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NBA bans performance-enhancing sneakers

10.20.10 at 9:04 am ET
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The NBA is prohibiting its players from wearing a new line of sneakers that claim to increase vertical leap. Athletic Propulsion Labs’ $300 Concept 1 shoe contains a spring-based system designed to increase lift. “Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage,” the NBA said in a statement Tuesday.

According to tech website gadgetsnipe.com, the shoe weighs just 15 ounces and features the “finest synthetics, microfiber mesh and special anti-microbial linings to keep the foot comfortable and performing at the highest level throughout extended periods of play.” There is a patent-pending Load ‘N Launch technology implanted in a cavity in the forefoot of the basketball shoe, which is supposed to provide the instant improvement in vertical leap.

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Scott Brown on D&C: Slain football player DJ Henry was designated driver

10.20.10 at 8:59 am ET
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Senator Scott Brown called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the case of Danroy “DJ” Henry, a Pace University football player from Easton who was shot and killed by New York police early Sunday morning outside a bar near the school’s campus.

Brown said he has been in communication with Henry’s family in Easton and wanted to share the information that Henry was not drinking and instead was at the bar to drive his friends home when a brawl broke out and police arrived.

“This kid was the designated driver,” Brown said. “He wasn’t drinking, and no drugs. He swung around to pick up some people. Apparently, he had the big stereo system with the woofers and he was parked in the fire lane. When the officer apparently knocked on his window, he took off, thinking that they wanted him to move, apparently.”

As Henry drove away, police say he clipped one officer with his side-view mirror and hit another, causing him to land on the hood. That officer and another then fired shots at Henry, and the car crashed to a stop. Henry then was handcuffed. A lawyer for Henry’s family accuses police of leaving the dying 20-year-old on the street in handcuffs for “10-15 minutes” while officers with less-serious injuries received treatment from EMTs.

“We’re going to ask for an investigation, obviously, a thorough investigation,” Brown said. “Because you have a kid who is a star football player from this area, a great kid, no record, nothing. And to end his life under these circumstances, I think it’s important to get the facts and get them quickly. So, that’s what we’re going to be calling for, obviously a thorough investigation. If it turns out that [the policeman] acted properly, then so be it. But if it’s the other way around, then obviously there needs to be some type of redress.”

To hear Brown’s interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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Yankees’ Mark Teixeira expected to miss rest of postseason

10.20.10 at 8:12 am ET
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Adding injury to insult, the Yankees lost Mark Teixeira to a hamstring strain during Tuesday’s 10-3 loss to the Rangers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Teixeira was hurt while running out a grounder in the fifth inning. “Ran as hard as I could. It just gave. I could feel it,” Teixeira said. “I never hurt my hamstring in my life.” After having an MRI, Teixeira was told the injury will need 6-8 weeks to heal. Teixeira is 0-for-14 in the ALCS but had provided solid defense.

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Colts punter Pat McAfee arrested after drunken swim in canal

10.20.10 at 8:04 am ET
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Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly taking a swim in a canal in an Indianapolis nightlife district while drunk. McAfee, a 23-year-old in his second season out of West Virginia, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit. He was shirtless and soaking wet when confronted by police, who arrested him for public intoxication.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Fan who ran on field apparently jealous of Alex Rodriguez’ relationship with Cameron Diaz

10.20.10 at 7:09 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:
NBA Preseason: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A fan who ran onto the field at Yankee Stadium during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night apparently had a crush on movie star Cameron Diaz and wished harm upon Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has dated Diaz. According to a New York Post story, Grim LeRogue, who legally changed his name from Joe Rogan, was carrying five pictures, including one of A-Rod with an X on his face and a gun pointed at his head. Written on the photo was this threat: “You have to go bud, you’ve ruined too many of our white queens.” LeRogue, who was quickly detained but struggled aggressively, also had a picture of Diaz with a message saying: “We will be together soon.”

The 33-year-old, who has a record of prior arrests for assault and burglary, also had a photo of Osama bin Laden with a note saying: “I will serve you.” Charged with assault and interfering with a sporting event, LeRogue was was held overnight for psychiatric evaluation. His mother, Cathy, told the Post that her son is self-publishing a novel “about a ninja or something” and told police he wanted publicity for it.

‘™¦ In Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the ALCS, the Yankees had another home run controversy, as a fan appeared to make contact with Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz‘ glove as the ball landed in the seats. The fan, Jared Macchirole, did not reach into fair territory, however, so it wasn’t as egregious as the Jeffrey Maier incident vs. the Orioles in 1996. Maier, who was watching Tuesday’s game at La Guardia Airport, talked to ESPN about the latest Yankee Stadium controversy. Incidentally, Maier now teaches middle school math and coaches baseball and basketball in Waltham.

‘™¦ The NFL handed down some stiff fines for overaggressive hits but held off on suspensions. Meanwhile, former vice president of officiating Mike Pereira predicted referees won’t overreact and start ejecting players. He noted that the only hit over the weekend worthy of an ejection was Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather‘s “egregious, intentional act.”

‘™¦ Cablevision subscribers in New York City have not able to watch the National League Championship Series or some NFL games, and might be blacked out for the World Series due to a dispute about how much the cable company should pay the owner of Fox Broadcasting.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 20, 2004, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, completing the greatest comeback in postseason baseball history. Who started the game for the Yankees?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I still have some issues, but a lot of them aren’t from the injury. My head isn’t screwed up after I work out right now. Obviously, there are other ongoing issues.” ‘€” Bruins center Marc Savard

STAT OF THE DAY:

‘NET RESULTS: A junior football team in Canada heads into the stands to brawl with fans.

Matty Burrows of Ireland’s Glentoran F.C. scores on a backwards shot from a tough angle.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Brown

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Petty turns 60 on Wednesday.

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Video: Canucks’ Rick Rypien attacks Minnesota fan

10.20.10 at 6:43 am ET
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Canucks center Rick Rypien had a tough night Tuesday in Minnesota, and it seems likely he’ll pay the price for his actions. Rypien, the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, was involved in a second-period tussle with Wild forward Brad Staubitz when he took a cheap shot at his opponent as the referees tried to separate them. On his way to the dressing room, Rypien attacked a fan who was applauding the player’s departure (for a 10-minute misconduct). The fan was removed despite being the aggrieved party. Here’s the video:

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Francisco Rodriguez settles with Mets for $3.1M

10.19.10 at 8:53 pm ET
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Francisco Rodriguez‘s altercation with his girlfriend’s father cost hit $3.14 million in a settlement with the Mets announced Tuesday. Rodriguez missed the last seven weeks of the season after he suffered a torn ligament on his pitching thumb and was suspended by the team for the rest of the season.

“I am responsible for my injury that occurred as a result of this incident,” Rodriguez said. “I do not feel that it is right for me to take a salary for the period of time in which I could not contribute as a player as a result of my off-field actions.”

The settlement comes after he fought his girlfriend’s father outside the team’s family lounge at Citi Field on Aug. 11. He apologized to the Mets organization and team executives and told the player’s union to drop his arbitration case scheduled for later this week.

The Mets have Rodriguez under contract through 2011 with an option for 2012 worth $17.5 million or a $3.5 million buyout.

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Thrashers’ Ondrej Pavelec returns to ice after scary incident

10.19.10 at 6:06 pm ET
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Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec returned to practice Tuesday for the first time after he lost consciousness Oct. 8 in the team’s season opener. Pavelec suffered a concussion after he lost consciousness and the team has no timetable for him to return to live-game action.

“I’m no doctor, but they say I just faint[ed],” Pavelec said. “They said there are so many reasons it could have happened, but they couldn’t find it.”

Less than two minutes into the team’s opening game, Pavelec lost consciousness and fell and hit his head on the ice, causing him to suffer a concussion. Pavelec was kept overnight for two nights in an Atlanta hospital overnight.

“It was the first time that it happened and hopefully it will never happen again,” Pavelec said. “It could have been worse if I was driving or something.”

The 23-year old Czech Republic native went 14-18-7 as a rookie with the Thrashers last season. The team’s original plan was to split time between Pavelec and Chris Mason this season.

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A.J Burnett late to press conference because he went shopping

10.19.10 at 5:05 pm ET
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A.J. Burnett, the man that will pitch the most important game of the 2010 Yankees season, was an hour late to his press conference Monday because he went Halloween shopping. Steve Popper of the New Jersey Record tweeted:

“Sorry for being late,” Burnett said. “(I) was at the Halloween Store and lost track of time. Getting zombie hands, vampire teeth.”

Burnett who has not started a game since Oct. 2, will get the start in game 4 of the ALCS tonight with the Yankees trailing two games to one.  Over the last two months of the regular season Burnett went just 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA. Tommy Hunter will get the start for the Rangers.

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Cubs name Mike Quade manager

10.19.10 at 5:04 pm ET
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Mike Quade was named Cubs manager Monday after leading the team to a 24-13 record over the last six weeks of the season as the club’s interim manager. Quade had no major league managing experience before this past season but has previously managed for 17 years in the minor leagues.

The move comes a day after Eric Wedge, a finalist for the job, agreed to terms with the Mariners to become their manager. It also ends any speculation of  Yankees manager Joe Girardi coming back and running his hometown team.

Quade was given a two-year deal with a club option for 2013, after spending the past four years as the Cubs third base coach. The former Cubs Triple-A manager was originally drafted in 1979 by the Pirates and spent four years in their minor league system before going into coaching.

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