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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Martin ‘beyond blessed’ to be traded from Dolphins to 49ers 03.12.14 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:
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: American at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Florida vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UCF vs. Temple, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: DePaul vs. Georgetown, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Mariners, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jonathan Martin has a new home, and it’s a familiar one.

The Dolphins traded the offensive lineman to the 49ers, where he will be reunited with Jim Harbaugh, who coached him at nearby Stanford and called him a “personal friend” following last year’s bullying scandal in Miami. San Francisco will send an undisclosed draft pick to the Dolphins.

Martin, who has been taking classes at Stanford, expressed his excitement on Twitter, writing: Big news…. Beyond Blessed.

And: Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can’t wait to get to work #9erEmpire

 

 

Added his agent, Ken Zuckerman, in an interview with The Associated Press: “This is great for him to get back on the field, and he’s in Palo Alto right now. It couldn’t be much better. I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. It’s a good day.”

Martin, 24, has two years remaining on his contract, which pays him a base salary of $824,933 this year.

Steve Williams, the former longtime caddie for Tiger Woods, has been quiet lately, but he said in a recent interview that there still are some hard feelings since the two split in 2011.

“There’s been a lot of ‘€¦ this, that and the other … but the hatchet hasn’t been buried,” said Williams, who now caddies for Adam Scott. “It’s just personal things and a difference of opinions on how things went down … and I need to sort that out with him.”

Williams was Woods’ caddie when the golf star was caught up in an infidelity scandal in 2009, but he claimed to be unaware of what Woods was doing.

“So many people feel I must have known something, but I didn’t know,” he said. “If I’d known something, I would have said [so]. I don’t sugarcoat anything.”

– A high school wrestling match in Minnesota ended with an impressive display of sportsmanship when Blaine sophomore Malik Stewart was pinned by St. Michael Albertville sophomore Mitchell McKee in the state championship 120-pound match but then went over to McKee’s father, who is dying of cancer, and congratulated him.

“[McKee] won,” Stewart told KARE-TV. “He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced it a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him.”

Added Stewart, whose father died of a heart attack when Stewart was 7 years old: “I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through. The crowd went wild and I heard a couple of people say after I did it, ‘ That was pretty classy,’ but I just did it straight from the heart.”

Said McKee of Stewart: “It was a big match for him, and to be able to hug my dad like that and not be mad and storm off like a lot of kids do — really respectful.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 12, 1985, Larry Bird scored a team-record 60 points in a 126-11 victory over the Hawks in New Orleans. Whose record did he break?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods completes round at TPC Boston without pain in preparation for Deutsche Bank Championship 08.30.13 at 8:07 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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Phillies at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
College football: Morgan State at Army, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Texas Tech at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Florida Atlantic at Miami, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: North Dakota State at Kansas State, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
MLS: Revolution at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: Timbers at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at New York Liberty, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Golf: PGA Deutsche Bank Championship, 3 p.m. (TGC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods is tiring of questions about his feud with Sergio Garcia. (AP)

Tiger Woods is set to tee off at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton on Friday morning. (AP)

• Local golf fans — and Deutsche Bank Championship organizers — breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as Tiger Woods, who dropped to his knees in pain after hitting a shot Sunday, completed 18 holes in a pro-am as he prepared for the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton.

Woods displayed no outward effects of a back problem as he played the TPC Boston course in advance of this weekend’s tournament. He said this was his first time swinging a club since Sunday’s back spasm. He had planned to play nine holes and then just chip and putt on the back nine, “but it felt good, so I continued playing.”

Said Woods: “The back has been … it’s a lot better than obviously on Sunday. It was nice to have that extra day of rest. Having the tournament start on Friday certainly helps. And I’ve gotten treatment every day, two to three times a day. And it feels good.”

Woods is scheduled to tee off Friday morning in a group with British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott, a gathering of the top three players in the FedEx Cup and the world.

“It’s exciting, I know for me, to have it 1, 2, 3 in the world,” Woods said. “It also goes to show you that those are the three hottest players in the world.”

Said Scott: “It will be fun no matter what. We’re all playing really well this year. So hopefully, we can push each other along and make a lot of birdies, and it will be an enjoyable couple of days.”

• Boxing legend Mike Tyson, now a promoter, continued his candid assessment of his life during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that aired Thursday, telling host Matt Lauer, “I won’t survive unless I get help.”

Tyson said at a press conference last week that he’s “on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic,” and he acknowledged: “I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven.”

On “Today,” Tyson said he’s struggling to remain sober and avoid having suicidal thoughts.

“When I start drinking and relapse, I think of dying,” he said. “When I’m in a real dark mood, I think of dying. And I don’t want to be around no more. I won’t survive unless I get help.”

Tyson said he has been sober for 12 days, but he has had trouble reconciling with the person he’s become.

“Yes, it’s a real challenge because I don’t know if I like this sober guy,” he said. “It’s hard for me to live normal — straight is hard. … I’m a king of the barbarians. There’s no one that could surpass me in the pain that I’ve endured.”

• New Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer issued an apology Thursday after news broke of his arrest Wednesday on a DUI charge.

Budenholzer was pulled over late Wednesday night in Atlanta for not having working taillights and was detained after taking a field sobriety test. He was released on $1,524 bond and entered a not guilty please at Atlanta Municipal Court on Thursday.

“I take my role as a leader very seriously and hold myself to a high standard,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “I apologize to the fans and to the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon my family and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges.”

The 44-year-old Budenholzer, who spent 17 seasons as a Spurs assistant, was named Hawks coach May 29.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 30, 1997, Nomar Garciaparra‘s American League rookie-record hitting streak came to an end against the Braves at how many games?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers, Diamondbacks brawl after Yasiel Puig hit 06.12.13 at 8:01 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:
Stanley Cup finals: Bruins at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks mixed it up Tuesday night. (AP)

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks mixed it up Tuesday night in Los Angeles. (AP)

♦ The Dodgers and Diamondbacks had a beanball battle Tuesday night, and unlike the Red Sox-Rays a day earlier, this one featured more physical confrontations.

The dispute started when Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit rookie phenom Yasiel Puig with a fastball that deflected off Puig’s shoulder and grazed his nose. It came in the sixth inning and apparently was retribution for Zack Greinke hitting Cody Ross the previous inning. Greinke responded by plunking catcher Miguel Montero in the back in the seventh.

“Puig gets hit in the face, Montero gets hit, it should have been really over at this point,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, adding: “If you can’t pitch inside without hitting someone in the head, you shouldn’t pitch inside.”

It wasn’t over. In the bottom half of the inning, Kennedy hit Greinke high on the left shoulder, with the ball apparently deflecting up into Greinke’s helmet, and was immediately ejected.

“That’s when it kind of got out of hand,” Los Angeles catcher Tim Federowicz said. “You can’t do that.”

The dugouts and bullpens emptied, and the coaches inflicted and received most of the damage. Mattingly threw down Arizona coach Alan Trammel, Diamondbacks coach Turner Ward was driven into a railing, and Dodgers coach Mark McGwire and Diamondbacks counterpart Matt Williams grabbed and pulled on each other’s jerseys while having an angry exchange.

“Everything happened so fast,” Mattingly said. “It just gets a little crazy out there.”

Said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario: “I was out of my mind just trying to protect my teammates. If you want to hit somebody, don’t hit a pitcher. Don’t hit guys in the head. That’s crazy.”

Said Montero: “It got pretty ugly. They came out of nowhere, just throwing punches. When everybody was trying to break it up, they just kept coming and throwing punches. It was like 25 against 72, because all the DL guys were out there, too. I guess their arms were feeling pretty good because they were throwing good punches.”

Following six ejections, Los Angeles went on to win the game, 5-3.

♦ Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o met the media Tuesday for the first time in a month and talked about the team keeping him under wraps as he transitions from an eventful senior year at Notre Dame.

“Coach [Mike McCoy] and the organization had a plan for me,” Te’o said. “That plan was to prepare me the best way for the season. We’re out here for football. I think that’s the bottom line. The plan was for me to focus on football, focus on getting my head in the playbook and just trying to make that transition as quickly as possible. I definitely have reaped the benefits of that and am thankful that I’ve had the time to just focus on the plays and focus on what goes on on the field. That has definitely helped me improve each day.”

Te’o insisted he hasn’t been distracted after the fallout from his fake girlfriend controversy.

“When we’re out on the football field, everything else doesn’t matter,” he said. “Thankfully for me, I’m surrounded by a bunch of teammates who have really pushed me to be better. All they care about is that No. 50 is working his butt off. I’ll take care of the work ethic part and for them, they just make sure that I’m going in the right direction. Personally, that hasn’t been difficult at all.

“We have a saying in the defensive room: `Keep the main thing the main thing.’ I’m here to play football. I’m here to be the best Charger I can be and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. We’ll keep the main thing the main thing.”

Sergio Garcia left a note in Tiger Woods‘ locker Tuesday at the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., after he was unable to set up a face-to-face meeting between the golf stars to address their recent dispute. After the two feuded through the press last month, Garcia made a racially insensitive joke and said he wanted to apologize.

“I did leave him a note — a handwritten note,” Garcia said. “And hopefully, he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully, I’ll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”

The two had a brief exchange Monday, when Garcia approached Woods and shook his hand at the practice range.

“We didn’t discuss anything,” Woods said. “Just came up and said, ‘Hi,’ and that was it.”

Added Woods when asked if Garcia apologized: “No. It’s already done. We’ve already gone through it all. It’s time for the U.S. Open.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 12, 1984, the Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7, 111-102, to win their 15th NBA title. Which Celtic scored a game-high 24 points?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant settles dispute with parents, auction house 06.11.13 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Costa Rica vs. Mexico, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Panama vs. United States, 10 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant’s dispute with his parents about them selling his memorabilia ended Monday, with his parents apologizing and 90 percent of the items being pulled from the auction.

Bryant and the auction company were due to go to trial in New Jersey next week. Bryant said the items were still his, while his mother, Pamela Bryant, claimed she owned the things Bryant had left at her house. Instead, Goldin Auctions will sell just six items from Bryant’s past, including two high school uniforms from Lower Merion (Pa.), Bryant 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring, and two rings celebrating the 2000 Lakers championship team that were given to Bryant’s parents.

“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,” Pamela and Joe Bryant said in a statement. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance.”

The auction begins June 17, with bidding continuing until July 19.

♦ Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested Monday on an assault charge after he allegedly struck a woman outside a Cincinnati bar last week following a Reds game.

Jones, who has had numerous run-ins with the law since being drafted in 2005, insisted that he acted in self-defense. Tweeted Jones: Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for …

Video surfaced on the web Monday and it appears to show Jones arguing with a woman while the two were on opposite sides of a low gate, the woman attempting to poor the contents of her bottle on him, and Jones responding by unleashing a left to the woman’s face.

In an interview with Cincinnati radio station ESPN 1530, Jones again claimed he did nothing wrong.

“I’m not out acting a fool. I’m not out drinking, getting drunk,” he said. “All I was doing was protecting myself, man. I wouldn’t like to harm no woman, period. I have two beautiful little girls and a wife at home [and] my mother. Most of my family are all women, I don’t even had a dad. That’s not Adam. That’s no part. I’m not into that, and I don’t condone that. So I don’t want you to try to tweak it and make it sound any other way. All I was doing was protecting myself and trying to clear my space.”

♦ Feuding golf rivals Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia met up Monday at the practice range for the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., and shook hands in their first meeting since Garcia made a racially insensitive comment about Woods.

After the pair had a dispute at The Players Championship last month when they were paired together, Garcia, at an awards dinner in England, joked that he would have Woods over for dinner and “serve fried chicken.” Woods downplayed the incident and said he wanted to move on.

Both players are scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 11, 1987, the Celtics tied an NBA finals record by having five players score 20 or more points in a 123-108 victory over the Lakers in Game 5. Which player led the way with 25 points?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods regains top spot on Forbes’ highest-paid ranking; Tom Brady 11th 06.06.13 at 7:53 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:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Golfer Tiger Woods earned an estimated $78.1 million over the past year. (AP)

♦ One year after being dethroned from the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, Tiger Woods regained his lofty ranking. Woods had been No. 1 from 2001 through 2012, but boxer Floyd Mayweather was on top last year.

Woods is estimated to have made $78.1 million over the last year through prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work. His winnings totaled $13.1 million, double his prize money from the previous year.

Following Woods on the list is tennis player Roger Federer ($71.5 million), NBA stars Kobe Bryant ($61.9 million) and LeBron James ($59.8 million), and quarterbacks Drew Brees ($51 million) and Aaron Rodgers ($49 million).

Boston is represented by Tom Brady (11th at $38.3 million) and Paul Pierce (82nd at $18.8 million).

♦ Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann met the media Wednesday and acknowledged that her job got more difficult following allegations that she was an abusive coach close to two decades ago.

“I believe it is going to be a tough challenge,” Hermann said. “Has it been made harder? No doubt. Am I going to have to work double-time to connect with the people who are passionate about Rutgers? I am.”

Hermann admitted that she considered withdrawing from the job.

“Who wouldn’t?” she said. “But the truth is, I was interested in this job because I believe that Rutgers is truly a special place that is so uniquely positioned to do something great.

“I’ll go to the mat. I’ll deal with it, I’ll put up with it. I’ll deal with a national embarrassment.”

After previously claiming she had no recollection of a meeting with her volleyball players at Tennessee in 1996 in which they criticized her aggressive style, Hermann tried to spin things Wednesday, claiming that the situation makes her the right person to clean up the mess left by former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who repeatedly abused his players in practices.

“What I would say about that is that it was a difficult time,” Hermann said. “There were so many things going on with the team, and when you’re a young coach you may not be equipped to manage a lot of what we were managing as a team at that time.”

Added Hermann: “So, that lesson of 17 years ago was honestly part of why I felt I was not only very qualified but uniquely qualified.”

♦ Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after being suspended for his one-handed high stick to the head of Kings forward Jeff Carter during Tuesday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles. The retaliation move left Carter with a 20-inch gash on his face and three cracked teeth.

Keith, who attempted to apologize to Carter on the ice, met with the NHL’s department of player safety Wednesday.

“I said my piece,” Keith said. “Said the same thing [Tuesday] night, that it was an accident, and I didn’t mean to get him where I got him.”

At Wednesday’s practice, Carter chose to focus on tying the series.

“There’s bigger things to worry about right now,” he said. “We’re in a fight here, down two games to one. I don’t think that’s on our minds.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 6, 1977, which pitcher won his 100th game with the Red Sox?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Despite lack of personal apology, Tiger Woods ‘done with’ Sergio Garcia feud 05.30.13 at 7:48 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods is tiring of questions about his feud with Sergio Garcia. (AP)

♦ On the eve the Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Tiger Woods spoke publicly about his feud with fellow golfer Sergio Garcia and Garcia’s racially insensitive comments from last week. Although he said Garcia had not apologized to him “in person,” Woods claimed, “That’s already done with.”

Garcia offered an apology at a press conference last week after saying he would invite Woods to dinner and serve “fried chicken.” Garcia reportedly also called Woods’ agent.

Said Woods: “It’s time to move on.”

Meanwhile, golf legend Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the feud, saying, “It’s stupid.”

Noted Nicklaus: “We were trying to figure out how to get somebody to write about anything when we played. I think today you have to figure out how you keep somebody from writing about anything. It’s a big difference.”

Jalien Messersmith, a forward at NAIA Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., became the first openly gay active college basketball player when his story was revealed Tuesday at Outsports.com.

Messersmith said he told his coach last summer and his teammates before the season, and he said most people at his small college knew about his sexual orientation. He was interviews by Outsports.com in March, although the story didn’t come until after NBA free agent Jason Collins made his admission in April with his Sports Illustrated article.

“The big thing for me, why I wanted to do it, before the whole Jason Collins thing, is there weren’t a lot of basketball-related stories like this,” Messersmith said. “When I started coming out, I didn’t have anyone to look to for advice or to see how their story went. People can look to see what happened to me — and there are positive things going on.”

♦ Controversial Lakers guard Metta World Peace has released a children’s book, called “Metta’s Bedtime Stories,” which includes five stories “written to help children think about daily events in a positive light.”

According to createspace.com, where the book is available, “These stories will show everyone that you can always have a better day tomorrow, if you have a hopeful heart and keep positive thoughts.”

World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest, is a spokesman for mental health.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Sergio Garcia apologizes after racially insensitive comment about Tiger Woods 05.22.13 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (WGN)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Sergio Garcia's joke Tuesday night about Tiger Woods did not go over well. (AP)

♦ The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia feud hit a new low Tuesday when Garcia joked that he would invite Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open and “serve fried chicken.”

Garcia made the comment during the European Tour’s awards dinner, when the subject of his relationship with Woods was introduced. Garcia later released an apology through the European Tour.

“I apologise for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” the statement read. “I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”

UPDATE: Woods responded Wednesday morning via Twitter, writing: The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. … I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.

Added Woods: The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.

During The Players Championship at Sawgrass two weeks ago, Garcia accused Woods of disturbing him while Garcia was hitting a shot. Woods went on to win the tournament as Garcia faded, and the two later exchanged insults about the incident.

♦ The Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night for the second time in three years, and there’s already speculation that they might trade the pick. Cleveland has two first-round picks, two second-round picks and plenty of cap space. Combine that with the fact that this draft is not considered especially strong, and the Cavs are likely to listen to offers while they continue their rebuilding process since losing LeBron James to the Heat three years ago.

“It’s so long already. I know it is only three years, but in NBA years it’s like dog years. It seems like it is 15 or 20 years,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said. “We’ve been just so focused on building the team the last few years, I can’t look back. There is nothing you can do. I am just happy about today.”

Everett product Nerlens Noel, still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during his freshman season at Kentucky, is expected to be the No. 1 pick.

♦ The Yankees and English soccer power Manchester City will join forces to own a Major League Soccer expansion team that will enter the league in 2015. The team, which will be called the New York City Football Club, will be controlled by Manchester City, with the Yankees reportedly holding a stake between 20 and 25 percent.

“They’ll be running all the soccer. We know our way around New York, how to get things done,” Yankees president Randy Levine said.

The main issue for now appears to be where the team will play. The city has been pushing Flushing as a site for a stadium, although that might require some cooperation from the Mets, who could be ask to share the parking lots for Citi Field.

The team will need a temporary home until its stadium is constructed. New Yankee Stadium hosted two soccer matches last summer and is the site for an exhibition Saturday between Manchester City and Chelsea.

“Yankee Stadium is an option, as are many places,” Levine said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 22, 1988, the Celtics and Hawks staged one of the most memorable playoff games in history, with Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins trading baskets in the fourth quarter of a 118-116 Boston victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Lost in the performance of Wilkins (47 points) and Bird (34), a guard for each team finished with a double-double. Which Hawk had 16 points and 18 assists, and which Celtic had 13 points and 10 assists?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Nike defends new Tiger Woods ad 03.27.13 at 7:45 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:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Nets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Iowa at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, BYU at Southern Mississippi, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Providence at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Tigers, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Angels, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

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Nike's Tiger Woods ad features a quote from the golfer that has angered some people. (AP)

Tiger Woods is the world’s No. 1 golfer again, and Nike celebrated his achievement with an ad that features a picture of Woods and the statement “Winning takes care of everything.” That led to harsh criticism from people who questioned the implication that Woods’ transgressions should be dismissed now that he’s successful again.

Nike defended the ad in a statement: “Tiger has always said he competes to win. When asked about his goals such as getting back to number one, he has said consistently winning is the way to get there. The statement references that sentiment and is a salute to his athletic performance.”

Meanwhile, Woods offered some inspiration to fellow golfer Rory McIlroy. After receiving a congratulatory text message, Woods responded by telling McIlroy to (in McIlroy’s words): “get my finger out of my ass and win this week.”

♦ The Ravens introduced Elvis Dumervil on Tuesday after signing the former Broncos linebacker to a five-year deal worth a reported $35 million, and Dumervil let it be known that his breakup with Denver has provided him with a great deal of motivation.

“I think at times in life you deal with people who say you can’t do this or you shouldn’t do that,” Dumervil said. “In this world, you have to prove a point and prove yourself. I’m all about that. Year in, year out, that’s what drives me. I like to go in as a rookie every year, where you have to prove yourself. I have a chip on my shoulder, I may have a brick wall now. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get out with the guys and really compete.”

Despite the way his departure from the Broncos was handled — with the team playing hardball and offering a dramatically reduced salary for 2013 — Dumervil said he has no animosity toward the franchise.

“It was an unfortunate situation that happened. Obviously leaving a really good organization like the Denver Broncos, they’re proven winners, I have nothing but good things to say about the organization,” he said. “But when an opportunity came that I could come to another winner and a first-class organization, it was just leaving one great one to another great one. So I took it. … Sometimes, you have to make a tough decision. I just felt like it was time to change the scenery.”

♦ Lakers center Dwight Howard had a tough day Monday. Not only did he take an elbow to his face that required three stitches on his lower lip, he was called for a foul on the play and then got a technical foul after he made some comments to Warriors forward David Lee.

Howard said after LA’s 109-103 loss that he won’t forget what Lee did, even though it appeared Lee was just trying to go to the basket strong when his lead elbow made contact with Howard’s face.

“He got away with a shot,” Howard said. “I’ll remember this game, I’ll remember that shot.”

Added Howard: “He said he wasn’t trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later.”

The teams meet again April 12.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 27, 1984, which Bruin scored a goal in a 6-4 victory over the Quebec Nordiques to give him 100 points on the season?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Northeastern hockey star Wade MacLeod suffers seizure during AHL game in Springfield 02.18.13 at 7:44 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: Predators at Avalanche, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Hurricanes at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Villanova, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

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Wade MacLeod

♦ Former Northeastern University star Wade MacLeod had a seizure during Sunday’s minor league hockey game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield after he was checked from behind into the glass, and he was in stable condition at an area hospital Sunday night.

MacLeod, a 26-year-old forward for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, collapsed while he was skating toward the bench. According to the Springfield Republican, MacLeod lay on the ice for several minutes, his legs flailing at times, while medical personnel attended to him.

“We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,” MacLeod’s family said in a statement Sunday night. “Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.”

Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play, which occurred late in the second period with MacLeod’s Falcons trailing 2-1. The coaches agreed to suspend the game at that point.

Manning tweeted later: would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of every hurting another player.. hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family

MacLeod, who had an assist Sunday, has four goals and seven assists in 20 games this season for the Falcons, an affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. At Northeastern, MacLeod played four years, leading the team in scoring his final three seasons. The native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, totaled 61 goals and 76 assists at NU while setting the school record for games played (149).

♦ Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza wrote in his new book that he took karate lessons to be prepared for a fight with Roger Clemens after the then-Yankees pitcher beaned Piazza in 2000.

Clemens responded Sunday, telling the Houston Chronicle that Piazza wasn’t the only one who wanted revenge, noting that even some of his own teammates had issues with him.

“He’d have to stand in line,” said Clemens, who is serving as a spring training instructor for the Astros. “I think there were about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than [Piazza] did.”

Clemens, who said has not read the book, claims he has become friendly with Piazza after playing with him at golf events.

“Some of these guys, once you get to know some of them, they’re fine. But like I said, there was no intent there,” Clemens insisted of his famous run-ins with Piazza, including the 2000 World Series incident in which Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at the catcher. “And Mike’s a good hitter and I think he hit every breaking ball I threw to him and he hit them hard. But he’s not the first power hitter who’s got me. So, we had some good times. But, yeah, somebody just texted me the Cliffs notes of [the book], so we thought that was pretty good.”

Tiger Woods might not be the world’s best golfer anymore, but he’s still a major drawing card. On Sunday, he played a round with President Barack Obama at the Floridian, an exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The White House prohibited media coverage of the round, which included the participation of Astros owner Jim Crane, who owns the golf club, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Obama, who is spending Presidents Day weekend in Florida, spent the day Saturday with Butch Harmon, Woods’ former swing coach. That apparently was preparation for his round with Woods, who visited the president in the Oval Office of the White House in 2009.

“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” Harmon told Golf Digest. “The President said to Tiger: ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It’s good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn’t a throw-it-out compliment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 18, 1930, which Bruins goaltender set an NHL record for most wins in a season when he recorded his 31st with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o most disliked athletes in national poll 02.07.13 at 7:51 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:
NBA: Lakers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (WGN, TNT)
College basketball: Clemson at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Belmont at Murray State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Colorado at Oregon, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

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Lance Armstrong

♦ According to a Neilsen/E-poll survey sponsored by Forbes magazine, Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o are America’s most disliked athletes.

Both Armstrong and Te’o appeal to just 15 percent of the public.

“The Oprah [Winfrey] interview hurt [Armstrong],” Nielsen senior vice president of sports Stephen Master said. “He came off as pompous, arrogant and unapologetic.”

As for Te’o, “The story was just so creepy,” Master said.

Rounding out the list are golfer Tiger Woods (19 percent appeal), Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (21), Lakers guard Metta World Peace (21), Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (22), Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (23), NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27), Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (27) and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (27).

♦ In a strange story out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a top running back recruit abruptly canceled his signing day announcement at his high school Wednesday, reportedly because his mother took his letter of intent and went home, unhappy that he wanted to attend Arkansas.

Andrea McDonald wanted her son, Alex Collins, to stay closer to home and sign with Miami, and she refused to sign the papers. Collins announced in a TV appearance on Monday night that he was going to Arkansas, changing his earlier stance.

Said Collins’ older brother, Johnny: “She’s having anxiety. I know she preferred him to go to UM. Alex had said he was going to the U, and then all of a sudden he changes his mind. We found out he was going to Arkansas on TV.

“They still needed her signature. You can’t sign yourself over. It’s in black and white. But I didn’t expect any of this to happen. I’m as confused as everyone else.”

♦ The 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card discovered by a Maine man at a yard sale was auctioned Wednesday for $92,000. The Library of Congress said last month that it has the only other known copy of the team photograph, considered to be the first dated baseball card.

Neither the seller or buyer were identified, but Saco River Auction Co. manager/auctioneer Troy Thibodeau expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“We’re happy with it and consigner is happy with it,” Thibodeau said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 7, 1999, which Patriots defensive player was named co-MVP of the Pro Bowl after helping the AFC to a 23-10 victory?

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