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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend details attack, says QB’s hit caused her to lose hearing 02.09.16 at 8:09 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:
NHL: Kings at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Stars at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: North Carolina at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cincinnati at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Xavier at Creighton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas-Arlington at Texas State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico at Utah State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Wes Ham, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A day after a dull Super Bowl, much of the talk in NFL circles centered around Cam Newton‘s obnoxious behavior in the postgame interview area. Sadly for the NFL, that storyline had to have been preferable to the other options, as the league’s players got a jump-start on their annual offseason legal problems.

Taking the early lead for most disgraceful behavior is soon-to-be ex-Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, whose former girlfriend’s affidavit regarding their recent domestic incident was made public Monday.

According to Colleen Crowley, Manziel hit her so hard that she lost hearing in her left ear. She also claims he forced her into the car he was driving, even after she jumped out in an attempt to escape him.

“Fearful for my life, I hit [Manziel] several times, hoping I could back out of the car,” she said in the affidavit, adding that Manziel “threw me off of him and I hit my head on the car window and I fell into the passenger floorboard.”

The incident started in his hotel room shortly before 2 a.m. on Jan. 30. Crowley said that after they argued, Manziel restrained her and led her downstairs to the car. She said she asked the valet for help but he did offer assistance.

The authorities announced Friday, after Crowley spoke with Dallas police, that they are investigating a domestic violence complaint against Manziel.

— In Philadelphia, Bills running back LeSean McCoy is being investigated for his alleged role in a nightclub brawl early Sunday in which two off-duty police officers ended up in the hospital.

According to police and media reports, McCoy was with three friends when his group got into an argument with the officers over a misunderstanding about a bottle of champagne. One officer ended up with a broken nose and broken ribs, while the other received stitches and had a possible skull fracture.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: PuppyMonkeyBaby leaves lasting impression during Super Bowl 02.08.16 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College hockey: Beanpot consolation, Northeastern vs. Harvard, 4:30 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Beanpot championship, Boston College vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Magic at Hawks, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Women, UConn at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Louisville at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colgate at Army, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Clemson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Sunday’s Super Bowl will go down as one of the least entertaining ever, a defensive snoozefest that was filled with mistakes by both teams. And as a whole, the Super Bowl commercials were similarly disappointing.

However, there were some memorable spots, including the bizarre PuppyMonkeyBaby commercial for Mountain Dew’s Kickstart energy drink. In an effort to promote the fact that the product is a combination of dew, juice and caffeine, the company featured a creature with a puppy’s head, a monkey’s upper body and a baby’s bottom half (including diaper). The animal enters a room with three men and starts chanting “PuppyMonkeyBaby” while distributing the drink. It then licks the face of one of the men before leading them out the door in a dance.

The commercial horrified many viewers, but it certainly appeared to be generating the most buzz.

Tweeted James Bates of Fox Sports: I’m scared of commercial breaks now… #puppymonkeybaby might start lickin’ stuff again.

Joked comedian Patton Oswalt: That puppy monkey baby is already being used in ISIS recruiting videos. #SB50

— One year after Marshawn Lynch was left on the sideline during the game-deciding play of the Super Bowl, the Seahawks running back appeared to indicated that he’ll be on the sideline for good.

During the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Lynch tweeted a picture of a pair of cleats hanging from a power line along with a peace emoji. The team retweeted it along with the hashtag #ThankYouBeastMode but said there would be no further comment.

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Police: Johnny Manziel allegedly struck girlfriend, threatened to kill them both 02.05.16 at 8:48 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is in the midst of yet another off-field controversy this week. According to a police report released Thursday, Manziel allegedly struck his girlfriend several times during a dispute at a downtown Dallas hotel on Saturday.

The report goes on to say that Manziel and his ex-girlfriend then left the hotel, and he drove them to her apartment in Fort Worth. In his ex-girlfriend’s testimony, she says that she and Manziel were screaming angrily back and forth during the drive, which followed with him striking her several more times.

ABC affiliate WFAA talked to several unnamed sources regarding the case, one of whom says Manziel told his ex-girlfriend, “Shut up or I’ll kill us both,” after they were in the car. She also alleged that Manziel acted “as if he were on some kind of drugs.”

When reached for a comment by TMZ Sports, Manziel maintained his innocence. “It didn’t happen,” he said. “I’m completely stable. I’m safe and secure.”

Manziel was not charged by the Fort Worth or Dallas police departments, who say their investigations are closed.

“We’re trying to get our son better,” Manziel’s father, Paul, said in an interview with WFAA on Thursday. “We’re not there yet.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos send home rookie safety after detainment as part of prostitution sting 02.03.16 at 8:10 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Red Wings at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Watford, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Ryan Murphy

— The night before Super Bowl 33 between the Falcons and Broncos in 1999, Falcons safety Eugene Robinson was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Now a radio analyst for the Panthers, Robinson talked to Carolina’s players Sunday, calling the incident the “worst night of my life.”

Apparently the Broncos could have benefited from Robinson’s advice. Practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was sent home by the team Tuesday after being detained and questioned by police as part of a prostitution sting in the San Francisco area.

According to reports out of nearby San Jose, a suspected prostitute led police to a car where Murphy and his brother were waiting, and Murphy’s brother was cited for solicitation.

“Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement. “Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time.”

Murphy, who grew up in Oakland and played at Oregon State, was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round last spring. He was waived in September, and the Broncos signed him to the practice squad in November.

— The Browns appear ready to move on from troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, implying Tuesday that they will make a move in March, when the league’s new year begins and his release would minimize the impact on their salary cap.

“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” new vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys RB Joseph Randle reportedly bet on sports before release 02.02.16 at 8:00 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:
NHL: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Panthers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Georgetown at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Carolina at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: UNLV at New Mexico, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Providence at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Colorado State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, Liverpool at Leicester, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Joseph Randle

Joseph Randle

— When the Cowboys released running back Joseph Randle in November, it came as a surprise to many, especially considering Randle started the first six games of the season. Now a report out of Dallas indicates that Randle — who was arrested Monday for the fourth time in the last 17 months — was displaying signs of mental instability and had been betting on sports.

The Dallas Morning News, citing multiple sources, reports that Randle was placing wagers during the season. Owner Jerry Jones told the paper that he had no evidence that Randle bet on the NFL or could have compromised any Cowboys games.

“Not to my knowledge, not in any way,” Jones said.

However, Jones acknowledged Randle’s issues, which he claims were not evident until the season began, were too much for the team to overcome.

“All of that became apparent to us right during the season,” Jones said. “Not before the season. It became real acute, a combination of things. Some issues … became more apparent.”

Randle, whose agent said he no longer represents him, was arrested Monday on an outstanding speeding warrant after being turned away from his ex-girlfriend’s home. It capped a tumultuous two years in which he was arrested three other times — including once for causing a disturbance in a Kansas casino three weeks after his release by the Cowboys — and also got police’s attention when he called with a concern about his girlfriend before admitting “he was delusional, that he was imagining the whole thing,” a police spokesman said.

The Cowboys reportedly pushed Randle to seek help, but he refused.

“We asked him to do some things that he couldn’t do for whatever reason,” Jones said, “and that’s when we waived him.”

Added Jones: I really want him to get straightened around, and obviously he’s working on it.”

— The Raiders’ long-term future remains in doubt, but their 2016 plans are becoming more clear. Owner Mark Davis said Monday that the team is negotiating a one-year extension of its lease to remain at O.co Coliseum.

“As of today, right now we are in the process of trying to negotiate a one-year extension at the Oakland Coliseum to play the 2016 season there,” Davis said on the “TK Show” podcast hosted by San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami. “And after we get that done, we’ll sit down and try to figure out where the future of the Raiders lies.”

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam not ready to give up on Johnny Manziel 01.29.16 at 8:51 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

While many have given up on Johnny Manziel’s future with the Browns, it seems team owner Jimmy Haslam is not ready to throw in the towel just yet

When asked by reporters Thursday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards if the Browns’ relationship with the controversial quarterback could be fixed, Haslam said, “I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

While Haslam did not seem ready to close the door on Manziel, the question remains whether new coach Hue Jackson is willing to start off his new gig with someone like Manziel under center. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Jackson clearly stated in his interview with the Browns that he wanted the team to move on from the troubled quarterback. Additional reports have stated that Jackson has met with several different Browns players, but never Manziel.

When pressed to comment on Manziel’s future with the team, Haslam said, “We have a certain expectation for our players, and that includes Johnny, and he’s got to live up to those expectations.”

A highly valued voice in the organization is Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.

“I know a lot of kids that if you don’t know how to deal with them you lose them,” Brown said. “They don’t come ready made. But on the other hand, the argument is that he’s a man. He should know how to conduct himself. He has an opportunity. We’ve got all of that.

“But I like him, and I hope that they are able to relate, and I think if they are able to relate that he will respect the coach. I don’t want to see him traded or anything like that. I just think that’s never the answer to anything.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James’ marketing company parts ways with Johnny Manziel after latest issues 01.07.16 at 8:13 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: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Bryant at Wagner, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Louisiana Tech, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

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Johnny Manziel

— Hours after LeBron James expressed concern for Johnny Manziel, the NBA star on Wednesday ended his company’s marketing agreement with the troubled Browns quarterback.

LRMR, the company run by James and his friends Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and Randy Mims, had been handling Manziel’s endorsement deals since the former Heisman Trophy winner was drafted two years ago. However, Manziel has had frequent off-field issues, including his reported visit to Las Vegas on Saturday and his absence from the team’s facility the following morning when he was supposed to meet with trainers after suffering a concussion the previous weekend.

On Wednesday morning, prior to the Cavaliers‘ game in Washington, James said he was not fully aware of Manziel’s latest issues, but he said the 23-year-old would be better off focusing on his personal issues.

“I’ve heard a little bit of it and it’s just a distraction for not only himself but for everyone that’s around him, including family, people that represent him, the people around him,” James said. “He’ll figure it out at some point — we all hope.”

Manziel spent 10 weeks last offseason in a rehab facility that specializes in alcohol and substance abuse, but his problems continued throughout the season.

“I will continue to support and advise him as a friend,” said Carter, James’ longtime adviser. “However, because Johnny needs to focus on personal growth, the next phase of his career and because LRMR continues to expand beyond marketing, we made the mutual decision that it was best to terminate our business relationship.”

— The Buccaneers surprisingly parted ways with coach Lovie Smith despite his improvement from two wins last season to six this year.

Smith was 8-24 in two years, and the Bucs decided to move on after failing to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth straight time. Working against Smith was the fact that the team lost five of its last six games to finish last in the NFC South for the fifth consecutive year.

“This decision was difficult on a variety of levels,” Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. “I am disappointed that we were not more successful these past few seasons, but we are committed to doing what is necessary to give our fans the winning team they deserve.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets ‘numb’ after loss to Bills ends playoff hopes 01.04.16 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Bills ended the Jets’ season on Sunday, with a 22-17 decision that kept New York out of the playoffs. And Bills coach Rex Ryan made it clear that he enjoyed crushing the dreams of the organization that fired him last year.

“I’ve got a lot of friends over there, and I want them to be successful, but not at my expense,” Ryan said.

Ryan also took a shot at those who questioned his reputation as a defensive whiz, after his team, despite being shorthanded by injuries, held the Jets to 300 yards of offense and intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick on New York’s final three possessions.

“You guys know me, I’ve got a horrible resume as a defensive coach,” Ryan said to reporters. “You try to point it out all the time. But the facts don’t back you up a whole lot.”

The Jets, meanwhile, were in shock after the loss that ended their five-game winning streak.

“It’s the hardest and most difficult end to a season I have ever had,” said Fitzpatrick, who was making his first return to Buffalo since being cut by the Bills three years ago. “There’s not a whole lot of talking in there right now. It’s hard to come up with words.”

Added receiver Brandon Marshall: “I’m a little numb right now. I have no emotion. Just get on the bus and reflect a little bit.”

— Johnny Manziel reportedly was not at the Browns facility Sunday morning despite a requirement that he check in with team doctors as he recovers from a concussion, and the team could not reach him him by phone. And it’s where Manziel was believed to have been Saturday that is of similar concern.

According to a USA Today report, witnesses at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas said Manziel was in Sin City, eating and gambling.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning, ‘still angry’ about HGH story, will be backup for Sunday’s game 12.31.15 at 8:30 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:
NHL: Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic Alumni Game, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Flames, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Peach Bowl, Houston vs. Florida State, noon (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Orange Bowl, Clemson vs Oklahoma, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Cotton Bowl, Alabama vs. Michigan State, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Xavier at Villanova, noon (FS1)
College basketball: Creighton at St. John’s, 2 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Drake at Wichita State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Butler, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s been a rough end to 2015 for Peyton Manning, but at least he’ll start the new year back in uniform.

The Broncos announced Wednesday that Manning’s torn plantar fascia in his left foot has improved to the point where he will serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

Manning has not participated in a full practice since Nov. 13. He worked out with his teammates doing seven-on-seven drills and running the scout team on Dec. 17, but he had a setback that limited his participation afterward. He said he’s looking forward to taking this next step.

“I’m happy to be more of a part of it now than just being in street clothes and kind of quarantined in the indoor facility and work on out on my own,” he said.

Osweiler said he appreciates being kept in the starting role as the Broncos look to clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye.

“Obviously it means a lot,” Osweiler said. “It shows that Coach believes in me. … It feels good, but I have a job to do this week and that’s where my focus is.”

Meanwhile, Manning continued to deny having used HGH following an Al Jazeera story that implied a connection.

The NFL has said it will investigate the allegations against Manning and other players, including Packers stars Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and Manning said that was “appropriate,” adding: “I’d be glad if they came in here tonight and tomorrow and do it and get it over with.”

Said Manning: “The report wasn’t true Sunday. It’s not true today and it won’t ever be true. And I’m still angry about it. And if the league has to do that, I’ll cooperate. The sooner the better, though, if they’re listening.”

Asked about pursuing legal action against Al Jazeera, Manning said: “I don’t want to deal with that until after the season.”

— Ravens receiver Steve Smith has changed his mind about retiring, announcing Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to “defy the odds” and return from a torn right Achilles tendon that ended his season on Nov. 1.

Wrote Smith: Making a comeback, returning to the Baltimore Ravens ready to play football in 2016.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals QB AJ McCarron injured in loss to Broncos that costs Cincy top seed 12.29.15 at 8:37 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:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Predators at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Providence vs. Boston College, 4:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NBA: Bucks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Tulane at Memphis, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Cincinnati, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Baylor, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Liberty at Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Tulsa, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UC Irvine at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Armed Forces Bowl, Air Force vs. California, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, North Carolina vs. Baylor, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Texas Bowl, Texas Tech vs. LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Leicester City, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

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Broncos players celebrate after recovering AJ McCarron's fumble in overtime Monday night. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Broncos players celebrate after recovering AJ McCarron’s fumble in overtime Monday night. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

— One play Monday had a dramatic effect on the Bengals’ postseason hopes. Not only did AJ McCarron’s overtime fumble cap off a 20-17 loss to the Broncos, the quarterback was injured on the play.

McCarron, who has started since Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury three weeks ago, was scheduled to have an MRI on his left wrist Tuesday. He had his wrist and hand taped after the game.

On the play, McCarron was in the shotgun and took his eyes off the center when the ball was snapped. DeMarcus Ware recovered the ball for the Broncos.

“It was my fault. I told the team that,” McCarron said. “I looked up to see the coverage and the snap caught me by surprise.”

Kicker Brandon McManus, who shanked a 45-yard attempt at the end of regulation, hit a 37-yarder in OT as the Broncos improved to 11-4 and moved past the Bengals (also 11-4) for the second seed in the AFC. Cincinnati could have moved ahead of the Patriots into the top spot with a win. Now the Bengals are unlikely to get a first-round bye.

“We knew what we have in front of us, an opportunity to get the bye,” Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “It is what it is now. Now we’re going to move on.”

The Broncos, who were in danger of missing the playoffs after losing two consecutive games, clinched a postseason berth.

“There’s an old saying: ‘It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,’ ” Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler said after Denver rallied from a 14-0 deficit. “And this team finished great tonight.”

— Another video has surfaced of Johnny Manziel partying, one month after he assured the team he would not continue to be a distraction off the field, and coach Mike Pettine said he planned to speak with the second-year quarterback if necessary.

Manziel was demoted from starter to third string after last month’s incident, in which he was videotaped partying in Austin, Texas, during the Browns’ bye week. Pettine said then there would be “harsh” repercussions if Manziel, who spent 73 days in a rehab facility in the offseason, violated the team’s trust again.

“Any time there’s something with our players that casts them potentially in a bad light, whether it’s Johnny or any of our other guys, it’s certainly a concern,” Pettine said on a conference call Monday. “I’m sure I’ll see it and have a discussion with him about it. These circumstances are different from the incident that occurred before. I’m just not going to go into a ton of detail with it until I get a little bit more information about it, but it’s something that I’m sure privately we’ll discuss if it needs to be discussed.”

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