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Greg Hardy’s future with Panthers in jeopardy after appeal date moved back

10.31.14 at 11:35 am ET
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Greg Hardy’s days in a Carolina Panthers jersey could very well be over.

After he was convicted in July for assaulting a women and communicating threats to her, Hardy asked for an appeal trial, which originally was set for Nov. 17. A person close to the proceedings, however, told The Associated Press the case will be postponed until football season is over.

Hardy, who played in the team’s first game because of the appeal process, was eventually put on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list and has not played or shown up to Carolina’s facility since. After he was put on the list, Hardy has been on a paid leave of absence and will make $13.1 million this year.

The league and the team have said the defensive end will not play in a game until the proceedings conclude. Though his 2014 season is in jeopardy, what is clear is that Hardy will become a free agent after this year comes to an end. Carolina is not expected to re-sign him.

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Thunder PG Russell Westbrook fractures hand, confronts Clippers fan

10.31.14 at 11:02 am ET
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Already without Kevin Durant, the Thunder were dealt another blow during the team’s loss to the Clippers at Staples Center on Thursday night.

Point guard Russell Westbrook appeared to injure his right hand during the second quarter when he hit Kendrick Perkins‘ elbow while going for a rebound. Westbrook left the game with 6:35 remaining in the second quarter, finishing with two points and four assists.

As he walked to the Thunder locker room to undergo medical tests, Westbrook got into a shouting match with a fan in the stands.

After the fracas ended, X-rays revealed that Westbrook had a small fracture in his right hand. The injury could require surgery to heal properly, which could make the guard miss up to six weeks. Westbrook will undergo more medical evaluation Friday to check the severity of the injury.

A rash of injuries to the Thunder could force the team to roll with eight players for Saturday’s game against the Nuggets.

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Longtime Boston broadcaster Bob Neumeier recovering in hospital after suffering stroke

10.31.14 at 8:32 am ET
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Longtime Boston sportscaster and reporter Bob Neumeier has been resting in the hospital after suffering a stroke Wednesday night.

Neumeier, who has been an anchor at CSNNE since 2010, was a sports reporter/anchor for WBZ-TV from 1981-2000. He hosted a midday show on WEEI from 2002-05.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Youkilis bids farewell to baseball

10.31.14 at 8:07 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Cincinnati at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Tulsa at Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Boston College at Denver, 9:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Vermont at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis announced his retirement via a tweet from his representatives Thursday, ending his career after 10 major league seasons.

Read the tweet from Pro Star Management: 15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. Been a great one! Love ya, You. #YOOOUUUK

Youkilis played third base and first base for the Sox from 2004-12 before being to the White Sox and then spending an injury-shortened 2013 season with the Yankees. He attempted to play in Japan last season, but injuries limited him to 21 games and a .215 batting average for the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

A three-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove winner, Youkilis compiled totals of .281/.382/.478 with 150 home runs and 618 RBIs. He was third in the American League MVP voting in 2008 when he hit .312 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs.

MASHUP POLL: Does Kevin Youkilis belong in the Red Sox Hall of Fame?

  • No, he did not do enough in Boston (49%, 357 Votes)
  • Probably, but not right away (34%, 253 Votes)
  • No question, he should be in as soon as possible (17%, 125 Votes)

Total Voters: 735

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Youkilis, who is married to Tom Brady‘s sister Julie, helped the Red Sox win World Series championships in 2004 and ’07.

— Jets receiver Eric Decker picked a bad time to ask New York fans for a show of support, and his Twitter episode ended badly.

Decker, who has 31 catches for the 1-7 Jets after signing a five-year, $36.25 million deal as a free agent in the offseason, asked his followers Wednesday to explain “why you love the @nyjets” and offered a prize for his favorite response.

Not surprisingly, the wise guys chimed in with sarcastic, mean-spirited responses.

“I don’€™t think it’€™s against the law to try to unite or reach out to fans,” Decker said. ‘€œPeople obviously enjoy winning a lot more than losing, I get that. For me, that’€™s the biggest thing, making fans feel like they are important, because they are. Obviously I wish things could be different. I didn’t expect everything to be all happy and gung-ho, I knew I was going to get some sarcastic remarks.”

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Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at age 71

10.30.14 at 12:06 pm ET
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Tom Menino was a big supporter of the Boston sports teams (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Menino was a big supporter of the Boston sports teams. (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

Boston lost one of its most famous public figures Thursday in former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who passed away at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. He was Boston’s longest-serving mayor.

Following is a statement released by Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce:

“At just after 9:00am this morning the Honorable Thomas M. Menino passed into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted wife Angela, loving family and friends. Mayor Menino the longest serving Mayor of the City of Boston led our city through a transformation of neighborhood resurgence and historic growth – leaving the job he loved serving the city and people he loved this past January. We ask that you respect the families privacy during this time and arrangements for services will be announced soon.”

Menino served as mayor from 1993-2013. During that time he saw eight championships for Boston sports teams, including three Patriots Super Bowl wins, three Red Sox World Series titles, a Bruins Stanley Cup win and a Celtics NBA championship.

He was last at Fenway Park this past April for the pregame ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. He stood behind the mound with current Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick when Jim Gallagher, president of the One Fund, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to David Ortiz.

The former Mayor has been a big supporter of Boston sports over the years, including some memorable lines mispronouncing local star’s names, including calling Vince Wilfork “Vince Wilcock” and Rob Gronkowski “Gonk.”

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Phil Jackson: ‘[Knicks] not ready for primetime’ following 24-point loss

10.30.14 at 9:21 am ET
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The Knicks did not get off to a good start to the season, falling 104-80 to the Bulls Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Knicks president Phil Jackson wasn’t impressed with the performance.

“Not ready for showtime, were we guys?” Jackson told reporters after the game before getting into his SUV.

The 24-point spread wasn’t indicative of just how bad the game was for the Knicks as they trailed by 35 points at one point in the second half. This is Jackson’s first full season as Knicks president.

“I can’t say how long it’s going to take,” Jackson said when asked how long it would take for the Knicks to be competitive this season.

He did add he expected the team to struggle in its season-opener: “Sure did,” he said.

Jackson was hired last March and is looking to turn the Knicks around after they did not make the playoffs last year, finishing with a 37-45 record.

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Video: Madison Bumgarner’s MVP trophy presentation gets awkward

10.30.14 at 8:52 am ET
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Rikk Wilde, a Chevrolet executive, presented Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner the MVP trophy, as well as keys to a new Chevy truck following Wednesday’s Giants win in Game 7 of the World Series over the Royals.

Things got a bit awkward when Wilde had trouble describing the truck saying it has, “technology and stuff.”

See for yourself:

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: San Francisco fans celebrate World Series title with fires, violence

10.30.14 at 8:07 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Knicks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: Saints at Panthers, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Florida State at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Troy at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLS playoffs: Sporting Kansas City at Red Bulls, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— San Franciscans celebrated the Giants‘ third World Series title in five seasons by taking to the streets and committing acts of violence and destruction.

Shortly after MVP Madison Bumgarner closed out the Royals with five scoreless innings, fans set bonfires, lit fireworks, started fistfights and threw bottles at police.

Wrote the San Francisco Chronicle: “The joy that erupted in San Francisco after the Giants won Game 7 of the World Series quickly turned into the same kind of rollicking orgy of fire, broken bottles, fistfights, sirens and drunkenness that the city endured after the last two world championships.”

Noting, “The heavy stench of booze and marijuana filled the air everywhere the rowdy crowds gathered,” the Chronicle described a night that began as a peaceful celebration, but “thuggery increasingly replaced level-headed revel as the night grew late.”

Two men were treated at San Francisco General Hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and another man had serious injuries after being stabbed several times. Some police officers suffered minor injuries.

— A Dallas television station obtained footage of the police booking of Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, and it shows a man joking to unimpressed jail employees, making a sexist comment and being reprimanded for making an unauthorized phone call.

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NCAA rules out Georgia RB Todd Gurley 2 more games

10.29.14 at 11:22 am ET
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University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley will have to wait before getting back on the football field again.

Gurley already missed two games this season while his school investigated an incident in which he took more than $3,000 in exchange for signing autographs. Georgia attempted to get Gurley reinstated for its upcoming game against the University of Florida this weekend, but the NCAA ruled the running back must sit out two more contests.

Along with the suspension, the NCAA ruled Gurley must repay some of the money he received for the autographs and also complete 40 hours of community service. The NCAA said in a statement it did not come down harder on Gurley because he admitted to the wrongdoing.

“The university’s due diligence in its investigation and the student’s full disclosure of his involvement in the violations were factors in not imposing a more severe withholding condition,” the NCAA said in the statement.

Georgia replaced Gurley with tailback Nick Chubb, who has since run for 345 yards and three touchdowns. Chubb is expected to start until Gurley returns.

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Alleged victim wants Florida State RB Karlos Williams’ assault investigation dropped

10.29.14 at 11:21 am ET
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A woman allegedly assaulted by Florida State running back Karlos Williams said through her attorney that she wants the investigation to end.

While Williams and the woman lived together, Williams apparently assaulted her while she was carrying the couple’€™s second child. Nathan Prince, the woman’€™s attorney, said the woman asked Tallahassee Police to drop its case against the running back.

Williams hasn’€™t been arrested and the woman hasn’t charged any files against him.

“Apparently, FSU passed the information along to the Tallahassee Police Department,” Prince said to ESPN. “There wasn’t a formal request by [the woman] to police. I don’t know if the administration contacted police and told them they needed to take a look at it.”

Williams’€™ attorney, Tim Jansen, said he wants to make it clear to the public that his client hasn’t been convicted of anything.

“I have also been informed by a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s office that there is no current case for domestic battery against Mr. Williams,” Jansen said in a statement. “We feel it’s important that the public have the unbiased truth of the facts as they currently exist. Mr. Williams has not been charged with any crime.”

Florida State said in a statement that it will review Williams’ status with the team.

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