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Mike Piazza would ‘probably’ be interested in buying an MLB team

03.07.11 at 9:49 am ET
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Mike Piazza, who holds the record for career home runs by a catcher, told ESPNNewYork.com that he has considered becoming an owner and that he has “talked to some people who have interest in getting into the game.”

“Would I be interested in possibly getting involved in a group to buy a team? Probably,” Piazza said. “I’ve been thinking about it. I think that would be something that would probably suit my desire, at least, to get into the game. I don’t really see myself on the field all the time, or in the boardroom all the time. But I feel like maybe I can bring certain intangibles to both. And having the credibility of being on the field and also getting to know some of the administrative aspects of the sport would be something I’d be interested in.

“I never say never. You see Nolan Ryan getting involved. And I’ve heard of other players, in the future, wanting to get involved in ownership. I just think everything is a timing thing. It’s an interesting time in the game, and there’s a lot of change going on. You just don’t know what situation will pop up. As far as anything on the forefront? Nothing. Down the line? We’ll see.”

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Mark Cuban in talks with Charlie Sheen about potential show

03.07.11 at 9:49 am ET
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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who also owns the HDNet television network, has been talking to controversial actor Charlie Sheen about a potential talk show or reality show, according to ESPNDallas.com.

“You’ve got somebody that everybody has a whole lot of interest in who’s doing some interesting things, to say the least, and we always look for interesting programming by featuring interesting people doing interesting things,” Cuban told the site. “I reached out and we’ve had some conversations, and we’re going to work on doing some things.”

Sheen has been making headlines for the last week following a series of interviews in which he claimed that he was “winning” and had “tiger blood,” “Adonis DNA” and “fire-breathing fists,” among other gems.

Cuban said he has already started working with Sheen, but that they haven’t decided what exactly the final product will end up being.

“We’re trying to decide,” Cuban said. “Right now, we’re taping a lot of different things that he’s doing and we’ll try to figure it out. It’s still not 100 percent certain.

“We’ll do something together, but it’s not certain it will be a show. It’ll come down to what he wants do and what his situation is. We’ll just figure it out from there, but it’s a unique opportunity, I’ll say that.”

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Tim Tebow, Amar’e Stoudemire support BYU’s Brandon Davies

03.07.11 at 9:04 am ET
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Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire have voiced their support for BYU forward Brandon Davies, who was dismissed from the team last week for violating the school’s honor code. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Davies had premarital sex with his girlfriend, although a post on FrathouseSports.com claims that Davies actually got a different girl pregnant.

“I do always think that people definitely deserve second chances because no one is perfect and we mess up everyday,” Tebow told the Orlando Sentinel. “There should be a punishment, but I don’t know that he should maybe … I don’t know. I don’t even know the situation, but I just always think about giving people a second chance. Maybe he deserves one, but I don’t know the situation.”

Stoudemire was much more outspoken on his Twitter account.

“Don’t ever go to BYU, they kick a Young Educated (Black)Brother OUT OF SCHOOL. The kid had premarital sex. Not suspended, Not Release. Wow!”

In a follow-up post, he said: “P.S.With his girlfriend. Come on BYU don’t kick the kid out of school. Let’s be honest he is n college. Let’s the kid live a little.”

Davies has not been kicked out of school. A decision on that won’t be made until after an honor code committee reviews the situation.

Last week, former BYU athletes Danny Ainge, Steve Young and Ty Detmer all defended the school and its honor code.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Heat in tears after loss to Bulls

03.07.11 at 7:39 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:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Tears were shed in the Heat locker room Sunday after another disappointing loss, according to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. “This is painful for every single one of us to go through this, there are couple of guys crying in the locker room right now, it is not a matter of want,” Spoelstra said after his team’s 87-86 home loss to the Bulls, which featured LeBron James again missing a potential game-winning shot.

‘™¦ Magic center Dwight Howard will sit out Monday night’s game vs. the Trail Blazers because he has 16 technical fouls in 63 games this season. At CBSSports.com, Greg Doyel writes that Howard’s inability to control himself is how own fault, and he is a dirty player.

‘™¦ Jets linebacker Bart Scott scoffed at those who questioned his appearance at a wrestling event ‘€” which ended with him being “injured” and helped from the ring by security. “Did I have to check [with the Jets] when I ate Wise potato chips?” he said.

‘™¦ The Michigan high school basketball team that lost its star player to a heart attack after a game last week will play in the state playoffs Monday night, with the family of the late teenager Wes Leonard supporting the decision to play on.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 7, 1995, which Celtic scored 19 points in a 115-100 loss to the Knicks and in the process became the ninth player in NBA history to score 25,000 career points?

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Hornets PG Chris Paul on mend after concussion

03.07.11 at 6:13 am ET
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Hornets point guard Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher after a collision with a Cavaliers player during Sunday night’s 91-86 Charlotte victory. The team said Paul suffered a concussion but was resting and in good spirits after being taken to a Cleveland hospital for tests.

With 4:36 left in the third quarter, Paul hit his forehead on Ramon Sessions‘ right shoulder while trying to retrieve a loose ball. Paul fell to the court immediately.

“Chris is not the type to lay down,” Hornets coach Monty Williams said. “To see him flat on the floor like that, you forget about basketball for a minute and you start thinking about him as a person, his fiancee and his kid. It is amazing how thin that line can be at times. You just worry about your guys.”

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Chad Ochocinco loves the anti-Belichick, too

03.05.11 at 9:09 pm ET
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Chad Ochocinco has, in the past, expressed his respect for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and has hinted at a desire to play for him and the Patriots. But the mercurial Bengals wide receiver apparently has eyes for more than one coach.

As noted by the New York Post, while at an ESPN event in Orlando, the wide receiver proved effusive in his praise for Jets coach Rex Ryan, citing the very elements that have defined Ryan as the anti-Belichick.

“I respect the New York area, they have a great coach that anyone would die to play for … a very player-friendly coach,” Ochocinco said. “It’s like a player as the coach…He has the same mindset that we should have, but he says what he feels. You’re not supposed to do that as a head coach. But when you do, it’s awesome. That’s a very refreshing feeling, very refreshing.”

While Ochocinco now has heaped praise on a pair of AFC East coaches, it is worth noting that he remains under contract to Cincinnati. Despite his praise of Ryan and past enthusiasm for Belichick and the Patriots, the wide receiver also noted his affinity for the team with whom he has spent his entire NFL career.

“I’m a Cincinnati Bengal at heart, I always will be,” Ochocinco said. “And hopefully things turn around for us as a team.”

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Video: Islanders’ Gillies gets 10-game suspension for hit to head

03.05.11 at 11:33 am ET
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In his first game back from a nine-game suspension, Islanders forward Trevor Gillies committed a penalty that earned him a 10-game ban, the NHL announced Friday.

In Wednesday night’s game vs. the Wild, Gillies hit forward Cal Clutterbuck from behind with a shot to the head, earning him an ejection from the game. After being tended to on the ice, Clutterbuck remained in the game and played in Thursday night’s game against the Rangers.

“By targeting his opponent’s head, [four] shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the league for 10 games,” NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said in a statement. “While it is fortunate there was no injury on the play, there can be no justification for a player delivering a dangerous check to an opponent in this manner.”

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Plaxico Burress will get out of prison in June

03.05.11 at 11:28 am ET
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New York prison officials agreed to release former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress three months early, allowing him to be set free June 6. Burress, serving a two-year sentence for gun possession, reportedly is drawing interest from some NFL teams.

“He’s counting the hours,” lawyer Peter M. Frankel said of the 33-year-old Burress. “He’s extremely positive.”

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Packers extend coach Mike McCarthy

03.05.11 at 11:21 am ET
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A month after leading the Packers to the Super Bowl title, coach Mike McCarthy was given a new multiyear contract. McCarthy had been under contract through 2012 before signing the new deal, terms of which were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to finalize this agreement with Mike,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “He’s a good football coach, a good leader, and a good man. I look forward to working with Mike into the future.”

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Astros catcher Jason Castro could miss season after tearing ACL

03.04.11 at 1:20 pm ET
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Astros catcher Jason Castro will miss most, if not all, of the season following surgery on a torn ACL in his right knee. Castro suffered the injury in Wednesday’s spring training against the Tigers when he tried to avoid a tag by first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

“He might be able to come back at some point in September, but he’s such a valuable person, such a valuable player, you don’t want to rush a guy like that,” manager Brad Mills said. “Let him take his time. Let him get stronger. He’s going to be fine. As I told Jason, he was going to have a great year this year. Now, he’s going to have a great year next year.”

Castro won the Astros’ starting catcher job as a 22-year-old rookie last season. The injury leaves Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles as the front-runners to replace him.

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