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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

07.08.10 at 7:56 am ET

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‘™¦ LeBron James might be comfortable putting himself front and center Thursday night on ESPN as he announces his free agent decision in a prime-time special, but there is a growing contingent that is turning on him for the display of arrogance. Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports rips James for his ego-driven “Championship of Me” approach. Kevin Blackistone at AOL FanHouse also writes that LeBron is staining his image with this circus. Mark Heisler in The Los Angeles Times terms the ESPN special “a tacky ending” and calls the network “the enabler of narcissists.”

‘™¦ Stu Woo in The Wall Street Journal has a piece on major leaguers who still live at home.

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times reports on USC athletic director Mike Garrett apologizing to other colleges for accusations that they tried to lure a freshman football player to transfer after NCAA sanctions against the Trojans were announced.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 8, 1994, which Red Sox player turned an unassisted triple play against the Mariners?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s not about the money. It’s not about anything else except for winning. I’m a winner. Dwyane’s a winner. We’re going to bring winning to Miami.” ‘€” Chris Bosh, after announcing he would join Dwyane Wade with the Heat

STAT OF THE DAY: 24-15 ‘€” The Rays’ record against the Red Sox since June 30, 2008

‘NET RESULTS: Mariners minor leaguer Fred Bello hit inside-the-park home runs on consecutive nights.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop John Valentin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Raffi is 62 today.