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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley continues feud with Miami fans

05.24.11 at 7:53 am ET

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‘™¦ NBA legend Charles Barkley continues to hog the spotlight with his inflammatory words and actions. The TNT analyst gave taunting Miami fans a double-middle-finger salute Sunday, and then he offered this comeback: “They were telling me I suck. They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, ‘Come on, give me something better than that, dude.’ I always laugh at that statement, ‘You didn’t get a ring.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, you work at McDonald’s. My life’s a lot better than yours. You relax.’ ”

In The Miami Herald, Dan Le Batard has a look at Barkley’s love/hate relationship with the city.

‘™¦ With Bulls center Joakim Noah being fined $50,000 for his gay slur at a fan in Sunday’s game, Mike Berardino at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel questions how much abuse players must take from the public. Noah, who accepted responsibility for his actions, called the taunts he was receiving “disrespectful.” Said teammate Taj Gibson: “It was heavy.”

‘™¦ Mets owner Fred Wilpon is taking heat after his comments in an upcoming story in The New Yorker. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro begs Wilpon to sell the team. Also in the Post, it’s noted that Bernie Madoff turned down an opportunity to become a part-owner.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 24, 1988, a power outage caused the suspension of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Oilers. What was the score of the game when it was called in the second period?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s just a confident swagger. He definitely has that. It’s a game. You’ve got to have fun with it. It’s a great opportunity for all of us. If you’re not going to enjoy it, you might regret it.” ‘€” Bruins forward Chris Kelly, on goalie Tim Thomas after Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the Lightning

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 ‘€” Consecutive hits for Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, starting Sunday and including his first two at-bats Monday against the Red Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Graduating Duke basketball star Kyle Singler has a creative trick shot video that takes him around campus.

A soccer celebration goes bad when the goal-scorer takes a knee to the face.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Dylan turns 70 Tuesday.

Read More: Bernie Madoff, Charles Barkley, Fred Wilpon, Joakim Noah