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Monday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers fire coach Chip Kelly; President Obama appoints Ray Allen to Holocaust Memorial Council 01.02.17 at 8:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at New Jersey, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Chicago at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (NBC)
NBA: Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Florida vs. Iowa, 1 p.m. (ABC)
College football: USC vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Auburn vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Seton Hall at Butler, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: St. John’s at Xavier, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Creighton at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Providence at DePaul, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)


–The 49ers have officially fired head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke, the team announced on Sunday.

“Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary,” 49ers owner Jed York said in a statement. “The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.”

York will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday to address the moves.

Kelly was fired as head coach of the Eagles last season after three years in the position, making this the second time in a year he has been fired.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Paul Pierce details icy relationship with Ray Allen, criticizes ex-Nets teammates 04.15.15 at 8:15 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.

MLB: Nationals at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pacers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Flames at Canucks, 10 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico at United States, 9 p.m. (FS1)


— There have long been indications that Ray Allen‘s relationship with his Celtics teammates was icy during their time in Boston, and on Tuesday Paul Pierce explained just how strained it was.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Pierce offered some details about the Big Three’s time together. He said he has not talked to Allen since Allen left Boston as a free agent to sign with the Heat in the summer of 2012 — not because he’s angry, but more because there wasn’t that much depth to the relationship.

“It was a weird relationship,” Pierce said. “We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That’s just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we’d be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn’t show up. We’d go to his charity events, but Ray wouldn’t show up to somebody else’s. I called him on it. I said, ‘Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don’t come to ours.’

“I remember when [Rajon] Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn’t show up. I know Ray probably didn’t like Rondo that much, but it wasn’t a fact of not liking somebody. You don’t have to like everybody you play with — it’s a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn’t like Ray either, but he came to Ray’s functions to show, ‘Hey, we’re together in this.’

“It’s not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we’d say, ‘Let’s go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.’ We’d get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam [Cassell], but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three.

“It just got to the point where it was, ‘That’s Ray.’ No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn’t much there.”

As for Rondo, Pierce said he’s trying to convince Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal that they have to show up to play every single night if they want to be great, something he wasn’t able to convince Rondo to do.

“That was Rondo’s problem, too,” Pierce said. “Some days he did, some days he didn’t. I think it’s more this generation. A lot of these players have been catered to since the sixth grade. The NBA is changing so much. It’s not like when I came up, with that old-school mentality that practice really mattered. You’ve got these 24-, 25-year-old guys who sit out of practice now to rest. It’s hard for me to understand, but I’m trying.”

Pierce also discussed his “horrible” 2013-14 season in Brooklyn, criticizing the team’s players for not caring enough despite the efforts of Pierce and Kevin Garnett to fire them up.

“It was just the guys’ attitudes there. It wasn’t like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn’t want to play and didn’t want to practice. I was looking around saying, ‘What’s this?’ Kevin and I had to pick them up every day in practice,” Pierce said. “If me and Kevin weren’t there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez grateful for supportive fans after hitting ‘rock bottom’ 03.05.15 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at Washington, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Twins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at White Sox, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)


Alex Rodriguez singled in his first spring training at-bat, finished 1-for-2 with a walk and even heard some cheers mixed among the boos at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa as he made his return to baseball following his one-year suspension.

Rodriguez expressed gratitude with the fans who have remained supportive of him even after he embarrassed his team and the game with his behavior.

“Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Said manager Joe Girardi of the fans’ reaction: “It was mixed and it’s probably going to be that way. It’s nothing new for him. He’s had to deal with it for a long time now. He knows how to block it out and prepare himself.”

Rodriguez was in the lineup as designated hitter, not his preferred position of third base, when he swung and missed a pair of pitches from Phillies starter Kevin Slowey before lining a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

“I felt like I was swinging under water,” he said. “I was like, man, it’s been a long time.”

Added Rodriguez: “It’s going to take two or three weeks for me to kind of get a gauge where I am.”

Ray Allen, who reportedly had been courted by the Cavaliers, Clippers and other contenders, announced Wednesday that he will not play in the NBA this season but might come back in 2015-16.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in a statement. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season.”

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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 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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Ray Allen’s NBA future not clear despite speculation he will join Cavaliers 10.08.14 at 9:52 am ET
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Despite rumors claiming he has agreed to terms with the Cavaliers, guard Ray Allen remains uncertain about his future in the NBA, said his agent Jim Tanner.

The former Celtics player, a two-time NBA champion, played with LeBron James the last two seasons in Miami. Together, they were able to make consecutive NBA Finals, taking the title in 2013. James then left the Heat to join the Cavaliers for the second time earlier this offseason.

After James made the move, some speculated Allen would follow suit and go to Cleveland as well. But according to Tanner, the top 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA game has not decided if he will play in the NBA again.

Tweeted Tanner on Tuesay: Ray’€™s position has not changed. Ray has not decided if he will play this season nor has he signed w/the @Cavs.

It would be the 39-year-old’€™s 20th season in the league if he does decide to come back. Last year in Miami, he averaged 9.6 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Patriots WR Reche Caldwell arrested for 3rd time this year 08.04.14 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Giants at Mets, 12:10 p.m. (MLB TV)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Liverpool vs. Manchester United, 8 p.m. (FS1)


— Former Patriots wide receiver Reche Caldwell was arrested Sunday for the third time this year, charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Caldwell, 35, was arrested in January and charged with running an illegal gambling house and bookmaking. He was nabbed in May after signing for a package that contained 4.8 pounds of MDMA (a pure form of ecstasy known as Molly) and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Caldwell also was arrested in 2011 for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license.

A second-round pick of the Chargers in 2002 out of the University of Florida, Caldwell played for San Diego (2002-05), New England (’06) and Washington (’07). The Tampa native caught 61 passes for 760 yards and four touchdowns in his lone season with the Patriots.

His younger brother, Andre Caldwell, is a receiver for the Broncos.

— The Cavaliers are building the next Eastern Conference powerhouse — with Kevin Love expected to arrive via trade later in the month — but Ray Allen hasn’t decided if he’ll sign on to play alongside former Heat teammate LeBron James again, as has been expected.

“I’m not in any rush [to make a decision],” the former UConn star told the Hartford Courant while in Connecticut for a basketball camp over the weekend. “I’ve played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I’m content with everything that I’ve done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes.”

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Reports: Cavaliers make play for Kevin Love, Ray Allen, Mike Miller 07.09.14 at 1:09 pm ET
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The Cavaliers, who on Wednesday reportedly agreed to a three-way trade involving the Celtics and Nets that will allow them to shed almost $22 million and clear room for a max contract offer to LeBron James, are said to be interested in two of James’ close friends: Ray Allen and Mike Miller.

Allen, who is believed to be seeking a max contract of $20.7 million, played in Miami the last two years after leaving the Celtics as a free agent. He turns 39 on July 20.

Miller played alongside James in Miami for three years but was waived before last season and ended up with the Grizzlies.

There also was a report from a aports radio host in Cleveland that the Cavaliers made an offer to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love in a deal that would include No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. However, other media outlets questioned the accuracy of that report.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: FIFA investigates biting incident involving Uruguay’s Luis Suarez 06.25.14 at 8:16 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Cardinals at Rockies, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College baseball: World Series, Virginia vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: Argentina vs. Nigeria, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: France vs. Ecuador, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Honduras vs. Switzerland, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Uruguay forward Luis Suarez tried to brush off accusations that he bit an Italian opponent in Tuesday’s World Cup game, but soccer’s governing body announced that it will investigate the incident, and a lengthy suspension seems likely.

Suarez — who plays in the English Premier League for Liverpool (owned by Fenway Sports Group, in case you were wondering if this year could get any worse for John Henry and friends) — twice before has been suspended for biting. The most recent incident was in 2013, when he chomped down on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, an incident for which he received a seven-game ban.

According to reports out of Brazil, FIFA asked the Uruguayan team to present its evidence by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Uruguay next plays Saturday in the Round of 16 against Colombia.

MASHUP POLL: How should Luis Suarez be suspended for his latest bite?

  • Substantial suspension (more than 7 games) (93%, 127 Votes)
  • Short suspension (a few games) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Same suspension as last time (7 games) (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Fine but no suspension (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 136

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Video clearly shows Suarez leaning in to Giorgio Chiellini‘s shoulder with his mouth after the two jostled for position in front of the goal, away from the play. Chiellini responded by swinging his arm at Suarez, and both players flopped to the ground in supposed agony. Chiellini attempted to show the referee tooth marks on his shoulder, but no foul or card was given.

“These are things that happen on the pitch. We were both in the area, he thrust his shoulder into me,” Suarez told the media in Spanish after the game. “These things happen on the pitch, and we don’t have to give them so much [importance].”

The Italians weren’t as willing to let it go.

“I didn’t see Suarez biting him but I saw the bite marks on his shoulder, but the referee’s assistants were so busy they didn’t see anything,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “It’s a shame. It’s a real shame that it turned out like this.”

— In other World Cup news, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced there will be a viewing party Thursday on City Hall Plaza for the United States’ noontime game against Germany. The New England Revolution street team, including team mascot Slyde, will be on hand for the event.

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Larry Bird, Pacers tiring of Lance Stephenson’s antics 05.30.14 at 9:11 am ET
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Lance Stephenson has been in the news for all the wrong reasons during the Eastern Conference finals, and the Pacers may have finally had enough.

The 23-year-old guard’s latest antics came in Wednesday’s Game 5, when Stephenson was caught blowing into LeBron James‘s ear during the fourth quarter of Indiana’s 93-90 win. While Stephenson said afterward that he did it to try to get under James’ skin, Pacers president Larry Bird wasn’t pleased.

Bird was asked by USA Today via text message if he was bothered by Stephenson’s actions, to which he responded, “Yes I am.”

Bird wasn’t the only one, either.

“Blowing in his face probably crosses the line,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday. “That’s not really who we are. We want to be a competitive team, but we don’t want to cross the line.”

Stephenson said he blew in James’s ear out of respect.

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Stephenson said. “He’s a great player. You’ve got to do whatever it takes to get under him and win the game because he’s that good. So if I’ve got to do all that stuff, I’m going to do that to win the game.”

Miami guard Ray Allen called Stephenson’s antics “buffoonery” and said he is just making “himself look bad.”

“As players, we just are professional, we come out and do our jobs. He’s young. He’ll grow up,” Allen told reporters.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett tells LeBron James to ‘worry about Miami’ after Ray Allen comments 10.18.13 at 8:22 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8:37 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Lakers vs. Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Pacers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Central Florida at Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)


‘€¢ An NBA preseason game in Brooklyn took on increased significance Thursday after LeBron James took a shot at Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers for accepting trades from Boston after they iced out Ray Allen for leaving the Celtics as a free agent a year earlier.

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’ ” James said. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.

“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc [Rivers, former Celtics coach], KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”

After the Nets dismissed the Heat, 86-62, Garnett and Pierce dismissed James’ comments.

“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business,” Garnett said.

Pierce maintained that the situations were different.

“I left Boston?” Pierce asked.

‘€¢ Adrian Peterson rejoined the Vikings on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice so he could attend the funeral for the 2-year-old son he never knew.

“It was a difficult day, just taking in the circumstance and the whole situation,” Peterson said before Thursday’s practice. “A child was buried. That’s difficult for anyone.”

Peterson attended a private service for Tyrese Robert Ruffin in Sioux Falls, S.D., about two months after first learning the child was his. He first met the boy while the youngster was in critical condition last week, after allegedly being beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson.

“I was planning on seeing him. I had a talk with his mom and we got some things together as far as financially helping her,” Peterson said. ‘”Unfortunately, this situation took place. It’s devastating.”

Added Peterson: “A lot of people won’t ever understand the situation that I’m in and see it the way I’m seeing the situation. It’s tough, but I’m able to deal with that and got a good supporting cast around me that’s been supporting me through this tough time.”

‘€¢ Chane Behanan, who helped Louisville win the NCAA basketball championship in April, was suspended by the team, and coach Rick Pitino was candid in talking about the forward’s inability to abide by team rules.

“I got together with [athletic director Tom Jurich] a few days ago. We both agreed that Chane should put basketball aside,” Pitino said. “Chane wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s nothing of a violent nature. It’s just very difficult for Chane to follow rules. We don’t have a lot of rules, but the ones we do have, he needs to follow.”

Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season, and he was named to the all-tournament team after recording 15 points and 12 rebounds in Louisville’s 82-76 victory over Michigan in the national title game.

Pitino said Behanan might be able to return in December, if he can turn things around.

“He just has a difficult time understanding life’s values and the significance of life’s values,” Pitino said. “We’re going to try to help him along. … We want to see him prosper as a person as much as he’s been prospering as a basketball player. We’re going to move forward without him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 18, 1994, the Red Sox named Kevin Kennedy as manager. Whom did he succeed?

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