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LeBron James one of trio fined for flopping in Heat-Pacers Game 4 05.30.13 at 10:05 am ET
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Heat star LeBron James was one of three players fined for flopping during Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, the league announced Thursday morning.

James threw himself to the ground in an attempt to draw a foul on Pacers forward David West, who was establishing position on the post. West was fined for his actions on the same play, as he flung his body around after making contact with James. Here’s the video of the double flop from James and West.

James faced questions for his embellishing during the Heat’s second-round series victory over the Bulls, but he insisted, “I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.” However, he acknowledged this week that embellishing can be a positive. “Any way you can get an advantage over the opponent to help your team win, so be it,” he told ESPN.

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson also was fined $5,000 for a Game 4 acting job, as he played up an elbow by Ray Allen (video here).

Game 5 of the series, tied at 2-2, is Thursday night in Miami.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NHL admits official’s mistake in Flyers-Penguins game 04.13.12 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Braves, 7:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtics at Raptors, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Suns at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Devils at Panthers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: red wings at Predators, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

NHL playoffs: Capitals at Bruins, 3 p.m. (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Coyotes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN: WEEI)
MLB: Brewers at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Tigers at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Angels at Yankees, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 6 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Pistons, 6 p.m. (WGN)
NHL playoffs: Predators at Red Wings, noon (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Devils at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


♦ The NHL acknowledged Thursday that a linesman missed an offsides call that led to the Flyers’ first goal in Wednesday’s playoff game vs. the Penguins. The goal, scored after Danny Briere took a pass a couple of feet past the blue line and skated in alone on net, started Philadelphia on a comeback from a 3-0 deficit that ended with the Flyers winning in overtime.

“There’s no other way to explain it but a missed call,” NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press. “We’re as upset as Pittsburgh, almost. It’s a mistake.”

The call was missed by veteran linesman Tony Sericolo, who had been skating up the ice when he had to turn quickly the other way after the puck changed possession.

“It was a quick turnaround,” Campbell said. “You can see it was a quick 70-foot pass — the lineman was up with the play and then had to move quickly back, and he saw it from the angle he saw it from. But still, his job is to get the right call and he didn’t.”

♦ After saying Wednesday that he thinks players should be compensated for participating in the Olympics, Heat guard Dwyane Wade changed his opinion following some backlash.

“I don not want to be paid to go the Olympics,” he stated, tweeting later that his country “motivates me more than any $$$ amount.”

♦ Moondog, the Cavaliers mascot, was injured before Wednesday night’s game during what was supposed to be a pretend fight with Pacers forward David West. “He jumped at me, and I thought we were playing around. Next thing I know, he went down,” said West, who landed a couple of punches. “It was definitely an accident.”

The individual who performs as Moondog apparent suffered an eye injury, requiring a quick visit to the hospital.

“I felt terrible about that. I really do,” West said. “We were just having fun before the game, just messing around. I really hope he’s OK. Make sure he knows I’m sorry.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 13, 1957, the Celtics won their first championship with a 125-123 double-overtime victory over the St. Louis Hawks in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 37 points and 23 rebounds in the classic?

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