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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer files suit for unpaid fees 07.15.14 at 7:53 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: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Washington Mystics at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After Alex Rodriguez failed to respond to a petition for arbitration in February, veteran sports attorney David Cornwell and the law firm Gordon & Rees filed a lawsuit Monday against the suspended Yankees slugger for unpaid fees of more than $380,000.

According to the firm, Rodriguez refused to pay the balance of his legal bill after receiving guidance from Desiree Perez, an adviser for Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation. Perez, an ex-con who also works as a nightclub manager, reportedly convinced A-Rod to continue his fight against Major League Baseball after the player expressed a willingness to strike a deal and retire.

“Mr. Rodriguez admitted that his advisers at Roc Nation, most specifically, Desiree Perez, instructed him ‘not to pay the invoices and to make Gordon & Rees sue’ him,” the complaint reads (via the New York Daily News).

MASHUP POLL: WIll Alex Rodriguez ever play in the majors again?

  • No, the Yankees are done with him and no other team will take the risk (49%, 146 Votes)
  • Yes, he'll be back with the Yankees in 2015 after serving his suspension (33%, 97 Votes)
  • Yes, but the Yankees will cut ties and he'll latch on somewhere else (11%, 33 Votes)
  • No, he'll retire on his own terms (7%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 297

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If Rodriguez were to pursue a claim of malpractice against Gordon & Rees, that could lead to a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and cause further embarrassment, as communication about A-Rod’s use of PEDs could be made public.

Alex Rodriguez has already paid substantial legal fees to this firm,” a Rodriguez spokesman said. “There are additional fees being sought from hours that continued to be billed and are the source of the disagreement between the parties. Alex looks forward to swiftly resolving this matter and moving on.”

Louis “Red” Klotz, who was a player, coach and owner of the teams the Harlem Globetrotters played since 1952 — most famously the Washington Generals — died Saturday at the age of 93.

The last time the Globetrotters lost to one of Klotz’s teams, it was Klotz himself who scored the winning basket. The then-50-year-old hit a buzzer-beater to give the New Jersey Reds a 100-99 win on Jan. 5, 1971, in Martin, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Klotz’s teams lost more than 14,000 times to the “Clown Princes of Basketball.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Damon lobbies for return to Yankees 02.26.13 at 7:46 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:
NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, NHL Network)
College basketball: Indiana at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Xavier, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Auburn at Alabama, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Towson at George Mason, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Florida at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Diamondbacks at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ With Curtis Granderson out for an estimated 10 weeks after breaking his arm, the Yankees are looking for outfield help. Former Yankee (and Red Sox) Johnny Damon is eager to return, but he isn’t expecting he’ll get a call.

“I don’t think it will [happen],” Damon told the New York Post. “They’ve had plenty of opportunities since 2009 and it hasn’t happened. But if they call, I’m ready to go.”

Damon was released by the Indians after hitting .222 in 64 games last season. He lobbied for a chance to prove his worth to the Yankees, for whom he hit 24 home runs during their 2009 World Series championship season — although even then he was moved to a DH role as his outfield skills deteriorated.

“I would play for the minimum [$490,000 one-year deal] for six weeks,” Damon said. “If Granderson returns, I would leave. If there’s no room for me, I am gone.”

‘™¦ The Jets added to speculation that they want to part ways with cornerback Darrelle Revis when they avoided contact with Revis’ camp at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to a New York Daily News report.

Jets general manager John Idzik, coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson reportedly had no contact with Revis’ representatives, who were staying at a hotel a few blocks from the Jets brass before departing Monday. Meanwhile, the Jets executives met with representatives of a number of other Jets players.

Revis suffered a season-ending knee injury after playing just two games last season. He is scheduled to earn $6 million in 2013 and is looking for a long-term deal, ideally to remain in New York.

‘™¦ Dennis Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters are part of a group heading to North Korea as part of an HBO show. Rodman, the controversial former NBA star, is visiting the country that is in a state of war with the United States two weeks after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in defiance of a United Nations ban.

“Is sending the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Rodman to [North Korea] strange? In a word, yes,” said Shane Smith, VICE media company founder who is host of the upcoming series. “But finding common ground on the basketball court is a beautiful thing.

“These channels of cultural communication might appear untraditional, and perhaps they are, but we think it’s important just to keep the lines open,” he said. “And if Washington isn’t going to send their generals, then we’ll send our Globetrotters.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 26, 1994, Patriots fans bought 5,968 season tickets, a team single-day record, following the previous day’s announcement that Robert Kraft had purchased the team from which man?

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