Tuesday's Morning Mashup: ESPN fires Matthew Barnaby after arrest

December 06, 2011 - 3:01 am

Welcome to Tuesday'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. TUESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8:30 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Red Wings at Blues, 7:30 p.m. (Versus) College basketball: Missouri vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Memphis at Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: Long Beach State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ ESPN fired NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby after his second brush with the law this year. Early Monday morning, Barnaby was arrested in upstate New York after allegedly driving his Porsche Cayenne on its front rim while missing a tire, causing sparks. He failed several field sobriety tests and refused a breath test. In May, he was accused of kicking a garage door at his estranged wife'€™s house in an attempt to enter. After pleading not guilty, he was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service, avoid '€œoffensive'€ action against his wife and contact with her boyfriend, and attend anger management counseling to have the charges dropped. Barnaby, 38, played in the NHL from 1992-2007 with the Sabres, Penguins, Lightning, Rangers, Avalanche, Blackhawks and Stars. ESPN said it "terminated its contract with Barnaby, effective immediately." Barnaby, 38, had been with the network since 2008. '™¦ Controversial Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was in a traffic accident last week in his hometown of Portland, Ore., and he told police he lost control of his 1970 Chevrolet Coupe and crashed into a tree while trying to pass a taxi. However, two passengers who were in Suh's car have since come forward to say that Suh was lying about how the accident occurred, insisting that Suh was trying to show off. "He was driving too fast and reckless all the time," a female passenger told police for an amended report. "There was never a taxi. He was just going too fast and he could have killed someone." The woman also said she was injured and eventually received stitches, but Suh refused to call for an ambulance, telling her she was fine. '™¦ Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo called out Blues captain David Backes after an incident in Saturday's game in which Backes and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews exchanged pleasantries. Carcillo stepped in to break up the dispute before it devolved into a fight, and then he accused Backes of picking on weaker players. "Look at the guys he's fought in this league," Carcillo said. "He's a big guy and he's tough, but he hasn't really answered the bell with any really tough guys. He goes after guys like [Corey] Perry, and he tried to fight Jonathan Toews. You just can't let that happen." '™¦ It's that time of year for the annual complaining about college football bowl games. Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 most controversial bowl selections in history. No. 1 is the 1974 Rose Bowl, when Big Ten athletic directors voted to send Ohio State over fellow undefeated Michigan. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 6, 1976, the Red Sox traded emerging star Cecil Cooper to the Brewers for which two players? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Well, there'€™s only one Bill Belichick. There'€™s no one that can be like him. It'€™s really his personality. He'€™s not trying to act a certain way. It'€™s just the way he is. Everybody is the way they are. What you hear from myself when I speak or Billy O'€™Brien when he speaks or Nick Caserio when he speaks, that'€™s everybody'€™s own personality. If you got me in some other situation, I'€™d probably speak the same way. And so would coach Belichick. It'€™s just a matter of your level of comfort and answering questions. But we do it so often. After a while your personality comes out." -- Tom Brady, during his weekly Monday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show STAT OF THE DAY: 45 -- Shots stopped by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in Monday night's 3-1 victory over the Penguins, including 23 in the final period 'NET RESULTS: The Calgary Hitmen hockey team held its annual Teddy Bear Toss over the weekend, when 25,000-plus stuffed animals were thrown to the ice after a goal, then collected and delivered to area hospitals. TRIVIA ANSWER: George Scott and Bernie Carbo SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith, who died in 2008, was born on this day in 1943 .