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Report: David West agrees with Spurs for $1.5 million, passing on $12.6 million from Pacers 07.07.15 at 9:43 am ET
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On Monday, the Spurs struck a deal with former Pacers forward David West for a veteran minimum contract for next season, according to’s David Aldridge. The deal cannot officially be announced until the signing period resumes Thursday.

Bucking the trend of other NBA free agency paydays, West chose the Spurs’ $1.5 million offer after opting out of his Pacers deal that would have paid him $12.6 million.

West’s arrival comes on the heels of Manu Ginobili‘s return to San Antonio, which was announced earlier in the day Monday.

Ginobili and West follow LaMarcus Aldridge, the biggest free agent get of 2015, and add to an already potent Spurs rotation featuring five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and former MVP candidate Tony Parker.

In all likelihood, West will come off the bench, as they also just re-signed reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard to a five year, $90 million contract extension.

West averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 boards for the Pacers last year. He reportedly turned down offers of more money from other contenders, including the Cavaliers, Warriors and Wizards.

“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West said in a recent interview with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. “And again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the Finals.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-players take shots at Pacers’ Roy Hibbert after disastrous Game 1 vs. Wizards 05.06.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Reds at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Blue Jays at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
NBA playoffs: Nets at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Hull City, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Pacers dropped Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Monday night to the upstart Wizards, 102-96, and the blame for Indiana’s woes again is being placed on the team’s biggest player.

Center Roy Hibbert played 18 minutes yet delivered zero points (0-for-2 field goals) and zero rebounds. He did get on the stat sheet, recording one assist, two blocks and five fouls.

“I got into some foul trouble, then wasn’t as aggressive as I needed to be,” said Hibbert, who had a strong Game 7 against the Hawks on Saturday after struggling through the first six games of that series. “I’m going to change some things up for the second game. I’m going to look within myself and go out there and figure it out.”

According to an story, Hibbert was in a private discussion with some of his veteran teammates after the game, and a “fuming” David West was “as heated as he’s ever been,” although none of the players would reveal the content of the conversation.

Even former players made disparaging comments about Hibbert.

Tweeted Tracy McGrady: Me and Roy Hibbert had the same amount of points and rebounds tonight.

Former Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas put up a post on his Instagram page with a fake “Jeopardy” screen grab, the clue reading: Despite being a 7’2″ starting center, this ‘All-Star’ is averaging 1.7 rebounds per game in April.

— The Eagles announced the signing of rookie free agent defensive lineman Alejandro Villaneuva, a former Amy Ranger who last played in 2009 at Army. Villanueva spent the last four years in the Army, serving three tours in Afghanistan and winning a bunch of medals, including a Bronze Star.

Villanueva, a 6-foot-9, 277-pounder, grew up in Spain and started his football career after his family moved to Belgium. At Army he played on the defensive line but switched to wide receiver as a senior.

The 25-year-old, who had a tryout with the Bengals as a tight end in 2010, got the Eagles’ attention at a super regional combine in Detroit last month.

“As soon as I graduated, especially with all my classmates at West Point who were all going to serve, my mind and my heart were going to Afghanistan,” Villanueva told last month. “That’s where I wanted to be. I wanted to serve, I wanted to see combat. I was actually trying to get as many deployments as I could, and see it with different units. That’s where my mind and my heart was.”

— As if things weren’t bad enough for the Red Sox owners with the team struggling to reach .500, now their soccer team is reeling after a monumental collapse Monday that is likely to extend Liverpool‘s 24-year league title drought.

Liverpool had a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace but — still playing aggressive in an attempt to improve its goal differential, which could come into play as a tiebreaker — surrendered three goals in a nine-minute span late in the game and settled for a 3-3 tie.

Liverpool still has a one-point lead in the standings, but the Reds have just one game remaining, vs. Newcastle. Second-place Manchester City has two games left, against Aston Villa and West Ham, and a big lead in goal differential.

Following the stunning finish, Liverpool star Luis Suarez buried his face in his jersey and sobbed. Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers said the players were “devastated” but insisted the team will challenge for a title in the years to come.

“I’m here to fight, to win titles, and I’ll be relentless in my quest,” he said. “We’re trying to build something that’s sustainable.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 6, 2000, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters, but the Red Sox were blanked and dropped a 1-0 decision to which team?

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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 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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