College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network

Kobe Bryant says knee is ‘100 percent’

11.01.10 at 10:12 am ET
By   |   Comments

Lakers star Kobe Bryant is sick of hearing about his right knee, which he claims is now at 100 percent following offseason surgery.

“Yes, so leave me the hell alone about my [expletive] knee,” Bryant told reporters when asked to confirm his postgame comments to a Fox Sports West reporter after Sunday’s 107-83 win over the Warriors. Bryant scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting in the game.

Bryant had deemed his knee at only 60 percent healed following the Lakers’ first preseason game, and coach Phil Jackson believes he still has some progress to be made.

“I’m pleased with the progress of Kobe, it looks like his offense is coming along,” Jackson said. “Defensively he is still working on some things that he has to get done with his strength and base.

“He’s not 100 percent, but that’s nice of him to say it.”

Read More: kobe bryant, Phil Jackson, Rumor Mill,

‘Shaquita’ makes an appearance thanks to Shaquille O’Neal

11.01.10 at 9:11 am ET
By   |   Comments

Shaq promised Shaquita, so here she is …

Read More: Rumor Mill,

Monday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James shows regret about ‘Decision’

11.01.10 at 7:54 am ET
By   |   Comments

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:

‘™¦ LeBron James told reporters on Sunday that, in retrospect, he would handle the announcement of his free agent decision differently if he had to do it again. However, he didn’t get into specifics about what he would do differently, and he made it clear that he is pleased with his move to Miami. The interview occurred while James and the Heat were in New Jersey to play the Nets, and James recalled how he enjoyed meeting with Nets management.

‘™¦ Former Duke standout Bobby Hurley, whose NBA career was hindered by a car accident durinng his rookie season, is back in basketball as an assistant to his brother Dan at Wagner College. Tim Bontemps in the New York Post writes about Hurley’s long road back to basketball.

‘™¦ MLB commissioner Bud Selig said he’s serious about considering an expansion of the playoffs to include more teams. Tim Joyce at Real Clear Sports blasts Selig and writes that it would be “a near fatal blow to the sports’s competitive integrity.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 1, 2005, which Red Sox player ended a team drought of 14 seasons by winning a Gold Glove? (answer below)

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bobby Hurley, bud selig, LeBron James,

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologizes to fans

11.01.10 at 6:39 am ET
By   |   Comments

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized to Cowboys fans after Sunday’s game, when his team lost to the Jaguars, 35-17, to fall to 1-6.

“I’m embarrassed. Of course I am,” Jones said. “And, to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That’s the way we’re structured. That’s the way I run it. There’s no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I’m dumbfounded that we are 1-7 [actually 1-6].”

Added Jones: “You couldn’t get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL,” Jones continued. “I’m very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this.

“You can tell by the way some of the things that we’ve done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be, you should be able to tell that I won’t rest until we’ve figured some things out to get us in a different spot. … What it is, I don’t have that.”

Jones said he has no plans to fire coach Wade Phillips, who also expressed his disappointment after the game.

“I’m distraught to say the least,” Phillips said. “It was embarrassing, I thought, the way we played, the way we coached. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game. It’s very painful at this point in the season to be where we are. I thought we’d come out and really play with a lot of passion and so forth, and we didn’t. … It fooled me that we didn’t. I thought we were going to be ready and we weren’t.”

Read More: Jerry Jones, Rumor Mill, Wade Phillips,

Former NBA star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

11.01.10 at 6:28 am ET
By   |   Comments

Maurice Lucas, who helped the Trail Blazers win the 1977 NBA championship, died Sunday after a long battle with bladder cancer, the team announced. He was 58.

Playing alongside Bill Walton, Lucas averaged a team-high 20.2 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds per game in 1976-77. Walton named his son Luke after Lucas.

A five-time NBA All-Star, Lucas was an assistant coach with the Blazers for six seasons before leaving last year to undergo surgery. He did not return this season.

Lucas’ No. 20 was retired by the Blazers in 1988. He also had his number retired by Marquette, the school he led to the 1974 NCAA championship game.

Read More: Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, Rumor Mill,

Jaguars’ Don Carey injured in helmet-to-helmet hit, fine may follow

10.31.10 at 4:30 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Jacksonville safety Don Carey may be the next offender under the NFL’s new policies on helmet-to-helmet hits. Carey was penalized by officials for unnecessary roughness following a helmet-to-helmet collisison with Cowboy’s tight end Jason Witten.

Carey seemed to take most of the damage and he was on his back for several minutes while trainers helped him. Carey left the field under his own power but he did not return with a neck injury. Under the enforced policies, Carey will most likely receive a fine for the hit by the league.

Read More: Don Carey, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jason Witten, Rumor Mill

LaDainian Tomlinson joins Walter Payton in NFL history

10.31.10 at 3:34 pm ET
By   |   Comments

New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has rejuvenated his career this season with the Jets and continues to add to his elite career numbers. In Sunday’s game, Tomlinson joined Walter Payton as the only players in history to gain 13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving.

Tomlinson is the seventh-leading rusher in league history as he entered teh game with 12,980 yards rushing and 4,062 yards receiving.

Since leaving the Chargers, LT has received 92 carries for 490 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has also added 19 receptions for 107 yards. Tomlinson has thrived behind the powerful offensive line in New York, averaging 5.3 yards-per-carry.

Read More: ladainian tomlinson, New York Jets, Rumor Mill, Walter Payton

Week 8 injury report: 49ers, Packers

10.31.10 at 3:19 pm ET
By   |   Comments

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis left the team’s game against the Broncos with an injured ankle. The return of the dynamic tight end is doubtful. Davis has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks.

Starting quarterback Troy Smith was expected to rely on Davis heavily in his first start with the 49ers but the two only connected on one pass for 12 yards before Davis suffered the injury. Entering the game, Davis led the 49ers with 422 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Green Bay Packers have another injury to worry about. Donald Driver left the team’s Week 8 game against the Jets with a quad injury. Driver’s return is doubtful and the Packers could lose another key player in their offense. Driver has 28 receptions for 307 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

Read More: Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers, Rumor Mill, San Francisco 49ers

Fantasy Update: Beanie Wells to start for Arizona

10.31.10 at 3:11 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is planning to start running back Beanie Wells on Sunday against Tampa Bay, reports ESPN. Tim Hightower has reportedly lost the starting job after struggling with ball control this year.

Wells has seen some action this year and he has taken 53 carries for 183 yards and one touchdown on the season. He rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown last week against Seattle.

Tampa Bay ranks 31st in the league against the run, giving up 157.7 yards-per-game. This could be a big opportunity for fantasy owners if Wells is given a good share of carries.

Read More: Arizona Cardinals, Beanie Wells, Rumor Mill, Tim Hightower

Patriots- Vikings: Favre will start

10.31.10 at 3:02 pm ET
By   |   Comments

Word has come from Foxboro that Brett Favre will start against the Patriots after testing out his injured foot and ankle before the game. Favre had been expected to play after indicating that his injuries were healing quickly, although it’s not that much of a surprise that the veteran will be on the field for his start streak to 292 games.

Favre has struggled this season after posting his greatest statistical season in 2009. The veteran QB has thrown for 1191 yards, seven touchdowns, and ten interceptions while posting a completion percentage of 58.1%. His passer rating of 68 is below most starting quarterbacks in the league after posting a rating of 107.2 last season.

Read More: brett favre, New England Patriots, Rumor Mill, Vikings