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Blazers introduce Cho as new GM

07.20.10 at 12:30 pm ET
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Rich Cho, who spent the last nine seasons with the Supersonics/Thunder, will take over as the new general manager of the Trail Blazers. Cho was promoted to assistant general manager of the Sonics in 2000 after serving as director of basketball affairs.

Cho takes over for Kevin Pritchard, who took the reins as general manager in 2007 after three years with the team in other capacities. He was fired just before the 2010 draft.

During his tenure in Seattle and Oklahoma City, Cho worked with Microsoft to develop a well-respected player evaluation system. The 45-year-old will become the organization’s ninth general manager since its inception in 1970.

Read More: Portland Trail Blazers, Rich Cho, Rumor Mill,

Report: Yao could miss first two months

07.20.10 at 11:43 am ET
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Oft-injured Rockets center Yao Ming, who missed all of last season with a fractured left foot, reportedly could miss the first two months of the upcoming season.

Although initial reports stated he would be ready for the season opener, his rehabilitation from the injury could force him to wait longer than expected.

The 7-foot-6 center from China has averaged 19.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in his career after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2002 draft.

Read More: Houston Rockets, Rumor Mill, Yao Ming,

Former agent Babby to join Suns

07.20.10 at 11:42 am ET
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Washington-based attorney Lon Babby, who represents players such as Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, and Ray Allen, will replace Steve Kerr as head of basketball operations for the Suns.

Babby also has worked in Major League Baseball, where he worked as general counsel for the Orioles from 1974 to 1989. He also has represented recently acquired Suns players Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress.

The move comes after Kerr stepped down after a three-year stint with the team. Reports state that he left the team on good standing and chose to spend more time with his family.

Read More: Lon Babby, Phoenix Suns, Rumor Mill,

Report: Ravens safety Reed could miss six weeks

07.20.10 at 11:27 am ET
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Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who had 50 tackles and three interceptions last season, reportedly could miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Reed had hip surgery in the offseason and is said to be only 35 percent recovered. The 31-year-old safety has three years left on his contract.

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Ex-BC star Smith re-signs with Clippers

07.20.10 at 11:10 am ET
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Free agent forward Craig Smith, a former Boston College star who grew up in Los Angeles, re-signed with the Clippers. It’s a one-year deal, according to his agent. Smith, acquired from the Timberwolves last July along with Sebastian Telfair and Mark Madsen in a trade for Quentin Richardson, averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games last season. He became a fan favorite in his hometown with his physical play.

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Sox among those interested in Buck?

07.20.10 at 10:57 am ET
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According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Red Sox were one of the teams represented at the Blue Jays-Royals game Monday night and surmises that at least part of the presence of Sox pro scout Steve Peck was because of Boston’s interest in catcher John Buck. The other organizations Elliott references as being in attendance were the Tigers, Yankees, and Phillies.

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Report: White Sox pushing hard for Nationals’ Dunn

07.20.10 at 10:49 am ET
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The White Sox, who are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Twins and Tigers in the AL Central, are looking to add a powerful bat to their lineup. Recent reports state they are willing to part with their top prospects, including pitcher Daniel Hudson and infielder Dayan Viciedo, to acquire outfielder Adam Dunn from the Nationals.

However, the Nationals reportedly have been pushing hard for infielder Gordon Beckham or outfielder Carlos Quentin, both of whom White Sox GM Kenny Williams has thus far been unwilling to part with.

Dunn, who is a free agent after the season, is hitting .286 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI. The 30-year-old signed a two-year, $20 million extension in 2009 with the Nationals.

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Options for Terrell Owens dwindling

07.20.10 at 10:41 am ET
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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says that the market for Terrell Owens is a mystery, with some teams (Washington, Seattle, San Diego) displaying less and less interest, but the possibility for others to still pop up as players for the wide receiver. Florio breaks down the possibilities for TO landing spots, identifying the Jets (among others) as a potential fit. Other teams Florio mentions are the Colts, Falcons, Bears, Titans, Steelers, and Ravens as parties who might show interest in Owens.

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Report: Red Sox not after Iannetta

07.20.10 at 8:23 am ET
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According to Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal, Red Sox officials said that the team’s interest in Colorado catcher — and Providence native — Chris Iannetta is overstated. A report surfaced yesterday that the Red Sox, who had interest in Iannetta earlier in the season, were making another play for the backstop. Iannetta has rebounded from a poor start by hitting five homers in his last eight games.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

07.20.10 at 7:45 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 TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Umpire Phil Cuzzi is taking some heat for blowing a key call at home in Sunday’s Mets-Giants game that cost San Francisco a win. He also yelled at some Mets players, who didn’t like the way Cuzzi was calling pitches. The New York Daily News reports that some disciplinary action from Major League Baseball is expected for Cuzzi. This is the same umpire who missed the foul-line call in last year’s Twins-Yankees playoff game, and he also made some news last month when he ejected a Dodgers player AFTER the game.

♦ The New York Times has a report on the final resting place for George Steinbrenner. It’s an unmarked mausoleum in a quiet Florida community.

Helene Elliott in The Los Angeles Times writes that the Kings were stunned to lose out on Ilya Kovalchuk, who re-signed a front-loaded, 17-year, $100 million deal with the Devils.

John Schuhmann at NBA.com analyzes the candidates for the new-look U.S. national team and predicts that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will not make the squad.

Alberto Contador took the lead at the Tour de France, but he’s coming under sharp criticism for pulling ahead of former leader Andy Schleck while Schleck was stopped because of a mechanical problem. Ned Burton in England’s Telegraph looks at Contador’s history and has the video of Contador apologizing after Monday’s stage, which ended with the Spaniard being booed on the winner’s podium. Meanwhile, Rachel Blount in the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Lance Armstrong‘s denials of performance-enhancing drugs are sounding weaker, and the cycling legend should welcome the federal investigation if he is indeed clean.

Ed Graney in the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes about former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, now a Nevada pastor, returning to the pulpit on Sunday for the first time since his 2-year-old son died after drowning in the family’s backyard hot tub.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 20, 1955, which Red Sox rookie allowed a single to the first batter he faced and then allowed no hits the rest of the game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There are countless small improvements that I would want to make throughout my outing. But this is the type of pitching I really want to continue to do as the season goes on.” — Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, after Monday night’s efficient 2-1 win over the A’s

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 — Years of the contract between the Devils and free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk announced Monday

‘NET RESULTS: Celtics forward Glen Davis thought it would be a good idea to make a video of himself dancing alone.

A Chilean soccer player makes a dirty play, assaults the referee and is tackled by his teammates. At least he didn’t flop.

A fan gets tased at a minor league game in Daytona.

TRIVIA ANSWER: George Susce Jr., in a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Athletics

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Carlos Santana turns 63 today.

Read More: Ilya Kovalchuk, Phil Cuzzi, rajon rondo,