Media bias

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Media bias

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Poor Dave Lubeski.

His George Washington University sports-information office is being criticized for the baseball recap he published on GWSports.com:

"Strong Pitching By GW Not Enough In 2-0 Loss To No. 1 Virginia"

The story starts as you would expect it to, commending the Colonials for their strong effort and ruing the loss.

Yeah, okay, Virginia won because pitcher Will Roberts threw the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball since 1957. Oh, they mentioned it; they just waited until the seventh paragraph.

But they were writing for the GWU crowd. What did they care that some guy on the other team had a great game? Perfectly legitimate way to cover the story.

In fact, I'm surprised hometown newspapers haven't done it before:

March 2, 1962
WARRIORS OUTLAST OFFENSIVE OUTPOURING BY KNICKS

HERSHEY, PA -- Together, they formed a triumverate of tenacity. They were a three-headed scoring monster.

The Knicks got 31 points from Willie Naulis, 33 from Cleveland Buckner and 39 from Richie Guerin in one of the team's most impressive offensive outings of the season.

But the effort wasn't quite enough.

New York lost 169-147 to the Philadelphia Warriors on Friday night.

Guerin took the loss especially hard.

"...that game was not played as it should have been played. The second half was a travesty. ...I always felt very bad about that game. I got so sick of it that I intentionally fouled out.

Dave Budd and Donnie Butcher chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Wilt Chamberlain led the Warriors with 100 points.

February 7, 1976
BRUINS SCORE FOUR IN TOUGH TORONTO LOSS

TORONTO, CANADA -- Bruins coach Don Cherry may be under fire after Boston's 11-4 loss to the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The loss snapped Boston's seven-game win streak.

Cherry left goalie Dave Reece in for the entire game despite the fact that Gerry Cheevers has returned from his WHA stint and was available. Though there's no certainty that Cheevers could have stopped the bleeding, Cherry's decision to leave Reece out to dry is questionable.

The coach said he was "saving" Cheevers for Sunday's home tilt versus Detroit.

The lone bright spot for Boston may be the fact that the Bobby Schmautz, Johnny Bucyk and Jean Ratelle line continues to be productive. Ratelle lead the Bruins in scoring with two goals and two helpers. Bobby Schmautz also had four points (1 G, 3 A) and Bucyk had one of each.

Darryl Sittler collected two assists in the first period for Toronto. He finished the game with 10 points (4 G, 6 A).

April 20, 1986
MARINERS CAN'T HOLD 7TH-INNING LEAD, FALL 3-1 TO SOX

BOSTON, MA -- The Mariners let the Sox off the hook on Tuesday night.

Mike Moore had pitched brilliantly, blanking Boston through six. When his teammates got a run past Red Sox hurler Roger Clemens before the stretch, he was in prime position for the shutout and the win.

This one got away.

Instead, Clemens got the win and Seattle lefty Matt Young got the ball from Moore. Young and Karl Best got the last two outs of the 8th, but the damage was already done. The Mariners could not score again.

Dwight Evans had two home runs for the Red Sox, including a 2-on, 2-out dinger in the bottom of the 7th.

Clemens gave up three hits in the game. He recorded zero walks and 20 strikeouts.

UPDATE: Dave Lubeski did not write the story in question, as the original story stated. We've updated it, and apologize for the error.

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Reports: Celtics engaged on Porzinigis trade talks but asking price is 'massive'

Reports: Celtics engaged on Porzinigis trade talks but asking price is 'massive'

In the hours leading up to the draft, the Knicks continue to talk to teams -- including the Celtics -- about a trade for Kristaps Porzingis but are seeking a "massive" return, according to multiple reports. 

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical reports that the Celtics are among several teams so far unwilling to meet the Knicks' price.

Knicks president Phil Jackson is said to covet Kansas forward Josh Jackson in the draft, who many have speculated the Celtics could take with the No. 3 pick. CSN Celtics Insider Sherrod Blakely, on the Toucher and Rich this morning, proposed a potential C's package of tonight's No. 3 pick, next year's Brooklyn pick, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown as a potential haul for Porzingis. 

Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe termed what New York is seeking as "massive" and Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Celtics "remain in pursuit."

Frank Isola of The New York Daily News says it's "the moon and two Brooklyn picks," i.e. the haul Blakely proposed - this year's No. 3 and the 2018 first-round pick from the Nets that the Celtics own from the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett deal, Brown and Crowder. Also, the Celtics taking on the remaining two years (at more than $18 million per) of Joakim Noah's contract from the Knicks could factor into the deal.

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell gets a new deal . . . with Scholastic Books

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Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell gets a new deal . . . with Scholastic Books

Second-year Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell already had a children's book published before he was drafted last year. Now he has a three-book deal with children's book publisher Scholastic. 

The three books will include a newly-illustrated edition of his self-published first crack at the children's book genre, "The Magician Hat," according to the Associated Press. That will come out in May of next year and be followed up by two more original works. 

Mitchell has been a children's literacy advocate since before joining the Patriots. That he joined a reading club -- made up mostly of women twice his age or more -- was quickly seized upon by multiple media outlets in the build-up to last year's draft as one of the feel-good stories in that year's class of prospects. 

Mitchell has founded a youth literacy initiative called Read With Malcolm, and he's the Patriots "Summer Reading Ambassador," encouraging young students to read as much as possible during the summer months. He hosted reading rallies across New England that began in Roxbury, Mass. back in March and finished up last week at The Hall at Patriot Place.