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Chicago Tribune: Fenway Park atmosphere beats Wrigley Field

05.24.11 at 9:18 am ET
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In the Cubs’ first trip to Fenway Park since 1918, thousands of Chicago supporters flooded the seats of the Red Sox‘ home. Now that some have gotten their first taste of the historic ballpark, the question remains about how it compares to the North Side’s Wrigley Field. According to the Windy City’s biggest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston bandbox holds up quite well and in fact may be better than the Chicago ivy-laden stadium.

Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan notes the Yawkey Way atmosphere and “party on top of the Green Monster” as things that Wrigley can’t replicate right now unless it is modernized by the Cubs’ new owners. Chicago pitcher James Russell called the scene at Fenway “pretty sweet.”

Sullivan also talked to Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was quick to talk about how sellouts at Fenway, aided of course by Boston’s World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, can give the team both a lot of supporters and a lot of detractors if things aren’t going so well.

“They pay a lot of money to come to games here, more than most teams out there. They’ll never be forgiving here. If they booed Ted Williams, they’ll boo anyone,” Youkilis told the Tribune.

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Report: NFL cancels rookie symposium

05.24.11 at 8:23 am ET
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The NFL lockout may have its first official victim on the official league schedule.

The league has called off its rookie symposium, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The symposium is meant to be an orientation of sorts for first-year players. The event teaches rookies about the essentials of being professional football players, including how to deal with finances and the life that comes with it. Schefter says that several players call it a “positive first step in their transition to the NFL.” The symposium was set to take place in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for the first time in its history.

Schefter claims that that although the lockout has caused teams to lay off employees, there had been no official NFL events canceled by the league up until this point.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley continues feud with Miami fans

05.24.11 at 7:53 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)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ NBA legend Charles Barkley continues to hog the spotlight with his inflammatory words and actions. The TNT analyst gave taunting Miami fans a double-middle-finger salute Sunday, and then he offered this comeback: “They were telling me I suck. They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, ‘Come on, give me something better than that, dude.’ I always laugh at that statement, ‘You didn’t get a ring.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, you work at McDonald’s. My life’s a lot better than yours. You relax.’ ”

In The Miami Herald, Dan Le Batard has a look at Barkley’s love/hate relationship with the city.

‘™¦ With Bulls center Joakim Noah being fined $50,000 for his gay slur at a fan in Sunday’s game, Mike Berardino at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel questions how much abuse players must take from the public. Noah, who accepted responsibility for his actions, called the taunts he was receiving “disrespectful.” Said teammate Taj Gibson: “It was heavy.”

‘™¦ Mets owner Fred Wilpon is taking heat after his comments in an upcoming story in The New Yorker. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro begs Wilpon to sell the team. Also in the Post, it’s noted that Bernie Madoff turned down an opportunity to become a part-owner.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 24, 1988, a power outage caused the suspension of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Oilers. What was the score of the game when it was called in the second period?

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Ray Lewis: Crime will increase with loss of NFL season

05.23.11 at 4:53 pm ET
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In an one-on-one interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had a lot of things to say about the NFL and the potential effects of a season-long lockout.

“Do this research if we don’t have a season ‘€” watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game,” Lewis said.

Lewis touched on how much the NFL means to fans of the game. “There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

He says the lockout is the result of egos from both sides. “There’s no other reason the issue is going on,” Lewis said. “That’s why I don’t get into words and all that other stuff, because it takes away from life … itself. There’s people who are really struggling for real. There’s real struggles out there.”

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Report: Jets interested in Randy Moss

05.23.11 at 4:52 pm ET
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According to a New York Daily News report, the Jets are interested in wide receiver Randy Moss. The Jets have some question marks at the wide receiver position, as Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith will all be unrestricted free agents if free agent rules don’t change with a new collective bargaining agreement.

The Jets may not be financially able to re-sign all three players, and the source says that the Jets will have more than a cursory interest in Moss if Holmes or Edwards do not return. The sources also says that Rex Ryan believes Moss can still be a vertical threat in the passing game.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie wouldn’t mind having Moss as a teammate. “I would love to have Randy Moss on Jets,” Cromartie said. “Much respect. Great vertical guy who has a lot left in the tank.”

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Sharks coach: Joe Thornton will play in Game 5

05.23.11 at 4:52 pm ET
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According to Sharks coach Todd McLellan, center Joe Thornton will play in Tuesday’s Game 5, after suffering a vicious hit in Sunday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Thornton was checked hard into the boards with 10:47 left in the third period by Canucks forward Raffi Torres. Thornton skated for 10 seconds after the hit but then missed the remainder of the game. The Sharks lost the game 4-2, and now trail in the series three games to one.

“When Joe Thornton comes to you and tells you he’s playing, he is playing,” McLellan said.

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Tiger Woods falls out of top 10 in world rankings

05.23.11 at 3:20 pm ET
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For the first time in 14 years, Tiger Woods is not ranked in the top 10 in the world golf rankings. Woods is ranked 12th in the most recent world rankings that were released early Monday.

The last time Woods was ranked outside the top 10 was way back in April of 1997. He won his first Masters that month and has not been outside the top 10 since.

Lee Westwood is still the No. 1-ranked player in the world, while Luke Donald is No. 2. Phil Mickelson is ranked No. 4.

Woods has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters, which was 18 months ago.

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Chase Utley to make season debut for Phillies

05.23.11 at 3:19 pm ET
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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will make his season debut Monday night when the Phillies take on the Reds. Utley has missed the entire season thus far with tendinitis in his right knee.

Even without the five-time All-Star the Phillies sit atop the NL East standings with a 28-18 record entering Monday’s games. The Phillies hope Utley will help to boost the teams batting average as they are currently batting .245 as a team.

In nine rehab games Utley batted .281 with one home run.

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No ‘Hard Knocks’ encore for Jets

05.23.11 at 3:12 pm ET
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The popular HBO series “Hard Knocks” will not feature the Jets this season as the team indicated it is not interested in filming a second season of the show. The Jets helped HBO win three Sports Emmy Awards.

Although HBO has not contacted the Jets about filming another season of the show, the New York Daily News has learned that the Jets are not interested in having cameras follow the team around during training camp.

The Buccaneers, Broncos and Lions all have declined to be featured on this season of the series.

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Doctor claims 10 more pitchers interested in Bartolo Colon’s procedure

05.23.11 at 1:38 pm ET
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Dr. Leonel Liriano, medical director for the U.S.-based company Regenocyte in the Dominican Republic, said Sunday that 10 pitchers have contacted him and expressed interest in the procedure performed on Yankees starter Bartolo Colon in April 2010.

Regenocyte specializes in using stem cells in regenerative therapy. Colon’s procedure was designed to help regenerate shoulder and elbow tissue in his throwing arm. Major League Baseball is researching the procedure and has not ruled on its legality in baseball yet.

Liriano would not name the interested pitchers, but he did say they were between the ages of 21 and 37. Colon will turn 38 on Tuesday.

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