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Image of Anheuser-Busch LogoBy RICHARD SANDOMIR

Published: November 12, 2010

Budweiser’s decades-long connection to Major League Baseball frayed Friday when the giant brewer’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch, alleged in a federal lawsuit that baseball reneged on an agreement reached earlier this year to extend the beer maker’s sponsorship.

With Budweiser’s sponsorship set to expire this year, the company said that it negotiated the terms of a multiyear renewal last April. The sides even exchanged congratulatory messages.

One baseball executive, John Brody, then the head of corporate sales and marketing, sent an e-mail to Budweiser that read, “We are excited about the extension of this amazing partnership.”

But within a month, the deal began to unravel when Anheuser-Busch became the official beer sponsor of the National Football League, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court against Major League Baseball Properties.

At that point, the suit said, Tim Brosnan, an executive vice president in charge of business, “began to complain that the economic terms of the April renewal agreement were no longer satisfactory and that the market had changed,” according to the court papers.

The lawsuit did not cite financial terms of any of the deals, but the lawsuit said that Brosnan demanded Anheuser-Busch pay “several times” more than had been negotiated. In September, Brosnan informed the brewer that baseball was going to try to sell the beer sponsorship to other brewers. On Oct. 1, Brosnan informed David Peacock, the president of Anheuser-Busch, that baseball was “going to disavow” the April deal. (more…)

Image of Kevin LoveAssociated Press

At one point in the third quarter, Kevin Love leaned over to Michael Beasley on the bench and whispered in his ear.

“I’m going for 30 tonight,” Love said.

With Love having only seven points at the time, Beasley looked at him and said, “Thirty what?”

Incredibly, Love was talking about rebounds. But he didn’t stop there.

Love grabbed a franchise-record 31 rebounds and scored 31 points, the NBA’s first 30-30 game in 28 years, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to stun the New York Knicks 112-103 on Friday night.

“I just got a good mindset that every single one was mine,” said Love, who had 23 points and 24 rebounds in a loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.

Love grabbed 15 boards in the third quarter alone to will the Timberwolves to victory. Moses Malone was the last player to do it with 32 points and 38 rebounds for Houston against Seattle in 1982. (more…)

By Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.comImage of Paul Pierce

While the Boston Celtics said all the right things in front of the cameras and microphones after Thursday’s 112-107 triumph in Miami, a great sense of satisfaction permeated the locker room after the Celtics beat the Miami Heat for the second time in a little more than two weeks.

It’s why forward Glen Davis could be heard bellowing about “spanking” the Heat as the doors to the visitors’ locker room swung open following the game.

It’s why a 140-character trash talk session toward LeBron James & Co. showed up on Paul Pierce‘s Twitter account.

“It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis,” a tweet said.

Given his dissatisfaction with anything that has mocked his television show “The Decision,” it’s likely that the tweets on Pierce’s account won’t go over well with James, who famously announced he was “taking my talents to South Beach” when he revealed he was signing with the Heat.

James didn’t respond to the tweet Friday, but Heat forward Udonis Haslem reacted strongly to the tweets. (more…)