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: Canucks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Boston College at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Auburn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: New Mexico at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— An outwardly contrite Alex Rodriguez showed up at Yankees spring training Monday, two days earlier than expected, but reportedly still managed to upset a team that has lost patience with him.

According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez did not inform the club that he would be showing up in Tampa early, and the team’s media relations staff was not prepared to deal with the increased attention.

“He’s learned nothing,” an unnamed baseball executive told the paper. “He’s the same old guy. He just did what he wanted to do.”

Rodriguez, however, insisted he wants to make amends for his sordid past, which includes the longest drug-related suspension in baseball history.

“I cringe sometimes when I look at some of the things I did, but I paid my penalty and I’m grateful that I have another opportunity,” Rodriguez told reporters. “No mistake that I’ve made has any good answer or justification. It’s unexplainable, and that’s on me. I’ve dug a big hole for myself and paid a price. I’m fortunate for a lot of people — especially the commissioner’s office, the players union and the Yankees — to give me an opportunity to play the game that I love.”

The Yankees have made it clear that they do not want to have to play Rodriguez $30 million in bonus money should he break MLB’s home run record — which would be in addition to the $61 million remaining on the final three years of his contract. He admitted that he isn’t sure if the Yankees are on his side anymore.

“I don’t know; you’d have to ask them,” he said. “I created a big headache for a lot of people, so I don’t blame whoever is made at me. I understand.”

Rodriguez did not answer questions about performance-enhancing drugs except to deny that he’s currently using any. He also indicated he knows his status on this team is uncertain, especially with the Yankees planning to move him from third base.

“It feels great to be back,” he said. “Obviously it was a rough year, but I’m very excited that’s behind me and I have a chance to hopefully make this team.”

— More details have emerged about why the University of Louisville dismissed guard Chris Jones from the basketball team. According to a university police report, Jones sent a woman a text last Tuesday threatening to “smack” her.

Jones was suspended from the team on the same day, reinstated late last week after missing one game, then dismissed for good on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, we’ve got to move on,” coach Rick Pitino said Monday night. “They’re like your children. You don’t like to see anybody be hurt. But there’s also accountability and doing the right things. He didn’t. He didn’t. Now he’s got to get his life together, get on with life.”

The woman said in the report that she did not want Jones prosecuted, just that someone talk to him about his behavior.

Jones had been leading the 17th-ranked Cardinals in assists (3.7 per game) and was the team’s third-leading scorer (13.7 ppg).

— Michael Sam is dedicated to landing an NFL job, but the openly gay linebacker apparently is willing to have a diversion. According to TMZ Sports, Sam will be part of Season 20 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Sam, who was drafted by the Rams last year, was one of the team’s last preseason cuts, then sat on the Cowboys practice squad for a few weeks before being waived, is planning to take part in the NFL’s inaugural veterans combine March 22.

“Dancing With the Stars,” which has a history of featuring NFL players, also begins next month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 24, 1917, which Red Sox legend was sold to the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yoan would’€™ve gone to the Yankees, had the Yankees beaten everyone else. He liked the Yankees. He liked the Dodgers. He liked San Diego. He liked all these teams. When you like every team, and one is like, ‘€˜We’€™re going to offer you $1 million more, or $2 million more, or $3 million more,’€™ it’€™s kind of a no-brainer.” – David Hastings, agent for Yoan Moncada, on why the 19-year-old Cuban chose to sign with the Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 – 3-pointers made by the Celtics in Monday’s 115-110 victory over the Suns, a season high

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Sixers guard Isaiah Canaan makes an acrobatic play, jumping in the air, grabbing a loose ball and tossing up a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock buzzer against the Heat.

LeBron James Jr. shows off his skills at the John Lucas All-Star Weekend, leading the 10-and-under Gulf Coast Blue Chips to the tournament title.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Star pitcher Smoky Joe Wood, who was switching positions to the outfield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Thorogood was born on this day in 1950.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Mike Lupica joined us to discuss his new book and said that the Yankees are going to be sold soon.

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The guys discussed Michael Sam on Dancing with the Stars.

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The guys opened the show discussing the Moncada signing.

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Today we talk about some of the moments that forever changed our lives as Boston sports fans.

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Today we talk about some of the moments that forever changed our lives as Boston sports fans.

[0:05:28] ... had eight. Seventeen to three lead that quickly became 1717. And if Tom Brady and Charlie Weis and Bill Belichick has done. What John Madden asked him to do and I'm not jumping on mat in the mean you look you look at the circumstances that have ...
[0:06:46] ... a period. You had. Out of those twenty years seventeen years of Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. As your head coach of course. I think how could you not how could you not be transformed. Having two hall of ...
[0:10:12] ... of famers all that stuff. Think how it changed the legacies of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I mean those guys alone yeah the hole while it won't what's at target target target target you know all I ran ...





National Baseball Writer Jerry Crasnick joins the show to talk about the Red Sox signing Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada.

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[0:11:23] ... as they did. Back in the day when they outbid everybody for Daisuke Matsuzaka and yet hope this works out better than Matsuzaka did. Please while he watches for a couple of years so. For a ...
[0:13:34] ... of rushing prospects mean that there are a couple of big ones Craig Hansen. It is equivalent. Obviously I was the one Callahan and I had the argument about rocker's talent and wanted him here immediately ...






Jim Craig of the 1980 Mens US Olympic Hockey team and the Miracle on Ice team joins the show to talk about the 35th anniversary of beating the USSR team.

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National Baseball Writer Jerry Crasnick joins the show to talk about the Red Sox signing Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada.

[0:05:52] ... on. Probable cent of all this to a lot of money on Hanley Ramirez what do you think of this this sudden surge from the Red Sox. Well it's charge you a little bit funny it ...
[0:07:13] ... and that everyone's gonna make the logical leap that he's here replaced Dustin Pedroia has is that what you're saying. You know I think it up on the look at it like with the cubs look ...
[0:11:23] ... as they did. Back in the day when they outbid everybody for Daisuke Matsuzaka and yet hope this works out better than Matsuzaka did. Please while he watches for a couple of years so. For a ...
[0:13:34] ... of rushing prospects mean that there are a couple of big ones Craig Hansen. It is equivalent. Obviously I was the one Callahan and I had the argument about rocker's talent and wanted him here immediately ...