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  • Longtime baseball fixture Don Zimmer dies at 83
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  • Longtime baseball fixture Don Zimmer dies at 83
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays senior advisor and longtime baseball fixture Don Zimmer died Wednesday at a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.
    Zimmer started out as a minor league infielder in 1949, hitting powerful shots that earned him the nickname "Popeye." He went on to enjoy one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball history.
    Zimmer played on the original New York Mets, saw his Boston Red Sox beaten by Bucky Dent's playoff homer, got tossed to the ground by Pedro Martinez during a brawl and was Joe Torre's right-hand man as the bench coach with the Yankees.
    A career .235 hitter in the big leagues, numbers could never define all that Zimmer meant to the game. He did have tremendous success, too — his teams won six World Series rings and went to the postseason 19 times.
    Zimmer's No. 66 Rays jersey had been worn recently by longtime Tampa Bay third base coach Tom Foley in tribute. The Rays hosted the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, and Foley was crying in the dugout.
    Zimmer wore a lot of uniforms during his 56 years in the majors. He played for the Dodgers, Mets, Cubs, Cincinnati and Washington. He managed San Diego, Boston, Texas and the Cubs.
    "On behalf of Major League Baseball and the many clubs that 'Popeye' served in a distinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest condolences to Don's family, friends and his many admirers throughout our game," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are leaving the station that's been their radio home for 90 years.
    WGN Radio president Jimmy de Castro confirmed on the air Wednesday media reports that the Cubs are leaving the station after this season.
    The Cubs say they'll hold a news conference today at Wrigley Field to announce a long-term broadcast deal with CBS-owned WBBM-AM 780.
    De Castro says the parting ways was a difficult decision for the station, which has been synonymous with the Cubs for close to century.
    But he says the decision was made after the station determined that the business deal the Cubs insisted on did not make economic sense for the station.
    Kevin Durant, LeBron James lead All-NBA selections
    NEW YORK — Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has capped his MVP season by being the lone unanimous choice to the All-NBA first team.
    Durant was a first-teamer on all 125 ballots, and made the top squad for the fifth time. Miami's LeBron James got 124 first-team votes on the way to being selected for the eighth time, while the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul earned his fourth first-team selection.
    Houston's James Harden and Chicago's Joakim Noah are first-time first-team choices.
    Second-team All-NBA selections were San Antonio's Tony Parker, Golden State's Stephen Curry, the Clippers' Blake Griffin, Houston's Dwight Howard and Minnesota's Kevin Love.
    Portland's Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Phoenix's Goran Dragic, Indiana's Paul George and Charlotte's Al Jefferson were third-team selections.
    Compiled from wire reports
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