Caron Butler says nobody from Clippers called to tell him he was traded

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It’s a common courtesy in the NBA — guys who are about to be traded hear about it from their agents and others around the league, but when the hammer drops the GM or coach or someone from the team calls with the formal notification. “Thank you for your service ” and all that jazz anyone who has been fired knows too well.

Caron Butler learned the Clippers traded him to Phoenix through the crawl on the bottom of the television. Butler and Eric Bledsoe went to Phoenix and Jared Dudley went west to Los Angeles.

As you might imagine, for a veteran and professional like Butler perceived lack of respect didn’t sit well. He said as much to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com.

“I don’t leave with bitterness or anything, but a phone call would have helped the situation,” said Butler… “But it’s cool, it’s no hard feelings because that’s…

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Weekly Over & Unders, Predictions with Paul Bessire

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Paul Bessire of PredictionMachine.com joined Bull & Fox to talk over/unders for the NFL season, the win totals for the Browns and the rest of the AFC North, if Brandon Weeden could throw for 4,000 yards this season, the preseason Super Bowl picks, if Ohio State will go undefeated and if the Indians will make the playoffs.

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Kershaw, Dodgers beat Marlins, 6-0

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MIAMI (AP) — Pitching with a big lead in the eighth inning, Clayton Kershaw bounced a curve in the dirt, then spun in disgust and kicked the mound as if he had just lost the game.

Kershaw is unaccustomed even to one-pitch lapses, and he overcame the occasional difficulty he had Thursday, pitching eight innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers win their third game in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 6-0.

Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits and lowered his ERA to 1.72, best in the majors. Miami’s leadoff batter reached in five innings against the left-hander, but the Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

By Kershaw’s standards, that made it a subpar effort.

“I was terrible the first couple of innings. I didn’t have command,” he said. “It could have gone a lot differently. The game could…

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Blues, Pietrangelo might just settle for a ‘bridge’ contract

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Once again, the St. Louis Blues provided a non-update to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding unsigned star Alex Pietrangelo on Thursday. At this point, it’s clear this situation could stretch intro training camp (and possibly the regular season).

It’s worth mentioning that the 23-year-old standpoint is represented by Newport Sports, whose clients P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty and Ryan O’Reilly missed regular season games while they were mired in their own contract negotiations.

There’s still plenty of time for Pietrangelo and the Blues to avoid such a scenario, however.

One option the Post-Dispatch brought up with GM Doug Armstrong is signing a “bridge” contract rather than a long-term deal. (Perhaps this would echo the settlement Subban reached with the Montreal Canadiens.)

Armstrong mentioned earlier this month that he wants both sides to feel like they got a fair deal.

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Report: Pitt forward Derrick Randall granted immediate eligibility

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Another former Rutgers Scarlet Knight has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.

Following in the footsteps of Mike Poole (Iona) and Vincent Garrett (Green Bay), Pittsburgh forward Derrick Randall’s request for an immediate eligibility waiver has been granted according to Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News. The decision gives Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon some additional depth in the front court, a needed boost give the graduation of Dante Taylor and the departures of Steven Adams (NBA Draft) and J.J. Moore (transferred to Rutgers).

Randall wasn’t all that productive as a Scarlet Knight last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. In two seasons at Rutgers, Randall posted averages of 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, averaging just under ten minutes per game.

Randall’s addition gives the Panthers some needed interior experience as the program enters its first season in the ACC…

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Knicks, Nets to split 2015 All-Star game; could do so again a few years later

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It’s been known essentially since All-Star weekend in Houston last February that in all likelihood, the 2015 event would be played in the state of New York.

With two teams now playing just six and a half miles apart, however — one in a brand new building in Brooklyn, the other in an expensively renovated Madison Square Garden in Manhattan — the logistics of deciding who would be the official host and what events would take place where took a little longer than usual to hash out.

It appears the league has come to an understanding of how 2015 will shake out with the Knicks and the Nets. The only question now involves whether or not the event will return for another co-hosting just a couple of years later.

From Fred Kerber of the New York Post:

Multiple league sources maintain that the 2015 All-Star Game will be played…

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Tests rule out facial fractures for Max Stassi

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While Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had earlier surgery today to repair a fractured jaw, the news is more encouraging for Astros rookie catcher Max Stassi, who had a pitch deflect off his shoulder and hit him in the mouth last night against the Rangers.

Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chroniclereports that Stassi stayed at the Medical Center of Arlington last night, during which CAT scan and X-rays showed no facial fractures. The 22-year-old was scheduled to travel to Houston today to undergo concussion tests, but the early signs are promising.

“We were relieved because looking at it live it seemed like it might be worse,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “He was fortunate that there’s no fracture. Obviously any time there’s a blow to the head you have to be careful.”

Stassi was called up by the Astros this week after batting .277/.333/.529 with 17 home runs and…

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