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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.

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


♦ 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,

Bucks sign Dooling, work on trade

07.20.10 at 6:41 am ET
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After missing out on Luke Ridnour (who signed with the Timberwolves), the Bucks got their backup point guard Monday night when they used their bi-annual exception to sign free agent Keyon Dooling. The 30-year-old Dooling signed a two-year contract worth about $2 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dooling averaged 6.9 points and 2.5 assists in 53 games with the Nets last season.

“Keyon is a veteran and will complement Brandon [Jennings],” Bucks general manager John Hammond said. “He’s filled both roles as a point guard as he’s been a starter in the NBA, and he’s played a backup position. He’ll fill in for Brandon with a little added size. Keyon is tremendously long at 6-3 and has always been known as one of the better on-ball defenders in the league.”

The Bucks also reportedly are trying to finalize a trade with the Kings that would send forward Darnell Jackson and a second-round pick to Sacramento for center Jon Brockman.

Read More: Darnell Jackson, John Hammond, Jon Brockman, Keyon Dooling

Report: Warriors trade Watson to Bulls

07.20.10 at 6:32 am ET
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According to a report from hoopsworld.com, point guard C.J. Watson has been traded from the Warriors to the Bulls for a second-round pick. A restricted free agent, Watson averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 27 minutes per game for Golden State, which facilitated the sign-and-trade.

Read More: C.J. Watson, Rumor Mill,

Barnes chooses Raptors but deal hits snag

07.20.10 at 6:26 am ET
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Free agent forward Matt Barnes announced Monday night on his Twitter page that he is headed to the Raptors, but reports early Tuesday indicated a planned sign-and-trade with his former team, the Magic, was not going as smoothly as planned.

According to the reports, Orlando does not have the ability under league salary cap rules to make the sign-and-trade work as Barnes had hoped, and Toronto can’t come up with the money on its own. Barnes reportedly was expecting a two-year deal with $10 million. According to Yahoo! Sports source, because of this problem, the deal “is dead.”

Barnes, a well-traveled veteran who averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his lone season in Orlando, is rumored to have interest from the Cavaliers, Lakers, Heat and Celtics.

Read More: Matt Barnes, Rumor Mill,

Titans, Johnson restructure deal

07.19.10 at 4:59 pm ET
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Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson was unhappy with his contractual situation, and the Titans have found a way to get him in camp without giving him an entirely new deal.

According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, after both sides reviewed the deal, the team agreed to restructure the deal by moving up a portion of the contract’s $2.5 million escalator. No additional years were added to the pact.

Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards last season, making him just the sixth back in the history of the league to break the 2,000 yard barrier. The most recent before Johnson to do so was Jamal Lewis, who had 2,066 in 2003 with the Ravens.

Read More: Chris Johnson, Rumor Mill, Tennessee Titans,

Harvard’s Lin fielding several NBA offers

07.19.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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Rarely does a Harvard graduate play any pro sport. Most times, it’s in the NHL or NFL, but there has never been a legitimate NBA star from the Cambridge school. Jeremy Lin might have the best chance at bucking that trend.

After a spectacular Summer League showing, including a solid performance against John Wall and the Wizards, Lin has caught the eyes of many front office scouts. ESPN’s Jeff Caplan reports that Lin has been seriously talking over contracts with the Mavericks (his summer team), the Lakers and an Eastern Conference team.

On Monday, his agent, Roger Montgomery, said that Lin has recently received more offers from other pro teams and is currently sorting through them.

In his four years at Harvard, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 12.9 points, 3.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and two steals per game. In his last two seasons, he averaged 17.1 points, 4.4 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals.

Read More: harvard, Jeremy Lin, Rumor Mill,

Report: Kovalchuk gets longest contract in NHL history

07.19.10 at 3:24 pm ET
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Slowly, details of the new Ilya Kovalchuk contract are coming out and the effects of it are widespread throughout the league.

According to NHL insider Dmitry Chesnokov, Kovalchuk’s new deal with the Devils will be north of $100 million over 17 years, the longest contract in NHL history. This contract beats out the 15-year deal that former Boston University goalie Rick DiPietro signed with the Islanders in 2006.

Because of Kovalchuk re-signing with New Jersey, the Kings were agressively persuing Flyers forward Simon Gagne according to Hockey Buzz Ekland. That deal fell through and the Flyers have traded Gagne to the Lightning for Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick, according to Anthony SanFhilippo.

Read More: Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk, NHL Rumor Mill, Rumor Mill

Rumor: Cavs offering Barnes the most money

07.19.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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Since LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have signed with the Heat, the free agent market has seriously subsided. Now one of the biggest players available is Magic G/F Matt Barnes.

The Celtics have previously shown interest in the 6-foot-7 30-year-old, but over he past few days Barnes has played his cards close to the chest on many different teams.

NBA insider Alex Kennedy has tweeted that the Cavs have offered Barnes the most amount of money out of all the interested teams, but Barnes may take less money to play with a contender.

In his seven-year career, Barnes has averaged 7.3 points, 1.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. Barnes has said on his Twitter that he would reveal his decision for next season last Friday, but when more teams “jumped [into] the game,” Barnes decided to wait a few more days.

Read More: Cavaliers, celtics, Matt Barnes, NBA Rumor Mill

Report: Red Sox, Yankees both have ‘big-time’ interest in Downs

07.19.10 at 2:29 pm ET
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Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse has tweeted that the Red Sox and Yankees both have “big time” interest in Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs.

Downs has a 2.56 earned run average in 43 appearances with an WHIP of 1.01. He has had an ERA over 3.00 just once in the last four years, a 3.09 mark last season. The 34-year-old lefty is earning $4 million in the last year of a three-year, $10 million deal. He will be a free agent at season’s end.

Read More: Trade deadline,

Report: Red Sox again make push for Iannetta

07.19.10 at 2:22 pm ET
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With the top catchers in the organization slowly working their way back to action, the Red Sox are looking for solid replacements behind the plate for the future.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have contacted the Rockies again about Chris Iannetta. Rosenthal writes that the Rockies are reluctant to make the move unless they can acquire someone who can help them in the tight NL West. The Red Sox, on the other hand, can’t sacrifice enough talent to push the deal across.

WEEI.com’s Alex Speier first reported in May that Boston could have drafted the 27-year-old Rhode Island native back in 2004, and since then the Sox contacted Colorado several times about him.

Over his five-year career, Iannetta has a .240 batting average with 47 home runs, 168 RBI, 155 walks and 267 strikeouts. He has been much hotter this season, hitting five home runs in his last 32 at-bats since returning to the club from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Read More: Chris Iannetta, Trade deadline,