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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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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:
NBA: Lakers at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nuggets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Seton Hall at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Florida at Alabama, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Nebraska at Penn State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UCF at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon at Washington, 11 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Penguins at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Josh Brent faces up to 20 years in prison. (AP)

Josh Brent faces up to 20 years in prison. (AP)

– 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?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Some NFL players reportedly turn in guns after KC tragedy 12.10.12 at 7:30 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Texans at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Pistons at 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Jovan Belcher tragedy in Kansas City apparently was a wakeup call for at least a few NFL players, leading to them turning in their guns to team security.

♦ At least seven NFL players have surrendered their guns to team personnel in the wake of last week’s murder-suicide in Kansas City, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.

King, who revealed the information on NBC’s “Football Night in America” pregame show Sunday night, reported that one player turned in multiple weapons, saying that he didn’t trust himself with the guns.

Following last week’s incident involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, it’s been speculated that about 70 percent of NFL players own at least one gun, with many owning more than one.

♦ The Cowboys managed to win Sunday, posting a 20-19 road victory over the Bengals one day after the death of linebacker Jerry Brown and the arrest of defensive lineman Josh Brent on charges of intoxication manslaughter (Brent was released on bond Sunday afternoon).

“It’s a hard, hard situation we’re in,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “There’s no playbook for this sort of thing in life.”

Added defensive end Marcus Spears: “This was a step in the healing process for us. But we haven’t dealt with a lot yet — remembering Jerry and keeping his memory alive, dealing with Josh and supporting him in whatever way we can. That’s still to come.”

Meanwhile, according to a report from Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, injured Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a “volcanic” argument with team owner Jerry Jones last week.

Ratliff, who signed a five-year, $40 million extension last year, had just 25 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures this season before sitting out the last three games. He’s missed seven games in all this year with join, ankle and foot problems.

Jones, a familiar figure in the locker room after games, reportedly approached Ratliff after last Sunday’s victory over the Eagles and said, “We need you.” Ratliff’s response was an angry one.

“They’re both passionate men and great men and they want to win, that’s all it is,” a source told the station. “But they were in each other’s faces. People had to intervene.”

♦ Spurs guard Stephen Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA and apologized for his threatening tweet toward Thunder center Serge Ibaka. Jackson sent his message after Ibaka tangled with Jackson’s friend and former teammate, Lakers forward Metta World Peace, on Friday night.

Wrote Jackson: Somebody tell serb Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That’s a promise. He doin 2 much.

After the NBA and the Spurs condemned Jackson’s comments, Jackson sent out a much more well-written apology:

Tweeted Jackson: I apologize to Serge Ibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments I made. It was unprofessional and childish. I’m not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he’s wrong.

Jackson and the former Ron Artest were teammates with the Pacers in 2004, when they both took part in the infamous brawl in the stands in Detroit that led to long suspensions.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 10, 1980, the Red Sox sent the left side of their infield — shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson — to the Angels for which three players?

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