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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Denver at San Diego, 8:25 (CBS; NFL Network)
College football: North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)
AROUND THE WEB:
— The Derrick Rose rape trial will continue after a motion to dismiss it was denied.
After Rose’s lawyers petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of the accuser deleting a crucial text, the judge, Michael Fitzgerald, ruled it is not a reason to throw out the trial. But he did rule the jury will know the accuser did not disclose all the texts in question in the correct time frame.
This continuing case was shrouded in tragedy on Tuesday when one of its investigators was found dead in her California home.
Natalie Hernandez, 44, died of gunshot wounds and her death it being investigated as a suicide. She was a detective investigating Rose’s case and it is not clear if her death is related to that case.
— Tim Tebow might actually be a miracle worker.
On Tuesday the former NFL quarterback and current Mets prospect came to the swift aide of a fan in the stands who was having a seizure. One day later he explained why he did it.
“It’s what you are supposed to do,” Tebow said prior to Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale. “In my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”
Tebow, a famously devout Christian, was signing autographs when he saw the man in need, went to him and tried talking to him. Tebow then put his hand on the man’s leg, bowed his head and began praying. He stayed with the man even after paramedics arrived.
The man, Brandon Berry, is grateful for Tebow’s help.
“I just remember just being very disoriented,” Berry told The Associated Press. “Then I saw Tim.”
Berry was released from the hospital and is doing well at home.
— Ronda Rousey will officially make her triumphant return to the Octagon. UFC announced Wednesday that Rousey will fight current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.
This will be Rousey’s first fight since November 2015 when she lost to Holly Holm in UFC 193.
Rousey also said if she beats Nunes she will then “definitely” fight champion MMA fighter Cris Cyborg.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love the fact that we’re in a place there is so much scrutiny and I embrace it and I know that people follow closely.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, on criticism of his management abilities this season
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In 1903, Boston won the first-ever World Series, beating Pittsburgh 3-0 in Game 8 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds to take the championship five games to three. Boston pitcher Bill Dinneen got the win over Pittsburgh starter Deacon Phillippe. Dinneen made four starts in the series and went 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA.