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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco shoots off finger in gun accident 10.29.14 at 8:11 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:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Red Sox player Jose Canseco shot off one of his fingers when a gun he was cleaning went off accidentally, according to reports out of Las Vegas.

Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, told TMZ the 50-year-old was at his Vegas home when the handgun discharged and a bullet tore through the bottom part of the middle finger on his left hand, blowing the finger clear off his hand.

Canseco had surgery Wednesday night as doctors attempted to save as much of the finger as possible.

Tweeted his fiancee late Wednesday: Thank you for all the kind words and prayers . Jose is in still surgery and will be ok. Please pray for his finger !!

Canseco, best known for his days as a star outfielder with the Athletics in the late 1980s/early 1990s and later his admission of steroid use, played for the now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League in 2012. He has had numerous legal and financial issues.

— Warriors co-owner Peter Guber found himself involved a controversy Tuesday for something he said was nothing more than a typo in an email, when he said he planned to learn the language “hoodish.”

Guber was responding to an email from the team’s media relations head noting that a third of the Warriors roster is comprised of players from other countries: Andrew Bogut (Australia), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), Ognjen Kuzmic (Yugoslavia) and Nemanja Nedovic (Yugoslavia).

Wrote Guber: I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australia swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice.

Guber later wrote: Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word `hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use. I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Testimony ends in Clippers ownership trial 07.24.14 at 8:18 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 Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercuty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Olympiakos vs. AC Milan, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Clippers ownership trial in Los Angeles moved closer to its conclusion Wednesday, as Donald Sterling‘s lawyer threw a curveball that appeared to miss the mark on the final day of testimony.

Instead of calling Shelly Sterling, as was expected, Donald Sterling’s legal team called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations used to judge mental capacity. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys repeatedly objected, and Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected most of the testimony and refused to accept the psychiatrist’s report from the banned owner’s lawyers that indicated Donald Sterling suffered only mild cognitive impairment. Levanas noted that both sides had agreed not to make Donald Sterling’s mental capacity an issue in this trial.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers ended up calling only two witnesses despite listing 14 on their initial list submitted to the court. In addition to Cummings, they called Dean Bonham, whom they described as an expert in assessing the value of sports franchises. Bonham claimed the Clippers could be sold for more than the record $2 billion Ballmer offered. However, Shelly Sterling’s lawyers got Bonham to admit he had not graduated from high school or college and had no special training in franchise valuations.

The case is slated to wrap up Monday with closing arguments.

After Wednesday’s session, attorneys for Shelly Sterling and prospective buyer Steve Ballmer said that if they win this case, they will ask the judge to allow the sale to go through immediately, despite the likelihood of Donald Sterling appealing the decision.

“If you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell said.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers, who earlier this week filed a lawsuit against Shelly Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league, said if they lose this case they will seek an injunction to stop the sale.

Mark McGwire still wants nothing to do with former Athletics teammate Jose Canseco, despite Canseco’s conciliatory tone at last weekend’s 25th anniversary celebration of the 1989 World Series champions.

“It’s too late,” McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles on Wednesday. “What he did was wrong. … I [can’t] care less what he does.”

Canseco acknowledged during Saturday’s commemoration in Oakland that he made a mistake by exposing McGwire as a user of performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, saying he “idolized” McGwire when they played together.

“It haunts me ’til this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true,” Canseco said. “I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across. … I regret writing the book for sure.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Mark McGwire forgive Jose Canseco?

  • No, Canseco sold out McGwire and still can't be trusted (50%, 54 Votes)
  • Yes, Canseco only told the truth about McGwire using PEDs and has apologized (50%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Canseco said he has not had contact with McGwire since the book came out. McGwire, now the Dodgers hitting coach, was with his team in St. Louis during the A’s reunion.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Boston writer denies LeBron James unanimous MVP 05.06.13 at 7:51 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:
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Reds, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ LeBron James received 120 out of a possible 121 first-place votes to win his fourth NBA MVP award, setting off a search to find out who could have considered the Heat star unworthy.

During Sunday’s award ceremony at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena, James — the only player this year to lead his team in scoring (26.8), rebounding (8.0) and assists (7.3) — offered his opinion.

“It’s probably a writer out of New York that didn’t give me the vote,” he said. “I know the history between the Heat and the Knicks, So, I get it.”

As it turns out, the renegade writer was Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. Washburn voted for Carmelo Anthony first, and in a column Monday he attempted to justify his decision, claiming that Anthony was more valuable to the Knicks than James was to the Heat. Washburn wrote that he was “flabbergasted” to learn that he stood alone in his thinking.

For his part, Anthony agreed with the 120 writers who determined James deserved his fourth MVP in five years (Celtics legend Bill Russell is the only other player to accomplish that feat).

“LeBron gets it, I take my hat off to him, he deserves it,” Anthony said. “They had a hell of a year, to win 27 straight games, a hell of an achievement.”

However, added Anthony: “I’ll take that vote.”

Anthony didn’t even finish second, as he was well behind runner-up Kevin Durant. Nine writers or broadcasters did not include Anthony on their ballots.

‘™¦ A Utah soccer referee who was punched in the head by a 17-year-old player a week ago died Saturday night, according to police. Ricardo Portillo, 46, suffered swelling in his brain after the assault and had been in critical condition for a week.

Portillo had given a yellow card to the teenager, a goalie in a recreational league, when the player started arguing and then threw a punch to Portillo’s head. The referee, who complained of dizziness and vomited blood, was taken to a hospital, where he slipped into a coma.

The teenager was booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault. There could be additional charges following Portillo’s death.

‘™¦ The Shaquille O’Neal-Jose Canseco feud — the two supposedly were going to have a boxing match at one point last year — was reignited over the weekend, after Canseco sent out a simple tweet to to Shaq that read: hey pussy.

Responded O’Neal: ill beat your ass rat boy the whole world saw u run from hung man Choy. Set it up ill break your jaw #snitchesgetstitches

Added Shaq: u gonna need more than steroids to help u when I smack the rat fur off yo ass #snitchesgetstitches pt 2

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 6, 2000, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters, but the Red Sox were blanked and dropped a 1-0 decision to which team?

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Jose Canseco would win Monday night’s All-Star Home Run Derby if he was allowed to participate, says Jose Canseco 07.09.12 at 12:39 pm ET
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Jose Canseco is 47 years old. He has not played a game in the majors in over a decade. This year he was batting just .194 with one home run in 20 games as a member of the Worcester Tornadoes before being put on the disabled list for ‘€œvarious injuries’€ last month.

None of this, however, dampens Canseco’€™s belief that he could, nay, “would,” win Monday night’€™s All-Star Home Run Derby, as evidenced by his tweet Monday morning: I would win the MLB homerun derby tonight if I was given chance.

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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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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco hitless in debut for Worcester Tornadoes 05.18.12 at 8:00 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 playoffs: Celtics at 76ers, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (Fox; WRKO)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Reds at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:15 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
MLB: Reds at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Clippers, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Devils, 1 p.m. (NBC)
MLS: Dynamo at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, TBS; WEEI)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Pacers, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Coyotes at Kings, 3 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Controversial former major leaguer Jose Canseco made his debut with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks in Thursday night’s 9-2 loss to the Newark Bears in New Jersey.

“I’m in spring training mode out there,” said Canseco, who participated in four of the team’s seven preseason practices. “I’m trying to find my rhythm.”

Canseco received a mix of cheers and boos when he was introduced as the cleanup hitter prior to the game. During batting practice, he hit one home run.

The 47-year-old is being paid $1,000 per month plus housing and use of a rental car, according to a team spokesman.

“It’s not about the money, believe me,” Canseco said.

‘™¦ Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the team’s bounty scandal, filed a defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Commissioner Goodell opted to make very public and unfortunately erroneous allegations against Jonathan,” said Vilma’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg. “By making these false and public statements, he has significantly harmed Jonathan’s reputation and ability to make a living.

Wrote Vilma on his Twitter account: As I’ve said before..I NEVER PAID, NOR INTENDED TO PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY, TO ANY PLAYER FOR INTENTIONALLY HURTING AN OPPONENT.

Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann writes that Vilma’s “historic challenge” appears to have merit and could threaten Goodell’s ability to hand out punishment as he has done in the past couple of years.

‘™¦ Lakers guard Steve Blake missed a big 3-pointer in the closing seconds of his team’s Game 2 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday. That led to threats against the veteran on his Twitter account and that of his wife.

Kristen Blake retweeted one message that read: I hope your family gets murdered. She blocked more than 500 people from viewing her timeline and quoted a Bible verse with the message: “Pray for those who abuse you.”

Steve Blake, speaking after Thursday’s practice, said he wasn’t planning to check his Twitter account (“That’s why I don’t look at that crap,” he said) but his wife made him aware of it.

“It’s pretty disappointing that there are a lot of hateful people out there, but you move on,” Blake said. “I just don’t appreciate it when it’s toward my family. You can come at me all you want, but when you say things about my wife and my kids, that makes me upset.”

‘™¦ An off-duty New York City police officer was arrested Wednesday night after moving from his seat to a better location at Citi Field and then refusing to leave during the Mets’ 6-3 loss to the Reds. Eduardo Cornejo, 30, was arraigned on criminal trespass charges.

“He was in a section he wasn’€™t supposed to be,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “They asked him to leave. He wouldn’€™t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’€™t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’€™t, and he was arrested as a result.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 18, 1973, Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr again won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman, setting a record by becoming the first player to win an individual NHL award six consecutive seasons. How many years in a row did Orr go on to win the Norris?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: BU reportedly to study Junior Seau’s brain 05.04.12 at 7:59 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 playoffs: Hawks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at 76ers, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA playoffs: Lakers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Predators, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Phillies at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

SATURDAY:
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Magic, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Clippers, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Jazz, 10 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: White Sox at Tigers, 4 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Braves at Rockies, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Revolution at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at 76ers, 1 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Knicks, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Lakers at Nuggets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Kings, 3 p.m. (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Royals, 2:10 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Phillies at Nationals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ According to a report in the New York Daily News, Junior Seau‘s family told a Chicago brain research institute that it plans to donate the former Patriots linebacker’s brain to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The BU center has become well known for its work studying deceased players’ brains for evidence of trauma.

“This specimen needs to be examined,” said Dr. Julian Bailes, director of the Brain Injury Research Institute in Chicago. “It doesn’t matter who does it. There are only two groups doing this kind of work.”

The San Diego County medical examiner ruled Seau’s death a suicide Thursday.

‘™¦ Former quarterback Kurt Warner, now an NFL Network analyst, said Thursday that he would prefer that his kids do not play football because of the health risks.

Ex-Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer did not appreciate Warner’s admission.

“I’€™d definitely have my son play football,” Toomer said. “That’€™s what the Toomer family does. We all play football. But what this reminds me of is the guy at the basketball court, who once he gets done playing takes the ball and ruins the game for everybody else. I think Kurt Warner needs to keep his opinions to himself when it comes to this. Everything that he’€™s gotten in his life has come from playing football. He works at the NFL Network right now. For him to try and trash the game, it seems to me that it’€™s just a little disingenuous to me.”

‘™¦ Jose Canseco, who announced last month that he will play for the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League this summer, is asking fans to vote him into the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tweeted Canseco: Haters and Cansecomaniacs. Let’s do history. Please write me in MLB all star ballot. That’s all I ask. One wish in whole world.

Canseco went on to include a link for the ballot and suggest that fans write him in as the American League’s designated hitter, representing either the A’s, Red Sox, Rangers or Rays.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 4, 1974, which Red Sox rookie tied a major league record when he made three errors in his first game?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants owners tweak Jets about Tim Tebow press conference 03.26.12 at 7:59 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 Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Nuggets at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Hornets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Lightning at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Phillies, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB preseason: Rockies at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Reds at Rangers, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions, but the Jets have been grabbing the offseason headlines, most recently with their trade for Tim Tebow.

At the NFL owners meetings in Florida, Giants owner John Mara joked about the fact that the Jets have a press conference scheduled for Monday to introduce their backup quarterback.

“The David Carr press conference will be [Monday] afternoon, too,” Mara said, referring to the Giants backup who did not throw a pass last season while playing behind Eli Manning.

Added co-owner Steve Tisch: “Well, [the Jets] are getting a lot of attention, so if that was one of their goals, I think they have been successful.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan was respectful when apprised of the Giants bosses’ comments.

“When you win a Super Bowl, you can say anything you want because they are the world champions,” Ryan said. “That’s all fine and dandy. To the young man [Tebow], he’s not going out there trying to get the attention. The attention follows him.”

Last year, Ryan famously claimed the Jets were New York’s premier football team, a statement that backfired badly.

“Clearly the statement wasn’t very good,” Ryan acknowledged. “We’re looking up to them as is every other team in the NFL right now. They accomplished what I wanted to, being the best team in New York, being the best team in the NFL. The Giants accomplished that last year. We’ll take a swing at them.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant was benched by Lakers coach Mike Brown for four minutes late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 102-96 loss to the visiting Grizzlies. Although he acknowledged he was upset about sitting, he did his best to avoid making the situation more of a controversy.

“It’s his decision to make,” Bryant said of Brown. “If you guys are looking for a story, I’m not going to contribute to it. I can’t sit here and criticize the decision. As leader of this ballclub, it’s something I can’t afford to do. I’ve got to have his back. I’ve had his back the whole season. I can’t start doing something crazy now. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The Lakers trailed by three points at the start of the final period and had fallen behind by 14 points with 5:45 left when Brown called a timeout and subbed in Metta World Peace. Bryant returned with 1:51 left and the Lakers down by nine, following a “Ko-be! Ko-be!” chant from the crowd.

Explained Brown: “I felt I wanted to make a sub at the time, so I did. Not one particular thing. Went with Metta for a couple minutes and then tried to go back to [Bryant]. Obviously, it didn’t work.”

‘™¦ Jose Canseco, who was in the news last week when he and Shaquille O’Neal agreed to an MAA fight, went after another retired athlete Sunday. Canseco, apparently bothered by NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp‘s accusation that Jeremy Shockey sold out his former Saints teammates and coaches for Bountygate, put out a feeler to Sapp, asking if the former defensive lineman knew how to fight MAA style.

Responded Sapp: @JoseCanseco My hand to hand days on film!! #YouWantSome.

That was all Canseco needed to hear. Answered the disgraced former MLB star: @QBKILLA love some .wanna dance i need a warmup for shaq fight.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 26, 1974, the Red Sox released which two future Hall of Famers?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Shaquille O’Neal agrees to MMA bout with Jose Canseco 03.15.12 at 7:54 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: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Timberwolves at Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Harvard vs. Vanderbilt, 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado State vs. Murray State, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Southern Miss vs. Kansas State, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Davidson vs. Louisville, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Montana vs. Wisconsin, 2:10 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, BYU vs. Marquette, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, UNC-Asheville vs. Syracuse, 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Long Beach State vs. New Mexico, 4:10 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Western Kentucky vs. Kentucky, 6:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, VCU vs. Wichita State, 7:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, West Virginia vs. Gonzaga, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, South Dakota State vs. Baylor, 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, UConn vs. Iowa State, 9:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, New Mexico State vs. Indiana, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Loyola (Md.) vs. Ohio State, 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado vs. UNLV, 9:57 p.m. (truTV)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Nationals, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Reds at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Giants at Mariners, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Shaquille O’Neal responded to Jose Canseco‘s challenge to fight in a mixed martial arts bout by saying he’s ready to rumble.

“I challenged him a long time ago,” said O’Neal, who retired from the Celtics last year. “If he wants it done he knows where to find me.”

Canseco, 47, had attempted to start a comeback to baseball, but he was banned from his Mexican League team after declining to take a doping test.

Said the 40-year-old O’Neal: “He can be high off whatever, and I’ll be high off Frosted Flakes.”

‘™¦ Dwyane Wade‘s return to his hometown Wednesday did not go well. Not only did the Heat lose to the Bulls, 106-102, despite Chicago playing without injured guard Derrick Rose, Wade’s father reportedly was ejected from the arena for repeated use of vulgarity.

According to an ESPN report, Dwyane Wade Sr. was seated in the 100 level and using profanity when arena personnel asked him to stop. When he refused, he was ejected.

The younger Wade scored 36 points in the losing effort.

‘™¦ With coach Mike D’Antoni resigning from the Knicks Wednesday, Amar’e Stoudemire said the responsibility falls on the players.

“Everyone wasn’t buying into his system,” Stoudemire said, a comment that many feel is directed at Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony, the much-maligned forward, insisted he had no issues with D’Antoni or his decision to quit.

‘€œIt didn’€™t have anything to do with that,’€ Anthony said. ‘€œThat was coach’€™s decision. I really don’€™t know where his mindset was at, what he thought, what he’€™s thinking as far his decision to step down. Anything about me and Mike he’€™ll tell you we never had any issues. Any disagreements he had with us as a team we talked about and we went from there.’€

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 15, 1928, which player became the first Bruins goalie to win 20 games in a season, with a 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco apologizes for hurting teammates in book 03.01.12 at 8:03 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: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Magic, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Michigan at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Florida State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at Rutgers, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Nevada, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jose Canseco, saying he has had “nightmares” ever since exposing baseball’s steroids problem, apologized for the pain he caused former teammates when he wrote the book “Juiced.”

Wrote Canseco on Twitter Wednesday: I am probably the only person in history that will never be forgiven for telling the truth and making MLB better and safer for everyone especially young kids.

I am truly sorry for hurting my teamates and friends when I wrote juiced. I have had nightmares since I wrote that book it still haunts me till today. It is my demon that never sleeps.

Canseco, who had a stint with the Red Sox in the mid-1990s, recently signed with a Mexican minor league team, saying he’s hoping to start a comeback that ends in the majors.

‘™¦ The Steelers confirmed Wednesday that they plan to release wide receiver Hines Ward, who has spent the last 14 seasons in Pittsburgh, catching 1,000 passes for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns and winning two Super Bowls.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said on the team’s website. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”

Ward, who has gained widespread popularity by winning “Dancing With the Stars” last year and working the red carpet at Sunday’s Academy Awards, turns 36 next week, but he said he wants to continue his career.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season,” he said in a statement.

‘™¦ Clippers superfine Darrell Bailey, who goes by the name “Clipper Darrell,” took his fight with the team public this week. Bailey said the team has demanded that he stop using the nickname because he has been getting paid for public appearances even though he has know official affiliation with the team.

After Bailey wrote on his website, “I am devastated!!!” he received support from a number of Clippers players, including Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

The Clippers, never known for dealing with sensitive situations in a responsible manner, released a statement on Wednesday in response to Bailey’s comments.

“We have had multiple conversations with him concerning his inappropriate use of the Clippers’€™ team name and trademark for his own unmonitored commercial gain,” the team said. “We have spoken to him repeatedly about his desire to make public appearances in ways which improperly suggest that he is officially affiliated with our organization. In all cases and over a long period of time, he has consistently rejected our efforts to operate in consultation.”

‘™¦ Former Tiger Woods coach Hank Haney wrote in a soon-to-be-released book that the golfer considered becoming a Navy SEAL and participated in training on bases across the country. Woods, at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this week, expressed his disappointment with Haney’s book and brushed aside questions about it.

Woods, who in 2010 publicly acknowledged a desire to become a SEAL, became testy when a reporter asked him about it Wednesday, saying, “I’ve already talked about everything in the book.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 1, 1997, the Bruins send Adam Oates, Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet to the Capitals for which three players (plus a third-round draft pick)?

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