Friday's Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley angrily denies Cam Newton ticket accusation

January 07, 2011 - 2:44 am

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. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY: NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI) SATURDAY: NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NESN) NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI) SUNDAY: No games scheduled AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley was in rare form Thursday night during halftime of the network's broadcast of the Thunder-Mavericks game. The NBA legend and Auburn alumnus denied a rumor that he had given Lakers tickets to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton '€” a rumor started after a reporter's tweet was misconstrued '€” but then joked that he would have done more for Newton had he been asked. Said Barkley: "I did not get him tickets, I have never met Cam Newton, but if Cam Newton had called me I would have put him in the Laker locker room if he wanted to go." Barkley also weighed in on a recent comment from Fox News' Tucker Carlson that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been "executed" for his role in killing dogs. Barkley called Carlson an "idiot," and added that Carlson is "a nobody" who was fired by Turner Broadcasting "because he sucked." '™¦ Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley announced that he is gay in a column Thursday. On The Big Show Thursday afternoon, Buckley received support from callers and celebrities, including former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling (audio link). '™¦ As the Fiesta Bowl prepares to host the BCS championship game Monday, Steve Wieberg at USA Today looks at the investigation into alleged improper political contributions orchestrated by Fiesta Bowl president John Junker that may jeopardize the Fiesta's future with the BCS. '™¦ Paralyzed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand has had some sensation throughout his body and was able to move his shoulder, the school announced Thursday. LeGrand, injured during a game against Army on Oct 16, was interviewed by ESPN, with the conversation scheduled for airing Friday. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 7, 1991, who was named coach of the Patriots, replacing Rod Rust? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's awful. Kid plays that good for us all the time, we don't get the wins for him. We care about him and we should probably show it in a better way because he stood on his head for us pretty much every night." '€” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, on goalie Tuukka Rask STAT OF THE DAY: 6-0-0 '€” The Wild's all-time record vs. the Bruins in Boston, following Thursday night's 3-1 decision 'NET RESULTS: Here's a no-look halfcourt buzzer beater. A hockey puck breaks in half after hitting the goalpost. TRIVIA ANSWER: Dick MacPherson SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kenny Loggins turns 63 Friday.