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: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercuty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Olympiakos vs. AC Milan, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling

– The Clippers ownership trial in Los Angeles moved closer to its conclusion Wednesday, as Donald Sterling‘s lawyer threw a curveball that appeared to miss the mark on the final day of testimony.

Instead of calling Shelly Sterling, as was expected, Donald Sterling’s legal team called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations used to judge mental capacity. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys repeatedly objected, and Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected most of the testimony and refused to accept the psychiatrist’s report from the banned owner’s lawyers that indicated Donald Sterling suffered only mild cognitive impairment. Levanas noted that both sides had agreed not to make Donald Sterling’s mental capacity an issue in this trial.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers ended up calling only two witnesses despite listing 14 on their initial list submitted to the court. In addition to Cummings, they called Dean Bonham, whom they described as an expert in assessing the value of sports franchises. Bonham claimed the Clippers could be sold for more than the record $2 billion Ballmer offered. However, Shelly Sterling’s lawyers got Bonham to admit he had not graduated from high school or college and had no special training in franchise valuations.

The case is slated to wrap up Monday with closing arguments.

After Wednesday’s session, attorneys for Shelly Sterling and prospective buyer Steve Ballmer said that if they win this case, they will ask the judge to allow the sale to go through immediately, despite the likelihood of Donald Sterling appealing the decision.

“If you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell said.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers, who earlier this week filed a lawsuit against Shelly Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league, said if they lose this case they will seek an injunction to stop the sale.

Mark McGwire still wants nothing to do with former Athletics teammate Jose Canseco, despite Canseco’s conciliatory tone at last weekend’s 25th anniversary celebration of the 1989 World Series champions.

“It’s too late,” McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles on Wednesday. “What he did was wrong. … I [can't] care less what he does.”

Canseco acknowledged during Saturday’s commemoration in Oakland that he made a mistake by exposing McGwire as a user of performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, saying he “idolized” McGwire when they played together.

“It haunts me ’til this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true,” Canseco said. “I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across. … I regret writing the book for sure.”

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Canseco said he has not had contact with McGwire since the book came out. McGwire, now the Dodgers hitting coach, was with his team in St. Louis during the A’s reunion.

– Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton acknowledged in court Wednesday that he was guilty of criminal possession of a firearm for owning a non-licensed automatic pistol, stemming from an incident with his wife.

A week after filing for divorce, Felton’s wife took the gun to police, saying she wanted it out of her house. Felton, who was then playing for the Knicks, turned himself in to police after being contacted.

“I apologize,” Felton said in court Wednesday. “I realize what I did was wrong.”

As part of the plea deal, Felton will avoid jail time. He has to perform 500 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.

Felton, who averaged a career-low 9.7 points and missed 17 games due to injuries last season, was traded to Dallas last month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 24, 2004, Jason Varitek fought with Alex Rodriguez as the Red Sox and Yankees played an intense game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox got the last laugh when which player hit a three-run home run off Mariano Rivera for an 11-10 Red Sox victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The health of the team is the most important thing we have. We always try to do everything we can to help players stay healthy and stay on the field. We do that for everybody, every single guy. It’€™s a consideration for all of them — certainly Rob, but I mean everybody. I don’€™t single out these players and those players. It’€™s all the players. We need all of them.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, upon revealing that tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared to practice with the team when training camp opens Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 37 – Career home runs at Rogers Centre for Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, making him the all-time leader for a visiting player

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Aaron Barrett of the Nationals wins a standoff against Brandon Barnes of the Rockies that delays the start of Wednesday afternoon’s game in Denver.

Injured Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has coach Jose Oquendo drop cheese crackers at home plate for his brother, Rays catcher Jose Molina.

Jeff Francoeur‘s teammates with the El Paso Chihuahuas prank him for the second time, this time locking him in the bathroom until he escapes through the ceiling.

The Hanwha Eagles of Korean baseball have “fanbots” in the stands, and fans who can’t attend the games can have their faces on the robots.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Mueller

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Extreme drummer Paul Geary was born on this day in 1961.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

[0:00:06] ... pretty good chance -- gonna lose now and then. And unfortunately for Jake Peavy there's a pretty good chance when he pitches they're not -- score any runs. It it it varies from year to year last year was John Lackey was in that case that can't. I mean they just didn't score we pitched it just didn't I can remember -- were ...
[0:00:55] ... be called a tough luck losers without a lot. It's not on John Lackey level Lester John Lackey had a losing record last year it was a good pitcher. Problem. Jake Peavy is not a good picture Lois ER plus of his career right now highest -- of his career right now. Second highest ERA of his career right now. Tied for the highest home run up per nine innings of -- career one point five where's that -- block these are bad pitcher who. Communicates well with the media. That's why he's described this -- it's medium guys at 101 these are good. It IE -- manipulation -- an international sport all towards Jake Peavy all of that corny not run support problem that's the picture problem. Like even who is armed and they worked it out. ...
[0:02:47] ... Ed you know what will dive right into it with the weight Jake Peavy has been pitching. Are you a point where you consider replacing him in your starting rotation. No not at this point. And ...
[0:04:56] ... pitcher on the team. What do -- Iran's support last year was John Lackey we were talking about the second remembering your work Tim Wakefield just didn't get any run support whatsoever. Is this Jake -- ...






We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

[0:00:06] ... pretty good chance -- gonna lose now and then. And unfortunately for Jake Peavy there's a pretty good chance when he pitches they're not -- score any runs. It it it varies from year to year last year was John Lackey was in that case that can't. I mean they just didn't score we pitched it just didn't I can remember -- were ...
[0:00:55] ... be called a tough luck losers without a lot. It's not on John Lackey level Lester John Lackey had a losing record last year it was a good pitcher. Problem. Jake Peavy is not a good picture Lois ER plus of his career right now highest -- of his career right now. Second highest ERA of his career right now. Tied for the highest home run up per nine innings of -- career one point five where's that -- block these are bad pitcher who. Communicates well with the media. That's why he's described this -- it's medium guys at 101 these are good. It IE -- manipulation -- an international sport all towards Jake Peavy all of that corny not run support problem that's the picture problem. Like even who is armed and they worked it out. ...
[0:02:47] ... Ed you know what will dive right into it with the weight Jake Peavy has been pitching. Are you a point where you consider replacing him in your starting rotation. No not at this point. And ...
[0:04:56] ... pitcher on the team. What do -- Iran's support last year was John Lackey we were talking about the second remembering your work Tim Wakefield just didn't get any run support whatsoever. Is this Jake -- ...






We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.

[0:00:33] ... injuries that included two concussions. You remember that Haiti tucked in the Super Bowl. Where he just got. Whopper. And he has decided primarily because the concussions. He said himself that. It's just not worth it ...
[0:01:07] ... anymore now we as football fans we applaud and appreciate tough players. Wes Welker ominous -- -- He'd get over the middle get his head taken off get back up and get back in the huddle. ...
[0:02:57] ... he wanted to look at this. Where they they've looked at videotape. Wes Welker talking in 2007. And compared it to how Wes Welker sounds talking now. And sounds different. And you know there is a cumulative hold these things take after awhile. And to Sydney ...
[0:04:21] ... think 09 might have been when I started to feel it. That Wes Welker would see -- just trying to. Shake his head in and they're not all concussions but now the research says it's not ...






We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.

[0:00:33] ... injuries that included two concussions. You remember that Haiti tucked in the Super Bowl. Where he just got. Whopper. And he has decided primarily because the concussions. He said himself that. It's just not worth it ...
[0:01:07] ... anymore now we as football fans we applaud and appreciate tough players. Wes Welker ominous -- -- He'd get over the middle get his head taken off get back up and get back in the huddle. ...
[0:02:57] ... he wanted to look at this. Where they they've looked at videotape. Wes Welker talking in 2007. And compared it to how Wes Welker sounds talking now. And sounds different. And you know there is a cumulative hold these things take after awhile. And to Sydney ...
[0:04:21] ... think 09 might have been when I started to feel it. That Wes Welker would see -- just trying to. Shake his head in and they're not all concussions but now the research says it's not ...






We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.
We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.

[0:07:56] ... You get back to normal production from guys like Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and Jerod Mayo injured guys. Really decimated the Patriots defense last year then I think. You're looking at a top five defense ...
[0:09:16] ... love some of these guys Mike Vrabel. Tedy Bruschi. Rodney Harrison. Even Ty Law. I don't think we've seen an all time great Richard Seymour and we've seen an all time great on defense in his ...
[0:14:36] ... offensive line currently here I was but -- part of that was Logan Mankins to. Remember. -- beat him in media in Denver right he'd like now pot is sold. He's not getting replaced. So that's ...
[0:16:46] ... he's been -- Right guard -- in the cross hairs right guard Dan Connolly Connolly -- 32 in September started 58 games over the past four seasons has several factors working against them. He was so ...






We talk about what the New England Patriots and the rest of the NFL might look like in 2014.
We talk about what the New England Patriots and the rest of the NFL might look like in 2014.