St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa spoke out this week in support of Arizona's new immigration law, despite the fact that major league players largely have railed against it. One columnist writes that La Russa's decision to make his stance public shows that he is "out of touch" with his players. Plus, the Dutch soccer team is bickering as it prepares to play Brazil in Friday's World Cup quarterfinals. Check out those stories and more at Friday's Morning Mashup.

Surveillance video reportedly does not back up the story Eagles quarterback Michael Vick told police about what happened when an associate was shot at a Virginia Beach nightclub. At least one Philadelphia columnist insists that the Eagles should cut Vick if he lied or they lose all credibility. Read more about that, plus check out more stories, videos and trivia, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

Here is one man's take on the top five sports topics of the day…

1. Pierce opts out of final year of contract



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Former Mets and Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra reportedly boasted that he was one of the original major league steroid users. “I was like a pioneer for that stuff,” Dykstra said, according to author Randall Lane. Read more about that, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

Here is one man's take on the top five sports topics of the day….

1. LeBron, Wade, Bosh have summit in Miami over the weekend-- all three to the Heat?



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LaDainian Tomlinson has bought into the Jets experience. In an interview with ESPN, the former Charger unveiled a Jets tattoo on his right calf, and, when asked if he will win a Super Bowl title in New York, replied: "Absolutely, no question. Absolutely." Also, the issue of NFL players dealing with brain damage is a hot topic, after examination of the late Chris Henry's brain showed advanced damage.

I like many of our fellow American soccer fans needed to take a day to digest that quite frustrating lost opportunity and collect my thoughts.

There are plenty of talking points from the game; Bob Bradley's selections, the poor central defending, the lack of finishing, how quickly the team was able to recover from the Algerian win, how they performed as favorites, and how two very key injuries last fall changed the fabric of the team.



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After two days of ignoring the Dodgers manager, Alex Rodriguez decided to try to make things better with Joe Torre, so he approached the former Yankees skipper before Sunday night’s game in Los Angeles and shared a brief conversation. Said A-Rod: “I thought it was important for me to go over there. I thought it was the mature thing to do.

The Red Sox have suffered some costly injuries this season — over the weekend, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, pitcher Clay Buchholz and catcher Victor Martinez joined the current slew of Sox players who are sidelined. While the amount of time these players will sit still is in question, their efforts surely will be missed no matter how long they are out.

A couple days back the very funny WEEI.com columnist Jerry Thornton had a poignant piece about soccer fans in which he leveled about why his own personal interests in sports don’t fall in line with the beautiful game, but more on point why he has had a growing distaste for the soccer fan in general.



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