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Friday’s Morning Mashup

07.30.10 at 7:46 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 4:10 p.m. (FOX, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. (CNSSE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

ESPN responded to the criticism for pulling its piece on LeBron James‘ exploits in Las Vegas. ESPN website boss Rob King explained that the story was never meant to be posted, and reporter Arash Markazi “did not properly identify himself as a reporter or clearly his intentions to write a story.” King insists that ESPN made the decision on its own, “without influence from any outside party.”

John Clay in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader writes of Rick Pitino, “The basketball coach with one national championship and five Final Fours has had his reputation reduced to the butt of a joke,” and he compares Pitino to Bill Clinton. The story also recounts Pitino’s emotional testimony in court Thursday about how he had to encourage his son to leave his staff at Louisville when the Karen Cunagin Sypher scandal broke.

♦ In The Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers writes that USC football coach Lane Kiffin is not as bad as everyone is making him out to be. Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated comes to the same conclusion, but writes that Kiffin is not ready for prime time.

♦ New Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is embracing his Jewish roots, spending the week in Israel to learn more about Judaism.

Bob Ford in the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Phillies’ acquisition of Roy Oswalt shows that they erred in trading Cliff Lee in the offseason. Meanwhile, in the Houston Chronicle, Richard Justice supports the Astros’ decision to trade their ace, and he suggests they shop Lance Berkman as well.

Joe Reedy in the Cincinnati Enquirer writes about the memorable debut of Terrell Owens at Bengals camp Thursday. Owens, who signed a one-year deal, missed his flight from Los Angeles and was late to camp, but he showed some flashes of the old T.O. when he arrived.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 30, 1996, the Red Sox traded which player (still active today) to the Mariners for outfielder Darren Bragg?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All the players that are here are under contract. Logan’s not under contract.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, responding to a question about holdout offensive lineman Logan Mankins

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Times the Astros were shut out in Roy Oswalt‘s 20 starts before he was traded Thursday to the Phillies

‘NET RESULTS: This soccer “friendly” between Cagliari (Italy) and Bastia (France) wasn’t so friendly, as it deteriorated into a series of fights.

Manchester United’s Tom Cleverly scored a nice goal against the MLS All-Stars.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jamie Moyer

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Anka is 69 today.

Read More: Lane Kiffin, LeBron James, Rick Pitino,

Lakers’ Brown considers other offers

07.30.10 at 6:41 am ET
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Guard Shannon Brown is considering taking less money to remain with the Lakers or go for the bigger payday and the potential of increased playing time with the Knicks or Cavaliers. CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Knicks made a formal offer to Brown, who averaged 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds last season for the NBA champs.

Brown opted out of his $2.15 million contract with the Lakers this season.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Shannon Brown,

Report: Dodgers talk to Cubs about Lilly, Theriot

07.30.10 at 6:30 am ET
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A Fox Sports source indicates the Dodgers have talked to the Cubs about acquiring left-hander Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot. The report speculates that Chicago would need to cover part of the nearly $5 million the two players are owed through the rest of the season.

Lilly is a free agent at the end of the season. Theriot is under club control for two more years.

Read More: Ryan Theriot, Ted Lilly, Trade deadline,

Report: Twins acquire closer Capps

07.29.10 at 10:28 pm ET
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According to a report by Scott Miller of cbssports.com, the Minnesota Twins have acquired closer Matt Capps from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Triple-A catcher Wilson Ramos.

Read More: Matt Capps, Trade deadline,

Report: Brewers take Fielder and Hart off market

07.29.10 at 10:00 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com Insider Keith Law, the Brewers have taken Price Fielder and Corey Hart off the trade market. An executive from a team that had interest in a Milwaukee player told Law that the Brewers have decided to keep the current team intact.

Read More: Corey Hart, prince fielder, Trade deadline,

Report: Twins ‘in discussions’ for Matt Capps

07.29.10 at 8:53 pm ET
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Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Thursday that the Twins and Nationals are “in discussions” over closer Matt Capps. The 26-year-old Capps, an All-Star in 2010, has 25 saves and a 2.80 ERA for the Nationals this season.

Read More: Matt Capps, Trade deadline,

Report: Rays ‘favorites’ to land Dunn

07.29.10 at 8:28 pm ET
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Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted Thursday that the Tampa Bay Rays are the “favorites” to land Adam Dunn of the Nationals.

Read More: Adam Dunn, Trade deadline,

Broncos sign first-round pick Tebow

07.29.10 at 7:36 pm ET
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The Denver Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow have agreed to terms on a contract, the club’s website reports.

The deal is worth a maximum of $33 million, with $8.7 million guaranteed.

Tebow, the 25th overall pick of the 2010 draft, was a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at Florida.

Read More: Rumor Mill,

Tejada to Padres

07.29.10 at 5:48 pm ET
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The Padres and Orioles have agreed to a deal that would send Miguel Tejada to San Diego in exchange for pitching prospect Wynn Pelzer. The trade was reported by Dan Hayes of the North County Times and Connolly. Tejada is hitting .269 with an on-base percentage of .308. He’s hit seven homers and driven in 39 runs in 97 games this season.

Read More: Trade deadline,

Gose to Toronto in prospect swap

07.29.10 at 5:08 pm ET
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Anthony Gose’s time as in Astros organization didn’t last long. After acquiring him from the Phillies in the deal for Roy Oswalt, the Astros sent the centerfielder to the Blue Jays in exchange for Brett Wallace, a first base prospect received from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade in the offseason. Jayson Stark reported the deal first.

Read More: Trade deadline,