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Did Barnes slap a summer league coach?

More details may emerge, as one website reported it as a slap, though it seems at least some altercation took place. Late in Monday night's game, new Laker Matt Barnes provided the latest example [of players taking San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Summer Basketball League games seriously] when he was T'd up for a tense exchange with an assistant coach. ... Barnes got in the face of SF City assistant coach Rick Lewis and had to be pulled to his side of the court. A double technical ensued -- the lone occasion when the intensity superseded the game of basketball -- despite the playoff-caliber physicality maintained from tip-off to final horn. (

Merriman tweet disputes report of his return?

Linebacker Shawne Merriman may or may not be ready to sign a contract with the San Diego Chargers. [Two reports], citing sources close to the team and around the NFL, reported that the linebacker would be in camp in the next few days. However, on Merriman's Twitter page, the following tweet appeared: "All reports of me reporting to camp this weekend would come from the team 'San Diego Chargers' not 'sources.'" Merriman has been absent from the first part of training camp, seeking a lucrative contract. (

LaRue suffers concussion after after brawl

Baseball has seen celebration-related injuries this season, and, now it has it has a fight-related injury, as catcher Jason LaRue has been diagnosed with a mild concussion. LaRue, speaking to reporters for the first time since Tuesday's incident, said he was positioned close to Reds third baseman Scott Rolen and [Chris] Carpenter when he became aware of [Johnny] Cueto lashing out with his spikes. "We're there holding onto each other, and all of a sudden you feel someone kicking you in the ribs with spikes for no apparent reason at all. That's what happened," LaRue said. "You get kicked in the ribs, you're going to instantly turn around. As I turned around, you see pointed blades." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Comment

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