,’€ he added. ‘€œI would play anywhere with Rex — in a dark alley, on the street, in high school football, sandlot, anywhere — because he makes it fun. He loves this game. He truly loves this game and there’€™s a reason why those guys in New York back him the way they do.’€

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John Harbaugh signs extension with Ravens 02.15.11 at 6:48 am ET
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John Harbaugh, who has taken the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his three seasons as coach, signed a three-year extension that will keep him in Baltimore through 2014.

“We have a lot of great people who are Ravens,” Harbaugh said. “I’m proud to be part of this. We all push each other and pull together. I said it when I came here: It’s about the team. And, we plan to be a championship team.”

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Ray Rice nursing ‘significant’ knee bruise 09.28.10 at 11:16 am ET
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has a bruised knee, an injury that leaves his status in doubt for this week’s AFC North showdown against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice left Sunday’s game against the Browns with just under 10 minutes left after catching a short pass for a 4-yard gain and getting tackled by Ahtyba Rubin. An MRI on Monday revealed “a significant contusion,” according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

When asked if he expected Rice to play Sunday, Harbaugh said, “We’ll see how he fares throughout the week. We’ll see how it heals.” The team would not reveal whether it was the right or left knee that Rice hurt.

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