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:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: U.S. Open Cup semifinal, FC Dallas at Galaxy, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball, United States vs. Poland, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s basketball, United States vs. Argentina, 5:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Track and field, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus

— The bad news continued for Rex Ryan’s Bills on Tuesday, as veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended four games by the NFL, reportedly for a positive marijuana test. It’s the second year in a row Dareus was suspended, frustrating team ownership.

“We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization, and fans through his recent actions,” the Bills said in a statement. “From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league.”

Darius, a two-time Pro Bowler who signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension last September, previously was suspended for the first game of last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, related to his 2014 arrest in Alabama for criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to Pro Football Talk, the 26-year-old will forfeit more than $3 million as part of his latest punishment.

Dareus apologized in an Instagram post, writing: With deepest regrets I want to apologize to the @BuffaloBills organization, my fans, my family and the entire NFL football community for the incident that led to me missing 4 games for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. I will not #makeexcuses for the events in question and will allow the process to proceed as is required by the @NFL; however, please know and understand I am committed to the game and am more committed to my #Billsorganization and fans. This temporary setback will only fuel my desire and commitment to bring #Buffalochampionships and the #SuperBowl. I ask at this time that you continue to #believe in me and I will continue to invest all that I have to bring honor and respect to the organization and my fans and ultimately bring #Buffalomafia what it deserves – a #SuperBowl! Thank you for continuing to support me – I will rise above this setback, as with every challenge brings an opportunity for growth and supreme #success!

The Bills defense also will be without starting outside linebacker Shaq Lawson (offseason shoulder surgery) for at least the first six weeks of the season, starting inside linebacker Reggie Ragland is done for the year after tearing his ACL in training camp, and veteran linebacker Manny Lawson reportedly is facing a one-game suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy. On the other side of the ball, running back Karlos Williams also was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

If Lawson’s suspension goes through, the Bills would have to pay a $250,000 fine for having three players suspended in the same year as per the NFL’s remittance policy.

— Police in Rio have been looking into claims by U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning while heading back to the athletes village in a taxi, but a police official told The Associated Press little evidence has been found and the swimmers — who Lochte acknowledged were intoxicated at the time — were unable to provide key details.

Lochte’s attorney, Jeff Ostrow, backed his client and noted that the 12-time Olympic medalist signed a statement Monday confirming the information he provided. Lochte told USA Today he initially was hesitant to report the incident “because we were afraid we’d get in trouble” after a night out at the French Olympic team’s hospitality house.

Police began investigating after Lochte’s mother spoke about the incident, but authorities said Lochte and another swimmer interviewed were unable to remember the type and color of the taxi or what time the events occurred.

Ostrow said Lochte has hired 24-hour security and plans to return to the United States soon.

— Two-time NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians was hospitalized Tuesday in San Diego, after the Cardinals coach complained of stomach pains.

The Cardinals had a joint practice with the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, but the 63-year-old Arians was in the hospital undergoing tests after being evaluated by medical personnel at the stadium.

“I was like, ‘Where is he?’ Cardinals tackle D.J. Humprhries said. “Then they brought us all up and they told us. I hope he is OK. They said he is fine and he is just in the hospital getting everything all done.

“B.A. is a big deal in my life. He’s helped me out a lot through the whole process and I just want to make sure he is all right. And from what they told us, he is.

“I definitely missed him. He wasn’t here to cuss people out when they mess up every now and then. That was what I was listening for.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 17, 1986, the Red Sox sent shortstop Rey Quinones, pitchers Mike Brown and (later in the season as players to be named) Mike Trujillo and John Christensen to the Mariners for which two players who played key roles in the team’s run to the World Series that season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not going to answer questions for every little thing that some Tom, Dick and Harry comes up with. If that’s the case, somebody can come out and say that James Harrison is a pedophile. [Are] they going to suspend me and put me in an investigation for being a pedophile just because somebody said it?” Steelers linebacker James Harrison, saying he doesn’t want to cede to the NFL’s demand for an interview to discuss PED allegations against him

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Home runs for Mookie Betts in five games in Baltimore this season, after the Red Sox outfielder hit a pair in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory

‘NET RESULTS: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo climbs onto the wall, reaches into the stands and hauls in a pop-up for an out against the Brewers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Outfielder Dave Henderson and shortstop Spike Owen

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kevin Rowland, lead singer of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, was born on this day in 1953.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell trying to suspend four players without any evidence. Sound familiar?
Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell trying to suspend four players without any evidence. Sound familiar?

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Dale and Holley present their list of the 4 biggest current rivals of the New England Patriots. Who is number 1?
Dale and Holley present their list of the 4 biggest current rivals of the New England Patriots. Who is number 1?

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Dale and Holley present the strangest sound of the day, including a LA Rams player who is convinced mermaids are real.

[0:00:27] ... course a strike but while telling the story. He has trouble with David Ortiz is nicknamed you know that big poppy thing. Yeah you know. Two baseball think. And I think I threw all up program ...
[0:01:42] ... in ally. While the organization players were to learn their new surroundings Jeff Fisher in the team. It'd. A distraction. From defensive lineman William Hayes who doesn't believe in dinosaurs. But is happy to live closer ...
[0:08:48] ... Eight the Red Sox manager said that he has personally clocked at Jonathan Papelbon we don't know where that things stands but there was a story out yesterday. About you know what might have been an issue in the Washington Nationals clubhouse. Because evidently. This is the song that some folks say pissed apple bonds' teammates off. In recent years this country is ...





Dale and Holley present the strangest sound of the day, including a LA Rams player who is convinced mermaids are real.

[0:00:27] ... course a strike but while telling the story. He has trouble with David Ortiz is nicknamed you know that big poppy thing. Yeah you know. Two baseball think. And I think I threw all up program ...
[0:01:42] ... in ally. While the organization players were to learn their new surroundings Jeff Fisher in the team. It'd. A distraction. From defensive lineman William Hayes who doesn't believe in dinosaurs. But is happy to live closer ...
[0:08:48] ... Eight the Red Sox manager said that he has personally clocked at Jonathan Papelbon we don't know where that things stands but there was a story out yesterday. About you know what might have been an issue in the Washington Nationals clubhouse. Because evidently. This is the song that some folks say pissed apple bonds' teammates off. In recent years this country is ...





Lou and Christian discuss Gronk being removed from practice yesterday, and what that means for the rest of the offense, and also chime in on the fights that have been breaking out in the Bears/Patriots joint practices.
Drew Pomeranz pitched a gem in the make up game in Cleveland yesterday, and it's about time the Sox won a one-run game.