One of Major League Baseball's biggest stars from the 1980s has a friend who could soon be getting his mail delivered to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dale Murphy, a baseball legend for his time with the Atlanta Braves, is acquaintances with GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney. The retired outfielder tells Fox Sports South that he met Romney while his family was living in Boston for a few years during the late 1990s.

"He wasn’t involved in politics at that time, but we met him," Murphy said. "We lived in the same community there and got to know him and Ann and their kids. He came out to Utah for the Olympics in 2002 and then he ran for governor of Massachusetts. They’re good people and we were lucky to get to know them and be associated with them and now see them running for president. How often does someone you know -- not that we’re in touch with the Romneys – run for president? It's just really interesting, an interesting experience. That’s been fun."

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Usually men who run major professional sports leagues in America are publicly reserved when it comes to giving critiques of media; but not this time.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman chose not to hold back in his assessment of Bryant Gumbel when asked about the TV host by Bob Costas.

Back during the NBA lockout, Gumbel played up what he felt was a racial side to the labor dispute during a commentary about NBA commissioner David Stern.

"David Stern was eager to be seen as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were boys," Gumbel said on Real Sports.

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Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter get most of the credit and blame in New York, but if the Yankees are going to return to the World Series, a sports psychologist might help make the difference.

Outfielder Nick Swisher, in the final year of his contract, is hoping regular offseason visits with a sports shrink will mean a big season.

"It's one thing to be in great physical shape, but anybody can do that if they work hard enough," Swisher told the New York Daily News. "The mental game is something you can always improve, because there isn’t really a point where you can ever be mentally prepared enough.

"When you talk to these guys, they start spinning your mind and making you think of things you normally wouldn't think of. I wanted to work on all the things I was bad at; my mental game was something I wanted to get better."

Swisher was lousy in April and May for the Bronx Bombers a season ago, but with a different approach to preparation, he expects things to be much better.

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Tim Tebow has joined the real-life Entourage.

Tebow recently signed with Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, the man who inspired the fictional character Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) on the hit TV show. The Denver Broncos quarterback created by far the most buzz at the enormous pre-Oscar party held at Emanuel's Los Angeles mansion.

While A-list stars like Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Michael Douglas and Ben Stiller chatted with Hollywood power brokers such as Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein, it was Tebow who was the real headliner at the William Morris Endeavor party.

The New York Post reports a parade of stars that included Taylor Swift, Serena Williams, The Rock and LL Cool J made small talk with the NFL gridiron hero. Comedian Larry David, of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame, got a laugh as a parade of women attempted to chat up the deeply religious Tebow.

William Morris will handle Tebow's endorsements, appearances, books and all future movie and TV opportunities, according to the Boston Herald. Ben Affleck, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon are fellow William Morris clients.

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Jeremy Lin's sleeping on his brother's sofa doesn't sound nearly as bad after hearing about one veteran player's housing nightmare.

Delonte West is quite possibly the first active NBA player to be without a home during a season. The Mavericks guard tells the Dallas Morning News that after arriving in the Lone Star State he couldn't find a place to stay, so he spent nights sleeping in the Mavs locker room and even in his car.

Let us explain.

West suffers from bipolar disorder, which causes extreme mood swings. In 2009, he was pulled over near his Maryland home on a three-wheeled Cam-Am Spyder motorcycle, and police found a 9mm Beretta pistol, .357 Magnum and a Remington 870 in a guitar case. West pleaded guilty to weapons and traffic charges, but was able to avoid jail; instead he got electronic monitoring and supervised probation and counseling.

Additionally, West was dealing with the end of his four-month marriage. He feels his mental disorder is at least partially responsible for both his personal and legal problems. "I've watched contracts go out the window, endorsements disappear, court fees, lawyer fees, divorce fees," he told the Morning News. "You watch the saving account just shoop ... shoop ... shoop ... shoop -- slowly disappear."

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Nobody denies football is the most popular sport in America, but the theory goes that most fans don't have the time or interest to watch college prospects work out. Nevertheless the National Football League is about to try it out.

Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering some drastic changes to the annual scouting combine. The NFL could have college players racing against one another in the traditional 40-yard dash and going head-to-head as they bench press 225 pounds over and over in the strength test, the New York Times reports.

Sounds like the makings of a reality TV program for ESPN, Fox or the league-owned NFL Network. To the contrary, say the pigskin suits.

"We would not want to do something that was just good for television, or just good for the fans, if it were at the expense of either the football evaluation or the players’ preparation," Eric Grubman, the executive VP of NFL business operations told the New York Times. "It's a balancing act. The combine works."

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Unquestionably, Danica Patrick's full-time transition to NASCAR will be the No. 1 motor sports story of the year, yet don't expect her to give you many details on social media.

Patrick has set up to golden rules for her massively popular @DanicaPatrick Twitter account. She doesn't spend much time talking shop, and she won't ever let fans know her whereabouts. Her profile states "If you want to get to know me away from the track, you're in the right place."

"If I talk about somewhere I've been, it's because I'm already gone," Patrick told the USA Today's Nate Ryan. "I do it afterward because of safety insecurity, and I don't want people following. I don't want any trouble. I don't think you can ever be too safe. … "Nothing might ever happen, but you have to be careful. I'm not going to talk about the restaurants I go to because I want to keep going there. I'm not going to talk about where I am or where I live or what I'm doing because it's dangerous. Privacy is already hard enough. I don't need to self-inflict any more problems on myself."

Racing's golden girl has over 466,000 followers, second highest total in NASCAR. Only Juan Pablo Montoya, (@JPMontoyawith almost 469,000 followers has more fan support. Dale Earnhardt Jr. would most likely blow away everyone in NASCAR but he's yet to send a tweet from his page @DaleJr.

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Holy Curse of the Bambino, Batman!

Pitchers drinking fried chicken and beer in the clubhouse isn't the only issue new manager Bobby Valentine will have to deal with this season, the Red Sox must also overcome the "Curse of Toot's Dollar Store."

Let me explain.

Since moving spring training to Fort Myers, Fla., 19 years ago, the Boston Red Sox had played Grapefruit League games at City of Palms Park, not far from the city's historic downtown district. This year the club moved 13 miles down the road into the stunning $77 million JetBlue Park.

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As the old saying goes, giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. 

Hall of Famer Bob Knight's son has not only picked up his old man's coaching talents, but more importantly, his ability to boil over with the reporters.

Pat Knight, the head basketball coach at Lamar University, went off on the sorry state of his basketball program following a 62-52 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday night. In more than eight minutes of magic, Knight began by ripping his senior players' bad attitude on the court and in the classroom. The Cardinals have a winning record at 17-11 on the season, but they aren't very good in their coaches eyes.

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Commonly, the idea of a woman coaching a professional basketball team is the kind of stuff you can only see in the movies, but that could be changing soon.

Natalie Nakase recently became the first female head coach in Japan's professional basketball league and now she'd like to become the Jeremy Lin of coaches. She's not thinking WNBA. Nope, this 31-year-old American would like to become the first woman to break the NBA's gender coaching barrier.

A former UCLA point guard, Nakase also played two seasons in the National Women's Basketball League, which went out of business many years ago. She's dreaming of becoming the next George Karl or Erik Spoelstra, but wouldn't mind becoming an NBA assistant.

"I'm starting to realize that I have the responsibility of giving women hopefully a chance to see that they can do it, too, even if not in basketball,” Nakase told the AFP. "It could be in a working field."

"Being a part of a program in the NBA, reaching the highest level in your sport, I think, that's definitely a goal of mine," she said.

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