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:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College softball: World Series, Tennessee vs. Florida, noon (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Alabama vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College softball: World Series, UCLA vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Two days after being arrested for domestic violence and child endangerment and then being cut by the Bears, lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order.

McDonald was issued the restraining order after Monday’s incident, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee, who was with their infant child. His attorney denies that he or McDonald were notified of the restraining order, which barred him from returning to the home in Santa Clara, California.

McDonald went to the home to meet with a private investigator, his lawyer said, at a time when his ex-fiancee was not home. He was arrested at a fast-food restaurant Wednesday afternoon and booked on $5,000 bail.

Cut by the 49ers in December after what the team called a “pattern of poor decision-making,” McDonald signed a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Bears team chairman George McCaskey expressed concern for the alleged victim.

“The overriding emotion for me was sadness,” McCaskey said of his reaction to McDonald’s Monday arrest. “Sadness for the child, for the child’s mother and for the entire situation. Domestic violence is a vexing social problem. The NFL has had some high-profile cases including this one, and the NFL because it’s a leader in a society is called upon to take action, which we are doing. We’re not going to do it by ourselves, but I think we have an opportunity to make an impact.”

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that the Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson, despite the running back’s lack of cooperation since his return from his suspension last season.

Speaking to the media Wednesday during the second day of OTAs — which Peterson is skipping — Zimmer dismissed any suggestion that the team might move Peterson.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said. “He’s not going to play for anybody else, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

Peterson, upset at a perceived lack of support during his legal troubles last season related to charges of child abuse, issued a statement later in the day denying he is skipping OTAs to force a trade.

“The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded,” he said. “It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal, and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”

Broncos defense end Antonio Smith is skipping the team’s OTAs after meeting with management to discuss his legal issues.

Prosecutors in Texas are investigating a criminal sexual complaint against Smith, who signed with Denver as a free agent April 2 after playing for the Raiders. Smith did not inform the Broncos of the investigation before signing a one-year, $2 million contract.

Smith met with general manager John Elway, team president and CEO Joe Ellis and coach Gary Kubiak, and they agreed that Smith should avoid the workouts that began Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 28, 2000, in a memorable matchup at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Martinez outdueled Roger Clemens and led the Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Yankees. Which Red Sox player hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s only runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I haven’t played a lot of baseball in the last two years, but I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m happy. I’m having fun. I think for me in a weird way the time off was a blessing in disguise. I was able to get some rest, change my workout regimen a little bit. I just feel like I’m in a better place and more explosive than I’ve been.” – Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, after hitting a three-run home run and breaking Lou Gehrig‘s American League record for RBIs (based on Elias Sports Bureau statistics) during Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Royals

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 – Years since the Red Sox were last swept by the Twins, until Wednesday’s 6-4 loss capped a three-game sweep

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Cardinals walk off against the Diamondbacks on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game, Padres right fielder Matt Kemp throws out Angels baserunner Johnny Giavotella at second to secure San Diego’s win.

Padres center fielder Will Venable goes all out to make a diving catch.

Steph Curry’s daughter Riley again is the center of attention at the postgame press conference following the Warriors’ win over the Rockets.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Trot Nixon

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gladys Knight was born on this day in 1944.

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Danny discusses the current state of the Red Sox and their recent struggles after getting swept by the Twins out in Minnesota.
Mikey Adams and Chris Villani discuss the disappointing 21-26 start of the Boston Red Sox and who is most to blame. Also, caller Steve from Fall River sets Villani off with his DeflateGate take.

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[0:01:13] ... the money of the year by year of each of these guys Mike Napoli. You know he was expected to an awful lot for this team unity and only this past week he's a player of ...
[0:07:51] ... have a great turn and a half through the rotation. So now Carl Willis is a genius well 'cause the last turn her irritation got it's been a mixed bag Buchholz is pretty good. Kelly gets ...
[0:08:29] ... hit the I do on this the end of the year but Nelson Cruz had lashed yeah. That you of that signing flights for years like. It to 55 million. Which Seattle knew why would immigrants not to jumped on Matt would have been laughed needy for a year and India aged up to the issue is well. Here's a here's my my and my analysis of that is this Nelson Cruz is a risk for one reason one reason only. He's a juice here. He is he never hit any home runs until ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss yet another loss at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, and how there may be no pulling out of this for the 2015 Red Sox.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss yet another loss at the hands of the Minnesota Twins, and how there may be no pulling out of this for the 2015 Red Sox.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss the return of Lebron James, this time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the NBA finals, and what this does for his growing legacy.

[0:10:35] ... run on tattoos are heroes. Saw last night LeBron James in the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the sweep of the Atlanta Hawks. I separate Atlanta and and made their way to the NBA finals or the fifth straight time for LeBron. Course you know ...
[0:11:39] ... exactly what he set out to do so far he's got the Cleveland Cavaliers go to the NBA finals Andy's doing it by himself right now. It's shocking it really is if it's amazing so he leaves. Goes to Miami for those four years and those four years them of them Miami Heat where in the NBA finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the lottery. For four straight years including last year sold abroad comes back. It's a lottery team. It appeared finals. ...
[0:12:29] ... couple days the last it'll last night the fact they. Sweep those Atlanta hawks' number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference about it beat Atlanta at a picnic sweep of so that's the second most amazing ...
[0:13:29] ... hurt yesterday and I got it. If they sing no they're good JR Smith wasn't doing too little too much. See the thing it no matter how much a LeBron hater like to meet has that ...






We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed.

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[0:02:10] ... those so gripping compelling or thought. That's boy after a you know Jonny Gomes was what I vial wolf when he was a kid does the mall igloo. New Yankee Stadium have good food or something you remember over for you sort of you know the games at Fenway shrimp. I'll shout out we go to Yankee Stadium you get the pork it's much you get half a ham sandwich and a pack of its chips. I was so weak as of him residents open in the new state that probably about it than they did that same thing and I Detroit with a horrible chips in this terrible little Turkey sandwiches. Don't want deport him. Lunch at my best at that. I get it's I that was just pure radio pulled raw has so many talents it's unbelievable. He had to that radio isn't one of them but we mentioned earlier that Curt Schilling appeared with Dennis and Callahan this morning and unfortunately for Red Sox fan its part says. What you see right now is ...




Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss the return of Lebron James, this time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the NBA finals, and what this does for his growing legacy.

[0:10:35] ... run on tattoos are heroes. Saw last night LeBron James in the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the sweep of the Atlanta Hawks. I separate Atlanta and and made their way to the NBA finals or the fifth straight time for LeBron. Course you know ...
[0:11:39] ... exactly what he set out to do so far he's got the Cleveland Cavaliers go to the NBA finals Andy's doing it by himself right now. It's shocking it really is if it's amazing so he leaves. Goes to Miami for those four years and those four years them of them Miami Heat where in the NBA finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the lottery. For four straight years including last year sold abroad comes back. It's a lottery team. It appeared finals. ...
[0:12:29] ... couple days the last it'll last night the fact they. Sweep those Atlanta hawks' number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference about it beat Atlanta at a picnic sweep of so that's the second most amazing ...
[0:13:29] ... hurt yesterday and I got it. If they sing no they're good JR Smith wasn't doing too little too much. See the thing it no matter how much a LeBron hater like to meet has that ...