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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods comments on DUI arrest; Sportswriters mourn Frank Deford

05.30.17 at 8:11 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
LA Dodgers at St. Louis, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Washington at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Los Angeles at New York, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

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Tiger Woods commented on his DUI arrest in Florida on Monday (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods commented on his DUI arrest in Florida on Monday
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— Tiger Woods released a statement Monday evening to address his DUI arrest in Florida earlier in the day. He said he had not been drinking before driving in the early hours of Memorial Day.

“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods said in the statement. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too,” he continued. “I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again. I fully cooperated with law enforcement, and I would like to personally thank the representatives of the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office for their professionalism.”

A Jupiter police spokeswoman said an arrest report might be available to the public on Tuesday.

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Tiger Woods arrested for DUI in Florida

05.29.17 at 12:30 pm ET
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Tiger Woods was arrested and charged with DUI early Monday morning. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Tiger Woods was arrested and charged with DUI early Monday morning. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)

Golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in Jupiter, Florida early Monday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

According to local ABC affiliate, WPTV, Woods was taken into custody around 3 a.m. and was released at 10:50 a.m.

The news comes one week after Woods posted his intent to continue to play golf on his website after an absence that has dated back to February.

“As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive,” he wrote. “My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.

“But I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”

His website post was his first public comment since his April 19 surgery.

 

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Fenway Park named one of top national landmarks

05.29.17 at 8:37 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
NY Yankees at Baltimore, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Boston at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Washington at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Detroit at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Atlanta at LA Angels, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Nashville at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBC)

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Fenway Park named one of top landmarks in the country (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Fenway Park named one of top landmarks in the country (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

— Fenway Park is the 13th top landmark in the country, according to TripAdvisor.

The travel website, based in Needham, put together a list of the 25 top landmarks in the United States for 2017 and placed the iconic ballpark in its top 15.

“These iconic sights are cultural and historical touchstones for visitors across the globe,” Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor said in a statement.

TripAdvisor determined the top landmarks based on the quality and volume of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide over a one-year period.

The No. 1 landmark was the Golden Gate Bridge. Other landmarks that beat Fenway were the Lincoln Memorial, Grand Central, the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center.

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Draymond Green on Cavs: ‘I want to annihilate them’

05.26.17 at 12:56 pm ET
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When the Cavaliers ended the Celtics’ season on Thursday night with a 135-102 rout at TD Garden, it set them on an NBA Finals collision course with the Warriors for the third straight season.

Following an epic seven-game series last June and the now infamous blown 3-1 Golden State lead, tensions are high between the two league powerhouses.

In October, Draymond Green told NBA.com’s David Aldridge exactly what he wanted to do if the two teams met again.

“If Cleveland comes out of the East, I want to destroy Cleveland,” Green said. “No if, ands, and buts about it. But I also know that there are steps to get to that point. And if and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them.”

Both teams have made it to that point, and if Green’s comments are any indication, it should prove to be a fiery, exciting series. The two split their two-game regular season series, but the rivalry dates back to 2015.

They first met during the 2015 NBA Finals, LeBron James’ first season back in Cleveland following his South Beach experience. The David Blatt-led Cavs were a shell of themselves, though, without Kevin Love for the entirety of the series and Kyrie Irving for the final five games. (Love was out due to a shoulder injury he suffered after getting tangled up with Kelly Olynyk in Game 4 of the first round.) The Warriors would go on to defeat the Cavs in six games, securing the franchise’s fourth championship.

Last year, the two met again – with a much healthier Cavs roster – and tensions flared in Game 4. Green hit LeBron in the groin, was suspended for Game 5 and Klay Thompson said postgame that, “I guess [LeBron’s] feelings got hurt.”

The Cavs went on to defeat the Warriors in seven games, and some believe LeBron trolled Golden State by wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt to the team’s victory parade.

This year, analysts have been hard-pressed to predict what a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals would like, considering the lack of parity in both conferences – the Cavs were an Avery Bradley 3-pointer away from sweeping the first three rounds of the playoffs like Golden State – and the Warriors’ addition of Kevin Durant.

The Warriors won 67 games in the regular season to the Cavs’ 51, and while they owned a 36-5 regular season record at Oracle Arena, the Celtics have proven that they are beatable at home. On the strength of a 15-0 run, Isaiah Thomas’ 25 points and Kelly Olynyk’s 17 off the bench, the Celtics cruised to a 99-86 victory in Golden State on March 8.

It remains to be seen whether the addition of Durant will propel the Warriors to victory, or LeBron will secure a second-straight championship for his city. One thing is certain: the entire NBA world will be watching this rivalry unfold.

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Thinking out loud: Time to talk college basketball in May

05.26.17 at 12:27 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering what happened to Timothy Dalton?

— Love it when we can talk college hoops in May. The Big East and Big 10 have the annual Gavitt Games matchups set for next November, and the Friars have themselves a good one with Minnesota’s Golden Gophers Nov. 13th at the Dunkin Donuts Center. That game will tip off the entire series between two of the best conferences in the country.

— Minnesota has a strong group returning from a 24-win team last year that reached the NCAA Tournament, and features the Big 10 Coach of the Year in Friar alumnus Richard Pitino – son of former PC coach Rick Pitino. While a grad assistant under Tim Welsh, Richard would often sit next to myself and Joe Hassett during games, intently listening to our call while watching the play on the floor – rather than sit on the bench – and talk to us during commercial breaks.

— Seems to have worked out okay for him now despite his lack of affection for officials, don’t you think? Wonder who he got that from?

— As for the remainder of those Gavitt Games matchups, it’s a solid grouping. Among the 16 participating schools, 11 reached the NCAA’s and two more played in the NIT. Five of the games will feature two NCAA teams from last season going against each other. That’s a heckuva start to a new season, isn’t it?

— Also a heckuva start to the season – the Friars’ first regular season game at Alumni Hall in 45 years, Nov. 10th against either Houston Baptist or Belmont. Please tell me there will be throwbacks worn that night as well? If you must turn back the clock, turn it back all the way.

— It’s a good non-league slate for PC, released this week. There is the very real possibility of playing as many as three Top 25 teams and five road/neutral games. Win those, no one will be able to keep the Friars from Top 25 status themselves.

— On the docket for the December 20th doubleheader at Mohegan Sun with Providence and Houston will be St. John’s against St. Joe’s. Big East against the Atlantic-10, and against the AAC. Not too far away for holiday hoops in Uncasville, Connecticut.

— Not for nuthin’, but St. John’s signed a city stud this week, 6-7 Sidney Wilson from the Bronx. Wilson prepped last year at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, and averaged 18 points as his team went undefeated in the NEPSAC. The Red Storm return their top four scorers from last season, and add transfers Marvin Clark from Michigan State and Justin Simon from Arizona.

— At first, he was leaning toward the pros. But now that Angel Delgado has decided to return to Seton Hall for his senior year, the nation’s top rebounder from last season just turned the Pirates into a preseason Top 25 team.

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Yankees are bleeding money at the ticket office, have lost $166 million in sales over last seven years

05.26.17 at 10:07 am ET
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The Yankees have lost $166 million in ticket revenue from 2009 until last season. (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have lost $166 million in ticket revenue from 2009 until last season. (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are experiencing a resurgence on the field this season. But they’re not having a lot of success at the box office.

The first-place Bronx Bombers lost $166 million in ticket sales between 2009 and last season, according to the New York Times. The numbers aren’t any better this year, either. In comparison to 2016, the Yankees have sold 3,793 fewer tickets per game, which is the third-largest decline in baseball.

There are a multitude of possible explanations for this trend. First and foremost, it may speak to the overall decline in baseball interest. That’s probably the most comforting portion of reasoning for the Yankees, which might be why Hal Steinbrenner, the team’s managing partner, was quick to point that out to the Times.

“Baseball, I think, has somewhat struggled with the millennial problem,” he said. “We recognized in looking at our fan base, we recognized in looking at our viewers on YES, that that age group is not what it could be and not what it should be.”

Attendance across MLB was down less than one percent last year, still good for 11th highest all-time. So while there’s a lot of truth to Steinbrenner’s claims about unfavorable demographics –– the average baseball watcher is 55 years old –– it doesn’t seem to be resulting in a widespread attendance decrease.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the Yankees’ struggles at the box office are their recent struggles on the field. After making the playoffs for 13 out of 14 seasons from 1996-2009, they’ve only reached the postseason twice since then.

Above all else, these numbers show the Yankees are no longer the premier franchise in baseball. It’s a delicious piece of comeuppance for a team that had the gall to charge $2,500 per ticket for select seats when the new stadium opened amidst the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.

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Tom Brady files applications to trademark at least 11 items, including bedsheets and meal kits

05.26.17 at 8:38 am ET
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Tom Brady is looking to expand his vast off-field empire. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady is looking to expand his vast off-field empire. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady’s offseason of self-promotion doesn’t seem like it’s going to end any time soon. In fact, he may only hawk more products in the coming months.

According to the Boston Globe, Brady has filed applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark a variety of items, including TB12 bedsheets and TB12 pre-packaged meals. A more complete list is below:

  • TB12 foam exercise rollers
  • TB12 athletic bags, shirts and sleepwear
  • TB12 meal kits
  • TB12 resistance bands
  • TB12 medicine balls
  • TB12 kettle balls
  • TB12 jump ropes
  • TB12 subscriber-based meal planning service
  • TB12 bedsheets
  • TB12 pre-packaged meals
  • TB12 orthotic inserts

Brady’s focus on the TB12 brand is nothing new. Within the last year, he’s unveiled a $200 nutrition manual, $50 vegan snacks and $100 pajamas, which are distributed by Under Armour. All the while, he appears just as committed to football as ever, participating in voluntary OTAs this week. In an interview with ESPN earlier this month, Brady reiterated his longstanding desire to play until his mid-40s.

But there are only so many hours in a day, and it seems as if Brady is starting to prepare for life after football. In addition to attaching his name to a wide swath of products and services, he’s going to be featured on the cover of “Madden” this year. Next month, Brady will also stand alongside self-help guru Tony Robbins for his 12-hour “Wealth Summit.”

Perhaps the most telling answer Brady has ever given about his playing future came in February, when he said on SiriusXM his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, would prefer he “retire today.” Bundchen ignited a whirlwind of controversy last week, when she told CBS’ Charlie Rose that Brady has suffered previously undisclosed concussions in his career. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, and the NFL have denied those claims.

At 39 years old, Brady is better than ever. There’s no reason to believe he’s going to hang it up in the near future. But in the meantime, he’s expanding his vast off-field empire.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tom Brady posts TB12 performance meals ad on Instagram

05.26.17 at 8:23 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Kansas City at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Seattle at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: Atlanta at San Francisco, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

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— Tom Brady posted this video on Thursday of himself in his kitchen wearing an “#EatLikeAGoat” t-shirt while listening to Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” and chopping up vegetables from his TB12 Performance Meals box to promote his healthy meal service.

Brady released the meal kit earlier this year and each box, which arrives weekly, costs $78 and contains three meals. Each meal has two servings so that comes out to $13 a meal.

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Aly Raisman rips TSA agent for belittling her physique: ‘I am so sick of this judgmental generation’

05.25.17 at 2:37 pm ET
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Don’t mess with Aly Raisman.

The Olympic gymnast and Needham native ripped a male TSA agent, who she says body-shamed her as she was passing through security one day this week. Raisman sent out a series of tweets condemning the individual and his apparent sexism.

Raisman, 22, took home the gold at the London and Rio Olympics. She participated earlier this year in Sports Illustrated’s “What I Model” campaign, explaining how it makes her feel proud of her physique.

“I also model because when I was younger I used to get made fun of by the boys in my class,” she said. “They told me that I was too strong, that I looked manly, and that I was anorexic and looked like I was on steroids. Of course, that really bothered me, and I used to hate the way that I looked, which, looking back, it makes me feel really sad. But that’s why I’m so proud to be in the SI Swim 2017 issue because at 22 years old I feel strong and beautiful in my own way and there is no perfect body type.”

 

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Bill Simmons gets smacked down by daughter of Bucks owner after expressing interest in GM job

05.25.17 at 1:34 pm ET
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Bill Simmons expressed interest in the vacant Bucks general manager job in 2008, writing he could take over an NBA team. With the Bucks once again searching for a GM after dismissing John Hammond, Simmons is making his pitch again.

Except this time, it seems like it’s fallen on deaf ears.

The “Book of Basketball” author tweeted Wednesday at the owner’s daughter, Mallory Edens. She didn’t seem impressed.

Ouch. Shockingly, maybe Simmons’ idea of trading Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Celtics for Jae Crowder and cash isn’t the direction Milwaukee wants to go in.

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