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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant moves past Michael Jordan into third place on NBA’s scoring list 12.15.14 at 7:44 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.

NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Elon at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
NFL: Saints at Bears, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Lightning at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Everton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


Kobe Bryant provided the Lakers with a rare positive moment during a miserable season, as he moved past Michael Jordan for third place on the league’s all-time scoring list during Sunday’s victory over the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

Bryant, who began the night eight points behind Jordan, hit two free throws in the second quarter to tie and pass the Bulls legend. He finished with 26 points to give him 32,310 and now ranks behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

The game was stopped briefly so that Bryant could receive the ball from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor along with congratulations from players and coaches from both teams.

“I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,” said Bryant, who made his NBA debut as an 18-year-old in 1996, going scoreless in six minutes against the Timberwolves. “I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”

Said Jordan in a statement: “I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”

Penguins star Sydney Crosby became the latest NHL player to be diagnosed with the mumps, as the two-time MVP was held out of his team’s two weekend games.

Crosby developed swelling on the right side of his face, and when his condition worsened Friday he was sent to the hospital, where the diagnosis was made. He was kept in isolation through the weekend and was expected to be through the infectious stage by Monday, although the Pens ruled him out of Monday’s game against the Lightning.

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Michael Jordan in new book: ‘I was against all white people’ growing up in North Carolina 05.07.14 at 1:51 pm ET
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A quote from NBA Hall of Famer and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan in Roland Lazenby‘s newest book, “Michael Jordan: The Life,” has drawn a lot of attention after the NBA legend admitted that he considered himself a “racist” as a youth growing up in North Carolina.

The book, which was released on Tuesday, touches on a multitude of subjects related to Jordan’s life, including his upbringing in the historically prejudiced South during the 1970s.

In one incident, Jordan recalls that he was suspended from school in 1977 after responding to a girl who called him a racial slur.

“I threw a soda at her,”€ Jordan said. “€œIt was a very tough year. I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at that time. Basically, I was against all white people.”

Lazenby defended Jordan’s comments in a tweet, stating: Media are focused on comments Michael Jordan made about race which appear in my book. He made those comments years ago, talking of his youth.

Lazenby also discussed the environment that Jordan lived in during an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Martin Rickman, stating that North Carolina was a breeding ground for racism and oppression during the 1960s and 1970s.

“€œI’ve been to North Carolina hundreds of times and enjoy it tremendously, but North Carolina was a state that had more Klan members than the rest of the Southern states combined. … The Klan was like a chamber of commerce,” Lazenby said. “It bought the uniforms for ball teams, it put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too. A lot of the context just wasn’t possible to put it in a basketball book. A lot of it ended up being cut.”€

Jordan’s comments add to an already volatile mood in the NBA regarding racism, as the saga revolving around Clippers owner Donald Sterling‘s disgusting comments continues.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jim Boeheim defends Carmelo Anthony, rips Knicks teammates 05.21.13 at 8:02 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.

NHL playoffs: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Draft lottery, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ The Knicks are regrouping after their second-round flameout vs. the Pacers, but at least one person is convinced that the finger-pointing at Carmelo Anthony is unfair.

Jim Boeheim, who coached Anthony at Syracuse, expressed his disappointment with the rest of the Knicks and said Anthony can’t win a title with that lineup.

“Not on that team,” Boeheim told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “He did what he can do. He played very well the final game. Everybody’s killing him, but Tyson Chandler just didn’t try to catch the ball. He threw him the ball and Tyson Chandler went like this [dodging]. [Chandler] was wide open. He should have been looking for the ball right here. Kenyon Martin should have been looking for the ball. They both went like this [dodging]. Carmelo gets turnovers and the announcers aren’€™t smart enough to even think, ‘Well, the guy should try to catch the ball.’ ”

Speaking from his office at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center (which the Knicks star helped fund), Boeheim, who coached Anthony and Chandler on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, also took shots at other Knicks players.

“Tyson Chandler claims he never gets the ball. He doesn’€™t try to get the ball. He had two points, and [Pacers center Roy] Hibbert had [21],” Boeheim said. “What was the difference in the series? Raymond Felton was 0-for-7. [Pacers guard] Lance Stephenson had [25] points. They’€™re going to blame it on Carmelo? I told him when he went to New York, ‘They’€™re going to blame it on you.’

“They have no chance to win. Pablo Prigioni has never scored against [Team USA]. We played Argentina six or seven times in different events. He hasn’€™t scored against us. You have to have players to win in the NBA.”

Boeheim insisted it’s not Anthony’s fault that the Knicks offense begins and ends with him, and added that Anthony “has to work too hard” because of the lack of support.

“Referring to Felton and J.R. Smith, Boeheim said: “Those guys weren’t great players where they were and now they’re asking them to be second and third options. In Miami the second and third options are Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Your fourth option is Ray Allen, who is still in good shape. Your fifth option is Shane Battier, who is still a good player. The New York Knicks have who?”

‘™¦ Bills defensive end Mario Williams on Monday denied ever considering suicide, despite sending a text to his former fiancee last fall implying that he was. Williams, who is suing Erin Marzouki in an attempt to recover a $785,000 diamond engagement ring, accused her of manipulating his text in an attempt to embarrass him.

“Obviously it’s just a tactic to cover up the point of the whole thing,” Williams said. “It is what it is. I could really care less. All it is [is] allegations and text messages and what not, whatever information blown out of proportion. I mean, it’s completely out of context.”

Williams also texted Marzouki that he had taken three hydrocodone painkillers the morning of a game against the Patriots, and that he planned to take two more on the plane ride back to Buffalo. On Monday he explained that he was playing three weeks after having surgery on his left wrist and insisted the drugs were prescribed by the team.

‘™¦ Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reportedly will announce Tuesday that the team will change its name to the Hornets, as has been speculated for some time. The original Hornets left Charlotte in 2002 for New Orleans but recently changed their name to the Pelicans.

It’s expected to take at least a year before Charlotte’s name change becomes official.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 21, 1978, the Bruins beat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime to even the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece. Which forward scored the winning goal?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized as he battles cancer 02.15.13 at 7:56 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.

NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sharks at Blackhawks, 87:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Maine, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: All-Star Celebrity Game, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iona at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Cleveland State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who is battling cancer, has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit and has been visited by former players who are saying what they fear will be their final goodbyes, according to multiple reports.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have stopped by, while a report from indicates the players were visiting Buss because of “what they expect to be his final days.”

Buss, 79, has been hospitalized several times in recent years. His son, Jim, who oversees basketball operations for the team, said Thursday that his father was “doing fine” and declined to offer any details.

The Lakers have won 10 championships under Buss’ ownership, which began in 1979. Despite his health issues, Buss has continued to be involved in team decisions, including the hiring of coach Mike D’Antoni in November.

‘™¦ Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully denied former catcher Mike Piazza‘s accusations that Scully “crushed” him in the media and helped turned the fans against him, leading to Piazza’s trade from the team in 1988.

In his new book, Piazza blamed Scully for referencing the player’s contract negotiations during an interview in 1988 and implying Piazza was not showing loyalty to the club.

“That’s not true at all,” Scully told the Los Angeles Times. “As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things. I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations.

“I have no idea where he is coming from. I really have no idea. I can’t imagine saying something about a player and his contract. I just don’t do that, ever. I’m really flabbergasted by that reference.”

‘™¦ High-powered NBA agent David Falk, who also is a Wizards season ticket-holder, called Washington Post columnist Mike Wise and took the team to task for its inability to compile a quality roster.

“The team is going nowhere,” said Falk, who is perhaps best known for serving as Michael Jordan‘s agent. “[Coach] Randy [Wittman] is doing a great job with minimal talent. You’€™re one of two things in the NBA: either one player away from contending or you’€™re rebuilding. The Wizards are in limbo. I love [general manager] Ernie [Grunfeld] and [owner] Ted [Leonsis], but I’€™d rather have Orlando’€™s team in four years.”

Another one of Wise’s targets was point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.

“He doesn’t have a feel for the game,” Falk said. “He only knows how to play one speed. ‘€¦ You can develop your jump shot all you want, but if you don’€™t know how to play more than an up-and-down game by the time you’€™re about 20 as a point guard, the chances of learning are very slim. I don’€™t see it happening.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 15, 1985, which Massachusetts-born NHL player scored his 42nd goal of the season to break the league record for American-born players?

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Report: NBA’s Hornets to change name to Pelicans 12.05.12 at 9:22 am ET
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According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the New Orleans Hornets will change their name to the Pelicans, possible next season. Tom Benson, who also owns the Saints, purchased the NBA team in April and owns the rights to the Pelicans name.

Louisiana is the Pelican State, and the brown pelican is the state bird.

The Hornets relocated from Charlotte in 2002. Michael Jordan , who owns the Bobcats — the team that replaced the Hornets in Charlotte — recently said that he would consider changing his team’s name to Hornets if the name became available.

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Jim Boeheim thinks LeBron James may be better than Michael Jordan 08.15.12 at 5:47 pm ET
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It’€™s only August and LeBron James is already having one of the best years a basketball player has ever had. In May, the 27-year-old won his third MVP award in four years. In June, he took home his first NBA title (and a finals MVP to go with it). And on Sunday, James topped it off with a gold medal in the Olympics.

He has been so great that Syracuse and USA assistant coach, Jim Boeheim believes James may even be better than, gulp, his Airness himself.

‘€œ[James] is a leader. He gets on the court, he tells people what to do ‘€¦ this guy can guard five [positions] ‘€¦ put him on anybody, he can guard him,’€ Boeheim told ESPN Radio Wednesday. ‘€œI always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen ‘€¦ I didn’t think it was close ‘€¦ and I’m not so sure anymore ‘€¦ this guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better ‘€¦ I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.’€

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Torre says Roger Clemens is deserving of Hall of Fame 07.02.12 at 7:28 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: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)
Swimming: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBC)


‘™¦ Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for Old-Timers’ Day, said he thinks Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame despite his alleged steroid use.

“He is [deserving] to me,” Torre said. “I can’t make other people look at him, I can just tell you the way I feel about him. I was proud to have him play for me and I respect him.”

Added Torre: “I’m a little prejudiced on Clemens. He was like a son to me. Unfortunately, the question is always going to be there with him. It’s something that’s sad for me ‘€¦ because I disliked him like everyone else until I got a chance to know him. He was a great teammate for these guys and he was very devoted to the team was playing on, and I always respected that.”

‘™¦ White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy allowed three home runs to the Yankees on Saturday, and he voiced his displeasure with the park’s hitter-friendly dimensions after suffering a 4-0 loss.

“They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run,” Peavy said.

Peavy added that New York’s left-handed hitters are locked in on the short fence in right.

“Every guy is standing right on the plate.” he said. “How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way. Except Robinson Cano. That’s why he’s hitting .300, because he will use the whole field.

“Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn’t you? They hit the ball in the air and it’s a home run.”

‘™¦ Michael Jordan‘s son Marcus, who averaged 13.7 points as a junior at Central Florida last season, was arrested in Omaha, Neb., early Sunday after he got into an argument with two women outside a hotel. Police said Jordan was “very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative” and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him.

Jordan was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing.

‘™¦ The New York Daily News has a nice feature on Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his relationship with the family of former Boston College defensive back Jay McGillis, who died of leukemia 20 years ago this month, following Coughlin’s first season as BC coach.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 2, 1975, which Red Sox hurler, in a bid to become the third pitcher ever to have a no-hitter in both leagues, came within one out of a no-hitter before allowing a walk and two home runs in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers?

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Report: Bobcats owner Michael Jordan eliminates Patrick Ewing as coaching candidate 05.30.12 at 3:48 pm ET
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Michael Jordan will not be hiring his longtime rival and “Space Jam” co-star Patrick Ewing as Bobcats coach, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

A league source told Yahoo! that Jordan, owner of the Bobcats, personally reached out to the Cambridge product to tell Ewing he’s been eliminated as a candidate to coach the team.

Despite a bitter rivalry as players, Jordan and Ewing are actually quite good friends off the court. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, that fact may have actually worked to Ewing’€™s detriment.

Wrote Wojnarowski: Jordan has been subject to biting criticism for hiring too many cronies and yes men through the years, and merely inviting Ewing for the interview started to inspire those kind of shots at Jordan again.

Before beginning a second round of interviews for the opening, the Bobcats are waiting to see whether they will win the NBA draft lottery and get the chance to draft Kentucky’s Anthony Davis.  The lottery takes place Wednesday night.

The report indicates that former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan leads the list of prominent candidates for the job, along with Warriors assistant Mike Malone and ex-Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan.

Ewing, who starred at Cambridge Rindge & Latin and then Georgetown after moving from Kingston, Jamaica, when he was 11 years old, has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for the Magic under recently fired Stan Van Gundy.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick most disliked NFL player in poll 11.08.11 at 7:32 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.

No games scheduled


‘™¦ Michael Vick might be rebuilding his image after his prison stint, but in the eyes of many people he has a long way to go. Forbes magazine has results of a poll of the most disliked players in the NFL, and the Eagles quarterback ranked first, with 60 percent of respondents saying they disliked him. Women were especially disapproving of Vick, with 70 percent viewing him negatively.

Vick is followed by Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Two first-year Patriots are on the list. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth checks in at No. 4, with a 46 percent disapproval rating, and receiver Chad Ochocinco is sixth at 35 percent.

‘™¦ Michael Jordan‘s image has been taking quite a hit the past few days, as reports emerged that the Bobcats owner has been taking a hard line toward negotiations with NBA players. This despite that fact that when he played, he showed no sympathy toward owners who could not turn a profit. Onetime Celtic Stephon Marbury, asked on Twitter about Jordan, tweeted: Mike has never been with the real. Mike lives up there in the air up there. He can’t come down.

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 football/academic powerhouses, giving equal weight to the NCAA’s graduation success rate and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer rankings. Stanford is No. 1, followed by Notre Dame and TCU. Boston College, despite ranking near the top in GSR, is nowhere to be found on the list due to its on-field struggles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 8, 2000, which player was named the 16th captain in Bruins history?

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Yes, Michael Jordan can still dunk 07.19.11 at 9:33 am ET
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It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Of course, the man whose nickname was His Airness and whose very silhouette has created a logo called Jumpman should still be able to dunk with the best of them, even if he is 48 years old and hasn’t played professionally since 2003.

But then again in case you were curious, here’s the video evidence of Michael Jordan‘s latest dunk via the Bobcats website. The team’s site alleges that a girl at Bobcats Fantasy Camp asked Jordan on Monday morning if he could still throw down. The answer was of course in the affirmative, but be forewarned, it’s not of the 360 or between-the-legs variety. But it is a Jordan dunk.

Just don’t expect the “Jordan considers NBA return” headlines anytime soon.

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