Wednesday's Morning Mashup: NBA referee might have case in suit against AP reporter

March 16, 2011 - 3:35 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY: NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI) MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Braves, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ NBA referee Bill Spooner is suing an Associated Press reporter over a tweet that reported Spooner promised a makeup call to Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis. The league cleared Spooner but advised against the defamation suit. At, Zach Lowe looks at whether the suit has a chance. '™¦ A story came out this week about a former Clippers assistant coach who needed prostrate cancer surgery a few years ago, and the team wouldn't help pay for it (some players chipped in to cover it instead). At Yahoo!, Adrian Wojnarowski criticizes commissioner David Stern for allowing this type of behavior, and for turning into someone who is feared rather than respected. Wojnarowski writes that Stern is losing touch and losing hold with comments like those of last week that were critical of Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Writes Wojnarowski: "He gets such a charge out of humiliating those under him." '™¦ In a poll of New York sports fans, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was voted the greatest athlete in New York history, beating runner-up Babe Ruth. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 16, the Red Sox traded away which catcher '€” who then refused to report to his new team (the Indians) and retired instead? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "[I'd] rather beat [the Patriots] than go to heaven." '€” Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff, talking to teens at a drug rehab center in New Jersey STAT OF THE DAY: 2,800 '€” All-time victories in Bruins history, after Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over the Blue Jackets 'NET RESULTS: Soccer goalie makes huge blunder. TRIVIA ANSWER: Sammy White SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jerry Jeff Walker turns 69 Wednesday.