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Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda worried about brother following Japan quake

03.11.11 at 1:24 pm ET
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Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda told ESPNLosAngeles.com that he has some concern for his brother, who makes frequent business trips to the northern part of Japan that was struck by Friday’s earthquake.

Kuroda said the rest of his family in Japan lives a safe distance from the affected area, but that he is unsure of whether or not his brother was on one of those trips.

“I haven’t really contacted my brother yet, but the rest of my family is OK,” Kuroda told the site through a translator. “I think he is OK, but I don’t know his whereabouts.”

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Report: Ohio State considered more severe punishment for Jim Tressel

03.11.11 at 10:09 am ET
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In their initial letter to the NCAA, Ohio State officials considered suspending football coach Jim Tressel from participating in spring practice and summer camps as part of his punishment for breaking NCAA rules, according to ESPN.com. The school ultimately chose to allow him to participate in the offseason programs, though.

On Tuesday, Tressel was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined $250,000 for not telling the school about e-mails he received from an attorney in April 2010 concerning some of his players receiving improper benefits.

Tressel still didn’t mention the emails even after five players were suspended in December for the first five games of the 2011 season.

Tressel, Ohio State and the NCAA have all come under criticism this week — Tressel for not telling the school about the e-mails, and the school and the NCAA for not punishing Tressel more severely.

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Report: Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to resign

03.11.11 at 10:08 am ET
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Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg is expected to resign, possibly as soon as Friday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Greenberg, a Pittsburgh sports attorney, gained control of the team’s ownership in August.

The newspaper said its source didn’t give any one reason for the surprising development, but the article speculates that Greenberg’s ownership style could have created disagreements within the organization, including with team president Nolan Ryan.

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Man involved in Paul Pierce stabbing gets 30 years in prison

03.11.11 at 8:26 am ET
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Trevor Watson, one of the men involved in the stabbing of Paul Pierce 11 years ago, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday for the attempted murder of a federal informant.

Prosecutors say Watson, 44, stabbed a Drug Enforcement Agency informant 10 times in February 2010 after the man had provided information against Watson in a drug investigation.

Watson was one of three men charged in the Pierce stabbing. He was convicted of assault and battery and spent a year in prison.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: David Stern fires back at Magic coach Stan Van Gundy for ‘aberrant behavior’

03.11.11 at 7:55 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:
NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox SS at Astros, 1:05 p.m.
Red Sox SS at Twins, 1:05 p.m.

SATURDAY:
MLB Preseason: Marlins at Red Sox, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 6 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Pirates, 1:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, in defending suspended center Dwight Howard, on Monday criticized the NBA and David Stern, saying the commissioner doesn’t “tolerate other people’s opinion or free speech or anything.” Stern fired back Thursday, saying he would talk to the team’s owners about the coach’s comments and that he does not expect Van Gundy to criticize him again. “I have a feeling that some modicum of self-restraint will cause Stan and the team for which he works to rein in his aberrant behavior,” Stern said.

Added Stern: “It didn’t bother me personally. I see somebody whose team isn’t performing, whose star player was suspended, who seems to be fraying. … Whatever the pressures are that Stan is feeling, that he fell to whatever position he’s in to say something like this, it made me sad.”

‘™¦ According to reports in the New York papers, the referees whose errors marred the end of the St. John’s-Rutgers game Wednesday night did not remove themselves voluntarily from the rest of the Big East tournament. They were given an ultimatum by the league and agreed to go quietly. In the New York Daily News, Dick Weiss writes about the situation and wonders if less established referees would have been as protected.

‘™¦ The Heat ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Lakers on Thursday night, ending LA’s eight-game winning streak and sweeping the season series. That spurred Kobe Bryant to return to the floor an hour after the game for a 90-minute shooting session. Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!Sports.com writes about what drives Bryant.

‘™¦ In the wake of Zdeno Chara‘s hit on Max Pacioretty, there’s a lot of talk about violence in the NHL. In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Jeff Blair writes that this is hockey’s steroid moment, when the league needs to make a change to the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 11, 1999, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher who had a family connection to the team?

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Yogi Berra taken to hospital after fall in Yankees clubhouse

03.10.11 at 1:02 pm ET
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Yankees legend Yogi Berra was taken to a Florida hospital for precautionary reasons after falling backward in the Yankees clubhouse Thursday morning. The 85-year-old Berra caught one of his sneakers on the carpet and fell on his backside, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Associated Press.

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Criticized officials pull out of Big East tourney

03.10.11 at 12:54 pm ET
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The three referees who mistakenly allowed the time to run out in Wednesday’s Rutgers-St. John’s game voluntarily withdrew from the rest of the Big East tournament, according to the conference.

Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton failed to call St. John’s player Justin Brownlee for stepping out of bounds and then traveling with a second remaining. Had they made either call, Rutgers would have had a final chance to tie or win the game, which it lost 65-63.

Said Rutgers coach Mike Rice in a Thursday interview: “There’s accountability there. They didn’t have to do this. I’m sure besides my 13 players and my staff, they probably feel just as bad about what happened.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Mark Sanchez participates in college’s pro day

03.10.11 at 7:48 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: Sabres at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB Preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1:05 p.m.

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ While Tom Brady was becoming a YouTube hit for his awkward dancing in Rio while wearing a boot on his surgically repaired foot, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was a surprise participant at the University of Colorado’s pro day, throwing passes to childhood friend Scotty McKnight, a Colorado receiver. Sanchez, recovering from a shoulder injury, pumped up his pal by comparing McKnight to Pats standout Wes Welker.

‘™¦ The referees blew a few calls at the end of the Rutgers-St. John’s game, and all of the calls went against eventual loser Rutgers. At USA Today, Mike Lopresti looks at the bad calls by some good refs, which led to the league issuing a statement acknowledging they messed up.

‘™¦ Jim Tressel and Ohio State are in the spotlight for the coach’s poor judgment and the school’s light penalty. At SportingNews.com, David Whitley writes that the NCAA needs to crack down on offenders such as Tressel who break the rules and then “plead clueless.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 10, 1986, which Red Sox legend was elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee?

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Read More: Jim Tressel, Mark Sanchez, Scotty McKnight, Tom Brady

Charlie Sheen says actor Tony Todd will replace Wesley Snipes as ‘Willie Mays Hayes’

03.09.11 at 10:40 am ET
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In an interview with RadarOnline.com, Charlie Sheen divulged that he has helped pick the replacement for Wesley Snipes for the role of ‘Willie Mays Hayes’ in ‘Major League 3.’ Sheen said that his close friend, Tony Todd, will take over the role from Snipes, who is currently serving a three-year jail sentence in a Pennsylvania prison for tax evasion.

“Um, he’s almost as good a ball player as I am,” Sheen told the web site. “And he’s perfect for the role because he’s going to have more personality than anybody that’s ever lived… except me.”

To see Todd’s acting credits, click here.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ron Artest says it’s all right to cry

03.09.11 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 WEDNESDAY:
NBA: Clippers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB Preseason: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Lakers guard Ron Artest weighed in on the Heat’s crying saga by saying it’s OK to let out your emotions. “In my psychology sessions, I sometimes cry with my therapist,” he said in an interview on NBA TV. “We cry and hug each other; hold each other and talk. I think it’€™s a good thing to cry and let your emotions out rather than keep it inside.” Artest added that he hoped someone hugged the unidentified Heat players who cried ‘€” according to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who later tried to change his story ‘€” after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls. “I would have hugged them and got some ice cream,” Artest said.

‘™¦ Former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor‘s lawsuit against the team for wrongful termination began Tuesday. Baylor’s lawyer said in his opening statement that the Clippers lacked a commitment to winning. The team’s attorney responded by noting the Clippers’ 509-1,017 record in 19 seasons under Baylor.

‘™¦ Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was suspended Tuesday by the school for two games and fined $250,000 for trying to cover up violations by players on his team. In The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Doug Lesmerises writes that Tressel’s legacy has forever been stained by his lies to school and NCAA officials.

‘™¦ The NCAA is preparing for its first 68-team basketball tournament, and while further expansion hasn’t been discussed lately, it’s not going away. “We’re always going to be looking at what’s the best way to contest the championship,” NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen said. “Sixty-eight is certainly a start, and where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 9, 1969, which Celtics legend has his No. 24 raised to the rafters in a ceremony at Boston Garden?

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