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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Testimony ends in Clippers ownership trial

07.24.14 at 8:18 am ET
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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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercuty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Olympiakos vs. AC Milan, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling

– The Clippers ownership trial in Los Angeles moved closer to its conclusion Wednesday, as Donald Sterling‘s lawyer threw a curveball that appeared to miss the mark on the final day of testimony.

Instead of calling Shelly Sterling, as was expected, Donald Sterling’s legal team called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations used to judge mental capacity. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys repeatedly objected, and Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected most of the testimony and refused to accept the psychiatrist’s report from the banned owner’s lawyers that indicated Donald Sterling suffered only mild cognitive impairment. Levanas noted that both sides had agreed not to make Donald Sterling’s mental capacity an issue in this trial.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers ended up calling only two witnesses despite listing 14 on their initial list submitted to the court. In addition to Cummings, they called Dean Bonham, whom they described as an expert in assessing the value of sports franchises. Bonham claimed the Clippers could be sold for more than the record $2 billion Ballmer offered. However, Shelly Sterling’s lawyers got Bonham to admit he had not graduated from high school or college and had no special training in franchise valuations.

The case is slated to wrap up Monday with closing arguments.

After Wednesday’s session, attorneys for Shelly Sterling and prospective buyer Steve Ballmer said that if they win this case, they will ask the judge to allow the sale to go through immediately, despite the likelihood of Donald Sterling appealing the decision.

“If you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell said.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers, who earlier this week filed a lawsuit against Shelly Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league, said if they lose this case they will seek an injunction to stop the sale.

Mark McGwire still wants nothing to do with former Athletics teammate Jose Canseco, despite Canseco’s conciliatory tone at last weekend’s 25th anniversary celebration of the 1989 World Series champions.

“It’s too late,” McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles on Wednesday. “What he did was wrong. … I [can't] care less what he does.”

Canseco acknowledged during Saturday’s commemoration in Oakland that he made a mistake by exposing McGwire as a user of performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, saying he “idolized” McGwire when they played together.

“It haunts me ’til this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true,” Canseco said. “I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across. … I regret writing the book for sure.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Mark McGwire forgive Jose Canseco?

  • No, Canseco sold out McGwire and still can't be trusted (50%, 54 Votes)
  • Yes, Canseco only told the truth about McGwire using PEDs and has apologized (50%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Canseco said he has not had contact with McGwire since the book came out. McGwire, now the Dodgers hitting coach, was with his team in St. Louis during the A’s reunion.

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Michael Sam on Tony Dungy: ‘Thank God he wasn’t the St. Louis Rams coach’

07.23.14 at 12:32 pm ET
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Michael Sam responded to Tony Dungy‘s comments to the Tampa Tribune that he wouldn’t have drafted the openly gay Rams rookie because he would be a distraction and things wouldn’t go “totally smooth.”

Michael Sam

Michael Sam

“Thank God he wasn’t the St. Louis Rams coach,” Sam told ESPN’s Nick Wagoner on Tuesday. “I have a lot of respect for Coach Dungy. And like everyone in American, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”

Dungy’s comments sparked controversy and discussions amongst many. The former Colts coach later clarified his take on Sam in a statement.

Whether or not Sam is a distraction is ultimately up to  Jeff Fisher. And the Rams coach told ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning Wednesday that Sam has “absolutely not” been a distraction.

“Let’s define distraction,” Fisher said. “There were a couple of extra cameras during early OTAs. There may have been an extra camera yesterday as rookies reported and went on the field the first time. Mike’s a very passionate athlete. He’s very focused on trying to make this football team. … He worked really hard during the summer, and he’s doing a good job.”

Fisher said there will be no limits placed on Sam’s media availability during training camp. He said he has no problem with Dungy’s comments.

“I’m going to assume some that maybe things were taken out of context,” Fisher said. “But everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. Coaches are going to have differences of opinion during the draft. … I’m not concerned. Tony’s entitled to his opinion as everybody is and so are and right now we think we have a pretty good thing going.”

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Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki placed on DL with hip flexor strain

07.23.14 at 12:29 pm ET
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Rockies All-Star shortstop and major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hip flexor strain.

Tulowitzki hurt himself while running out a ground ball in Pittsburgh on Saturday. He missed the next two games before going to the DL.

Tulowitzki’s lower-body issues date back to 2008 when he tore his left quadriceps tendon.

“That ’08 injury really put me behind the 8-ball because when you completely tear a muscle, it never gets the same again,” he said. “All the other muscles have to help support. I knew it was going to be a long road back from that injury.

“I didn’t know to the extent, but here we are six years later and it’s still giving me issues.”

Tulowitzki is hitting .340 and is third in the National League with 21 home runs.

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Former Cowboys RB Robert Newhouse dies after battle with heart disease

07.23.14 at 10:04 am ET
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Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Cowboys for 12 seasons, died Tuesday after a battle with heart disease. He was 64.

Newhouse died at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He suffered a stroke in 2010.

The running back played in three Super Bowls, with one victory, and ran for 4,784 yards in his NFL career.

Newhouse was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 1972 draft out of the University of Houston, where he ran for a school-record 1,757 yards as a senior. He retired in 1983.

Newhouse is survived by his wife, Nancy, and four children.

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Danny Woodhead agrees to 2-year extension with Chargers

07.23.14 at 10:01 am ET
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The Chargers agreed to a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead, the team announced Tuesday.

Woodhead signed a two-year contract with San Diego as a free agent last offseason after three productive years with the Patriots. His new deal runs through the 2016 season.

“Danny is an integral part of our offense,” general manager Tom Telesco said. “His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future.”

Woodhead put up career numbers in catches (76), yards (605) and touchdowns (six) last season.

 

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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen cedes control due to battle with Alzheimer’s

07.23.14 at 9:58 am ET
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Pat Bowlen

Pat Bowlen

Longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has resigned control of the team due to his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the team announced Wednesday. Team president Joe Ellis will accept control of the Broncos.

“In recent years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has taken a reduced role with his team while courageously and privately battling Alzheimer’s disease,” the team said in a statement.

“The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team’s daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to ‘Mr. B,’ who has faced Alzheimer’s disease with such dignity and strength.”

Ellis started as Denver’s marketing director from 1983 to 1985. He rejoined the team in 1998 as its executive vice president of business operations. Ellis was named chief operating officer in 2008 and team president in 2011.

Bowlen, 70, purchased the Broncos in 1984. Denver reached six Super Bowls and won two in his 30 years in charge. Bowlen told The Denver Post in May 2009 that he was dealing with short-term memory loss. He told the team Tuesday his condition had worsened to Alzheimer’s.

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Report: Bulls making late push for Kevin Love; Cavs set to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

07.23.14 at 9:53 am ET
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The Bulls are back in the mix for Kevin Love.

According to ESPN.com, Chicago is making a late push to try to get into discussions with the Timberwolves for the All-Star forward. But the Cavaliers continue to remain confident in their chances to outbid any other team.

Cleveland reportedly is willing to offer No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick for Love.

The Cavaliers continued to juggle the finances Tuesday when they sent the guaranteed contract of guard Carrick Felix, a future second-round pick and cash to the Jazz for guard John Lucas III and forwards Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas. The trade gives the Cavs more flexibility and trade assets to make a future move that could be related to acquiring Love. The combined salaries of Lucas, Thomas and Murphy total more than $3 million.

A trade for Love may have to wait, however.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavs, preventing any potential trade involving the team’s top pick for 30 days.

Meanwhile, LeBron James had cupcakes delivered to his neighbors to apologize for the traffic jams caused by his return.

“Dear Friend,” read a card that came with the cupcakes. “We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”

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Clippers CEO says Doc Rivers to quit if Donald Sterling stays; Sterling files suit against wife, NBA

07.23.14 at 8:51 am ET
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Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit from his position if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Parsons said he not only fears the possibility of Rivers’ departure, but also the loss of some key players, including Chris Paul.

“Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else,” Parsons said. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.”

Sterling was active in court Tuesday as well. The Clippers owner filed a new lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court that names Shelly Sterling, the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Sterling said they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to Ballmer.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez’s defense team resolves dispute with Patriots over records

07.23.14 at 7:49 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Tottenham at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

MASHUP POLL: Should the Patriots cooperate with Aaron Hernandez's legal team?

  • Yes, they should turn over any requested information so that Hernandez can get a fair trial (61%, 146 Votes)
  • No, the Patriots' information is not relevant to Hernandez's off-field behavior (39%, 92 Votes)

Total Voters: 238

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

– The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

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Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler on MFB: ‘Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe’

07.22.14 at 3:45 pm ET
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Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss former NFL coach Tony Dungy‘s comments about Rams rookie Michael Sam. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Dungy, now an NBC football analyst, told The Tampa Tribune that he wouldn’t have selected Sam because, “I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it” and things wouldn’t go smoothly.

“I am so tired of this distraction nonsense. You have cameras and questions and screaming fans everywhere you go,” Zeigler said. “That’s the NFL. It’s the biggest game in town. You are always in the middle of a media circus no matter where you go or what you do.

“Will Michael Sam bring some extra cameras? One hundred percent he will. So will Johnny Manziel, so will Jadeveon Clowney, so will lots of other people. That’s just part of the game. And to make decisions based on whether some extra cameras are going to show up or people are going to ask you questions in a press conference, this is insane. You’re supposed to be at the top of your profession. If you make decisions based on that you shouldn’t be an NFL head coach.”

Zeigler said it’s hypocritical for Dungy to feel this way given his history of advocating for troubled players, including Michael Vick, to be given second chances. Zeigler also cited Dungy pushing for gay marriage to be illegal in Indiana.

“He traded for Keyshawn Johnson, who wasn’t known to be a quiet wallflower in the locker room and he said he didn’t agree with Jason Collins‘ lifestyle,” Zeigler said. “Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe. He does not agree with people being gay. He has a moral problem with me marrying my partner of 11 years and he does not want that in the locker room.

“To me, it’s one thing to say that. But the problem is Tony Dungy was the head coach of an NFL team. He was making hiring decisions, and when you’re in a position like that you cannot allow things like religion, gender, sexual orientation and race to enter into your head when you’re making those hiring decisions. That is un-American and unfair.”

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