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The Johnny Manziel Tour hits Fenway Park 07.10.14 at 4:33 am ET
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It was no surprise that at some point Browns quarterback — and, recently, one of the nation’s most prolific partygoers — Johnny Manziel was going to swing on by Fenway Park. He has, after all, form a relationship with Fenway Sports Group.

You know what also wasn’t a surprise? When he did show up at a Red Sox game Wednesday night he did so in the company of an entourage of attractive young ladies.

 

 

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Native American group plans $9 billion lawsuit against Cleveland Indians 06.26.14 at 8:00 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: Braves at Astros, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: United State vs. Germany, noon (ESPN: WEEI-FM)
World Cup soccer: Portugal vs. Ghana, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Russia vs. Algeria, 4 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: South Korea vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A Native American group revealed plans to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians next month, calling the team’s nickname and Chief Wahoo logo racist.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” American Indian Education Center director Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache, told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since Day 1. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

Roche also is the director of the group People Not Mascots, which is looking to capitalize on the momentum following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that stripped the Washington Redskins of their trademark because the nickname is considered a “racial slur.”

MASHUP POLL: Should the Cleveland Indians change their nickname?

  • No, there's nothing wrong with it (87%, 359 Votes)
  • Yes, it's offensive (13%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 415

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The Indians have been phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo the past few years, replacing it on the players’ hats with a block ‘C.’ But the old logo has its supporters.

“If just a small amount of people are against it, then I think you’re doing a disservice to people that like it,” Bob Rosen, president of the Wahoo Club, told WEWS, adding: “I’m not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they buy it up, they love it. Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

– The NFL on Wednesday agreed to a revised settlement for concussion-related claims by former players, removing the $675 million cap after a federal judge expressed concern that it wouldn’t be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will decide whether to accept the new terms.

The new agreement has no cap on overall damage claims, although it still includes a payout formula that considers individuals’ age and illness, and both sides said they expect the league will not surpass the $675 million mark on damage claims. It will cover retired players who develop neurological problems including dementia and Lou Gehrig‘s disease.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine: ‘I’m not concerned’ about Johnny Manziel’s lifestyle 06.11.14 at 10:13 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel can’t escape the spotlight.

In fact, his off-field lifestyle may be a call for it.

But all inflatable swans and trips to Las Vegas aside, Manziel was on the practice field Tuesday as the Browns opened their mandatory three-day mini-camp. And that seemed to be all that mattered to first-year coach Mike Pettine.

“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said after practice on Tuesday. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal and I would be concerned if it affected his job. There’s a lot of our guys, if when they leave here if they were followed around, you’d get some very similar pictures. I don’t know about an inflatable swan, but you’d still get some pictures.”

Pettine said feels no need to monitor Manziel off the field.

“The philosophy here is that we’re not going to micromanage the guys,” Pettine said. “I was involved in an event this weekend, and if there were some cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. It was a group of coaches out and we had a good time, but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of breaking the law or it’s something we feel is a potential problem, we’ll step in.”

Manziel and starting quarterback Brian Hoyer will not be made available to the media this week. Manziel is listed as the team’s backup behind Hoyer, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job in training camp.

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Joe Namath on Browns QB Johnny Manziel: ‘I’d love him on my team’ 06.10.14 at 9:12 am ET
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Johnny Manziel might be in trouble with the NCAA. (AP)

Johnny Manziel has a fan in Joe Namath. (AP)

If anyone can relate to Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, it’s Joe Namath.

Like Manziel, Namath spent much of his Hall of Fame career, mostly with the Jets, in the spotlight. However, the on-field production was equally memorable for the Super Bowl winner.

So it comes as little surprise that Namath would defend the often-criticized Manziel. The 21-year-old has yet to take an NFL snap, but he has made plenty of news with his off-field adventures that included a trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend.

“What difference does it make, really?” Namath said in an interview on “NFL Total Access” on Monday. “And it is an example of the different eras and time. I do know this about Johnny Manziel: I haven’t seen anyone perform any better than Johnny the last two seasons on that football field.

“And I do know that we love entertainment. Football is a sport, but it is show biz. It is entertainment. And Johnny — he’s got to live his life, man. … I’ve been to Vegas, you guys have probably been to Vegas. Give the man a little bit of room. But, in his position, he’s not entitled to be a regular guy, 22 years old, 21 years old. Everything’s blowing out of whack.

“I’d love him on my team, let me just say that.”

Namath’s advice to Manziel was to avoid the media’s coverage of him.

“Johnny, you know what you’re doing, you know what your team is doing; trust in that,” he said. “Other people have a tendency to paint us as individuals and the way they see us, or our team and teammates. I’d tell Johnny, just go ahead and live his life and make sure he does what’s right with his team and society. He’ll be cool.”

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Browns RB Ben Tate on Johnny Manziel: ‘I would get tired’ of media attention 06.04.14 at 9:59 am ET
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Ben Tate is sick of all the attention surrounding Johnny Manziel. But the Browns running back claims it’s more out of sympathy than jealousy.

“It’s just as a player I know that I would get tired if people were constantly monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right,” Tate said after the Browns’ offseason practice Tuesday. “I mean, it’s annoying. He’s a human being.

“He’s a great football player, so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention. At the same time I just figure at this stage he’s tired of it and he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position.”

Tate said that Manziel has received too much attention too soon in his career.

“I feel like it,” Tate said. “He hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. … I don’t know. … That’s for y’all to figure out.”

Tate followed by taking out his frustration on the media.

“Y’all just hype everything up and make everything bigger than it is,” he said. “That’s what y’all are standing over here for, right?”

Tate added: “Y’all just want to report the fastest story nowadays. Y’all don’t necessarily check sources or see if they’re right anymore.”

Tate’s aggressive may have stemmed from similar comments he made regarding Manziel at an NFLPA event over the weekend, which led to a rant on Twitter.

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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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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Homeless person reportedly inspires Browns owner to draft Johnny Manziel 05.09.14 at 8:02 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: Red Sox at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championship, United States vs. Belarus, 1:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NFL: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN, NFL Network)
NFL: Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Johnny Manziel might be in trouble with the NCAA. (AP)

Johnny Manziel is headed to Cleveland. (AP)

– Texas A&M 2012 Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel slipped to the 22nd pick of the NFL draft, where he was selected by the Browns.

Cleveland traded up to get in position for Manziel, and, according to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, a homeless person helped owner Jimmy Haslam decide to make the move for the the flashy but oft-troubled quarterback.

Paolantonio described a conversation he had with Haslam earlier Thursday in which the owner recounted his run-in.

“[Haslam] said, you know what? ‘I can go out to dinner anywhere in Tennessee and nobody bothers me.’ That’s his home state,” Paolantonio said. “But he said, ‘Here in Cleveland, everywhere I go, people know me. And I was out to dinner recently. And a homeless person was out on the street, looked up at me and said, “Draft Manziel.” Just like that.’ And that convinced him, that the Cleveland Browns fans wanted Manziel.”

Manziel, meanwhile, took the high road after being passed over by more than half the teams in the league.

“To be here feels right,” Manziel told ESPN after his selection. “Dawg Pound, here we come! I’m going to pour my heart out for this team!”

Added Manziel: “I truly believe Cleveland was supposed to be where I ended up. I feel right where i was meant to be.”

– One day after she indicated her desire to retain her ownership stake in the Clippers, Shelly Sterling took a more aggressive approach, with her lawyer saying she “will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest.”

Said attorney Pierce O’Donnell: “As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights.”

Shelly and Donald Sterling have been married 57 years, but O’Donnell said they have been separated for the last year and she is considering divorce.

O’Donnell noted that his client “does not share [her husband's] values on race, adding: “We abhor guilt by association in America. The sins of the husband cannot be imputed to the wife or children.”

He added that Shelley Sterling “does not have a racist bone in her body,” denying claims by former tenants of the Sterling’s apartments that she made racist comments to them.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers weighed in on Shelly Sterling’s strategy, saying, “It would be a very hard situation” for her to stay on as owner.

“I guarantee you every person wouldn’t be on board with that,” Rivers said. “Whether I would or not, I’m not going to say.”

– The Trail Blazers found a surprise waiting for them when they arrived at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Thursday for Game 2 of their second-round series against the Spurs, and it wasn’t a pleasant one. Hidden inside forward Thomas Robinson‘s locker was a rattlesnake.

“Man, me and Thomas at our lockers as usual,” guard Will Barton told NBA.com before his team dropped a 114-97 decision. “We’€™re changing and he goes to put his shoes down and he’€™s like ‘What the ‘€¦?’ You know what he said. He’€™s like, ‘There’€™s a snake under my locker, dog!’ And I’€™m like, ‘Stop playing.’ He’€™s like, ‘No, for real! A real snake!’ And we just looked under there and there was a snake. I was scared!

Said Robinson: “I just put my shoes down, and once I put my shoes down I double looked and I seen a snake sitting there. After that, I got away from it. I just seen something curled up and I looked again and it was a snake. No one believed me until they looked in there. It hissed, I backed up.”

Arena security stepped in to remove the snake.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 9, 1989, which Red Sox catcher dropped a foul popup, ending his major league-record errorless streak of 159 games?

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NFL draft roundup: Johnny Manziel says teams will regret passing on him 05.08.14 at 12:09 pm ET
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After months of debate, discussion and mock scenarios, the 2014 NFL draft is finally set to kick off Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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Johnny Manziel remains confident he can succeed in the NFL. (AP)

On the eve of the draft, one of college football’s most polarizing prospects, Texas A&M star Johnny Manzielonce again expressed confidence in his abilities, stating that any team in need of a signal caller that passes on him will regret it.

“I believe they will, personally,” Manziel said. “I know in my heart how good I want to be and how committed I am to this game.”

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, has drawn a significant amount of criticism over the last few months for off-the-field issues as well as his style of play.

While Manziel told reporters that he has improved as a quarterback in the months leading up to the draft, he also admitted that some of denunciations regarding his style of play have bothered him.

“I see there’€™s room for me to improve, but to say I’m just a backyard-football quarterback, I don’t think you do what I did in college and do some of those things [with that style],” Manziel said. “I don’t think that’s extremely fair. I hear it, but for me, I know it’s all about my work ethic and my will to get better. That’s very alive and inside me. … I don’€™t want to be what I was in college. Obviously, I want to be better.”

Manziel has been linked to the Browns, who currently own the fourth overall pick in the draft. While some, including ESPN’€™s Chris Mortenson, reported that Manziel won’t fall past Cleveland, other reports state that the Browns will not scoop up the quarterback if he’s still on the board.

– South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has long been projected to be one of the top picks in the draft thanks to his potential game-changing speed and ability to disrupt passers.

While it is all but guaranteed that Clowney will be scooped up within the first five picks of the draft, the Rock Hill, S.C., native is confident that the Texans, who hold the first overall pick, will call his name on Thursday night.

“I don’€™t think [the Texans are] going to pass [on me],” Clowney said, adding: “If I have to go No. 2, I’m going to be upset. I’m going to have to do something about it.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mets defend Daniel Murphy for paternity leave 04.04.14 at 8:04 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: Brewers at Red Sox, 2 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Phillies at Cubs, 2:15 p.m. (MLB Network, WGN)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Grizzlies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Devils, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Daniel Murphy

– Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and his manager dismissed comments by New York sports radio talk show hosts who criticized the player for taking off an extra game following the birth of his first child.

Murphy flew from New York to Florida to be at his wife’s side as she gave birth via C-section early Monday afternoon. He missed Monday’s opener and then decided to stay with his family and skip Wednesday’s game as well. He returned to the team for Thursday afternoon’s game.

Longtime WFAN host Mike Francesa questioned Murphy’s choice and said he should have hired a nurse to replace him, while Boomer Esiason suggested Murphy’s wife should have had a C-section before the start of the season. That didn’t sit well with manager Terry Collins.

“He missed two games,” Collins said. “It’s not like he has missed 10. When you start attacking Daniel Murphy’s credibility, you need to look in the mirror a little bit.”

Added Collins: “The man had his first child. He is allowed to be there. The rules state that he can be there, so he went. There is nothing against it. There’s nothing wrong with it.”

Murphy attempted to be more diplomatic.

“I got a couple of text messages about it, so I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I didn’t hear about it,” Murphy said. “But that’s the awesome part about being blessed about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day, that being Wednesday, due to the fact that she can’t travel for two weeks … just to have that support system with her.”

– Hall of Famer Deion Sanders weighed in on the Johnny Manziel situation and said he thinks the Texas A&M quarterback should be drafted by the Texans No. 1 overall. What was more interesting was his comment about why he thinks there are concerns about Manziel.

“I love Johnny Football,” Sanders said on the Roland Martin Podcast. “See, the reason people won’t accept Johnny Football is because Johnny Football has ghetto tendencies. I love Johnny Football.”

Asked to clarify what he meant by “ghetto tendencies,” Sanders said: “Because he was successful, he made it, and he let you all know he made it, and he was cocky, he was flamboyant, and he let you know.”

Will Ferrell will portray Bobby Riggs in a movie about Riggs’ famous “Battle of the Sexes” 1973 tennis match vs. Billie Jean King, according to a report in Variety.

Ferrell, a well-known sports fan, is no stranger to sports-themed movies, having starred as a professional basketball player/owner (“Semi-Pro”) and youth soccer coach (“Kicking & Screaming”).

The movie is based on an ESPN.com article, “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, the Mafia and the Battle of the Sexes” and follows the lead-up to the match between the 55-year-old Riggs and the 29-year-old King.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 4, 2001, which pitcher made his Red Sox debut and threw a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore?

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Johnny Manziel reportedly files paperwork to enter NFL draft 01.08.14 at 2:03 pm ET
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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has filed paperwork to enter the NFL draft and will forgo his final two years of eligibility, according to NFL.com. The move was widely speculated, although Manziel said as recently as Monday that he had not finalized his decision.

Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, is projected to be taken in the first round after throwing for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns while rushing for 2,169 yards and 30 TDs in two seasons for the Aggies.

Manziel set the school’s single-season record for passing yards this season with 4,114. He led the Aggies to a 52-48 comeback victory over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Manziel selected Select Sports Group to handle his contracts, and marketing agent Maverick Carter (LeBron James‘ pal) to work on off-field affairs.

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