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Ricky Rubio on Kevin Love: ‘I want him to stay’ with Timberwolves 06.09.14 at 10:27 am ET
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Kevin Love could be on the move from the Timberwolves in the coming weeks, but not if Ricky Rubio has anything to say about it.

The point guard told NBA.com in a video interview on Sunday that he plans on calling Love in order to make a plea for the three-time All-Star to remain with the team.

“€œHe’€™s my teammate and I want to know how he feels and if he wants to stay or whatever,” Rubio said, adding: “Of course I want him to stay.”

While Rubio acknowledged that many media outlets seem to think it’€™s a forgone conclusion that Love will be playing in another city next season, he noted that he wants to hear from Love himself.

“€œI don’€™t want to convince him if he doesn’t want to stay. But I want him to stay, and I’€™m going to tell him what I think, which is we’ve been improving every year and he’€™s a great player, he helps us a lot,”€ Rubio said. “€œI think we need to make the next step. … The media says it’€™s pretty settled, but I don’€™t know what he thinks. What I’ve been hearing is from the media, not from him, so I don’€™t trust that. It can be an opinion from you guys. I just really want to talk to him as a teammate.”

While Rubio said that he wants to remain in Minnesota, he noted that the departure of a talented player like Love could have potential implications for his long-term future with the team.

“€œI like Minnesota. But I want to win, too. Of course when a big guy like him leaves you’€™re thinking about what’€™s going to be happening with the team. Are we going to lose a lot? Before I came to Minnesota, the season before they won like 17 games,”€ Rubio said. “I was a little scared when I went there. I’€™m coming from Europe, where I was playing in Barcelona. I think we lost six games or seven games in two seasons and every loss was a disaster. I don’€™t want to go through a process like every win is something special.

“If he leaves, it’€™s going to be painful because he’€™s a main guy. But it depends what we get back for him. We’€™ll see what we can do. I don’€™t think going through a rebuild year is going to help us because we’ve been improving every year and now we’€™re so close to making the playoffs that it doesn’t make sense to rebuild it again. It’€™s not continuing what we were doing.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: NBA says Kobe Bryant got away with last-second foul 03.29.13 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hawks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Heat at Hornets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Oregon vs. Louisville, 7:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Michigan vs. Kansas, 7:37 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Michigan State vs. Duke, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Florida Gulf Coast vs. Florida, 9:57 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Mighty Ducks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Yale vs. Minnesota, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Wisconsin vs. UMass-Lowell, 4:30 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Niagara vs. North Dakota, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: NCAA tournament, Denver vs. New Hampshire, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Nationals, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Blue Jays at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Athletics at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

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♦ The NBA on Thursday confirmed what the Timberwolves already knew: Kobe Bryant fouled Ricky Rubio on a 3-point attempt just before the buzzer in the Lakers’ 120-117 victory Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

“Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion,” the league said on its website. “Rubio should have been awarded three free throws.”

Rubio, who complained to officials after the play, said his team hasn’t been treated the same as more successful franchises such as the Lakers.

“We have to earn the respect,” Rubio said. “But I don’t understand how things go sometimes. We just want to play basketball, play hard as we can and do all the things. Sometimes it’s not fair because we give 100 percent and sometimes we can’t control things. But we have to improve things that we can control.”

Bryant, meanwhile, showed little sympathy. When asked about the play right after the game, he said: “That’s not a foul. You don’t call that [stuff].”

Later, he tried to downplay the importance of the play. If a foul was called, “we’d have went into overtime and won the game,” he said. “Simple as that.”

Meanwhile, Bryant was spotted walking with the aid of a crutch after Thursday night’s game (a 113-103 loss to the Bucks), although he played down the injury, which the Lakers described as bone spurs.

♦ The Mets, stung by Thursday’s news that pitcher Johan Santana has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and likely will miss the entire season, were answering questions about some infighting after a recent intrasquad game.

Star pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and 21-year-old infielder Aderlin Rodriguez were involved in an incident during the game last Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., that reportedly led to players taking sides along ethnic lines in the clubhouse.

Rodriguez homered off Wheeler and apparently strutted around the bases, leading to the 22-year-old right-hander hitting Rodriguez his next time up. In the clubhouse after the game, “Some of the American guys and some of the Latin guys were circling and yelling at each other,” a source told the New York Daily News.

The team reprimanded both players. Said vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta: “We’ve talked to everybody involved, and I think at this point it’s done with.”

♦ Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has taken steps to file a defamation lawsuit against ESPN. Fine filed paperwork in November, but it had not been reported until Thursday.

In November of 2011 the network reported two ball boys’ claims that Fine sexually abused them. Fine was fired 10 days later, following a third man’s accusation. No charges were filed against Fine.

Fine, 67, has served as a consultant for an Israeli basketball team since leaving Syracuse.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 29 of which year did the Bruins beat the Rangers, 2-1, to complete a two-game sweep of the Stanley Cup finals and win their first championship?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Suggs says Ravens would accept gay teammate 02.01.13 at 7:49 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Timberwolves, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Manhattan at Siena, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Detroit, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blues at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at Merrimack, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Dartmouth at Union, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Terrell Suggs

♦ While 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver continued to apologize for his anti-gay remarks from Tuesday — “That’s not what I feel in my heart,” he said Thursday — Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs went out of his way to say that his team would have no issue with a gay teammate.

“We wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Suggs told reporters in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. “We don’t care. Our biggest thing in the locker room is to just have fun and stay loose. We don’t really care too much about that. We’re a football team. I said it [Wednesday], everybody deserves a certain amount of privacy. Who cares? Whatever a person’s choice is, it’s their choice.”

Added Suggs: “On this team, with so many different personalities, we just accept people for who they are and we don’t really care too much about a player’s sexuality. To each their own. You know who you are, and we accept you for it.”

Culliver spent most of an hour-long media session Thursday trying to mend fences, saying, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments. Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation. … I treat everyone equal. That’s not how I feel.”

Meanwhile, Seahawks punter Jon Ryan weighed in and opined that commissioner Roger Goodell should suspend Culliver.

Tweeted Ryan: If Chris Culliver isn’t suspended by Goodell then I am absolutely embarrassed to be part of a league that accepts this type of behavior.

♦ Following rumors that the Yankees would attempt to get out from under the final five years of Alex Rodriguez‘ contract, perhaps with the player’s cooperation following his latest PED controversy, the New York Post reports that A-Rod continues to work toward returning to the team following his offseason hip surgery.

“Alex is working diligently on his rehabilitation and looks forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible,” a source told the paper.

The report indicates that the team and the league are being patient regarding Rodriguez’ situation, and preparing for the possibility that an investigation into the South Florida situation ends up failing to prove anything.

♦ CBS Sports NFL studio panelist Dan Marino confirmed a New York Post report that he had an affair with a CBS production assistant in 2005 that led to the birth of a daughter. Marino, who has six children with his wife, agreed to a settlement with the woman and kept the secret from the network and his own agent for seven years.

“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” the Hall of Fame quarterback said in a statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 1, 2004, which Bruin recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the Penguins and in the process set a team record by scoring six consecutive Bruins goals over three games?

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Ricky Rubio announces plans to join Timberwolves 06.17.11 at 11:17 am ET
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Spanish basketball star Ricky Rubio announced in a press conference in Barcelona on Friday that he will leave Regal Barcelona to join the Timberwolves, who drafted him in 2009.

“It is my dream and I want to fulfill it,” he said. “After thinking about it a lot, the time has arrived.”

Though Rubio was drafted with the fifth pick overall, the $6 million buyout on his contract with Barcelona was too expensive for Rubio to pay himself.

The NBA prevented the Timberwolves from contributing more than $500,000 to help Rubio, so the team had to wait two years for Rubio’s buyout to be lowered to about $1.4 million.

“This is a day our organization and our fans have been eagerly awaiting from the moment we drafted him, and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ricky to Minnesota,” Timberwolves president David Kahn said in a statement Friday.

A source close to the deal told the Associated Press that Rubio signed his NBA contract on May 31 so as to be included in the current rookie wage scale.

The AP reported that the Timberwolves will introduce Rubio later this week. Minnesota also owns the second pick in next week’s NBA draft.

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Report: Ricky Rubio to join Timberwolves next season 06.02.11 at 3:53 pm ET
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When Timberwolves general manager David Kahn drafted Ricky Rubio fifth overall in the 2009 draft, he knew it could be years before the Spanish guard arrived in the NBA. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Rubio and the Timberwolves have reached an agreement for the point guard to play for the Wolves in the 2011-12 season.

Rubio’s signing does make it even more likely that Kahn will trade Minnesota’s No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming 2011 NBA draft.

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Timberwolves reportedly look to acquire Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo 12.31.10 at 7:14 am ET
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CBSSports.com reported that the Timberwolves plan on making a significant push to acquire Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. The 2008 first-round pick, whose rights were traded to Memphis by the Wolves in a deal that brought Kevin Love to Minnesota on draft night in 2008, is coming off the bench for the Grizzlies and reportedly isn’t happy with his role on the team.

The Wolves would like Mayo to start alongside Ricky Rubio next season. A source familiar with the situation told Wolves team officials that Rubio will play with the team in Minnesota next season.

Sources also say that Minnesota is targeting forward Anthony Randolph, a player sitting on the bench now for the Knicks who was originally designed to directly replace David Lee, now with the Warriors.

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