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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, father of Rex Ryan, dies at 82 06.28.16 at 8:33 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 Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Coastal Carolina vs. Arizona, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Wings at Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, the father of Bills coach Rex Ryan, has died at the age of 82, his agent confirmed to the media Tuesday morning.

Buddy Ryan was the architect of the famed “46” defense of the Bears, who routed the Patriots in the 1986 Super Bowl. Ryan was carried off the field by his players after that game.

Also a member of the defensive staff of the Super Bowl-champion Jets in 1968, Ryan went on to become a head coach of the Eagles and Cardinals, posting a 55-55-1 record. He also served as defensive coordinator of the Vikings and Houston Oilers. Known for his brash ways and issues getting along with his fellow coaches, Ryan punched Oilers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during a sideline skirmish in 1993.

Rex Ryan was on his father’s staff with the Cardinals for two years in the 1990s. Last fall, despite his declining health, Buddy traveled to Buffalo to watch Rex make his debut as Bills coach. Buddy’s first NFL job was as a Bills assistant in the early 1960s.

Rex’s twin brother, Rob, is a former Patriots assistant who was fired as Saints defensive coordinator late last season and was hired by his brother in January to be an assistant head coach/defense with the Bills.

— As the problems in Rio de Janeiro continue to mount, the state’s acting governor acknowledged that the Olympic Games could be a “big failure” unless a huge investment is made immediately.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan declares Bills have ‘won the offseason’ 06.17.16 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Copa America quarterfinals, Peru vs. Colombia, p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship, Italy vs. Sweden, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Czech Republic vs. Croatia, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Spain vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Golf: U.S. Open, 10 a.m (Fox), 5 p.m. (Fox)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

— Even if it were true, it would seem to be a silly statement to make: “We’ve won the offseason.” But Rex Ryan’s reputation is not as a coach who takes the time to think through his statements.

The Bills boss, who earlier this week brushed off a comment that he was on the hot seat, predicted Thursday he would be ridiculed for his latest statement of bravado, especially considering two key players — first-round pick Shaq Lawson (shoulder surgery) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (broken foot) — are dealing with injuries, running back Karlos Williams showed up to minicamp overweight (blaming pig-out sessions with his pregnant wife) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore is unhappy about his contract situation.

Ryan said he normally is eager to go on vacation when minicamp ends, but this year is different.

“I can’t wait to get the season started,” Ryan told the media Thursday. “I’m just telling you right now: Forget the vacation. I wish it was shorter. And I mean it. I’m excited about this team. Obviously a lot of things have to happen and we’re a month or so away. I told our players today to ‘win July.’ We’ve won the offseason. I would challenge any team. I think we’ve won the offseason. But we need to win July. That’s when everybody is by themselves, on their own but doing the things to be in great shape when we get to camp, let’s avoid those injuries we had last year.

“I think we’re committed as a group. That ‘All in’ mantra, I know it gets used a bunch but I feel it’s appropriate for our team.”

Added Ryan: “That’s one of those things I shouldn’t say because they’re going to kill me anyway. But we’re on vacation so nobody’s going to read it anyway.”

Ryan is coming off an 8-8 season in his first year in Buffalo after leaving the Jets, and the Bills have not made the playoffs in 16 years. But Ryan — never one to lack confidence — made it clear he wasn’t just comparing this team to past Bills squads.

“I’ll challenge other teams, too,” he said. “I’ve been on a lot of teams. But I’ve been blown away by this group. I really have.

“I don’t know about these other teams. I’m sure they’ve had some great camps, too. But I’ve been really impressed with this group.”

— Thursday was a tough day for Stephen Curry. Not only did his Warriors lose Game 6 of the NBA Finals, he was thrown out of the game after barking at an official and throwing his mouthpiece. Then after the game he found out that his father-in-law nearly had his credential confiscated when he arrived at Quicken Loans Arena in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills’ Rex Ryan brushes off speculation about being on hot seat, insisting, ‘I’m a hell of a coach’ 06.15.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rockies, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Nationals, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: European Championship, Russia vs. Slovakia, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, Romania vs. Switzerland, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship, France vs. Albania, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

— During an appearance on a national radio show last week, Bills legend Jim Kelly predicted that Rex Ryan would be “probably looking for another job” if Buffalo did not make the playoffs this season.

Ryan responded Tuesday in typical Rex Ryan style, joking, “I don’t like him anymore,” before declaring his job safe.

“You know what, I think if you ask Jim, I think Jim knows I’m a hell of a coach and a good coach for this team and this community,” Ryan said. “I think he’d tell you that, I hope he would. I’m going to call him first.”

Ryan said the media appears too focused on the negative, but he’s confident the team will be successful.

“I’m definitely the [glass-is-] half-full guy,” he said. “I expect some great things out of this team, and I’m going to be shocked if it doesn’t happen. I think our whole division has improved. I don’t know how much New England’s improved. Obviously, they’re right at the top every year, so I hope they don’t improve much. I think Miami’s gotten better, I think the Jets have gotten better.

“But it’s amazing the focus is on [Ryan’s future if the Bills don’t reach the postseason]. I don’t know. My focus is on, let’s go get every one of them. … When I go to bed at night, I’m thinking about bigger and better things than 8-8, I can promise you that.”

One of things Ryan was thinking about Tuesday was the condition of running back Karlos Williams, who has been gaining weight this offseason. Williams said it was because his wife was pregnant and he ate alongside her.

“It definitely is a first, but I like to eat and then her being pregnant gave me an excuse to eat, so eating anything and everything,” Williams said. “She’d wake up, 1 or 2 o’clock, ‘I want a snack.’ Well, I’m not going to sit here and watch you eat because I don’t want you to feel bad, but it’s back to football. She’s getting back to working out herself, so kind of motivating each other, feed off each other’s energy, and we’re getting ready for camp.”

Ryan said Williams was “clearly overweight” but would not give a number. Williams skipped team drills Tuesday to work with a strength coach on the sideline.

“Obviously he’s not anywhere close to where he needs to play at a high level,” Ryan said. “So we’ve got to get some weight off him and he certainly understands that.”

— Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that former NBA player Nate Robinson tried out with the team Monday, adding that it’s highly unlikely the onetime Celtic will fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL despite his athleticism and determination.

“I think it’s all but impossible,” Carroll said. “It’s as hard as you could possibly get. He’s 32 as well. I don’t know if anybody could do it. But if anybody could, it might be Nate. He’s that versatile an athlete and that great a competitor.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills coach Rex Ryan introduces Donald Trump at Buffalo rally 04.19.16 at 7:51 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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Twins, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Hawks, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Blackhawks, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft aren’t the only ones in the NFL who are friendly with Donald Trump. Bills coach Rex Ryan introduced the Republican presidential candidate Monday night at a rally in advance of Tuesday’s New York primary.

Ryan has not endorsed Trump, instead saying he is 100 percent behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race and threw his support behind Trump.

Nonetheless, Ryan took the stage at a rally in downtown Buffalo that drew a crowd of about 10,000 people.

“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind,” Ryan told the crowd. “But so many times, you’ll see people, a lot of people want to say the same thing. But there’s a big difference. They don’t have the courage to say it. They all think it, but they don’t have the courage to say it.

“And Donald Trump certainly has the courage to say it, and that’s why I respect him. And you know what? So do the people of New York. This man, he’s one of the greatest businessmen, obviously, that we can ever remember. There’s no question about that.”

After being introduced, Trump made a misstatement about Ryan, saying the loud-mouthed coach “won championships in New York — the AFC, I think, twice.” In actuality Ryan led the Jets to two AFC championship games in his previous stop but lost both times.

Added Trump: “I’ve been watching, and I’ll tell you, you’re going to have a very, very good season this year, you watch. It’s going to be good, and it’s because you have a good coach, you really do. And he’s also a terrific guy. … I’m going to be rooting for the Buffalo Bills this year. Believe me.”

Trump was a candidate to buy the Bills in 2014, but he was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who spent an NFL-record $1.4 billion. Trump said Monday that he “bid a billion,” and he praised the Pegulas as “great people.”

The Pegulas distanced themselves from Ryan’s appearance, saying in a statement: “The Bills organization does not endorse political candidates and so he is not representing the organization at [Monday’s] event.”

— Philadelphia fans, often cited as the worst behaved in the nation, added to their legacy Monday when they threw commemorative wristbands on the ice during the Flyers-Capitals game and caused their team to be assessed with a penalty.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan, Bills hire NFL’s 1st female assistant coach 01.21.16 at 8:08 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:
NHL: Canucks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Clippers at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Hofstra at Northeastern, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Iowa at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Belmont at Tennessee-Martin, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at California, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rice at Alabama-Birmingham, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 p.m., 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

— A week after naming his twin brother assistant head coach, Rex Ryan made bigger news with his latest staff hiring. Kathryn Smith will be the Bills’ special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female assistant in NFL history.

Smith has worked alongside Ryan for the past seven years, including last season as an administrative assistant for Buffalo’s assistant coaches.

“She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities,” Ryan said in a statement. “She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity.”

Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito, not known for his sensitivity, tweeted support for Smith, writing: Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job.

The Cardinals had Boston College product Jen Welter serve a six-week coaching internship during training camp last season, and Ryan said he consulted with Arizona coach Bruce Arians before promoting Smith. Ryan also noted how well Becky Hammon has done as an NBA assistant with the Spurs.

“You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach [Gregg] Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization,” Ryan said.

Smith started working for the Jets in 2003 as a game day/special events intern. She became a college scouting intern two years later and the team’s player personnel assistant in 2007.

She replaces Michael Hamlin, who was not retained after this season.

— Relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman became a concern this offseason when news broke that Florida police were investigating an accusation of domestic violence against him.

While the Dodgers pulled out of a deal for the hard-throwing Cuban, the Yankees stepped in and acquired him. And Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner remains unapologetic about it.

“In this country, when allegations are brought against a person, that person is completely innocent until proven otherwise. Not the other way around,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday at baseball’s owner’s meetings in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan hires twin brother Rob as assistant head coach 01.11.16 at 7:45 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:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College football: National championship, Alabama vs. Clemson, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Last month Rex Ryan hinted a possible reunion with his twin brother, Rob, saying “it is fun to be around him, there’s no question about it, and I know he’s a great coach.” On Sunday Rex made it official, announcing that Rob would be his assistant head coach for defense.

“I’m excited to have Rob join our staff and I think he will be a great asset for our defense,” Rex said in a statement. “He has a tremendous working knowledge of our schemes and I look forward to his input.”

What’s not clear is the fate of last year’s defensive coordinator, Dennis Thurman, who has assisted Rex for many years. Rex made no announcement regarding other staffing changes.

The Ryan brothers last worked together in 1995 when they were Cardinals assistants on a team coached by their father, Buddy. Rob then moved to college before returning to the pros to coach linebackers for the Patriots under Bill Belichick from 2000-03. He then served as an assistant for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and most recently the Saints, who fired him as defensive coordinator in November.

“On a personal note, it’s been a number of years since we have worked together,” Rex said. “And so we are both really looking forward to this opportunity.”

— Lionel Hollins’ tenure as Nets coach last just a season and a half, as he was fired Sunday following the team’s 10-27 start, second worst in the league. And general manager Billy King, in the final year of his contract, was reassigned.

Now the team reportedly has its sights set on John Calipari. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the Nets want the Kentucky coach to be coach and team president.

“It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets ‘numb’ after loss to Bills ends playoff hopes 01.04.16 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Texas Southern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Avalanche, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Bills ended the Jets’ season on Sunday, with a 22-17 decision that kept New York out of the playoffs. And Bills coach Rex Ryan made it clear that he enjoyed crushing the dreams of the organization that fired him last year.

“I’ve got a lot of friends over there, and I want them to be successful, but not at my expense,” Ryan said.

Ryan also took a shot at those who questioned his reputation as a defensive whiz, after his team, despite being shorthanded by injuries, held the Jets to 300 yards of offense and intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick on New York’s final three possessions.

“You guys know me, I’ve got a horrible resume as a defensive coach,” Ryan said to reporters. “You try to point it out all the time. But the facts don’t back you up a whole lot.”

The Jets, meanwhile, were in shock after the loss that ended their five-game winning streak.

“It’s the hardest and most difficult end to a season I have ever had,” said Fitzpatrick, who was making his first return to Buffalo since being cut by the Bills three years ago. “There’s not a whole lot of talking in there right now. It’s hard to come up with words.”

Added receiver Brandon Marshall: “I’m a little numb right now. I have no emotion. Just get on the bus and reflect a little bit.”

— Johnny Manziel reportedly was not at the Browns facility Sunday morning despite a requirement that he check in with team doctors as he recovers from a concussion, and the team could not reach him him by phone. And it’s where Manziel was believed to have been Saturday that is of similar concern.

According to a USA Today report, witnesses at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas said Manziel was in Sin City, eating and gambling.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals QB AJ McCarron injured in loss to Broncos that costs Cincy top seed 12.29.15 at 8:37 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Predators at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Providence vs. Boston College, 4:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NBA: Bucks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Tulane at Memphis, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Cincinnati, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Baylor, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Liberty at Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Tulsa, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UC Irvine at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Armed Forces Bowl, Air Force vs. California, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, North Carolina vs. Baylor, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Texas Bowl, Texas Tech vs. LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Leicester City, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Broncos players celebrate after recovering AJ McCarron's fumble in overtime Monday night. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Broncos players celebrate after recovering AJ McCarron’s fumble in overtime Monday night. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

— One play Monday had a dramatic effect on the Bengals’ postseason hopes. Not only did AJ McCarron’s overtime fumble cap off a 20-17 loss to the Broncos, the quarterback was injured on the play.

McCarron, who has started since Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury three weeks ago, was scheduled to have an MRI on his left wrist Tuesday. He had his wrist and hand taped after the game.

On the play, McCarron was in the shotgun and took his eyes off the center when the ball was snapped. DeMarcus Ware recovered the ball for the Broncos.

“It was my fault. I told the team that,” McCarron said. “I looked up to see the coverage and the snap caught me by surprise.”

Kicker Brandon McManus, who shanked a 45-yard attempt at the end of regulation, hit a 37-yarder in OT as the Broncos improved to 11-4 and moved past the Bengals (also 11-4) for the second seed in the AFC. Cincinnati could have moved ahead of the Patriots into the top spot with a win. Now the Bengals are unlikely to get a first-round bye.

“We knew what we have in front of us, an opportunity to get the bye,” Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “It is what it is now. Now we’re going to move on.”

The Broncos, who were in danger of missing the playoffs after losing two consecutive games, clinched a postseason berth.

“There’s an old saying: ‘It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,’ ” Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler said after Denver rallied from a 14-0 deficit. “And this team finished great tonight.”

— Another video has surfaced of Johnny Manziel partying, one month after he assured the team he would not continue to be a distraction off the field, and coach Mike Pettine said he planned to speak with the second-year quarterback if necessary.

Manziel was demoted from starter to third string after last month’s incident, in which he was videotaped partying in Austin, Texas, during the Browns’ bye week. Pettine said then there would be “harsh” repercussions if Manziel, who spent 73 days in a rehab facility in the offseason, violated the team’s trust again.

“Any time there’s something with our players that casts them potentially in a bad light, whether it’s Johnny or any of our other guys, it’s certainly a concern,” Pettine said on a conference call Monday. “I’m sure I’ll see it and have a discussion with him about it. These circumstances are different from the incident that occurred before. I’m just not going to go into a ton of detail with it until I get a little bit more information about it, but it’s something that I’m sure privately we’ll discuss if it needs to be discussed.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. appears likely to be fined or suspended after repeatedly targeting head of Panthers CB Josh Norman 12.21.15 at 8:01 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: Timberwolves at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Magic at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Providence at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Sacred Heart at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Appalachian State at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Chicago State at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oregon at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pepperdine at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Texas at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Lions at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Panthers remained undefeated Sunday, squandering a big lead to the Giants but then winning on the game’s final play, a 43-yard field goal from Graham Gano. But the talk after the game was about Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who repeatedly delivered dirty hits to the head of Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.

On one play, as Norman was trying to help tackle Giants running back Shane Vereen, Beckham raced in and launched himself at Norman’s head.

“The guy ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision,” the outspoken Norman said after Carolina’s 38-35 victory. “The play was all the way to the left side. He came back and was hunting, and it was just, like, malicious in every way.

“I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don’t deserve to be in the game.”

Added Norman: “It was ridiculous. I think it was personal. He was trying to come at me. I didn’t take nothing personal. I just went out and did my job.”

Beckham did not have a reception until midway through the third quarter, but he rallied late to finish with six receptions for 76 yards and caught a game-tying touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining. However, according to Norman, the second-year receiver’s flaws were revealed for all to see.

“You going to get out here, and you’re going to dance around and prance around like you’re a ballerina, that goes to show you,” Norman said. “When you cut back layers, you see. Everybody saw that live on national TV. There’s nothing that I can show that he hasn’t already been exposed.

“The maturity level on him is just as a little kid. I think he needs to grow. I tried to do my best to respect people.”

Beckham said he’s not concerned about additional penalties from the league, implying Norman was the instigator.

“You never want to hurt your team like that, and I have learned throughout my life, always, second man gets caught,” Beckham said. “It is just unfortunate.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that his second-year player did not have his finest moment.

“We had discussed prior to the game, going in, what the expectation would be, and he thought that that was all behind him,” Coughlin said. “But he did lose his composure. … I wanted him to play the game. He had to learn. He’s got to learn at some point how to deal with some things on the field.”

— All is not well in Buffalo, where the Bills clinched another season without a playoff appearance following Sunday’s 35-25 loss to Washington, and frustrated defensive end Mario Williams appeared to accept the likelihood that he’ll be sent packing soon.

“Of course there’s going to be changes. That’s obvious,” said the highly paid Williams, who also questioned some of the moves by his coaching staff. “You just wait and see if your number is called, that’s all.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Dez Bryant explodes at ‘dirty’ reporters in Cowboys locker room 11.13.15 at 7:47 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hawks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Cavaliers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Nets at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Colorado vs. Iowa State, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wagner at St. John’s, 6 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Siena at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Temple, 7 pm. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Florida at Navy, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: McNeese State at LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas vs. Washington, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: USC at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Boston University at Providence, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Michigan State at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, St. Vincent & The Grenadines at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Ireland at Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Dez Bryant went off on the media again, as the Cowboys receiver embarked on a profanity-laced tirade toward reporters in the locker room Thursday.

According to multiple reports out of Dallas, Bryant had been asking for days about ESPN’s Jean-Jacques Taylor, who wrote a piece last week about how Bryant needed to produce more. Bryant saw Taylor and exchanged words with him, then went on a lengthy rant.

Meanwhile, fellow receiver Devin Street stepped in and accused Taylor, who is black, of using a racial epithet — although other reporters in the room denied hearing it.

After another reporter, MMQB’s Robert Klemko, tweeted about Bryant’s behavior, the receiver exploded again, shouting at Klemko and repeatedly calling the reporters in the locker room “dirty.”

Bryant said the media has been “disrespecting this team” — a team that had lost six straight games and has been embroiled in one controversy after another.

He later went on Twitter and complained the media has been misrepresenting his behavior.

Wrote Bryant: Yeah, I blew up on the media but report why I blew up on ya’ll … Saying I don’t give f— about me and calling players n—– is not professional.

Added Bryant: If you going to tell something tell the whole thing…I’m done with the situation… I hope everyone is having a great day.

After taking some heat, Bryant out out another tweet in his defense, writing: Now I guess I’m the bad person??? The media comes in our locker room with no restrictions… I guess they can say whatever and it’s cool…let me remind all of you… WE ARE HUMANS AS WELL..WITH FAMILIES..we have to live with a lot of false talk about us…. I chose to stand up for me and what I represent….. I’m so sorry if a lot of you can’t handle being talked to direct.

— The Bills beat the Jets on Thursday night, but Rex Ryan didn’t come out looking like a winner to everyone.

Bill Cowher was note pleased with Ryan’s handling of his captains — the Bills boss tabbed IK Enemkpali to represent Buffalo before the game, despite Enemkpali having been released by the Jets after punching then-teammate Geno Smith. When the Jets played the Dolphins, Ryan sent out Richie Incognito, who was at the center of Miami’s bullying scandal two years ago.

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