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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Bill Belichick hasn’t voted in past 5 years; LeBron James, Cavaliers honored at White House 11.11.16 at 8:44 am ET
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NBA: New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Harvard at Penn, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Boston College at Florida State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Lafayette at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Marquette at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: American University at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Arizona at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: La Salle at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Lehigh at Xavier, 7 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston Baptist at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Campbell at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Incarnate Word at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Indiana at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Tulane, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Harvard at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: England vs. Scotland, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: France vs. Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: U.S. vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. (FS1)

NHL: Bruins 5, Blue Jackets 2
NHL: Ducks 4, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Sharks 4, Panthers 2
NHL: Canadiens 4, Kings 1
NHL: Jets 3, Coyotes 2
NHL: Wild 4, Penguins 2
NHL: Lightning 4, Islanders 1
NHL: Red Wings 3, Canucks 1
NHL: Predators 3, Blues 1
NHL: Stars 4, Flames 2
NFL: Ravens 28, Browns 7
NBA: Bulls 98, Heat 95
NBA: Pelicans 112, Bucks 106
NBA: Warriors 125, Nuggets 101
NBA: Lakers 101, Kings 91


— Bill Belichick did not vote in Tuesday’s presidential election and has not voted in the town since he registered five years ago, according to Hingham Town Clerk Eileen McCracken.

Belichick has insisted he is “not a political person,” yet wrote a letter to Donald Trump expressing his support for him. The night before the election, Trump read the letter to the crowd at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“It says no voter activity is available for this voter,” McCracken said on Thursday, as reported by WEEI’s Chris Villani for the Boston Herald. “We looked in the books. … There is nothing there.”

Belichick is listed as an “active voter” in the secretary of state’s voter registration system and is “unenrolled” in a political party.

McCracken said Belichick switched his voter registration to Hingham from Nantucket in 2011 but the system shows he hasn’t voted since then.

“If he had received an absentee ballot, we would have seen that,” McCracken said. “I don’t see that he received an absentee ballot.”

Patriots spokesman Stacey James told Villani Belichick’s Hingham voting history is “private.”

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NBA trade roundup: Heat reportedly send Shabazz Napier to Magic; Cavs ship Mike Miller to Blazers 07.27.15 at 11:18 am ET
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Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

After just one season with the Heat, Shabazz Napier has been traded to the Magic for a second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Napier, a Roxbury native who was a first-round selection in 2014 after leading UConn to a national championship, was said to be the preferred choice of LeBron James come draft time in July 2014. However, with James departed for the Cavaliers, the Heat made the trade in order to clear $1.3 million in cap space and to gain roster flexibility.

In Orlando, Napier likely sits as a third option at point guard behind sophomore Elfrid Payton and veteran C.J. Watson. Last year, he averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 19.8 minutes per game for the Heat.

The Cavaliers made a crucial move Sunday by sending Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller and two second-round picks to the Trail Blazers for two trade exceptions worth $10.52 million and $2.85 million, according to to Wojnarowski.

Haywood’s contract would have become guaranteed on Aug. 1, so the Cavs needed to make a move with it by then. The trade exception they gained by moving his contract is the largest in the NBA. Last season the Cavs used a trade exception to acquire Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets.

Though Miller is one of James’ closest friends, the Cavs made the move to trade him in order to save roughly $10 million between salary and luxury tax deductions. James was upset in 2013 when the Heat traded Miller for financial reasons, however a source close to James described trading Miller as “the right thing to do” in order to give him career options as he nears retirement.

The Blazers can take on the contracts of Haywood and Miller because they have $25 million in cap space after the departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum and Wesley Matthews. They most definitely will waive Haywood in order to reap the benefits of his $10 million non-guaranteed contract, and it is also presumed they will do the same with Miller. If Miller is released, the Cavaliers will not be able to re-sign him for at least one year.

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LeBron James on Kevin Love injury: ‘We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes’ 04.29.15 at 10:45 am ET
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After sustaining ‘”extensive”damage in his left shoulder in a play with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love appears likely to miss the remainder of the postseason. Love’s absence reduces Cleveland’s “Big Three”of LeBron James, Love and Kyrie Irving to just two.

“We all have to pick our own game up,” James said. “We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes, you can’t do that, he’s special for a reason.”

During Game 4 of the Celtics-Cavs first-round matchup, Love and Olynyk got tangled when chasing a loose ball. Olynyk popped Love’s arm from its socket by yanking down. Olynyk was suspended for one game by the NBA.

Cleveland general manager David Griffin said the team is learning more about the injury and weighing its options when it comes to treatment.

“Surgery is an option as well, if necessary. We’re going to continue to look at that, but I don’t want there to be any expectation on Kevin that he’ll be back,” Griffin said. “I think it would be a real surprise if he we were able to participate in the postseason. I’ve still got a sliver of hope very late, but highly unlikely.”

Averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in the regular season, Love will be missed for the rest of Cleveland’s run at the title.

“Obviously, he brings so much to our team offensively and defensively,” James said. “It’s a big blow for us. We’ve got to have guys step up. You never want to have one of your major role players out. Everyone has to pick up not what he was able to do, but they have to pick up what they are capable of doing.”

Starting guard J.R. Smith also will be unavailable for the Cavs for the first two games of the second round after being suspended for swinging his arm and making contact with C’s forward Jae Crowder’s head after the two were jockeying under the basket for positioning.

Even with the roster losses, Cleveland coach David Blatt says his team is prepared for what’s to come.

“Our guys have been locked in for quite some time now,” he said. “Everyone recognizes that we all have to pick it up. The next-man-up mentality is prevalent in our work and our feeling. We’re hurting for what happened to Kev on a team level, on a personal level, but not discouraged to the point where we are any less ambitious and any less hungry to continue on this path.”

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Ray Allen reportedly weighing options for next team 02.09.15 at 10:54 am ET
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Ray Allen reportedly is slated to pick a team to play for in the next 10 days, at some time during the All-Star break. The guard is a free agent and hasn’t played professionally since the NBA Finals back in June.

Teams Allen is considering reportedly include the Cavaliers, Warriors, Hawks, Wizards, Heat and Clippers.

Fox Sports Ohio said that LeBron James and Allen met in late January and that “Allen was said to be concerned with the state of the Cavs at the time.”

James and other ex-Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones “each made a recruiting pitch for Allen to join the Cleveland Cavaliers during the offseason.”

While many teams have expressed interest, most recently, Atlanta is said to have thrown its hat into the ring. Though nothing is imminent, the Hawks “have had discussions with representatives” for Allen, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

As of Jan. 22, it was Washington that had most aggressively been pursuing Allen, per Alex Kennedy of The Wizards apparently have interest in reuniting Allen with Paul Pierce.

With myriad teams to choose from, Allen’s decision likely will come down to what kind of role he’d be filling with a prospective team.

“If he goes to Golden State, how much is he really going to play there? If he goes to Cleveland, what’s his role going to be? Washington can guarantee a lot of minutes for him off the bench, and I think that’s a big factor in this,” Kennedy told a Washington radio station on Jan. 23.

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Reports: Cavaliers offer Framingham’s David Blatt coaching job 06.20.14 at 8:35 am ET
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The Cavaliers may finally have a coach, and it may be a name familiar to some in the Boston area.

The Cavs offered established European basketball coach David Blatt their head coaching job Thursday night and are discussing a contract with him, ending a lengthy five-week search, according to multiple reports.

The 55-year-old Blatt, who graduated from Framingham South High School in 1977, recently resigned as coach of Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA. He reportedly was sought after by the Timberwolves and Warriors to be an assistant.

Blatt would be Cleveland’s third coach in the last three years after the team fired Mike Brown May 12. The Cavs have the No. 1 pick in next Thursday’s NBA draft.

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Report: Cavaliers considering signing Greg Oden 01.30.13 at 10:28 am ET
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Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden could be aiming for a comeback with the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports.

A person with knowledge of Cleveland’s interest told The Associated Press that the team is looking at signing Oden but is still in the process of evaluating the center’s health. Oden hasn’t played since 2009 and has had three microfracture knee surgeries, two of those on his left knee. The last of those was on Feb. 20 of last year.

The Heat also have been reported, by, to be considering Oden, who was waived last March by the Trail Blazers — the team that drafted him first overall in 2007.

Oden, 25, said he’ll be back in the game next year.

“I don’t know when, but I’m taking this year off. I’ll play next year,” said Oden, who led Ohio State to the Final Four in his one collegiate season in 2007. He played just 82 games with the Trail Blazers, averaging 9.2 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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Report: Cavs may hold key to Nets-Magic deal for Dwight Howard 07.09.12 at 10:00 am ET
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The seemingly endless speculation about the future of Dwight Howard continues.

According to multiple news outlets, including Fox Sports Ohio, the Cavaliers are said to hold the key to a three-team trade that would send the All-Star center from the Magic to the Nets.

The deal may have as many as 10 players involved, including Nets forward Kris Humphries, who could go to the Cavs via a sign-and-trade agreement. Cleveland might also be seeking Nets guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick as part of the package, sources told Fox Sports Ohio late Sunday.

The 27-year-old Humphries set career highs last season — his ninth in the NBA — in points (13.8), rebounds (11.0) and blocked shots (1.2).

Howard, who becomes a free agent at the end of the 2012-13 season, has made it clear his preferred team is Brooklyn, but the Nets have been unable to offer a deal attractive enough to entice the Magic. Adding a third team such as the Cavs is expected to help speed up the process. The Lakers also have been rumored to be in the running for Howard, with young center Andrew Bynum reportedly being dangled as trade bait.

Magic officials are expected to meet Monday morning and discuss the particulars of the proposed trade.

The Magic’€™s newly hired GM, Rob Hennigan, also is in the middle of a coaching search to replace Stan Van Gundy.

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LeBron James’ return to Cleveland draws big ratings 12.03.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland drew big TV ratings Thursday night, according to TNT. The game drew a 5.0 overnight TV rating, besting the 4.1 overnight rating for the NFL Network’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Houston Texans by 22 percent.

The NBA game averaged a huge 25.4 overnight rating in the Cleveland TV market, compared to 14.9 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Nation ratings peaked at 6.7 from 8:15-8:30 p.m, then declined as the Heat took control. The pregame show from 8-8:11 p.m ET outdrew the game itself, pulling a 5.9 rating.

Despite the high-rating, the game did not beat out the first Celtics-Heat matchup. Darren Rovell tweets that the Heat-Cavs drew 7.05 million viewers, while the Celtics contest drew 7.3 million viewers. Headline Planet adds the game couldn’t outpace the season opener’s 5.6 rating.

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Miami Heat up security as LeBron James returns to Cleveland 12.01.10 at 4:11 pm ET
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The Heat have decided not to release the team’s travel plans for its trip to Cleveland, when the Heat take on the Cavaliers on Thursday night, reports.

Typically the team releases its travel plans, hotel location and pregame workout plans for the team’s media to select outlets during away games. However, a team spokesman said on Wednesday that the team will not reveal those plans in LeBron James‘ homecoming of sorts to Cleveland.

This game will mark the first return to the city James left in July in favor of South Beach and the Heat. According to ESPN, James and his teammates are expecting a hostile environment at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

“I think it’s going to be tough,” James told ESPN. “But I’m there to win a basketball game, and I understand how passionate fans are about sports. So I’m ready for whatever response I’m going to get.”

The league has taken additional security measures in preparation for the game.  

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Cavs owner doesn’t regret ripping LeBron James in letter 10.27.10 at 8:22 pm ET
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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said that he had not second-guessed himself for his open letter to the team’s fans in the wake of LeBron James departure over the summer. Gilbert slammed his former superstar, suggesting that James had “deserted” the team and his native Northeast Ohio region in a “narcissistic” act of “cowardly betrayal.”

On Wednesday, before his team tipped off against the Celtics in its season-opener, Gilbert appeared on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland. In comments relayed on, he suggested that he had no reservations about what he had said about James.

“I don’t regret it. I think that’s the feeling that I had and most of Cleveland had. …I can’t back off on that,” said Gilbert. “What I can say is that we’ve tunneled and now are focused on the future. To dwell on something like that, you’re just wasting energy.”

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