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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony ‘a New York Knick at heart,’ puts faith in Phil Jackson 07.14.14 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:
MLB: Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Carmelo Anthony made his return to the Knicks official Sunday, signing a five-year deal reportedly worth more than $120 million.

Anthony, a nine-time All-Star who averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season — his third full season with the Knicks after being traded from the Nuggets — announced his decision on his website Sunday morning.

Wrote Anthony: A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality. This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.

In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.

The 30-year-old passed on the Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Mavericks for an attempt to build a winner with new Knicks president Phil Jackson.

MASHUP POLL: Now that the major free agents have signed, who will win the Eastern Conference next season?

  • Cavaliers (32%, 31 Votes)
  • Bulls (29%, 28 Votes)
  • Pacers (21%, 20 Votes)
  • None of the above (11%, 11 Votes)
  • Wizards (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Raptors (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Nets (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Knicks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Heat (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

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“We’€™re glad that Carmelo has seen that we have the vision, trusted us with what we anticipate,” Jackson said. “He plied and impressed upon us his desire to win, to be on a competitive team.

“Our message to him was we are going to be a competitive team. It may not be instantaneous. He may not just be able to drop in and win a championship. It’€™s going to be something that we’€™re goal-oriented, and that’€™s the direction we’€™re going. We’€™re really happy he came through and agreed to ply his talents with us.”

Anthony agreed to structure his deal in a way that gives the team more financial flexibility in one year, when the contracts of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani expire and the team will be able to make a splash in free agency.

“Carmelo did exactly what we kind of asked him to do, give us a break in the early part of his contract,” Jackson said. “So when we have some wiggle room, which will be hopefully big enough wiggle room, we can exploit it and provide a more competitive team for our group.”

– When Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had a run-in with police late Saturday night at a bar in Towson, Md., he became the fifth player on his team to be arrested this offseason.

According to Baltimore County police, Smith was helping an intoxicated woman in the bathroom of the bar when medics arrived to help. Smith repeatedly refused an officer’s order to leave the bathroom. He was arrested and given a criminal citation.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony opts out of Knicks contract to test free agency 06.23.14 at 10:06 am ET
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Knicks forward and Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony has been the epicenter of New York basketball for 3 1/2 years, but that may not last for much longer.

Two sources told The Associated Press Sunday that the seven-time All-Star filed the paperwork Friday to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks so that he can test free agency.

While Knicks president Phil Jackson told Anthony after the season that it likely would be in his best interest to play out his final year in New York, earning him $23.3 million, Anthony reportedly told Jackson, Knicks general manager Steve Mills and new coach Derek Fisher during a recent meeting in Los Angeles that he was indeed going forward with his plans to opt out.

The Bulls, Rockets and Heat are expected to be major players for Anthony, who is eligible to negotiate with teams on July 1.

While the Knicks can offer $20 million more than any other team, Anthony said that he would be willing to take less money if it means that he can play with a championship contender.

Anthony missed the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year NBA career this past season, as the Knicks went 37-45 — good for third place in the Atlantic Division. While New York has talented players in Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway, Jr., the team does not have much wiggle room to improve the team, as the Knicks are already facing salary cap issues due to the albatross contracts of Amar’€™e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

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New Knicks coach Derek Fisher: Focused on ‘bringing a championship back to New York’ 06.10.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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It’s official: Derek Fisher is the new coach of the Knicks.

The 18-year NBA veteran was introduced as the 26th head coach in team history Tuesday at a news conference at the team’s training facility. The hiring reunites Fisher with Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached Fisher while with the Lakers.

The pair won five championships together in Los Angeles. Now they hope to bring that same magic to a New York franchise that hasn’t won a title in 41 years.

“I’m excited to embark on the next phase of my basketball career and look forward to coaching a Knicks team that fans can be proud of,” the 39-year-old Fisher said in a statement Tuesday morning. “It’s an honor to work alongside Phil Jackson, who is both a legend and friend, as we strive together to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship back to New York.”

Jackson expects he and Fisher to work just as well together as they did with the Lakers.

“Today marks the next step of this journey for the New York Knicks franchise as we name Derek to lead the team as its head coach,” Jackson said. “Our relationship began 15 years ago, and over time, it has come clear to me that he and I can form a great partnership once again.”

The terms of Fisher’s deal were not announced. Yahoo! Sports reported the contract was worth $25 million over five years.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dan Marino files concussion suit against NFL 06.03.14 at 8:04 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: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Athletics at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
College softball: World Series, Alabama vs. Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 8 a.m. (Tennis Channel), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is one of 14 former NFL players who filed a lawsuit last week against the league over concussions.

That ups the total to 41 Hall of Famers (or their estates) among about 5,000 former players who have filed suits against the league.

Marino, 52, did not submit specific information about symptoms he is having, but the complaint indicated that he “sustained repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts during NFL games and/or practices.”

Marino was not talking about the suit Monday, but he did share some comments about close friend Jim Kelly, whom Marino visited Sunday in the hospital where Kelly was wrapping up chemotherapy treatments to battle cancer. Marino and Kelly are both Western Pennsylvania natives who were in the highly regarded 1983 draft.

“It’s hard to even understand what he’s going through,” Marino told reporters before playing in Kelly’s charity golf tournament in Batavia, N.Y. “Jim is a dear friend. You just wish the best for him.

“He’s a tough guy, you know? He’s at a point in his life that — he’s won a lot of football games and whatever — he’s in the fight for his life. He’ll win.”

– Thunder guard Derek Fisher, who said one day after Saturday’s season-ending loss to the Spurs that he has to decide if he will retire, reportedly will meet with Knicks president Phil Jackson this week about New York’s coaching vacancy.

Fisher, 39, acknowledged Sunday that he sees coaching in his future, saying: “In the last maybe decade or so, I’ve really felt that my purpose in life, my calling so to speak, was to be in a leadership position or some position of impact on other people. Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives.”

Jackson, who was fined $25,000 by the league for tampering — expressing interest in Fisher while he was under contract with Oklahoma City — reportedly is interested in hiring a young coach he can mentor. He said last week that he had a verbal commitment from Steve Kerr before the Warriors stepped in and hired the TNT analyst. Both Fisher and Kerr won championships playing under Jackson.

Lance Stephenson made more news with his curious behavior than his play in the Pacers’ series loss to the Heat, but team president Larry Bird said the free agent guard would be welcome back.

Stephenson made news for first talking trash to and about LeBron James, and then blowing in James’ ear during Indiana’s Game 5 win. Bird made it clear he did not approve of Stephenson’s antics, but he sees the potential in the 23-year-old who was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Cincinnati.

“I think his ceiling is what he wants it to be,” Bird said. “I always want him back. You just don’t let talent like that walk away if you can help it.”

Added Bird: “When it comes down to it, it’s up to him. [Once he matures] his game is unlimited.”

Bird said Stephenson’s behavior is not what he wants to see from his players.

“I was very disappointed that in Game 5, Paul George put on a spectacular display, hit every big shot, and after the game everyone was talking about all the nonsense,” Bird said. “That’s not what we’re about, and it’s not professional.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 3, 1952, as part of a nine-player trade, the Red Sox sent Johnny Pesky, 1950 American League Rookie of the Year Walt Dropo and three other players to which American League team?

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After being spurned by Steve Kerr, Knicks reportedly looking at Derek Fisher, Brian Shaw, Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Luke Walton, Tyronn Lue 05.19.14 at 12:26 pm ET
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The Zen Master’€™s slow and steady mindset already has taken hold in the Big Apple, as Knicks president Phil Jackson will not rush the process of hiring a new coach, according to reports out of New York.

Jackson reportedly is waiting to discuss the vacant coaching position with Thunder point guard Derek Fisher, who played for Jackson for nine seasons with the Lakers.

Fisher’€™s possible interest is unclear, as the 17-year veteran has deflected any questions regarding his future until after the playoffs. Fisher’€™s Thunder will take on the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

“€œI would tell people to allow me to finish my career as a player before they give me another job after that,” Fisher said during the last round of the playoffs. “€œIt’s humbling, just to think about people thinking of me in that manner, especially while I’m still playing. [But] I promise you this is the last thing on my mind at this point. I really haven’t thought about it that much. Hopefully there’s a lot of basketball left to be played this season for sure. Once that’s done we’ll go from there.”

Reports also indicate the Knicks are interested in Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, a former assistant coach under Jackson, but have yet to ask for Denver’€™s permission to interview him. While Shaw is said to be high on Jackson’€™s wish list, the Knicks have little to offer the Nuggets in an effort to pry away the former NBA guard from the Rocky Mountain state, as the team has exhausted most of its future draft picks in deals for Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani.

ESPN’€™s Chris Broussard reported that Jackson also has been in contact with veteran coach Mike Dunleavy, while former Warriors coach Mark Jackson likely could be lured away from his analyst job at ESPN.

Other names on the Knicks’€™ radar reportedly include former Timberwolves and Lakers coach Kurt Rambis, D-League coach Luke Walton and Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue.

The Knicks reportedly had identified former NBA sharpshooter and current analyst Steve Kerr as their top candidate, but the five-time NBA champion spurned the team by signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the Warriors last week.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Steve Kerr surprisingly chooses Warriors over Knicks 05.15.14 at 8:00 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 Twins, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Yankees at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, Latvia vs. United States, 9:30 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Steve Kerr, long targeted by the Knicks and new president Phil Jackson, instead decided to become coach of the Warriors on Wednesday, as his agent revealed that he accepted an offer of $25 million over five seasons.

“I told Phil, ‘I think I have to pursue this other opportunity,’ ” Kerr told NBA.com. “He gave me his blessing. He said, ‘Go look at it,’ and see what was in my heart.”

Kerr, who has no coaching experience, won three titles as a Bulls guard when Jackson was coach. He went on to win two more rings as a member of the Spurs toward the end of his 15-year playing career. Kerr subsequently spent three seasons as general manager of the Suns until quitting in 2010 and has since served as an analyst for NBA games on TNT.

Rumors that Jackson wanted Kerr to coach the Knicks began right after Jackson was hired as president in mid-March. The Warriors, meanwhile, were said to favor Stan Van Gundy, but when he accepted the Pistons job Wednesday, that opened the door for Kerr to accept a job in his home state.

Kerr, 48, replaced Mark Jackson, who had on-court success in three seasons but clashed with members of his staff and the front office. The Warriors won 51 games before losing to the Clippers in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Knicks reportedly will consider soon-to-be-retired Thunder guard Derek Fisher and Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis.

Jonathan Papelbon saved back-to-back games against the Mets on Friday and Saturday, but his decision to make himself unavailable for Sunday’s series finale did not sit well with manager Ryne Sandberg. Especially after the Phillies blew a ninth-inning lead in a 5-4 loss.

“We need a closer that can go three games in a row and close three games,” Sandberg said. “No question about that.”

Papelbon said he was bothered by back soreness, swing Toronto’s Rogers Centre turf might have contributed to the problem. He declared himself ready to go on Tuesday and insisted, “I play through a lot of soreness.”

“I wasn’t comfortable with throwing,” Papelbon said. “I felt like it could create more injury. Instead of missing 30 or 40 or 50 games, I decided it would be best for my team and my career to maybe sit one out.”

Sandberg said he’d like to be able to count on the game’s highest-paid reliever to go three days in a row in the future.

“I sure hope so,” Sandberg said. “That’s his job.”

– The NCAA decided to allow Boise State to provide “immediate assistance” to a football recruit who is homeless after an Idaho TV station aired a documentary about his situation.

Antoine Turner, who said he has at times slept at a motel, in his girlfriend’s car and on park benches, will graduate from Fullerton College (a junior college) before moving to Boise for the start of classes on June 9. Per NCAA rules, players cannot receive any assistance until arriving on campus and attending school. However, the NCAA realized the seriousness of the situation and allowed Boise State to help Turner right away.

Turner had a rough childhood in New Orleans, losing his mother when he was 4, having a strained relationship with his father, surviving Hurricane Katrina and breaking free from gang connections. He said he ran drugs for gangs but when he played football as a senior gang members “gave me a pass.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 15, 1990, the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted four former stars: Elvin Hayes, Neil Johnston, Earl Monroe and which seven-time All-Star guard who ended his NBA career by playing one season with the Celtics in 1977-78?

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Warriors reportedly show interest in Steve Kerr after firing Mark Jackson 05.07.14 at 12:06 pm ET
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Despite leading the Warriors to some of their most successful playoff runs in years, NBA coach Mark Jackson was fired on Tuesday after three seasons in Oakland.

On paper, it seemed like Jackson was doing an excellent job reviving a franchise that had only made the playoffs once in the 17 years prior to Jackson’s hiring.

After a rough first season that saw Jackson lead the Warriors to 23-36 record during the labor-shortened 2011-12 season, the former NBA point guard led his team to a combined 98-66 record over the next two years with appearances in the Western Conference semifinals during both campaigns. It was the first time that Golden State has made the postseason in consecutive years since 1991-92.

As a whole, Jackson boasted a 121-109 record with Golden State.

Despite the success that Jackson enjoyed on the court, the same can’t be said off the hardwood as Jackson often clashed with management over personnel decisions.

“Obviously [the decision] was not made exclusively on wins and losses,” said Warriors owner Joe Lacob, who compared his decision to fire Jackson to his prior experience as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

“There’s a different CEO that may be required to achieve success at different stages of an organization’s development,” Lacob said. “When you’re a start-up company it’s one thing, when you’re a small-growth company it’s one thing and when you’re a mature company that’s trying to reach a billion in sales — or in this case win an NBA championship — perhaps that’s a different person. And we just felt overall we needed a different person.”

The Warriors reportedly are focused on former NBA guard and current TV analyst Steve Kerr as a top pick for the job. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the team also was looking at Stan Van Gundy as a possible option.

Kerr has received attention from multiple teams looking for a coach, with the Knicks currently believed to be the front runner for his services thanks to Kerr’s close relationship with the team’s president, Phil Jackson.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Avs’ Erik Johnson says ‘no place in the game’ for Wild’s Matt Cooke, who gets 7-game suspension 04.24.14 at 6:56 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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Pirates, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Cubs, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Avalanche at Wild, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Hawks, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Benfica vs. Juventus, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Wild forward Matt Cooke is back in a familiar spot: on the sideline serving a suspension. Cooke was banned seven games by the league for his knee-on-knee hit on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of their series — the second-longest kneeing suspension in league history. Barrie suffered a sprained MCL and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

This is Cooke’s sixth suspension, adding up to 34 games. He had gone three years since his last major transgression, when he played for the Penguins.

Cooke, 35, can appeal the suspension to commissioner Gary Bettman.

“I think everyone is pretty informed on what he does out there and what he’s done in the past, and I think that speaks for itself,” Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said Wednesday before the suspension was announced. “There’s no place for that in the game. Look at the guy who he hit: one of our top ‘D.’ He’s going to be out for the foreseeable future.”

Added Johnson: “I don’t even know if there’s a place for him in this game. It’s disgusting what he’s done to guys’ careers.”

– The Knicks are looking for a new coach after firing Mike Woodson, but president Phil Jackson made it clear he won’t be returning to the bench.

Jeanie Buss was here with the Board of Governors last week and stayed through the weekend, and tried to encourage me to coach the team. And if there’s anyone that can encourage me to do anything, it’s Jeanie Buss. But I was able to withstand her arguments the whole time,” Jackson said during a Wednesday press conference at the Knicks’ training center in Greenburgh, N.Y.

Added Jackson: “Right now I know physically what I can do. That’s something that I don’t think physically I can do.”

Jackson said he has some names in mind, and he did nothing to discourage rumors that TNT analyst Steve Kerr is the leading candidate.

“I know philosophically we have a strong connection. Whether he’s able to take a job like this, I don’t know,” Jackson said. “I will get in a conversation with him later on this month and talk to him about it and see where he’s at as far as his desire to coach.”

– Pacers guard Lance Stephenson admitted that he and teammate Evan Turner had a “little scuffle” prior to Game 1 of Indiana’s series vs. the Hawks, although he denied a report that punches were thrown.

Two large scratches were evident on Turner’s neck during the game, which the favored Pacers lost.

“We got in a little scuffle, but it was just practice related,” Stephenson said. “No blows, just hard playing and getting ready for the playoffs. I mean, I’ve got no problem with him.”

Meanwhile, coach Frank Vogel, who had a long conversation after Wednesday’s practice with team president Larry Bird, appeared unconcerned about a report that he is “coaching for his job” after the team’s late-season struggles.

“It’s the NBA, we’re all coaching for our jobs,” Vogel said. “All I know is that I’ve got incredible support from Larry and we’re trying to win games.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 24, 1983, which player scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Sabres in Game 7 of their Adams Division finals series at Boston Garden?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury ‘can’t worry’ about reaction he’ll receive at Fenway Park 04.22.14 at 8:09 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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESNplus; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Flyers, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Nets at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Chelsea at Atletico Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jacoby Ellsbury makes his return to Fenway Park on Tuesday as a member of the Yankees, and Johnny Damon, who was in a similar situation eight years ago, says the boos the outfielder will hear will be good for him.

“It’s going to be great for Ellsbury to go back,” Damon told the New York Post. “The fact that almost everybody will be booing will make it easier. That would be tougher on certain individuals, but the good thing about him is that he plays hard.”

Damon left Boston in 2006, apparently unwanted by Red Sox management despite helping Boston end its 86-year title drought in 2004, and signed with the Yankees. In his first game back at Fenway, he turned the boos into cheers (at least partly) when he stopped and tipped his helmet to the crowd before his first at-bat.

“I knew all the fans weren’t booing,” Damon said. “I did a lot of things there. I brought a different attitude to the clubhouse and helped with a championship. To those who were booing, the hell with them.”

Ellsbury said he hasn’t been thinking about the reaction he’ll receive, although he’s well aware of how “passionate” Red Sox fans are.

“We will see what happens when the time comes,” Ellsbury said. “You can’t think about what they are going to do. In this game you can only focus on what you can do. You can’t worry about the other stuff you can’t control. I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life.”

– The Knicks began their rebuild under new team president Phil Jackson when they fired coach Mike Woodson and his assistants on Monday.

The Knicks, expected to compete for one of the top spots in the Eastern Conference this season, went 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

Jackson noted in a statement that “blame should not be put on one individual,” but added that “the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build the team for next season and beyond.”

Woodson, who finished third in NBA Coach of the Year balloting last season after New York went 54-28, ends his Knicks career with a .580 winning percentage, ranking him third in franchise history behind Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy.

TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago, has been rumored to be the leading candidate.

“It’s going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around,” Kerr said Monday during his SiriusXM NBA Radio show. “I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we’ll see where it all goes.”

– ESPN football analyst Keyshawn Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery early Monday morning after a dispute with his ex-girlfriend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters.

Johnson, 41, was released shortly after 9 a.m. after posting $20,000 bail.

An ESPN spokesman said the network was aware of the incident and was “looking into it.”

Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 1996 draft by the Jets, played for the Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers as part of his 11-year NFL career before retiring in 2006.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 22, 1993, which Mariners pitcher walked the first two Red Sox batters of the game but went on to pitch a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory in Seattle?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Another Aaron Hernandez associate indicted in relation to murder case 04.18.14 at 8:09 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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 2:15 p.m. (WGN, MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Another Aaron Hernandez associate was arrested and will face charges related to the death of Odin Lloyd, for which the former Patriots tight end and two other men stand accused with murder.

On Thursday in federal court in Orlando, 23-year-old Oscar Hernandez (no relation to Aaron) was ordered detained until he is to be transferred to Boston to face charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath after being indicted by a federal grand jury.

The indictment states that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced three guns that had been recovered during the investigation into Lloyd’s death, and the ATF determined that the guns had been purchased in Florida last April. None of the guns are the .45-caliber Glock investigators believe was used in the shooting.

One of the guns is believed to be a rifle that investigators found in a gray Toyota Camry with Florida license plates that was parked in the garage of Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers said previously that Oscar Hernandez was interviewed by investigators last June, 10 days after Lloyd’s death. According to Wednesday’s indictment, Oscar Hernandez lied about purchasing the Camry and arranging for it to be sent from Florida to North Attleboro.

Carmelo Anthony soon will be a free agent, and he made it clear he has no intention of signing up for another “embarrassing” season like this one, in which the Knicks went 37-45 and finished out the playoffs.

“I want to come back. But I also want to win,” Anthony told reporters Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. “Me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in position to at least compete at a high level over the course of whatever — five years, the contract would be — then I’m willing to stay here and I’m willing to ride or die for New York.”

Added Anthony: “Man, I feel like we gave away this year. This is a year that we can’t get back. It is what it is, so there’s no need to cry over the spoiled milk. We’ve got to keep moving forward. But we have to build. Let’s be quite frank about it, we have to get better. As a team we have to get better.

“I don’t know if I can afford to wait another season of losing. I really can’t see that picture right now. As far as other teams out there, which quote-unquote team will be the best situation? You never know. Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. This is stuff that I’m going to have to sit down with my family and really figure things out. This is not a decision that’s going to happen overnight. It’s going to take some time.”

The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year, $129.1 million deal, which is almost $33 million than he could get elsewhere, but he said that’s not of primary importance.

“At this point in my career, I’m not concerned about the money. The contract will be the contract regardless,” he said. “Without a doubt, at this point in my career it’s about winning. Nothing else matters. That’s not going to change. That’s still going to be my mindset, it is my mindset. You know, that’s going to be my No. 1.”

– Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig played in Thursday night’s game against the Giants in San Francisco and would not talk about specifics related to a report that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba had threatened his life.

“I’m only concentrating on the season and being the best teammate and helping my teammates,” Puig said, adding: “I have great teammates who are helping support me so much this season and to focus on the season when I get to the stadium so I am comfortable. That way I don’t start thinking about anything negative in the stadium. I’m only thinking about working on the things that are going to make me a better ballplayer.”

According to court documents related to a federal lawsuit in Miami, smugglers made death threats against Puig and Cuban boxer Yunior Despaigne, claiming Puig owes them money.

“If you care about Yasiel, you worry about some serious stuff there that he has to deal with,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If you care about him as a person, you worry about what he’s going through.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired Steve Kasper one week after the season ended without the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time since 1967. Who replaced him?

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