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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lions’ Ndamukong Suh under fire for latest questionable play

11.23.12 at 7:59 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Belmont, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Davidson, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. Delaware, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marist vs. Vanderbilt, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Pacific vs. St. Mary’s, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Michigan, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson vs. UTEP, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Drexel, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Iowa State vs. Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke vs. VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Gonzaga, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 8:15 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon at UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Missouri vs. Louisville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Rice vs. Drake, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. Wisconsin, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia Tech vs. California, midnight (ESPN2)
College football: Nebraska at Iowa, noon (ABC)
College football: Syracuse at Temple, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Ohio at Kent State, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Marshall at East Carolina, 2 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: LSU at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
College football: Utah at Colorado, 3 p.m. (FX)
College football: West Virginia at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
College football: Washington at Washington State, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
College football: South Florida at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arizona State at Arizona, 10 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh is mum about his latest controversial play. (AP)

♦ Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was suspended two games last year for stomping on the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day game, might face disciplinary action again this year after his foot landed in the midsection of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Detroit’s overtime loss Thursday.

On a first-quarter play, Suh was on the ground after being taken down by an offensive lineman when he extended his left foot and it landed below Schaub’s belt.

Suh let the locker room without speaking to reporters. Schaub, asked about the play, did his best to take the high road.

Said Schaub: “I really don’t have anything to say about that play or that person.”

Boomer Esiason, on CBS’ halftime show, had no doubt the kick was intentional.

“I would never shake this guy’s hand, because once again he has crossed the line,” Esiason said. “It’s obvious that it was on purpose.”

Added analyst Shannon Sharpe: “This was intentional. There’s a reason why he’s … voted dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers — because of plays like this.”

♦ Ravens running back Ray Rice took some heat for draping a Terrible Towel over his head while walking off the field Sunday night following a 13-10 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. However, Rice made it clear that he meant no disrespect.

“I actually asked a fan to trade like I’ve been trading jerseys with guys at the end of the game,” Rice told The Baltimore Sun. “So, I didn’t stomp it or do anything wrong. I actually walked out with it and I think I’m going to save it and put it in my basement to cherish the rivalry. It’s not like you get out there and do derogatory stuff and spit, no none of that stuff. If you think about it, where I’m at in my career, you cherish these rivalries, cherish the moments.

“I apologize to those who saw it as disrespectful. For me, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture, exchanging my gloves with a fan and walking out with it. Obviously, getting a victory there was cool. … To have something in your basement to know what the rivalry is all about is pretty cool. I’ve been exchanging jerseys with guys. My basement is getting pretty colorful down there with other teams’ stuff.”

Added Rice: “The other side, they don’t really like it, which I understand why like, ‘Nobody plays with the Terrible Towel,’ and I understand that. I respect this rivalry. I respect their organization. It’s not like you’re going to catch me on YouTube burning a Terrible Towel. I’ll keep it in my basement and when I get to grow up and my time is done you get to look back on these moments: ‘I got to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.’ This has actually been the first year I’ve started to collect other teams’ stuff.”

♦ There weren’t many people watching, because it was the Bobcats vs. the Hornets, but at the end of Wednesday night’s game in Charlotte, Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani air-balled a shot with two seconds left and his team trailing by a point. On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that a foul should have been called on Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that would have sent Bargnani to the free throw line.

The league did not indicate that any punishment would be due for officials Ed Malloy, John Goble and Violet Palmer.

♦ Former boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead following Tuesday night’s shooting in his home country of Puerto Rico. Family members initially disagreed whether to remove the 50-year-old from life support, although reports indicated the holdout family members agreed to pull the plug after two more days.

“We have done everything we could,” said Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. “We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.”

Camacho won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight titles in the 1980s. He had a career record 79-6-3. He also had issues with drugs and alcohol and served a brief jail term in Mississippi for a 2005 burglary.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 23, 1977, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It all happened so fast. I’ve never been part of anything like that, but I’m glad that we were on the right side of it.” – Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, on the 52-second span in which the Patriots scored three touchdowns during Thursday’s 49-19 rout of the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 19-0 – The Patriots’ record in the second half the season since 2010

‘NET RESULTS: Children at an orphanage in Kenya reenact Larry Bird‘s steal of Isiah Thomas‘ inbounds pass from the Celtic-Pistons playoff game in 1987.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Torrez, formerly of the Yankees

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sandra Stevens of Brotherhood of Man turns 63 Friday. (She’s in red in this video.)

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