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Prosecution calls possible house arrest for Oscar Pistorius ‘shockingly inappropriate’

10.13.14 at 11:16 am ET
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Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, according to his defense, should not face any jail time for the killing of his girlfriend.

During his sentencing hearing in South Africa on Monday, probation officer Joel Maringa said Pistorius should not go to jail, but a punishment of house arrest and community service should suffice. Though he was not convicted of intentionally murdering Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide — a South African term for unintentionally but unlawfully killing a person.

“The accused will benefit from correctional supervision,” Maringa said. “We are basically not saying that he should be destroyed because he will still be coming back into the community.’€

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Maringa’€™s proposals “shockingly inappropriate.”€ The prosecution also did not agree with psychologist Dr. Lore Hartzenberg’€™s assessment of Pistorius that he is a so-called “€œbroken man”€ since Steenkamp’€™s death.

“We’re dealing with a broken man, but he’s still alive,” Nel said of Pistorius. “He has lost his love relationship … but he will be able to love somebody else like that.”

The proceedings could take a few days to finish, and when it comes to a close, Judge Thokozile Masipa will have the final say. Masipa is the judge who presided over Pistorius’€™ original case. Pistorius could spend up to 15 years in prison, though others have been sentenced to as little as five years for a similar crime.

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Kobe Bryant says Kevin Durant’s injury could help MVP with ‘mental aspect’ of game

10.13.14 at 10:05 am ET
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Seeing Kevin Durant fall victim to an injury reminded one player of his own issues from a season ago.

Kobe Bryant missed most of last season due to an injured Achilles tendon, while Durant will not play in at least the first 6-8 weeks with the Thunder this year because a fractured bone in his foot. Durant will miss the early portion of the season, but Bryant said the time away from the court could benefit the 2014 NBA MVP.

“It’s tough,” Bryant said. “He’s just got to be patient and do what he can in the interim. Study the game and try to improve the mental aspect, which is always what I tried to do when I was out.”

After he fractured his leg with Team USA this summer, Pacers forward Paul George wished Durant the best of luck with his injury.

Tweeted George: Get well KD! Speedy recovery.

The fracture will force Durant out of the lineup for a significant amount of time for the first time in his career. Before this injury, the most time he ever missed in any one season was eight games. In total, he has not competed in just 16 games through eight NBA seasons.

More of the burden will be placed on Russell Westbrook since Durant will be out of the Thunder lineup. The guard has played just five games of his career without Durant by his side.

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said it will be a team effort to step up in Durant’€™s absence, and the load of the offense will not just fall on Westbrook.

“In regard to replacing a player like Kevin Durant, you don’t replace Kevin Durant. It’s not going to be one person. It’s going to be a collective mindset,” Presti said. “We know we’re a better basketball team with Kevin Durant on the floor. But we can have some influence on how good we are in the meantime.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WR Victor Cruz suffers serious knee injury in team’s embarrassing loss

10.13.14 at 8:30 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:
NHL: Avalanche at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: 49ers at Rams, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: European Championship qualifier, Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Belgium, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: European Championship qualifier, Iceland vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– An embarrassing night for the Giants got even worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee while trying catch a pass in the third quarter of a 27-0 loss to the Eagles. And then it became even more embarrassing for a Philadelphia sports radio host.

Cruz, the former UMass star who became a 2012 Pro Bowler, cried as he was carted off the field with what is expected to be a season-ending injury.

“Huge loss,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It wasn’t a good situation, a grim scene.”

Said Giants safety Antrel Rolle: “You just wish him the best. He’s a fighter.”

Cruz was attempting to catch a pass in the end zone when he went down.

“Something wasn’t good,” fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said. “He was in a lot of pain. As hard as it was, you have to go on and move on to the next play. ‘€¦ It was heart wrenching. Not much needs to be said. ‘€¦ It’s Victor Cruz, period.”

Following Cruz’s injury, controversial Philadelphia sports talk radio host Mike Missanelli sent out a classless tweet that read: Hey Giants fans: Victor Cruz is over. Dance to that.

After immediate criticism from both New York and Philadelphia, Missanelli deleted the tweet and tried to claim he only was referring to Cruz failing to catch the pass.

Tweeted Missanelli: I apologize for the Cruz tweet. I didn’t see that he got hurt on play. Was outside the stadium and saw [on the big screen outside] he dropped it walking to my car. ‘€¦ I would never have tweeted that had I known he got injured. Please know that.

– Actor and director Spike Lee, known for his allegiance to the Knicks via his frequent appearances in his courtside seat, apparently has not made a good impression on Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Lee announced that he plans to make a documentary about the triangle offense, which Jackson used when he won 11 championships as coach of the Bulls and Lakers.

Asked about Lee, Jackson said: “Spike is an avid Knicks fan who doesn’t know anything about basketball.”

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Orioles sign SS J.J. Hardy to 3-year extension before ALCS begins

10.10.14 at 11:58 am ET
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With their sweep of the Tigers earlier this week, the Orioles locked up a spot in the ALCS for the first time in 17 years. Before they begin their series with the Royals, they also locked up their shortstop for at least three more seasons.

The Orioles inked two-time Gold Glove winner J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $40 million extension Thursday night. The deal also includes an option for the 2018 season.

This comes in a year in which Hardy hit just nine home runs, collected 37 total extra-base hits and batted .268. However in three prior seasons in Baltimore, the shortstop crushed a combined 67 long balls.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the timing was right to make sure the team’s top shortstop remained in Baltimore for the foreseeable future.

“Why not now, really?” Duquette said. “When we looked at the market, we thought the best chance to sign J.J. was before he went to free agency because he’s distinguished himself as one of the top shortstops in the league. And J.J. let us know that he wanted to continue his career here in Baltimore.”

While Hardy will be part of Baltimore’€™s long and short term plans, one notable player will not be with the Orioles in this upcoming ALCS. First baseman Chris Davis was left off of the roster for the best-of-seven series.

Davis was suspended 25 games on Sept. 12 when he tested positive for Adderall. He has five games remaining on the suspension, which means he theoretically could rejoin the team in Game 6 if a player gets hurt.

Manager Buck Showalter said the team will look into the first baseman getting his spot back if the Orioles reach the World Series.

“If we’re fortunate enough to continue to play, then we’ll revisit it,” Showalter said.

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Heisman candidate Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely by Georgia

10.10.14 at 10:57 am ET
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What started as a promising year for University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley might now be over halfway through the season.

The Heisman Trophy candidate was suspended indefinitely by the school Thursday as administrators investigate the possibility that Gurley violated NCAA rules. Georgia did not specify what Gurley did to get suspended, but a SI.com report, using an anonymous source, said Gurley reportedly took $400 to sign various pieces of memorabilia.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he is trying to be focused on the team’s upcoming game.

“I’m obviously very disappointed,” Richt said in a statement. “The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri.”

Though NCAA says players must be declared ineligible if they have committed any type of rule violation, there is a possibility that Gurley could return this year. It is not unprecedented for a school to apply for a player’s reinstatement after an investigation is concluded. In 2010, Cam Newton was deemed ineligible and then reinstated after an investigation concluded he was unaware his father solicited money from Mississippi State University.

Regardless if Gurley does come back this year, he will not be in the lineup against Missouri. Freshman Nick Chubb is expected to be the primary tailback in his place.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson after admission of marijuana use

10.10.14 at 8:03 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 playoffs: Royals at Orioles, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Washington State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Fresno State at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Whitecaps at Sounders, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Texas prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson based on his admission that he smoked marijuana while out on bond. Peterson allegedly confessed to a drug tester that he “smoked a little weed” before he was tested during Wednesday’s court appearance to address a child abuse charge.

Peterson has been free on $15,000 bond since being charged with felony child abuse. Using illegal drugs usually is a condition for revocation of bond.

“In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond,” the district attorney’s office wrote.

MASHUP POLL: Should Adrian Peterson go to jail for using marijuana while on bond?

  • Yes, if he breaks the rules he should be treated like everyone else (66%, 121 Votes)
  • No, he's not a threat to anyone and it would be unnecessary and unreasonable to imprison him (34%, 62 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

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No action can be taken on the matter until a hearing is held on whether a new judge should be appointed in the child abuse case. Prosecutors asked that the judge be replaced after a comment he made about the lead attorneys playing to the media.

A trial date tentatively was set for Dec. 1 for Peterson, who did not enter a plea during Wednesday’s hearing.

The 29-year-old running back remains on paid leave from the Vikings, who placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list last month. He is not allowed to participate in any activities, although he continues to draw his $11.75 million salary.

– Colin Kaepernick revealed Thursday that he was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the 49ers‘ victory Sunday.

The NFL has a contract with Bose. Kaepernick, who has an endorsement deal with Beats, knew he could be punished for wearing the Beats headphones — a pink version in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.

Tweeted Kaepernick: I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!

Asked if Beats would pay his fine, Kaepernick said, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson gets court date, eager to defend himself

10.09.14 at 7:59 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:
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Avalanche at Wild, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
NFL: Colts at Texans, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: BYU at Central Florida, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Hampton at North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Euro 2016 qualifier, Slovakia vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. Honduras, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, eager to go to trial as soon as possible on child abuse charges, will head to court Dec. 1, as a Texas judge set the tentative trial date Wednesday

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said his client is “chomping at the bit” to get the chance to explain his decision to punish his 4-year-old son by whipping him with a tree branch and leaving marks that lasted for more than a week. Peterson, who said he was disciplined the same way when he was growing up, faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of causing injury to a child.

Peterson, who is on paid leave from the Vikings while the charges are pending, did not speak during his court appearance.

“He just keeps getting hammered without the ability to respond,” Hardin told Judge Kelly Case. “This is the place to resolve all those allegations.”

MASHUP POLL: Do you think Adrian Peterson be convicted of abusing his son?

  • Yes, anyone can see that he went way too far and deserves to be punished (63%, 66 Votes)
  • No, there will be support for him as a parent who has the right to discipline his child (37%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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Added Hardin after the hearing: “This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision was made by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much.”

Peterson will not have contact with the child until the case is resolved.

– Heat forward Chris Bosh said Wednesday that he has not spoken to LeBron James since James’ decision to return to Cleveland.

Bosh’s Heat play James’ Cavaliers on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, and Bosh responded with hesitation when asked if he was looking forward to seeing his former teammate.

“Yeah … I don’t know,” Bosh said, adding: “I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here. … If guys aren’t in this locker room, I don’t have much time for them — if any.”

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Washington coach Jay Gruden to look into players laughing following loss

10.08.14 at 11:15 am ET
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A loss to the Seahawks apparently was not enough to keep some Washington players from smiling and laughing.

Following the 27-17 defeat to Seattle on Monday night, veterans Pierre Garcon and Trent Williams were part of a contingent that was joking around in the locker room. Coach Jay Gruden was not around to see it unfold, as he was holding his postgame press conference.

The coach said there should be almost no reason for his players to be happy after the loss and plans on investigating further.

“Hopefully it was taken out of context or what have you, but I have no idea what it was like,” Gruden said. “If it was upbeat, it shouldn’t be, and that is disappointing that it was because they played their hearts out. They played hard, I thought. We lost the game. No reason to be upbeat, though, whatsoever.”

From what Gruden saw Monday night, the players looked, according to him, “dejected.” That feeling would come as no surprise to anyone. Washington finished last year with a 3-13 record and has started this season at 1-4. But the lack of one big leader, though, could be the reason why some on the team did not take the loss as hard.

“We have guys that have leadership qualities,” Gruden said. “We just haven’t had that guy stand up and really take charge.”

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NFL owners meeting Wednesday to review league’s conduct policy

10.08.14 at 9:54 am ET
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Amid criticism that the NFL is not doing enough with domestic abuse cases, owners are meeting Wednesday in an attempt to move forward with the league’€™s personal conduct policy.

Football has taken heat over the past month and a half for not doing enough to discipline its players, such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, who have committed violent acts off of the field. Commissioner Roger Goodell has especially faced scrutiny for his inaction or delayed reactions in dealing with the players in question.

“We need to limit this,” Texans owner Robert McNair said of the violence in the league, “so punishment is not an issue.”

During the meeting, representatives from the player engagement department intend to speak about how those in the league can be educated on the subjects of domestic violence and abuse. Goodell sent the owners a memo earlier this week to describe just why the conduct policy needs to be reevaluated.

“For the past seven years, the personal conduct policy has brought credit to the league and to NFL players,” Goodell said in the memo. “But during that time, we did not sufficiently review the policy to keep it current and ensure that it properly reflected our values and those of our society.”

The meeting also gives the owners the chance to approve the sale of the Bills to the Pegula family and review the possibility of adding more NFL games in London.

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Ray Allen’s NBA future not clear despite speculation he will join Cavaliers

10.08.14 at 9:52 am ET
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Despite rumors claiming he has agreed to terms with the Cavaliers, guard Ray Allen remains uncertain about his future in the NBA, said his agent Jim Tanner.

The former Celtics player, a two-time NBA champion, played with LeBron James the last two seasons in Miami. Together, they were able to make consecutive NBA Finals, taking the title in 2013. James then left the Heat to join the Cavaliers for the second time earlier this offseason.

After James made the move, some speculated Allen would follow suit and go to Cleveland as well. But according to Tanner, the top 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA game has not decided if he will play in the NBA again.

Tweeted Tanner on Tuesay: Ray’€™s position has not changed. Ray has not decided if he will play this season nor has he signed w/the @Cavs.

It would be the 39-year-old’€™s 20th season in the league if he does decide to come back. Last year in Miami, he averaged 9.6 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field.

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