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Judge dismisses 1 of 5 charges against Barry Bonds

04.06.11 at 12:43 pm ET
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A federal judge on Wednesday granted a request by the prosecution to dismiss one of the five charges against Barry Bonds in his federal trial. In the charge, the prosecution asserted that Bonds lied to a grand jury when he denied that personal trainer Greg Anderson induced him “to take anything before the 2003 season.”

Bonds has admitted to inadvertently taking steroids in 2003 but not before then.

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Former Sox reliever Craig Hansen released by Pirates

04.06.11 at 11:45 am ET
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According to multiple reports, the Pirates on Wednesday released reliever Craig Hansen, less than three years after he was packaged from the Red Sox in the 2008 trade deadline deal that landed Jason Bay in Boston.

Hansen, 27, has not pitched in the majors since April 19, 2009. Last month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote about Hansen’s challenge in trying to overcome Parsonage-Turner syndrome, an ailment in which a nerve in his upper back loses the ability to send signals to the trapezius muscle.

“It’s been a rough journey,” said the former Sox first-round draft pick. “But the more you wonder, the more you dread on it. Sometimes, it can eat away at you. You know, everything just happens for a reason.”

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SB Nation Wednesday: Is it time for Sox fans to panic?

04.06.11 at 10:58 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.

The Red Sox are 0-4. Is it time to panic? Over The Monster says yes.

CelticsBlog‘s Jimmy Toscano writes about Jermaine O’Neal‘s frustrating season that hasn’t gone the way anyone hoped (but still might have time to be salvaged).

The Revolution blog, The Bent Musket, previews Wednesday night’s Revolution match with a little help from SB Nation’s Vancouver Whitecaps blog, 86 Forever.

SB Nation’s Jon Bois looks through the history books to determine if UConn-Butler should rank as one of the worst championship games ever played, in any sport.

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Rays upset with home fans for booing Manny Ramirez

04.06.11 at 9:33 am ET
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Rays manager Joe Maddon came to the defense of Manny Ramirez after the former Red Sox slugger was booed by the home fans Tuesday while going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as Tampa Bay lost for the fourth time in four games this season.

Ramirez signed a $2 million free agent deal with the Rays in the offseason. He has just a single and one RBI in 16 at-bats.

“I want the fans to know he works, this man really works, this man really cares,” Maddon said. “It’s not working for him right now, but he’s going to be just fine. ‘€¦ We need to let him be himself and let Manny be Manny and go up there and not try to carry us. The last thing I want him to do is feel like he has to carry us.”

Added outfielder B.J. Upton: “Here’s a man who has had an unbelievable career. This game is not easy. His start obviously hasn’t been what people wanted it to be. But if everybody could do it, everybody in America would be playing right now. They’re not and he’s done it for 16 years. So that bothered me a little bit. Because I think if you’re a true baseball fan, you know what type of player he is and the type of damage he can do. It’s way too long of a season to be booing somebody right now. That I do not understand, not one bit.”

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Assaulted Giants fan might have brain damage

04.06.11 at 9:23 am ET
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The Giants fan who was assaulted by two Dodgers fans outside Dodger Stadium after Thursday’s season-opener suffered a severely fractured skull and damage to the frontal lobe of his brain, doctors announced Tuesday.

Bryan Stow‘s family spoke and said they don’t blame Dodgers fans for the beating. “We know they weren’t true Dodger fans,” said Stow’s sister, Erin Collins.

Cousin John Stow said Bryan texted just before the assault that he was “scored inside the stadium.” As he left the park, the 42-year-old was attacked as he went to look for a taxi.

“We would like to use this as a rallying cry to stop unnecessary violence in our greatest pastime and all other sports, not only here but abroad,” John Stow said. “So I ask for one last thing on behalf of Bryan ‘€” that we all enjoy a safe and competitive and exciting year of baseball.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees play hardball with public transportation

04.06.11 at 7:31 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: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLS: Revolution at Whitecaps, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Yankees ‘€” who squandered a late four-run lead and lost in 10 innings to the Twins Tuesday night ‘€” are involved in a “misunderstanding” with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The team for many years has had a between-innings scoreboard segment in which three MTA trains race to Yankee Stadium. The MTA allowed the Yankees to use its name and those of the trains ‘€” B, D and 4 ‘€” because it promoted public transportation, and all the MTA asked was that the team not sell sponsorship of the segment. When the Yankees went ahead and sold sponsorship to Subway restaurants this year, the MTA tried to contact the team. The Yanks not only did not return the MTA’s call, they changed the names of the trains. “It would be a win-win for everybody involved to get the numbers and letters of these three subway lines back on the trains,” an MTA official said. “Hopefully it will happen.”

‘™¦ The prosecution completed its presentation Tuesday in its case against Barry Bonds. At the San Francisco Chronicle, Gwen Knapp writes about the slim chance that Bonds will take the stand Wednesday to defend himself.

‘™¦ A hit-and-run driver knocked over a heavy metal fence and left tire tracks in the front yard of Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb‘s Virginia house over the weekend. McNabb and his family were not home at the time.

‘™¦ Most of the talk about UConn’s NCAA championship game victory over Butler remains centered on the poor shooting by both teams. In the New York Daily News, Dick Weiss points the finger at the NCAA for playing the game in a cavernous football arena, Houston’s Reliant Stadium, noting the warehouse-like feel had to affect the players.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 6, 1973, the designated hitter made its debut in a game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway. New York’s Ron Blomberg became the first DH to register a plate appearance when he drew a walk off Luis Tiant. Who started at DH for Boston and went 0-for-6 in the Sox’ 15-5 win

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Read More: Barry Bonds, Donovan McNabb, MTA, Yankees

SB Nation Tuesday: Where does Adrian Gonzalez rank?

04.05.11 at 11:16 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.

At Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer asks if Adrian Gonzalez is the best player in the American League.

At SB Nation, Andrew Sharp asks if we can just forget the actual title game between UConn and Butler.

Randy Booth thinks Red Sox fans are OK with an 0-3 start but warns that things could get ugly fast.

The folks at BC Interruption wonder if all the recent coaching changes in the ACC means more mediocre basketball in the conference.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Millar criticizes Lou Piniella’s managing

04.05.11 at 7:43 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar, who was one of the final cuts by the Cubs last year, criticized ex-Cubs manager Lou Piniella for his lack of communication and apparent disorganization. “I didn’t get a chance to play with Lou, but I mean, there definitely was something missing,” Millar said Monday in a radio appearance on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” in Chicago. “You have to have more organization and know who is going in the game that day.”

Piniella retired Aug. 23 and was replaced by Mike Quade, who has been well received by players for being better prepared than his predecessor. Added Millar: “Nothing against Lou Piniella, he managed a lot of years and you get to the point where you don’t think about those things, but it was a little frustrating from the player’s side — period. There were no lineups, Lou didn’t know who was playing and who was going in, and it gets old. So then what happens … you get guys in bad moods, and then what happens is you’re kind of like, ‘Whatever.’ That’s the way the Cubs kind of played to an extent.”

‘™¦ Legendary New York City youth basketball coach Bob Oliva pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse in the case of a 14-year-old boy he had been accused of raping during a trip to Boston in the 1970s. Olivia will only have to serve probation for five years, but he’s also facing a $20 million lawsuit from his victim.

‘™¦ High-profile litigator David Boies is preparing to present the NFL’s argument against the players’ request for an injunction to stop the lockout. In The New York Times, Judy Battista takes a closer look at the lawyer who represented Al Gore before the Supreme Court in the 2000 president election dispute and who helped Jamie McCourt in her divorce trial vs. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt last year.

‘™¦ RealClearSports.com has the top 10 broadcasting calls in sports. No. 9 is WRKO’s Dan Davis calling Doug Flutie‘s Miracle in Miami. No. 8 is Johnny Most‘s “Havlicek stole the ball.” No. 1 is Al Michaels‘ 1980 U.S. hockey Miracle on Ice.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 5, 1971, the Cardinals returned a Rule 5 selection to the Red Sox, and it was a player who would go on to a successful major league career (mostly outside of Boston). Who was he?

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SB Nation Monday: Rangers a bad opening matchup for Red Sox

04.04.11 at 12:25 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.

At SB Nation’s Red Sox blog, Over the Monster, there’s a look at why the Rangers were the worst matchup for the Sox in their opener.

At the Celtics blog, Jimmy Toscano writes about where the Celtics are headed after Sunday night’s Shaquille O’Neal return/injury.

The latest NFL mock draft by Brian Galliford has Auburn quarterback Cam Newton going No. 1 and the Patriots taking Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder in the first round.

With Boston College star Reggie Jackson considering turning pro a year early, Gethin Coolbaugh looks at the pros and cons if Jackson decides to remain in the draft.

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Report: Medford’s Pat Skerry new Towson coach

04.04.11 at 12:05 pm ET
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University of Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry is set to be named as the new basketball coach at Towson University, according to multiple reports. Skerry spent one season at Pitt after moving over from Providence College, where he assisted Keno Davis for two years. The Medford native and former Tufts star also has made coaching stops at Rhode Island, College of Charleston, William & Mary, Northeastern, Curry, Stonehill and Tufts.

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