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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Boston teams shine in social media rankings

04.27.11 at 7:11 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.

MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)
NHL Playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, VERSUS)


‘™¦ Sports Business Journal has a study of how sports teams are faring in social media. All four of the Boston major sports teams rank second or third in their respective leagues based on total number of Twitter followers plus Facebook likes, and all but the Bruins are in the top 18 worldwide. The world rankings are dominated by European soccer teams, with the Lakers the only American team in the top eight.

‘™¦ Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post explaining why he is suing Washington City Paper. Snyder insists he is not thin-skinned about personal criticism but that he won’t stand to be called a crook for a crime he did not commit.

‘™¦ A soccer goalie in England turned the other cheek as a few young fans of the opposing team assaulted him on the field after he allowed a goal. Cameron Belford, a 22-year-old goalie for Bury, ignored taunts and a punch to the side of his face from teenage fans of Chesterfield during Monday’s game. Bury went on to win, 3-2. Local police made three arrests and said they anticipate more when they get help identifying other perpetrators.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 27, 2002, which Red Sox pitcher threw the first no-hitter at Fenway Park since 1965?

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SB Nation Tuesday: Feeling the NFL draft

04.26.11 at 1:06 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 Tuesday’€™s coverage around SB Nation:

‘€¢ With the 2011 NFL draft just days away, SB Nation’s Joel Thorman looks at the five biggest questions entering the weekend:

‘€¢ The NFL lockout was lifted, but what does it mean? Andrew Sharp takes a closer look at Judge Susan Nelson‘s ruling at SB Nation.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit takes a look at Bill Parcells‘ Big Board of players (after a lot of pausing and print screening).

‘€¢ Over The Monster examines the recent success of Red Sox pitching, where the real question isn’t, “Can the Red Sox keep this up,” but, “How far can we expect them to fall.”

‘€¢ Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, a great fit for the Giants.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick protests dog-fighting cell phone app

04.26.11 at 7:50 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.

NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)


‘™¦ Michael Vick is speaking out against a cell phone app in which players train dogs to fight. The Eagles quarterback, who serve 21 months in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring, joined the Humane Society in criticizing the designer of “Dog Wars” and calling for the removal of the game. “This app just sends the wrong message,” Vick said in a statement.

Kage Games, the company that designed the app, insisted it was “a satire” and that a portion of proceeds were intended to go to animal rescue organizations. “We are confident in humankind’s ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life,” the company said in a statement.

‘™¦ There are a couple of interesting articles about former Red Sox sluggers worth a look. In The New York Times, Sara Rimer writes about Manny Ramirez‘ innocent high school days in New York City. In the Reno Gazette-Journal, Chris Gabel writes about Wily Mo Pena, who is tearing it up for the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team.

‘™¦ The NCAA released a Notice of Allegations against Ohio State for improper behavior by its football program, and it indicates that coach Jim Tressel‘s lies are “potential major violations.” At Fox Sports Ohio, Bruce Hooley writes that Tressel should resign, but he explains why the school won’t fire him in the meantime.

‘™¦ With the Dodgers’ and Mets’ financial troubles drawing concern around baseball, Real Clear Sports has a list of 10 sports franchises that filed for bankruptcy. The Penguins appear on the list twice. There are no Boston entrants.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 26, 1995, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher who would go on to a successful career in Boston?

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SB Nation Monday: Celtics not yet in gear despite sweep

04.25.11 at 2:49 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:

‘€¢ There’s something different about the playoffs, and there appears to be a different level that the Celtics play at in the second season. But CelticsBlog warns, the switch may not be fully flipped “on” just yet.

‘€¢ Over The Monster looks at the Red Sox‘ sweep in Anaheim.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit unveils its version of the Patriots’ three-round big board for this weekend.

‘€¢ The newest mock draft at SB Nation has the Patriots trading up to No. 13 to draft WR Julio Jones.

‘€¢ BC’s Mark Herzlich is one of 25 players who will attend the NFL draft in New York.

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Lakers forward Derrick Caracter arrested after altercation with pregnant waitress

04.25.11 at 12:48 pm ET
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Lakers reserve forward Derrick Caracter was arrested early Sunday morning near the team’s New Orleans hotel following an altercation with a pregnant waitress at an IHOP restaurant, according to a report in The Times-Picayune.

Caracter, who has not played in any of the Lakers’ postseason games, including Sunday’s Game 4 loss to the Hornets, allegedly was drunk when he struck the woman and then refused to cooperate with a policewoman who attempted to defuse the situation.

He was charged with battery, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

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Kobe Bryant expects to play after rolling ankle

04.25.11 at 10:16 am ET
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Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he expects to play in Tuesday’s Game 5 after rolling his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Game 4 loss to the Hornets.

“I should play. It’s going to take a lot to stop me from playing,” Bryant said after the game. “I’m concerned, as I am about any injury, but I’ve played through so many of them it kind of becomes old hat for me.”

Bryant suffered the injury late in the game while defending Hornets guard Willie Green. He ended up falling into Green after turning the ankle, resulting in a foul.

“It’s sore,” Bryant said. “It just rolled over. It’s been weeks since I hurt it last and when it happens, when you roll your ankle once, it’s easy to go and it just went.”

The first-round series is tied at two games apiece.

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Derrick Rose in walking boot, listed as day to day

04.25.11 at 9:18 am ET
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Bulls star Derrick Rose was in a walking boot Sunday and is listed as day to day after turning his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Pacers, according to

Rose suffered the injury when he drove to the basket and fell awkwardly without making contact with another player.

“I really can’t explain it,” Rose said Saturday. “I just took off wrong and my weight just pushed over my ankle and it ended up twisting.”

Rose had an X-ray after the game and then an MRI on Sunday, and both came back negative. reports that Bulls players and coaches believe Rose will be ready to go for Tuesday night’s Game 5.

“He’s fine,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s going to have his ankle checked. Hopefully, he’ll be ready.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Book details Derek Jeter’s feud with Alex Rodriguez

04.25.11 at 7:26 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.

No games scheduled


‘™¦ Derek Jeter‘s feud with Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez was real, and it was worse than it appeared to the public, according to a Jeter biography due out next month. The New York Post has the highlights from “The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter” by Ian O’Connor, including how A-Rod unsuccessfully begged for forgiveness at Jeter’s house after making derogatory comments in a newspaper article.

When pressed by a friend to make A-Rod feel more welcome in the clubhouse, Jeter allegedly replied: “Don’t you think I’ve tried? I try, and sometimes I’ve just got to walk away and come back and try again, but you know I’ve tried. And every time I try, he’ll do something that pushes me away.”

‘™¦ A female Brewers fan held up a sign at Friday’s game asking outfielder Ryan Braun to marry her. However, she missed his call of thanks for her support. That’s because her mailbox was full from the more than 200 calls and 600 text messages she received from other fans who saw her cell phone number on the sign.

‘™¦ According to a study by researchers at two colleges, traffic deaths rise in the hometowns of sports teams that win close games. “We find that the closer a game is, the more automobile fatalities there are, especially those involving alcohol,” the study concludes, noting that “going from a blowout to a nail-biter increases observed fatalities by 133 percent.”

‘™¦ The Los Angeles Times catches up with former Bengals punter Pat McInally, the Harvard product who aced the Wonderlic test in 1975. McInally now coaches a high school team in Southern California.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 25, 1950, who became the first black player chosen in the NBA draft when he was selected by the Celtics in the second round?

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SB Nation Friday: A closer look at Kevin Garnett comments made by ‘Player X’

04.22.11 at 3:13 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 Friday’s coverage around SB Nation:

Last night’s game had “Red Sox loss” written all over it, Over The Monster writes. Somehow, though, this time things went the Sox’ way. And we have Erick Aybar to thank for that.

CelticsBlog examines “Player X’s” ‘Garnett is a punk and a coward’ comments.

Pats Pulpit offers a draft analysis on BC’s Anthony Castonzo.

And Pats Pulpit also has look at what options the Patriots may have to either trade up or down in the first round of the NFL Draft

Andrew Ference fined for giving Montreal the finger, and offered a rather hilarious apology after the game.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: NHL VP Colin Campbell defends lack of punishments

04.22.11 at 7:29 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.

NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN, CSNNE; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

NHL Playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (VERSUS, NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 9:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)

NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Knicks, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 3:35 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)


‘™¦ NHL vice president Colin Campbell is not pleased with the criticism he’s been receiving about punishments for hits to the head. “Thankless job? Yeah, it’s thankless,” he said in an interview with Toronto’s TSN Radio 1050. “Especially at this time of year when there’s so much at play here with the playoffs and cities are involved. When you rule on certain situations, all of a sudden you become public enemy No. 1, so … Am I pissed off right now? Yeah, I’m pissed off.”

‘™¦ Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was attacked at a Dodgers game, remains in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital. In the San Jose Mercury News, Mark Purdy writes about the support Stow’s family has received from the sports community, with the Sharks and Kings treating the parents and siblings first-class at Thursday’s Stanley Cup playoff game in LA.

‘™¦ Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to teach when he leaves the game in a couple of years. In The New York Times, Selig explains his decision and talks about his interest in sport law.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 22, 1976, the Bruins lost a 4-3 decision to the Kings in overtime in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals. Which player who would later play for and coach the Bruins scored the game-winner for Los Angeles?

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