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Report: Jimmy Clausen starting over Jay Cutler this week

12.18.14 at 9:22 am ET
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In somewhat of a surprise move, the Bears are benching veteran quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen, a 2010 second-round pick out of Notre Dame, according to ESPN. Clausen was originally drafted by the Panthers.

Cutler, the highest-paid offensive player in the NFL this season at $22.5 million, signed a seven-year contract after last season. The Bears are 5-9 and Cutler is having a disappointing season, throwing 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions this season. Of the Bears’ 14 games, Cutler has thrown multiple interceptions in seven of them.

Clausen played in 13 games in his rookie season with Carolina, starting 10, and went 1-9. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton the following season.

The Bears take on the Lions this Sunday in Chicago.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers cut ties with DE Ray McDonald after new allegation

12.18.14 at 8:28 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:
NFL: Titans at Jaguars, 8:30 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Seton Hall at South Florida, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn vs. Duke, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Alabama-Birmingham, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The 49ers stood behind Ray McDonald once, but when they received word Wednesday that he was being investigated for sexual assault, they cut ties with the defensive end.

San Jose police said they searched McDonald’s home after an area hospital notified them that a woman who was seeking treatment said she was possibly sexually assaulted.

“After the recent allegations concerning Ray McDonald, we as an organization notified him and his agent that he will be terminated, released immediately, effective immediately,” general manager Trent Baalke said. “While this organization has a strong belief in due process and has demonstrated that over time, Ray’s demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions to this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.”

Added Baalke: “We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions. This is a situation that we can all learn from.”

Last month, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced that it would not pursue charges against McDonald for domestic violence. McDonald, who had been arrested Aug. 31, was allowed to play for the 49ers while the investigation was in progress. A lack of cooperation from McDonald’s fiancee contributed to prosecutors’ decision not to file charges.

— For the second time in six weeks, a group of Jets fans paid for a plane to fly a sign over the team’s practice encouraging ownership to fire general manager John Idzik.

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Bucks’ Jabari Parker suffers season-ending knee injury

12.17.14 at 11:33 am ET
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With new coach Jason Kidd at the helm, things have begun to look positive for an upstart Bucks team. But Milwaukee took a big hit Tuesday night when young star Jabari Parker went down with a serious injury.

Parker’€™s knee gave out as he drove to the basket during the third quarter against the Suns. The team announced after the game that an MRI revealed the forward suffered a full ACL tear, which means season-ending surgery for the rookie.

Before the tear, Parker had been one of the top first-year players in the NBA. He averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, helping Milwaukee jump out to a 13-12 record — just two wins shy of the Bucks’€™ 2013-14 mark. His performance early in the season earned him consecutive Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards in October and November.

Bucks center John Henson wished his teammate well on Twitter after the news broke about the extent of the injury.

Tweeted Henson: Sending one up for the young homie @JabariParker for a speedy recovery !

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: U.S. will bid for 2024 Olympics; Boston still in running

12.17.14 at 8:11 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 Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Raptors, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee at NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Hampton at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois-Chicago at SMU, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: New Mexico State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Following presentations from Boston and three other cities, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it will submit a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

The USOC said it will select from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston hopefully early next year. The board is scheduled to meet again in early January.

“The board voted unanimously to move forward with a bid,” USOC chairman Larry Probst said. “We are going to take our time and pick the city we think has the best chance of winning the competition from other cities around the world.

“This is going to be a really, really difficult decision. That is why we want to make sure we get to the best possible decision.”

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The group No Boston Olympics was represented by a small contingent that held signs outside the meeting, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who was in attendance.

“We put on a great presentation,” Walsh told WBUR’s Curt Nickisch. “On a scale from 1 to 10, we put on an 11.”

The United States has not hosted an Olympics since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The last time the Summer Games were on American soil was 1996 in Atlanta.

— One day after announcing the re-signing of Chase Headley to play third base, the Yankees made it clear that their expectations for Alex Rodriguez are limited.

“I can’t expect Alex to be anything,” general manager Brian Cashman told The Associated Press. “I’ve got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension.

“And now he’s been out of the game for a year. He’s approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he’ll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I’m sitting in.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees give 3B Chase Headley extension, raise more questions about Alex Rodriguez’s future

12.16.14 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Predators, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Warriors at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at UNC-Greensboro, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Marquette, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Club World Cup semifinal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees agreed with Chase Headley on a reported four-year, $52 million deal, and in the process sent a message to Alex Rodriguez: third base is taken.

While A-Rod has expressed a desire to win back his old position after being suspended for the 2013 season, Headley said Monday that the team told him the job is his.

“That was a discussion that we had early on,” Headley said in a conference call. “I feel like the best position on the field for me is third base. That’s where I offer the most to a club. So it was important to me. That was something that was resolved fairly quickly.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hinted earlier this offseason that he wasn’t planning on the oft-injured, 39-year-old Rodriguez being the starting third baseman. Neither Cashman nor Rodriguez spoke publicly Monday.

Headley hit .250 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs last season. He was traded during the season from San Diego, where he finished fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs and winning a Gold Glove.

He said he believes he can coexist with A-Rod.

“I played against him earlier in my career and said hello to him, and he said hello to me,” Headley said. “I’m looking forward to the chance o playing with Alex, to be honest. He’s a tremendous player, and I don’t see there being any friction, especially coming from my side.”

— Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar weighed in on the Johnny Manziel situation, blaming the team’s problems on the front office.

“It is somewhat of a tough spot for Johnny given this team and given this organization,” Kosar said in an interview with Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 (via Cleveland.com). “It’s just a complete recipe for a disaster.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant moves past Michael Jordan into third place on NBA’s scoring list

12.15.14 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:
NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Elon at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
NFL: Saints at Bears, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Lightning at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Everton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kobe Bryant provided the Lakers with a rare positive moment during a miserable season, as he moved past Michael Jordan for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list during Sunday’s victory over the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

Bryant, who began the night eight points behind Jordan, hit two free throws in the second quarter to tie and pass the Bulls legend. He finished with 26 points to give him 32,310 and now ranks behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

The game was stopped briefly so that Bryant could receive the ball from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor along with congratulations from players and coaches from both teams.

“I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,” said Bryant, who made his NBA debut as an 18-year-old in 1996, going scoreless in six minutes against the Timberwolves. “I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”

Said Jordan in a statement: “I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

Penguins star Sydney Crosby became the latest NHL player to be diagnosed with the mumps, as the two-time MVP was held out of his team’s two weekend games.

Crosby developed swelling on the right side of his face, and when his condition worsened Friday he was sent to the hospital, where the diagnosis was made. He was kept in isolation through the weekend and was expected to be through the infectious stage by Monday, although the Pens ruled him out of Monday’s game against the Lightning.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant goes off on ‘soft’ Lakers teammates

12.12.14 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Traill Blazers at Bulls, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: FCS quarterfinals, Chattanooga at New Hampshire, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Lakers are not good, and the frustration is showing. Kobe Bryant, who does not always practice with the team, was there Thursday, and he was even more intense than he normally is.

He trash-talked with Nick Young and Jeremy Lin, then he lashed out at the reserves as the starters crushed them in a scrimmage.

“Now I see why we’ve lost so many games,” Bryant said. “We’re soft like Charmin!”

Shortly thereafter, Bryant stormed off the practice court, yelling at general manager Mitch Kupchak that he wasn’t getting challenged enough. Said Bryant, “These [expletives] aren’t doing [expletive] for me.”

When he met with reporters a little later, he was back in control.

“I was just being myself,” he said. “I don’€™t get a chance to really get out there and play too much because of my body and stuff. I don’€™t know if it helps them. It obviously raises the intensity level. It was a tough practice for them.”

Bryant said his “soft” comment was meant to see if his teammates would respond.

“I just challenge guys, see what happens,” he said. “I’ve always believed in throwing them in the pool and then seeing if they can sink or swim.”

Derek Jeter participated in a Q& with Harold Reynolds at Hamilton College in upstate New York, and the recently retired Yankees shortstop offered some tips on how to avoid bad press.

“There’€™s two things you can always say to the media. One is, you have no comment. There’€™s no follow-up to that,’€ Jeter said. “The second thing I think most people get in trouble with, they’€™re afraid to say, ‘€˜I don’€™t know.’€™ If you ask me a question and I say, ‘€˜I don’€™t know,’€™ how are you going to follow it up?”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony downplays reports of rift on Knicks

12.11.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blackhawks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Cavalier at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Maine at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NFL: Cardinals at Rams, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Krasnodar at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

— The Knicks’ losing ways continued Wednesday night, but much of the talk was about a report that star forward Carmelo Anthony and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. nearly came to blows following last Tuesday’s loss to the Nets after an on-court argument.

ESPN also reported that multiple players confronted Anthony about his shot selection, “telling him he shoots too much, doesn’t move or pass the ball and only plays defense when he feels like it.”

Anthony, who sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Spurs to rest his sore knee, acknowledged having a players-only meeting Saturday, but he insisted it was “very positive.”

“We felt like guys were holding things back they needed to say or get out and we had that meeting. Everybody had a platform to say how they felt about what was going on,” Anthony said (via the New York Daily News). “At this point, man, I try to just stay positive. I’€™m not a guy who, when darts are being thrown at me from anonymous sources, I will not allow myself to throw those darts back at my teammates. The best thing I can do is to be there for them, even when and if they’€™re feeling any kind of way about me personally, I have to be there. And I do that.”

Hardaway confirmed that he and Anthony argued during last Tuesday’s game, but he told reporters it was a “heat in the moment type of deal.”

“Everybody in this locker room is treated as brothers,” Hardaway said. “We’re a family and we’ve moved on.”

— It’s clear that Jets owner Woody Johnson will make some changes after a miserable season. The question is how many changes will he make?

“It’€™s safe to say you’ve got to do things differently that you did to get you to this point,” Johnson told the New York Daily News. “The thing about football is that after every season, everybody is up for grabs. You take a look at everything. You’€™re trying to get to the Super Bowl. It doesn’€™t sound like I should even be saying that at this point. But that’€™s what my goal is. That’€™s what the fans want. They want to have a clear direction in terms of how they get to where they want to go. I have to give them confidence they are going to have a chance to get where they want to go.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Magic Johnson endorses tanking, ‘I hope the Lakers lose every game’

12.10.14 at 7:43 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 Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Columbia at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Utah at BYU 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington State at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Roma, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Magic Johnson, who helped build the Lakers into a dynasty, threw his support behind his old team to tank the season.

The Hall of Famer, speaking at an event in New York City, encouraged his club to lose for the sake of getting a high draft pick.

“I hope the Lakers lose every game,” he said. “Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious.”

The Lakers, who improved to 6-16 with Tuesday night’s win over the Kings, are coming off the worst season in modern franchise history in 2013-14 when they went 27-55. That netted them the seventh overall draft pick, which they used on Julius Randle.

“If you’re going to lose, you have to lose because you can’t be in the middle of the pack,” Johnson said. “You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick. … I’d rather be all the way bad than be in the middle.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played alongside Johnson in the 1980s, dismissed the comment.

“That’s easy to say, but when you’re behind the scenes and you’re in the trenches and you’re coaching, that’s not something that you want to do,” Scott said. “We’ve got to go out here and win every game possible. I mean, if you lose games, that’s one thing. But to go out and try to lose, that’s a different story. I think that sends a message to those guys in there that it’s going back to that losing mentality. We don’t we want to create that here.”

Dennis Rodman can’t understand the Knicks’ struggles learning the triangle offense that Phil Jackson brought to New York.

Rodman, who played for Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers, explained at an event in New York City: “I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago. It’s not that difficult. It’s a triangle.

“Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?”

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Report: Cam Newton involved in car accident

12.09.14 at 1:39 pm ET
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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car accident this afternoon outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was reportedly alert, conscious and able to respond after accident with there being a picture of him smiling before being transported to the hospital in an ambulance.


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