Friday's Morning Mashup: Randy Moss impresses 49ers teammates at first practice

May 11, 2012 - 4:03 am

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: NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Clippers, 9 p.m. (ESPN) MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Angels at Rangers 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 pm. (WGN) SATURDAY: NBA playoffs: 76ers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI) NBA playoffs: Nuggets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) NHL playoffs: Capitals at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO) MLB: Angels at Rangers, 1 p.m. (Fox) MLB: Royals at White Sox, 7 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Braves at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) MLS: Whitecaps at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE) SUNDAY: NBA playoffs (if necessary): Clippers at Grizzlies, 1 p.m. (ABC) NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC) NHL playoffs: Kings at Coyotes, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 2 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Braves at Cardinals, 2:15 p.m. (TBS) MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Randy Moss began his NFL comeback with his first formal practice for the 49ers Thursday in Santa Clara, Calif., and Niners quarterback Alex Smith said the former Patriot looked smooth. "It's tough to tell that he missed a year of football. I certainly don't see any rust," Smith said of the 35-year-old. "He's running well, catching well. No surprise, he's a pro and already has a good understanding of the playbook." Added safety Donte Whitner: "He still looks the same. He never, ever since he's been playing football has looked like he's been running fast. But he's a long strider, and when you actually run against him, he's really running really fast. He's running the same as he's always run. His body looks like a younger Randy Moss, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do on the football field." Moss also showed he was in midseason form in terms of his dealings with the media, as he has little to say following the hour-long workout. "Work is over, baby, we're out of here," he said as he drove away. '™¦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, while saying reports of his rift with receiver Santonio Holmes were "ridiculous," "out of control" and "way overblown," said he worked out with Holmes last month after two earlier offseason visits to Holmes' Florida residence, and the pair agreed to put the issue behind them. '€œIt was good to just kind of talk, away from the building, away from football, and talk about how things didn'€™t go so well last year, how we can move on and get better,'€ Sanchez said Thursday. '€œAs soon as we came back [for offseason workouts in New Jersey last month, we said] that we'€™d never talk about it again and let'€™s just move forward. That'€™s exactly what he'€™s done. That'€™s what I expect him to do. He expected the same from me. It was important that we had that time, and now we'€™re back and you would never [think] it happened.'€ Added Sanchez: "It gave us something to laugh about and move on. And we're good." '™¦ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman testified Thursday that Roger Clemens asked for the team to hire Brian McNamee after Clemens was shelled at Fenway Park in a 1999 ALCS loss to the Red Sox. Two year later, the Yankees parted ways with McNamee, after the trainer ruffled feathers in the clubhouse. "This particular individual, Mr. McNamee, did not get along with people," Cashman said. Cashman also acknowledged the Clemens continued to use McNamee -- who has claimed he injected the pitcher with steroids and HGH -- as his personal trainer at late as 2007. '™¦ Nuggets center Chris "Birdman" Andersen missed Thursday night's playoff win over the Lakers after police searched his home as part of an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children unit. A team-issued statement said Andersen was "excused from all team-related activities indefinitely as he deals with the reported investigation." Andersen is in his his seventh season in Denver and 10th in the NBA. In 2006 he was banned for violating the league's drug policy, and he returned two years later. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 11, 1978, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals, the Bruins beat the Flyers, 6-3. Which Bruin recorded a goal and four assists to fuel the series-clinching win? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "First off, I want to say thank you to the owner [Michael Gearon Jr.] for giving me some extra gas tonight. My only advice to him is next time he opens his mouth, actually know what he'€™s talking about, X'€™s and O'€™s vs. checkbooks, bottom lines." -- Kevin Garnett, after the Celtics eliminated the Hawks Thursday night STAT OF THE DAY: 1-11 -- The Red Sox' record in their last 12 games at Fenway Park 'NET RESULTS: BYU quarterback Riley Nelson shows how he stays sharp in the offseason. TRIVIA ANSWER: Peter McNab SOOTHING SOUNDS: Eric Burdon turns 71 Friday.