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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.

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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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Yankees acquire 3B Chase Headley from Padres

07.22.14 at 2:17 pm ET
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Chase Headley

Chase Headley

The Yankees on Tuesday made a move to boost their infield, acquiring third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.

The Yankees receive $1 million from the Padres along with Headley, who becomes a free agent in the offseason. He signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract in January.

Headley, 30, is in his eighth major league season, all spent with San Diego. He is hitting .229/.296/.355 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games this year.

Two years ago he had his best season, batting .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs and a National League-best 115 RBIs. He finished fifth in the MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger as well as a Gold Glove. He was unable to replicate that performance in 2013, hitting .250/.347/.400 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs.

Solarte, 27, started the season strong, hitting .336 as of May 14, but he has batted .180 since then and spent a week in Triple-A this month. DePaula, 23, is 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA at Single-A Tampa.

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Wild’s Thomas Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation

07.22.14 at 11:29 am ET
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Thomas Vanek

Thomas Vanek

Federal authorities called Wild forward Thomas Vanek to Rochester, New York, on Monday for his connection to an ongoing gambling investigation, according to local news station News10NBC.

News10NBC reported that Vanek is not charged with any crime and arrived to the federal court building voluntarily with his lawyer for his connection to a federal case in which three men at local restaurant Marina Restaurant and Bar are facing 23 counts of illegal gambling.

According to agent Steve Bartlett, Vanek was asked to come in as a witness. Bartlett said Vanek is not a target and is not under suspicion for doing anything wrong.

A native of Austria, Vanek played for the Sabres from 2005-06 until he was traded to the Islanders last October. He was shipped to the Canadiens in March and signed a reported three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild in the offseason.

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Maverick Carter on LeBron James’ return to Cleveland: ‘This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart’

07.22.14 at 10:54 am ET
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Maverick Carter, LeBron James‘ business parter, told ESPN.com’s Jason Whitlock in a podcast that neither he or anyone else in James’ inner circle told the superstar to return to the Cavaliers.

“This was a decision that LeBron made in his heart,” Carter told Whitlock. “We didn’t push him to do it. We don’t push him to do anything. If he asks our opinion or what did we think about the pros and the cons, we help him think through it. We don’t push him.”

Said Carter: “LeBron’s a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn’t need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you’re not going to push him either way. We’ll help him think through things and help him see through things, but he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I’m not the one who has to show up and play games for any team.”

James announced his return to the Cavs on July 11 after four seasons with the Heat. He opted out of his contract with Miami shortly after the loss to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. Carter said he wasn’t sure if James would have returned to the Heat if they had won their third straight title.

“Logic says how could he not,” Carter said. “You’ve got to go for four. But who knows. The decision about Cleveland was bigger than basketball. It was in his heart.”

Carter said James informed Dwyane Wade of his decision before the Sports Illustrated piece was released.

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says Jameis Winston will not be suspended for shoplifting incident

07.22.14 at 9:56 am ET
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Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday he will not punish quarterback Jameis Winston for the Heisman Trophy winner’s supermarket citation in April.

“Not after we found out the story and what had happened and [what Winston did] was not a malicious thing,” Fisher told reporters at the annual ACC Kickoff. “It was not done with intent.”

Winston was caught shoplifting $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish at a Tallahassee, Florida, store. He was forced to reimburse the store and perform community service. He also was suspended from the baseball team.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said at the time of the incident it would not speculate whether Winston took the items intentionally.

“People need to realize, when you suspend him in baseball, you understand how important baseball is to him? That cut his heart out,” Fisher said. “If it was done maliciously, we may have done other things. It was a silly mistake and not done with any malicious doing, and you don’t punish a guy twice for the same crime.”

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel has NFL’s top-selling jersey; rookie not expected to be a distraction once camp starts

07.22.14 at 9:43 am ET
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Any questions of Johnny Manziel‘s popularity were put to rest Monday when the NFL announced the rookie quarterback had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1.

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all other jerseys from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com despite the late start after being drafted May 8. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said Monday said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller.

Manziel was followed by Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was seventh on the list.

Manziel, of course, is not only popular on the field. He’s been even more recognized this summer for his life off the field.

But that doesn’t concern Browns coach Mike Pettine.

Pettine said Monday that Manziel’s off-field activity will be a “non-story” once training camp starts.

“It’s something that was a hot topic for the offseason just because of who he is,” Pettine said. “It’s a very unique thing. I don’t think he can get a handle on the why. Is his behavior that much different form the average NFL player?”

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