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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’ cousin, Yuri Sucart, reportedly considers lawsuit against player

03.12.13 at 8:02 am ET

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‘™¦ Alex Rodriguez‘ troubling offseason continues with a report that his cousin, Yuri Sucart, whom A-Rod claimed provided him with performance-enhancing drugs, is considering filing a $5 million lawsuit against the injured Yankees slugger after Rodriguez turned down a settlement proposal.

“I know there’€™s a lot of friction. I know that [Sucart’€™s] name got caught in the crossfire of all the allegations involving all the performance-enhancing drugs,” Miami attorney John Ruiz told the Daily News. “I’€™ve been consulted about it. But obviously because there’€™s an attorney/client relationship, I can’€™t really divulge details.”

When Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he had used steroids in the past, he claimed Sucart — who had run errands for A-Rod for 15 years — encouraged him and helped administer the drugs. The Yankees then banned Sucart from the team’s facilities.

Added Ruiz: “I know he was working for [Rodriguez] for quite some time. There is information that he has — I guess, only he knows. The public doesn’t know. I’m not at liberty to discuss it as of this point in time.”

‘™¦ Michael Vick‘s book-signing tour was canceled after threats were made against the Eagles quarterback and store employees due to Vick’s participation in a dog-fighting ring. Vick was to appear at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to sign copies of his autobiography, “Finally Free.”

“While we stand by Michael Vick’s right to free speech and the retailers’ right to free commerce, we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm’s way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick’s book-signing appearances.” Worthy Publishing president Byron Williamson told “We’ve been assured these threats of violence, which have been reported to the police, are being taken very seriously by local authorities.”

Vick, who last month agreed to a restructured three-year deal to remain with the Eagles, served 18 months in federal prison for his role running the dog-fighting ring. The former Falcons No. 1 overall pick signed with Philadelphia in 2009 after missing two seasons while serving out his sentence. He has since worked with the The Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cruelty.

‘™¦ Clippers center DeAndre Jordan‘s alley-oop dunk Sunday night has made him an Internet sensation. It’s also given some publicity to Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who was posterized on the play. At Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski examines our “backward culture” that has made Knight the punch line for challenging an opponent eight inches taller and 80 pounds heavier.

At least Knight is keeping his sense of humor. Tweeted Knight after the game: It wasn’t in the scouting reports that the clippers threw lobs lol

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 12, 1985, Larry Bird scored a team-record 60 points in a 126-11 victory over the Hawks in New Orleans. Whose record did he break?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love Wes Welker. I hope he remains a Patriot for life. Just like Tom Brady.” — Patriots owner Robert Kraft

STAT OF THE DAY: 245 — Victories as Bruins coach for Claude Julien, putting him in a tie for second all-time with Milt Schmidt, following Monday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Senators

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From the Connecticut Division 3 hockey quarterfinals, Newington-Berlin-Manchester’s B.J. Richard fakes out three defenders and scores during his team’s 4-2 victory over New Fairfield-Immaculate.

Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, at the team’s practice gym, hits a fullcourt shot by throwing the ball off the backboard of the basket at the other end.

Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer and his players do the Harlem Shake.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin McHale, who scored 56 points nine days earlier

SOOTHING SOUNDS: James Taylor was born on this day in 1948.

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