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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ron Artest says it’s all right to cry

03.09.11 at 7:44 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: Clippers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Lakers guard Ron Artest weighed in on the Heat’s crying saga by saying it’s OK to let out your emotions. “In my psychology sessions, I sometimes cry with my therapist,” he said in an interview on NBA TV. “We cry and hug each other; hold each other and talk. I think it’€™s a good thing to cry and let your emotions out rather than keep it inside.” Artest added that he hoped someone hugged the unidentified Heat players who cried ‘€” according to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who later tried to change his story ‘€” after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls. “I would have hugged them and got some ice cream,” Artest said.

‘™¦ Former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor‘s lawsuit against the team for wrongful termination began Tuesday. Baylor’s lawyer said in his opening statement that the Clippers lacked a commitment to winning. The team’s attorney responded by noting the Clippers’ 509-1,017 record in 19 seasons under Baylor.

‘™¦ Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was suspended Tuesday by the school for two games and fined $250,000 for trying to cover up violations by players on his team. In The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Doug Lesmerises writes that Tressel’s legacy has forever been stained by his lies to school and NCAA officials.

‘™¦ The NCAA is preparing for its first 68-team basketball tournament, and while further expansion hasn’t been discussed lately, it’s not going away. “We’re always going to be looking at what’s the best way to contest the championship,” NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen said. “Sixty-eight is certainly a start, and where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 9, 1969, which Celtics legend has his No. 24 raised to the rafters in a ceremony at Boston Garden?

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Boston Breakers to retire Kristine Lilly’s number

03.08.11 at 5:01 pm ET
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The Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer announced Tuesday that they will retire No. 13 in honor of Kristine Lilly. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Breakers’ game against the Philadelphia Independence on May 22 at Harvard Stadium.

Lilly, who captained the Breakers to the WPS Super Semifinals last season before retiring this offseason, has a record 352 international appearances for the U.S. National Team. She is a two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

“Kristine is the most decorated player in the history of women’s soccer and arguably the greatest female athlete in Boston sports history,” Breakers coach Tony DiCicco said in a statement. “It was a true honor to coach Kristine as a professional here in Boston and for the 1999 World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team.”

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Reports: Running back Tiki Barber unretiring

03.08.11 at 2:47 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, running back Tiki Barber has filed papers with the NFL to come out of retirement. The news was confirmed by Barber’s agency (via twitter).

Barber, 35 (he turns 36 in April), retired from the NFL after the 2006 season. He has rushed for 10,449 yards in his career, eclipsing 1,000 running yards in six of his last seven seasons, including a 2006 campaign in which he earned a spot in the Pro Bowl while rushing for 1,662 yards and more than five yards per carry. Barber also has 5,183 receiving yards in his career, and was the third running back ever (along with Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen) to join the 10,000 rushing yard, 5,000 receiving yard club.

Barber played all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Giants. After retiring from football, he was hired by NBC to appear on both the Today Show and Football Night in America. However, Barber was dropped by the network in 2010.

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Hydraulic lifts banned at Notre Dame after student death

03.08.11 at 10:50 am ET
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The University of Notre Dame has banned the use of hydraulic lifts and will now use remote-controlled cameras to film the football team’s practices.

This change comes about after an accident with the lifts last October that resulted in the death of  Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan.

Sullivan, the team videographer, fell 50 feet from a hydraulic lift tower while filming football practice on a particularly windy day. According to the National Weather Service, winds in the area were gusting at speeds up to 51 mph.

Sullivan’s death  is still under investigation by the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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Timberwolves F Kevin Love ties double-double record

03.08.11 at 9:56 am ET
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Timberwolves forward Kevin Love secured his 51st consecutive double-double of the season Monday in a 108-105 loss to the Mavericks.

Love now shares the record for the longest double-double streak since the NBA/ABA merger in the 1976-77 season with Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Malone set the record over the 1977-78 and 1978-79 NBA seasons.

However, Love’s accomplishment was overshadowed by the fact the Wolves have lost 11 of their last 13 games and are likely headed for the draft lottery .

“I’d be jumping for joy if we were winning and everybody was playing great, including myself,” Love said. “I’m just going out there and playing hard and it is just kind of happening for me. But it is kind of an afterthought because we aren’t winning.

Love has been the lone bright spot on a team that has a struggled this season with a record of 15-50.

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Chris Bosh reportedly crying over baby mama drama

03.08.11 at 9:01 am ET
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Heat forward Chris Bosh seems to be getting upset over everything these days.

Allison Mathis, the mother of Bosh’s daughter, was in negotiations to star in the upcoming season of the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives.” According to TMZ, Bosh was none to pleased with the thought of Mathis airing his dirty laundry on national television, and after voicing his concerns producers have since halted talks with Mathis, stating it isn’t worth the trouble.

Mathis was set to be a replacement for Royce Reed, a former Heat and Magic dancer and the mother of Dwight Howard‘s son.

This attempted foray into reality TV isn’t Mathis’ first attempt at being in the public eye.  Mathis leaked information to the press in 2009 regarding her custody battle with Bosh in which she claimed he kicked her out on the street when she was seven months pregnant with his child.

It has been speculated that Bosh was one of the Heat players crying after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls, as referred to by coach Erik Spoelstra.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: HS hockey coaches suspended for throwing game

03.08.11 at 7:22 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: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox SS at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.
Astros at Red Sox SS, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Two high school hockey coaches were suspended from their Canadian team for deliberately losing a game to avoid having to play a tougher team in the next round of a tournament. Volunteer coaches Ryan Butterfield and Jim West were removed as coaches of Westwood Collegiate after pulling their goalie in a game they were winning, 3-2.

“It goes against the spirit of the game,” said principal Mike Wake, who also serves as president of the Winnipeg High School Hockey Association. “High school sports in general, we’re an extension of the classroom. We really are and we promote that.”

‘™¦ An accounting professor and booster of the George Washington University athletics program was ejected from the team’s basketball game Saturday shortly after being honored on the court. ‘€œBasically, I told the ref he was the worst ref I’€™d ever seen and he wasn’€™t worth the $1,600 they were paying him and that was it,’€ Robert Kasmir said. ‘€œAnd then he ejected me from the game.”

‘€œHe did get a bigger ovation when he was thrown out than when he was on the court for his donation,’€ senior vice provost Robert Chernak said. ‘€œActually we started to play better afterwards, so maybe we need to make it a fan a game or something.’€

‘™¦ Knicks players reportedly laughed when informed that Heat players were crying after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls, and Amar’e Stoudemire assumed it was Chris Bosh who got emotional.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 8, 1983, Ray Bourque recorded a hat trick in an 11-5 victory over the Nordiques in Quebec. How many hat tricks did Bourque have in his career?

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Read More: Amar'e Soutemire, Chris Bosh, Jim West, Ryan Butterfield

LEEInks List: Memorable moments featuring crying athletes

03.08.11 at 6:52 am ET
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After the Heat’€™s 87-86 loss to the Bulls on Sunday, the team’€™s fourth straight defeat, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said there were players crying in the locker room. That got us thinking about other incidents of athletes shedding tears. Here are 10 crying athlete moments:

10. Oct. 5, 2007: Marion Jones admits steroid use

For years, Jones denied ever having any involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. But then in 2007, she confessed to making false statements during the BALCO investigation and gave the following press conference on the steps outside the courthouse. Jones was later sentenced to six months in prison for perjury.

9. Aug. 9, 1988: Wayne Gretzky traded to Kings

The biggest deal in NHL history, it’€™s simply known as ‘€œThe Trade.’€ After winning eight Hart Memorial Trophies and four Stanley Cups in nine seasons with the Oilers, The Great One was dealt to the Kings in a trade that would change the league forever by making hockey popular in California. The move wasn’€™t an easy one for Gretzky to accept, though.

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Video: Michigan high school mourning star player wins tourney game

03.08.11 at 6:40 am ET
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The Michigan high school that lost star player Wes Leonard to a heart ailment after a game last week won its state tournament opener Monday. Fennville High, beat Lawrence, 65-54, to improve to 21-0.

The game was moved from Lawrence to nearby Hope College in Holland to accommodate the crowd, which was estimated at 3,500. Both teams received a visit from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and former NBA player Bo Kimble, who memorably played in the NCAA tournament days after losing his friend and teammate Hank Gathers to a heart ailment at Loyola Marymount in 1990.

In a tribute to Leonard, Fennville sent out four players before the opening tip. The fifth player took the court after a dramatic pause while the crowd cheered loudly. Both teams wore shirts paying tribute to Leonard during warmups.

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NFL Films head Steve Sabol stable after seizure

03.08.11 at 6:28 am ET
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Emmy Award-winning NFL Films president Steve Sabol is in stable condition in a Kansas City hospital, recovering from a seizure Saturday night, according to a report on NFL.com.

Sabol, 68, was in Kansas City to accept an award on behalf of NFL Films when he was stricken.

Sabol’s father, Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films, was selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month.

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