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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Belize soccer players say they were asked to throw Gold Cup match vs. U.S.

07.11.13 at 7:49 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 3:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Summer League: Pacers vs. Jazz, 11 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Heat vs. Pistons, 1 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Rockets vs. Nets, 3 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: 76ers vs. Magic, 5 p.m. (NBA)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Canada, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Players from the Belize national team said they were asked to fix Tuesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup match against the United States, according to a report out of the Carribbean country.

Andres Makin Jr., Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West told 7 News Belize that a man approached them in Guatemala and attempted to bribe them to throw the game, which the United States won, 6-1.

“He started talking that we don’t really stand a chance to beat the U.S. so he wanted us to promise him that we would lose the game and that he would give us a large amount of money to change our lives in Belize and to help our families,” Gaynair said, adding: “Then as he said that my entire features changed and I just felt a different way, I felt really uncomfortable just to be around the guy because I was already aware about the ‘match-fixing’ and I know that I could get banned for life.”

Continued Gaynair, who scored his team’s lone goal in the game: “He saw that my features changed and he saw that we weren’t into it so he got frightened and took out a large amount of money to bribe us, a lot of hundred and 50 dollar bills and threw it at us on the table and told us to keep it and to not say anything and to keep the money.”

Said West, the team’s goalie: “I made him understand that we’re not into taking money from him or anything like that. We’re here for our country — regardless if we’re in the U.S. but we’re not into that none at all. He got frightened and we walked.”

♦ The lawyer for Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin, who was accused of touching a woman’s breast while she was on a gurney at a Las Vegas hospital in January and charged with open and gross lewdness last week, said the player was sick at the time of the incident.

A paramedic told Gaudin to leave the woman alone, and after he refused, hospital security held him down until police arrived. The police report indicated Gaudin “appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an order of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.” Gaudin told police he didn’t know how he ended up at the hospital.

Said Gaudin’s lawyer, Dominic Gentile, in a statement: “Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness. Although he has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eyewitnesses.”

Gaudin, 30, has a 2-1 record and 2.44 ERA this season with the Giants, his ninth major league team.

♦ This week in the debate over the Redskins nickname, Eni Faleomavaega, a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives from American Samoa, took the House floor Tuesday and and criticized those who allow the name to continue.

“It’s time the National Football League and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, face the reality that the continued use of the word ‘Redskin’ is unacceptable,” Faleomavaega said. “It is a racist, derogatory term, and patently offensive to Native Americans. The Native American community has spent millions of dollars over the past two decades trying earnestly to fight the racism that is perpetuated by this slur.

“The fact that the NFL and commissioner Goodell continue to deny this is a shameful treatment of the mistreatment of Native Americans for so many years. It is quite obvious that once the American public understands why ‘Redskins’ is so offensive, it will know that the word should never be used again.”

Faleomavaega is one of 10 members of Congress who recently sent a letter to team owner Daniel Snyder and Goodell letting them know they disapprove of the name. Faleomavaega said Snyder did not reply, while Goodell’s public response was misguided.

“Mr. Goodell, however, in a dismissive manner, declared that the team’s name is a ‘unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.’ Give me a break,” Faleomavaega said.

Meanwhile, the team released an online survey asking fans what they think of the name.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 11, 1960, which Red Sox pitcher started and lost the All-Star Game (the first of two played that year)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There is nothing that guy does that amazes me. He goes out there every day and is so consistent that you almost expect it. You kind of feel bad whenever he goes 0-for-4 and you’re like, ‘Come on man, are you kidding me?’ But that’s how good he is and how consistent he’s been in his career.” – Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, on teammate David Ortiz, who broke the record for more career hits by a designated hitter when he recorded his 1,689th during Wednesday’s 11-4 rout of the Mariners

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Years of the contract goalie Tuukka Rask signed with the Bruins, a deal worth $56 million

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Grayon “The Professor” Boucher, one of the starts of the And1 Mixtape Tour, dresses as Spiderman and schools some players at a basketball court.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Monbouquette, who allowed four runs in two innings in the American League’s 5-3 loss

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Suzanne Vega was born on this day in 1959.

Read More: Chad Gaudin, Eni Faleomavaega, Gold Cup, Redskins