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.

LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg was found dead in a Las Vegas suburb Sunday afternoon, and police are investigating the 25-year-old's death. Blasberg played in her only LPGA tour event two weeks ago in Mexico, finishing tied for 44th. She was a standout at the University of Arizona, winning six times in two years before turning professional in 2004.

 

Hank Haney on Monday resigned as Tiger Woods' swing coach, a title he has held since 2003. Woods won 31 tournaments and six major titles with Haney as his coach. 

 

OK, so Mike McGwire and Sammy Sooser didn't turn out to be men of virtue.

It hurts, I understand.

But at least we'll always have Jason Varitek splitting the uprights. An ionic moment such as that one will be in our hearts and minds forever. 

Ah, Mumbles. 



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The seedings for the NCAA men's and women's lacrosse tournaments are out, and the University of Virginia teams, still healing from the arrest of a men's player for the murder of a women's player, are trying to prepare. To compound matters, the father of men's coach (and former Brown University player and coach) Dom Starsia passed away Friday. Read about that, plus check out links to other top stories along with videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.