Archive for April, 2011

Frank McCourt says Bud Selig is ‘ducking’ him

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who is trying to make his case to retain control over the team, said Thursday that commissioner Bud Selig is “ducking” him. The league has taken control of the franchise and installed Tom Schieffer as monitor.

McCourt met with MLB officials Wednesday, but Selig was absent, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. McCourt has argued that a proposed television deal with FOX, which MLB has not yet approved, would diminish any concerns over his divorce and the finances of the team.

“I want to talk to Bud, and I want to know why he’s ducking me,” McCourt said during an appearance on MSNBC Thursday. “I’m here to solve a problem, not make a problem, and you know, we’ll deal with the next steps if he says. I can’t make a person talk to me and can’t make a person focus on the issue.

“This is a great transaction for the Dodgers and for baseball. It’s consistent with transactions approved for other teams. This, I’m not asking for a penny from any other owner or from MLB. I just want to access my capital. That’s all I want. I want to sit and talk about it, that’s all.”

Braves pitcher Derek Lowe arrested for DUI

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was arrested late Thursday night for driving under the influence, police confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright told the paper that Lowe was stopped around 10 p.m. and that the trooper “detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.” The trooper gave Lowe a field sobriety test and the 37-year-old pitcher refused to take a state-administered alcohol test.

Lowe also was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

Lowe, who pitched for the Red Sox from 1997-2004, is in his third season with the Braves after spending four years with the Dodgers. He is 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in six starts this season.

NFL players to return to work Friday

Friday, April 29th, 2011

After U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the NFL’s motion for a stay twice this week, the league told teams that players could return to work Friday. Players will be allowed to talk with coaches, work out at team facilities and look at their playbooks.

“That’s great news,” Broncos linebacker Joe Mays told ESPN.com. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do, get back to work.”

The NFL is also expected to release detailed guidelines for how free agency, trades and other roster moves will work without a collective bargaining agreement in place.

The league isn’t giving up on the fight just yet, though. It has asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to restore the lockout as soon as possible, hoping for a better result than it achieved in the federal courts of Minnesota.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Attorney says second fan accuses Braves coach Roger McDowell off misconduct

Friday, April 29th, 2011

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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Flyers, 3 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLS: Revolution at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who on Wednesday stood with Giants fan Justin Quinn and accused Braves coach Roger McDowell of making crude comments, gestures and threats to fans over the weekend, said Thursday that a second fan has contacted her about an incident involving McDowell in another state. The commissioner’s office said it is waiting for the Braves to finish gathering information before making a decision about possible punishment.

♦ Major League Baseball acknowledged it is considering how to punish White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for tweeting during a game Wednesday night in violation of league rules. Guillen had been ejected from the game at Yankee Stadium for arguing with an umpire when he tweeted: This one is going to cost me a lot of money this is patetic [sic]. Shortly afterward, Guillen tweeted again: Today a tough guy show up at yankee stadium, apparently in sarcastic reference to umpire Todd Tichenor.

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York’s two recently constructed ballparks, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, have yet to receive certificates of occupancy from the city, for different reasons.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 29, 1994, Ray Bourque became the Bruins’ all-time leader in playoff games played when he appeared in his 146th, a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Which player did he pass for first place?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: President Obama asks about Revis Island

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis accepted an invitation to join President Barack Obama at a dinner affair in New York Wednesday night. “We spoke for about 10 minutes, and the first thing he said to me was, ‘How’s the Island?’ ” Revis said. “I was laughing. I couldn’t believe it. This is the President of the United States, and he knows about Revis Island.

“I told him it was good, and that I’m always keeping it covered.”

♦ Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell apologized Wednesday after a Giants fan complained that McDowell made homophobic comments, crude sexual gestures and a threat before a Braves-Giants game in San Francisco over the weekend. Justin Quinn said when he told McDowell, “Hey, there are kids out here,” McDowell responded that kids don’t belong at the ballpark, picked up a bat and said, “How much are your teeth worth.”

♦ It’s well known that the Mets have major financial problems. Daniel Roberts in Fortune writes that the problems are worse than most people are aware, with the team’s liabilities close to $625 million.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 28, 1969, Bobby Orr won his second Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. The Bruins star went on to set the league record for most consecutive Norris Trophies with how many?

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SB Nation Wednesday: Bad loss for B’s, good loss for Sox

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

As part of WEEI’s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’ll be highlighting some of the website’s content on a daily basis. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s coverage around SB Nation:

• The Bruins lost to the Canadiens, 2-1, Tuesday night, as ill-timed penalties and stellar play from Habs goaltender Carey Price proved to be the difference in Game 6.

• SB Nation’s Canadiens blog, Habs Eyes On The Prize, agrees, writing that if there was one thing the Bruins learned Tuesday night, it was not too take stupid penalties, especially back-to-back.

• The Red Sox lost Tuesday night, but Over The Monster says it was a bit of a feel-good loss.

Pats Pulpit is counting down the top 10 Bill Belichick era draft success, and at No. 6 is Deion Branch.

Pacers’ Danny Granger calls Bulls’ Joakim Noah ‘cowardly’

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Pacers forward Danny Granger was not happy with Bulls big man Joakim Noah following Tuesday night’s Chicago victory that eliminated Indianapolis in their opening-round series.

“He pulled a cowardly move,” said Granger, who tried to get at Noah after the game but was intercepted by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “He cheap-shotted a couple of my teammates, and one gets thrown out.”

Added Granger: “The refs never catch what he did. … It’s cowardly. And I’m going to say something about it. I wanted to say something about it all the way to the game was over. I just don’t think the game should be played that way. You can play hard and fight and battle, but when you start cheap-shotting people, it gets out of hand.”

Josh McRoberts was the Pacers player who was ejected, but he played down the incident.

“I’m not mad about it,” he said. “He got a good hit on me. They caught me trying to hit him back. It’s part of the game. I’m not going to say it’s dirty. That’s Game 5 of a playoff series. You can’t say it’s dirty, it’s part of basketball.”

Noah didn’t get upset when informed of Granger’s comments. “I wasn’t dirtier than anyone else,” he said. “It was a battle down there. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody. I was just trying to win.”

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Boston teams shine in social media rankings

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)
NHL Playoffs: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, VERSUS)

AROUND THE WEB:

Sports Business Journal has a study of how sports teams are faring in social media. All four of the Boston major sports teams rank second or third in their respective leagues based on total number of Twitter followers plus Facebook likes, and all but the Bruins are in the top 18 worldwide. The world rankings are dominated by European soccer teams, with the Lakers the only American team in the top eight.

♦ Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post explaining why he is suing Washington City Paper. Snyder insists he is not thin-skinned about personal criticism but that he won’t stand to be called a crook for a crime he did not commit.

♦ A soccer goalie in England turned the other cheek as a few young fans of the opposing team assaulted him on the field after he allowed a goal. Cameron Belford, a 22-year-old goalie for Bury, ignored taunts and a punch to the side of his face from teenage fans of Chesterfield during Monday’s game. Bury went on to win, 3-2. Local police made three arrests and said they anticipate more when they get help identifying other perpetrators.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 27, 2002, which Red Sox pitcher threw the first no-hitter at Fenway Park since 1965?

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SB Nation Tuesday: Feeling the NFL draft

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

As part of WEEI’s new partnership with SB Nation Boston, we’ll be highlighting some of the website’s content on a daily basis. Here’s a look at Tuesday’s coverage around SB Nation:

• With the 2011 NFL draft just days away, SB Nation’s Joel Thorman looks at the five biggest questions entering the weekend:

• The NFL lockout was lifted, but what does it mean? Andrew Sharp takes a closer look at Judge Susan Nelson‘s ruling at SB Nation.

Pats Pulpit takes a look at Bill Parcells‘ Big Board of players (after a lot of pausing and print screening).

Over The Monster examines the recent success of Red Sox pitching, where the real question isn’t, “Can the Red Sox keep this up,” but, “How far can we expect them to fall.”

• Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, a great fit for the Giants.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Vick protests dog-fighting cell phone app

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Welcome to Tuesday’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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN Plus; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Michael Vick is speaking out against a cell phone app in which players train dogs to fight. The Eagles quarterback, who serve 21 months in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring, joined the Humane Society in criticizing the designer of “Dog Wars” and calling for the removal of the game. “This app just sends the wrong message,” Vick said in a statement.

Kage Games, the company that designed the app, insisted it was “a satire” and that a portion of proceeds were intended to go to animal rescue organizations. “We are confident in humankind’s ability to distinguish between a rudimentary game and the consequences of real life,” the company said in a statement.

♦ There are a couple of interesting articles about former Red Sox sluggers worth a look. In The New York Times, Sara Rimer writes about Manny Ramirez‘ innocent high school days in New York City. In the Reno Gazette-Journal, Chris Gabel writes about Wily Mo Pena, who is tearing it up for the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team.

♦ The NCAA released a Notice of Allegations against Ohio State for improper behavior by its football program, and it indicates that coach Jim Tressel‘s lies are “potential major violations.” At Fox Sports Ohio, Bruce Hooley writes that Tressel should resign, but he explains why the school won’t fire him in the meantime.

♦ With the Dodgers’ and Mets’ financial troubles drawing concern around baseball, Real Clear Sports has a list of 10 sports franchises that filed for bankruptcy. The Penguins appear on the list twice. There are no Boston entrants.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 26, 1995, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher who would go on to a successful career in Boston?

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