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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen’s New York condo available for rent

11.13.14 at 11:02 am ET
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If you’ve ever wanted to live in Tom Brady and Gisele’s New York condo, you’re in luck — if you have a lot of money.

The couple has listed its Manhattan condo for $42,500 a month and $40,000 unfurnished, spotted by Curbed.com. The three-bed room condo is on the 47th floor of New York’s One Madison development. The quarterback and supermodel paid $14 million for the property last year, which has “river-to-river plus park views.”

The entire listing reads:

Step off your keyed elevator into your private Entrance Foyer with framed unprecedented unencumbered views South. Move into an open great room looking North over Madison Square Park with iconic never before positioned views of the Empire State Building, West to the Hudson River, and well beyond. Watch the sunset each evening from the Southwest corner Living Room with the soft light reflecting off the Freedom Tower and all of Manhattan’€™s bridges. The Master Bedroom Suite captures arguably the most magical and romantic night views North of the twinkling Empire State Building and East for soft morning sunrises over the East River.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras reportedly drunk at time of fatal accident

11.13.14 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Raptors, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Bills at Dolphins, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: East Carolina at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Bethune-Cookman at Hampton, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Southern Mississippi at Texas -San Antonio, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: California at USC, 9 p.m. (ESPN)


— According to a report out of the Dominican Republic, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was driving drunk when his car went off a highway on Oct. 26, killing him and his girlfriend.

A spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office said Taveras’ blood-alcohol level was fives times the legal limit, toxicology tests showed.

Taveras, a 22-year-old who made his major league debut May 31, was buried late last month.

“While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won’t change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate out players that they must take responsibility for themselves on and off the field.”

The Cardinals stopped providing alcohol in their locker room and banned it on team charter flights home following the death of pitcher Josh Hancock in a car accident early in the 2007 season. Hancock’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice Missouri’s legal limit when he was tested after the accident.

— One day after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi offered seemingly different opinions about Alex Rodriguez‘s standing with the team, Cashman insisted the two are in agreement about the player who was suspended for the 2014 season.

“We’re definitely on the same page,” Cashman said, before joking about the New York tabloids playing up his comments from the previous day. “We’re on the front and back page; of course we’re on the same page.”

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Kobe Bryant breaks record for missed shots in NBA career

11.12.14 at 9:25 am ET
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Kobe Bryant etched his name into the NBA record book Tuesday night, but probably not for the reason he wanted.

With 6:22 left in the fourth quarter against the Grizzlies, Bryant missed his 14th shot of the game and 13,418 of his career, breaking Celtics legend John Havlicek’s NBA record for missed field goals. Bryant went on to miss three more shots, but he said he was unaware of the record when asked about it after the game.

“Nah, I don’t follow that stuff, man,” he said. “Well, I’m a shooting guard that’s played 19 years,” he said, shrugging and smiling. He later added, “Like I said, shooting’ guard, 19th year.”

Bryant finished Tuesday’s contest with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-26 shooting from the field. He now sits 405 points behind Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

Lakers coach Byron Scott said while the record is an unfortunate one for the star, in the end, it all comes down to winning at the end of the season.

“It’s unfortunate because he is one of the greatest competitors that we’ve seen in a long time. I take all that stuff with a grain of salt and I’m sure he does, too, because the bottom line to him is championships,” Scott said.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Niners DT Ray McDonald escapes domestic violence charges, ‘knew the truth would come out’

11.12.14 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

NBA: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Rockets at Timberwolves, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Kings at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ball State at UMass, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Kent State at Bowling Green, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Netherlands vs. Mexico, 2:25 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Niners defensive tackle Ray McDonald addressed the media Tuesday, one day after authorities said he would not be charged following his Aug. 31 arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence, and said he remains with his fiancee despite their issues.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said McDonald was not charged due to “insufficient evidence.” The office’s report indicated the woman struck McDonald, and he forcibly restrained her during he ensuring scuffle and attempted to remove her from the house. The injuries McDonald’s fiancee suffered were minor and “consistent with restraint rather than an attack.” McDonald’s fiancee, who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, did not cooperate with the investigation.

“I’m not the kind of guy [who] would put my hands on a woman like that,” McDonald said. “My teammates know it. My friends know it. Everybody knows what kind of guy I am.”

McDonald, who also had an incident with his fiancee in May after which he admitted firing a gun into the ground while leaving their home, said it’s not fair to compare him to other troubled NFL players such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

“I’m not those other guys,” he said. “I’m just not. I know what kind of person I am. [The 49ers] know what kind of person I am. And that’s why they let me play all the way up to this point.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Ray McDonald be suspended by the NFL?

  • No, he was not convicted after either incident so it's not fair to suspend him (61%, 80 Votes)
  • Yes, this is his second incident in a year, clearly he needs to be punished (39%, 51 Votes)

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McDonald, who had stayed quiet since his arrest, acknowledged the issue affected his ability to focus on the field.

“I wouldn’€™t be human if it didn’€™t bother me,” he said. “I knew the truth would come out. I knew it would eventually come out, but as far as me playing, it didn’€™t affect me a whole lot, but it was weighing on my mind a little bit. I had all this stuff that people were saying about me that I knew wasn’€™t true. I just had to keep my mouth shut and let the whole process play out.”

— Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. released a statement through the Lakers expressing his devastation over the death of his father, who was found Sunday night shot in the head in the driver’s seat of a car in Philadelphia.

Ellington, who was granted an indefinite leave of absence by the team, said he and his family were “devastated by the news of my father’s murder.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott said he learned of the news on Sunday night, after the team’s first win of the season.

“Driving home all I did was think about [Ellington],” Scott said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s really just very said news.”

Added Scott: “This is our livelihood, but this is still just a game. This thing that’s happened to Wayne is real life. It kinds of puts everything in perspective. I think all of us, every now and then, during the game, after the game, before the game, will have Wayne on our mind.”

— The Cowboys activated defensive tackle Josh Brent on Tuesday, with his 10-game suspension imposed by the league having come to an end.

Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of his teammate Jerry Brown, has not played since Dec. 2, 2012, six days before the accident. He has been practicing for the past two weeks for his return.

“Really, it’s just his football readiness,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been away from it for a little bit, but he’s working hard. He’s trying to get his body right. You can see his football instincts and feel for the game coming back, but he still needs to practice and get himself acclimated to football.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been consistent in his backing of Brent, who also received support from Brown’s family.

“He had some experiences since he’s last been on the field … that make him appreciate every second he gets to be on the football field and gets to be contributing and he’s got some real goals,” Jones said. “He wants to help that little girl very much, which is Jerry Brown’s daughter.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history when he took to the ice one month before his 17th birthday for a 3-1 loss in Toronto? Hint: He later coached the B’s.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They don’t have anyone on defense. … They just don’t have any players on the defensive side of the ball. Therefore, they don’t have a chance.” — NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison, during his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday, discussing the struggling Bears, whose defense has been woeful in consecutive losses to the Patriots and Packers

STAT OF THE DAY: 13,421 – Career missed shots for Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who on Tuesday passed Celtics legend John Havlicek for the most in NBA history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Hornets guard Gary Neal drives for what appears to be a game-tying layup against the Trail Blazers, but it comes a fraction of a second after the buzzer.

Mavericks players Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler are ready to provide “Maverick justice” as “Chandler and Chandler.”

Randy Moss recalls a memorable meeting Deion Sanders before he was drafted.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Armand “Bep” Guidolin, who played four seasons in Boston and coached the Bruins for half of 1972-73 and all of 1973-74

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Neil Young was born on this day in 1945.

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Revolution set for battle with Red Bulls in MLS Eastern Conference finals

11.10.14 at 11:44 am ET
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The stage is set for the MLS Eastern Conference finals, as the Revolution defeated the Columbus Crew in the semifinal round that culminated Sunday in Foxboro with a 3-1 New England win.

The Revolution won the series 7-3 on aggregate goals and will face the New York Red Bulls for the conference title. Coach Jay Heaps was more than pleased with Sunday’s outcome at Gillette Stadium.

“We just want to win,” Heaps said. “We’€™re at home, and I want to make sure that this is a place that we can come out and play.”

New England’€™s run to the conference final comes despite an eight-game losing streak in the middle of the season. The Revs have turned it around when it has counted, winning 10 out of their last 14 contests.

New York, which has not reached a conference final since 2008, comes in riding a hot streak as well. Led by forward Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls have lost just two times since early October.

“This is perhaps a series that in years past we would have lost,” New York coach Mike Petke said after Saturday’s elimination of D.C. United. “These guys showed determination. We have guys with bloody lips, getting stitches. We have a guy with a lump on his head.”

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Jets’ Nick Mangold calls Steelers DB Mike Mitchell’s leap over offensive line ‘a dirty play’

11.10.14 at 11:06 am ET
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The frustration of an eight-game losing streak boiled over at the end of the Jets’€™ win over the Steelers on Sunday.

As quarterback Mike Vick set up in the victory formation to take a knee, closing out the team’s second victory of the season, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell attempted to jump over the offensive line in attempt to get the ball.

As Mitchell jumped leaped toward Vick, Jets center Nick Mangold grabbed and body-slammed the safety to the ground. A small scrum ensued, but no penalties were called.

“I think it’s a dirty play, and that’s what it is,” Mangold said after the game. “Didn’t expect him to do that, but he did it. I didn’t think it was the smartest of plays, but we’re glad that he wasn’t able to get to Mike.”

The play only added to coach Rex Ryan‘€™s anger toward the officiating. As the clock winded down, Ryan was visibly angry and swore at the referees as he walked onto the field. The coach said the officiating crew didn’t do a good job of protecting Vick during the game.

In second quarter, no flags were thrown when Vick took a hit to his head as he went to the sideline. But Ryan was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the game because of his disagreements with the officials.

“I got a little upset,” Ryan said of his penalty. “In this league, they put a huge emphasis on protecting the quarterback and all players, as they should. I’m not so sure our quarterback was protected the same as the other quarterback today.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: NCAA reportedly open investigation into Jameis Winston point-shaving allegations

11.10.14 at 8:05 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.

NHL: Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Hawks at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NFL: Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLS playoffs: FC Dallas at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

— Following rumors that Jameis Winston was involved in a point-shaving scheme during the first half of Florida State’s recent game against Louisville, the NCAA is investigating, according to a TMZ report.

The initial report last week suggested that Winston might have tanked the first half of the Oct. 30 game in order to allow former high school teammate Chris Rabb — now a defensive end at Alabama-Birmingham — to win a $5,000 bet that the Seminoles would be losing at halftime. Winston did not play well in the first half of the game as FSU trailed 21-7 before rallying in the second half for a 42-31 win.

Alabama-Birmingham announced Friday that school officials were “aware of the allegations and are looking into the matter.” A day later, UAB coach Bill Clark implied the matter was closed.

“We checked it,” Clark said after Rabb had two tackles in a 40-24 loss to Louisiana Tech. “He turned over every record he could turn over. So, that’s what you do. We immediately turned it all over and said, ‘Hey, check on him.’ That was a distraction because all our players were giving him a hard time about it because he just doesn’t seem like that kind of kid, but we felt good about it and so did the NCAA.”

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a national championship last season, has been hounded by off-field issues since arriving at FSU, including an allegation of sexual assault.

— It’s a good thing for the Cowboys that they won their game Sunday in London, taking care of the Jaguars. Because according to a report, 20 players missed the team’s curfew Friday night.

Tweeted NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport: Cowboys sources: A whopping 20 players missed curfew on Friday night. Coaches are frustrated. Veterans, too. Are they taking it seriously?

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NFL to begin reviewing potential suspension for Adrian Peterson

11.07.14 at 11:29 am ET
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While Ray Rice‘s appeal hearing with a third-party arbiter has concluded, the NFL is just starting to look into a possible punishment for running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson was able to avoid jail time on Tuesday when he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge. Instead of going to jail, Peterson was fined $4,000 and will have to complete 80 hours of community service and go through parenting classes.

While the NFL reviews the incident and decides on a possible suspension, Peterson will remain on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. There isn’t a specific deadline for the NFL to complete Peterson’s review.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Thursday saying that Peterson should be able to get a a hearing like Rice’s before a final decision is made.

“Our union worked with the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian’s representatives on a mutual agreement pending the adjudication of his legal case,” the NFLPA’s statement said. “Now that his legal matter is resolved, we believe it is Adrian’s right to be treated in a manner that is consistent with similar cases under our collective bargaining agreement. We will pursue any and all remedies if those are breached.”

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NFLPA lauds Ray Rice’s appeal hearing as proceedings conclude

11.07.14 at 11:27 am ET
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Ray Rice‘s NFL future now hangs in the balance as a federal judge will decide if he can play again.

Rice’s appeal hearing in New York concluded after two days, which included testimony from Rice, his wife, Janay, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Judge Barbara Jones presided over the appeal and will have the final say on if Rice can return to playing football again. She placed a gag order on the hearing, forbidding people from either side from talking about what went on.

“Generally speaking, yes, but I’m really not going to talk about it,” Jones said when asked about the proceedings.

The NFL Players Association was happy with the way the hearing went and said in statement that every player in a situation like Rice’s should get to have their voice heard before a final decision is made.

“The collectively bargained rights of all players must be vehemently preserved and we take that obligation seriously,” the statement read. “This appeal, presided over by a neutral arbitrator, which included a presentation of all the relevant facts, witness testimony to the truth and cross examination, is the due process that every athlete deserves.”

Jones doesn’t have an exact date for when she has to come to a decision on the matter.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Angry relative calls ‘evil’ Alex Rodriguez ‘the devil’

11.07.14 at 8:16 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston University at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Fordham at Bucknell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Memphis at Tulane, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Utah State at Wyoming, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


NY Daily News 11-7-14– The New York media’s assault on Alex Rodriguez‘s character continued Friday, with the New York Daily News quoting the wife of A-Rod‘s cousin/alleged PED mule as saying the Yankees player is “the devil.”

Carmen Sucart, wife of Yuri Sucart, ripped Rodriguez for accusing Yuri of trying to extort him. Rodriguez reportedly admitted his widespread use of PEDs after publicly denying it while Major League Baseball was in the process of suspending him for the 2014 season, and now he’s apparently trying to cover himself by shifting the blame to others.

“He is the devil,” Carmen told the New York Daily News. “He is evil.”

Carmen said A-Rod visited the house where the Sucarts were living — owned by Rodriguez — in 2012 and offered $50,000 and an apartment if the Sucarts would sign a confidentiality agreement. Carmen said she declined the offer.

“He was not angry,” Carmen recalled of the visit. “He was arrogant. You know what he did? He peed outside on my wall, next to the pool. He didn’t ask for the bathroom. He go outside and he just pee right there. He came over, took his thing out and went right there.”

Shortly after that meeting, the Sucarts hired a Miami attorney, who sent a letter to Rodriguez asking for a cash settlement. According to court filings, Rodriguez agreed to a deal in June 2013, giving the Sucarts a $700,000 payment and then three other payments totaling $200,000.

However, Carmen Sucart said Rodriguez later threatened he was going to “destroy” the family.

“Alex is so poor, the only thing he has is money,” Carmen said. “He sleeps with his money, he will die with his money.”

Yuri Sucart, 52, is facing seven federal charges accusing him of distributing PEDs. His trial is scheduled to begin in February.

His wife said Yuri is in poor health, having undergone surgeries on his heart and legs since his August arrest and two-week stint in jail.

LeBron James has a message for Cavaliers fans panicking over the team’s 1-3 start: “Relax.”

James on Thursday referenced a tweet from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after his team’s slow start this season, writing: In the words of the great @AaronRodgers12 ‘Relax.’

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