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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson reportedly in denial about NFL future

09.22.14 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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bears at Jets, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pirates at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB)
NHL preseason: Devils at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson reportedly is in denial about his future — both this season and with the Vikings, who apparently plan to move on without the standout running back.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge for disciplining his 4-year-old by whipping him with a tree branch, leaving scars that lasted for more than a week. Peterson has acknowledged the whipping, saying that it was a form of discipline and that he did not intend to injure the boy.

Peterson tweeted Friday that he passed a lie detector test. According to ESPN, a team source said that’s another indication that he “really doesn’t get it.”

MASHUP POLL: How long should Adrian Peterson be suspended?

  • One season: He needs a year away from the game to change his mindset (52%, 227 Votes)
  • Forever: A guy like this should never be allowed to play in the NFL (23%, 100 Votes)
  • A few games: He should be punished, but his alleged crime is not as serious as the other incidents in the news (20%, 86 Votes)
  • No suspension: He didn't do anything worthy of being punished by the league (5%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 440

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The Vikings activated Peterson after he missed last Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but the team reversed course following an outpouring of criticism, placing him on the commissioner’s exempt list while he deals with his legal issues. Now the team, which continues to pay his $11.75 million salary, is said to be looking for ways to cut ties with Peterson.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Friday press conference that players will be harshly punished for off-field violations including child abuse, and that apparently changed the Vikings’ expectations about Peterson’s return to the team.

Ray Lewis turned some heads with a comment he made during his appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” show while talking about former Ravens teammate Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after video emerged of him knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator.

“Sometimes I think we get lost in trying to find out whose head to go after and who to attack now about what they didn’t do,” Lewis said. “Sometimes we forget why we’re here. We’re here for one reason and one reason only. We’re here for domestic violence. We’re here because we saw a friend of mine brutally hit his wife in an elevator. There’s some things you can cover up and then there’s some things you can’t.”

Lewis, of course, faced a murder charge in 2000 but had the charges dropped as part of a deal in which he testified against two co-defendants and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick supports Roger Goodell, says commissioner ‘doing a great job’

09.19.14 at 8:22 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: UConn at South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Roger Goodell has had a target on his back since his mishandling of the Ray Rice situation, but at least one player has his back.

Michael Vick, who was suspended indefinitely by the commissioner in 2007 for his role in running a dogfighting ring but paid his penalty and returned to the NFL in 2009, offered his support for the embattled Goodell.

“I think he’€™s doing a great job,’€ the Jets backup quarterback said after Thursday’s practice. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’€™re not going to get it right all the time the first time. These situations that [have arisen] are situations that we never dealt with before. I feel from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint, it’€™s kind of new to everybody.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Roger Goodell be disciplined for his poor leadership?

  • Yes, he should be fired as it's clear he's not the right person for the job (45%, 46 Votes)
  • No, he owned up to his mistake and should not be punished (36%, 37 Votes)
  • Yes, he should be suspended but not fired, as overall he's done a good job (19%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 103

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With a number of NFL players facing domestic abuse issues, Goodell is taking heat for not getting ahead of the situation and being harder on offenders.

“Nobody’€™s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity. So, you’ve got to give the man a chance. You’ve got to give him a chance. You’ve got to give everybody a chance to get it right. And you see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’€™s happened in weeks prior. So you’ve got to give people a chance, man. You’€™re not going to get it right on the first time.”

Vick said he’s looking forward to the league putting this controversy in the past. Of course, that will require the players to behave themselves, which has been a problem of late.

“It’€™s a lot of issues that are taking place. In due time, they’€™ll all be cleaned up,” Vick said. “It’€™s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume [to] normal the next couple months. We just can’€™t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day there’€™s a new story that’€™s being written about and being talked about. We don’€™t seem to let it go. It’€™ll be all handled. . . . That’€™s what we have lawyers for. That’€™s what you have the commissioner for. You’ve got to let it die down. Other than that, [if] you keep talking about it, it’€™s going to continue to be an issue.”

Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned as manager of the Rangers two weeks ago, made his first public statement since the move and offered some insight into what was behind it.

“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Washington said in a 3 1/2-minute statement. “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years. I broke our trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer latest NFL player to face domestic assault charges

09.18.14 at 7:50 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 3:30 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Buccaneers at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Auburn at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Europa: Partizan vs. Tottenham, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Wolfsburg at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Mexico at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A difficult month for the NFL got a little more challenging Wednesday when Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer became the latest player to be arrested on charges related to domestic violence.

Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault for his role in two altercations at his home in July involving a 27-year-old woman and their 18th-month-old child. Police said the 25-year-old Dwyer denied committing any assault, although he admitted other facts about the confrontations.

“Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said in a statement.

Following two incidents days before training camp opened, the woman moved out of state with the child. She contacted police last week with new information, including text messages that indicated Dwyer “was going to harm himself because of what had been going on.”

Dwyer was freed on $25,000 cash bond early Thursday, wearing an electronic monitoring device. He was ordered to stay in the state and avoid contact with the alleged victims. He also cannot have involvement with weapons, drugs and alcohol.

Dwyer, who signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Cardinals as a free agent on March 12, has 16 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in two games this season.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred claimed in a press conference Wednesday that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall assaulted his former girlfriend in 2007, and commissioner Roger Goodell failed to investigate the situation after promising to do so.

Marshall was arrested after an incident seven years ago, but he claims he never hit his ex-girlfriend, despite her repeated accusations of domestic violence.

– Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston acknowledged his mistake after being suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s game against Clemson for shouting an inappropriate comment on campus.

“I have to tone it down,” he said during his weekly press conference before Wednesday’s practice.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees irate at Rays after Derek Jeter gets hit again

09.17.14 at 7:59 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals, at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Prior to Tuesday night game in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Rays honored Derek Jeter on the Yankees captain’s final trip to Tropicana Field. However, things deteriorated a few hours later.

Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

In Jeter’s final at-bat, he was hit on the hands by an eighth-inning pitch from reliever Steven Geltz. The Yankees retaliated in the bottom of the inning, as David Phelps threw a brushback pitch at Kevin Kiermaier, leading to the benches emptying.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was ejected after arguing with the umpire and then yelling at Geltz after Jeter’s HBP, voiced his frustration with the Yankees being hit five times in the past four games against Tampa Bay (with no Rays being hit during that time). Jeter was the victim twice, while Chase Headley missed four games after taking a ball off the chin.

“I don’€™t know what they expect; you hit five of our guys in four games, you don’€™t think we’€™ll be pissed?” Girardi said. “I’€™m tired of my guys getting hit and where they’€™re getting hit. I’€™m tired of it. If you’€™re going to pitch inside, learn how to pitch inside.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understood the Yankees’ point of view.

“I really don’€™t blame the Yankees for being upset right there,” Maddon said. “We’€™ve hit a couple of their guys — obviously none of it intentional. It’€™s called baseball. It happens once in a while.”

MASHUP POLL: With Derek Jeter in an 0-for-26 slump and the Yankees still in the playoff hunt, should the team bench the retiring legend?

  • No, he's earned the right to be in the lineup for the final two weeks of his career (57%, 243 Votes)
  • Yes, the focus has to be on making the playoffs, and he is hurting the team's chances (43%, 187 Votes)

Total Voters: 430

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Jeter’s slump continues, as the shortstop — who was benched Monday — is without a hit in his last 26 at-bats after his 0-for-2 effort Tuesday. He was down 0-2 in the count when he was hit, and the fading Yankees lost the game 6-1. New York is 1-5 on this road trip, scoring just seven runs in the six games.

Said Phelps: “I think our team as a whole is frustrated about a whole lot of stuff right now.”

– Hours after singer Rihanna blasted CBS for pulling her music video last week in the wake of the Ray Rice incident, the network announced that it would no longer include her as part of its intro.

Rihanna, who was the victim in a domestic incident involving singer Chris Brown in 2009, had recorded a special version of the song “Run This Town” for the network. CBS did not use the video last week, instead spending more time discussing the Rice situation.

Rihanna took that as an insult, and she lashed out at the network via Twitter, writing: CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, [expletive] you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.

CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle released a statement shortly thereafter, reading: “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open. We will be using our newly created ‘Thursday Night Football’ theme music to open our game broadcast.”

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Anheuser-Busch criticizes NFL, Nike reportedly pulls Adrian Peterson merchandise from shelves

09.16.14 at 4:09 pm ET
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More and more sponsors are joining the chorus of criticism against the NFL for its handling of recent incidents involving off-the-field violence, most notably the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations. On Tuesday, two big names got involved.

Anheuser-Busch released a statement critical of the league, although they did not say they were considering dropping their advertising with the league.

“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” the statement said, according to Darren Rovell. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

Nike also took a stand, as they removed all Adrian Peterson merchandise from their Twin Cities stories, according to Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski.

On Monday, the Radisson hotel chain suspended its sponsorship of the Vikings after the team decided to reinstate Peterson despite the child abuse charges against him. Earlier on Tuesday, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton released a statement saying the Vikings should suspend Peterson until his case is resolved.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon apologizes but still denies intent after being suspended

09.16.14 at 7:53 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: Red Sox at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Minor League Baseball: Triple-A championship, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Dortmund, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Olimpia at Portland, 10 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games for his behavior Sunday, when he grabbed his crotch as he walked off the field, apparently in response to booing home fans who were upset that he blew a three-run ninth-inning lead.

Papelbon was ejected from the game and proceeded to argue with umpire Joe West, insisting that he was only adjusting his cup and was not responding to the crowd. He maintained his innocence Monday, while apologizing to those who might have misunderstood his actions.

“While I completely understand how the fans would perceive my gesture while being booed, it was not my intent whatsoever to insult the fans of Philadelphia,” the former Red Sox star said in a statement. “If it was perceived in that manner, I sincerely apologize.”

The team, however, appeared to agree with MLB, while implying it had no authority to punish the pitcher itself.

“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior,” the team said in a statement. “By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you believe Jonathan Papelbon that he was not responding to booing fans in Philadelphia when he grabbed his crotch?

  • No, he's clearly not telling the truth and deserves his suspension (84%, 383 Votes)
  • Yes, Papelbon deserves the benefit of the doubt (16%, 73 Votes)

Total Voters: 456

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The outspoken Papelbon, who had overcome some early season struggles, had converted 14 consecutive save opportunities since July 22 before blowing Sunday’s game and taking the loss.

Derek Jeter is going out not with a bang but with a whimper in New York, and it’s gotten so bad that the Yankees benched their captain for Monday’s game.

Jeter entered the night without a hit in his last eight games (0-for-24), reaching base just once during that span, via a walk. He is hitting .116 in September (5-for-43) after hitting .207 in August. His season batting average has dipped 10 points to .250, and he has just three home runs.

“He’€™s just scuffling; he had somewhat of a tough August, and September has been even tougher,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “There are a few guys that are going through that. It’€™s not the time of year that you want it to happen. We’€™ll give him a day off today, see if we can get him out of it and get him going.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley defends Adrian Peterson for whipping child

09.15.14 at 8:00 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: Eagles at Colts, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, women, Canada at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Hull City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Charles Barkley, never one to be concerned about being politically correct about his opinions, shared his thoughts on the two major NFL controversies of the last week during an appearance on CBS’ “NFL Today” pregame show, and he defended Adrian Peterson for whipping his child with a tree branch.

Responding to criticism of Peterson from the show’s other hosts, Barkley said that as a child in Alabama he was beaten with branches (also called switches) that left welts on his legs, and it’s something that Southern African Americans do to discipline their children.

“I’m from the South,” Barkley said. “Whipping is — we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”

Added Barkley: “I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That’s a very fine line.”

MASHUP POLL: Does Charles Barkley have a valid point about a cultural misunderstanding regarding the Adrian Peterson situation?

  • No, it's flat-out wrong and they should understand it needs to stop immediately (49%, 199 Votes)
  • Maybe, it might be part of the culture but they should understand that the rest of the country does not approve (35%, 141 Votes)
  • Yes, it's ingrained in the culture in the South and we are wrong to judge (16%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 408

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Peterson apparently was paying attention to the criticism he’s been receiving, as he tweeted out a picture of a page from the bible, including a highlighted line reading: “Give your mind a break from its habitual judging.”

As for the Ray Rice situation, Barkley made it clear that he is staunchly opposed to men striking women, but he is not prepared to banish Rice for life.

“Ray Rice made a tragic mistake, and he has to live with that,” Barkley said. “But I do hope some owner has the courage — it’s going to take tremendous courage — to give Ray Rice another chance.”

– Rice, suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video emerged last week of him punching and knocking out his now-wife, is set to appeal his suspension, according to ProFootballTalk.com and other media outlets.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the players association was still finalizing its plan on how to approach the appeal, which is expected to be filed Monday.

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Orioles’ Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamines

09.12.14 at 12:05 pm ET
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The Orioles are a near-lock to win the American League East, but they’ll start the playoffs without slugger Chris Davis, who was suspended 25 games by the league for using amphetamines.

MLB announced the suspension Friday morning, saying Davis was suspended without pay “after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball‘s joint drug prevention and treatment program.”

Davis, who is batting just .196 but has 26 home runs and 72 RBIs, released a statement through the players association.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” he said. “I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

The Orioles have 17 regular-season games remaining, so he would have to sit the first eight games of the postseason.

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Greg Hardy returns to Panthers practice amid domestic violence charges

09.12.14 at 10:17 am ET
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Greg Hardy

During a week in which former Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL indefinitely for punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator in February, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice Thursday, a day after he met with his lawyer about an offseason domestic issue.

In May, Hardy was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The Pro Bowler was convicted on two domestic violence charges in mid-July but immediately appealed the decision. When he was arrested, the police officer filling out the report noted that Hardy grabbed and threw the woman around.

Two months before the domestic violence incident, Hardy signed a one-year franchise tag deal for $13.1 million.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera only talked about Hardy’s practice performance, and would not comment on his legal problems.

“I couldn’t tell you that,” Rivera said of the potential pressure Hardy is facing. “The only thing I can tell is he practiced very well.”

Carolina expects Hardy to play in the team’s home opener Sunday against the Lions. Neither the league nor the Panthers have suspended Hardy, and a decision most likely will not be made until the legal process comes to an end.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide; Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton takes pitch to face

09.12.14 at 8:01 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Toledo at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, France vs. Serbia, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA finals: Mercury at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Davis Cup, United States vs. Slovakia, 5 p.m. (Tennis Channel)

AROUND THE WEB:

– On Day 2 of the verdict portion of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a judge in South Africa ruled Friday that the former Olympian was guilty of culpable homicide for being negligent in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

A day earlier, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder as Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp in February 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door in the middle of the night, while the prosecution said the model was killed after the couple had an argument.

Pistorius, who had been emotional throughout the trial — breaking down in tears upon hearing Thursday’s announcement — showed no emotion Friday as he stood and listened to the judge. Masipa on Friday said it was a unanimous verdict following consultation with two legal assessors.

Pistorius could be sentenced to anywhere from a suspended sentence to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. He left the courtroom and was taken into custody, as his bail expired after the conviction. The judge was considering whether to re-grant bail.

MASHUP POLL: What sentence will Oscar Pistorius receive for culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend?

  • 10 or more years (44%, 84 Votes)
  • 4-9 years (24%, 46 Votes)
  • 1-3 years (18%, 34 Votes)
  • Suspended sentence (no jail time) (8%, 16 Votes)
  • Less than a year (6%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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The prosecution expressed disappointment with the ruling but said it will wait until the sentencing to decide whether to appeal.

“We believe there is sufficient and credible evidence to secure a conviction [on a murder charge],” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

– Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, the favorite to win National League MVP award, likely will miss the rest of the season after being hit in the face by a fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during Thursday night’s game.

Stanton, who left the field in an ambulance, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches.

“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, adding: “It was very scary. We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”

Stanton, who leads the NL with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs, was called for strike on the pitch, as the umpire claimed he swung at the ball while trying to get out of the way. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson came on to replace Stanton and got hit on the hand by the next pitch — and he, too, was ruled to have swung at the ball, ending the at-bat with a strikeout.

The benches then cleared, and Redmond was ejected along with Miami infielder Casey McGehee.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.”

– Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that the investigation into the death of the driver who was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been completed and submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

“The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation,” a statement read.

Stewart was driving in a sprint car race when he caused Kevin Ward Jr. to crash and then, when Ward left his vehicle to confront Stewart, slammed into Ward and killed the 20-year-old.

Povero earlier said that he did not find anything to indicate criminal intent in the crash, although Stewart still could face charges for reckless or negligent behavior resulting in death.

Stewart, who called the death a tragic accident, returned to racing last weekend after a three-week hiatus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 12, 2005, David Ortiz hit his 40th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. With that clout, he became just the second Red Sox player to have back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’€™t say that we have limitless money, but we’€™ve got a lot of money to spend and we’€™re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.” – Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, during a Thursday appearance with Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s goals for the offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-for-19 — The United States team’s shooting in the third quarter of Thursday’s 96-68 rout of Lithuania in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chris Young hits a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leaps over the fence to take a home run away from Brewers batter Matt Adams.

Giants batter Hunter Pence throws his bat at the ball and hits a grounder up the middle that bounces off second base and eludes the Diamondbacks infielders for a run-scoring hit.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, 1969-70

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry White, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1944.

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