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Lakers coach Byron Scott calls Julius Randle injury ‘heartbreaking’

10.29.14 at 10:28 am ET
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The Lakers lost more than a game Tuesday night when they fell 108-90 to the Rockets at Staples Center.

Just 14 minutes into his career, rookie Julius Randle landed awkwardly on his leg after going up for a shot. The training staff immediately attended to Randle, who clearly was in pain.

The No. 7 overall pick was carted off on a stretcher and got X-rays, and the results revealed that Randle had a fractured tibia. After hearing the news, Lakers coach Byron Scott called the incident “heartbreaking.”

“The last three or four minutes, obviously we weren’t thinking a whole lot about basketball,” Scott said. “We were just thinking about Julius and hoping he’s OK.”

Kobe Bryant, who made his long-awaited comeback during the game, said the Lakers will miss the growth they could’ve had with Randle in the lineup.

But Bryant added that the injury could end up helping Randle in the long run.

“We’ll help him through this, and he’ll come back a better basketball player,” Bryant said. “That’s the goal, is to try to find a silver lining in this. He’ll use the time to come back and be stronger.”

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Hockey legend Gordie Howe in rough condition after stroke

10.29.14 at 8:13 am ET
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The family of Gordie Howe said the hockey legend remains in strong spirits despite losing much use of his right arm and leg after having a stroke Sunday night in Texas.

Howe was visiting his daughter Cathy in Lubbock when he was stricken. She said his speech is slurred, but, “He’s not giving up. … He’s as tough now as he was when he played.”

However, one of Howe’s sons told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that the prospects are not good for the 86-year-old Hall of Famer, who has been suffering from dementia.

“I feel like this is his final lap around the rink,” said Murray Howe, a radiologist. “I’m guessing that he’s not going to recover … but then again, he’s about as strong as they get. If anybody can do it, he can.”

Howe, known as “Mr. Hockey,” played 26 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Red Wings, before retiring at age 52 as the league’s all-time leader in goals (801) and points (1,850). He played three seasons for the New England/Hartford Whalers alongside his sons Mark and Marty, and he played one shift for the International Hockey League’s Detroit Vipers in 1997, when he was 69, so that he could mark his sixth decade as a pro.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jose Canseco shoots off finger in gun accident

10.29.14 at 8:11 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Knicks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Red Sox player Jose Canseco shot off one of his fingers when a gun he was cleaning went off accidentally, according to reports out of Las Vegas.

Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, told TMZ the 50-year-old was at his Vegas home when the handgun discharged and a bullet tore through the bottom part of the middle finger on his left hand, blowing the finger clear off his hand.

Canseco had surgery Wednesday night as doctors attempted to save as much of the finger as possible.

Tweeted his fiancee late Wednesday: Thank you for all the kind words and prayers . Jose is in still surgery and will be ok. Please pray for his finger !!

Canseco, best known for his days as a star outfielder with the Athletics in the late 1980s/early 1990s and later his admission of steroid use, played for the now-defunct Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League in 2012. He has had numerous legal and financial issues.

— Warriors co-owner Peter Guber found himself involved a controversy Tuesday for something he said was nothing more than a typo in an email, when he said he planned to learn the language “hoodish.”

Guber was responding to an email from the team’s media relations head noting that a third of the Warriors roster is comprised of players from other countries: Andrew Bogut (Australia), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), Ognjen Kuzmic (Yugoslavia) and Nemanja Nedovic (Yugoslavia).

Wrote Guber: I’m taking rosetta stone to learn Hungarian Serbian Australia swahili and hoodish This year. But it’s nice.

Guber later wrote: Someone just brought to my attention that an email I responded to earlier contains the word `hoodish,’ which I don’t even think Is a Word, and certainly not the one I intended to use. I intended to type Yiddish. Either my mobile fone autocorrected or it was typed wrong. In any event I regret if anyone was unintendedly offended.

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Video: Mike Francesa goes on epic Jets rant

10.28.14 at 8:44 am ET
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Long-time WFAN host Mike Francesa went on a rant for the ages on Monday following general manager John Idzik’s press conference after the Jets’ 1-7 start this season — which includes losing seven straight games.

“€œThe owner [Woody Johnson] has to be cringing,”€ Francesa said. “You can’€™t stonewall everybody that way. To go in there and waste 20 minutes of that time telling you how good everybody is when the team is a mortal embarrassment is a waste of time.”

During his press conference, Idzik used a “play like a Jet” phrase. Francesa doesn’t even know what that means.

“What does that mean?” he asked. “Commit a penalty, or fumble the ball, or drop the ball? Which one is that, play like a Jet? We know it’€™s not play well, because we’€™ve all been here all our lives.”

The Jets are coming off a loss to the Bills Sunday where Buffalo rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins posted 157 yards receiving and a touchdown.

“You know how long it takes a Jets receiver to get 157 yards?”€ Francesa yelled. “Three years.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets GM John Idzik addresses ‘unsatisfactory’ performance in strange press conference

10.28.14 at 8:15 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:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Wild at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News cover 10-28-14Rex Ryan appears likely to be the one who takes the fall for the disaster that is the Jets’ 2014 season, but general manager John Idzik might have sealed his own fate Monday.

Idzik met the media to address the 1-7 team’s issues, and his strange press conference gave the the New York tabloids plenty of fodder.

The New York Daily News described it as “a bizarre 19-minute monologue complete with forced emotion, jaded talking points and illogical babble.”

“My performance to date is unsatisfactory,” Idzik said during his lengthy rambling opening statement in which he repeatedly referred to two typewritten pages of notes and appeared awkward and uncomfortable. He recounted stories of meeting Jets fans ages 5 to 75 and said he spends more time with Ryan than his own wife.

Idzik voiced support for Ryan, who appears unlikely to return next year — if he even lasts this season.

“The last time I checked, all the traits that make Rex Ryan our leader — our head coach — are still intact,” Idzik said. “He’€™s an excellent football mind. He’€™s a teacher. He’€™s a coach. He’€™s a motivator. He’€™s a mentor. He’€™s able to adapt. He sees both short- and long-term vision. He’€™s a competitor to his soul and he will never quit. It comes as no surprise that our players want to play so hard for Rex Ryan and his staff. … I support Rex.”

However, Idzik would not commit to Ryan for the second half of the season.

“It’€™s not not committing,’€ Idzik said. “It’€™s just our policy not to focus on job status during the season.”

MASHUP POLL: Will coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik survive in New York?

  • No, Ryan and Idzik both will be fired before next season (72%, 388 Votes)
  • Ryan will be gone but Idzik will get another chance (11%, 58 Votes)
  • Idzik will be gone but Ryan will get another chance (9%, 50 Votes)
  • It's the Jets -- both will be back next year (8%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 537

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Ryan, in turn, expressed support for Idzik, who is in his second season running the team.

“I know one thing: He’s trying his best,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it.”

— Florida State, already facing heavy criticism for numerous issues with quarterback Jameis Winston and its handling of his situation, has another problem: Running back Karlos Williams is being investigated for an alleged domestic battery incident, according to the Tallahasee Police.

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Despite latest loss and calls for immediate firing, Jets coach Rex Ryan ‘not worried’ about job status

10.27.14 at 10:41 am ET
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What started as a promising season for the Jets quickly came crashing down in eight weeks. After a 43-23 home loss to the Bills, there could be some changes coming in New York.

Quarterback Geno Smith, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, has all but flopped this season. Sunday’€™s game against Buffalo was no different. By the end of the first quarter, three of his eight passes were intercepted.

“It was just atrocious the way that I started out,” Smith said. “I never expected to start a game out like that.”

Backup Mike Vick entered for the struggling QB, but that did not matter. The Jets’€™ worst start since coach Eric Mangini’€™s 2007 team has led many in the New York area to call for changes in the Meadowlands.

Many feel that Smith has gotten ample time to succeed with the Jets, but he’€™s continually come up short. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News wrote that it’€™s time for New York to move on from Smith and allow Vick to get some starts. It’€™s not the long-term solution, though it would be an improvement over Smith’€™s turnover-filled play.

But a quarterback shakeup would just be the beginning. The New York Post went as far as to say coach Rex Ryan should be fired Monday. Although general manager Jon Idzik hasn’t done much to acquire skill position talent, giving Ryan the ax would send more shock waves through the team, according to Mike Vaccaro.

“No, I’€™m not worried about that,” Ryan said about his future on Sunday. “I’€™m worried about the team. The team is the focus. I tell you that because it’€™s true.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: MLB mourns after death of Cardinals rookie OF Oscar Taveras

10.27.14 at 7:31 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:
NFL: Cowboys at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Aston Villa at Queens Park, 4 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Major League Baseball players and executives expressed their shock and sadness upon learning of the death of 22-year-old Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras in a car accident Sunday.

Taveras, considered one of the game’s top prospects, was driving on a highway in his native Dominican Republic when he apparently lost control of his car and drove off the road. An 18-year-old passenger also was killed.

“I simply can’t believe it,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a release. “I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”

Said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.: “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Taveras began the 2014 season ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the majors by MLB.com and Baseball America after compiling a .321 average in six minor league seasons. He homered in his first game and went on to hit .239 in 80 games this season. He hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants, a game St. Louis went on to win, 5-4.

The news of Taveras’ death broke during Sunday night’s Game 5 of the World Series. Giants outfielder Juan Perez hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of a 5-0 win and dedicated the hit to his fellow Dominican.

“He’s a really close friend of mine,” Perez said. “I know his family pretty good. I know his mom, his dad, his brothers, we were really close. It’s a huge loss for all his family, his teammates and the people that care about him.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did not hide from last week’s controversy after leading his team to a 13-9 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

A Bleacher Report story indicated some teammates feel that Wilson “isn’t black enough” and there is an apparent rift on the team.

“About me not being black enough, I don’t even know what that means,” Wilson said Sunday. “People were trying to find ways to knock us down and distract us, but there’s no doubt we’re more together than ever before.

“We’re probably the closest we’ve ever been. We keep swinging and we keep believing in each other and our coaching staff.”

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Joe Maddon quits as Rays manager

10.24.14 at 12:38 pm ET
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df Joe Maddon will not return as manager of the Rays after nine seasons in Tampa. Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately.

“We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement after ESPN’s Buster Olney broke the story. “As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015.”

Maddon, a two-time American League Manager of the Year, compiled a 754-705 record with the Rays. He previously managed parts of two seasons with the Angels.

Earlier this month, the Rays lost a key front office piece as executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman left to become a senior adviser to Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten. Friedman had been with the Rays for 10 years.

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Golfer Ian Poulter calls PGA President of America’s sexist comments ‘shocking’

10.24.14 at 11:15 am ET
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Not everyone was pleased with golfer Ian Poulter‘€™s latest negative comments of fellow PGA members.

In the British golfer’€™s new book “No Limits,” which was released last week, Poulter criticized both Tom Watson and Nick Faldo. Watson captained the United States team during this year’€™s Ryder Cup loss to the European squad. Eight major wins and a 10-3-1 career record in Ryder Cup play wasn’t enough to keep Watson away from the criticism.

Faldo, who has won six majors during his career, also came under fire for his poor performance as Europe’€™s captain during a 2008 loss at the Ryder Cup.

PGA President of America Ted Bishop took exception to Poulter’€™s comments, and he used to social media to call out the golfer’€™s recent book.

Tweeted Bishop: Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl.

Soon after he tweeted this and posted another critical thought on Facebook, Bishop called his own actions “inappropriate,” and he then deleted the tweet.

Poutler said he was more than displeased about the comments, especially since they came from a place of authority in the golf world.

“Is being called a ‘lil girl’ meant to be derogatory or a put-down?” Poulter said in a statement to Golf Channel. “That’s pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Syracuse reportedly will address NCAA allegations next week

10.24.14 at 8:07 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Royals at Giants, 8 p.m. (Fox, WEEI-FM)
College football: South Florida at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: BYU at Boise State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Oregon at California, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Michigan at UMass-Lowell, 7:15 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Colorado at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
MLS: Dynamo at Fire, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF semifinal, United States vs. Mexico, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— According to reports out of Syracuse, the school will address accusations of major rules violations in a hearing with the NCAA next week.

There have been reports for almost two years that the men’s basketball team was under investigation, with part of that centering on the academic record of Fab Melo, who was suspended in 2012. Newer reports indicate there are concerns surrounding the football team as well.

That’s news to coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Orange from 2009-12 and now is in his second season in the NFL as coach of the Bills.

“There’s nothing that I know about that we did that wasn’t either punished or put forth,” Marrone told Syracuse.com. “One thing I did, if we made a mistake, an incidental contact or something, I just always reported it. It’s not worth it. This way I can sleep at night.”

MASHUP POLL: Will Syracuse be punished for NCAA rules violations?

  • Yes, the basketball team finally will be exposed for cheating (68%, 54 Votes)
  • No, this is just another report that will prove to be minor (32%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

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Since the investigation began, Syracuse restructured the athletic department’s academic services department, which included at least three employees changing jobs.

According to an ESPN story, the issues with Jim Boeheim’s basketball team include extra benefits, and the allegations date back about 10 years and are as current as 2013.

“There were things going on consistently [with the men's basketball program] for a long time,” a source told ESPN.

— Lakers president Jeanie Buss came to the defense of Kobe Bryant, saying she did not agree with the ESPN The Magazine feature that indicated top free agents do not want to play alongside the aging star.

“Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,” Buss said Thursday.

Added Buss: “I read the story. I don’t agree with any of it. If there is somebody that’s on our payroll who is saying things like that, I’ll soon get to the bottom of it, and they won’t be working for us anymore.”

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