Here is one man's take on the top five sports topics of the day…

1. Pierce opts out of final year of contract



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Former Mets and Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra reportedly boasted that he was one of the original major league steroid users. “I was like a pioneer for that stuff,” Dykstra said, according to author Randall Lane. Read more about that, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

Here is one man's take on the top five sports topics of the day….

1. LeBron, Wade, Bosh have summit in Miami over the weekend-- all three to the Heat?



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LaDainian Tomlinson has bought into the Jets experience. In an interview with ESPN, the former Charger unveiled a Jets tattoo on his right calf, and, when asked if he will win a Super Bowl title in New York, replied: "Absolutely, no question. Absolutely." Also, the issue of NFL players dealing with brain damage is a hot topic, after examination of the late Chris Henry's brain showed advanced damage.

I like many of our fellow American soccer fans needed to take a day to digest that quite frustrating lost opportunity and collect my thoughts.

There are plenty of talking points from the game; Bob Bradley's selections, the poor central defending, the lack of finishing, how quickly the team was able to recover from the Algerian win, how they performed as favorites, and how two very key injuries last fall changed the fabric of the team.



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After two days of ignoring the Dodgers manager, Alex Rodriguez decided to try to make things better with Joe Torre, so he approached the former Yankees skipper before Sunday night’s game in Los Angeles and shared a brief conversation. Said A-Rod: “I thought it was important for me to go over there. I thought it was the mature thing to do.

The Red Sox have suffered some costly injuries this season — over the weekend, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, pitcher Clay Buchholz and catcher Victor Martinez joined the current slew of Sox players who are sidelined. While the amount of time these players will sit still is in question, their efforts surely will be missed no matter how long they are out.

A couple days back the very funny WEEI.com columnist Jerry Thornton had a poignant piece about soccer fans in which he leveled about why his own personal interests in sports don’t fall in line with the beautiful game, but more on point why he has had a growing distaste for the soccer fan in general.



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The United States saw its run at the World Cup come to a close on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Ghana in a round of 16 contest that was extended into extra time.

 

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan scored the game-winner 93 minutes into the battle, blasting a left-footed shot past U.S. goaltender Tim Howard. The U.S. was unable to score after the Gyan strike, despite several strong pressures into Ghana territory.

 

The United States made a pair of changes to its lineup for the World Cup round of 16 match against Ghana on Saturday.

 

Robbie Findley, who was suspended for the 1-0 win over Algeria (two yellow cards), returns to the lineup, taking a forward spot in place of Herculez Gomez. Ricardo Clark has not played for the U.S. since the opener vs. England but will start at midfield as Maurice Edu goes to the bench.