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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Bengals DL Devon Still’s inspirational daughter gets cancer-free test result 03.18.15 at 8:08 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.

NBA: Celtics at Thunder, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Magic at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Robert Morris vs. North Florida, 6:40 p.m. (truTV; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Dayton vs. Boise State, 9:10 p.m. (truTV; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NIT, Arizona State at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Green Bay at Illinois State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Vanderbilt at Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, South Dakota State at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blackhawks at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Mighty Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Mariners, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Leah Still, the 4-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, got some good news in her battle with neuroblastoma. According to her father, the latest round of tests showed no signs of cancer in her body.

Still posted a photo on Instagram of him flexing alongside his daughter and wrote:

That moment you get the best news you’ve ever received and don’t know what to do so you just flex!! We got Leah’s MIBG Scans back tonight and the doctors told us they didn’t see any active disease in her body!!! We still have to wait for her MRI and bone biopsy results later this week. But the doctors feel very optimistic about them because of the results from today. So for now we celebrate!!

Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 abdominal cancer in June and doctors were not sure if she would survive. Her battle became the inspirational story of the fall in the NFL, as the Bengals sold Devon Still’s No. 75 jersey and donated the proceeds to pediatric cancer research.

Devon Still, who was cut in training camp, was added to the team’s practice squad in part so he could keep his health insurance. He eventually was activated and made 19 tackles in 12 games.

The team have offered Still a deal for 2015, but the player has not yet decided — although Tuesday’s news might push him to play.

“Obviously if the news hadn’t been this good, I would have wanted to spend more time with my daughter,” he said in a story on the team’s website. “But now that it looks like things are headed on the right path, I’m ready to go back and play football.”

— Colorado senior guard Askia Booker apparently doesn’t think much of the College Basketball Invitational, as the Buffaloes star is choosing to skip the third-tier tournament rather than join his teammates. And Colorado coach Tad Boyle is OK with it.

“I don’t know if it’s fair or not, but I did mention to Ski, ‘You realize you’re going to take some heat with this decision,’ and he shook his head like he understood,” Boyle told the Denver Post. “It goes with the territory. Ski’s a big boy, he’s an adult now; he’s going to be a college graduate in May.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant out again with torn rotator cuff 01.23.15 at 8:07 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: Celtics at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Saint Louis, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Manhattan at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Green Bay, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: All-Star Fantasy Draft, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Providence at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at Cambridge, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)


— The hits keep on coming for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. On Thursday the team announced that Bryant tore his right rotator cuff in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans when he attempted a two-handed dunk.

Bryant, 36, headed home Thursday after an MRI revealed the tear.

Bryant remained in the game after suffering the injury despite struggling to do anything with his right arm. A righty, he managed to hit a 14-foot jumper with his left hand (video above).

He said after the game that it felt as if the shoulder “came out of the joint a little bit.”

“I felt fine when I went up, and didn’t feel too good when I came down,” he said.

The NBA’s highest-paid player at $23.5 million, Bryant is averaging 22.3 points per game, although he missed eight games over the past month to get some rest.

— The Bulls are struggling, but star guard Derrick Rose said it’s not the fault of coach Tom Thibodeau.

Fingers have been pointed at the former Celtics assistant as the team had lost six of its last eight games before Thursday’s 104-81 victory over the Spurs.

“This doesn’t have anything to do with Thibs at all,” Rose said. “The way that we’ve been playing doesn’t have anything to do with Thibs. He’s preparing us right. He’s doing everything and did everything possible to prepare us as a coach. It’s up to the players to give that effort.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Heat fan sues Spurs for resting top players 01.16.13 at 7:41 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.

NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Rockets at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: NC State at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at St. Bonaventure, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Purdue at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNLV at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ A lawyer from Miami is suing the Spurs for sending four top players home prior to a game against the Heat on Nov. 29, which he claims violates the state’s deceptive and fair trade practices law. Larry McGuinness filed a class-action suit in Miami-Dade County claiming Spurs coach Gregg Popovich “intentionally and surreptitiously” sent home Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green to give them some rest, causing McGuinness and other fans to suffer “economic damages” because they paid a premium price for tickets.

“It was like going to Morton’s Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak,” said McGuinness, who bought his ticket on the resale market. “That’s exactly what happened here.”

NBA commissioner David Stern apologized to fans after the game (a 105-100 Miami win), calling it “unacceptable,” and fined the Spurs $250,000.

Popovich acknowledged he was not doing right by fans when he said at the time: “If I was taking my 6-year-old son and daughter to the game, I would want them to see everybody. And if they weren’t there, I’d be disappointed.”

However, Popovich later made it clear he believes he did what’s best for his team: “I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, I’m sure,” he said.

‘™¦ The Knicks are in London for a game against the Pistons on Thursday, but the talk Tuesday was about owner James Dolan‘s decision to have audio technicians at both ends of the Madison Square Garden court over the weekend to tape all of Carmelo Anthony‘s on-court conversations. Reportedly, Dolan was trying to protect Anthony following the controversy over Kevin Garnett‘s alleged insult about Anthony’s wife during a recent game that led to the Knicks forward getting a one-game suspension for trying to confront Garnett after the game.

“I don’t care about the microphones,” Anthony said upon his arrival in London. “I wasn’t aware of it. I found out on the plane.”

Added Anthony: “I don’t think the mikes are going to stop what goes on out on the court. But it was funny when I heard it. No, I wasn’t upset. Not at all.”

‘™¦ The former media director for the Syracuse athletic department pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance for secretly videotaping male athletes in the locker room shower. Roger Springfield, whose real name is Roger Cahak, was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return next Tuesday.

Springfield was charged with videotaping football, lacrosse and soccer players four times, dating back to 2010. A total of 14 videos were found along with still images, but the charges were limited to the most recent four videos as the others fell outside the statute of limitations.

Springfield, a 57-year-old married father of three, was fired in the fall after a Syracuse athletics department employee discovered one of the videos.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 16, 1974, which Bruin became the eighth player in NHL history to record 450 goals when he scored in a 5-5 tie with the Blackhawks in Chicago?

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