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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Women’s Professional Soccer cancels 2012 season

01.31.12 at 7:56 am ET

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‘™¦ Women’s Professional Soccer, a league that includes the Boston Breakers, will take the 2012 season off as it attempts to settle a dispute with an ousted team owner. The league indicated it hopes to return in 2013.

Dan Borislow bought the Washington Freedom before last season and moved them to South Florida, renaming them magicJack, after the company he owns. Things quickly turned sour, and Borislow sued WPS in August. The league responded by accusing him of “unprofessional and disparaging treatment of his players to failure to pay his bills.”

A Florida judge ruled this month that the league did not follow its own procedures when it terminated Borislow’s franchise, and another court hearing is set for Wednesday.

WPS CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan said owners preferred canceling the season to working with Borislow again.

“We have diverted so many resources into litigation,” she said. “This is something that needs to be resolved before we can move forward with play.”

‘™¦ Speaking at a luncheon in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, NCAA president Mark Emmert hinted that fans should soon expect to see a four-team playoff for college football.

“If I had to guess, we’ll see some movement in the format,” he said. “Where it’s going to wind up, I don’t know.”

Emmert also said he has been trying to get schools to be more thoughtful and cooperative in the issue of conference realignment.

“There weren’t a lot of winners coming out of that,” Emmert said of all the movement that has rocked college football in the past year. “You wind up with the lawsuits, you wind up with a lot of bad blood, a lot of bad publicity.”

‘™¦ A man who is known for his paintings of the University of Alabama football team continues his fight against the school, which has charged him with copyright infringement. Daniel Moore will appear in Appeals Court Thursday to defend his work, which he often sells as posters.

The case is of great interest to ‘€œartists all over the country whose free speech rights should not be subject to licensing arrangements by colleges and universities,’€ said Mark P. McKenna, a law professor at Notre Dame who was part of a group of professors that wrote a friend-of-the-court brief to the Appeals Court on Moore’€™s behalf.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 31, 1971, in a 6-0 rout of the Blues, Bobby Orr scored twice to become the second defenseman in Bruins history with 100 career goals. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “By popular demand we definitely won’t be seeing the red [sweatshirt]. In all honesty I really don’t may that much attention to it, I swear I don’t. People ask me after the game why did you wear the blue one, why did you wear the gray one? I just put on whatever is there. There was a red one in my locker at the Super Bowl, I put it on, we lost the game. All right, so we’re not going to wear that one again. I kind of think there was more to it than that, but anyway, it’s honestly not something I give a lot of thought to, but I won’t wear red one this year.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during Monday’s Big Show appearance

STAT OF THE DAY: 34 –– Consecutive home games won by the Duke women’s basketball team before UConn ended the streak Monday night

‘NET RESULTS: Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is Blake Griffin‘s latest victim.

On the other end of the spectrum, here’s Bobcats big man DeSagana Diop coming up two feet short on a free throw attempt.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Aubrey “Dit” Clapper

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Harry Wayne Casey, lead singer of KC and the Sunshine Band, turns 61 Tuesday.

Read More: Dan Borislow, Daniel Moore, Mark Emmert, WPS