Thursday's Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens' attorneys claim motive for Brian McNamee

June 30, 2011 - 2:42 am

Welcome to Thursday'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 THURSDAY: MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Roger Clemens' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday night claiming that former trainer Brian McNamee sold out Clemens to protect himself from federal investigators after an incident in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2001. Investigators had looked into allegations that McNamee sexually assaulted an unconscious woman at a party during a Yankees road trip to play the Rays. McNamee, who later admitted he lied to the investigators '€” claiming he was trying to protect Yankees players at the party '€” was never charged. McNamee is the prosecution's star witness in the case against Clemens for lying to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. '™¦ Following his decision to apply for a name change to Metta World Peace, Lakers guard Ron Artest explained his thinking to the New York Post. "It's all about positive energy," he said. "I'm just trying to make a difference, get positive energy out there." '™¦ At ESPN.com, Jim Caple has the story of Sean Burroughs, a 1990s Little League hero and former top prospect who battled his way back to the major leagues with the Diamondbacks. A year ago, Burroughs was hooked on drugs and eating food out of garbage cans while wandering the streets of Las Vegas after flaming out of the majors. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 30, 1969, Bill Russell announced his retirement as both player and coach for the Celtics. Who replaced him as coach? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't see us missing any games. But I see it coming down to the wire, though." '€” NBA player Stephen Jackson, on negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement STAT OF THE DAY: 4 '€” Career hits for Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, who drove in the Sox' lone run with a two-out double in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies 'NET RESULTS: Former Red Sox manager Butch Hobson, now manager of the independent Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers, protested a call by removing first base, autographing it and presenting it to a fan in the front row. A Cirque du Solei acrobat performs an impressive first pitch before Monday's Royals-Padres game in San Diego. TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Heinsohn SOOTHING SOUNDS: Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band is 67 Thursday.