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LeBron James leaves Heat’s game with leg cramps

10.13.10 at 8:01 am ET
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LeBron James scored 22 points in 26 minutes in an exhibition game vs. CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night in Miami, but the Heat forward left the game in the third quarter with leg cramps. “I’m fine,” James said. “I can be ready the next game if I needed to play.”

The Heat already are missing Dwyane Wade, who strained his hamstring in the preseason opener Oct. 5.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Transgender woman sues LPGA

10.13.10 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 TODAY:
NBA Preseason: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A transgender woman is suing the LPGA after being banned from the women’s world championship in long-drive golf due to a rule that competitors must be female at birth. Lana Lawless, a 57-year-old retired police officer who had gender-reassignment surgery in 2005, won the event in 2008. But the organization that oversees the competition, Long Drivers of America, this year has decided to match the LPGA’s policy, ruling out Lawless. “There is no such thing as born female,” Lawless said. “Either you’€™re female, or you’€™re not.”

‘™¦ With LeBron James limping off the court with muscle cramps in Tuesday night’s exhibition vs. CSKA Moscow, Ira Winderman in the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes that maybe the Heat are pushing too hard in the preseason.

‘™¦ At CBSSports.com, Clark Judge looks at the impact special teams play is having on the NFL this season, on the heels of the Chargers’ disaster vs. the Raiders and the Dolphins’ troubles vs. the Patriots.

‘™¦ The Wall Street Journal looks at how the NFL stands to lose a ton of money whether or not there is a work stoppage next season, as advertisers hesitate to make major commitments.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 13, 2003, the Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Which Sox player set a team record with his fifth home run of that postseason?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love the guy as a person, as a player. I don’€™t think I’€™ve ever had an altercation with a teammate. I think you command a certain level of respect in the locker room. I think that’€™s the culture of our team. I don’€™t think I’€™ve ever seen any players in our locker room fight. That’€™s just not the way it is.” ‘€” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, denying reports of an altercation with Randy Moss

STAT OF THE DAY: 6-0 ‘€” Cliff Lee‘s career postseason record, after leading the Rangers past the Rays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night

‘NET RESULTS: A young Chargers fan loses it when his team is beaten by the Raiders.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Todd Walker

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Simon turns 69 on Wednesday.

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Report: Mariners interview Bobby Valentine

10.12.10 at 3:44 pm ET
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The Mariners interviewed Bobby Valentine Monday, according to the Seattle Times as their search to replace former manager Don Wakamatsu gets underway. Seattle will also interview former Astros manager Cecil Cooper and former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon later this week.

The full list of candidates also includes former Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons who will also reportedly interview this week. All five men have experience managing at the big league level, a stark contrast to two years ago when the Mariners hired Wakamatsu when all seven of the finalists had no previous experience at the big league level.

Valentine has 15 years of experience managing after stints with the Rangers and Mets, but he has not managed in the States since 2002. He also has a connection with the Mariners front office as he served as the Mets Triple-A manager when Mariners GM Jeff Zduriencik was the Mets farm director.

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A.J. Burnett gets the call in ALCS

10.12.10 at 3:41 pm ET
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A.J. Burnett will get the start in game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the winner of the Rays-Rangers series that concludes tonight. The move comes after the Yankees said they would have skipped him in the team’s first round series against the Twins if the series had gone to a fourth game.

Burnett with consistency, finishing the last four months of the season with a 4-13 record and ERA over six runs a game. Last postseason Burnett was 1-1 with 5.27 ERA in five starts, but did win Game 2 of the World Series against the Phillies.

The Yankees went with a three man-rotation last season in the playoffs with Burnett joined by C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. But this year the third sport in the rotation went to Phil Hughes.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Brett Favre remains silent about accusations

10.12.10 at 7:58 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:
NBA Preseason: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Vikings quarterback Brett Favre reached a couple of milestones in Monday night’s loss to the Jets ‘€” 500 touchdown passes, 70,000 passing yards ‘€” but much of the postgame discussion was about the accusations of sexual harassment against him. He refused to answer the questions. In The New York Times, William C. Rhoden writes that Favre has reached the point of no return, and it’s time to go. Meanwhile, Jenn Sterger, the Jets TV host who allegedly was on the receiving end of X-rated text messages from Favre, reportedly is keeping quiet about the situation and might be in line for a payout from the QB to stay that way.

‘™¦ With the University of North Carolina football team reeling from the latest news that three players are permanently banned for NCAA violations, David Teel at the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., writes that the coach and athletic director have a lot of explaining to do.

‘™¦ The Penn State football team is struggling at 3-3, and the calls are growing louder for legendary coach Joe Paterno to step down. Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest to question whether the 83-year-old coach can still be successful.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 12, 1986, the Red Sox were one strike from elimination when they rallied for 7-6 win over the Angels in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Which pitcher got the win for the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s news to me.” ‘€” Patriots coach Bill Belichick, referring to a report from CBS analyst Charley Casserly that Tom Brady and Randy Moss had an altercation in the locker room shortly before Moss was traded

STAT OF THE DAY: 70,190 ‘€” Career passing yards for Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who on Monday night became the first player in NFL history to pass 70,000

‘NET RESULTS: Montenegro soccer player Mirko Vucinic celebrates a goal by taking off his shorts.

From Saturday, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck delivers a crushing hit to a USC defender who picked up a fumble, causing another fumble in return.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Steve Crawford

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sam Moore is 75 on Tuesday.

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Red Sox executive Allard Baird interviews with Mets

10.12.10 at 6:13 am ET
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Red Sox scouting director Allard Baird became the first person to interview for the vacant Mets general manager position Monday. Baird was the GM for the Royals for nearly six years, having spent 18 seasons with Kansas City. Also meeting with New York chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, acting GM John Ricco, and other Mets executives will be White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn (Tuesday), and former Arizona GM (and one-time Red Sox assistant general manager) Josh Byrnes (Wednesday).

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Johnny Damon out of picture for Tigers, ‘would love’ to return to Yankees

10.11.10 at 6:19 pm ET
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According to the New York Post, outfielder Johnny Damon has been told by the Tigers that he is not in their plans for the 2011 season. Damon signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Tigers last offseason. In August, the Red Sox claimed Damon on waivers, but the former Boston icon said that he would exercise his right to veto a deal rather than come back to the Sox.

At the time, Damon cited his loyalty to the Tigers, and his hope that he would be a part of their plans for both 2010 and beyond. But, according to the Post, the Tigers have informed the 36-year-old that they will go in a different direction.

“They told me they are looking for a prototypical type DH like Adam Dunn,” Damon told the paper. “They said they need that type of bat in the middle of order. I am a No. 1 or 2 guy.”

Damon sounded enthusiastic about the possibility of returning to the Yankees, for whom he played from 2006-09 after his four years in Boston.

“I would love to have that as an option,” Damon told the Post of the possibility of returning to the Yankees. “It would be very exciting to go back there.”

Damon hit .271 with a .355 OBP, .401 slugging mark and .756 OPS while serving as the DH and left fielder for the Tigers.

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Report: Allen Iverson has offer in Turkey

10.11.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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Despite receiving larger offers to play in China, Allen Iverson is in negotiations to play in Turkey, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Turkish team Besiktas is offering Iverson a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $2 million and a chance to play in Istanbul.

“We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],’€ Gary Moore, Iverson’s buisness partner said. ‘€œIstanbul is beautiful from everything we’€™ve learned. It’€™s not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive.”

While the two sides are close to an agreement, the one thing holding the deal up is a clause that allows Besiktas to fine Iverson more than one percent on his base salary, Yahoo! Sports said. Besiktas is one of the top three teams in the Turkish first division and it begins play this weekend. The team also has former Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy under contract.

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Braves sit Brooks Conrad for Game 4

10.11.10 at 4:02 pm ET
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One day after he committed three errors in Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Braves and Giants, Brooks Conrad is out of the Atlanta lineup, replaced at second base by Omar Infante. With Infante moving from third to second, Troy Glaus will get the start at third for the Braves against the Giants.

Conrad’s errors on Sunday led directly to two unearned runs, and so they may well have meant the difference between the Braves winning and losing on Sunday. They ended up falling to the Giants, 3-2, with the game-winning run coming with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, when Buster Posey’s grounder went under Conrad’s glove and through his legs. The error marked the first time in postseason history that the go-ahead run had come on an error in the ninth inning.

Conrad has four errors through the first three games of the NLDS, which the Giants lead, two games to one. He committed eight errors in 46 regular-season games. At the plate, he is 1-for-10 with four strikeouts.

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Brett Favre apologizes to teammates for distraction

10.11.10 at 3:49 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre apologized to his teammates for being a distraction leading up to the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Jets and told the Minnesota players that he is ready to play “lights out tonight” against New York. The NFL is currently investigating allegations that Favre sent inappropriate text messages and pictures to a former Jets employee.

The NFL is currently investigating the matter, and commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league will “make a determination” about whether to punish the quarterback under its personal conduct policy. For more on the investigation, click here.

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