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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva loses cool on court

04.12.11 at 7:43 am ET

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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, who was involved in an incident with Kevin Garnett earlier this season, has a new worst enemy. In Monday night’s game vs. the Cavaliers, Villanueva and Ryan Hollins were ejected following a fourth-quarter scrum. After things appeared to have calmed down, Villanueva ran across to the court in an attempt to get at Hollins while being restrained by a teammate and security guard. As he was led to the Pistons locker room, Villanueva said, “I will kill that dude. I don’t give a [expletive].” After the game, Villanueva was more subdued. “I overreacted,” he said. “He said some things that got me upset.”

‘™¦ Jose Canseco is back in baseball, as player/manager of the independent North American League’s Yuma Scorpions. His twin brother, Ozzie, will serve as his bench coach and hitting coach and also play. “Jose is a very accomplished player, he has a lot of sway in the media and in pop culture, and he’s bringing that to the city,” league president Kevin Outcalt said.

‘™¦ Two former University of San Diego basketball players and an assistant coach were among seven people charged in a point-shaving scheme Monday. Brandon Johnson, the school’s all-time leader in points and assists, allegedly took a bribe to influence a game in February 2010 and tried to get a former teammate to do the same this season. Johnson spent this season with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League.

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 surprises of the NBA season. No Celtics-related items made the cut. The Nets‘ trade for Deron Williams ranked No. 1, beating out the Carmelo Anthony drama.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 12, 1992, which Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter but lost the game, 2-1, to the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can’t believe it. I thought if you got busted one time, you definitely don’t get busted again. Maybe I’m wrong. Believe me, it shocked us all.” ‘€” Johnny Damon, on retired Rays teammate Manny Ramirez

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 ‘€” Total runs scored by the Rays in their first nine games, before they scored 16 Monday vs. the Red Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs booted a 67-yard field goal in the Boilermakers’ spring game.

This soccer goalie in Paraguay also has an impressive leg, as he boots a free kick just outside his box into the other team’s goal on the fly.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Herbie Hancock is 71 Tuesday.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, Charlie Villanueva, Deron Williams, Jose Canseco