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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Heat fans injured in restaurant deck collapse

06.14.13 at 8:00 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Braves, 7:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Golf: U.S. Open, 8:30 a.m. (ESPN), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rescue workers and investigators search through the wreckage of a Miami restaurant deck collapse. (AP)

Rescue workers and investigators search through the wreckage of a Miami restaurant deck collapse. (AP)

♦ More than two dozen fans watching Thursday night’s Game 4 of the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals on a Miami restaurant television were injured Thursday night when a waterfront patio deck collapsed, spilling them into the shallow water of Biscayne Bay a few feet below.

According to a fire official, approximately 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay when the accident happened just before halftime. A waitress said fans had just gotten to their feet to cheer a Heat basket.

“There was just a crack, and then we were in the water,” 23-year-old Crystal Infante, who was eating with a friend, told the Miami Herald. “It was really hard to get out, and you couldn’t find anyone.”

Infante said people could stand in the water, but they struggled to get out because of the wood, umbrellas, tables, chairs and other debris around them.

Said Chris Volz, who was watching from the bar, about 10 feet from where the deck gave way: “Everybody’s watching the game. It sounded like a freight train, then everyone was gone. The deck went down like a V.”

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten outside Dodger Stadium after a game on Opening Day in 2011, returned home after spending the last year at a rehab facility. The family said Stow’s insurance would no longer pay for the facility, so he will be tended to at home by his parents and home nurses.

“Bryan requires 24-hour nursing care, but this is not covered by insurance,” Stow’s family wrote on its website. “So we had to hire care-givers in order to help Bryan to get up and showered in the morning, and get dressed and in bed in the evening.”

The family said that while Stow appears to be improving, he continues to have issues with memory recall, pain and stiffness, and the move has caused him to experience a physical setback.

“We do what we can at home, but he needs the five days a week that he grew accustomed to,” the family wrote. “We just don’t know how to get that for him.”

♦ The commissioner of the Nippon Professional Baseball league apologized Friday for introducing a juiced baseball this season without notifying the players and previously denying the change.

“I’ve caused a lot of trouble for the fans, players and people connected to the game,” said Ryozo Kato, a former Japanese ambassador to the United States, who said he would not resign as commissioner. “Baseball is very important in Japan’s sports culture, and I have to carefully reflect on my responsibility to the game.”

The league is on pace for a season total of 1,297 home runs this season, well more than the 881 hit last year.

As to why the league previously denied making changes to the baseball, NPB secretary general Kunio Shimoda explained: “Our understanding was that it would be a matter of fine-tuning. We thought it would cause confusion if we let it be known.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 14, 1974, the Angels beat the Red Sox, 4-3, in a 15-inning game in Anaheim. The story of the day was Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan striking out 19 Red Sox (and walking 10) before leaving after the 13th. Which Red Sox pitcher went all 15 innings and was the hard-luck loser?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was on our shoulders. We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking, we’re very tough to beat. LeBron James, after he (33 points, 11 rebounds), Dwyane Wade (32 points) and Chris Bosh (20 points, 13 rebounds) led the Heat past the Spurs, 109-93, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 16 – Runners left on base Thursday night by the Orioles, who managed to pull out a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in 13 innings

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Two trends continued in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. First, LeBron James still is coming up with highlight blocks.

And second, the Heat continue to flop — and get rewarded for it.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Tiant

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Junior Walker was born on this day in 1931.

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