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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants Super Bowl in his city 02.06.14 at 11:06 am ET
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Less than a week after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that Super Bowl XLVIII could be the first of more championship games in cold-weather cities, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has said he wants in.

“Heck, yeah, we want it,” Nutter said, according to ESPN.com. “And we can do it better than anyone else.”

“When it comes to doing big events and rolling out the red carpet,” Nutter added, “no city does it any better than the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie also said last month while announcing $125 million in stadium renovations that he thinks a Super Bowl should happen at Lincoln Financial Field.

While the city would have to wait until at least 2019 to host a Super Bowl, Nutter pointed out the impact having the game would have on Philly.

“It would provide a substantial economic benefit to the city and it’€™s growing hospitality sector,” Nutter said. “It would mean an international focus on a city that is emerging as a desire destination for international visitors. And it would offer us the opportunity to market Philadelphia to a national audience.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl ring belonging to Patriots’ Spygate videographer up for auction at 7:55 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.

NHL: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Rhode Island at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UConn at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at LIU Brooklyn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Murray State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UTEP at East Carolina, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tulsa at Louisiana Tech, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)


Matt Estrella's Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring is yours for the right price. (AP)

Matt Estrella’s Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring is yours for the right price. (AP)

– The Super Bowl ring given to the former Patriots intern at the heart of the Spygate scandal is available via an online auction.

Matt Estrella was caught filming the signals of Jets coaches during a game on Sept. 9, 2007, after a tip from Jets coach Eric Mangini (a former Patriots assistant). The result was a $500,000 fine for Bill Belichick and another $250,000 penalty and forfeiture of a first-round draft pick for the team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had the tapes destroyed after viewing them, leading conspiracy theorists to claim the Patriots were guilty of further violations.

Estrella, who continued to work in the team’s video department until 2009, sold the ring in May 2012 to an individual who later consigned it to Goldin Auctions. The ring commemorates the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX victory over the Eagles on Feb. 6, 2005.

As of early Thursday morning, the high bid for the ring was $5,700. Bidding closes Friday night.

If you’re looking for a different piece of Boston-themed sports jewelry, the auction also features former Patriots fullback Sam Gash‘s 1996 AFC championship ring and late Red Sox broadcaster Ken Coleman‘s 1967 American League championship ring.

– The Lakers won Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers, 119-108, but only after employing a little-known NBA rule that allowed them to keep a fouled-out player in the game.

The Lakers started the night with eight available players but lost two to injuries and another to fouls, leaving them with five. When center Robert Sacre fouled out, coach Mike D’Antoni was allowed to keep him in, with the only penalty being a technical foul, because NBA rules dictate a team must have five players on the court.

“That was, by far, one of the strangest games I’ve ever seen,” D’Antoni said.

Said Sacre: “That was just crazy. When I got my sixth foul I was just like, ‘Oh, dang!’ Then I got to come back in, so I thought it was something special. I didn’t know what was going on.”

– The NFL announced Wednesday that CBS will air eight of its Thursday night games next season after awarding the network a one-year deal with a league option for 2015.

The first eight Thursday night games of the season will be shown on CBS, with the NFL Network simulcasting them. The NFL Network will show six more Thursday night games later in the season.

“We want to make Thursday night football as big as possible in the minds of the NFL fan,” NFL executive vice president for media Brian Rolapp said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 6, 1988, Larry Bird won the 3-point competition during All-Star Weekend in Chicago, famously holding his right index finger in the air before his final shot went through the net to clinch the victory. Which player did Bird beat for the title?

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Roger Goodell: Pro Bowl changes were ‘a very, very positive step’ 01.27.14 at 1:32 pm ET
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Roger Goodell is working with the union to cut down on player arrests. (AP)

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After threatening to cancel the game during the 2012 offseason, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has changed his opinion of the newly refurbished Pro Bowl.

“You have to admit it was very competitive,” Goodell said (via NBC Sports). “Exciting. Fun. I think the players played much harder.”

The game, which was adapted by the NFLPA’€™s outgoing president Domonique Foxworth, was no longer divided by conference, featured a fantasy league style draft and had two Hall of Fame captains in Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.

“I believe it was a very, very positive step,” Goodell said. “I salute the players.”

Foxworth said that while he was fine with getting rid of the game, one major component stood in his way.

“Roger was very serious about potentially canceling the Pro Bowl because apparently it’€™s very expensive and isn’t of a ton of value to the,” Foxworth told USA Today sports earlier in the week.

“To be honest with you, I was completely comfortable with eliminating it until I talked to the players, and they said they loved it and they want to be there.”

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Roger Goodell says NFL might consider abolishing extra point 01.21.14 at 8:52 am ET
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When was the last time a kicker missed when going for the extra point?

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network it happens so rarely that the league could consider getting rid of the extra point.

“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd [attempts]. So it’€™s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.”

One proposal Goodell received suggested that a touchdown could be worth seven points. An extra play from scrimmage could produce an eighth point, but if the team fails in its attempt, it would go back to six points.

Goodell also said the change had a few obstacles.

“Is this going to discourage people from going for two?” the commissioner said.

Nonetheless, that automatic point could become a thing of the past.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Patriots receiver Bethel Johnson teases New England fans after AFC championship loss to Broncos 01.20.14 at 8:06 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.

NHL: Kings at Bruins, 3 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Pelicans at Grizzlies, 5 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA Trail Blazers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Pacers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Loyola, Md., at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Ohio State at Nebraska, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Delaware State at North Carolina A&T, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland at NC State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at West Bromwich, 3 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Bethel Johnson spent three seasons with the Patriots but was mainly a contributor on special teams. (AP)

Bethel Johnson spent three seasons with the Patriots, mainly as a contributor on special teams. (AP)

– Former Patriots receiver Bethel Johnson apparently was not happy with his treatment by the team when he was sent packing in 2006, and he took pleasure in teasing New England fans following Sunday’s AFC championship game loss to the Broncos.

Tweeted Johnson on Sunday night: I said when the Pats trade me that they’ll never win another championship. Say what you want about me, I was there 3yrs & left with 2 rings.

Added Johnson, now 34: If they’d sign me back we’ll win immediately.

Johnson was drafted by the Patriots in the second round in 2003 out of Texas A&M and primarily played special teams. He’s generally considered one of Bill Belichick‘s worst draft picks.

In the summer of 2006, he was traded to the Saints but cut before the regular season while dealing with a knee injury. He went on to play for the Vikings that season, then played a year in the Canadian Football League after being cut by the Eagles and Texans.

Johnson apparently heard enough from Patriots fans, because his Twitter account was taken down Monday morning. Before then, he tried to defuse the situation, tweeting: I made a statement to get a rise out of the Pats fans and I got it…y’all are hilarious. I have nothing but love 4 the team that drafted me.

– Canucks coach John Tortorella reportedly will have a hearing with the NHL on Monday following his tantrum during Saturday’s game against the Flames, when he fiery coach approached the Calgary locker room after the first period to continue a dispute.

The game started with the Flames putting their fourth line on the ice. Tortorella responded in kind, and there was a line brawl immediately after the puck drop. During the brouhaha, Tortorella screamed at Calgary coach Bob Hartley.

Hartley denied intending to start off the game with a fight.

“Those guys are playing well for us,” he said of his fourth-liners. “They got us a goal last game. Obviously we’re not scoring many goals. We had absolutely zero intentions there. Those guys are playing hard for us. We’re a disciplined hockey club. As far as I know, they were the home team so they had the luxury to put whoever they wanted on the ice.”

Asked why he didn’t go with his top line to avoid a brawl, Tortorella claimed he was protecting his players.

“I see the starting lineup. I know the other guy across the bench and it’s easy for people to say put the Sedins out there and it’s deflated,” Tortorella said. “I can’t put our players at risk that way. With the lineup that he had, I’m not going to put those type of players at risk and that’s what ensues.

“I’m not proud of it. I’ve apologized to every one of the players involved in it. I don’t feel great about it at all, especially [Kellan Lain, who was making his NHL debut]. That’s my biggest mistake was putting Lainer in that lineup and I’ll kick myself forever not having someone else there. But I’d do the same thing again if it came that way because I cannot put anybody else out there not knowing what’s going to happen and knowing the other guy across from me.”

After the period, Tortorella headed toward the Calgary locker room but was pushed aside. Flames assistant coach Clint Malarchuk tried to get at Tortorella but was restrained by his team.

– According to an ESPN story, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to sit outside in the stands at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford N.J., for the Super Bowl, despite early predictions of freezing temperatures with a possibility of rain and snow.

This would not be a new thing for Goodell, who has appeared in the stands at other cold-weather games and claims to enjoy the experience.

In the previous coldest Super Bowl, played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 1972, then-commissioner Pete Rozelle sat outside as the temperature dipped to 39 degrees.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 20, 1996, in the NHL All-Star Game at what was then called the FleetCenter in Boston, which Bruin scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the East a 5-4 victory over the West?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans players irate after Houston fans cheer Matt Schaub injury 10.14.13 at 7:58 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.

NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)


Matt Schaub is helped to his feet after being injured in Sunday's loss to the Rams. (AP)

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is helped to his feet after being injured in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. (AP)

• In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.

Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.

Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”

Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”

Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.

Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.

• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”

Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”

Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.

General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.

“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.

“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”

Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”

Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.

Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Belize soccer players say they were asked to throw Gold Cup match vs. U.S. 07.11.13 at 7:49 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 3:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Summer League: Pacers vs. Jazz, 11 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Heat vs. Pistons, 1 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Rockets vs. Nets, 3 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: 76ers vs. Magic, 5 p.m. (NBA)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Canada, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


♦ Players from the Belize national team said they were asked to fix Tuesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup match against the United States, according to a report out of the Carribbean country.

Andres Makin Jr., Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West told 7 News Belize that a man approached them in Guatemala and attempted to bribe them to throw the game, which the United States won, 6-1.

“He started talking that we don’t really stand a chance to beat the U.S. so he wanted us to promise him that we would lose the game and that he would give us a large amount of money to change our lives in Belize and to help our families,” Gaynair said, adding: “Then as he said that my entire features changed and I just felt a different way, I felt really uncomfortable just to be around the guy because I was already aware about the ‘match-fixing’ and I know that I could get banned for life.”

Continued Gaynair, who scored his team’s lone goal in the game: “He saw that my features changed and he saw that we weren’t into it so he got frightened and took out a large amount of money to bribe us, a lot of hundred and 50 dollar bills and threw it at us on the table and told us to keep it and to not say anything and to keep the money.”

Said West, the team’s goalie: “I made him understand that we’re not into taking money from him or anything like that. We’re here for our country — regardless if we’re in the U.S. but we’re not into that none at all. He got frightened and we walked.”

♦ The lawyer for Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin, who was accused of touching a woman’s breast while she was on a gurney at a Las Vegas hospital in January and charged with open and gross lewdness last week, said the player was sick at the time of the incident.

A paramedic told Gaudin to leave the woman alone, and after he refused, hospital security held him down until police arrived. The police report indicated Gaudin “appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an order of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.” Gaudin told police he didn’t know how he ended up at the hospital.

Said Gaudin’s lawyer, Dominic Gentile, in a statement: “Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness. Although he has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eyewitnesses.”

Gaudin, 30, has a 2-1 record and 2.44 ERA this season with the Giants, his ninth major league team.

♦ This week in the debate over the Redskins nickname, Eni Faleomavaega, a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives from American Samoa, took the House floor Tuesday and and criticized those who allow the name to continue.

“It’s time the National Football League and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, face the reality that the continued use of the word ‘Redskin’ is unacceptable,” Faleomavaega said. “It is a racist, derogatory term, and patently offensive to Native Americans. The Native American community has spent millions of dollars over the past two decades trying earnestly to fight the racism that is perpetuated by this slur.

“The fact that the NFL and commissioner Goodell continue to deny this is a shameful treatment of the mistreatment of Native Americans for so many years. It is quite obvious that once the American public understands why ‘Redskins’ is so offensive, it will know that the word should never be used again.”

Faleomavaega is one of 10 members of Congress who recently sent a letter to team owner Daniel Snyder and Goodell letting them know they disapprove of the name. Faleomavaega said Snyder did not reply, while Goodell’s public response was misguided.

“Mr. Goodell, however, in a dismissive manner, declared that the team’s name is a ‘unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.’ Give me a break,” Faleomavaega said.

Meanwhile, the team released an online survey asking fans what they think of the name.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 11, 1960, which Red Sox pitcher started and lost the All-Star Game (the first of two played that year)?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Nets turn to just-retired Jason Kidd 06.13.13 at 7:59 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Golf: US Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)


Jason Kidd is the new coach of the Nets. (AP)

Former player Jason Kidd will be introduced Thursday as the new coach of the Nets. (AP)

♦ The Nets announced Wednesday night that they have hired Jason Kidd to be their next coach, despite the fact that the just-retired player has no experience on the bench.

Kidd, 40, retired nine days ago after one season with the Knicks, turning down a reported $6 million from New York to continue playing. His deal with the Nets — for whom he starred in the 2000s — is reported to be for three years.

“It’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days,” Kidd said in a statement. “Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that’s how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career.”

Said owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York. He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.”

The hire didn’t sit well with Patrick Ewing Jr., son of the Hall of Fame center who this week was hired to be an associated head coach with the Bobcats after again failing to land a head coaching gig despite nine years as an assistant with the Rockets, Wizards and Magic.

Tweeted Ewing Jr.: For real though I’m mad J Kidd got a head coaching job a year after retiring n my pops been coaching 10 years n barely gets a look.

♦ Fines and suspensions are expected to be announced Thursday for the Diamondbacks and Dodgers for their Tuesday night brawl. The teams played an incident-free game Wednesday night, with Arizona pulling out an 8-6 victory in 12 innings, but there still are some lingering bad feelings.

“I don’t think it ends there,” said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was ejected.

One player who is likely to be punished is former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. Because he is on the Dodgers’ disabled list, he is forbidden to step on the field, which he did during the melee.

The teams have had issues since the 2011 season, when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw hit Gerardo Parro as payback for Parra admiring a home run too long in a game the previous day. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, who was in the middle of Tuesday’s battle, twice threw at Kershaw in one at-bat last year.

Arizona has won 17 of the last 21 meetings between the teams.

♦ NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who were critical of the Redskins name because of its offensive nature, claimed that the nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

While acknowledging the feelings about the name are complex and could change, he noted the fans’ pride in the team’s heritage and pointed to polls that support the game.

Owner Daniel Snyder has said he will never change the name.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 13, 1997, the Red Sox played their first interleague regular-season game ever, recording an 8-7 victory over which National League club?

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NFL draft to move to May in 2014 05.22.13 at 12:10 pm ET
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed at the NFL spring meetings in Boston on Tuesday that the NFL draft will be moved to May in 2014 due to a scheduling conflict.

Radio City Music Hall, the home for the draft, will be hosting an Easter show in April, which led to the need for the switch. Goodell emphasized that the league is happy with its experiences with Radio City Music Hall.

“We think we have found a location in New York that meets our requirements and where we think we can continue to grow the event,” he said.

Goodell said he expects the draft to remain in May and that adjustments to the NFL’s calendar will be discussed with the players’ union. There could also be adjustments made to the dates for the NFL combine and the start of free agency.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the changes being discussed would have the league year starting before the combine beginning in 2015. The NFLPA is looking to give free agents a chance to find new teams sooner with the change.

While Goodell can set the date of the draft without the NFLPA’s approval, he said he wanted to be sure that the union signed off on any changes to the league schedule or the draft to maintain league harmony.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Buccaneers reportedly frustrated with Jets’ demands for Darrelle Revis 03.19.13 at 7:53 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.

NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nuggets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, North Carolina A&T vs. Liberty, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Saint Mary’s vs. Middle Tennessee, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Northeastern at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Niagara at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, St. John’s at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Kentucky at Robert Morris, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Norfolk State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Washington at BYU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Stephen F. Austin at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (ESPN)


Darrelle Revis

♦ The Jets are holding firm in their trade demands for cornerback Darrelle Revis, and the Buccaneers reportedly are losing patience with the negotiations and are almost ready to move on.

The Buccaneers are the only known team involved in discussions about the four-time Pro Bowler, who can become a free agent after the 2013 season and is asking for more than the Jets want to pay.

The New York Post quotes a league source as saying: “It’s amazing. The Jets are going to screw this up.”

The Bucs are said to be hesitant to surrender a first-round pick in next month’s draft, but general manager Mark Dominik said at Monday’s league meetings in Phoenix that nothing has been ruled out.

“If we think it’s in the best interest of the team, we will do something,” Dominik said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “If that’s a player that everybody is speculating [Revis] or maybe it’s a player at a position that nobody has thought about. But certainly, these meetings are very healthy for those kinds of discussions to see if there is a way to get this team better and does that include players or draft picks or a combination? That’s what we’ll look at.”

♦ The NFL, responding to comments from prospects at the scouting combine that they were asked about their sexual orientation, provided training to teams Monday.

“We made a statement immediately when we got that report,” commissioner Roger Goodell said from the league meetings. “We have been following up with the players and their representatives directly. We are also this afternoon working with all of our executives that lead in that position to make sure they understand what you can’t ask and what you can ask.”

Added Goodell: “We’re a professional organization. That’s unacceptable. We will do things the right way. We will give them that education and that training. I hope that will solve the problem.”

Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers suffered a mini-stroke in his hotel room at Dodgers spring training in Phoenix. He recounts his situation and credits the team’s medical staff for saving him by diagnosing his situation and getting him to the emergency room.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 19, 1972, which Bruins player scored two power-play goals in a 7-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota North Stars and in the process set an NHL single-season record with 27 power-play goals (he finished the season with 28)?

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