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Rays 3B Evan Longoria on DL with strained oblique

04.04.11 at 6:46 am ET
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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left oblique. Longoria was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, the same day Tampa Bay lost 5-1 to the visiting Orioles to complete a three-game sweep.

“It’s going to be much more difficult, of course,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re going to have to figure out another way to get this done. It’s just the way the baseball season works sometimes.”

Rays outfielder Johnny Damon missed the game with right calf soreness.

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Giants fan in critical condition after beating by Dodgers fans

04.01.11 at 1:47 pm ET
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A Giants fan was listed in critical but stable condition with a head injury at a Los Angeles hospital after being beaten by two Dodgers fans after Thursday’s Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium. The injury is not considered life-threatening.

Police are looking for the attackers, who followed three men in Giants gear as they walked to their car after the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory. The Dodgers fans yelled expletives about the Giants while kicking and punching the San Francisco supporters.

“It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans,” the Dodgers said in a statement. “We’re committed to having the most fan and family friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority. We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation and we wish this fan a speedy recovery.”

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Warren Moon says criticism of Cam Newton is ‘racially based’

04.01.11 at 8:50 am ET
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In an interview with CBSSports.com, Warren Moon said he believes Cam Newton is treated differently by media and fans because he is black.

“A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based,” Moon said. “I thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans about their smile or called a phony. He’s being held to different standards from white quarterbacks. I thought we were past all this stuff about African-American quarterbacks, but I guess we’re not.”

Moon, who is an adviser to Newton and helped prepare him for the combine, added that media and fans are scrutinizing Newton’s game more than they would if he were white.

“The thing that makes me laugh is the question of can he come out of the spread offense? Can he run a pro offense? Colt McCoy came out of the spread offense and very few people raised that issue about him,” Moon said. “So did Sam Bradford. Same thing. Very few questions asking if Bradford could run a pro offense. Some of these questions about Cam are more about his intellect. It’s blatant racism, some of it.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Sports radio personality sues rival over sexist comments

04.01.11 at 7:45 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Thrashers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 3:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 6 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A female Baltimore sports talk radio personality filed an $800,000 defamation lawsuit against a rival radio host for comments that she was unqualified for her job and had “personal, sexual and/or inappropriate relationships” with pro athletes. Jennifer Royle, who left New York’s YES network in 2010 to work for Baltimore cable network MASN and radio station 105.7 “The Fan,” is suing Nestor Aparicio, two of his co-workers and the station Aparicio owns, WNST. Royle said she needed to seek mental health treatment to treat “severe emotional distress” after the comments, including one that “she looks like a stripper.”

‘™¦ Despite its incredible success on the court and with attendance, the UConn women’s basketball team lost $723,900 in fiscal 2010, reports Bloomberg.com. According to financial records of the 53 public schools in the six largest conferences, those women’s programs lost a total of $109.7 million while their male counterparts profited to the tune of $240 million.

‘™¦ Free agent quarterback Chad Pennington tore an anterior cruciate ligament playing pickup basketball and is scheduled to have surgery next week, his agent said. Pennington has played for the Jets and Dolphins, seeing limited action in Miami the past two seasons due to major shoulder problems.

‘™¦ Fans of the Dodgers and Giants engaged in a back and forth in the air Thursday, as rival backers hired plans to tow banners taunting each other during Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 1, 1973 which Celtic tied an NBA playoff record by hitting 24 field goals in a 134-109 victory over the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals?

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Report: Health officials seek to ban smokeless tobacco at Fenway Park

03.31.11 at 8:59 am ET
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According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox manager Terry Francona may finally get the help he needs with kicking his chewing tobacco habit, as local health officials look to have all tobacco products banned from Major League Baseball games and ballparks.

While Fenway has already banned smoking within the park, the Boston Public Health Comission and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are looking to ban chew as well.

‘€œI understand this issue as a former smoker, but I also feel like we all have roles to play as we’€™re adults, and making sure that we’€™re not modeling unhealthy behaviors is something we can all do and do easily,’€ said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Boston Public Health Commission. ‘€œThis would be another opportunity for our sports heroes to be heroes and really put out that very important image.’€

Ferrer is looking to raise awareness of the issue and have it addressed during contract negotiations for the 2012 collective bargaining agreement.

Currently tobacco has already been outlawed in baseball’€™s minor leagues, the NCAA and the National Hockey League.

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Giants starter Barry Zito involved in auto accident

03.31.11 at 7:56 am ET
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Barry Zito, who is scheduled to start the Giants‘ game Sunday against the Dodgers, was involved in a two-car accident Wednesday.

Zito was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. According to the report the pitcher was taken out of his care by fire personnel, but it was not believed he was seriously injured, leaving the hospital shortly after arriving.

The lefty went 9-14 with a 4.15 ERA in 2010.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Dominique Wilkins attacked at game by former referee

03.31.11 at 7:46 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: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ NBA legend Dominique Wilkins, a Hawks vice president and television analyst, was attacked by a fan after the Hawks’ victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the attacker was former NBA and college basketball referee Rashan Michel, who was arrested and charged with simple battery. Michel told police Wilkins owed him money for suits purchased several years ago from a clothing store Michel had owned.

‘™¦ Isiah Thomas continues to stir up trouble. The Florida International coach and former Knicks bigwig talked to Bill Reiter of FoxSports.com about his “exile” from the NBA. He also compared himself favorably to Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, implying that he packed more talent into a smaller frame. ‘€œThey’re all 6[-feet]-9, and Jordan was 6-6½,” he said. “If they were all 6-1, it wouldn’t even be a question. They wouldn’t even [expletive] rate. If they were all my size, [expletive], they wouldn’t even be talked about. I beat the [expletive] out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, [expletive].’€

‘™¦ The HBO “Real Sports” show featuring four former Auburn football players accusing the school and boosters of paying for play aired Wednesday night. Auburn coach Gene Chizik responded by defending his team and criticizing the show for not airing interviews with players who said they were not paid. “I think it is pathetic and pure garbage,” Chizik said.

‘™¦ From 2000 to 2009, the number of kids aged 7 to 17 playing baseball fell 24 percent, according the National Sporting Goods Association. The Wall Street Journal looks at how Major League Baseball is reacting to this news as it tries to determine the cause.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 31, 1991, which Bruin set an NHL record with 10 penalties (6 minors, 2 majors, a misconduct and a game misconduct) in a 7-3 victory over the Whalers?

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Read More: Doninique Wilkins, Gene Chizik, Isiah Thomas, Little League Baseball

Former Auburn players say they were paid to play

03.30.11 at 12:37 pm ET
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Four former Auburn football players told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that they were part of a pay-for-play scheme during the early to mid-2000s, according to SportsbyBrooks.com. Offensive lineman Troy Reddick said he was given nearly $5,000 over two seasons, while defensive end Stanley McClover claimed to receive $4,000 for his performance in one game against Alabama. Offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey and defensive end Raven Gray are the other players who made the accusations.

Said McClover on the show, which airs Wednesday night: “It really turned me into a monster. When there’€™s no morals to what you’€™re doing, you’€™re just into getting money, I spent it cause I felt like I could get it right back.”

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Police issue warrant for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib

03.30.11 at 9:45 am ET
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Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and his mother have been accused of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, and an arrest warrant was issued by police in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas.

Police said they believe Talib and his mother shot at the man, who was not injured, in an incident March 21. Talib is expected to turn himself in this week. His mother, Okolo Talib, turned herself in Tuesday.

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Mike Krzyzewski: ‘Uncle Tom’ comments ‘very insulting’ to Duke

03.30.11 at 9:20 am ET
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking Tuesday to “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on Chicago’s ESPN 100, finally addressed the comments made by former Michigan player Jalen Rose during a documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five of the early 1990s.

Rose, whose March 11 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving was revealed this week, said in the ESPN documentary that debuted March 13: “I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Responded Krzyzewski: “Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

Krzyzewski said Duke was interested in the Fab Five’s most highly regarded member.

“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids [Jimmy King and Ray Jackson] we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”

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