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.

NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NBC)
NHL: Blackhawks at Ducks, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Canucks at Stars, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bucks at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Warriors at Suns, 9:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: UC Irvine vs. Boston College, 3 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Providence vs. Arizona, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arkansas vs. Stanford, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn vs. Gonzaga, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Xavier vs USC, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgia Tech vs. Villanova, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. Texas A&M, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kentucky vs. South Florida, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boise State vs. Michigan State, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Iowa State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis vs. Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Monmouth vs. Dayton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Midle Tennessee vs. UNC Asheville, midnight, CBSSN)
College football: UMass at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Marshall at Western Kentucky, noon (FS1)
College football: Miami at Pittsburgh, noon (ESPN2)
College football: Navy at Houston, noon (ABC)
College football: Western Michigan at Toledo, noon (CBSSN)
College football: Missouri at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Boise State at San Jose State, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Iowa at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Washington State at Washington, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
College football: Oregon State at Oregon, 4 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Baylor at TCU, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Tulsa at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)


— Sixers rookie Jahlil Okafor apparently is not injured, although his wallet might soon be a little lighter after his fight outside a Boston bar Wednesday night.

Via TMZ Sports, Okafor was being taunted outside Storyville Boston nightclub following the Sixers’ 84-80 loss to the C’s that left them at 0-16. Okafor then yelled, “We got money, you broke-[expletive] [N-word].”

The confrontation then turned physical, with Okafor pushing a friend out of the way to punch one of the taunters, falling to the ground in the process.

“We are aware of the report and we are currently working to gather additional information,” the 76ers said Thursday night. “Until that time, we will have no further comment.”

Okafor, selected third overall after leading Duke to a national title last season, is averaging a team-high 18.4 points with 8.1 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game. But he has not been able to stop Philadelphia’s 26-game losing streak that dates back to last season.

— The Panthers routed the Cowboys on Thursday, 33-14, and cornerback Josh Norman said Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant lit Carolina’s fire by disrespecting him before the game.

Norman said Bryant started trash-talking during warmups — telling some of the younger defensive backs that he was calling for Norman while Norman was in the locker room — and the controversial receiver continued it when he “popped off” on the game’s second play after an incomplete pass.

“He shouldn’t have ticked off my DBs in pregame,” Norman said (via ESPN). “That took me to a whole other place. Once that happened, you can’t get me fired up [enough]. I’m telling you, I’m going to be at your throat for four quarters every time.”

Added Norman: “The disrespect was through the roof.”

Bryant, who did not talk to reporters after the game, ended up with two catches for 28 yards, despite being targeted eight times. He had just one catch for six yards when being defended by Norman.

Said Norman: “I went Dark Knight on him.”

— Guy Lewis, who coached the University of Houston basketball team for 30 years and guided the “Phi Slamma Jamma” Cougars to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game in 1983 and ’84, died Thursday morning at the age of 93.

His 1983 team lost to N.C. State on Lorenzo Charles’ last-second lay-in, while his 1984 squad was beaten by Patrick Ewing and Georgetown.

Lewis, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, also is known for helping to lead the integration of college basketball in the South by recruiting Elvin Hayes and future Celtics guard Don Chaney to Houston in the mid-1960s.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 27, 1950, the Red Sox signed which future Hall of Famer from the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “On behalf of the Green Bay Packers organization and our fans, welcome home.” — Packers president Mark Murphy, introducing Brett Favre to fans at Thursday’s number retirement ceremony in Green Bay

STAT OF THE DAY: 500 — Career wins for Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, after Thursday’s 99-68 rout of Boston College

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A Texas Tech pass looks like it will be a sure interception, but after the Texas defensive back is hit and coughs up the ball, Tech receiver Jakeem Grant grabs it out of the air and scores a 65-yard touchdown.

Texas Tech seals the deal with a trick play for a touchdown in the closing minutes.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lou Boudreau, who would play for the Sox until 1952 and manage the team from 1952-54

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimi Hendrix, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1942.

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Jerry Spar
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Butch Stearns and Chris Villani, in for the guys, recap the happenings of Thanksgiving and debate if the Panthers & Patriots are the only elite teams left.
We close out the day with the best in sound
We close out the day with the best in sound

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Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.

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For the holiday version of Afternoon Delight, I can go nowhere but to the only best Thanksgiving movie ever made: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” The only hard decision was which scene to go with, since the movie is so good you could literally pick one at random and it would be gold. But with all due respect to Steve Martin’s legendary NSFW rant at the rent-a-car lady or the iconic “Those aren’t pillows!” scene, I went with this.

As a buddy of mine once said a million years ago, “If you don’t laugh when John Candy is doing ‘The Mess Around,’ you can’t be my friend.”

“He says we’re going the wrong way.”

“Ah, he’s drunk. How would he know where we’re going?” Priceless. Happy Thanksgiving, Thornographers.


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Jerry Thornton
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak to Peter King of MMQB/SI.