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LeBron James on Kevin Love injury: ‘We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes’ 04.29.15 at 10:45 am ET
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After sustaining ‘”extensive”damage in his left shoulder in a play with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love appears likely to miss the remainder of the postseason. Love’s absence reduces Cleveland’s “Big Three”of LeBron James, Love and Kyrie Irving to just two.

“We all have to pick our own game up,” James said. “We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes, you can’t do that, he’s special for a reason.”

During Game 4 of the Celtics-Cavs first-round matchup, Love and Olynyk got tangled when chasing a loose ball. Olynyk popped Love’s arm from its socket by yanking down. Olynyk was suspended for one game by the NBA.

Cleveland general manager David Griffin said the team is learning more about the injury and weighing its options when it comes to treatment.

“Surgery is an option as well, if necessary. We’re going to continue to look at that, but I don’t want there to be any expectation on Kevin that he’ll be back,” Griffin said. “I think it would be a real surprise if he we were able to participate in the postseason. I’ve still got a sliver of hope very late, but highly unlikely.”

Averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in the regular season, Love will be missed for the rest of Cleveland’s run at the title.

“Obviously, he brings so much to our team offensively and defensively,” James said. “It’s a big blow for us. We’ve got to have guys step up. You never want to have one of your major role players out. Everyone has to pick up not what he was able to do, but they have to pick up what they are capable of doing.”

Starting guard J.R. Smith also will be unavailable for the Cavs for the first two games of the second round after being suspended for swinging his arm and making contact with C’s forward Jae Crowder’s head after the two were jockeying under the basket for positioning.

Even with the roster losses, Cleveland coach David Blatt says his team is prepared for what’s to come.

“Our guys have been locked in for quite some time now,” he said. “Everyone recognizes that we all have to pick it up. The next-man-up mentality is prevalent in our work and our feeling. We’re hurting for what happened to Kev on a team level, on a personal level, but not discouraged to the point where we are any less ambitious and any less hungry to continue on this path.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Angels OF Josh Hamilton reportedly admits to relapse with drugs 02.26.15 at 8:05 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: Warriors at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Nebraska at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston at Temple, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas-El Paso at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SMU at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee Tech at Morehead State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona State at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Young Boys at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, in a meeting with MLB officials Wednesday in New York, admitted to having a relapse and using cocaine a couple of months ago even though he apparently did not fail a drug test, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Hamilton, 33, was suspended from baseball for 2 1/2 seasons in 2004 after well-publicized battles with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He came back to win the 2010 American League MVP award with the Rangers but had two relapses. He signed with the Angels as a free agent before the 2013 season, inking a five-year, $125 million deal, but has not lived up to his contract, hitting just .255 with 31 home runs and 123 RBIs over two injury-plagued seasons.

MLB could treat Hamilton as a first-time offender because he was in the minor leagues when he was suspended in 2004. However, Los Angeles Times writer Bill Shalkin reported that it is “unlikely” that would be the case. Hamilton already is subject to testing three times a week due to his past transgressions.

“I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York,” Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday afternoon. “At this point I have no other information to offer.”

Hamilton has been recovering from Feb. 4 shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined into May. He has been staying at a friend’s ranch in Houston rather than remain with his team, which raised some eyebrows across the league.

— The fallout continues from Monday night’s court-storming incident in Manhattan, Kansas, as the Big 12 Conference publicly reprimanded Kansas State for failing to prevent the fans from pouring onto the court and jeopardizing the Kansas players’ safety after the Wildcats’ upset of the eighth-ranked Jayhawks.

Although no injuries were reported, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement that K-State’s events-management policy “was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators,” and “revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur.”

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Ray Allen reportedly weighing options for next team 02.09.15 at 10:54 am ET
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Ray Allen reportedly is slated to pick a team to play for in the next 10 days, at some time during the All-Star break. The guard is a free agent and hasn’t played professionally since the NBA Finals back in June.

Teams Allen is considering reportedly include the Cavaliers, Warriors, Hawks, Wizards, Heat and Clippers.

Fox Sports Ohio said that LeBron James and Allen met in late January and that “Allen was said to be concerned with the state of the Cavs at the time.”

James and other ex-Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones “each made a recruiting pitch for Allen to join the Cleveland Cavaliers during the offseason.”

While many teams have expressed interest, most recently, Atlanta is said to have thrown its hat into the ring. Though nothing is imminent, the Hawks “have had discussions with representatives” for Allen, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

As of Jan. 22, it was Washington that had most aggressively been pursuing Allen, per Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com. The Wizards apparently have interest in reuniting Allen with Paul Pierce.

With myriad teams to choose from, Allen’s decision likely will come down to what kind of role he’d be filling with a prospective team.

“If he goes to Golden State, how much is he really going to play there? If he goes to Cleveland, what’s his role going to be? Washington can guarantee a lot of minutes for him off the bench, and I think that’s a big factor in this,” Kennedy told a Washington radio station on Jan. 23.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James returns, pushes coach in Cavaliers’ loss 01.14.15 at 8:00 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: Hawks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: UCLA at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Villanova, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida State at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Wyoming, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Stanford at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers lineup following his two-week absence with back and knee issues, but the team continued to struggle, dropping a 107-100 decision to the Suns that left Cleveland one game below .500 at 19-20. And during the game, James did not do much to dissuade rumors he lacks respect for coach David Blatt, pushing the coach aside when the two were arguing a call with a referee.

However, after the game both the player and coach said James was only trying to prevent Blatt from getting a technical foul following a questionable offensive foul call on James.

“[Blatt] was getting a little fired up about it, too, and he was on his way to a technical, so I just got him up out of the way before he got a T,” James said. “So, I was just protecting my coach.”

Said Blatt: “I just thought my guy was taking a lot of hard hits, and I didn’t like it and I was expressing my opinion. And LeBron stepped in to sort of protect me in that situation, which is more than fine. What I really wanted to do is protect him.”

Meanwhile, James looked like his old self on the court, recording 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists in almost 37 minutes, and showing the quickness he lacked earlier this season.

“I couldn’t make those moves two weeks ago,” James said. “I know it and for me to come back and feel [like] myself again it was pretty good.”

— Rumors continue to persist that Mikhail Prokhorov will sell the Nets, but the team issued a denial Tuesday.

“As we have said for many months, ownership is always open to listening to offers — that’s just good business,” Prokhorov spokeswoman Ellen Pinchuk said in a statement. “There is nothing imminent in terms of a sale of any stake in the team.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Tributes pour in following death of ESPN’s Stuart Scott 01.05.15 at 8:17 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: Hornets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Notre Dame at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Wimbledon, 2:55 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott

— Tributes poured in Sunday for Stuart Scott after the longtime ESPN anchor died of cancer at the age of 49.

Scott, known for catchphrases such as “Boo-ya!” and “As cool as the other side of the pillow,” was very popular with both fans and athletes since his arrival at ESPN in 1993.

Tweeted LeBron James: Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn’t a player but was close enough to them.

Even President Barack Obama issued a statement about Scott’s passing.

“I will miss Stuart Scott,” the president said. “Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family — but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us — with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

Moments of silence were held before both of the days NFL wild card games.

Scott accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs on July 16. In his acceptance speech, he said: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

— The natives are getting restless in New York, and they’re taking it out on first-year Knicks coach Derek Fisher. During Sunday’s 95-82 loss to the Bucks — New York’s 11th straight setback — the Madison Square Garden crowd chanted, “Fire Fisher!”

“Losing isn’t enjoyable in any way, shape or form,” said Fisher, whose team is 5-31 after losing a franchise-record 10th straight home game. “From an emotional standpoint, you just have to continue to manage what you can manage, what you can control.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James receives mostly positive welcome back from Miami fans 12.26.14 at 8:26 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: Nets at Celtics, 1 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Quick Lane Bowl, Rutgers vs. North Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: St. Petersburg Bowl, NC State vs. Central Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Chelsea, 7:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Manchester United, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Arsenal, 12:25 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Heat welcomed LeBron James back to Miami on Christmas Day before sending him home to Cleveland with a loss.

James hugged and high-fived his former teammates, taking extra time to joke around with Dwyane Wade, then saw Wade score 24 first-half points en route to a 31-point night in the Heat’s 101-91 victory.

James, who finished with 30 points and eight rebounds, was the first player introduced of Cleveland’s starters, and the crowd wasn’t given much time to react before the next player’s name was called. However, he received an ovation when a video tribute was played during the first timeout of the game. There were some boos but mostly cheers for his first game in South Florida since his four-year stint there.

“We only play this game for so long,” James said. “You’ve still got life afterwards. For us we’re going to compete, we’re going to go about our business and do what we need to do in our profession. You’ll never let friendship come in between that.”

James expressed dismay that people criticize his decision to switch teams as a free agent.

“The question I have, which is kind of bothering me sometimes, is when a player decides to decide his own fate, there is always questions about it?” James said. “And, ‘Why did this guy do that, do that and do this?’ When an organization decides to go elsewhere for a player, it’s that they did what’s best for the team. Let’s figure that out some time.”

James said he has not had any contact with team president Pat Riley since announcing his plans to sign with the Cavs, but he spent Christmas Eve at Wade’s house.

“We didn’t have a bad breakup,” Wade said. “We played against each other for seven years, man. The weirdness just wasn’t there. It wasn’t like we played against each other our whole career and the breakup happened. We played against each other for seven years, then with each other for a period of time, then he went back to the same situation and I’m in the same place.”

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “Couple of the best in this generation. Spectacular. I wish I could sit back and enjoy it like a fan, because it’s just fantastic basketball. … However long these two guys play, you’ll get your money’s worth.”

Rex Ryan might soon be headed out of town, but Geno Smith believes he can be with the Jets for the foreseeable future.

“I see myself being the quarterback here for a long time,” Smith said. “I see myself helping this team turn things around. Obviously, I’m a part of the reason why we are in this position, so I’d love to be a part of the solution.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Wizards G John Wall emotional about 6-year-old’s death following win over Celtics 12.09.14 at 8:06 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 Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel at Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After leading the Wizards to a 133-132 double-overtime victory over the Celtics, Washington guard John Wall struggled to keep his composure as he talked about dedicating the game to Damiyah “Miyah” Telemaque-Nelson, a 6-year-old who died Monday after losing her battle with cancer.

Wall, who finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds and scored his team’s final 10 points as the Wizards rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second OT, met Miyah last March and became close to her as she was being treated for Burkitt’s lymphoma. A moment of silence was held before the game, and Wall wrote “RIP Miyah” on his sneakers.

“This was an emotional game for me,” Wall said in an on-court interview with CSN Washington right after the game. “This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost, that I met last year. It’s just tough for me, to see a little kid that fights so hard for cancer and can’t beat it. This game’s for her. All my jersey, my shorts, I’m going to give it to her family.

“It’s a tough day for me. I really cried today.”

Asked if Miyah really touched his heart, Wall could not respond, bending over while he cried.

Wrote Wall on Twitter later: If you were blessed to meet and get to know Miyah you know how special of a little girl she was. I’m saddened by the news but I know that she’s in a better place. Keep her family in your prayers. I’ll definitely miss my buddy. Rest In Peace Miyah.

LeBron James followed through on his suggestion that he would wear an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, donning the Eric Garner protest shirt during pregame warmups before his Cavaliers played the Nets in Brooklyn. He was joined by teammate Kyrie Irving and four Nets, including Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams.

“It was a message to the family. That I’m sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife. That’s what it’s about,” James said of the New York City man who died July 17 after police placed him in a chokehold. “I think everybody else gets caught up in everything else besides who’s really feeling it, and that’s the family. That’s what it’s about.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Lions RB Reggie Bush, other NFL players wear ‘I can’t breathe’ shirts 12.08.14 at 7:46 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 Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Kennesaw State at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: IUPUI-Fort Wayne at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UC Santa Barbara at SMU, 8 pm. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: North Dakota at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NFL: Falcons at Packers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Southampton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— One week after a handful of Rams players gained national attention by making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture before their game, Lions running back Reggie Bush went through pregame warmups wearing a shirt with the words “I can’t breathe” written on it — a reference to the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police.

“I’ve always been the kid who is reserved and stays out of stuff like that, but I just felt like these last couple weeks, I’ve been really upset about what’s happening from a police standpoint,” Bush said after the game (via MLive.com). “I don’t know all the details or facts with the Ferguson issue, or the Eric Garner issue, but I know there’s some form of injustice that’s going on. And it really affected me.”

Bush, the son of a longtime San Diego police officer, was one of at least three NFL to wear a shirt with Garner’s words Sunday. The night before, NBA star Derrick Rose wore a similar shirt in pregame warmups before his Bulls played Saturday night. And Washington defensive tackle Chris Baker did the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture after a sack Sunday.

Bush has the support of his coach, Jim Caldwell.

“I grew up in the ’60s, where everybody was socially conscious,” Caldwell said. “I believe in it. I would be a hypocrite if I stood up here and told you any differently. More than likely, some of those protests that Dr. King and some of the others took part in, non-violent protests, is the reason why I am standing here in front of you today. So absolutely, no question about it. I don’t mind it.”

— Meanwhile, LeBron James indicated Sunday he is interested in wearing an “I can’t breathe” shirt before one of his team’s upcoming games. His next game is Monday in Brooklyn against the Nets. However, Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are scheduled to attend that game, and James said is looking forward to appearing before the Royal Couple.

“It’s an honor,” James said Sunday. “It’s a huge honor. The stuff that you read about, people like them are only in books growing up. And to hear that they’re coming to town to see me play and they want to see me do what I do best, it’s a huge honor.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Regretful Adrian Peterson takes ‘full responsibility,’ promises not to use switch again 11.21.14 at 8:31 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: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. West Virginia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Charleston, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton vs. UConn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Akron vs. Miami, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU vs. Old Dominion, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas vs. California, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte vs. South Carolina, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Loyola (Ill.) at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple vs. Due, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
NHL: Bruins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Texas-El Paso at Rice, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College football: San Jose State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Air Force at San Diego State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Adrian Peterson had “shown no meaningful remorse” for his child abuse incident, Peterson changed course, telling USA Today that he will no longer use a switch to discipline his kids again.

Peterson hit his 4-year-old, leaving marks that last for weeks, but he insisted he was regretful for the pain he caused.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that, ‘I didn’t mean to do this to you,’ and how sorry I was.

“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”

Peterson has been lumped in with former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his then-fiancee with a punch to the face in a hotel elevator, but he said that’s not a fair comparison.

“I take full responsibility, because I spanked my child, and no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line.

“That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same [category as Rice].”

Peterson has six children with six women, and he says he tries to maintain a relationship with all of them.

“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that,’ ” Peterson said. “This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”

Peterson said he hopes to talk to Goodell and would like to return to the Vikings, although he knows not everyone in Minnesota will be welcoming.

“I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” said Peterson, adding, “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” he said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Paul Pierce and LeBron James are set to renew acquaintances Friday night in Washington as the Wizards host the Cavaliers, but Pierce downplayed the intensity of their rivalry.

“I think a lot of it is really misunderstood,” the former Celtics star said Thursday. “If I see LeBron walking down the street, it’s not going to be no fistfight. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. It’s like fighting for the same girl. How am I going to be cool with that guy? I’ve got total respect for him as a person. It’s just the thing we go through on the court.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Angry relative calls ‘evil’ Alex Rodriguez ‘the devil’ 11.07.14 at 8:16 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: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Fordham at Bucknell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Memphis at Tulane, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Utah State at Wyoming, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News 11-7-14– The New York media’s assault on Alex Rodriguez‘s character continued Friday, with the New York Daily News quoting the wife of A-Rod‘s cousin/alleged PED mule as saying the Yankees player is “the devil.”

Carmen Sucart, wife of Yuri Sucart, ripped Rodriguez for accusing Yuri of trying to extort him. Rodriguez reportedly admitted his widespread use of PEDs after publicly denying it while Major League Baseball was in the process of suspending him for the 2014 season, and now he’s apparently trying to cover himself by shifting the blame to others.

“He is the devil,” Carmen told the New York Daily News. “He is evil.”

Carmen said A-Rod visited the house where the Sucarts were living — owned by Rodriguez — in 2012 and offered $50,000 and an apartment if the Sucarts would sign a confidentiality agreement. Carmen said she declined the offer.

“He was not angry,” Carmen recalled of the visit. “He was arrogant. You know what he did? He peed outside on my wall, next to the pool. He didn’t ask for the bathroom. He go outside and he just pee right there. He came over, took his thing out and went right there.”

Shortly after that meeting, the Sucarts hired a Miami attorney, who sent a letter to Rodriguez asking for a cash settlement. According to court filings, Rodriguez agreed to a deal in June 2013, giving the Sucarts a $700,000 payment and then three other payments totaling $200,000.

However, Carmen Sucart said Rodriguez later threatened he was going to “destroy” the family.

“Alex is so poor, the only thing he has is money,” Carmen said. “He sleeps with his money, he will die with his money.”

Yuri Sucart, 52, is facing seven federal charges accusing him of distributing PEDs. His trial is scheduled to begin in February.

His wife said Yuri is in poor health, having undergone surgeries on his heart and legs since his August arrest and two-week stint in jail.

LeBron James has a message for Cavaliers fans panicking over the team’s 1-3 start: “Relax.”

James on Thursday referenced a tweet from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after his team’s slow start this season, writing: In the words of the great @AaronRodgers12 ‘Relax.’

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