Friday’s Morning Mashup: Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins faces assault charge stemming from incident outside nightclub
|10.11.13 at 8:11 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Cavaliers at Magic, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Islanders at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Temple at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Ireland at Germany, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Montenegro at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Panama at Mexico, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Thunder center Kendrick Perkins faces an assault charge stemming from an incident in July in which he allegedly punched a man and woman in an incident outside a Houston nightclub.
According to KHOU.com, the case initially was dismissed but was re-filed, leading to a misdemeanor assault charge for the former Celtic and his brother-in-law, Quincy Alpough. Perkins posted $1,000 bond Thursday morning.
Miketta Cotton told police she and her brother were leaving the club when their car and one in which Perkins was a passenger “backed into each other.” Tensions escalated, and Cotton’s brother, Ja’Keenan Cotton, told police that Perkins eventually got out of the car and punched him in the head, knocking him to the ground. Perkins then punched Miketta Cotton in the face with a closed fist, knocking her to the ground, she said.
A third person who was in the car with the Cottons, Catherine McGrue, said she was struck in the throat by Alpough, knocking her unconscious. All three victims said they then were kicked repeatedly by a group of people while on the ground.
“We were made aware of the allegations and take this matter seriously,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.”
In a previous incident, Perkins was arrested in 2011 in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct after a fight outside a bar, but those charges apparently were dropped.
Perkins, 28, averaged 4.2 points and six rebounds in 78 games last season in his second full season in Oklahoma City since being traded from the Celtics late in the 2010-11 season.
• Heat forward Michael Beasley reportedly required medical treatment after punching himself in the head during Thursday night’s game against the Pistons, angry about making some mistakes in his first game of the preseason.
The oft-troubled Beasley, who signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with Miami in September after being released by the Suns following his arrest in August on marijuana charges, was running back on defense when he started hitting himself so hard that he left himself with a swollen eyebrow and needed treatment from the team’s trainer.
Beasley, who was drafted by the Heat No. 2 overall in the 2008 draft but saw his career derailed by myriad issues, said he was “just trying to teach myself to do everything hard.” The 24-year-old told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he was disappointed about getting a quick foul, missing a defensive rotation and then failing to come up with a blocked shot.
However, Beasley said that overall, the experience was a positive one.
“It was fun,” he said, after finishing with nine points and two rebounds in nine minutes. “I didn’t think I was going to play. It was the first time back. I’m trying to find my way.”
• Magic Johnson announced Thursday that he will not return to the ESPN/ABC studio as an analyst due to his myriad commitments, including his ownership of the Dodgers and other business ventures.
“I love ESPN. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my schedule and other commitments, I don’t feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role,” Johnson said in a statement. “I will always feel a strong connection to the ESPN family and I enjoyed working with them very much.”
Johnson joined ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” crew in 2011.
“We appreciate Magic’s contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” ESPN executive vice president of production John Wildjack said in a statement. “We are in the process of determining our NBA commentator roles for the upcoming season.”
The network also announced that longtime basketball analyst/sideline reporter Doris Burke (a Providence College Hall of Famer) will work one day per week on “NBA Countdown.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 11, 1967, the Impossible Dream Red Sox forced the World Series to the limit with an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6. Which unheralded Sox rookie from New England started the game and pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball but did not get the win?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Their goalie obviously did a great job. Shame on us for not scoring. We’ve got to step it up a bit.” — Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, on Thursday’s 2-0 loss to the Avalanche
STAT OF THE DAY: 57 – Strikeouts by Athletics hitters in the team’s American League Division Series loss to the Tigers, a record for most strikeouts in a best-of-five series, following Thursday’s 3-0 loss in which they fanned 11 times
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Sabres forward Thomas Vanek goes between his legs to score a goal against the Blue Jackets.
This umpire gets creative in calling a third strike.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Gary Waslewski, a product of Berlin, Conn., and UConn
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Daryl Hall, the more prominent half of Hall & Oates, was born on this day in 1946.
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