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Spanish cyclist Xavier Tondo killed in garage-door accident

05.23.11 at 1:32 pm ET
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Spanish cyclist Xavier Tondo, winner of this year’s Castilla y León Tour, was killed Monday when his car pinned him against a garage door and crushed him in a residential complex in southern Spain, a Civil Guard spokesman said. Tondo was 32.

Spokesman Juan Carlos Lopez said that Tondo exited his car to try to open the garage door when the car rolled forward and pinned him. Cadena SER radio reports that Tondo was with Benat Intxausti, another cyclist, and that they were heading to the Sierra Nevada mountain range outside Granada to train with Alejandro Valverde.

Tondo had won 14 races in his career, according to the Spanish cycling federation, and was planning to race in the Tour de France in July.

Defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, also from Spain, was saddened by the news.

“My sincere condolences to his family,” Contador said on Twitter. “He was an amazing person who loved this sport as anyone. I’ll miss you very much. Rest in peace.”

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Mets owner Fred Wilpon criticizes Jose Reyes, other players

05.23.11 at 1:27 pm ET
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In an interview with The New Yorker that will appear in the May 30 issue, New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon called out some of the biggest names on his team, including shortstop Jose Reyes, right fielder Carlos Beltran and third baseman David Wright.

Wilpon said that Reyes is expecting a contract like the seven-year, $142 million deal given to Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford. Reyes’ injury history, Wilpon said, will keep him from ever making that much.

On Beltran, Wilpon says the Mets were duped by his performance in the 2004 National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, in which Beltran batted .417 with four home runs.

“We had some schmuck in New York who paid him based on that one series,” Wilpon said. “He’s 65 to 70 percent of what he was.” Wilpon later mocked Beltran by imitating his called third strike that ended the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals.

Of Wright, Wilpon said: “Really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”

Wilpon also is being sued for over $1 billion for being part of Bernie Madoff‘s 2009 Ponzi scheme. In the same article, Madoff says that Wilpon lacked the resources to fully investigate Madoff ahead of time, so Wilpon was not at fault for what happened.

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Bears free agent Garrett Wolfe faces charges after nightclub incident

05.23.11 at 1:24 pm ET
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Bears free agent running back Garrett Wolfe was arrested Sunday after a refusal to pay his bill at a Miami Beach nightclub turned ugly. When bouncers tried to kick Wolfe out, Miami Beach police detective Juan Sanchez told the Chicago Sun-Times, Wolfe became violent and two off-duty officers were called over to help.

Sanchez said that Wolfe attacked one of the officers, and both suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

Wolfe has been charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. His bail was set at $11,500.

The Bears drafted Wolfe in the third round of the 2007 draft, hoping he could be as productive in the NFL as he was in high school and college. In four seasons, however, Wolfe has rushed for just 282 yards and one touchdown.

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Soccer legend Diego Maradona says Argentinian team took drugs

05.23.11 at 1:15 pm ET
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Soccer legend Diego Maradona told The Associated Press Monday that Argentinian soccer players took a banned stimulant before their 1993 World Cup qualifier against Australia in Buenos Aires.

Maradona said that because there were no drug controls in place yet, the Argentinian national team’€™s doctor was able to put a banned stimulant in players’€™ coffee.

Argentina won its match against Australia, 1-0, and advanced to the 1994 World Cup, where Maradona was sent home after failing a drug test for ephedrine doping. Romania eliminated Argentina in the round of 16.

Maradona said that FIFA vice president Julio Grondona, also the head of Argentina’€™s Football Association, was in on the scheme.

Maradona, recently named coach of Arab soccer team Al-Wasl, coached Argentina’s 2010 World Cup team but did not have his contract renewed.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bulls’ Joakim Noah apologizes after exchange with fan

05.23.11 at 7:27 am ET
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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:
NHL Playoffs: Lightning at Bruins, 8 p.m. (VERSUS)
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls’ 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. “I apologize,” Noah said. “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. I was frustrated and I don’t mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up.”

Noah said he expected to be fined by the league, which docked Kobe Bryant $100,000 for similar behavior last month.

‘™¦ Tyler Hamilton accused former cycling teammate Lance Armstrong of cheating and encouraging teammates to do the same. “I feel bad that I had to go here and do this,” Hamilton said during an interview on “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night. “But I think at end of the day, like I said, long-term, the sport’s going to be better for it.” Hamilton also said that despite Armstrong’s claims that he never failed a test, Armstrong confided to Hamilton that he did fail a test in 2001 but made a deal with the International Cycling Union to have it covered up.

‘™¦ Penguins forward Mike Rupp, who led his team with 24 fights the past two seasons, talked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about how the death of Rangers 28-year-old enforcer Derek Boogaard might affect his profession. “If [Boogaard’s death] is linked to fighting, it could change the face of hockey,” Rupp said. “I would think the league would have to look to go down that road [to banning fighting].”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 23, 1996, which player became the first Red Sox pitcher in 10 years to get a hit when he recorded an eighth-inning single?

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Marlins place Josh Johnson on disabled list

05.21.11 at 1:18 pm ET
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The Marlins have placed ace starter Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is calling a right shoulder inflammation. Johnson, who is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in nine starts this season, left after throwing 85 pitches in five innings of work against the Mets in his last start.

The Marlins have recalled Jay Buente from their Triple-A team in New Orleans and he is scheduled to start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

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Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis millions to leave

05.20.11 at 4:51 pm ET
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Notre Dame was willing to pay former football coach Charlie Weis millions to just go away, according to the Chicago Tribune. The university fired Weis in November 2011, but that was just the beginning. The school made a “termination payment” of over $6.6 million and will be paying Weis in smaller, annual increments until December 2015.

After earning Bowl Championship Series bids in each of his first two seasons, Weis’ team floundered in its last three seasons, recording a mediocre 16-21 record. The former Patriots offensive coordinator spent one year in the same position with the Chiefs and is now the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

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Combination of alcohol, oxycodone toxicity lead to Derek Boogaard’s death

05.20.11 at 4:10 pm ET
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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office announced that Rangers forward Derek Boogaard died as a result of mixed alcohol and oxycodone toxicity and ruled that his death was accidental. Boogaard was taking the oxycodone for pain relief. However, when mixed with alcohol the addictive narcotic can cause severe injury or death.

Boogaard died on May 13 and his family has donated his brain to Boston University’€™s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. He missed most of last season with a concussion. He had been receiving counseling from the NHL’s substance abuse program before he died.

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Landon Donovan not interested in transfer to AS Roma

05.20.11 at 3:13 pm ET
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Thomas DiBenedetto will soon be granted controlling stake of Italy’s Serie A soccer team, AS Roma. He’s openly stated that he wants to bring over an American talent and previously named the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Aston Villa’s Michael Bradley as potential candidates. Unfortunately for DiBenedetto, Donovan said he has no interest in the transfer.

“Don’t waste my time with that,” Donovan told MLSSoccer.com Thursday when asked about the rumor.

Read More: AS Roma, L.A. Galaxy, Landon Donovan, Thomas DiBenedetto

Cyclist Tyler Hamilton: Lance Armstrong injected EPO ‘more than one time’

05.20.11 at 1:31 pm ET
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Tyler Hamilton is the latest cyclist to accuse Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Hamilton, a Marblehead native and an ex-teammate of Armstrong, said that the seven-time Tour de France champion used EPO, a banned blood-booster, during the 1999 Tour and before the competition in 2000 and 2001 in an interview with “‘60 Minutes

”I saw [EPO] in his refrigerator. … I saw him inject it more than one time, like we all did. Like I did, many, many times,” Hamilton said.

Added Hamilton: ‘€œ[Armstrong] took what we all took. There was EPO ‘€¦ testosterone ‘€¦ a blood transfusion. I saw [EPO] in his refrigerator. I saw him inject it more than one time, like we all did, like I did many, many times.’€

Armstrong’s attorney Mark Fabiani was quick to disclaim the statements, saying that Hamilton is only looking for attention for the book he is writing. He also noted that Armstrong, the most tested athlete in sports history, has passed close to 500 drug tests.

Read More: Lance Armstrong, Mark Fabiani, Tour de France, Tyler Hamilton