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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankee Stadium waiters sue park concessionaire

05.10.11 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Three seat-side servers at Yankee Stadium are suing the park’s concessionaire, Legends Hospitality, because they claim they are not getting a share of the 20 percent delivery charge listed on customer’s bills. “They wonder where it’s going if it’s not going to you,” server Evelyn Ryan said of customer’s inquiries. Legends Hospitality is owned in part by the Yankees.

‘™¦ According to documents released Monday by the FBI, George Steinbrenner assisted the organization so that he could receive a pardon for his 1972 conviction for illegal campaign contributions. Steinbrenner also blamed bad legal advice for that conviction.

‘™¦ The NBA’s All-Defensive team was announced Monday, and Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are on the first team. So is Kobe Bryant, although Zach Lowe at The Point Forward writes that Bryant does not deserve that accolade, one of a few problems Lowe has with the selections.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 10, 1970, Bobby Orr scored 40 seconds into overtime of Game 4 to give the Bruins the Stanley Cup with a sweep of the Blues. Who served as captain of that Blues team before embarking on a Hall of Fame coaching career the following season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “These are those moments. I look forward to it. Everybody on this team, we know what to do. We can’t talk about it; we just have to put our best foot forward. It’s not easy. It just makes it that much more special if we’re able to do it.” ‘€” Ray Allen, after the Celtics lost to the Heat Monday night to fall behind 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Games this season in which the Twins have been held to three or fewer runs, including Monday night’s 2-1 loss to the Red Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Georgia high school basketball player Shaquille Johnson shows off his leaping ability with a thundering slam dunk.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Al Arbour, who led the Islanders to four straight titles from 1980-83

SOOTHING SOUNDS: U2 lead singer Bono turns 52 Tuesday.

Read More: George Steinbrenner, kevin garnett, kobe bryant, rajon rondo

Cyclist Wouter Weylandt dies after Giro d’Italia crash

05.09.11 at 1:50 pm ET
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Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt died after crashing Monday during the third stage of the Giro d’Italia in Rapallo, Italy, race organizers confirmed to The Associated Press.

Weylandt, 26, crashed during a high-speed descent on a narrow road about 12 miles from the finish. Medical personnel there were unable to resuscitate him.

“When we saw him, it looked very bad. It appeared that he was dead,” said Bingen Fernandez, director of the team Garmin-Cervelo and one of the first on the scene. “He was not moving and there was no sign of life. His neck was twisted in an unnatural way and there was blood coming out. It was a horrible scene. Our team doctor stayed with him to treat him.

“This is what cyclists face every day they race. It is a very dangerous sport. Thankfully, this doesn’€™t happen very often. When it does, it’€™s horrible for everyone.”

Weylandt, who raced for Leopard-Trek, won the same stage in last year’s race.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Magic Johnson comes down hard on ‘classless’ Lakers

05.09.11 at 7:37 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA Playoffs: Heat at Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN/ESPN; WRKO)


‘™¦ The Lakers bowed out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion Sunday, getting routed by the Mavericks to complete a four-game sweep and having two players thrown out of the game for blatant cheap shots. While ejected players Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom showed no remorse, Lakers legend Magic Johnson did not hold back, calling the players “classless” and “thuggish” and saying they embarrassed him.

Said Johnson in a TV interview: “That should never happen. You have to show class when you win and you have to show class when you lose, and the Lakers did not show class in Game 4.”

Before Game 4, Johnson ‘€” who sold his ownership stake in the team last fall but still is listed as a vice president ‘€” said the Lakers need to address the fact that they are “too slow and [have] no athletes,” and suggested they will need to trade Bynum, Odom or fellow big man Pau Gasol and “blow this team up.” Responded coach Phil Jackson: “I thought [Magic’s comments] were unnecessary at this time.”

‘™¦ Renowned agitator Sean Avery hasn’t won much support with his play on the ice for the Rangers, but he’s now a friend to the gay community after recording a video supporting same-sex marriage.

‘™¦ Big-name hitters throughout the major leagues continue to struggle in the early part of the season. In the New York Daily News, Bill Madden looks at the situation, noting that Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has plenty of company in the underperforming department.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 9, 1989, which Red Sox catcher dropped a foul ball for his first error after a major league-record 159 error-free games?

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Read More: Derek Jeter, Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson, Sean Avery

Astros’ Bill Hall: Umpires’ arrogant behavior ‘getting ridiculous’

05.06.11 at 12:57 pm ET
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Astros outfielder Bill Hall, a former Red Sox utility player, was ejected from Thursday’s 10-4 loss to the Reds (video here) by umpire Tom Hallion. After the game, Hall explained his side of the story ‘€” saying that Hallion mistakenly called two pitches strikes and cursed at Hall for taking too long to get back into the batter’s box between pitches ‘€” and went on a rant about the behavior of umpires.

“I didn’€™t really say anything to him, and once I got out of the box, he was yelling at me, cussing me out, telling me to get the [expletive] in the box, Hall said, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. “You don’€™t rush anybody else to get in the box. Just because I disagree with the pitch, I still didn’€™t say anything to you about it, so there’€™s no reason to rush me into the box.”

Added Hall: It was just ridiculous. The whole situation was ridiculous. You are mad at me because you’€™re missing pitches, but at the same time I’€™m not disrespecting you, but he felt the need to disrespect me.

“It’€™s amazing how umpires can get away with so much stuff and nothing happens to them. It’€™s all about them trying to get something on ESPN punching someone out or getting their spot on ESPN. I have no idea. It’€™s getting ridiculous. It’€™s gotten worse over the last few years, and hopefully somehow some way it can be calmed down a little bit because it’€™s a little out of hand.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Amid criticism, Donald Trump bows out of Indy 500 appearance

05.06.11 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL Playoffs: Flyers at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NESN/VERSUS)
MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)

MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA Playoffs: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
MLS: Rapids at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Twins at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NHL Playoffs (if necessary): Bruins at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)


‘™¦ Businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump was supposed to ride the pace car for this month’s Indianapolis 500, but he announced Thursday that he was stepping aside due to “time and business constraints.” He didn’t mention that thousands of people had signed on to a campaign to have him removed. In the Indianapolis Star, Bob Kravitz celebrates the fact that the “wacko” Trump won’t be a distraction on race day.

‘™¦ There have been reports that popular play-by-play man Gus Johnson will no longer call NCAA basketball tournament games as he is leaving CBS in a contract dispute, but the New York Daily News reports that there still is a possibility the energetic announcer will return. Johnson reportedly is in talks with Fox to participate in its college football coverage.

‘™¦ Longtime University of Maryland (and former Boston College) coach Gary Williams announced his retirement Thursday via a press release. In The Baltimore Sun, Peter Schmuck finds the timing of Williams’ announcement puzzling. Williams is scheduled to meet with the media to explain his decision Friday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 6, Butch Goring was named coach of the Bruins? Who did he replace?

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Read More: Donald Trump, Gary Williams, Gus Johnson, Indianapolis 500

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick says Osama bin Laden ‘deserved every bit of it’

05.05.11 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ While Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was apologizing and clarifying his comments criticizing people for celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick offered his input Wednesday. “It was about time,” Vick told Virginia Beach radio station The Game. “What he so-called did to our people, took so many innocent lives. Hey, he deserved every bit of it.”

‘™¦ Francisco Liriano had the highest season ERA (9.13) for any pitcher throwing a no-hitter, and when he spun his gem Tuesday night, he allowed six walks while striking out only two. Real Clear Sports looks at where this game ranks on the list of worst no-hitters ever.

‘™¦ In a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert, the U.S. Department of Justice questioned why major college football does not have a playoff and noted that there are “serious questions” about the Bowl Championship Series violating federal anti-trust laws. At Yahoo! Sports, Dan Wetzel writes that this may be the impetus to end the BCS. However, in The Los Angeles Times, Chris Dufresne writes that the government should stay out of this issue.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 5, 1969, the Celtics won their 11th championship in 14 seasons with a 108-106 victory over the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Which two Celtics greats played their final game that day?

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Read More: Francisco Liriano, Mark Emmert, michael vick, Osama bin Laden

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall responds to criticism of Osama bin Laden tweets

05.04.11 at 2:07 pm ET
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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who came under fire after criticizing Americans for celebrating following reports of Osama bin Laden‘s death, posted a blog entry Wednesday in attempt to minimize the damage.

Wrote Mendenhall:”I apologize for the timing as such a sensitive matter, but it was not meant to do harm. I apologize to anyone I unintentionally harmed with anything that I said, or any hurtful interpretation that was made and put in my name. It was only meant to encourage anyone reading to think.”

Mendenhall’s representative at Priority Sports, Rob Lefko, insisted that the apology came from the player himself, telling ESPN, “This was truly, word for word, Rashard’s thoughts. It was not written by anyone else and not crafted by anyone else.”

Mendenhall explained his thinking in Wednesday’s post.

“This controversial statement was something I said in response to the amount of joy I saw in the event of a murder,” he wrote. “I don’t believe that this is an issue of politics or American pride; but one of religion, morality, and human ethics.”

Added Mendenhall: “I wasn’t questioning Bin Laden’s evil acts. I believe that he will have to face God for what he has done. I was reflecting on our own hypocrisy. During 9/11 we watched in horror as parts of the word celebrated death on our soil. Earlier this week, parts of the world watched us in horror celebrating a man’s death.”

Read More: Osama bin Laden, Rashard Mendenhall, Rumor Mill,

Report: Randy Moss’ daughter will play basketball at Florida

05.04.11 at 1:57 pm ET
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According to the St. Petersburg Times, former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss‘ daughter Sydney has given an oral commitment to play basketball for the University of Florida in 2012. Sydney Moss is a 5-11 power forward, although the story indicates that she has the athleticism to play point guard. She averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds last season as a junior at Boone County High School in Kentucky.

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SB Nation Wednesday: Has torched been passed from Celtics to Heat?

05.04.11 at 1:52 pm ET
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As part of WEEI’€™s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’€™ll be highlighting some of the website’€™s content on a daily basis. Here’€™s a look at Wednesday’€™s coverage around SB Nation:

‘€¢ CelticsBlog wonders if the torch been passed from Boston to Miami?

‘€¢ The Celtics are old, but compared to LeBron James on Tuesday night, they looked dead. Boston will not go quietly, but SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp asks: How much longer can the Celtics fight off reality?

‘€¢ Another night, another Red Sox win over one of baseball’s best pitchers. Over The Monster has the recap.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit has an analysis of the Patriots’ 2011 draft strategy.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens’ Michael Oher rips ESPN’s Todd McShay

05.04.11 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL Playoffs: Flyers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (VERSUS)
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher, the player whose story was told in the book and movie “The Blind Side,” lashed out at ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay for tagging prospects as having bad character. Tweeted Oher at McShay: “What if someone was to talk about your son … and he had character issues!! Thats how my family felt.” Added Oher: “You need to meet ppl first and then judge them not go off what you hear!!” Oher also tweeted this dig: “And I respect Mel Kiper way more then I respect you…your a joke!!”

‘™¦ In a sickening story out of Pittsburgh, a 58-year-old usher at the Pirates’ PNC Park had a heart attack in his car after leaving a 14-inning game on April 9. Police said a 17-year-old came across the dying Michael Schacht, but instead of trying to help, he pulled the man out of the car, went through his pockets and took his wallet, then stole his car. The teen was arrested for the robberies, although he will not be charged in the usher’s death.

‘™¦ The two new teams in Major League Soccer have given the league a boost, playing before capacity crowds at home, but some of the charter teams continue to drag in attendance. That list of teams includes the Revolution. Jack Bell at The New York Times looks at what this means to the future of the league.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 4, 1974, which Red Sox player tied a record by making three errors in his major league debut?

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Read More: Major League Soccer, Michael Oher, Michael Schacht, Todd McShay