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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez hearing ends, player’s lawyers say they’ll take case to court

11.22.13 at 8:02 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Washington, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Northeastern vs. Charlotte, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UMass vs. New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Georgetown, noon (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marist vs. Maryland, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Providence at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Delaware at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Indiana vs. UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at St. John’s, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Virginia Tech, 9:30 p.m. (Tru)
College basketball: Clemson vs. Davidson, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Navy at San Jose State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: North Dakota at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Alex Rodriguez suspension appeal hearing ended Thursday. (AP)

The Alex Rodriguez suspension grievance hearing ended Thursday in New York. (AP)

Alex Rodriguez was not there — a day after claiming to be so incensed about the unfairness of his grievance hearing that he could not stay — but his lawyers were, and the hearing about his 211-game suspension ended Thursday in New York as both sides rested their case.

A decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reportedly will come in January, and Rodriguez’s lawyers already are saying they plan to challenge the ruling in federal court.

“We’ll wait for the decision, which we all sort of expect, based on what’s gone on here,” said Rodriguez’s lead attorney, Joseph Tacopina. “And then we’ll take it to a different jurisdiction. A real jurisdiction. … We’ll head to another venue after this is done. We’ll be able to depose Mr. [Bud] Selig, one way or the other.”

A-Rod’s representatives also said they may continue their PR blitz Friday by releasing some evidence, although they seemed to back off their plan late Thursday, as Horowitz has issued a confidentiality order.

“It’s uncertain,” Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz said. “They’re still weighing their options of what they can and cannot release.”

As has been the case throughout the proceedings, the circus around the hearing continued. Outside MLB’s New York offices, representatives of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, including state Sen. Ruben Diaz, showed their support for the embattled player by holding a prayer vigil.

And Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons got himself in a little hot water with a comment about Rodriguez, when he said on ESPN Radio in New York: “He wants to blow up the world. He’s like the marathon bombers.”

Gammons later tweeted an apology.

• While the A-Rod mess continued Thursday, MLB Players Association union head Michael Weiner, who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, died at his home in New Jersey. He was 51.

Tweeted Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen: Michael Weiner worked even thru his sickness. He didn’t look at it as an excuse to quit. He never gave up on us even when at his worst.

Former Red Sox first baseman Tony Clark was named acting executive director Thursday and is expected to be named to the post on a permanent basis at a union board meeting Dec. 2-5.

“Words cannot describe the love and affection that the players have for Michael, nor can they describe the level of sadness we feel today,” Clark said in a statement. “Not only has the game lost one of its most important and influential leaders in this generation, all involved in the game have lost a true friend.”

Selig called Weiner “an extraordinarily talented professional who earned the trust of his membership and his peers.”

“Our strong professional relationship was built on a foundation of respect and a shared commitment to finding fair solutions for our industry,” the commissioner said in a statement. “I appreciated Michael’s tireless, thoughtful leadership of the players and his pivotal role in the prosperous state of baseball today. Michael was a courageous human being, and the final year of his remarkable life inspired so many people in our profession.”

• A group that promotes diversity and job equity in the NFL released a statement Thursday calling on players to stop using the N-word on the field.

Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Harry Carson and chairman John Wooten said officials have heard the racially charged term regularly during games, and they called for ejections and fines.

“As former players (along with thousands of others) who have worked hard in different eras of the game to leave proud legacies for those who follow us, we are appalled and extremely disappointed to learn that the worst and most derogatory word ever spoken in our country is being used during games as well as casually in the locker room,” the statement reads.

“We are not asking players to point fingers or to report who said what when. We are simply asking that you respect the dignity of your teammates, fellow players, officials, coaches, fans, and yourselves. Most importantly, we ask that you respect every man who has worn the uniform but especially those men who helped make the National Football League what it is today and have made it possible for you to follow in their footsteps. Refusing to use the N-word will show that respect.”

The term allegedly was at the center of a dispute last weekend between Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams and umpire Roy Ellison, who was accused of berating Williams during the game. Williams denied inciting Ellison by using the N-word toward him.

Said Williams: “I didn’t say any derogatory statements to him. … I laugh at that statement.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 22, 1979, which Bruin recorded his eighth career hat trick in a 7-4 victory over the Nordiques?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want to be out there. I mean, there are not too many games I’ve missed in my whole career, and I love playing the game, especially in big atmospheres like this. So I’m doing everything possible in my power to make sure that I get the opportunity to play in a game like this.” – Broncos receiver Wes Welker, on the possibility of playing against the Patriots on Sunday after getting a concussion in his last game

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 – Wins for the Blues in 21 games this season, following Thursday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): For the second time this week, and the fifth time this year, a Thunder fan hits a halfcourt shot to win $20,000.

From Wednesday night, the Ducks lose to the Devils in overtime when defenseman Ben Lovejoy tries to fire the puck out of the crease but it hits teammate Corey Perry in the leg and deflects into the net.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jean Ratelle

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Steven Van Zandt was born on this day in 1950.

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