Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James fouls out in Heat’s Game 4 loss to Pacers
|05.29.13 at 7:50 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Belgium, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Heat star LeBron James fouled out in the final minute of Tuesday’s 99-92 loss to the Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals that evened the series. It was just the fifth disqualification of his career (with the previous one coming last postseason against the Celtics). Not surprisingly, James expressed displeasure with some of the call that went against him.
“I believe I was straight up and down on Paul George‘s drive, on the and-one,” he said. “They reversed a call with [Roy] Hibbert, called a foul on me on that one. And at the end of the third they called a push-off on David West.
“It was a couple of calls that I didn’t feel like were fouls, personal fouls on me. That’s how the game goes sometimes.”
On James’ final foul call, with the Heat trailing by four points and 56 seconds remaining, he stuck out his leg trying to set a pick to free up Dwyane Wade and tripped Lance Stephenson as Wade dribbled the ball the other direction.
“I was going to set a screen and I felt like I was stationary — and D-Wade rejected the pick and roll,” James said. “Lance actually ran into me.”
James and his teammates will get no sympathy from Pacers fans, who at one point Tuesday chanted, “Beat the floppers.”
♦ Ten members of Congress — including co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus Tom Cole (Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (Minnesota) — became the latest public figures to call for the Redskins to change their name. The representatives announced Tuesday that they have sent letters to team owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the other 31 NFL teams and FedEx (a Redskins sponsor) noting that the name is offensive to many Native Americans.
“In this day and age, it is imperative that you uphold your moral responsibility to disavow the usage of racial slurs,” the letter read.
The name is facing a legal challenge from a group that seeks to have the team lose its trademark protection. Snyder has said he will not change the name.
♦ Nike announced Tuesday that it is ending production of Livestrong apparel and gear after this year, after helping to raise about $100 million over the partnership with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong‘s charity.
“We expected changes like this,” Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, referring to Armstrong’s admission in January that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs after years of denial. “Could there be fallout? Of course. We remain enormously confident. … We are in strong fiscal shape.”
Armstrong, who founded Livestrong in 1997 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, stepped down from the board in October.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 29, 1984, the Red Sox held their first official number retirement ceremony, honoring two men: Ted Williams (No. 9) and who else?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re never going to give up. We’re relentless. All those guys in there, they believe we can win. No matter what all the analysts or whoever says anything, they count us out, those guys in the locker room were ready to play and we went out and played our hearts out.” — Pacers center Roy Hibbert, after recording 23 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday’s 99-92 victory over the Heat to even the series after four games
STAT OF THE DAY: 77 – Career starts (out of 291) in which Cliff Lee has issued no walks, including Tuesday in the Phillies’ 3-1 victory over the Red Sox
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kings goalie Jonathan Quick makes a huge save on Sharks forward Joe Pavelski in the closing minutes of the third period in LA’s 2-1 Game 7 win.
In the Tennessee state Division 2-AA championship soccer game, Luke Strebel of Father Ryan converts a 54-yard free kick from just past midfield on the game’s final play for a 2-1 victory over Montgomery Bell Academy.
French golfer Romain Bechu shows off his ball-control skills.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Joe Cronin (No. 4)
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Melissa Etheridge was born on this day in 1961.
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