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MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Tottenham at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


– A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

– The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

“The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. “His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree‘s proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years.”

The Giants said in response to the criticism that Tyree “was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization.”

Jay Paterno is suing Penn State, accusing the school of irreparably damaging his career by failing to indicate that his firing last year was not related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Paterno, who for 12 years served as quarterbacks coach for his father, Joe Paterno, was dismissed by then-head coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012. Offensive line coach Bill Kenney also was fired and is part of the lawsuit.

The two allege that “the terminations ‘€¦ had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiffs’ heretofore stellar reputations.” They are seeking more than $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Paterno claims he was refused interviews for head coaching vacancies at UConn and James Madison along with several broadcasting positions. He has not worked since leaving Penn State. Kenney, however, did land another position, as offensive line coach at Western Michigan.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 23, 2002, which Red Sox player hit three two-run home runs in a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays and tied a major league record with five home runs in two games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe. He does not agree with people being gay. He has a moral problem with me marrying my partner of 11 years and he does not want that in the locker room.” – Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 – Consecutive losses for Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, who fell to 1-9 on the season with Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In his first game with the Yankees since being acquired from the Padres earlier in the day, Chase Headley hits a walkoff single in the 14th inning to beat the Rangers.

Jonathan Lucroy hits a walkoff home run in the ninth inning to lift the Brewers over the Reds.

This umpire in Texas has a good time with his strikeout calls.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nomar Garciaparra

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tony Joe White was born on this day in 1943.

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Jerry Spar
Christian Fauria won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. (AP)

Christian Fauria won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. (AP)

It was revealed on Tuesday’€™s edition of Middays with MFB that Christian Fauria is almost irresponsibly casual about being the owner of two Super Bowl rings.

Fauria, who won Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX with the Patriots, admitted Tuesday that he regularly misplaces his prized rings and didn’€™t know where they were for months until finding them Tuesday in a backpack with a broken zipper.

“It’€™s happened before, and whenever this happens I know that nobody stole them,” Fauria said. “€œI know that they’€™re somewhere in the house and it’€™s going to be a matter of time before I accidentally bump into them, and sure enough, there they are.”

Fauria said that he has a case for the rings, but that he keeps his watches in that case. The Super Bowl rings had been in an old backpack he brings to work, with Fauria saying they were there since January at the earliest. They were in a pouch where he keeps his pens and pencils, but didn’€™t realize it until Tuesday.

“I didn’€™t lose them; I just wasn’€™t sure where they were,”€ he said.

With his co-hosts giving him grief for keeping something so important in an old backpack, Fauria said he likes to have the rings with him.

“€œYou never know when you’€™re going to need a Super Bowl ring,”€ he joked. “Maybe you can’€™t get into a restaurant, maybe you’€™ve to get into a club, maybe you’€™ve got to talk your way out of a ticket. You pull out a Super Bowl ring, you get into the club, you get the first table, you get out of the ticket.”

Replied Lou Merloni: “€œSo you bring a backpack to the club a lot?”

For audio of the segment, click here.

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We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.
We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.
The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.
The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.

Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss former NFL coach Tony Dungy‘s comments about Rams rookie Michael Sam. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Dungy, now an NBC football analyst, told The Tampa Tribune that he wouldn’t have selected Sam because, “I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it” and things wouldn’t go smoothly.

“I am so tired of this distraction nonsense. You have cameras and questions and screaming fans everywhere you go,” Zeigler said. “That’s the NFL. It’s the biggest game in town. You are always in the middle of a media circus no matter where you go or what you do.

“Will Michael Sam bring some extra cameras? One hundred percent he will. So will Johnny Manziel, so will Jadeveon Clowney, so will lots of other people. That’s just part of the game. And to make decisions based on whether some extra cameras are going to show up or people are going to ask you questions in a press conference, this is insane. You’re supposed to be at the top of your profession. If you make decisions based on that you shouldn’t be an NFL head coach.”

Zeigler said it’s hypocritical for Dungy to feel this way given his history of advocating for troubled players, including Michael Vick, to be given second chances. Zeigler also cited Dungy pushing for gay marriage to be illegal in Indiana.

“He traded for Keyshawn Johnson, who wasn’t known to be a quiet wallflower in the locker room and he said he didn’t agree with Jason Collins‘ lifestyle,” Zeigler said. “Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe. He does not agree with people being gay. He has a moral problem with me marrying my partner of 11 years and he does not want that in the locker room.

“To me, it’s one thing to say that. But the problem is Tony Dungy was the head coach of an NFL team. He was making hiring decisions, and when you’re in a position like that you cannot allow things like religion, gender, sexual orientation and race to enter into your head when you’re making those hiring decisions. That is un-American and unfair.”

Zeigler said that Dungy being the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl makes the former Colts coach look like an even bigger hypocrite.

“If professional sports teams’ owners and leagues had not, 40, 50, 60, 70 years ago, said we’re going to ignore the race of people like Tony Dungy and we’re going to put them in positions to succeed, whether we’re going to be quote-unquote afraid or whether we’re going to be quote-unquote a distraction or whether the fans are going to like it or not. We’re going to do that anyway because it’s the right thing to do.

“The fact that Tony Dungy was a beneficiary of those very specific things and he would now say that Michael Sam and gay people should not be the beneficiary of those things. It would be stunning if it was anybody but Tony Dungy because Tony Dungy has a record of saying this and doing this. He raised tens of thousands of dollars to fight against equality for gay people in Indiana. For whatever reason, this issue is a bee in his bonnet and he doesn’t like it.”

Dungy released a statement later Tuesday afternoon saying he defended Sam’s right to play in the NFL and that his comments were made weeks ago when Oprah Winfrey planned to have a reality show chronicling Sam’s first season.

“I do not believe Michael’s sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization,” Dungy said. ”I do, however, believe that the media attention that comes with it will be a distraction. Unfortunately we are all seeing this play out now, and I feel badly that my remarks played a role in the distraction.”

With regards to Sam, Zeigler said all the gay community wants is to see him be able to play football.

“Michael doesn’t owe anything to the gay community, but I know, after talking to many people who are gay, all they want is one thing from Michael: from him to play in the NFL as long as he possibly can,” Zeigler said. “He will do more for LGBT equality than 100 activists could do in 10 years if Michael just makes that roster and plays and God forbid the Rams go to the playoffs or win the NFC West.

“That’s all people care about. He doesn’t need to try to bring media attention, he doesn’t need to talk about the issues, he just needs to go play football.”

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Nick Canelas
Christian started the day by packing up his back pack as he always and heading to work. He noticed that the zipper was broken on one of the pockets. As the show was ending, he remembered this and reached into the bag and pulled out not ONE, but TWO New England Patriots Super Bowl rings. His response: "Oh! There they are." Much to the shock of Tim and Lou, Christian was completely unfazed by the fact that he hadn't seen his SB rings since the NCAA National Championship game 7 MONTHS AGO!

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