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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Rashard Mendenall criticize U.S. celebrations over Osama bin Laden’s death

05.03.11 at 7:46 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.

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


‘™¦ Bucks swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts was not impressed by the celebrations in America after the announced death of Osama bin Laden, comparing them to Taliban celebrations after 9/11. “We just looked like the Afghan people, a decade later,” he said. “That’s not what we should be doing, celebrating with beers and all that. I didn’t agree with that. That’s just me.”

Douglas-Roberts acknowledged that bin Laden deserved to die, but he didn’t agree with the cost to America. “Was the search for bin Laden truly worth so many American military deaths, over so many years?” Douglas-Robert wondered, saying it took 919,967 deaths and $1,188,263,000,000 to catch the terrorist.

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took it a step further, implying that there was a conspiracy to bring down the World Trade Center on 9/11. “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style,” he tweeted.

Of America’s reaction to bin Laden’s assassination, Mendenhall tweeted: “What kind of person celebrates death. It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

‘™¦ The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine released its findings on the brain of former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, and there were signs of a “moderately advanced” case of CTE. “It’s my greatest hope that his death will not be in vain and through research his legacy will live on so others won’t have to suffer in the same way,” said Duerson’s son, Tregg.

‘™¦ At National Football Post, Joe Fortenbaugh has 10 burning questions from the NFL draft. Two of them involve the Patriots: Is Tom Brady pissed off after the team drafted Ryan Mallett? And, was it a reach to draft cornerback Ras-I Dowling 33rd overall?

‘™¦ Real Clear Sports has a list of 10 diminished sporting events. No. 1 is heavyweight boxing, followed by the World Series, the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 3, 1999, which Red Sox player ripped a grand slam for his first hit in the major leagues during a loss to the A’s?

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SB Nation Monday: Grading the Patriots’ draft

05.02.11 at 12:27 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 Monday’€™s coverage around SB Nation:

‘€¢ The Patriots beefed up their offense but did little to improve their defense over the weekend. SB Nation Boston has grades for the Patriots’ nine selections.

‘€¢ Reaction, opinions, grades and everything else you could possibly need about the Patriots’ draft can be found at Pats Pulpit.

‘€¢ Game 1 of the Heat-Celtics series was fine, but with Paul Pierce ejected and the rest of the players on their best behavior, it felt anti-climatic, writes Andrew Sharp. Why doesn’t the NBA want this series to get emotional?

‘€¢ Jeff Clark at CelticsBlog offers reasons for hope after the Game 1 loss.

‘€¢ Over The Monster looks at one of the more unlikely Red Sox wins of the season.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Philadelphia fans interrupt baseball game with ‘USA’ chants

05.02.11 at 7:49 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.

NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (VERSUS)
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Fans in Philadelphia at Sunday night’s Phillies-Mets game reacted to the news of Osama bin Laden‘s death by breaking out into “USA” chants. The players on the field did not initially understand the patriotic fervor, as they had no access to the news. David Wright of the Mets was standing on second base in the ninth inning. He was pleased to eventually find out the reason. ‘€œI don’€™t like to give the Philly fans too much credit,’€ Wright said, ‘€œbut they got this one right. It’€™s a proud moment to stand out there and you’€™ve got 45-50 thousand people chanting. That was pretty special.’€

‘™¦ The New York Post has a report on an incident involving Jets seventh-round draft pick Scotty McKnight when the player was in high school in Southern California. McKnight wrote threatening comments in a private journal about his teacher and was suspended for it. “It was an error in judgment that led to a huge consequence,” explained McKnight, who walked on at Colorado and became a standout receiver there.

‘™¦ Boston University researchers will announce Monday morning the results of their study of former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson‘s brain. Duerson committed suicide in February and asked that his brain be examined for chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 2, 1978, the Bruins edged the visiting Flyers 3-2 in overtime to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup semifinals. Who scored the game-winner 1:43 into overtime for the B’s?

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Frank McCourt says Bud Selig is ‘ducking’ him

04.29.11 at 11:00 am ET
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Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who is trying to make his case to retain control over the team, said Thursday that commissioner Bud Selig is “ducking” him. The league has taken control of the franchise and installed Tom Schieffer as monitor.

McCourt met with MLB officials Wednesday, but Selig was absent, according to McCourt has argued that a proposed television deal with FOX, which MLB has not yet approved, would diminish any concerns over his divorce and the finances of the team.

“I want to talk to Bud, and I want to know why he’s ducking me,” McCourt said during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday. “I’m here to solve a problem, not make a problem, and you know, we’ll deal with the next steps if he says. I can’t make a person talk to me and can’t make a person focus on the issue.

“This is a great transaction for the Dodgers and for baseball. It’s consistent with transactions approved for other teams. This, I’m not asking for a penny from any other owner or from MLB. I just want to access my capital. That’s all I want. I want to sit and talk about it, that’s all.”

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Braves pitcher Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

04.29.11 at 9:25 am ET
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Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested late Thursday night for driving under the influence, police confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told the paper that Lowe was stopped around 10 p.m. and that the trooper “detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” The trooper gave Lowe a field sobriety test and the 37-year-old pitcher refused to take a state-administered alcohol test.

Lowe also was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

Lowe, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1997-2004, is in his third season with the Braves after spending four years with the Dodgers. He is 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in six starts this season.

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NFL players to return to work Friday

04.29.11 at 9:24 am ET
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After U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the NFL’s motion for a stay twice this week, the league told teams that players could return to work Friday. Players will be allowed to talk with coaches, work out at team facilities and look at their playbooks.

“That’s great news,” Broncos linebacker Joe Mays told “It’s something we’ve been trying to do, get back to work.”

The NFL is also expected to release detailed guidelines for how free agency, trades and other roster moves will work without a collective bargaining agreement in place.

The league isn’t giving up on the fight just yet, though. It has asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to restore the lockout as soon as possible, hoping for a better result than it achieved in the federal courts of Minnesota.

Read More: Joe Mays, Judge Susan Richard Nelson, Rumor Mill,

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Attorney says second fan accuses Braves coach Roger McDowell off misconduct

04.29.11 at 7:50 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.

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

NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLS: Revolution at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)


‘™¦ High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who on Wednesday stood with Giants fan Justin Quinn and accused Braves coach Roger McDowell of making crude comments, gestures and threats to fans over the weekend, said Thursday that a second fan has contacted her about an incident involving McDowell in another state. The commissioner’s office said it is waiting for the Braves to finish gathering information before making a decision about possible punishment.

‘™¦ Major League Baseball acknowledged it is considering how to punish White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for tweeting during a game Wednesday night in violation of league rules. Guillen had been ejected from the game at Yankee Stadium for arguing with an umpire when he tweeted: This one is going to cost me a lot of money this is patetic [sic]. Shortly afterward, Guillen tweeted again: Today a tough guy show up at yankee stadium, apparently in sarcastic reference to umpire Todd Tichenor.

‘™¦ The Wall Street Journal reports that New York’s two recently constructed ballparks, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, have yet to receive certificates of occupancy from the city, for different reasons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 29, 1994, Ray Bourque became the Bruins’ all-time leader in playoff games played when he appeared in his 146th, a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Which player did he pass for first place?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: President Obama asks about Revis Island

04.28.11 at 7:54 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: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis accepted an invitation to join President Barack Obama at a dinner affair in New York Wednesday night. “We spoke for about 10 minutes, and the first thing he said to me was, ‘How’s the Island?’ ” Revis said. “I was laughing. I couldn’t believe it. This is the President of the United States, and he knows about Revis Island.

“I told him it was good, and that I’m always keeping it covered.”

‘™¦ Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell apologized Wednesday after a Giants fan complained that McDowell made homophobic comments, crude sexual gestures and a threat before a Braves-Giants game in San Francisco over the weekend. Justin Quinn said when he told McDowell, “Hey, there are kids out here,” McDowell responded that kids don’t belong at the ballpark, picked up a bat and said, “How much are your teeth worth.”

‘™¦ It’s well known that the Mets have major financial problems. Daniel Roberts in Fortune writes that the problems are worse than most people are aware, with the team’s liabilities close to $625 million.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 28, 1969, Bobby Orr won his second Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. The Bruins star went on to set the league record for most consecutive Norris Trophies with how many?

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SB Nation Wednesday: Bad loss for B’s, good loss for Sox

04.27.11 at 10:58 am 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:

‘€¢ The Bruins lost to the Canadiens, 2-1, Tuesday night, as ill-timed penalties and stellar play from Habs goaltender Carey Price proved to be the difference in Game 6.

‘€¢ SB Nation’s Canadiens blog, Habs Eyes On The Prize, agrees, writing that if there was one thing the Bruins learned Tuesday night, it was not too take stupid penalties, especially back-to-back.

‘€¢ The Red Sox lost Tuesday night, but Over The Monster says it was a bit of a feel-good loss.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit is counting down the top 10 Bill Belichick era draft success, and at No. 6 is Deion Branch.

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Pacers’ Danny Granger calls Bulls’ Joakim Noah ‘cowardly’

04.27.11 at 10:53 am ET
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Pacers forward Danny Granger was not happy with Bulls big man Joakim Noah following Tuesday night’s Chicago victory that eliminated Indianapolis in their opening-round series.

“He pulled a cowardly move,” said Granger, who tried to get at Noah after the game but was intercepted by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “He cheap-shotted a couple of my teammates, and one gets thrown out.”

Added Granger: “The refs never catch what he did. … It’s cowardly. And I’m going to say something about it. I wanted to say something about it all the way to the game was over. I just don’t think the game should be played that way. You can play hard and fight and battle, but when you start cheap-shotting people, it gets out of hand.”

Josh McRoberts was the Pacers player who was ejected, but he played down the incident.

“I’m not mad about it,” he said. “He got a good hit on me. They caught me trying to hit him back. It’s part of the game. I’m not going to say it’s dirty. That’s Game 5 of a playoff series. You can’t say it’s dirty, it’s part of basketball.”

Noah didn’t get upset when informed of Granger’s comments. “I wasn’t dirtier than anyone else,” he said. “It was a battle down there. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody. I was just trying to win.”

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