George Kimball, a Boston Herald sports columnist and boxing writer from 1980-2005, died Wednesday night at 67 after a six-year battle with cancer. Kimball was diagnosed in 2005, four months after retiring from the Herald. Kimball authored and edited several books about boxing, and he continued to contribute boxing articles to the Herald after his retirement.

ESPN NHL analyst and former player Matthew Barnaby was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and continued anger management counseling after an incident in May involving his estranged wife. Barnaby allegedly kicked and damaged the garage door in an attempt to get inside his former house, but he did not make contact with his estranged wife or her boyfriend inside. He agreed to reduced charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, charges that will be dismissed if Barnaby serves his sentence.

Roger Clemens deserves to serve time in jail for his offenses against Red Sox Nation. (AP)Let's be honest: Sportswise, this isn't shaping up to be the best summer ever. Maybe it's just the post-Stanley Cup hangover talking. Moving past the hockey season is proving to be one of those half-a-bottle-of-Bayer-plus-some-hair-of-the-dog brain killer.



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The latest major media outlet to question the NBA's accounting practices is The New York Times, which ran a piece Tuesday claiming the league is grossly exaggerating its losses — in fact, insisting that the league is "fundamentally a healthy and profitable business." Wednesday morning, the league fired back, claiming the numbers used in the report (which came from Forbes and Financial World estimates) "do not reflect reality" and detailing the alleged inaccuracies.

A White Sox investor who died in December left behind a valuable collection of autographed baseballs, featuring the signatures of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski and other Hall of Famers. Now, the sons of Larry Pogofsky are suing each other for possession of the memorabilia, after one of the sons went to their mother's house and took a bunch of the balls. "It's a family matter, but somebody has done the wrong thing in this case," said the mother, Lynda Pogofsky. "I'm just a mother trying to survive."

The Red Sox have the major leagues' longest home sellout streak at 671, but they're well behind the minor league Dayton Dragons. The Reds' Class-A team reached 814 consecutive sellouts Saturday, tying the NBA's Trail Blazers (1977-95) for the national sports record. The Dragons have been able to fill their 8,200-seat park for every game in their 12-year existence.

In an attempt to strengthen his arthritic right knee, Lakers star Kobe Bryant reportedly went to Germany and had a procedure similar to platelet-rich plasma therapy. However, the procedure may be more of a gamble than a proven fix, as there is not enough scientific evidence that the soon-to-be-33-year-old will get better.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.

Roger Clemens' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday night claiming that former trainer Brian McNamee sold out Clemens to protect himself from federal investigators after an incident in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2001. Investigators had looked into allegations that McNamee sexually assaulted an unconscious woman at a party during a Yankees road trip to play the Rays. McNamee, who later admitted he lied to the investigators — claiming he was trying to protect Yankees players at the party — was never charged.

Without a doubt, “tradition” is one of the most grossly overused words in the English language. We use it to describe everything from the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns to the mayor of Punxsutawny pulling a giant rat out of the ground every February 2nd. My own in-laws use it to justify their passive-aggressive displays of disapproval of me during every major holiday.



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Jets free agent safety Eric Smith is not supportive of the players' group workouts during the work stoppage. "I don’t understand why guys are doing this stuff," he told The Washington Post. "You’re risking injury. And you got the rookies who aren’t getting paid any money, flying in to do these workouts. So they’re putting themselves in a hole before they make any money."

Smith, 28, who will be a free agent, returned home to Ohio and has been living with his parents and working out on his own.