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12/22/2010 - 7:49am
Mashup: Chinese league warns ex-NBA star

Former NBA star Steve Francis is finding the going rough as a professional in China. The 33-year-old Beijing Ducks guard is struggling, and his frustration is showing. He reportedly entered his first game with an ice pack still on his ankle — and played (albeit only 17 seconds) with the ice. And on Tuesday he received a "serious warning" from the Chinese Basketball Association for making an obscene gesture on the bench. The league also ordered Francis' team to "educate and criticize" the player for his "uncivilized behavior."

 

Read more about this story and others, plus check out video of a California high school football team's second miracle finish of the season, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


12/21/2010 - 11:04pm
Nowitzki passes Bird on scoring list

By scoring 17 points in his team's 105-99 victory over the Magic, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki surpassed former Celtics great Larry Bird for 25th on the all-time NBA scoring list. Nowitzki has 21,798 points, seven more than Bird recorded in his career with Boston.

 

Nowitzki moved into the NBA's top 25 scoring list by burying a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Bird was aware of the fact that he had been surpassed.

 

"I just got a text message from Larry right as the game ended saying to congratulate Dirk and that he's always been a huge fan," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who played with Bird on the Celtics and worked for him with the Pacers, told reporters after the game. "They've had a chance to spend some time together. I'm sure he's going to text Dirk and I'm sure that will be very meaningful for Dirk."

 

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12/21/2010 - 10:47pm
UConn women's hoops win 89th straight

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team trounced Florida State, 93-62, to claim the team's 89th consecutive win. The 89 consecutive wins are the most ever by a Division 1 college basketball team, surpassing the 88 straight victories by the UCLA men's team from 1971-74.

 

UConn has not lost since April 6, 2008. The Huskies were led by Maya Moore, who had 41 points and 10 rebounds.

 

For more on the historic victory, click here.


12/21/2010 - 8:17pm
Report: Pats waive DL Louis Leonard

The Patriots have waived defensive lineman Louis Leonard, according to ESPN. Leonard was signed last Wednesday and was active for Sunday's win over the Packers, but did not play defense. The 26-year-old Leonard is a 6-foot-4, 325-pounder who played collegiately at Fresno State, then spent one season with Cleveland and a year-plus with Carolina before signing with the Patriots last week. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/21/2010 - 5:41pm
Sox join Yankees in paying luxury tax

According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox joined the Yankees as the only two teams to pay Major League Baseball's luxury tax for the 2010 season. The Yankees, according to The AP, paid $18 million in luxury taxes, while the Sox paid just under $1.5 million in luxury taxes.

 

The Yankees, who have paid MLB's competitive balance tax in all eight seasons of its existence, are taxed at a rate of 40 percent above the CBT threshold, which was $170 million in 2010. That means that New York's payroll, for the purposes of calculating the luxury tax, was approximately $215 million. The Sox, who had been under the luxury tax threshold in the last two seasons, were taxed at a rate of 22.5 percent, meaning that their payroll was roughly $176 million.

 

Next year, the Red Sox would have to pay a 30 percent...

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