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SB Nation Monday: Celtics not yet in gear despite sweep

04.25.11 at 2:49 pm ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis. Here’€™s a look at Monday’s coverage around SB Nation:

‘€¢ There’s something different about the playoffs, and there appears to be a different level that the Celtics play at in the second season. But CelticsBlog warns, the switch may not be fully flipped “on” just yet.

‘€¢ Over The Monster looks at the Red Sox‘ sweep in Anaheim.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit unveils its version of the Patriots’ three-round big board for this weekend.

‘€¢ The newest mock draft at SB Nation has the Patriots trading up to No. 13 to draft WR Julio Jones.

‘€¢ BC’s Mark Herzlich is one of 25 players who will attend the NFL draft in New York.

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Lakers forward Derrick Caracter arrested after altercation with pregnant waitress

04.25.11 at 12:48 pm ET
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Lakers reserve forward Derrick Caracter was arrested early Sunday morning near the team’s New Orleans hotel following an altercation with a pregnant waitress at an IHOP restaurant, according to a report in The Times-Picayune.

Caracter, who has not played in any of the Lakers’ postseason games, including Sunday’s Game 4 loss to the Hornets, allegedly was drunk when he struck the woman and then refused to cooperate with a policewoman who attempted to defuse the situation.

He was charged with battery, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

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Kobe Bryant expects to play after rolling ankle

04.25.11 at 10:16 am ET
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Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he expects to play in Tuesday’s Game 5 after rolling his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Game 4 loss to the Hornets.

“I should play. It’s going to take a lot to stop me from playing,” Bryant said after the game. “I’m concerned, as I am about any injury, but I’ve played through so many of them it kind of becomes old hat for me.”

Bryant suffered the injury late in the game while defending Hornets guard Willie Green. He ended up falling into Green after turning the ankle, resulting in a foul.

“It’s sore,” Bryant said. “It just rolled over. It’s been weeks since I hurt it last and when it happens, when you roll your ankle once, it’s easy to go and it just went.”

The first-round series is tied at two games apiece.

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Derrick Rose in walking boot, listed as day to day

04.25.11 at 9:18 am ET
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Bulls star Derrick Rose was in a walking boot Sunday and is listed as day to day after turning his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Pacers, according to ESPNChicago.com.

Rose suffered the injury when he drove to the basket and fell awkwardly without making contact with another player.

“I really can’t explain it,” Rose said Saturday. “I just took off wrong and my weight just pushed over my ankle and it ended up twisting.”

Rose had an X-ray after the game and then an MRI on Sunday, and both came back negative. ESPNChicago.com reports that Bulls players and coaches believe Rose will be ready to go for Tuesday night’s Game 5.

“He’s fine,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s going to have his ankle checked. Hopefully, he’ll be ready.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Book details Derek Jeter’s feud with Alex Rodriguez

04.25.11 at 7:26 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Derek Jeter‘s feud with Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez was real, and it was worse than it appeared to the public, according to a Jeter biography due out next month. The New York Post has the highlights from “The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter” by Ian O’Connor, including how A-Rod unsuccessfully begged for forgiveness at Jeter’s house after making derogatory comments in a newspaper article.

When pressed by a friend to make A-Rod feel more welcome in the clubhouse, Jeter allegedly replied: “Don’t you think I’ve tried? I try, and sometimes I’ve just got to walk away and come back and try again, but you know I’ve tried. And every time I try, he’ll do something that pushes me away.”

‘™¦ A female Brewers fan held up a sign at Friday’s game asking outfielder Ryan Braun to marry her. However, she missed his call of thanks for her support. That’s because her mailbox was full from the more than 200 calls and 600 text messages she received from other fans who saw her cell phone number on the sign.

‘™¦ According to a study by researchers at two colleges, traffic deaths rise in the hometowns of sports teams that win close games. “We find that the closer a game is, the more automobile fatalities there are, especially those involving alcohol,” the study concludes, noting that “going from a blowout to a nail-biter increases observed fatalities by 133 percent.”

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times catches up with former Bengals punter Pat McInally, the Harvard product who aced the Wonderlic test in 1975. McInally now coaches a high school team in Southern California.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 25, 1950, who became the first black player chosen in the NBA draft when he was selected by the Celtics in the second round?

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SB Nation Friday: A closer look at Kevin Garnett comments made by ‘Player X’

04.22.11 at 3:13 pm ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis. Here’€™s a look at Friday’s coverage around SB Nation:

Last night’s game had “Red Sox loss” written all over it, Over The Monster writes. Somehow, though, this time things went the Sox’ way. And we have Erick Aybar to thank for that.

CelticsBlog examines “Player X’s” ‘Garnett is a punk and a coward’ comments.

Pats Pulpit offers a draft analysis on BC’s Anthony Castonzo.

And Pats Pulpit also has look at what options the Patriots may have to either trade up or down in the first round of the NFL Draft

Andrew Ference fined for giving Montreal the finger, and offered a rather hilarious apology after the game.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: NHL VP Colin Campbell defends lack of punishments

04.22.11 at 7:29 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN, CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (VERSUS, NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 9:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 3:35 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ NHL vice president Colin Campbell is not pleased with the criticism he’s been receiving about punishments for hits to the head. “Thankless job? Yeah, it’s thankless,” he said in an interview with Toronto’s TSN Radio 1050. “Especially at this time of year when there’s so much at play here with the playoffs and cities are involved. When you rule on certain situations, all of a sudden you become public enemy No. 1, so … Am I pissed off right now? Yeah, I’m pissed off.”

‘™¦ Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was attacked at a Dodgers game, remains in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital. In the San Jose Mercury News, Mark Purdy writes about the support Stow’s family has received from the sports community, with the Sharks and Kings treating the parents and siblings first-class at Thursday’s Stanley Cup playoff game in LA.

‘™¦ Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to teach when he leaves the game in a couple of years. In The New York Times, Selig explains his decision and talks about his interest in sport law.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 22, 1976, the Bruins lost a 4-3 decision to the Kings in overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals. Which player who would later play for and coach the Bruins scored the game-winner for Los Angeles?

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SB Nation Thursday: Should the Patriots draft Mark Ingram?

04.21.11 at 11:49 am ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis. Here’s a look at Thursday’s coverage around SB Nation:

Over the Monster takes a look at the first road win of the season for the Red Sox.

Pats Pulpit asks if the Patriots should select Mark Ingram in next week’s draft.

With the bench struggling, the Celtics need Jeff Green to be aggressive, according to Jeff Clark at CelticsBlog.

The Ben Musket examines the acquisition of Benny Feilhaber, a move that should make the Revolution a contender in the East.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tom Glavine tries to keep Thrashers in Atlanta

04.21.11 at 7:52 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine has shown interest in forming an investment group to purchase the Thrashers. The Billerica native was a standout prep hockey player who was drafted by the Kings but chose a career in baseball instead. Now, he wants to keep hockey in Atlanta, despite the fact that the Thrashers are one of the league’s least valuable teams.

‘™¦ Coach Neil Lennon and two prominent fans of the Scottish Premier League soccer team Celtic were the recipients of parcel bombs that were intercepted and defused by police. Authorities reportedly have focused their investigation on individuals associated with rival Glasgow team Rangers, whose most Protestant fans have long been at odds with the mostly Catholic fans of league rival Celtic.

‘™¦ NFL players and owners might not meet again for a few weeks after their latest mediation session, but when they do, there may be some new faces at the table. That’s because a group of “mid-tier” players apparently feel their voices aren’t being heard and have talked to a Philadelphia law firm about providing representation. At Yahoo! Sports, Dan Wetzel writes that it could be a sign that the players are cracking. Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Giants fans the league is planning on starting the season on time.

‘™¦ Major League Baseball is taking control of the Dodgers. At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole consioders if owner Frank McCourt will put up a fight. In the New York Daily News, Bill Madden wonders if the Mets are next.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 21, 1974, which Bruins forward tied a Stanley Cup playoffs record with three power-play goals in an 8-6 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 2 of their semifinal series?

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Steve Downie, Chris Kunitz suspended for Penguins-Lightning Game 4

04.20.11 at 9:12 am ET
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Lightning forward Steve Downie and Penguins forward Chris Kunitz will both miss Wednesday night’s Game 4 after being suspended one game apiece by the NHL for separate incidents in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win in Game 3.

Downie earned his suspension for leaving his feet and launching himself at the head of Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy while the defenseman was making a play behind his own net.

“I’m very disappoined in myself. I felt like I let the team down,” Downie said Tuesday. “I was going in hard on a forecheck. I finished my hit and unfortunately it ended up the way it did. … Momentum carried me through and I ended up off my feet.”

About five minutes after Downie’s hit, Kunitz elbowed Lightning forward Simon Gagne in the head. Gagne implied after the game that the hit was intentional, but Kunitz said that wasn’t the case.

“I was coming through the middle, getting ready to finish a check. … I had my arms in a bad spot, up in the air,” Kunitz said. “He kind of spun and turned back towards me and I went to brush him in the shoulder and I got him in the head. Not very responsible on my side. I’ve definitely got to be careful, but I’m glad he’s OK.”

Both hits were called minor penalties on the ice.

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