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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:

Bud Selig

Bud Selig

— 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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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Local, national athletes react with dismay to ambush of police officers in Dallas 07.08.16 at 8:47 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Hornets, 8 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pistons, 10 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Knicks, noon (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Thunder vs. Heat, 2 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Magic vs. Pacers, 4 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Bucks vs. Cavaliers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Hawks vs. Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Timberwolves vs. Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Raptors, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Lakers vs. Pelicans, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 6 p.m. (NBCSN), 8 p.m. (NBC)
Gymnastics: U.S. Olympic trials, 9 p.m. (NBC)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Five police officers were killed and seven more injured when snipers opened fire during a protest in Dallas on Thursday following the deaths of two black men earlier in the week, and athletes around the nation reacted with dismay.

New Patriots defensive end Chris Long, who spent the past seven seasons playing in St. Louis, tweeted:

Praying for those Dallas PO’s
Respecting, appreciating good ppl in uniform
Being angry about an unjust murder by a PO
NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

Added Long: All violence in this country sucks. Whoever perpetrates it. intellectually dishonest people will continue to justify it. So sad. Rant over

Cavaliers star LeBron James commented on an article about Philando Castile, the Minnesota man shot by a policeman while in his car, writing: Sickens me and I shed multiple tears about it all.

Later in the evening, as details emerged from Dallas, he wrote: We are all hurting tonight. More violence is not the answer. #StoptheViolence

Former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders urged Dallas to show restraint.

Tweeted Sanders: Dallas let’s wake up this ain’t us! We’re better than this. We’re hurting,upset,confused,sad,frustrated,tired & fed up but this ain’t right!

Wrote former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck: Eye for an eye truly means that we all soon will be blind. Hate + more hate = HATE. I CHOOSE TO LOVE EVEN THOSE THAT HATE ME.

Tweeted Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Dallas,we mourn those who lost their lives protecting us and stand together, united, to cherish those we live and work next to #DallasStrong

— Rajon Rondo is saying all the right things as he joins the Bulls, although it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to avoid the issues with teammates and coaches that have plagued his career.

Rondo was introduced to the media Thursday after agreeing to a reported two-year, $28 million deal earlier in the week, and he said he understands he’s not the No. 1 star in Chicago, which features Jimmy Butler and former Heat star Dwyane Wade.

“Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here,” Rondo told reporters. “It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James lashes out at critics after being welcomed home to Cleveland as champion 06.21.16 at 7:46 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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Texas Tech vs. Florida, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, TCU vs. Coastal Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Lynx at Sparks, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Mercury at Wings, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Copa America semifinals, United States vs. Argentina, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship, Northern Ireland vs. Germany, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Ukraine vs. Poland, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: European Championship, Croatia vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Czech Republic vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

LeBron James

LeBron James

— LeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland with his Cavaliers teammates Monday after they ended the city’s 52-year championship drought with an NBA title. After arriving home, James took a shot at critics who said he would not be able to seal the deal.

James, the NBA Finals MVP after his triple double in Sunday’s Game 7, posted an image on Instagram of him holding the Larry O’Brien trophy with the note:

They said u lost a step, wasn’t explosive as once was, the best days was in the [rear] view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don’t have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won’t work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won’t work, love your teammates to much, there’s no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc…. But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir

James, who limits his social media presence during the postseason, also told ESPN that he had an issue with some people close to him who questioned his desire to leave the Heat two years ago in an effort to bring Cleveland a title.

“When I decided to leave Miami — I’m not going to name any names, I can’t do that — but there were some people that I trusted and built relationships with in those four years [who] told me I was making the biggest mistake of my career,” James said.

“And that [expletive] hurt me. And I know it was an emotional time that they told me that because I was leaving. They just told me it was the biggest mistake I was making in my career. And that right there was my motivation.”

A crowd estimated at more than 10,000 was on hand to greet the Cavaliers when their plane landed at Hopkins International Airport around 12:40 p.m. James exited the plane with the trophy, wearing a shirt that read “Ultimate Warrior.”

Hundreds of fans camped outside James’ home in Akron as well, and he greeted them and made a few remarks.

— The prosecutor’s office in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, declined to pursue charges against two Alabama football players, claiming there was insufficient evidence. But it’s what the prosecutor said in a television interview that raised some eyebrows.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Sports world reacts to Orlando tragedy 06.13.16 at 8:14 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 Finals: Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ABC)
MLB: Cubs at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Copa America, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Copa America, Uruguay vs. Jamaica, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA, Spain vs. Czech Republic, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA, Ireland vs. Sweden, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA, Belgium vs. Italy, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— LeBron James took time out from his spat with the Warriors to express his condolences to the families of the victims in the Orlando mass shooting, one of many in the sports world to weigh in on the tragedy.

“It’s another hit for us as Americans and what we have to deal with in our world today,” James said. “It definitely puts things in perspective on basketball for myself; it’s just a small matter of what reality really is. My prayers to all the lost ones and all the ones that are recovering from this morning’s tragedy in Orlando.”

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who started his career in Orlando, checked in on Twitter: My thoughts & prayers go out to my Orlando LGBT community brothers and sisters during this senseless act of violence. Love is Love!

Tweeted current Magic forward Aaron Gordon: Pray for those directly effected by shootings! Give them the courage to act out of compassion in order to stop a cyclical trend of violence.

The Magic organization tweeted a photo of the Orlando skyline with the hashtag PrayForOrlando. Wrote the team: We mourn those that we lost today. And we are inspired by how our community has banded together.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt termed the shooting “madness,” while Heat guard Dwyane Wade called the situation “just awful.”

A moment of silence was held before a number of events Sunday, including Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in San Jose.

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, posted his thoughts on Instagram, writing: Let this hateful act of terror on the #LGBTQ community be a wake up call for America. Men and women of all races, ages, and sexual orientation are being slaughtered because of hate crimes. How many more must die from a hate crime? We need to create awareness for ALL to show that hate is not the foundation of our nation. Friends DO NOT let this coward put fear into your hearts!!! Let us all come together stronger than ever and let the world know that we will not be terrorized or bullied by the actions of hateful bigots. We are here to stay and fight not only for equality, but for our very existence. To the victims love ones of this terrible crime I and the entire #LGBTQ community in the world stands with you and mourns with you.

— Following an emergency meeting of UEFA, the Europen soccer governing body warned England and Russia that its teams could be expelled from the European Championship in France if their fans continue their streak of violence.

Russian fans attacked their English counterparts after their first match in Group B in Marseille. According to authorities, four of the many wounded suffered serious injuries, including one who was in serious but stable condition, and 15 people were arrested.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Controversial CB Brandon Browner returns to Seahawks 04.18.16 at 8:28 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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Raptors, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Flyers, 7 pm. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Wild, 8:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Road racing: Boston Marathon, 8:30 a.m. (WBZ-TV, NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

— Cornerback Brandon Browner, who had a rough season with the Saints in 2015 after parting ways with the Patriots, is looking forward to a chance to resurrect his career with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks announced Sunday that Browner agreed to a one-year deal to return to Seattle, where he was a part of a Super Bowl championship team before moving on to the Patriots.

His agent said Browner was so excited about the situation that he planned to fly directly from his brother’s wedding in Maui, Hawaii, to get to Seattle in time to sign his contract and join the team’s offseason conditioning program that starts Monday.

“I’ve never heard him happier,” agent Peter Schaffer said. “I really haven’t.”

Browner initially joined the Seahawks in 2011 after a four-year stint in the CFL. He was a key part of the heralded Seattle defense that dominated the league in 2013, although he missed the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Broncos with an injury.

After helping the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl the following year, Browner was cut by New England and latched on with the Saints, where his trend of drawing penalties worsened. He also was part of a defense that allowed an NFL record 45 touchdown passes. He said he played the season with a torn knee ligament but expects to be healthy for 2016.

— In-game interviews generally offer little to no insight or entertainment value, but occasionally there’s one worth remembering. Such was the case during Sunday’s Pistons-Cavaliers playoff game, when Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy took a shot at the officials for allegedly protecting LeBron James.

“A couple of calls have upset our guys,” Van Gundy told ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters after the first quarter. “They’ve got to understand, LeBron’s LeBron. They’re not going to call offensive fouls on him. He gets to do what he wants. They’ve got to understand that.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Patriot Albert Haynesworth says he ‘almost died’ from brain aneurysms 03.04.16 at 8:19 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: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ball State at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kent State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Austin Peay at Belmont, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Morehead State at Tennessee-Martin, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Albert Haynesworth's time in New England was short and unforgettable. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Albert Haynesworth’s time in New England was short and unforgettable. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

— Controversial former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who briefly played for the Patriots in 2011, said he had brain aneurysms in November 2014 that nearly killed him, forcing him to spend 11 days in intensive care in a Florida hospital.

“Nobody really knows: I almost died,” he told Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone on Thursday. “I had two brain aneurysms that were nearly rupturing. I went and talked to my doctor in Florida, and he was like, ‘Man, your blood pressure is through the roof. I’m going to admit you.’ They did a lot of tests and found the aneurysm that was rupturing at that point.”

Haynesworth, who spent most of his 10-year NFL career with the Titans after starring at the University of Tennessee, also said he’s been having issues with his memory.

“I’ve been OK. It’s really hard to remember, and I’m not saying that just because of the concussion thing,” he said, referring to the league’s issues with CTE. “A lot of things, I just can’t remember. I don’t feel as sharp as I used to as far as problem-solving and answering questions and things.

“It sounds crazy, but sometimes, writing my own name, I kind of forget the signature of how I normally write. Or sending long texts, my words get backwards. It’s crazy, but hopefully as time goes on, I get better.”

Haynesworth, 34, said no one is saying for sure that his brain issues are related to his football career.

“They can’t say. They said I could have had it, but they said football definitely didn’t help. I don’t really know. I have no idea. I’m not a doctor,” Haynesworth said. “I don’t want to blame it on football, and I don’t want to say, ‘Hey, it didn’t have anything to do with it.’ ”

Haynesworth, who was a flop after leaving Tennessee to sign a seven-year, $100 million free agent contract with Washington in 2009, was acquired by the Patriots before the 2011 season in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. He played sparingly in six games and was released in early November, days after a sideline confrontation with a Patriots assistant coach.

— With the Cavaliers having consecutive off days this week, LeBron James chose to fly to Miami and work out with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade. James is not concerned that his trip raised some eyebrows, especially considering the teams could meet in the postseason.

“I don’t care,” James said after Thursday’s practice, adding: “What do I go there for? Go there ’cause I want to. I would love to go to L.A., but I’ll take 2 1/2[-hour flight] over 4 1/2. I’ve got a house in L.A., but it makes more sense for me to go south than go west. But I go because I want to.”

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