Marlins shortstop (and former Red Sox farmhand) Hanley Ramirez does not have many supporters in his dispute with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Ramirez was benched following his lazy jog after a ball he booted in Monday's game, and he lashed out at his manager afterward. But Gonzalez isn't backing down. One national writer calls this Gonzalez' "finest hour." Read more about that, plus find out where the Red Sox rank on Forbes' list of the most valuable sports team brands.

“You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates.” — Dick Nixon



The hot rumor over the past few days was that John Calipari would leave the University of Kentucky and coach LeBron James with the Chciago Bulls. One national columnist says the part about LeBron going to Chicago is right, but the coach won't be Calipari. Instead, it will be Doc Rivers, who has refused to sign an extension with the Celtics and would relish the opportunity to return home and coach the world's best player.

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Former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay finally has put together some hits for the Mets after a slow start, although he says he still does not feel comfortable at the plate. Meanwhile, one New York writer is calling for the last-place Mets to fire their manager. Get the details on those stories, plus read about why Kobe Bryant is defending himself against four-year-old allegations of tanking a playoff game. All that, along with videos, trivia and more, can be found at Monday's Morning Mashup.

The New York Jets are coming off an impressive season that ended in the AFC championship game, and they have a new stadium to entice fans. However, the team reportedly has 10,000 personal seat licenses unsold, leading to speculation that some games may be blacked out in New York this season. Owner Woody Johnson is trying to calm fans' fears, but he isn't explaining how he plans to solve the problem.

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing again was selected NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, despite his pending suspension after testing positive for banned drugs last season. Writers who again voted for Cushing, anti-doping experts and pundits with advice all seem to come to the same conclusion: It's the NFL's fault.

Planet Mikey-oke is now down to eight WEEI personalities. Round 2 voting is now open with new songs! Do you think you have what it takes to become a Planet Mikey-oke champion? If you think you do, be sure to register for the listener part of the competition. 10 lucky contestants will be selected to compete at Showcase Live in Foxboro on May 26th. The best and most entertaining singer will win the grand prize brought to you by Southwest Airlines!

We've got a couple of offbeat stories from the world of high school athletics to lead off Wednesday's Morning Mashup. In Texas, a basketball standout was discovered to be a 22-year-old man who had graduated from high school in Florida three years earlier. And in Southern California, a pole vaulter was disqualified after winning her event, costing her team a league title, because she wore a friendship bracelet.

Ken Griffey Jr. is not fading gracefully into the sunset in Seattle. The Mariners legend is struggling at the plate and his team is struggling as well after heading into the season with high expectations. Following a report that Griffey missed a pinch-hitting appearance last week because he was napping in the clubhouse, some are calling for the 40-year-old to retire. Also check out stories about Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon getting some revenge on the Yankees, and disgraced Olympic track star Marion Jones preparing for her WNBA debut.