Boston attorney Harry Manion joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about high-profile cases in the sports world.

 

Former baseball stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are facing trials this year. Manion said the cases are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the players' prospects.

 

Forbes magazine has a list of the top 10 most miserable sports cities in America, which includes factors such as heartbreaking playoff defeats and losing franchises to other cities, Seattle heads the list, followed closely by Atlanta. Phoenix, Buffalo and San Diego round out the top five.

 

Also in the news, Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who does not have a stellar reputation when it comes to his behavior toward minorities, saw his latest attempt at redemption come back to embarrass him with a Black History Month tribute that managed to be offensive to some.

Steelers receiver Hines Ward is the latest athlete to sign up for ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The list of contestants was released Monday. As part of the show's 12th season, Ward will compete against former welterweight boxing champion Ray Leonard and ex-USC basketball player (and rap star/actor) Romeo, among others.

 

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

ESPN writer Howard Bryant pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic assault and resisting arrest during a Monday appearance in district court in the Western Massachusetts town of Greenfield. He was released on personal recognizance.

 

ESPN senior writer and former Boston Herald columnist Howard Bryant was arrested Saturday afternoon in Western Massachusetts and charged with assaulting his estranged wife and hitting a police officer, state police told The Springfield Republican. Bryant, a Boston native who lives in the Western Massachusetts town of Ashfield, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court.

 

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apparently was impressed by teenage idol Justin Bieber's MVP performance at the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game last Friday in Los Angeles. Speaking the night before Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline, Cuban joked that he would not rule out signing the pop star, who turns 17 on Tuesday.

 

Players and owners aren't the only ones who would be affected by an NFL lockout. The town of Foxboro would be devastated to lose as much as $1.1 million in stadium ticket revenue generated by the Patriots, as explained in a story in The Attleboro Sun-Chronicle. "If the lockout occurs for a year, the town will be in serious financial trouble," town manager Kevin Paicos said. Finance director Randy Scollins added that the pending lockout "would basically wipe out Foxboro's capital budget."

 

Yankees star Derek Jeter and owner Hank Steinbrenner downplayed Steinbrenner’s comments from Monday that some players weren’t focused enough last season after the World Series title in 2009. Steinbrenner referenced unnamed players “building mansions and other things, not concentrating on winning.” Jeter has been building a 30,000-square-foot home in the Tampa area for the past three years.

 

Justine Siegal is believed to be the first woman to throw batting practice at major league spring training. Siegal, who was an assistant coach on the Springfield College baseball team the past four seasons and a first-base coach for the minor league Brockton Rox two years ago, pitched to a few Indians players on Monday in Goodyear, Ariz. The 36-year-old Cleveland native proposed the idea at the winter meetings in December, and her hometown Indians agreed. On Wednesday, she will pitch BP for the A's as well.

 

More details have emerged about former Bears safety Dave Duerson's death Thursday at his home in Florida. A four-time Pro Bowler who played in the 1980s and early '90s, Duerson killed himself via a gunshot to the chest, apparently so that his brain could be preserved and examined. The 50-year-old sent text messages for family members indicating he thought he might be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an incurable disease linked to depression, impaired impulse control and cognitive decline.