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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Sharks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bucks at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Raptors at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa, 8 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Rhode Island, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama at Dayton, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Colorado at Dayton, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: DePaul at Penn State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Memphis, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky vs. Duke, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Villanova, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgetown at Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas vs. Michigan State, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Toledo at Bowling Green, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Ball State at Ohio, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Euro, Sweden at Denmark, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, France at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a rough day Monday. Not only was he unable to get his team in the end zone in a 10-6 loss to the Texans that left Cincinnati with its first loss of the season, he was offended by seemingly innocuous comments from Texans star J.J. Watt afterward.

In an on-field interview with ESPN after the game, Watt joked about Dalton’s “Red Rifle” nickname, saying: “Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun, and I think we did that. He is a great player, and they are a great team, but our coaches put together a great game plan, we executed the game plan, everybody did their job.

“It wasn’t pretty. I mean, it was 10-6. That is a great football team over there, but we were able to do some great things on defense to help stop them to only two field goals.”

During his press conference minutes later, Dalton — who went 22-for-38 for 197 yards with one interception — expressed his concern with Watt’s words.

“I’m disappointed in him because of the integrity of this game,” Dalton said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good player. There are a lot of kids and people who look up to him, and for him to make comments like that, he’s just showing that’s acceptable to say that kind of stuff.

“It’s disappointing for one of the best players in this league to come out and say something like that, so that’s all I’m going to say about that. He’s a good player, but for him to be one of the best in this league and to show that integrity, it shows what he’s about, and that’s disappointing.

— After a promising start, the Jets have lost three of their last four games and are a game out of last place in the AFC East. The good feelings in New York are fading, and that’s evident in the players’ comments to the media.

Rookie receiver Devin Smith did not take kindly to a comparison to Stephen Hill — a similarly speedy second-round pick who showed potential as a rookie in 2012 but could not break through. Smith, who has just seven receptions for 82 yards and no touchdowns in six games, did not care to hear the word “bust” thrown around.

“Yeah, to be honest, the people who say that, they don’t got [expletive] going on themselves,” Smith said. “Doesn’t matter to me. They don’t know football themselves.”

Smith, who has missed a few games due to injuries this season, added to his troubles by fumbling the ball on his first career kick return in Thursday’s loss to the Bills. The fumble was picked up by Buffalo and returned for a touchdown. He acknowledged that he “expected a lot more” from himself, but he’s trying show patience — and he’d like everyone else to do the same.

“Not everybody is going to come in and be Amari Cooper,” Smith said of the Raiders’ rookie star. “Not going to come in and be Odell Beckham. It takes stepping stones for some people.”

Added Smith: “I’m not getting too worries about what everybody has to say on the outside, because, at the end of the day, that really doesn’t matter to me.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Geno Smith is taking some heat after allegedly dismissing a reporter with an offensive comment after Thursday’s loss to the Bills. He declined to explain himself to the media Monday, and coach Todd Bowles dismissed the incident as “no big deal.”

Rob Ryan was fired as Saints defensive coordinator Monday, hours after coach Sean Payton denied reports that Ryan had been canned.

Payton announced the decision on his weekly Monday night radio show, despite saying earlier in the day that Ryan “absolutely” still was on the staff.

“I’m disappointed for Rob it didn’t work out,” Payton said. “He’s a fantastic staff guy. He’s a guy that was respected greatly, not only in the locker room but by his peers. We just had to at some point look closely [at making a change] because the direction we were going wasn’t good. We really struggled with substitutions, getting lined up, getting our guys the defensive call and being able to function.”

The Saints, coming off a humbling 47-14 loss to Washington, rank last in the NFL in points allowed per game (31.5) and yards allowed per game (424.7).

Ryan, brother of Bills coach Rex Ryan, was hired by the Saints in 2013. He was replaced by assistant coach Dennis Allen.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 17, 1992, which two players — and infielder and a catcher — did the Red Sox lose to the Rockies in the expansion draft?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You’d love to be flawless every time out, but that’s not the way the NFL is. You just try to grind your way when things are kind of stacked against you. We never really got the game on our terms the way we hoped. They made it tough on us. I thought our guys really down the stretch the defense came up huge at the end, the special teams made some huge plays. We just made that last drive and Steve made that great kick at the end to save the day.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his Monday morning appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane, on Sunday’s win over the Giants

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 — Consecutive points scored by the Celtics to close out the third quarter Monday night as they pulled away for an impressive 111-95 victory over the Rockets

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rockets forward Trevor Ariza drives under the basket and hits a scoop shot just before the first-half buzzer against the Celtics.

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol spins, gets fouled and throws the ball over his head for a basket against the Thunder.

Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad sends the puck toward the net and it deflects in off a Lightning player’s leg with 20 seconds remaining for the game-winning goal.

Senators forward Bobby Ryan splits the Red Wings defense and scores the tying goal with 2:38 remaining . . .

. . . but the Wings win it in overtime on a pretty play, as Gustav Nyqvist sends in Tomas Tatar on a breakaway.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jody Reed, who subsequently was traded to the Dodgers, and Eric Wedge, who eventually returned to the Red Sox

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gordon Lightfoot was born on this day in 1938.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

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