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Senators GM Bryan Murray diagnosed with cancer

07.08.14 at 11:30 am ET
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Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer, the team announced in a statement Monday.

The team said Murray will begin treatment immediately, while assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the hockey operations department while he’s out.

Murray, 71, joined the Senators as head coach in 2004 before being promoted to GM two seasons later, leading Ottawa to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007.

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Diamondbacks’ Bronson Arroyo to have Tommy John surgery

07.08.14 at 11:29 am ET
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Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo will have Tommy John surgery within the next week or so, ending his 2014 season.

Arroyo, the former Red Sox and Reds hurler who had never been on the disabled list prior to this season, suffered a severe elbow injury in May, but continued to pitch through the pain. He made six starts after suffering the injury.

An MRI revealed a ligament in the 37-year-old’s elbow had torn away from the bone, which ultimately caused too much pain for him to keep going despite his efforts.

“I wanted to see if I could pitch on it without the ligament, because a few guys have done it,” Arroyo said on Monday. “Most of the guys were bullpen guys, so it was going to be tough to do. I fired it up the last three days, and I could throw 120 feet and I could probably go out there and pitch, but it just won’t come back fast enough. So I’d have to pitch every 10 days and take nine days to get it healthy. It just wasn’t going to work.”

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John Fish on D&C: Hosting 2024 Games ‘isn’t about the Olympics, it’s about what Boston’s future is’

07.08.14 at 11:05 am ET
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John Fish

John Fish

Suffolk Construction Company CEO and Boston Olympic Committee chairman John Fish checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to make his case to consider Boston as a potential host of the 2024 Summer Olympics. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Last month Boston made the U.S. Olympic Committee’s short list of candidates to host the 2024 Games.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to have an interesting conversation and a conversation that has not happened in the city of Boston and the Commonwealth in quite some time,” Fish said. “It really is talking about the vision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston.

“Where do we want to be in 2030? Where do we want to be in 2040? The Olympics allows us as a community to have that conversation. And to me, it isn’t about the Olympics, it’s about what Boston’s future is. So I’m focusing on, along with other business people and people in the educational field, to discuss that, and we’re working with the mayor’s office and governor’s office to have a robust conversation.”

Winning the bid for 2024 would result in a multibillion-dollar investment for the city to build stadiums and other athletic facilities, construct an Olympic village and revamp the city’s transportation system.

“One of the guiding principles we have is nothing that would be constructed would not have a legacy value subsequent to the Olympics themselves,” Fish said. “That’s a principle that we’d absolutely enforce.

“Secondly, I think we are fortunate to have over 100 colleges and universities in our backyard currently today, that some of them have uses for some of these particular facilities. And the sense is we are working with them not on their current plans today, but what is the long-term strategic plans for these institutions and what are these requirements and how do these requirements sort of fit together with the Olympics?” Read the rest of this entry »

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NBA free agency roundup: Heat to meet with LeBron James after agreeing to deals with Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts

07.08.14 at 9:43 am ET
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Tuesday marked the four-year anniversary of The Decision, the day LeBron James announced he was “taking my talents to South Beach” to join the Heat.

Now Miami is desperately trying to hang on to the superstar that has led the team to four straight NBA Finals.

James, currently a free agent, is set to meet with Heat president Pat Riley “in the next two or three days,” according to The Associated Press. But luring him back in may not be quite as easy. James is reportedly giving serious thought to returning to Cleveland, where his career began in 2003, which could alter the decisions made by fellow Miami free agents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

According to ESPN, Bosh is “seriously considering” the Rockets’ maximum contract offer of four years, $88 million. Bosh reportedly planned to wait on James’ decision before making his choice, but apparently the longevity of the process is giving him some doubts.

The Heat, however, are doing whatever they can to remain competitive, and give James more talent to potentially play with next season. The team announced Monday that it intends to sign free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts when deals can be formalized later this week.

McRoberts’ agent, Mike Conley Sr., said the sides agreed to a four-year deal that starts around $5.3 million next season. Yahoo! Sports reported that Granger agreed to a two-year deal worth about $2 million annually.

– If any free agent is enjoying their time on the market, it’s Nets forward Paul Pierce. On Monday, the former Celtic tried his own luck at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.

Pierce told pokernews.com on Monday that poker provides “mental welfare” and teaches him patience on the court.

“In poker, you have to have lots of patience,” he said. “On the court, you have to make the right decisions at the right time.”

– Former Suns forward Channing Frye reportedly agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Magic on Monday. Frye, 31, opted out of the $6.8 million left on the final year of his contract with Phoenix to become an unrestricted free agent.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling a no-show as trial regarding Clippers ownership begins

07.08.14 at 8:14 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 1 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Dodgers at Tigers, 7:08 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA summer league: Magic vs. Grizzlies, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Heat vs. Pistons, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Rockets vs. 76ers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Minnesota Lynx, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Brazil vs. Germany, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The Sterling family trial began Monday in Los Angeles probate court, but Donald Sterling was a no-show when called as the first witness. His lawyers explained that Sterling expected a delay of at least a day due to their motion requesting that the case be switched to federal court, which was quickly denied. While Shelly Sterling‘s lawyer requested a bench warrant, Donald Sterling’s attorney promised the banned Clippers owner would be in attendance Tuesday.

Shelly Sterling’s lawyer then called and questioned Dr. Meril Sue Platzer, who discussed visiting Donald Sterling in May and declaring him mentally incapacitated after a two-hour examination that included brain scans.

MASHUP POLL: How will the Donald Sterling saga play out?

  • He'll keep suing until the day he dies (63%, 96 Votes)
  • He'll eventually agree to a settlement (23%, 35 Votes)
  • Not sure, but he'll probably end up on a reality show (8%, 12 Votes)
  • If he loses this trial he'll give up (6%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 152

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Donald Sterling’s attorney repeatedly objected to testimony regarding his client’s medical records, claiming it violates his right to privacy. Judge Michael Levanas overruled the objections.

Donald Sterling is expected to eventually be questioned by well-known entertainment attorney Bert Fields.

“We’re very anxious to get Mr. Sterling here because he’s the guy that keeps doing everything he can to keep his family from getting the $2 billion they are entitled to,” Fields said (via ESPN). “Why? Just because of his ego.

“He’s accusing his wife of fraud. Nonsense. There’s no fraud here. He knows better and we’ll be able to show that.”

– A fan who was caught by ESPN cameras napping during an April 13 Yankees-Red Sox game in the Bronx filed a $10 million defamation suit, insisting he was ridiculed and humiliated by the announcing crew and further embarrassed when Major League Baseball continued to show video of the incident on its website.

Andrew Rector, 26, is suing Major League Baseball Advanced Media, ESPN New York, the Yankees and ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk. He was shown repeatedly during the fourth inning of the game and became a lighthearted topic of discussion by the announcing crew.

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Report: Pacers’ Lance Stephenson to examine free agent market

07.07.14 at 2:16 pm ET
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Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

After averaging career-highs in points (13.8), rebounds (7.2) and assists (4.6) this past season, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson is ready for a big payday.

The gifted but contentious guard will explore free agency, just days after Indiana offered him a five-year, $44 million contract — an offer than Stephenson believed was a low-ball offer, ESPN.com reported.

The Lakers and Mavericks have emerged as suitors for Stephenson, though both teams have not labeled the Brooklyn native as a priority, according to the report.

The story also indicates that Dallas, believing that it will lose out on signing premier free agent LeBron James, has turned its sights to signing forward Chandler Parsons away from the Rockets while also kicking the tires on Stephenson, who led the league with five triple-doubles last year.

While Stephenson was a key piece of a Pacers team that made it back to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013-14, the Pacers reportedly have not increased their offer and may not change their stance going forward.

Indiana has been active on other fronts this offseason, signing guard C.J. Miles to a  four-year, $18 million contract Wednesday while also adding center Lavoy Allen and forward Damjan Rudez.

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Report: Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion expected to be sidelined 2-4 weeks with quad injury

07.07.14 at 11:02 am ET
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The Blue Jays have hit a rough stretch, losing four consecutive games for the first time since April 23-26.

It will only get tougher for Toronto going forward, as the team will be without its biggest offensive weapon for the foreseeable future.

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion will miss the next 2-4 weeks due to a strained right quad injury, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi.

The 31-year-old slugger injured himself during Saturday’s game against the Athletics, as Encarnacion beat out a potential double-play ball while running to first. He had to be helped off the field by members of the training staff.

Encarnacion has been of the baseball’s most intimidating hitters this season, batting .277 with 26 home runs and 70 RBIs. He was on pace for a career-high 47 home runs before his injury.

Encarnacion’s absence might cause Toronto to scour the trade market for more offense, as Morosi reported that the club is in discussions to acquire Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Former Browns captain D’Qwell Jackson: Josh Gordon ‘needs help’

07.07.14 at 10:41 am ET
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Browns wideout Josh Gordon had a great year in 2013, as the Baylor product led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in just 14 games.

However, in a shocking turn of events, last year might have been the 23-year-old receiver’€™s swan song in the NFL, as a second failed drug test in May and a DWI charge stemming from his arrest Saturday has put Gordon’€™s career in jeopardy.

While it seems like helping Gordon is a lost cause at this point, Colts linebacker and former Browns captain D’€™Qwell Jackson announced his efforts to try to help the young receiver both on Twitter and while speaking with ESPN.com Monday.

“He needs help, he really does,” Jackson told ESPN.com. “He needs people to extend themselves and probably have to do more than they wanted to do. But if [the Browns] care anything about the kid, they have to do it.”

While Jackson — who played alongside Gordon for two seasons in 2012 and 2013 — does not regularly talk with Gordon, he that he will reach out to the embattled wideout soon before adding that his Browns teammates also need to make an effort to help him out.

“At this point calling the cell phone is not going to work,” Jackson said. “You have to fly out to him. You have to fly out to wherever he is, take him to dinner and pick his brain to see what’s important to him.”

Gordon, who was already facing a year-long suspension for testing positive for marijuana, has planned to appeal the ruling later this month –€“ a move that is likely all but futile after his latest arrest.

Jackson, who said that Gordon was “one of those guys when he left the building that you worried about,”€ said that Gordon had all the potential in the world while out on the gridiron.

“Josh Gordon was a big piece of the Browns’ future; It’s just unfortunate he didn’t view it that way,” Jackson said. “He is so valuable. He doesn’t understand how valuable he is to an organization. He has no clue.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James reportedly considers return to Cavaliers

07.07.14 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA summer league, Pacers vs. Celtics, 3 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Rockets vs. Magic, 5 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Thunder vs. Nets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Four years after he left his hometown team and was viewed as a traitor in Cleveland, LeBron James reportedly is considering a return to the Cavaliers.

According to an ESPN report, James’ agent, Rich Paul, met last week with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert — who famously lashed out at James after the superstar decided to take his talents to South Beach in 2010 — and the team is hoping to meet with James this week.

The Cavaliers signed guard Kyrie Irving to a five-year contract extension last week and can entice James with first-overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins as well. Cleveland also could have three first-round draft picks in 2015.

Earlier reports indicated James will not accept less than a max contract that pays him $20.7 million. The Cavaliers currently could not afford that deal, but they could waive and trade players to clear up cap space.

Before Cavs fans get too excited, it should be noted that James’ agent reportedly also talked with representatives of the Lakers, Mavericks and Rockets, and James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley in the next few days.

MASHUP POLL: Where will LeBron James end up signing this offseason?

  • Heat (51%, 211 Votes)
  • Cavaliers (30%, 123 Votes)
  • Lakers (6%, 26 Votes)
  • Somewhere else (5%, 19 Votes)
  • Rockets (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Clippers (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Suns (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Mavericks (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 411

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Meanwhile, the Rockets are said to be intensifying their efforts to land Chris Bosh, should Miami’s Big Three go their separate ways.

“They appreciate what they’ve done in Miami those four years together, and they want to make sure they have a chance to have that same success the next four [years],” Henry Thomas, agent for Bosh and Dwyane Wade, told ESPN.com on Sunday. “With Dwyane, he’s been there his entire career, so he’s in a unique situation. Chris has made it known how he’s felt about being in Miami these four years.”

– Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston punched a high school player during a pickup game at a YMCA in Durham, N.C., another black eye for the former North Carolina star who spent last season in the NBA D-League after having eligibility issues with the Tar Heels.

Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, insisted that the player was being overly aggressive with the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hairston and threw the first punch, “and P.J. swung back.”

However, the player — North Durham High School rising senior Kentrell Barkley — told a different story.

“We were playing open gym and I was running up the court and he hit me in the forehead with his fist,” the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Barkley told ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman. “I walked up to him and asked him what happened and then he hit me again in the neck.”

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Colts WR LaVon Brazill suspended for 2014 season

07.04.14 at 9:49 am ET
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Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy for the second time in as many seasons.

Brazill was banned for the first four games last season for what he said was marijuana use.

Brazill made 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games in his second NFL season last year. He was drafted in the sixth round out of Ohio University in 2012.

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