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Sports world reacts to Manchester terror attack

05.23.17 at 1:27 pm ET
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In response to the terror attack in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, many in the sports world reacted to the tragic events on social media.

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Peter King writes thrilling Pete Abraham day in the life log

05.23.17 at 1:26 pm ET
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MMQB— No violins, please. But I thought it might be a cool note—seeing that I did not travel last week—to record a travel day in the life of the Boston Globe’s Red Sox beat man Pete Abraham, in the middle of a road trip:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
11:35 p.m. Central Time: Boston-St. Louis game ends in extra innings at Busch Stadium: Red Sox 5, Cards 4.

THURSDAY, May 18
12:56 a.m. CT: Abraham files final story for BostonGlobe.com, leaves Busch Stadium press box, walks to hotel.

1 a.m. CT: At hotel, Abraham packs.

1:45 a.m. CT: Finishes packing. Goes to sleep.

3:30 a.m. CT: Wakeup call. He also set a phone alarm.

4 a.m. CT: Leaves for St. Louis airport. Rides in a cab that smells like unwashed clothes. Quite a coincidence, seeing that there was a pile of unwashed clothes in the back seat.

4:47 a.m. CT: Writes a Facebook post about his evening/morning. “So why is this fun? In the end, I’m going somewhere to get paid to watch baseball and write about it. Those are just about the two things I like best, so there’s no sense to complain about it.”

5:10 a.m. CT: Boards Delta flight 844, St. Louis to Salt Lake City. Abraham takes his coach window seat and sleeps most of the way to Salt Lake.

7:55 a.m. Mountain Time: After landing in Salt Lake City, Abraham finds the Delta club and finishes his early story for BostonGlobe.com. He has cranberry juice and a blueberry muffin.

9:46 a.m. MT: Delta flight 2001, Salt Lake to Oakland, departs. Abraham sleeps most of the way to Oakland. Abraham gets on the car rental shuttle and picks up a National car.

11:45 a.m. Pacific Time: Abraham, after a stop for a large Red Bull at a convenience store, is able to check in early at the Marriott Courtyard near the Oakland Coliseum. He puts on workout gear and hits the workout room at the hotel. He does 45 minutes on the treadmill (speed 4.5, incline 2).

1:45 p.m. PT: Abraham leaves the hotel, stops and picks up a turkey sandwich at Subway, and arrives in the Oakland press box around 2:30.

5 p.m. PT: Abraham, in a gaggle, interviews manager John Farrell at the stadium.

6:35 p.m. PT: Abraham does the NESN pregame show, televised back to New England, in a booth at the stadium.

7:07 p.m. PT: Game number 40 for the Red Sox is underway. Sonny Gray throws ball one to Mookie Betts.

11:30 p.m. PT: Oakland 8, Boston 3. Twenty-two hours after the final pitch in St. Louis, Abraham leaves the press box in a city two time zones away.

I honestly love daily logs like this of people’s lives but a lot of times they are interesting and there are things in there that are unique and humanizing, maybe even funny. And you learn something about the person.

What we learned about Pete Abe: likes blueberry muffins and treadmill on incline, takes a long time to pack.

Spice it up a little, Pete. You are not packing for 45 minutes straight. “Finishes packing. Goes to sleep.” So does the reader. Snoozefest. Then he gets a wakeup call AND sets his phone alarm? Pete actually gave Peter King this detail.

I want a weekly one of these on Pete Abe. Even in the offseason. Especially in the offseason. I want to know what he does when he’s not working and setting alarms and writing Facebook posts about loving his job. Not that I really care what he does, but the more mockable Pete Abe material the better.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Boston writer denounced nationally for terrible tweet about Manchester terrorist attack

05.23.17 at 9:12 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:
San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: St. Louis at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— As news broke of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday, a Boston-based writer tweeted a tasteless joke about the incident and faced massive and much-deserved backlash.

David Leavitt, a freelance writer, posted the initial tweet (which he deleted much later) and then a series of follow-up tweets before tweeting a poor excuse for an apology:

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Report: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic barely speak to each other, show atmosphere is ‘poisonous’

05.22.17 at 7:34 pm ET
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The relationship between Mike & Mike has reportedly deteriorated. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The relationship between Mike & Mike has reportedly deteriorated. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Armchair psychologists had a field day last week when Mike Golic didn’t look his longtime radio partner Mike Greenberg in the eye while addressing the show’s long-rumored breakup. As it turns out, there was apparently a lot of festering animosity behind the slight.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports the two “Mike & Mike” hosts, who have been together since 2000, are no longer pals. In fact, sources say they barely talk to each other off the set or during commercial breaks.

One ESPN staffer described the environment as “poisonous,” speculating the show won’t run until its contractual end, which is believed to be in December. ESPN announced last week Mike Greenberg will host a variety morning show out of New York City in 2018, while Golic stays in morning drive with Trey Wingo. Mike Golic Jr., who hosts overnights on ESPN Radio, will join the program every day from 6:00-7:00 a.m.

While there are reportedly multiple reasons for the on-set friction, one source told Deitsch Golic is peeved that Greenberg didn’t talk to him about pursuing his own television program. “From Golic’s perspective, he thinks Mike [Greenberg] should have come to him and told him he wanted to do his own thing,” the ESPN employee said. “But Greeney is very non-confrontational, truly a nice a guy, and he would say that it wasn’t incumbent on him to tell Golic everything about what he wanted to do professionally. I guess I can see both sides.”

When the hosts announced the breakup last Wednesday, Golic’s son ripped ESPN in a number of tweets. In perhaps the most telling sign about the Golic family’s feelings about the split, the tweets are still up.

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Linda Pizutti Henry opens up about John Henry romance, including strings of late-night emails

05.22.17 at 4:12 pm ET
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John Henry and Linda Pizutti Henry are one of Boston's premier power couples. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

John Henry and Linda Pizutti Henry are one of Boston’s premier power couples. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Red Sox principal owner John Henry and his wife, Linda Pizutti Henry, are perhaps Boston’s most famous power couple. But their relationship remains shrouded in mystery, largely due to John Henry’s guarded public persona.

In a new Boston Magazine profile, Linda opens up about her marriage with the billionaire businessman, who’s 26 years her elder. Raised on the North Shore in close-knit Italian family, Linda, 38, says her father was originally against her relationship with the 66-year-old Henry. He was afraid of her getting overshadowed, she explains.

“My father was very proud,” she told Boston Magazine. “He didn’t want me to be in someone’s shadow. And for him, you know, I was this younger woman. So people were making assumptions about my intentions that were insulting to my father, to my family. That, you know, I would be doing something for material intentions.”

When they first met at the Liberty Hotel in 2008, Linda, who isn’t a sports fan, apparently didn’t know who Henry was. She originally rebuffed his courtship, at least partially because of her friends’ and family member’s misgivings.

Linda, who obtained her master’s in real estate from MIT in 2006, dated exhaustively throughout her 20s. Her friends say Henry’s intellect is what ultimately reeled her in, along with romantic late-night emails. Boston Magazine published one of them in a 2009 feature story about the couple.

“We feted the Celtics tonight and the skies opened. The sun emerged and created a giant rainbow between the city and the park. We were transfixed,” Henry wrote. “You only saw it if you were in the right place. I was in the right place when I noticed you.”

The profile, which focuses on Linda’s efforts to bring the Boston Globe back to profitability, paints her as an independent woman who uses her relationship with Henry as a way to pursue her various business interests. She’s taken on an increasingly prominent position at the Globe, where Henry has faded to the background.

Given Henry’s penchant for reclusiveness, it’s easy to imagine a future where Linda takes on a larger role with the Red Sox, too. As of now, her biggest contributions to the club include the creation of Tessie, sister to Wally the Green Monster, and Fenway Park’s sustainable rooftop garden.

Assuming their marriage lasts, Linda Pizutti Henry may become the most influential and powerful woman in Boston. Good thing she didn’t turn away the hermit-like older gentleman who approached her at the Liberty nine years ago. Despite her friends’ claims to the contrary, it’s almost as if she knew who he was.

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Colin Kaepernick’s jersey is going to the Smithsonian

05.22.17 at 11:26 am ET
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Colin Kaepernick's jersey will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s jersey may not appear on an NFL field again. But it will soon be displayed in the Smithsonian.

Thanks to a donation late last year from sociologist Harry Edwards, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. acquired the jersey Kaepernick wore in 2016 while he was protesting the national anthem. The museum’s curator of sports, Damion Thomas, told USA Today last week the piece of memorabilia will be showcased within the next one or two years.

Edwards, who organized the Olympic Project for Human Rights, explained why he thinks Kaepernick needs to be recognized in the museum as soon as possible.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,'” he said. “”‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.'”

Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality in African American neighborhoods started a nationwide movement, with high school players joining as well. He remains a free agent, leading some to ask whether he’s been blackballed from the league due to his social activism. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said recently he was open to bringing Kaepernick aboard, but there hasn’t been any reported progress on contract negotiations.

Since speaking out about police violence, Kaepernick has involved himself in a litany of social projects. This offseason, he’s helped deliver food and water to famine-ravaged Somalia and brought his “Know Your Rights” camp to Chicago, in which more than 200 students attended workshops on financial literacy, college preparation and interacting with law enforcement.

The 29-year-old quarterback recently purchase an apartment in Manhattan, where he handed out free suits outside of a parole office earlier this month.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz receives honorary doctorate degree from Boston University

05.22.17 at 9:34 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:
 San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Golden State at San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— David Ortiz stole the show at Boston University’s graduation on Sunday and all he said was “Thank you very much.”

Ortiz received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from the university in front of more than 20,000 people at Nickerson Field.

BU president Dr. Robert A. Brown introduced Ortiz by highlighting his career stats, his leadership, charitable endeavors and speech after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

The crowd chanted “speech!” as Ortiz accepted his degree but Ortiz only said those four words when he took the mic and then returned to his seat.          

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Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with inmate he called his ‘heart,’ prison letters show

05.21.17 at 11:44 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with other inmates, according to verified prison letters. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez requested to bunk with other inmates, according to verified prison letters. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Hernandez requested multiple times to cell with other inmates he called his “brother” and “heart,” newly unearthed prison letters show.

The five letters, obtained by the Boston Globe, are written to the Inner Perimeter Security staff at Souza-Barnowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, where the disgraced ex-NFL star was serving a life sentence for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting. In one of them, Hernandez explains why he wants to bunk with an inmate in another part of the prison. The man’s name is redacted.

“So, please make this happen and I even prefer to move in with (redacted); me and him are very close and have been since the streets and that’s FACT, not bulls–t,” the letter reads. “He’s my heart and like a real brother to me that’s why I want and am requesting to go upstairs and live with him.”

In another one, Hernandez says he wants to clear up “false gossip.” Specifics are redacted.

“I have been hearing from many or rather few thinking I’m (redacted) but that is false, people are always coming up with things that are incorrect. (redacted),” Hernandez wrote. “But a few have come up to me thinking that so it must have wrongly been circulating through false gossip.”

Hernandez was rumored to be carrying on a relationship with another inmate, Kyle Kennedy. In a press conference last month, Kennedy’s lawyer, Lawrence F. Army Jr., said the two men wanted to bunk together. Army wouldn’t address the nature of their relationship, however.

Prison officials found three letters in Hernandez’s cell after he had hanged himself in April. Army says one of them was addressed to Kennedy, but Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, said on Dr. Phil last week that isn’t the case. In the interview, Jenkins-Hernandez also denied the former Patriots tight end was gay or bisexual.

 

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Thinking out loud: What does Dan Hurley’s extension at URI mean?

05.19.17 at 1:08 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison?

— Dan Hurley’s contract extension was made official at URI this week, with a deal in place that can keep the coach around through the 2023-24 season. It’s a smart, necessary PR move for Rhody in an always-changing world, and his second extension in two years. Does this “lock him in” now, Rams fans? No, it doesn’t. But that’s the reality of big-business college basketball these days.

— The same is true for PC’s Ed Cooley. Coaches can say and DO all the right things, but in a business as volatile as coaching – and it very much IS a business – it’s better to “never say never.” You’ll be right more often.

— Providence’s home games in the 2K Classic have been scheduled, and include playing Houston Baptist University on November 10th – which would serve as PC’s season-opener – and Belmont on Nov. 22nd, which would come AFTER playing at Madison Square Garden on the 16th and 17th.

— But since Rhode Island Comic Con is scheduled for the Dunkin Donuts Center on Nov. 10-12, the Friars may be forced to play the Houston Baptist home game at Alumni Hall. The season opener on campus? That would certainly increase interest in a game with HB-who, wouldn’t it? But what season-ticket holders would be left out? Glad that call is above my pay-grade.

— Bryant’s basketball program has been hammered with two significant losses recently, largely unexpected. North Providence’s Marcel Pettway is leaving the program after playing his way into prominence within the NEC the past two seasons. Last year’s leading scorer Nisre Zouzoua also left the Bulldogs’ team and transferred to Nevada.

— It might not be time to panic, but when two of your better players decide it’s in their best interest to play elsewhere? It might be time for a little program introspection, at the very least. 6-6 forward Malik Smith will transfer into Bryant, coming from North Carolina-Asheville.

— URI picked up a commitment from Brooklyn native, junior college forward Ryan Preston out of Trinity Valley (Texas), and the 6-7 junior will have two years of eligibility. Smart move on his part, as the Rams will have one of the deepest and perhaps one of the most talented backcourts around next year. He should see a lot of playing time – somebody in Kingston needs to rebound.

— I’ve surmised for two years that Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado has, at the very least, one super skill that makes him pro-worthy – his ability to rebound. The same was said of former PC all-Big East forward Michael Smith two decades ago, and his career in the NBA spanned eight seasons.

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Trenni on Colin Cowherd: ‘If I saw him right now I might punch him in the face’

05.19.17 at 9:17 am ET
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Colin Cowherd (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Colin Cowherd (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Trenni Kusnierek went on a rant Friday morning on Kirk and Callahan about Colin Cowherd’s treatment of women in sports media, mainly in reaction to his response to Kristine Leahy confronting Lavar Ball this week.

“My theory’s always been on this is that we should give women opportunities,” Cowherd said. “When I left my former employer … and I was listening to all the radio out there and it was all guys. And I thought, you know, I finally have real power in this business. And the power is going to be to change radio.”

Trenni took issue with this statement and called him out on it.

Kusnierek called Cowherd a “lying sack of crap” because ESPN once hired Jen Lada, a friend of Trenni’s, to work on a show with Cowherd, but he ditched the show and moved to Los Angeles at the last minute.

“So don’t talk about how Fox has given you, has just given me this freedom to just lift women up from the bottom dredges of media,” Trenni said. “Screw you, you pretentious a-hole.”

“It’s so infuriating,” Trenni went on. “If I saw him right now I might punch him in the face.”

Hear is the full rant here.