Monday's Morning Mashup: Free agent RHP Max Scherzer reportedly has 7-year deal with Nationals

January 19, 2015 - 2:55 am

Welcome to Monday'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. MONDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NBA: Celtics at Clippers, 3:30 p.m. (CSNNE) NBA: Pistons at Hawks, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) NBA: Mavericks at Grizzlies, 5 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Bulls at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM) NBA: Lakers at Suns, 10 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: Pittsburgh at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Texas at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Florida State at Clemson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Villanova at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1) NHL: Flyers at Islanders, 1 p.m. (NHL Network) NHL: Avalanche at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) Soccer: Premier League, West Bromwich at Everton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN) Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2) AROUND THE WEB: [caption id="attachment_35462" align="alignright" width="150"] Max Scherzer[/caption] -- According to multiple reports, the Nationals have agreed to a seven-year contract with Tigers free agent pitcher Max Scherzer worth more than $180 million. The Washington Post quoted a course as saying the deal is "complicated" and might not be announced immediately. The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Tigers reportedly were not among the finalists in the running to land the 30-year-old, who went 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA last season, one year after winning the AL Cy Young with a 21-3 record and 2.90 ERA. In seven seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers, Scherzer is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA. Scherzer turned down a reported $160 million offer from the Tigers last spring, with agent Scott Boras eyeing a record deal for the right-hander. According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Nationals will have to trade starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman and possibly shortstop Ian Desmond in order to clear up enough money to afford Scherzer. -- Peyton Manning, nursing a right thigh injury, told the league he will not play in next weekend's Pro Bowl in Arizona. Manning has received 14 Pro Bowl selections, the most every for a quarterback, and he said he takes the recognition "very seriously." He has never missed a Pro Bowl except when he was preparing for a Super Bowl. "I've believed that, if healthy, it's a player's responsibility to play in the game because of what it means to be voted in by your peers and the fans," Manning said. "I'm disappointed that I'm just not healthy enough this year to be part of it. It's going to be tough not being down there with the other guys, but it hasn't had enough time to heal." Manning suffered the injury in the first half of a Dec. 14 game against the Chargers. After missing a few snaps to get treatment, he returned to play the entire second half. He didn't miss any more action, although his performance the rest of the season -- including last Sunday's playoff loss to the Colts -- was not up to his standards. -- Australian golfer Robert Allenby claims he was kidnapped, beaten and robbed on Friday night in Honolulu, and on Sunday he said he still doesn't understand exactly what happened. "You think ... that happens in the movie, not real life," Allenby told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I'm just happy to be alive." Allenby ended up with a bloody scrape on his forehead and nose, which he said came from being thrown into the trunk of a car, and a bruise on his left eye, which he said he think happened when was beaten in the car. Allenby, who missed the cut in the Sony Open, was attacked after spending some time at a bar with his caddie and a friend. He said he has no recollection of leaving the bar with four people, as was shown on surveillance video. There's speculation that he might have been drugged. Allenby said he lost his wallet, cash, driver's license, PGA Tour bade and cellphone. The first thing he said he remembers is getting kicked and poked by homeless people after apparently being tossed out of the car. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 19, 1898, which two New England schools played the first recorded college hockey game in the United States? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I only have one thing to say: We're on to Seattle." -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Sunday's victory over the Colts in the AFC championship game STAT OF THE DAY: 16 -- Points by which the Seahawks trailed the Packers on Sunday before rallying and winning in overtime, setting a record for the biggest comeback in a conference championship game 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Tyreke Evans scores on a driving layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Pelicans a win over the Raptors. Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad spins and fires a shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. TRIVIA ANSWER: Brown and Harvard, with Brown winning 6-0 SOOTHING SOUNDS: Janis Joplin, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1943.