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Report: Cam Newton involved in car accident

12.09.14 at 1:39 pm ET
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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car accident this afternoon outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was reportedly alert, conscious and able to respond after accident with there being a picture of him smiling before being transported to the hospital in an ambulance.

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Marvin Lewis refers to Johnny Manziel as a ‘midget’

12.09.14 at 10:16 am ET
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Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis was asked on WLW-AM in Cincinnati about what it would be like to face rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel when the Bengals take on the Browns Sunday. Lewis gave a rather interesting response.

“You gotta go defend the offense. You don’t defend the player,” Lewis said before adding, “Particularly a midget.”

Lewis did later apologize for the comment.

“I apologize to Johnny, the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland,” Lewis said. “It was just a poor remark. I really didn’t mean anything by it.”

The Browns will host the Bengals Sunday at 1 p.m., which is reportedly going to be Manziel’s first career NFL start.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Wizards G John Wall emotional about 6-year-old’s death following win over Celtics

12.09.14 at 8:06 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.

NHL: Kings at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova vs. Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Missouri-Kansas City at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel at Liverpool, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— After leading the Wizards to a 133-132 double-overtime victory over the Celtics, Washington guard John Wall struggled to keep his composure as he talked about dedicating the game to Damiyah “Miyah” Telemaque-Nelson, a 6-year-old who died Monday after losing her battle with cancer.

Wall, who finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds and scored his team’s final 10 points as the Wizards rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second OT, met Miyah last March and became close to her as she was being treated for Burkitt’s lymphoma. A moment of silence was held before the game, and Wall wrote “RIP Miyah” on his sneakers.

“This was an emotional game for me,” Wall said in an on-court interview with CSN Washington right after the game. “This is for Miyah, one of my close friends that I lost, that I met last year. It’s just tough for me, to see a little kid that fights so hard for cancer and can’t beat it. This game’s for her. All my jersey, my shorts, I’m going to give it to her family.

“It’s a tough day for me. I really cried today.”

Asked if Miyah really touched his heart, Wall could not respond, bending over while he cried.

Wrote Wall on Twitter later: If you were blessed to meet and get to know Miyah you know how special of a little girl she was. I’m saddened by the news but I know that she’s in a better place. Keep her family in your prayers. I’ll definitely miss my buddy. Rest In Peace Miyah.

LeBron James followed through on his suggestion that he would wear an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, donning the Eric Garner protest shirt during pregame warmups before his Cavaliers played the Nets in Brooklyn. He was joined by teammate Kyrie Irving and four Nets, including Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams.

“It was a message to the family. That I’m sorry for their loss, sorry to his wife. That’s what it’s about,” James said of the New York City man who died July 17 after police placed him in a chokehold. “I think everybody else gets caught up in everything else besides who’s really feeling it, and that’s the family. That’s what it’s about.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Lions RB Reggie Bush, other NFL players wear ‘I can’t breathe’ shirts

12.08.14 at 7:46 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.

NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Kennesaw State at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: IUPUI-Fort Wayne at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UC Santa Barbara at SMU, 8 pm. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Brown at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: North Dakota at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NFL: Falcons at Packers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester United at Southampton, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— One week after a handful of Rams players gained national attention by making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture before their game, Lions running back Reggie Bush went through pregame warmups wearing a shirt with the words “I can’t breathe” written on it — a reference to the last words of Eric Garner, the New York man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police.

“I’ve always been the kid who is reserved and stays out of stuff like that, but I just felt like these last couple weeks, I’ve been really upset about what’s happening from a police standpoint,” Bush said after the game (via MLive.com). “I don’t know all the details or facts with the Ferguson issue, or the Eric Garner issue, but I know there’s some form of injustice that’s going on. And it really affected me.”

Bush, the son of a longtime San Diego police officer, was one of at least three NFL to wear a shirt with Garner’s words Sunday. The night before, NBA star Derrick Rose wore a similar shirt in pregame warmups before his Bulls played Saturday night. And Washington defensive tackle Chris Baker did the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture after a sack Sunday.

Bush has the support of his coach, Jim Caldwell.

“I grew up in the ’60s, where everybody was socially conscious,” Caldwell said. “I believe in it. I would be a hypocrite if I stood up here and told you any differently. More than likely, some of those protests that Dr. King and some of the others took part in, non-violent protests, is the reason why I am standing here in front of you today. So absolutely, no question about it. I don’t mind it.”

— Meanwhile, LeBron James indicated Sunday he is interested in wearing an “I can’t breathe” shirt before one of his team’s upcoming games. His next game is Monday in Brooklyn against the Nets. However, Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are scheduled to attend that game, and James said is looking forward to appearing before the Royal Couple.

“It’s an honor,” James said Sunday. “It’s a huge honor. The stuff that you read about, people like them are only in books growing up. And to hear that they’re coming to town to see me play and they want to see me do what I do best, it’s a huge honor.”

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Revolution fall to LA Galaxy in extra time in MLS Cup

12.07.14 at 6:08 pm ET
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Landon Donovan (left) and the Galaxy beat Jermaine Jones and the Revolution, 2-1, in the MLS Cup. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Landon Donovan (left) and the Galaxy beat Jermaine Jones and the Revolution, 2-1, in the MLS Cup. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

For the fifth time, the Revolution reached the MLS Cup. And for the fifth time, they suffered a heartbreaking loss in the title game. The Revolution took the LA Galaxy to extra time, just as they did when they faced the Galaxy in the MLS Cup in 2002 and 2005, but it was the Galaxy who came away with the 2-1 win to capture their league-leading fifth championship.

The Galaxy scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 111th minute. Robbie Keane, this year’€™s MLS MVP, got behind the New England defense, took a long pass from Marcelo Sarvas and beat Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth with a nice finish.

The Revs had a great chance to take the lead earlier in extra time. In the 103rd minute, Patrick Mullins made a good run before firing from deep inside the box, but Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo made a great diving save to keep the game tied.

Mullins had another chance in the 116th minute with the Revs looking to tie the game, but Penedo covered up his low, hard shot. The Revs were able to get a few more balls into the box in the final minutes, but they couldn’€™t find the tying tally.

With the Revs trailing 1-0 late in regulation, it was Chris Tierney, who has been with the team since 2008, who came up with the big equalizer in the 79th minute. Mullins, who had come on as a sub just a few minutes earlier, made a deep run down the left side before setting up Tierney in the box, and Tierney finished the chance by beating Penedo five-hole.

The Revs nearly took the lead in the 85th minute. Lee Nguyen made a nice pass over to Teal Bunbury on the left side of the box, and Bunbury chipped a shot over Penedo that wound up hitting the crossbar. Nguyen, who scored a team-high 18 goals in the regular season, started cramping after that play and wound up having to leave the game a few minutes later.

The Galaxy had taken the 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute. Stefan Ishizaki sent a pass into the box for Gyasi Zardes, and Zardes out-muscled Revs defender Andrew Farrell before beating Shuttleworth with a shot inside the far post.

A minute before that, the Revs had the first good chance of the second half when Nguyen made a run into the box, but LA’€™s Juninho stole the ball away before Nguyen could get off a shot.

The 70th minute featured an exciting back-and-forth with both teams getting good chances. First it was Keane making a long run for LA, only to be denied by a nice kick save from Shuttleworth. The Revs went right back the other way and Kelyn Rowe ended up with a decent look from just inside the box, but his shot sailed wide right.

The Galaxy had the better looks early in the game and nearly scored in the second minute of the game. Robbie Rogers made a run into the middle of the box and put a ball off the Revs’€™ Scott Caldwell that appeared to be on its way in, but Caldwell recovered just in time to clear it off the line.

Keane had a couple looks in the first half as well. He drilled a shot right at Shuttleworth in the 21st minute and had a run into the box broken up on a nice defensive play by Jose Goncalves in the 34th minute.

The Revs were able to gain more possession as the first half went on, but it didn’€™t translate to any really great chances. Their best look of the first half came in the 23rd minute when Charlie Davies, who had four goals in four playoff games going in, made a nice run in transition, but A.J. DeLaGarza — the last defender between Davies and the LA keeper — made a nice breakup before Davies could get off a shot.

In addition to the three extra time losses to LA in the MLS Cup, the Revolution also lost in the MLS Cup in 2006 (on penalty kicks) and 2007 against the Houston Dynamo.

The game was the last in the long career of U.S. legend Landon Donovan, who goes out a champion.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fans plan protest during game vs. Patriots

12.05.14 at 7:49 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: Lakers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Pacers at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Providence at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Texas at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wyoming at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Florida International at Louisville, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Florida at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Oklahoma, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: MAC championship, Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Pac-12 championship, Oregon vs. Arizona, 9 p.m. (Fox)
College hockey: Boston College at New Hampshire, 8 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Penn State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)


Jets fans plan to wave these towels during the team's game against the Patriots on Dec. 21.

Jets fans plan to wave these towels during the team’s game against the Patriots on Dec. 21.

— With one home game remaining on the Jets’ schedule — Dec. 21 against the Patriots — angry fans of the team are eyeing that date to again make their feelings known about the poor performance of general manager John Idzik and the front office.

The group behind FireJohnIdzik.com has partnered with the anonymous group that rented a plane to fly over Jets practice last month calling for the GM’s job, and they announced that they will distribute yellow towels that include a message to owner Woody Johnson imploring him to “clean house” by firing Idzik, team president Neil Glat and scouting director Terry Bradway.

The idea for towels came after the group saw fans get ejected for bringing signs into MetLife Stadium. Some 10,000 flags will be distributed at sports bars throughout the New York City area to anyone who has a ticket to the game.

Said the group in an announcement, “If Steeler fans can wave their ‘Terrible Towels’ in our building, then Jets fans surely have their right to wave our ‘Penalty Flags.’ ”

— Meanwhile, Jets wide receiver Eric Decker again was forced to come to his wife’s defense, after country singer Jessie James Decker went on Instagram to deny that Decker left the Broncos as a free agent in the offseason just for the money.

Jessie noted that the Broncos never made an offer, writing, “So for all the people that have accused Eric of choosing money. You don’t know anything.” The post later was deleted.

Earlier in the week, she said Decker was “depressed” about the Jets’ miserable season.

“She’s obviously unfiltered, which is comical,” Decker said Thursday.

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Johnny Manziel on starting at quarterback: ‘Maybe next time it will be a yes’

12.04.14 at 9:39 am ET
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Johnny Manziel

After relieving quarterback Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday in Buffalo and going 5-for-8 passing for 63 yards, it was not enough for Johnny Manziel to get the start this week against the Colts. Head coach Mike Pettine announced earlier in the week Hoyer would be the starter.

“[Pettine]’s answer is no,” said Manziel, via ESPN.com. “Hopefully moving forward, whatever transpires, maybe next time it will be a yes.”

The rookie is focused on getting better each week and isn’t changing his attitude because he isn’t starting this week.

“I want to show even through practice, even after this, that my mood hasn’t changed,” Manziel said. “I’m not taking this lightly. All this is going to do is motivate me to come in here to work every day, come to practice, continue to try and elevate my game to where next time in a situation like this maybe there’s no doubt.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens deny encouraging Janay Rice to apologize

12.04.14 at 8:18 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 Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Cowboys at Bears, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Central Florida at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Hornets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: LSU at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arkansas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)


— The Ravens responded to Janay Rice’s claim that the team pushed her to accept some responsibility for the February domestic dispute with running back Ray Rice by denying talking to her prior to the controversial May 23 press conference.

Janay said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show that the team “suggested” she apologize for her role in the incident that ended with Ray knocking her out in an Atlantic City hotel elevator.

Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne responded to that assertion Wednesday.

“There have been some discussions in the media about the Ravens providing a ‘script’ or ‘suggested script’ to Janay and Ray Rice prior to a May 23 press session,’ Byrne said in the statement. “After conversations with Ray about what he wanted to say, we did provide talking points to Ray for this event. After Ray informed the Ravens that Janay wanted also to speak at the event, I asked Ray on two different days if Ray wanted me to speak with Janay in advance of the press session.

“Both times, Ray declined and said: ‘She’s good. She knows what she wants to say.’ At no time prior to the May 23 session did we provide talking points, a script or suggested script to Janay or speak with her about the press event. We did not recommend or suggest to Ray or Janay that she apologize in any way. We understand that the NFLPA also provided Ray talking points and that he repeatedly looked at these on his phone during the May 23 press event.”

NFL Players Association executive George Atallah acknowledged that the union worked with Rice.

“We absolutely sent him notes and we tried to help guide him. That’s what we do,” Atallah said. “That’s what a union does to support the players.”

— The 76ers finally ended their season-long losing streak, beating the Timberwolves on Wednesday night for their first win in 18 tries. Perhaps it was a good omen that the game had to be restarted 16 seconds in, when the referees realized the teams were going in the wrong direction.

Henry Sims was fouled and was at the free throw line when the officials stopped the game and determined their mistake. They called for the teams to switch sides and start from the beginning.

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Canadiens great Jean Beliveau dead at 83

12.03.14 at 8:23 am ET
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The NHL and Canadiens lost a legend Tuesday night when former player Jean Beliveau passed away at 83 years old.

The Hall-of-Famer had an illustrious 18-year career with the Canadiens, as he scored 507 goals and was named league MVP twice. Beliveau was not just revered for his career statistics but for the respectful way in which he played the game.

“Jean Beliveau was such a great person, a great hockey player and a real gentleman off the ice,” said former Bruins player John Bucyk. “He was very well-respected around the league. He was a Hall of Famer, an All-Star, what can you say? He was always the top centerman in the National Hockey League for many years.”

Beliveau, a captain of Montreal for 10 years, was member of some of the greatest Canadiens teams hoisted the Stanley Cup 10 times. His 97 goals and 176 total points in 162 playoff games are some of the best numbers in team history. Beliveau’s former teammates said he was unlike others who played during his era.

“Meeting him is not like meeting other stars from the old days,” said Beliveau’s former linemate Gilles Tremblay. “When people see Bobby Hull, they say: ‘Hi, Bobby.’ When they meet Big Jean, it’s always: ‘Hi, Mr. Beliveau.’ He commands respect.”

After his historic career, Beliveau joined the Canadiens front office as a executive. As an ambassador for the team, Beliveau was seen at almost every home game signing autographs for fans. Team owner Geoff Molson did not have enough good things to say about Beliveau as a player and person.

Said Molson: “Jean Beliveau was a great leader, a gentleman and arguably the greatest ambassador our game has ever known.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Olympic icon rips Charles Barkley for comments about Ferguson rioting

12.03.14 at 8:06 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.

NHL: Blues at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Michigan State at Notre Dame, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Penn State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Virginia at Maryland, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Northwestern, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Wisconsin, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wichita State at Utah, 11:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, Tottenham at Chelsea, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


— John Carlos, who become iconic for his black power salute after winning a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, criticized Charles Barkley for the TNT NBA analyst’s recent comments about the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

The outspoken Barkley last week called some of the people who rioted in Ferguson “scumbags” and made comments supportive of the police.

“He’€™s just looking for political votes down the line,” Carlos told the New York Daily News. “If you don’€™t have anything good to say, you should keep your mouth shut. I don’€™t know where Mr. Barkley gets his reports. He’€™s a basketball commentator. It’€™s not like he’€™s in the legal field. He shouldn’t be saying derogatory things.”

MASHUP POLL: Should more athletes speak out about issues like the one in Ferguson, Missouri

  • Yes, they should take advantage of their public stature and push for social justice (52%, 241 Votes)
  • No, they're athletes, not politicians, and they should keep their focus on the game (48%, 222 Votes)

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Carlos also voiced support for the five Rams players who raised their arms in the “hands up, don’t shoot” style before Sunday’s game, saying, “These men are giving voice to the voiceless. They’re doing the right thing and taking a stance.” He called on more athletes and entertainers to speak out about racial and social injustice.

“Not just athletes,” Carlos said. “Puff Daddy, Snoop [Dogg], we haven’€™t heard much from those individuals or our black movie stars out there. They chose to take the back seat. How many millions of dollars do you have to have in your bank account before you speak your mind?”

Adrian Peterson read a statement but did not testify at his appeal hearing Tuesday in New York, according to an Associated Press report.

Peterson, suspended for the rest of the season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, was at the hearing for more than three hours. The hearing resumes Thursday, when NFL executive Troy Vincent reportedly will testify.

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