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:
NBA: Rockets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Saint Mary’s at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Creighton at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Wild, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Braves at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network, NESN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Cuba, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Padres, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Royals, 9:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at West Ham, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Donald Trump is not happy with the owners of the Cubs. (Craig Rubadoux/USA Today Network)

Donald Trump is holding a grudge against the owners of the Cubs. (Craig Rubadoux/USA Today Network)

— Taking a break from feuding with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to take out ads against the owners of the Cubs saying they’re doing a “rotten job” running the team.

Trump first made comments about the Ricketts family in February, tweeting after a report that a super political action committee opposing his campaign received a $3 million donation from family matriarch Marlene Ricketts.

Wrote Trump: I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!

During an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, Trump elaborated on his view.

“I actually said they ought to focus on the Chicago Cubs and, you know, stop playing around. They spent millions of dollars fighting me in Florida,” Trump said of the conservative family.

“I’ll start spending on them. I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. I mean, they are spending on me. I mean, so am I allowed to say that?”

Trump apparently is not aware that the Cubs reached the National League Championship Series last season and are one of the favorites to win the World Series this year.

The team responded to Trump’s latest remarks by referring to chairman Tom Ricketts’ statement last month.

“We stand up for what we believe in,” Ricketts said then. “We support the causes we think are important. That is what America should be.”

— Fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel reached an agreement with the state of New York in which they will stop taking bets while lawmakers debate if they should regulate the industry.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been aggressively pushing for the companies to stop doing business in his state, accusing them of running an illegal gambling operation while participating in false advertising and consumer fraud.

“As I’ve said from the start, my job is to enforce the law, and starting today, DraftKings and FanDuel will abide by it,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Democratic state assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs a committee on racing and wagering, told reporters that lawmakers will draft legislation to legalize daily fantasy sports at some point this spring.

“The top concern is ensuring the underage, or minors, aren’t participating,” he said.

— Rockets center Dwight Howard defended himself Monday against accusations he cheated by using a sticky substance on his hands before entering Saturday’s game against the Hawks.

It became an issue when Hawks forward Paul Millsap took the ball for a free throw — shortly after Howard had touched it — and complained about the feel of it. Both teams then were warned against using an illegal substance to get a better grip, and a spray bottle that Howard used was removed from the scorer’s table.

“I’ve been using the spray for the last five years,” Howard said. “I never hid the spray. I never did anything to try to hide what I was doing. It was just something to make my hands dry.”

Howard noted that other players use sprays or powders before entering games, and he downplayed the issue.

“I just think that it’s getting overblown, like I’m doing something crazy,” he said. “But again, I’ve never been a cheater, never been the type of player that has to do something illegal to win. It’s upsetting, but I can’t control it now.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 22, 1995, the Celtics raised a number to the rafters in honor of which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the ideal gas law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there. We have laid it out pretty straightforward. And now it’s up for them to decide.” — Patriots owner Robert Kraft, revealing that he sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell asking for the return of the draft picks taken away as punishment for Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 76 — Age of Monte Kiffin, who was hired by the Jaguars to be a defensive assistant coach as he enters his 50th year of coaching between the NFL (28 years) and college

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt makes a diving stop and throws out a Cardinals baserunner during Monday’s game.

Andre Drummond tips in a rebound with 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Pistons a win over the Bucks.

UConn star Breanna Stewart blocks three Duquesne shots in one possession and forces a shot clock violation.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The late Reggie Lewis (35)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy was born on this day in 1941. He’s the one on the right in this clip.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian sits in for Mut and breaks down Robert Kraft's comments at the Owners Meetings.
Mut and Christian Arcand are talking about the Red Sox. More specifically, John Farrell saying that the starting third base position is an open competition between Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval.
Mut is in for Mikey and talking about Bob Kraft's comments to the media regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Deflate Gate, and the punishment that has been handed out to his team.
We check in with Pats fans and find out if they feel like Robert Kraft is fighting the league hard enough on the loss of draft picks.
We check in with Pats fans and find out if they feel like Robert Kraft is fighting the league hard enough on the loss of draft picks.
We look at Hanley Ramirez' play at first this Spring, and how what seemed like a stretch might actually work out to be the right move.

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[0:12:25] ... if he's not what he wasn't left field last year. If he's Kevin Millar. I think people would would say you know what they dodged trouble with the charity got this guy did eight serviceable for ...
[0:13:03] ... OK I don't need him to be Doug Mientkiewicz I don't need. Don Mattingly over there I just need a guy who's going to be able to have its current some semblance of that money that ...
[0:20:17] ... this but. How about one would you keep it was bring in Ramon Martinez and drag him to be like and number two or three starter right to Bret Saberhagen experiments all these you know trading ...






We look at Hanley Ramirez' play at first this Spring, and how what seemed like a stretch might actually work out to be the right move.

[0:01:27] ... this contract. I think it might be harder for him to tell John Farrell you decide who's battering you play the guy who's better is that fair to say. I think it's fair to savor this one on I wanna ask you guys. Who would argue against them is trying to go to analyst so John Ferrell. He. He's supposedly managing for his job like within the first 25 or thirty games he has to get off to a good start and that that's what everybody says it's. So if John Farrell. Feels that urgency feel some pressure. He wouldn't fight for puddles and a ball doesn't help him as you say Dave Dombrowski ...
[0:12:25] ... if he's not what he wasn't left field last year. If he's Kevin Millar. I think people would would say you know what they dodged trouble with the charity got this guy did eight serviceable for ...
[0:13:03] ... OK I don't need him to be Doug Mientkiewicz I don't need. Don Mattingly over there I just need a guy who's going to be able to have its current some semblance of that money that ...
[0:20:17] ... this but. How about one would you keep it was bring in Ramon Martinez and drag him to be like and number two or three starter right to Bret Saberhagen experiments all these you know trading ...






Monday ends with final drive, where we compile the best in soundbites for your listening pleasure.

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