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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