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.

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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 2:15 p.m. (WGN, MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez was cut by the Patriots after his arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd. (AP)

The case against Aaron Hernandez continues to develop. (AP)

– Another Aaron Hernandez associate was arrested and will face charges related to the death of Odin Lloyd, for which the former Patriots tight end and two other men stand accused with murder.

On Thursday in federal court in Orlando, 23-year-old Oscar Hernandez (no relation to Aaron) was ordered detained until he is to be transferred to Boston to face charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath after being indicted by a federal grand jury.

The indictment states that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced three guns that had been recovered during the investigation into Lloyd’s death, and the ATF determined that the guns had been purchased in Florida last April. None of the guns are the .45-caliber Glock investigators believe was used in the shooting.

One of the guns is believed to be a rifle that investigators found in a gray Toyota Camry with Florida license plates that was parked in the garage of Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers said previously that Oscar Hernandez was interviewed by investigators last June, 10 days after Lloyd’s death. According to Wednesday’s indictment, Oscar Hernandez lied about purchasing the Camry and arranging for it to be sent from Florida to North Attleboro.

Carmelo Anthony soon will be a free agent, and he made it clear he has no intention of signing up for another “embarrassing” season like this one, in which the Knicks went 37-45 and finished out the playoffs.

“I want to come back. But I also want to win,” Anthony told reporters Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. “Me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in position to at least compete at a high level over the course of whatever — five years, the contract would be — then I’m willing to stay here and I’m willing to ride or die for New York.”

Added Anthony: “Man, I feel like we gave away this year. This is a year that we can’t get back. It is what it is, so there’s no need to cry over the spoiled milk. We’ve got to keep moving forward. But we have to build. Let’s be quite frank about it, we have to get better. As a team we have to get better.

“I don’t know if I can afford to wait another season of losing. I really can’t see that picture right now. As far as other teams out there, which quote-unquote team will be the best situation? You never know. Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. This is stuff that I’m going to have to sit down with my family and really figure things out. This is not a decision that’s going to happen overnight. It’s going to take some time.”

The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year, $129.1 million deal, which is almost $33 million than he could get elsewhere, but he said that’s not of primary importance.

“At this point in my career, I’m not concerned about the money. The contract will be the contract regardless,” he said. “Without a doubt, at this point in my career it’s about winning. Nothing else matters. That’s not going to change. That’s still going to be my mindset, it is my mindset. You know, that’s going to be my No. 1.”

– Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig played in Thursday night’s game against the Giants in San Francisco and would not talk about specifics related to a report that smugglers who helped him defect from Cuba had threatened his life.

“I’m only concentrating on the season and being the best teammate and helping my teammates,” Puig said, adding: “I have great teammates who are helping support me so much this season and to focus on the season when I get to the stadium so I am comfortable. That way I don’t start thinking about anything negative in the stadium. I’m only thinking about working on the things that are going to make me a better ballplayer.”

According to court documents related to a federal lawsuit in Miami, smugglers made death threats against Puig and Cuban boxer Yunior Despaigne, claiming Puig owes them money.

“If you care about Yasiel, you worry about some serious stuff there that he has to deal with,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “If you care about him as a person, you worry about what he’s going through.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired Steve Kasper one week after the season ended without the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time since 1967. Who replaced him?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I definitely want to be there, and just be around that atmosphere and show people that, you know, we’€™re not scared. I’€™m not frightened. I know we had another scare the other day, but I didn’€™t even think twice about not going, and I’€™ll definitely be there on Monday.” – Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, in an interview Thursday with Dennis & Callahan, on his plans to attend this year’s race

STAT OF THE DAY: 16 – Consecutive batters retired at the start of Thursday’s game by Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, whose perfect game ended in the sixth inning of Boston’s 3-1 victory over the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Alexander Steen give the Blues a triple-overtime victory in Game 1 of their series vs. the defending-champion Blackhawks.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson throws a fastball on the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday’s Pirates-Brewers game in Pittsburgh.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pat Burns

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike Vickers, former guitarist for Manfred Mann, was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

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[0:03:49] ... times that they can in a game and in this series and Mike Babcock gonna do that but if you look at the Bruins. And you know. Hockey does not necessarily lend itself to statistics but ...
[0:17:32] ... about music and which appear on music is what it. It's a Pat Metheny actually. I jazz fusion -- -- yeah he's he's today Iran and -- just an. -- irony -- epic genius composer guitarist. ...





Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

[0:02:05] ... Angela Pedroia again but I don't regret that when that game that Dustin Pedroia -- he was all over just what it was everywhere. Dave I don't know if we started at the great Jack McClellan ...
[0:02:44] ... -- he's now welcome in these parts but it. -- after about Jon Lester what did you think when you heard the the details of the contract trickle out. Four years between seventy and eighty million ...
[0:10:05] ... a true about it and number amid a -- and involve the Boston Red Sox and you know I I think when you look at aside spine like that it it's indicative bit. You know they got ...
[0:13:51] ... about an hour ago 39 days later and he has homes so Curt Schilling is evidently returned home from the hospital and cancer fight that's good news for everybody. That is that is terrific and I ...






Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

[0:02:05] ... Angela Pedroia again but I don't regret that when that game that Dustin Pedroia -- he was all over just what it was everywhere. Dave I don't know if we started at the great Jack McClellan ...
[0:02:44] ... -- he's now welcome in these parts but it. -- after about Jon Lester what did you think when you heard the the details of the contract trickle out. Four years between seventy and eighty million ...
[0:10:05] ... a true about it and number amid a -- and involve the Boston Red Sox and you know I I think when you look at aside spine like that it it's indicative bit. You know they got ...
[0:13:51] ... about an hour ago 39 days later and he has homes so Curt Schilling is evidently returned home from the hospital and cancer fight that's good news for everybody. That is that is terrific and I ...






We tackle four topics that relate around the (merciful) end of the Celtics 2014 season.
We tackle four topics that relate around the (merciful) end of the Celtics 2014 season.

Following a successful tryout with the Canadian Football League‘s Montreal Alouettes at the team’s minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla., former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson signed a contract with team Thursday.

Johnson starred for the Bengals from 2001-10, playing in six Pro Bowls and finishing as the franchise leader in receptions (751), receiving yards (10,507) and touchdown catches (65).

He last played in the NFL with the Patriots in 2011, recording just 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He signed with the Dolphins in 2012 but was released in training camp one day after being arrested on a domestic violence charge.

The 36-year-old was out of football last season.

 

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Ty Law joins Mut and Christian Fauria to discuss being a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame, the way the game is officiated now, and Darrelle Revis.