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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Sergio Garcia apologizes after racially insensitive comment about Tiger Woods

05.22.13 at 7:50 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (WGN)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The Tiger WoodsSergio Garcia feud hit a new low Tuesday when Garcia joked that he would invite Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open and “serve fried chicken.”

Garcia made the comment during the European Tour’s awards dinner, when the subject of his relationship with Woods was introduced. Garcia later released an apology through the European Tour.

“I apologise for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players’ Awards dinner,” the statement read. “I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”

UPDATE: Woods responded Wednesday morning via Twitter, writing: The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. … I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.

Added Woods: The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.

During The Players Championship at Sawgrass two weeks ago, Garcia accused Woods of disturbing him while Garcia was hitting a shot. Woods went on to win the tournament as Garcia faded, and the two later exchanged insults about the incident.

‘™¦ The Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night for the second time in three years, and there’s already speculation that they might trade the pick. Cleveland has two first-round picks, two second-round picks and plenty of cap space. Combine that with the fact that this draft is not considered especially strong, and the Cavs are likely to listen to offers while they continue their rebuilding process since losing LeBron James to the Heat three years ago.

“It’s so long already. I know it is only three years, but in NBA years it’s like dog years. It seems like it is 15 or 20 years,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said. “We’ve been just so focused on building the team the last few years, I can’t look back. There is nothing you can do. I am just happy about today.”

Everett product Nerlens Noel, still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during his freshman season at Kentucky, is expected to be the No. 1 pick.

‘™¦ The Yankees and English soccer power Manchester City will join forces to own a Major League Soccer expansion team that will enter the league in 2015. The team, which will be called the New York City Football Club, will be controlled by Manchester City, with the Yankees reportedly holding a stake between 20 and 25 percent.

“They’ll be running all the soccer. We know our way around New York, how to get things done,” Yankees president Randy Levine said.

The main issue for now appears to be where the team will play. The city has been pushing Flushing as a site for a stadium, although that might require some cooperation from the Mets, who could be ask to share the parking lots for Citi Field.

The team will need a temporary home until its stadium is constructed. New Yankee Stadium hosted two soccer matches last summer and is the site for an exhibition Saturday between Manchester City and Chelsea.

“Yankee Stadium is an option, as are many places,” Levine said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 22, 1988, the Celtics and Hawks staged one of the most memorable playoff games in history, with Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins trading baskets in the fourth quarter of a 118-116 Boston victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Lost in the performance of Wilkins (47 points) and Bird (34), a guard for each team finished with a double-double. Which Hawk had 16 points and 18 assists, and which Celtic had 13 points and 10 assists?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The Toronto series, I didn’t think our team was in the zone the way it is right now. I anticipate — knowing my team — that we’re going to come out the same next game and certainly not be the Jekyll and Hyde team that we were in the first round.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Rangers gave the B’s a 3-0 series lead

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Major league players younger than 21-year-old Angels outfielder Mike Trout to have hit for the cycle — as Trout did Tuesday night vs. the Mariners — since 1930

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s the latest from Manny Ramirez in Taiwan. He loses his balance after fouling off a pitch and takes a number of steps backward, drawing a comparison to Michael Jackson‘s moonwalk from a Taiwan TV show.

While players from the English soccer team Chelsea participate in a ceremony at midfield after the season-ending game, the son of goalie Ross Turnbull, toddler Josh Turnbull, dribbles a ball down the field and into the goal, much to the delight of the fans.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Catie Curtis was born on this day in 1965.

Read More: Dan Gilbert, LeBron James, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods