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Roger Clemens handed setback in case against former trainer Brian McNamee 02.06.14 at 8:55 am ET
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When the Mitchell Report named Roger Clemens as an abuser of steroids and human growth hormone in 2008, the famed Yankees pitcher attempted to clear his name. According to former trainer Brian McNamee, Clemens’€™ subsequent efforts to clear his name was a smear campaign that pegged McNamee as dishonest. Some six years later, Clemens and McNamee are still fighting this battle in court.

A U.S. District Court Magistrate ruled on Jan. 30 that Clemens’ baseball agent Randy Hendricks and public relations strategist Joe Householder are not covered by attorney-client privilege. The decision stymies Clemens’€™ attempt to stop McNamee from using the trio’€™s communication in his defamation lawsuit, according to the New York Daily News.

According to Judge Cheryl Pollak, the majority of the documents Clemens claimed were shielded because they were part of preparation for litigation were not protected because they mostly deal with the former pitcher’€™s public relations problems. Pollack added that since Clemens did not give an appropriate log of documents, the court could not deem if the documents were in fact privileged. Pollack ordered Clemens to hand over the documents in September.

“If the assertion of privilege or work product has been frivolously claimed with respect to any document, the court will consider imposing sanctions in the former of waiver as to all documents and/or award costs and attorneys’€™ fees incurred by plaintiffs counsel,” Pollack said in her court order.

Clemens has until Friday to produce the documents, and both Clemens and McNamee will need to appear in Brooklyn federal court to go over the documents on March 7. The judge also ordered that Clemens and McNamee discuss a settlement of the suit that McNamee filed in December 2008.

“It’€™s a ringing endorsement of the court’€™s unwillingness to tolerate Clemens’€™ attempts to hide the truth and facts of the case,” said McNamee’€™s attorney, Richard Emery. “It’€™s more attempts to deflect from the core for the case — which is whether Clemens lied.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Former Northeastern hockey star Wade MacLeod suffers seizure during AHL game in Springfield 02.18.13 at 7:44 am ET
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NHL: Predators at Avalanche, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Hurricanes at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hofstra at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Norfolk State at Hampton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Villanova, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


Wade MacLeod

♦ Former Northeastern University star Wade MacLeod had a seizure during Sunday’s minor league hockey game at the MassMutual Center in Springfield after he was checked from behind into the glass, and he was in stable condition at an area hospital Sunday night.

MacLeod, a 26-year-old forward for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, collapsed while he was skating toward the bench. According to the Springfield Republican, MacLeod lay on the ice for several minutes, his legs flailing at times, while medical personnel attended to him.

“We would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming show of support for Wade tonight,” MacLeod’s family said in a statement Sunday night. “Wade is alert, in good condition, in positive spirits, and is resting comfortably at Baystate Medical Center. He will remain at the hospital while he undergoes tests. We are deeply appreciative of all the caring and kind words we have received from family, friends, and fans.”

Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play, which occurred late in the second period with MacLeod’s Falcons trailing 2-1. The coaches agreed to suspend the game at that point.

Manning tweeted later: would like to give my best to Wade MacLeod and his family. never had any intention of every hurting another player.. hope for a speedy recovery and see him back on the ice soon. thoughts and prayers to him and his family

MacLeod, who had an assist Sunday, has four goals and seven assists in 20 games this season for the Falcons, an affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. At Northeastern, MacLeod played four years, leading the team in scoring his final three seasons. The native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, totaled 61 goals and 76 assists at NU while setting the school record for games played (149).

♦ Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza wrote in his new book that he took karate lessons to be prepared for a fight with Roger Clemens after the then-Yankees pitcher beaned Piazza in 2000.

Clemens responded Sunday, telling the Houston Chronicle that Piazza wasn’t the only one who wanted revenge, noting that even some of his own teammates had issues with him.

“He’d have to stand in line,” said Clemens, who is serving as a spring training instructor for the Astros. “I think there were about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than [Piazza] did.”

Clemens, who said has not read the book, claims he has become friendly with Piazza after playing with him at golf events.

“Some of these guys, once you get to know some of them, they’re fine. But like I said, there was no intent there,” Clemens insisted of his famous run-ins with Piazza, including the 2000 World Series incident in which Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at the catcher. “And Mike’s a good hitter and I think he hit every breaking ball I threw to him and he hit them hard. But he’s not the first power hitter who’s got me. So, we had some good times. But, yeah, somebody just texted me the Cliffs notes of [the book], so we thought that was pretty good.”

Tiger Woods might not be the world’s best golfer anymore, but he’s still a major drawing card. On Sunday, he played a round with President Barack Obama at the Floridian, an exclusive yacht and golf club on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The White House prohibited media coverage of the round, which included the participation of Astros owner Jim Crane, who owns the golf club, and outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Obama, who is spending Presidents Day weekend in Florida, spent the day Saturday with Butch Harmon, Woods’ former swing coach. That apparently was preparation for his round with Woods, who visited the president in the Oval Office of the White House in 2009.

“Just to see the interaction between the two on the range was pretty neat,” Harmon told Golf Digest. “The President said to Tiger: ‘The last tournament you played was fun to watch. It’s good to see you play well again.’ You could tell he meant it. It just wasn’t a throw-it-out compliment.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 18, 1930, which Bruins goaltender set an NHL record for most wins in a season when he recorded his 31st with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Canadiens?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon says Red Sox promoted controversial drug Toradol, but not PEDs 02.11.13 at 7:58 am ET
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NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Delaware, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot final, Boston College vs. Northeastern, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)


Closer Jonathan Papelbon said the Red Sox promoted regular use of the controversial drug Toradol, which his current team, the Phillies, does not use. (AP)

♦ Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon told ESPN that he was regularly injected with Toradol, a legal but controversial anti-inflammatory drug, during his time in Boston. Papelbon said his current team, the Phillies, told him he no longer would use the non-steroidal drug when he signed as a free agent after the 2011 season.

“They told me, ‘We don’t do that here. That kind of surprised me,” Papelbon said. “I haven’t had a single Toradol shot since.

“But here’s the thing you have to understand. There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It’s not just the Red Sox.”

The drug was the subject of some discussion last year when Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was hospitalized with esophagitis, said to be a side effect of Toradol. In December 2011, some retired NFL players filed a lawsuit accusing the league of indiscriminately administering the drug before and during games.

Following Curt Schilling‘s accusation that a member of the Sox’ medical staff recommended he consider performance-enhancing drugs, Papelbon said he did not have a similar experience.

“No, no, no — never,” Papelbon said. “I think that would be pretty asinine for any team doctor or trainer to say that don’t you?”

♦ An autobiography from former Mets catcher Mike Piazza reveals details about his feud with pitcher Roger Clemens, who beaned Piazza with a 98 mph fastball in 2000. Piazza said he refused an apology from Clemens and took karate lessons to prepare for another altercation, which occurred in the 2000 World Series when Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at Piazza. However, only words were exchanged.

“There were complications,” Piazza explained. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my ass kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

Piazza regrets his failure to act in that situation.

“It was not only possible but — circumstances be damned — it was in order.” Piazza said. “It was the story of the Series. I couldn’t deliver a punch.”

Also in the book, Piazza denies rumors that he took illegal steroids, although he admits to using muscle-building supplements and stimulants.

♦ Rapper Lil Wayne claims he was kicked out of Sunday’s Lakers-Heat game in Miami because he was cheering for the visiting team.

Tweeted the rapper:

So I’m @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow [expletive] da Heat.

Wayne previously made news during the 2012 Western Conference finals when he complained he was “denied by the team to be in their arena” in Oklahoma City to see the Thunder play the Spurs in Game 3. However, a Thunder spokesman explained that Wayne demanded a front-row seat but was told there were none available.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars say no to Tim Tebow 01.11.13 at 8:10 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.

NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Loyola (Md.), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wright State at Loyola (Ill.), 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Union at Princeton, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Nebraska-Omaha at Denver, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow likely will have a new home next season, but it doesn't appear that it will be Jacksonville. (AP)

♦ So much for speculation about Tim Tebow‘s triumphant return to Florida.

New Jaguars general manager David Caldwell, speaking at his introductory press conference Thursday in Jacksonville, said Tebow, expected to be traded or released by the Jets this offseason, does not fit into the team’s plans.

“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said.

Owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in the former University of Florida standout, but on Thursday he said he’s standing behind his new GM.

“I’m telling them to take a look at Tebow, and they’re saying, ‘We’re going to go in a different direction,” Khan said. “That’s the difference.”

Blaine Gabbert might survive as the starting QB, but the Jaguars will have a change at coach, however, as Mike Mularkey was fired after one season and a 2-14 record, the worst in franchise history.

“We needed a rebuild from the ground up,” Khan said.

♦ The Lakers continue to struggle along at 15-20 and on a five-game losing streak while they deal with injuries to four key players (Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake), but executive vice president Jim Buss said he has no plans to rebuild the aging roster.

“We still like this team a lot,” Buss said Thursday in an interview with ESPNLA 710 radio in Los Angeles. “How can you not believe in this team? This team is built to win. It’s a very, very solid team. We haven’t seen them all together and play together for games. In my mind, we would not consider a temporary fix or blow it up. Why blow up something we have a future with?

“It’s very difficult to talk this way because we’re five games under or six games under .500, and we’ve dug ourselves a hole. But at the same time, I feel that if we put it together, we can string seven or eight games in a row and dig ourselves out of this hole. If we play with the energy we’ve seen in the last two games, then I think you go into the playoffs with momentum.”

It cost the team $99.2 million to assemble this roster, but Buss said he doesn’t regret going all in.
“We stuck our neck out with this payroll because Kobe [Bryant] is in the twilight of his career and we want to win championships,” Buss said. “Now, am I upset that we might not make the playoffs? Of course. I’d be upset if I had a $10 payroll or a $200 million payroll. I want to make the playoffs and I want to win championships. But to panic? No, we’re not going to panic.”

♦ Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage, who previously has voiced his opinion that players linked to performance-enhancing drugs should join him in the Hall, took things another step Thursday when he said he might boycott the Hall if such players were to be enshrined.

“What kind of a society and what kind of world are we living in where we reward these guys for cheating?” Gossage said on New York sports radio station WFAN. “What kind of message does that send? And you know what? If any of these guys ever get in, I probably will never go back to the Hall of Fame.”

Added Gossage: “Nobody got in [this year], and the guys that are performance-enhancing drug users … I think [the voters] sent them a statement that they didn’t get in, and nor should they ever get in. They’ve got to make an example [of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens]. If they let them into the Hall of Fame, they might as well forget about testing and everything else.”

However, former Astros star Craig Biggio, who fell 39 votes shy of election, said if he had a vote he would have tabbed Bonds and Clemens.

“Barry Bonds was the greatest hitter that I’ve ever played against, the greatest players I ever played against. … Roger was one of the greatest pitchers of all time,” he said, adding. “I would have [voted them in]. Yes. I think those guys are Hall of Fame players. There’s not doubt about it, Barry and Roger, their numbers speak for themselves. And what they did on a baseball field speaks for themselves.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 11, 1977, with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals, which player became the fifth goaltender to record 100 career wins with the Bruins?

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Andy Pettitte on Roger Clemens’ comeback: ‘He loves to compete’ 08.22.12 at 10:10 am ET
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When Roger Clemens announced that he would pitch in an independent minor league game in Texas this week, former close friend and teammate Andy Pettitte was caught off guard — until he thought about it.

“I guess you could say it kind of surprised me, but I guess it doesn’t surprise me with him,”Pettitte told reporters Tuesday in Chicago, where his Yankees were playing the White Sox. “I know he loves to compete and I wish him nothing but the best.’’

Pettitte, whose testimony in Clemens’ perjury trial this summer was supposed to help prosecutors but ended up making the case more confusing when he backed off the certainty of his initial claims that Clemens admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Clemens’ Saturday night start for the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters leads to something more — maybe even the majors.

Said Pettitte: “I don’t know, but you would guess, ‘Why not do it unless you are trying to get back there.’ I am not real sure to tell you the truth, but he is definitely somebody who can pull it off.’’

The 40-year-old Pettitte, who returned this season after sitting out 2011 in retirement, is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA for the Yankees. He’s been sidelined since June 27 as he recovers from a broken ankle, and he said this week he has not ruled out returning next season.

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Roger Clemens will pitch for Atlantic League team 08.20.12 at 3:28 pm ET
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Roger Clemens is 50 years old and fresh off an acquittal of perjury charges, but it doesn’t look like that will stop him from playing baseball. Clemens signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and is expected to start on Saturday at home against the Bridgeport Bluefish, according to Mark Berman of Fox Houston.

The righty hasn’t pitched since 2007 when he was a member of the Yankees. Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte caught his bullpen session for the Skeeters on Monday.

“He’s in such great shape it’s ridiculous,” Bracamonte said. “He’s the same guy he was before. He is nasty. His split is good. He still has life. He was throwing in the high 80s.”

Clemens was acquitted in June of perjury charges that he had lied to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan down more than 100 pounds 07.20.12 at 7:59 am ET
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MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (WGN)
Golf: British Open, 4:30 a.m. (ESPN)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 3:30 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Bucks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Dodgers at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 2:05 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Clippers, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
Golf: British Open, 6 a.m. (ESPN)


There's less of Rex Ryan for Patriots fans to hate, as the Jets coach has lost more than 100 pounds in two years. (AP)

♦ Jets coach Rex Ryan went public Thursday about his weight loss, saying that he wanted to reach a milestone before commenting. Ryan, who underwent Lap-Band surgery in 2010, said he has lost 106 pounds — including 50 since the end of last season — and is down to 242. His waist went from 48 inches to 38.

“I wanted to break that 100-pound barrier before I really said, ‘All right, guys, this is what it is,’ ” said Ryan, who was not paid to have the surgery but has since been hired by the company to talk about his experience.

Ryan, 49, said it was a wakeup call when he checked his weight before the 2009 AFC championship game.

“I thought, ‘Let me get on the scale,’ I’m thinking I’m going to be 300 or 310, around that range. I’m 348 pounds,” he recalled. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to do something.’ I couldn’t believe it. I swear to you, I turned around to look to see if there was somebody behind me. But it was just me.”

Ryan said that in addition to eating substantially less, he walks between 45 minutes and an hour each day and wants to start running soon.

“I wasn’t walking because I felt so uncomfortable doing anything,” he said, adding: “Finally, I lost enough where I was like, ‘I’m going to start walking. I’m going to start moving.’ ”

♦ The departure of Jeremy Lin to the Rockets has hit Knicks fans hard, but recently acquired point guard Raymond Felton let them know they shouldn’t be concerned. Felton, who averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists for the Knicks in the first half of the 2010-11 season before being traded to the Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony deal, said he thinks he’ll be an upgrade.

“I am a competitor. I am a point guard just like he is, so do I think I am better? Of course I am going to say that,” Felton said in a television interview during the Knicks’ Summer League game in Las Vegas on Thursday. “I think I am better than any point guard. That’s the way I am supposed to think. But at the same time, it’s nothing personal between me and Jeremy. But people are going to make it about that, [and] I am fine with that.”

As for his team, Felton has high expectations.

“Good enough for the finals,” he said. “This is a contending team, without a doubt.”

♦ One of Roger Clemens‘ most bizarre moments on the field occurred during the 2000 World Series, when he threw a splintered bat at Mets catcher Mike Piazza. On Wednesday night, Piazza and his wife, Alicia Rickter, were leaving a Southern California restaurant when a TMZ reporter asked Rickter if her husband agreed with an assertion that Clemens’ outburst was fueled by his alleged steroid use.

“Yes! He does think that,” she said.

Piazza did his best to downplay the situation, calling Clemens a “great pitcher” when asked if the seven-time Cy Young Award-winner’s career has been tarnished.

“The only time I’ve ever known him is hitting against him,” Piazza said. “It’s really tough for me to say, ’cause I never played with him, just against him. I mean, look, he was a great pitcher. His record speaks for itself.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 20, 1958, which Tigers hurler recorded the fourth (and most recent) no-hitter by an opposing pitcher at Fenway Park when he won the first game of a doubleheader, 3-0?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Torre says Roger Clemens is deserving of Hall of Fame 07.02.12 at 7:28 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)
Swimming: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBC)


Former Yankees manager Joe Torre is greeted at Sunday's Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. (AP)

♦ Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for Old-Timers’ Day, said he thinks Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame despite his alleged steroid use.

“He is [deserving] to me,” Torre said. “I can’t make other people look at him, I can just tell you the way I feel about him. I was proud to have him play for me and I respect him.”

Added Torre: “I’m a little prejudiced on Clemens. He was like a son to me. Unfortunately, the question is always going to be there with him. It’s something that’s sad for me … because I disliked him like everyone else until I got a chance to know him. He was a great teammate for these guys and he was very devoted to the team was playing on, and I always respected that.”

♦ White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy allowed three home runs to the Yankees on Saturday, and he voiced his displeasure with the park’s hitter-friendly dimensions after suffering a 4-0 loss.

“They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run,” Peavy said.

Peavy added that New York’s left-handed hitters are locked in on the short fence in right.

“Every guy is standing right on the plate.” he said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way. Except Robinson Cano. That’s why he’s hitting .300, because he will use the whole field.

“Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn’t you? They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run.”

Michael Jordan‘s son Marcus, who averaged 13.7 points as a junior at Central Florida last season, was arrested in Omaha, Neb., early Sunday after he got into an argument with two women outside a hotel. Police said Jordan was “very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative” and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him.

Jordan was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing.

♦ The New York Daily News has a nice feature on Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his relationship with the family of former Boston College defensive back Jay McGillis, who died of leukemia 20 years ago this month, following Coughlin’s first season as BC coach.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 2, 1975, which Red Sox hurler, in a bid to become the third pitcher ever to have a no-hitter in both leagues, came within one out of a no-hitter before allowing a walk and two home runs in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Indians still upset about blown call vs. Yankees 06.28.12 at 6:48 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Tigers at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Draft, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Germany vs. Italy, 2:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Track: Olympic trials, 9 p.m. (MBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN)


♦ During Tuesday’s Indians-Yankees game in New York, Yankees outfielder Dewayne Wise reached into the stands in an attempt to catch a foul ball hit by Jack Hannahan. The ball bounced off Wise’s glove and into the stands, but the umpire on the scene, Mike DiMuro, thought it was a catch and called the batter out without checking to see if Wise still had the ball.

The fan who retrieved the ball, Vinnie Pellegrino, held it up but then quickly realized what was happening, so he and his friend, Sal Azzariti, quietly handed off the ball to a 7-year-old seated nearby.

“I thought I was in a dream,” the kid, Ben Pikor, told the New York Post. “I like that the Yankees won. But I think the umpire made a bad call.”

The fans asked Wise to sign the ball later in the game.

“I don’t think he wanted to come over,” Assariti said. “He gave us a little wave with his glove — and a wink.”

The Indians didn’t find the situation so amusing, especially after Hannahan was ejected for arguing the call after watching the replay between innings.

“Mike’s a good umpire. I can live with the human part of it, not seeing the fan or not seeing the ball,” Indians manager Manny Acta said, adding: “[But] this was the case of a guy just not doing his job, and that I can’t live with.”

Roger Clemens may have been acquitted in his federal perjury trial this month, but his troubles are not over. Former trainer Brian McNamee plans to depose Clemens and Andy Pettitte this year as part of his civil case against Clemens.

Said U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson during a hearing Wednesday morning: “It’s going to be a credibility case.”

♦ On a day when the agent for Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley told the Detroit Free Press that the player will plead not guilty at a Thursday arraignment in Alabama on charges of DUI and attempting to elude police, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril tried to defend his team, which has been stung by six arrests this offseason.

“You can’t label us by a few young guys getting in trouble,” Avril said on ESPN’s “NFL 32″ show. “You can’t put that on the other 53 guys on the roster. That makes no sense. Obviously they are part of the team, nut I don’t think it’s correct to put that on the other 53 guys who are on the roster.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 28, 2003, the Red Sox made a trade with the Rockies to acquire which player, who debuted for Boston by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs in that night’s game against the Marlins (a 10-9 loss)?

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Goose Gossage: Roger Clemens doesn’t belong in Hall of Fame 06.21.12 at 10:47 pm ET
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Goose Gossage said Roger Clemens lied about his steroid use and doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame. (AP)

In an interview Thursday with ESPN New York 98.7, Hall of Fame pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage called out Roger Clemens, saying the seven-time Cy Young Award winner is a cheater who shouldn’t be allowed to make the Hall of Fame.

Clemens was acquitted Monday on all charges of perjury in denying he used performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career.

“Are we going to reward these guys for cheating?” Gossage asked radio hosts Michael Kay and Don La Greca. “Even though he was found innocent, it was because of the bad testimony. No one believed [Brian] McNamee, and [Andy] Pettitte kind of changed his thing — ‘Did I really hear what he told me?’ ”

Gossage even compared the situation to that of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial in 1995, when Simpson was acquitted on all charges, a verdict that still today is highly controversial.

“O.J. Simpson, did you believe he didn’t kill those two people?” Gossage asked.

In light of the trial, Gossage also admitted that if he played during the steroid era, he “probably would have” taken performance-enhancing drugs. Gossage played 22 seasons between 1972 and 1994, and steroids were just starting to become prevalent towards the end of his career.

“Steroids weren’t a part of the game when I was playing. Toward the end, we wondered what was going on. We knew something was going on. Absolutely, I probably would have,” Gossage said.

“The peer pressure is what is so dangerous about steroids. It is affecting our kids in high school and into college. These things are bad for you and they have got to get rid of them. If you are lying, shame on you.”

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