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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Anthony Davis breaks NBA All-Star Game scoring record with 52 points, comments on DeMarcus Cousins trade 02.20.17 at 8:44 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: Florida at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Boston College at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Baylor at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Pelicans forward Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA All-Star Game scoring record Sunday night with a whopping 52 points. Most of these points came from dunks.

Davis was named the All-Star Game MVP.

The West prevailed 192-182 in the game against the East.

Davis also commented on the Pelicans’ acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings Sunday night.

“This is an unbelievable weekend,” Davis said. “All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn’t get better than this.”

Here is the video of the moment DeMarcus Cousins found out he was traded to Pelicans on Sunday:

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Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers sign with Hornets 07.24.12 at 6:02 pm ET
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The Hornets signed their two first round picks on Tuesday, finalizing the contracts for first-overall pick Anthony Davis and 10th-overall pick Austin Rivers. The deals are formalities though, as the values of their rookie contracts are outlined by the collective bargaining agreement.

Davis signed a three-year guaranteed contract worth more than $16 million, around $5 million of which will be paid in the first year of his deal.  The 6-foot-11 power forward averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks with Kentucky in his only season with Kentucky.

Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, was inked to a three-year, guaranteed deal worth almost $5.9 million, nearly $1.9 million of which will be paid during his rookie season.  The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 15.5 points in his only season at Duke while shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

Now, the Hornets only have their second-round pick Darius Miller left to sign from the draft. Unlike the two first-round selections, the 6-foot-8 forward must negotiate his contract as most players who are selected in the second-round do not have gully guaranteed contracts.

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Hornets forward Anthony Davis injures ankle, might miss Olympics 07.02.12 at 8:34 pm ET
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No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Anthony Davis may have been in consideration for the Olympic team in London later this month, but an ankle injury could force him to sit out.

Davis, along with Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom, was supposed to travel to Las Vegas for a workout in front of Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, ESPN reported. This was reportedly an audition for Davis on Wednesday, before the start of Team USA training camp. Davis, Griffin and Odom were under consideration because of the frontcourt injuries to Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge .

ESPN reports that Davis is expected to miss “up to two weeks” with an ankle sprain. The Hornets confirmed the injury in a statement on Monday and consider him day-to-day.

Krzyzewski told’s Andy Katz that the team has not made a decision on Davis’ status for the Olympics.

“There’s no definitive word yet on that,” Krzyzewski said. “We’re still planning on him coming out to Vegas and see what his condition is going forward. We haven’t talked to any doctors or anything like that.”

The USA coach said that the first two days of training camp before the 12-man roster announcement on July 7 is not a tryout.

“If they’re a part of the 18, there’s no such thing as a tryout anymore,” Krzyzewski said. “You become part of a pool and then there is a competition, and then there are contract situations, family situations, then we get to the 12 of the pool. It’s not like the guy gets cut. Once you’re in the pool, you’re in the pool.”

If Davis misses the Olympics due to injury he will join Derrick Rose, Aldridge, Howard, Bosh and Dwyane Wade in that camp.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Barack Obama draws ire of Red Sox fans for Kevin Youkilis joke 06.26.12 at 6:39 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.

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Tigers at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ President Barack Obama usually gets a warm reception in Democrat-heavy Massachusetts, but on Monday he found out that tweaking Red Sox fans is not the way to go. Obama, speaking at a Symphony Hall fundraiser, was booed for thanking Boston for sending Kevin Youkilis to the president’s favorite team, the White Sox.

“I guess I should not have brought up baseball,” he said after the strong reaction. “I understand. My mistake, my mistake. You’ve got to know your crowd.”

‘™¦ Spurs guard Tony Parker said the eye injury he suffered during a fight between singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake‘s entourage at a New York City nightclub was extremely serious.

“I almost lost my eye,” Parker said in a story on his website, noting that he had to have an operating to remove a shard that had “penetrated 99 percent” of his left eye.

Parker is in Paris, where he is supposed to be practicing with France’s Olympic team, but he said he needs to get clearance from a specialist in New York before he can participate in the Summer Games.

‘™¦ Anthony Davis, expected to be the No 1 overall NBA draft pick Thursday, has trademarked the phrases “Fear the brow” and “Raise the brow” in reference to his pronounced eyebrows that meet in the middle of his head.

“I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” Davis told CNBC. “Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”

A University of Kentucky representative said the school monitored companies’ attempts to capitalize on Davis’ brow during his championship season with the Wildcats.

“We sent a half-a-dozen cease-and-desist letter,” said Jason Schlafter, UK’s associate athletic director for marketing. “But towards the end of the season, people were getting really creative.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 26, 1998, the NHL held an expansion draft to stock the Predators franchise. Which player was selected from the Bruins but eventually returned to Boston to coach the B’s?

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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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Kentucky starters headline group of early NBA draft entries 04.18.12 at 11:42 am ET
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The University of Kentucky put together a historically dominant 2011-12 season, one complete with a national championship spearheaded by an uber-talented collection of freshmen and sophomores. Now, two weeks removed from cutting down the nets in New Orleans, all five members of the Wildcats’ starting lineup have announced that they will forgo their remaining years of eligibility and declare for the 2012 NBA draft.

The group of early entrants is one stocked with projected first-round talent that includes freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague along with sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.

The headliner of the group is Davis, who just completed one of the more decorated seasons in the history of college basketball, particularly for a freshman. Davis, a center, captured several major national player of the year awards and was the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Noted for his remarkable presence on the defensive end, Davis is almost universally projected as the No. 1 overall pick.

“It’s been a great opportunity playing here. I’ll miss this team, the way we played together. We all love each other,” Davis said in a team press conference Tuesday night. “I’m just going to miss this place. We won an NCAA championship here and did a lot. We all did a lot for this school and I’m going to miss it.”

Kidd-Gilchrist, a dynamic and play-making small forward, also is widely projected as a top-five pick, with many mock draft boards listing him as the No. 2 prospect available, just behind Davis. Jones was viewed as a potential lottery pick after his freshman season and is still viewed in that same light after an impressive end to his sophomore season.

Teague, the younger brother of Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, struggled throughout much of his freshman season but still is seen as a likely first-round pick along with Lamb, who scored a game-high 22 points in the national championship game. If all five Kentucky players are selected in the first round, it would tie the record for most first-round picks from a single school in a given draft, a mark set by Kentucky in 2010.

The Kentucky starters are the most high profile of the early entrants, but several of the projected top picks in the draft are coming out early. Following is a list of other players who have declared for the draft.

Thomas Robinson, Kansas junior forward
Andre Drummond, UConn freshman center
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina sophomore forward
Jeremy Lamb, UConn sophomore guard
Bradley Beal, Florida freshman guard
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State junior forward
Austin Rivers, Duke freshman guard
Damian Lillard, Weber State junior guard
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State sophomore forward
Dion Waiters, Syracuse sophomore guard
Will Barton, Memphis sophomore guard
J’Covan Brown, Texas junior guard
Dominic Cheek, Villanova junior guard
Jared Cunningham, Oregon State junior guard
Moe Harkless, St. John’s freshman guard/forward
John Henson, North Carolina junior forward
John Jenkins, Junior, Vanderbilt
Perry Jones III, Sophomore, Baylor
Meyers Leonard, Sophomore, Illinois
Kendall Marshall, Sophomore, North Carolina
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh junior guard
Fab Melo, Syracuse sophomore center
Khris Middleton, Texas A&M junior forward
Terrence Ross, Washington sophomore guard
Renardo Sidney, Mississippi State junior forward
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown junior forward
Maalik Wayns, Villanova junior guard
Royce White, Iowa State sophomore forward
Tony Wroten, Jr., Washington freshman guard

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh, Lions’ Jim Schwartz avoid fines from NFL 10.18.11 at 7:51 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: Hurricanes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz were not fined for their actions at the end of Sunday’s Lions-49ers game. In the Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp writes that this is another example of the NFL’s double standard, and players should be upset that they face more rigid standards.

“Fortunately, there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine,” the NFL said Monday in a statement about the incident. “However, both coaches told [NFL executive vice president of football operations] Ray Anderson today that their postgame conduct was wrong and won’t happen again. We believe their response is the correct one and that their postgame conduct going forward will be more appropriate.”

Meanwhile, 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis and Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, who had their own confrontation on the field during Sunday’s game, continued their battle on Twitter. Davis started things off by taunting the Lions after San Francisco’s win, and he kept it going after Avril checked in, although Davis later deleted two of his more obnoxious posts.

‘™¦ Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk gave a middle-finger salute after sacking Rams quarterback Sam Bradford Sunday. He apologized after the game and claimed it was “running joke” with his teammates, not meant for the public to see. “I’€™m stupid,” he said. “I don’€™t even realize sometimes when I’€™m out there that anyone’€™s out there; the TVs or anything.”

However, Packers defensive back Charles Woodson said Monday he’s not aware of any inside joke. “No, I had not heard about it,’€ Woodson told sports radio show host Jim Rome. ‘€œI don’€™t know that I’€™ve ever seen that. From what I heard it was some kind of inside joke but I have no clue. I don’€™t know who else knew about it either. I guess there were a couple people who knew about it but it caught everybody else off guard. So the joke’€™s on us I guess.”

‘™¦ With the Cardinals are in the World Series after trailing in the National League wild card race by 10 1/2 games on Aug. 25, Real Clear Sports has compiled a top 10 list of unlikely World Series winners. No. 1 is the 1969 Mets, followed by the 1987 Twins and the 1988 Dodgers. No. 10 is the 2004 Red Sox.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 18, 1981, the Patriots beat the Houston Oilers, 38-10, for their second and final victory of their league-worst 2-14 season, Against which team did the Pats record their other win? (Hint: It was an AFC West team that finished with a winning record.)

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