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Panthers DE Greg Hardy found guilty of domestic assault

07.16.14 at 11:16 am ET
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Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday of assaulting a female and communicating threats.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months’ probation by Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin after hearing nearly 11 hours of testimony. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended.

Chris Fialko, Hardy’s attorney, said he’ll appeal the ruling and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court, putting the terms of the probation on hold. Hardy can travel with the team to training camp and compete in games.

“We have just learned of the verdict and are respectful of the process. We do not have a comment at this time,” the Panthers said in a statement.

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NBA roundup: Bulls cut Carlos Boozer; Erik Spoelstra, Heat ‘don’t have any regrets’ over LeBron James’ decision

07.16.14 at 11:14 am ET
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The Bulls used the amnesty clause Tuesday to cut forward Carlos Boozer after four seasons with the team.

Chicago also waived forward Lou Amundson and guards Ronnie Brewer and Mike James as the Bulls try to clear salary-cap space for the signing of Pau Gasol and 2011 draft pick Nikola Mirotic.

Boozer went to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal with the Jazz in July 2010. He averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls.

Boozer had one year left on a five-year deal worth around $75 million. The amnesty clause allows the Bulls to release a player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap. Boozer is still owed the money, however.

“Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court, and in the community, during his time here in Chicago,” general manager Gar Forman said in a release. “Over the last four seasons, Carlos’ productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos, and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.”

– Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke Tuesday for the first time since LeBron James decided to leave Miami to rejoin the Cavaliers. Although he said he was surprised by James’ decision, Spoelstra showed no animosity toward the superstar.

“He seemed at peace with the decision,” Spoelstra told reporters after the Heat’s summer league game in Las Vegas. “We don’t have any regrets. He shouldn’t have any regrets. It was a historic four-year run.”

Spoelstra won two titles with James during a four-year run that included four-straight NBA Finals appearances.

– At least the Heat will have two-thirds of their “Big Three” back next season.

Less than a week after James’ decision and Chris Bosh returned to Miami, Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Heat on Tuesday designed to give Wade and the team some flexibility in the coming years.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Former MLB player Luke Scott fired from Korean team after confrontation with coach

07.16.14 at 9:11 am ET
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Luke Scott, who tormented the Red Sox on and off the field as a member of the Orioles and Rays, was fired from his Korean Baseball League team Wednesday after showing “disrespectful” behavior toward his coach.

According to reports out of Korea, Scott, who was playing for SK Wyverns, had been placed on reserve due to plantar fasciitis and was not pleased with how the team was managing his injury. After an argument with coach Lee Man-soon in which Scott called the coach a “liar” and “coward,” Scott told reporters the team did not respect his way of handling his physical condition.

Scott, 36, had a .267 batting average and six home runs in 33 games for Wyverns, and he was on the injury list three times.

The dispute raised questions about the cultural differences between Korea and the United States. Lotte Giants pitcher Shane Youman, another former major leaguer, said players should be allowed to speak their minds, although he avoided directly commenting on the Scott incident.

“I’m all for players expressing their feelings towards certain situations if they believe they have a right to. Not just foreign players, but Korean players as well,” Youman said (via the Korea Times). “Baseball has such a long season. Players and coaches are around each other all the time. Things will not always go smoothly. There may be arguments, or mix-ups here and there. At the end of the day, we all know who has the authority, but we are all men, and should be treated and respected as men.”

Scott played nine seasons in the majors, including three seasons with the Orioles (2008-11) followed by two with the Rays. He was best known in Boston for saying Fenway Park should be replaced and calling Red Sox fans “vulgar” troublemakers. He has been in the middle of multiple brouhahas with the team.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Donald Sterling might still be Clippers owner at start of next season

07.16.14 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLS: New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– NBA commissioner Adam Silver, while saying it’s “highly, highly unlikely” that a court blocks the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, acknowledged Tuesday that Donald Sterling could still own the team when the 2014-15 season starts up in October.

The NBA had pushed to oust Sterling this offseason, but Sterling has made it clear he’s not going down without a fight.

“It’s difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this,” Silver said at a press conference in Las Vegas following the league’s board of governors meeting. “We are doing everything in our power to remove Donald Sterling as an owner in the NBA.”

Sterling currently is fighting his estranged wife, Shelly, who orchestrated the sale with Donald’s permission, in Los Angeles Superior Court. That trial, which is recessed until Monday, has featured mood swings and outburst from Donald Sterling.

“I think what’s transpired in probate court so far has made it even clearer that we are acting not only within our rights but doing what is right and appropriate in this situation,” Silver said.

MASHUP POLL: Should the MLB All-Star Game be used to determine home-field advantage for the World Series?

  • No, Tuesday night showed why this game can't be taken seriously (78%, 101 Votes)
  • Yes, it gives the game more importance (22%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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– Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to file a lawsuit after the team refused to release the results of a six-month independent investigation regarding alleged homophobic comments made by special teams coach Mike Priefer.

The Vikings said Tuesday that they never promised to reveal their findings to Kluwe, who claims he has learned the report validates his allegations.

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter ‘not at all happy’ with way racism was handled at World Cup

07.15.14 at 10:39 am ET
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The World Cup is meant to bring nations together in a celebration of competition and a mutual love of soccer.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes the event failed in doing that.

Blatter was instead critical of the way discrimination was handled at World Cup matches this year.

“I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism,” Blatt said.

Blatter said he spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin Sunday about addressing this issue more effectively at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Jeffrey Webb, FIFA’s racism task force chairman, said there was a “disconnect” between his group and FIFA’s disciplinary panel.

In more positive World Cup news, Sunday’s final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States. The tournament as a whole exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision.

An estimated 26.5 million people in the U.S. watched Germany top Argentina 1-0 Sunday afternoon, with 17.3 million viewers on ABC and 9.2 million on Spanish-language Univision, according the Nielsen company. Over 750,000 watched through online services.

The tournament also led to more than 3 billion interactions on Facebook and 672 million messages on Twitter, according to the social media companies.

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Chandler Parsons ‘offended’ by Rockets’ treatment in free agency

07.15.14 at 9:57 am ET
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Chandler Parsons‘ excitement to join the Mavericks may stem from more than just the three-year, $46 million he signed with them.

Parsons told Yahoo! Sports he was “offended” by the Rockets’ pursuit of a third star in LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Carmelo Anthony rather than sticking with him. Not only did the Rockets miss out on all three star free agents, but they also lost Parsons to their Texas rivals.

“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.

“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists with the Rockets last season. He was a restricted free agent after opting out of the final year of his deal that would’ve paid him $964,750.

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Saints TE Jimmy Graham announces new deal on Twitter

07.15.14 at 9:54 am ET
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Whether Jimmy Graham lines up at tight end or wide receiver, it appears he’ll be catching passes for the Saints for a long time.

Graham announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he and the Saints have agreed to a new long-term contract extension well before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The Saints followed with a similar announcement shortly after.

Graham’s new deal comes two weeks after an arbiter ruled that, for franchise-tag purposes, Graham was a tight end, meaning he would make $5.3 million less than he would if he were paid as a receiver.

Graham filed an appealed before the Monday deadline. As of Monday, the Saints reportedly offered him a $9.5 million-per-year deal that would make him the NFL’s highest paid tight end.

The terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

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Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, among 19 players selected for US men’s basketball roster

07.15.14 at 9:53 am ET
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Derrick Rose, who has been recovering from his latest knee surgery, was among the 19 players chosen by coach Mike Krzyzewski on Monday for this summer’s U.S. national team roster.

Rose joins the likes of Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis, who are the four holdovers from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as well as new additions DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons.

Rose will report to training camp with the rest of the team this month in Las Vegas in preparation for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain in late August. Krzyzewski said he’s hopeful Rose will be back to his pre-injury self.

“We’d like to see him play like the Derrick of old, because he’s one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA,” Krzyzewski said during a conference call. “What we’ve heard is that he’s in great shape.”

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the roster could be trimmed to 15 after the camp in Las Vegas. The final 12 will be selected before the Americans leave for Spain.

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Cowboys OL Ronald Leary pleads guilty to drunken driving

07.15.14 at 9:14 am ET
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Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has pleaded guilty to a first-time drunken driving charge. He will get 18 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

Leary was arrested in September 2012 in Dallas following a failed sobriety test. He was pulled over for multiple traffic violations and suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Leary pleased guilty Thursday, according to online court records.

Leary signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Memphis University.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer files suit for unpaid fees

07.15.14 at 7:53 am ET
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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:
MLB: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Washington Mystics at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– After Alex Rodriguez failed to respond to a petition for arbitration in February, veteran sports attorney David Cornwell and the law firm Gordon & Rees filed a lawsuit Monday against the suspended Yankees slugger for unpaid fees of more than $380,000.

According to the firm, Rodriguez refused to pay the balance of his legal bill after receiving guidance from Desiree Perez, an adviser for Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation. Perez, an ex-con who also works as a nightclub manager, reportedly convinced A-Rod to continue his fight against Major League Baseball after the player expressed a willingness to strike a deal and retire.

“Mr. Rodriguez admitted that his advisers at Roc Nation, most specifically, Desiree Perez, instructed him ‘not to pay the invoices and to make Gordon & Rees sue’ him,” the complaint reads (via the New York Daily News).

MASHUP POLL: WIll Alex Rodriguez ever play in the majors again?

  • No, the Yankees are done with him and no other team will take the risk (49%, 146 Votes)
  • Yes, he'll be back with the Yankees in 2015 after serving his suspension (33%, 97 Votes)
  • Yes, but the Yankees will cut ties and he'll latch on somewhere else (11%, 33 Votes)
  • No, he'll retire on his own terms (7%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 297

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If Rodriguez were to pursue a claim of malpractice against Gordon & Rees, that could lead to a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and cause further embarrassment, as communication about A-Rod’s use of PEDs could be made public.

Alex Rodriguez has already paid substantial legal fees to this firm,” a Rodriguez spokesman said. “There are additional fees being sought from hours that continued to be billed and are the source of the disagreement between the parties. Alex looks forward to swiftly resolving this matter and moving on.”

Louis “Red” Klotz, who was a player, coach and owner of the teams the Harlem Globetrotters played since 1952 — most famously the Washington Generals — died Saturday at the age of 93.

The last time the Globetrotters lost to one of Klotz’s teams, it was Klotz himself who scored the winning basket. The then-50-year-old hit a buzzer-beater to give the New Jersey Reds a 100-99 win on Jan. 5, 1971, in Martin, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Klotz’s teams lost more than 14,000 times to the “Clown Princes of Basketball.”

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