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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel jokes after domestic violence arrest 05.05.16 at 8:23 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: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Shakhtar Donetsk at Sevilla, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Villareal at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Manziel_Johnny mug shot 5-4-16— If anyone thought Johnny Manziel would finally get a wake-up call after his arrest Wednesday for domestic violence, the 23-year-old unemployed quarterback quickly made it clear that’s not the case.

Manziel, who is expected to appear before a judge in a Dallas courtroom Thursday morning, commented on Twitter about his mug shot photo, in which a smirking Manziel is wearing a gray T-shirt — unlike when he appeared shirtless when he was arrested in 2012 after a fight outside a bar near Texas A&M.

Tweeted Manziel: Just thankful I had a shirt this time.

Manziel was indicted by a grand jury last month after being accused of hitting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend during an incident in January. He faces a Class A misdemeanor and could be penalized with up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The former Heisman Trophy winner remains without a job after being released by the Browns following the season.

— Alex Rodriguez’s strained right hamstring has sent him to the 15-day disabled list, much to his dismay.

Rodriguez ended an early season skid and started producing in his previous four games — including a weekend series against the Red Sox in which he hit two home runs and had a four-RBI game — before he was injured running out a grounder in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Orioles.

“I can’t think of a worse time to go on the DL,” said Rodriguez, who is hitting .194. “The whole offense has been struggling. I talked to the team [Tuesday] and I said there is no reason we can’t score five runs per night.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Warriors star Steph Curry scheduled for MRI after injury in Sunday’s win 04.25.16 at 8:05 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Braves, 7:10.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Blues, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Warriors are one game from eliminating the Rockets in their Western Conference playoff series, but Sunday’s win might have come at a huge price.

Steph Curry sprained his knee on the final play of the first half and did not return in Golden State’s 121-94 victory that gave the Warriors a 3-1 series lead.

Curry, who missed the previous two games of the series recovering from a sprained ankle, was guarding Trevor Ariza outside the 3-point line when his left leg appeared to hit a wet spot and slid out from under him. His right knee then hit the floor while he was in an awkward position. He limped to the locker room, returned to the court before the start of the second half, but left after testing it out with some lateral slides.

“He was standing there crying, and [I was] like, ‘Dog, just get out of here. We’ll hold you down,’ ” Warriors forward Draymond Green told ESPN Radio after the game. “We’ve got to support him, and be there for him. He came out and obviously gave it a go, wasn’t 100 percent, and he gave it a go, and it’s unfortunate that that happened. But at the end of the day, one thing we’ve always talked about is our depth, and we’ve got to use that to win games, and so we used that tonight.”

Curry, who had hit just 2-of-9 shots and scored six points, is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

The Warriors banded together after Curry’s departure and put up 41 points in the third quarter — hitting a franchise-record eight 3-pointers in the period en route to an NBA record 21 in the game — to turn a tie game into a 21-point rout.

“When you have a team that is as together as ours is and cares about each other like ours does, you tend to pick up the fight a little bit,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Our guys sensed that we needed to come together.”

— Johnny Manziel has been indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge for an incident in January with his ex-girlfriend, according to reports out of Dallas.

Manziel’s case was heard by a grand jury on Thursday. The indictment is expected to be announced Monday. The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor assault is one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling defends conservative view of transgender issue after controversial post 04.20.16 at 8:20 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 1:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hornets at Heat, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Pistons at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Panthers at Islanders, 8 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Schilling transgender post 4-19-16— Curt Schilling again finds himself in the middle of a political firestorm, as the ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher supported the conservative view in the debate about transgendered people and the public bathroom they should use, and as usual he expressed that view in an aggressive way.

Schilling, who is scheduled to appear on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, shared on Facebook a graphic that featured a man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the statement: Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!

He added in another post: A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.

The posts are a response to the controversy in North Carolina, where a law was passed directing individuals to use bathrooms based on their biological sex. Companies and entertainers have responded by boycotting the state or threatening to pull their business.

Schilling followed up with a blog post later Tuesday to “address all of you out there who are just dying to be offended to you can create some sort of faux cause to rally behind.”

In that post, he brought up his controversial tweet from last year that compared Muslims and Islamist extremists to Germans living during the time when Nazis took over their country. He blasted the media for failing to accurately portray his opinion on that subject — “All you fraudulent media folks, you lazy ass “don’t actually won’t to work for a story” clowns.”

He went on to insist he is not biased, and that people who criticize him are missing the point.

Wrote Schilling: You know how I know you ‘offended’ people are full of crap? Because I’m not even close to any of the things you so desperately want me to be, so you can whine. … You frauds out there ranting and screaming about my ‘opinions’ (even if it isn’t) and comments are screaming for “tolerance” and “acceptance” while you refuse to do and be either.

— Agent Drew Rosenhaus made good on his threat to drop Johnny Manziel as a client if he did not seek help for his personal issues, moving on from the former Browns quarterback Tuesday.

Manziel had hired Rosenhaus after his previous agent, Erik Burkhart, parted ways with him after last season. Manziel also was dropped by his marketing firm (LeBron James’ MMR company) in January, and news broke Tuesday that Manziel recently lost his endorsement deal with Nike, which signed him in March 2014 to a multiyear deal.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant nets 60 in finale, pays tribute to fans 04.14.16 at 7:42 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 playoffs: Flyers at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Panthers, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Stars, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (CNBC)
MLB: Tigers at Pirates, 12:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A miserable season ended on a positive note for retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant, as he scored 60 points and helped his team to a rare victory — and a 15-point comeback at that.

Bryant started slow but heated up late, scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining as Los Angeles posted a 101-96 victory over the Jazz.

“The perfect ending would have been a championship,” Bryant said. “But tonight was [me] trying to go out, play hard and try to put on a show as much as I possibly could. It felt good to be able to do that one last time.”

With his teammates feeding him the ball as often as possible, Bryant took a career-high 50 shots in 42 minutes and finished with the fifth-highest-scoring game of his career.

“It just didn’t surprise me, the way he would go out,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Sixty points wasn’t a surprise. I knew he had it in him.”

After the game — the Lakers’ 17th win of the season, the team’s worst record in franchise history, his teammates sprayed him with champagne in the locker room. Bryant said he didn’t care for that, saying: “That’s only for championships.”

Bryant, just the fifth player to play 20 NBA seasons and the first to do it all with one team, thanked the fans in a ceremony after the game.

“I think the most important part is that we all stayed together throughout,” Bryant told the crowd. “You’ll always be in my heart, and I sincerely, sincerely appreciate it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you guys.”

— Johnny Manziel’s behavior is so bad that even Drew Rosenhaus is fed up with him.

The controversial agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he gave Manziel an ultimatum: Get help or get a new agent.

“I have terminated the standard representation with Johnny Manziel in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs,” said Rosenhaus, who is Manziel’s second agent this offseason. “I have informed him that if he takes the immediate steps I have outlined for him that I will rescind the termination and continue to represent him. Otherwise the termination will become permanent. There is a five-day window for me to rescind the termination. I’m hoping he takes the necessary steps to get his life back on track.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Troubled QB Johnny Manziel reportedly living with suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon 04.12.16 at 8:20 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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Grizzlies at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris Saint-Germain at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Johnny Manziel saga took another twist Monday, as Broncos star Von Miller denied Manziel’s claim that they have been living together while Manziel hopes to land a job in Denver. Instead, reports emerged that Manziel actually has been staying in a Hollywood apartment with suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon — who apparently failed another drug test last month.

Manziel was interviewed by a TMZ reporter outside a Hollywood nightclub over the weekend, and the former Browns quarterback said, “Super Bowl MVP, Von Miller. My brother. I’m living with him right now. We’re getting our lives together.”

Responded Miller on an Instagram post: Johnny’s not staying with me but he is my BROTHER! Like I’ve said a thousand times, I got his back no matter what!

Gordon, who was suspended for the entire 2015 season after repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy, reportedly had traces of marijuana and a diluting substance in his system when he took a league-administered test in March.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in January. Per league policy, he must prove sustained abstinence during his suspension.

— Montee Ball, the former Broncos running back who briefly joined the Patriots last season, is in trouble again. The former Wisconsin star was arrested in Whitewater, Wisconsin, over the weekend for violating his bail conditions.

Ball had been ordered not to be in a bar or drink alcohol, but he was spotted at the 841 Brewhouse tavern Saturday night. When police caught up with him he was no longer in the bar and he denied drinking, but police detected an odor of alcohol on his breath. Ball refused a breathalyzer or blood test and was taken to jail. He is due back in court Tuesday afternoon.

Ball is facing two domestic violence charges made by two women.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: NFL mourns former Saints DE Will Smith after shooting 04.11.16 at 8:23 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:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Tigers, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 4:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hawks at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Kings at Suns, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Shocked NFL players and executives sent out condolences Sunday after former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot to death during a confrontation after a minor car crash in New Orleans on Saturday night.

According to police and media reports, the 34-year-old Smith was driving his Mercedes when he was hit from behind by a Hummer H2. Smith exchanged words with the driver and then was shot multiple times in the back. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot in the right leg and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Hummer, 28-year-old Cardell Hayes, stayed at the scene and was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. He did not enter a plea during a court appearance Sunday.

Hayes’ attorney said his client would plead not guilty, adding that he was “not the aggressor in terms of the behavior that happened after the accident.”

“The senseless acts of violence have to stop,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Traffic accidents should not lead to someone losing their life.”

A first-round pick of the Saints out of Ohio State in 2004, Smith played nine seasons in New Orleans and ranks fourth in team history with 67.5 sacks. He was a Pro Bowler in 2006.

Tweeted Saints coach Sean Payton: Heavy Hearts w the senseless passing of our Team Capt. Will Smith. Pray for his wife’s recovery and their children.

Wrote quarterback Drew Brees: Mourning the loss of a great friend and teammate, Will Smith. Such a senseless tragedy. Please pray for Racquel and their children.

Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, a New Orleans native, indicated that he knew Hayes, who was a star high school football player a decade ago.

Tweeted Mathieu: I know that dude, he been a hating ass coward…. Never knew he’d grow up to be a killer tho…. May you get what you deserve coward.

Mathieu went on to question the influence of rap music, writing: All they have is music to influence them, and if you listen closely to music now a days, it’s brainwashing them to believe drugs and killing.

— Unemployed quarterback Johnny Manziel spent last week in Southern California, and he told a reporter from the gossip website TMZ that he would like to land a job with the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos.

“Great organization,” Manziel said Saturday night during one of his many visits to a West Hollywood nightclub. “Anywhere I get picked up, bro, is a blessing. … Whatever happens, I love [football]. I want to play. That’s the team I want to go to.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos coach Gary Kubiak reportedly spoke with Johnny Manziel, preparing to draft QB 04.08.16 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:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Phillies at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Gary Kubiak

— The Broncos’ quarterback situation remains muddled, and coach Gary Kubiak added a new wrinkle Thursday when he said Denver is preparing to select a quarterback in the upcoming draft, while rumors spread that Kubiak recently spoke to troubled former Browns QB Johnny Manziel about joining the team.

The Broncos have the 31st pick in the draft later this month, moving up one spot due to the Patriots losing their pick as part of their Deflategate punishment. Kubiak said the draft “is extremely important” as far as the quarterback position is concerned.

“It’s a good group [of QBs] and we’ll do our work on all of them,” Kubiak said, “but hopefully when we come out of the draft we’ll be a better football team at a lot of positions, not just there.”

The Broncos acquired veteran Mark Sanchez after Brock Osweiler defected to Houston last month, and 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian also is on the Denver roster. The Broncos reportedly were working on a deal to land disgruntled 49ers veteran Colin Kaepernick, but San Francisco apparently is not willing to pay a chunk of his $11.9 million salary to unload him, and Kapernick refused to accept a pay cut next year, leaving the situation on hold.

Kubiak said he does not feel a pressing need to add a veteran.

“I feel good about the two guys that we have,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. You know, you continue to move forward and try to get better, but I’m going to stay focused on Mark and Trevor right now and doing everything I can to get ready for this draft right now, which is extremely important.”

As for the Manziel rumor, The Associated Press reports that it was more of a courtesy call from Kubiak to check up on his fellow former Texas A&M quarterback rather than an attempt to lure him to Denver. However, ESPN credits two sources as saying Kubiak did discuss the possibility of Manziel eventually joining the Broncos, although his legal issues might be a problem. Manziel, who spent 10 weeks in a rehab facility last offseason, is dealing with a domestic abuse allegation that was referred by police to a grand jury in late February.

— Princeton fired lacrosse coach Chris Bates on Wednesday after he elbowed a Brown player during a game Saturday.

Early in the second half, as Brown midfielder John Yozzo-Scaperrotta was running by the Princeton sideline heading for the substitution box, Bates stepped up and pushed the player with his right elbow. Yozzo-Scaperrotta continued to run out of bounds but looked back at the coach in apparent disbelief as Bates walked away.

“Following a University review of an incident in the men’s lacrosse game at Brown on April 2, Chris Bates is no longer employed by Princeton University,” the school said in a statement.

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Reports: Browns, Jets, Broncos among possible destinations for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 03.11.16 at 12:15 pm ET
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Colin Kaepernick

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of trade talks all week. While there are several potential suitors for the 28-year old, his destination remains unknown.

A report Friday morning indicated that Kaepernick wants to be traded to the Browns to play for new coach Hue Jackson. The team officially released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday morning, and have reportedly been in talks with the 49ers on a possible deal. Sources say the Browns have been one of the most aggressive teams on the trade front for Kaepernick.

On Thursday, reports came out indicating that the Jets were interested in Kaepernick’s services and had been asking about a possible trade. New York reportedly has not shown any progress on a possible deal with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

If the team does not give into Fitzpatrick’s contract desires, the remaining options at the quarterback positions would be limited to Geno Smith and youngster Bryce Petty. Needless to say, the Jets will be in the market for a new quarterback, whether it be through free agency, a trade or the NFL draft.

Another team that is considered a contender for Kaepernick is the Broncos. After Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s signing with the Texans, the team is forced to find a competent starter elsewhere. Despite the dire need at the position, the Broncos reportedly have been “slow-playing” their approach to acquiring Kaepernick thus far.

While a deal with one of these teams is likely, nothing is considered imminent at the moment.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Incredible finish to R.I. basketball championship game 02.29.16 at 7:19 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: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alabama State at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Boston College at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Northeastern at Red Sox, 3:45 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Rhode Island high school Division 3 basketball state championship game had an ending that won’t soon be forgotten.

Burrillville took a one-point lead on a jump shot, then with four seconds left came up with a steal of Chariho’s inbounds pass. A Burrillville player threw the ball in the air, hoping to run out the clock, but a Chariho player came down with it just before time expired and called a timeout. The Burrillville players, hearing the buzzer, poured onto the court and started celebrating, but the referees put one second back on the clock.

Inbounding from the sideline, Chariho’s Jack Beauregard threw an alley-oop pass to Tom Longolucco, who sneaked past the defense, jumped and put the ball in just before the buzzer for the stunning 60-59 win.

“That was pretty crazy,” Longolucco told reporters afterward. “Coach drew up the play. I just finished. … I still can’t believe it. That was crazy.”

Said Chariho coach Corey Downey: “Think about the change of emotions and their attitudes from watching Burrillville and thinking the game’s over, and coming in and saying, ‘Guys, just run a play.’ They’re like, ‘What are you doing, Coach? We have one second left.’

“Again, I keep saying it, but it’s just what they do and who they are. That’s why we’re here, and that’s why we had a chance to win a championship.”

— Duke guard Grayson Allen escaped punishment for his trip of Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes last week — the ACC decided only to issue a reprimand — and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is dismissing calls for him to issue his star player a suspension for his second trip of the season.

“I would not suspend any player for what would be a flagrant 1,” said Krzyzewski, who met with Allen about the incident and apologized to Florida State. “What he got was the stiffest reprimand a player in our conference has gotten this year. I thought the [ACC] took action, and you’ve got to move on. The world doesn’t move on, because it’s Duke.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Duke’s Grayson Allen takes heat after tripping another opponent 02.26.16 at 8:24 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: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston University at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bulls at Hawks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Yale, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iona at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Bowling Green at Akron, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rider at Monmouth, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oakland, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

There are calls for Duke guard Grayson Allen to be suspended after his latest transgression, a trip of Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes late in Thursday’s 80-65 Duke win.

On video, Allen can be seen sticking out his foot as Rathan-Mayes starts to run upcourt behind him. After Rathan-Mayes falls, Allen turns and puts out his hands as it to imply it was not intentional.

“He wanted to keep playing physical,” Allen said (via the Fayetteville Observer). “So I tried to walk away from it as he was grabbing me. We ended up tangling up and falling. It was really nothing.”

No foul was called on the play, although the league could punish Allen after investigating.

On Feb. 8, Allen tripped a Louisville player and was charged with a flagrant foul 1. He’s also been more aggressive arguing calls with officials lately, complaining that other teams are being allowed to be more physical with him.

“I think I’m handling it pretty well,” he said after Thursday’s game. “Obviously, I’m a very emotional guy. I think everyone knows that on the court. There are a lot of times where I let that out, but I think I’d have a few more technicals if I wasn’t controlling it well.”

Added Allen: “I’m not going to take anything from anyone. Whatever someone’s dishing out to me, inside the game and inside the rules of the game, I’m going to give it right back. It doesn’t matter to me what kind of physical contact I get, I’m not looking to the ref to bail me out. I’m playing physical right back, and I think that shows in my driving ability, how I attack, how I’m getting open for the ball. I’m going to be just as physical with that person as they are with me.”

— Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case has been referred to a grand jury, Dallas police announced Thursday, raising more questions about whether the former Heisman Trophy winner is receiving preferential treatment.

The soon-to-be-released Browns quarterback is accused of hitting and threatening an ex-girlfriend during an incident Jan. 30 that started at a Dallas hotel.

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