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Paul Splittorff, winningest pitcher in Royals history, dies at 64

05.25.11 at 12:41 pm ET
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Paul Splittorff, the winningest pitcher in Royals history as well as a popular broadcaster with the team, died Wednesday after battling oral cancer and melanoma. He was 64 years old.

In 15 seasons, Splittorff was 166-143 with a 3.81 ERA. He wasn’t a very hard thrower but had good command of all of his pitchers. “He really got the most out of his ability,” said Denny Matthews, the Royals’ radio broadcaster who called every game Splittorff pitched.

The left-hander pitched in four postseasons, including the 1980 World Series against Philadelphia.

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Injured Giants fan’s family sues Dodgers

05.25.11 at 12:04 pm ET
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The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow, the man who was brutally beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Dodgers. The suit seeks damages to cover Stow’s medical care as well as compensation for economic damages for Stowe and his two children.

It also says that the “failure to take preventative measures at Dodger Stadium was based on the defendants lack of finances and misappropriation of finances and/or misuse of corporate funds for personal use at the expense of safety at Dodger Stadium.”

“The Dodgers have shown a total disregard for public safety. They’ve gotten rid of security people, they’ve had all these incidents at their games, more than other teams, there’s also a known gang presence. What did they think was going to happen?” said Thomas Girardi, who is the attorney representing Stow’s family.

Following the attack, the Dodgers have had an increased security presence at the stadium, and have hired former L.A. police chief Bill Bratton to help with a longterm plan to improve stadium security. The Dodgers also paid for Stow’s family to stay in a Los Angeles hotel for seven weeks that Stow was hospitalized in the city. They have also pledged $250,000 for information leading to the arrests of Stow’s attackers.

“Although everybody is hopeful that this turns out well, facing the cold hard facts, we know that this is going to have a lifetime impact on Mr. Stow,” Girardi said. “Not to mention his two children, who have been robbed of their relationship with him.”

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Tiger Woods plans on playing in U.S. Open

05.25.11 at 12:01 pm ET
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After injuring his knee in last month’s Masters and withdrawing after just nine holes in this month’s Players Championship, Tiger Woods says he plans on playing in next month’s U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Woods said that he came back too early following the injury to play in The Players Championship. He does feel that his knee is improving. “I’m a lot better off,” Woods said. “I feel that in the next week or so, I can start getting back toward that and start practicing pain free. That’s where I’m at.”

He also touched on not being ranked in the world’s top 10 for the first time in 14  years. “I haven’t played. It’s one of the reasons I’ve fallen as far as I have,” Woods said. “When I did play, I haven’t played well. Winning takes care of all of that.”

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Report: Mike Brown set to coach Lakers

05.25.11 at 11:09 am ET
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According to CSN Bay Area, Mike Brown has taken his name out of the Warriors coaching search as he is set to become the next coach of the Lakers.

Brown reportedly will sign a four-year, $18 million contract to become Phil Jackson‘s successor.

Brown previously coached the Cavaliers for five seasons, from 2005-10. He led them to the NBA finals in 2007, and the team made the playoffs in all five years.

Lakers assistant Brian Shaw was thought to be a front-runner for the Lakers job, as he was endorsed by Kobe Bryant and other Lakers players.

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Atlanta prepared for Thrashers to move to Winnipeg

05.25.11 at 11:04 am ET
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Although the move of the Thrashers to Winnipeg is not official, Atlanta officials are talking like the move is inevitable. The sale could be final as soon as this week.

“It is going to hurt the city but we will withstand it just fine and we will get through it,” Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said. “We have a lot of positive things going on in the sports franchise space that I think we’ll be announcing pretty soon that will offset it a bit.”

The Thrashers’ average attendance this season was 13,469, which was 28th out of 30 teams. It was also reported that the franchise had lost more than $150 million since 2005.

Winnipeg wants to get the sale done soon. “I think the astute business move would be to get it done ASAP, and to me that’s in the next 48 hours. Before this week is over, for sure,” Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz said.

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NFL ‘team fine’ plan in the works for dangerous hits

05.25.11 at 11:01 am ET
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In an effort to address player safety in the NFL, the league is looking into a new “team fine” system for teams that have multiple players who are fined throughout the season.

The plan is not official yet, but plans are in the works. “We’re still working on specifics. Let’s just say it would be significant and reasonable,” league vice president Adolpho Birch said.

“As a club’s total [number of fines] increases to a certain threshold, we will enforce some … payback to encourage clubs to stay below that threshold,” he added.

Also, at the owners meetings in Indianapolis, NFL VP Ray Anderson said that suspensions would again be considered for hits that are considered flagrant violations. It was also noted that fines and suspensions would be easier to come by in 2011.

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Mets owner Fred Wilpon: Team could lose $70 million this year

05.25.11 at 10:57 am ET
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Mets owner Fred Wilpon tells Sports Illustrated in the most recent issue that the Mets are “bleeding cash” and could lose up to $70 million this season.

Wilpon also noted that trusting Bernard Madoff is his biggest regret, among other poor judgments. He says that the Mets were “in jeopardy” when the courts wanted team owners to repay $1 billion to Madoff’s victims.

He also said that within three weeks there could be an agreement to sell a minority share of the team.

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Peyton Manning has second neck surgery

05.25.11 at 10:55 am ET
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For the second time in 15 months, Peyton Manning had neck surgery. The procedure took place Monday in Chicago and Manning told The Indianapolis Star Tuesday that the procedure was “minimally invasive” and he expects to make “a quick recovery.”

In March of 2010 Manning had neck surgery to try to get rid of problems a pinched nerve had caused for about four years. According to Manning, this procedure was completely different from 2010. He said this surgery was to repair a disk-related issue that has caused discomfort recently.

“There is plenty of time for recovery,” Manning told The Star.

Colts owner Jim Irsay also is not concerned about Manning being out for an extended period of time. “It’s usually a 6-8-week recovery period,” Irsay said. “I think this is one you can bounce back from quickly.”

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Report: Kevin McHale to meet with Rockets about coaching vacancy

05.25.11 at 10:52 am ET
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Kevin McHale will meet with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in Miami on Wednesday to discuss the team’s coaching vacancy. According to Sports Illustrated, McHale is the front-runner among a list of candidates that includes Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank.

McHale currently is an analyst with TNT. McHale previously was an executive with the Timberwolves and coached the team twice. In 2008 he took over when Randy Wittman was fired, and he took over back in 2004 when Flip Saunders was fired. McHale was reluctant to take the two jobs because of the heavy travel schedule.

At least one former player was surprised that McHale still wants to patrol the sidelines. “I’m shocked he’s even interested in coaching,” the unidentified player told SI.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Lenny Dykstra tries to spring Dwight Gooden from ‘Celebrity Rehab’

05.25.11 at 7:09 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: Bruins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (Versus)
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 12:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS/Open Cup: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Dwight Gooden said that during a recent taping of the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab,” former Mets teammate Lenny Dykstra made a surprise appearance in Gooden’s room and tried to get talk him into leaving the facility.

Explained Gooden: “It was around 10 o’clock and I was getting ready to go to bed. All of the sudden, one of the guys behind the scenes says, ‘Dykstra’s here.’ They tried to get Lenny to sign a waiver, and he didn’t want to do that,” Gooden told the New York Daily News Tuesday. “It was crazy. He was like, ‘Doc, you all right? I don’t like this. I got your bags.’ ”

Gooden, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction since the mid-1980s, stuck around instead of leaving with Dykstra, who has his own share of problems.

‘™¦ A 27-year-old man was in critical condition Tuesday night after falling from a stairwell leading to the center field seats at Colorado’s Coors Field. During the opening game of a doubleheader between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, the man tumbled approximately 20 feet onto concrete. The Rockies refused to discuss the incident but acknowledged an investigation was under way.

‘™¦ Steelers receiver Hines Ward won Season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday, defeating actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane in the final round.

‘™¦ On the heels of the UConn basketball team losing a scholarship due to a poor Academic Progress Rate, Jeff Jacobs in the Hartford Courant writes that Jim Calhoun‘s program is embarrassing but fixable.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox acquired Bill Buckner from the Cubs for which two players?

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