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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:
NBA: Celtics at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Rockets, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT championship, Valparaiso vs. George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Cardinals at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Mets at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— One day after the Lakers’ inner turmoil became public, rookie D’Angelo Russell apologized in a news conference before Wednesday’s game against the Heat.

Russell, who secretly taped teammate Nick Young talking about his relationships with women but said he did not intend for the video to go public, reportedly has been iced out by his teammates since the incident and said feels terrible about how it went down.

“I feel as sick as possible,” Russell told reporters. “I’ve been asked that question 110 times, and my answer is my feelings stay the same. I wish I could make things better right away, but I can’t.”

The 20-year-old said he “cherished” his friendship with the veteran Young, and, “For me to have an incident like this come up and put it in jeopardy is not what I was intending to do. … I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies. I don’t know if they were accepted. I wouldn’t blame him.”

Lakers fans booed Russell during pregame introductions and in the opening minutes, and some fans shouted, “Snitch!” and “Traitor!”

“I can’t really show my face anywhere without people hating me right now,” Russell said after the game, a rare Lakers win. “I don’t know. I try to handle it the right way and remember why I’m here, which is to play basketball.”

In a separate press conference, Young, who is engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea, said he did not want to discuss his personal life.

“I think it’s best that me and D’Angelo handle the situation we have in a private manner, outside the media,” Young said. “I think it’s something we really do need to sit down and talk about. That’s about it. What happened is what happened. We’ve got to work on it.”

Kobe Bryant said after the game that Russell can survive once the hard feelings subside.

“I had a chance to talk to him earlier today. All I can do is just do my best Yoda impersonations and give him that kind of sage advice, I guess. One day pass, this shall — or something like that,” Bryant said. “Adversity is always tough, especially with a group of young guys. There’s always light, even when it’s the darkest. Even when you can’t see it at all.”

Some former players were less optimistic about Russell’s future in Los Angeles.

“That’s lower than low,” said former NBA forward Antonio Davis, now an ESPN NBA analyst. “It says so much about [Russell]. I think it might get so bad that he’s going to have to be traded. If I’m on that team, I’m not playing with him. It would literally be hard for me to sit in the locker room with him.”

— Right-hander Andrew Miller, expected to be a key part of the Yankees’ highly regarded bullpen, broke his left wrist when he was struck by a line drive during Wednesday’s spring training game.

Miller immediately walked off the field after getting hit, throwing his hat in frustration before he entered the dugout.

Although an X-ray was negative, a CT scan revealed a chip fracture. The team said Miller “will see a hand specialist, who will determine the next course of action.”

Miller closed last year and was going to start the season in that role because newly acquired closer Aroldis Chapman has to serve a 30-game suspension. If Miller can’t go, Dellin Betances would fill the spot.

— Domestic abuse charges against Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes will be dropped because his wife refuses to cooperate with prosecutors, authorities in Honolulu said.

“The complaining witness, Mr. Reyes’ wife, is what we call an uncooperative witness,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen said. “At this point, I have no other avenue for prosecution.”

Reyes, who was scheduled to go to trial April 4, is on paid leave under MLB’s new domestic violence policy. MLB said that Reyes will remain on administrative leave “until the commissioner completes his investigation and imposes any discipline.”

Reyes was arrested Oct. 31 after a security guard at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort reported that the player’s wife had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 31, 2003, the Red Sox opened the season with a game in Tampa and unveiled their “closer by committee” to disastrous results. The bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth in a 6-4 loss as Boston wasted a seven-inning, one-run effort from which starter?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s hard around here because people’s expectations are results based. Somebody has a bad game you guys say he stinks. So people try to change. I don’t really give a [expletive] what you say, so I’m going to do what I do and over 162 games. I’m going to be a great player. Whatever people say about me is irrelevant to me. That’s the kind of mindset you have to have.” — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, on if the team needs to get off to a good start

STAT OF THE DAY: 38 — Consecutive home victories to open the season for the Spurs, following Wednesday’s 100-92 victory over the Pelicans, breaking the Bulls’ NBA record of 37

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas hides behind Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, then sneaks up from behind and steals the ball from Goran Dragic.

Julius Randle puts on a spin move and hits the game-winner with his left hand with 1.9 seconds left in overtime as the Lakers beat the Heat.

Kings players DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo get technical fouls at the same time for mocking an official late in Wednesday’s game. For Cousins it’s his 16th tech of the season, meaning he gets an automatic suspension.

Golfer Bubba Watson attempts a halfcourt shot during Tuesday’s Magic game and the ball gets stuck on the rim.

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, known for his record-setting ineptitude at the plate, hits a two-run home run against the Rockies.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pedro Martinez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Shirley Jones, mother of “The Partridge Family,” was born on this day in 1934.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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Inspired by the Bruins recent free-fall, we look at four reasons why Claude Julien should stay, or go, as Bruins head coach.

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Inspired by the Bruins recent free-fall, we look at four reasons why Claude Julien should stay, or go, as Bruins head coach.

[0:07:20] ... as an eighteen year old kid on this roster. Brad marsh hand. Patrice Bergeron who was 22 win cloud got here. David crate she Johnny boy chuck atom aquae. Ryan Spooner. David postured knock prank but Tron now. Noelle to our military has played fourteen games in the National Hockey League. In its out on the ice in the closing minutes of one gold Gingrich right now clinical and what doesn't trust young ...
[0:08:27] ... Pretty good he's pretty lucky he was the youngest player in the National Hockey League last year. This year he's played 46 games was injured for a while I understand that was in Providence for awhile. He's ...
[0:11:11] ... I just gave you a list. Meanwhile Lucci to Brad marsh champ Patrice Bergeron David Craig cheek Johnny boy chuck Adam Quaid right and spa owner David astronaut. It all these young guys fail under Claude Julien. Or did they all develop into some of them really good NHL players some of them certainly acceptable NHL players. And yet ...
[0:14:24] ... sorry I'm not play into your narrative or that doesn't. Money pipe Rod Stewart guy just says a miserably falls and he gets blown out ordered as well I was hoping you would make that particular ...