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Hydraulic lifts banned at Notre Dame after student death

03.08.11 at 10:50 am ET
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The University of Notre Dame has banned the use of hydraulic lifts and will now use remote-controlled cameras to film the football team’s practices.

This change comes about after an accident with the lifts last October that resulted in the death of  Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan.

Sullivan, the team videographer, fell 50 feet from a hydraulic lift tower while filming football practice on a particularly windy day. According to the National Weather Service, winds in the area were gusting at speeds up to 51 mph.

Sullivan’s death  is still under investigation by the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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Timberwolves F Kevin Love ties double-double record

03.08.11 at 9:56 am ET
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Timberwolves forward Kevin Love secured his 51st consecutive double-double of the season Monday in a 108-105 loss to the Mavericks.

Love now shares the record for the longest double-double streak since the NBA/ABA merger in the 1976-77 season with Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Malone set the record over the 1977-78 and 1978-79 NBA seasons.

However, Love’s accomplishment was overshadowed by the fact the Wolves have lost 11 of their last 13 games and are likely headed for the draft lottery .

“I’d be jumping for joy if we were winning and everybody was playing great, including myself,” Love said. “I’m just going out there and playing hard and it is just kind of happening for me. But it is kind of an afterthought because we aren’t winning.

Love has been the lone bright spot on a team that has a struggled this season with a record of 15-50.

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Chris Bosh reportedly crying over baby mama drama

03.08.11 at 9:01 am ET
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Heat forward Chris Bosh seems to be getting upset over everything these days.

Allison Mathis, the mother of Bosh’s daughter, was in negotiations to star in the upcoming season of the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives.” According to TMZ, Bosh was none to pleased with the thought of Mathis airing his dirty laundry on national television, and after voicing his concerns producers have since halted talks with Mathis, stating it isn’t worth the trouble.

Mathis was set to be a replacement for Royce Reed, a former Heat and Magic dancer and the mother of Dwight Howard‘s son.

This attempted foray into reality TV isn’t Mathis’ first attempt at being in the public eye.  Mathis leaked information to the press in 2009 regarding her custody battle with Bosh in which she claimed he kicked her out on the street when she was seven months pregnant with his child.

It has been speculated that Bosh was one of the Heat players crying after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls, as referred to by coach Erik Spoelstra.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: HS hockey coaches suspended for throwing game

03.08.11 at 7:22 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox SS at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.
Astros at Red Sox SS, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Two high school hockey coaches were suspended from their Canadian team for deliberately losing a game to avoid having to play a tougher team in the next round of a tournament. Volunteer coaches Ryan Butterfield and Jim West were removed as coaches of Westwood Collegiate after pulling their goalie in a game they were winning, 3-2.

“It goes against the spirit of the game,” said principal Mike Wake, who also serves as president of the Winnipeg High School Hockey Association. “High school sports in general, we’re an extension of the classroom. We really are and we promote that.”

‘™¦ An accounting professor and booster of the George Washington University athletics program was ejected from the team’s basketball game Saturday shortly after being honored on the court. ‘€œBasically, I told the ref he was the worst ref I’€™d ever seen and he wasn’€™t worth the $1,600 they were paying him and that was it,’€ Robert Kasmir said. ‘€œAnd then he ejected me from the game.”

‘€œHe did get a bigger ovation when he was thrown out than when he was on the court for his donation,’€ senior vice provost Robert Chernak said. ‘€œActually we started to play better afterwards, so maybe we need to make it a fan a game or something.’€

‘™¦ Knicks players reportedly laughed when informed that Heat players were crying after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls, and Amar’e Stoudemire assumed it was Chris Bosh who got emotional.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 8, 1983, Ray Bourque recorded a hat trick in an 11-5 victory over the Nordiques in Quebec. How many hat tricks did Bourque have in his career?

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LEEInks List: Memorable moments featuring crying athletes

03.08.11 at 6:52 am ET
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After the Heat’€™s 87-86 loss to the Bulls on Sunday, the team’€™s fourth straight defeat, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said there were players crying in the locker room. That got us thinking about other incidents of athletes shedding tears. Here are 10 crying athlete moments:

10. Oct. 5, 2007: Marion Jones admits steroid use

For years, Jones denied ever having any involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. But then in 2007, she confessed to making false statements during the BALCO investigation and gave the following press conference on the steps outside the courthouse. Jones was later sentenced to six months in prison for perjury.

9. Aug. 9, 1988: Wayne Gretzky traded to Kings

The biggest deal in NHL history, it’€™s simply known as ‘€œThe Trade.’€ After winning eight Hart Memorial Trophies and four Stanley Cups in nine seasons with the Oilers, The Great One was dealt to the Kings in a trade that would change the league forever by making hockey popular in California. The move wasn’€™t an easy one for Gretzky to accept, though.

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Video: Michigan high school mourning star player wins tourney game

03.08.11 at 6:40 am ET
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The Michigan high school that lost star player Wes Leonard to a heart ailment after a game last week won its state tournament opener Monday. Fennville High, beat Lawrence, 65-54, to improve to 21-0.

The game was moved from Lawrence to nearby Hope College in Holland to accommodate the crowd, which was estimated at 3,500. Both teams received a visit from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and former NBA player Bo Kimble, who memorably played in the NCAA tournament days after losing his friend and teammate Hank Gathers to a heart ailment at Loyola Marymount in 1990.

In a tribute to Leonard, Fennville sent out four players before the opening tip. The fifth player took the court after a dramatic pause while the crowd cheered loudly. Both teams wore shirts paying tribute to Leonard during warmups.

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NFL Films head Steve Sabol stable after seizure

03.08.11 at 6:28 am ET
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Emmy Award-winning NFL Films president Steve Sabol is in stable condition in a Kansas City hospital, recovering from a seizure Saturday night, according to a report on NFL.com.

Sabol, 68, was in Kansas City to accept an award on behalf of NFL Films when he was stricken.

Sabol’s father, Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films, was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month.

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Braylon Edwards returns to court, wants to return to Jets

03.07.11 at 12:31 pm ET
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Jets coach Braylon Edwards appeared in a Manhattan courtroom Monday in an attempt to get his drunken-driving case thrown out. Edwards’ attorney planned to file motions to suppress the field sobriety test from Edwards’ DUI arrest on Sept. 21. Edwards, who denies driving drunk, is due back in court May 16.

Following his appearance, Edwards said he felt that the Jets were interested in bringing him back.”The interest is there on their side,” he said. “The interest is there on my wide. We’ve just got to put it together and see what happens.”

Added Edwards: “And one more time, I love being a Jet.”

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Texas Tech fires Pat Knight

03.07.11 at 12:01 pm ET
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Pat Knight, who became coach of the Texas Tech basketball team three years ago after his father, Bob Knight, stepped down, was fired by the school. A school spokesman said Knight will coach the team at this week’s Big 12 tournament before departing.

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Mike Piazza would ‘probably’ be interested in buying an MLB team

03.07.11 at 9:49 am ET
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Mike Piazza, who holds the record for career home runs by a catcher, told ESPNNewYork.com that he has considered becoming an owner and that he has “talked to some people who have interest in getting into the game.”

“Would I be interested in possibly getting involved in a group to buy a team? Probably,” Piazza said. “I’ve been thinking about it. I think that would be something that would probably suit my desire, at least, to get into the game. I don’t really see myself on the field all the time, or in the boardroom all the time. But I feel like maybe I can bring certain intangibles to both. And having the credibility of being on the field and also getting to know some of the administrative aspects of the sport would be something I’d be interested in.

“I never say never. You see Nolan Ryan getting involved. And I’ve heard of other players, in the future, wanting to get involved in ownership. I just think everything is a timing thing. It’s an interesting time in the game, and there’s a lot of change going on. You just don’t know what situation will pop up. As far as anything on the forefront? Nothing. Down the line? We’ll see.”

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