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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl ring belonging to Patriots’ Spygate videographer up for auction

02.06.14 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Rhode Island at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UConn at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: LSU at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Robert Morris at LIU Brooklyn, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Murray State at Belmont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UTEP at East Carolina, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tulsa at Louisiana Tech, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Santa Clara at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Matt Estrella's Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring is yours for the right price. (AP)

Matt Estrella’s Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring is yours for the right price. (AP)

– The Super Bowl ring given to the former Patriots intern at the heart of the Spygate scandal is available via an online auction.

Matt Estrella was caught filming the signals of Jets coaches during a game on Sept. 9, 2007, after a tip from Jets coach Eric Mangini (a former Patriots assistant). The result was a $500,000 fine for Bill Belichick and another $250,000 penalty and forfeiture of a first-round draft pick for the team. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had the tapes destroyed after viewing them, leading conspiracy theorists to claim the Patriots were guilty of further violations.

Estrella, who continued to work in the team’s video department until 2009, sold the ring in May 2012 to an individual who later consigned it to Goldin Auctions. The ring commemorates the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX victory over the Eagles on Feb. 6, 2005.

As of early Thursday morning, the high bid for the ring was $5,700. Bidding closes Friday night.

If you’re looking for a different piece of Boston-themed sports jewelry, the auction also features former Patriots fullback Sam Gash‘s 1996 AFC championship ring and late Red Sox broadcaster Ken Coleman‘s 1967 American League championship ring.

– The Lakers won Wednesday’s game against the Cavaliers, 119-108, but only after employing a little-known NBA rule that allowed them to keep a fouled-out player in the game.

The Lakers started the night with eight available players but lost two to injuries and another to fouls, leaving them with five. When center Robert Sacre fouled out, coach Mike D’Antoni was allowed to keep him in, with the only penalty being a technical foul, because NBA rules dictate a team must have five players on the court.

“That was, by far, one of the strangest games I’ve ever seen,” D’Antoni said.

Said Sacre: “That was just crazy. When I got my sixth foul I was just like, ‘Oh, dang!’ Then I got to come back in, so I thought it was something special. I didn’t know what was going on.”

– The NFL announced Wednesday that CBS will air eight of its Thursday night games next season after awarding the network a one-year deal with a league option for 2015.

The first eight Thursday night games of the season will be shown on CBS, with the NFL Network simulcasting them. The NFL Network will show six more Thursday night games later in the season.

“We want to make Thursday night football as big as possible in the minds of the NFL fan,” NFL executive vice president for media Brian Rolapp said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 6, 1988, Larry Bird won the 3-point competition during All-Star Weekend in Chicago, famously holding his right index finger in the air before his final shot went through the net to clinch the victory. Which player did Bird beat for the title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m getting back to my old self. I’m not there yet, but I’ll take the progress.” Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, after recording eight points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in helping the Celtics to a 114-108 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 16 – Consecutive wins for the Spurs over the Wizards, a league high, following Wednesday’s 125-118 decision in Washington

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Virginia Military Institute hits three buzzer-beaters in its 108-105 four-overtime victory over Gardner-Webb.

A high school basketball game in North Carolina ends when Southlake Christian Academy’s Andrew Howard dunks off an inbounds alley-oop pass from near halfcourt.

From Italy’s pro basketball league, coach Gianmarco Pozzecco is not happy following Orlandina Basket’s 78-76 loss to FCM Ferentino, and he explains why he got into an altercation with the opposing coach.

From a Copa del Rey soccer match, Real Sociedad midfielder Gorka Elustondo tries to clear the ball but ends up kicking it off goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai‘s chest and into the net for a Barcelona goal.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dale Ellis

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Marley, who died in 1981, was born on this day in 1945.

Read More: Bill Belichick, Matt Estrella, Roger Goodell, Spygate