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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dan Le Batard criticizes ESPN colleague Sage Steele for airport Instagram post; LeBron James goes on Charles Barkley rant, calls him a ‘hater’ 01.31.17 at 10:04 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Charlotte at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Creighton at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: George Washington at URI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Dayton at Fordham, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgetown at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Wyoming at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— ESPN’s Dan Le Batard went after his colleague Sage Steele on Tuesday after Steele complained on Instagram after protests against Donald Trump’s immigration ban delayed her travel to Houston for the Super Bowl.

“The genie is out of the bottle on this because we all have our own Twitter accounts and all have our own social media,” Le Batard said on his show. “This is what ESPN is trying to prevent because once one person does it, it opens the floodgates for the rest of us because, of course, I, as the son of exiles, look at this and I’m like what the hell are you talking about [that] your travel plans were affected? What are you talking about? The height of privilege. But you can’t give this a voice and then muzzle the rest of us. You can’t give Sage Steele this voice and muzzle the son of exiles.”

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LeBron James gives LeGarrette Blount a shoutout on Twitter 01.23.17 at 8:37 am ET
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LeGarrette Blount took a page out of LeBron James’ book in the AFC championship game. After scoring a touchdown late in the third quarter, he brought out “The Silencer,” mimicking James’ signature road celebration. James, who was presumably tuned into the game like most sports fans, appreciated the gesture.

Though James is an unabashed Cowboys fan, it was difficult to not admire the Patriots’ dismantling of the Steelers Sunday night. Blount’s touchdown run, which came after he had dragged seven Pittsburgh defenders all the way to the goal line, served as the proverbial nail in the coffin. The burly running back finished with 16 carries and 47 yards.

Of course, when James mentions you on Twitter, it’s only appropriate to return the favor. Blount let him know the shoutout was appreciated.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James grades himself ‘F’ in Cavaliers’ win over Celtics; Rob Gronkowski parties on yacht in Miami 12.30.16 at 8:20 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Miami at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Milwaukee at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Georgia vs. TCU, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Stanford vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Nebraska vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Michigan vs. Florida State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Illinois-Chicago, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: La Salle at Dayton, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Iowa State, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: URI at Saint Louis, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Kansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: VCU at George Mason, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Oregon, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at California, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— LeBron James and the Cavaliers beat the Celtics, 124-118, Thursday night, but James didn’t think he played well at all. He blamed himself for Cleveland almost giving up a 20-point lead in the second half of the win.

“I think I was horrible tonight,” James said. “In every facet of the game, I was just pretty bad, and it’s unacceptable. I can’t do that if I want to help this team get to where we want to get to. So if there was a report card, I’d give myself an ‘F’ for tonight’s performance. I’ve just got to be better.”

James committed eight turnovers in the game, two in the fourth quarter, one of which was a pass to Kyrie Irving that Avery Bradley stole before scoring to put the Celtics within three.

“I just didn’t see him, and definitely got to pay attention to what’s going on in the flow of the game,” James said of Bradley and the turnover. “So I was just throwing it back in to Kyrie, and he just jumped it, so if I was paying attention to him, with Avery being the defensive-minded guy he is, I should have seen him. So, big mistake.”

Cleveland’s coach Tyronn Lue called James’ pass “lackadaisical” and said James talked to the team about how badly he played.

“He came to the locker room and the bench and said, ‘My fault. I was terrible tonight. It won’t happen again,’ ” Lue said. “He took credit for it and took blame. And we moved on.”

James blamed his lack of concentration for his subpar play.

“My concentration at different parts of the game [was poor],” James said. “I had eight turnovers, and some of them were just plain stupid turnovers, especially the one that Avery Bradley got in the backcourt. I was just not concentrating on the game, so it’s not always about the statistics or not. It’s about how I go out and I approach the game. So, I was happy that I got two All-Stars alongside me, and I was able to carry us to a win.”

Friday is James’ 32nd birthday.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes react to Craig Sager’s death 12.16.16 at 8:19 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Dallas at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football:
James Madison at North Dakota State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager died on Thursday at 65 after a battle with leukemia. Athletes from the NBA and beyond reacted on social media after hearing the news.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: MLB’s new hazing rule bans dressing players like women; former teammates serve as pallbearers at Joe McKnight’s funeral 12.13.16 at 8:14 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Minnesota at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball:
South Carolina State at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Central Arkansas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Seton Hall at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Major League Baseball has created an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy that bans the baseball tradition of hazing rookies by dressing them up as women and making them wear offensive costumes.

The Associated Press reported this change in policy Monday night. The new policy forbids “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”

Forcing players “to consume alcoholic beverages or any other kind of drug, or requiring the ingestion of an undesirable or unwanted substance (food, drink, concoction)” is also prohibited under the new bargaining agreement.

So this is no longer allowed:

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42; Phil Jackson speaks out on his ‘posse’ comment 12.07.16 at 7:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA:  San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Princeton at California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Purdue at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida at Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner and an NFL first-round draft pick, was found dead in a park in Colorado on Monday night. He was 42.

The cause of death is still under investigation. Salaam’s mother, Khalada, said her son left a note and suspects he might have committed suicide.

“They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there,” she said.

Salaam was a star running back at the University of Colorado, ultimately winning the Heisman as a junior in 1994. That year he set the school record for touchdowns with 24.

The Bears selected him in the first round of the draft in 1995. Salaam only spent a few years in the league due to injuries but rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns during his rookie season.

Former USC quarterback and fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinart tweeted his condolences.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bud Selig admits he ‘should have said more’ about steroids; Antonio Cromartie bashes Jets-Colts game on Twitter 12.06.16 at 7:42 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Princeton vs. California, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Villanova vs. La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fresno State at Marquette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: IPFW at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida vs. Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

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— Just after being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bud Selig is opening up about his handling of steroids in baseball as the commissioner.

Selig teaches a “Baseball in American Society” class at the University of Wisconsin and spoke with ESPN about his lecture on steroids and baseball last week during which his students began to grill him about how he dealt with the issue.

“They asked me, ‘When were you aware of it?'” Selig told ESPN’s Jayson Stark on Monday, “and, ‘Why didn’t you do more?’ ”

Added Selig: “I talked to a lot of baseball people. Over and over and over again. But you know, by 2000, I moved [to impose testing and suspensions] in the minor leagues, which I could do unilaterally. So that’s 15 years ago. So this idea that we didn’t do anything just isn’t accurate.”

“You know, I’ve thought about it a hundred times, because I’m pretty tough on myself,” Selig said. “And I honestly don’t know what else I could have done. That’s my answer.”

But Selig continued, saying he should have done more. When Stark suggested he could have spoken out more about the issue of steroids earlier, Selig admitted he could have done that.

“Maybe you’re right,” Selig said. “Maybe I should have said more.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony condemns Phil Jackson’s ‘posse’ comment; NBA teams reportedly boycott Trump hotels 11.16.16 at 8:01 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Dallas at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Golden State at Toronto, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Memphis at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UMass-Lowell at Indiana, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Ball State at Toledo, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is siding with LeBron James over Phil Jackson in the incident surrounding Jackson’s “posse” comment.

After Jackson, the president of the Knicks, referred to James’ inner circle as a “posse” during a criticism of the Cavaliers star on Monday, James took offense to the use of the term, believing it was motivated by race. James also said he no longer has respect for Jackson.

Anthony took James’ side over his boss’.

“I would never want to hear that word about people I consider family and people that I’ve come up with and been through thick and thin with,” Anthony said. “I would want to be called a tight-knit group or a family, because that’s what I consider those people.”

Anthony also said it’s easy for him to understand the word “posse” is offensive to some people.

“I think anybody would understand that. Anybody,” he said. “I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist or an educated person to understand what that means to us.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Bill Belichick hasn’t voted in past 5 years; LeBron James, Cavaliers honored at White House 11.11.16 at 8:44 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday 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: New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Harvard at Penn, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Boston College at Florida State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Lafayette at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Marquette at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: American University at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Arizona at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: La Salle at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Lehigh at Xavier, 7 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston Baptist at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Campbell at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Incarnate Word at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Indiana at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Tulane, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Harvard at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: England vs. Scotland, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: France vs. Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: U.S. vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. (FS1)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
NHL: Bruins 5, Blue Jackets 2
NHL: Ducks 4, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Sharks 4, Panthers 2
NHL: Canadiens 4, Kings 1
NHL: Jets 3, Coyotes 2
NHL: Wild 4, Penguins 2
NHL: Lightning 4, Islanders 1
NHL: Red Wings 3, Canucks 1
NHL: Predators 3, Blues 1
NHL: Stars 4, Flames 2
NFL: Ravens 28, Browns 7
NBA: Bulls 98, Heat 95
NBA: Pelicans 112, Bucks 106
NBA: Warriors 125, Nuggets 101
NBA: Lakers 101, Kings 91

AROUND THE WEB:

— Bill Belichick did not vote in Tuesday’s presidential election and has not voted in the town since he registered five years ago, according to Hingham Town Clerk Eileen McCracken.

Belichick has insisted he is “not a political person,” yet wrote a letter to Donald Trump expressing his support for him. The night before the election, Trump read the letter to the crowd at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“It says no voter activity is available for this voter,” McCracken said on Thursday, as reported by WEEI’s Chris Villani for the Boston Herald. “We looked in the books. … There is nothing there.”

Belichick is listed as an “active voter” in the secretary of state’s voter registration system and is “unenrolled” in a political party.

McCracken said Belichick switched his voter registration to Hingham from Nantucket in 2011 but the system shows he hasn’t voted since then.

“If he had received an absentee ballot, we would have seen that,” McCracken said. “I don’t see that he received an absentee ballot.”

Patriots spokesman Stacey James told Villani Belichick’s Hingham voting history is “private.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James introduces Hillary Clinton at rally; Pacers’ Paul George contrite after ejection for kicking ball into stands 11.07.16 at 7:46 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday 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:
Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA:
Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NFL: Buffalo at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

SUNDAY’S RESULTS:
NBA: Nuggets 123, Celtics 107
NBA: Jazz 114, Knicks 109
NBA: Kings 96, Raptors 91
NBA: Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 94
NBA: Lakers 119, Suns 108
NBA: Mavericks 86, Bucks 75
NFL: Lions 22, Vikings 16
NFL: Dolphins 27, Jets 23
NFL: Ravens 21, Steelers 14
NFL: Cowboys 35, Browns 10
NFL: Giants 28, Eagles 23
NFL: Chiefs 19, Jaguars 14
NFL: Panthers 13, Rams 10
NFL: Chargers 43, Titans 35
NFL: Saints 41, 49ers 23
NFL: Raiders 30, Broncos 20
NFL: Colts 31, Packers 26
NHL: Oilers 2, Red Wings 1
NHL: Blues 2, Avalanche 0
NHL: Rangers 5, Jets 2
NHL: Ducks 4, Flames 1
NHL: Blackhawks 4, Dallas 3
NHL: Devils 4, Hurricanes 1

AROUND THE WEB:

— LeBron James got political in Cleveland on Sunday when he introduced Hillary Clinton at her presidential campaign rally.

In his speech, the Cavaliers forward encouraged his hometown crowd to get out and vote.

Joined on stage by teammate J.R. Smith and Smith’s young daughter, LeBron said, “We have to get out and be knowledgeable about what’s going on, about what we see that our future entails, and this woman right here has the brightest future for our world.”

 

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