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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Angry relative calls ‘evil’ Alex Rodriguez ‘the devil’ 11.07.14 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Fordham at Bucknell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Memphis at Tulane, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Utah State at Wyoming, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News 11-7-14– The New York media’s assault on Alex Rodriguez‘s character continued Friday, with the New York Daily News quoting the wife of A-Rod‘s cousin/alleged PED mule as saying the Yankees player is “the devil.”

Carmen Sucart, wife of Yuri Sucart, ripped Rodriguez for accusing Yuri of trying to extort him. Rodriguez reportedly admitted his widespread use of PEDs after publicly denying it while Major League Baseball was in the process of suspending him for the 2014 season, and now he’s apparently trying to cover himself by shifting the blame to others.

“He is the devil,” Carmen told the New York Daily News. “He is evil.”

Carmen said A-Rod visited the house where the Sucarts were living — owned by Rodriguez — in 2012 and offered $50,000 and an apartment if the Sucarts would sign a confidentiality agreement. Carmen said she declined the offer.

“He was not angry,” Carmen recalled of the visit. “He was arrogant. You know what he did? He peed outside on my wall, next to the pool. He didn’t ask for the bathroom. He go outside and he just pee right there. He came over, took his thing out and went right there.”

Shortly after that meeting, the Sucarts hired a Miami attorney, who sent a letter to Rodriguez asking for a cash settlement. According to court filings, Rodriguez agreed to a deal in June 2013, giving the Sucarts a $700,000 payment and then three other payments totaling $200,000.

However, Carmen Sucart said Rodriguez later threatened he was going to “destroy” the family.

“Alex is so poor, the only thing he has is money,” Carmen said. “He sleeps with his money, he will die with his money.”

Yuri Sucart, 52, is facing seven federal charges accusing him of distributing PEDs. His trial is scheduled to begin in February.

His wife said Yuri is in poor health, having undergone surgeries on his heart and legs since his August arrest and two-week stint in jail.

LeBron James has a message for Cavaliers fans panicking over the team’s 1-3 start: “Relax.”

James on Thursday referenced a tweet from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after his team’s slow start this season, writing: In the words of the great @AaronRodgers12 ‘Relax.’

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fan flies plane over practice calling for GM John Idzik’s job 11.06.14 at 8:07 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: Oilers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Devils at Blues, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Spurs at Rockets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Browns at Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (NFL; WEEI-FM)
College football: Clemson at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College football: Bethune-Cookman at Norfolk State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Tripoli, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Lille at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A plane flew over Jets practice Wednesday towing a banner that read “Fire John Idzik.” The plane circled the field for about 20 minutes, while Idzik and owner Woody Johnson were in attendance.

According to the New York Daily News, at one point Idzik and Johnson stood by coach Rex Ryan and shared a laugh, though it was not clear if they were joking about the plane.

Ryan later said Idzik did not appear to be “overly upset,” but “I personally don’t think it’s appropriate.”

MASHUP POLL: Was Wednesday's stunt at Jets practice inappropriate?

  • No, Idzik has been terrible and the fans have a right to express their frustration like this (74%, 560 Votes)
  • Yes, that's taking it too far and embarrassing the team and its fans (26%, 194 Votes)

Total Voters: 754

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Jets players expressed disappointment with the stunt.

“It’s annoying,” receiver Eric Decker said. “You’re trying to practice … and then you see something that becomes a distraction, and then there’s a whole bunch of negative thoughts just going through your head. Now everybody’s attention is up in the sky as opposed to on the practice field.”

Added quarterback Michael Vick: “It’s like, kick a man when he’s down. We understand, people do that. Some people want to see other people suffer. … I think that was a bit extreme. The money they spent on jet fuel could’ve been given to some type of charity.”

The folks at the FireJohnIdzik website, who raised money to take out billboards near MetLife Stadium calling for the general manager to be dismissed, tweeted that they did not fund the plane. Read their tweet: This is not our plane but we endorse it.

The owner of the plane told the Daily News his company was approached about a week ago and said the woman behind it did not want to be identified but that she is a “frustrated” longtime Jets fan.

— Controversial Knicks guard J.R. Smith received his first punishment of the 2014-15 season after punching Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. in the groin during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game at Madison Square Garden, a 98-83 Washington win.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Cousin claims Alex Rodriguez paid him almost $1M to keep quiet about doping 11.04.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blues at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Cavaliers at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Northwood at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Bowling Green at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Toledo at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Liverpool at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez‘s controversial cousin is back in the headlines, and as usual, it’s not good news for A-Rod.

According to court papers filed in Florida (and reported by the New York Daily News), Rodriguez paid Yuri Sucart close to $1 million in 2013 so that Sucart would not divulge details of the Yankee’s use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Sucart is a defendant in the federal case against Biogensis and the company’s former owner, Anthony Bosch. Sucart, charged with conspiracy to distribute testosterone and HGH, has pleaded not guilty.

Sucart’s former attorney wrote to Rodriguez in 2012 demanding $5 million and a “life estate” for Sucart’s “past services rendered, and for the loyalty he has shown you.” Attorney Jeffrey Sonn indicated Sucart had no intention of cooperating with Major League Baseball, which had ordered Sucart to stay away from the clubhouse when A-Rod played for the Rangers. “Yuri, even after he was accused of being a steroid mule for you, kept your confidence of all your activities while you played of rate Rangers and the Yankees,” Sonn wrote.

According to the filing, A-Rod agreed to pay Sucart a payment of $700,000 and then three more payments totaling $200,000. This was in addition to money Rodriguez paid Sucart every year since 2003.

If Alex Rodriguez's cousin's accusations are true, should A-Rod be further punished?

  • Yes, MLB should go after A-Rod any chance it gets and try to remove him from the game (69%, 350 Votes)
  • No, he already received his punishment (31%, 156 Votes)

Total Voters: 506

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When he admitted in 2009 to using PEDs, Rodriguez said Sucart had provided him the drugs from 2001-03.

Now Rodriguez, who was suspended by MLB and missed the entire 2014 season, apparently is cooperating with the feds against Sucart.

“That is what it sounds like. It sounds like A-Rod is a potential witness against his cousin,” Sucart’s court-appointed attorney, Edward O’Donnell IV, told the Daily News. “They are not allies, that’s for sure, or friends.”

— Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov spoke to a media gathering for the first time in 10 months and made it clear that his split with Jason Kidd was not amicable.

Kidd coached the team for one season before reportedly demanding more power and then fleeing to Milwaukee to coach the Bucks.

“I think there is a nice proverb in English: Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you,” Prokhorov said Monday before his team’s home opener against the Thunder. “I think we shouldn’t get mad, I think we should get even. And we’ll see it on the court.”

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Video: Mike Francesa goes on epic Jets rant 10.28.14 at 8:44 am ET
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Long-time WFAN host Mike Francesa went on a rant for the ages on Monday following general manager John Idzik’s press conference after the Jets’ 1-7 start this season — which includes losing seven straight games.

“€œThe owner [Woody Johnson] has to be cringing,”€ Francesa said. “You can’€™t stonewall everybody that way. To go in there and waste 20 minutes of that time telling you how good everybody is when the team is a mortal embarrassment is a waste of time.”

During his press conference, Idzik used a “play like a Jet” phrase. Francesa doesn’t even know what that means.

“What does that mean?” he asked. “Commit a penalty, or fumble the ball, or drop the ball? Which one is that, play like a Jet? We know it’€™s not play well, because we’€™ve all been here all our lives.”

The Jets are coming off a loss to the Bills Sunday where Buffalo rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted 157 yards receiving and a touchdown.

“You know how long it takes a Jets receiver to get 157 yards?”€ Francesa yelled. “Three years.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets GM John Idzik addresses ‘unsatisfactory’ performance in strange press conference at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Wild at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News cover 10-28-14Rex Ryan appears likely to be the one who takes the fall for the disaster that is the Jets’ 2014 season, but general manager John Idzik might have sealed his own fate Monday.

Idzik met the media to address the 1-7 team’s issues, and his strange press conference gave the the New York tabloids plenty of fodder.

The New York Daily News described it as “a bizarre 19-minute monologue complete with forced emotion, jaded talking points and illogical babble.”

“My performance to date is unsatisfactory,” Idzik said during his lengthy rambling opening statement in which he repeatedly referred to two typewritten pages of notes and appeared awkward and uncomfortable. He recounted stories of meeting Jets fans ages 5 to 75 and said he spends more time with Ryan than his own wife.

Idzik voiced support for Ryan, who appears unlikely to return next year — if he even lasts this season.

“The last time I checked, all the traits that make Rex Ryan our leader — our head coach — are still intact,” Idzik said. “He’€™s an excellent football mind. He’€™s a teacher. He’€™s a coach. He’€™s a motivator. He’€™s a mentor. He’€™s able to adapt. He sees both short- and long-term vision. He’€™s a competitor to his soul and he will never quit. It comes as no surprise that our players want to play so hard for Rex Ryan and his staff. … I support Rex.”

However, Idzik would not commit to Ryan for the second half of the season.

“It’€™s not not committing,’€ Idzik said. “It’€™s just our policy not to focus on job status during the season.”

MASHUP POLL: Will coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik survive in New York?

  • No, Ryan and Idzik both will be fired before next season (72%, 388 Votes)
  • Ryan will be gone but Idzik will get another chance (11%, 58 Votes)
  • Idzik will be gone but Ryan will get another chance (9%, 50 Votes)
  • It's the Jets -- both will be back next year (8%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 537

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Ryan, in turn, expressed support for Idzik, who is in his second season running the team.

“I know one thing: He’s trying his best,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it.”

— Florida State, already facing heavy criticism for numerous issues with quarterback Jameis Winston and its handling of his situation, has another problem: Running back Karlos Williams is being investigated for an alleged domestic battery incident, according to the Tallahasee Police.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius begins serving 5-year prison sentence 10.21.14 at 7:25 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Sharks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Rockets at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA preseason: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at CSKA Moskva, noon (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Ajax at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF, Mexico vs. Jamaica, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Double-amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius began serving his five-year prison sentence Tuesday, immediately after being sentenced by a judge in South Africa for the negligent killing of his girlfriend last February.

Judge Thokozile Masipa cited Pistorius’ “gross negligence” for shooting Reeva Steenkamp multiple times through a bathroom door in his home. He had claimed he thought she was a burglar.

Masipa also sentenced Pistorius to three years in prison for firing a gun in a restaurant a few weeks before Steenkamp’s death, although that sentence was suspended.

According to South African legal experts, Pistorius’ five-year term in the maximum he can serve; he will be eligible for house arrest in less than a year.

Pistorius, who had been very emotional throughout the trial, stood during the judge’s announcement before being escorted down a flight of stairs to a police van.

MASHUP POLL: Are you satisfied with Oscar Pistorius' five-year prison sentence?

  • No, he should be in prison far longer (91%, 183 Votes)
  • Yes, at least he's serving some time behind bars (9%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 202

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Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide last month but acquitted him of murder. In announcing the sentence Tuesday, she said: “The following is what I consider is a sentence that is fair and just both to society and the accused.”

The prosecution expressed disappointment in the culpable homicide conviction but did not have an immediate decision about whether or not to appeal the sentence.

Said prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube: “We are satisfied with the fact that he will be serving some time in prison. … It’s not only about vengeance, but it is about making sure that there is a fair and just process.”

— New Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin met the New York media Monday, following reports that he was shipped out of Seattle in part because he wasn’t getting along with his teammates.

“I’m definitely not a perfect person,” Harvin acknowledged after his first practice with his new team. “I have a lot of things that I wish I could have done a little differently. But I’m moving forward. I’m learning from those lessons.

“I’m happy to be here right now and looking to make the most out of it.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis reportedly angered by Jets’ stance on voluntary workouts 04.08.13 at 7:55 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:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB Network: Yankees at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
College basketball: NCAA championship, Michigan vs. Louisville, 9:20 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Jets keep saying publicly that they’re happy to have Darrelle Revis on their team, but their actions tell a different story. The latest development in the Revis saga is that the team reportedly is forcing him to attend next week’s voluntary workouts in order for him to receive his $3 million in bonus money, and Revis is not happy about it.

The Jets put the language in Revis’ contract to prevent a recurrence of his 2010 holdout, and they apparently plan to enforce it while they continue to talk to the Buccaneers about a trade.

“As we get into the offseason program, it’€™s all voluntary ‘€¦ but you would hope that most of your players want to be there and be in the building and get the juices flowing with our staff,” new general manager John Idzik said at the NFL scouting combine in February. “We feel that we have a lot to offer Darrelle and all of our players. We would hope that they would be there.”

Revis, who has been rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, had planned to meet with Jets doctors in New Jersey on April 15 and then return to Arizona. Last spring, the Jets allowed LaRon Landy to skip most of the offseason program while he rehabbed a foot injury in Arizona.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers reportedly are growing impatient with the Jets regarding Revis trade talks.

‘™¦ The feel-good story of the weekend comes from Lincoln, Neb., where a 7-year-old cancer patient named Jack Hoffman scored a touchdown during Nebraska’s spring football game.

Hoffman, who has been battling brain cancer for the past two years, was befriended by the Huskers last year. On Saturday, he dressed in a replica No. 22 uniform and took the field at the end of the scrimmage. On fourth-and-1, he took a handoff from quarterback Taylor Martinez and followed his blockers 69 yards for a touchdown as more than 60,000 fans roared in approval.

“Jack’s a young man who’s touched the hearts of a lot of people,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “Our football team, the student body, people have gotten behind him and he’s become a big part of the team.”

‘™¦ Marty Blake, who was the NBA’s director of scouting for more than 35 years, died Sunday at the age of 86.

A former general manager of the Hawks who oversaw the 1958 title team, Blake later turned to providing scouting reports to NBA and ABA teams. In the mid-1970s, the NBA started paying him to provide the reports for all the league’s teams.

“Marty began his lifetime of service to basketball at a time when the league was still in its infancy,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “His work as a general manager and then as director of scouting for the NBA first helped the teams to understand the value of scouting. Marty’s dedication not just to the NBA, but to basketball was extraordinary and we will forever be indebted to him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 8, 1973, who became the first Red Sox designated hitter to record a hit when he smacked a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over the Yankees?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis unhappy with ‘rude’ Jets 02.19.13 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Maryland at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WSBK; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Florida State at NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at Saint Louis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia at Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida at Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Darrelle Revis remains a Jet for now, and he says he wants to stay in New York, but he’s not hiding the fact that he has developed some hard feelings for his team’s management. This comes following a report on the January day the team introduced new general manager John Idzik that Revis might be on the way out.

“It was kind of, to me, kind of rude, because it was John Idzik’s first day on the job,” Revis told NFL Network in an interview that aired Monday. “I was speechless; I tweeted it out I was speechless. I was speechless because I didn’€™t get a phone call. I know it’€™s a business — just call me; don’€™t have it lingering out there. I need answers and I’€™m not getting any. Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player on the team. If that’€™s how you want to do business, then that’s fine.”

Revis said he eventually did get a call from Idzik, who said the leaks did not originate with him.

“He was a straightforward guy. He didn’t cut no corners,” Revis said. “I respect him.”

Revis, who missed most of last season after suffering a torn ACL, counts for $9 million toward the salary cap in 2013 and is slate to become a free agent after the season.

“I know Rex [Ryan], he wants me to be here,’€ Revis said. ‘€œI’€™m sure he’€™ll have a say [in the decision, but] overall no, it starts from the top. It starts with [owner] Woody Johnson.”

Added Revis: “I told them numerous times that I want to be there. So, it’s up to them what they want to do.”

‘™¦ Wade MacLeod, the Springfield Falcons player who suffered a seizure on the ice during Sunday’s game shortly after being checked into the glass, was released from the hospital Monday.

The former Northeastern University star did not speak to the media, but his stepfather offered thanks for the support the family has received.

“There has been an impressive outpouring of support through the social media, and Wade is very appreciative of it,” Garth Essery told the Springfield Republican. “He thanks everybody for thinking of him.”

The game was suspended after MacLeod went down. A penalty was called on Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Brandon Manning for the hit.

“It did not look like that bad of a hit,” Essery said. “He sort of got rubbed along the board, a part of hockey. It didn’t look like there was any intent to injure.”

‘™¦ Following Monday’s death of Lakers boss Jerry Buss, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 winningest owners in sports.

Buss ranks No. 1, ahead of three Yankees owners: Daniel Topping/Del Webb (2), George Steinbrenner (3) and Jacob Ruppert (4). Bulls and White Sox boss Jerry Reinsdorf is fifth, followed by the only Bostonian on the list, Celtics founder Walter A. Brown.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 19, 1972, which Bruin became the first player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season three times when he assisted on a goal in a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota North Stars?

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