John, Gerry and Kirk respond to Thursday's big news.

 

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New York PostNick Mangold roots for the Rangers like he’s playing center for the Jets. He goes after the opposition, only verbally.

For the second time this year, the Jets center attended a Rangers game, and harassed the opposing team like a diehard sitting in the upper deck six beers deep.

Mangold, wearing a blue Rangers sweater during the Penguins’ 3-1 Game 3 victory … was specifically going at Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet and star center Sidney Crosby, pointing at them, a source said, and was seen leaning over the railing to talk trash.

It’s not my nature to say anything positive about the New York Jets, but I love Nick Mangold and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

This is what I want in my pro athletes. Supporting the other local teams, even to the extent of acting like a drunken, degenerate lowlife. You hear some overly sensitive ballplayers complain that they resent getting criticized by people who never played the game. Well, we can say the same thing about them. They’ll rip fans when they’ve never known what it’s like to sit in the stands, wear a team jersey and ride hard on the visitors. But not my man Mangold. He’s walked a mile in a-hole fan shoes, so he can say anything he wants.

What I wouldn’t give to have him in a Patriots uniform.

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Welcome to Friday’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 Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN2)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Panthers, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Stars, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (CNBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The sports community paid tribute to Prince on Thursday night following the singer’s death at the age of 57.

Warriors players played Prince music on a stereo during the team’s shootaround before their game against the Rockets in Houston. Prince attended a Warriors game last month, the day before playing a concert in Oakland.

Tweeted Warriors forward Draymond Green: RIP Prince! Had the pleasure of seeing him in concert last month in Oakland. Once of the best shows I’ve ever seen!!! Rest up legend!! WOW!!

During the Red Sox’ afternoon game against the Rays, organist Josh Kantor played a different Prince song each inning, starting with “Little Red Corvette” in the first and “Purple Rain” in the second.

A native of Minnesota — said to be a pretty good basketball player in high school — Prince was known as a support of the local teams. The Twins turned all their electronic scoreboards purple in tribute Thursday afternoon, and all of the state’s major professional teams tweeted out tributes.

Prince performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLI in 2007, and it was recognized by Billboard as the best halftime show in the game’s history.

Tweeted Cardinals receiver (and Minnesota native) Larry Fitzgerald: There will never be another Prince. He was a cultural icon & a musical genius. Minneapolis & the world lost a legend today. #RIP #Prince

Wrote Clippers guard (and former Celtics star) Paul Pierce: To the man I named my son after RIP to the great Prince.

— NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been trying to be diplomatic regarding the political controversy in North Carolina, but on Thursday he said the league has made it clear that the 2017 All-Star Game won’t be played in Charlotte unless there is a change to the state law that excludes transgender individuals from anti-discrimination protections.

Silver said he been having discussions with officials in North Carolina and was hopeful there will be some movement.

“The sense was that if the NBA could give us some time, they in the community of North Carolina were optimistic they would see a change in the law. They weren’t guaranteeing it and I think which was why my response was the event still is 10 months from now, we don’t need to make a decision yet,” Silver told The Associated Press.

“We’ve been, I think, crystal clear that we believe a change in the law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event, but that we did have some time and that if the view of the people who were allied with us in terms of a change, if their view, the people on the ground in North Carolina, was that the situation would best be served by us not setting a deadline, we would not set a deadline at this time.”

— A high school basketball player in Canada was arrested by Canadian border officers after he was revealed to be 30 years old, according to reports out of Windsor, Ontario.

Jonathon Nicola, a Sudanese immigrant, stands 6-foot-9, 200 pounds. When he arrived in Canada last fall he said he was 17 years old. He moved in with the basketball coach at Catholic Central High School and played for the team there. Earlier this week, he was arrested pending a hearing next week.

“Generally I can tell you that we have a system of checks and balances in place that whenever international students are coming into any of our schools, we make sure that they have all of the necessary government documentation that they require in order to be in one of our schools,” Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board spokesman Stephen Fields told the Windsor Star.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 22, 1993, which Mariners pitcher walked the first two Red Sox batters of the game but went on to pitch a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory in Seattle?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s the best I’ve felt in my four starts here. To me, that is the most disappointing thing, to feel as good as I felt. I wanted to go out there and get the results I expect.” — David Price, after allowing eight runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Red Sox dropped a 12-8 decision to the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — No-hitters thrown by Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta in the span of 11 regular-season starts, following Thursday’s 16-0 rout of the Reds

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Warriors take the lead over the Rockets with a late steal and fast break layup, but Houston star James Harden comes back and hits the winning jumper with two seconds remaining for a 97-96 victory.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon tracks a fly ball for 122 feet before diving to haul it in for an out against the Tigers.

Yankees left fielder Aaron Hicks leaps into the wall in foul territory to make an impressive catch against the Athletics, and later in the game he shows off his cannon arm by throwing out Jed Lowrie at second base.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer makes a nice catch of a foul ball, then throws the ball to a fan, forgetting that it was only the second out of the inning.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw delivers a 46 mph softball to Braves batter Tyler Flowers, but it’s taken for a ball.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chris Bosio

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Peter Frampton was born on this day in 1950.

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It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today
After another rough outing for David Price and another game where John Farrell managed his bullpen questionably, Danny Picard gives them a piece of his mind.

I know I’m being blatantly manipulated here. This is a transparent ad for “Game of Thrones: Season 6″ and I’m being a sucker to post it without charging advertising rates. But I can’t help it. Maisie Williams is one of the absolute coolest, most lovable celebrities out there and a princess ruling over most of Nerd Culture right now. She is so chill she’ll show up at ComicCon in costume so no one will recognize her and she can just get her Geek on.

So go ahead and manipulate me, HBO. I hate to ever wish a weekend away, but Sunday night’s season premiere can’t come fast enough.

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