Here’s some free advice for Larry Lucchino. Hold a press conference and begin it with the following words:

“We’re sorry and embarrassed for the way our organization has behaved.”



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In Thursday's Morning mashup check out a gruesome video of Torii Hunter's spikes meeting a home plate umpire's face, then take a second to really think, and debate whether umpires are overpaid or not. Also, Michael Jordan is debating Dream Team vs. the current Team USA again, the United States Mens National soccer team beat Mexico in Mexico for the first time in its history, and news of a Michael J. Fox comeback.

Head to Wednesday's Morning Mashup and check out video in Miami of Chad Johnson being released from the Dolphins courtesy of HBO's "Hard Knocks." This, of course, was just one piece of news in a bizarre four days from the former Patriots player. The video itself is anticlimactic, but there is so much going on in Johnson's world that it probably did not register properly.

The free agent wide receiver released a statement regarding his wild four-day journey, which includes news that he and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, will file for divorce following his arrest for assault.

Longtime Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has been through a great deal of turmoil during his time under the Steinbrenner family. Ian O'Connor of ESPN New York dives into Cashman's legacy, and his resume of personnel decisions.

Writes O'Connor:

Last fall, Hal Steinbrenner gave his GM $9 million over three years to continue making the calls he first started making in February of 1998, when a 30-year-old Cashman replaced Bob Watson and immediately confessed he was an administrator who didn't count personnel evaluation among his strengths.

The LeBron James has figured it out narrative is a story you've been reading about since the Heat made easy work of the Thunder in five measly games during the NBA finals. With another rousing performance during the Olympics, James has restarted the conversation just as it cooled off. Frankly, he probably deserves the praise as much as he deserved the post-Decision scorn, meaning it's overstated but has merit as well. 

Behind a dominant second-half performance that left four players in double figures, the United States men's basketball team defeated Argentina, 109-83 in an Olympic semifinal setting up a gold medal game against Spain on Sunday.

Kevin Durant had 19 points, while LeBron James added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Carmelo Anthony also had 18 and Kevin Love added nine points and nine rebounds. Manu Ginobli led Argentina with 18 points.

Chad Johnson blamed a portion of his lackluster tenure with the Patriots last season on the "suffocating air" in Foxboro last week. The receiver seems like he is liberated in Miami. On HBO's "Hard Knocks" Johnson was back to his usual ways, showing up late to team meetings and making the team about him. However, it appears new head coach Joe Philbin has put Johnson's personal renaissance on hold.

"I don't do media anymore," Johnson told USA Today to said after the Dolphins' Wednesday walkthrough.

Dick Ebersol is NBC Sports' former chairman and is currently acting as a senior adviser for the network's Olympics coverage. He talked to Joe Posnanski about the criticism that everyone and their dog is giving the network for its coverage from London thus far. 

“That’s just nonsense,” he says. “The Olympics are the biggest family television there is. The Olympics are some of the last events where a whole family can gather around a television set and spend the night together.

Needham’s Aly Raisman already had one gold medal from the team all-around event last week, and she added another two after winning gold in the floor exercise and a somewhat controversial bronze on the balance beam on Tuesday. The two competitions were her final events of the London Olympics.

In an effort to move forward from the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal, Penn State University is tweaking its football uniforms. The new look will feature a blue ribbon, to show support for victims of child abuse, and players' names on the back of the jersey to laud their loyalty to the program in the face of a four-year bowl ban.