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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James has little sympathy for Cavaliers after historic loss

01.12.11 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Kings at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ The Cavaliers have been struggling for a while, but on Tuesday night they hit a new low ‘€” as in, the team’s worst loss ever. In losing for the 21st time in 22 games, the Cavs were hammered by the Lakers, 112-57.

“It can’t get any worse than this,” Antawn Jamison said. “If it is, y’all going to have to help me. I don’t know how much of this I can take. This, by far, is the bottom.

“Fifty-five points? That’s, like, impossible,” Jamison added. “We’re professional athletes. How do you lose by 55 points? I don’t care who you’re playing against. I mean, if this doesn’t hurt … I don’t understand how we’re able to have conversations in the locker room. There’s nothing to talk about.”

Tweeted guard Mo Williams: This [expletive] is embarrassing. I feel like I can’t even show my face in Cleve.

One person who had little sympathy for the Cavaliers was LeBron James. Tweeted the Heat star: Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!

‘™¦ The red-hot Heat are getting most of the attention from NBA followers, and deservedly so, but the Magic have been on a roll since their major shakeup last month. Orlando has won nine in a row, with the eight-point win over the Celtics on Christmas Day the closest game of the bunch. At the Sporting News, Sean Deveney looks at how the Magic have jelled so quickly after their huge roster change. Meanwhile, in the Orlando Sentinel, George Diaz begs Dwight Howard to stay with the Magic and not go to the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2012.

‘™¦ Despite the NCAA telling Auburn it should allow only limited access to Cam Newton‘s father, and despite a statement from Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs that Cecil Newton would not attend Monday night’s BCS title game, a photo in an Alabama newspaper appears to show the quarterback and his father embracing in the stands after the Tigers’ victory over Oregon. At least one Auburn player confirmed the presence of Cecil Newton at the stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., despite allegations that he solicited money for his son to play at Mississippi State.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 12, 1986, the Patriots beat the Dolphins, 31-14, to win the AFC championship and earn their first trip to the Super Bowl. Which player ran for 105 yards, becoming the first Patriots to have consecutive 100-yard rushing games in the playoffs?

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Rumor: Browns to name new coach Thursday

01.12.11 at 6:48 am ET
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Sports Illustrated’s Peter King tweeted Tuesday night that he hears the Browns “could have a coach in place by Thursday.” He said his best guess is that it will be Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Shurmur, 45, was an assistant for 10 years under Eagles coach Andy Reid before joining the Rams in 2009.

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Panthers introduce new coach Ron Rivera

01.11.11 at 11:09 pm ET
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The Panthers introduced Ron Rivera at a Tuesday press conference, after selecting the Chargers defensive coordinator to be their new head coach.

“I’m thrilled to death for the opportunity. I almost want to say relief,” Rivera said. “When you get into playing you strive for one thing, that’s to be a Super Bowl champion. When you get into coaching, you strive to be a Super Bowl-winning head coach. That’s what my goal is.”

Rivera, a linebacker on the 1985 Bears team that beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, takes over a 2-14 team from John Fox, who was fired last month.

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Michigan football turns to Brady Hoke

01.11.11 at 11:06 pm ET
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The University of Michigan selected San Diego State coach Brady Hoke to be the school’s next football coach. Hoke, who was a Michigan assistant during Tom Brady‘s time in Ann Arbor, is scheduled to meet the team Wednesday before a press conference.

“Brady Hoke understands Michigan and he wanted this job because it has been dream job,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told The Associated Press. “We won’t have to teach him the words to ‘The Victors’ and I believe our players will respond to him because I got 100 percent positive feedback from anybody who played for him here or since he left Michigan.”

Meanwhile, San Diego State reportedly was set to promote defensive coordinator Rocky Long to replace Hoke.

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Report: All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires

01.11.11 at 5:18 pm ET
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The all-time major league leader in saves is retiring.

Closer Trevor Hoffman, who has accumulated 601 saves over an 18-year career in which he has forged a 2.87 ERA, told that he was had made the decision to end his baseball career. The right-hander with the disappearing changeup said that he was no longer able to perform to the level that he expects from himself.

“It’s time to retire. It’s time to move on,” Hoffman told “This is more of a self-evaluation. I expect to pitch at a certain level and I had to be honest with myself that I wasn’t certain I could maintain that anymore.”

The Padres will hold a press conference on Wednesday in which Hoffman will announce his retirement and his acceptance of a role in the San Diego front office. The Padres acquired Hoffman in a trade in 1993, and he spent 16 years with the Padres before leaving to sign with the Brewers as a free agent prior to the 2009 season. He spent the last two years of his career with Milwaukee.

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Rasheed Wallace wants to return to Celtics

01.11.11 at 11:46 am ET
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Stephen A. Smith appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday and reported that Rasheed Wallace told him that he wants to rejoin the Celtics. Smith told Patrick that Wallace would like to come out of retirement for another chance at an NBA title, specifically against the Lakers.

Wallace averaged 9.0 points with the Celtics in a disappointing 2009-10 regular season, but the 15-year veteran was a significant contributor in the postseason, including an 11-point, eight-rebound effort against the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

However,’s Paul Flannery notes that a return by Wallace is improbable.

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Report: Brad Penny to Tigers

01.11.11 at 11:17 am ET
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According to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Brad Penny. The veteran right-hander posted a 3-4 record with a 3.23 ERA for the Cardinals in nine starts in 2010. He missed four months of the 2010 season with a right shoulder strain.

This is a return to the American League for Penny, who struggled for the Red Sox in 2009, recording an ERA of 5.61 in 24 starts before being released by the club in August.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Falcons use buddy system to battle snowstorm

01.11.11 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Snow in Atlanta is not a regular occurrence. So, when the city was dealing with snow and ice from a weekend storm, it took a Falcons player from Montana to come up big. Defensive end Kroy Biermann picked up teammate John Abraham on the side of the road Monday after Abraham’s car had slid off I-985, getting him to practice in preparation for their playoff game vs. the Packers.

“Biermann has the biggest truck on the team,” wide receiver Roddy White told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He can probably get anybody out of the ditch.”

‘™¦ LeBron James is constantly booed in opposing arenas since joining the Heat. In The Miami Herald, Joseph Goodman writes about how James has accepted his role as a villain. “I’ve grown accustomed to it,” James said, claiming: “I enjoy it.”

‘™¦ RealClearSports has a list of the top 10 games of 2010. No. 5 is the Lakers’ Game 7 NBA finals victory over the Celtics. No. 1 is Canada’s overtime victory over Team USA in the Olympic hockey final.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 11, 2000, the Team USA basketball team was finalized for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. Which three players who were playing elsewhere at the time but would go on to play for the Celtics were named to the squad?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Granddaughter of former MLB manager Dallas Green killed in Arizona rampage

01.10.11 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Rockets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (VERSUS)


‘™¦ The 9-year-old granddaughter of former Phillies, Yankees and Mets manager Dallas Green was one of the six people killed in the supermarket shooting in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday that targeted congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Christina Taylor Green, whose father, John, is a scout for the Dodgers, had gone to the store with a neighbor when she was caught in the violence. In the New York Daily News, Mike Lupica talked to a disconsolate Green, now an executive adviser to the Phillies, about the tragedy.

Meanwhile, at the nearby University of Arizona, the Wildcats basketball team beat Stanford on Sunday in a game that was postponed one day due to the shooting. At FanHouse, Michelle Smith writes about how the win provided a lift to the shocked community. And there will be a moment of silence before Monday night’s BCS championship game in Scottsdale.

‘™¦ Eagles quarterback Michael Vick says he “got greedy” when he threw an interception with a minute to play in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Packers. In the Philadelphia Daily News, Rich Hofmann examines Vick’s decision-making and wonders whether the QB can adjust his game enough to make the Eagles want to invest in him for the long term.

‘™¦ With the Nets reportedly making progress toward a deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated writes that New Jersey still would be short of championship contention, especially if Chancey Billups follows through on his threat to demand a buyout if he is part of the trade.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 10, 1966, the Bruins traded Reggie Fleming to the Rangers to acquire which player who would play a key role for the B’s Stanley Cup championship teams in 1970 and 1972?

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Report: Nets make progress on trade for Carmelo Anthony

01.10.11 at 7:00 am ET
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According to an Associated Press report, the Nets are making progress on a trade to acquire Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. The AP quotes a source with knowledge of the discussions as saying talks on a three-team trade with the Nuggets and Pistons are “advancing.”

The trade would reunite Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups and Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton in New Jersey along with Anthony.

However, the Nets only would make the deal if Anthony agrees to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension.

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