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Nationals’ Nyjer Morgan suspended 8 games for brawl

09.03.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended eight games for his role in Wednesday night’s brawl with the Marlins. Morgan charged the mound after a pitch was thrown behind him, which led to players on both teams clearing the benches.

Also for the Nationals, pitcher Doug Slaten and third base coach Pat Listach were suspended three games, and manager Jim Riggelman got two games.

Here’s the video of the brawl:

Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad was suspended six games, pitcher Alex Sanabia five games, first baseman Gaby Sanchez three and manager Edwin Rodriguez one.

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Ndamukong Suh fined $7,500 by NFL for hit

09.03.10 at 3:01 pm ET
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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Friday for his hit on quarterback Jake Delhomme in a preseason game. Suh grabbed Delhomme’s facemask and twisted the Browns QB’s head around, then threw him to the ground after he had released a pass, although the rookie said he wasn’t aware the ball had left Delhomme’s hands.

Here’s the video of the play:

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Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension reduced to 4 games

09.03.10 at 2:57 pm ET
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After meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Friday morning, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his suspension reduced from six games to four.

Roethlisberger was suspended in April for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after being accused of sexually assaulting a college student in Georgia. Goodell indicated then that Roethlisberger could have his penalty reduced by two games if his behavior lived up to the league’s standards.

The league said the “reinstatement is contingent on Roethlisberger continuing to adhere to the program established by our advisors and avoiding any further violations of the personal conduct policy.”

“You have told me and the Steelers that you are committed to making better decisions,” Goodell said in a letter to Roethlisberger. “Your actions over the past several months have been consistent with that promise and you must continue to honor that commitment.”

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A-Rod splits with agent Scott Boras

09.03.10 at 2:52 pm ET
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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez confirmed Friday that he has split from agent Scott Boras. Rodriguez is signed through the 2017 season, when he will be 42, and likely will not need to negotiate another contract. He has said that he did not enlist Boras’ help when he negotiated his record $275 million, 10-year contract after the 2007 season.

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With NCAA probe looming, at least 12 UNC players to skip opener

09.03.10 at 2:14 pm ET
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The University of North Carolina football team, already short 12 players as the NCAA investigates possible misconduct, announced Friday that three more starters are not traveling with the team for the 18th-ranked Tar Heels‘ game Saturday in Atlanta against No. 21 LSU. Linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter, and safety Deunta Williams will not travel but could be cleared before the game.

The original list of 12 players suspended for the opener for violating school and/or NCAA rules includes six other starters: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerbacks Charles Brown and Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little and defensive ends Michael McAdoo and Robert Quinn.

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Report: Broncos RB LenDale White out for season

09.03.10 at 2:00 pm ET
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According to an Associated Press report, Broncos running back LenDale White has a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the season. White was signed by the Broncos in August following his release by the Seahawks. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

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Video: Floyd Mayweather blasts Manny Pacquiao in racist rant

09.03.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., frustrated with failed negotiations to set up a match against Manny Pacquiao, videotaped a profanity-laced tirade against the Filipino fighter that includes racist and homophobic insults.

In the video, Mayweather again accuses Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs. One of the holdups during negotiations was Pacquiao’s unwillingness to accept random blood and urine testing during training. According to reports, Pacquiao only would agree to scheduled tests.

“At this particular time I don’t know if I’m gonna fight again,” Mayweather said in the video, filmed at his house. “As of right now, I truly believe I am gonna fight again, but as of right now I don’t have the urge to get up. But when I do got the urge to get up, believe me, my UStream and my Twitter fans will be the first to know, and when we do come back, we will kick ‘Poochiao’ ass. So I’ll let the fans know. Don’t worry, we’ll kick ‘Poochiao’ ass. He’s gonna take the urine and blood test.”

Added Mayweather: “I’m on vacation for about a year, about a year. As soon as we come off vacation, we’re going to cook that little yellow chump. We ain’t worried about that. So they ain’t gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget ass, I don’t want you all to jump on my [expletive]. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. … Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that [expletive] make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.”

Mayweather eventually broke out into a song in which he called Pacquiao a “whore,” adding: “When we do come back, we’ll kick ‘Poochiao’s’ ass. I’m gonna fight the Pacman when he gets off the power pellets.”

Pacquiao’s response, released through his publicist, stated: “The video speaks for itself.”

Here is the video. WARNING: Contains profane language and racist and homophobic comments.

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Wyatt Smith signs on with Bruins

09.03.10 at 11:31 am ET
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According to agent Ben Hankinson on twitter, the Bruins have signed free agent center Wyatt Smith. He figures to replace what Trent Whitfield, who will miss the coming season due to an injury to his Achilles tendon, brings to the table as a depth guy at the AHL level.

A former ninth round pick of the Coyotes, Smith played last season in the Penguins‘€™ organization, playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He had 13 goals and 35 assists for 48 points.

Smith last played in the NHL in 2007-08, picking up three assists and eight penalty minutes for the Avalanche.

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Report: Knicks turn down deal for Rudy Fernandez

09.03.10 at 10:30 am ET
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Despite Rudy Fernandez‘ apparent desire to play in New York, Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to the Pacers, a first-round pick to Portland and Fernandez to the Knicks, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Fernandez, now playing for Spain at the world championships in Turkey, has been fined by the NBA for publicly requesting a trade and saying he would rather return to Europe than play another season in Portland.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ben Roethlisberger to meet with commish

09.03.10 at 7:53 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 Orioles, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

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

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


‘™¦ Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and team president Art Rooney II are scheduled to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Friday morning to talk about the player’s six-game suspension and see if Roethlisberger deserves to have his penalty reduced. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will not ask for more than a two-game reduction. Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw weighed in, saying he hopes the league keeps the suspension at six games because, “There’s no excuse for that.”

‘™¦ ESPN‘s Rich Cimini went to Aliquippa, Pa., in search of Darrelle Revis and couldn’t find him in a hometown that was protective of him. But he did find Revis’ grandmother, who called the Jets’ treatment of the cornerback “a slap in the face.” At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole writes that the Jets risk alienating Revis permanently if they don’t give the cornerback a new contract, and he explains why it would benefit New York financially to give in to Revis’ demands.

‘™¦ Michael Silver at Yahoo! Sports has Part 1 of his NFL owner rankings. Al Davis ranks at the bottom of the list, with Mike Brown, whose Bengals play the Patriots on Sunday, next to last.

‘™¦ Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times looks at the debut of Lane Kiffin at USC. The Trojans defeated Hawaii, 49-36, in their first game since being placed on probation.

‘™¦ Frank McCourt continued his testimony in the Dodgers ownership case, and he explained how his wife insisted her assets not be put at risk as he engineered the purchase of the team. The Los Angeles Times has the recap of McCourt’s day on the stand.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 3, 2005, which Red Sox pitcher earned the save in his 70th game of the season, setting a team record with 70 appearances in three consecutive seasons?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Honestly, I didn’t even know what to say when they told me. They were like, ‘You have no reaction.’ I was just in shock.” ‘€” Manny Delcarmen, upon joining the Rockies after his trade from the Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 998 ‘€” Career RBIs for Adrian Beltre, who had one Thursday night in Baltimore an leads the Red Sox this season with 92

‘NET RESULTS: A soccer player is ejected for a tackle from behind, then decides to add to his trouble by kicking the player while he’s on the ground.

Trick bowling shots.

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Ricky Rubio is the victim of the off-the-back inbounds self-pass courtesy of Lithuania’s Mantas Kalnietis.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Donald Brewer, drummer for Grand Funk Railroad, is 62 today.

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