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Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter strains hamstring

03.02.11 at 8:55 am ET
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Cardinals fans probably just want spring training to end before anything else happens. A day after ace pitcher Adam Wainwright had season-ending elbow surgery, Chris Carpenter — the team’s No. 2 starter — strained his left hamstring in the third inning of a 7-1 win over the Marlins, according to The Associated Press.

This time, though, the injury is not considered serious.

“We kind of held our breath,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We came in here and the doctors and trainers said [the injuries] are minor. Looks like we caught a break.”

Carpenter said he has never had a hamstring injury before and that he isn’t too concerned about it.

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Report: MLB won’t loan Mets any more money

03.02.11 at 8:54 am ET
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Major League Baseball will not loan any more money to the cash-strapped Mets, according to The New York Times. The league loaned the team $25 million in November, but the Mets are still struggling to pay off loans and meet other financial obligations, the article indicated.

The Times said the league’s decision not to loan any more money leaves Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz in a tough situation. They face uncertain times ahead as they prepare to deal with a $1 billion lawsuit brought by the trustee for the victims of Bernard Madoff‘s Ponzi scheme.

The paper’s sources said the league could re-evaluate its decision in the coming months if it feels the need to protect its larger interests, but that it would definitely not be enough to solve the Mets’ long-term problems. The article said MLB would want to avoid a Mets fire sale or a situation where the Mets would have to default on certain payments, such as player salaries.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Seattle tops list of most miserable sports cities

03.02.11 at 7:46 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 WEDNESDAY:
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Braves at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine has a list of the top 10 most miserable sports cities in America, which includes factors such as heartbreaking playoff defeats and losing franchises to other cities, Seattle heads the list, followed closely by Atlanta. Phoenix, Buffalo and San Diego round out the top five.

‘™¦ Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who does not have a stellar reputation when it comes to his behavior toward minorities, saw his latest attempt at redemption come back to embarrass him. In honor of Black History Month ‘€” which was last month ‘€” the Clippers took out an ad in The Los Angeles Times promising to “admit 1,000 underprivileged children free” to Wednesday’s game vs. the Rockets. Writes LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke: Is Donald Sterling saying that the only underprivileged children are black?

‘™¦ Barry Bonds‘ childhood friend and longtime personal trainer, Greg Anderson, let a federal judge know Tuesday that he will remain silent and not testify in Bonds’ perjury trial, which begins March 21. Bonds pleaded not guilty to lying to a grand jury in 2003.

‘™¦ ThePostGame.com has the story of the La Roche college basketball team, which qualified for its first NCAA Division 3 tournament Saturday by winning its conference tournament. The Redhawks were playing in tribute to longtime coach Scott Lang, who died on the court during a practice on Dec. 10.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 2, 1951, the NBA held its first All-Star Game, and it was played at Boston Garden. Which Celtic was named MVP after scoring 20 points to lead the East to a 111-94 victory?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Hines Ward, Ray Leonard sign up for ‘Dancing’

03.01.11 at 7:33 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 LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Twins, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Steelers receiver Hines Ward is the latest athlete to sign up for ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The list of contestants was released Monday. As part of the show’s 12th season, Ward will compete against former welterweight boxing champion Ray Leonard and ex-USC basketball player (and rap star/actor) Romeo, among others.

‘™¦ With the NFL scouting combine wrapping up, RealClearSports looks at the top 10 combine performers of all time. No. 1 is former BC linebacker Mike Mamula, who did not have an impressive NFL career after being drafted by the Eagles. At FoxSports.com, Nancy Gay looks at how the Saints are using an interactive program called Interactive Collaboration and Evaluation (ICE), which helps them evaluate NFL prospects. In a story in The Kansas City Star, the daughter of the man who created the Wonderlic test says that NFL teams aren’t using it properly.

‘™¦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and writer Buzz Bissinger engaged in a Twitter war Monday. Cuban was upset about an article Bissinger wrote, and he tweeted that Bissinger was “a coward.” Bissinger, perhaps most well known for writing the book “Friday Night Lights,” fought back by calling Cuban “an entitled spoiled brat.” The two were trying to schedule a meeting Tuesday in Philadelphia before the Mavs play the Sixers. Bissinger wrote that Cuban might have to help with a press pass, because, “If I try to approach you, security will never let me close.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 1, 1997, the Bruins made a major trade, shipping Adam Oates, Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet to the Capitals for which three players?

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LEEInks List: Most shocking trades of this century in Boston sports

02.28.11 at 2:28 pm ET
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The Celtics‘€™ trade of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic on Thursday marked the second surprising trade of the winter for Boston sports teams. Back in December, the Red Sox got Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo and Reymond Fuentes. That got us thinking about other shocking trades by the hometown teams this century. Here are the top dozen.

12. Nov. 24, 2005: Sox land Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell

Top prospect Hanley Ramirez had been mentioned in a number of rumors, but it appeared that he was pretty much untouchable. That was until the Sox sent the shortstop to the Marlins — along with prospects Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia — in exchange for Beckett, Lowell and reliever Guillermo Mota. As expected, Ramirez turned into a superstar, but Beckett and Lowell became key parts of the 2007 World Series team. Most would probably agree that this deal was a win-win.

11. Nov. 28, 2003: Curt Schilling comes to Boston

Schilling was just one year removed from back-to-back 20-win seasons and consecutive Cy Young runner-ups when the Sox acquired him from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and Jorge De La Rosa. Lyon and De La Rosa went on to have serviceable careers, but Schilling helped lead the Sox to two World Series titles, posting another 20-win season and Cy Young runner-up in 2004 along the way.

10. Sept. 18, 2009: B’€™s ship Phil Kessel to Toronto

The Bruins sending Kessel to the Maple Leafs wasn’€™t a total shock because everyone knew the B’€™s probably wouldn’€™t be able to keep all three of Kessel, David Krejci and Milan Lucic long term. But it’€™s still surprising any time you trade a 21-year-old former fifth overall pick who was the leading goal-scorer on your first-place team the previous season. The deal ended up looking much better when the first-round pick Boston got in return turned out to be the second overall selection, which became Tyler Seguin.

9. March 6, 2000: Ray Bourque heads to Colorado

The trade itself wasn’€™t shocking ‘€” everyone knew Bourque wanted a chance to win the Stanley Cup and everyone knew the Bruins were happy to accommodate the legend ‘€” but just seeing Bourque in another jersey was. After 21-plus seasons in Boston, Bourque was sent to the Avalanche along with Dave Andreychuk in exchange for Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier, Samuel Pahlsson and a first-round pick. Bourque and the Avs went on to win the Cup the next season.

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Iran protests Olympic logo as ‘racist’

02.28.11 at 1:31 pm ET
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The secretary general of Iran’s National Olympic Committee said his country sent a letter to International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge protesting the logo for the 2012 London Olympics.

Iran claims the jagged 2012 in the logo resembled the word “Zion,” a biblical term commonly associated with Jerusalem. Secretary general Bahram Afsharzadeh said the letter encourages other Muslim states to oppose the “racist logo.”

The IOC said it received the letter and rejected the assertion. “Our response is as follows: The London 2012 logo represents the figure 2012, nothing else,” the committee said.

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Panthers trade Dennis Wideman, Radek Dvorak

02.28.11 at 12:52 pm ET
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The Panthers traded forward Radek Dvorak and a 2011 fifth-round draft pick to the Thrashers for forwards Niclas Bergford and Patrick Rissmiller. Florida also traded former Bruin Dennis Wideman to the Capitals for center Jake Hauswirth and a third-round draft pick.

Dvorak, 33, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the season, has seven goals and 14 assists this season.

Bergfors has 11 goals and 18 assists, while Rissmiller appeared in one game for the Thrashers.

Wideman, acquired by the Panthers in the offseason in a trade that sent Nathan Horton to Boston, had nine goals and 24 assists in 61 games. He’ll be reunited in Washington with another former Bruin, Marco Sturm, who was picked up off waivers from the Kings over the weekend.

The Thrashers also agreed to a contract extension with defenseman Mark Stuart, who was acquired from the Bruins on Feb. 18.

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Bobby Knight headlines College Hall of Fame class

02.28.11 at 11:56 am ET
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Former Indiana coach Bobby Knight is one of eight individuals named as this year’s class of inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Knight on the list are players James Worthy, Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin, coach Eddie Sutton and contributors Eddie Einhorn and Joe Vancisin. Vancisin is a former Dartmouth player and Yale coach who went on to serve as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches for 17 years before his retirement in 1992.

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IOC president Jacques Rogge: Sports gambling should be licensed

02.28.11 at 11:48 am ET
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International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, speaking Monday on the eve of a meeting about sports gambling, said the IOC supports legitimizing sports gambling in an effort to better monitor it. He also indicated that governments should receive a portion of the wagers.

“Specifically, we are in favor of a system where betting operators have to be licensed by the government,” Rogge said in a conference call.

“Sports organizers, national federations and international federations would have a fair return for all their efforts for organizing the sport. They should be recognized with a return from financial income.”

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LEEInks List: Boston sports figures’ movie cameos (no Oscars here)

02.28.11 at 9:08 am ET
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Editor’s note: In recognition of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, during which one of the honored movies was the Massachusetts-based sports film “The Fighter,” we’re republishing this list that first appeared on our site last year.

Some people just can’€™t be pleased. Common knowledge has it that many musicians want to be athletes, hundreds of athletes want to be musicians, and plenty of actors are envious of athletes. The same stands for athletes being actors. All too many times, athletes stand out as the awkward people who never have more than a few droning lines and can never really advance the plot of the film beyond the lone scene they’€™re in. Of course, the ploy never matters much to the studio bigwigs as it can bring in thousands of an athlete’€™s fans to just catch a brief glimpse of their hero during the course of a two-hour film.

It’€™s not always that way, however; whenever an athlete is being an athlete on screen, things seems slightly more natural. Think Barry Bonds in “Rookie of the Year,” Reggie Jackson in “The Naked Gun,” or the litany of NBA players who co-starred with Lil Bow Wow in “Like Mike.” For every Jim Brown (“The Dirty Dozen”), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (“Airplane!”) and O.J. Simpson (“The Naked Gun”), there’€™s a Michael Jordan (“Space Jam”), Shaquille O’€™Neal (“Kazaam” and “Steel”) and Dwayne ‘€œThe Rock’€ Johnson (“The Game Planand “The Tooth Fairy”) who should never step on a Hollywood set.

For Boston fans, they can only hope that their heroes can get onto a list of the former and not the latter. Rajon Rondo can now be seen in the basketball-rich movie “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah and Common ‘€” when he isn’€™t making historic plays that can be added to the pantheon of Celtics playoff moments, that is. Thankfully, Rondo is starring as himself, playing basketball, so things are looking good so far. In his honor, let’€™s count down some of the best movie cameos by Boston sports icons. Note that we are not including Celtics guard Ray Allen (“He Got Game”) because he was playing for another team at the time. And we’ll tell you right now, Dennis & Callahan fans, that your heroes didn’t make the cut. Sorry.

10. Derek Sanderson

During the heyday of the Big Bad Bruins, Turk made an appearance as himself in the 1971 movie “Face-off,” about a pro hockey player and a folk singer who fall in love. He also appeared in the horror film “A Knife for the Ladies” in 1974, during his second stint in Boston. It wasn’t surprising to see Sanderson on the big screen, as he was known as someone who rode his fame and fortune as far as he could take it.

9. Rick Fox

Fox, a first-round draft pick of the Celtics in 1991, played in Boston until 1997, when he signed with the Lakers in part so he could continue the acting career he started while a Celtic. In 1994, he made an appearance in the college basketball movie “Blue Chips,” and two years later he had a role in “Eddie,” the movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg as a fan turned coach of the New York Knicks. Fox has gone on to become a regular on the big and small screens. Read the rest of this entry »

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