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Rumor: Dolans want to buy Yankees

07.15.10 at 3:50 pm ET
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New York’s other famous sports family, the Dolans, may be chomping at the bit to buy the Yankees before George Steinbrenner’s body is even in the ground, according to Peter Lauria on TheDailyBeast.com.

Cablevision chairman Charles Dolan and family, who already command the NBA’s Knicks and NHL’s Rangers, have been trying to get a piece of the pinstripes for decades but had been rejected by Steinbrenner on numerous occasions.

Following Steinbrenner’s death Tuesday morning, a source close to the Dolans says the family is already scheming up a new offer to buy the Yankees, even though representatives and executives in New York say the defending World Series champions are not for sale.

According to the New York Post, team president Randy Levine, who oversees finances of the Yankees, the YES network and Legends Hospitality, announced Wednesday: “The team’s not for sale. … The succession has been planned and implemented. Yankees fans can expect the team to be run as it has been based on the vision of the Boss as carried out by his family.”

According to Forbes magazine, the Yankees are worth $1.6 billion — nearly twice as much as any other team in baseball, and trailing only Manchester United ($1.8 billion) and the Dallas Cowboys ($1.65 billion) in value among professional sports teams worldwide.

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DeJesus too costly?

07.15.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Though the Red Sox are reported to have interest in Royals outfielder David DeJesus, Alex Speier wrote earlier this week that the Royals are asking for an awful lot in return. One of the bigger reasons a DeJesus deal figures to be costly for whomever trades for him is the fact that he himself is not all that expensive.

The outfielder, who began the year batting leadoff but has been a No. 3 hitter since Scott Podsednik took over the leadoff spot in mid-May, comes with a relatively cheap price tag. He is making just $4.7 million this season, and his contract includes a club option for $6 million next year. That’s pretty cheap money for a guy who is currently hitting .326 with a .395 on-base percentage and a .758 OPS.

Writes Speier:

“A major league source said that the cost of acquiring the outfielder … is currently rich, and considered it unlikely that the Sox would pursue DeJesus unless Kansas City seeks less in return than is currently the case. That said, outfield production remains an obvious area for potential improvement on the Sox, given that the team’s injury-depleted unit has a collective .758 OPS that ranks 11th in the American League, a .258 average that is 12th and a .326 OBP that is 13th.”
Among DeJesus’ major league accomplishments is his home run against the Red Sox on April 5, 2007, which was the first home run ever hit off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the major leagues.

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Miller makes it official with Heat

07.15.10 at 2:09 pm ET
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Mike Miller tweeted Thursday “It’s official!” in Miami. He will be joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on South Beach after signing a five-year contract.

Miller is estimated to have signed for $25 million with Miami — millions less than the 6-foot-8 shooting guard could have made signing somewhere else. He’s able to join James, Wade, Bosh and Udonis Haslem on the Heat for the very same reason: They all took less cash to open up opportunities for sharpshooters like Miller to come to Miami.

Miller has averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 10 NBA seasons. With the Wizards last season, he shot a career-best 48 percent from the 3-point range.

Miami marks Miller’s fifth NBA team, after playing for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota and Washington. He has never seen the second round of the NBA playoffs.

James was a key player in Miller’s recruitment, SportsIllustrated.com reports. Both Miller and Haslem, former Florida Gators teammates, were swayed to head south when LeBron made his official announcement last week.

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Reds may have interest in Kerry Wood

07.15.10 at 1:54 pm ET
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According to a Tweet by ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the Reds are looking hard for right-handed reliever and speculates that Cincy could be eyeing Cleveland closer Kerry Wood. There have been reports that suggest the Red Sox have interest in Wood, who has allowed runs in just two of his last 11 appearances.

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Cavs’ West has plea deal on weapons charges

07.15.10 at 10:41 am ET
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Cavaliers guard Delonte West reached a plea agreement with Maryland prosecutors on weapons and traffic charges.

A spokesman for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey said the former Celtic will plead guilty to carrying concealed weapons and transporting loaded weapons. His deal says he’ll do court-supervised electronic monitoring, complete community service and undergo psychological counseling.

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Harrington takes parting shot at Knicks

07.15.10 at 7:26 am ET
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Al Harrington agreed to a reported five-year, $34 million contract with the Nuggets on Wednesday, but the veteran forward admitted that he was disappointed about his departure from New York.

Harrington said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni did not want him back.

“Hell, no,” Harrington told the New York Daily News. “He definitely didn’t want me back. That was the most obvious thing of all. We all knew that he didn’t want me to be there.”

Harrington said he never got D’Antoni’s respect last season.

“I came off the bench and did whatever he asked me to do. I don’t think he liked my game, so now I’m moving on,” Harrington said, adding: “When we won a game and I played well he wouldn’t even mention me in his postgame comments. It is what it is. I thank him for the opportunity to play but I don’t think I was a guy that he really liked.”

D’Antoni responded that Harrington and David Lee were forced out due to budgetary issues after the Knicks signed Amar’e Stoudemire.

“Amar’e kind of filled that position pretty good so I think we’re OK,” D’Antoni said. “We just changed the structure of the team. He and David Lee were financially out. I’m happy for Al, but it just didn’t work out.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

07.15.10 at 7:09 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ross Tucker at SportsIllustrated.com writes that Michael Vick has been an “abject failure” in Philadelphia, and it looks like the Eagles are stuck with him, as no other team would give up even a seventh-round draft pick for the controversial quarterback.

Dave George at the Palm Beach Post stresses caution to Miami fans about the arrival of the egomaniacal and immature LeBron James., noting that fans in South Florida should take heed of what happened in Cleveland. Writes George: “Miami is [Dwyane] Wade‘s town, claimed through seven years of stellar leadership. Let’s not be so quick to give it away to a relative stranger.”

♦ French soccer star Thierry Henry signed with the New York Red Bulls. In the New York Times, Rob Hughes writes that Henry has a better chance of successfully lifting soccer in the United States than David Beckham in Los Angeles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 15, the Bruins acquired goalie Rogie Vachon from the Red Wings in exchange for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It comes down to personalities and style of play, and Boston has all that for me. It was the most important choice that I’ve made in my career.” Jermaine O’Neal, at his introductory press conference Wednesday in Waltham

STAT OF THE DAY: 7.5 — Early rating for Tuesday’s night’s All-Star Game, making it the lowest-rated All-Star Game ever.

‘NET RESULTS: Fans at a Canadian Football League game in Winnipeg have become legendary for the snake of empty beer cups they created. The team responded by banning the practice.

Lions linebacker Zack Follett shows off some of his workouts on a mountain.

Camp Elevation from zack follett on Vimeo.

From The Basketball Jones website, here’s a recreation of Hedo Turkoglu‘s reaction when he found out he was traded from Toronto to Phoenix.

Hedo Turkoglu: Party Machine, skips town from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

A fan at the All-Star Game does his best to be a jerk to Gary Carter while getting an autograph and then posts the video to YouTube as though he was being unfairly treated.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Goalie Gilles Gilbert

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Linda Ronstadt is 64 today.

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Bell chooses Jazz over Lakers, Bulls

07.15.10 at 6:31 am ET
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Veteran swingman Raja Bell has agreed to a three-year free agent deal with the Jazz worth about $10 million, according to his agent. He returns to Utah for a second stint, after playing there two seasons from 2003-05.

“He had the Jazz on his short list of teams from the moment free agency began,” Bell’s agent, Herb Rudoy, e-mailed the Salt Lake Tribune. “[General manager Kevin O'Connor] has been after him from the beginning. Things just fell into place quickly today. Raja is thrilled to be back in [Salt Lake City]! He loved his time there.”

Bell was to meet with former adversary Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles Wednesday as the Lakers star continued his recruiting pitch, but the meeting was called off when Utah committed to far more money than Los Angeles could offer. LA had only $1.8 million of its mid-level exception left to offer Bell for 2010-11 after signing guard Steve Blake to replace Jordan Farmar.

Bell, a 33-year-old defensive standout who played two seasons for the Jazz in the mid-2000s, also had heavy interest from the Bulls, who reportedly offered a two-year package worth more than $8 million.

With the acquisition of Bell, the Jazz will not match the Trail Blazers’ offer sheet to guard Wesley Matthews, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Report: Seymour likely to play under franchise tag

07.14.10 at 11:14 pm ET
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Former Patriots and current Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour will likely play the 2010 season under a one-year, $12.4 million franchise tender, according to a report on NFL.com.

When the Patriots dealt the five-time Pro Bowl lineman to the Raiders in September 2009 it was assumed that a long-term deal would be worked out. However, as of Wednesday night it appears that no such deal is close, with a deadline of Thursday looming for any franchise player to sign a multi-year contract.

“Nothing new to report on this end,” Seymour texted to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora Wednesday night.

Seymour played in all 16 games for the Raiders in 2009, collecting 31 tackles and 4.0 sacks.

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Report: Knicks have interest in Shaq

07.14.10 at 9:19 pm ET
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According to a Twitter post from Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the New York Knicks have interest in free agent Shaquille O’Neal and may explore a sign-and-trade option with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

O’Neal, who was rumored to be on the radar screen of the Celtics before Jermaine O’Neal signed with the club, averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game with the Cavaliers last season.

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