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Magic Johnson sells ownership stake in Lakers

10.19.10 at 10:13 am ET
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NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson sold his small ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, in what Johnson referred to as strictly a “bittersweet business decision.” Johnson bought shares representing about 4.5 percent of the Lakers back in June 1994 for a reported $10 million.

This sale clears the way for Johnson to own a bigger portion of another NBA franchise in the near future. The five-time league champion expressed interest last month in taking a significant role in a group attempting to buy the Detroit Pistons. Mike Ilitch, who also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, is leading the group that has yet to publicly make any connection with Johnson.

Johnson, who spent his entire 13-year playing career with the Lakers and also had a brief stint coaching the team, said this decision “will in no way affect” his dedication and support for the Lakers franchise. New stakeholder Soon-Shiong is an innovative physician, a businessman, a philanthropist, a UCLA professor and a 25-year Lakers season ticket holder.

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Randy Moss’ daughter continues to receive scholarship offers

10.19.10 at 9:04 am ET
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According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Sydney Moss, the daughter of wide receiver Randy Moss, has added the University of Florida to the list of schools which have offered the high school junior scholarship offers to play collegiate basketball. Moss has also drawn interest from Louisville, Dayton, Xavier, Kansas, and West Virginia. The Boone County (KY) High star averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds a game as a sophomore.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan declares Jets best in NFL

10.19.10 at 7:56 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 Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan is feeling good after New York squeaked out a controversial win on Sunday in Denver, its fifth straight victory. On Monday, Ryan said: “It’s hard to say we’re not the best team in the league.” With the Jets heading into a bye week, Ryan gave the team the week off.

“When you win five games in a row, you kind of just wish you keep playing, to be honest with you,” Ryan said. “But it is good to have the bye right now. We can enjoy it. Give them a little time off. And then they come back ready to go. … We know that this is just the start of our mission.”

‘™¦ Tim Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday in the Broncos‘ loss to the Jets. Dave Krieger in The Denver Post wonders when Tebow will throw his first pass.

‘™¦ Tebow’s alma mater, the University of Florida, started the season ranked third in the nation. After losing three straight games for the first time since 1998, Urban Meyer‘s Gators are unranked. George Diaz in the Orlando Sentinel looks at the reasons for the fall from grace.

‘™¦ When he was a player with the Knicks in the 1970s, Phil Jackson did not seem the type of person likely to become a basketball lifer. In The Los Angeles Times, DeAntae Prince looks at how Jackon ended up one of the most successful coaches in NBA history. Meanwhile, Jeannie Buss, Jackson’s girlfriend and the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, has a book coming out in which she discusses her relationship with Jackson.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 19, 1996, which Massachusetts native became the 116th NHL player (and fifth American-born player) to appear in 1,000 career NHL games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If that’s what we’ve got to do to get our team going and to get our defense to be more aggressive and be better on third down, then I’ll take it.” ‘€” Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather, speaking on the Dale & Holley show Monday, about his head-to-head hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap that drew a 15-yard penalty Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 7-0 ‘€” Cliff Lee‘s career postseason record, after the Rangers ace pitched his team to an 8-0 victory over the Yankees on Monday night

‘NET RESULTS: Pepperdine basketball player Keion Bell shows off his dunking skills at the school’s Midnight Madness. The highlight is a dunk over seven people.

A college football official mistakenly signals that a field goal is good.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bobby Carpenter

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George McCrae turns 66 Tuesday.

Read More: Phil Jackson, Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer

Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish says he’s not coming to United States

10.19.10 at 7:44 am ET
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According to yakyubaka.com, star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish has written on his blog that he will not be pitching in the United States next season, instead choosing to stay with his team in Japan. According to the site, Darvish wrote:

A lot has been mentions about the Majors.

I received a lot of comments, both on Twitter and on my blog.

I don’t know if this will match everyone’s guess.

Next season…

I will be wearing a Nippon Ham Fighters uniform.

There had been speculation that Darvish, a 24-year-old righty who is considered the most high-profile pitcher in Japan since Daisuke Matsuzaka, would take his talents to the Major Leagues in 2011. He pitched in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the ’09 World Baseball Classic.

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Tony La Russa staying in St. Louis

10.19.10 at 7:26 am ET
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has agreed to terms for a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2012, the team announced Monday. La Russa returns for his 16th season in St. Louis and his 33rd season overall.

La Russa and the Cardinals dealt with controversy this past season with disgruntled outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 2005 first-round pick requested a trade this season reportedly due to a rocky relationship with La Russa.

The seasoned manager has the most wins in Cardinals history with 1,138 wins since 1996. In his first 15 years with the Cardinals, he has led the team to eight division titles, two pennants and the 2006 World Series title.

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Report: Red Sox new spring training stadium to bring $30M to Lee County

10.19.10 at 7:23 am ET
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According to the Naples News, the new Red Sox spring training complex — which is currently under construction and is scheduled to be finished in time for Feb. 2012 — will bring the local community in Southwest Florida approximately $30 million. The number was reached via a study performed at Florida Gulf Coast University. The reports states:

Lee County’s expected income from the project is about $5.4 million in 2010, $23.4 million in 2011 and $1.5 million in 2012. And the stadium will bring the equivalent of 92 full-time jobs this year. Next year, that figure zooms to 396 jobs and 25 employees in 2012.

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Zack Greinke has a no-trade list, and the Royals will see it soon

10.19.10 at 6:46 am ET
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According to the Kansas City Star, Royals ace Zack Greinke must notify Kansas City after the World Series of the 8-10 teams on his no-trade list. It was reported last week that the Royals will be listening to offers for the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner. KC general manager Dayton Moore told the Star, “‘€œNothing has changed at all,’€ general manager Dayton Moore said. ‘€œWe know it’€™s going to make sense, at some point in time, to do something if we can’€™t sign him beyond 2012. We’€™ve just got to measure how (any deal) fits in today and long term.’€

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Dunta Robinson joins DeSean Jackson with concussion

10.18.10 at 4:45 pm ET
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Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson managed to knock DeSean Jackson out of Sunday’s game, unfortunately for Robinson he also sidelined himself on this play. Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Monday that Robinson had suffered a concussion and his status for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati is uncertain.

The play occurred with 14 minutes remaining in the second quarter when Robinson led with his head on Jackson coming across the middle. Both players remained on the ground for several minute before walking off the field with help from their coaching staffs.

Robinson in his first year with the Falcons after playing the first six years of his career with the Texans.

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Binghamton basketball cleared by NCAA of major violations

10.18.10 at 4:43 pm ET
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The NCAA has concluded its investigation of the Binghamton University men’s basketball program over a year after the program imploded. In a letter from NCAA assistant director of enforcement Mike Zonder to Binghamton’s athletic director, the NCAA concluded that the program should be cleared of any major infractions.

“The enforcement staff does not believe that the information developed during its preliminary inquiry supports allegations of major NCAA infractions and, absent the emergence of new information, is closing the case,” the letter stated.

Last fall, the program dismissed six players two months before the season started. Several of the players had previously been convicted for criminal acts while others only reportedly had behavioral issues.

On Oct. 14 the team put head coach Kevin Broadus on indefinite leave, citing possible performance distractions as an investigation of the program went on. Broadus has since been replaced by former Temple standout Mark Macon.

The $913,000 review of the program found many infractions, including a focus on athletics over academics, but no major violations were recorded. All of this occurred after the program made its first NCAA tournament appearance two years ago and was a preseason America East conference favorite heading into the 2009-10 season.

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Steelers’ James Harrison: ‘I want to hurt somebody’

10.18.10 at 4:41 pm ET
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In the wake of a brutal NFL Sunday for physical head-to-head hits, Steelers linebacker James Harrison said that physical play is part of his game Sunday night. The former Defensive Player of the Year sidelined two Browns wide receivers Sunday within a span of minutes and said that means he’s done his job.

“I want to hurt somebody,” Harrison said. “If you hurt somebody, they’ll be back the next play. I don’t want to see anybody injured. An injury will keep you out. But I’m not opposed to hurting anybody.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the NFL will review the second of Harrison’s hits, when he knocked Mohamed Massaquoi out of the game.

Harrison explained that while he does not want to end a player’s game or career, he wants to hurt anyone that comes near him on the field. On Sunday, Harrison knocked both Joshua Cribbs and Massaquoi out of the game in the second quarter with head injuries.

When asked about whether his hit on Cribbs was legal due to helmet-to-helmet contact, Harrison responded, “It doesn’t matter. He’s running [with] the ball, so that’s a legal hit.”

Sunday marked a day filled with helmet-to-helmet hits, as at least five players left games due to such contact.

Read More: James Harrison, Joshua Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi, Rumor Mill