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Ex-NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire: I would ‘shower across the street’ to avoid gay teammate 03.01.17 at 4:09 pm ET
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Amar'e Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points per game during his NBA career. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Amar’e Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points per game during his NBA career. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

When former NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet four years ago, he appeared to receive widespread support around the league. Several stars, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, tweeted out their admiration for him. But it’s important to remember that despite public displays of solidarity, homophobia still persists in locker rooms across the country. Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire demonstrated that this week when he was asked about the prospect of having a gay teammate.

In an interview with the Israel-based Walla! Sports, Stoudemire said he wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing a post-game shower with a gay person.

“I’m going to shower across the street. Make sure my change of clothes are around the corner. And I’m going to drive — take a different route to the gym,” he said.

The former Suns and Knicks forward didn’t back off when he was asked whether he was kidding.

“There’s always a truth within a joke,” Stoudemire said.

After 15 seasons in the NBA, Stoudemire is currently playing for Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel’s Premier League. He was fined $50,000 in 2012 for tweeting a gay slur during the offseason, which he apologized for.

“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” he said, via ESPN. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”

But after listening to Stoudemire’s most recent comments, it’s apparent his apology was little more than lip service. Considering no active player in the four major professional sports leagues has come out since Collins and former NFL prospect Michael Sam in 2013, it’s safe to surmise Stoudemire probably isn’t alone, either. On a corporate level, the sports world is more tolerant than ever before. But Stoudemire’s statement is a reminder there’s still a lot of work to be done.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Oft-injured RB Reggie Bush ‘full strength,’ signs 1-year deal with Bills 08.02.16 at 7:55 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: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 7:10 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Athletics at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush

— Reggie Bush is looking forward to proving he has something left, signing a one-year contract with the Bills to help at running back and kick returner.

Bush, 31, tore his meniscus ligament while playing for the Rams last season, his 10th in the NFL, and acknowledged he was concerned “my career could be over.” Now the one-time Dolphin — who has appeared in just 29 games over the past three seasons due to injuries — is back in the AFC East, passing a physical Monday morning and meeting with Bills executives before making it official.

“I’m in shape. I’m full strength. I’m ready to go,” Bush told reporters Monday at Bills training camp in Rochester, New York. “It feels good to be back on a team and back to playing football.”

Buffalo will be missing backup running back Karlos Williams for the first four games of the season due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Rex Ryan’s team also did not have a true return specialist last season.

“We are always looking to improve our roster,” general manager Doug Whaley said. “We had targeted Reggie because we feel a player of his caliber can help us in a variety of areas.”

Led by starting running back LeSean McCoy, the Bills led the league in rushing last season.

“I’m a fan,” Bush said of McCoy. “I think it’s going to be pretty cool to have both of us back there making some plays.”

— Outfielder Yasiel Puig’s future with the Dodgers is uncertain, as the former All-Star appeared targeted for the minors after Los Angeles failed to find another team willing to make a deal for him, while bringing in Josh Reddick from the Athletics at the trade deadline.

There were reports Monday that Puig was upset and refused to join the team for its trip to Colorado, but manager Dave Roberts said it was the team’s decision that Puig stay home. Puig’s agent said he was told the Cuban slugger likely would be sent down.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Antonio Cromartie reportedly close to rejoining Darrelle Revis with Jets 03.11.15 at 8:08 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Grizzlies at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Florida State vs. Clemson, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Nebraska, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh vs. NC State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rutgers vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: American at Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech vs. Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton vs. DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Rangers at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Women’s Algarve Cup, United States vs. France, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Paris at Chelsea, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

NYDN cover 3-11-15Darrelle Revis is leaving the Patriots and returning to the Meadowlands, and fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie might be joining him in the Jets defensive backfield.

Cromartie had a solid year with the Cardinals in 2014 after being released by New York after a disappointing 2013 season. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was involved in serious discussions with Jets brass late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to reports in the New York media.

Cromartie, who played for New York from 2010-13 and still owns a house in the area, has shown an interest in playing for new Jets coach Todd Bowles, who worked with Cromartie as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals last season.

“I know their coaching staff, I know everybody, my house is there, so would it be easy? Yeah, it would be an easy choice, if the opportunity presented itself,” he said last month. “But at the same time, I’ve got to look forward to trying to win a Super Bowl, also.”

The Jets also reportedly agreed to a deal with former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine on Tuesday, as they go about rebuilding a defensive backfield that was a huge problem last year.

— Amar’e Stoudemire took a buyout from the Knicks and signed with the Mavericks so he could get another shot at the postseason. It hasn’t been working out well, as Dallas is 5-6 since Stoudemire’s arrival and losing ground in the Western Conference playoff race.

After the latest loss, Tuesday’s 127-94 embarrassment at home vs. the Cavaliers, Stoudemire voiced his frustration.

“I came here to win, and we’re [4 1/2] games out of being out of the playoffs, which is unacceptable,” Stoudemire told reporters. “This is something we can’t accept. We’ve got to find a way to refocus. We’ve got to key into the details of the game of basketball.

“We can’t cheat the game. We can’t screw around in games and practices and joke around all the time and figure we’re going to win games. This is the pros. It’s the highest level of basketball. We’ve got to act that way.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Yankee critical of team’s decision to retire Andy Pettitte’s number 02.17.15 at 8:34 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: Sabres at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Baylor at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Saint Louis at VCU, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alabama at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

The Yankees confirmed Monday that they will retire three numbers this season and create plaques in Monument Park for Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams. Willie Randolph also will get a plaque.

One of those player’s inclusions didn’t sit well with another former Yankee.

Chuck Knoblauch, a second baseman in the late 1990s, took to Twitter to voice his disapproval that Pettitte, who admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, would receive the team’s ultimate honor.

Wrote Knoblauch: Congrats to 46. Yankees retiring his number. Hopefully they don’t retire it like his HGH testimony.

Knoblauch was named on the 2007 report by George Mitchell along with Pettitte as having used PEDs, and both players admitted their transgressions before congressional investigators the following year.

Unlike Pettitte, Knoblauch was unable to win back the adulation of Yankees fans, and he has had legal issues, including allegations of domestic violence, since leaving the game. Knoblauch admitted to a Twitter follower that the Twins, his original team, canceled his induction into its Hall of Fame following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Tweeted one follower to Knoblauch: Really the biggest difference between Andy Pettitte and @chuckknoblauch is that Yankees fans still love Andy. Sorry.

Responded Knoblauch: Don’t be.

Pettitte will be honored Aug. 23, one day after Posada’s tribute. Williams will be feted May 24. Randolph will be honored as part of Old Timer’s Day on June 20.

The addition of Pettitte’s No. 46, Posada’s No. 20 and Williams’ No. 51 will bring the number of retired Yankees jerseys to 20. And Derek Jeter, another member of the team that won four World Series in a five-year span from 1996-2000, likely will be next on the list.

Randolph was an infielder on the Yankees’ championship teams in 1977 and ’78 and then coached for 11 years.

— Amar’e Stoudemire, who asked for and received a buyout from the Knicks, reportedly will sign with the Mavericks in an attempt to win a championship.

Stoudemire can’t make any commitments official until he clears waivers Wednesday.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” Stoudemire said after being waived Monday. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick, always a Knick.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly agree to buyout with Amar’e Stoudemire 02.16.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Flames, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7 pm. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hampton at Morgan State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at Preston North, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

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Amar’e Stoudemire

— Amar’e Stoudemire’s days with the Knicks appear to be over.

According to multiple reports, Stoudemire and the Knicks reached an agreement on a buyout that will make the oft-injured six-time All-Star free to sign with any team (once he clears waivers). The 32-year-old is expected to draw interest from a number of contenders, especially in the Western Conference.

“It’s hard for me to believe,” teammate Carmelo Anthony said after Sunday’s All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. “It hasn’t really sunk in. One of the main reasons I came to New York is because of him.”

Stoudemire is in the final season of a five-year, $100 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2010 after eight seasons with the Suns. He averaged 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 78 games in his first season in New York but has played in just 177 games in the 3 1/2 seasons since then.

“Obviously playing these 13 years and through the few injuries, Father Time is ticking. So you know that you want to take advantage of good health when you can and try to win a championship when you can,” Stoudemire said before the All-Star break, speculating that an agreement was near. “It’€™s definitely kind of a bittersweet moment, going over all the joyful things that I have accomplished in New York.”

— Condolences and remembrances poured in Sunday for Steve Montador after the former NHL defenseman died Sunday at the age of 35.

Montador was found unconscious in his Ontario home early Sunday, according to Peel Region Police, adding that no foul play was suspected.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Family says Seahawks’ play call contributes to man’s death 02.06.15 at 8:15 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: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Raptors, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Dartmouth at Yale, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Dayton at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Siena at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: High Point at Coastal Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blackhawks at Jets, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Notre Dame at Maine, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Denver at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A 53-year-old Seahawks fan had a heart attack and died a few hours after Sunday’s Super Bowl, and according to his family, the team’s poor play call in the final minute contributed to the man’s passing.

With the ball at the 1-yard line and time ticking away in Sunday’s game, the Seahawks chose not to give the ball to standout running back Marshawn Lynch and instead throw a pass. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted it, securing the Patriots’ 28-24 victory.

Michael Sven Vedvik died a few hours later while sleeping at his home in Kent, Washington.

“We blame the Seahawks’ lousy play call for Mike’s untimely demise,” the paid obituary in The Spokesman-Review read.

In a follow-up interview with the Spokane newspaper, Stephanie Vedvik said that her husband — who had been not been feeling well but thought it was only indigestion or stress — didn’t actually watch the game, as he recorded it with plans to watch it later. She said Michael would have enjoyed the line, which originated with his brother-in-law.

“My husband would have thought it was hysterical,” Stephanie said. “If I had read this obituary to my husband about somebody else, he would have had a laugh.”

Added Stephanie: It was just so true because my husband would have said, ‘What a dumb-ass.’ ”

— Downhill skier Bode Miller‘s season is over after he tore his right hamstring tendon while crashing during a world championship super-G race Thursday in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Miller had posted the fastest time through the first part of the course before crashing and suffering a large gash on his lower right leg. He had surgery later in the day.

Tweeted Miller after the operation: Out of a successful surgery for a severed hamstring tendon. Feeling lucky since things could have been way worse.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees stuck with huge luxury tax bill, Red Sox just under mark 12.18.13 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bulls at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: N.C. State at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Francisco at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: LSU at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Yankees didn’t make the playoffs this year, but they did lead baseball in one category: luxury tax. The Yankees received a bill Tuesday from MLB for $28.1 million, pushing their total since the tax began in 2003 to more than $250 million.

The Yankees, who have had baseball’s highest payroll for 15 straight years, pay a 50 percent rate for every dollar over $178 million on their payroll because the team has been over the tax threshold at least four consecutive years. Their $28.1 million bill Tuesday is second only to their $34.1 million bill after the 2005 season.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has said he wants to avoid surpassing next year’s threshold of $189 million, but after their most recent free agent binge — including the signing of former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury — the Yankees already are locked in to $177.7 million for 15 players. However, if Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is upheld, that would provide New York some salary relief.

The Dodgers were the only other team to be taxed this year, receiving a bill for $11.4 million. The Red Sox avoided the penalty by finishing $225,666 under the $178 million payroll threshold.

According to MLB, the average salary for a player increased 7.1 percent to $3,326,645, the steepest rise since 2006.

‘€¢ The dysfunctional Knicks continue to make news for the wrong reasons. On Monday, following a 102-101 loss to the Wizards in which the team showed a lack of poise in the closing seconds, coach Mike Woodson announced that Amar’e Stoudemire would be sidelined because his knees were swelling.

Stoudemire responded via Twitter on Tuesday, refuting his coach’s statement and explaining that he just needed rest after playing six games in nine days, including two back-to-backs.

Tweeted Stoudemire: Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I’m ONLY stay’n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks! Body & Knees feel great!

Woodson, meanwhile, again addressed the ending to Monday night’s game, when the Knicks had a defensive lapse to allow the game-winning layup with six seconds left, then didn’t call a timeout and showed no urgency before Carmelo Anthony threw up an off-balance 3-pointer that was well off the mark.

“Bad coaching,” Woodson said Tuesday. “We made a lot of bad mistakes coming down the stretch. It happens sometimes. And I don’€™t mean that in just a blow-off way. We didn’€™t take the foul when we should have and we talked about it, I didn’€™t call the timeout, so I mean, I can’€™t go back and get it. But I’ve got to learn from it and we’ve got to learn from it as a team, and if we are in that position again we can’€™t let that happen.”

‘€¢ President Barack Obama sent a clear message to Russia when on Tuesday he named tennis legend Billie Jean King and other openly gay athletes to serve as part of the U.S delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies of February’s Sochi Olympics.

Russia has been heavily criticized for passing a national law banning “gay propaganda,” and although the White House did not mention the law Tuesday, a spokesman said the delegation “represents the diversity that is the United States.”

Said King: “I am equally proud to stand with the members of the LGBT community in support of all athletes who will be competing in Sochi and I hope these Olympic Games will indeed be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people.”

Openly gay women’s hockey player Caitlin Cahow, a Connecticut native who played at Harvard, will attend the closing ceremony as part of the U.S. delegation.

The White House also announced that Obama will not attend the Winter Games, nor will the vice president, the first lady or a former president.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 18, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his ninth (and final) career hat trick and added two assists in a 6-5 loss to the Hartford Whalers?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Amar’e Stoudemire fined $50,000 for offensive tweet 06.27.12 at 6:52 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: White Sox at Twins, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Indians at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European Championship semifinals, Portugal vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire apologized Tuesday after he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for using a homosexual slur in a tweet to a fan who had criticized him.

“I am a huge supporter of civil rights for all people,” Stoudemire said in a statement. “I am disappointed in myself for my statement to a fan. I should have known better and there is no excuse.”

Stoudemire used an expletive and the slur Saturday when tweeting the fan, identified by the New York Daily News as Brian Ferrelli, who had tweeted that the All-Star “better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season.” Stoudemire, who averaged 17.5 points and 7.8 rebounds, his lowest marks since his rookie season in 2002-03 with the Suns, tweeted back: [Expletive] you. I don’t have to do any thing [slur].

Ferrelli then posted a screen shot of the offensive tweet on the web. That was followed by Stoudemire tweeting an apology, which Ferrelli accepted.

‘™¦ Former Trail Blazers star Clyde Drexler spoke candidly about Magic Johnson for a book about the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. In “Dream Team” by Jack McCallum, Drexler said members of the team pitied Magic because they thought he would die after testing HIV positive, and he said Magic “couldn’t play much by that time. He couldn’t guard his shadow.”

“But you have to have to understand what was going on then. Everybody kept waiting for Magic to die,” Drexler said. “Every time he’d run up the court everybody would feel sorry for the guy, and he’d get all that benefit of the doubt. Magic came across like, ‘All this is my stuff.’ Really? Get outta here, dude. He was on the declining end of his career.”

Drexler also commented about Magic’s performance in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. Magic, named as a special 13th player to the West roster, was named MVP after finishing with 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Drexler also played very well, recording 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Said Drexler: “If we all knew Magic was going to live this long, I would’ve gotten the MVP of that game, and Magic probably wouldn’t have made the Olympic team.”

‘™¦ LaDainian Tomlinson, who retired this month after a stellar career at running back with the Chargers and Jets, had an interesting and honest response when asked if he would rather win a Super Bowl or be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

‘€œHall of Fame player without a ring, because you’€™ve got to sacrifice so much individually just to be good,” he said. “They draft you individually and you’€™ve got to back them up and make them right. I think at the end of the day, even though I didn’€™t win a Super Bowl ring, I felt like I backed them up for drafting me. I backed up the San Diego Chargers for picking me with the fifth pick.’€

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 27, which Red Sox player tied a major league record by recording three hits (single, double, triple) in one inning — the 14-run first inning of a 25-8 rout of the Marlins at Fenway?

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Report: NBA will investigate Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire for homosexual slur to fan on Twitter 06.25.12 at 12:16 pm ET
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One week after both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields received NBA Social Media awards, sources told the New York Post that the NBA plans to investigate the authenticity of a homosexual slur recently tweeted by their Knicks teammate Amar’€™e Stoudemire.

After receiving a harshly worded tweet from a fan telling him he needed to step it up next season, Stoudemire allegedly sent a direct message to the fan calling him a homosexual slur.

“You better come back a lot stronger and quicker to make up for this past season, dead[butt],” the fan tweeted.

Stoudemire’€™s alleged reply was: ‘€œ[Expletive] you. I don’€™t have to do anything [slur].’€™’€™

The fan forwarded the photo of the tweets to Deadspin.com, which later reported that Stoudemire ultimately apologized to the fan, though only after the story had been published.

‘€œI apologize for what I said earlier,’€ Stoudemire allegedly messaged. ‘€œI just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No excuses. Won’€™t happen again.’€

Stoudemire’s spokesperson did not return several messages from the Post seeking comment on whether Stoudemire actually sent the message.

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Phil Jackson says he’s not interested in Knicks, Magic 06.16.12 at 9:23 pm ET
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While 66-year-old Phil Jackson expressed interest in a possible return to the NBA coaching ranks, the job openings in New York and Orlando didn’t pique his interest.

Jackson told HBO’s “Real Sports” in a interview scheduled to air Tuesday that the Knicks never contacted him. However, if they had offered him, Jackson said, “I wasn’t going to take the job, that’s for sure.”

The former coach of the Bulls and Lakers coach called the Knicks roster “clumsy” and wasn’t interested in changing that.

“They don’t fit together well. [Amar’e] Stoudemire doesn’t fit well with Carmelo [Anthony],” Jackson said. “Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s got to play in a certain system and a way. … Carmelo has to be a better passer and the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kind of blend that group together.”

Jackson, a former Knicks player, was rumored to be a candidate for the job in New York before the team signed interim coach Mike Woodson to a 3-year deal.

He also stated that the Orlando job wasn’t appealing to him because it’s too far from his home in Montana.

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