Angels outfielder Torii Hunter explained and defended himself Wednesday after a USA Today story in which he referred to Latino major leaguers as African-American "impostors." Hunter said he regretted using the word but that his point about baseball's perceptions of minority players remains valid. Read more about that, plus get links to the day's top stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
The mystery of what happened to Sidney Crosby's stick and glove that he used to score the overtime goal that gave Canada the gold medal at the Olympics has been solved, and a Bruins player played a big role in the discovery. According to an Associated Press story, B's center Patrice Bergeron discovered the missing glove in his equipment bag, apparently mistakenly placed there while the two used adjoining lockers in Canada's locker room after the Olympic final vs. the United States Feb. 28. Crosby's stick turned up in Toronto, shipped to the wrong location by someone who did not realize it was the historic stick.
"I'm grateful to everyone who took the time and effort to get my equipment back for me," Crosby said on the Penguins website. "These items are irreplaceable and I'm happy to have them back."
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Ray Allen sounded like a veteran who believes his Celtics teammates need to get re-focused on the task at hand following an embarrassing 111-91 homecourt loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden Wednesday night. "I'd like to think we know there's more out there we need to aspire to," Allen said. "Right now, teams have our number." For more, including video, visit the the Green Street blog.
In a game they never led, the Celtics were embarrassed on their home court Wednesday night as the Memphis Grizzlies cruised to a 111-91 win at TD Garden. The 20-point loss matched their largest margin of defeat this season, a 20-point setback to Cleveland on Feb. 25. The Grizzlies raced out to a 55-33 halftime lead and the Celtics never cut the lead to single figures after that. The younger Grizzlies, who led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter, outrebounded the Celtics, 48-29, and took advantage of the Celtics, who played in Milwaukee on Tuesday. The Celtics were led by Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, each with 17. Former UConn star Rudy Gay poured in 28 to lead Memphis. The Celtics are off Thursday before hosting Indiana on Friday. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
Prior to Wednesday's game with Memphis, many of the Celtics had a special motivational gift waiting for them in their lockers. Manny Pacquiao, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, sent several red autographed boxing gloves to the Celtics as a measure of gratitude for being bestowed an honorary member of the Celtics. "It honestly wasn't from me," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "Pacquiao is obviously a huge Celtics fan and he tried to get to our walk-through in the hotel ballroom before we played the Lakers [in Los Angeles]." For more, including audio, visit the Green Street blog.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
Heath Evans of the NFL Network joins Mut and Lou to talk how Revis and Browner impact the Patriots defense, the Vince Wilfork Situation, and the arms race between Denver and New England
We talk Revis with his friend and mentor, former Patriot Ty Law.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.
We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.
Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.
Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.
Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.
We discuss the Red Sox after our interview with John Farrell, and Dustin Pedroia in the lead-off position has become a hot topic.
We discuss the Bruins first round matchup vs the Red Wings, and why many national folks think this series could be the one to watch for an early round upset.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Aaron Hernandez getting in more jailhouse trouble.More from this show
Friend of the show, Brad Faxon, checks in to examine all the Masters action and to evaluate Bubba Watson's performance.More from this show