THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Blue Jackets at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) NBA: Clippers at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT) NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: Maryland at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM) College basketball: Florida Atlantic at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1) NFL: Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM) College football: Awards Show, 7 p.m. (ESPN) Soccer: UEFA Europa, Swansea City at St. Gallen, 1 p.m. (FS1) Soccer: UEFA Europa, Anji at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Police in Boca Raton, Fla., arrested a 20-year-old tanning salon technician in connection with the theft of documents related to the Biogenesis scandal.
Reginald St. Fleur was linked to the theft of the files from the car of former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer by some blood stains on the door handle. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with armed burglary.
Major League Baseball paid cash for documents that connected numerous players, including Alex Rodriguez, to the since-closed anti-aging clinic. However, an MLB source told the New York Daily News, “We have never had any dealings with this individual.”
The Daily News reports that the man who sold the documents to MLB, Gary Jones, worked with St. Fleur at Boca Tanning. Fischer reportedly worried earlier this year that he had been double-crossed by Jones and St. Fleur.
According to a police statement about St. Fleur’s arrest: “He told [police] he did not know about the burglary, does not know Fischer, and never touched anyone’s car. When investigators explained his blood was found on Fischer’s car, St. Fleur again denied knowledge of the crime and he did not speak further with detectives.”
• In other A-Rod news, MLB wants the player’s public relations representative held in contempt of court for refusing to testify in last month’s appeal hearing.
Michael Sitrick, whose firm is accused by MLB of leaking information about other players’ involvement in the Biogenesis scandal to the media in an attempt to deflect attention from Rodriguez, has refused to travel to New York from his Southern California home or even testify by video or phone, despite being ordered to do so by U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos. Sitrick also won’t provide documents requested by MLB lawyers, who want a judge to order Sitrick or Rodriguez to pay a daily fine “in an amount sufficient to cause him to comply” with the order.
Sitrick’s lawyers had the case moved to federal court, and they want him to get a pass because they say he was part of Rodriguez’s legal team and should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
• Terry Bradshaw apparently did not get the memo to be supportive of the first Super Bowl being played in the Northeast. During a weekly segment on New York’s WFAN radio, the Fox Sports studio analyst blasted the league for awarding the game to MetLife Stadium.
“Thank you, commissioner, thank you Super Bowl committee for putting us in New York,” the Steelers legend said. “And we all know why we’re in New York, it’s because they overpaid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey. … By the way, not a gorgeous stadium, either.
“It’s freakin’ outside in New York, are you kidding me? Not even New York — New Jersey. It’s not like Minnesota, it’s a dome. It’s not like it’s Detroit, it’s a dome. It’s not like it’s Indy, it’s a dome. … I don’t want it to be bad, ’cause I’m there. I don’t want it to bad, I want it to be nice, but I don’t think you should be putting Super Bowls in northern cities in the winter time.”
Added Bradshaw: “You should be in Florida or California or Arizona, where there [are] no excuses. What if the Saints make it there? What if Seattle [qualifies]. … Teams that run the football will have a bigger advantage than teams that throw the football. What if we get two passing teams? What if they get Denver there? What if it’s pouring down snow? You get a bad game.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 12, 1975, the Red Sox traded Roger Moret to the Braves for which pitcher, known in part for the fact that he caught Hank Aaron‘s 715th home run ball in the bullpen in 1974?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was just a really nice day. This is, it’s just such a classy place here. … They cheer for their teams and they love their athletes. The best decision I ever made was 10 years ago, when I decided to come.” – An emotional Doc Rivers, after making his return to Boston as coach of the Clippers
STAT OF THE DAY: 23 – Points by which the Knicks led the Bulls before squandering the lead, then regaining their composure to pull out an 83-78 victory
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Steph Curry hits a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to cap the Warriors’ comeback from an 18-point deficit vs. the Mavericks.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutcheon proposes to girlfriend Maria Hanslovan on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom House
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dionne Warwick was born on this day in 1940.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
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