On Monday, the Spurs signed former Pacers forward David West to a veteran minimum contract for next season, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. The deal cannot officially be announced until the signing period resumes Thursday.

Bucking the trend of other NBA free agency paydays, West chose the Spurs’ $1.5 million offer after opting out of his Pacers deal that would have paid him $12.6 million.

West’s arrival comes on the heels of Manu Ginobili‘s return to San Antonio, which was announced earlier in the day Monday.

Ginobili and West follow LaMarcus Aldridge, the biggest free agent get of 2015, and add to an already potent Spurs rotation featuring five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and former MVP candidate Tony Parker.

In all likelihood, West will come off the bench, as they also just re-signed reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard to a five year, $90 million contract extension.

West averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 boards for the Pacers last year. He reportedly turned down offers of more money from other contenders, including the Cavaliers, Warriors and Wizards.

“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West said in a recent interview with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. “And again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the Finals.”

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

CosmoIn an interview with San Diego pastor Miles McPherson, Ciara’s boyfriend and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson revealed that he and the singer are not having sex, not even a little bit.

Wilson explained that during a conversation they had while she was on tour, God came to him and told Wilson that he needed to “lead her.” Wilson proposed taking “that extra stuff” off the table and doing things “Jesus’ way” to Ciara, and she agreed. When the pastor asked if Wilson was talking about sex, Wilson confirmed that he was indeed “talking about sex.”

“I ain’t gonna lie to y’all now,” Wilson said. “I need you to pray for us. I know y’all have seen her on the screen. If there’s a 10, she’s a 15.”

I have to admit, I’m really struggling with this. On the one hand, I truly want to respect Russell Wilson’s religious freedom here. I mean, when God himself takes time out from running the universe to personally tell you to keep your hands off Ciara’s funny business, then I guess you pretty much have to.

On the other hand, Wilson is a quarterback. A damn fine one. One of the best in the league, if you ask me. By definition that makes him both a leader of men and a role model. Part of the job description is to lead by example. To score with the hottest women you can to show your teammates what the rewards of success look like. It’s kind of a “spoils of war” thing. Plus it’s your responsibility to inspire the youth of America to work hard to achieve great things to they too will strive to get with world class Ciara-like talent. It’s part of the responsibility of being an Alpha Male. “From which much is given, much is expected” and all that.

So yeah, I’m torn between Wilson’s right to practice his religion and America’s right to see their quarterbacks sleeping with the best looking women we have to offer, as God intended. Not to mention I was always taught that it’s a sin to waste. And if Ciara’s not getting any, it’s a crime against nature. So I honestly don’t know how to take this.

All I do know is that this isn’t the first time it’s happened to Russell Wilson. First Malcolm Butler wouldn’t let him score, and now it’s God. [Drops mic. Walks off the stage.]

@JerryThornton1

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

The WBO stripped Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight world title Monday for failing to observe its rules.

Mayweather ignored the 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline for the $200,000 sanctioning fee he owed from his record-breaking May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao.

During his fight against Pacquiao, Mayweather earned over $220 million while the fight broke all financial records for a boxing match, including total gross, pay-per-view subscriptions, foreign television sales and sponsorships.

In addition to his welterweight title, Mayweather will also vacate the two junior middleweight titles he holds.

“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” wrote the WBO in its resolution.

The reason for the sanctioning fee lies with Mayweather’s competition in multiple weight classes. According to WBO rules, this is illegal, so the boxer has ten days to either pick a weight class or pay the sanctioning fee. The WBO gave Mayweather two months.

“The WBO has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and all that he has accomplished during his storied career,” the WBO wrote. “Mr. Mayweather has always agreed with and understood that world championships have both privileges and responsibilities and that status as WBO champion is subject to and conditioned on compliance with the WBO rules and regulations.”

Mayweather’s advisors were not pleased with the ruling.

“It’s a complete disgrace,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com. “Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does.

“Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making.”

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Marlins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, Game 1, 1:20 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, Game 2, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Shock at Dream, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Honduras at United States, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Alex Rodriguez might be winning back some respect in New York with his productive season and exemplary behavior, but it appears the rest of baseball isn’t giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Despite having an impressive comeback season after missing 2014 on an MLB suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis — he leads all American League designated hitters with 16 home runs to go along with 47 RBIs and a .903 OPS — Rodriguez was not among the reserves named to the All-Star Game on Monday night.

Rodriguez, who finished fifth in fan balloting (Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz, another admitted PED user, will be the starting DH), took the latest slight in stride, consistent with his humble public approach this year.

“As I’€™ve said all season, my No. 1 goal is helping the Yankees win a championship,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I’m excited that we’re in a good position to get there. Of course it would have been an honor to represent the American League next week, but I’€™ll have fun cheering on the guys who were put on the team and watching them protect home field.”

Rodriguez, who is stuck on 14 All-Star appearances, having not earned a spot since 2012, was under consideration, AL manager Ned Yost of the Royals told ESPN.

“We talked about A-Rod a lot,” Yost said. “You look back at this five-man vote [for the final roster spot] and we have three infielders, two outfielders, and we felt that it was important that we don’t — we have Brock Holt that can play anywhere in the infield, but any other position we have a starter and a backup. In the outfield we have three starters and three backups.

“So I just felt very strongly that if we could get another infielder or another outfielder out of that five-man vote it would help us. That’€™s what went into that decision.”

Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner, who last week reached an agreement with Rodriguez in which the team will donate $3.5 million to charity rather than pay A-Rod his $6 million bonus for his latest home run milestone, said the 39-year-old is having “an amazing comeback year” with or without the All-Star nod.

“The bad hips, all the other stuff, the more than a year off, at his age as well, and then to come back and do what he’s done is pretty amazing,” Steinbrenner said.

— Florida State freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson was dismissed from the team Monday after security video was released of him hitting a woman in the face during a confrontation at a Tallahassee bar two weeks ago.

Johnson, a standout high school player in Jacksonville, had been indefinitely suspended by the team last month after he was charged with misdemeanor battery.

The video (included below) shows Johnson nudge his way toward the front of the bar. A woman, identified as a 21-year-old FSU student, appears to take offense at being pushed by Johnson, and she holds her right hand in a fist as she confronts him. Johnson grabs hold of her right arm, and she swings at him with her left. He responds by unleashing a quick right to her face before leaving the scene. The woman — who was left with visible bruises, according to the police report — appears stunned as a friend asks a bartender for assistance.

“While it is clear from the video that De’Andre Johnson was not the initial aggressor, his family wants to take the lead in helping him learn and grow from this experience,” Johnson attorney Jose Baez said in a statement. “He is currently participating in community service, and faith-based programs focused on battered women, substance abuse, and the empowerment of children.

“De’Andre is extremely embarrassed by this situation and would like to express his heartfelt apologies to everyone, including those who were directly affected, Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and his teammates, the entire Florida State University community, as well as his family and friends.”

Floyd Mayweather was stripped of his WBO welterweight world title after missing a Friday deadline to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from his May 2 bout against Manny Pacquiao and vacate the two junior middleweight titles he owns.

The WBO championship committee voted Monday to take away the belt, despite noting its “utmost respect” for the fighter and his “storied career.”

“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” the organization announced.

Mayweather said after the Pacquiao bout that he planned to vacate all his titles and retire after his final bout in September, but he apparently objects to the WBO forcing his hand.

“It’s a complete disgrace,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com. “Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does.

“Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 7, 1936, who became the first Red Sox pitcher to start an All-Star Game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Not having my dad throwing to me is a big issue for me.” — Nationals star Bryce Harper, announcing that he will skip the All-Star Home Run Derby because his father is recovering from shoulder surgery and can’t pitch to him

STAT OF THE DAY: 26.7 million — Viewers in the United States for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final, making it the most watched soccer game in American television history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Brian Dozier hits a two-run home run in the 10th inning as the Twins walk off against the Orioles.

Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks does his Willie Mays impersonation with an over-the-shoulder basket catch.

Pedro Alvarez singles with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Pirates a walkoff win over the Padres.

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester records his first career hit in his 67th at-bat, singling off John Lackey‘s leg.

A fan at the Brewers game reaches for a foul ball, misses and falls into another fan’s lap.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lefty Grove, who took the loss in a game played at Braves Field in Boston

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ringo Starr was born on this day in 1940.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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