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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.

Read More: Al Davis, Ben Roethlisberger, Darrelle Revis,

What’s your Sports Twi-Q?

09.02.10 at 12:51 pm ET
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to ‘€œName that Tweet’€–the game show where everybody’€™s a loser (including the host)! Either an athlete or a celebrity posted the following 140-character thoughts on their twitter account over the past couple weeks. It’€™s your job to figure out who produced these Shakespearean efforts.

1. ‘€œIn the last year I’ve spoke at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and Wharton Schools of Business.. Today, I debate Skip Bayless on ESPN !!!’€

Lance Armstrong or MC Hammer?

I can see how you get the two confused. Lance built Livestrong into one of the world’€™s most powerful fundraising efforts, slapping his organization’€™s moniker on everything from t-shirts to tea kettles. I’€™d be shocked if they didn’€™t make Livestrong thongs. Meanwhile, MC built himself into one of the world’€™s most powerful fund-blowing efforts, amassing $13 million in debt and filing for bankruptcy. So, naturally, they’€™re both perfectly suited to shape the minds of the world’€™s brightest business students.

Answer: Click here.

2. ‘€œSo.. caught up on Trueblood las nite.. Not a fan of how they get u hooked with the 1st 2 seasons then bring on a barrage of homosexuality’€

Todd Herremans or Chamillionaire?

When I’€™m watching True Blood, I’€™m often wondering, ‘€œWhat do Todd Herremans and Chamillionaire think of this episode?’€ I can picture them now: the 6-foot-6, 321-pound Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman from Michigan and the 5-foot-nothing, 100-and-nothing rapper from Houston cuddled up on a couch ‘€¦

‘€œExcuse me, Chamillionaire, can you please pass the popcorn?’€
‘€œAbsolutely, Todd. Would you perchance like a refill on that soda pop?’€

Answer: Click here.

3. ‘€œI got 5k for whoever see @ihatekatstacks and slap the shit out her pigeon face a**. Real talk. U f***ed with the right one now’€

50 Cent or Carmelo Anthony?

Fifty has been shot at least nine more times than I have. He’€™s made his bones with upbeat lyrics like, ‘€œIf the roof on fire, let the motherf***er burn.’€ And his Twitter rants make Mel Gibson seem like Mr. Rogers. You’€™d think Melo would steer clear of threatening women, considering he’€™s entering a contract year. But I wouldn’€™t put it past anybody who’€™s tried to transport their weed in a backpack through an airport.

Answer: Click here.

4. ‘€œim gonna be ok just need 2 rest but i wanted all of u 2 know i never want to let any of u down. ever. i really appreciate all the kind words’€

Justin Bieber or Serena Williams?

Even with the bum ankle that kept her out of the US Open, Serena Williams would beat the hell out of Justin Bieber, right? She’€™d pull her ‘€œI swear to God, I’€™m f***ing taking this ball and I’€™m shoving it down your f***ing throat’€ routine. After all, Bieber had to reschedule a recent concert because of throat trouble. True story.

Answer: Click here.

5. “Last night was stupid… 35k at Haze… Totals 50k something the whole day. Damn!! Going to the pool again today … Gotta relax!”

Marcus Jordan or Brody Jenner?

They’€™re both heirs to ‘€¦ well ‘€¦ air. Marcus is the son of Air (Michael) Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever. Brody is the son of airhead (Bruce) Jenner, the greatest procreator of reality TV stars ever. Both kids blow more money in a day than most people make in a year. I smell a Tom Brokaw book: The Greediest Generation.

Answer: Click here.

Thanks for playing, folks. If you got four or more wrong, you’€™re a Twimbecile. If you got four or more right, you’€™re Tweinstein. And that’€™s enough with the terrible Twitter puns. So long everybody, and, as Bob Barker said, ‘€œHave your pets spayed or neutered!’€

Read More: 50 Cent, Brody Jenner, Carmelo Anthony, Chamillionaire

Report: No relationship between Reebok, Spikes

09.02.10 at 11:27 am ET
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Brandon Spikes agent, Terry Watson, has confirmed to the Boston Herald that Reebok has chosen to no longer pursue a relationship with the Patriots linebacker after the recent revelation that Spikes had appeared in a sex tape. The NFL is still investigating the matter involving the Pats‘ second-round pick, who may incur some sort of discipline from the league.

(Update/per Boston.com): Reebok has issued a statement saying: “The media reports that Reebok has terminated an endorsement contract with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes are completely false. Reebok never had a deal with Brandon. The story was reported without confirmation from Reebok, and as a result inaccurate information is now being reported as fact. We had discussions with Brandon earlier this summer, as we do with many NFL players, but no agreement has been reached and he is not currently under contract with Reebok.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Reds’ Aroldis Chapman brings heat

09.02.10 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

NFL preseason: Patriots at Giants, 7 p.m. (WBZ-TV Ch.4)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Flamethrowing Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, called up from the minors on Tuesday, picked up his first win after pitching a perfect inning in relief during the Reds’ victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night. In the process, he threw a pitch registered at 103.9 mph, the fastest pitch in the majors in the last three seasons. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports on how Chapman electrified the audience with his appearance.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Morrissey joins the legion of people chiding the White Sox for their acquisition of Manny Ramirez, calling the September playoff push “Guilty Pleasure Month.”

‘™¦ Andy Roddick was bounced by Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, and he didn’t go quietly. The ninth-seeded American berated an official for calling a foot fault and telling him the wrong foot was the one that faulted.

‘™¦ At Yahoo! Sports, Jason Cole looks at how free agency may be a bargaining chip for NFL players in the CBA talks.

‘™¦ Larry Brooks in the New York Post looks at the NHL’s hard-line stance on the Ilya Kovalchuk-Devils deal and reports that two other contracts are being contested.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 2, 2001, which Red Sox player broke up a no-hit bid by Yankees starter Mike Mussina with two outs (and two strikes) in the bottom of the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s definitely different right now … I don’t think we’ve completely folded up the tent.” ‘€” Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, on his team’s playoff chances

STAT OF THE DAY: 13-0 ‘€” Jon Lester‘s career record against the Orioles, following Wednesday night’s Red Sox win in Baltimore

‘NET RESULTS: Basketball juggling trick shots.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sam Gooden of the Impressions is 71 today.

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Former BC star Williams signs in Israel

09.01.10 at 11:18 pm ET
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According to EuroBasket.com, former Boston College star, and New Jersey Nets first-round pick, Sean Williams has signed a contract to play with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. The forward had been playing in both China and Puerto Rico after spending 2 1/2 seasons with the Nets.

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Report: Antti Niemi to sign with Sharks

09.01.10 at 10:31 pm ET
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According to a report from ESPN, goaltender Antti Niemi, who led the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory last season, will sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Sharks. This comes after the Blackhawks walked away from the goaltender in arbitration. The team had offered $1.5 million but Niemi was awarded $2.75 million.

The Blackhawks moved on by signing free agent goaltender Marty Turco, who had been with the Stars since 2001.

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Red Sox, Martinez talk two years

09.01.10 at 11:00 am ET
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and Victor Martinez have talked about a proposal for a two-year contract. The 31-year-old Martinez is a free agent at the end of this season. The Boston Globe was first to report the offer. The Globe also reports that the Red Sox and Blue Jays were close to a deal that would have brought first baseman Lyle Overbay from Toronto.

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Delonte West looking to move back to Boston?

09.01.10 at 10:51 am ET
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Although it is unclear what his motivation is, guard Delonte West was reportedly shopping for a condo in Waltham, according to the Boston Herald. West was waived by the Timberwolves on Aug. 3 and is facing a 10-game suspension from the NBA after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland.

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Yankees were awarded waiver claim on Lilly

09.01.10 at 10:44 am ET
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According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees were awarded the waiver claim on pitcher Ted Lilly but the Dodgers were unwilling to deal the pitcher because they believe they are still in the race. Since coming to LA from the Cubs, the 34-year-old Lilly has gone 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA.

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