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Bengals cut WR Bryant

08.30.10 at 6:27 am ET
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The Bengals cut wide receiver Antonio Bryant on Sunday, one year after signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal. Bryant had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee a year ago and has struggled to regain his form. The move is another indication of how pleased the team is with Terrell Owens, who signed a one-year deal at the start of camp.

Also on Sunday, the Bengals put safety Gibril Wilson on injured reserve with damaged ligaments in his left knee.

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It’s good to be Tom Brady … but not good to be Paris Hilton or Stephen Strasburg

08.28.10 at 10:53 am ET
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In case you didn’t know, people love Tom Brady. (For example click here.)

But for the best analysis of Brady’s existence ever since hurting his knee, I turn to this 3-year-old who is clearly upset that the Patriots quarterback has a computer and went to the University of Michigan but wishes him well just the same.

You won’t get people caring that much about the state of Paris Hilton or Stephen Strasburg, that’s for sure.

Report: Multiple teams claim Manny

08.27.10 at 1:41 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, “multiple teams” have put in a waiver wire claim on Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez before Friday’s 1:30 p.m. deadline. There was no immediate report on which team has claiming rights or if the Dodgers would let him go.

The White Sox had been considered the front-runners to land the former Red Sox star, but the Rangers reportedly made a late push.

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Reports: Rays to sign Hawpe

08.27.10 at 12:25 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Rays are set to sign a minor league deal with former Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe. The Rockies released the seven-year veteran this week after he passed through waivers unclaimed. Hawpe, 31, was hitting .255 with seven home runs in 88 games. The Red Sox, Rangers and Padres also reportedly had interest in Hawpe.

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LEEInks list: Athletes who left Boston for foreign lands

08.27.10 at 8:10 am ET
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We usually consider playing professional sports in the United States the pinnacle of competition. Though kids in America don’€™t grow up dreaming of playing on foreign soil, often it is the only option for athletes who hit a lull in their careers.

Sometimes, playing in a lesser league in another country marks the end of a professional career in the United States. Other times, the athletes return to America and resume playing in their respective leagues.

With the recent news that Celtics captain Paul Pierce plans on playing in Europe after his career is over in the NBA, we’ve come up with a list of 10 athletes who bolted Boston for a chance to continue their career in a foreign league.

10. Dino Radja

The 6-foot-11 Croatian forward came to Boston in 1993 after starring in his native country and Italy. Radja spent four productive seasons with the Celtics, averaging 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds, but the teams weren’t very good. Following their 15-win season in 1996-97, the C’s decided to move on without Radja and traded him to the 76ers. However, he failed his physical and was returned to Boston. Seeing the writing on the wall, Radja returned to Europe, playing in Greece and Croatia before retiring in 2003 by winning the Croatian title with his first professional team, KK Split.

9. Dmitri Kvartalnov

Though the majority of Kvartalnov’€™s playing days came in Europe, he was able to contribute on the ice in his short time with the Bruins. The winger came to Boston in 1992 from the IHL after being drafted 16th overall and recorded a point in his first 14 NHL games. The streak stood as the record for the longest point streak from the beginning of a career until Evgeni Malkin broke it in 2007. Following the 1993-94 season with the Providence Bruins, he went back overseas and played the rest of his career in Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Austria and Russia before retiring in 2008.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup

08.27.10 at 7:22 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Union at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 8 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ On Thursday at Yankee Stadium, Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner talked to the media for the first time since his father’s death in July. In addition to reminiscing about the late Yankees owner, Hank offered a comment that might provide some bulletin-board material in Boston: “We’d like to win the division, but I think we can be rest assured we’re going to get to the playoffs.” The Yankees are tied with the Rays for first in the AL East and are 5½ games ahead of the Red Sox in the wild card race.

‘™¦ Controversial columnist Jay Mariotti was suspended by AOL Thursday following his weekend arrest on domestic violence charges. In The New York Times, Richard Sandomir looks at the “gleeful” reaction around the nation to Mariotti’s downfall.

‘™¦ Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!Sports.com has an update on the Carmelo Anthony situation in Denver. Wojnarowski explains that the Nuggets have agreed to trade the star forward, but only after owner Stan Kroenke stood up to Anthony’s representatives, William Wesley and CAA’s Leon Rose, and made them stop trying to control the whole process. And in The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that Anthony’s apparent desire to be a movie star won’t help the Nuggets get value in return.

‘™¦ Former MLB union boss Don Fehr is set to take over the NHL Players Association. In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin looks at the effect Fehr likely will have on hockey.

‘™¦ Women’s hockey officials said they have had preliminary discussions with the NHL about forming an NHL-supported women’s league. similar to the WNBA.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 27, 1970, which individual who ended his playing career with the Bruins and went on to coach the team was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In a game of no defense, we played less.” ‘€” Bill Belichick, after the Patriots’ 36-35 preseason loss to the Rams Thursday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 47 ‘€” Major leaguers with 400 career home runs, after Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols joined the list Thursday

‘NET RESULTS: Fantastic soccer goal.

An unsuspecting soccer reporter takes a ball off the back of her head.

A bodybuilding contest in Mexico turns ugly when one of the contestants gets upset about not winning and gets into a fight with one of the judges.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Johnson, who starred for the Canadiens before finishing with the Bruins in 1963-64 and 1964-65, and then coached the B’s to their last Stanley Cup title in 1972

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Daryl Dragon of The Captain and Tennille is 68 today,

Guerin won’t re-sign with Penguins

08.26.10 at 12:45 pm ET
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Bill Guerin said Penguins general manager Ray Shero told him the team will not resign the 39-year-old forward. Guerin, a Bay State native and Boston College product who has played 17 NHL seasons, including two with the Bruins, has said he wants to play one more season. There were rumors earlier this offseason that the Bruins might be interested.

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Favre to make up to $20 million for 2010 season

08.26.10 at 11:38 am ET
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Brett Favre signed his new contract with the Vikings on Monday, and details have been leaking out. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the new contract will be $20 million in total, but the way it breaks down is different than previously reported. Favre reduced his base salary from $13 million to $11.6 million and received a $4.4 million signing bonus along with it. With the addition of $4 million in incentives, Favre reaches the $20 million mark.

Florio also mentions that Favre will make an additional $4 million this year and another $4 million next year, both in deferred 2009 salary; he already made $4 million last season. Favre will take over $30 million from the Vikings for his two years of service.

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Report: Fehr named NHLPA boss

08.26.10 at 11:28 am ET
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According to a report from Sports Business Daily, Don Fehr is the new boss of the NHL Players Association. The 63-year-old Fehr, who headed baseball’s players union from 1983 through 2009, replaces Paul Kelly, who was fired last August. The union went without a full-time chief the past year.

Fehr’s appointment requires confirmation by the executive board, made up of representatives from all 30 teams, and that could take several weeks.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

08.26.10 at 7:35 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.

Rams at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV Ch. 4)


‘™¦ Forbes magazine compiled a ranking of NFL teams by their value, and the Patriots are third at $1.4 billion, behind only the top-ranked Cowboys ($1.8 billion) and the Redskins ($1.6 billion). The report breaks down the each team’s financial situation, and it indicates that the Patriots’ revenue is $318 million, operating income is $66.5 million, player expenses are $133 million and gate receipts are $90 million. The magazine praises the Pats as one of the best-run teams on and off the field, and notes that team sponsorship revenues are up again this season.

‘™¦ Giants punter Jeff Feagles told SportsIllustrated.com that Plaxico Burress and agent Drew Rosenhaus never paid him as promised when Feagles gave up jersey No. 17 to the receiver in 2005. Burress, now serving a prison sentence after shooting himself at a nightclub, had agreed to finance Feagles’ outdoor kitchen, according to the punter. At least Feagles has since reclaimed the number ‘€” although he insists it doesn’t mean much to him.

‘™¦ NFL owners met in Atlanta and agreed to move forward on an expanded, 18-game season. But, as FoxSports.com‘s Len Pasquarelli reports, the players aren’t yet convinced.

‘™¦ The leak of the Marlins’ financial reports was not good news for owner Jeffrey Loria, who had convinced Miami to foot most of the bill for the team’s new stadium. His claims of financial struggles are not backed up by the documents. Jeff Passan at Yahoo!Sports.com calls out Loria for his “scheming” ways. Meanwhile, Darren Rovell at CNBC.com writes that the leaks could have a big effect on baseball’s future.

‘™¦ Nevada police ruled the May 9 death of 25-year-old golfer Erica Blasberg a suicide, and the doctor who had refused to cooperate with authorities now claims that he hid prescription drugs and a suicide note in an effort to protect the family.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 26, 1994, the Bruins traded which defenseman to the Hartford Whalers for three first-round draft picks?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “For me and my safety, staying healthy is priority over anything. The mound got beat up for nine innings with rain, so I’€™m not going to go out there and put myself in a situation where I’€™m going to slip and get hurt.” ‘€” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, explaining his reaction to umpire Joe West‘s request to take less time between pitches during Wednesday’s early game

STAT OF THE DAY: 243 ‘€” Consecutive games with at least one strikeout for Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, the longest active streak in Major League Baseball to start a career

‘NET RESULTS: Dwyane Wade goes undercover at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store to promote Gatorade.

The mayor of Winnipeg got a yellow card for kicking an opponent in the face during a soccer game. His opponent was an immigrant boy invited to play in the charity game.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Cowsill of the Cowsills turns 61 today.

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