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SB Nation Thursday: Could we see the return of Pedro Martinez?

04.14.11 at 10:57 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.

Jimmy Toscano writes that for this Celtics team, it’s all about what happens in the postseason.

The Stanley Cup of Chowder — the Bruins Blog –, offers a full preview of the upcoming Bruins-Canadiens series.

Over the Monster asks if struggles of Daisuke Matsuzaka might lead to the return of Pedro Martinez in Boston.

Pats Pulpit is counting down the top busts of the Bill Belichick era. Checking in at No. 5: Kevin O’Connell.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mets, White Sox managers lose patience with teams

04.14.11 at 7:42 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: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Terry Francona is staying calm despite the Red Sox‘ 2-9 start, but managers of other teams that have had issues early aren’t shy about letting off steam. In New York, new Mets boss Terry Collins “went ballistic” in a closed-door team meeting Wednesday night after his team lost to the Rockies to fall to 4-7. “We’ve been in every game, and we’ve got to start winning them,” Collins later said after the Mets’ 5-4 loss. “We’re one pitch away and one swing away from being 9-2, and we’re not. But the next 11 we need to be 9-2. We need to get it going and do the things we haven’t done thus far.”

Meanwhile, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had another memorable press conference after his team’s 7-4 loss to the A’s in 10 innings, in which Chicago gave up three runs each in the ninth and 10th. “I don’t have a closer,” Guillen lamented between expletives. Added Guillen: “When we play good, they send those guys to this damn table and [you] talk to them like heroes. When we [mess] it up, I’m the one who has to ‘€¦ sit here and talk to you guys.” The White Sox are 7-5.

‘™¦ Philadelphia fans are known for their questionable behavior. But it has to hurt for the wife of one of their own athletes to rip them publicly. At a recent charity event, the wife of Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson let her feelings be known on the subject. “I hate the fans,” Sarah Madson said, according to the Naked Philadelphian blog. “It is bad enough that they bother us during the season, but they will not leave us alone in December when we go out to eat. We stayed here during the offseason last year, but we will be going to California this year. There must be something particularly bad about Phillies fans because all the players leave in the offseason.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA for an anti-gay slur he uttered toward a referee Tuesday night. The Lakers star initially tried to brush it off, saying the comment was not meant to insult the gay and lesbian community, but he eventually apologized Wednesday following a healthy dose of criticism for his behavior.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 14, 1967, Red Sox lefty Billy Rohr came within an out of pitching a no-hitter in his major league debut. Who had the Yankees‘ lone hit in the 3-0 game?

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SB Nation Wednesday: Sox can take solace in lack of luck

04.13.11 at 1:40 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.

‘€¢ If there’s any silver lining from Tuesday night, it’s that the Red Sox were terribly unlucky, writes Ben Buchanan at Over The Monster.

‘€¢ Jeff Clark at CelticsBlog looks at at what could be the end of the Celtics as we know them.

‘€¢ Rob Neyer asks, Is there really a Dice-K mystery?

‘€¢ BC Interruption sat down with Boston College hockey sophomore Brooks Dyroff, who was was recently honored with the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award for his work with C.E.O. 4 Teens.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit looks at Patriots drat prospect Cameron Heyward, and examines whether or not he’s a good fit for New England.

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Stars fire coach Marc Crawford

04.13.11 at 11:49 am ET
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The Stars fired coach Marc Crawford on Tuesday after two seasons at the helm and no playoff appearances. This year, the Stars became the first team in NHL history to register 95 points and not make the playoffs. They had a chance to make the playoffs with a win in their season finale Sunday night, but they lost 5-3 to the Wild. Being close wasn’t enough to save Crawford’s job, though.

“We have a lot of good things in place,” said general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “The hardest thing for Marc to probably accept [is] that I don’t feel he’s the guy going forward that takes us to the next level.”

The Stars have now missed the playoffs three years in a row for the first time since 1974-76, when they were the Minnesota North Stars. They had made the playoffs in 10 of the last 12 seasons prior to Crawford taking over.

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Lawrence Taylor gets lowest sex offender status

04.13.11 at 10:34 am ET
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Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute, was declared a low-risk sex offender Tuesday, meaning his photo will not appear on public online sex offender registries.

Judge William Kelly ruled that Taylor was not targeting children and was unlikely to commit the same crime.

“He would be awfully foolish to go out and do this again,” Kelly said. He added that he didn’t see any reason to post Taylor’s photo online because “there’s been so much publicity already.”

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Barry Bonds jury to deliberate for fourth day

04.13.11 at 10:02 am ET
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The jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial will return to the San Francisco courthouse for a fourth day of deliberations Wednesday. After failing to reach a verdict for a third day Tuesday, the eight women and four men on the jury will resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.

Bonds is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction.

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Report: Titans’ Kenny Britt arrested after police chase

04.13.11 at 9:03 am ET
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Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested Tuesday afternoon in his hometown of Bayonne, N.J., on three charges stemming from a police chase, according to FoxSports.com.

A police spokesman told the website that Britt was charged with eluding a police officer, lying to an officer/hindering apprehension and obstructing governmental function. Eluding an officer is a third-degree felony, while the other two charges are misdemeanors. A passenger in the car, Jerel Lord, was charged with marijuana possession, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental function.

FoxSports.com reports that the incident began when Britt’s Porsche was clocked at 71 mph in a 50 mph zone. When an officer tried to pull the car over, it accelerated and began weaving in and out of highway traffic. The Porsche then exited the highway and was spotted on a nearby street with Britt and Lord walking away from it. The two initially denied being in the car, according to the report, and Lord tried to run away at one point while being questioned.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tommy Amaker to stay at Harvard

04.13.11 at 7:35 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ After meeting with officials from the University of Miami on Monday, Tommy Amaker announced Tuesday that he will remain Harvard’s basketball coach. Amaker has spent four years in Cambridge, leading the Crimson to a share of the Ivy League title this past season. He reportedly turned down a five-year deal with Miami worth about $1.1 million per season. “I’m appreciative of and flattered by the interest shown in me by other fine universities, but I am proud and honored to represent Harvard,” Amaker said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my efforts to teach, lead and serve at this great institution.”

‘™¦ BYU reportedly asked basketball star Jimmer Fredette to stop attending class because too many people were requesting autographs and photos. “It was getting too disruptive,” explained Jimmer’s father, Al Fredette. Looking ahead, Jimmer’s dad said he’d like his son to play for one of the Northeast NBA teams because the family lives in upstate New York, and the Celtics are at the top of the list. “I’d love to see him play for Danny Ainge, but they have [Rajon] Rondo,” Al said.

‘™¦ With the NBA’s regular season coming to a close, Ailene Voisin in The Sacramento Bee wonders if the Kings have played their final game in California’s capital city.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 13, 1986, the Celtics beat the Nets, 135-107, to complete their home season at 40-1. Which team handed the C’s their lone home loss?

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Lakers’ Andrew Bynum injures knee

04.13.11 at 7:22 am ET
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Lakers center Andrew Bynum hyperextended his right knee in Tuesday night’s 102-93 victory over the Spurs. Bynum fell after stepping on Spurs forward DeJuan Blair‘s foot during the second quarter. He was scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday.

The Lakers played without backup point guard Steve Blake, who has chicken pox. There is concern that he might pass it to some of his teammates who have never had chicken pox, including Kobe Bryant.

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Rangers’ Josh Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with broken arm

04.13.11 at 6:59 am ET
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Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton broke his right arm diving headfirst into home plate Tuesday night and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Hamilton took off after Adrian Beltre‘s foul popup near the Tigers dugout, as catcher Victor Martinez had left home plate to pursue the ball along with third baseman Brandon Inge.

“It was a stupid play,” Hamilton said. “The whole time the ball was in the air, the coach [Dave Anderson] was yelling, ‘Go, there’s no one at home,’ and I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this, something is going to happen.’ But I listened to my coach.

“It was way too aggressive. Maybe if they had both been closer to me, but they had a perfect angle to cut me off, and the only way to avoid a tag in that situation is to go head first.”

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