Thursday's Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens' son Koby faces winter league ban for abandoning team

November 17, 2011 - 3:01 am

Welcome to Thursday'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 THURSDAY: NHL: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Koby Clemens, one of Roger Clemens' sons, is expected to be banned from international play this winter after abandoning his Puerto Rican team, according to a report from a Puerto Rico newspaper. The Astros minor leaguer apparently left the Mayaguez Indians last Wednesday without providing a reason. The team filed paperwork that bans Clemens from playing for any other winter league team in the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, which includes Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Explained team owner Daniel Aquino: "I'd like the fans and everyone else to know that we're not looking to sanction Clemens. Even less do we wish to do him harm. We're only following procedure." '™¦ Giants receiver and UMass product Victor Cruz was at the Juliet Supper Club in New York City with teammate Chris Canty early Tuesday morning when a fatal shooting occurred in a room next door to where the players were celebrating Cruz' 25th birthday. Cruz described the event as "surreal" and said he plans to be more cautious: "I'm only going to barbecues and family get-togethers from now on." '™¦ Former Knicks guard Cuttino Mobley filed suit against the Knicks, accusing the team of forcing his retirement in order to save $19 million after acquiring him from the Clippers in 2008. Mobley, a former University of Rhode Island star who was diagnosed with a heart condition in 1999, claims the team sent him to a heart specialist who is an outspoken advocate of the dangers of playing sports with the defect, knowing that he would disqualify him from playing. Mobley's retirement saved owner James Dolan an estimated $19 million because insurance pays a bulk of the contract and it no longer counted against the salary cap, saving the then-rebuilding Knicks from having to pay luxury tax to the league. The team denied the allegations in a statement, saying: "When the Knicks obtained Cuttino, the team fully expected him to be our starting shooting guard. It was a significant setback to our team when we learned he would not be able to play. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 17, 1992, which two players -- and infielder and a catcher -- did the Red Sox lose to the Rockies in the expansion draft? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He's my family. When you find out that he's going to another team, it crushes you." -- Dustin Pedroia, during his Wednesday appearance on The Big Show, talking about Jonathan Papelbon's decision to sign with the Phillies STAT OF THE DAY: 26-0 -- Cumulative record of ACC basketball teams this season, after all four teams in action won Wednesday 'NET RESULTS: Matt Duchene of the Avalanche scores after a nifty between-the-legs move Tuesday night vs. the Penguins. "South Park" takes a few shots at Penn State in its own controversial style. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jody Reed, who was subsequently traded to the Dodgers, and Eric Wedge, who eventually returned to the Red Sox SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gordon Lightfoot turns 73 Thursday.