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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Heat president Pat Riley challenges Big Three to show ‘guts,’ return for another run together

06.20.14 at 7:57 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN: WEEI-AM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Vanderbilt vs. Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College baseball: World Series, Virginia vs. Mississippi, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: Italy vs. Costa Rica, noon (ESPN, Univision)
World Cup soccer: Switzerland vs. France, 3 p.m. (ESPN, Univision; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Honduras vs. Ecuador, 6 p.m. (ESPN, Univision)


— Heat president Pat Riley made the first move in his attempt to keep the team’s three stars together, challenging the players to return to Miami in an effort to win another NBA championship after falling short this season.

“We have a tremendous opportunity here for long-term success,” Riley said Thursday at a press conference in Miami. “Don’t think we’re not going to get beat again, so just get a grip, everybody. That’s my message. It’s my message to the players, also.”

Added Riley: “You’ve got to stay together, if you’ve got the guts. You don’t find the first door and run out of it if you have an opportunity. This is four years now into this era, this team. Four finals — it’s only been done three other times before — and two championships. From day one to the end, it was like a Broadway show. It sort of ran out of steam. And we need to retool. We don’t need to rebuild.”

Point guard Norris Cole is the only Heat player locked into guaranteed contract for next season. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can opt out of their contracts. Riley said he’s ready to work with whatever options present themselves.

“We’re prepared,” Riley said. “We’ve got the main-themed book all written up and it’s dependent on whatever the scenario we’re presented on July 1. We’ve got a lot of room for flexibility. There’s a tremendous amount of flexibility depending on what happens. So we’re ready.”

One rumor has the Heat interested in potential free agent Carmelo Anthony, but that would require financial sacrifices from Miami’s stars.

“That’s a pipe dream,” Riley said of adding Anthony to his three stars. “But everybody thought 2010 [when James and Bosh signed] was a pipe dream, too. I don’t harbor that thought. I’m being realistic right now. Dealing with what we have in front of us right now. That’s not where we’re headed. That’s a possibility, but that’s not what we’re thinking about today.”

— A judge in Los Angeles on Thursday denied Shelly Sterling‘s emergency motion for protection against her estranged husband, saying Donald Sterling‘s angry voice mails were not serious enough to warrant action.

“The court does not feel that the statements set forth in the ‘€¦ petition rise to the level of great and irreparable injury to a part as called for in the Code of Civil Procedure,” Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas wrote in his decision.

Donald Sterling left voice messages for the doctors who declared him mentally incompetent last month — allowing Shelly Sterling the power to control The Sterling Family Trust that owns the Clippers and sell the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. In those messages, Sterling insulted the physicians repeatedly. He threatened to get one doctor’s license taken away and the other fired from his job at UCLA.

Sterling also called Shelly Sterling’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, and said he would “take you out.”

“He’s got a short fuse,” Donald Sterling attorney Max Blecher acknowledged about his client, although he added, “That doesn’t mean you’re incapacitated or nuts.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert testified Thursday in an antitrust trial against his organization and insisted that paying athletes would destroy college athletics as we know it and take away its appeal for many fans.

“To convert college sports into professional sports would be tantamount to converting it into minor league sports,” Emmert said. “And we know that in the U.S. minor league sports aren’t very successful either for fan support or for the fan experience.”

Emmert said paying players will lead to many schools dropping their programs or refusing to play teams that pay.

“They want to know everyone is playing by the same rules,” he said. “They want to know the other teams consist of student athletes just like them.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 20, 1980, the Angels routed the Red Sox, 20-2. Which diminutive Angels infielder led the onslaught with three home runs and a double?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No. 1, I think it’€™s disrespectful to New England to sit back and say that they did this. Because I can tell you, every single game that we’€™ve ever had with New England has been decided on the field. Nobody’€™s had a competitive advantage. And that’€™s a fact. So all that type of stuff, is ridiculous.” — Jets coach Rex Ryan, on rumors that the Patriots had a copy of New York’s defensive playbook

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 — Consecutive starts in which Jake Peavy has not recorded a win, with the latest coming in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the A’s

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Thursday’s Red Sox-Athletics game in Oakland, the Dennis Eckersley figure wins the mascot race against fellow A’s legends Rollie Fingers and Rickey Henderson, much to the delight of Don Orsillo and Eckersley in the NESN broadcast booth.

Nick Swisher hits a walkoff grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Indians a 5-3 victory over the Angels.

This walkoff wasn’t quite as exciting: A bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin lifts the Pirates over the Reds in 12 innings.

A fan in Detroit saddled down with refreshments makes a nice catch of a foul ball.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich counts his team’s championship rings in an apparent dig at LeBron James.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Light-hitting 5-foot-4 shortstop Freddie Patek, who finished his career with 36 home runs

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lionel Richie was born on this day in 1949.

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