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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NBA commissioner David Stern goes to extremes in denial of lottery fix

06.14.12 at 7:56 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA finals: Heat at Thunder, 9 p.m. (ABC)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ NBA commissioner David Stern had a testy exchange with Jim Rome during an appearance on Rome’s CBS radio show Wednesday. When Rome asked Stern if the NBA draft lottery was fixed, Stern replied, “Shame on you for asking,” and then attempted to use an extreme example of a loaded question, asking Rome: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” Rome, who has no history of domestic violence, responded: “I don’t know if that’s fair.”

Stern directly denied that the lottery was rigged to give the league-owned Hornets the first pick, adding: “That’s not a question I’ve been asked before by a respectable journalist.” The commissioner also accused Rome of making a career of “cheap thrills.”

Rome later issued a statement through CBS, insisting he knew the commissioner was only trying to make a point.

“I understood it,” Rome said of the wife-beating question. “I didn’t take great offense to it. I didn’t agree with it. But the fact of the matter is I thought my question was direct and it was not a loaded question. So, I thought that analogy was inappropriate.”

‘™¦ The big news in baseball is Giants right-hander Matt Cain‘s perfect game (see videos below), but the Mets insist there should have been another no-hitter Wednesday. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tossed a one-hitter vs. the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., with the only hit coming on an infield single by B.J. Upton in the first inning. Third baseman David Wright attempted to make a bare-handed play but missed the ball. Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will appeal the ruling to the commissioner’s office.

“If anybody deserved a no-hitter or a perfect game tonight, it was him,” Collins said of Dickey (10-1).

Dickey allowed a run in the ninth on a throwing error by Wright followed by two passed balls, ending his team-record scoreless innings streak at 32 2/3 frames.

“It was a game where I really didn’t have a regret,” said the 37-year-old Dickey, who also threw a one-hitter in 2010 against the Phillies.

‘™¦ A judge in Las Vegas denied boxer Floyd Mayweather‘s request that he be released from jail because the conditions and threaten his health. Mayweather, who has served two weeks of a three-month sentence for domestic battery, wanted to be put under house arrest or at least be moved from solitary confinement to the general jail population.

Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa wrote in her decision Wednesday that Mayweather is not eating properly because he refuses to eat the provided meals, and he has enough options to exercise.

“While the physical training areas and times provided to [Mayweather] may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses,” Saragosa wrote.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 14, 1974, the Angels beat the Red Sox, 4-3, in a 15-inning game in Anaheim. The story of the day was Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan striking out 19 Red Sox (and walking 10) before leaving after the 13th. Which Red Sox pitcher went all 15 innings and was the hard-luck loser?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I never had a conversation with him at all about it. He was very apologetic and he expressed also that it wasn’t my fault, but I would like sometime to express to him how embarrassed I was’€¦ and that my intentions were never to harm him or do anything. ‘€¦ I’m embarrassed that happened and hope that it won’t happen to anyone else.” – Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, during Wednesday’s appearance on The Big Show, talking about his scrap with then-Yankees coach Don Zimmer during the 2003 ALCS

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – No-hitters in the major leagues this season, after Giants righty Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros on Wednesday night

‘NET RESULTS: Before throwing his perfect game Wednesday night, Cain participates in a driving competition against pro golfer Dustin Johnson.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Tiant

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Junior Walker was born on this day in 1931.

Read More: David Stern, Floyd Mayweather, Jim Rome, Matt Cain