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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ex-Bears DL Ray McDonald arrested again 05.28.15 at 8:00 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:
MLB: Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College softball: World Series, Tennessee vs. Florida, noon (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, LSU vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College softball: World Series, Alabama vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College softball: World Series, UCLA vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Two days after being arrested for domestic violence and child endangerment and then being cut by the Bears, lineman Ray McDonald was arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order.

McDonald was issued the restraining order after Monday’s incident, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee, who was with their infant child. His attorney denies that he or McDonald were notified of the restraining order, which barred him from returning to the home in Santa Clara, California.

McDonald went to the home to meet with a private investigator, his lawyer said, at a time when his ex-fiancee was not home. He was arrested at a fast-food restaurant Wednesday afternoon and booked on $5,000 bail.

Cut by the 49ers in December after what the team called a “pattern of poor decision-making,” McDonald signed a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Bears team chairman George McCaskey expressed concern for the alleged victim.

“The overriding emotion for me was sadness,” McCaskey said of his reaction to McDonald’s Monday arrest. “Sadness for the child, for the child’s mother and for the entire situation. Domestic violence is a vexing social problem. The NFL has had some high-profile cases including this one, and the NFL because it’s a leader in a society is called upon to take action, which we are doing. We’re not going to do it by ourselves, but I think we have an opportunity to make an impact.”

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that the Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson, despite the running back’s lack of cooperation since his return from his suspension last season.

Speaking to the media Wednesday during the second day of OTAs — which Peterson is skipping — Zimmer dismissed any suggestion that the team might move Peterson.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said. “He’s not going to play for anybody else, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: FIFA says election will go on despite officials’ arrests in soccer corruption probe 05.27.15 at 8:03 am ET
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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:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Dnipro vs. Sevilla, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Toronto, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

— After decades of rumors and reports about corruption at soccer’s highest levels, 14 soccer executives were indicted Wednesday for their alleged roles in a bribery scandal related to tournaments in the United States and Latin America, and Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Six soccer executives, in Switzerland for a FIFA congress and general election, were arrested during an early morning raid at their luxury hotel and detained pending an extradition request from the United States.

Officials in the United States said four people, including former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, and two sports marketing companies already entered guilty pleas.

“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systematic and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” U.S. Attorney General Lorretta Lynch said.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is expected to win a fifth term, was not among those arrested. A FIFA spokesman said the organization would cooperate with authorities and welcomes an opportunity to clean up the organization, but he added that Friday’s election would go on as scheduled and there would be no re-vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice released a statement after the arrests, reading: “The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups. In the course of said proceedings, electronic data and documents were seized [Wednesday] at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.”

— Former Saints receiver Joe Horn hasn’t played in seven seasons, but he’s as angry as ever at commissioner Roger Goodell. Horn, who also played for the Chiefs and Falcons during his career from 1996-2007, called Goodell “the devil” when discussing the state of the NFL.

“Here’s what I don’t like. I don’t like what Roger Goodell is doing. He has so much power that he can almost shut people down. I just don’t like him,” Horn told TheFootballGirl.com (via ESPN.com). “And I don’t like that on draft day these kids don’t know that they’re hugging the devil. I hate to see kids that are lost and then happy but they really don’t know that the man they’re hugging will rip their throat apart. If he has an opportunity to take money from them, or there’s a situation where they’re guilty before they go to court, he’ll rip them apart. And there’s nothing no one can do about it. If the owners are happy with Roger Goodell, the fans, the media, no one can take his job from him. I hate it.”

Horn, who was fined $30,000 by Goodell’s predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, for hiding a cell phone in the goalpost padding and taking it out during a touchdown celebration in 2003, said he does not have a problem with Tom Brady trying to “get ahead” for his alleged role in Deflategate. However, Horn said Bill Belichick should be suspended one year for the issue, because the coach “knows what everyone is doing.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bears say ‘good riddance’ to DE Ray McDonald after latest arrest 05.26.15 at 8:12 am ET
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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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Cubs, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Braves at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: French Open, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray McDonald

Ray McDonald

— Ray McDonald’s tenure with the Bears is over before it even began, as the defensive end was released Monday afternoon after being arrested again for suspicion of domestic violence in Northern California.

McDonald was taken into custody Monday morning after allegedly assaulting a woman who was holding a baby at his home in Santa Clara. He posted bail later Monday and left the jail without answering questions from the media.

The Bears gambled on the troubled former 49er, signing him to a one-year contract in March, but Chicago cut its losses quickly.

“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He was not able to meet the standard, and the decision was made to release him.”

Tweeted Bears guard Kyle Long: “Good riddance.”

The 49ers cut McDonald in December, one month after Santa Clara authorities declined to press charges after another domestic violence investigation following his arrest on Aug. 31 during his 30th birthday celebration.

Said Niners general manager Trent Baalke at the time: “Ray’s demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions to this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.”

McDonald had three sacks in 14 games last season, and 19 1/2 sacks in eight NFL seasons, all with the 49ers.

Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the major leagues, in the Rangers’ 10-8 victory over the Indians on Monday in Cleveland.

Hamilton, who finished his minor league rehab stint Saturday, started in left field and batted fifth.

“It was good to get the first at-bat out of the way, I was a little nervous out there,” Hamilton said after Texas won its sixth straight game. “After that, second at-bat I was feeling pretty good. It was just good to be out there. It was good to feel the energy in the dugout.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees honor Bernie Williams, then continue skid 05.25.15 at 8:23 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 2:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Tigers at Athletics, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Rockets, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College lacrosse: NCAA championship game, Denver vs. Maryland, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: French Open, noon (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Bernie Williams’ No. 51 was retired by the Yankees on Sunday night, and the list of dignitaries on hand was headed by Derek Jeter, making his first appearance at Yankee Stadium since his retirement.

Williams, who was the center fielder on the Yankees teams that won four titles in five seasons from 1996-2000, batted .297 in 16 seasons in the Bronx, finishing third in team history in doubles and in the top seven in hits, runs, games played, home runs and RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner, and he won the 1998 American League batting title (.339).

The Yankees’ all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and RBIs (80), Williams only signed his retirement papers last month.

“It took a long time [to retire],” Williams said after Sunday’s ceremony. “I think I sort of misunderstood my own feelings in my own emotions. The first three or four years [after I stopped playing] I was really making sure that I wasn’€™t going back. After the fifth or sixth year I started putting it on the shelf. I was like, ‘Well, this is not that important.’ I think to me, I was moving on to other things. I really needed to have this chapter of my life closed. It took me nine years but I finally got it done.”

As for Jeter, who was introduced last and received a long ovation, Williams said: “I think he’s very at peace with where he is right now in his life and I am so happy with him. I think a very important part of players when they retire is to try to make that transition from going 1,000 miles an hour to more of a normal kind of pace, and he seems to be handling it pretty good. So I’m really happy for him.”

As for Sunday’s game, the Yankees lost to the Rangers, 5-2, their sixth straight loss and 10th in 11 games — their worst skid since 1995. New York is 22-22, one game ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the AL East.

Adrian Peterson‘s standoff with the Vikings continues, as the running back told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the team’s optional practices that begin Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.

Although the Vikings have expressed a desire to have Peterson return to the team following his suspension last season while he handled his legal issues related to child abuse, Peterson apparently still has a chip on his shoulder due to a perceived lack of support from the organization.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca new head of Boston 2024 Olympic bid 05.22.15 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:
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Rays, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Stephen Pagliuca

Stephen Pagliuca

Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca is the new chairman of the group looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston.

Pagliuca replaces John Fish, the construction magnate who helped the group land the United States Olympic Committee bid in January. However, support in Boston has dipped since the initial excitement, with some questionable leadership decisions creating mistrust among local residents, many of whom are wary of the expense.

Pagliuca, who had been a vice chairman of the bid, expressed confidence that the Games would be a positive experience for the city.

“I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Massachusetts and for Boston,” Pagliuca said. “It’s a pretty exciting project. I haven’t seen many projects that are that impactful for cities.”

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and Boston advertising executive Jack Connors were added as senior advisers, and Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby was named a vice chairman.

“Today’s announcement adds to an already impressive team at Boston 2024 and showcases the incredible support the bid enjoys from Boston’s business, civic, educational and political leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement Thursday. “I look forward to working closely with Mayor Walsh, Steve Pagliuca and everyone committed to this bid to successfully finish what we’ve started, and bring the Games to the U.S.”

The USOC initially showed support for Boston but recently indicated it could switch gears and back one of the cites that finished behind Boston (likely Los Angeles) when it submits a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee in September.

Other cities expected to vie for the 2024 Games include Rome; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary.

— Two of the Patriots’ AFC rivals received bad news Thursday, as key defensive players deal with off-field issues.

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for the season opener for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It’s related to his arrest May 5 in Alabama, when the 25-year-old was found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Nationals star Bryce Harper lashes out at ump after another ejection 05.21.15 at 8:12 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:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 12:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Padres, 9:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Bryce Harper was ejected for the second time in just over a week, and the young Nationals star is not happy with how umpire Marvin Hudson handled the situation.

After a low strike call, Harper and Hudson exchanged words in the third inning of Washington’s 3-2 victory over the Yankees before Harper and manager Matt Williams were sent home early.

“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple. Plain and simple. I mean, I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees,” Harper said.

“The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. And, I mean, the way I’m hitting, I don’t want to get tossed. I don’t think I really did anything bad to get tossed. But maybe he just had a bad morning. Maybe he didn’t get his coffee.”

Hudson warned the Washington dugout and then appeared to tell Harper to get back in the batter’s box before ejecting him.

“I think the whole thing was me not getting into the box. I really do,” Harper said. “I didn’t look at him one time and show him up.”

Hudson denied that was the case.

“Had nothing to do with the box,” Hudson said. “He didn’t like the pitch, and I let him have his say, going and coming. The dugout didn’t like it, and one thing led to another and I had to run him. I had to eject him.”

The game ended with another protested call, as Alex Rodriguez — who earlier in the day posed for pictures with politicians on Capitol Hill — watched a fastball go by and was called out on strikes.

“I didn’t think it was a strike,” Rodriguez said, “but I’m not the ump.

— The Jets have received rave reviews for their rebuilding efforts, but at the end of the day, they still have Geno Smith starting at quarterback. That much was confirmed Wednesday by new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

“Right now, Geno’s the starter,” Gailey told reporters Wednesday. “Unless something happens — an injury, or something like that, that you don’t foresee — that’s how we anticipate it going.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury heads to DL after spraining knee 05.20.15 at 8:04 am ET
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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:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, Arsenal vs. Sunderland, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s been a surprisingly successful season for the Yankees, who were not expected to do much but are tied for first place in the American League East at 22-18. However, they’ve lost six of their last seven games, and after Tuesday’s extra-inning loss to the Nationals (video below), leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Ellsbury, who leads the team with a .327 batting average, sprained his right knee while batting in the fourth inning. He remained in the game to draw a walk and advance to second on a ground out, but that’s when manager Joe Girardi went out for a visit with the team trainer.

Recounted Girardi: “I said, ‘Are you in a lot of pain?’ He said, ‘No, not really.’ I said, ‘Can you run?’ He said, ‘Let me see, let me get through this inning and let me see.’ When he got in the dugout, we just said, ‘That’€™s it.’ ”

The Yankees are calling up former first-round draft pick Slade Heathcott to replace the oft-injured Ellsbury, who managed to play 149 games in 2014, his first season in the Bronx after leaving the Red Sox as a free agent.

“It’s not what you want,” Girardi said. “If we are going to lose him for some time, somebody’s got to step up. That’s the bottom line. It’s part of the game.”

— Coming off the worst season in franchise history — with the league’s second-worst record — the Knicks continue to have bad luck. New York dropped to the fourth position in the 2015 NBA draft at the draft lottery Tuesday night.

The Timberwolves, owners of the league’s worst record, will pick first, followed by the Lakers and 76ers. The Knicks, who won two games in the final week of the season to allow Minnesota to finish with a worse record, had a 19.9 percent chance of getting the top pick.

“I was disappointed because we obviously wanted to get No. 1,” said general manager Steve Mills, who represented the team at the lottery. “But it was not a total disappointment because we knew we were going to get a good player wherever we ended up in our range in this draft. We feel really good about four. We feel good that at this draft we could have gotten a good player anywhere from one to five. We went into this optimistic and we remain the same way.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Warren Sapp avoids jail time with plea deal, diversion programs 05.19.15 at 7:59 am ET
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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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Ducks, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Draft lottery, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who was arrested at a Phoenix hotel the morning after the Super Bowl after fighting with two prostitutes, will avoid jail time if he follows the terms of his plea agreement with city prosecutors.

Sapp, 42, pleaded guilty in April to one count of solicitation and one count of assault. On Monday a judge dismissed the solicitation charge as Sapp completed the city’s Prostitution Solicitation Diversion Program. He has until next April 24 to complete the Positive Alternatives Diversion Program — a form of anger management — to have the assault charge dropped.

Sapp also must pay restitution worth more than $1,300 to two escorts, whom he allegedly attacked after arguing about money. The women had minor injuries.

Sapp’s attorney called the plea deal “very reasonable” and added that his client is “ready to move on.”

Sapp was fired from his job as an analyst with NFL Network, and he also lost an endorsement deal with Bud Light.

— A man in Florida picked the wrong time to rob a bank — while an MMA fighter was making a deposit.

Michael Jon Neubecker allegedly passed a note to a teller demanding cash, and then walked out the door of Grow Financial Credit Union in Largo, Florida, on Friday.

MMA middleweight Eric Haritakis, who goes by the nickname “the Ginger Ninja,” heard the teller shout that she had been robbed, so he ran after the suspect. He caught the man, subdued him, then borrowed some tape from a UPS store to tie up the man’s hands before walking him back to the bank.

“I was just amazed at how down to earth he was,” UPS clerk Kristin Drexler said of Haritakis. “He was just so nonchalant about the fact that he just chased down a bank robber.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Robert Kraft defends Tom Brady’s integrity, calls NFL’s handling of Deflategate ‘very disturbing’ 05.18.15 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at West Bromwich, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

— Robert Kraft has let his actions speak for him since the Deflategate punishment was announced — allowing his legal team to release a counter to the NFL’s Wells Report — but over the weekend he spoke candidly with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and expressed his frustration with the league’s handling of the matter.

“This whole thing has been very disturbing,” Kraft said. “But when you work for something your whole life … I just get really worked up. To receive the harshest penalty in league history is just not fair. The anger and frustration with this process, to me, it wasn’t fair. If we’re giving all the power to the NFL and the office of the commissioner, this is something that can happen to all 32 teams. We need to have fair and balanced investigating and reporting. But in this report, every inference went against us … inferences from ambiguous, circumstantial evidence all went against us. That’s the thing that really bothers me.

“If they want to penalize us because there’s an aroma around this? That’s what this feels like. If you don’t have the so-called smoking gun, it really is frustrating. And they don’t have it. This thing never should have risen to this level.”

Kraft avoided commenting on if the team will attempt to go to court to fight the punishment, he would not say why he suspended locker room attendants John Jastremski and Jim McNally if they did nothing wrong, and he said of the current status of his previously close relationship with Roger Goodell, “You’ll have to ask him.”

He did, however, reveal that Tom Brady — who has remained quiet publicly — has insisted he did not break any rules.

“Yes,” Kraft said when asked if Brady told him he was innocent. “Because we had the discussion — if you did it, let’s just deal with it and take our hit and move on. I’ve known Tommy for 16 years, almost half his life. He’s a man, and he’s always been honest with me, and I trust him. I believed what he told me. He has never lied to me, and I have found no hard or conclusive evidence to the contrary.”

Added Kraft: “Footballs have never been measured at halftime of any other game in NFL history. They have no idea how much footballs go down in cold weather or expand in warm weather. There is just no evidence that tampering with the footballs every happened.”

— The Marlins parted ways with manager Mike Redmond after Sunday’s game, in which they were almost no-hit by Braves pitcher Shelby Miller before losing 6-0.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who left his seat near home plate in the fourth inning, decided to make the move with the team at 16-22 despite significant upgrades made in the offseason. Reports Monday morning indicated general manager Dan Jennings will move to the dugout to replace Redmond.

Redmond was 155-207 in two-plus seasons. Bench coach Rob Leary also was fired.

“We’re just looking for a new voice,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death 05.15.15 at 3:30 pm ET
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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a federal jury, which announced its decision Friday afternoon at Moakley Courthouse in Boston.

The jury deliberated for about 14 1/2 hours before reaching its decision. A death sentence requires a unanimous vote. The jury agreed to the death penalty on six counts.

Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty last month of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty. His defense team did not challenge the fact that he participated in the 2013 attacks at the finish line but claimed that the most of the blame lies with with his older brother, Tamerlan, who died after a shootout with police in Watertown.

The verdict will automatically be appealed.

Tsarnaev entered the courtroom just after 3 p.m. and, according to reports from those in the room, showed no emotion, which is consistent with how he behaved throughout the trial. The only time he appeared to show emotion during the trial was during testimony from an aunt, who tearfully recalled his boyhood.

Tsarnaev scratched the back of his head after the death sentence was read, and he remained without a display of emotion.

Among those in the courtroom when the verdict was read was Bill and Denise Richard, parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who was the youngest of the three bombing fatalities. The Richards said they preferred Tsarnaev be sentenced to life in prison.

The parents of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer shot to death by the Tsarnaev brothers, also were present.

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