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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Lamar Odom reportedly shows improvement in fight for life 10.15.15 at 7:55 am ET
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MLB playoffs: Mets at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)
NFL: Falcons at Saints, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Auburn at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Western Kentucky at North Texas, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: UCLA at Stanford, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Rockets at Warriors, 10 p.m. (TNT)


Lamar Odom

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— Former NBA star Lamar Odom spent the night in a Las Vegas hospital fighting for his life, according to reports out of Nevada, and more information has emerged about what got him to that point.

Odom apparently told brothel employees that he used cocaine before his four-day stay at a legal Nevada brothel, and then took sexual enhancers while he was at the Love Ranch, where he was discovered unresponsive Tuesday afternoon.

One of Odom’s visitors at the hospital, Rev. Jesse Jackson, said Odom has improved while receiving treatment.

“Apparently from what the doctor said, he was much better off today than yesterday. He at least has some responsiveness now,” Jackson said Wednesday. “He’s got tubes in him now, but we felt inspired by his presence.”

Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Odom’s estranged wife, reality star Khloe Kardashian, were among those who visited Odom, while others around the league voiced their support for the troubled 35-year-old.

“I’m obviously hoping that he can pull through this, and that in some fortunate way this becomes the beginning of a different ending,” said Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who played alongside Odom on the Lakers.

— University of Florida defensive back Deiondre Porter was suspended indefinitely from the team after his arrest for allegedly holding a gun to his pregnant girlfriend’s head and later shooting in her direction because he thought she had an affair with one of his teammates.

Porter was arrested Wednesday and faces four felony charges, as well as property damage. Police said the incident occurred early in the morning of Sept. 29, but the woman did not report the incident until Monday.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom found unresponsive at Nevada brothel 10.14.15 at 7:44 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Avalanche, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Flyers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hornets at Clippers, 8 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Hawks, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals: Fever at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB playoffs: Rangers at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Astros at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (FS1)


Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

— Former Lakers star Lamar Odom spent Tuesday night in a Las Vegas hospital after being found unresponsive at a legal Nevada brothel, authorities said.

Odom, who won NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and ’10 but crashed out of the league in 2013 — the same year his reality-star wife, Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce — checked into Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, on Saturday, the facility’s owner told The Associated Press.

“He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” Dennis Hof said.

Hof said Odom was discovered face down and unconscious on Tuesday afternoon. When turned on his side, Odom threw up. Hof said Odom had taken excessive amounts of herbal Viagra and drunk part of a bottle of Cognac, but no one saw him use any drugs.

Current and former Lakers expressed their concern for Odom upon learning of his illness.

“Obviously, our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers are with Lamar and his family,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said before Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Kings. “It’s obviously something that you don’t want to hear before the game because I think the people that knew about it, we were all thinking about it. . . . I obviously feel for him and hope that he’ll be OK.”

Said a distraught Metta Word Peace: “I don’t even know what to say. There’s not one word that I can say right now that’s going to make sense. I don’t know what to say right now.”

Odom played one season at Rhode Island before being drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 1999. He was suspended during the 2000-01 season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy for the second time in eight months.

— An autopsy revealed that former Giants safety Tyler Sash died from an “accidental mixed drug toxicity involving methadone and hydrocodone,” a medical examiner announced Tuesday.

Sash, who was a rookie on the Giants team that beat the Patriots in the 2012 Super Bowl, was found dead Sept. 8 at his Iowa home. The autopsy revealed the presence of the two powerful pain medications that are highly addictive.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Patriots WR Chad Johnson impresses in CFL tryout 04.17.14 at 8:00 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: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Wild at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Onetime Patriots receiver Chad Johnson is in Florida, working out with the Montreal Alouettes in an attempt to make the Canadian Football League team, and by all accounts, he’s off to a good start.

“He’s in great shape,” Alouttes general manager Jim Popp said. “He wants to play and we’ll see how things are.”


The 36-year-old Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, last appeared in the NFL with the Patriots in 2011. After an unimpressive season in New England, he attempted to make the Dolphins the following preseason but was cut one day after being charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

“I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do, regardless of where it is,” he said. “Montreal, flag football, back in the street the way I grew up. I just want to play football.”

The average CFL salary is about $85,000, but Ochocinco said he isn’t concerned about the finances.

“I don’t even need a check,” he said. “Didn’t I give it all away for 12 years straight? Think about it. Did I ever care about money when I played throughout my career? Still don’t. I want to have fun. I want to enjoy the game. That’s it.”

Lamar Odom, out of the NBA this season after highly publicized personal troubles last fall, signed with the Knicks and will begin training at the team’s practice facility under new Knicks president Phil Jackson‘s watch.

Odom helped Jackson’s Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and ’10 and was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson’s final year on the bench.

Odom, a native of nearby Queens, played for the Clippers last season but averaged only 4.0 points in about 20 minutes per game. He played two games for a team in Spain this season.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Woodson‘s future remains in question, with speculation mounting that he will not return for the final year of his contract.

“Unfortunately, this year just didn’t go according to plan,” Woodson said before Wednesday’s season finale against the Raptors. “So is it fair to let me go? I don’t think so, but again, I don’t make that decision. That’s got to come from the top.”

— Longtime Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he’s selling the team to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for almost $550 million, with the understanding that the team will remain in Milwaukee.

“I wasn’t going to live forever,” the 79-year-old Kohl said at a press conference. “I’ve approached a time in my life where I have to think about … how do we think about succession.”

Kohl, who bought the Bucks for $18 million in 1985, said he would donate $100 million toward the building of a new arena for the team, with the new owners proving the same. The team’s current home, the Bradley Center, opened in 1988.

“We should be shouting from the rooftops because this is a game-changer for this entire debate,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

The Bucks, last in the NBA, took a 15-66 record — a franchise worst — into Wednesday night’s season finale against the Hawks.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 17, 1969, which Red Sox rookie followed up his two-home run effort the day before with another home run, giving him home runs for his first three major league hits, a team record?

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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)


‘€¢ 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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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets owner Woody Johnson insists, ‘I’m very happy with Rex [Ryan]’ 09.05.13 at 8:11 am ET
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MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network); WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Ravens at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
College football: Florida Atlantic at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)


‘€¢ Jets coach Rex Ryan has been getting roasted in the New York media the past month, but at least he has the support of the team’s owner — sort of.

Woody Johnson defended Ryan’s decision to fly to South Carolina on Saturday — NFL cutdown day — to see his son suit up as a walk-on wide receiver for Clemson, and he insisted he’s supportive of his coach.

“I’m very happy with Rex,” Johnson said, via the New York Daily News. “I think Rex is a great coach. He’s a good head coach. He’s a great teacher. I have a lot of confidence in Rex.”

However, Johnson would not address Ryan’s future. The coach is signed through next season, and Johnson would not address questions about if Ryan is coaching for his job this year, as has been widely reported.

“You guys are speculating,” Johnson said. “I’m not speculating. We don’t talk about any of that. We’re all in. The team is put together. There is no speculation.”

Ryan, for his part, said the lack of a long-term commitment is not an issue for him.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “You guys know me. I’€™ve never been the focus and shouldn’€™t be ever. My thing is I’€™m just happy. I get to coach this year. Obviously, I had a bad year last year. But I can’€™t wait for the thing that is right in front of us. It starts on Sunday, and I am so looking forward to this season. It’€™s never been about me. Not one time.”

Both Ryan and Johnson — as well as general manager John Idzik — appear to be on the same page when it comes to the quarterback situation. Rookie Geno Smith is starting Sunday’s opener against the Buccaneers, but injured veteran Mark Sanchez eventually will get another shot to win the starting job.

“That competition’s not finished,” Johnson said, via the New York Post. “The competition’s ongoing. Our competition team-wise is ongoing, too.”

Said Ryan: “Any long-term plan, any of this, any of that, we’re not thinking about it. We’re thinking about Tampa Bay only, and that’s it.”

‘€¢ Veteran NBA forward Lamar Odom has checked into a rehab center for drug and alcohol abuse, according to a report at

“He realized he needs help,” a source told the website.

Odom, 33, was arrested for DUI last Friday, days after he reportedly left his home following an argument with his wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and dropped out of sight.

Odom is a free agent after playing a reserve role last season for the Clippers. The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year with the Lakers in 2011, Odom has seen his career plummet since then, bouncing from the Lakers to the Mavericks to the Clippers.

‘€¢ Koni Dole, a high school senior at Worden Huntley Project School in Montana, suffered a devastating injury during a football game last year and eventually had his right leg amputated below the knee. One day after the surgery, he was back in the weight room. A couple of months later, Dole joined the wrestling team. In the spring he ran track, using a “cheetah blade” prosthetic similar to the one made famous by Olympian Oscar Pistorious.

This past weekend Dole made his return to the football field, taking the handoff on his team’s first play from scrimmage and rushing for 10 yards. He also scored his team’s first touchdown — one of two for him on the day — and recorded a sack as a defensive lineman in a 45-0 victory over Joliet High.

“[It was an] untouchable feeling to be back out there with my team with all I’ve been through in the last nine, 10 months,” Dole stold the Billings Gazette. “It’s been a long road.”

Dole has an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Montana State next year.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 5, 1918, the Major League Baseball season ended early due to World War I, and the Red Sox began the World Series — which they would win for their last title until 2004 — against which National League team?

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Troubled NBA veteran Lamar Odom arrested for DUI in Los Angeles 08.30.13 at 12:38 pm ET
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Veteran NBA forward Lamar Odom, who made headlines earlier this week when reports surfaced claiming he has had a serious drug problem for years and had disappeared following an argument with his wife, was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DUI.

Odom was driving a white Mercedes SUV on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley when he was pulled over for driving erratically at 3:54 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said, via the Los Angeles Times. Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” the CHP report said.

TMZ reported early this week that Odom led his home after an argument with wife Khloe Kardashian and was missing for 72 hours. An ESPN report midweek quoted a source as saying Odom was staying at a Los Angeles hotel, where friends were trying to help him deal with a drug problem.

Odom played last season for the Clippers, the team with which he started his NBA career after being drafted fourth overall following one collegiate season at the University of Rhode Island. He played for the Heat, Lakers and Mavericks before returning to the Clippers a year ago.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan under fire after Mark Sanchez injury 08.26.13 at 7:40 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: Reds at Cardinals, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Manchester United, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘€¢ Rex Ryan‘s hot seat just got hotter. There are calls for the Jets coach to be fired after he rushed Mark Sanchez into Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Giants and allowed him to get knocked around while being protected by the second-team offense.

Sanchez was inserted after Geno Smith failed to impress in his first preseason start, throwing three interceptions in a 24-21 overtime victory. Smith finished 16-of-30 for 199 yards and a 22-yard touchdown pass, but he also took a safety when he stepped out of the back of the end zone while trying to avoid a sack. He finished with a 45.7 passer rating, just 34.8 against the Giants’ first-team defense.

Sanchez replaced the rookie in the fourth quarter and proceeded to injure his shoulder when he was hit by Marvin Austin after eluding two defenders and completing a pass. Sanchez, who was 5-for-6 for 72 yards with one lost fumble, left the game in obvious pain and was taken for an MRI. On Sunday, the team announced that Sanchez was “day-to-day” and would not play in the preseason finale.

“Unfortunately, the best play that he makes, probably all of preseason, he ends up getting hurt on it,” Ryan said after the game. “We’ll see the severity of the injury later.”

Sanchez appeared to warm up quickly upon being told he was going into the game — with one report indicating he did not expect to play. Ryan was questioned afterward about inserting Sanchez with the backups.

“We talked about the [quarterback] competition, and that was something that I felt was important,” he said. “If it wasn’t important, then I wouldn’t have put him in there. I would not have put Mark in if it wasn’t important.”

Ryan got frustrated after being badgered by the media about the QB competition, at one point turning away from the aggressive questioners.

“I can say anything I want,” he said. “That’s the beauty of this country. I can answer it 100 times. I’ll stand backwards and answer the question. I’m going sideways. We’ll make the announcement when I think it’s the appropriate time.”

‘€¢ NBA veteran Lamar Odom has disappeared for over three days, leaving family members concerned that he’s using drugs again, according to a report from TMZ.

Odom, a free agent who played last season for the Clippers, rejected an intervention from wife Khloe Kardashian on Wednesday, the report indicates, and dropped out of sight.

TMZ claims Odom has battled drug addition for at least two years, and reluctantly agreed to go to rehab in San Diego last year, although he left after three weeks. The report credits sources as saying Odom has gone on crack cocaine binges since the season ended.

A representative for Odom told the website Sunday that the player is fine, although no information about his whereabouts was given.

Odom, who played one season of college basketball at Rhode Island (1998-99), was suspended twice in 2001 for violating the league’s policy on drugs while a member of the Clippers. He won two championships after joining the Lakers but has seen his career take a downturn in the last couple of years, playing for the Mavericks and the Clippers.

‘€¢ ESPN analyst John Kruk was taken out from the broadcast booth on a stretcher before Sunday night’s Red Sox-Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Play-by-play man Dan Shulman said early in the broadcast that Kruk wasn’t feeling well but expressed optimism about his condition.

The network issued a statement that read: “John left the booth feeling dizzy and was diagnosed with dehydration. His vital signs are stable and he’s in good spirits. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

Kruk 52, played 10 seasons in the majors before joining ESPN in 2004.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 26, 1945, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, winning the game for himself by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox tickets remain most expensive in MLB 04.11.12 at 7:47 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: Hawks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Knicks at Bucks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Canucks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Marlins at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ Despite the Red Sox’ decision to freeze ticket prices following last season’s collapse, the team’s ticket prices remain the highest in Major League Baseball for the second year in a row, according to information compiled by Team Marketing Report. Sox tickets average $53.38 per non-premium seat, and the cost to take a family of four to Fenway — including two adults tickets, two children’s tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two baseball caps — is a league-high $336.99.

Overall, MLB ticket prices increased only 1 percent from last season, the smallest increase in the survey’s two-decade history. The average ticket price is $26.92.

‘™¦ Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said Tuesday that he has talked to point guard Deron Williams about re-signing after he becomes a free agent this offseason. As for Mavericks owner Mark Cuban trying to lure Williams back to his hometown of Dallas?

“Let the best man win,” Prokhorov said, joking: “If he wins, I will crush him with the kickboxing throwdown.”

Meanwhile, Cuban confirmed Tuesday night that he had a confrontation at halftime of a recent game with forward Lamar Odom, leading to the team placing Odom on the inactive list for the remainder of the season. The argument came during Saturday’s loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis.

“I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not. Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end,” Cuban said. “This was a big game for us, and he wasn’t connecting to that. And if you’re not positive energy, you’re negative energy.”

‘™¦ Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium at last year’s opener, will not accept an invitation from the Giants to appear at AT&T Park for the home opener. “We’re concerned it might tire him out too much and set back his recovery,” his mother, Ann Stow, told the San Jose Mercury News, which has an update on Stow’s recovery process.

‘™¦ Reebok agreed to remove thousands of pieces of Jets apparel it produced with Tim Tebow‘s name after a settlement with Nike that was disclosed Tuesday. Nike is set to take over the league’s apparel licensing deal from Reebok, and it sued the Canton company to stop it from trying to get in a last-minute money grab.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout?

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Report: Mavericks, Lamar Odom parting ways 04.09.12 at 11:21 am ET
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After the Mavericks lost several key players in the offseason, including Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler, the team’s acquisition of Lamar Odom was viewed as a key move in the right direction for the reigning NBA champions. But with not even a full condensed NBA season complete, the Mavericks and the struggling Odom have agreed to part ways, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told Stein that while Odom’s departure from the team will be immediate, the Mavericks intend to list him as inactive for the rest of the season instead of releasing him, thus leaving open the possibility of trading him after the season. Another source told Stein that the decision allows Odom a chance to “clear his head and start getting ready for next season.”

In a statement to, Odom announced that he and the Mavericks had come to a decision to part ways and also expressed remorse that his time in Dallas did not go as well as he and others expected.

“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in the statement. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”

This season, statistically, has been the worst of Odom’s 13-year career, as he is averaging career lows in scoring (6.6 points per game), rebounds (4.1 per game), field goal percentage (35.2 percent), assists (1.7 per game) and minutes (20.5 per game).

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Shocking finish knocks U.S. soccer team out of Olympics 03.27.12 at 7:59 am ET
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‘™¦ The U.S. soccer team will not play in the 2012 Olympics following Monday’s shocking 3-3 tie with El Salvador in Nashville, Tenn. The Americans, needing a win, were leading 3-2 in stoppage time when El Salvador midfielder Jamie Alas fired a shot from 25 yards out that split two defenders and went in off the hands of goalie Sean Johnson.

“This is probably the worst feeling I’ve ever felt in my life so far as a pro athlete,” U.S. captain Freddy Adu said. “This is going to be hard to get over. But at the end of the day things like this happen. For me, I never want to feel this way again, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to never feel this way again.”

‘™¦ Mavericks forward Lamar Odom said he found the boos from the Dallas crowd “a little confusing and a little hurtful” following his woeful performance last week against his former team, the Lakers. Odom had one point, one rebound and one assist in last Wednesday’s game.

“Well, I’ve never been booed in my life, so if it’s to the point that I’m playing a basketball game at home and I’m getting booed then I would say, no disrespect, but maybe I think people took things the wrong way,” Odom said after Monday’s practice at the American Airlines Center. “I admitted I was out of shape for different reasons when I came into camp. I admitted what I had been through; I was honest about how my summer went, how I almost left the game with everything I went through, and I think people just took it the wrong way, like I had a reason not to be here or if I didn’t want to be here.

“I think people took that the wrong way and the next thing I know I’m trying to come out of a slump and I check into a game and I’m getting booed. I’m not really used to that.”

‘™¦ There haven’t been any buzzer-beating game-winners in this NCAA tournament, so Real Clear Sports looks back for the top 10 buzzer-beaters in the tourney’s history.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 27, 1984, which Bruin scored a goal in a 6-4 victory over the Quebec Nordiques to give him 100 points on the season?

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