NBA legend (and one-time Celtic) Dominique Wilkins, a Hawks vice president and television analyst, was attacked by a fan after the Hawks' victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the attacker was former NBA and college basketball referee Rashan Michel, who was arrested and charged with simple battery. Michel told police Wilkins owed him money for suits purchased several years ago from a clothing store Michel had owned.

Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge has been living in Wellesley with his uncle, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, while trying to get a grip on his drug and alcohol addiction. Erik says he's been clean and sober for eight months, the longest such stretch since he was 11 years old. He tells the details of his troubles in a piece at ESPN. Said Erik: "During my days of using, I was a really bad drug addict. I would've made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy."

I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll.



Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco failed to impress during a practice soccer game with Sporting Kansas City on Monday, struggling with his skills and conditioning against MLS players. However, the team hasn't given up on Ochocinco, especially considering the publicity this stunt has generated. Ochocinco is scheduled to meet with Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes on Tuesday to discuss his future. "I'm satisfied," Ochocinco said. "My dream has been answered, to be able to come onto the pitch and play for an MLS team. It doesn't have to be against someone professional.

Former Red Sox slugger Jose Canseco has been accused of trying to pass off his twin brother Ozzie as himself at a celebrity boxing event in Florida on Saturday night. Shortly before the bout against Billy Padden at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., organizers discovered the ruse and had Ozzie escorted from the premises by police when they noticed his tattoos were different. Jose tweeted Sunday that the promoter "did not comply with his part of the agreement."

 

A Cleveland businessman sued the Browns and the NFL’s 31 other teams Thursday, saying the lockout violates his private seat license contract with the club. Self-made millionaire Ken Lanci asked the court to prohibit the lockout. “What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires and the fact they can’t settle it when the country is in a recession,” he told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Worse yet, they have to rub this in our faces.”

Forbes magazine did an analysis of Major League Baseball and determined that the Yankees are the sport's most valuable team for the 14th straight year, worth $1.7 billion. The Red Sox are No. 2, but 86 percent less valuable than the Bronx Bombers, at $912 million, and they had an operating income of minus-$1 million.

 

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

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was ejected from a Dallas shopping mall and given a criminal trespass warning by police Tuesday after allegedly refusing to pull up his sagging pants that exposed his underwear. Police said Bryant and his entourage were asked to pull up their pants, and Bryant responded with a profanity-laced tirade and a refusal to leave until a his adviser arrived.

Do NCAA basketball referees balance foul calls between teams intentionally? A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences looked at games on neutral courts and determined that fouls are assessed at a relatively even rate. That's been supported by this year's tournament. "The important finding is that as the foul differential increases the probability of the next foul being called on the team with fewer fouls significantly increases," said Ball State professor David Pierce, the study's co-author.

 

All four Boston teams can boast some of the most loyal fans in sports, according to a new survey.

According to Bloomberg, New York-based Brand Keys Inc., recently put together the 19th annual Sports Loyalty Index, which surveys 250 fans in each team’s market and assesses the data based on factors driven by on-field success, fan bonding with players and the franchise’s history and tradition. (A club’s effort and sense of teamwork also can have an effect.)