Friday's Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay trade barbs about Hall of Fame candidacy

January 08, 2016 - 3:04 am

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FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN) College hockey: Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) NBA: Cavaliers at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Buffalo at Kent State, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN) College basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Western Michigan at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: UIC at Detroit, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Utah at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Women, UConn at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) Soccer: FA Cup, Liverpool at Exeter City, 3 p.m. (FS1) AROUND THE WEB: [caption id="attachment_36785" align="alignright" width="150"] Roger Clemens[/caption] -- Roger Clemens generally has taken the high road as sportswriters continue to deny him entrance to the Baseball Hall of Fame, insisting Thursday, "I have distanced myself from the subject and moved on." However, a dismissive comment from a former teammate caused him to go on the offensive. Roy Halladay, who played his first season in 1998 alongside Clemens on the Blue Jays and went on to win two Cy Young Awards and appear in eight All-Star Games during his 16-year career, tweeted Wednesday that he agreed with writers who leave Clemens and Barry Bonds off their ballots. Wrote Halladay before the balloting was announced: When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly! Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds! Clemens, who received 45.2 percent of the vote -- 7.7 percent more than last year but well short of the 75 percent needed -- texted a Houston TV reporter with his response. "What is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill-informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher," Clemens wrote. "Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the 'strength coach.' You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand." Answered Halladay on Twitter: I'll let my reputation speak for itself. -- As expected, the Broncos will go with Peyton Manning at quarterback when they open the playoffs a week from Sunday. And backup Brock Osweiler says he's OK with it. "I stand behind Peyton. I stand behind Coach. I stand behind this team," Osweiler said Thursday. "You're going to see the same exact guy out of me as you've seen the whole season. Bottom line: I just care about this football team winning games. If coach thinks Peyton gives the team the best chance, then I fully support that." Osweiler went 5-2 as starter after Manning was sidelined with a foot injury. However, Osweiler struggled in Sunday's regular-season finale, and Manning came off the bench to finish a win over the Chargers that secured the top seed. Coach Gary Kubiak has said all along that Manning would be the starter when healthy, and he said Thursday that he had no reason to change his opinion now. "I feel really good about this," Kubiak said. "I feel good about how far Peyton has come, where he's at physically, mentally. I could see it happening throughout the course of the last two weeks. I'm excited for him to get going." Manning is attempting to become the oldest Super Bowl-winning quarterback, and the first to lead two franchises to the title. "Look, I'd be lying to say I've never thought of it," Manning said. "But I am excited to be thinking about who are we going to play next weekend and to have the opportunity to help." -- Beyonce will join Coldplay at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, according to Entertainment Tonight. A Coldplay representative previously confirmed that there would be "special guests" involved in the show. Bruno Mars reportedly will be another one such guest, and ET reports that at least one more act is expected to take part. Super Bowl 50 will be held at the 49ers' Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 8, 1944, which Bruins forward was leading the NHL with 53 points in just 26 games when he injured his shoulder during a 12-3 loss to the Maple Leafs, causing him to miss all but 10 games the rest of the season -- and finish with 71 points, two points short of the league's single-season record? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Numbers-wise, it shouldn't be a problem because that'€™s what the Hall of Fame is all about. Numbers and not being someone being part of controversy, so I guess on that side of it I think I'€™m doing OK. Getting in the Hall of Fame is not an easy thing to do. There is always going to be someone who has something to say, so we'€™ll see how that plays out." -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, on his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame STAT OF THE DAY: 35.7 -- The Celtics' shooting percentage in Thursday's 101-92 loss to the Bulls, with Isaiah Thomas hitting just 5-of-17 shots 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Panthers score two goals in eight seconds against the Senators. The Lakers rally from a 27-point deficit to take a late lead against the Kings, but Sacramento pulls out the win. UCLA guard Bryce Alford drains a step-back 3-pointer with five seconds remaining to give UCLA an upset victory over Arizona. TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Cowley SOOTHING SOUNDS: Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935.

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