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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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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: 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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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets not thrilled with Rex Ryan’s ‘disrespectful’ move 11.11.15 at 8:09 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:
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Canadiens at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Western Michigan, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Northern Illinois at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan‘s decision to name former Jet IK Enemkpali as a captain for Thursday’s Bills-Jets game, as expected, did not sit well with everyone in New York.

Second-year Jets safety Calvin Pryor called Ryan a “good defensive coach,” but when asked if Ryan is a good head coach, he replied, “Ah … no comment on that.”

Said Pryor of Ryan’s decision to honor the player who broke Geno Smith’s jaw: “It was definitely kind of disrespectful, but at the same time, he has his reasons.”

Pryor, who was benched by Ryan last season for being late to meetings and weigh-ins, said Ryan “does anything for attention,” adding of the Enemkpali decision, “You don’t have to announce it on Monday for the whole world to know.”

Ryan didn’t dispute Pryor’s assertion.

“He’s right,” the Bills coach said. “What else am I going to do? Just stand up here?”

Pryor isn’t the first of Ryan’s former players to criticize the coach, but Ryan dismisses the talk.

“Who gives a rat’s …” he said. “That thing’s in my rearview mirror. That thing’s behind us. People are always going to question the guy going out. I respect every one of those guys. They played their butts off for me. If they didn’t play well, I wouldn’t have been given this opportunity [with the Bills]. I’ll appreciate that.”

Gerald Green offered a public apology after being suspended two games by the Heat, apparently related to last Wednesday’s incident in which Green was taken to a hospital after acting strangely outside his condominium.

In a statement released through the team’s Twitter account Tuesday night, the former Celtic said, “I want to apologize to my family, fans and the Heat organization. I accept the suspension and look forward to rejoining my teammates this weekend.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills coach Rex Ryan names Jets villain IK Enemkpali captain against former team 11.10.15 at 8:00 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:
NBA: Celtics at Bucks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Sabres at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ken State at Ohio, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Toledo at Central Michigan, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Thursday marks the return of former Jets coach Rex Ryan to the Meadowlands, and the Bills boss is doing his part to make sure it will be memorable.

Ryan announced Monday that one of Buffalo’s captains for the game would be linebacker IK Enemkpali, who was released by the Jets in August after he punched quarterback Geno Smith and broke his jaw.

Ryan noted that he frequently selects captains based on their connection to the opposing team, such as sending out offensive lineman Richie Incognito before the game against the Dolphins, and that Enemkpali would not be the only captain, but he understood the kind of reaction the move would get.

“Yeah, I’ll get ripped,” Ryan said.

At least one Jet didn’t seem to mind the gesture.

“Love it,” a smiling Jets receiver Brandon Marshall told reporters. “That’s a Rex Ryan move. I mean, are you guys surprised?”

Jets coach Todd Bowles took the Bill Belichick approach.

“We just worry about us,” Bowles said. “We don’t worry about anybody else.”

Regardless of this move, Ryan said he expects his reception at the Meadowlands to be unkind.

“Oh, I think we all know. There’s going to be a lot of waving out there. … One-fingered and all that stuff. That much is a given.”

— Finally something good has come out of the Greg Hardy controversy. Following Friday’s release of photos of the victim in Hardy’s domestic violence incident, and prior to Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game, a Philadelphia radio station created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a women’s shelter in Dallas.

The goal set by 94WIP’s Josh Innes was to raise $3,000. He and co-host Hollis Thomas — a former Eagles defensive lineman — got things rolling by donating $500. By Monday night the fund’s total had eclipsed $31,000.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan defends Bills’ aggressiveness after 17 penalties in loss to Giants 10.05.15 at 7:21 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:
NFL: Lions at Seahawks, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan‘s Bills are leading the league, but not in the right categories. In Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the visiting Giants, the Bills committed 17 penalties, giving them a league-leading 57 this season. In fact, it’s the most penalties by a team through four games in a decade.

Despite that, Ryan found positives in his team’s aggressiveness.

“Well, I’m going to tell you something: I’m proud of the way this team played,” an animated Ryan said after his team fell to 2-2. “Can you play a lot smarter? Absolutely. But I’ll take a team that can fight over a team that won’t — that will sit back and take it — any day of the week. And bring on the next team.

“So that’s how I look at it. Give me a team that’s got some fight, and we’ll compete to the very end, right, wrong or indifferent. No matter how good the officiating is, or whatever.”

Ryan did not appreciate members of the media saying his team had an issue with discipline, even though Buffalo had two touchdowns called back due to penalties Sunday.

“You guys write the story, so you’ll write it the way you want to write it,” Ryan said. “I know the one thing I know for a fact is that we have heart. The discipline things? I get it. When you have 17 penalties, that’s obviously a sign of lack of discipline. That’s not the real deal, but this is a free country. Write what you believe.”

Added Ryan: “I get it, no question about it. We can focus on the negatives and all that — and I get it, that’s your guys’ job — but you might not understand the game the way I understand [it] because I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been a part of a 20-some-penalty performance by the Ravens, OK? And we went on and we fixed it. We’ll fix it here.”

Some players say they believe the officials are making calls based on the Bills’ reputation, and defensive tackle Kyle Williams said they’ll now have to be “choirboys” because other teams will try to goad them into lashing out.

“Oh, I think we’re there,” Williams said of the reputation. “Especially in the fourth quarter, when we go back out. [Linebacker] Preston [Brown] is ripping out a ball and he gets 15 yards thrown on him for throwing an elbow when he’s trying to rip the ball out. So I think once you get to that point, they’re looking for things, whether they’re legitimate or not, they’re looking for things like that.”

However, safety Corey Graham called Sunday’s display “embarrassing.”

“One after another, dumb penalties,” the former University of New Hampshire star said. “It’s terrible. We can’t win games like that.”

— The Colts have taken a step back this season with their play on the field, and now it appears their game-day staff has taken a step back in time.

Three female reporters were temporarily denied entry to the Jaguars locker room after Sunday’s game in Indianapolis by an attendant.

Tweeted Yahoo’s Graham Watson: I was just blocked from a locker room by an old, out-of-touch geezer who wasn’t sure women were allowed because “you know how guys are.”

“At first we thought we had the wrong door,” Watson told the Indianapolis Star. “He said, ‘€˜I’m not sure you’re allowed back there.’ ”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Harlem Globetrotters drop Washington Generals as opponent 08.14.15 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: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL preseason: Broncos at Seahawks, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Lynx at Dream, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sky at Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Aston Villa, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona at Bilbao, 4 p.m. (ESPNews)
Golf: PGA Championship, 2 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

Corey "Thunder" Law and the Globetrotters will find another foil after parting ways with the Washington Generals.  (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Corey “Thunder” Law and the Globetrotters will find another foil after parting ways with the Washington Generals. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

— The Harlem Globetrotters won’t be beating up on the Washington Generals anymore. That’s because the Globetrotters dropped the team as their regular opponent after 63 years and thousands of Generals losses (vs. one win).

“All great rivalries come to an end, and as we get set to celebrate our 90th anniversary, we are excited to take on a new opponent,” Globetrotters coach and former player Sweet Lou Dunbar said in a statement. “We are looking forward to building a new great rivalry as we entertain families worldwide for years.”

Generals general manager John Ferrari, who took over in 1987 from his father-in-law, Generals founder Red Klotz, said he was surprised to learn of the Globetrotters’ plans to find new opponents. The Globetrotters have had a number of ownership changes in the past two decades — most recently being purchased in 2013 by Herschend Enterprises — and the move appears to be designed to save money.

“I got a call about a month ago, and they just told me that that was it,” Ferrari told ESPN.com. “I turned to my wife and just said to her, in disbelief, ‘It’s over.’ ”

The franchise’s lone win came in 1971, when Klotz (who died last year at the age of 93) hit the game-winner in the closing seconds.

“Beating the Globetrotters is like shooting Santa Claus,” Klotz said later.

— A contrite Ikemefuna Enemkpali spoke the media Thursday after arriving at Bills camp and said he’s thankful for a second chance after being released by the Jets following his incident with Jets quarterback Geno Smith earlier in the week.

“I want to apologize to the Jets organization, the fans, my teammates and the coaches. I apologize for what happened,” he said, without mentioning Smith’s name. “It should’ve never happened. I should’ve walked away from the situation. It was never my intention to hurt anybody.”

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