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SB Nation Thursday: Should the Patriots draft Mark Ingram?

04.21.11 at 11:49 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 Thursday’s coverage around SB Nation:

Over the Monster takes a look at the first road win of the season for the Red Sox.

Pats Pulpit asks if the Patriots should select Mark Ingram in next week’s draft.

With the bench struggling, the Celtics need Jeff Green to be aggressive, according to Jeff Clark at CelticsBlog.

The Ben Musket examines the acquisition of Benny Feilhaber, a move that should make the Revolution a contender in the East.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tom Glavine tries to keep Thrashers in Atlanta

04.21.11 at 7:52 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.

NHL playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine has shown interest in forming an investment group to purchase the Thrashers. The Billerica native was a standout prep hockey player who was drafted by the Kings but chose a career in baseball instead. Now, he wants to keep hockey in Atlanta, despite the fact that the Thrashers are one of the league’s least valuable teams.

‘™¦ Coach Neil Lennon and two prominent fans of the Scottish Premier League soccer team Celtic were the recipients of parcel bombs that were intercepted and defused by police. Authorities reportedly have focused their investigation on individuals associated with rival Glasgow team Rangers, whose most Protestant fans have long been at odds with the mostly Catholic fans of league rival Celtic.

‘™¦ NFL players and owners might not meet again for a few weeks after their latest mediation session, but when they do, there may be some new faces at the table. That’s because a group of “mid-tier” players apparently feel their voices aren’t being heard and have talked to a Philadelphia law firm about providing representation. At Yahoo! Sports, Dan Wetzel writes that it could be a sign that the players are cracking. Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Giants fans the league is planning on starting the season on time.

‘™¦ Major League Baseball is taking control of the Dodgers. At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole consioders if owner Frank McCourt will put up a fight. In the New York Daily News, Bill Madden wonders if the Mets are next.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 21, 1974, which Bruins forward tied a Stanley Cup playoffs record with three power-play goals in an 8-6 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 2 of their semifinal series?

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Steve Downie, Chris Kunitz suspended for Penguins-Lightning Game 4

04.20.11 at 9:12 am ET
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Lightning forward Steve Downie and Penguins forward Chris Kunitz will both miss Wednesday night’s Game 4 after being suspended one game apiece by the NHL for separate incidents in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win in Game 3.

Downie earned his suspension for leaving his feet and launching himself at the head of Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy while the defenseman was making a play behind his own net.

“I’m very disappoined in myself. I felt like I let the team down,” Downie said Tuesday. “I was going in hard on a forecheck. I finished my hit and unfortunately it ended up the way it did. … Momentum carried me through and I ended up off my feet.”

About five minutes after Downie’s hit, Kunitz elbowed Lightning forward Simon Gagne in the head. Gagne implied after the game that the hit was intentional, but Kunitz said that wasn’t the case.

“I was coming through the middle, getting ready to finish a check. … I had my arms in a bad spot, up in the air,” Kunitz said. “He kind of spun and turned back towards me and I went to brush him in the shoulder and I got him in the head. Not very responsible on my side. I’ve definitely got to be careful, but I’m glad he’s OK.”

Both hits were called minor penalties on the ice.

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Kansas forward Thomas Robinson cited for battery

04.20.11 at 9:12 am ET
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Kansas forward Thomas Robinson has been cited with misdemeanor battery after a fight outside a nightclub on April 10, Lawrence city prosecutor Jerry Little said Tuesday.

Police said the case is still under investigation and that other people could be charged. Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Robinson notified him of the incident immediately after being interviewed by police.

“Thomas is fully cooperating and we will not have any further comment about this situation as the investigation plays out,” Self said.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Woman sues Yankees over design of logo

04.20.11 at 8:01 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 A’s, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ A 63-year-old woman from Yonkers, N.Y., sued the Yankees, claiming her late uncle designed the team’s top-hat logo in 1936. Tanit Buday claims then-Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert asked Kenneth Timur to make the design, long credited to sports artist Henry Alonzo “Lon” Keller. Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said there’s no proof of Buday’s claim. “This is a wonderful country, where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old,” McGillion said.

‘™¦ The NBA admitted that a key Thunder basket in Game 1 vs. the Nuggets should not have counted because of goaltending by Kendrick Perkins. In the Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that the league must avoid the appearance of showing favoritism toward its stars.

‘™¦ ESPN analyst Bobby Knight apologized to the University of Kentucky and coach John Calipari after implying that some Wildcats players who bolted for the NBA after one college season last year did not attend classes in the second semester. “My overall point is that ‘one-and-dones’ are not healthy for college basketball,” Knight said in an ESPN statement. “I should not have made it personal to Kentucky and its players and I apologize.” In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Eric Crawford complains that Knight has yet to admit his facts were wrong.

‘™¦ The New York Times pays tribute to marathon legend Grete Waitz, who died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 57.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 20, 1986, the Celtics beat the Bulls in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, 135-131, in double overtime. in the game, Bulls guard Michael Jordan set an NBA playoff record by scoring how many points?

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SB Nation Tuesday: What was different for the Bruins in Game 3?

04.19.11 at 1:21 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:

Stanley Cup of Chowder
on what was different in Game 3, and what the Bruins did right

Celtics Blog: Can the Celtics win without Shaq?

Over The Monster looks at the Legend of Jed Lowrie

The latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation (now with the first two rounds) has the Patriots taking J.J. Watt, Danny Watkins and Mark Ingram with their first three picks

With the help from SB Nation’s college football blogs, BC Interruption scouts the Eagles’ 2011 opponents after their spring games

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN pulls plug on poker shows after indictments

04.19.11 at 7:37 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: Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
MLB: Red Sox at A’s, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)


‘™¦ ESPN announced Monday that it will stop running poker shows and advertisements, following the U.S. government’s indictments against gambling websites that sponsor the shows. The government froze bank accounts in 14 countries and seized the websites of poker sites including major sponsors PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. “For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review,” ESPN said in a statement.

‘™¦ Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau did not have many nice things to say about Madison Square Garden or the Rangers a day after his team lost Game 3 in New York, 3-2. In a radio interview Monday, Boudreau criticized the historic arena, saying: “It’s reputation is far better than the actual building. I mean, it’s nothing.” Boudreau said the locker room and benches are too small, and he insisted the Capitals home is louder. He also singled out Rangers defenseman Marc Staal for what he called “dirty” play.

‘™¦ Canucks forward Raffi Torres, who had just returned from a four-game suspension, was not suspended by the NHL for his hit to the head of Blackhawk Brent Seabrook Sunday (video below). In The Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor writes that the league did not do the right thing in this case, using the excuse that the play was behind the net.

‘™¦ Notre Dame released its report on the death of student assistant Declan Sullivan, who was filming football practice last fall when the tower he was in was blown over by heavy winds. Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration report indicating recently that, “The University knowingly exposed its employees to unsafe conditions,” the school denied responsibility. Notre Dame president John Jenkins said its investigation concluded, “No one acted in disregard for safety.”

‘™¦ The English soccer team Stoke City has advanced to the final of the FA Cup for the first time in its 147-year existence. In USA Today, Mike Lopresti tells the team’s story from the viewpoint of a Stoke native who now lives in New York.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 19, 1969, the Red Sox made a six-player trade with the Indians, with which feature player reluctantly leaving Boston?

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SB Nation Monday: The NBA playoffs are off to a great start

04.18.11 at 1:32 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.

After a wild first weekend, the 2011 NBA Playoffs look as good as a postseason has been in years. Need proof? Look no further than Knicks vs. Celtics Game 1 on Sunday night.

Last night was proof that there’s never really a reason to worry about Ray Allen‘s shooting, writes CelticsBlog.

Over The Monster examines the decision to call-up Hideki Okajima.

Pats Pulpit takes a look at OT Nate Solder, Patriots draft prospect.

Mocking the first two rounds of the NFL Draft at SB Nation, with the Patriots projected to take J.J. Watt and Danny Watkins in the first round.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Autographed football helmet sells for $2 million

04.18.11 at 7:40 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.

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ In what is believed to be the highest price paid for a piece of football memorabilia, an autographed Houston Oilers helmet was auctioned for $2 million late last week. Houston lawyer Steve Mostyn outbid his wife Amber for the helmet signed by coach Bum Phillips and players.

‘™¦ Manny Ramirez was a bust, but the Rays hit it big with Johnny Damon, their other major free agent signee with a Red Sox connection. Damon has two walkoff hits already this season, and he helped Tampa Bay beat the Sox twice last week. In the St. Petersburg Times, John Romano writes that Damon is the Rays’ first rock star.

‘™¦ With Barry Bonds‘ trial over and Roger Clemens‘ trial upcoming, Katie Thomas in The New York Times compares the two and ponders whether Clemens will have a tougher road because of the situation in which he is accused of lying.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 18, 1966, Red Auerbach named Bill Russell as his replacement as coach of the Celtics (Russell also continued to play). How many seasons did Russell go on to coach the C’s?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Once it starts to go all together, it’ll be scary.” ‘€” Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, after the Red Sox beat the Jays on Sunday for their second straight win

STAT OF THE DAY: 1-for-11 ‘€” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony‘s shooting numbers in the second half of the Celtics’ 87-85 victory Sunday

‘NET RESULTS: A member of the Mariners grounds crew fell victim to the tarp roller at a game last week.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Three seasons, of which two ended with NBA titles

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Country Joe McDonald turns 70 Monday.

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Twins place Joe Mauer on DL with leg weakness

04.15.11 at 5:44 pm ET
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The Twins placed star catcher Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with leg weakness, manager Ron Gardenhire announced after Thursday night’s 4-3 loss to the Rays.

Mauer had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason and had a light workload in spring training to try and preserve his legs and keep him fresh. Gardenhire said his knee has been fine, but that his legs just aren’t strong enough right now.

“He is definitely very, very sore over the last few days — his shoulder, his elbow — and we think it’s his legs just not strong enough underneath him and he says he feels terrible,” Gardenhire said. “His knee is actually feeling OK, but he’s compensating for the weakness in his upper leg, this is what I was told. That’s causing a lot of other problems.”

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