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Report: Orlando re-signs Jason Williams

08.03.10 at 1:54 pm ET
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Jason Williams will re-sign with the Magic, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Williams, who averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 assists per game last season, will most likely serve as the team’s third-string point guard behind starter Jameer Nelson and recently signed Chris Duhon. Williams set season highs in field goal percentage (.444) and 3-point percentage (.380), giving Magic fans hope that the 34-year-old still has some solid basketball left in him. The signing means Orlando has the league-minimum 13 players signed on the roster, meaning they are probably now out of the free agent market for the remainder of the offseason.

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Timberwolves officially waive ex-Celtic West

08.03.10 at 1:16 pm ET
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The Timberwolves announced on their website that they have waived former Celtics and Cavaliers guard Delonte West. Minnesota acquired West as well as Sebastian Telfair in a trade with Cleveland for Ryan Hollins and Ramon Sessions. With West off the roster, Minnesota has to pay just $500,000 of the $4.6 million it would have owed him had he stayed. West put up 8.8 points per game as well as 3.3 assists per game for the Cavs last season.

Previous rumors had West returning to Boston should he be released in order to replace recently departed Tony Allen as a guard off the bench, and given the recent move, the door appears to be open for such a possibility.

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Report: LeBron’s return to Cleveland Dec. 2

08.03.10 at 11:57 am ET
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After word leaked out that the Celtics and Heat will open up the season Oct. 26 at TD Garden in a game to broadcast nationally on TNT, the date of LeBron James‘ return to his former home in Cleveland has been reported. The first matchup between the Heat and Cavaliers will be Dec. 2 at Cleveland, according to a tweet from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

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Report: Favre tells Vikings he won’t play

08.03.10 at 11:26 am ET
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Although Brett Favre has made a habit of waiting until the last minute to make a decision, most people assumed the 40-year-old will be joining the Vikings at some point for the upcoming season.

After all, the team made it to the NFC championship game last season, and most reports have stated he was waiting until the end of training camp, similar to last summer, to announce his plans.

However, Chips Scoggins of the Minnesota Star-Tribune tweeted Tuesday morning that Favre told people in the Vikings organization Monday night that he does not plan to return next season. Apparently, his left ankle has not sufficiently healed following surgery in late May.

Taking into account Favre’s nature, no one is assuming this is a final decision. And the Vikings are rumored to believe they still have a chance to convince the veteran to play one more season.

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Dolphins rookie Edds fears torn ACL

08.03.10 at 10:55 am ET
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The Dolphins revamped their defense in the offseason, specifically adding much-needed depth to the linebacker position. Signing players like former Cardinals standout Karlos Dansby prove they are looking to battle the Patriots and Jets for AFC East supremacy.

However, the team may have been dealt a serious blow, with reports surfacing that rookie inside linebacker A.J. Edds is worried he may have torn his ACL during practice. Edds, who played his college ball at Iowa, was drafted in the fourth round in April and was expected to play a significant role in the team’s pass defense.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

08.03.10 at 7:56 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: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


♦ Former teammates of LaDanian Tomlinson took some shots at the running back as he begins his stint with the Jets. Chargers players implied that Tomlinson had trouble handling his diminished role with San Diego last season. “Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team,” tight end Antonio Gates said. Tomlinson did not return the fire.

♦ The “Mannywood” sign at Dodger Stadium, a tribute to Manny Ramirez, was replaced with an advertisement, reports The Los Angeles Times. The Dodgers say it was only because they found someone willing to pay for the space, and it was not meant as a slap in the face to their controversial player, who is on the disabled list for the third time this season. The team still is selling Mannywood seats and T-shirts for the left field section, although empty seats there are a regular occurrence.

Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated blasts Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt as “dirty,” with Nutt’s latest offense being his welcoming of Oregon castoff quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

♦ The use of video replay will be expanded at the Little League World Series.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 3, 1992, who pulled off the first successful steal of home by a Red Sox player in 24 years?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m going down. I’m going to take Pitino with me.” Randy Wise, recounting what ex-wife Karen Cunagin Sypher told him after she was charged with attempted extortion University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Players in Red Sox history who have appeared in a game at the age of 44, after Tim Wakefield, who pitched on his birthday Monday night, joined Carl Yastrzemski on the list

‘NET RESULTS: The Iceland soccer team that received rave reviews for its “gone fishing” goal celebration has another one, although not as impressive.

Check out the fancy footwork on this CFL touchdown celebration.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Billy Hatcher

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gordon Stoker of the Jordanairres, best known as Elvis Presley‘s backup singers, is 86 today. He’s the short one.

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Titans first-rounder Morgan aggravates calf

08.03.10 at 7:06 am ET
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Titans first-round draft pick Derrick Morgan is on the shelf after aggravating a calf injury Sunday, on the first day of practice, shortly after signing a contract. Morgan, a defensive end from Georgia Tech who went 16th overall, battled hamstring and calf injuries in the offseason. “It’s really frustrating,” he said. “I’ve never really had to deal with injuries my whole career. I’ve never missed a game, practice, anything. So this is something new I’ve had to deal with.”

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Modano reportedly set to join Red Wings

08.03.10 at 6:59 am ET
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The Detroit Free Press reports that free agent Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings this week. The 40-year-old Modano, who played 20 seasons for the Stars franchise and is the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, texted that there would be a “big announcement Thursday.” He is a Michigan native

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Report: Lakers’ Jackson makes contract official

08.03.10 at 6:54 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Lakers coach Phil Jackson last week signed his contract to return to Los Angeles, almost a month after announcing he would make “the last stand for me.” The Lakers also re-signed assistant coaches Brian Shaw, Frank Hamblen and Jim Cleamons and promoted special assistant Chuck Person to the coaching staff.

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Blackhawks walk away from Niemi, sign Turco

08.02.10 at 12:09 pm ET
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Two months after winning the Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks decided to part ways with goalie Antti Niemi, who was awarded a $2.75 million judgment from an arbitrator Saturday. Niemi went 26-7 last season with a 2.20 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with seven shutouts.

The Blackhawks moved quickly to sign a replacement, agreeing to a one-year deal with veteran Marty Turco, who went 22-20 with a 2.70 GAA and .913 SP with four shutouts for the Stars.

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