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Lakers coach Phil Jackson: ‘Selfish move’ by Lamar Odom

12.08.10 at 11:17 am ET
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The Lakers beat the Wizards, 115-108, Tuesday night, but the win came despite a late-game gaffe by Lamar Odom. The Lakers led by four points with 21 seconds remaining in the game and 16 seconds on the shot clock when Odom shot and missed a 3-pointer, giving Washington possession with more time left than necessary.

During the ensuing timeout, Lakers coach Phil Jackson talked to Odom about the play. “I asked him what he was thinking and he said I got selfish,” Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. “He did. It was a selfish move and it could’ve cost us the game.”

Odom, however, didn’t seem so concerned after the game. “I might hold it out, but it’s two possessions. I can afford to take a shot like that,” Odom said. “If I make it, we go up by three more. It was a two possession game. Even if I miss and they come down and score, they have to foul. You win some, you lose some. I guess I lost that one.”

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Pete Sampras’ tennis trophies, memorabilia stolen

12.08.10 at 9:01 am ET
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Tennis legend Pete Sampras said a number of his trophies and other memorabilia he had in a Los Angeles public storage facility were stolen three weeks ago, including an Olympic ring and his 1994 Australian Open trophy.

Sampras, who retired in 2003, stored the valuables while he and his family were settling their housing situation, and he said he was shocked to discover the theft. The items, including an autographed piano bench from Elton John and a signed guitar from Carlos Santana, were not insured.

“For me to have it for my kids is priceless,” he said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “I just hope it hasn’t already been destroyed. That’s why I wanted to get the word out now. I know this is a longshot, but I’d regret it if I didn’t at least try.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Train conductor chooses job over opportunity with Jets

12.08.10 at 7:55 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: Nuggets at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNEE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ With the Jets in need of help at safety following the season-ending injury to Jim Leonhard, the team called Keith Fitzhugh, a player they cut in camp the past two years. Fitzhugh, however, decided to keep his job as a train conductor. The 24-year-old, who starred at Mississippi State, said he needs to be committed to the Norfolk Southern Railroad to help support his parents. “I don’t want to let [the railroad] down or run from them because I got a shot for a couple of weeks,” he said. “I just feel that that’s not right at the moment. I’m looking more long-term in life right now than the short-term.”

Added Fitzhugh: “I know the Jets have a great opportunity of making the Super Bowl, and that’s one dream that every child has is to play sports and make it to the Super Bowl or get to the World Series. But, there’s a time when you have to think, ‘Hey, you’ve only got one Mom and Dad.’ They won’t be here forever, and while they’re here, you’ve got to cherish that time.”

‘™¦ A Los Angeles judge ruled in favor of Jamie McCourt on Tuesday, declaring her as co-owner of the Dodgers with her estranged husband, Frank. In The Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers writes that the silver lining is this means the McCourts likely will have to sell the team.

‘™¦ Forbes magazine released a list of the top 10 NBA players for the buck. LeBron James is No. 1 despite his lofty price tag. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is third.

‘™¦ The failure to include the result of a game between two FCS playoff teams caused two mistakes in the final BCS rankings, which were altered after the fix was made. This gave critics of the BCS plenty of new ammo. At SI.com, Andy Staples writes about the controversy and how the system’s lack of transparency makes problems such as this possible.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 8, 1973, the Red Sox acquired which future Hall of Fame pitcher?

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Lawrence Taylor seeks dismissal of rape indictment

12.07.10 at 1:49 pm ET
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Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor appeared in court in New York on Tuesday and watched as his lawyer asked a judge to have a rape indictment against him set aside because police did not have a warrant when they arrested him.

The onetime NFL MVP was arrested in May and charged with having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. He pleaded not guilty to third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endangering a child.

Taylor’s lawyer also asked that statements Taylor made when he was arrested be suppressed. Court papers indicate Taylor admitted to sex acts with the girl but was told she was 19.

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Redskins suspend Albert Haynesworth for rest of season

12.07.10 at 1:36 pm ET
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The Redskins announced Tuesday that they have suspended controversial defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth without pay for the final four games of the season due to “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement that Haynesworth “repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.”

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Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs talks about possible retirement

12.07.10 at 12:28 pm ET
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Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs spoke on Monday to clear up conflicting reports about his possible retirement. Hobbs implied that he’s leaning toward quitting the game following his second neck surgery in a year, although he indicated he might change his mind, stating, “We hold all options available, but as of right now we’re just taking a break.”

“I have no regrets,” Hobbs told CSN Philadelphia. “I have nothing [else] to look forward to in this game. The money ‘€” whatever. I can make money somewhere else. The game itself ‘€” I can watch it now. I’ve enjoyed it as much watching it as I did playing it.

Added Hobbs: “Is it really worth it, the game itself? You’re financially OK. You have your health now. There’s so many things that you can look forward to at the age of 27.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jenn Sterger’s manager threatens to go ‘public’ with Brett Favre info

12.07.10 at 7:48 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: Sabres at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (VERSUS)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ On Monday, there were reports that the NFL is close to resolving its investigation into the Brett FavreJenn Sterger situation, and that the league was not likely to suspend the Vikings quarterback. Sterger’s manager did not take well to that news. Phil Reese told TMZ.com that Sterger has “provided extensive evidence that irrefutably proves there was harassment.” While Sterger has been mostly silent on the matter until now, Reese said that could change. Said Reese: “No matter what happens, Jenn has all legal remedies, including going public, if the NFL doesn’t clear her name.”

‘™¦ Could a couple of pro teams be on the move in the next two years? Speculation that the Chargers will move from San Diego to Los Angeles has intensified lately. In The Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers explains why the Chargers are likely to relocate a couple of hours north for the 2012 season. Meanwhile, with the Hornets moving under NBA ownership, the team could be ripe for a move as well when it is re-sold. Ian Thomsen at SportsIllustrated.com looks at potential landing spots and suggests Chicago might become a two-team town.

‘™¦ Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was fired Monday, midway through his second season at the helm. In The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that McDaniels is merely the scapegoat, and owner Pat Bowlen is the real problem.

‘™¦ Michael Wilbon, who is moving to ESPN full-time, has his farewell column in The Washington Post.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 7, 1986, in a 31-7 loss to the Bengals, Stanley Morgan had five catches to give him 67 on the year, a new Patriots single-season record. Whose mark did he break?

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Albert Haynesworth: ‘Haters’ on Redskins ‘making up lies’

12.07.10 at 6:21 am ET
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Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth fired back at critics Monday, one day after he was inactive for the team’s loss to the Giants.

“I believe there’s some kind of haters in the organization, that they don’t like me,” Haynesworth said in a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan. “I don’t know if it’s players, I don’t know if it’s coaches, I don’t know who it is. Obviously somebody who doesn’t like me, which is fine. But when you go out there and start making up lies, then, yeah, I’ve got something to say.”

Haynesworth said coaches told him he was inactive Sunday because he didn’t have a good practice on Thursday, was limited at Friday’s practice due to illness, and was late for a meeting. Comcast SportsNet reported an unnamed sources said Haynesworth appeared hung over on Friday after being out late Thursday.

“Yeah, I went out on Thursday but left early because I wasn’t feeling good and went home,” Haynesworth said. “And then they want to sit here and say I was hung over and drunk and something like that? … For these people to make up lies to try to make me look bad, it’s ridiculous.”

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Ravens players fined for hits vs. Steelers

12.07.10 at 6:16 am ET
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Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain was fined $40,000 and nose tackle Haloti Ngata fined $15,000 for their hits to the heads of Steelers players during Sunday night’s game. McClain’s helmet-to-helmet hit left Steelers tight end Heath Miller with a concussion, and Ngata broke Ben Roethlisberger‘s nose hen his hand raked the quarterback’ face. Roethlisberger underwent surgery Monday. Neither Raven was penalized during the game.

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Bill Guerin announces retirement from NHL, will be honored by Penguins

12.06.10 at 2:35 pm ET
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Bill Guerin, who was unable to find a team this season, made his retirement official and will be honored by the Penguins before their game Monday night vs. the Devils. Guerin, a native of Wilbraham who played at Boston College, played 18 seasons with eight teams and finished with 429 goals.

Guerin scored 25 goals or more eight times. He had a career-high 41 goals during a 66-point season with the Bruins in 2001-02. He broke in with the Devils in 1992-93 and also played for the Oilers, Bruins, Stars, Blues, Sharks and Islanders before finishing his career in Pittsburgh. He won Stanley Cups in 1995 (Devils) and 2009 (Penguins).

The Penguins are expected to offer him an administrative position.

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