As the 2010 All-Star Game approaches Tuesday night in Anaheim, we look back at some of the best All-Star Game performances by Red Sox players. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

During Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony's wedding reception Saturday night in New York, Hornets guard Chris Paul reportedly made a toast in which he got in a playful jab at buddy LeBron James, saying, "We'll form our own Big Three," referring to himself, Anthony and new Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire. The New York Post looks at the possibility of this transpiring and expects the Knicks to make an attempt to acquire Paul or Spurs guard Tony Parker soon.

Spain defeats the Netherlands, 1-0, to win World Cup for the first time. Andres Iniesta's goal in extra time won it for Spain. The two sides only created a few clear chances at Soccer City in South Africa, but the game opened up slightly in the second half and extra time. Dutch superstar Arjen Robben broke free in the 62nd minute but his shot attempt was kicked aside by Spainish goalkeeper Iker Casillas' right foot. Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was up to the task as well making a few key saves to keep the Dutch in it.

Sami Khedra headed in the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to give Germany a 3-2 victory over Uruguay in the World Cup's third-place game Saturday. The two teams had alternated goals with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, who hit the crossbar on a free kick in the game's closing minutes, scoring for Uruguay and Thomas Muller and Marcell Jansen for the Germans. This is the second-straight third-place finish at the World Cup for Germany. The Netherlands and Spain play to decide the ultimate winner of the international tournament Sunday afternoon.

With LeBron James turning his back on Cleveland and being branded a traitor there, we went through the archives to come up with a list of the biggest traitors in sports history. A few of them have direct connections to Boston. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Isiah Thomas might be a laughingstock to much of the nation, but apparently he still is held in high regard in the office of Knicks owner James Dolan. As part of the Knicks’ last-ditch effort to land LeBron James, Thomas, the former coach and president of the Knicks, was sent to Ohio, according to reports out of New York. Read more about that, plus check out angry reaction around the nation to LeBron's decision to leave Cleveland. It's all at Friday's Morning Mashup.

LeBron James might be comfortable putting himself front and center Thursday night on ESPN as he announces his free agent decision in a prime-time special, but there is a growing contingent that is turning on him for the display of arrogance. Check out Thursday's Morning Mashup for a roundup of stories criticizing King James, along with videos, trivia and more.

Defender Carles Puyol's header past German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 73rd minute broke a scoreless tie and sent Spain to the World Cup Final. Spain will face the Netherlands on Sunday for the championship.


Goalie Iker Casillas handled Germany's two shots on goal. Since suffering a 1-0 loss to Switzerland in their first game of group play, Spain has won five straight matches, allowing just one goal in the process.


A fan fell 30 feet from the club level to the lower bowl at Tuesday night's Rangers-Indians game in Arlington, Texas. It's the second time a fan has taken such a fall at the Rangers' young ballpark. For more on that story and other news highlights, along with videos, trivia and more, check out Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

JaMarcus Russell, the former No. 1 overall pick who played his way out of a job with the Raiders, was arrested Monday at his home in Mobile, Ala., on drug charges. One Oakland columnist notes that this could explain a lot about the quarterback's lackadaisical effort in his three years in the NFL. Also in Oakland, A's pitcher Dallas Braden isn't happy that his team is selling shirts that play off his feud with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.