Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Dale Hunter quits Capitals to return to family

May 15, 2012 - 3:54 am

Welcome to Tuesday'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. TUESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Tigers at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB) NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT) NBA playoffs: Clippers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) NHL playoffs: Kings at Coyotes, 9 p.m. (NBCSN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Dale Hunter, who was lured to Washington in November to take over the Capitals and then led them to a first-round upset of the Bruins last month, quit as the team's coach to return to his home and junior hockey team he owns in Canada. "I'm going back to the farm, the team and family," Hunter said, insisting that there's no scenario in which he would return to the NHL. Hunter met with general manager George McPhee two days after the Capitals lost in seven games to the top-seeded Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and McPhee said he knew he wouldn't be able to change Hunter's mind. "I'd rather have him for six months than not at all, because he had quite an impact on this club," McPhee said. "He really taught this club the 'how' of how to win. They all wanted to win. They just didn't know how. The 'how' is being a team and sacrificing, and he sure got that out of this club." '™¦ Former trainer Brian McNamee, testifying in Roger Clemens' trial in Washington on Monday, detailed how he first injected Clemens with steroids in Toronto in 1998, when the pitcher was resuscitating his career with the Blue Jays and McNamee was the team's strength and conditioning coach. McNamee went on to describe the pair's decade-long relationship, and he needed a moment to compose himself when he was asked about what it was like to work with such an icon. "It was great working with the best," he said after a long pause. '™¦ Former Bengals wide receiver and current NBC Sports NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth has a daughter who is running track at Harvard. The Harvard Crimson has the story of freshman sprinter Ashley Collinsworth and her close relationship with her famous father. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 15, 1990, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted four former stars: Elvin Hayes, Neil Johnston, Earl Monroe and which seven-time All-Star guard who ended his NBA career by playing one season with the Celtics in 1977-78? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We're trying to build a foundation of confidence in our team. When Jon [Lester] is out there pitching like that, we feel very good about ourselves." -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, after Monday's 6-1 victory over the Mariners STAT OF THE DAY: 11 -- Points the Celtics scored in the third quarter of Monday's loss to the 76ers, their lowest-scoring playoff quarter since 2005 'NET RESULTS: The SMU women's rowing team attempts to one-up the Harvard baseball team's "Call Me Maybe" video that has gone viral. Lakers forward Ron Artest, in his second game back since being suspended for elbowing Thunder guard James Harden, gets tangled up with Harden in Game 1 of their first-round series. TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Bing SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lenny Welch turns 74 Tuesday.