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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick will continue to protest national anthem until ‘there’s significant change’ in race relations 08.29.16 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN); 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue to sit through the playing of the national anthem before games to draw attention to the problem of race relations in America.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday, two days after he sat on the bench during the anthem prior to Friday’s loss to the Packers, his third such protest this preseason but the first to garner national attention. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Mashup Poll: Is Colin Kaepernick crossing a line by disrespecting the national anthem?

  • Yes, he should stand and find a different way to protest (80%, 133 Votes)
  • No, he has every right to do whatever he wants to make his beliefs known (20%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

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Reactions have been mixed from the around the league, although Kaepernick — who is battling to regain his starting job from Blaine Gabbert after a disappointing 2015 season — said no NFL representative has reached out to him.

“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”‘

Kaepernick, who is biracial but was raised by white adoptive parents, criticized presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and said he’s taking a stand for those people who do not have the ability to do so themselves.

“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality,” he said. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

Kaepernick explained his decision to his teammates Sunday morning, and while some agreed with his stance, there were concerns about how he was expressing himself.

“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wideout Torrey Smith said. “That’s not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. … I know he’s taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people.”

Coach Chip Kelly on Saturday deferred to Kaepernick, implying he didn’t plan to get involved.

“That’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said. “We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem.”

— On the same day dozens of people gathered in a Chicago church for a prayer service to remember Nykea Alrdridge, the 32-year-old cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade who was shot to death last week, Chicago police announced that two brothers were charged with her murder.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Dwyane Wade pays tribute to Miami after leaving Heat to join Bulls 07.07.16 at 8:25 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: Angels at Rays, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Utah Summer League, 76ers vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Mavericks vs. Magic, 1 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Clippers vs. Magic, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Orlando Summer League, Pistons vs. Heat, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Germany vs. France, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Track and field: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)


Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

— Dwyane Wade wrote a farewell letter to Miami after deciding to leave the Heat — his home for 13 seasons — and join the Bulls.

The Heat’s all-time leader in games, points, assists and steals, Wade agreed to a reported two-year deal worth $47 million with Chicago.

“I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships,” the 34-year-old Wade wrote in his letter released Wednesday. “I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community.”

Wade had flirted with joining his hometown team before. He reportedly was not happy with what he felt was a lack of respect from the Heat, who made a last-ditch effort to retain him Wednesday after prioritizing re-signing Hassan Whiteside and failing to land Kevin Durant.

Wade had a rough upbringing up in the Chicago suburb of Robbins, Illinois, before going on to become a 12-time NBA All-Star.

“Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,” Wade wrote in his letter. “My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”

In Chicago, Wade will share the backcourt with Jimmy Butler and new acquisition Rajon Rondo. Wade and Rondo previously had some run-ins when Rondo played for the Celtics. To clear cap space for Wade, the Bulls sent forward Mike Dunleavy to the Cavaliers and guard Jose Calderon to the Lakers.

The Heat, meanwhile, lost another member of their Big Three two years after LeBron James returned home to Cleveland. Chris Bosh, who continues to deal with health issues, is the only Heat player who appeared in the 2014 NBA Finals still under contract with the team.

Tweeted Heat owner Mickey Arison: Thank you @DwyaneWade for a great 13 yrs!. You’ve had a tremendous impact on our community and our organization. We wish you all the best.

— Pete Rose filed suit Wednesday against former MLB investigator John M. Dowd, saying the lawyer defamed him last year when he implied in a radio interview that Rose had sex with underage girls during his playing career.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: After ejection, Nationals star Bryce Harper celebrates teammate’s walk-off HR by taking shot at umpire 05.10.16 at 8:06 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: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Blue Jays at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLBNetwork)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at West Ham, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Nationals start Bryce Harper likely is in line for some additional punishment from Major League Baseball after swearing at an umpire while running onto the field to celebrate his teammate’s walk-off home run against the Tigers — moments after he was ejected from the game.

Video shows Harper pointing at Brian Knight and tossing an F-bomb at the home plate umpire. And Harper didn’t deny it.

“Absolutely,” he confirmed. “I was pretty upset. … So let him hear what I have to say — and let him hear it again. And, you know, so what?”

As for the possibility of incurring a fine, Harper said, “If I do, I do. I’ll pay it. Maybe he’ll get fined, too. So we’ll see.”

Harper was among several Nationals who were complaining from the dugout after Danny Espinosa was called out on a high strike. Harper claims he was singled out for punishment.

“I think everybody was up on the steps and preaching about what they thought was going on,” Harper said. “And [Knight] picked me and said, ‘See you later.’ ”

Said manager Dusty Baker: “I guess you can’t kick everybody out on the team, because a lot of guys were hollering about it.”

Added Baker: “He’s an emotional young man, like most of us on the field out there. You certainly don’t like him to get tossed, but every once in a while, you’ve got to blow off some steam or else you go crazy.”

Two pitches later, Clint Robinson ended the game with a one-out home run off Mark Lowe — without realizing he had won the game, as he thought it was only the eighth inning.

“Rounding first, I thought it was a go-ahead homer,” Robinson said. “Thinking it was the eighth inning probably had a little bit of a calming effect on me, maybe, going to the plate. Thinking it’s just the eighth inning – just another pinch-hit at-bat, no big deal.”

— One day after taking a somewhat defiant stance regarding his disrespectful actions during the Canadian national anthem on Saturday, Heat guard Dwyane Wade made sure to line up for the playing of the song before Monday’s game against Toronto and issued an apology.

Wade insisted he did not mean to offend anyone when he continued to hoist up shots after the anthem started before Saturday’s Game 3 in Miami, deflecting some of the blame on a miscommunication regarding the pregame timeline. On Monday he was the first Heat player to line up.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Penn State child molestation allegations date back to 1971 05.09.16 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Raptors at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)\
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC)
Hockey: IIHF World Championships, Finland vs. United States, 1 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Those close to the late Joe Paterno attempted to defend the coaching legend after it was revealed last week that child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky dated back to 1976.

Over the weekend a Penn State spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that the allegations dated back even further — to 1971, two years after Sandusky was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

Before his death in 2012, Paterno claimed the first time he heard complaints about Sandusky was 2001. But insurance settlements — which have topped $90 million for 30 civil claims — cover abuse claims dating back to 1971, the school confirmed.

The information first came to light when a judge cited it last week as part of his ruling in a lawsuit between an insurance company and Penn State over how much the school should have to pay.

Penn State President Eric Barron, in comments to the Penn State community Sunday, said he was “appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment” following the “unsubstantiated” allegations.

“Coach Paterno is not alive to refute them. His family has denied them,” Barron said, adding that some of the media reports “should be difficult for any reasonable person to believe.”

Paterno’s wife, Sue, called for an end to “this endless process of character assassination by accusation.”

— Heat star Dwyane Wade got defensive when asked about his actions during the Canadian national anthem Saturday, insisting it wasn’t his intention to be disrespectful when he took some additional shots as the song began before Game 3 against the Raptors.

Wade explained that his extra shots are part of his pregame routine, but because both the Canadian and American anthems were played back-to-back, it threw off his timing.

“It’s something that I do before every game that I prepare for, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice Sunday. “So I understand whatever is said from that standpoint, but I’m not a disrespectful person. So if anybody thinks I’m being disrespectful towards a country, then they have no idea of who Dwyane Wade is.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Dustin Johnson ‘devastated’ after U.S. Open collapse 06.22.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 Twins 8:10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, Virginia vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, United States vs. Colombia, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s World Cup, Norway vs. England, 5 p.m. (FS1)


Dustin Johnson

After squandering a chance to win, Dustin Johnson was unable to force a playoff at the U.S. Open due to this missed putt on the final hole. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson did his best to put on a brave face after his collapse at the U.S. Open, even signing autographs for fans before heading into the locker room at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

But the shock clearly had set in after he blew a 3-shot lead in Sunday’s final round, bogeying three of his last nine holes and missing two putts on the final hole — one a 12-footer that would have won it, the second a 3-footer that would have forced a playoff — and finishing second to Jordan Speith.

“He’s devastated,” agent David Winkle said of his client, who turns 31 Monday.

Johnson’s collapse marked the fourth time he had a solid chance to win his first major only to make key mistakes and blow his opportunity.

“This is why I play the game of golf is to get a chance to win the U.S. Open on the last hole,” Johnson said. “I was trying. It just didn’t work out.”

Johnson skipped the trophy presentation and press conference to spend some time being consoled by his fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, and their young son, Tatum, on a bittersweet Father’s Day.

“I’m proud of the way I played, and I’m most proud of my family,” Johnson said. “So I did get to hold up my trophy at the end of the day, which is my son.”

— Last offseason it was LeBron James leaving Miami. This year there are more and more clues that Dwayne Wade plans to take his talents out of South Beach as well.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Wade — who is due to make $16.1 million next season — is considering opting out of his contract with the Heat. And if the sides can’t agree on a new deal, one of his potential landing spots could be the Lakers.

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Heat at standstill in contract talks 05.29.15 at 8:47 am ET
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Dwyane Wade‘s future with the Heat apparently is in doubt.

The three-time NBA champion, who has spent his entire career in Miami since being drafted in 2003, is preparing for the possibility of leaving the team this summer. According to The Associated Press, contract talks between the two sides are at “an impasse.”

Wade’s contract would pay him $16.1 million next season, and Wade has the right to opt out and enter free agency. According to an AP source, he has not yet decided whether to opt out.

“He’s trying to figure out how things should transpire and if he can reach another agreement with the Heat,” the person said.

Wade took a pay cut last year, opting out of his contract that had two years and around $41 million remaining, in order to give the team more financial flexibility to retain LeBron James.

When James left anyway, Wade signed a two-year deal for $31 million with an option for the second year (next season). Wade has said repeatedly that he wishes to stay with the Heat for the entirety of his career.

This summer, the Heat also are faced with trying to re-sign point guard Goran Dragic.

“We have a backcourt that we’re thinking about that I’ll feel very good about,” team president Pat Riley said in his end-of-season interview about the possibility of a full season of a Dragic-Wade backcourt.

Wade is Miami’s career leader in games, points, assists and steals.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James receives mostly positive welcome back from Miami fans 12.26.14 at 8:26 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.

NBA: Nets at Celtics, 1 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Quick Lane Bowl, Rutgers vs. North Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: St. Petersburg Bowl, NC State vs. Central Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Chelsea, 7:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Manchester United, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Arsenal, 12:25 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Heat welcomed LeBron James back to Miami on Christmas Day before sending him home to Cleveland with a loss.

James hugged and high-fived his former teammates, taking extra time to joke around with Dwyane Wade, then saw Wade score 24 first-half points en route to a 31-point night in the Heat’s 101-91 victory.

James, who finished with 30 points and eight rebounds, was the first player introduced of Cleveland’s starters, and the crowd wasn’t given much time to react before the next player’s name was called. However, he received an ovation when a video tribute was played during the first timeout of the game. There were some boos but mostly cheers for his first game in South Florida since his four-year stint there.

“We only play this game for so long,” James said. “You’ve still got life afterwards. For us we’re going to compete, we’re going to go about our business and do what we need to do in our profession. You’ll never let friendship come in between that.”

James expressed dismay that people criticize his decision to switch teams as a free agent.

“The question I have, which is kind of bothering me sometimes, is when a player decides to decide his own fate, there is always questions about it?” James said. “And, ‘Why did this guy do that, do that and do this?’ When an organization decides to go elsewhere for a player, it’s that they did what’s best for the team. Let’s figure that out some time.”

James said he has not had any contact with team president Pat Riley since announcing his plans to sign with the Cavs, but he spent Christmas Eve at Wade’s house.

“We didn’t have a bad breakup,” Wade said. “We played against each other for seven years, man. The weirdness just wasn’t there. It wasn’t like we played against each other our whole career and the breakup happened. We played against each other for seven years, then with each other for a period of time, then he went back to the same situation and I’m in the same place.”

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “Couple of the best in this generation. Spectacular. I wish I could sit back and enjoy it like a fan, because it’s just fantastic basketball. … However long these two guys play, you’ll get your money’s worth.”

Rex Ryan might soon be headed out of town, but Geno Smith believes he can be with the Jets for the foreseeable future.

“I see myself being the quarterback here for a long time,” Smith said. “I see myself helping this team turn things around. Obviously, I’m a part of the reason why we are in this position, so I’d love to be a part of the solution.”

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NBA roundup: Bulls cut Carlos Boozer; Erik Spoelstra, Heat ‘don’t have any regrets’ over LeBron James’ decision 07.16.14 at 11:14 am ET
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The Bulls used the amnesty clause Tuesday to cut forward Carlos Boozer after four seasons with the team.

Chicago also waived forward Lou Amundson and guards Ronnie Brewer and Mike James as the Bulls try to clear salary-cap space for the signing of Pau Gasol and 2011 draft pick Nikola Mirotic.

Boozer went to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal with the Jazz in July 2010. He averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls.

Boozer had one year left on a five-year deal worth around $75 million. The amnesty clause allows the Bulls to release a player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap. Boozer is still owed the money, however.

“Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court, and in the community, during his time here in Chicago,” general manager Gar Forman said in a release. “Over the last four seasons, Carlos’ productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos, and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.”

— Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke Tuesday for the first time since LeBron James decided to leave Miami to rejoin the Cavaliers. Although he said he was surprised by James’ decision, Spoelstra showed no animosity toward the superstar.

“He seemed at peace with the decision,” Spoelstra told reporters after the Heat’s summer league game in Las Vegas. “We don’t have any regrets. He shouldn’t have any regrets. It was a historic four-year run.”

Spoelstra won two titles with James during a four-year run that included four-straight NBA Finals appearances.

— At least the Heat will have two-thirds of their “Big Three” back next season.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Dwyane Wade insists Heat ‘have no reason not to be proud’ after being routed out of NBA Finals 06.16.14 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN: WEEI-AM)
MLB: Mets at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College baseball: World Series, Texas vs. Louisville, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: World Series, UC Irvine vs. Vanderbilt, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Ghana vs, United States, 6 p.m. (ESPN, Univision; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Germany vs. Portugal, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Iran vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)


— Heading into Sunday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Heat star LeBron James looked at a 3-1 series deficit no team had ever overcome in Finals history and said, “Why not us?”

The answer came swiftly: Because the Heat’s supporting cast was not up to the challenge.

San Antonio roared back from an early 16-point deficit and routed the Heat for the third straight game, 104-87, clinching its fifth title and denying the Heat a three-peat.

“They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team. There’s no other way to say it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

James recorded 31 points and 10 rebounds, including 17 points in the first quarter. Miami raced out to a 22-6 lead but was trailing by halftime, 47-40.

Ray Allen started in place of the slumping Mario Chalmers and scored five points on 1-of-8 shooting with four turnovers.

Chris Bosh — who before the game insisted, “We’re not going down. We’re going to win this game” — finished with 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting. He was 0-for-5 on 3-pointers.

Dwyane Wade shot 4-for-12 and finished with 11 points and three turnovers. He shot 7-for-25 in the last two games as the Heat’s fourth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals ended badly.

“We’d love to be 4-for-4,” Wade said, “but we have no reason not be proud of each other.”

Said James: “We went to four straight Finals in four years. We’€™re not discrediting what we were able to accomplish in these four years. We lost one, we won two, and we lost another one. [We will] take 50 percent in four years in championships any day. Obviously, you want to win all of them, but that’€™s just the nature of the game. You win some,  you lose some. You’€™ve just got to come back the next year and be better as an individual, as a team, and go from there.”

The Spurs, meanwhile, celebrated their first title since 2007 and made amends for last season’s collapse vs. the Heat in the Finals.

“It makes last year OK,” Tim Duncan said.

— Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka tried to play with a “severe upset stomach” Sunday — delaying the start of the game before taking the mound — but he lasted just one inning before leaving the game.

Matsuzaka, who is not aware of what he might have eaten that caused his issues, said he’s hoping to pitch in relief Monday.

“I’m fine physically,” he said through his translator (via the New York Daily News). “I’d definitely like to help the bullpen.”

Manager Terry Collins might take the former Red Sox hurler up on that offer.

“We’re going to talk about possibly [Monday] if he’s feeling good,” Collins said. “If he feels all right [Monday] we could use him for a couple of innings.”

— Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate and friend Jerry Brown, was released from jail Sunday, one month before his six-month sentence was to end.

Brent, 26, had been sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation. He had faced up to 20 years in prison.

Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, asked for leniency for Brent, saying at the trial, “You can’t go on in life holding a grudge.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 16, 1978, which Red Sox player announced he was quitting the team, directing his anger at manager Don Zimmer and general manager Haywood Sullivan, only to return the following day?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling nixes deal, says he’ll sue NBA ‘to protect my rights’ 06.10.14 at 7:56 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: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Reds, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)


— One day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver voiced optimism that the Donald Sterling saga was nearing its conclusion, Sterling’s lawyer said he has decided to contest the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer and will sue the NBA for $1 billion.

“We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit,” attorney Maxwell Blecher said.

Sterling agreed to the sale last week, but he reportedly changed his mind when he realized that the league would not revoke his lifetime ban.

The lawsuit accuses the NBA of violating Sterling’s constitutional rights after banning the owner and fining him $2.5 million following the release of a secret audiotape on which Sterling made racist comments. Sterling has called the tape “illegal,” as he did not consent to it. He again apologized for his comments and insisted they were said out of anger and jealousy and were not meant to be public.

Said Sterling in a statement: “I have decided that I must fight to protect my rights. While my position may not be popular, I believe that my rights to privacy and the preservation of my rights to due process should not be trampled. I love the team and have dedicated 33 years of my life to the organization. I intend to fight to keep the team.”

Sterling’s wife, acting as sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, negotiated the $2 billion deal with Ballmer. As part of the deal, Shelly Sterling agreed to indemnify the NBA against all lawsuits.

— A $5,000 fine won’t mean much for a player who makes millions, but perhaps the humiliation will shame Dwyane Wade into stopping his flopping ways.

The Heat guard was fined by the NBA Monday for embellishing during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili took a swipe at the ball and Wade acted as though he had been smacked in the face. The official bought Wade’s acting job, whistling Ginobili for a foul. It was costly for San Antonio, as Ginobili had to leave the game because it was his third foul and it was only the second quarter. Additionally, Wade was given two free throws and he made them both. Miami went on to win by two points.

“He took a swipe and he hit me,” Wade claimed Monday, before the fine was announced. “It was a late call by the ref, but he called it.”

This marks the fifth time this postseason a player has been assessed a fine for flopping.

— The Jaguars are replacing 9,500 end zone seats and installing a two-level party deck, featuring two pools and 16 furnished cabanas, in an effort to find a creative way to get fans into the stadium.

Each of the four poolside cabanas on the lower level will rent for $12,500 per game, which includes 50 tickets and unlimited refreshments. The upper cabanas go for $3,000 per game, and that includes 20 tickets but no pool access. Individual tickets can be purchased as well, for $250 (lower level) or $150.

A team executive told ESPN that 65 percent of the cabanas have been sold for the upcoming season.

“We’re targeting businesses who want to entertain some of their clients or even their own employees.” senior vice president of sales Chad Johnson said. “What we’ve built here you can’t get anywhere else.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 10, 1970, pitcher Jim Lonborg was put on the 21-day disabled list and the Red Sox made the rare move of activating a coach to the roster. Which coach-turned-player went on to hit .343 in 38 games that season, while making appearances at all three outfield positions, first base, third base and even catcher?

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