Friday's Morning Mashup: James Harrison apologizes, but not to Roger Goodell

July 15, 2011 - 3:14 am

Welcome to Friday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY: MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) SATURDAY: MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 4:10 p.m. (FOX; WEEI) SUNDAY: MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI) MLS: Union at Revolution, 7 p.m. (CSNNE) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "stupid," a "crook" and a "devil" in a Men's Journal article, apologized Thursday '€” but his apology was to people who might have been offended by his use of a gay slur. "It was careless use of a slang word and I apologize to all who were offended by the remark," he said. "I am not a homophobic bigot, and I would never advocate intolerance of gay people." Harrison also tried to downplay critical comments he made about teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall for their subpar play in last season's Super Bowl loss to the Packers. '™¦ Sports by Brooks reports that ESPN indefinitely suspended college football writer Bruce Feldman for participating in an authorized biography of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach. Leach was fired in 2009 after his alleged mistreatment of the son of ESPN analyst Craig James. '™¦ The German soccer team Werder Bremen has banned players from getting tattoos, saying the discomfort and risk of infection could negatively affect the players' performance. Last season, a player on rival Hamburg was sidelined after a tattoo became infected. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 15, 1986, who became the first Red Sox pitcher to record a win in All-Star Game history? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Mr. Clemens has to get a fair trial. In my view, he can't get it now." '€” U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, in declaring a mistrial Thursday in the government's case against Roger Clemens STAT OF THE DAY: 8 '€” Runs allowed by Yankees starter Bartolo Colon in the first inning of Thursday's 16-7 loss to the Blue Jays 'NET RESULTS: Here's the latest video of an NBA player at a basketball camp doing what it takes to make sure a kid does not beat him at knockout. This time it's Dwyane Wade. Wizards guard John Wall puts on a show in the North Carolina Pro-Am League. TRIVIA ANSWER: Roger Clemens, who pitched three no-hit innings in the game at the Houston Astrodome SOOTHING SOUNDS: Linda Ronstadt is 65 Friday.