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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fan finds, returns Red Sox World Series ring

07.28.14 at 7:54 am ET

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MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Braves, 12:10  p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)


— A Red Sox 2013 World Series ring is back with its owner thanks to a Yankees fan who found it in his New York restaurant.

Drew Weber, a New York businessman who owns the Lowell Spinners, took the ring on a rare outing and left it on the sink of the bathroom at Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night.

Luigi Militello, who owns the Manhattan establishment, found the ring.

“I was like, ‘Geez, it’s big. Who would leave this here?’ ” Militello told The Associated Press. “I’m a big Yankee fan. What are the chances of this happening?”

Weber called the restaurant after realizing he couldn’t find his keepsake.

“I went looking around my apartment and started having palpitations. Sweat was pouring off my forehead,” he said. “I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”

After some teasing followed by some baseball talk, Militello insisted he did not want a reward for finding the ring. However, Weber and the Red Sox will host him for the regular-season finale at Fenway on Sept. 28 — which is against the Yankees and is Derek Jeter‘s last scheduled game. Weber also will make a donation to a charity Militello chose.

— Jets cornerback Dee Milliner has only one year of NFL experience, but he’s showing that he’s an old pro when it comes to acting like a Jet.

Despite being benched multiple times last season before being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month, Milliner claims he’s the best in the league at his position.

“The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told the New York Daily News. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”

Added Milliner: “I’m not going to say somebody that plays the same position is better than me. Don’t care if they’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve been here five months. That’s how it’s going to go. I’m the best. I’m not going to say that another man that plays the same position … and say he’s better than me? I can’t do that.”

Said coach Rex Ryan: “Did he go through growing pains? Absolutely, but he was in the fire. So, right now, it’s nothing new to him. He’s out there, let’s go. And his teammates, believe me, they’re definitely confident in Dee Milliner.”

Vincenzo Nibali completed his domination of the Tour de France on Sunday by becoming the first Italian to win the race since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Nibali, an anti-doping advocate who races for the Astana team, crossed the line on the final stage 24 seconds behind Germany’s Marcel Kittel to win by 7 minutes, 37 seconds over France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud.

“Now that I find myself on the highest step on the Champs-Elysees podium, it’s more beautiful than I ever imagined,” Nibali told the crowd. “I’ve never been this moved in all my life.”

Nibali becomes the sixth rider to win all the Grand Tours — France, Italy and Spain.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 28, 1983, the Rangers replaced which former Red Sox manager with which other former Sox skipper?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I respect his desire to play more, and yet we’ve been very consistent with his role. I understand when players want to get on the field more consistently.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, responding to Mike Carp‘s request for more playing time or a trade

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 — The jersey number LeBron James will wear with the Cavaliers, as he announced plans to go back to his original number after wearing No. 6 with the Heat

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez makes an impressive diving catch against the Pirates.

Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce makes a diving catch against the Mariners.

Pirates baserunner Josh Harrison slides past second base on a steal but then eludes the Rockies defense in a long rundown.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Don Zimmer was replaced by Darrell Johnson, the opposite of the situation in Boston in 1976

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jonathan Edwards was born on this day in 1946.

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