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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Canucks draw ire of Blackhawks after hit to Marian Hossa’s head 02.20.13 at 7:33 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Hornets at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: James Madison at Northeastern, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: UMass at St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Providence at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado State at UNLV, 10:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blues at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The Blackhawks dislike the Canucks even more than the Bruins do, and this elbow to the back of Marian Hossa‘s head by Jannik Hansen in Tuesday’s game won’t help the situation. Chicago went on to a 4-3 shootout win, extending its season-opening undefeated streak to an NHL record-tying 16 games, but much of the talk afterward was about Hossa, who scored two goals but did not return after the hit.

Hossa was knocked out of last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs on a concussion-causing hit by Coyotes forward (and former Canuck) Raffi Torres and was not cleared to return until November (Torres was suspended 25 games).

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said he expects no discipline for Hansen.

“It wasn’€™t even a penalty,” Vigneault said. “Both referees looked at the play, and until [Hawks captain Jonathan] Toews went out to talk to them it wasn’€™t even a penalty. ‘€¦ He’€™s trying to grab a puck in the air. It’€™s unfortunate if a young man is hurt. He’€™s trying to jump to get the puck. Stuff happens.”

Said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville: “I think everybody saw it, everybody can have their own opinion. I’€™ll let the people that do that stuff do their job.”

‘™¦ Amid reports that the relationship between Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard is at an all-time low, Phil Jackson weighed in on the team’s struggles and said Howard is not being used properly.

“They just don’t put the ball in the post,” the former Lakers coach told Sports Illustrated. “They’ll use a screen-roll to get the guy in the post. But there’s no consistent plan to do it. Yes, Kobe will go in there. But Dwight just doesn’t get any touches. They’ve basically eliminated his assets.”

Jackson reiterated that he’s done coaching, although he made it clear that he’s interested in running the basketball operations for a team.

“I do hold out the idea that there’s still influence in the game I could have,” he said. “Red Auerbach, Pete Newell, Wayne Embry, guys like that have had … a number of people have had considerable influence and haven’t been coaches per se.”

‘™¦ The Jets made official what had been speculated for weeks, parting ways with some key players in a cost-cutting move. Tuesday’s cuts included linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith, offensive tackle Jason Smith and tight end/fullback Josh Baker. The purge clears about $31 million from the books and gets the Jets under the projected 2013 salary cap.

“Every one of these players was a major contributor to our football team,” coach Rex Ryan said in a team statement. “They have the work ethic and attitude that you look for in players and they will always be New York Jets. It was an honor to coach each of these men. They are tremendous people, as well as outstanding football players.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 20, 1997, which Bruin extended his point-scoring streak to 20 games with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ozzie Guillen returns to Marlins, on self-probation 04.18.12 at 7:38 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Magic at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WRKO)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI)


‘™¦ Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen returned Tuesday from a five-game team suspension for his comments praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and he remained apologetic.

“I put myself on probation ‘€¦ me, nobody else,” Guillen said. “It’s probation about growing up and being better, and be careful to not trust too many people. That was my problem.”

There were no demonstrations against Guillen prior to the Marlins’ 5-2 victory over the Cubs, which drew a season-low 24,544 to Marlins Park in Miami.

There was one noticeable heckler during the game, but Guillen said he heard only supportive comments.

“Everything was pretty nice,” he said. “It made my day a little easier. I appreciate the way people were, not just with me but with the team.”

‘™¦ Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was incensed during Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes when Phoenix forward Raffi Torres left his feet and drilled Marian Hossa in the head but was not penalized. Hossa was taken off on a stretcher and checked out at an area hospital before being released.

“I can’t believe four [officials] missed it,” Quenneville said during an in-game interview. “Makes me sick.”

Torres, the former Canuck who said he was “just trying to finish my hit out there,” undoubtedly will become the latest player to receive a multiple-game suspension after the league reviews the play.

‘™¦ Mavericks guard Delonte West is back in the news, and once again it’s not for something good. During Monday night’s triple-overtime loss to the Jazz, West stuck his finger in the ear of Utah forward Gordon Hayward and gave him a push, leading to a technical foul after a video review.

“We are two warriors, out here battling,” West said. “I forgot the NBA is a gentleman’s game.”

Hayward walked away from the incident but said Tuesday that he was angry enough to respond.

“I wanted to fight right there, but you can’t do that,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been the smart idea. I’d risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. There’s more important things than fighting someone out on the court. The more important thing was getting the win, and we were able to do that.”

‘™¦ Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie‘s wife on Tuesday posted an ultrasound picture of twins, which she tweeted are due in November. The 28-year-old cornerback already has 10 children with eight women, and he became famous for apparently struggling to remember all their names during the team’s appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2010.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired which coach one week after the season ended without the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time since 1967?

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Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa likely will miss 2-3 weeks 12.01.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa likely will miss 2-3 weeks because of a lower-body injury. Hossa was injured in a collision with teammate Nick Boynton during Monday’s practice and had to be helped off the ice. He also missed five games earlier this season with an upper-body injury. Hossa is fourth on the team with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists). As a replacement, the Blackhawks recalled forward Jeremy Morin from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.

“Things happen like that,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday of the collision. “It can happen away from the game, too, so it’s all part of it. You deal with it. It’s an opportunity for Morin to come up and hopefully he can take advantage of the chance and the challenge. We’ll just go from there.” Morin, 19, made his NHL debut Nov. 6 against the Thrashers. He leads the IceHogs with six goals.

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LEEInks list: Memorable radio play calls 10.28.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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Florida Atlantic color commentator Dave Lamont was so offended by an unpenalized hit to the helmet of the FAU quarterback Saturday that he pounded his fists, screamed at the officials, yelled for the commissioner, then challenged everyone in the Arkansas State press box to a fight.

“I don’t really care if you people look at me in the press box,” he said. “You know what? I don’t care. That’s flag. And I’ll fight any one of you if you want to. That’s the mood I’m in at the moment. Apparently, the team isn’t the only one melting down here.”

Lamont later apologized for his actions.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 memorable radio calls from games of the past few years ‘€” both positive and negative.

10. Jan. 24, 2010: Brett Favre throws costly interception in NFC title game

Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen was not pleased with Favre’s poor decision that led to an interception toward the end of the NFC championship game vs. the Saints. Barked Allen: “This is not Detroit, man, this is the Super Bowl!”

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