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Phillies GM says Chase Utley ‘very likely’ to start season on DL

03.25.11 at 9:44 am ET
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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told ESPN.com Thursday that second baseman Chase Utley is “very likely” to start the season on the disabled list.

Utley has not played this spring due to patellar tendinitis, bone inflammation and chondromalacia in his right knee. The article said he and the Phillies are still looking at as many options as possible to avoid surgery that would result in Utley missing a lengthy chunk of time.

If Utley is placed on the DL, the Phillies would likely turn to either Luis Castillo, whom they signed to a minor league contract earlier this week, or Wilson Valdez at second base.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Browns fan sues NFL over lockout

03.25.11 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 FRIDAY:
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Rangers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A Cleveland businessman sued the Browns and the NFL’s 31 other teams Thursday, saying the lockout violates his private seat license contract with the club. Self-made millionaire Ken Lanci asked the court to prohibit the lockout. “What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires and the fact they can’t settle it when the country is in a recession,” he told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Worse yet, they have to rub this in our faces.”

‘™¦ Running back Danny Woodhead is the Patriots representative in a contest to select the cover for the Madden ’12 video game. However, the New York Post looks at the “Madden Curse,” in which players have suffered injuries or performed poorly after appearing on the cover.

‘™¦ According to The New York Times, the Mets lost almost $50 million last year, with attendance down 600,000 following the opening of Citi Field in 2009.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 25, 1978, which Red Sox pitcher was accidentally shot in his non-pitching arm by a neighbor at his spring training hotel in Winter Haven, Fla.?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox second to Yankees in value of major league teams

03.24.11 at 7:44 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Marlins, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine did an analysis of Major League Baseball and determined that the Yankees are the sport’s most valuable team for the 14th straight year, worth $1.7 billion. The Red Sox are No. 2, but 86 percent less valuable than the Bronx Bombers, at $912 million.

The Padres were the most profitable in 2010, with an operating income of $37 million. The Red Sox had an operating income of minus-$1 million, but they make that up with their share in NESN. The average value of a major league team is $523 million, up 7 percent from last year.

‘™¦ Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco began his soccer tryout with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. According to Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star, Ochocinco was feisty but rusty playing the game he loved as a youngster. Afterward, Ochocinco denied it was a publicity stunt. “What you rather have me do during a lockout? Go get arrested, get in trouble? Act like Charlie Sheen? I’€™m one that never gets in trouble, I do nothing wrong. I just try to have fun,” he said.

‘™¦ Agent Scott Boras responded to a critical piece written by an anonymous major leaguer in ESPN the Magazine by telling the New York Post the player’s implications that he does not provide struggling clients with enough support are baseless. “Our commitment to the player is extreme,” Boras insisted.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, Jere Longman writes about Baylor women’s basketball player Melissa Jones, who lost vision in her right eye after a collision on the court in February but is back with protective glasses, helping the top-seeded Bears advance to the Sweet 16.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 24, 1974, which Bruin had an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Canadiens to become the third player in NHL history (joining teammates Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr) to have more than one 100-point season?

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Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson says Kings are in ‘final weeks’

03.23.11 at 10:34 am ET
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In a blog post Tuesday night, Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson wrote that the franchise’s possible relocation to Anaheim “feels like a slow death” and that this “will likely be the Kings’ final weeks in Sacramento after 26 years.”

Johnson met with Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof in February and has said since then that he expects the team to leave Sacramento after the season.

The Maloofs began talking to Anaheim officials about moving the team there after years of not receiving public funding to build a new arena in Sacramento. A Kings attorney has already filed for at least four federal trademark registrations: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals.

The Kings were previously known as the Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings and Kansas City Kings before moving to Sacramento in 1985.

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Yankees’ Curtis Granderson suffers oblique strain

03.23.11 at 9:27 am ET
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Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson was scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Orioles after straining his oblique muscle on his final swing of batting practice. The injury is not believed to be serious, but Granderson’s status for opening day is uncertain.

“He felt something,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “We’ll get a better feel in the next few days. We’ll take the cautious road. I know he’s not really concerned from his end, but obliques can be tricky. It’s too early to tell. Try and be cautious and hope we’ll have success.”

If Granderson can’t go on opening day, Brett Gardner would move from left field to center field and Andruw Jones would start in left.

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Spurs’ Tim Duncan out indefinitely with sprained ankle

03.23.11 at 9:26 am ET
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Spurs star Tim Duncan is on crutches and out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle, the team said Tuesday. Duncan injured the ankle early in Monday’s win over the Warriors when he landed awkwardly after making a jumper.

He passed an MRI test Tuesday with no signs of structural damage, but the Spurs won’t know how long he’ll be out until later this week at the earliest. He’ll miss at least the next three games, though.

“It structurally looks good,” said general manager R.C. Buford. “We will have a better idea of what the timeline is in the next 48 hours.”

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving will see ‘significant’ playing time

03.23.11 at 8:56 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday that freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will play “significant minutes” in the Blue DevilsSweet 16 matchup with Arizona on Thursday.

Irving missed 3 1/2 months with an injured big right toe, but he came off the bench to score 25 points in 41 minutes in Duke’s two tournament games last weekend. Krzyzewski said Irving will continue to come off the bench because the Blue Devils “are good with who we’re starting,” but noted that Irving is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys’ Dez Bryant ejected from mall for low pants

03.23.11 at 7:53 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from a Dallas shopping mall and given a criminal trespass warning by police Tuesday after allegedly refusing to pull up his sagging pants that exposed his underwear. Police said Bryant and his entourage were asked to pull up their pants, and Bryant responded with a profanity-laced tirade and a refusal to leave until a his adviser arrived. The police report indicated Bryant “has had a pattern of behavior at NorthPark Center involving security/off-duty police,” including him cutting in line, being involved in a “major disturbance” with a female at a restaurant, and parking in a fire lane.

Bryant claimed he was not the one wearing his clothing in an offensive manner, only members of his entourage. “I told the guy I’m not trying to get in trouble,” Bryant told ESPN Dallas. “I’m not trying to destroy my image. The [warning] wasn’t toward me. I was trying to figure out what was going on. It was a big misunderstanding. I was the wrong guy.”

‘™¦ Canucks forward Manny Malhotra will miss the rest of the season due to a serious left eye injury incurred when he was hit by a puck in a game against the Avalanche last Wednesday. In The Toronto Globe and Mail, Eric Duhatschek suggests that visors should be mandatory.

‘™¦ With the Barry Bonds trial taking place in San Francisco, The New York Times looks at the punishment that might await Bonds’ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who has thus far kept his silence and protected the home run king. Some legal experts told the Times that Anderson could face a charge of obstruction of justice, with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 23, 1969, in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, which Bruin scored his 42nd goal of the season to break Dit Clapper‘s team record for most goals by a right winger in a single season?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Study determines NCAA referees likely to even out fouls

03.22.11 at 7:56 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: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Rays at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Do NCAA basketball referees balance foul calls between teams intentionally? A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences looked at games on neutral courts and determined that fouls are assessed at a relatively even rate. That’s been supported by this year’s tournament. “The important finding is that as the foul differential increases the probability of the next foul being called on the team with fewer fouls significantly increases,” said Ball State professor David Pierce, the study’s co-author.

‘™¦ The New York Times looks at the Virginia city of Richmond, which has two underdog teams in the Sweet 16: Richmond and VCU.

‘™¦ Tennessee fired basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Monday, in the wake of his NCAA violations. GoVolsXtra.com, Mike Strange writes that Pearl laid the foundation that a new coach can build on. At CBSSports.com, Gregg Doyel suggests that Ohio State follows Tennessee’s lead and fire football coach Jim Tressel, who similarly lied to the NCAA in a cover-up attempt.

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 sports documentaries of all-time. “Olympia,” about the 1936 Games in Germany, takes first, ahead of “Hoop Dreams.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 22, 1972, the Red Sox made one of their worst trades when they sent reliever Sparky Lyle to the Yankees for which two players?

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Sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting becomes heaviest man to complete marathon

03.21.11 at 1:15 pm ET
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Kelly Gneiting, a 400-pound sumo wrestler from Idaho, set a Guinness World Record as the heaviest man to complete a marathon when he finished Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Gneiting, who lost nearly four pounds during the marathon, shattered the previous record of 275 pounds and beat his 2008 time by more than two hours.

“I’d like to see the Kenyan improve his marathon time by two hours,” Gneiting joked afterward.

The newspaper reported that Gneiting jogged the first eight miles and walked the final 18. He said he lost track of where he was after the first 10 miles because he felt delirious. By the end of it, he had to obey traffic signals and walk on the sidewalk because the streets had already re-opened to traffic.

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