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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees fans irate after Mariano Rivera bobbleheads arrive late 09.25.13 at 8:17 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Cardinals, 1:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Penguins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)


Mariano Rivera's bobblehead doll giveaway did not go well Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. (AP)

Mariano Rivera’s bobblehead doll giveaway did not go well Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. (AP)

• The Yankees were blanked by the Rays, 7-0, on Tuesday night, putting them on the brink of elimination from the playoff race, but that’s not what had the New York crowd upset.

Fans poured into Yankee Stadium expecting to receive a Mariano Rivera bobblehead doll in honor of the legendary reliever who is retiring after the season, but the figurines did not arrive at the park in time due to transportation problems. The first 18,000 fans instead were given vouchers to redeem when the collectibles showed up.

In the third inning, the bobbleheads finally were ready for distribution, and fans proceeded to wait for more than an hour in line to get theirs. Some fans were still in line at the end of the game. Incensing some in the park, fans in the most expensive seats had their bobbleheads delivered to them.

“It’s a disgrace that this is how the Yankees treat their fans,” Dennis Houston of Queens told the New York Post, after waiting line through the end of the game and beyond.

Yankees media relations director Jason Zillo tried to take a positive approach.

“It’s a testament to so many people in the organization that we accomplished what we did, given the hand that we were dealt,” he said.

• NBA stars Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade star in a Gatorade commercial in which both players have nightmares about losing a one-on-one battle against each other. On Tuesday, their real-life rivalry became more interesting after Wade took offense at a slight from the Thunder star.

Asked about Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 NBA players of 2014, Durant (ranked second behind LeBron James) said he would move up former teammate James Harden from No. 11 into the top 10. Asked which player he would displace to include Harden, Durant replied: “Dwyane Wade.”

Wade, whose Heat beat the Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals and repeated as champs this year, posted his response via a handwritten letter he photographed and posted on Instagram. The letter read: Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the Top 10… Note to self* Make him respect your place in history… again…

Tweeted Durant: “Show me don’t tweet me..


• Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is expected to miss at least a month after breaking both bones in his left forearm in an early morning car accident Tuesday caused by a falling box of pizza. According to Michigan State Police (via The Detroit News), Burleson crashed his GMC Yukon SUV into a center median wall around 2:25 a.m. after being distracted by pizza falling off his front seat. Police also said there was no probable cause to suspect Burleson was intoxicated.

Burleson, who has a team-high 19 receptions through three games, was scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning.

“Anytime you’re in a highway accident, there’s potential for worse than broken bones,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “I think he was fortunate in this case, and we were fortunate in this case, that it wasn’t more than that.

“I think we’ve all dealt with some sort of distraction driving before. I’ve cured myself of texting and driving. I did it for about two months. Now I got that SYNC thing with the Fords. I never even touch my cell phone in the car, but the thing I probably need to cure myself of is eating and driving. There’s too many times I leave the office real late at night, and you grab something and I’ve had it happen, drop it on your lap or do something else. That’s stuff we all need to learn from. So yeah, we were lucky in that case. We’ll miss him for the time he’s out. We’ll see how long that’ll be, but we know it’s not a career-ender, it’s not a season-ender, at least at this point.”

• NBA veteran Lamar Odom emerged from hiding — reportedly he’s been getting help for his substance-abuse problem — to take a shot at his father. Joe Odom got the ball rolling when he gave an interview to Radar Online and expressed his dissatisfaction with his son’s wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and her family, especially Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner.

“I blame Kris in particular, she’s been through a lot of stuff herself,” said Joe Odom, a former heroin addict who abandoned his family when Lamar was very young. “She’s no Cinderella. I can’t really say if the Kardashians are doing drugs, but my son would never use hard drugs. I can’t pinpoint right now who’s giving it to him, but I’m going to investigate. The Kardashians haven’t been a good influence on my son.”

Lamar responded with a Twitter diatribe in which he took his father to task, noting that Joe “was absent ALL of my life due to his own demons.”

Wrote Lamar: He is my downfall! His own demons may be the ONLY thing he gave 2 me. He disrespecting the ONLY FAMILY that has loved me without expecting anything in return. They are the ONLY ones that have been here consistently 4 me during this dark time. Only person 2 blame is myself. Say what you want about me but leave the ones who have done nothing but protect and love me out of this! This goes out to everyone!

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1965, the legendary Satchel Paige pitched three shutout innings for the Kansas City Athletics against the Red Sox. The 59-year-old former Negro Leagues star, who was making his first major league appearance since 1953, allowed only one hit — a first-inning double to which Sox player?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s Yankees teammates promise support if he’s suspended 07.23.13 at 8:04 am ET
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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Diamondbacks, 9:30 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Indiana Fever, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

♦ With Ryan Braun‘s season-ending suspension in the books, the expectation is that Alex Rodriguez‘s day of reckoning is coming soon.

His Yankees teammates voiced support for him Monday, but they also expressed a desire for cheaters to be punished.

“If he’s admitted that he did something wrong, he knows what the league is going to do,” Mariano Rivera said, via the New York Daily News. “It’s not rocket science here.

“The good thing about this is we’re cleaning the game. That’s the way it should be. This is a message for whoever tries to do this again; he’s going to get caught. You know that if you do something like that, you’re going to get caught and you’re going to pay the consequences. Simple as that. If you did it and you don’t get caught, then good luck. But if you get caught — and 99.9 percent of the time you’re going to get caught — you know you’re going to pay the consequences.”

Added Rivera: “I have to support him. He’s my teammate. He’s my brother. I’m not saying he did or didn’t do it, but if it happens. I can’t throw him in the street. He’s still my brother.”

Said Andy Pettitte: “We’re going to back him up; we’re his teammates, there’s no doubt. But if he did something wrong, you have to be punished for it. But I’ll still back him up. I’m still going to love him because I built the relationship with him. He’s a teammate of mine. You just wish nothing but the best for him.”

Manager Joe Girardi has lost patience with those who are cheating the game.

“I think I’m tired of steroids. I’m tired of that. Just do things the right way; bottom line. Everyone should do things the right way, but that’s not the world we live in,” Girardi said in reference to Braun. “You get tired of talking about it. There’s a lot of guys that are doing it the right way and I respect those guys.

“You don’t accept a deal unless you were guilty. It’s disappointing. It’s just another black eye for our game. I know this game is very resilient and there have been a lot of scandals over the years, but you get tired of it.”

♦ Cornerback Eric Wright, traded from the Buccaneers to the 49ers last week for a conditional draft prick in 2014, failed his physical with San Francisco, nullifying the trade. Wright then was released by Tampa Bay.

Wright, who was arrested in 2012 on felony DUI charges and suspended four games last year for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, reportedly was arrested earlier this month on a misdemeanor charge.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh declined to discuss the reason for Wright’s failed physical.

“We don’t ever talk about that,” Harbaugh said Monday. “The information is he didn’t pass his physical, he’s not on the team.”

♦ Heat star Dwyane Wade reached a settlement with his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, who made news last week when she protested outside a Chicago courthouse with a sign criticizing Wade for a lack of a support and implying she was homeless.

“Ms. Funches has made a mockery of homelessness which is a serious and personal issue for Mr. Wade as his mother was homeless for a period of time when he was a child,” Wade’s attorney, James B. Pritikin, said in a statement, adding that Wade has been providing $25,000 in monthly support..

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Wade — who filed from divorce from Funches, the mother of his two sons, in 2007 — will pay Funches $5 million, and there is a non-disparage agreement . Funches’ lawyer claims his client did not agree to the agreement, but the judge determined otherwise.

Wade won a court battle in 2011 that gave him full custody of his children. Funches was arrested last year on misdemeanor charges of attempted child abduction, unlawful visitation interference and obstruction of a peace officer after an incident related to visitation. According to the Sun-Times, all the charges except obstruction of a peace officer were dismissed, and she faces a court date in September.

“The safety and well-being of his children are [Wade's] main priority,” Pritikin said. “Due to Ms. Funches’ current unstable mental state, her visitation will be determined by the court. Mr. Wade continues to hope that one day he will have a civil relationship with his ex-wife for the sake of their sons.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 23, 2002, which Red Sox player hit three two-run home runs in a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays and tied a major league record with five home runs in two games?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Heat players split about disloyal fans heading into Game 7 06.20.13 at 8:01 am ET
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NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers , 7:08 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m. (WGN)
College baseball: World Series, North Carolina vs. NC State, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. South Korea, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


♦ A number of Heat fans left Tuesday night’s Game 6 in Miami when it appeared the home team was going to lose to the Spurs. When the Heat made their dramatic comeback — tying the game and forcing overtime on Ray Allen‘s 3-pointer with five seconds remaining and eventually winning — some fans tried to return but were not allowed back inside AmericanAirlines Arena.

Heat forward Chris Bosh had little sympathy for those unfaithful fans.

“For all those guys who left, make sure they don’t come to Game 7,” Bosh said before Wednesday’s practice. “We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”

Dwyane Wade was a little more forgiving.

“It’s hard to be a fan,” he said. “I get nervous and frustrated when I watch my son play in his games. But you’d rather be in this moment than not be in this moment. I heard about what happened with some of our fans the other night. But it’s OK. I welcome them back with open arms.”

Game 7 is Thursday night in Miami, and LeBron James is calling it “one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game of my life.”

Said James: “I understand the moment for me. I’m going to have butterflies. I’ll be nervous. That’s how it should be. The moment is going to be grand.”

♦ Tennis star Serena Williams apologized Wednesday and implied she was misquoted when she said that the 16-year-old female victim in the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, “shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

Two Steubenville high school football players were convicted in March of raping the drunken teen.

“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

Tony Romo has been criticized for failing to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title, but one team legend who had more success has faith in him.

“I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback,” Roger Staubach said in an interview with Dallas sports radio station 105.3 The Fan. “He can take a team to a championship. He can’t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it. I just see what he does on the field, the plays he makes, the throws he makes, the sense that he has to move in the pocket so I’m pulling really hard for Tony because I really believe he is one heck of a quarterback, and that’s a feeling from somebody that I didn’t say that about any other quarterbacks except for Troy Aikman. I think Tony is the right quarterback, and we’re lucky to have Tony Romo.”

Staubach is convinced the Cowboys, 8-8 last season, aren’t far away from a Super Bowl berth.

“Dallas will have a shot at it,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 20, 1980, the Angels routed the Red Sox, 20-2. Which unlikely Angels infielder led the onslaught with three home runs and a double?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James fouls out in Heat’s Game 4 loss to Pacers 05.29.13 at 7:50 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Belgium, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


♦ Heat star LeBron James fouled out in the final minute of Tuesday’s 99-92 loss to the Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals that evened the series. It was just the fifth disqualification of his career (with the previous one coming last postseason against the Celtics). Not surprisingly, James expressed displeasure with some of the call that went against him.

“I believe I was straight up and down on Paul George‘s drive, on the and-one,” he said. “They reversed a call with [Roy] Hibbert, called a foul on me on that one. And at the end of the third they called a push-off on David West.

“It was a couple of calls that I didn’t feel like were fouls, personal fouls on me. That’s how the game goes sometimes.”

On James’ final foul call, with the Heat trailing by four points and 56 seconds remaining, he stuck out his leg trying to set a pick to free up Dwyane Wade and tripped Lance Stephenson as Wade dribbled the ball the other direction.

“I was going to set a screen and I felt like I was stationary — and D-Wade rejected the pick and roll,” James said. “Lance actually ran into me.”

James and his teammates will get no sympathy from Pacers fans, who at one point Tuesday chanted, “Beat the floppers.”

♦ Ten members of Congress — including co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus Tom Cole (Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (Minnesota) — became the latest public figures to call for the Redskins to change their name. The representatives announced Tuesday that they have sent letters to team owner Dan Snyder, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the other 31 NFL teams and FedEx (a Redskins sponsor) noting that the name is offensive to many Native Americans.

“In this day and age, it is imperative that you uphold your moral responsibility to disavow the usage of racial slurs,” the letter read.

The name is facing a legal challenge from a group that seeks to have the team lose its trademark protection. Snyder has said he will not change the name.

♦ Nike announced Tuesday that it is ending production of Livestrong apparel and gear after this year, after helping to raise about $100 million over the partnership with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong‘s charity.

“We expected changes like this,” Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, referring to Armstrong’s admission in January that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs after years of denial. “Could there be fallout? Of course. We remain enormously confident. … We are in strong fiscal shape.”

Armstrong, who founded Livestrong in 1997 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, stepped down from the board in October.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 29, 1984, the Red Sox held their first official number retirement ceremony, honoring two men: Ted Williams (No. 9) and who else?

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Dwyane Wade’s benching one of many minor concerns for Heat 01.16.13 at 5:00 pm ET
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Dwyane Wade's benching on Monday was the latest in a recent series of irritations for the Heat. (AP)

As Dwyane Wade sat on the bench and watched his teammates attempt a fourth-quarter comeback against the Jazz on Monday, some saw it as an example of the greater malaise that’s settled over the Heat recently (though they’re still 24-12 and in first place in the conference).

Wade’s benching — if it can be called that, given that it only lasted for one quarter — came after a recent dip in his offensive production, and hasn’t caused much of an uproar in and of itself. The same goes for the Heat’s 1-3 record so far on their Western road trip, in which they’ve beaten only the Kings and lost to the Pacers, Trail Blazers and Jazz.

However, comments and actions from Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh before and during the trip have raised some eyebrows. Despite the fact that the Heat have some of the most talented players in the game, James said after a two-point loss to Portland last Thursday, “We’re not the most talented bunch. We’re not the greatest team. So we can’t afford to just pick and choose when we want to turn it on and off.”

Meanwhile, Bosh is averaging the fewest rebounds of his career yet still campaigned this week on Twitter for fans to vote him into the All-Star Game.

Wade didn’t say anything particularly controversial about sitting out the end of the Jazz game, and neither did Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The incident seems to be just one more facet of the Heat’s internal troubles, minor problems that only will become more detrimental if they’re allowed to drag on.

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 5: Celtics burned by Heat in Eastern Conference finals 12.29.12 at 7:55 pm ET
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Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 5: the Celtics’ loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical

The Celtics put forth a valiant effort but were not able to knock off LeBron James and the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. (AP)

The Celtics were one victory away from advancing to the NBA finals. But what stood in the way, LeBron James and the Miami Heat, turned out to be more than the Big Three and the rest of the Celtics could handle.

A 101-88 defeat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals put an abrupt end to a playoff run that looked like it had legs after a comeback season from the Celtics, who were under .500 at the All-Star break of a lockout-shortened season.

The C’s battled injury issues all season. Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox had season-ending heart ailments. Jermaine O’Neal had his season end early, and Avery Bradley missed the Heat series. Even as the playoffs began, a sprained MCL slowed down Paul Pierce and bone spurs kept Ray Allen off the floor.

After finishing first in the Atlantic Division at 39-27, the Celtics took down the Hawks in six games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They went on to get by the 76ers in a seven-game series and line things up for a big series with the Heat.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Heat’s Dwyane Wade suspended, denies dirty play 12.28.12 at 7:50 am ET
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NBA: Nuggets at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Providence at Brown, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Baylor at Gonzaga, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Missouri at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Independence Bowl, Ohio vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, Rutgers vs Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Meineke Car Care Bowl, Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


♦ A couple of Boston sports antagonists were in the news Thursday, one receiving a suspension and the other escaping punishment on an apparent technicality.

The NBA suspended Heat guard Dwyane Wade one game for his kick to the groin area of Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions during Wednesday night’s game in Charlotte. Wade, who in the past has been accused of dirty play by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, flailed his left leg upon being fouled, but he continues to insist it was an accident.

Tweeted Wade Thursday: I’m far from being a dirty player, + my intent was never 2 kick Ramon Sessions. I just reacted to the contact that I got from him. More than anything, I think of my boys watchin me be4 retaliating 2ward any player.

Sessions didn’t buy Wade’s explanation, saying after the game: “I thought he did it on purpose.”

Meanwhile, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted two words Thursday in reference to his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy: I won.

Sherman had claimed that there were issues with the collection of his urine sample on Sept. 17 that involved a leaky cup.

“I know what the truth is and anybody else who knows anything knows what the truth is. The truth has been told today,” Sherman told reporters. “People can say what they want, there are always naysayers. I have great teammates and great coaches and great fans and that’s all I care about.”

Sherman — who famously taunted Tom Brady after Seattle’s 24-23 victory over the Patriots on Oct. 14 — received support and criticism following his announcement. Apparently, New England fans touched a nerve, as Sherman later tweeted: Pats fans enjoy ur day ;) .

Tim Tebow once again was bypassed by Jets coach Rex Ryan, as Mark Sanchez was tabbed to start Sunday’s season finale against the Bills when Greg McElroy was ruled out due to post-concussion issues.

“I’m going to start Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said Thursday. “The reason I’m starting Mark is we have two practices and one walk-through to get ready for Buffalo. Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo. He’s very familiar with them. That’s the reason I’m going with Mark.”

McElroy suffered his concussion in Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Chargers. He was sacked 11 times but did not acknowledge his condition to the coaches until Thursday morning. A “stunned” Ryan then called Sanchez and Tebow together to announce his plans.

“Obviously, Tim’s not happy with that as you’d expect,” Ryan said.

Said Tebow: “I understand. I told coach I definitely understand. Obviously, you’re a competitor, you want to play, but I understood his decision. I just let him know, just like always, I’ll do whatever I can to help the team.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 28, 1963, which Red Sox infielder was named Comeback Player of the Year?

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Dwyane Wade to undergo knee surgery, miss Olympics 06.28.12 at 5:53 pm ET
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Speculation that Heat guard Dwyane Wade was playing through pain during the NBA playoffs was confirmed Thursday. The two-time NBA champion will need surgery on his left knee, which will force him to miss this summer’s Olympics.

Wade called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to tell them the news, which Wade told the AP was very disappointing. He was the leading scorer during the Olympics in 2008, when the team won gold in Beijing and also played on the team that won bronze in Athens in 2004.

Wade is fresh off averaging 22.6 points per game in the NBA finals as he helped the Heat secure their second championship.

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Heat’s Dwyane Wade may work with a shooting coach ‘for the first time ever’ this offseason 06.27.12 at 6:26 pm ET
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Dwyane Wade wants to improve his shooting this offseason. (AP)

In a city known for its beautiful women, sunsets, beaches and nightlife, Dwyane Wade says he may spend the summer celebrating his second championship by … getting treatment on his knee and hiring a shooting coach.

After a postseason in which the former scoring champ shot  just 31 percent on mid-range jumpers (50 for 163) and 29 percent on 3-pointers (10-for-34), Wade said he might work with a shooting coach “for the first time ever.”

The goal, he said during a post-championship parade interview, “is to try to do more in the sense of my 3-point game and mid-range game, getting that back. My mechanics aren’t that bad. I don’t have an ugly shot, not one of those Shawn Marion shots. There are certain things in my shot I can change.”

Wade said a shooting coach could “give me a different look and [suggest] where I can get better.” Now 30 years old, Wade said he also wants “to continue to get better in the post.”

Wade said a decision on his knee, which slowed him considerably, particularly in the postseason, would be coming shortly.

“When everything dies down this week, I will sit down with doctors — those that I trust — and make the best decision for me and my career,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I won’t know until I sit down with [the doctors] and have an MRI and see what’s wrong with my knee and what I have to get done.”

Wade said he would not go to the Olympics if he was unable to play. He talked about the level of discomfort the knee caused him throughout the season, and the impact it had on his game.

“I had to go through a lot to play. If people knew what I had to go through just to play, it was crazy,” Wade said. “The biggest thing was I had a lot of swelling.

“My left knee is my power knee. It’s my explosion knee. When you are dealing with knee issues, you are dealing with lateral quickness [issues]. I dealt with it. At times, I did great with it. At other times, I didn’t do great with it.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Referees continue to make key calls for Heat in NBA finals 06.18.12 at 7:27 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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: Braves at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MiLB: Pawtucket at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (NESN)


♦ The Heat have won the last two games in the NBA finals to take a 2-1 series lead, and both games featured controversial calls that benefited LeBron James and left the Thunder frustrated.

In the closing seconds of Thursday’s Game 2, James escaped a foul call despite clearly making contact with Kevin Durant as the Thunder star attempted a game-tying shot. In Sunday’s Game 3, James was the beneficiary of a generous foul call with 16 seconds left that allowed him to essentially put the game away with a free throw.

Durant, meanwhile, was whistled for a fourth foul that forced him to the bench in the third quarter, despite the fact that he never made contact with Dwyane Wade on the play. It was during the time when Durant was on the bench when Miami made the game-changing run and rallied from 10 points down to take the lead.

“I try not to concern myself with the officiating,” Durant said afterward. “They’re going to make their calls, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t change it. Just got to play through it. There’s going to be some calls they may miss. They’re human.”

♦ Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian, competing against Marin Cilic in the final of the Queens Club tournament in London on Sunday, vented his frustration after missing a shot by kicking a sign. Unfortunately, there was a line judge behind the sign, and the official’s knee took the brunt of the force. Nalbandian, who was winning in the second set, was disqualified.

Despite an ATP that states any violent action will result in an automatic default, the 10th-seeded Nalbandian questioned the ruling.

“Sometimes you get very frustrated on court and it’s tough to control that, and sometimes I do a mistake. So it’s very tough to end a final like that,” he said. “But sometimes we feel so much pressure from the ATP to play a lot of tournaments. They don’t do anything [for] us, and today I do a mistake and I have to pay like that.

“I agree I do a mistake but sometimes everybody do a mistake and I didn’t feel it had to end like that, especially in a final.”

♦ Russia’s soccer association was fined Sunday for the second time at the European Championship in Poland, this time a $37,800 penalty for “improper conduct” by fans during last Tuesday’s match against Poland. Russia previously was fined $150,000 after fans attacked stadium staff at the nation’s first match against the Czech Republic.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 18, 1953, the Red Sox scored 17 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 23-3 victory over the Tigers. Which Sox outfielder had three hits in the inning?

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