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Mike Tyson rips Kobe’s tattoos on Jimmy Kimmel Show

06.05.11 at 10:47 am ET
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Mike Tyson appeared on ABC’€™s Jimmy Kimmel Show this week, making fun of several NBA players’€™ tattoos, including Kobe Bryant.

‘€œHe’€™s named after steak, but this tattoo is a mistake,’€ Tyson said. ‘€œThere’€™s nothing more manly than a crown with butterflies. Especially if it’€™s the monarch with the flavor of beef.

On Kenyon Martin, Tyson said, ‘€œHe has lips on his neck. Oh street cred, he can kiss that goodbye.’€

Tyson finished with the Mavericks’€™ DeShawn Stevenson‘€™s Abraham Lincoln tattoo. ‘€œOf course he has that because he freed the slaves,’€ Tyson said. ‘€œThere’€™s no other reason. Thanks to Honest Abe, we’€™re free, with a Black president. And it’€™s easier than having the Emancipation Proclamation on your back.’€

See full segment.

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Report: Shaquille O’Neal to celebrate retirement in Las Vegas

06.05.11 at 10:29 am ET
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Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote Saturday that Shaquille O’€™Neal will hold a retirement party at the Moon nightclub at the Palms on June 25. Clarke wrote that the red carpet event will begin at 10 pm.

Clarke wrote that O’€™Neal has been a frequent visitor to Las Vegas during his NBA career, doing everything from working the DJ booth at the Palms to filming a boxing batch against Oscar de la Hoya for his ‘€œShaq Vs.’€ show at the Planet Hollywood Resort.

O’€™Neal told Clarke in 2002 that O’€™Neal spent so much money in Vegas on chartered planes, hotel rooms and gambling that he planned to buy Lakers teammate Brian Shaw‘€™s Las Vegas home for $200,000.

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Buster Posey condemns fans’ threats against Scott Cousins

06.04.11 at 8:06 pm ET
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Giants‘ catcher Buster Posey, who had his season ended in a home plate collision with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins, has spoken out about fans who have made threats against Cousins.

“I appreciate the continued support of Giants fans and others as I begin the process of working my way back,” Posey said in a statement Saturday. “But in no way do I condone threats of any kind against Scott Cousins or his family.”

Posey suffered a broken bone in his left leg and tore several ligaments in his ankle in the collision on May 25. Despite the injury, Posey is among the leading NL All-Star vote-getters at catcher.

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Isiah Thomas to Knicks? ‘Never say never’

06.04.11 at 7:50 pm ET
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Donnie Walsh is out as president of the Knicks, and former executive Isiah Thomas isn’t ruling out the possibility of replacing him.

When asked how he would respond if owner James Dolan offered him the position, he responded, “Never say never about anything. All my doors are open.” Thomas left the Knicks’ front office in 2008 after a sexual harassment scandal, but Dolan has publicly said he still values Thomas’ advice.

Knicks fans might not be too keen on the idea of having Thomas back in power. During his run as general manager, Thomas gave up draft picks, prospects and money for players like Eddy Curry, Steve Francis, and Jerome James, a large part of why New York went on a nearly decade-long playoff drought.

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Winnipeg sells 13,000 season tickets in 17 minutes

06.04.11 at 6:54 pm ET
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It didn’t take long for the NHL’s newest franchise to reach it’s goal for season ticket sales. In fact, it didn’t even take 20 minutes.

The former Atlanta Thrashers set out to sell 13,000 season tickets by June 21, but shortly after fans were able to buy tickets Saturday at noon, Winnipeg reached its goal with ease. According to the Winnipeg Sun, the total reached 13,000 within 17 minutes.

“While I had no doubt the ‘Drive to 13,000′ would reach its destination,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said, “the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans’ hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North’s initiatives.”

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Knicks and Donnie Walsh part ways

06.04.11 at 1:01 pm ET
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In a surprising move, Knicks president Donnie Walsh is stepping down after his contract expires on June 30. Walsh was hired to clean up the mess left by his predecessor, Isiah Thomas, and after two years of salary cap related trades, the Knicks returned to the playoffs with a roster led by Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.

The 70-year-old Walsh’s decision caught most people off guard although it was later revealed that owner Jim Dolan had asked him to take a substantial paycut. Walsh reportedly also wanted autonomy from the meddlesome Dolan. Walsh’s assistant Glen Grunwald will become acting general manager on July 1.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Nine MLB teams reportedly exceed league’s debt limit

06.03.11 at 7:21 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:
MLB: A’s at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Canucks, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: A’s at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: A’s at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ On the heels of the Dodgers’ and Mets’ financial problems, The Los Angeles Times reports that nine of 30 major league teams are carrying debt 10 times more than annual earnings, in violation of MLB rules. The other seven are the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals.

‘™¦ Giants general manager Brian Sabean lashed out at Marlins rookie Scott Cousins for running into catcher Buster Posey and knocking him out for the season. “If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’€™ll all be happy,” Sabean said in a radio interview on San Francisco’s KNBR. “He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that’€™s his flash of fame, that’€™s as good as it’€™s going to get, pal. We’€™ll have a long memory.” In the Sporting News, Anthony Witrado writes that Sabean is “out of line, tacky and unbelievably immature.”

‘™¦ The Cubs have had a disappointing start to the season. In the Chicago Tribune, Steve Rosenbloom criticizes owner Tom Ricketts as being “clueless” for saying there’s nothing wrong with the team other than injuries.

‘™¦ Major League Baseball is satisfied that Alex Rodriguez‘ cousin, Yuri Sucart, is within his rights to visit the Yankees slugger at the team’s road hotels and has not been violating any restrictions imposed two years ago when he was accused of buying steroids for A-Rod. “There is nothing to investigate,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

‘™¦ Rock star Bono received a lift Tuesday when Oilers center Gilbert Brule saw him hitchhiking in Vancouver. As thanks for the ride, Bono gave Brule and his girlfriend backstage passes to Wednesday’s U2 concert in Edmonton and told the crowd how grateful he was.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 3, 1952, the Red Sox acquired Hoot Evers, George Kell, Johnny Lipon and Dizzy Trout from the Tigers in a trade that sent which two well-know Sox (along with three other players) to Detroit?

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Report: Ricky Rubio to join Timberwolves next season

06.02.11 at 3:53 pm ET
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When Timberwolves general manager David Kahn drafted Ricky Rubio fifth overall in the 2009 draft, he knew it could be years before the Spanish guard arrived in the NBA. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Rubio and the Timberwolves have reached an agreement for the point guard to play for the Wolves in the 2011-12 season.

Rubio’s signing does make it even more likely that Kahn will trade Minnesota’s No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming 2011 NBA draft.

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Heat might not be able to afford Big Three under hard salary cap

06.02.11 at 1:37 pm ET
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The Heat’s Big Three are under contract through the 2014 season, but with a possible new collective bargaining agreement with a hard salary cap looming, commissioner David Stern says the Heat might not be able to keep all three of the players.

This past summer Lebron James and Chris Bosh signed $110.1 million contracts, while Dwyane Wade signed a $107 million deal. It would be very unlikely for the Heat to be able to keep all three under a hard cap.

“That’s part of the negotiation [talking about the hard salary cap],” Stern said. “This is very complex. If there’s a will, we’ll be able to work all those issues out.”

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Steve Spurrier wants to pay college football players

06.02.11 at 1:31 pm ET
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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has an idea to pay college football players. The proposal would pay $300 per game for each player and the money would be taken from coaches salaries. He recruited six other coaches to go along with him and volunteer a part of their own salaries, but it is very unlikely that this would ever happen. Spurrier is scheduled to make $2.8 million this season.

“I doubt it will get passed, but as coaches in the SEC, we make all the money,” Spurrier said. “We need to give more to our players.”

“Fifty years ago, there was not any kind of money, and the players got full scholarships,” Spurrier said. “Now they’re still getting full scholarships, and the money is just in the millions. I don’t know how to get it done. Hopefully, there’s a way to get our guys that play football a little piece of the pie.”

Spurrier said that he hopes the players would use their money for good use like paying for parents to attend their games, but also understands the players could waste their money on things like Xbox games. In reality he says they can do whatever they choose with the money that they earn. “They bring in the money,” he said. “They’re the performers.”

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