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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joba Chamberlain reaches out to new Yankees teammate Kevin Youkilis
Posted By Jerry Spar On December 13, 2012 @ 7:58 am In Uncategorized | No Comments
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Lakers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
‘¦ There was speculation that former Red Sox  infielder Kevin Youkilis  would be hesitant to join the Yankees  considering the feud he had with Joba Chamberlain . The Yankees hurler was suspended two games in his rookie season of 2007 for firing a fastball over Youkilis’ head, and in 2008 Youkilis started to charge the mound but was stopped after another near-beaning. Chamberlain hit Youkilis with a pitch last season after the infielder had moved on to the White Sox .
After Youkilis accepted New York’s one-year, $12 million offer on Monday, Chamberlain did his part to show there were no hard feelings, leaving a voice message  for his new teammate Wednesday morning. It’s not clear if the two have since connected.
Chamberlain’s agent, Jim Murray, offered an assurance that Chamberlain will let bygones be bygones.
“Joba has zero ill will toward him,” Murray insisted .
In other news from the Bronx, legendary reliever Mariano Rivera  said he plans to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a knee injury that required surgery in May. Speaking at the team’s annual food drive at Yankee Stadium  on Wednesday, Rivera indicated he’s on schedule to be ready  for the April 1 opener in New York against the Red Sox.
“I don’t see why not,” said the 43-year-old, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal (a $5 million pay cut). “We have three to four months to that point. I will be ready.”
‘¦ Giants  running back David Wilson says he has been doing backflips since he was 3 years old, but there are members of his team that would prefer he end the tradition . The first-round pick from Virginia Tech has taken to doing the flips after touchdowns.
“I like the backflip, man, but it scares me every time he does it because you never know what can happen,” receiver Victor Cruz  said. “You don’t want to see him get hurt.”
Added defensive end Justin Tuck : “I told him several times never to do that again. We’re going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd. Let’s just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They’re already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them.”
Quarterback Eli Manning  took a more positive approach to the flips.
“That means he’s scoring touchdowns,” Manning said. “So, that’s fine by me.”
‘¦ Winthrop’s Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling the jersey he wore during the historic victory over Russia at Lake Placid. Heritage Auctions, which is conducting the sale Feb. 23, estimates that the white No. 21 jersey will fetch more than $1 million.
Eruzione also is selling his stick, which he used to score the winning goal against Russian backup goalie Vladimir Myshkin, and his blue jersey from the gold medal game, a victory over Finland.
Eruzione, 58, works in development and alumni relations at his alma mater, Boston University, and is a motivational speaker.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 13, 1991, during the Celtics ‘ 117-97 victory over the visiting SuperSonics, center Robert Parish  became the fifth player in NBA history to appear in 1,200 games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Elvin Hayes and which two former Celtics?
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
‘NET RESULTS: There were two-buzzer-beaters in the NBA on Wednesday night that toppled elite teams. First, Warriors forward Draymond Green gets free for a layup with less than a second left to knock off the Heat.
Referee Courtney Kirkland attempts to block Nets forward Kris Humphries‘ free throw (the whistle had blown for substitutions to enter).
Lakers star Kobe Bryant  and soccer great Lionel Messi appear together in an ad for Turkish Airlines.
Zach Hodskins is a talented junior guard at Georgia’s Milton High School, and he only has one arm. He reportedly hit seven 3-pointers in one game this season and has been getting attention from college scouts.
TRIVIA ANSWER: John Havlicek and Paul Silas
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Morris Day was born on this day in 1957.
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