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Report: Kevin Love trade to Cavaliers finalized after he agrees to re-sign next offseason

08.07.14 at 10:12 am ET
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According to a Yahoo! Sports report crediting league sources, the speculated trade of Kevin Love from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers has been completed, with Love agreeing to re-sign with Cleveland next summer when he becomes a free agent.

Love reportedly will sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract with the Cavs next offseason.

The Cavs will send Minnesota the last two No. 1 overall draft picks, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, along with a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.

Because draft picks cannot be traded for 30 days after they sign, the deal will not be official until Aug. 23.

The report indicates the Cavaliers were motivated in part from a fear that Love would otherwise be traded to the Bulls. Instead, Love, a 25-year-old, three-time All-Star who averaged 26 points and 12.5 rebounds last season, will join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland to form a team that will be the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

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Report: Heat C Greg Oden arrested after punching woman

08.07.14 at 8:49 am ET
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According to reports out of Lawrence, Indiana, Heat center Greg Oden was arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly punching a woman. He faces a preliminary charge of battery.

Police arrived at Oden’s mother’s house and found a woman — identified by Oden as a former girlfriend — crying and holding her bloodied face. The victim initially was not cooperative, but her friend told police, “He punched her in the face.”

A “calm, apologetic and cooperative” Oden told police, “I was wrong, and I know what has to happen.”

Oden, who starred at Ohio State, was the No. 1 overall pick by the Trail Blazers in 2007, but his career was derailed by major injuries to his knees. He made a comeback with the Heat last season, playing 23 games in a reserve role.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: CFL teammate calls out ex-Patriots WR Chad Johnson for lack of effort

08.07.14 at 7:57 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Rockies, 3 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Mariners, 10 p.m. (WGN)
NFL preseason: Patriots at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
NFL preseason: 49ers at Ravens, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Cowboys at Chargers, 10:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Onetime Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson, a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco, is making new enemies north of the border, and for similar reasons why he lasted only season in New England.

Johnson is toiling in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, and he has just four catches for 78 yards and one touchdown for his 1-4 team. Coach Tom Higgins admitted he treats Johnson differently because of what he accomplished in 11 NFL seasons, indicating that he allows him to start and “gives him the benefit of the doubt” despite his meager production.

That doesn’t sit well with at least one teammate, who claims Johnson does not put enough effort into playing hard and learning the playbook.

“We’re trying to win here,” the anonymous teammate told the Montreal Gazette. “This isn’t some [expletive] vacation league. Put the best players on the field that want to play.

“One position [receiver] has free reign to do whatever they want and aren’t accountable to anything. It doesn’t matter what they do or how they perform.”

Meanwhile, Johnson’s apparently delusional agent, Drew Rosenhaus, seems to think his client has a chance to return to the NFL.

“If they did [call], he would jump for it,” Rosenhaus told ESPN.com. “Of course, he would love it. But right now, he’s operating as a Canadian Football League player. We will see what happens. It’s not like we’re holding our breath that he’s going to play in the NFL. But he’s trying. That’s the goal.”

Added Rosenhaus: “He would tell you that he could still do it better than anybody. He doesn’t lack confidence or enthusiasm.”

MASHUP POLL: What are the chances Chad Johnson returns to the NFL this season?

  • Less than zero (47%, 183 Votes)
  • Zero (42%, 161 Votes)
  • Miniscule (6%, 23 Votes)
  • Small, but it could happen if a team's entire WR corps gets hurt (5%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 387

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Johnson played 11 NFL seasons, 10 with the Bengals, catching 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 82 touchdowns. But he struggled in his lone season in New England, catching just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown, amid reports that he never mastered the playbook. He was cut from the Dolphins in training camp the following season after a domestic incident with his then-wife, which eventually landed him in jail. Now he’s found a home — at least temporarily — in Montreal as he tries to extend his career.

“He just loves playing football — Chad is a guy that will play football until he’s 50 if they let him,” Rosenhaus said. “He loves the game. He’s really very passionate. He’s got to do something with football, it’s just his life. It really is. All his Twitter followers are enjoying him in Canada just like they would in the NFL. It’s nice to see.”

Brian Hoyer will start the Browns’ preseason opener Saturday against the Lions, with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel expected to get some playing time with the starters after showing improvement in practice this week.

“That was his job,” coach Mike Pettine said of Hoyer, who impressed early last season before getting injured. “He was the one coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up coming into it, as we did, but he’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.”

Added Pettine: “They’ve both made improvement, and I think they’re both doing a great job of playing to their skill sets. It’s obviously very different, what they bring to the table. I think Brian’s starting to feel very comfortable in the pocket.”

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Read More: Brian Hoyer, Chad Johnson, Chad Ochocinco, Johnny Manziel

Report: Padres hire A.J. Preller as GM

08.06.14 at 9:57 am ET
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The Padres have hired former Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to be their next GM, according to a report by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal Tuesday night.

Preller, 36, spent the last 10 years with the Rangers, serving as the team’s director of player development and scouting at the time of his hiring. Preller was also Texas’ head of international scouting at one point.

Preller and Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler were considered front-runners for the positionRed Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen also was a candidate.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick says Jets QB Geno Smith ‘going to to be great’

08.06.14 at 8:14 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Little League Baseball: Midwest Regional semifinal, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Little League Baseball: Southeast Regional semifinal, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League Baseball: Midwest Regional semifinal, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League Baseball: Southeast Regional semifinal, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League Baseball: Southwest Regional semifinal, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Today in Jets blustering news, Michael Vick predicts big things from fellow quarterback Geno Smith, who is heading into his second NFL season.

“He’s going to be great,” Vick said after Tuesday’s practice in Cortland, New York. “He’s going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Coach Rex Ryan sounds like he’s ready to see some of that promise come to fruition, especially after the offense failed to score in last weekend’s intrasquad scrimmage.

“I want to see some production,” said Ryan, whose team opens the preseason Thursday against the Colts. “I think we’ll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let’s have the production, too.”

MASHUP POLL: How many wins will the Jets have this season?

  • 8 (36%, 57 Votes)
  • 7 (29%, 47 Votes)
  • 9 (15%, 24 Votes)
  • 6 (9%, 14 Votes)
  • 5 or less (8%, 12 Votes)
  • 10 (3%, 4 Votes)
  • 12 or more (1%, 1 Votes)
  • 11 (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 160

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For his part, Smith said he’s matured since last season.

“Physically, I’m bigger and stronger,” Smith said. “The mental side of it, I’m not thinking as much, not swimming as much. I have a better grasp of the offense. … Ultimately, it’s about proving it on the field, going out there Thursday night and being sharp and having a good showing.”

Johnny Manziel showed some positive signs during his one day with the Browns starters Monday, and on Tuesday he returned to second string behind former Patriots backup Brian Hoyer on the depth chart.

Both players had good practices Tuesday, and coach Mike Pettine has not announced who will start in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Lions in Detroit.

“I thought there was some good competition out there,” Browns coach Pettine said. “I was glad that the guys responded the way they did.”

Added Pettine: “Where you see where Hoyer’s ahead is his ability to throw a ball before a guy breaks open, but we certainly see Johnny making strides in that direction.”

– College of Charleston basketball coach Doug Wojcik is the latest to be punished for allegedly verbally abusing players, as he was fired by school president Glenn McConnell.

Wojcik’s lawyer, however, says the charges against the coach are false and the school is trying to find a way to avoid having to pay him the $1.2 million he is owed for the final three years of his five-year contract he signed after being hired from Tulsa.

“Today’s action by the College of Charleston will not bring closure to the College, the basketball program, or the student-athletes and their families,” attorney Scott Tompsett said in a statement.

The school produced a 50-page report after conducting interviews with Wojcik, assistant coaches, athletic department staffers and current and former players. The investigation found that it was likely many players believe Wojcik’s behavior toward them is “generally insulting and degrading.” He allegedly used name-calling such as “dumb,” “idiot” and “stupid,” made negative comments about players’ parents and upbringing, and directed at least one homophobic slur, and likely more, at a player.

Wojcik, 50, guided the Cougars to a 14-18 record last season, their first in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The team reached the Southern Conference tournament final in his first season there.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 6, 2001, which Red Sox player lined into a triple play in the fourth inning of a game against the Rangers at Fenway Park, but then atoned with a grand slam in his next at-bat to rally his team to a 10-7 victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He is not a doctor. He is a drug dealer.” Mark R. Trouville, chief of the Miami Drug Enforcement Administration office, on former Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch, who was arrested Tuesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 41 – Games this season in which the Red Sox have scored two or fewer runs, following Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Cardinals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Indians baserunner David Murphy is thrown out at third base when he sees a ball that was thrown out of the Reds bullpen and thinks it’s the game ball.

Yankees second baseman Brendan Ryan deflects a line drive with his glove and then catches it with his bare hand for an out against the Tigers.

The Muppets visit Citi Field to cheer on the Mets, and Kermit and Miss Piggy are caught on the Kiss Cam.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Scott Hatteberg

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Randy DeBarge was born on this day in 1958. Here he is starting off as the lead singer in this performance with his siblings in the group DeBarge.

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Spurs hire Becky Hammon as NBA’s first female assistant coach

08.05.14 at 1:47 pm ET
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It has already been a special year for the Spurs after the franchise won its fifth NBA championship in June.

Tuesday’s decision may be even bigger.

The Spurs hired retiring WNBA player Becky Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time female assistant in NBA history.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

Hammon, 37, will retire after her 16th season with the San Antonio Stars. She’s a six-time All-Star and two-time first-team All-WNBA, seventh in points, fourth in assists and sixth in games in WNBA history.

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Suns’ P.J. Tucker sentenced to 3 days in jail for ‘super extreme’ DUI

08.05.14 at 12:43 pm ET
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Suns forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention Monday after pleading guilty to “super extreme” driving under the influence.

Tucker was arrested May 10 after driving with a blood alcohol level of .22, police said. The police report said his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

Tucker agreed to put an interlock device on his car for 18 months, go to substance-abuse counseling and pay $2,750 in fines. He was placed on probation for up to five years.

“I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses,” Tucker said in a statement. “It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again.”

The Suns were aware of Tucker’s arrest when he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in early July.

“In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this.”

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Bears TE Martellus Bennett suspended for fight in practice

08.05.14 at 12:40 pm ET
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Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was fined and suspended for conduct detrimental to the team after he was involved in a fight at practice on Monday with rookie Kyle Fuller.

General manager Phil Emery made the announcement Tuesday. He said Bennett’s suspension is for an unspecified time and wouldn’t disclose the amount on the fine. Bennett will remain on the team’s active roster.

“Last night, we made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time,” Emery said. “This is a process that we’re working with Martellus. We are in contact with him. Our goal is to have Martellus back as soon as possible. He’s a very loved and respected teammate. We want him back, but it’s a process we have to work through.”

The scuffle took place during Monday’s practice following a play in which Fuller attempted to strip the ball loose after Bennett made a reception. Fuller pulled Bennett to the ground while trying to force a fumble. Bennett walked over to Fuller after the play, pushed him and body slammed him to the ground.

Several players intervened to break up the two. Bears coach Marc Trestman ended practice earlier than scheduled.

“Everybody talks about friendships, but really we are all preparing to win a championship,” Bennett said. “If we make friends along the way, cool. But I’m just trying to help the Bears win a championship and do the job to the best of my ability.”

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USA basketball cuts John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Millsap, trims roster to 16

08.05.14 at 12:14 pm ET
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The U.S. men’s national team cut John WallBradley Beal and Paul Millsap on Monday, according to multiple reports.

The three cuts along with the loss of Paul George due to a broken right leg leaves the Americans with 16 players left on their roster. The team will need to cut four more players before the World Cup of Basketball starts later this month in Spain.

The Americans reportedly had cuts planned for Saturday but delayed the moves until Tuesday in the wake of George’s gruesome injury.

The remaining members of the team will report to Chicago for practices that begin Aug. 14.

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Report: Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen expected to go on 15-day DL

08.05.14 at 12:05 pm ET
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The Pirates are expected to place center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury, according to a report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks and grabbed his left side as he jogged to first base. He needed to be helped off the field and into the dugout.

McCutchen has never been on the disabled list in his career. According to ESPN.com, last year’s National League MVP has played in 843 of 868 games since his big league debut June 4, 2009.

McCutchen’s injury is a big loss for Pittsburgh at the wrong time. He’s hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs this season for a Pirates team that’s fighting for a playoff spot. Pittsburgh is 1 1/2 games out of first in the NL Central and a half game out of a wild card spot.

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