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.

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 Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: SMU at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile vs. United States, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Things are going well for former Celtic Paul Pierce, who has become a veteran leader for a talented Wizards team. Not so much for Pierce’s longtime rival with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his rotator cuff in a game over the weekend, and even before his injury his team was headed for another miserable season.

Although the two have butted heads in the past, Pierce lamented the loss of Bryant.

“It always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers we lose [him] due to injury,” Pierce said before sitting out the Wizards’ 98-922 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a toe injury. “It always saddens me.”

Added Pierce: “A lot of fans around the league pay to watch Kobe, a lot of fans around the world. Regardless of how the Lakers are doing or not, he’s an icon. He’s a player who defined his generation. A lot of people that come out here to see him.”

Bryant recently said that he’s enjoyed his on-court verbal exchanges with Pierce, and Pierce agreed.

“It’s just fun. We’re one of the last two of our generation,” Pierce said. “That’s pretty much a lot of the things we talked about on the court, a little bit of a trash in there.

“But we also said there’s no more trash-talkers in the league today coming up. It’s a generation that’s passing by, and a lot of these guys are friends. I don’t think this new generation is as competitive as we were with the past guys.”

— Clippers forward Matt Barnes, whose temper has gotten him in trouble a number of times in the past, lashed out on Twitter at the owner of the Suns after being fined for an incident in Phoenix.

The NBA slapped Barnes with a $25,000 fine Tuesday for his conduct during Sunday’s game, when he directed inappropriate language toward a fan.

Barnes, who shot 1-for-9 in the Clippers’ 120-100 victory, acknowledged he swore, but he claims it was because Suns owner Robert Sarver provoked him.

Tweeted Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns . . . Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode

— Pro golfer Robert Allenby continues to insist he was robbed and beaten after competing in a tournament in Honolulu, despite reports questioning the authenticity of his wild story.

“There has definitely been a lot of confusion,” Allenby said Tuesday. “But I think the No. 1 thing that you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it. I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. That’s the bottom line. I never lied to anyone.”

The Jan. 16 incident remains under investigation by the Honolulu police. Allenby was shown on surveillance video walking out of a bar with three men he says he does not recognize. About two hours later he turned up in a park where he said a homeless woman told him he had been thrown out of the trunk of a car, leaving him with injuries on his face.

However, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted the homeless woman as saying she never told Allenby she saw him in a trunk and did not know how he was hurt.

Allenby said he still has no memory of the two-hour time frame when he left the club until he was discovered with his injuries.

“I have been trying and overlooking and going backward and forward, and there is just nothing,” he said. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, responding the same way to every question during Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day in Phoenix

STAT OF THE DAY: 19 – Franchise-record home winning streak the Warriors had before Tuesday’s 113-111 overtime loss to the Bulls.

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Steph Curry delivers a halfcourt alley-oop pass to Harrison Barnes.

Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo sneaks in for a putback jam.

The gang at Bad British Sports Commentary takes on the college football national championship game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: New Hampshire’s Carlton Fisk

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sarah McLachlan was born on this day in 1968.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar


PHOENIX — The annual passage of Super Bowl media day was held Tuesday at US Airways Center and the Patriots made the most of their opportunities with the multitudes of reporters gathered on the arena floor.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.

[0:01:10] ... now straight give him that. Our first person of interest for the New England Patriots. Left his former team at the end of the season only to re join the New England Patriots come playoff time and it caused quite a fair. That man is Josh McDaniels. And thank the commissioners should not hello this ...
[0:03:46] ... our next patriots person of interest he was initially hired by the New England Patriots in 1975. Then he came back once the Bill Belichick tenure started again once Art Modell once said about this man. Outplay anyone here 101000. Dollars if they can tell me what ...
[0:06:03] ... party out of you'd better than no formal got another story of Bill Belichick. What you. Annapolis high school. So it would stifle we'll do some. Work you know what more before what it's a work before you go to Wesley. I think what we're here. So it goes to hand over Phillips Academy grade school. He walks Bill Belichick. It's like. A birdie out of this. Belichick. But you're right Steve Bell. Football scouting beds at the dinner that he's the ...
[0:07:00] ... is the man behind the man behind the camera of spy gate. Bill Belichick once set of this guy I could pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup. Well what is your personal feelings about right ...






We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.

[0:01:10] ... now straight give him that. Our first person of interest for the New England Patriots. Left his former team at the end of the season only to re join the New England Patriots come playoff time and it caused quite a fair. That man is Josh McDaniels. And thank the commissioners should not hello this ...
[0:03:46] ... our next patriots person of interest he was initially hired by the New England Patriots in 1975. Then he came back once the Bill Belichick tenure started again once Art Modell once said about this man. Outplay anyone here 101000. Dollars if they can tell me what ...
[0:06:03] ... party out of you'd better than no formal got another story of Bill Belichick. What you. Annapolis high school. So it would stifle we'll do some. Work you know what more before what it's a work before you go to Wesley. I think what we're here. So it goes to hand over Phillips Academy grade school. He walks Bill Belichick. It's like. A birdie out of this. Belichick. But you're right Steve Bell. Football scouting beds at the dinner that he's the ...
[0:07:00] ... is the man behind the man behind the camera of spy gate. Bill Belichick once set of this guy I could pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup. Well what is your personal feelings about right ...






Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.

[0:01:34] ... you guys that. Oh with with Robert Kraft forceful press conference yesterday Bill Belichick and that's got to start this Saturday. Our guys that that's at the patriots. Have nothing to do with it in the mountains. I'm not convinced about it but clearly they put up a very stout. And very vehement defense what impressed me is usually. When they're some sort of complicated topic. Or some sort of controversial topic Bill Belichick responds by saying L that's in the hands of the league we're gonna let them handle it. The next question basically. And ...
[0:04:24] ... what happened is they took all the balls that they from the Baltimore Ravens all the balls from the Chicago Bears in separate bags. And they put the gauge from the pumped in to every one ...
[0:13:50] ... league believe something. I am absolutely totally. Confused. Because. Especially after watching Bill Belichick on Saturday. I you know and I think if you talk I talk to one coach on Monday who said I can tell you categorically Bill Belichick did now. He never ever would be strike me as he is knowing that there's eight. Twenty or 30% chance that he's ...
[0:19:06] ... you what do you think what do you think like at a Sean Payton thinks right now who still thinks that he was wrong. You know in the bounty gate thing. Sean Payton is saying to himself hey listen. I want. I want justice done because we got jobs so let's see the patriots did ...






Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.

[0:01:34] ... you guys that. Oh with with Robert Kraft forceful press conference yesterday Bill Belichick and that's got to start this Saturday. Our guys that that's at the patriots. Have nothing to do with it in the mountains. I'm not convinced about it but clearly they put up a very stout. And very vehement defense what impressed me is usually. When they're some sort of complicated topic. Or some sort of controversial topic Bill Belichick responds by saying L that's in the hands of the league we're gonna let them handle it. The next question basically. And ...
[0:04:24] ... what happened is they took all the balls that they from the Baltimore Ravens all the balls from the Chicago Bears in separate bags. And they put the gauge from the pumped in to every one ...
[0:13:50] ... league believe something. I am absolutely totally. Confused. Because. Especially after watching Bill Belichick on Saturday. I you know and I think if you talk I talk to one coach on Monday who said I can tell you categorically Bill Belichick did now. He never ever would be strike me as he is knowing that there's eight. Twenty or 30% chance that he's ...
[0:19:06] ... you what do you think what do you think like at a Sean Payton thinks right now who still thinks that he was wrong. You know in the bounty gate thing. Sean Payton is saying to himself hey listen. I want. I want justice done because we got jobs so let's see the patriots did ...






Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.

[0:00:32] ... the air comes out of the balloon I tell you. You would Antonio Cromartie but his was more of a cameo which pretty good name as kids you are you had a great run by his ...
[0:09:28] ... a thousand miles an hour. But gosh it was a picture of Bill Belichick I don't know I don't I don't honestly don't know culpability. Well then whatever it. But I know this with a loss ...
[0:14:09] ... have they changed the rule because of us when I was in Miami Dolphins weeks to get a guy you were allowed to carry him out. We would carry out from over to bench. With him over the bench I have a clip we played Indianapolis Colts I had two guys in a vice one publisher of the that Sam Madison I was talking to. We caught it got a twenty yard line random back out at the end zone in thrown into ...
[0:15:51] ... stupid. Final question before we let you go which who worked for Bill Belichick. You know. No I wouldn't it is true that would watch out there's too many quirks that there's just things that he ...






Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.

[0:00:32] ... the air comes out of the balloon I tell you. You would Antonio Cromartie but his was more of a cameo which pretty good name as kids you are you had a great run by his ...
[0:09:28] ... a thousand miles an hour. But gosh it was a picture of Bill Belichick I don't know I don't I don't honestly don't know culpability. Well then whatever it. But I know this with a loss ...
[0:14:09] ... have they changed the rule because of us when I was in Miami Dolphins weeks to get a guy you were allowed to carry him out. We would carry out from over to bench. With him over the bench I have a clip we played Indianapolis Colts I had two guys in a vice one publisher of the that Sam Madison I was talking to. We caught it got a twenty yard line random back out at the end zone in thrown into ...
[0:15:51] ... stupid. Final question before we let you go which who worked for Bill Belichick. You know. No I wouldn't it is true that would watch out there's too many quirks that there's just things that he ...






Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.

[0:00:52] ... best reply is that regardless did you guys think of how many Super Bowls has been to. Age you title exactly. Did you confirm that you'll want to use at nine point five PSI football. What ...
[0:02:38] ... into that really check every ball to give it to squeeze says Robert Royal aide just. Give it won the prize. Right and and I think that's a lot of people feel that way. Yeah others feel that a couple Boyle win it till bathroom for ninety seconds to play all their allotted jealous people out there. That do not light to New England Patriots can they win all the time. And they're just jealous well guess what get over. A tag the outlet Bruschi he's got the ball the way he likes it. He wants it at any softer because he knows the DTL. Up the ball that much where I there's 98 person quarterbacks. Just go out there and if you rhetoric but guess what the New England Patriots are so detailed. Everything date do. And hats off to them. Bill O'Reilly. Like you missed Alex Rodriguez for pre towards the ...
[0:05:38] ... Parcells the way coach and I have a lot of respect for Bill Parcells. But that was old school thinking Bill Walsh was head of his time. We practiced with him. I guess why. We were ...