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 Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Boston College, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UCF at South Florida, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Baylor, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Florida State at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blues at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Tottenham at Leicester, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ben Roethlisberger is at a loss to explain why some Broncos players don’t believe he was playing through a shoulder injury in Sunday’s playoff game.

During his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger said he was given a painkilling shot to allow him to play Sunday, the first time in his career he’s done that.

“Unbelievable, right? Makes no sense, but it is what it is,” Roethlisberger said of the doubters.

Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards in Pittsburgh’s 23-16 loss, after which some Broncos called the injury into question. Said linebacker Von Miller: “I read through the bluff.”

Roethlisberger said last week that he had a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his right shoulder, suffered during the postseason win over the Bengals. Now he’ll have the chance to heal up.

“From what I’ve been told, it won’t need surgery,” Roethlisberger said. “The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee … down the road some time going in and kind of cleaning out the arthritis and where the scarring is. I don’t foresee any surgeries on the shoulder anytime soon.”

— Pete Rose is headed to the Hall of Fame, but it’s not the one he really wants. The Reds announced Tuesday that they will retire Rose’s No. 14 and induct him into the team’s Hall of Fame.

“This is an honor, that you can’t just believe how you feel,” Rose said at a press conference, adding: “I haven’t given up on Cooperstown. I’m not the type who’s going to give up on anything. But this is fine, I’m happy. … I’m not going to sit here and say it’s the second-best thing, ’cause it’s not. … I’m from Cincinnati. This is the first big thing.”

The team said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred approved the plans to honor Rose, who last month again was denied reinstatement to baseball. The 74-year-old will be feted during ceremonies on June 24-26. The Reds’ 1976 World Series champions also will be recognized as they hold a 40-year reunion.

“Pete was told that in the immediate future, he probably is not going to be able to look in terms of Cooperstown,” Reds chief executive Bob Castellini said. “And we certainly wanted to make sure that we picked up that vacuum. The commissioner gave us permission to do that; we couldn’t be more pleased that it is now. Now’s the time.”

— Two Indianapolis high school girls basketball teams’ seasons were canceled after they got into a bench-clearing brawl, the video of which has made its way around the web.

Ben Davis High School and Pike High School were in the fourth quarter of a chippy game when one player objected to a hard foul and the teams starting fighting.

Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Bobby Cox said the teams will not play any more games this season, and the players and coaches will be required to take courses on sportsmanship. Saturday’s game was ruled a double forfeit. It’s up to school administrators to discipline individual players.

“I know that everybody’s seen the videos of these events,” Cox said. “There’s going to be a day when somebody’s going to be catastrophically injured.” The teams will be on probation next season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 20, 1996, in the NHL All-Star Game at what was then called the FleetCenter in Boston, which Bruin scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the East a 5-4 victory over the West?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “With Brady, he’s a great competitor. You know it’s coming. He’s going to cry about getting hit, but he’s going to take the hit and keep going.” Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith, on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 5-16-1 — The Canadiens’ record since the start of December, the league’s worst over that span, following Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The case against fighting in hockey will get a boost from this AHL battle, as former NHL player Brian McGrattan gets knocked out by Daniel Maggio and lands face first on the ice.

Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev skates out from behind the net and makes a stick save on Maple Leafs forward P.A. Parenteau.

Fresno State guard Cezar Guerrero snares a teammate’s air ball then races over and fires up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off one leg to send Tuesday’s game against San Diego State into overtime.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ray Bourque

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Slim Whitman was born on this day in 1924.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The mouths are running in Denver, must be that thin air. Shots at Gronk and Brady have been fired, we discuss them and how the Patriots might choose to use them for motivation (or not).

[0:00:00] ... Your teammate Antonio Smith says that Tom Brady. We'll take a hit but he also cries about it afterward what kind of things have you heard ...
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Dale, Michael and Jerry get into a passionate discussion about what Peyton Manning can and cannot do at this age, and how it will play out on Sunday

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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the news that LB Jerod Mayo has been placed on injured reserve.

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Dale, Michael and Jerry get into a passionate discussion about what Peyton Manning can and cannot do at this age, and how it will play out on Sunday

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[0:04:56] ... not good in the post season. If you wanna try to 2004 Peyton Manning fine I will take one of those performances because he he had. Tremendously bad games Manning wanted to mix against the patriots. ...
[0:05:39] ... Tom Brady's debts. His overall post season stats and you look at Peyton Manning's overall post season stats. 58 dramatic difference Peyton Manning has been good in the post season. His teams have been. Under 500 he has the record for postseason losses. Brady has ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the news that LB Jerod Mayo has been placed on injured reserve.

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[0:03:33] ... But then he get passed by by people you know I'd like Peyton Manning story yup exactly when you're talking about how his brain has already asked what the body doesn't respond as well a member ...
[0:05:37] ... of putting a guy out here and forcing Von Miller a cultural. Tom Brady managed. For Tom Brady was 23 for 42280. Yards three touchdowns no interceptions quarterback rating of 99 point three when they played back. On November 29 ...
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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the differences in this Patriots team from the team the Broncos faced last November.

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