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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin McHale set to make emotional return to Minnesota 12.26.12 at 7:58 am ET
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NBA: Knicks at Suns, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Little Caesars Bowl, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Rockets coach (and Celtics legend) Kevin McHale is set to make an emotional return to Minneapolis on Wednesday night. McHale, a Minnesota native who spent 16 years working for the Timberwolves as a TV analyst, executive and coach, raised his children in the area. This is his first visit to Target Center since the Nov. 24 death of his 23-year-old daughter, Sasha, from lupus. McHale’s wife and four remaining children will attend the game as well.

Following Tuesday night’s victory over the Bulls, the Rockets are 6-3 since McHale returned to the team for a Dec. 8 game against the Mavericks. That includes a Dec. 14 victory over the Celtics, after which former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett gave McHale a long embrace.

“Everywhere we go, somebody comes up to him to give him a big hug,” Rockets assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff told the Pioneer Press newspaper in Minnesota. “Over the last 33 years or so, his touch has been felt all over the NBA. It’s hard to find people who don’t like Kevin McHale, who weren’t touched by him in some way.”

‘™¦ Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson admitted that a sex tape making its way around the Internet is of him with two women, but he denies that he wanted it to go public. Johnson, released by the Dolphins before the season, said the tape was shot in a Florida hotel room about three years ago. He said he’s exploring legal options to have the tape removed.

Johnson, 34, had an unimpressive 2011 season with the Patriots (when he was known as Chad Ochocinco) after 10 productive seasons with the Bengals. He has said he wants to return to the NFL.

‘™¦ Former Braves and Yankees outfielder Andruw Jones was arrested in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday morning on a battery charge following a domestic dispute with his wife. He released on bond later in the day.

Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove-winner for the Braves who has 434 home runs in 17 major league seasons, played last season for the Yankees. He signed a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League earlier this month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 26, 1976, Bruins forward John Bucyk scored in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Cleveland Barons, giving him 545 career goals and moving him past which Canadiens legend for fourth place on the all-time list?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Bobcats coach Paul Silas reportedly pushed player after loss to Celtics 04.19.12 at 8:02 am ET
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NHL playoffs: Bruins at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL playoffs: Panthers at Devils, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Suns, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
MLB: Cubs at Marlins, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network, WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Mariners, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, sparked by Thomas’ friendly chatter with Celtics players.

Silas, the 68-year-old former Celtic, reportedly chastised Thomas for his fraternization with the C’s, and Thomas yelled back at Silas. When Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker before players stepped in to break up the altercation.

‘€œSilas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,’€ a source told Yahoo! ‘€œThat’€™s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’€™re going to be buddy-buddy as they’€™re beating your [butt] too?’€

Both men reportedly were fined by the team.

“There was an incident,” Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins confirmed. “We handled it internally and talked to both the player and the coach and moved on. End of story.”

‘™¦ Yankees fans showed their displeasure with outfielder Andruw Joneslack of hustle in Wednesday night’s 6-5 loss to the Twins. Jones lazily chased after Alexi Casilla‘s double to left field in the eighth inning and then, failing to realize that Casilla had stumbled out of the batter’s box, lobbed the ball into third base instead of attempting to get Casilla at second.

“I didn’t see him fall down, so I thought is was an automatic double,” said Jones, who is likely to get more playing time now that Brett Gardner is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow. “It was no big deal. The guy didn’t score, right?”

Jones heard some boos when he was up in the bottom of the inning, and then he was booed some more when he slipped chasing a ball in the ninth.

‘™¦ Legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as coach and will be replaced by longtime assistant Holly Warlick. Summit, who revealed last year that she has early-onset dementia, will become head coach emeritus and report to Warlick.

“I’ve loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role,” Summit, 59, said in a school-issued statement.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 19, 1969, the Red Sox traded which 1968 All-Star to the Indians?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Real Madrid explains signing of 7-year-old soccer prodigy 08.09.11 at 7:47 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Monday’s big story in the sports world was Real Madrid’s signing of Argentinian 7-year-old soccer prodigy Leonel Angel Coira, aka Leo. The boy will not be paid but will start training with the Spanish club’s youth team in Madrid next month (the family moved to Spain three years ago). “[My] dream is to meet [Lionel] Messi, play in the first division with Madrid and for Argentina in the World Cup,” Coira told the Spanish newspaper ABC.

While the signing of such a young child made headlines around the world, a Real Madrid spokesman insisted the team has signed younger players in the past. “They only have to be a standout,” Juan Tapiador said. “We look for something different, that quality or talent that makes them stand out from the rest.”

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‘™¦ Joe Paterno, Penn State’s 84-year-old football coach, was hit by a player during a drill at Monday’s practice and reportedly suffered a hairline fracture of his pelvis. “I expect to be back at practice soon. I’m doing fine; tell everyone not to worry about me,” Paterno said in a statement while at a local hospital. “I like the effort I have seen from the squad during our first few practices, but we have a long way to go to get ready for the schedule we have.”

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the baseball players who have had the biggest single-season dropoffs in the wild card era. Tony Clark is on the compilation for his 2002 season with the Red Sox. A pre-Red Sox Adrian Beltre is No. 2. Andruw Jones takes the top spot.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 9, 1949, which Red Sox player’s team-record hitting streak ended at 34 games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Stay positive. The game of basketball, we all love it. And we’re going to try everything in our power to make sure that this game stays at a high level. And for me personally, I do it because of the fans. Every night I go out on the basketball court, I try to showcase my talent at the highest level because of the fans. They are our league. Our fans are our league.” ‘€” LeBron James, speaking to kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio

STAT OF THE DAY: .327 ‘€” David Ortiz‘ average in 42 career games against the Twins, his original team, after a 4-for-5 game Monday night in the Red Sox’ 8-6 victory

‘NET RESULTS: A yacht collides with a tanker at a race in London.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Groundbreaking rapper Kurtis Blow is 52 Tuesday.

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Report: Yankees sign Andruw Jones 01.20.11 at 4:17 pm ET
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According to a Twitter post from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Andruw Jones. The deal is reported to be for $2 million with another $1.2 million if Jones can reach incentives.

The 33-year-old Jones hit .230 with 19 HR and 48 RBI in 107 games with the White Sox last season. He ranks ninth among active players with 407 career home runs.

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Report: Yankees pursuing Andruw Jones 01.17.11 at 12:16 pm ET
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Hoping to add some outfield depth, the Yankees are the leading candidate to land free agent outfielder Andruw Jones, according to

Jones, a five-time All-Star, hit .230 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs for the White Sox last season. He has not been an everyday player since 2007 in Atlanta. New York already has Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield and Jorge Posada at designated hitter, so Jones likely would not be a regular there, either.

The article said the Rays are also in the running for Jones after losing Carl Crawford in free agency to the Red Sox.

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