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03/30/2011 - 7:22am
Mashup: Jets QB Ainge discusses addiction

Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge has been living in Wellesley with his uncle, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, while trying to get a grip on his drug and alcohol addiction. Erik says he's been clean and sober for eight months, the longest such stretch since he was 11 years old. He tells the details of his troubles in a piece at ESPN. Said Erik: "During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would've made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy."

Also in the news, ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving earlier this month.

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


03/30/2011 - 1:45am
Sox still deciding where Iglesias will play

FORT MYERS, Fla. — According to team sources, the Red Sox are still debating whether to have top prospect Jose Iglesias open the 2011 season in Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. The team wants to assign Iglesias to a level that will maximize the likelihood of his being big league ready for the 2012 campaign.

Because the shortstop -- already considered a defensive star -- lost a couple months of his 2010 season with Portland due to a broken finger, the team might want him to get more at-bats in Double-A before an early season promotion to Triple-A. That said, the team might also decide that Iglesias is better served by a challenge at a more advanced level.

For a closer look at Iglesias' development, and the Sox' decision as to where to play him, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage,...

03/29/2011 - 11:27pm
Recchi: I'll retire if we win a Cup
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Mark Recchi, who passed Paul Coffey for 12th all-time in NHL regular-season points Tuesday, said after the game that he intends to retire if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this season. 

"If we win a championship, I’m gone," Recchi said.

Recchi has won the Stanley Cup twice in his career, hoisting the coveted trophy as a member of the Penguins and Hurricanes. He said that he likes the idea of winning it with an Original Six team, and that if the Bruins don't win this season he could consider coming back. 

"We’ll see," Recchi said. "We’ll see if I can recover. Obviously take three weeks, a month, see if my body and my head is ready to get back in the grind physically doing the stuff I need to do to get ready for next year."

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


03/29/2011 - 10:58pm
Thornton: Hawks 'chirped' after nasty injury

Just moments after he fell on the back of Fernando Pisani's skate blade, ripping open his forehead above the right eye, Shawn Thornton said Blackhawks players were taunting him from their bench. Thornton sustained a nasty gash that required 40 stitches on the inside and outside of his skull. He did not return following the injury in the second period. 

"If I ever find who it was, I'll deal with it my own way," Thornton said. 

Cameras showed Thornton shoving and nearly punching referee Don Van Massenhoven, who was actually trying to stand between Thornton and the Chicago bench. 

"He was [ticked], too," Thornton said. "He yelled at their bench. I really appreciated that." 

Thornton said he was prepared to return to the game with a visor but because the medical staff was concerned about a concussion and the 40 stitches opening up, he was held back and not permitted to return. For more,...

03/29/2011 - 10:02pm
Look of a champ: B's handle Hawks easily

Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk scored just over two minutes apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie while Tim Thomas recorded his ninth shutout of the season to lead the Bruins to a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks Tuesday night at TD Garden. 

Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his 26th career shutout and his 33rd win this season. Thomas, who leads the NHL in goals against and save percentage this season, is now just three wins shy of matching his career-high total of 36 two seasons ago. 

Chara wristed a shot from the top of the left circle through traffic and past Hawks goalie Corey Crawford at 12:02 of the second. Two minutes and 20 seconds later, it was Boychuk who released his shot from the right point through traffic to beat Crawford. 

Nathan Horton also continued his outstanding play, scoring on a flashy deke in front of Crawford early in the third for his 24th of the season. Horton has...

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