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Published Jan. 27, 2012


Margaret Piniella, mother of former Rays manager Lou Piniella, died this week in Tampa at age 92. Margaret Piniella was considered the athlete of the family, credited with playing a key role in developing Lou's interest in sports, as well as his temper. She famously once ran onto the court during one of Lou's Jesuit High basketball games to argue with the referee. "Everyone says Lou takes after his mom," family friend Carmine Iavarone told ESPN in 2010. Margaret Piniella had been in failing health for several years; Lou left the Cubs in August 2010 to come home and help care for her. Online condolences can be sent at

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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Newlywed of the day

Honey? About that honeymoon ...

Contacted by English Premier League club Bolton the day after his wedding, American defender Tim Ream canceled a honeymoon in Tahiti and at the team's request joined it immediately. His wife, Kristen's, response? "I can't really repeat what she said," Ream said. "But ... she wants the best for me. If she says tomorrow that she wants something, then I guess I'll have to give it to her."

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Number of the day

$300 million, projected pay-per-view sales according to the Long Beach Boxing Examiner, for a potential Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight ($89.99 with an estimated 3.5 million viewers). Add sponsors, gate ticket sales and merchandise it could bring the take to $500 million.

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Today: All-Star break

Up next: vs. Capitals, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa TV/radio: NBC Sports Network; 970-AM

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At 80 to 1 odds, a $1 bet on the Giants to win the Super Bowl would win $80. A different number was given Thursday.