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Friday’s Morning Mashup: PG Deron Williams reportedly eager to leave Nets for Mavericks

07.10.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Haiti at United States, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)


— According to an ESPN report, Deron Williams wants to leave the Nets to join his hometown Mavericks, a move that would impact the Celtics in a number of ways.

The Celtics own the Nets‘ and Mavericks’ first-round picks next summer, although the Dallas pick is top-seven protected. Brooklyn reportedly is eager to part ways with Williams and swingman Joe Johnson — ideally via a trade so the Nets rid themselves completely of the overpriced contracts. With no apparent takers for Williams, the Nets’ second-best option is to orchestrate a buyout of the final two years and $43.3 million of his deal — a process ESPN reports has begun. That could allow Brooklyn to get under the salary cap and avoid paying the whopping “repeater tax.”

It also could send Brooklyn — barely a playoff team last season after parting ways with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — into lottery land and give the Celtics the top-10 pick they covet.

The Mavericks, with a hole at point guard after the failed Rajon Rondo experiment, are said to be very interested in signing Williams as a free agent, despite his disappointing performance with the Nets since he signed as a free agent in 2012. Last season Williams averaged 13.3 points and 6.6 assists while shooting a career-low 38.7 percent from the field. He’s also struggled with injuries.

The Cavaliers are said to be interested in Johnson, although that acquisition would push Cleveland way over the luxury tax and leave that franchise with a major luxury tax penalty.

And perhaps Brooklyn’s opening at point guard also might create a scenario where the C’s look to send one of their many young guards there.

Phil Kessel was the subject of critical stories after he was trade from the Bruins to the Maple Leafs in 2009, and now that he’s been traded by the Leafs to the Penguins, the negative stories are starting to emerge from Toronto.

Former Leafs forward Colby Armstrong said it was difficult at times to share the ice with the offensively gifted Kessel (which Armstrong did in 2010-11 and 2011-12).

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ESPN defends Adam Schefter posting Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records on Twitter

07.09.15 at 9:13 am ET
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On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his finger amputated before the team even knew itself. He did so by posting a picture of Pierre-Paul’s medical records indicating that he had surgery on Twitter.

At first glance, it appeared to be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a law protecting medical records. ESPN later released a statement saying “HIPAA does not apply to news organizations.” The wrongdoing then, if committed by a health care worker without the player’s consent, could cause that person to lose his or her job and potentially face “jail time and fines,” according to CNN.

Arthur Caplan, director of the medical ethics division and NYU’s Langone Medical Center, told CNN that Pierre-Paul’s records “should not be released without his explicit consent” and added that HIPAA “only applies to health care personnel and payers,” though “theft is a more serious matter.”

Schefter said, despite the amputation, as it was done to mitigate the damage to his finger, Pierre-Paul is expected to play this season. A medical source told Schefter that the defensive end will be back on the field “sooner than people think.”

However, before the extent of the injury was even known, the Giants pulled a $60 million long-term contract offer Monday.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers CB C.J. Wilson lose fingers due to fireworks mishaps

07.09.15 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Athletics at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Mexico vs. Cuba, noon (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)


— On the same day reports emerged that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had to have one of his fingers amputated due to a fireworks mishap, the father of Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson said his son lost two fingers in his own fireworks accident.

Pierre-Paul has had multiple surgeries, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, including one to amputate his right index finger and another to fix his fractured right thumb. He is expected to remain in the hospital two or three more days and then need about six weeks to recover.

The 26-year-old, who had a strong 2014 season, is unsigned but was offered a franchise tender by the Giants. The team, which sent a representative to Pierre-Paul’s Miami hospital but he reportedly wasn’t able to contact the player, apparently was in the dark about the amputation until Schefter tweeted a photo of Pierre-Paul’s medical chart.

Wilson, who has only played in four games in his two NFL seasons, lost his index and middle fingers on one hand as a result of his accident in North Carolina, his father said.

Wilson’s father told Charlotte television station WBTV that fireworks exploded in the canister Wilson was holding.

In a statement Wednesday about Wilson, the Bucs said, “We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday. It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands, and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health. We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation.”

— A federal judge dealt Redskins owner Dan Snyder a blow Wednesday, canceling the team’s trademark registration because the nickname may be offensive to Native Americans.

The ruling does not force the team to stop using the nickname and logo, but it makes it far more difficult to protect them.

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Kevin Garnett to return for 21st NBA season after agreeing to deal with Timberwolves

07.08.15 at 10:32 am ET
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Kevin Garnett has agreed to terms on a two-year contract to return to the Timberwolves.

Garnett was a member of the Timberwolves for the first 12 years of his career and was traded back to Minnesota from Brooklyn at the trade deadline last season.

After returning to his original team in February, Garnett played in just five games, never logging more than 21 minutes.

Garnett will become just the third player to ever play 21 seasons in the NBA, joining Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. After winning an MVP award in the 2003-04 season and a championship in 2008 with the Celtics, Garnett has taken on a role as an NBA elder statesman.

Between Brooklyn and Minnesota last season, Garnett averaged 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Miller set to return to Yankees

07.08.15 at 8:05 am ET
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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.

MLB: Marlins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)


— Two key Yankees players — both former Red Soxare expected back in uniform Wednesday night, just in time to get in some work before the team travels to Fenway Park for a weekend series with the charging Sox.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller are due to be activated off the disabled list before New York’s game against the visiting A’s.

Ellsbury, hitting .324 with a .412 on-base percentage in 37 games, has been out of action since May 20 with a sprained right knee. He rehabbed with Single-A Tampa for a few days until Monday, then he participated in simulated game activities to get ready for his return to the majors.

“It’s going to be huge,” teammate Alex Rodriguez said of Ellsbury’s return.

Miller, who has a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings and is perfect in 17 save opportunities this season, was recovering from a strained left forearm that took him out of action June 10. He pitched for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, allowing two hits but no runs and striking out one while throwing just nine pitches.

“I felt crisp and sharp warming up and being in the game,” said Miller, who threw additional pitches in the bullpen after his inning. “I think it was what I needed to see.”

The Yankees, who dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to the A’s on Tuesday night, remain in first place in the tight AL East, but their lead over the last-place Red Sox is down to five games.

— The Women’s World Cup champion U.S. soccer team began its victory tour Tuesday with a celebration in Los Angeles, as a crowd estimated at 10,000 cheered the players during a rally downtown.

“It feels great to wake up as a world champion, and that feeling won’t ever get old,” leading scorer Carli Lloyd said.

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Bucks could be on the move without publicly funded arena

07.07.15 at 11:48 am ET
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Bucks president Peter Feigin lobbied the Wisconsin legislature Monday to approve public funding for a new arena in Milwaukee. Without the funding, Feigin claimed, the NBA could move the team potentially to Las Vegas or Seattle.

“The window is closing,” Feigin said. “We can’t wait months, even weeks to start the public process.”

The legislation would mandate taxpayers aid in $250 million of the $500 million total cost of the new arena. According to Feigin, construction needs to commence by October or November in order to keep the NBA from finding new ownership for the franchise.

“An NBA team, the Bucks, is a worldwide attraction,” Feigin said. “The NBA is an international beacon. You’ll never be able to replace the revenue if the Bucks leave.”

The Bucks’ lease on the BMO Harris Bradley Center, their current arena, expires in 2017 and Feigin has stated that the NBA does not want the team to renew it. If the lease is not renewed in 2017, the NBA could buy the team and relocate it.

Aside from the economic benefits of keeping an NBA team, Feigin is confident the construction of a new arena would create thousands of jobs, and lead the Bucks organization hiring 50 to 100 more employees.

Legislators have not yet voted on the plan, but the legislation could reach the senate floor as early as this week.

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Report: David West agrees with Spurs for $1.5 million, passing on $12.6 million from Pacers

07.07.15 at 9:43 am ET
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On Monday, the Spurs struck a deal with former Pacers forward David West for a veteran minimum contract for next season, according to’s David Aldridge. The deal cannot officially be announced until the signing period resumes Thursday.

Bucking the trend of other NBA free agency paydays, West chose the Spurs’ $1.5 million offer after opting out of his Pacers deal that would have paid him $12.6 million.

West’s arrival comes on the heels of Manu Ginobili‘s return to San Antonio, which was announced earlier in the day Monday.

Ginobili and West follow LaMarcus Aldridge, the biggest free agent get of 2015, and add to an already potent Spurs rotation featuring five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and former MVP candidate Tony Parker.

In all likelihood, West will come off the bench, as they also just re-signed reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard to a five year, $90 million contract extension.

West averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 boards for the Pacers last year. He reportedly turned down offers of more money from other contenders, including the Cavaliers, Warriors and Wizards.

“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West said in a recent interview with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. “And again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the Finals.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. loses WBO welterweight title

07.07.15 at 8:47 am ET
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The WBO stripped Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight world title Monday for failing to observe its rules.

Mayweather ignored the 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline for the $200,000 sanctioning fee he owed from his record-breaking May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao.

During his fight against Pacquiao, Mayweather earned over $220 million while the fight broke all financial records for a boxing match, including total gross, pay-per-view subscriptions, foreign television sales and sponsorships.

In addition to his welterweight title, Mayweather will also vacate the two junior middleweight titles he holds.

“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” wrote the WBO in its resolution.

The reason for the sanctioning fee lies with Mayweather’s competition in multiple weight classes. According to WBO rules, this is illegal, so the boxer has ten days to either pick a weight class or pay the sanctioning fee. The WBO gave Mayweather two months.

“The WBO has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and all that he has accomplished during his storied career,” the WBO wrote. “Mr. Mayweather has always agreed with and understood that world championships have both privileges and responsibilities and that status as WBO champion is subject to and conditioned on compliance with the WBO rules and regulations.”

Mayweather’s advisors were not pleased with the ruling.

“It’s a complete disgrace,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told “Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does.

“Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez gracious despite All-Star snub

07.07.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Marlins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, Game 1, 1:20 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, Game 2, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Shock at Dream, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Honduras at United States, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)


Alex Rodriguez might be winning back some respect in New York with his productive season and exemplary behavior, but it appears the rest of baseball isn’t giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Despite having an impressive comeback season after missing 2014 on an MLB suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis — he leads all American League designated hitters with 16 home runs to go along with 47 RBIs and a .903 OPS — Rodriguez was not among the reserves named to the All-Star Game on Monday night.

Rodriguez, who finished fifth in fan balloting (Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, another admitted PED user, will be the starting DH), took the latest slight in stride, consistent with his humble public approach this year.

“As I’€™ve said all season, my No. 1 goal is helping the Yankees win a championship,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I’m excited that we’re in a good position to get there. Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I’€™ll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field.”

Rodriguez, who is stuck on 14 All-Star appearances, having not earned a spot since 2012, was under consideration, AL manager Ned Yost of the Royals told ESPN.

“We talked about A-Rod a lot,” Yost said. “You look back at this five-man vote [for the final roster spot] and we have three infielders, two outfielders, and we felt that it was important that we don’t — we have Brock Holt that can play anywhere in the infield, but any other position we have a starter and a backup. In the outfield we have three starters and three backups.

“So I just felt very strongly that if we could get another infielder or another outfielder out of that five-man vote it would help us. That’€™s what went into that decision.”

Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner, who last week reached an agreement with Rodriguez in which the team will donate $3.5 million to charity rather than pay A-Rod his $6 million bonus for his latest home run milestone, said the 39-year-old is having “an amazing comeback year” with or without the All-Star nod.

“The bad hips, all the other stuff, the more than a year off, at his age as well, and then to come back and do what he’s done is pretty amazing,” Steinbrenner said.

— Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson was dismissed from the team Monday after security video was released of him hitting a woman in the face during a confrontation at a Tallahassee bar two weeks ago.

Johnson, a standout high school player in Jacksonville, had been indefinitely suspended by the team last month after he was charged with misdemeanor battery.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul injures hand in fireworks accident

07.06.15 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2), 8 a.m. (ESPN)


— The Giants are waiting to see how much damage defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul suffered to his hand in a fireworks accident Saturday night.

Initial information out of South Florida made it appear that Pierre-Paul did serious damage to one of his hands, but later reports indicated his career is not in jeopardy. The New York Daily News reports that Pierre-Paul has severe burns on his fingertips and part of his hand, with doctors testing the 26-year-old for nerve damage.

Several people posted photos on Twitter of a U-Haul truck filled with fireworks that apparently belonged to Pierre-Paul. The player posted two videos Saturday night of him singing in front of a U-Haul truck, and at one point he mentions “fireworks on the ground.”

The Giants put the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul after he amassed 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2014, but he has yet to sign the $14.8 million tender so he’s technically not under contract. The sides have until July 15 to negotiate a new deal, or he can accept the tender and get a one-year contract.

— Golfer Rory McIlroy announced Monday that he ruptured his left ankle ligament playing soccer with friends over the weekend, making it appear unlikely that he will be able to defend his title at the upcoming British Open.

“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day,” McIlroy wrote on Instagram under a picture of him with crutches and a protective boot. “Rehab already started. … Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

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