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Tim Lincecum donates $25K to help injured fan

04.15.11 at 10:08 am ET
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Giants ace Tim Lincecum is donating $25,000 to the Bryan Stow Fund to help the San Francisco fan who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium earlier this season, according to Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, was beaten in a parking lot after the teams’ season opener on March 31 and remains hospitalized in Los Angeles in a medically induced coma.

“This was a senseless act of violence and I wanted to help out Mr. Stow and his family,” Lincecum said in a statement Thursday. “It’s also close to me because not only is Mr. Stow a Giants fan, but I have family and friends who are firefighters, police officers and paramedics and this honors their service to the community.

“I encourage Giants fans to support Mr. Stow in a positive way and hope there are not any more unfortunate acts between fans in this great rivalry,” he said.

The Giants partnered with Stow’s employer, American Medical Response, to raise $70,000 at AT&T Park on Monday. That total included a $10,000 donation from the team.

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Report: MLB leaning toward expanded use of replay in 2012

04.15.11 at 10:08 am ET
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Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the line, according to The Associated Press. The AP reports that commissioner Bud Selig and a group of umpires discussed the change during spring training and were in agreement.

“Yeah to all of them, oh yeah,” said Cardinals reliever Ryan Franklin. “I just think they should all be called the right way, and it doesn’t matter if it takes an extra five minutes.

“Don’t take so long between innings, cut 10 seconds off between every half-inning and that could make up for five minutes for the replay on a trapped ball or something like that,” he said. “It doesn’t happen that often.”

Other players weren’t as supportive of the change. Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins told the AP that he would worry about it opening the door for everything to be reviewed, which would slow games down too much.

“I think it might be too much if you do that. Then you have to do it for everything, strikes, I think it’s just a tough call,” Figgins said. “To have those guys go back and look at replay for everything, it would be just too long unless they had a signal from upstairs and hit a button.”

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NFL, players enter second day of mediation

04.15.11 at 8:48 am ET
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The NFL and the NFL Players Association will return to a federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday for a second day of court-ordered mediation. The two sides had not held any mediation talks in more than a month prior to spending nine hours in court Thursday.

Both sides were sworn to secrecy about the specifics of the meetings, so neither the league nor the players provided much insight about where negotiations stand after the first day.

“We had a full day. It was constructive to get together,” said Jeff Pash, the NFL’s lead negotiator. “The chief magistrate judge is working very hard, and I give him a lot of credit for really trying to move the parties toward a solution.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees GM Brian Cashman says he protected relievers from Joe Torre

04.15.11 at 7:41 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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

NHL Playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA Playoffs: Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Dynamo, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)


‘™¦ With Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano likely done for the season with a tear in his shoulder, general manager Brian Cashman defended the team’s handling of the bullpen by talking about how he used to try to protect relievers from being overused by former manager Joe Torre.

‘™¦ Six Major League Baseball teams have had the worst crowds in their current stadiums’ histories this year, and five others have had near-record-low turnouts. USA Today examines the situation.

‘™¦ Last month, a University of Georgia baseball player was paralyzed for the second time in three years. This time, outfielder Jonathan Taylor broke his neck after colliding with a teammate going for a ball. Mark Schlabach at ESPN has the story.

‘™¦ The New York Times has an interesting profile of Marquis Barnett, a basketball recruit who lives in a homeless shelter on New York City’s Lower East Side.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 15, 1993, which Red Sox player hit his 400th career home run?

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SB Nation Thursday: Could we see the return of Pedro Martinez?

04.14.11 at 10:57 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.

Jimmy Toscano writes that for this Celtics team, it’s all about what happens in the postseason.

The Stanley Cup of Chowder — the Bruins Blog –, offers a full preview of the upcoming Bruins-Canadiens series.

Over the Monster asks if struggles of Daisuke Matsuzaka might lead to the return of Pedro Martinez in Boston.

Pats Pulpit is counting down the top busts of the Bill Belichick era. Checking in at No. 5: Kevin O’Connell.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mets, White Sox managers lose patience with teams

04.14.11 at 7:42 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: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Terry Francona is staying calm despite the Red Sox‘ 2-9 start, but managers of other teams that have had issues early aren’t shy about letting off steam. In New York, new Mets boss Terry Collins “went ballistic” in a closed-door team meeting Wednesday night after his team lost to the Rockies to fall to 4-7. “We’ve been in every game, and we’ve got to start winning them,” Collins later said after the Mets’ 5-4 loss. “We’re one pitch away and one swing away from being 9-2, and we’re not. But the next 11 we need to be 9-2. We need to get it going and do the things we haven’t done thus far.”

Meanwhile, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had another memorable press conference after his team’s 7-4 loss to the A’s in 10 innings, in which Chicago gave up three runs each in the ninth and 10th. “I don’t have a closer,” Guillen lamented between expletives. Added Guillen: “When we play good, they send those guys to this damn table and [you] talk to them like heroes. When we [mess] it up, I’m the one who has to ‘€¦ sit here and talk to you guys.” The White Sox are 7-5.

‘™¦ Philadelphia fans are known for their questionable behavior. But it has to hurt for the wife of one of their own athletes to rip them publicly. At a recent charity event, the wife of Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson let her feelings be known on the subject. “I hate the fans,” Sarah Madson said, according to the Naked Philadelphian blog. “It is bad enough that they bother us during the season, but they will not leave us alone in December when we go out to eat. We stayed here during the offseason last year, but we will be going to California this year. There must be something particularly bad about Phillies fans because all the players leave in the offseason.”

‘™¦ Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA for an anti-gay slur he uttered toward a referee Tuesday night. The Lakers star initially tried to brush it off, saying the comment was not meant to insult the gay and lesbian community, but he eventually apologized Wednesday following a healthy dose of criticism for his behavior.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 14, 1967, Red Sox lefty Billy Rohr came within an out of pitching a no-hitter in his major league debut. Who had the Yankees‘ lone hit in the 3-0 game?

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SB Nation Wednesday: Sox can take solace in lack of luck

04.13.11 at 1:40 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.

‘€¢ If there’s any silver lining from Tuesday night, it’s that the Red Sox were terribly unlucky, writes Ben Buchanan at Over The Monster.

‘€¢ Jeff Clark at CelticsBlog looks at at what could be the end of the Celtics as we know them.

‘€¢ Rob Neyer asks, Is there really a Dice-K mystery?

‘€¢ BC Interruption sat down with Boston College hockey sophomore Brooks Dyroff, who was was recently honored with the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award for his work with C.E.O. 4 Teens.

‘€¢ Pats Pulpit looks at Patriots drat prospect Cameron Heyward, and examines whether or not he’s a good fit for New England.

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Stars fire coach Marc Crawford

04.13.11 at 11:49 am ET
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The Stars fired coach Marc Crawford on Tuesday after two seasons at the helm and no playoff appearances. This year, the Stars became the first team in NHL history to register 95 points and not make the playoffs. They had a chance to make the playoffs with a win in their season finale Sunday night, but they lost 5-3 to the Wild. Being close wasn’t enough to save Crawford’s job, though.

“We have a lot of good things in place,” said general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “The hardest thing for Marc to probably accept [is] that I don’t feel he’s the guy going forward that takes us to the next level.”

The Stars have now missed the playoffs three years in a row for the first time since 1974-76, when they were the Minnesota North Stars. They had made the playoffs in 10 of the last 12 seasons prior to Crawford taking over.

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Lawrence Taylor gets lowest sex offender status

04.13.11 at 10:34 am ET
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Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute, was declared a low-risk sex offender Tuesday, meaning his photo will not appear on public online sex offender registries.

Judge William Kelly ruled that Taylor was not targeting children and was unlikely to commit the same crime.

“He would be awfully foolish to go out and do this again,” Kelly said. He added that he didn’t see any reason to post Taylor’s photo online because “there’s been so much publicity already.”

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Barry Bonds jury to deliberate for fourth day

04.13.11 at 10:02 am ET
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The jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial will return to the San Francisco courthouse for a fourth day of deliberations Wednesday. After failing to reach a verdict for a third day Tuesday, the eight women and four men on the jury will resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.

Bonds is charged with three counts of lying to a grand jury in 2003 and one count of obstruction.

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