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Warriors trying to trade Monta Ellis

06.08.11 at 2:23 pm ET
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The Warriors are looking to deal their leading scorer, Monta Ellis, as part of the team’s next step toward revamping its personnel.

After the Warriors hired TV analyst Mark Jackson to a $6 million deal on Monday, the San Fransisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the team has talked with Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Orlando, Philadelphia and the Lakers about a deal for Ellis.

Ellis averaged over 24 points a game last season, but the Warriors are looking to trade for a player like the 76ers’ Andre Iguodala to improve their defense. Golden State finished with a record of 36-46 last year and has the 11th pick in the draft.

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NBA players, owners hold five-hour bargaining session

06.08.11 at 2:10 pm ET
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Eight players and 10 owners met for a bargaining session Tuesday in an attempt to set the groundwork for the NBA’s impending labor negotiations. The current collective bargaining agreement will expire on June 30, and the two parties will need to reach a new settlement to avoid a lockout.

Though not much was accomplished during the session, commissioner David Stern seemed hopeful for an eventual accord.

“I just take it as a real positive that we’re continuing to meet,” he said. “We’ve got to keep on talking to try to have a breakthrough here, and we’re going to continue that effort [Wednesday].”

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Report: Pistons looking at Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas

06.08.11 at 2:00 pm ET
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In their ongoing search for a new coach, the Pistons reportedly have shown interest in two Detroit basketball legends. Bill Laimbeer and Isiah Thomas ‘€” starters on the Pistons’ back-to-back NBA championship teams in 1989 and 1990 ‘€” are on the short list for the job, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports.

Sources told Broussard that Thomas is not the leading candidate for the position, and the Pistons also are looking at Mike Woodson and Kelvin Sampson.

Detroit is looking to replace John Kuester, who was fired Sunday after posting a 57-107 record over the last two years.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Wayne Gretzky’s son drafted by Cubs

06.08.11 at 7:43 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:
NHL Playoffs: Canucks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (VERSUS)
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ In the seventh round of the amateur draft Tuesday, the Cubs drafted Southern California high school player Trevor Gretzky, son of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Gretzky is a first baseman who has committed to San Diego State. Gretzky said he was introduced to baseball when his father was playing in New York for the Rangers. “I remember him taking me to a Yankee game, and ever since then I wanted to play, and it’s been my dream to be in the major leagues since then,” he said.

In the 11th round, the Cubs selected Shawon Dunston Jr., son of the Cubs’ 1982 No. 1 overall pick who went on to play 18 seasons in the majors.

‘™¦ Former catcher Jim Leyritz, who was a key to the Yankees‘ 1996 World Series title, has a new book in which he expresses his disappointment with the judicial system. Leyritz was found not guilty of a DUI manslaughter charge after a car accident in 2007 in which a woman was killed. “After experiencing what I experienced, I realized that [the legal system] is very corrupt,” Leyritz writes. “There are people in the system that take advantage of it.”

‘™¦ USC’s 2004 national championship was vacated and coach Lane Kiffin is preparing to answer to the NCAA for his alleged failure “to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program” during his last job at Tennessee. On the bright side, Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times writes that Kiffin has matured and “clearly is not the reckless coach who swaggered in here from Knoxville” a year ago.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 8, 1950, the Red Sox destroyed the St. Louis Browns, 29-4. Who was the Red Sox leadoff hitter who set a major league record by getting up eight times in eight innings?

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‘Rest the Vest’ minor league promotion jests at Jim Tressel’s resignation

06.07.11 at 11:58 am ET
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Maybe something good will come out of the sticky situation for Ohio State football after all.

Following former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel‘s resignation, the Fort Meyers (Fla.) Miracle, a High Class-A affiliate of the Twins, allowed fans to donate sweater vests, made famous by Tressel from his days patrolling the Ohio State sidelines, Monday night in exchange for a chance to drive a sports car. The promotion was called “Rest the Vest” Night by the team.

But that was not the only Buckeyes-related part of the promotion. Any fans who showed ballpark attendants a tattoo of any kind would be given a piece of Miracle memorabilia “to keep or sell.” That part was meant to make fun of the Ohio State players who had given team memorabilia to a tattoo parlor in exchange for tattoos or other items.

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Andy Pettitte doesn’t expect return to baseball

06.07.11 at 11:30 am ET
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All-time Yankee great Andy Pettitte told ESPN New York 1050 that he doesn’t want to return to baseball at this time following his retirement last offseason. The 39-year-old lefty had previously said before spring training that he wouldn’t rule out a return but took a different route this time around, saying “I’m not dying to play baseball right now. I’m absolutely loving being home,” before adding later. “I’m not playing baseball this year.”

During his time as a player, Pettitte was a three-time All-Star and won five World Series titles while wearing pinstripes in the Bronx. He won 240 games and was also named the MVP of the 2001 American League Championship Series. In 2010, he was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and was an All-Star before going down with a groin injury that caused him to miss two months.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks want to capitalize on Dwyane Wade’s ‘overreacting’

06.07.11 at 7:42 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Mavericks are down 2-1 to the Heat in the NBA finals, but they apparently aren’t afraid to speak their mind and criticize their opponent ‘€” and each other. On Monday, DeShawn Stevenson revealed to the media that one of the Mavs’ strategies is to transition to offense quickly after a Dwyane Wade drive because of his “overreacting” in an attempt to draw foul calls.

“Coach said it before the series we have a chance to push the ball like we like because [Wade] complains to the ref a lot,” Stevenson said. “We’ve got to take advantage of that. He does it all the time. He did it like seven times [in Game 3].”

Guard Jason Terry also made a comment about Miami’s defense not being as good as the Trail Blazers’ ‘€” and yet he’s shooting just 38.2 percent from the field. That led to Dirk Nowitzki calling out his teammate.

“Jet [Terry] hasn’t really been a crunch-time, clutch player for us the way we need him to,” Nowitzki said. “We have to find a way to get Jet some freedom and get him off some movement, and he’s got to make some shots for us.”

‘™¦ Former college basketball coach Bobby Knight weighed in on the Ohio State controversy ‘€” in which players were suspended for trading memorabilia for tattoos ‘€” by criticizing the NCAA. “I understand what’s happened and there was a rule that was violated,” Knight said. “But it was an idiotic rule.” Speaking before the Iba Awards ceremony in Tulsa, Okla., where positive role models in sports are honored, Knight added: “I think this NCAA that we’re currently involved with is so far out of touch with the integrity of the sport that it’s just amazing.”

‘™¦ With the Major League Baseball draft in full swing, Real Clear Sports looks at the top 10 colleges that produce pro players. No. 1 is Long Beach, with Miami second and Arizona State, alma mater of Dustin Pedroia , third.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 7, 1968, the Red Sox conducted a successful amateur draft, selecting which three players who went on to become major league All-Stars?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We played with a little bit of an edge tonight. It’s a win, but it’s still just one. I’m not sure how much carryover there will be.” ‘€” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, after Monday night’s 8-1 rout of the Canucks

STAT OF THE DAY: 98 ‘€” Penalty minutes in the third period of Monday’s Bruins-Canucks game

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s the the third New Era commercial with Red Sox fan John Krasinski taking on Yankees backer Alec Baldwin.

A soccer goalie knocks the ball in his goal when it hits the cross bar and then bounces off him.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie and Bill Lee

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Prince turns 53 Tuesday.

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Rumor: Nationals still want Rays’ B.J. Upton

06.06.11 at 12:50 pm ET
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MLB.com’€™s Bill Ladson reported Sunday that the Nationals still are interested in trading for Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, according to a baseball source.

Washington has been looking for a new center fielder for some time but never showed much interest in acquiring some of the other available center fielders, including the Dodgers’€™ Matt Kemp.

Upton, however, is a childhood friend of injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and a native of nearby Norfolk, Va.

Although Upton is batting just .228 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs, the source said that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he thought Upton would turn his career around with a new team.

Entering Monday’€™s game against the Giants, Washington current center fielders Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina are batting a combined .223 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.

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Ravens using iPads in lieu of playbooks

06.06.11 at 12:45 pm ET
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Dan Pompei of NationalFootballPost.com reported Sunday that the Ravens have replaced traditional playbooks with iPads this season.

The primary advantage of iPads is security. If an iPad is lost or stolen, or an ex-player takes it with him, the team can remotely erase its contents.

Pompel wrote that this is not the only use for iPads in the NFL. The Falcons use them for pre-draft interviews. The tablets keeps a checklist of questions for each player then compiles them into paragraph form.

Pompel also wrote that with a new video-downloading program coming out for the iPad, the tablets will become even more popular with scouts.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Struggling Jason Bay benched by Mets

06.06.11 at 7:15 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 MONDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Canucks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (Versus)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Struggling outfielder Jason Bay, whose average is down to .216 (with two home runs and 10 RBIs) after going hitless in his last 17 at-bats, was benched Sunday by Mets manager Terry Collins. “Judging by my results lately, I couldn’t say no,” the former Red Sox slugger said. “Obviously, I want to play. I like playing. But … I don’t think it could hurt.”

Bay has looked impressive in batting practice but has been unable to carry it over into games. “In batting practice, I’m still that guy,” he said of his success with the Red Sox and Pirates. “I need to find a way to get that translated to the game.”

Since leaving the Sox to sign a big free agent contract with the Mets before the 2010 season, Bay has batted .247 with eight home runs and 57 RBIs in and had stints on the disabled list with concussion and rib cage issues.

‘™¦ Mercurial Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who on Tuesday attempted to break a bat over his knee in frustration, ripped his teammates Sunday after a 10-inning loss to the Cardinals. Zambrano called out closer Carlos Marmol for allowing a game-tying double to Ryan Theriot with two outs in the ninth inning and said of the struggling Cubs: “We are playing like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing. … We stink.” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune he’s not OK with Zambrano’s latest tirade.

‘™¦ At a press conference Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan, journalists displeased with the performance of the Azerbaijan soccer team threw a roll of toilet paper at coach Berti Vogts and presented him with a jug of water of the type used in Muslim countries to wash after using the toilet. The 64-year-old German coach responded by going to the police to complain about the attack, according to a Russian newspaper.

‘™¦ Soccer legend Diego Maradona joined the chorus of criticism of FIFA, saying of the governing body: “FIFA is a big museum. They are dinosaurs who do not want to relinquish power. It’s always going to be the same.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 6, 1996, which Red Sox player hit for the cycle in leading his team to a 7-4 victory over the White Sox?

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