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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Eagles QB Michael Vick confirms he owns dog

10.12.12 at 7:29 am ET

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‘™¦ Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who served 18 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring, confirmed Thursday that he is a dog-owner again. Vick hinted that he was interested in acquiring a dog for his three kids when his probationary period ended last summer, and that caused an uproar among many fans.

Vick tweeted a photo of his daughter last week, and dog food was spotted in the background. He addressed the issue Thursday.

“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet,” Vick said in a statement. “As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God’s creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.”

Vick, who has partnered with The Humane Society of the United States and spoken out against animal cruelty since his release from prison, called this move “an opportunity to break the cycle” of animal abuse.

“I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change,” he said.

‘™¦ Former ESPN college football analyst Beano Cook died Thursday at the age of 81. In the Tampa Bay Times, Gary Shelton takes a look at the way Cook used humor to deliver his message.

One of Cook’s best lines came after he was told that baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn offered lifetime passes to the American hostages who were released from Iran in 1981. Asked Cook: “Haven’t they suffered enough?”

‘™¦ The girl who played youth baseball pitching star Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of “The Bad News Bears” died early Tuesday morning in a car accident in Los Angeles.

Sammi Kane Kraft, 20, was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a big rig and was struck by another car on Interstate 10. The Audi’s driver, who was treated for moderate injuries, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Kraft was 13 when she appeared in the remake of the 1976 classic. It was her only film. She had been discovered on a Los Angeles baseball field and reportedly was clocked throwing a 75 mph fastball.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 12, 1979, which Celtic scored the first 3-point basket in NBA history?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We just kept telling ourselves, ‘This is not the last night of the season.’ ” J.J. Hardy, after his RBI double in the 13th inning Thursday night gave the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Yankees and forced their series to a deciding Game 5

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Baseball division series that have gone the maximum five games, marking the first time all four series have gone to the limit since the playoffs were expanded in 1995.

‘NET RESULTS: Magic forward (and former Celtic) Glen Davis has a song called “Big Baby Gon’ Turn It Up.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees also attempts to sing — but this one is in jest, as part of a commercial with the boy band One Direction.

Check out this game-winning “wedding bouquet” touchdown pass from an Ohio high school football game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chris Ford, in a game against the Rockets in Boston

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sam Moore of Sam & Dave was born on this day in 1935.

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