Welcome to Thursday’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 Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Warriors at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Nebraska at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston at Temple, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas-El Paso at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arizona at Colorado, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SMU at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee Tech at Morehead State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona State at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Predators, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Liverpool at Besiktas, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Young Boys at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, in a meeting with MLB officials Wednesday in New York, admitted to having a relapse and using cocaine a couple of months ago even though he apparently did not fail a drug test, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Hamilton, 33, was suspended from baseball for 2 1/2 seasons in 2004 after well-publicized battles with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He came back to win the 2010 American League MVP award with the Rangers but had two relapses. He signed with the Angels as a free agent before the 2013 season, inking a five-year, $125 million deal, but has not lived up to his contract, hitting just .255 with 31 home runs and 123 RBIs over two injury-plagued seasons.

MLB could treat Hamilton as a first-time offender because he was in the minor leagues when he was suspended in 2004. However, Los Angeles Times writer Bill Shalkin reported that it is “unlikely” that would be the case. Hamilton already is subject to testing three times a week due to his past transgressions.

“I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York,” Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday afternoon. “At this point I have no other information to offer.”

Hamilton has been recovering from Feb. 4 shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined into May. He has been staying at a friend’s ranch in Houston rather than remain with his team, which raised some eyebrows across the league.

— The fallout continues from Monday night’s court-storming incident in Manhattan, Kansas, as the Big 12 Conference publicly reprimanded Kansas State for failing to prevent the fans from pouring onto the court and jeopardizing the Kansas players’ safety after the Wildcats’ upset of the eighth-ranked Jayhawks.

Although no injuries were reported, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement that K-State’s events-management policy “was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators,” and “revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur.”

Also Wednesday, Kansas State student Nathan Power, identified as the individual who body-checked Kansas forward Jamari Traylor after the game, was cited for disorderly conduct.

Power had written a letter to his school’s student newspaper Tuesday apologizing for letting “my emotions get the best of me in all the chaos.”

— It’s no surprise that colleges are lining up to offer a scholarship to LeBron James‘ son. However, it’s a little surprising that they’re doing it this early, as LeBron James Jr. is only 10 years old. That doesn’t sit well with the NBA star.

“Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges,” James told CBS Detroit. “It’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”

James has posted video of his son playing in an AAU tournament and showing some impressive all-around skills.

“It’s crazy, he plays just like I did,” James said. “He has great awareness, and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 26, 1994, Patriots fans bought 5,968 season tickets, a team single-day record, following the previous day’s announcement that Robert Kraft had purchased the team from which man?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I call that [expletive]. Bro, when you come out of the box, you’€™re thinking about what the [pitcher] is trying to do. This is not like you go to the plate with an empty mind. When you see guys pitch and guys are coming out the box, we’€™re not doing it just for doing it. Our minds are speeding up. I see one pitch, I’€™m thinking what is this guy going to try to do to me next. I’€™m not walking around just because there are cameras all over the place and I want my buddies to see me and this and that. It doesn’€™t go that way.” Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, complaining about MLB’s new rules designed to speed up the pace of the game

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 – Points for new Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday night, helping the C’s to a 115-94 victory over the Knicks

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kevin Garnett returns to the Timberwolves and is welcomed back by a sellout crowd in Minneapolis.

Markel Brown steals the ball and does a 360-degree spin dunk against the Pelicans.

Wizards forward Kris Humphries dunks with authority against the T-Wolves.

Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph banks in a 70-foot heave at the halftime buzzer against the Kings.

TRIVIA ANSWER: James Busch Orthwein

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Johnny Cash, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1932.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.

[0:00:51] ... a minus and colleague in the play by play voice for the Boston Bruins on nest in Jack Edwards brought you by Shaw's supermarkets. DCU digital federal credit union what QVC UC view and Cadillac of ...
[0:01:47] ... know so I got like. I got like. They can Orton or Jarome Iginla and and what that she's been missing for while. And you know I cannot. He kind of wonder Michael Ryder going to ...
[0:05:28] ... could. But if history of this thing. I'm not only in the National Hockey League but also in all professional sports is such that that if you can that you're willing to shoot reps. I'm getting exposed ...
[0:07:03] ... time for the playoffs. Well ironically that may be to position the Chicago Blackhawks are in today they placed Patrick Kane on the LT IR list today with. The shoulder injury your clavicle injury that he ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.

[0:00:51] ... a minus and colleague in the play by play voice for the Boston Bruins on nest in Jack Edwards brought you by Shaw's supermarkets. DCU digital federal credit union what QVC UC view and Cadillac of ...
[0:01:47] ... know so I got like. I got like. They can Orton or Jarome Iginla and and what that she's been missing for while. And you know I cannot. He kind of wonder Michael Ryder going to ...
[0:05:28] ... could. But if history of this thing. I'm not only in the National Hockey League but also in all professional sports is such that that if you can that you're willing to shoot reps. I'm getting exposed ...
[0:07:03] ... time for the playoffs. Well ironically that may be to position the Chicago Blackhawks are in today they placed Patrick Kane on the LT IR list today with. The shoulder injury your clavicle injury that he ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton listen in as David Ortiz goes off to the media about the pace of game rule changes being put in place this year in Major League Baseball. They listen to David, discuss it among themselves, and talk with YOU.

[0:00:42] ... the single though way. Well I think we can pretty safely count David Ortiz into the camp of not being a fan of rules to speed up the game effects ethnic where did he say when they mentioned the the 500 dollar fine he's a LL get to that edited and I'll hear what assets and I think. Like I I strongly disagree with David Ortiz on this one I'm firmly in the camp of do everything you can to speed things up. And and with all due ...
[0:02:57] ... us out of control her remixed Peter Gammons had ever heard of Mike Hargrove. That you got a human rain delays you going got all out guy. Got any act he got a nickname because he ...
[0:04:41] ... its ideological extreme would've step and other batter's box wasn't enough for David Ortiz would if he decided in order to be productive and a hall of fame it'll take better. What if between every pitch ...
[0:13:20] ... telling the pitcher that same thing this is not just. Persecuting poured David Ortiz now and my problem with the rules as state they'd. MLB decided last week that they're gonna enforce them. Is there a ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton listen in as David Ortiz goes off to the media about the pace of game rule changes being put in place this year in Major League Baseball. They listen to David, discuss it among themselves, and talk with YOU.

[0:00:42] ... the single though way. Well I think we can pretty safely count David Ortiz into the camp of not being a fan of rules to speed up the game effects ethnic where did he say when they mentioned the the 500 dollar fine he's a LL get to that edited and I'll hear what assets and I think. Like I I strongly disagree with David Ortiz on this one I'm firmly in the camp of do everything you can to speed things up. And and with all due ...
[0:02:57] ... us out of control her remixed Peter Gammons had ever heard of Mike Hargrove. That you got a human rain delays you going got all out guy. Got any act he got a nickname because he ...
[0:04:41] ... its ideological extreme would've step and other batter's box wasn't enough for David Ortiz would if he decided in order to be productive and a hall of fame it'll take better. What if between every pitch ...
[0:13:20] ... telling the pitcher that same thing this is not just. Persecuting poured David Ortiz now and my problem with the rules as state they'd. MLB decided last week that they're gonna enforce them. Is there a ...






Dale and Michael talk B's, as the season seems less and less salvageable after each loss... this time at home to Vancouver.

[0:00:53] ... the program. Look the Bruins lost last night to one of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD garden put 41 shots on net. Eager to give Eddie lack a lot of credit he played very very ...
[0:17:39] ... all you open and from Toronto Matt the last ski from Anaheim. Erik Cole from Dallas mark you wrapped from Arizona Chris Stewart from buffalo Antawn permit from Arizona. Six of the fifteen guys that they ...
[0:25:11] ... the year all for not as they lose to one of the Vancouver Canucks last. By the way I just and I'm looking at detects I'm listening to you. Make it clear. General manager can't say ...





Dale and Michael talk B's, as the season seems less and less salvageable after each loss... this time at home to Vancouver.

[0:00:53] ... the program. Look the Bruins lost last night to one of the Vancouver Canucks at the TD garden put 41 shots on net. Eager to give Eddie lack a lot of credit he played very very ...
[0:17:39] ... all you open and from Toronto Matt the last ski from Anaheim. Erik Cole from Dallas mark you wrapped from Arizona Chris Stewart from buffalo Antawn permit from Arizona. Six of the fifteen guys that they ...
[0:25:11] ... the year all for not as they lose to one of the Vancouver Canucks last. By the way I just and I'm looking at detects I'm listening to you. Make it clear. General manager can't say ...





We tackle four (or five) of the most memorable player vs coach verbal (and physical) battles.

[0:00:52] ... Well last night in the mavericks' game. Last night the mavericks game. Rick Carlisle the coach of the mavericks was telling Rajon Rondo who's bring in the Paula to call time out. Rhonda chose to ignore ...
[0:06:23] ... our eighteen. Then coach of the 49ers Mike Singletary decides to follow Vernon Davis and it just gave us audio gold. Bernard Brennan just it was something that I told everybody at the very beginning of ...
[0:07:58] ... guy that's a horrible thing from a few days I don't. But Vernon Davis. Well we have sweater I've followed that up to raise Vernon logic the amendment ask him paper bags about don't burn it Byrd went out. Where's Mike Singletary. Where's Vernon Davis that. It for an Davis tools we'll yeah well we don't want to be in that situation you want to effort Davis ...
[0:13:44] ... one because he wasn't our guy at the time. KG and in Wally Szczerbiak. Supposedly that was legendary nobody in big baby. We've made her cry and I thought there a name on them bids. Which ...






We tackle four (or five) of the most memorable player vs coach verbal (and physical) battles.

[0:00:52] ... Well last night in the mavericks' game. Last night the mavericks game. Rick Carlisle the coach of the mavericks was telling Rajon Rondo who's bring in the Paula to call time out. Rhonda chose to ignore ...
[0:06:23] ... our eighteen. Then coach of the 49ers Mike Singletary decides to follow Vernon Davis and it just gave us audio gold. Bernard Brennan just it was something that I told everybody at the very beginning of ...
[0:07:58] ... guy that's a horrible thing from a few days I don't. But Vernon Davis. Well we have sweater I've followed that up to raise Vernon logic the amendment ask him paper bags about don't burn it Byrd went out. Where's Mike Singletary. Where's Vernon Davis that. It for an Davis tools we'll yeah well we don't want to be in that situation you want to effort Davis ...
[0:13:44] ... one because he wasn't our guy at the time. KG and in Wally Szczerbiak. Supposedly that was legendary nobody in big baby. We've made her cry and I thought there a name on them bids. Which ...