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.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
Catcher Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox top-rated prospects, sits down with Lou to talk about Spring Training and his expectations for the upcoming season
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Mookie sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season and his preparation for playing in the outfield. Mookie also details one of his favorite hobbies, bowling.
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On this weeks Aloha Friday, Tim apologizes to our producer Tom for not knowing who Leonard Nimoy was, Christian bashes Kanye West, and Joey makes amends for mistaking camel noises for llama noises
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
On this week's Fauria Five, Christian asks what the over/under on how many times Ortiz will be fined for stepping out of the batter's box this season, will the Bruins make the playoffs, will the Patriots use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty, where does Adrian Peterson play next year, and what color was the dress that went viral yesterday
We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
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