|11.07.13 at 8:13 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Rangers at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NFL: Redskins at Vikings, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Oklahoma at Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College fotoball: Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Oregon at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS playoffs: Galaxy at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS playoffs: Sounders at Timbers, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Swansea City at Kuban, noon (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Sheriff at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins players rallied around suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito on Wednesday and questioned Jonathan Martin, who left the team after allegedly being harassed.
“I don’t know why he’s doing this,” offensive tackle Tyson Clabo said of Martin, who reportedly checked into a hospital. “And the only person who knows why, his name is Jonathan Martin.”
Dolphins players insisted Martin and Incognito were friends and that there was no indication Martin, a second-year player from Stanford, felt threatened by the veteran with a long history of behavioral issues.
“It’s tough for me, because you can’t help a situation that you didn’t know existed — that no one on this team knew existed,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “We have a bunch of good guys in this locker room. To be put in a situation where everyone’s attacking the locker room saying it’s such a bad place, such a bad culture, no leadership to stand up and stop the situation — no one knew there was a situation to be stopped.”
Added Tannehill: “If you had asked Jon Martin a week before who his best friend on the team was, he would have said Richie Incognito. The first guy to stand up for Jonathan when anything went down on the field, any kind of tussle, Richie was the first guy there. When they wanted to hang out outside of football, who was together? Richie and Jonathan.”
Incognito left a voicemail for Martin in the offseason that included racially offensive language and physical threats. Guard John Jerry indicated it was taken out of context and overblown.
“I would have just laughed it off,” Jerry said. “I know the type of person he is, and I know he doesn’t mean it that way. Everybody’s got friends that when you’re out, they say those type of things. It’s never made a big deal.”
Added Tannehill: “Does he like to give guys a hard time? Yes. Does he like to pester guys and have fun? Yes. But he brought a lot of laughter to this locker room, he brought a lot of cohesiveness to this locker room and he was the best teammate that I could ask for.”
• Former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice gave his first television interview since losing his job after video surfaced of him abusing players, and he insists that he’s a changed man.
“I won’t be perfect moving forward, but I’ve changed,” he told ABC’s “20/20″ in an interview that’s set to air Friday night. “Having that taken away, your dream job … and having it done in such a visible way … and hurting the people closest to me … it changes a person.”
Added Rice: “That was a hard lesson learned, that’s for sure. There is going to be a different message. There is going to be a different coach Rice.”
Rice, 44, was seen on the video swearing at players, pushing them and throwing balls at their heads.
“My first reaction when I saw the tape was one of embarrassment, of shock, of sadness,” Rice said.
He said he’s reached out to apologize to his former players.
“You know, whether it was texting, whether it was calling, whether it was handwritten letters, whether it’s email, they don’t deserve this, and especially the first year’s team,” he said. “Even though we were out-manned every single night, they really, really fought hard for me … and they’re almost embarrassed about that fact now. They’re embarrassed about being a Rutgers basketball player.”
However, some former players and their families aren’t in a forgiving mood.
Said forward Wally Judge: “I won’t be tuning in.”
• The Providence College basketball team, set to open its season Friday night at home against Boston College, will be without highly regarded freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock after they were suspended indefinitely from game action for “not upholding their responsibilities at student-athletes.”
“We hold our student-athletes to very high standards,” coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. “We are disappointed in some of the choices that Brandon and Rodney have made.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 7, 1950, which Red Sox player beat out Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford to be named American League Rookie of the Year?
|11.06.13 at 9:07 am ET|
When the Bears’ Shea McClellin sacked Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter of Chicago’s 27-20 win at Lambeau Field, Rodgers jogged to the sideline, seemingly unfazed by the hit. However, the hit resulted in a fracture of his left, and non-throwing, collarbone, and now Green Bay must persevere without its leader.
Rodgers revealed on his weekly radio spot with ESPN Milwaukee that there’s no timetable for his return at the moment.
“I do have a fractured collarbone. That’s a significant injury,” Rodgers said Tuesday. “We’ll know more about the severity and the timetable later this week.”
The injury occurred on the Packers’ first series of the game, with Green Bay driving. The drive stalled when McClellin sacked Rodgers to force a fourth down. McClellin wrapped up Rodgers and tossed him to the ground, landing on top of him and crushing the left side of Rodgers’ body.
In his six years as Green Bay’s starting quarterback, Rodgers has never missed consecutive weeks with an injury.
The 2011 Super Bowl winner has churned out another productive season thus far, tossing for 2,218 yards, with a 66.9 completion percentage, and 15 touchdowns along with four interceptions.
|11.06.13 at 8:18 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Bulls at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Mavericks at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Ball State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS playoffs: Revolution at Sporting KC, 9 p.m. (CSNNE Plus)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, AC Milan at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Dolphins coaching staff has tried to distance itself from the behavior of offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who is accused of harassing and threatening teammate Jonathan Martin, but a report in the Florida Sun Sentinel indicates the coaches might have provided a spark for the controversial veteran.
Multiple sources told the Sun Sentinel that the coaches told Incognito to “toughen up” Martin after the young lineman missed a voluntary workout in the spring. That apparently led to the infamous voicemail from Incognito in which he uses a racially derogatory term and threatens to slap Martin’s mother in the face.
An unidentified former Dolphins lineman told Fox Sports that coaches supported and encouraged hazing to toughen up Martin and others, although the Sun Sentinel report indicated head coach Joe Philbin annually warned veterans against hazing.
Dolphins players claimed to know nothing of the problems Martin was having before he took a leave from the team last week.
“I never heard anything about it until now,” said linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who served on the team’s leadership council along with Incognito and four other players.
The NFL Players Association called for a “fair investigation” of the situation.
“We expect that the NFL and its clubs create a safe and professional workplace for all players and that owners, executives, coaches and players should set the best standards and examples,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “It is the duty of this union to hold the clubs and teams accountable for safety and professionalism in the workplace.”
Incognito, meanwhile, was approached by a reporter from Miami’s WSVN-TV while leaving an appointment and said only: “I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass.”
• It didn’t take long for Kevin Garnett to exert his influence on the Nets. The former Celtic sent a message after Sunday’s loss to the lowly Magic that the team can’t give anything less than a full effort.
The team responded with a fast start en route to a 104-88 victory over the Jazz on Tuesday night in Brooklyn.
“We’re trying to form something here,” Garnett said. “I think Paul [Pierce] reiterated some of what I was talking about, and it’s just consistency. You can’t play a passionate game against Miami and then go out and play the way we did against Orlando.
“I was just letting them know that consistency is the difference between great teams and OK teams. … That was the message.”
Garnett also wanted the Nets to make sure they did not have a letdown on their home court against a winless team like the Jazz (who play the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday).
“We have to protect our home,” Garnett said. “We’re trying to establish something here at home. … Any teams that we feel we’re better than, we should go out and beat.
“When they’re playing here in Brooklyn, they have to know they’re playing here in Brooklyn, and that’s what we’re trying to establish.”
• Joy Johnson, the oldest woman to complete Sunday’s New York City Marathon, said she wanted to run until she died. This week she essentially got her wish.
Johnson, 86, passed away Monday, after returning to her hotel room following an annual interview on NBC’s “Today” show. The San Jose resident had run New York for the 25th time Sunday. She stumbled and hit her head around the 20th mile but insisted on finishing the race, which she did in about eight hours.
“I always say I’m going to run until I drop,” the retired gym teacher said in a prerace interview Saturday. “I’m going to die in my tennis shoes. I just don’t know when I’m going to quit.”
Said her daughter, Diana Boydston: “At least she was running, the way she wanted to go.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 6, 1976, the Red Sox became the first team to sign a player who declared for free agency under baseball’s new rules. Which player signed a $1 million, four-year contract with the Sox?
|11.05.13 at 10:05 am ET|
Despite posting a 5-3 record, The Packers have already dealt with their fair share of injury issues this season, as Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga, Nick Perry and Clay Matthews all have missed extended time.
While the Packers have held their own against opponents despite losing some of their biggest playmakers this year, Green Bay now faces the challenge of losing its All-Pro quarterback for the next few games, as league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Aaron Rodgers has a small collarbone fracture and could be out for three weeks.
Rodgers went down with the injury during Green Bay’s 27-20 loss to the Bears on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers was 1-of-2 for 27 yards on the opening drive of the game before landing on his left shoulder while being sacked by Shea McClellin.
After being examined by Packers team doctor Dr. Pat McKenzie on the bench for a few minutes, Rodgers was taken to the locker room for further testing. Rodgers reappeared in street clothes on the sidelines with 6:54 remaining in the third quarter.
While the swelling in Rodgers’ shoulder was severe enough that Green Bay could not immediately diagnose his injury, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder, “It doesn’t look good. … This is the one we couldn’t afford to lose.”
Rodgers was replaced by Seneca Wallace. Wallace finished the contest 11-of-19 for 114 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
|11.05.13 at 7:53 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Flyers at Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Ohio at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Real Sociedad, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito apparently is finished in Miami. The controversial nine-year veteran was suspended by the team after allegations that he harassed and threatened teammate Jonathan Martin to the point that Martin left the team to seek counseling, and a report out of Miami indicates the team is fed up with him.
“He’s done,” a club source told the Miami Herald‘s Armando Salguero. “There are procedures in place and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective, he’ll never play another game here.”
The team asked the league for assistance in investigating the matter.
“Every decision I’ve made, everything we’ve done in this facility has been done with one thing in mind,” coach Joe Philbin said. “That’s to help our players and our organization reach their full potential. Any type of conduct [or] behavior that detracts from that objective is not acceptable and is not tolerated.”
As details emerged about Incognito’s racist and threatening text messages, it painted a picture of a man who appeared to enjoy tormenting a second-year pro. Incognito, in the final year of a three-year, $13 million contract, already is known for his dirty play around the league. He led the NFL in penalties for unnecessary roughness over his first four years, and he was released by the Rams during the 2009 season for a lack of discipline, including head-butting two opponents. In college at Nebraska, he was suspended before his junior season in 2004 following a locker room altercation, and he had run-ins with the law as well.
There also was evidence that Incognito’s father has been going on a Dolphins message board and defending his son while making aggressive accusations, including that Martin and fellow Dolphin Mike Pouncey are “black brothers that do drugs on a regular basis.”
Incognito, named the NFL’s dirtiest player in a Sporting News poll in 2009, did not get much support around the league.
“That’s so classless,” Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said of Incognito’s alleged bullying. “His whole makeup is to play dirty and hurt guys. Everybody knows that. I just don’t understand how he got away with it for so long. I think the NFL really needs to buckle down on it now, because it’s bigger than trying to hurt other guys. You’re trying to hurt guys on your team mentally, which sometimes can actually be worse than hurting someone physically.”
Said former Seahawks and Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson: “Hate is a strong word, but I’ve always hated Incognito. Just for perspective, he’s the guy that makes you want to spit in his face.”
Giants kicker Josh Brown played with Incognito in college and for two seasons with the Rams and said that while Incognito is a friend, he has issues that have been “haunting him for more than a decade.”
“Richie seems to be a person with a tortured soul,” Brown said. “He’s had these issues for quite a while, and it’s sad. … This seems to be somebody who’s really got some demons that are out of the building.”
• While we’re on the topic of troubled sports figures in Miami, there’s this item: Radio host Dan Sileo, who already was fired twice in the last 2½ years for on-air comments and/or incendiary tweets, struck out for the third time this week when he was let go by Miami’s WMEN 640 Sports.
Sileo, a former University of Miami football player, tweeted a $1,000 bounty on Florida State running back Devonta Freeman, and it didn’t go over well.
Wrote Sileo above a picture of another Florida State player mocking Miami’s ‘U’ symbol: I will PAY A $1000 BUCKS to ANY @hurricanesports PLAYER to TAKES THIS KID OUT #MHFREEMAN
Sileo later sent out a series of tweets insisting he was joking and expressing his shock “over the backlash over a tweet.” He indicated he has received death threats from FSU fans and kept his daughter home from school because of threats made against her on social media.
The station released this statement: “As a result of Dan Sileo’s action on his personal Twitter account on November 3, 2013, WMEN has terminated his independent contractor relationship with the station. The ownership, staff, and management of WMEN 640 Sports do not condone his actions which have no place in sports.”
• The fallout from Flyers goalie Ray Emery‘s beatdown of unwilling Capitals netminder Braden Holtby on Friday continues, as the league reportedly is considering a rule that would ban goalies from leaving the net area during a fight. Similar to the rule against players leaving the bench, it would be punishable with a 10-game suspension.
NHL general managers are scheduled to meet Nov. 12 in Toronto, and the issue could be brought up then.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 5, 1946, the newly founded Celtics played their first-ever home game, which was delayed after which player — who later became more well known as an actor — damaged the backboard during warmups?
|11.04.13 at 3:18 pm ET|
Add an alleged failed stimulant test in 2006 to Alex Rodriguez‘s already expansive list of connections to performance-enhancing drugs.
The New York Times reported Monday that the Yankees third baseman tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006. Lanny Davis, a spokesman for Rodriguez, denied the claim, and another Rodriguez spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, said he expected a comment from Rodriguez’s representatives on Monday.
The Times cited two anonymous sources from baseball’s drug-testing program in the story. Baseball’s joint drug agreement calls for six additional unannounced drug tests in response to the first positive test. A 25-game suspension would be the punishment for a second positive test.
Rodriguez received a 211-game suspension on Aug. 5 for his connection with the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic. Rodriguez played the rest of the season while the appeal process played out. He batted .243/.348/.423 in 181 plate appearances.
In 2009, Sports Illustrated reported that Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in a 2003 anonymous survey. Rodriguez substantiated that report by revealing just days later that he used banned substances as a member of the Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
|11.04.13 at 1:42 pm ET|
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will take over as interim head coach of the Broncos while John Fox recovers from heart surgery.
On Saturday, Fox became dizzy while playing golf in Charlotte, N.C., and later tests revealed that he required a procedure to replace a valve in his heart. He’s expected to miss at least several weeks of the season.
“I sincerely appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today,” Fox said in a statement released by the team Saturday night. “Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this pre-existing health condition, I understand that it’s the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players, who are fully committed to our goals.
Del Rio served as head coach of the Jaguars between 2003 and 2011 and posted a 69-73 record with two postseason appearances during that time. Denver hired Del Rio as defensive coordinator in 2012. That year, Denver finished second in the NFL in yards allowed per game.
The Broncos had a bye this past weekend. They play at San Diego on Sunday.
|11.04.13 at 12:11 pm ET|
The Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito indefinitely on Sunday for his alleged harassment of Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team early last week for emotional reasons.
Incognito’s suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team, ame three days after the Dolphins’ 22-20 overtime win over the Bengals. During that time, specifics of the bullying of Martin became apparent.
EPSN’s Adam Schefter revealed that a message left on Martin’s phone by Incognito served as the main piece of evidence for his suspension. Incognito also reportedly asked Martin to fund a trip to Las Vegas with teammates. Martin did not go, but he paid $15,000 toward the trip. A lunchroom incident reportedly set off Martin and led to his absence.
Miami selected Martin in the second round of the 2012 draft. The left tackle started all 16 games last season and the team’s first seven games this year.
Incognito joined the Dolphins in 2010, and is a member of Miami’s six-player leadership council. Controversy has followed Incognito in his nine-year NFL career. Last year, a Sporting News player poll had Incognito as the second-dirtiest player in the NFL. In 2009, Incognito and then-Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo got into a verbal confrontation on the sideline, and St. Louis waived him a few days later. He missed the entire 2004 college season at Nebraska for off-field issues.
• Apparently, Justin Blackmon did not learn his lesson.
Just one month after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Blackmon was suspended again on Sunday, this time for at least the duration of season. He’s eligible to file for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
|11.04.13 at 7:45 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Rockets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NFL: Bears at Packers, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Ducks at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at halftime of Sunday night’s game vs. the Colts and was taken via ambulance to a Houston hospital.
With his team leading 21-3, Kubiak was leaving the field when he stopped, bent over, and received help as he displayed obvious discomfort. The 52-year-old coach remained on the ground for several minutes while he received medical attention. He was taken off the field on a stretcher.
The team revealed little other than to say that Kubiak did not have a heart attack and that he was conscious as he left the stadium with his family.
“He had an episode, he was light-headed and dizzy,” general manager Rick Smith said after the game. “He was evaluated by a number of specialists. … He is awake and coherent.
“He went to a knee, and they laid him on the ground. He is stable; for precautionary reasons we wanted to get him to the hospital. we have to assess … obviously, there’s a lot of info. Hopefully, Gary will be back with us [Monday].”
The Texans, meanwhile, fell apart in the second half and lost, 27-24, their sixth straight setback after opening the season with two wins.
“We were all very worried,” quarterback Case Keenum said. “When we went back out they told us he was … stable. We were all upset about that but trying to stay focused at the same time.”
• Friday’s line brawl between the Flyers and Capitals in Philadelphia — occurring as Washington was winning 7-0 — got plenty of attention, and much of it was not positive. The highlight/lowlight was Flyers goalie Ray Emery challenging his counterpart, an unwilling Braden Holtby, and wailing away on him while the referee stood and watched.
Said Emery afterward: “He didn’t want to fight and I basically said, ‘Protect yourself.’ He didn’t really have much of a choice.”
Emery was given an instigator penalty, a five-minute fighting major and a game misconduct — totaling 29 minutes in penalties — but he will not be suspended, although the league made it clear it was not pleased with his actions.
“We constantly monitor and look at the game,” commissioner Gary Bettman said (via The Columbus Dispatch). “There was no rule that was violated to elevate things to the level of a suspension. It’s something we’ll continue to discuss.
“I don’t think anybody liked it, liked what it looked like. Fortunately it’s not something that happens very often. But I’m sure it’s something we’ll focus on, particularly with the general managers.”
• The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year hiatus due to Superstorm Sandy, and security was high following the bombing at the Boston Marathon in April.
The finish line area at Central Park was a less crowded than in years past — perhaps due to the long security checks or because of fears that there could be a terrorist attack similar to the one in Boston — and no major issues were reported.
The security concerns didn’t seem to affect Geoffrey Mutai, as the Kenyan won his second straight New York City title, winning in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds.
“To win for the first time is easy, but to defense your title is not easy,” the 32-year-old said. “Today, it was a very tough race.”
Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s race in 2:25:07.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 4, 2007, in a 24-20 comeback victory over the Colts in Indianapolis — a game that featured two undefeated teams — Tom Brady threw three touchdowns passes for the ninth consecutive game, an NFL record (breaking a tie with Peyton Manning). That gave him 33 touchdown passes on the season (en route to an NFL record of 50), breaking the single-season team record of 31 previously held by which player?
|11.01.13 at 8:07 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Nets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Capitals at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: USC at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: Northeastern at Boston College, 8 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Now that the World Series is over, Alex Rodriguez is ready to turn the attention of the baseball world back to him.
The Yankees third baseman, who is fighting his suspension, continued his attack on Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig, issuing a statement Thursday in which he lambasted MLB for how it conducted its investigation into his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I am deeply troubled by my team’s investigative findings with respect to MLB’s conduct,” Rodriguez said. “How can the gross, ongoing misconduct of the MLB investigations division not be relevant to my suspension, when my suspension supposedly results directly from that division’s work?”
Added Rodriguez: “It is sad that commissioner Selig once again is turning a blind eye, knowing that crimes are being committed under his regime. I have 100 percent faith in my legal team. To be sure, this fight is necessary to protect me, but it also serves the interests of the next 18-year-old coming into the league, to be sure he doesn’t step into the house of horrors that I am being forced to walk through.”
Responded MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred: “This latest, sad chapter in Mr. Rodriguez’s tarnished career is yet another example of this player trying to avoid taking responsibility for his poor choices. Given the disappointing acts that Mr. Rodriguez has repeatedly made throughout his career, his expressed concern for young people rings very hollow.
“Mr. Rodriguez’s use of PEDs was longer and more pervasive than any other player, and when this process is complete, the facts will prove that it is Mr. Rodriguez and his representatives who have engaged in ongoing, gross misconduct.”
• Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was released on bond and will rejoin the team after being charge with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault following an incident with his girlfriend.
Russian model Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, 24, told investigators that Varlamov kicked her in the chest and knocked her down, stomped on her chest and dragged her by her hair before throwing her out of their Denver apartment. Her attorney said they have been dating for a year, and this is the fifth time Varlamov assaulted her.
“She wants the world to know that this famous star is a mean, nasty and hostile individual,” attorney Robert Abrams said.
In a press conference, Vavrinyuk said Varlamov had been drinking for 12 hours before he returned to the apartment and started beating her.
“He was having fun, he was laughing,” she said through an interpreter. “He has no concept of when to stop drinking, and when he drinks he turns into an animal.”
Varlamov, 25, was told that he cannot drink or possess firearms, but he will be allowed to travel with the team. His agent, Paul Theofanous, said Varlamov “is completely innocent of all of these charges.”
The Avalanche offered little other than a statement saying they are aware of the allegations. Varlamov’s lawyer, Jack Rotole, however, told the judge that Varlamov “has the full and total support of the Colorado Avalanche.”
Varlamov, acquired from the Capitals in 2011, is 7-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average for the 10-1 Avalanche.
“He’s a big part of what we’ve been doing so far, a huge part, obviously,” Avs forward P.A. Parenteau said. “So we’re behind him and hopefully it will take care of itself.”
Added forward Matt Duchene: “It’s tough. You’re concerned about your teammate. We all love Varly in here. I can’t say enough great things about him. I think we’re all pretty confident this is going to get resolved pretty quickly.”
• Coaches for the Assumption College football team are being hailed as heroes for breaking up a robbery Friday night, while on an overnight stopover in Stamford, Conn., en route to Saturday’s game against Pace University in New York.
According to a report at FootballScoop.com, eight assistant coaches were heading out for some pizza when they heard cries from a man who was being mugged. The coaches — Paul McGonagle, Anthony Barese, Chris Gratuski, Todd Parsons, Matt Sidebottom, Jonathan Jean-Louis, Todd Warmington and Mark Ledbetter — not only chased the attackers away, they continued the pursuit until they apprehended all three suspects. The coaches held the suspects until police arrived.
The coaches did not tell head coach Bob Chesney — who had stayed behind for a bedcheck at the team hotel — until after Saturday’s game. Players did not learn of the incident until Tuesday night.
“You hesitate to say they saved someone’s life, but they could have had a gun pulled on them,” Chesney said. “You never know.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 1, 2005, Jason Varitek became the first Red Sox player in 14 seasons to win a Gold Glove. Who was the team’s previous recipient, in 1991?
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