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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Despite close loss to Patriots, Jets coach Rex Ryan gets buried by NY media 10.17.14 at 8:22 am ET
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College football: Fresno State at Boise State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Temple at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA preseason: Mavericks at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Timbers, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF final, United States vs. Guatemala, 9 p.m. (FS1)


NY Daily News 10-17-14– Many people will look at Thursday night’s game and say the underdog Jets put up a valiant effort before coming up short on the final play — a blocked field goal that allowed the Patriots to escape with a 27-25 victory.

In New York, it’s another loss in a miserable season, and the calls for Rex Ryan‘s job are growing louder.

In the New York Daily News, beat write Manish Mehta (who discussed Ryan’s future on Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday), wrote a faux obituary in his column.

Wrote Mehta: Rex Ryan‘€™s Jets, 6, of New York/New Jersey passed away Thursday night after more than a month-long battle with shaky quarterback play, embarrassing secondary issues and inferior talent.

Official time of death: 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The team is survived by untold thousands, who have endured more than four decades without a championship and wandered down a painful path for too long. The death blow was delivered by a familiar nemesis in the most heartbreaking manner on a night when Ryan’€™s Jets deserved to live for another day.

Brian Costello of the New York Post also wrote about Ryan as the soon-to-be-former Jets coach, noting: Rex Ryan‘s time with the Jets will be defined by how close he came, but ultimately failed, to overtaking the Patriots.

MASHUP POLL: Did Rex Ryan buy himself more time with Thursday's narrow loss?

  • Yes, he showed he still can coach by taking a less-talented team and nearly knocking off the Patriots (54%, 357 Votes)
  • No, bottom line is they're 1-6 and he should not return next season (46%, 304 Votes)

Total Voters: 661

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith told Middays with MFB on Thursday that Ryan has been “sabotaged” by general manager John Idzik, a theory that Mehta apparently supports but doesn’t believe will save the coach.

Wrote Mehta: Ryan weaved magic to win eight games last season with a dearth of talent to avoid the ax, but he’€™ll need divine intervention to escape what appears to be the end of a six-year road filled with spine-tingling highs and unfathomable lows.

— Clippers star Blake Griffin wrote a first-person article for The Players Tribune in which he shares his thoughts and some anecdotes about former owner Donald Sterling, comparing him to a “weird uncle” and indicating Sterling was way off the mark when he insisted his players “love” him.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Clippers officially sold to Steve Ballmer; NBA countersues Donald Sterling 08.13.14 at 8:18 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Reds, 12:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: NWSL, Western New York vs. Sky Blue, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Softball: Little League championship, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Steve Ballmer officially became owner of the Clippers on Tuesday, and the NBA decided to fight back against Donald Sterling by filing its own lawsuit against the litigious former owner.

Ballmer paid $2 billion for the team, a deal that was closed after a Los Angeles court confirmed that Shelly Sterling was authorized to represent The Sterling Family Trust, which owned the team.

“I hate losing the team,” said Shelly Sterling, who will be named “owner emeritus” and receive 12 tickets (two courtside), parking and VIP passes at Staples Center for home games.

She added: “I am confident that Steve will bring the city a championship team in the very near future.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Shelly Sterling be allowed to retain a conection with the Clippers?

  • Yes, she allowed the NBA to move on from Donald Sterling and has not embarrassed the league (59%, 134 Votes)
  • No, she is not an innocent bystander and should be forced out along with her husband (41%, 93 Votes)

Total Voters: 227

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The NBA’s suit against Sterling is a counterclaim in response to his $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed in June. The NBA alleges he caused “devastating and incalculable harm” to the league.

— The Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery after he suffered a compound fracture in his right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage, as his injury did not involve ligaments, tendons, joints or nerves. George underwent surgery Aug. 2 and is recuperating at his home.

In a Tuesday press conference, team president Larry Bird said a late-season return has not been ruled out, although typically it takes at least a year to recover.

“It’s going to be up to our doctors, our medical staff and Paul, but we would never put him in a situation where he’d be uncomfortable,” Bird said. “If he can play and he’s healthy to play, he’ll play. If our doctors think he’ll play at 60 to 70 percent, we wouldn’t do that.”

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NBA reportedly expected to approve Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer quickly after transaction is complete 07.30.14 at 9:59 am ET
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The NBA apparently is ready to rid the league of Donald Sterling‘s presence as quickly as possible.

According to USA Today, the league’s Board of Governors is expected to approve the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer soon after the transaction from Shelly Sterling to Ballmer is complete.

Sterling and Ballmer have a target date of Aug. 15 to complete the deal with hopes that Ballmer can take control of the Clippers within the next few weeks.

Judge Michael Levanas ruled earlier this week that Sterling had the right to sell the Clippers to Ballmer after the two sides came to an agreement in May. Donald Sterling has until the sale is complete to file objections.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Testimony ends in Clippers ownership trial 07.24.14 at 8:18 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercuty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Olympiakos vs. AC Milan, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


— The Clippers ownership trial in Los Angeles moved closer to its conclusion Wednesday, as Donald Sterling‘s lawyer threw a curveball that appeared to miss the mark on the final day of testimony.

Instead of calling Shelly Sterling, as was expected, Donald Sterling’s legal team called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations used to judge mental capacity. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys repeatedly objected, and Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected most of the testimony and refused to accept the psychiatrist’s report from the banned owner’s lawyers that indicated Donald Sterling suffered only mild cognitive impairment. Levanas noted that both sides had agreed not to make Donald Sterling’s mental capacity an issue in this trial.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers ended up calling only two witnesses despite listing 14 on their initial list submitted to the court. In addition to Cummings, they called Dean Bonham, whom they described as an expert in assessing the value of sports franchises. Bonham claimed the Clippers could be sold for more than the record $2 billion Ballmer offered. However, Shelly Sterling’s lawyers got Bonham to admit he had not graduated from high school or college and had no special training in franchise valuations.

The case is slated to wrap up Monday with closing arguments.

After Wednesday’s session, attorneys for Shelly Sterling and prospective buyer Steve Ballmer said that if they win this case, they will ask the judge to allow the sale to go through immediately, despite the likelihood of Donald Sterling appealing the decision.

“If you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell said.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers, who earlier this week filed a lawsuit against Shelly Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league, said if they lose this case they will seek an injunction to stop the sale.

Mark McGwire still wants nothing to do with former Athletics teammate Jose Canseco, despite Canseco’s conciliatory tone at last weekend’s 25th anniversary celebration of the 1989 World Series champions.

“It’s too late,” McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles on Wednesday. “What he did was wrong. … I [can’t] care less what he does.”

Canseco acknowledged during Saturday’s commemoration in Oakland that he made a mistake by exposing McGwire as a user of performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, saying he “idolized” McGwire when they played together.

“It haunts me ’til this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true,” Canseco said. “I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across. … I regret writing the book for sure.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Mark McGwire forgive Jose Canseco?

  • No, Canseco sold out McGwire and still can't be trusted (50%, 54 Votes)
  • Yes, Canseco only told the truth about McGwire using PEDs and has apologized (50%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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Canseco said he has not had contact with McGwire since the book came out. McGwire, now the Dodgers hitting coach, was with his team in St. Louis during the A’s reunion.

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Clippers CEO says Doc Rivers to quit if Donald Sterling stays; Sterling files suit against wife, NBA 07.23.14 at 8:51 am ET
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Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit from his position if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Parsons said he not only fears the possibility of Rivers’ departure, but also the loss of some key players, including Chris Paul.

“Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else,” Parsons said. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.”

Sterling was active in court Tuesday as well. The Clippers owner filed a new lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court that names Shelly Sterling, the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Sterling said they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to Ballmer.

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Report: Donald Sterling meets with Clippers buyer Steve Ballmer 07.22.14 at 9:10 am ET
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Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Monday afternoon to discuss the imminent $2 billion sale of the team, according to

The two men reportedly had a “friendly conversation” at Sterling’s Beverly Hills home. It was their first meeting in person since Ballmer negotiated the sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29.

The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15. If a deal still is not finalized by Sept. 15, the NBA has the option to resume termination proceedings and sell the team itself.

Sterling had initially been preparing to file a new suit in state court Monday morning. One potential explanation for his change of heart may be overwhelming debts he needs the money to pay off.

Darren Schield, chief financial officer of Sterling’s properties, said Monday that the owner may be forced to sell a chunk of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he doesn’t sell the Clippers.

Schield testified Monday that three banks are set to recall loans to Sterling because of his decision to dissolve The Sterling Family Trust.

If Sterling has to sell $500 million worth of apartment buildings it could destabilize the Los Angeles real estate market, according to Schield.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Donald Sterling might still be Clippers owner at start of next season 07.16.14 at 7:57 am ET
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MLS: New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


— NBA commissioner Adam Silver, while saying it’s “highly, highly unlikely” that a court blocks the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, acknowledged Tuesday that Donald Sterling could still own the team when the 2014-15 season starts up in October.

The NBA had pushed to oust Sterling this offseason, but Sterling has made it clear he’s not going down without a fight.

“It’s difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this,” Silver said at a press conference in Las Vegas following the league’s board of governors meeting. “We are doing everything in our power to remove Donald Sterling as an owner in the NBA.”

Sterling currently is fighting his estranged wife, Shelly, who orchestrated the sale with Donald’s permission, in Los Angeles Superior Court. That trial, which is recessed until Monday, has featured mood swings and outburst from Donald Sterling.

“I think what’s transpired in probate court so far has made it even clearer that we are acting not only within our rights but doing what is right and appropriate in this situation,” Silver said.

MASHUP POLL: Should the MLB All-Star Game be used to determine home-field advantage for the World Series?

  • No, Tuesday night showed why this game can't be taken seriously (78%, 101 Votes)
  • Yes, it gives the game more importance (22%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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— Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to file a lawsuit after the team refused to release the results of a six-month independent investigation regarding alleged homophobic comments made by special teams coach Mike Priefer.

The Vikings said Tuesday that they never promised to reveal their findings to Kluwe, who claims he has learned the report validates his allegations.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees ‘disappointed’ with elbow injury to Masahiro Tanaka 07.11.14 at 8:18 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Brewers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: DC United at San Jose Earthquakes, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


— Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a small ligament tear in his pitching elbow, but general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday the pitcher will not have Tommy John surgery — at least for now.

“All three doctors agree on the diagnosis and the rehab protocol,” Cashman told reporters in a conference call. “We are going to follow their recommendation, and none of them recommend surgery at this time. They’re all hopeful that in roughly maybe a six-week period that we will have a pitcher back if he responds positively.”

Added Cashman: “If he’s a failed rehab, certainly it does not rule out that Tommy John would be the recommendation. If the pain doesn’t subside or it comes back like he’s currently experiencing right now, continuing to reappear, then I think the rehab and recommendation factors would change.”

Manager Joe Girardi said he is keeping his “fingers crossed” that Tanaka returns this season to a rotation that saw CC Sabathia ruled out for the season only days earlier. Already, the team lost starters Ivan Nova for the season and Michael Pineda until at least August.

Tanaka has not been the same since allowing a game-deciding home run to Mike Napoli in the ninth inning of New York’s 2-1 loss to the Red Sox on June 28. Since then, he’s allowed 20 hits and 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings. After starting the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA, he’s 1-3 with a 4/25 ERA in his last four outings — the last two of which came on the standard four days’ rest after he was given an additional day off between nine of his first 14 starts.

“I think we managed him the best we could,” Girardi said. “We were careful. We did everything we could to give him extra rest and not have him throw too many pitches. And we’ll continue to do that because we know we’ve got to keep him healthy.”

Tanaka was signed to a seven-year, $155 million deal in January after being posted by his Japanese team, and he had rejuvenated the Yankees before his recent struggles.

“I’m certainly disappointed for our player,” Cashman said. “I’m disappointed for our organization. He’s an important piece.

“It’s a disappointing situation and one that none of us wanted to be talking about or experiencing. Unfortunately, the facts are the facts.”

— The trial in Los Angeles regarding the sale of the Clippers was postponed Thursday for two weeks, putting the closing date past the deadline to finish the $2 billion sale as set by buyer Steve Ballmer.

However, Ballmer’s attorney said there is a provision to extend the deadline assuming there is progress in court.

The delay was due to two of Donald Sterling‘s lawyers having plans for personal time — a vacation and a wedding anniversary. The next hearing is set for July 21 and closing arguments will be heard one week after that.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling becomes more abrasive in court, calls wife ‘pig,’ vows to sue NBA ‘until I die’ 07.10.14 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Athletics at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Canada, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA summer league: Magic vs. Celtics, 5 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Heat vs. Pacers, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Rockets vs. Grizzlies, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


Donald Sterling’s behavior in Los Angeles probate court, already odd during his first day on the stand Tuesday during the trial regarding ownership of the Clippers, became more bizarre Wednesday, culminating with him yelling at his estranged wife, “Get away from me, you pig!”

Sterling had previously expressed feelings of affection for Shelly Sterling, although he claimed she did not have good business sense. He turned more angry toward her during Wednesday’s testimony, especially when discussing how she arranged for two doctors two examine him and then took their findings to have him declared mentally incapacitated.

“She deceived me. I trusted her,” Sterling said. “I never thought a wife wouldn’t stand for her husband.”

Shelly Sterling took the stand following Donald, and as she tried to approach him after her testimony, he lashed out at her. The judge warned him to avoid making such comments.

Donald also expressed his frustration with the NBA and vowed to fight the league until the end.

“Make no mistake today,” the 80-year-old shouted from the stand, “I will never, ever sell this team, and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust.”

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered permanent injuries after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day in 2011, won his negligence suit against the Dodgers on Wednesday. A jury awarded Stow about $18 million, most of which will come from the team and the rest from the two men who pleaded guilty to the assault.

MASHUP POLL: Do you agree with the jury that the Dodgers had some responsibility for Bryan Stow's injuries?

  • No, this solely falls on the two fans who attacked Stow (59%, 127 Votes)
  • Yes, they should have provided more security at the stadium (41%, 88 Votes)

Total Voters: 215

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Stow’s attorneys argued that the Dodgers did not provide enough security at the stadium. The team’s lawyers countered by trying to place some of the blame on Stow, arguing that he was drunk and making noise as he left the stadium before he was attacked by Dodgers fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood.

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who was one of the defendants, was absolved by the jury.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling takes stand in trial, puts on show with antagonistic behavior 07.09.14 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Pirates at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA summer league: Celtics vs. Pistons, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Pacers vs. Thunder, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: 76ers vs. Nets, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
World Cup soccer: Argentina vs. Netherlands, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)


— One day after he failed to show in Los Angeles probate court for the trial pitting him against his wife regarding the sale of the Clippers, Donald Sterling took the stand and repeatedly lobbed sarcastic barbs at veteran entertainment lawyer Bert Fields, much to the amusement of the packed courtroom.

At one point Sterling called Fields a “smart-ass.” Another time he said of Fields’ questions, “I’m sure they’ll improve.”

Added Sterling: “Tell me what you want to accuse me of. … Stand up and be a man.”

MASHUP: After Donald Sterling's court appearance, do you believe he is mentally incapacitated as two doctors determined?

  • Somewhat, he doesn't have both oars in the water but he's not completely adrift (36%, 61 Votes)
  • Yes, he's a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic (27%, 46 Votes)
  • No, he's shown that he's not out to lunch (22%, 37 Votes)
  • I don't know, and stop with the euphemisms (15%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 169

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Sterling, himself a lawyer, denied his ego was the main motivation for trying to cancel the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.

“What do you think, I’m doing this for ego?” Sterling asked Fields, who responded in the affirmative. “Well, you’re wrong, like you’re wrong with all your questions.”

Admonished Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas: “Go back to answering questions rather than making somewhat entertaining comments.”

Sterling denied he is mentally incapacitated, as two doctors hired by his wife determined, and said he changed his mind about selling the team after his wife agreed to give up 100 percent.

“I wanted to keep the team,” Sterling said. “I didn’t want to sell it.”

Sterling insisted that he still trusts his wife but that she caved to pressure from the NBA, saying: “The reason we’re here is because she’s afraid of this big NBA that’s trying to take everything away.”

— University of Miami sophomore linebackers JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were dismissed from the team and suspended from the school Tuesday after being charged with sexual battery.

According to the police report, the players, who turned themselves in Tuesday, admitted “buying and administering several alcoholic beverages” for a 17-year-old female student and then performing sex acts without her consent.

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