Archive for March, 2012

End of Linsanity? Knicks announce Jeremy Lin to undergo surgery

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The New York Knicks announced (via twitter) that point guard Jeremy Lin will be sidelined for approximately six weeks “after an MRI revealed [a] small chronic meniscus tear.”

“I want to be out there helping the team. It’s a six-week rehab process but I heal quickly so we’ll see,” Lin told reporters.

Lin is averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 turnovers per game in 35 games in which he’s averaged 27 minutes a night for the Knicks. Of course, since becoming a regular in the Knicks rotation, he has higher numbers across the board, including 18.5 points a night in his last 26 games. Still, the 23-year-old has been limited by the injury, and had not played since March 24.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Urban Meyer wants Jets to play Tim Tebow

Friday, March 30th, 2012

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: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Mavericks at Magic, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Canadiens at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB preseason: Diamondbacks at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

SATURDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Cavaliers at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Nets at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament semifinal, Louisville vs. Kentucky, 6:09 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament semifinal, Ohio State vs. Kansas, 8:49 p.m. (CBS)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Angels at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Revolution at Galaxy, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 3:30 p.m. (ABC; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Thunder, 1 p.m. (ABC)
NBA: Nuggets at Magic, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Timberwolves at Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Flyers at Penguins, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
MLB preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who coached Tim Tebow at the University of Florida, had some advice for Tebow’s new team: Get him on the field as much as possible, and don’t hold him back. During an appearance on ESPN, Meyer suggested the Jets switch to a spread offense to take full advantage of what Tebow has to offer.

“Let him play,” Meyer said. “Just let him play.”

Meanwhile, Tebow tweeted for the first time since being acquired by the Jets, joking about how “excited” he is (after using some form of that word 44 times during his introductory press conference).

Added Tebow: Fireman Ed and the rest of Jets nation, I’m gonna play my heart out for you. J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!

‘™¦ Neighborhood bookies are apparently alive and well, and they’re being added by companies located outside the United States that post lines, tracks bets and answer bettors’ questions for them. The New York Times has the details of how these web-based services are helping the industry thrive.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 30, 1978, the Red Sox sent pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz and third baseman Ted Cox to the Indians for which two players?

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Andrew Bynum benched late in Lakers win

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Lakers stars are earning plenty of bench time lately. One game after coach Mike Brown benched Kobe Bryant, center Andrew Bynum rode the pine late in the Lakers’ 104-101 win over the Warriors Tuesday. Bynum was benched for most of the fourth quarter and some of the third quarter after he missed a 3-pointer with 10:05 left in the third quarter and 14 seconds remaining on the shot clock. Bynum recorded just seven 3-point attempts in his seven-year career.

The shot seemed to be the final straw in Bynum’s game that led Brown to bench Bynum, but Brown refused to elaborate on the specifics of Bynum’s benching following the game.

“If I don’€™t feel like he’€™s playing the right way, I’€™ll take him out the game,” Brown said. “I didn’€™t feel like he was playing the right way. I didn’€™t feel like we were playing the right way as a club when he was on the floor. That’€™s why I took him out the game.’€

Bynum’s behavior did not improve on the bench. He refused to join the team in huddles during timeouts and mocked taking the shot on the bench shortly after Brown pulled him from the game. After the game, Bynum said he would not change the way he approaches three-pointers following the benching.

“I guess, ‘Don’t take 3s’ is the message, but I’m going to take another one and I’m going to take some more, so I just hope it’s not the same result,” the infrequent three-point shooter Bynum said after the game. “Hopefully I make it.”

Canadiens fire general manager Pierre Gauthier

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The end of the NHL’s regular season is approaching, but it came a bit early for Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier, who was fired on Thursday morning while Montreal sits in last place in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens made the announcement via the team’s Twitter account, tweeting: Pierre Gauthier has been relieved from his duties. The search for a new General Manager[sic] is underway.

The move ends Gauthier’s two-year tenure as general manager for the Canadiens. Gauthier took over the position on Feb. 8, 2010, when he made the jump from assistant general manager to GM after former general manager Bob Gainey was fired.

Gauthier has been involved in plenty of controversy this season. When the Canadiens went 1-7 in their first eight games, he fired assistant coach Perry Pearn just hours before an Oct. 27 game against the Flyers.

In December, Gauthier fired coach Jacques Martin and replaced him with Randy Cunneyworth. The move drew criticism from the Montreal fanbase since Cunneyworth does not speak French. Gauthier later apologized for upsetting fans by hiring the monolingual coach.

“I’m sorry if we upset people,” Gauthier told reporters Jan. 2. “Because that certainly wasn’t our intention.”

Then, in the middle of a Jan. 12 game against the Bruins, Gauthier traded the outspoken Michael Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames after Cammalleri told the media that the Canadiens played with a “losing attitude.”

Gauthier has worked for the Canadiens since 2003, when he joined the organization as the director of professional scouting.

MLB investigates London Olympic Stadium as venue for European games

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

North Americans and Europeans have long been partners in nearly every aspect of international life, including sporting events. Of North America’s four major sports leagues, three (the NBA, NFL and NHL) have used Europe as a host for some of their games.

Now, Major League Baseball is looking to expand its reach to Europe as well. MLB has at least two prospective locations for a show field in Europe: London’s Olympic Stadium and a new stadium that is being built in the Netherlands.

According to Clive Russell, MLB International’s managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, MLB has done measurements of London’s Olympic Stadium in an interest to see how the venue would work for baseball after it is downsized following this summer’s Olympic Games.

The facility is built to accommodate 80,000 spectators for the games, but will be turned into a 60,000-capacity venue suitable for a variety of purposes following the conclusion of the 2012 Olympics.

“That [London] stadium, the way it’s built, actually is big enough for a baseball game,” Russell said. “It’s not perfect, but it has some real potential. ‘€¦ It’s tight and there would be some struggles with sight lines.”

MLB also is looking into a stadium in the Netherlands expected to open in 2014 that has 3,000 permanent seats but could utilize temporary seating for 25,000 fans.

“Right now, they’re the front-runners,” Russell said. “If you build it, we will come.”

This news comes as MLB wraps up another series in Japan, with the Mariners and Athletics splitting two regular-season games at Tokyo Dome.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets CB Darrelle Revis calls Bill Belichick ‘jerk’

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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: Capitals at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Mavericks at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT final, Minnesota vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Phillies, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Royals at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stirred up the Jets-Patriots rivalry Wednesday, calling New England coach Bill Belichick a “jerk” during an appearance on ESPN.

Participating in a word-association game while sitting next to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Revis paused after hearing Belichick’s name, and then replied, “Jerk.”

When asked to elaborate, he said it was for “some of the comments he says about the Jets.”

Said Gronkowski: “Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. ‘€¦ I’m surprised.”

Gronkowski then was given the name “Rex Ryan,” and he said of the Jets coach: “Entertainer.”

Revis also took a shot at his own team. When given the term “locker room,” Revis responded: “Disarray right now.”

‘™¦ Knicks guard Jeremy Lin had lunch with the ESPN editor who wrote the offensive headline that got him fired last month. Anthony Federico told New York Newsday that the two spent some time together Tuesday at a Manhattan restaurant after a member of Lin’s family reached out to him.

“The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule ‘€¦ He’s just a wonderful, humble person,” Federico said. “He didn’t have to do that.. We talked more about matters of faith [and] reconciliation. We talked about our shared Christian values and what we’re both trying do with this situation. ‘€¦ We didn’t talk about the headline for more than three minutes.”

‘™¦ Nike filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York, accusing Reebok of using Tim Tebow‘s name on Jets apparel without permission. Nike replaces Reebok as the official supplier of NFL uniforms beginning Sunday, so Nike apparently wants the Canton-based retailer to step aside and let it capitalize on the demand for Tebow Jets apparel immediately.

The lawsuit claims Reebok misappropriated publicity rights, interfered with business relationships and failed to get Tebow’s permission before launching the new products.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 29 of which year did the Bruins beat the Rangers, 2-1, to complete a two-game sweep of the Stanley Cup finals and win their first championship?

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Tom Coughlin near contract extension with Giants

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

After leading the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in five years, Tom Coughlin is in the process of working out a contract extension with the team, according to the New York Post.

In the report, based on the Post’s conversations with Giants owner John Mara, it was noted that the deal should get done in a month to six weeks.

‘€œWe’€™ve had a lot of good discussions since the Super Bowl, and I have no doubt it’€™s going to get done very soon,’€™’€™ Mara told the Post. ‘€œAs I’€™ve said, Tom is our guy, and we think we have the best coach in the league.’€

Upon winning his first Super Bowl with the Giants in 2008, a 17-14 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Coughlin received a four-year, $21 million extension. At 65 years old, Coughlin was the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl when the Giants again beat the Patriots, this time in Super Bowl XLVI.

Regardless of how long the extension is for, Coughlin knows he still has to perform in order to remain in good standing with Giants ownership and fans alike.

‘€œNo matter many years you sign a contract, it’s a one-year deal,” Coughlin told the Post. “I’m going to go forth with the idea of enjoying each season as it comes and rallying the troops. I want to be a motivator for our staff, our players and our organization.’€

Kentucky, Louisville fans fight at dialysis clinic

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The term March Madness got a new meaning when a trip to a Kentucky dialysis center turned into a scuffle as fans of Kentucky and Louisville came to blows while undergoing treatment, according to a report from Kentucky TV station WKYT.

According to Louisville fan Charles Taylor, the fight started when a diehard Kentucky fan, Ed Wilson, flipped him the bird and told him to shut up after he overheard Taylor and another patient chatting about the upcoming game.

Wilson was hooked up to a machine at the time, while Taylor was waiting his turn.

“He just happened to think U of L would beat UK, and he started to run his mouth,” Wilson said. “That’s what started it.”

Taylor responded to Wilson’s gesture with a physical response.

“I wasn’t gonna take no more from him,” Taylor said. “I went up to him and I hit him. Didn’t hit him that hard, but I hit him.”

Said Wilson: “I’m sitting there hooked up to a machine and I can’t do anything.”

Police were called, but the altercation had ended by the time they arrived. Wilson said he will not file charges.

“I’m sorry it happened,” Wilson said. “Hopefully, he won’t come at the same time as me anymore.”

The teams face off in the national semifinals Saturday.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain on defensive after trampoline injury

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Jazz at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Magic at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Red Wings at Blue Jackets, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain met the media Tuesday for the first time since suffering an open dislocation of the subtalar join in the heel area in a trampoline accident last week. Chamberlain claimed the injury was not as bad as reported, and he said he plans to return later this season.

“One of those things that bothered me, people calling me asking me if it was life-threatening and that I was going to lose my foot,” Chamberlain said. “There was no bone out of my ankle. It bothered me to have my family go through that. I broke no bones. I didn’€™t dislocate my ankle. Nothing was out of the skin. I didn’€™t lose a lot of blood, contrary to what people wrote. It wasn’€™t life-threatening and I wasn’€™t planning on losing my foot. Basically, when you rolled your ankle the skin just went.”

Chamberlain, who has been rehabbing after Tommy John surgery last year, was jumping on trampolines at a facility with his 5-year-old son when he was hurt. He insisted he was only trying to be a good father.

“I would never do anything considered reckless with my son,” he said. “There are certain elements of everyday life you do. I don’€™t second-guess anything.”

‘™¦ Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey reveals in a forthcoming autobiography that he was sexually abused as an 8-year-old, a secret he kept even from his wife until they were married for eight years. An excerpt from “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” in this week’s Sports Illustrated detailed Dickey’s challenge to overcome the anger and shame he felt after the abuse at the hands of two teenagers.

“I have spent so much of my life running and hiding, and I wasn’t going to continue doing that in the book,” Dickey told the press Tuesday at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “What would be the point in doing that — perpetuating untruth. It was important to me to tell the truth, to be completely authentic. Sharing the pain I went through is part of the healing for me, a catharsis in many ways.”

Dickey also wrote about finding a syringe in the clubhouse when he played for the Rangers in 2001, although he did not accuse any players of using performance-enhancing drugs.

‘™¦ A representative for Dennis Rodman said in a court filing that the former NBA star is broke and cannot afford to pay more than $800,000 he owes in back child support for two children he had with his third wife, Michelle. Rodman also owes $51,000 in spousal support.

Rodman appeared in court Tuesday in Orange, Calif., to face charges that he has not paid the support in four months. His sentencing was moved to May 29.

Rodman’s financial adviser, Peggy Williams, told the court that the Hall of Famer is an alcoholic.

“His sickness impacts his ability to get work,” Williams said in the court documents, according to the Daily Pilot newspaper in Costa Mesa, Calif. “This case, especially his wife filling for divorce, has put him on a binge that I have never seen before. He is extremely hurt and extremely sick. He is often unable to obtain work because of this sickness. And his sickness is getting increasingly worse.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 28, 1986, the Red Sox made a trade with the Yankees to acquire designated hitter Don Baylor, who helped the Red Sox win the 1986 American League pennant. Which player did the Sox trade to New York?

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Canucks confirm Daniel Sedin has concussion

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Monday that star left winger Daniel Sedin suffered a concussion after receiving an elbow to the head from Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in a March 21 game. This was the team’s first public confirmation of the injury.

“He’s got a concussion, and when we have something more to say, we’ll say it,” Vigneault said Monday. He did not have a timetable for Sedin’s return.

Keith was suspended for five games for the hit. The missed games will cost him $149,688.

Sedin is the leading goal-scorer for the Canucks with 30 goals and 37 assists in 72 games this season. He plays on a top line with twin brother, Henrik, who leads the Canucks in points with 13 goals and 60 assists in 76 games. In the aftermath of Daniel’s injury, Henrik said he thinks referees need to increase punishment during games for hits like the one that injured Daniel. Keith received a two-minute elbowing penalty for the hit during the game.

“On the ice, the referees should have an easier time giving out a few more minutes for the dangerous hits, I think — elbows, boarding, charging and that kind of stuff,” Henrik said. “They’re going to injure players. Players are going to respect that more, maybe, than a one or two-game suspension, because if you hurt your team in a game and you lose because of a stupid play, that’s going to hurt more in front of your teammates than, maybe, a one or two-game suspension.”

Vancouver is 2-1 in Daniel’s absence and has six games left in the regular season. The Canucks already clinched the Northwest Division title, thus earning a spot in the playoffs.