The Hawks took care of the Celtics in six games. The guys discuss the dismal end to the season.

Welcome to Friday’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 Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Pacers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews, NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Hornets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Reigning National League batting champion Dee Gordon became the latest player punished by MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, as he was suspended 80 games Thursday.

The news came after Gordon helped the Marlins complete an impressive four-game sweep of the Dodgers, Gordon’s former team.

“I’m shocked and surprised,” manager Don Mattingly said after the locker room doors were kept closed for about 30 minutes. “Obviously, it’s two different ends of the spectrum for us. You would expect all these guys to be in here all excited — and then we get this news. So it’s not quite the same feeling.”

Mattingly was manager of the Dodgers for Gordon’s first three major league seasons. Gordon, the son of former Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon, was traded to Miami before the 2014 season, and Mattlingly rejoined him a year later.

“These guys love Dee, and we’re going to support him,” Mattingly said. “I feel like Dee’s one of my kids, to be honest with you, because I’ve known him so long. So we’re going to love him, and then we’re going to support him. He’s been a big part of the success that we’ve had.”

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, however, was not as supportive. He was upset that Gordon was allowed to play while appealing his ban. Gordon reportedly dropped the appeal Thursday.

Tweeted Verlander: This PED [expletive] is killing me. If u test positive u need to not play. You should be allowed to effect games while appealing.

— Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil had quite the night Thursday.

The Ole Miss product, widely considered one of the draft’s top players, slid to 13th after a video was posted on his Twitter account that appeared to show him smoking drugs from a gas mask attached to a bong.

Then, while meeting the media after being selected by the Dolphins, Tunsil admitted accepting money from Ole Miss coaches in apparent violation of NCAA rules.

The smoking video was was posted minutes before the draft started, then deleted. Then Tunsil’s Twitter account was deactivated.

“Man, it was a mistake,” Tunsil said of the smoking. “It happened years ago. Somebody hacked my Twitter account, and that’s how it got on there.”

Tunsil said he wasn’t angry even though his drop in the draft was an expensive one.

“I don’t know why they hacked my account. I didn’t do nothing to nobody. I’m harmless,” he said. “I’m ready to play football, man. It’s a love for the game. It’s not all about the money.”

Tunsil missed the first seven games of the 2015 season after the NCAA ruled he received improper benefits. On Thursday on his Instagram account — which he also said was hacked — someone posted text messages that appeared to show Tunsil requesting money from Ole Miss staffers for rent and his family’s utility bills.

Asked about it by reporters after his selection, Tunsil at first denied any impropriety but later acknowledged he did take money from a coach, saying, “I’d have to say yeah.” The press conference then was abruptly ended.

Tunsil also reportedly faces a lawsuit from his stepfather related to an incident last June, when both men were charged with domestic violence against each other.

— Raiders owner Mark Davis, rebuffed in his efforts to move his team back to Los Angeles, announced that he wants to relocate to Las Vegas and is willing to commit $500 million to building a stadium there.

The NFL has been leery about Las Vegas mainly due to legalized sports betting in casinos there, but David is eager to move from Oakland, where there the team plays in an outdated, dilapidated stadium.

“We need a home. We need a stadium,” Davis said Thursday in Las Vegas. “That’s what Las Vegas is going to provide us and it’s going to be a great marriage.”

Davis’ fellow owners will need to support the move for it to happen, and Davis said he believes he can sway them.

“Let’s give them an offer they can’t refuse,” he said. “They’re going to approve it based on that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 Mariners. The Red Sox were in jeopardy of losing the game, however, as Gorman Thomas hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning. Which Red Sox player answered with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning for a 3-1 Sox lead that would stand up as the final score?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yes, its very emotional for me, just because we gave it our all. We never put our head down, like I said, this group of guys is something special. I mean, I played, I gave it my all, so that’s why it hurts that much more. I wish I could have done more, but it just happened to be like that. So, it is tough on me, though.” — Isaiah Thomas, after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs with Thursday’s Game 6 loss to the Hawks

STAT OF THE DAY: 0-5 — The Red Sox’ record in games pitched by Clay Buchholz this season, following Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Braves that dropped his personal mark to 0-3

‘NET RESULTS: Rockies sensation Trevor Story sets a National League rookie record with his ninth home run in April, surpassing Albert Pujols’ mark of eight.

From a soccer game in Sweden on Wednesday, after someone throws a firework that explodes at the feet of Malmo substitute Tobias Sana while he’s warming up on the sideline, the player picks up the corner flag and throws it at IFK Gothenburg fans, and the game is suspended.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dwight Evans

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tammi Terrell, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1945.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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