Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Clemens' lawyers back in court

September 08, 2010 - 3:36 am

Welcome to Wednesday'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 TODAY: MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Roger Clemens' attorneys will be back in court Wednesday morning, this time in a New York courtroom. They will be there for oral arguments to address Clemens' motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his former trainer Brian McNamee for defamation, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The New York Daily News has the details, and wonders how the situation will be affected by the judge's gag order on Clemens' federal case. '™¦ Rumor has it that the Downtown Athletic Club will take Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy back after the former USC star's NCAA violations were revealed. In The Los Angeles Times, Bill Plaschke writes that Bush should step up and return the trophy before being asked, but don't expect it to happen. '™¦ Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated writes about ideas to improve baseball's playoff system, and he starts with the suggestion to add another wild card qualifier with a one-game wild card playoff before the division series. '™¦ Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued an apology for his racist and homophobic rant against Manny Pacquiao, but Ed Graney in the Las Vegas Review-Journal isn't buying it. LZ Granderson at writes that Mayweather is getting a pass because he's black. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 8, 1966, the Red Sox fired their manager as they battled to avoid a last-place finish in the American League. Who was the manager, and which former Sox standout replaced him on an interim basis for the rest of the season, before Dick Williams was brought in to manage the 1967 team? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I knew very well that this was a critical game, so to allow what happened to happen so early in the game, I can really only apologize to my teammates and to the fans." '€” Daisuke Matsuzaka, after getting pounded in the Red Sox' 14-3 loss to the Rays on Tuesday STAT OF THE DAY: 7 '€” First-place votes for third-ranked Boise State in the Associated Press college football poll after the Broncos' 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday 'NET RESULTS: In a Russian soccer game, a goal scores from just outside his own box. This goalie wasn't as fortunate. If you're going to choreograph a soccer goal celebration with props, you should have something better than this. TRIVIA ANSWER: Manager Billy Herman and interim manager Pete Runnels SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sal Valentino, lead singer of the Beau Brummels, is 68 today.