|10.08.13 at 2:10 pm ET|
The Falcons, who fell to 1-4 with Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the Jets, reportedly will be without their top receiving option for the rest of the season, as Julio Jones suffered a foot injury in the game.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Jones will seek a second opinion Wednesday after getting the season-ending diagnosis.
Jones leads the team with 41 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns.
|10.08.13 at 1:16 pm ET|
The drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez‘s lawsuit against Major League Baseball has taken yet another turn, as the case is being moved from state to federal court.
MLB filed a notice of removal on Monday, stating that Rodriguez’s claims that MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been trying to tarnish the three-time MVP’s career and force him out of baseball is a declaration that should be dealt with in federal court.
Rodriguez and his legal team have the opportunity to file a motion requesting that the case be pushed back to the state level. In response to MLB’s motion, Joseph Tacopina, one of Rodriguez’s lawyers, said that the league “knows that these state law claims properly belong where they were filed, in the New York state court.”
This soap opera between A-Rod and MLB started last Thursday, when Rodriguez and the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the league in response to MLB’s Aug. 5 decision to suspend Rodriguez for 211 games for allegedly violating the league’s drug policy.
The grievance is currently being heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. A decision is unlikely to made made until later this winter.
Rodriguez’s lawsuit claims that MLB and Selig went after the Yankees slugger in order to improve their image, which was damaged over the years due to their supposed inaction regarding performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Rodriguez made news on Friday, as he filed a lawsuit against a Yankees team doctor and a New York hospital after claiming that they mishandled his hip injury during the 2012 playoffs. Rodriguez only hit .120 during those playoffs before undergoing left hip surgery in January.
|10.08.13 at 8:17 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 8:37 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 5:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Lightning at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Devils at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA preseason: Thunder vs. 76ers, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Nets at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Nuggets at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA finals: Atlanta at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The NFL appears to be softening on its support for the Redskins nickname. The league announced Monday that it will meet with members of the Oneida Indian tribe to discuss offensive names and mascots.
The tribe is holding a symposium in Washington to promote its “Change the Mascot” campaign, coinciding with the NFL owners fall meetings across town. Tribe spokesman Ray Halbritter said the Redskins nickname is “an outdated sign of division and hate.”
“We respect that people have differing views,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “It is important an that we listen to all perspectives.”
Redskins lineman Chris Chester is conflicted about the situation.
“It’s really tough,” he said. “And I mean this sincerely: I get both sides of the argument. I see how it can offend some people, but I feel like the context that this organization has, there’s no negative connotation. You wouldn’t name your team something you didn’t have respect for. At least I wouldn’t. I mean, I understand, too, that it offends some people, so I sympathize with both sides.”
A number of politicians, however — like Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton — see only one resolution to the situation.
“This name is going to go into the dustbin of history,” she said.
• Lions center Dominic Raiola, who has a history of confrontations with fans, allegedly hurled insults at some members of the University of Wisconsin band prior to Sunday’s 22-9 loss to the Packers in Green Bay.
“The band was lined up in the end zone preparing to finish ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ which would complete the pregame, and basically they were verbally assaulted by a member of the Detroit Lions team,” band director Michael Leckrone said. “To their credit, they just stood there and did what they were supposed to do, which is focus on their performance.
“I think they were a little bit shaken by it, and they reported it to me after the conclusion of the pregame show, and we were back in our seats.”
The Lions issued a statement Monday saying they would look into the incident, saying. “Those reports are extremely inconsistent with the standard of behavior we expect from our players and from every member of the organization.” The University of Wisconsin said it received an apology from the Lions as well.
Raiola has been fined twice before for interactions with fans, once when he made a gesture at a Detroit fan during the Lions’ winless 2008 season and again following a verbal altercation with a fan in Miami in which he used an obscene gesture.
• Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is not happy with the officiating in Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals, a 22-6 Carolina loss. Although he made his own mistakes — including two dropped balls, one that would have been a touchdown — Smith was more upset with umpire Dan Ferrell for missing what Smith felt was pass interference and incorrectly spotting the ball on another occasion.
“To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger [Goodell] wants to fine me, he can,” Smith said Monday. “I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee I have ever met.”
Added Smith: “No. 64, he was garbage. There is a lot of things I would let him hold, but nothing valuable.”
Smith did admit, “My dropped pass cost us the game,” but he continued to rant about the official as well.
“He received a check that day,” Smith said. “I hope he feels good, because he was terrible.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 8, 2004, the Red Sox squandered a five-run lead in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels at Fenway Park. However, in the bottom of the 10th, which Red Sox player blasted the game-winning home run to completed the series sweep?
|10.07.13 at 2:11 pm ET|
Josh Freeman finally received the fresh start he desired.
After a disappointing 7-9 record last year, and an 0-4 start to this season, Freeman is out of Tampa Bay, as the Vikings agreed to sign the free agent quarterback to a one-year, $3 million contract Sunday night.
Freeman narrowed his list of teams to Minnesota, Buffalo and San Francisco, according to CBSSports.com, but ultimately chose Minnesota.
The Buccaneers released Freeman, who was in the middle of his fifth season with the team, on Thursday, a week after benching him for rookie Mike Glennon.
Turmoil between Freeman, and the organization, and particularly coach Greg Schiano, set in early this season.
The Freeman-Schiano feud began when Freeman, a team captain for three straight years, was not voted one in 2013. Rumors swirled that Schiano rigged the vote so that Freeman would not be captain, a rumor that Schiano vehemently denied. Then, one day after Freeman was declared inactive for Tampa Bay’s Week 4 loss against the Cardinals, ESPN reported that Freeman entered the NFL’s drug program as a Stage 1 participant.
Off-field issues aside, Freeman’s fledgling play on the field played a large role in his demise with the Bucs.
In three starts this season, Freeman completed just 45.7 percent of his passes, for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. In his previous four years as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, Freeman never reached the playoffs and posted a 24-33 record.
|10.07.13 at 12:02 pm ET|
Peter Laviolette was fired as coach of the Flyers, following the team’s 0-3 start to the season. The team made the announcement Monday morning, following Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
Assistant coach Craig Berube was promoted to fill the vacancy.
Laviolette, a native of Franklin who played collegiately at Westfield State and had a cup of coffee in the NHL with the Rangers in 1988-89, took over as Flyers coach early in the 2009 season, following the dismissal of John Stevens. In the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Philadelphia rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals and won the next four games. The Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Blackhawks.
The Flyers won the Atlantic Division in 2011 but were swept by the Bruins in the conference semifinals. They again lost in the conference semifinals in 2012 and did not qualify for the playoffs last season.
Laviolette previously coached the Hurricanes — winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 — and the Islanders. He coached the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence as well. He had ended his playing career by playing four seasons with the P-Bruins.
|10.07.13 at 7:45 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 6:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Pirates, 3:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Braves at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Jets at Falcons, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Take heart, Patriots fans: At least your offensively challenged team has found a way to win four games. Look at the Giants. They’re 0-5 after Sunday’s 36-21 loss to the visiting Eagles. It’s New York’s worst start in a non-strike year since 1979.
“They’re very frustrated, very down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’ve worked very hard during the week, built themselves up to a good approach, and then the frustration of not getting the win … They’re doing the best they can. They’re standing up, they’re supporting each other. That’s the way it has to be for a team to continue on.”
Eli Manning completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions, including a key pick in the fourth quarter when he tried to make something out of nothing and it backfired.
“I know I can play better,” Manning said. “Sometimes, things are going to go wrong, but you’ve got to make the best decision. Throw it away, take a sack. I know I can’t keep turning the ball over every time.”
Said Coughlin: “I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us going that he puts too much on himself. … He’s way too good a player to have these kinds of things keep happening to him.”
• Joe Torre is widely viewed as a man who would have been a good fit for Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s job, which will be vacated by Bud Selig next year, but the drawback is Torre’s age. And he acknowledges that.
“I’m 73 years old, I really don’t envision that happening, based on the fact Bud has been there 20-plus years,” Torre said Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the MLB executive vice president watched the Dodgers-Braves ALDS Game 3. “I think when the owners decide on who the next commissioner should be, I think they have to think long term.
“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner, based on my age. I’m very comfortable working there. I’ve got a significant job. I don’t have a great deal of stress, job-wise in my life and that feels good.”
• President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over the Redskins nickname, saying he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he were owner due to its offensiveness.
“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he told The Associated Press.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the name, despite growing criticism.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?
|10.04.13 at 12:26 pm ET|
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, went on the attack this week, filing a lawsuit Thursday that accuses Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig of attempting to smear his character and cost him his livelihood.
Calling the investigation into Rodriguez’s alleged use of PEDs a “witch hunt,” A-Rod’s lawyers allege the league is attempting to “destroy the reputation and career of Alex Rodriguez.”
The suit claims Selig is trying to redeem himself as the “savior” of Major League Baseball after failing to reel in players during the game’s steroid era.
“Taking down Mr. Rodriguez would vividly demonstrate that Commissioner Selig had learned from the errors of his previous explicit or tacit tolerance of steroid use,” the lawsuit reads.
An MLB spokesman said the league had no comment.
|10.04.13 at 9:24 am ET|
Dusty Baker was fired by the Reds three days after his team lost the wild card playoff to the Pirates, according to multiple reports.
Baker, 64, just finished his sixth season as Reds skipper, with a cumulative record of 509-454. He led the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years but has not won a postseason series in Cincinnati.
A three-time National League Manager of the Year (once with the Reds), Baker previously managed the Cubs and Giants.
The Reds went 90-72 this season, a year after winning 97 games.
|10.04.13 at 8:14 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Rays at Red Sox, 3:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Pirates at Cardinals, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Braves, 6:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 9:37 p.m. (TBS)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Brian Hoyer‘s rise to prominence was swift, but his moment in the spotlight ended even quicker.
The former Patriots backup who led the Browns to consecutive wins after being handed the starting job a couple of weeks ago, injured his knee in Cleveland’s 37-24 victory over the Bills on Thursday night, and there is speculation that he’s done for the season.
Hoyer, a fifth-year player who started the season as the team’s No. 3 QB but was inserted after starter Brandon Weeden suffered a thumb injury in Week 2, injured his right knee when being hit from the side while sliding on a scramble in the first quarter. He stayed in the locker room until the end of the game but then left the stadium on crutches with his knee immobilized and is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday.
“He was playing great, man,” Weeden said of Hoyer. “You hate to see it because he’s a teammate and a friend. I tried to be as positive with him as I could.”
Added receiver Josh Gordon: “We definitely don’t want to see a teammate go down like that, especially a guy like Hoyer. He’s a great guy and I hope he comes back healthy.”
Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel also hurt his knee in the game, on a hit at the end of a 14-yard run. After trying to get the knee loose on the sideline by riding the exercise bike, he jogged to the locker room. He is expected to have an MRI on Friday.
• Former Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to 7-15 years in jail for sexually assaulting teenage girls when he was working as a substitute teacher and volunteer weight room coach at a high school in Michigan.
Curtis, who was accused of inappropriately touching three teens, was called a “predator” by Barry County Circuit Judge Amy McDowell, who added: “You certainly are a threat to any community you get into.”
The 44-year-old Curtis, who was found guilty of six counts of criminal sexual conduct on Aug. 16, continues to maintain his innocence, insisting that the girls lied.
Curtis won World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998 and ’99. He also played for the Angels, Tigers, Dodgers, Indians and Rangers as part of his 10-year major league career that ended in 2001.
• Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL for his tirade at the end of Wednesday’s victory over the Ducks, when he started screaming at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau before trying to push over the partition separating the benches.
Boudreau said Roy, a Hall of Fame goalie known for his fiery personality, was yelling at Ducks players and behaving in a “classless” manner before the coaches had their confrontation.
After Thursday’s practice, Roy responded as one would expect him to — by refusing to back down.
“What Boudreau said was all lies,” Roy insisted, despite video evidence of him swearing repeatedly at Anaheim forward Corey Perry. “I don’t talk to players, I respect all the players. I’m certainly not going to get too involved in this one, but when you talk about classless — when you’re lying, this is classless.”
Added Roy: “This is the league policy and I understand it now, but at the same time I will always defend my players. Things happen. This is the way I dealt with this one. Would I deal with it differently next time? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 4, 1967, the Red Sox opened the World Series with a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. Who started on the mound for the Sox and homered off Bob Gibson for Boston’s only run?
|10.03.13 at 6:32 pm ET|
A new book written by ESPN investigative reporters allege that the NFL waged a campaign for over two decades intent on refuting evidence and research that proved that there was a connection between playing football and brain damage.
The book, titled “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth,” states that the NFL used its influence and resources to both tarnish scientists and their reports regarding the link between football and head injuries and utilized a public relations strategy to keep fans unaware of the danger relating to the sport.
The book makes a point to compare the era of the NFL covering up the dangers of football to the era of Big Tobacco, when cigarette companies hid the health risks of smoking to consumers. It also claims that the NFL’s “whitewash” of the risks associated with football continued during the tenure of current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Other findings that were discovered by the book’s authors include the NFL ignoring a warning from some of the top neuroscientists in the world that football led to depression and memory loss all the way back in 2000, as well as the league attempting to force medical journals to retract their findings on brain damage in football back in 2005.
Despite the book’s controversial and shocking findings, some NFL players, such as former Jets defensive lineman Marty Lyons, believe that it’s the players own choice to play such a dangerous sport.
“I’m not going to accuse the league,” Lyons said. “Players had to be more responsible for their own actions. I’m not saying the league didn’t know, I’m not saying the players didn’t know. It was part of the game.”
The book , which was co-authored by brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, will be released on Oct. 8.
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