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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NBA mourns Thunder assistant Monty Williams’ wife, who dies after car crash 02.11.16 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Pelicans at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: VCU at UMass, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis (Pa.) at Robert Morris, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois State at Evansville, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Radford at UNC Asheville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— Clippers coach Doc Rivers could be forgiven if his mind wasn’t completely on Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Celtics at TD Garden.

That’s because the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, Rivers’ longtime friend, died Wednesday night from injuries sustained the night before in a car crash.

Ingrid Williams, 44, was hit while driving just outside Oklahoma City by a car that crossed the center line. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rivers has known the couple since before they were married, and his son Austin played for Williams for 2 1/2 seasons before being traded to the Clippers. Rivers was informed of Ingrid’s death after Wednesday’s game, and he fought back tears when speaking to the media.

“I’m heartbroken,” Rivers said. “Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. There’s no better human being in the world than Monte and Ingrid. Sometimes you question everything, and this is one of those times.”

Condolences poured in for Williams from around the NBA.

Tweeted Pelicans star Anthony Davis: Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone let his emotions show when coaching his team to a win over the Pistons.

“I apologized to the team. The first half, I coached very angry,” Malone said. “I don’t know if you guys heard, Monty Williams, a good friend of mine, his wife was killed in an accident. … So I apologized to them because it’s taking my anger out on them, and they don’t deserve that.”

Terrell Owens was not selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, his first year of eligibility. He undoubtedly eventually will get in, but it won’t be because he campaigned for it. According to him, that’s behavior better left to Cris Carter.

Speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, Owens expressed his displeasure with Carter’s frequent criticism, dating back to when they both played. Owens referred to a 1998 playoff game in which Owens’ 49ers team eliminated Carter’s Vikings from the playoffs, after which Carter referred to Owens as “mediocre.”

“For somebody like that, for Cris Carter to come out and say something like that, I just felt like it was disrespectful,” Owens said. “And so now, you look at where I am statistically, I’ve surpassed him. And from what I heard, from a lot of guys, he begged his way into the Hall of Fame.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Lions WR Calvin Johnson reportedly told team he is retiring 02.01.16 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

College hockey: Beanpot, Harvard vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Beanpot, Northeastern vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Bucks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: North Carolina at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Howard at Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Davidson at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Houston, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


— The Lions apparently are holding out hope that five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson will rethink his decision to retire, but reports out of Detroit indicate the man they call Megatron had long planned to hang up his cleats after this season.

According to an ESPN report, Johnson told family and friends before the season started that this would be his final year, and he told coach Jim Caldwell one day after the regular-season finale. The report indicates Caldwell asked Johnson to take his time before finalizing the decision, and Johnson agreed.

A person who knows Johnson well told ESPN, “He’s pretty content with his decision.”

Johnson, 30, has played nine seasons since being selected No. 2 overall in 2007 and is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (731) and receiving yards (11,619). He had an NFL record 1,964 receiving yards in 2012.

This season he had 88 catches for 1,214 yards — his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season — with nine touchdowns.

The Lions have finished with losing records in seven of his nine seasons, making the playoffs only twice.

“I would love to see him back, but it’s his decision to make,” Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah said after Sunday’s Pro Bowl. “He’s a great guy who has a lot of respect for the game. … He’s a professional, and he’s somebody that I look up to.”

Added Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper: “You never want to see the greats leave the game. You feel like they’re going to be making plays forever. You want to be like them growing up, and you still want to see them make plays.”

— Former Rams coach Mike Martz is not pleased that Terrell Owens was named a Hall of Fame finalist in his first year of eligibility while former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were left off the list for the second straight year. And he doesn’t mind letting everyone know how he feels.

” ‘Surprised’ isn’t the word,” Martz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You can’t print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That’s just plain out-and-out ridiculous.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Chad Johnson gets visit from Terrell Owens in prison 06.17.13 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College baseball: World Series, Louisville vs. Oregon State, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson, who has a hearing scheduled for Monday with Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider his 30-day jail sentence for a probation violation, had a jailhouse visitor Saturday: onetime Bengals teammate Terrell Owens.

Owens, no stranger to controversy himself, tweeted about his visit, writing: Just visited the homie @ochocinco. He’s in good spirits, he needs a haircut already tho. Lol. He sends his best regards to everyone.

Added Owens: I really didn’t know what to expect but to see the homie locked up is a very humbling experience, to talk to him via vid conference let me know that’s not where anyone wants to be. I know he’s only in the county jail but to someone that has never been locked up…Jail is Jail!

Johnson was supposed to avoid jail time, but his lack of seriousness during a court appearance last week — specifically a pat on the rear end of his attorney — led McHugh to admonish him, reject his plea bargain and sentence him to 30 days behind bars. Attorney Adam Swickle is pushing for Johnson’s sentence to be reconsidered.

‘™¦ The Athletics and Mariners were forced to evacuate their locker rooms at Oakland’s Coliseum after raw sewage rose up from the shower drains following Sunday’s game. The teams went to an upper-level locker room used by the Raiders to share the showers there.

The A’s lease at Coliseum expires at the end of the season. The stadium, which was built in 1966, has been the team’s home since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1968. There have been problems before, but not to this extent.

“It’s clear, right?,” team president Michael Crowley said when asked about the need for a new stadium. “This isn’t the first time this has happened.”

‘™¦ Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons. The Texas A&M quarterback expressed his frustration with an unidentified situation when he tweeted early Sunday morning: [Expletive] like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station’€¦whenever it may be

After deleting the tweet, Manziel sent another that read: Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 17, 1943, which future Hall of Famer slugged pinch-hit home runs in both games of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Browns?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: QB Mark Sanchez wants another shot at redemption with Jets 01.01.13 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

College football: Gator Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, noon (ESPN2)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Purdue vs. Oklahoma State, noon (ESPNU)
College football: Capital One Bowl, Georgia vs Nebraska, 1 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-FM)
College football: Outback Bowl, South Carolina vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rose Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Stanford, 5 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Florida State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: UConn at Marquette, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ The Jets began their long offseason by firing general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday, and more changes to the organization are expected after a disappointing 6-10 season.

However, Mark Sanchez might still be the team’s quarterback, as his contract — he’s owed $8.25 million for 2013 — makes him difficult to move. Sanchez said Monday that he’s eager for another opportunity to prove his worth to New York fans.

“Until I’€™m told different, I’€™m a Jet,” Sanchez said. “I don’€™t see anything different. I just want another crack at this thing. ‘€¦ I had a good talk with Rex [Ryan], and I know we’€™re destined for greatness here and that we can be successful here, and that’€™s what I’€™m focused on.”

Added the QB: “In my opinion, I underachieved and didn’€™t play the way I’€™m capable of playing. Unfortunately, that led to some losses and some things like that. So I just have to get better and take some time to get away from the game for a little bit and come back strong for next year.”

Sanchez struggled with turnovers this season. He tied for third worst in the league with 18 interceptions and also lost eight fumbles. His most ignominious moment was the “buttfumble” against the Patriots in the Thanksgiving night blowout.

“There were some great plays, some great throws, and then there were some not-so-good things,” Sanchez said. “And those are things I need to focus on this offseason, try to fix those and put us in a better position to take care of the ball.”

‘™¦ Running back Brandon Jacobs, who was suspended for the 49ers‘ final three regular-season games after complaining about his lack of playing time on social media, was waived by the team Monday. By waiting until after the regular season to cut Jacobs, the Niners ensured that no playoff team could sign him for the playoffs.

Jacobs, 30, had five carries for seven yards in just two games for the NFC West champions after coming over from the Giants, where he played seven seasons. He is the fourth-leading rusher in Giants history, with 4,849 yards.

‘™¦ Terrell Owens couldn’t find an NFL team willing to take a chance on him this season, but the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver apparently has found a way to remain in front of an audience. Owens reportedly will appear in a new reality show on Fox called “Stars in Danger: The High Dive.”

Owens is one of eight celebrities who will receive training from a former Olympic diving medalist and then attempt a series of Olympic-style dives. The show is slated to air on Jan. 9.

Owens previously had his own cable reality show, “The T.O. Show.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 1, 1979, John Y. Brown attended his first game as owner of the Celtics. Which franchise did Brown trade with Irv Levin to acquire the C’s?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens takes jab at ‘desperate’ Jets 10.11.12 at 7:33 am ET
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The original Morning Mashup has returned, so let’s get right to it.

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

MLB playoffs: Giants at Reds, 1:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Nationals, 4:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Yankees, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 9:37 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Steelers at Titans, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Western Kentucky at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Arizona State at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Heat vs. Clippers, at Beijing, China, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)


‘™¦ How bad are things for the struggling Jets? Even out-of-work disgraced wide receiver Terrell Owens threw a jab at them Wednesday.

While New York was losing its third game of the season Monday night, Owens sent out a tweet reading:

Hey JETS!!! I’m available! I’m ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let’s make it happen.

Then during an interview Wednesday with TSN Canada, Owens defended his desperate-sounding tweet. He said the Jets are the ones who are desperate, considering they had cornerback Antonio Cromartie line up as receiver to help compensate for the loss of Santonio Holmes.

Said Owens: “It’s not begging for a job when you know you can still play at a high level, given the opportunity. When you have a defensive back playing offense and running routes, I think that’s more desperate than my actual tweet itself.”

‘™¦ Donald Trump apparently has no more patience for struggling Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. The Donald sent out a tweet — somewhat prophetically, as it turned out — prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles:

A-Rod must be dropped in the Yankees lineup tonight if they want to win. He simply can’t perform without drugs.

In the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game, Raul Ibanez was sent up to pinch-hit for Rodriguez, who is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts in the series. Ibanez hit a game-tying home run, and the Yankees went on to win in 12 innings.

‘™¦ Jazz forward (and former Celtic) Al Jefferson was the talk of the Internet Wednesday after it was revealed that he paid more than $23,000 for a custom bed. The bed is a whopping 10 feet wide by 12 feet long, more than enough room to spread out for the 6-foot-9 Jefferson.

The accompanying photo is of Jefferson’s teammate, 6-1 Mo Williams, who looks tiny in the oversized bed.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 11, 1967, the Impossible Dream Red Sox forced the World Series to the limit with an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6. Which unheralded Sox rookie from New England started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball but did not get the win?

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Report: Bills acquire QB Tavaris Jackson, cut Vince Young 08.27.12 at 1:07 pm ET
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The Bills completed a trade to acquire backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from the Seahawks and cut Vince Young on Monday, according to an Associated Press report.

Tweeted Young:

Respect Bills fans. I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and with the organization and my teammates good luck this season.

Jackson was acquired after reportedly agreeing to restructure the final year of his contract. He was to make $4 million this season, an expensive salary for a backup. He was said to be on his way to Buffalo on Monday morning.

Jackson has played seven seasons. He was 7-7 as a starter with the Seahawks last season, but Seattle drafted Russell Wilson and signed Packers free agent Matt Flynn. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced Sunday that Wilson, an undersized (5-foot-11) third-rounder from Wisconsin, will start the regular-season opener after impressing in the preseason. Wilson has a league-best 119.4 QB rating.

The Seahawks on Sunday also announced the release of veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens.

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Seahawks violated CBA with Terrell Owens’ first practice 08.10.12 at 11:31 am ET
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The Seahawks violated the NFL’€™s collective bargaining agreement during Terrell Owens‘€™ on-field first practice when they allowed him to practice with shoulder pads.

According to the CBA, a newly signed player must have a three-day acclimation period during the preseason after signing: ‘€œDay 1 is for the physical and meetings. Day 2 and 3 the player may participate, but only in helmet and shells or a padded shirt. Day 4 and for the rest of camp is in full pads.”

The Seahawks said the violation was unintentional and that Owens should have just been in a shell on Wednesday instead of his shoulder pads.

The 38-year-old had signed on Monday, which was his first day, before participating in meetings and a walkthrough on Tuesday.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league is currently gathering facts about the situation. It is currently unclear if the team will face any discipline.

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Terrell Owens signs one-year contract with Seahawks 08.07.12 at 5:30 pm ET
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Terrell Owens is back in the NFL, as the Seahawks signed the wide receiver to a one-year, $1 million contract on Monday.

In his workout with the team on Monday, the 38-year-old reportedly impressed Seattle by posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.45 seconds.

The former 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills and Bengals receiver is returning to the league after spending last season with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. Owens, who was coming off left knee surgery, had 35 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Wranglers before he was released in May.

The Seahawks had already signed veteran receivers Antonio Bryant and Braylon Edwards this offseason, but cut Bryant late last week. Seattle also cut veteran receiver Mike Williams earlier in the offseason.

With Sidney Rice as the starting receiver on one side, Seattle is looking for a bigger receiver to start across from him, a mold that Seahawks receivers Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Ben Obomanu do not fit.

Seattle plays its first preseason game Saturday against the Titans.

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Terrell Owens reportedly impresses in tryout with Seahawks 08.06.12 at 4:05 pm ET
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The Seahawks were the first team to give scrutinized wide receiver Terrell Owens another chance at the NFL, and apparently he made it worth the team’s while.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Owens had a “very impressive workout” on Monday for Seattle and it is expected that the team will attempt to sign him.

Owens, 38, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010 when he was with the Bengals. He underwent surgery on his left knee last season and received no offers to return to the league. The former start receiver went on to play for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League before being released in May.

The five time All-Pro ranks second all-time in receiving yards and touchdowns behind Jerry Rice. He was selected to the All-Decade second team for the 2000’s.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Reggie Jackson expected to return to Yankees after apology 07.13.12 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Celtics vs. Magic, 10 a.m. (NBA TV)

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Cubs, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Orioles, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: White Sox at Royals, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Pirates at Brewers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Toronto FC at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 1:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 1 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson, who was asked by the team to stay out of sight after his comments in a Sports Illustrated story disparaging a number of former and current major leaguers (including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice), is expected to return soon following an apology he released Thursday.

‘€œIn trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players,” Jackson said in a statement. ‘€œThis was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I’€™m disappointed that I didn’€™t take greater care in expressing my views.

‘€œI have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees organization for any disruption that I caused in the clubhouse. I continue to have a strong relationship with the club, and look forward to continuing in my role with the team. As always, I remain dedicated to the great game of baseball.’€

Reports out of New York indicate the Yankees are pleased with the statement and will allow the Hall of Famer to return to the team next week during a road trip in Oakland, where Jackson has a home.

‘™¦ Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens missed a hearing Thursday at an Atlanta court, where he was supposed to answer to charges that he has $20,000 behind on child support payments to the mother of his 7-year-old daughter. According to a report from Atlanta’s WSB-TV, Owens has been warned that he could face jail time if he misses the rescheduled hearing next Thursday.

The 38-year-old Owens was released in May by the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers, who were highlight critical of Owens’ behavior.

‘™¦ The University of Hawaii placed athletic director Jim Donovan on indefinite paid administrative leave following his involvement in the loss of $200,000 from the athletic department. Donovan helped in the efforts to organize a Stevie Wonder concert for which the money was paid. However, the concert was called off because Wonder apparently was never informed that he was supposed to appear.

Asked at a press conference earlier in the week if the school had been scammed, Donovan said: “I couldn’t speculate.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 13, 1999, Pedro Martinez was named MVP of the All-Star Game at Fenway Park after striking out five of the six batters he faced in his two-inning stint: Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell. Which National League player was the only one to face Martinez and not strike out, reaching on an error before getting caught stealing to end the inning?

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