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: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Mets, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Isiah Thomas is back at Madison Square Garden, much to New York's dismay.

Isiah Thomas, who flopped as general manager of the Knicks but still is in the good graces of team owner James Dolan, is returning to Madison Square Garden, named by Dolan as president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

Thomas will oversee basketball and business operations for the Liberty, and he will receive an ownership stake in the team if approved by the WNBA Board of Governors.

“Over the last couple of months Jim and I talked,” Thomas told The Associated Press. “We talked about the ideas and the way that there was a growth opportunity for the New York Liberty. Women’s basketball is an exciting opportunity. It’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

Thomas was president of the Knicks from December 2003 until April 2008, and his high-salaried teams failed to win a single playoff game. He also coached the team for two seasons, going 56-108 before being fired. Additionally, he was sued by a former employee for sexual harassment, a case that cost MSG $11.6 million.

“I’m familiar with everybody’s bad taste in their mouth about him,” said Liberty star Tina Charles, who grew up in New York as a Knicks fan. “I don’t hold anybody to their past.”

The New York media was not as understanding. In a piece headlined, “Only James Dolan would entrust a WNBA team to sexual harasser,” New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro wrote that he assumed when he saw the release that it was from Funny or Die or The Onion, because it was too absurd to be true.

In a statement announcing the hire, Dolan said the Knicks still deny the sexual harassment allegations against Thomas, despite a jury finding him responsible.

That’s no surprise to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who writes that Thomas’ ultimate goal clearly is to return to his position as Knicks president, and calls Dolan “[Thomas’] meal ticket who believes in Thomas with more conviction than most 8-year-olds believe in Santa Claus.”

— Two Las Vegas residents filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Manny Pacquiao and his camp of hiding his shoulder injury before his loss to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.

According to the suit, Pacquiao and his backers admitted knowing of the fighter’s injury but did not disclose it to the Nevada Athletic Commission as required by law, keeping the information from fans who bought tickets, ordered a pay-per-view broadcast or bet on the bout.

“Defendants prior to and at the time the plaintiffs and the class decided to purchase tickets; purchase pay per view showings or wagered on the event the defendants knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance.”

The lawyer representing Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promotional company, said Pacquiao did in fact disclose his injury, was cleared by doctors before the fight, then re-injured the shoulder during the bout.

“The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false,” attorney Daniel Petrocelli said. “There are documents that explicitly show the medications that Manny was using to treat his shoulder and it was fully disclosed with USADA, which we contracted for this fight.”

Added Petrocelli: This is a frivolous lawsuit and we are confident it will be dismissed.”

— Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson, best known as host of the network’s NBA coverage, won a Sports Emmy on Tuesday night for best studio host but gave the trophy to the daughters of the late Stuart Scott.

Scott, the popular ESPN anchor, died Jan. 4 at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.

“This belongs to Stuart Scott,” Johnson told Scott’s two children after calling them up to the stage. “This is your Emmy.”

Johnson, who overcame his own bout with cancer in 2006, won the Emmy for the third time.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 6, 2000, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters, but the Red Sox were blanked and dropped a 1-0 decision to which team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think we just needed a win. But a win like this was huge.” – Mookie Betts, after hitting two home runs to give the Red Sox a 2-0 victory over the Rays and end a four-game losing streak

STAT OF THE DAY: 21 – Consecutive games the Warriors had won at home before the Grizzlies posted a 97-90 victory in Tuesday’s Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Carlos Perez, making his major league debut, lines a walkoff home run in the ninth inning to lift the Angels over the Mariners.

Pirates infielders Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer combine on an impressive double play against the Reds.

Astros right fielder George Springer makes a nice running catch against the Rangers and holds on despite slamming into the wall.

Wizards guard Ramon Sessions gets a friendly bounce off the top edge of the backboard after being fouled against the Hawks.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Devils Rays, who got a three-hitter from Steve Trachsel

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Seger was born on this day in 1945.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We talk all things Sox, good and mostly bad, with one of the great voices of the club, our friend Dave O'Brien.

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We talk all things Sox, good and mostly bad, with one of the great voices of the club, our friend Dave O'Brien.

[0:00:55] ... six or more in three or fewer earned runs once I think John Farrell who won the opposite. Why are we forgetting about the inside the play with the guys jump and up to hear it ...
[0:03:51] ... great to have that kind of velocity which you better have what Curt Schilling had if you're gonna if you're gonna throw strikes with that or just above the strike zone. You'd better be able elevate ...
[0:04:37] ... so. You're right and is a lot of guys and ample panicked Craig Breslow once a mother's Monique I think they. They need a little extra room and if they're getting pounded if they're getting worn ...
[0:05:51] ... rough outing his last time that remains to be seat I think John Farrell has a lot of faith. Imports Seles sinker he has a lot of faith in Masterson slider he has a lot of ...






Warranties last only 90 days, but the NFL has taken 102 days to investigate "Deflategate" and the hypocrisy is still around in leaps and bounds.
Warranties last only 90 days, but the NFL has taken 102 days to investigate "Deflategate" and the hypocrisy is still around in leaps and bounds.

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[0:05:36] ... you go. I can see where Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. And by the way the more I think about it. I do think that Tom Brady was thinking about that crack from the from the White House spokesman. As to why he didn't go to the White House and I think he still smarting. From what people were saying about him and saying about the organization. Now if we said if the patriots intentionally cheated deflate the footballs than its first round. If the Indianapolis Colts. Intentionally deflated football. And it's ahead. Yes. They lose more than a first round what are they lose they lose two or ...
[0:07:48] ... in Indianapolis in the sloppy with city in America. Age crime like Mark Brunell Mark Brunell was a cry on TV are crying. I just don't I just don't believe Tom Brady. My Herbert Hill who who defrauded investors out there seven million dollars. Is in physical tears over accusation against Brady which briefly ...
[0:10:40] ... like Allen out at greater and better assaults and shame on you Tom Brady. Shame on you here's one from late January. Well hope and a wrap that up that next to a three days Troy Vincent Adam fell vice president of football ops are fast as the statement I said he didn't read that other thing. Had a ...






Whether it be Rex Ryan visiting with a potential murderer, or the Seahawks denial about whether Frank Clark assaulted a woman, the NFL and their no-tolerance stance on domestic violence looks worse now with the 2015 draftees.
Whether it be Rex Ryan visiting with a potential murderer, or the Seahawks denial about whether Frank Clark assaulted a woman, the NFL and their no-tolerance stance on domestic violence looks worse now with the 2015 draftees.

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[0:13:46] ... got it and not got an abstraction like it could be a Seattle Seahawks right now. These patent is taking part in team activities. So coming out of villager or your polling that others feel left ...
[0:17:07] ... have. You know fifteen kids who want to keep up with the Antonio Cromartie I have no idea. So we're making all of these. All these assumptions about this guy. I'm I'm really surprised dale and ...
[0:20:13] ... story earlier on. And yet John Schneider the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks and their vast resources. Because he acknowledges if he would if they had any knowledge that he struck a woman they he ...






We wrap up the show with some of the best in sound from throughout the day.

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[0:05:16] ... in the face to. Where did that might last night wildly celebrated Star Wars day you know made for be especially when minus colleague Gary straight ski. At the opportunity to interview that dark lord of ...
[0:07:07] ... things got a little stranger. You know the song that ends the Star Wars trilogy as somebody walks those Fuzzy little Teddy bear looking things so the song is called yup yup it's. NY UV yup ...
[0:08:03] ... That would break the bike yup yup. Nobody loves him as much Christian Fauria as Christian warrior that's a over on the Hill Man Morning Show on our sister station WA AF they play a game ...






We wrap up the show with some of the best in sound from throughout the day.

[0:02:29] ... pill and now we'll read that they're cheaters always been asked this. Tom Brady. Here rocker over winning for. And nobody followed up by what. They're only talking about it when. And I'm glad that I. ...
[0:05:16] ... in the face to. Where did that might last night wildly celebrated Star Wars day you know made for be especially when minus colleague Gary straight ski. At the opportunity to interview that dark lord of ...
[0:07:07] ... things got a little stranger. You know the song that ends the Star Wars trilogy as somebody walks those Fuzzy little Teddy bear looking things so the song is called yup yup it's. NY UV yup ...
[0:08:03] ... That would break the bike yup yup. Nobody loves him as much Christian Fauria as Christian warrior that's a over on the Hill Man Morning Show on our sister station WA AF they play a game ...