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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Cowboys DL Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter in teammate’s death

01.23.14 at 7:59 am ET

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— Former Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday in Dallas for the accident that caused the death of teammate and close friend Jerry Brown. Jurors took about nine hours over two days to reach their verdict.

Brent, who turns 26 next week, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent — more than twice the legal limit — when he drove home from a nightclub in December 2012 and crashed his vehicle on a suburban Dallas highway with Brown as his passenger.

Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, who has said she’s forgiven Brent, showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read. She walked out of the courtroom with Brent’s family, offering no comment to reporters.

“If being mad at Josh would bring Jerry back, I would be the No. 1 person. I would be mad as hell at him,” Jackson told the Dallas Morning News last month.

Brent, who announced his retirement in July, faces up to 20 years in prison, although he is eligible for probation. The punishment phase of the trial begins Thursday.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a brief statement Wednesday expressing “our concerns for all the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown’s death.”

— A member of the Raiders cheerleading squad filed suit against the team for failing to pay minimum wages.

In a proposed class action filing, the woman identified as Lacy T. says the cheerleaders get $125 per home game, or $1,250 per season, which amount to less than $5 per hour when factoring in rehearsals, charity events and the team’s swimsuit photo-shoot. She also says the team withholds pay until the end of the season, in violation of state law.

“I love being a Raiderette, but someone has to stand up for all of the women of the NFL who work so hard for the fans and the teams,” she said in a statement released through her lawyer, Sharon Vinick. “I hope cheerleaders across the NFL will step forward to join me in demanding respect and fair compensation.”

Vinick said the Raiders — apparently aware of the lawsuit — tried to offer the cheerleaders a bump in pay last week, but the $2,780 it offered Lacy still was less than the promised contractual rate of $125 for an eight-hour shift in a home game.

— With the Super Bowl headed for snow-covered New Jersey in 10 days, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 sports events affected by weather.

No. 1 is the Packers-Cowboys NFL championship game in 1967, known as the Ice Bowl for the frigid conditions in Green Bay. No. 2 is the Bengals-Chargers AFC championship game in 1982 that’s become known as the Freezer Bowl. No. 3 is the 1988 playoff game in Chicago between the Bears and Eagles that was played in a fog.

There are two games with Boston connections:. No. 4 is the Patriots’ playoff victory over the Raiders in the 2002 Tuck Rule game, as New England rallied in the snow for the overtime victory. No. 8 is the Stanley Cup finals in 1988, when the Bruins-Oilers game at Boston Garden was cut short due to a power outage caused by the hot May day.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 23, 1981, the Red Sox traded Fred Lynn and Steve Renko to the Angels for pitchers Frank Tanana and Jim Dorsey and which outfielder/designated hitter?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’€™re done with that. Again, I congratulate Denver. I don’€™t want to take anything away from them. ‘€¦ I don’€™t have anything else to say about that.” Bill Belichick, during an appearance on Wednesday’s Salk & Holley show, on the Wes WelkerAqib Talib collision in Sunday’s AFC championship game

STAT OF THE DAY: 5-for-6 — Celtics guard Phil Pressey‘s 3-point star in Wednesday’s 113-111 overtime victory over the Wizards, after he had shot 6-for-38 from behind the arc this season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe goes between his legs for an impressive goal against the Flyers.

Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover as “Howard” and gives tips at a Gold’s Gym in Southern California.

Danica Patrick has put on some weight for her latest GoDaddy ad.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters was born on this day in 1948.

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