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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Mets 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, UC Santa Barbara vs. Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Awards show, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
WNBA: Liberty at Dream, noon (NBA TV)
Soccer: Copa America semifinals, Colombia vs. Chile, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: European Championship: Hungary vs. Portugal, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship: Iceland vs. Austria, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: European Championship: Italy vs. Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship: Sweden vs. Belgium, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

— It’s quickly becoming a very interesting offseason in the NBA, and not just for the Celtics, who reportedly continue to look to make a deal involving the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft but are having no luck.

According to an ESPN report, the Warriors — fresh off their loss in Game 7 of the NBA Finals — will aggressively pursue Kevin Durant when free agency begins July 1.

While Boston would seem an unlikely landing spot for the former league MVP, Golden State would be more enticing for obvious reasons. And while the most likely scenario for Durant to maximize his options financially is for him to re-sign with Oklahoma City but become a free agent again in another year or two, Warriors owner Joe Lacob hinted Sunday night, “I will be very aggressive” in free agency.

For his part, Durant played down the financial aspect of his pending decision, saying Monday, “It’s a little bit complicated right now,” and it’s more about basketball than money or fame.

“That’s what it is for me,” he said. “It’s a basketball decision.”

If Durant should sign with the Warriors — and even if he doesn’t — there could be a shakeup for the Warriors, who have eight pending free agents. Forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli are the most likely to draw interest, especially from a team like the Celtics that could use a dramatic improvement in its frontcourt.

Meanwhile, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki reportedly opted out of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. And teammate Chandler Parsons is expected to do the same.

Nowitzki, 38, is expected to re-sign with the Mavs at a higher price than his $8.7 million option, as the salary cap is increasing dramatically this year. And owner Mark Cuban is likely to sweeten the appeal by being aggressive with other high-profile free agents.

— Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, who ran himself out of the league because he could not stay out of trouble with the law, reportedly had another charge added to his record.

Randle, already facing two felony charges, apparently threatened a deputy while in jail in May, and he was informed Tuesday that he’ll now be facing one county of criminal threat. He is due back in court July 6 for that charge.

Randle, released by the Cowboys midway through last season, was arrested in March for the sixth time in 17 months.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 22, 1979, the World Hockey Association ceased operations and sent four teams to the NHL, including the Hartford Whalers. Which three other teams made the move?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When somebody jumps ship on you the first pitch of the game there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. I’m worried about throwing a first-pitch strike right there, he put a good swing on it.” — Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who allowed a first-pitch home run to White Sox batter Tim Anderson in Boston’s 3-1 loss Tuesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 — Shots on goal by the United States in its 4-0 loss to Argentina in Tuesday’s Copa America semifinal

‘NET RESULTS: With the Astros trailing by a run in the ninth inning, Carlos Correa hits a two-run walk-off single to beat the Angels.

Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar makes another outstanding catch, leaping for the ball and holding on after slamming into the wall.

Angels second baseman Johnny Giovatella starts an impressive double play against the Astros.

Indians batter Jason Kipnis singles to center then races around the bases when the ball bounces over the head of Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings.

Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez fields a bad hop but loses the ball before realizing he has it in his glove.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Howard Kaylan, former lead singer of the Turtles, was born on this day in 1947.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Celtics trade rumors and the guys predictions/wants for the C's in regards to the upcoming draft

[0:01:22] ... the case that butler's not going anywhere correct probably not okay. The Milwaukee Bucks consider Middleton and Parker and such a bulls and the Utah Jazz have been formed Hayward is not on the market now you can call that. Posturing must be. But here's what here's what ...
[0:01:58] ... I think I think he's looking for rape you know Kevin Garnett Ray Allen kind of splash veteran. Impact maker right away not a guy that's gonna take 23 years two autopsies know Garnett. There again ...
[0:06:17] ... as a lot about him that that's that's pretty good cop bad Al Jefferson veto per view the career out here and he did draft tomorrow night would you trade in their. If would you take ...





The guys discuss AG Loretta Lynch's comments about Omar Mateen calling for peace and love. The message doesn't seem to resonate with John, Gerry, or Kirk

[0:01:24] ... look irregular to Whitman and we make it look like he's beating Jim Jones. And her. The government who slaughtered 49 people at the pulse nightclub in Orlando with seek confused gay man. Who drank heavily ...
[0:12:32] ... he was the teens can offer a text you sent is that Javier Bardem. The unit on the ticket in the middle of the opener it's do. Who let what you're more let's hear more from ...
[0:14:19] ... we know they're trying to change the narrative. And find out. That's Joseph Biden there Joseph Biden hit it to put this on itself. That's that's Elizabeth a war that's that is right here in America. In the mustache. ...
[0:20:09] ... the polls and said we must learn below we must. Actually our Governor Deval Patrick. Right after nine elevenths all the buildings used to smoke and in mutant count the dead. Said it was a failure of ...






The guys discuss AG Loretta Lynch's comments about Omar Mateen calling for peace and love. The message doesn't seem to resonate with John, Gerry, or Kirk

[0:01:24] ... look irregular to Whitman and we make it look like he's beating Jim Jones. And her. The government who slaughtered 49 people at the pulse nightclub in Orlando with seek confused gay man. Who drank heavily ...
[0:12:32] ... he was the teens can offer a text you sent is that Javier Bardem. The unit on the ticket in the middle of the opener it's do. Who let what you're more let's hear more from ...
[0:14:19] ... we know they're trying to change the narrative. And find out. That's Joseph Biden there Joseph Biden hit it to put this on itself. That's that's Elizabeth a war that's that is right here in America. In the mustache. ...
[0:20:09] ... the polls and said we must learn below we must. Actually our Governor Deval Patrick. Right after nine elevenths all the buildings used to smoke and in mutant count the dead. Said it was a failure of ...






John, Gerry, and Kirk begin the show talking about the Red Sox loss to the White Sox. The guys are left to wonder what on earth has happened to Hanley Ramirez, and what can be done about it.

[0:01:07] ... gets stuck here. But didn't and Louis apoplectic they hit pinch hit David Ortiz. With the bases empty in the night out you were 3131. Game. And we didn't really see Robin matures reaction but it ...
[0:07:58] ... his MO. And other guys you know we're just scared you know Grady Little god knows he managed scared seem like nice enough guy but man it scared. What did you think agreement because you think John Ferrell sounds like a dummy. L preview the big John Ferrell and its economic that's the difference on pearl's sounds like you might be Smart he's actually. Reynolds price Martin John Farrell please get an accident seed fool Morgan never managed and now he met as well as often I was great numbers are ...
[0:15:54] ... this stuff up after the fact. Obviously we know Jose Batista and Edwin Encarnacion home are available next year then the ball. Past the prime Christmas to the simulators. And animosity on very I don't that ...
[0:21:39] ... we're going to do something dramatic because you get a wireless is David Ortiz last year he's playing his ass off they can't waste that they can't waste of first year you think. David Price is ...






John, Gerry, and Kirk begin the show talking about the Red Sox loss to the White Sox. The guys are left to wonder what on earth has happened to Hanley Ramirez, and what can be done about it.

[0:01:07] ... gets stuck here. But didn't and Louis apoplectic they hit pinch hit David Ortiz. With the bases empty in the night out you were 3131. Game. And we didn't really see Robin matures reaction but it ...
[0:07:58] ... his MO. And other guys you know we're just scared you know Grady Little god knows he managed scared seem like nice enough guy but man it scared. What did you think agreement because you think John Ferrell sounds like a dummy. L preview the big John Ferrell and its economic that's the difference on pearl's sounds like you might be Smart he's actually. Reynolds price Martin John Farrell please get an accident seed fool Morgan never managed and now he met as well as often I was great numbers are ...
[0:15:54] ... this stuff up after the fact. Obviously we know Jose Batista and Edwin Encarnacion home are available next year then the ball. Past the prime Christmas to the simulators. And animosity on very I don't that ...
[0:21:39] ... we're going to do something dramatic because you get a wireless is David Ortiz last year he's playing his ass off they can't waste that they can't waste of first year you think. David Price is ...






The U.S. men’s soccer team will play in the Copa America Centenario third-place game, as it lost 4-0 against Argentina in a sold-out NRG Stadium in Houston.

Lionel Messi scored a beautiful free-kick goal in the 32nd minute. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

Lionel Messi scored a beautiful free-kick goal in the 32nd minute. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

The U.S. men’s soccer team will play in the Copa America Centenario third-place game, as it lost 4-0 against Argentina in a sold-out NRG Stadium in Houston.

Despite the physical play from the U.S. defense, the Argentinian attack, led by Lionel Messi, peppered 10 shots at netminder Brad Guzan. The Americans meanwhile failed to register a shot on goal, and were smothered on all sides of the pitch by the No. 1-ranked team in the FIFA world rankings.

The USMNT’s night started off with an omen for the rest of the game. Three minutes into the contest, Ezequiel Lavezzi produced a give-and-go with Messi near the top of the box after dribbling out a short corner kick. Messi chipped the ball toward the net, where a streaking Lavezzi was able to head it in and put Argentina up 1-0.

Messi would later get a goal of his own in the 32nd minute, and it was one that broke his country’s international goal record. After being fouled on the edge of the penalty area, Messi was placed just outside the box on a free kick. With Messi curling it to the right and around a four-man wall, the ball found the top right corner of the net. It was the 55th international goal for the 28-year-old legend.

After halftime, Gonzalo Higuain darted past John Brooks, collected his own rebounded shot off of Guzan, and called the game at the 50th minute by putting it into the back of the net. For good measure, Messi connected with Higuain in the 86th minute to make it 4-0, where the American defense was nowhere to be found in the waning minutes of the game.

Highlighted by also having two-thirds of possession throughout the entire game, the Argentinian national team proved through complete domination that it is ready to win its first Copa America title since 1993. All was not positive though, as Lavezzi injured himself as he went to head a ball near the side barrier. Tumbling over the barrier, Lavezzi was carried off and as of writing, there is no update of whether he will play in Argentina’s championship match.

While this was anything but a graceful exit for the USMNT, it still left a positive mark on the state of U.S. soccer at Copa America Centenario. The team was the only North American side to make it to the semifinals, and faced arguably the toughest side in the tournament. The Americans were still out-classed by the South American side in every aspect of the game, but still have one more match to prove their worth in the world’s game.

This match also gave Christian Pulisic, a promising 17-year-old, a full second half of play against a world-class international side, which is positive for his already rapid growth and development. He showed some quality midfield play in his limited time, causing some havoc for the Argentine defense, but not enough to warrant any solid chances.

Argentina will face the winner of the Chile-Colombia match, while the Americans will take on the loser of that fixture on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona.

Blog Author: 
James Mattone