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BALTIMORE — When then-New York Yankees manager Joe Torre was searching for a pregame spark for Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, he handed him the floor. When starting pitcher Ron Guidry wanted refuge from aGeorge Steinbrenner pep talk before another decisive game — the one-game playoff with the Boston Red Soxto determine the 1978 American League East champion — he turned to him. When Steinbrenner was considering potential captains, he bounced names off him. “Gee, I’m kind of surprised you’re asking me,” Gene Monahan recalls saying to the...Continue reading »

NEW YORK (AP) – Julio Teheran gave flashes of his vast potential in earning his first big league win and the Atlanta Braves, using a lineup with Chipper Jones starting as the No. 2 hitter for the first time in 15 years, beat the New York Mets 5-1 Thursday night to complete a sweep of a doubleheader made necessary by the threat of Hurricane Irene. Jones had a sacrifice fly and RBI double in the nightcap and a solo homer and a double in the opener, a 6-5 victory for Atlanta. The Braves were making a quick stop in New York to play two games postponed Aug. 27-28 after being...Continue reading »

HollywoodReporter reports: Lionsgate has been hit with a quirky copyright infringement lawsuit over a piece of music used in documentary More Than A Game, which chronicles basketball superstar LeBron James’ rise during his high school days in Ohio. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Georgia federal court comes from Mason Hall, a songwriter who says he authored a copyrighted composition entitled, “We Ready.” Hall is suing Lionsgate as well as what may or may not be a LeBron James label at Interscope Records (”Interscope Lebron LLC”) for using his composition in the...Continue reading »

Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reports: A third free agent who played for the Nuggets last year is in serious talks to play in China. Kenyon Martin has received significant interest from two professional teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, which would make him the highest-paid player in the history of that league, a source said today. The CBA will not allow players contract opt-outs should the NBA season begins before the CBA’s season ends. The NBA is currently in a labor lockout. The longtime Nuggets power forward is currently weighing his options. If...Continue reading »

When the NBA gets back to the business of playing basketball, Serge Ibaka might be in a position to make a huge leap forward, thanks to a cool summer internship. While most NBA players in the United States have been relegated by the lockout to showing off their skills in glorified pickup games, Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s power forward, will be practicing with and playing for one of the premier international teams and in one of the best basketball tournaments in the world. Ibaka, who spent one season with Ricoh Manresa in the Spanish ACB league before joining...Continue reading »

Wilson Chandler said he has signed a contract with the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association, a move that would essentially preclude him from participating in the 2011-12 NBA season if the lockout ends and the games begin. The Chinese Basketball Association will not allow players with existing contracts to sign with its teams, so playing in China is only an option for free agents such as Chandler, a restricted free agent who finished the 2010-11 season with the Denver Nuggets. Adande: Chandler’s Risky Proposition By deciding to go to China, Wilson...Continue reading »

As fun as their matchup was, it’s difficult to assess either player’s ability when neither team showed much interest in defending. LeBron and Durant have both worked hard to improve their defense, and that deserves celebration. It’s a huge reason their teams reached the NBA Finals and conference finals, respectively. And fans want those higher stakes. Tuesday, none of that mattered. Mostly, the game was about what NBA players could do against less-than-NBA defenses. But it was also about what NBA players can do in general — dazzle and delight....Continue reading »

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