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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Russian billionaire, U.S. skier work to save condemned stray dogs in Sochi

02.13.14 at 8:09 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nets at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College at Georgia Tech, 5 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Northwestern at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Louisville at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Creighton at Butler, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: UNC-Asheville at Radford, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas at Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tennessee State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Colorado at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Slovakia vs. United States, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey: Russia vs. Slovenia, 7:30 a.m. (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s curling, Canada vs. Denmark, 10 a.m. (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, 11:45 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s hockey, Sweden vs. Russia, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Canada vs. Norway, noon (USA)
Olympics: Men’s biathlon, luge, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s curling, United States vs. Japan, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Men’s figure skating, men’s freestyle skiing, women’s speedskating, women’s skeleton, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s short-track speedskating, men’s short-track speedskating, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, United States vs. Germany, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A Russian billionaire has stepped up to help save the stray dogs in Sochi, previously condemned to death by the city in an effort to put on a good front for the Olympics.

Oleg Deripaska, who runs an aluminum company and is said to be one of Russia’s richest individuals, reportedly paid for dog shelters to be built in Baranovka, north of Sochi.

“My first dog I found in the street of my village, the tiny village [where I grew up],” he told the BBC. “It was a very close friend for five years.”

Meanwhile, U.S. freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy tweeted a photo of himself with some stray puppies. Kenworthy wrote that he’s lined up kennels for the dogs and made vaccination appointments as he tries to bring them back to his home in Colorado.

 

– The Lakers’ on-court struggles are costing the team at the box office. The Lakers drew a season-low 18,209 fans for Tuesday’s loss to the lowly Jazz, the second time this season they did not sell out a game. A non-sellout on Nov. 12 against the Pelicans ended a streak of 270 consecutive regular-season sellouts.

The Lakers still rank eighth in NBA home attendance, but their 18-34 record clearly is turning off the faithful. Local ratings on Time Warner Cable SportsNet are down 37.5 percent over the first 40 games this year compared to last.

Meanwhile, the Clippers, with whom the Lakers share the Staples Center, have sold out every game this season, averaging 19,196 fans.

The Bulls lead the league in attendance at 21,639 fans per game.

– With the NFL scouting combine approaching — and plenty of attention expected to be paid to Missour’s Michael Sam after his announcement that he’s gay — Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 controversial prospects at the annual event.

No. 1 is wide receiver Dez Bryant (2010), who was suspended for most of his final season at Oklahoma State. No. 2 is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o last year, due to the girlfriend hoax that was exposed a few weeks earlier. No. 3 is running back Maurice Clarett, who sued his way into the 2005 draft after being suspended from Ohio State. No. 4 is Randy Moss (1998), who skipped the combine and worked out at Marshall’s pro day instead. No. 5 is Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (2010), who showed off his athleticism but did not throw at the combine.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 13, 1985, the Bruins fired coach Gerry Cheevers. Who replaced him for the remainder of the season?

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Richie Incognito rips Jonathan Martin on Twitter, says Martin considered suicide

02.12.14 at 4:03 pm ET
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Richie Incognito hadn’t said a whole lot while the NFL was investigating what happened between him and former Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin. The findings of that investigation haven’t been made public yet, but Incognito took to Twitter to break his silence on Wednesday.

 

Zuckerman is Martin’s agent.

 

 

 

That last tweet is sure to create the biggest stir. Regardless of what happened between the two, or whether Martin’s bullying allegations were fair, tweeting about someone being suicidal probably crosses the line, especially since Martin has never talked about it himself.

You may remember that back in November, Deadspin had the story about a poster on a Dolphins message board who made numerous posts saying Martin had considered killing himself. With the help of another poster from that message board, Deadspin showed that it was almost certainly Incognito’s father making those posts about Martin.

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Olympics: Team USA women’s hockey loses showdown with Canada

02.12.14 at 10:08 am ET
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Meghan Agosta-Marciano scored two of Canada’s three third-period goals in a 3-2 victory over Team USA on Wednesday in an Olympic preliminary-round game in Sochi.

Hilary Knight had given the United States (2-1) a 1-0 lead when she redirected an Alex Carpenter slap shot into the net with 2:26 remaining in the second period.

Agosta-Marciano tied the score 2:21 into the third period with a power-play goal. Just 1:33 later, American goalie Jessie Vetter (28 saves) mishandled the puck to the side of the goal as she tried to tuck it away and it trickled into the net. Hayley Wickenhiser was given credit for the goal.

The Canadians (3-0) went up 3-1 with 5:05 remaining when Agosta-Marciano scooped up a loose puck and skated in alone, scoring with a quick wrist shot. Canada outshot the United States 12-3 in the final period (and 31-27 for the game).

Team USA closed the gap on a goal with 1:05 left as Anne Schleper found the back of the net on a shot from the point.

The Americans, already playing with their goalie pulled, played 6-on-4 for the final 31 seconds after Canada was called for too many players on the ice (after getting away with similar infractions twice earlier in the game). However, Canadian goalie Charline Labonte (25 saves) would not be beaten again.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Masahiro Tanaka ‘looking forward’ to Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

02.12.14 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Spurs at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Kings at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Heat at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Syracuse at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at DePaul, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Southeast Missouri State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: George Washington at VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Baylor at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Penn State at Indiana, 7 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCF at Memphis, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: New Mexico at Boise State, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal at Manchester United, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s hockey, Canada vs. United States, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Pairs figure skating, men’s nordic combined, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Latvia vs. Switzerland, noon (MSNBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Czech Republic vs. Sweden, noon (USA)
Olympics: Men’s luge, 1:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s nordic combined, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, Switzerland vs. Britain, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Women’s alpine, pairs figure skating, women’s snowboarding, men’s speedskating, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s luge, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s hockey, Finland vs. Austria, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Masahiro Tanaka was the toast of New York on Tuesday.

New Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was the toast of New York on Tuesday.

Masahiro Tanaka was welcomed to New York by the Yankees on Tuesday, with about 200 media members there to see him — the largest turnout since the 2003 introduction of outfielder Hideki Matsui.

“This is Yankee big,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is Steinbrenner big.”

Owner Hal Steinbrenner expressed no regret in shelling out $155 million (plus a $20 million posting fee) for the 25-year-old right-hander who went 24-0 in Japan last year.

“We needed another starter,” he said. “When we do things, we try to do them right. This guy is tough, he’s got tremendous ability and he’s going to be very exciting to watch. He’s going to be great for the team.”

Cashman said earlier in the week he considered Tanaka too be a solid No. 3 starter, despite his top-of-the-rotation salary. Asked if he viewed himself as an ace, Tanaka expressed confidence.

“When I take the mound, I feel that I like to win every single game,” he said through a translator. “Being an ace is something that not myself but other people label. What I want to do is go out there, compete and do my best.”

Tanaka said his goal is to win the World Series, which would mean getting the better of the rivalry with the defending champion Red Sox.

“Just by watching over the television of the Yankees-Red Sox games, you can see how intense the games are,” Tanaka said. “I’m very much looking forward to playing in that environment.”

– With two NBA titles and four MVP awards under his belt, LeBron James apparently is feeling better about his place in history.

During an interview with Steve Smith for NBA TV, James said he believes he will go up on the NBA”s “Mount Rushmore” as one of the game’s four greatest.

“I’€™m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game. For sure,” James said. “And if they don’€™t want me to have one of those top four spots, they better find another spot. We’€™ve got to bump somebody. Somebody got to get bumped. That’€™s not for me to decide. That’€™s for the architects, to chisel somebody’€™s face out and put mine up there.”

Asked who belongs on the current Mount Rushmore, James threw out some familiar names from his childhood.

“Four NBA greats — I would say, obviously, the easy three, that we all talk about in our league: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson,” he said. “I would say my fourth, wow, this is so tough. The greatest players of all time, that I would like to see on Mount Rushmore. This is not fair. This is not fair. You know how many great players there is? Oh my god, Oscar Robertson. Those are my four.”

– Wichita State, owner of the No. 4 ranking in college basketball, improved to 26-0 with Tuesday’s 78-67 victory over Southern Illinois, but it wasn’t the team’s smoothest performance. However, the Shockers got some advice from a former “Cheers” star on how to handle the ugly win, as Wichita native Kirstie Alley spoke to the team.

“She said to the guys, ‘Don’t read the reviews, the positive ones and the negative ones. Just play the game,’ ” coach Gregg Marshall said. “So, you’re getting it from a Hollywood star.”

Even the visiting coach was impressed with Alley — along with the rest of the sellout crowd that helped inspire the Shockers to rally from a four-point deficit early in the second half to become the first team since Memphis in 2008 to start the season 26-0.

“Kudos to them, seriously,” Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said. “High-five to 10,505 — and Kirstie Alley, because I love her. I think she’s great.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 12, 1981, which Bruin recorded his 200th career goal when he scored twice in a 3-3 tie vs. the Colorado Rockies?

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Mike Lombardi out as Browns GM in front-office shakeup

02.11.14 at 10:42 am ET
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Michael Lombardi

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One year after being hired as Browns general manager, Mike Lombardi was replaced by assistant GM Ray Farmer as part of an overhaul of the team’s front office announced Tuesday.

The team said CEO Joe Banner will step down in the next couple of months. Banner was hired in 2012 after Jimmy Haslam won approval from the league to purchase the team.

“First of all, we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we’re fortunate to have in Ray Farmer,” Haslam said in a statement. “Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he’s compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland. He embraces his partnership with Mike Pettine, which is critical in helping build the right team. Ray will provide excellent leadership in our front office.”

Added Haslam: “We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization. He is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he’ll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he’s earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities.”

The Browns last month hired Mike Pettine as coach following the firing of Rob Chudzinski after one season.

“The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved,” Haslam said in a statement.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Derek Jeter says Yankees want to ‘move on’ from Alex Rodriguez controversy

02.11.14 at 8:01 am ET
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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:
NBA: Kings at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Florida at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at N.C. State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Butler, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah State at Colorado State, 9:15 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Wyoming, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at West Bromwich, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s, women’s cross-country, 6 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Figure skating, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s ski jumping, women’s speedskating, 1:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s, women’s cross-country, women’s luge, women’s freestyle skiing, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s curling, United States vs. Britain, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Men’s snowboarding, figure skating, women’s freestyle skiing, women’s ski jumping, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s speedskating, women’s biathlon, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s hockey, Switzerland vs. Finland, 3 a.m. (MSNBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Derek Jeter is at the Yankees‘ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., and Alex Rodriguez is not. The questions about the suspended slugger persist, but the captain made it clear that the team wants to move on from the controversy.

“For us, we don’t have to deal with it,” Jeter said Monday. “It’s over and done with. He’s not going to be here this year, so you have to find ways to get it done. ‘€¦ It is what it is. He’s not here for this season, so we’re going to have to find ways to win with the team we have.”

Jeter said he exchanged texts with Rodriguez after A-Rod dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players union and accepted his suspension, but he offered no insight regarding the third baseman’s frame of mind.

“It’s not my job to answer for him,” Jeter said. “I can’t tell you what he’s thinking. You’ve got to ask him.”

Added Jeter: “For us, look, we show up and we do our job. The situation that he’s in is a situation that affects him. You have to ask him how he feels about it, if he’s glad that it’s over with. But it’s not something that’s weighing on our mind when we’re playing games. It’s a situation that he has to deal with. Now it’s over and it’s done with and we move on from there.”

– Angels first baseman Albert Pujols dropped his defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark on Monday after he received an apology and retraction from the former Red Sox slugger.

Clark, during an appearance last summer on his since-canceled St. Louis sports talk show, claimed he had information that a trainer had given Pujols performance-enhancing drugs.

“I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement. “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize.”

Said Pujols in a statement Monday: “I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name.”

– The fight over the Redskins nickname heated up again when two politicians wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pushing for the league to change the name. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) hinted that the league’s anti-trust exemption could be in jeopardy if the nickname persists.

The Redskins responded with a statement saying: “Don’t they have more important issues to worry about than a football team’s name?”

According to The Washington Post, D.C-area lawmakers support a name change but don’t appear ready to support congressional action to force one.

“I think it would be wise and appropriate for Dan Snyder to consider changing the name,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a statement. “I hope there will continue to be conversations that lead to resolution on this issue.”

Oneida Indian Nation spokesman Ray Halbritter has less patience. In a statement Monday, he said: “The NFL is a publicly subsidized $9 billion-a-year brand with global reach, and it is using this public resources and that brand to promote a dictionary-defined racial slur.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

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Pistons fire coach Maurice Cheeks

02.10.14 at 9:41 am ET
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Less than a year after hiring him, the Pistons fired coach Maurice Cheeks. The team announced its decision to fire Cheeks, who went 21-29 in 50 games, in a statement released Sunday.

“This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change,” said Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars. “We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.”

Pistons assistant coach John Loyer will reportedly take over as interim coach before the team takes on the Spurs on Monday. ESPN reports that Detroit could hire Lionel Hollins, a former Grizzlies coach who interviewed with the Pistons over the summer. Detroit unsuccessfully attempted to hire Hollins as one of Cheeks’€™ assistance.

Since the Pistons are the first team to make a coaching change this season, the team has an opportunity to hire Hollins, whose contract was not renewed by the Grizzlies this past season after three straight playoff berths.

Another source told ESPN, though, that the team and owner Tom Gores could wait until the offseason as the Pistons are only a half-game out of the playoffs.

Cheeks is the eighth coach that Dumars has fired since joining the team’€™s front office in 2000. Dumars is in the final year of his contract, and, depending on the team’€™s actions moving forward, the decision to fire Cheeks could show Dumars’€™ future with the organization.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart apologizes after receiving 3-game suspension for pushing fan

02.10.14 at 8:01 am ET
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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 Bucks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Rockets at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Providence at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Maryland at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Olympics: Men’s speedskating, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s hockey, Finland vs. Canada, 10 a.m. (MSNBC)
Olympics: Women’s luge, women’s curling, 11:15 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s speedskating, men’s biathlon, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s curling, United State vs. Norway, 5 p.m. (CNBC)
Olympics: Women’s Alpine, men’s freestyle skiing, men’s short-track speed skating, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s short-track speed skating, women’s luge, 12:05 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s curling, United States vs. Russia, 3 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– While Jabari Parker was wowing Bostonians with his performance in Duke’s rout of Boston College on Saturday, another likely top-five NBA draft pick was having a tough day in Lubbock, Texas.

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart got in a confrontation with a Texas Tech fan during the Cowboys’ loss, and on Sunday the sophomore was suspended by the Big 12 Conference for his team’s next three games.

Smart, who claimed the fan uttered a racial slur, apologized Sunday for his actions.

“This is not how I conduct myself,” Smart said. “This is not how the program is run. This is not how I was raised. I let my emotions get the best of me. It’s something I’ll have to learn from, a lesson I’ll have to learn from. The consequences that are coming with it — I’m taking full responsibility. No fingers pointing — this is all upon me.”

The incident occurred late in the game, when Smart tumbled into the stands behind the basket after trying to block a shot. As he was helped to his feet, a Texas Tech fan shouted at him. Smart pushed the fan with both hands before being pulled away by his teammates.

The fan, Jeff Orr, denied using a racial term but agreed to skip all remaining Texas Tech games this season.

“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere apologies to Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech men’s basketball program,” Orr said in a statement. “My actions [Saturday] night were inappropriate and do not reflect myself or Texas Tech — a university I love dearly. I regret calling Mr. Smart a ‘piece of crap,’ but I want to make it known that I did not use a racial slur of any kind.”

– One of the region’s coaching giants died Sunday, when former longtime Arlington High hockey and football coach Ed Burns passed away at the age of 93.

“It’s a sad day in Arlington for sure,” current Arlington hockey coach John Messuri told The Boston Globe. “He has a special place in everyone’s heart, and not just in Arlington. It was an annual event to go see Ed and his teams at the Garden. It was almost part of the fabric of New England.”

A three-sport star at Arlington High in the late 1930s who went on to play football, hockey and baseball at Boston College — he was drafted by the NFL (Steelers) and MLB (Phillies) — Burns coached hockey at Arlington for 50 years and went 695-167-62, winning five state titles while recording just one losing season. He was head coach of the Spy Ponders football program for 21 years, going 110-64-10.

Among his many honors, Burns is a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts Football Hall of Fame, the Boston College Hall of Fame.

– Here’s a nice story out of Pennsylvania. A senior manager for the boys basketball team at Bensalem High, Kevin Grow, has Down syndrome. He was given the chance to play in a game Saturday — and the opposition from Neshaminy generously gave him a little space — and he came through with a layup. Grow then proceeded to hit four 3-pointers, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“It felt like a movie,” said coach John Mullin.

Grow finished with a game-high 14 points in his team’s 64-40 victory.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 10, 1989, which former Providence College star who went on to a successful NBA coaching career was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame?

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Alex Rodriguez reportedly drops lawsuit against MLB, MLBPA

02.07.14 at 4:52 pm ET
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Alex Rodriguez has dropped his lawsuit against MLB, Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association, according to multiple reports.

Rodriguez filed the lawsuit on Jan. 13, two days after independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced his 211-game suspension to 162 games. MLB and the MLBPA both said in statements that they disagreed with Horowitz’€™s ruling — for different reasons — but that they respected the arbitration process and recognized Horowitz’€™s decision as final.

Because Rodriguez’s dismissal was voluntary, he has the option to refile the lawsuit at a later date if he wants.

 

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Reports: Flight from Ukraine lands in Istanbul after bomb threat, attempt to redirect plane to Sochi

02.07.14 at 1:45 pm ET
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A plane that originated in the Ukraine landed in Istanbul Friday after a passenger attempted to hijack the flight, according to The Wall Street Journal. The passenger issued a bomb threat before he tried to redirect the flight to Sochi, where the Olympics kicked off on Friday.

“A citizen of Ukraine declared that he had a bomb on him, and demanded the plane to be directed to Sochi. … The pilots calmly landed the plane at Sabiha Gokcen [Airport],” said an undersecretary at the Turkish Transportation Ministry, Habib Soluk.

The pilots sent a signal before they entered Turkey’s airspace saying that they were being hijacked. An F-16 fighter jet was sent to force the flight to land at Sabiha Gocken, its original destination.

According to the Interfax news agency, a representative from Ukraine’s security service said in a statement that the passenger was “heavily drunk,” and that after he was calmed down it was determined that he did not have explosives or weapons.

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