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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Georgetown basketball team brawls with Chinese club

08.19.11 at 7:52 am ET
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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 2:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ The Georgetown basketball team’s goodwill tour of China lacked goodwill Thursday night. A chippy game against the Bayi Rockets in Beijing ended with about 9½ minutes left when a huge brawl broke out. In a video of the incident (below), Chinese players appear to be the aggressors, throwing punches, swinging chairs and tossing water bottles. That led Georgetown coach John Thompson III to pull his team off the court. Thompson, who was berated by a Chinese player early in the game, did his best to downplay the incident after retreating to his hotel.

“Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams,” Thompson said in a statement. “We sincerely regret that this situation occurred. We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University.”

♦ NHL agitator Sean Avery will not face charges after being arrested for battery on a policeman who visited Avery’s Hollywood Hills house to break up a loud party, according to TMZ. The Rangers winger was arrested Aug. 5 after reportedly slamming a door on officers before eventually cooperating, but a source told TMZ no charges will be filed.

♦ A former Connecticut congressman who participated in Roger Clemens‘ 2008 hearing wants the government to move on from the controversy and not attempt to retry the pitching legend. But Chris Shays is positive Clemens is guilty. “We literally pleaded with [Clemens] not to commit perjury,” Shays told the New York Daily News. “It’s pretty evident he did. It’s pretty evident to everyone that he did commit perjury.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 19, 1921, which baseball legend recorded his 3,000th hit against the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I thought we accomplished a few things. One thing we wanted to do was get off to a good start. We definitely didn’t do that last week, and I thought we had a little energy.” — Bill Belichick, after the Patriots dominated the Buccaneers in Thursday night’s preseason game

STAT OF THE DAY: 24 — Consecutive saves converted by Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, the longest streak of his career

‘NET RESULTS: Spanish soccer clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona got testy during their match. The most memorable part of their brouhaha came when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho pinched the ear of a Barcelona assistant coach.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ty Cobb, who would finish his career with 4,189 hits

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan turns 66 Friday.

Read More: Bayi Rockets, Chris Shays, Georgetown, John Thompson III