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.

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: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at Washington, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Twins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at White Sox, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez singled in his first spring training at-bat, finished 1-for-2 with a walk and even heard some cheers mixed among the boos at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa as he made his return to baseball following his one-year suspension.

Rodriguez expressed gratitude with the fans who have remained supportive of him even after he embarrassed his team and the game with his behavior.

“Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Said manager Joe Girardi of the fans’ reaction: “It was mixed and it’s probably going to be that way. It’s nothing new for him. He’s had to deal with it for a long time now. He knows how to block it out and prepare himself.”

Rodriguez was in the lineup as designated hitter, not his preferred position of third base, when he swung and missed a pair of pitches from Phillies starter Kevin Slowey before lining a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

“I felt like I was swinging under water,” he said. “I was like, man, it’s been a long time.”

Added Rodriguez: “It’s going to take two or three weeks for me to kind of get a gauge where I am.”

Ray Allen, who reportedly had been courted by the Cavaliers, Clippers and other contenders, announced Wednesday that he will not play in the NBA this season but might come back in 2015-16.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in a statement. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season.”

Allen, who turns 40 on July 20, won NBA titles with the Celtics in 2008 and the Heat in 2013. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers with 2,973 and ranked seventh in free throw percentage. He has averaged 18.9 points in 1,300 regular-season games and 16.1 points in 171 postseason games.

Known for keeping himself in top condition, Allen said through his agent that he will “communicate with interested teams” as he makes a decision about next season.

“I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming offseason, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season,” he said.

— Lauren Hill, the inspirational freshman at Ohio’s Mount St. Joseph who helped raise more than $1.3 million for cancer research by making four appearances despite being slowed by an inoperable brain tumor, was named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team Wednesday.

Hill made cameos in four games this season, making five layups. She had two in her final game, a 66-65 victory over the College of Wooster on Dec. 16. Shortly after that game, she stopped playing and became an honorary assistant coach.

“This award is being presented to Lauren in recognition of her courage and outstanding leadership,” HCAC commissioner Chris Ragsdale said. “Lauren has been a tremendous inspiration and role model for all student-athletes across the country. She has shown through her leadership and dedication how one individual can truly make a difference.”

Last week the team held its postseason banquet in Hill’s hospital room. The 19-year-old from Indiana has been in and out of the hospital receiving treatment for the tumor that was expected to end her life months ago.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 5, 2002, Joe Kerrigan was fired as Red Sox manager by the new ownership group. Who was named interim manager until Grady Little was hired six days later?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a good play. Good audible. He drew up something way different.” Celtics forward Jae Crowder, on the play coach Brad Stevens called before Tyler Zeller hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer for an 85-84 victory over the Jazz

STAT OF THE DAY: $4 million – Pay cut Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is reported to be taking to remain in Denver, although he apparently can earn last season’s salary of $19 million if he reaches performance incentives in his new contract

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Grizzlies center Marc Gasol hits a pull-up with less than a second remaining to give his team a 102-100 victory over the Rockets.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scores two of his 49 points when he takes an inbounds pass and goes coast to coast, finishing with a two-handed dunk.

A Rockets fan wins $25,000 after making a halfcourt shot during Wednesday’s game.

Russian 8-year-olds brawl after their youth hockey game in Kazan last week.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Cubbage

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Eddy Grant was born on this day in 1948.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.

[0:04:50] ... obviously we we've talked a lot a lot about Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara and even Milan Lucic. Is there anybody on this roster where you say you look at them and say they're about to ...
[0:17:00] ... 1 time at 3 o'clock you missed a billion that's part of Bill Belichick it and hit it it's mind. I body be sleeping here all night in preparation for the valet your your hero you're hero was speaking after the Super Bowl the last. And then it in the end at 3 o'clock. There's one thing and as Bill Belichick but amidst Jack Edwards. Well if if I can as a measure of just retarded kid do that if it if it means anything to you like did go to like my Bill Belichick post during conduct an entire interview with a when he came home. That's not creepy is that now not column on not ...
[0:19:31] ... have Bob Kraft. On the Monday and in Phoenix they're gonna have Bill Belichick and that's Saturday. Remarkable Saturday press conference and they're gonna have Tom Brady. They're gonna include all that in the patriots version so the patriots will actually have that in there give you the other ...
[0:20:10] ... look stupid that we put it and wait we tell you about Peyton Manning and what he did today. That's coming up next Sports Radio W media. ...






We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.

[0:04:50] ... obviously we we've talked a lot a lot about Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara and even Milan Lucic. Is there anybody on this roster where you say you look at them and say they're about to ...
[0:17:00] ... 1 time at 3 o'clock you missed a billion that's part of Bill Belichick it and hit it it's mind. I body be sleeping here all night in preparation for the valet your your hero you're hero was speaking after the Super Bowl the last. And then it in the end at 3 o'clock. There's one thing and as Bill Belichick but amidst Jack Edwards. Well if if I can as a measure of just retarded kid do that if it if it means anything to you like did go to like my Bill Belichick post during conduct an entire interview with a when he came home. That's not creepy is that now not column on not ...
[0:19:31] ... have Bob Kraft. On the Monday and in Phoenix they're gonna have Bill Belichick and that's Saturday. Remarkable Saturday press conference and they're gonna have Tom Brady. They're gonna include all that in the patriots version so the patriots will actually have that in there give you the other ...
[0:20:10] ... look stupid that we put it and wait we tell you about Peyton Manning and what he did today. That's coming up next Sports Radio W media. ...






Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's

[0:01:01] ... huge story that they just kind of go hostile. To have the Tom Brady Richard Sherman moment where Brady is there and Richard Sherman comes over. Expenses hand in race reporter grape no great player now ...
[0:02:18] ... you got exit Iraq. Let's be honest OK if Europe red blooded patriots fan like my pal Jerry Horton. You're gonna buy whatever is out there you're gonna buy every dvd you're gonna buy this when ...
[0:05:54] ... Mel current launcher in the music swells. Former drive through guy pop. Vicksburg Mississippi. ...





Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's

[0:01:01] ... huge story that they just kind of go hostile. To have the Tom Brady Richard Sherman moment where Brady is there and Richard Sherman comes over. Expenses hand in race reporter grape no great player now ...
[0:02:18] ... you got exit Iraq. Let's be honest OK if Europe red blooded patriots fan like my pal Jerry Horton. You're gonna buy whatever is out there you're gonna buy every dvd you're gonna buy this when ...
[0:05:54] ... Mel current launcher in the music swells. Former drive through guy pop. Vicksburg Mississippi. ...





Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.

[0:00:23] ... could make the argument that the two highest profile trials in the United States of America are occurring right here right now. In our in our met with the beginning today of the the Jody areas jury deliberation is still going on it was that trial was going on earlier in Phoenix Europe right there where we parked that beat courthouse right across the street is where that. Retrial was going on but the jury's deliberating in that one. The two highest profile trials in the United States of America are right here right now. Maybe Michael mechanic and couples of this too. We have moderate our guy Friday we're gonna have motto Friday so this is what I wanna know from Michael McCann by forget the question you guys remind me to ask. Mr. McCann this. Why would the defense. Go to such great lengths ...
[0:03:22] ... was reading this morning and I happened to read that chapter. Where Matt Chatham and his wife Erin. In all likelihood saved Heather Abbott life. They're at the forum for the Joseph Andruzzi fund raiser for ...
[0:04:37] ... Kevin column that's folic insect Kevin Cullen the brilliant columnist for the Boston Globe has already written a piece it's online right now. We're about we're. Not gonna sit on the air but. New policy. On ...





Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.

[0:00:23] ... could make the argument that the two highest profile trials in the United States of America are occurring right here right now. In our in our met with the beginning today of the the Jody areas jury deliberation is still going on it was that trial was going on earlier in Phoenix Europe right there where we parked that beat courthouse right across the street is where that. Retrial was going on but the jury's deliberating in that one. The two highest profile trials in the United States of America are right here right now. Maybe Michael mechanic and couples of this too. We have moderate our guy Friday we're gonna have motto Friday so this is what I wanna know from Michael McCann by forget the question you guys remind me to ask. Mr. McCann this. Why would the defense. Go to such great lengths ...
[0:03:22] ... was reading this morning and I happened to read that chapter. Where Matt Chatham and his wife Erin. In all likelihood saved Heather Abbott life. They're at the forum for the Joseph Andruzzi fund raiser for ...
[0:04:37] ... Kevin column that's folic insect Kevin Cullen the brilliant columnist for the Boston Globe has already written a piece it's online right now. We're about we're. Not gonna sit on the air but. New policy. On ...





Dale breaks the news to Jerry and Michael that the rumors about Brett Connolly are unfortunately true... gone for 6-8 weeks without ever playing.

[0:01:15] ... of these guys that you give a lit sheet for the out March Madness pool. AD can't figure out how to fill it out so there's like just team games that are just floating in space and inaudible like what let me get a team get knocked out in the reappear to round so I I a and other deep might jump brackets go. I can give this to a four year old please redo this thing about the death row where this guy like. Up the Boston Bruins ups are unbelievable. And by the way I I hope we're not gonna have people in all not yet nice bowl sure ...
[0:04:24] ... they have no David Krejci. I have no Brett Connolly. No no Gregory Campbell tomorrow and they've got no Gregory yeah I think he may be ready for the weekend he's he's been cleared for contact ...
[0:05:47] ... fallen off nothing is going right for them. But we do have Peyton Manning take less money at the LN IH I should have been erupted but I just got blown out well we were not ...
[0:09:57] ... get back to that discussion that I interrupted we were talking about Peyton Manning. And what appears at least for the moment BA legitimate pay cut that doesn't always happen in the National Football League. And ...






Dale breaks the news to Jerry and Michael that the rumors about Brett Connolly are unfortunately true... gone for 6-8 weeks without ever playing.

[0:01:15] ... of these guys that you give a lit sheet for the out March Madness pool. AD can't figure out how to fill it out so there's like just team games that are just floating in space and inaudible like what let me get a team get knocked out in the reappear to round so I I a and other deep might jump brackets go. I can give this to a four year old please redo this thing about the death row where this guy like. Up the Boston Bruins ups are unbelievable. And by the way I I hope we're not gonna have people in all not yet nice bowl sure ...
[0:04:24] ... they have no David Krejci. I have no Brett Connolly. No no Gregory Campbell tomorrow and they've got no Gregory yeah I think he may be ready for the weekend he's he's been cleared for contact ...
[0:05:47] ... fallen off nothing is going right for them. But we do have Peyton Manning take less money at the LN IH I should have been erupted but I just got blown out well we were not ...
[0:09:57] ... get back to that discussion that I interrupted we were talking about Peyton Manning. And what appears at least for the moment BA legitimate pay cut that doesn't always happen in the National Football League. And ...