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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Sochi plans mass killings of stray dogs before, during Olympics

02.04.14 at 8:16 am ET

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— The Sochi Olympics, already tarnished by the controversies over Russia’s attitude toward homosexuality and accusations of corruption, now has a new issue. The city is receiving criticism for contracting a pest control company to conduct a mass extermination of stray dogs prior to and during the Games.

The firm Basya Services has been killing stray dogs in the area for years, and director general Alexei Sorokin told reporters that his company has been hired to handle what he says are thousands of stray dogs that roam the streets.

Sorokin said one such animal wandered into a rehearsal for the opening ceremonies last week.

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” Sorokin said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

Added Sorokin: “I am for the right of people to walk the streets without fear of being attacked by packs of dogs. Let’s call things by their real name. These dogs are biological trash.”

Animal activists protested last year when Sochi announced a contract to “catch and dispose” of 2,000 stray dogs and cats in preparation for the Winter Games. The city responded by agreeing to build animal shelters rather than make killing the priority, but activists say there is no evidence of progress.

Animal rights groups from around the globe are calling for Sochi to show more compassion.

“These mass killings are cruel, ineffective and unnecessary,” said Elizabeth Sharpe of the World Society for the Protection of Animals. “Only formalized vaccination, sterilization and responsible pet ownership programs can effectively and humanely control dog populations in the long term.”

— Bulls forward Joakim Noah got his money’s worth when he was ejected from Monday’s game against the Kings. Noah, who had received a technical foul earlier in the game, did not agree with a foul call when he pursued a loose ball, and he got his second technical for arguing. He then proceeded to point his finger at each referee and deliver a parting expletive] to each.

Noah was contrite afterward.

“I’m really disappointed,” Noah told the Chicago Tribune. “I shouldn’t have acted that way. I apologize. I’m sorry to all three referees out there. They’re out there trying to do their jobs and I should never have said the things that I said. I hope they accept m apology and I hope I can move on from this. ‘€¦ I was frustrated with the call, but it doesn’t give me the right to do what I did. I deserve to get ejected, and it was just a bad decision on my part.”

NESN announced the hiring of Sarah Davis as a reporter, anchor and host. Davis heads to Boston from Toronto, where she worked for Rogers Sportsnet, mainly hosting soccer shows.

“Sarah brings an upbeat and engaging personality with a passion for sports that should quickly endear her to fans of New England sports,” NESN vice president of programming and production/executive producer Joseph Maar said in a statement. “We are excited to add another reporter of Sarah’s caliber to our talented and still-growing team of sports anchors, hosts and reporters.”

NESN announced last week that Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell would be changing roles, a move that appears to be instigated by Dell’s relationship with Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 4, 1990, which Bruin became the 32nd goaltender in NHL history with 200 victories following a 3-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This game will haunt him as well as there set of those guys. The rest of those guys will be fine, but this is something that’s going to stick with Peyton.” — Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, during Monday’s appearance on Dennis & Callahan, on Peyton Manning‘s performance in Sunday’s Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Years since the Wizards have been over .500 until they finally surpassed the mark when Monday’s 100-90 victory over the Trail Blazers put them at 24-23

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Trail Blazers guard Nicolas Batum passes the ball to LaMarcus Aldridge, then sneaks up and steals it back from him during Monday’s game against the Wizards.

Kings forward Derrick Williams tries an off-the-backboard self-alley-oop against the Bulls, but it doesn’t go well.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury robs Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson by snatching his wrist shot out of the air.

In this ESPN spot, the Broncos mascot prepares to wear a Seahawks jersey for the week after losing a Super Bowl bet.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Reggie Lemelin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Florence LaRue of The 5th Dimension was born on this day in 1944. (She’s on the left in this video).

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