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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Nets’ Reggie Evans first to get NBA flopping fine 11.22.12 at 7:45 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:
NFL: Patriots at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
NFL: Texans at Lions, 12:30 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Redskins at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
College football: TCU at Texas, 7:30 pm. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Marist, noon (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Davidson, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pacific at Xavier, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Saint Mary’s, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UTEP vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Memphis vs. VCU, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Clemson vs. Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rice vs. Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oral Roberts vs. Loyola Marymount, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northern Iowa vs. Louisville, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Drake vs California, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas State vs. Charlotte, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Nets forward Reggie Evans became the first NBA player to be fined by the league for flopping when he was hit with a $5,000 penalty Wednesday. Evans picked up his second flopping violation of the season during Tuesday night’s 95-90 loss to the Lakers. His first one came against the Celtics last Thursday in Brooklyn’s 102-97 victory.

Tweeted Evans: Feel like the FEDS looking at the Boi. #iaintlyin!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joked Warriors coach Mark Jackson: “Congratulations to Reggie. He’ll go down in history. For $5,000, [to get] a place in history? That’s not bad. That’s not bad at all.”

He’s the flop against the Lakers.

And here’s his dive vs. the Celtics.

♦ As if Marlins ownership isn’t getting enough flak for trading away the majority of its talent, now pitcher Mark Buehrle is taking a parting shot at the team. Buehrle insists he and shortstop Jose Reyes, who both were sent to the Blue Jays, had been told they would not be traded for at least several seasons after they signed long-term deals with the club last year.

“I’m upset with how things turned out in Miami,” Buehrle said in a statement through his agent. “Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to on multiple occasions. But I’m putting it behind me and looking forward to moving on with my career.”

Marlins president Larry Beinfest responded by saying that he made no such promise and did not know of anyone else in the front office who did. The team has not given a full no-trade clause since the current ownership team led by Jeffrey Loria took over in 2002.

♦ According to a Nielsen survey, more Americans would prefer Tim Tebow as a Thanksgiving dinner guest than President Barack Obama. Tebow was chosen by 23 percent of individuals, while Obama received just 5 percent (although it should be noted that Obama was not on the ballot and had to be written in). Big Bird tied with Tebow.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 22, 1979, which Bruin recorded his eighth career hat trick in a 7-4 victory over the Nordiques?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alabama fan arrested for Auburn tree poisoning 02.18.11 at 7:40 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

SATURDAY:
No games scheduled

SUNDAY:
NBA: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ A University of Alabama fan was arrested early Thursday for the poisoning of trees where Auburn fans celebrate big wins. Harvey Updyke Jr., 62, was charged with one count of criminal mischief after making two phone calls — including one to a local sports radio talk show — claiming responsibility. However, he told police he did not actually commit the crime.

Stephen Enloe, an assistant professor of agronomy and soil at Auburn, said consultation with experts around the country indicated that there was “a very low probability” that the trees will survive because of the concentration of the herbicide (Spike 80DF) found in the soil.

“I have celebrated many times with friends, family, with the undergraduates after Auburn victories,” Enloe said. “And it’s just an incredible travesty to see this kind of malicious act occur and it breaks my heart to see somebody so willfully destroy such an incredible cultural landmark for the city of Auburn, for Auburn University.”

According to a report in the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register, Updyke’s family said the suspect’s grandchildren had to be pulled out of school because they are receiving death threats.

♦ A high school wrestler in Iowa defaulted in his opening-round match of the state tournament rather than face a girl. Home-schooled Joel Northrup, wrestling for Linn-Marr, said it was “a matter of conscience and faith” to pass on the 112-pound match, allowing Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman to become the first wrestler in state tournament history to record a win.

♦ White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle admitted recently that, as an animal rights advocate (despite being an avid hunter), he wished Michael Vick would get hurt when the Eagles quarterback was playing this past season. He refused to back down from that statement upon his arrival at spring training Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the Wake of Vick’s cancellation of an interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” FanHouse‘s Kevin Blackistone calls it a poor decision, but Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan writes that Vick was right to avoid an unnecessary risk.

♦ Mets owner Fred Wilpon met the media at spring training in Port St. Lucie., Fla., and insisted his family “will be vindicated” when the truth comes out about the Bernie Madoff scandal.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 18, 1985, which Celtic set a team record with nine steals in a game vs. the Jazz?

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