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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: MMA star Ronda Rousey says she could beat boxer Floyd Mayweather in ‘no-rules fight’ 08.11.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pirates at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Sky at Liberty, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Storm at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Super Cup, Sevilla vs. Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

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— MMA star Ronda Rousey refuses to back down in her feud with boxer Floyd Mayweather, saying Monday that she could beat Mayweather if the two were placed in a ring without any rules.

Answering questions on a Reddit chat, Rousey said of the 48-0 Mayweather: “Floyd is one of the best boxers of all time. He would definitely beat me in a boxing match. I unfortunately don’t get into ‘matches.’ I fight for a living.

“In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone on this planet. Boxing is a sweet science with strict rules that I respect very much and aspire every day to improve at. But you said ruthless fight, and that’s my honest answer.”

At last month’s ESPYs, where she beat out Mayweather for Best Fighter, Rousey took a shot at the boxer both for his history of domestic abuse and for claiming he didn’t know who Rousey was.

“I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” she said. “I’d like to see him pretend to not know who I am now.”

The UFC bantamweight champion, Rousey improved to 12-0 earlier this month with a victory over Bethe Correia in 34 seconds.

Mayweather, meanwhile, gave his own interview Monday in which he ranked himself as the best boxer ever, with Roberto Duran second. He ranks Muhammad Ali fifth and does not have Rocky Marciano in his top five.

— Donald Sterling continued his flurry of lawsuits against those he feels cost him the Clippers, with the latest suit Friday against the celebrity gossip website TMZ and V. Stiviano, the woman who taped his now-infamous racist comments.

As reported by The Associated Press, Sterling accused both parties of violating his privacy and causing damage on a “scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Las Vegas, Quebec advance to next phase of NHL expansion 08.06.15 at 8:15 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

AROUND THE WEB:

— Las Vegas moved another step closer toward landing an NHL team, as Sin City joined Quebec in advancing to the next phase for becoming an expansion franchise.

“We are pleased to report that the NHL has invited us to participate in Phase II of the application process to secure an NHL team in Las Vegas,” Las Vegas front man Bill Foley said in a statement on the website VegasWantsHockey.com. “In this phase, we will be providing the League with additional information, including information about the Las Vegas market and the MGM AEG Arena being developed between Monte Carlo and New York New York. We will also be permitted access to information provided by the League that it deems important to us. We are hopeful that at the conclusion of this phase, the League will invite us to participate in Phase III.”

Both cities have arenas under construction and are the only two remaining candidates to receive teams. Commissioner Gary Bettman has proposed a $500 expansion fee and suggested 2017-18 would be the earliest a new team would start playing. The groups already have submitted a $10 million down payment.

It’s not clear when the third phase will begin, or when the NHL Board of Governors will meet to vote on the bids.

— Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s odd relationship with his wife appears to he heading to an end, as he filed for divorce Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences after almost 60 years together.

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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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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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

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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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

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 WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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 ESPN.com.

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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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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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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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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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