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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Georgia gas station bans sale of Sam Adams before Super Bowl; Tiger Woods struggles in PGA Tour return 01.27.17 at 9:09 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Houston at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College hockey: Northeastern at UMass Lowell, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Bowling Green at Ferris State, 8:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball:  Quinnipiac at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton at VCU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Green Bay at Oakland, 9 p.m. ESPNU
Women’s college basketball: DePaul at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A gas station in Georgia has banned the sale of Sam Adams beer leading up to the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl matchup.

Viral Chhadua, a gas station manager in Gainesville, Georgia, said Monday he made the decision to stop selling the beer, which is made by Boston Beer Company, after reading a Boston Globe column written by Dan Shaughnessy.

In the column, which is titled “It’s hard to get pumped up about a Super Bowl against . . . Atlanta,” Shaughnessy called Atlanta a place with “absolutely zero enthusiasm for professional sports.”

“I was already pumped that we were in the Super Bowl and matched up against living legends in Bill [Belichick] and Tom [Brady],” Chhadua said. “Then this article pops up and belittles our sports teams and fan base. I was irritated at the shots this guy took at the fan base and Atlanta as a whole.”

Chhadua said he wants to show “America and Dan that Atlanta has a passionate fan base” and will stop selling Sam Adams until after the Super Bowl.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods went golfing with Donald Trump; Cowboys DE Randy Gregory suspended for violation of NFL substance abuse policy 01.06.17 at 10:40 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: New York at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Memphis at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Carolina at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at UNH, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Michigan Tech at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Akron, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iona at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Ohio, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a blog post published on his website Thursday, Tiger Woods revealed he played a round of golf with President-elect Donald Trump over the holidays.

“I recently played with President-elect Donald Trump,” Woods wrote. “What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old. He takes a pretty good lash.”

Woods said the two talked while on the course but did not go into detail about the topics of conversation. He also mentioned there was no competition involved.

“Our discussion topics were wide-ranging; it was fun. We both enjoyed the bantering, bickering and needling. I also shared my vision for golf and what I’m trying to do,” Woods wrote. “We didn’t have a match and played for fun. I was testing drivers and fairway woods, and changed some settings. I think he enjoyed seeing the difference in shots when you experiment. I’ve now had the privilege of playing golf with Mr. Trump, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and I appreciate the opportunity.”

Woods also discussed his upcoming schedule and his ideology going into this new year:

“I am working hard to sharpen my game for 2017, and my goal is simple: to win. Winning takes care of itself.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods opens up about return to golf; Bills OL Seantrel Henderson suspended for NFL drug policy violation 11.30.16 at 8:02 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NBA: Indiana at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UNH at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Carolina at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Clemson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Butler at TCU, 1 p.m. (FSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

— After more than a year away from golf, Tiger Woods is making his return to the game at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday.

Woods spoke with reporters on Tuesday and opened up about his feelings heading into the tournament. He said he struggled with the future of his career and whether or not he would ever play again while recovering from back surgeries.

“Yeah, there was a lot of trepidation and times where I did think of that, because it was realistic,” Woods said. “Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move, how can I expect to come out here and swing a golf club at 120 miles an hour and be ballistic when I can’t even get out of bed?”

Woods said recovering from this back injury was different than recovering from past knee problems.

“When I had my knee redone and it was completely blown, I knew it was nine months [of recovery], but I knew I could come back from it. It’s not nerve damage,” Woods said. “When you’re dealing with a spine, when you’re dealing with nerves, it’s a totally different deal. There’s a lot of guys who have had injuries like that and have come back and done well and have won golf tournaments, but each individual spinal injury is different and has its own little personality.”

Woods also spoke about his sudden withdrawal from the Safeway Classic in October, saying “a few things happened” surrounding that decision.

“One, the Ryder Cup [for which he served as a vice captain] helped a lot in the sense that I got a chance to be out there with the guys and see it and feel it and experience it,” Woods said. “Two, it hurt me by not being able to practice for a week. I knew that I could play Safeway with a few shots, and I’ve played with less and I’ve won golf tournaments hitting with less shots, but I had to have everything come together.”

Woods also said he didn’t know the course well enough and “didn’t feel right about it.”

Woods will tee off at noon on Thursday in the opening round of the World Challenge.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods pulls out of Safeway; Derrick Rose headed back to stand in rape trial 10.11.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday 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 playoffs: Washington at Los Angeles, 5:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Chicago at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m. (FS1)
WNBA Finals: Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Portland at LA Lakers, 11 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Romania at Kazakhstan, 11:45 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, Armenia at Poland, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: FIFA World Cup qualifying, England at Slovenia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. New Zealand, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

 MONDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB playoffs: Indians 4, Red Sox 3
MLB playoffs: Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
MLB playoffs: Giants 6, Cubs 5
NFL: Buccaneers 17, Panthers 14

AROUND THE WEB:

— After announcing he would play in this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, California, Tiger Woods abruptly withdrew on Monday.

“After a lot of soul-searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,” Woods, 40, wrote on his website. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

This would have been Woods’s first PGA Tour event in over a year.

Woods also withdrew from next month’s Turkish Airline Open, and it seems his reason is performance anxiety.

“After a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world,” Woods said on his website.

Woods has won 14 major events and has been taking a break from golf after having back surgery last year.

Time will tell if we have seen the last of Tiger Woods, but he hopes to play in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

— Derrick Rose’s rape trial is set to continue Tuesday with the Knicks player is back on the witness stand.

Rose and two of his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, are accused by an anonymous woman, who dated Rose on and off, of gang rape in August 2013.

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Brad Faxon on D&C: Tiger Woods must ‘fix what’s inside his head’ 06.19.15 at 10:47 am ET
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Fox Sports golf analyst Brad Faxon appeared on Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to talk about Tiger Woods and the rest of the U.S. Open field. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Woods struggled mightily in the first round at Chambers Bay, shooting a 10-over 80 and placing third-to-last on the 156-man leaderboard. Woods needs to make significant changes in order to return to a high level of play, Faxon says.

“Tiger’s at that point where he just doesn’t look like he’s happy with himself on the golf course. I think he can’t just take two months off and say, ‘Yeah, things’ll be better.’ He’s got to fix what’s inside his head, between his ears,” Faxon said.

According to Faxon, the necessary changes to Woods’ game are almost entirely mental ones.

“It’s not a position that he’s got to get better, it’s a swing that has to go back to what you were like when you were a child when it was carefree, it didn’t involve doubt and fear,” Faxon said.

Faxon expressed shock with the rapid free fall of one of golf’s greats.

“I think all of us are in disbelief,” he said. “If you went back to ’08 when he won his last major at Torrey Pines, I don’t think we’d ever have imagined being in this position where we felt so bad for … [one of] the greatest athlete[s] of our generation.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Floyd Mayweather brushes off criticism, revels in record payday after win over Manny Pacquiao 05.04.15 at 8:16 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:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championship, United States vs. Russia, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal at Hull City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Floyd Mayweather won the much-hyped welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, and while the fans made it clear he’s not the people’s champion, the controversial fighter continues to revel in his financial glory.

“The check’s got nine figures on it, baby,” Mayweather bragged Sunday, waving a $100 million check he received after improving to 48-0 with his unanimous decision. He is expected to earn as much as $80 million more after the pay-per-view revenue is tallied. The pay-per-view push was so strong Saturday night that the fight was delayed about 30 minutes so cable operators could process all the late orders.

Mayweather, who was booed heavily before, during and after the fight, has come under fire for his history of domestic abuse — he served two months in jail for a 2010 attack on the mother of his child — and his generally obnoxious behavior.

Mayweather showed gratitude toward the judges who awarded him a unanimous decision, acknowledging the crowd was against him despite the fight taking place in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.

“I know the judges weren’t going by the crowd screaming,” he said. “The judges were going by shots landed.”

Mayweather was criticized for lacking aggression in Saturday’s bout and failing to entertain those who shelled out $100 to watch the fight on TV. Pacquiao’s camp accused Mayweather of running away and avoiding confrontation. The fans seemed to agree.

“It doesn’t matter who I fight,” Mayweather responded. “It’s just like when I fought Ricky Hatton and knocked out Ricky Hatton, they still booed me. So it’s what I’m used to.”

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn announced Sunday that they are no longer dating due in part to the demands of their schedules.

Woods has been visible supporting Vonn at her ski races, and Vonn likewise attended Woods’ golf matches, including an appearance at the Masters last month.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods lashes out at Golf Digest for ‘grudge-filled piece of character assassination’ 11.19.14 at 8:02 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: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: St. Joseph’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Kent State at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods is not pleased with Golf Digest’s attempt at humor, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

Writer Dan Jenkins said he was denied an interview with Woods — something the golfer’s agency denies — so he created a fake interview in which Woods is portrayed as a selfish, uncaring individual who, in the real Woods’ words, “mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips — and a lot of other slurs, too.”

Wrote Woods in The Players Tribune: “Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody and is really more like a grudge-filled piece of character assassination.”

MASHUP POLL: Is Tiger Woods overreacting to Golf Digest's parody?

  • No, the piece is a cheap shot and he's right to be upset (57%, 290 Votes)
  • Yes, a guy with his history should not question anyone else's ethics (43%, 215 Votes)

Total Voters: 505

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Here’s an excerpt from Jenkins’ piece:

Dan: “Why haven’t you fired Steiny, by the way? You’ve fired everybody else …”

Tiger: “I’ll probably get around to it. I like to fire people …”

Dan: ‘€œIn many cases, tips are a part of their salary.”

Tiger: “So let ’em go find a better job.”

Dan: “Marko [O’€™Meara] was your best friend in golf at one time.”

Tiger: “I’m sorry. I can’t place him. Did he play the tour?”

Wrote the real Woods: “The truth is, Jenkins has no idea how I think or feel about any of the things he claims to know about, which is why he had to make things up. Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person.”

— Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who made news a week ago when he leaped over the line of scrimmage in the closing seconds of his team’s 20-13 loss to the Jets while New York was preparing to take a knee — a play even his coach said was “not professional” — is back in the news once again for the wrong reasons.

Following Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over the Titans on Monday night, Mitchell took to Twitter and address some of his haters. He let the obscenities fly, and he told one person to “kill yourself.”

“If people tweet me, I tweet them back,” he told KDKA-TV.

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Brad Faxon on D&C: Problems with Tiger Woods’ swing leading to back issues 08.08.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Golfer Brad Faxon joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to discuss Tiger Woods and the PGA Championship. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Woods shot a 3-over par 74 in the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday less than a week after pulling out of the World Golf Championship with a back injury.

“There was a fascinating interview on the Golf Channel last night with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo really disputing whether Tiger is playing poorly because he’s hurt or whether he’s hurt because he’s swinging poorly,” Faxon said. “It’s a great debate. There’s probably going to be people on both sides of the fence. There’s no question in my mind whatever he’s doing with his swing is hurting his back. He didn’t hurt his back and then start playing poorly.”

Faxon said Woods’ motivation to play despite injury problems stems not only his pursuit of victories in major tournaments, but also in hopes of making an impression for the Ryder Cup team.

“If the listeners know, I thought he’d get to 18 [majors] in 10 years. It’s amazing to me,” Faxon said. “Tiger went down pretty hard last week at the World Golf Championship where he’s dominated and won eight times. This week he shows up on Wednesday, doesn’t tell anybody he’s coming and plays his practice round like he’s never been hurt before and shoots 74.

“There’s a case for shutting this down altogether. The other thing is, this is the last tournament before the Ryder Cup team is selected and Tiger probably wants to play on the team. He wants to show Tom Watson he’s there and able to play.”

Added Faxon: “This is a big day for him. He’s 3 over par, the cut is going to be around even par, maybe he has to shoot well into the 60s just to make the cut. He’s struggled hitting the ball, his sharpness around the greens is not there, nothing like it used to be.”

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Tiger Woods’ season in doubt after he withdraws from Bridgestone Invitational with back pain 08.04.14 at 10:35 am ET
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No more than two months after returning from back surgery, Tiger Woods has once again suffered a setback that could derail his season.

Woods was forced to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational when his ailing back flared up again after just eight holes. The pain was so debilitating that Woods struggled to get his golf shoes off after leaving the course.

“I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since,” Woods informed a PGA Tour official before leaving.

Woods hurt himself on the par-5 second hole after taking an awkward swing on the edge of a bunker that forced him to run into the pit to help compensate for the momentum of the swing.

Woods continued playing but struggled mightily over the next few holes before eventually deciding to leave the course.

“It’s just the whole lower back,” Woods said. “I don’t know what happened.”

While he did not see Woods’€™ swing on the No. 2 hole, Bubba Watson noted that something clearly was not right with Woods throughout the day.

“He hit some shots that we’re not used to seeing Tiger hit, even when he’s coming back from an injury like this,” Watson said. “So obviously, something was bothering him. … Like I told him when I shook his hand, I said, ‘I’m praying for you. Hope everything turns out good. Hope to see you next week.’ ”

At this point, the chances of Woods playing next week at Valhalla seems very unlikely. If Woods does not play in the PGA Championship, his season will come to an end. In six starts on the PGA Tour this year, Woods has only been able to finish all four rounds just twice.

Woods underwent back surgery on March 31 to help fix an impinged nerve that forced him to miss both the Masters for the first time of his career and the U.S. Open.

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New book says Tiger Woods paid Alex Rodriguez’s former doctor $76K for 14 visits 07.09.14 at 10:44 am ET
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Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times and Gus-Garcia Roberts of Newsday released a book this week focused on Alex Rodriguez‘s use of performance-enhancing drugs. But Rodriguez wasn’t the only high-profile athlete highlighted.

The book, titled “Blood Sports: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era,” claims that Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea, who treated Rodriguez, met with Tiger Woods 14 times between January and August 2009.

Galea, who pleaded guilty to smuggling human growth hormone and other drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes in 2011, charged Woods a total of $76,012 as the golfer recovered from knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory, according to the book. Both Woods and Galea have said that Woods received legal platelet-rich plasma therapy from Galea.

The book also reports that Dr. Mark Lindsay, who also treated Rodriguez, met with Woods 49 times from September 2008 to October 2009 and charged Woods $118,979.

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