Welcome to Tuesday’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 Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Miami vs. Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Stanford vs. Old Dominion, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: CIT, Tennessee-Martin at Evansville, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: CIT, NJIT at Northern Arizona, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Royals at Padres, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Switzerland vs. United States, noon (FS1)
Soccer: Israel vs. Belgium, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Mexico vs. Paraguay, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Knicks have the NBA’s worst record at 14-60 and have lost 60 games for the first time in franchise history, despite entering the season with playoff aspirations. But team president Phil Jackson sees light at the end of the tunnel — or at least he’s trying to convince season ticket-holders that he does so they come back in 2015-16.

In a letter and video message sent out Monday, Jackson talked optimistically about the prospects for the future.

“While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level,” Jackson said on the video (as reported by ESPN).

Added Jackson: “We have a clear plan and expect our efforts to really take shape as we enter the 2015 draft and free agency in the months ahead. I ask that you remain optimistic and hope you will join us on our continued journey as we build a team that once again reflects the spirit of being a New York Knick.”

With the Knicks expected to have at least $25 million in cap space this offseason, Jackson implied that the team could start to turn things around quickly.

“We have made key roster moves to free up significant cap space that will provide us greater flexibility to acquire talent in this summer’s free agency,” Jackson said. “And for the first time in many years, we expect to have a top pick in the NBA draft this June. These are key steps to building a roster of players that have both the talent and character to win in New York and who, alongside Carmelo Anthony, will become a team that can become a consistent winner.”

— While Jackson’s return to the Knicks organization hasn’t produced positive results, St. John’s is hoping for a different outcome after reportedly hiring former standout guard Chris Mullin to take over as coach.

Mullin, a New York native who led St. John’s to the Final Four in 1985, went on to star with the Warriors in the NBA and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, will take over Steve Lavin, who departed after five seasons and an 81-55 record (2-9 in the postseason).

Mullin has no coaching experience, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of his former St. John’s coach, Lou Carnesecca.

“This is a great day for St. John’s, the whole university,” Carnesecca said. “He has always represented St. John’s well and I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as coach. People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience but how many people have had the basketball education he has?”

— A freshman soccer player from the University of California who has been listed as missing was killed early Saturday morning when he tried to run across a Los Angeles freeway and was hit by a car, police announced Monday.

Eloi Vasquez, 19, left a fraternity party at USC without identification, which is why police could not initially confirm it was him. Vasquez, who had traveled to Los Angeles with some teammates for spring break, walked away from the party alone. He called a friend back in Berkeley at 2:18 a.m. and said he was lost and scared, his family revealed. A few minutes later, Vasquez was dead, as a female driver said he ran in front of her car on Interstate 10 and she tried to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid hitting him.

“The guys are grieving pretty hard right now,” Cal coach Kevin Grimes said at a news conference. “We’re just looking to get through this.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 31, 2003, the Red Sox opened the season with a game in Tampa and unveiled their “closer by committee” to disastrous results. The bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth in a 6-4 loss as Boston wasted a seven-inning, one-run effort from which starter?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We knew we needed this game. Every game is important, so we came and toughed it out.” Evan Turner, after the Celtics held on for a 116-104 victory over the Hornets that moved them back into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Consecutive Final Fours for the UConn women’s basketball team, which overcame a one-point halftime deficit to rout Dayton, 91-70, Monday night in the Elite Eight

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jordan Clarkson sneaks free under the basket and gets a pass from Lakers teammate Wayne Ellington for the game-winning layup with less than a second remaining in overtime against the 76ers.

Celtics forward Gerald Wallace jumps over Hornets forward Marvin Williams to finish an alley-oop.

Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol rips his jersey in disgust after missing a jump shot against the Kings.

Stars defenseman Patrick Nemeth gets a deflected puck caught under his visor.

Blues defenseman Zbynek Michalek slides across the crease to help goalie Brian Elliott keep the puck out of the net against the Canucks.

Members of the Indians read mean tweets about themselves.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pedro Martinez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Shirley Jones, mother of “The Partridge Family,” was born on this day in 1934.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.

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[0:07:33] ... kind of how do you think that plays for the jury. Yeah Mike Wright certainly awkward no question about it that the two sisters would be a strange and it also could suggest that Santa is ...
[0:12:35] ... couldn't. I'll watch I harp you know with all respect. The late. Ted Kennedy. Why wouldn't go away. One week away from that they did yet ailment I know I well I mean the president of ...





As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.

[0:02:04] ... charged with perjury and successfully prosecuted. When they claim they couldn't recall Scooter Libby the former vice president former chief of staff to vice president would be a claimed he couldn't recall. Information about the leak of the CIA operative. But it that the than usual case I don't think that's pierce I would be surprised if she gets in any trouble ...
[0:07:33] ... kind of how do you think that plays for the jury. Yeah Mike Wright certainly awkward no question about it that the two sisters would be a strange and it also could suggest that Santa is ...
[0:12:35] ... couldn't. I'll watch I harp you know with all respect. The late. Ted Kennedy. Why wouldn't go away. One week away from that they did yet ailment I know I well I mean the president of ...





We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.

[0:03:22] ... a surprise. If there were some heavy penalties handed down against the New England Patriots in the end. There's that strong relationship between Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell we've heard the strong words of Robert craft use. At this Super Bowl I think a lot of people rightly. Will be surprised that there are stiff penalties that eventually handed down in Houston on ...
[0:04:30] ... think all of New England nearly cracked itself when a video of Tom Brady cliff diving with Giselle popped up on its FaceBook page over the weekend. Here's a brief bit of a natural sound listened closely to it. Followed by the boys from MF be talking about their greatest concerns when they thought Tom jump off the cliff. Honestly firstly I thought it was a problem being that Google Ron does he does he grabbed the daily fuel jewels right crosses league so he enters the water without that big. But they usually if you took from hi Tom Brady is out sixty weeks ruptured testicle this break fracture some sort of plan of the past yeah I'd say it's a reminder. ...
[0:08:08] ... step into his mind. What's making. Rhonda. I say yeah hello I'm Mike Green. Excuse rock for 12. I just have to tell you. What that book means. That means that if you keep running your ...
[0:09:41] ... And submitted questions questions George W have to listen I'm. Conflict between Super Bowl victory. I didn't like it again. Why did they pass just give up all through these mode and us adult. So purple ...






We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.

[0:03:22] ... a surprise. If there were some heavy penalties handed down against the New England Patriots in the end. There's that strong relationship between Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell we've heard the strong words of Robert craft use. At this Super Bowl I think a lot of people rightly. Will be surprised that there are stiff penalties that eventually handed down in Houston on ...
[0:04:30] ... think all of New England nearly cracked itself when a video of Tom Brady cliff diving with Giselle popped up on its FaceBook page over the weekend. Here's a brief bit of a natural sound listened closely to it. Followed by the boys from MF be talking about their greatest concerns when they thought Tom jump off the cliff. Honestly firstly I thought it was a problem being that Google Ron does he does he grabbed the daily fuel jewels right crosses league so he enters the water without that big. But they usually if you took from hi Tom Brady is out sixty weeks ruptured testicle this break fracture some sort of plan of the past yeah I'd say it's a reminder. ...
[0:08:08] ... step into his mind. What's making. Rhonda. I say yeah hello I'm Mike Green. Excuse rock for 12. I just have to tell you. What that book means. That means that if you keep running your ...
[0:09:41] ... And submitted questions questions George W have to listen I'm. Conflict between Super Bowl victory. I didn't like it again. Why did they pass just give up all through these mode and us adult. So purple ...






We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.

[0:00:09] ... Is that it's going to be difficult. Guilt involved going on the New England Patriots and I think this since that you get night and besides just this sense is that will be surprised. If there were some heavy penalties. Handed down against the New England Patriots in the end. There's that strong relationship between Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell we've heard the strong word that Robert craft used. At this who will act until Lotta people run lead. ...
[0:00:58] ... what depends I look at it mean if you're Rich McKay the Atlanta Falcons you say. I was suspended. Because somebody who no longer works here decided to. Piping in crowd noise but my owner admitted ...
[0:03:38] ... don't need to do what is bringing it well you know because Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell had such a closers relationship that. How does that factor into this because he's been over so but retails ...
[0:06:46] ... and had never neverland. Because if you got officials in the National Football League front office running a sting operation against a member club. All my guys. That it changes and they are the heart of ...






We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.

[0:00:09] ... Is that it's going to be difficult. Guilt involved going on the New England Patriots and I think this since that you get night and besides just this sense is that will be surprised. If there were some heavy penalties. Handed down against the New England Patriots in the end. There's that strong relationship between Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell we've heard the strong word that Robert craft used. At this who will act until Lotta people run lead. ...
[0:00:58] ... what depends I look at it mean if you're Rich McKay the Atlanta Falcons you say. I was suspended. Because somebody who no longer works here decided to. Piping in crowd noise but my owner admitted ...
[0:03:38] ... don't need to do what is bringing it well you know because Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell had such a closers relationship that. How does that factor into this because he's been over so but retails ...
[0:06:46] ... and had never neverland. Because if you got officials in the National Football League front office running a sting operation against a member club. All my guys. That it changes and they are the heart of ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Pats hosting linebacker Rolando McClain for a visit... and with McClain's very sketchy past why are they even bothering?

[0:00:59] ... NFL draft at Alabama and so there's a connection there. You know Bill Belichick and always after a statement about acclaimed character but you can ask about a scarecrow or you want. Doesn't seem like that ...
[0:05:26] ... Greg Hardy let's be quite wrap honorable man he released. By the Oakland Raiders because that character concern that's right now think about that for a moment okay what kind of parallel universe are we living ...
[0:08:30] ... willing to accept it. What we don't know is. Is that the Rob Ninkovich story and do anything not there aren't a lot. Spider not that I don't love. So our our basics. Are probably not. ...
[0:11:01] ... all of these guys have I had a nickel for every time Vince Wilfork discharged a fire truck here it. In Decatur joy offshore. And bingo and all its a look at incipient like that. You ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Pats hosting linebacker Rolando McClain for a visit... and with McClain's very sketchy past why are they even bothering?

[0:00:59] ... NFL draft at Alabama and so there's a connection there. You know Bill Belichick and always after a statement about acclaimed character but you can ask about a scarecrow or you want. Doesn't seem like that ...
[0:05:26] ... Greg Hardy let's be quite wrap honorable man he released. By the Oakland Raiders because that character concern that's right now think about that for a moment okay what kind of parallel universe are we living ...
[0:08:30] ... willing to accept it. What we don't know is. Is that the Rob Ninkovich story and do anything not there aren't a lot. Spider not that I don't love. So our our basics. Are probably not. ...
[0:11:01] ... all of these guys have I had a nickel for every time Vince Wilfork discharged a fire truck here it. In Decatur joy offshore. And bingo and all its a look at incipient like that. You ...