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:
MLB: Orioles at Royals, 2:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Twins at Rays, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League World Series: Mexico vs. Venezuela, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: California vs. Texas, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ahmad Brooks

Ahmad Brooks

— The 49ers‘ miserable offseason continued to get worse Wednesday, as linebacker Ahmad Brooks was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery for an alleged assault related to an incident in December involving former Niners defensive lineman Ray McDonald.

McDonald, who was charged with one count of rape of an intoxicated person, faces up to eight years in prison. He also was indicted by a grand jury for violation of a restraining order in May, when he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his former fiancee and their infant. He was released by the 49ers in December, then signed with the Bears in March but was released after his May arrest.

Brooks faces a maximum of six months in jail for his alleged assault of the victim in the December incident. A woman filed a civil lawsuit in May against both men.

Brooks was sent home from Colorado, where the team is having joint practices with the Broncos leading up to Saturday’s preseason game.

“The organization is aware that a misdemeanor charge has been filed against Ahmad Brooks stemming from a December 2014 matter. We take any charge against a member of this organization seriously and are in communication with the NFL,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.

Brooks, 31, has some discipline issues last season that led to his benching after 60 straight starts, but he promised that he had turned things around this offseason, including changing to a healthier diet and cutting out alcohol.

The 49ers have been reeling this offseason, parting ways with coach Jim Harbaugh, losing a handful of players to free agency (Mike Iupati, Frank Gore, Chris Culliver, Michael Crabtree and Perrish Cox), seeing four key players retire (Chris Borland, Anthony Davis, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith) and releasing pass rusher Aldon Smith earlier this month following his latest arrest.

— Recently retired offensive lineman Jonathan Martin opened up about his problems, saying that the challenges of being a football player — along with longstanding issues of trying to fit in — led him to attempt suicide multiple times.

Martin, who was the focus of the Dolphins’ bullying scandal as a second-year pro in 2013, played for the 49ers last season. He signed with the Panthers in the offseason but quit after injuring his back in the offseason.

Wrote Martin on Facebook: It nearly destroys you, many times, not fitting in. Your talent & accomplishments on the field never seem to be able to overcome the demons that you carry with you.

Martin, who said his problems started during his childhood in California, admitted abusing alcohol and smoking marijuana in an attempt to make it easier to feel like one of the guys.

Wrote Martin: You see football as the only thing that you are good at, your only avenue to make the shy, depressed, weird kid from high school “cool.” Your job leads you to attempt to kill yourself on multiple occasions. Your self-perceived social inadequacy dominates your every waking moment & thought. You’re petrified of going to work.

Concluded Martin: You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated kid getting bullied in America who feels like no one in the world cares about them. And let them know that they are not alone.

— Investigators continue to work on determining how a construction worker fell to his death from the Vikings’ new stadium Wednesday, a tragedy that put a halt to the job in Minneapolis.

The victim, who worked for Berwald Roofing Co., fell from the edge of the roof into a snow gutter. Another employee was seriously injured on the roof but did not fall.

“This is a very tragic day in the life of the stadium construction project,” Mortensen Construction senior vice president John Wood said at a press conference. His company is the general contractor overseeing the job.

Added Wood: “Our priority is to ensure that we know exactly what happened and ensure that it never happens again. A man lost his life on this project today and that simply never should happen.”

U.S. Bank Stadium is expected to open next August, in time for the preseason.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 27, 1967, in another memorable game during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox held off the White Sox, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader after which Sox right fielder threw out Ken Berry at home in the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He said, ‘You make $300 million in a night, then you can give me a call.’ … I think I actually make two to three times more than he does per second. So when he learns to read and write, he can text me.” — MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, continuing her feud with boxer Floyd Mayweather

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Weeks between wins for Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who returned from a triceps injury and pitched seven shutout innings in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Holy Cross football players go wild as two of their coaches recreate a professional wrestling match during practice.

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander loses a no-hitter in the ninth inning when Angels batter Chris Ianetta lines a single that hits the chalk on the left-field line.

Blue Jays outfielder Ben Revere skies to catch a fly ball at the wall against the Rangers.

A fan at the Cubs-Giants game in San Francisco drops his French fries trying to catch a foul ball, while another fan spills his beer but celebrates after coming up with the ball.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jose Tartabull

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Edward Patten, a member of Gladys Knight & the Pips, was born on this day in 1939. He’s the one in the middle.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We have our first weekly chat with the acting manager for your BoSox, Torey Lovullo.

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We have our first weekly chat with the acting manager for your BoSox, Torey Lovullo.

[0:00:02] ... it is time for our weekly visit with a manager of the Boston Red Sox story LaBella brought to you by our belly insurance. Joey Kramer up arrows Smith's rocket and roast and coffee Mercedes-Benz. And Mohegan Sun Torre joins us right now from Chicago where the Red Sox playing the White Sox Torre how aria. A guy I'm doing good how are you doing great thank you let's start with Hanley Ramirez. How did it come about it's at least taking ground balls at first base yesterday. Club it was a discussion that had been taking place her. The period of time and then you know Dave came onboard and and I got a little bit more of it and gave his perspective and we just thought. O Leo once we once we couldn't. Move forward and try to figure out what's best for the Boston Red Sox who wanted to have this option we want you to look likely wanna get him over there. And just. Get a familiar ...
[0:01:56] ... that he stated is that from the other side of the dugout. Hanley Ramirez's of the as a very potent offensive force when he's playing in about well he's a middle of the order out of ...
[0:02:37] ... of the season against a different way of asking it is has Hanley Ramirez played his last game in left field this season. No he's not he's not he's still Curley our left fielder. In its ...
[0:04:01] ... is that things change quickly my couple years ago we won the World Series everything was riding in a really good direction that. It changes in five minutes and we are conditioned for that we we ...






We discuss the parting of ways between DO and NESN, and Dale gives it a little bit of a personal perspective.

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We close out the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed.

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We discuss the parting of ways between DO and NESN, and Dale gives it a little bit of a personal perspective.

[0:05:46] ... now the same thing to which he was a success it's like. Vince Wilfork come in and replace Ted Washington and they bring in Malcolm brown to replace him it's it's the nature of the beast. While little knows a lot of ...
[0:12:56] ... Boston sports I'm sure worst friend. The Bill Buckner game worth them Bucky Dent worse than harmful worse than anything. And you Wear that Iran don't wish to you don't what to what purpose it's nice ...
[0:18:19] ... Chris Collins worth it's just not enough from this day. You know Aaron Rodgers is playing really well he'll put it in these terms. Who says Aaron Rodgers can't hit a slant pass. Well buddy I. It's just something totally rhetorical device that he invented to make appointment we have ...





We close out the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed.

[0:02:10] ... adding to the list my. Overriding emotion here is I'm sad for Michael Vick because he's so much better than holding a clipboard. It's come to that for Michael Vick. That the idea of using Mike Vick as a gadget occasionally it how out just beat the jars me because it's beneath ...
[0:04:32] ... Online topic here we go along drive New York Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora officially retired today and he told the media there's one game that. That stands out his career. It is very few people ...
[0:09:46] ... success like success exactly perhaps they can. And had a choice between Drew Brees and Daunte Culpepper he's gonna try to say oh the medical people advised me. He wants that no responsibility. For picking Daunte Culpepper. Over Drew Brees drew Barry I. Or no history of being ruined shouted save it you better get your short and wait for me lion ...





Attacking deflategate from another angle, regardless of the outcome the Patriots have suffered damage to their reputation that no amount of facts will ever fix.
Attacking deflategate from another angle, regardless of the outcome the Patriots have suffered damage to their reputation that no amount of facts will ever fix.