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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Patriot Albert Haynesworth says he ‘almost died’ from brain aneurysms 03.04.16 at 8:19 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: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ball State at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kent State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Austin Peay at Belmont, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Morehead State at Tennessee-Martin, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Albert Haynesworth's time in New England was short and unforgettable. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Albert Haynesworth’s time in New England was short and unforgettable. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

— Controversial former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who briefly played for the Patriots in 2011, said he had brain aneurysms in November 2014 that nearly killed him, forcing him to spend 11 days in intensive care in a Florida hospital.

“Nobody really knows: I almost died,” he told Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone on Thursday. “I had two brain aneurysms that were nearly rupturing. I went and talked to my doctor in Florida, and he was like, ‘Man, your blood pressure is through the roof. I’m going to admit you.’ They did a lot of tests and found the aneurysm that was rupturing at that point.”

Haynesworth, who spent most of his 10-year NFL career with the Titans after starring at the University of Tennessee, also said he’s been having issues with his memory.

“I’ve been OK. It’s really hard to remember, and I’m not saying that just because of the concussion thing,” he said, referring to the league’s issues with CTE. “A lot of things, I just can’t remember. I don’t feel as sharp as I used to as far as problem-solving and answering questions and things.

“It sounds crazy, but sometimes, writing my own name, I kind of forget the signature of how I normally write. Or sending long texts, my words get backwards. It’s crazy, but hopefully as time goes on, I get better.”

Haynesworth, 34, said no one is saying for sure that his brain issues are related to his football career.

“They can’t say. They said I could have had it, but they said football definitely didn’t help. I don’t really know. I have no idea. I’m not a doctor,” Haynesworth said. “I don’t want to blame it on football, and I don’t want to say, ‘Hey, it didn’t have anything to do with it.’ ”

Haynesworth, who was a flop after leaving Tennessee to sign a seven-year, $100 million free agent contract with Washington in 2009, was acquired by the Patriots before the 2011 season in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. He played sparingly in six games and was released in early November, days after a sideline confrontation with a Patriots assistant coach.

— With the Cavaliers having consecutive off days this week, LeBron James chose to fly to Miami and work out with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade. James is not concerned that his trip raised some eyebrows, especially considering the teams could meet in the postseason.

“I don’t care,” James said after Thursday’s practice, adding: “What do I go there for? Go there ’cause I want to. I would love to go to L.A., but I’ll take 2 1/2[-hour flight] over 4 1/2. I’ve got a house in L.A., but it makes more sense for me to go south than go west. But I go because I want to.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Appeals court convicts Oscar Pistorius of murder 12.03.15 at 7:57 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: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: Packers at Lions, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius has insisted he did not mean to kill his girlfriend, but an appeals court did not buy his excuses. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder Thursday in Johannesburg, as an appeals court overturned a lower court’s conviction on a lesser charge of culpable homicide in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent,” Justice Lorimer Eric Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal announced to the courtroom, saying the original ruling was “fundamentally flawed.”

The maximum punishment for murder in South Africa is 15 years, although a shorter sentence could be imposed.

Pistorius has been under house arrest since October after serving one year in prison. He had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Leach described the situation as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”

“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete,” Leach said. “In doing so he becomes an international celebrity. He meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model. Romance blossoms and then ironically, on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.

While Pistorius has said he thought he was confronting an intruder when he fired shots through a bathroom door, Leach said Pistorius should have known someone could have been killed if he fired his gun.

“The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” Leach said, terming Pistorius’ testimony about his actions “unacceptable” and “contradictory.”

A Pistorius spokesman said the defense is considering its options, which include the possibility of appealing to the country’s Constitutional Court.

— Three premier AFC quarterbacks are in different stages as they look to return to action. While Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger was cleared to play Sunday against the Colts, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck started throwing some passes for but could not say how close he is to game action, and Broncos star Peyton Manning said he’s nowhere close to being healthy.

Roethlisberger was in the NFL concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s game against the Seahawks a few plays after being hit in the head. He implied Tuesday that he did not have a concussion — something that coach Mike Tomlin questioned — and said Wednesday he’s been OK’d to play.

“I said I didn’t know the results [Tuesday], but I felt good because when I left the training room the trainers told me this looks good,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “Don’t see why this would be an issue. That’s why I said I didn’t have a concussion and would be ready to go.”

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Oscar Pistorius reportedly will be released from prison, put on house arrest 08.17.15 at 9:42 am ET
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Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for killing his girlfriend. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

According to reports, Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison Friday after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Pistorius’ release is a product of overcrowding in South African prisons, according to CNN. The parole board can put the double amputee under correctional supervision due to a clause in the Criminal Procedure Act.

The reports indicate Pistorius will serve the rest of his sentence in house arrest at his uncle’s mansion outside of Pretoria. Upon his release from Kgosi Mampuru II prison, he will wear a monitoring device. He likely will be allowed to leave the house to work, carry out his community service requirement or attend family events.

The former Paralympic runner was convicted of killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

A Supreme Court appeal hearing is expected to take place in November to decide if Pistorius’ conviction should be elevated to murder, which would mandate 15 years of imprisonment.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Shaquille O’Neal admits to deflating basketballs with Lakers 06.09.15 at 8:08 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Finals, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, France vs. England, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Spain vs. Costa Rica, 4 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Colombia vs. Mexico, 4 p.m. (Fox)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Brazil vs. South Korea, 7 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

— As the Deflategate controversy continues, Shaquille O’Neal is the latest athlete to admit to deflating balls before games. O’Neal said on a recent podcast that he would let some air out of basketballs during the Lakers’ championship run in the early 2000s — “Get the ball, ‘Tsssss’ let a little bit of air out, squeeze it — OK, good,” he said.

“Sometimes, in the games during all my championship runs, if a ball was too hard, I let air out,” O’Neal said (via ESPN.com). “I’d have a needle. A friend of mine would have a needle and I would get the game ball. … I needed that extra grip, but I wasn’t doing that for cheating purposes. I just needed the extra grip for my hands so I could palm it, a la Michael Jordan, the way he used to palm it.”

O’Neal insists he was not breaking the rules, because he was not attempting to go below the league-mandated minimum of 7.5 psi.

“First of all, I’m not aware of any letter of the law that says, you can’t let air out of the ball,” O’Neal said. “I’m not aware of that. Second of all, it’s all about my [comfort level]. A lot of times, if the balls have too much air in them, they’re too bouncy. I didn’t want them to be bouncy. I needed that grip.”

Phil Jackson, who coached O’Neal with the Lakers, previously admitted that his Knicks teams used to deflate balls in the 1970s. Like O’Neal, Jackson said it should not be considered illegal because the balls did not fall below the league minimum psi.

Jackson told reporter Sam Smith for a book that other teams used to deflate balls below the NBA standard in an attempt to slow his Michael Jordan-led Bulls teams, but he would carry a pressure gauge and check the game balls so that they could be fixed.

— A defamation suit filed by former 49ers linebacker Ray McDonald against a woman who accused him of rape was dismissed by a California judge, who said McDonald failed to prove the woman talked to anyone but police.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Magic Johnson endorses tanking, ‘I hope the Lakers lose every game’ 12.10.14 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Hornets, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Columbia at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Utah at BYU 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington State at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Maple Leafs at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Roma, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Magic Johnson, who helped build the Lakers into a dynasty, threw his support behind his old team to tank the season.

The Hall of Famer, speaking at an event in New York City, encouraged his club to lose for the sake of getting a high draft pick.

“I hope the Lakers lose every game,” he said. “Because if you’re going to lose, lose. I’m serious.”

The Lakers, who improved to 6-16 with Tuesday night’s win over the Kings, are coming off the worst season in modern franchise history in 2013-14 when they went 27-55. That netted them the seventh overall draft pick, which they used on Julius Randle.

“If you’re going to lose, you have to lose because you can’t be in the middle of the pack,” Johnson said. “You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick. … I’d rather be all the way bad than be in the middle.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott, who played alongside Johnson in the 1980s, dismissed the comment.

“That’s easy to say, but when you’re behind the scenes and you’re in the trenches and you’re coaching, that’s not something that you want to do,” Scott said. “We’ve got to go out here and win every game possible. I mean, if you lose games, that’s one thing. But to go out and try to lose, that’s a different story. I think that sends a message to those guys in there that it’s going back to that losing mentality. We don’t we want to create that here.”

Dennis Rodman can’t understand the Knicks’ struggles learning the triangle offense that Phil Jackson brought to New York.

Rodman, who played for Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers, explained at an event in New York City: “I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago. It’s not that difficult. It’s a triangle.

“Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?”

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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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Prosecution calls possible house arrest for Oscar Pistorius ‘shockingly inappropriate’ 10.13.14 at 11:16 am ET
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Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, according to his defense, should not face any jail time for the killing of his girlfriend.

During his sentencing hearing in South Africa on Monday, probation officer Joel Maringa said Pistorius should not go to jail, but a punishment of house arrest and community service should suffice. Though he was not convicted of intentionally murdering Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide — a South African term for unintentionally but unlawfully killing a person.

“The accused will benefit from correctional supervision,” Maringa said. “We are basically not saying that he should be destroyed because he will still be coming back into the community.’€

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Maringa’€™s proposals “shockingly inappropriate.”€ The prosecution also did not agree with psychologist Dr. Lore Hartzenberg’€™s assessment of Pistorius that he is a so-called “€œbroken man”€ since Steenkamp’€™s death.

“We’re dealing with a broken man, but he’s still alive,” Nel said of Pistorius. “He has lost his love relationship … but he will be able to love somebody else like that.”

The proceedings could take a few days to finish, and when it comes to a close, Judge Thokozile Masipa will have the final say. Masipa is the judge who presided over Pistorius’€™ original case. Pistorius could spend up to 15 years in prison, though others have been sentenced to as little as five years for a similar crime.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide; Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton takes pitch to face 09.12.14 at 8:01 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Toledo at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, France vs. Serbia, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA finals: Mercury at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Davis Cup, United States vs. Slovakia, 5 p.m. (Tennis Channel)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On Day 2 of the verdict portion of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a judge in South Africa ruled Friday that the former Olympian was guilty of culpable homicide for being negligent in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

A day earlier, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder as Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp in February 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door in the middle of the night, while the prosecution said the model was killed after the couple had an argument.

Pistorius, who had been emotional throughout the trial — breaking down in tears upon hearing Thursday’s announcement — showed no emotion Friday as he stood and listened to the judge. Masipa on Friday said it was a unanimous verdict following consultation with two legal assessors.

Pistorius could be sentenced to anywhere from a suspended sentence to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. He left the courtroom and was taken into custody, as his bail expired after the conviction. The judge was considering whether to re-grant bail.

MASHUP POLL: What sentence will Oscar Pistorius receive for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend?

  • 10 or more years (44%, 84 Votes)
  • 4-9 years (24%, 46 Votes)
  • 1-3 years (18%, 34 Votes)
  • Suspended sentence (no jail time) (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Less than a year (7%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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The prosecution expressed disappointment with the ruling but said it will wait until the sentencing to decide whether to appeal.

“We believe there is sufficient and credible evidence to secure a conviction [on a murder charge],” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

— Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, the favorite to win National League MVP award, likely will miss the rest of the season after being hit in the face by a fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during Thursday night’s game.

Stanton, who left the field in an ambulance, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches.

“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, adding: “It was very scary. We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”

Stanton, who leads the NL with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs, was called for strike on the pitch, as the umpire claimed he swung at the ball while trying to get out of the way. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson came on to replace Stanton and got hit on the hand by the next pitch — and he, too, was ruled to have swung at the ball, ending the at-bat with a strikeout.

The benches then cleared, and Redmond was ejected along with Miami infielder Casey McGehee.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.”

— Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that the investigation into the death of the driver who was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been completed and submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

“The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation,” a statement read.

Stewart was driving in a sprint car race when he caused Kevin Ward Jr. to crash and then, when Ward left his vehicle to confront Stewart, slammed into Ward and killed the 20-year-old.

Povero earlier said that he did not find anything to indicate criminal intent in the crash, although Stewart still could face charges for reckless or negligent behavior resulting in death.

Stewart, who called the death a tragic accident, returned to racing last weekend after a three-week hiatus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 12, 2005, David Ortiz hit his 40th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. With that clout, he became just the second Red Sox player to have back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’€™t say that we have limitless money, but we’€™ve got a lot of money to spend and we’€™re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.” — Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, during a Thursday appearance with Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s goals for the offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-for-19 — The United States team’s shooting in the third quarter of Thursday’s 96-68 rout of Lithuania in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chris Young hits a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leaps over the fence to take a home run away from Brewers batter Matt Adams.

Giants batter Hunter Pence throws his bat at the ball and hits a grounder up the middle that bounces off second base and eludes the Diamondbacks infielders for a run-scoring hit.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, 1969-70

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry White, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1944.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder 09.11.14 at 7:36 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Steelers at Ravens, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Louisiana Tech at North Texas, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Houston at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, United States vs, Lithuania, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A South African judge ruled Thursday that Oscar Pistorius did not intentionally kill his girlfriend when he shot her in their home last year, but the former Olympic hero still could be convicted of culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who is deciding Pistorius’ fate along with two other judges, began the verdict portion of the trial Thursday morning as a tense Pistorius sat listening. Pistorius broke down and started crying when Masipa said he was not guilty of premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

The verdict portion could last for hours or even days as the judge explains her analysis of the evidence and testimony.

MASHUP POLL: Should Oscar Pistorius have been convicted of murder?

  • Yes, there's no way he would have shot her repeatedly by accident (85%, 212 Votes)
  • No, there's too much doubt in this case (15%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 250

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Masipa called Pistorius a “very poor witness” during the trial, noting that he avoided answering some of the prosecution’s questions, but said that it does not mean he is guilty. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was a burglar when he shot her repeatedly through the bathroom door in the middle of the night.

The trial has lasted five months, including a one-month break so that Pistorius could be examined by mental health specialists.

Pistorius, who uses prosthetic legs, participated in the 2012 London Olympics, inspiring people worldwide.

— Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was granted a leave of absence from the team to consider his future in football. Abraham, in his 15th NFL season, suffered a concussion in Monday’s win over the Chargers, but coach Bruce Arians said that was not the main reason Abraham was considering retiring.

Abraham, who missed most of training camp because he was receiving treatment for an alcohol problem following a DUI arrest in Atlanta, has five days to mull things over before he must be either reinstated or ruled out for the rest of the season.

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Psychologist: Oscar Pistorius traumatized, could be a suicide risk 07.02.14 at 11:06 am ET
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A psychologist’s report revealed Wednesday that Oscar Pistorius is severely traumatized after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year and will be an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux read excerpts from this report to the judge overseeing the double-amputee Olympic runner’s murder trial. The report said Pistorius is suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and “his condition is likely to worsen” if he doesn’t continue to receive professional treatment.

The report was done during a 30-day observation period at a state psychiatric hospital. The report, compiled by three psychiatrists, determined Pistorius was not mentally ill when he fatally shot Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. The report concluded that Pistorius did not have a history of “abnormal aggression or explosive violence.”

Medical expert Wayne Derman said Pistorius is an “anxious individual.” He testified that Pistorius is “hyper-vigilant” and often was restless.

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