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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.

MLB: Red Sox at Reds, 12:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: NWSL, Western New York vs. Sky Blue, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Softball: Little League championship, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Steve Ballmer officially became owner of the Clippers on Tuesday, and the NBA decided to fight back against Donald Sterling by filing its own lawsuit against the litigious former owner.

Ballmer paid $2 billion for the team, a deal that was closed after a Los Angeles court confirmed that Shelly Sterling was authorized to represent The Sterling Family Trust, which owned the team.

“I hate losing the team,” said Shelly Sterling, who will be named “owner emeritus” and receive 12 tickets (two courtside), parking and VIP passes at Staples Center for home games.

She added: “I am confident that Steve will bring the city a championship team in the very near future.”

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The NBA’s suit against Sterling is a counterclaim in response to his $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed in June. The NBA alleges he caused “devastating and incalculable harm” to the league.

– The Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery after he suffered a compound fracture in his right leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage, as his injury did not involve ligaments, tendons, joints or nerves. George underwent surgery Aug. 2 and is recuperating at his home.

In a Tuesday press conference, team president Larry Bird said a late-season return has not been ruled out, although typically it takes at least a year to recover.

“It’s going to be up to our doctors, our medical staff and Paul, but we would never put him in a situation where he’d be uncomfortable,” Bird said. “If he can play and he’s healthy to play, he’ll play. If our doctors think he’ll play at 60 to 70 percent, we wouldn’t do that.”

Added coach Frank Vogel of George: “He’s in really good spirits. He’s frustrated he’s not able to play this year. It’s going to be a tough process recovering from this, but he’s encouraged that a full recovery is expected.”

Donovan McNabb is even less of a fan of the wildcat offense now than when he played for the Eagles and his team installed it in 2009 with Mike Vick coming off the bench for a change of pace, saying, “I think it messes up the flow of any offense.”

Now a Fox Sports analyst, McNabb told the New York Daily News it would be the wrong move for the Jets, who have Vick on their roster alongside second-year QB Geno Smith.

“The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere,” McNabb said. “In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’€™s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’€™re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what? I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’€™s not a good thing for either quarterback.”

Added McNabb: ‘€œMike wants to be the starter. He doesn’€™t want to go in there to be the Tim Tebow of the 2012 Jets. Nobody wants that.’€

Marty Mornhinwheg was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator in 2009, and he’s with the Jets now, preparing his team for occasional use of the wildcat.

“It depends how you do it,” Mornhinweg said. “I suspect looking forward there will be times when you may see a little bit. There may be times when you don’€™t see much of it.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 13, 1955, which catcher became the youngest player in Red Sox history when he made his debut at the age of 17 in an 18-9 loss to the Senators at Fenway Park?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A lot of times when pitchers throw high and tight, they think the batter backs off and gets flustered. That’s not how I am. I get more focused.” Yoenis Cespedes, after hitting the go-ahead, two-run home run in the Red Sox’ 3-2 victory over the Reds one pitch after getting brushed back

STAT OF THE DAY: 3-0 — Jon Lester‘s record in three starts with the Athletics, after he picked up the win in Tuesday’s 11-3 victory over the Royals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham makes a stellar play to start a double play against the Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning, then delivers the game-winning hit in the top of the 10th.

Indians right fielder Tyler Holt makes a diving catch of a line drive against the Diamondbacks.

Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings makes a running catch and holds on to the ball after hitting the wall.

Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez makes a blind backhand stop of a one-hopper against the Tigers.

Chris Carter hits two home runs for the Astros, and the same fan comes up with both baseballs.

The Giants pay tribute to longtime fan Robin Williams.

Foot Locker’s newest “Short memory” commercial features soccer star Landon Donovan, who does not recall that he was cut from Team USA prior to this summer’s World Cup.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Pagliaroni, who did not play another major league game until five years later

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dan Fogelberg, who died in 2007, was born on this day in 1951.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The guys dedicated their segment Tuesday to celebrating legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide Monday at the age of 63. They started by discussing Williams’ part in the movie “Good Will Hunting,” in which Williams plays a more serious and constrained role compared to many of his others.

“For a guy that was that manic — all over the place when it comes to his performance in a lot of his other movies and on stage in his stand-up — he was so reserved and so laid back for large portions of that role,” Benz said. “It was striking he could be that way on film. I think that’s why it resonated with people the way it did.”

– Soon after the news of Williams’ death was made public, fans of the Oscar winner and “Good Will Hunting” spontaneously set up a memorial at the Boston Public Garden bench that Williams and Matt Damon sat on during one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Nicholas Rabchenuk and his girlfriend brought flowers and chalk to the bench. The couple and two others teamed up to write lines from the movie, including “Sorry guys, I went to see about a girl” and “Your move, chief.”

“A lot of people are now paying tribute to that bench in Boston Public Garden,” Merloni said.

– Fauria took some time to reflect on his favorite Williams movie, “The Best of Times.”

“The movie is about him being a high school kid, he’s an older guy but he goes back,” Fauria said. “He dropped the pass in the championship game, which helped them lose the game to their big-time rival. Ever since that game, the town is in disarray, the economy sucks. It’s really all his fault.

“Where the other team won, they’re thriving. So [Williams] basically brings all the old players together again, gets them in shape to go against the team that he lost to when he was in high school, basically reclaiming some glory. It’s a classic.”

Fauria later asked Merloni and Benz what their favorite Williams movie of all-time is. Merloni said “Good Will Hunting” and Benz said “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas