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Report: Allen Iverson’s Lamborghini still impounded in Atlanta

06.09.11 at 4:04 pm ET
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Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson may have more to deal with than just a potential comeback.

According to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, the well-known point guard is the owner of a 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago that has remained impounded at an Atlanta lot for three months now. The car was towed three months ago for not having the proper tags. At the time it was towed, Iverson told police officers, “Take my car. I have 10 others.” The Atlanta TV station says that it would cost $14,000 per year for the tags for that type of vehicle and that the car had not been tagged once since it was purchased four years ago. That means it would cost Iverson $56,000 to retrieve the pricey vehicle plus $300 per month that it’s been stored.

Iverson had played in Istanbul last season for the Besiktas Cola Turka Black Eagles but is reportedly looking to return to an NBA team. The Philadelphia Inquirer published a report last November that said Iverson was “broke — by all accounts except his own.”

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Mavericks more touchy-feely than Heat, could mean finals win

06.09.11 at 3:40 pm ET
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A little positive reinforcement never hurts.

A University of California, Berkeley study revealed last fall that teams who touch each other more, whether it be a high-five, head rub or even a butt slap, are more likely to win. Using data from the 2008-09 season, the study concluded that the Lakers and Celtics were the two touchiest teams in the NBA and consequently finished with two of the three best regular-season records in the league. The idea there is touching means team chemistry which leads to victories.

Well if the findings of that study are correct, the Mavericks should be the ones hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy by the end of the NBA finals. According to a study by The Wall Street Journal, the Mavs nearly doubled the amount of personal touches  of the Heat in the series’s first three games, “winning” that battle 250-134. Dallas center Tyson Chandler had the most touches with 90 while Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t far behind with 88. Chris Bosh, who led Miami with 49, would’ve been sixth on the Mavericks in that category.

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Jason Bay could soon head to Mets bench

06.09.11 at 2:28 pm ET
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Most Red Sox fans have relatively fond memories of Jason Bay‘s year-and-a-half in Boston. Mets fans will not share those sentiments by the time the leftfielder’s time is up in Queens.

Bay is currently riding an 0-for-23 streak at the plate that has dropped his average to .207 this season. Combine that with a power outage (two home runs and 10 RBI in 39 games) and those statistics led Bay to tell the New York Post that he is prepared to move from the starting lineup to the bench.

“That’s the reality of the situation we’re in,” Bay said. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you that is not an option. I’m pretty aware of what’s going on.”

The Mets don’t have much depth at the left field spot so that has led manager Terry Collins to be patient with Bay.

“One of the personality changes I think I’ve made is to have some patience,” Collins said. “I’m trying to relay that to Jason, certainly — don’t press, you don’t have to press the issue. It’s going to be there, it’s going to come.”

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Russell Martin injures back lifting weights

06.09.11 at 11:04 am ET
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Yankees catcher Russell Martin did not play in Wednesday’s loss to the Red Sox. He was out of the line up because of a bad back, but it is the way he injured his back that was a bit surprising —lifting weights following Tuesday’s game.

Martin was doing dead-lifts Tuesday night following the game with the Red Sox and he began to feel something not right with his back.

“I just felt some discomfort so I stopped it,” Martin said. “From then on, it hasn’t been feeling right.”

After last night’s game Martin said there is no change, and he is still in pain. If the pain continues he will be reevaluated on Thursday.

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David Stern: Two sides ‘very far apart’ on new labor deal

06.09.11 at 11:02 am ET
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After Wednesday’s meetings between NBA owners and players in negotiating a new labor deal, league commissioner David Stern says that the sides are “very far apart.

“I think one of the owners indicated at the conclusion of today’s meeting that he was very pessimistic as to whether or not they’d be able to reach an accord between now and the end of the month, and I’m forced to share that sentiment,” union executive director Billy Hunter said. “I think maybe it’s going to be a difficult struggle.”

Union president Derek Fisher echoed Hunter’s comments about the sides being for far apart. “No change at all. What has changed is maybe the mechanism, the system somewhat in maybe how we get there. We tossed around some ideas in that regard, but there is no hiding the fact that the main components of what we originally received in their proposal have not changed at all,” he said. “So from that standpoint, there hasn’t been much of a negotiation because that really hasn’t changed.”

The sides met for four hours Wednesday after meeting for nearly six hours on Tuesday. They are expected to meet again next Tuesday either in Miami or New York.

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Former MLB MVP to be released?

06.09.11 at 11:01 am ET
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There is speculation that former MVP shortstop Miguel Tejada, currently with the Giants, is on the verge of being released by the team.

Tejada is struggling this season. In 56 games he is batting .218, with only one home run. The 37-year-old Tejada is nearing the end of his career. He is in his 15th season in the league and has played with the Athletics, Orioles, Astros, Padres and Giants. He won the AL MVP in 2002.

It has been speculated that when Pablo Sandoval returns from the disabled list this week it will be Tejada and his $6.5 million salary being released.

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CFL team interested in Terrelle Pryor

06.09.11 at 10:59 am ET
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Following Tuesday’s announcement from former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor that he will not be returning to the school for his senior season, it has been learned that a Canadian Football League (CFL) team has acquired the negotiation rights to Pryor and are interested in him playing in the CFL.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders is the team interested in Pryor. “He’s a heck of an athlete,” general manager Brendan Taman said. “We get a lot of U.S. college football up here. We’re well aware of him. With the [bigger] field up here in Canada, with the athlete that he is, he would be an interesting component to come up here and run around and do some things as a quarterback.”

Pryor has several options now that he will not be returning to Ohio State. He can enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, but there is question to whether or not this will even occur because of the lockout. He could also take a year off and enter next year’s NFL draft.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick offers advice to Plaxico Burress

06.09.11 at 7:33 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was asked about former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, who was released from prison Monday. Vick said he hopes Burress follows his example of how to turn your life around. “Just take your time coming back and getting acclimated. Think family first and football second and it’ll all work out,” Vick said Wednesday. “It’s great that he’ll get a second chance. We’ll pray for him, we’re going to support him 100 percent and we’re in his corner and we just want him to excel.”

There have been rumors that the Eagles were interested in signing Burress, but the New York Post reported Wednesday that the receiver is not part of Philadelphia’s plans.

‘™¦ Charles Barkley is slamming Miami again. This type, the TNT analyst took a shot at the Heat’s fans. “Yeah, they have the worst fans. No question,” he said during an appearance on Chicago radio’s Waddle & Silvy Show. “It’s not even loud in there. You’re at the game and you are like, ‘Man, this place isn’t even loud.’ At least when you go to Chicago, it’s loud in there. It’s crazy down in Dallas. But it’s not even loud in Miami.” Barkley then took another dig at the Heat’s players, saying: “They’re just a whiny bunch and I can’t root for them.”

‘™¦ In the 33rd round of the amateur baseball draft Wednesday, the Rangers selected University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, who was partially paralyzed after breaking his neck in a collision in a game March 6. “He’s a great kid and he’s going through a terrible time in his life and we thought this would be something to uplift him,” explained Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg. Two nights earlier, with the 37th overall pick, the Rangers selected Zach Cone, Taylor’s friend and the player who collided with Taylor in the outfield during the players’ pursuit of a fly ball.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 9, 1980, Celtics general manager Red Auerbach made a deal with the Warriors to obtain Robert Parish and the No. 3 overall draft pick that would become Kevin McHale for a pair of first-round picks (1 and 13) that Golden State used to select which players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t care about what Joe Girardi said. I come to play the game every day. That’s about it. I’m done with that.” ‘€” Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, after homering for the second straight game in Wednesday’s 11-6 victory over the Yankees, who had criticized him for flipping his bat after Tuesday’s homer

STAT OF THE DAY: 31 ‘€” Playoff victories behind the Bruins bench for Claude Julien, tying him with Don Cherry for most among coaches in team history

‘NET RESULTS: A soccer penalty kick hits the crossbar but then rolls across the goal line while the goalie is celebrating.

Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live reports from the NBA finals and finds out who is “in it to win it.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jackie Wilson, who died in 1984, was born on this day in 1934.

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Magic’s Gilbert Arenas fined for twitter comments

06.08.11 at 11:27 pm ET
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It only took a few weeks on Twitter for Gilbert Arenas to find himself back in the NBA’s doghouse. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the league fined the Magic guard for his recent comments on Twitter.

The report did not specify which comments Arenas was punished for, nor how much money he was fined. You can take your best guess.

Arenas responded to the fine on Twitter. “Yes, the [NBA] has fined me … for being [too] awesome … I cant believe I got fined … how do I explain this to the lady at the bank?” he wrote. “Or I could just write a check and if there’s a lockout just cancel the check it and maybe they will forget … I think that will work.”

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Mavericks’ Brendan Haywood could miss rest of finals

06.08.11 at 11:24 pm ET
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Mavericks center Brendan Haywood wasn’t much of a factor in Tuesday’s series-tying win over the Heat, and Dallas may have to get used to winning without the big man.

Haywood is struggling through a strained hip flexor, and says the injury might force him to sit out the rest of the series.

“It’€™s a 4-5-week injury. I’€™m trying to get out there in 4-5 days,’€ Haywood said. ‘€œThat’€™s just the situation. It’€™s a little disheartening, but it is what it is.’€

Tyson Chandler played well enough in Game 4 to overshadow Haywood’s absence, but he’ll now have to make an extra effort to stay out of foul trouble.

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