|10.18.13 at 11:57 am ET|
Late October is a special time for Boston sports fans, with the Patriots nearing the midpoint of their season, the Bruins just getting their campaign going, the Celtics finalizing their roster and, in years like this one, the Red Sox battling it out for a shot at the World Series.
But the sporting event that draws substantially more spectators than any single game played by one of the “big four” takes place not on a field, court or ice rink, but on the Charles River.
An expected 400,000 spectators will gather around the Charles to observe almost 10,000 athletes compete in the 49th annual Head of the Charles regatta this weekend.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and begins at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse and ends at Artesani Park in Brighton, an upstream distance of three miles.
Fred Schoch has been executive director of the Regatta for 23 years, during which time he’s seen massive change to the event.
“Just in terms of a pure numbers point of view, when I first started in 1992, it was a single day regatta, we made it a two-day regatta in 1997. The number of competitors has doubled from under 5,000 to just under 10,000,” said Schoch, who coached rowing at Princeton University, the U.S. Naval Academy and Georgetown.
|10.18.13 at 8:22 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8:37 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Lakers vs. Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Pacers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Central Florida at Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Minnesota-Duluth at Colorado College, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• An NBA preseason game in Brooklyn took on increased significance Thursday after LeBron James took a shot at Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers for accepting trades from Boston after they iced out Ray Allen for leaving the Celtics as a free agent a year earlier.
“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’ ” James said. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.
“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc [Rivers, former Celtics coach], KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”
After the Nets dismissed the Heat, 86-62, Garnett and Pierce dismissed James’ comments.
“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business,” Garnett said.
Pierce maintained that the situations were different.
“I left Boston?” Pierce asked.
• Adrian Peterson rejoined the Vikings on Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice so he could attend the funeral for the 2-year-old son he never knew.
“It was a difficult day, just taking in the circumstance and the whole situation,” Peterson said before Thursday’s practice. “A child was buried. That’s difficult for anyone.”
Peterson attended a private service for Tyrese Robert Ruffin in Sioux Falls, S.D., about two months after first learning the child was his. He first met the boy while the youngster was in critical condition last week, after allegedly being beaten by 27-year-old Joseph Patterson.
“I was planning on seeing him. I had a talk with his mom and we got some things together as far as financially helping her,” Peterson said. ‘”Unfortunately, this situation took place. It’s devastating.”
Added Peterson: “A lot of people won’t ever understand the situation that I’m in and see it the way I’m seeing the situation. It’s tough, but I’m able to deal with that and got a good supporting cast around me that’s been supporting me through this tough time.”
• Chane Behanan, who helped Louisville win the NCAA basketball championship in April, was suspended by the team, and coach Rick Pitino was candid in talking about the forward’s inability to abide by team rules.
“I got together with [athletic director Tom Jurich] a few days ago. We both agreed that Chane should put basketball aside,” Pitino said. “Chane wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s nothing of a violent nature. It’s just very difficult for Chane to follow rules. We don’t have a lot of rules, but the ones we do have, he needs to follow.”
Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season, and he was named to the all-tournament team after recording 15 points and 12 rebounds in Louisville’s 82-76 victory over Michigan in the national title game.
Pitino said Behanan might be able to return in December, if he can turn things around.
“He just has a difficult time understanding life’s values and the significance of life’s values,” Pitino said. “We’re going to try to help him along. … We want to see him prosper as a person as much as he’s been prospering as a basketball player. We’re going to move forward without him.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 18, 1994, the Red Sox named Kevin Kennedy as manager. Whom did he succeed?
|10.17.13 at 8:16 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Tigers, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Bruins at Panthers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Seahawks at Cardinals, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Miami at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Heat at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Knicks have their hands full this season, trying to hold off the Nets for control of New York and gain ground on the two-time defending NBA champion Heat in the Eastern Conference, but it might get even more difficult in the offseason.
That’s because the team’s best player, Carmelo Anthony, said in a recent interview that he plans to opt out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of the season.
“I want to be a free agent,” Anthony told The New York Observer in an interview from last month that was published Wednesday. “I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period,
“It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.”
Anthony was traded from the Nuggets to the Knicks at his request in February 2011, a few months before he was initially slated to hit free agency. The Syracuse product indicated he would not push for a similar move by New York, noting that he’s “not going anywhere.”
The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year deal worth about $129 million, while competing teams can only offer four years and about $96 million. That might be enough to quash rumors that Anthony is considering a move to Los Angeles, where his wife, television personality La La Vasquez, spends a lot of time.
“I came to New York for a reason,” Anthony said. “I’ve been with you all my life, almost to a fault. I wanted to come here and take on the pressures of playing in New York. So, one thing I would tell my fans: If you haven’t heard it from me, then it ain’t true.”
• The entire Grambling University football team boycotted practice Wednesday, one day after a contentious meeting with school administrators, according to a report in the Shreveport (La.) Times.
The players are unhappy with their treatment, including having to travel by bus to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis as well as poor facilities. They met with school president Frank Pogue, athletic director Aaron James, interim coach George Ragsdale and student government president Jordan Harvey, but at least some players walked out of the meeting after it became negative.
“[The administration] knew that emotions were raw,” school spokesman Will Sutton said. “No matter what, it was going to be a challenge for the team to feel good after this season and last season.
“That’s part of the reason why we have a new [athletic director] and are looking for a new football coach. The president wanted to make a point that the university supports and appreciates the team and these students, and that the administration will do everything we need to do for the future success of the program.”
The team is 0-7 and has been outscored 71-19. Doug Williams, a Grambling alumnus who went on to play in the NFL and returned to coach the team, was fired last month.
• The Revolution will sell tickets for potential MLS playoff games at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, but the team’s hopes took a hit a day earlier when French forward Saer Sene underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle. Sene, who had five goals and five assists in 24 games this season, will need 4-6 months to recover, the team announced.
The 26-year-old Sene, in his second season in New England, dislocated the ankle and broke his left fibula in Saturday’s victory at Montreal. Last year his season ended early as well, as he suffered a left knee injury and underwent ACL repair surgery in September.
With two games remaining, the Revs are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference but just one point behind the three teams immediately in front of them. The top five teams qualify for the postseason.
The Revolution close the regular season with two games against eighth-place Columbus, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night and on the road Oct 27.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 17, 2004, the Red Sox began their comeback against the Yankees in the ALCS, winning Game 4 on David Ortiz‘ home run in the 12th inning. Which Yankees reliever — a former Sox hurler — surrendered Ortiz’ homer?
|10.16.13 at 12:12 pm ET|
While Boston lamented the breakup of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers Celtics this offseason, the Heat said goodbye to one of their chief rivals. Apparently, for the team that has won three straight Eastern Conference titles and hoisted the Larry O’Brien championship trophy two years in a row, there are no more arch-rivals remaining.
“There’s tension … but there’s no rivalries,” LeBron James told reporters Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that want to knock us off. There’s a couple of teams in the East that hate us. And we know who they are.”
Teammate Dwyane Wade echoed James’ sentiment, and added that the bad blood with the Celtics would “transfer well” to the Nets.
The Heat reached the 2013 NBA Finals but faced some resistance from the Eastern Conference along the way. The Pacers took Miami to seven games in the conference finals before the Heat proved too strong in the end.
The renovated Nets, the budding Pacers, the star-studded Knicks and a Derrick Rose-led Bulls team will look to dethrone Miami this season.
|10.16.13 at 11:27 am ET|
A documentary detailing Mariano Rivera’s final year as a major leaguer will reveal a surprise to some when it airs on Sunday on Fox: Rivera couldn’t wait for the season to be over.
The legendary Yankees closer was videotaped airing his anticipation for the end of the season when he and David Ortiz went out to dinner in Boston during a Red Sox-Yankees series in September.
“I can’t wait for the moment when this is over,” Rivera tells the Red Sox slugger in Spanish in the documentary, as reported by the New York Post. “I’m ready for it already, brother. I’m ready for it. Mentally and physically, I’m ready for it. There’s no desire anymore.”
The documentary, titled “BEING: Mariano Rivera,” follows Rivera throughout 2013, chronicling his life both on the playing field and at home.
Rivera announced before the start of the year that the 2013 season would be his last. Opposing teams at every ballpark he visited honored him and left him with parting gifts.
His career was put in doubt last season when he tore his ACL shagging fly balls during batting practice in early May at Kansas City. But Rivera was determined to avoid making the image of him clutching his knee in pain on the warning track of Kaufmann Stadium the last.
He looked like vintage Rivera this season, as he posted a 2.11 ERA, a 1.047 WHIP and 44 saves, but the Yankees failed to make the playoffs.
|10.16.13 at 10:14 am ET|
The saga surrounding Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his deceased 2-year-old son continues.
On Tuesday, Tom Wollman, Lincoln County state’s attorney, said he intends to ask for more serious grand jury charges for Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, for his connection in the death of Peterson’s son, Tyrese Robert Ruffin.
“We’ll seek a grand jury review in the near future,” Wollman said.
Ruffin died on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., after being hospitalized with serious head injuries.
Patterson, the live-in boyfriend of Ruffin’s mother, has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Bond was set at $750,000 cash.
Peterson made headlines on Sunday when he opted to play against the Panthers, two days after the boy’s death. He carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards in Minnesota’s 35-10 loss. This prompted criticism of Peterson, with a writer for the New York Post questioning him for playing.
Bobby Ruffin, who said he served as a father figure to the boy, went on Facebook and explained that Peterson did not know he was the biological father until a few months ago. Ruffin also complained about the perception that Peterson had an emotional connection to the child.
Wrote Ruffin on Friday: So tired of this poor Adrian Peterson [expletive]. Let me blow all your minds. The boy who died was my son. Yes A.P. he was the biological father but I raised him and he carried my name. Tyrese Robert Ruffin. I don’t blame AP for not really caring cuz him and I both found out recently who the biological father was.
AP met my son for the first time [Thursday] when my son was already in coma. I was here [Friday] when we pulled the plug, not him. He was happily practicing and has no problem playing on Sunday.
So yea this isn’t all out yet but I’m sick of the poor AP [expletive]. He didn’t know or even meet my son. Sorry for the outburst but put yourself in my place.
|10.16.13 at 7:44 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Tigers, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 4 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Magic at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Rangers at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• When Colts owner Jim Irsay parted ways with quarterback Peyton Manning after the 2011 season, the pair had an emotional press conference in which they lamented the move.
Apparently, there was more to the decision than was being let on. With Manning set to make his return to Indianapolis on Sunday night with the Broncos, Irsay said in an interview with USA Today on Tuesday that the Colts drafted Andrew Luck No. 1 overall and passed on re-signing Manning because they wanted more playoff success.
“[Tom] Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these [rings],” Irsay said. “Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. That leaves you frustrated.
“You make the playoffs 11 times, and you’re out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the ‘Star Wars’ numbers from Peyton and Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie [Wayne]. Mostly, you love this [ring].”
That didn’t sit well with Manning’s current coach, Broncos boss John Fox.
“I saw the comments. And to be honest with you, I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot,” Fox said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate.
“Peyton would never say anything. He’s too classy to do that. They sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me. For a guy who has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won four MVP awards … be thankful of that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don’t have one.”
Irsay took to Twitter later in the day and insisted he was talking about building “well-rounded teams around great QBs,” and accused his critics of having “negative agendas.”
• Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who last week lost his appeal of a $100,000 fine for an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1, could be in trouble again.
Suh led with his helmet when he hit Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden in the chest following a pass in Sunday’s game. The hit wasn’t penalized, but in a video posted on NFL.com Tuesday, vice president of officiating Dean Blandino indicated it should be reviewed.
“No. 90 hit the quarterback, lowered his head, that was not called,” Blandino said in the video. “Potential helmet to the body.”
Suh has been fined $177,500 in his 3½ NFL seasons and was suspended two games in 2011 that cost him an additional $165,294 in salary.
• A man who put on a bear costume with a Dodgers jersey and climbed atop the Cardinals dugout to entertain the fans at Dodger Stadium during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night has become a bit of a media sensation.
Mark Monninger, a 50-year-old furniture store owner, said he pitched the idea to the team of having a mascot but was told no. He showed up at a regular-season game and attempted to perform but was ejected. He knew the same fate awaited him Monday when he made his move in the eighth inning.
“The time came, and I headed off,” Monninger told LA’s NBC4 News. “I knew it was only going to be a few seconds before they asked me to leave, and that’s what happened.
“If I was going to try out for a character like this, I’d just have to jump in and do it.”
Monninger’s ejection — and subsequent banishment from Dodgers property for six months — was followed by a Dodgers rally in a 3-0 victory, leading some to credit the “Rally Bear” for providing a spark.
“I wanted to try to get them going,” Monninger said. “They really needed a win [Monday] night to keep the series going.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 16, 2004, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the ALCS to the Yankees, 19-8, before embarking on their historic comeback. Bronson Arroyo started for the Red Sox and managed to avoid being saddled with the loss despite allowing six earned runs in two-plus innings, as the Sox tied the score after three innings. Which former Yankee relieved Arroyo and took the loss despite allowing the fewest runs of any of the six Sox pitchers that night (one run in one-plus inning)?
|10.15.13 at 1:57 pm ET|
Almost six years after Redskins Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor was shot in killed in his Miami-area home, the trial of his accused murderer, 23-year-old Eric Rivera, is ready to begin, as jury selections are set to start up on Tuesday.
Three other men, Charles Wardlow, 24, Jason Scott Mitchell, 25, and Timothy Brown, 22, are all awaiting trial in connection to the case. Rivera is accused of being the one who pulled the trigger, striking Taylor in the upper leg, causing massive blood loss that eventually led to his death one day later at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Another man, 25-year-old Venjah Hunte, already has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and armed burglary and may testify against the others during the trial.
The five men involved in the case, thinking that the 24-year old Taylor was with the Redskins for an away game against the Buccaneers, allegedly planned on breaking into Taylor’s house on Nov. 26, 2007.
However, Taylor was at home that night, as he did not travel with the team and was resting a knee injury that he suffered earlier that season. Taylor confronted the suspects with a machete and was subsequently shot.
While it has taken quite some time for the trial to get underway, Taylor’s family, through lawyer Richard Sharpstein, said that they are ready for some closure at last.
“It is sometimes said that justice delayed is justice denied,” Sharpstein said. “But in this case, it’s better late than never and justice will be delivered. The Taylor family has full confidence in Judge Murphy and the prosecution team.”
Taylor, the fifth overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft out of the University of Miami, was well on his way to becoming one of the most dominant defensive players in the league at the time of his death. Known for his ferocious hits, Taylor was posthumously elected to his second Pro Bowl at the end of the 2007 season, becoming the first deceased player in NFL history to be awarded a spot on a Pro Bowl roster.
• Just a week after losing linebacker Clay Matthews for at least three games with a broken thumb, the Packers will have to deal with the loss of another key player, as wide receiver Randall Cobb sustained a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Ravens and is expected to miss “multiple weeks”, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
Cobb was hit in the knee by Ravens safety Matt Elam with 22 seconds remaining in the first half, forcing the 23-year-old wideout to be taken off the field on a cart. Cobb would return to the sidelines later in the game, but was using crutches.
|10.15.13 at 7:51 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Tigers, 4:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Warriors vs. Lakers, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Heat at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Panama at United States, 9:25 p.m. (belN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Poland at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Wally Bell, a Major League Baseball umpire who worked the National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Pirates last week, died of an apparent heart attack Monday in Ohio. He was 48.
Bell, who had quintuple bypass surgery in 1999, was scheduled to see a doctor Monday after not feeling well over the weekend.
“All of us at Major League Baseball are in mourning tonight regarding the sudden passing of Wally Bell,” commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “I always enjoyed seeing Wally, who was a terrific umpire and such an impressive young man. On behalf of our 30 clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Wally’s family, fellow umpires and his many friends throughout the game.”
The umpires for the National League Championship Series found out about Bell’s death about an hour before taking the field for the Cardinals-Dodgers Game 3.
“We had to regroup rather quickly and put our concentration where it needed to be,” crew chief Gerry Davis said. “We kept telling each other that that’s the way Wally would have wanted it, and we know that that’s really true. One of the things that we shared in the locker room afterwards is that I’m sure he’s very proud right now.”
Players, including some Red Sox, expressed their condolences on Twitter.
Tweeted Sox pitcher Jake Peavy: Just heard the news & devastated about the passing of Wally Bell. A great umpire, a great man.
Wrote outfielder Shane Victorino: My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Wally Bell. So sad to hear [and] will remember him [Tuesday] as I take the field.
• Jack Clark, who is being sued for defamation by Albert Pujols after accusing the the Angels slugger of using performance-enhancing drugs, is taking an interesting tact. The onetime Red Sox player offered to settle the dispute by having both men take a polygraph test.
Clark wants Pujols to be asked if “he is being deceptive when he asserts that he has never used steroids or performance-enhancing drugs while in the minor and major leagues.” Clark would be asked to verify his claim that he was told Pujols “juiced” by former trainer Chris Mihlfeld.
Clark made his initial claim during “The King and The Ripper” sports radio talk show on St. Louis’ WGNU. The show was subsequently canceled and the company that produced the show issued a lengthy retraction and apology last week, following the filing of Pujols’ lawsuit.
• Here’s your daily report on the Redskins nickname controversy: NBC announcer Bob Costas defended himself Monday after his diatribe at halftime of “Sunday Night Football” in which he referred to the ‘Redskins’ name as “an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.”
In a radio interview with Dan Patrick on Monday morning, Costas said that we’ve become accustomed to the name, but, “Once you take a step back, it’s very obvious” that it’s offensive.
Added Costas: “I wasn’t even calling for a specific action, although I was implying it. What I was asking the audience to do was to consider that even though — and I went out of my way to say this — clearly no offense is intended. No one should think that Dan Snyder or any NFL official wishes to disrespect, consciously wishes to disrespect Native Americans. But even though no offense is intended, isn’t it clear — if you’re fair — to see how some offense could legitimately be taken?”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 15, 1986, the Red Sox beat the Angels, 8-1, in Game 7 of the ALCS, completing a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. Who was the game’s winning pitcher?
|10.14.13 at 7:58 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
• In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.
Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.
Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”
Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”
Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.
Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.
• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”
Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”
• Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.
General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.
“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.
“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”
Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”
Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.
Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?
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