Borges killed Curtis.
The guys opened the show by discussing Goodell and Kraft.

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:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Pelicans at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Miami vs. Villanova, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Maryland vs. Kansas, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA Tournament, Duke vs. Oregon, 9:55 p.m. (TBS)
MLB preseason: Astros at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Mariners at Rockies, 4:!0 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Giants, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Indians, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling

— Outspoken former Red Sox star Curt Schilling has acknowledged he’s on shaky ground with ESPN. When he made a donation to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson last fall, Schilling wrote in the employer section of the donation form: “ESPN (not sure how much longer).”

However, despite being pulled off the network’s Sunday night baseball broadcasts for the final month of last season for making controversial comments — and then continuing to speak his mind about the presidential race and other political issues — Schilling will return to ESPN this year. The network confirmed Schilling’s status to the website Vocativ.

Schilling’s return seemed in doubt following his comments earlier this month, when he appeared on a Kansas City sports radio show and blasted Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Said Schilling on March 1: “If I’m going to believe — and I’m not sure I would have any reason not to believe — that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server, and after what happened to General [David] Petraeus [the former Director of the CIA who resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after reportedly sharing classified information with his biographer], she should be buried under a jail somewhere.”

The day after that interview, ESPN said it was addressing the matter, which appeared to be a violation of an edict it made in January, when it warned employees to avoid “political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.”

The network told Vocativ, “We’ve addressed it with Curt.”

— Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday said in no uncertain terms that 2017 would be his final season. However, hours later he already started hedging.

“I won’t play after next year,” the three-time AL MVP first told ESPN. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.”

By Wednesday evening, when asked by New York reporters, Rodriguez seemed less sure.

“I’m thinking in terms of my contract which ends in 2017,” he said. “After that, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got two years and more than 300 games to play.”

Added manager Joe Girardi: “I think he’s allowed to change his mind. With his love of playing the game and competing, if he had two really good years, I wouldn’t be surprised if he changed his mind.”

Rodriguez is 75 home runs away from Barry Bonds’ career MLB record of 762 and likely would need to play past 2017 in order to break that record. However, he would be 42 when his 10-year, $275 million contract expires.

Either way, it seems unlikely that he’ll be voted into the Hall of Fame, considering his admission of PED use.

“That’s to be judged because of what he’s been through,” Girardi said. “Obviously, everyone that has been found guilty of the PEDs have not been allowed in the Hall of Fame yet. What he’s done in the game, he’s put up some incredible numbers, but that’s for other people to determine, not me.”

— Grayson Allen has taken the mantle of hated Duke player, and one of his forebears said he hopes Allen learns from the past.

Christian Laettner, as reviled nationally for his dirty behavior as he was beloved by Duke fans for his clutch performances in the early 1990s, said Allen can improve his reputation after twice tripping opposing players this season.

“He’s got to see that ‘Hey, Laettner made a mistake, and it’s haunted him for 25 years, and I would never make that mistake, so I’ll never do that,’ ” Laettner told USA Today.

Allen, who had a breakthrough performance in the national title game last season to help Duke knock off Wisconsin, has had a solid season, but it’s been overshadowed by his tripping antics — one of which earned him a flagrant foul.

Laettner, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, said when he saw Allen’s misdeeds he hoped they wouldn’t affect him too negatively.

“I was like, ‘Ah, poor Grayson. I hope they don’t do to him what they did to me,’ ” Laettner told USA Today. “It’s not nice, it’s not fun and it’s a little unfair.”

Laettner first met Allen when the two attended a basketball camp about six years ago, and he said they stay in touch via text messaging. But he said there was no need for him to bring up the tripping incidents.

“He’s a smart kid, and he can figure it out all by himself,” Laettner said. “He’s academic All-American also. That kid’s way smarter than I ever was.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 24, 1973, which guard who would go on to play for the Celtics finished the season as the only player to lead the NBA in both scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4 apg)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We got Kraft. We don’t like Kraft. We got him already. We nailed him for a million dollars, and he lost a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick. And we made sure that Kraft did not appeal it because we all bombarded him at the owners’ meetings and said, ‘Bob, you’ve got no support here. Do what you have to do. You have no support. Nobody is going to back you up.’ ” — SiriusXM radio host Chris Russo, to WEEI’s Kirk Minihane, on the NFL’s punishment of the Patriots for Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 16-for-62 — Marcus Smart’s shooting line over the past six games, following a 1-for-8 line in Wednesday’s 91-79 victory over the Raptors

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay fumbles the ball but picks it up in time to hit a halfcourt buzzer-beater for a win over the 76ers.

Diamondbacks batter Jason Bourgeois hits a ball to the left-center field gap and races around the bases for an inside-the-park home run against the Giants.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nate “Tiny” Archibald of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Billy Stewart, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1937.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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Four examples of where Robert Kraft endorsed or supported Roger Goodell that may have ultimately come back to bite him in the ass.

[0:08:42] ... team knew. Was he fair in that situation. He needed to discipline. Bill Belichick I think the patriots spot that they deserve what they got big that they deserve to be disciplined there's no question they ...
[0:10:14] ... but everybody. For example. It is to go with your logic dale. Shawne Merriman. Told not to take steroids or not that performance enhancing drugs while we caught you. Were in suspension. Because you're doing it. ...
[0:12:17] ... commissioners don't too. Eat eat eat he can't throw in a comic Carolina Panthers fan I'll make a map point oh wow so now he's got a problem. It only backed them all these other times ...
[0:19:14] ... for McCain's strategy based on what. Inhibit the fair punishment for the Kansas City Chiefs positive fair punishment for the New York Jets 200000 dollars. This Robert Kraft it's what the players have been talking about fifth ...






Four examples of where Robert Kraft endorsed or supported Roger Goodell that may have ultimately come back to bite him in the ass.

[0:08:42] ... team knew. Was he fair in that situation. He needed to discipline. Bill Belichick I think the patriots spot that they deserve what they got big that they deserve to be disciplined there's no question they ...
[0:10:14] ... but everybody. For example. It is to go with your logic dale. Shawne Merriman. Told not to take steroids or not that performance enhancing drugs while we caught you. Were in suspension. Because you're doing it. ...
[0:12:17] ... commissioners don't too. Eat eat eat he can't throw in a comic Carolina Panthers fan I'll make a map point oh wow so now he's got a problem. It only backed them all these other times ...
[0:19:14] ... for McCain's strategy based on what. Inhibit the fair punishment for the Kansas City Chiefs positive fair punishment for the New York Jets 200000 dollars. This Robert Kraft it's what the players have been talking about fifth ...