|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Pouncey, Dolphins silent about subpoena in Aaron Hernandez case||10.29.13 at 7:59 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Lightning at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Gold Glove award show, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who was served a subpoena after Sunday’s game against the Patriots to testify in front of a Massachusetts grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez case, remained quiet about the matter after returning to Miami.
Pouncey, a former University of Florida teammate of Hernandez, practiced Monday but did not meet the media following a long meeting with a team executive, according to the Miami Herald.
Coach Joe Philbin was asked about the situation numerous times at his Monday press conference, but he offered nothing.
“We are obviously aware of the reports regarding Mike,” Philbin said. “Consistent with my responses to non-football-related matters, I have nothing further to say.”
There are reports that prosecutors are looking into Hernandez’s possible involvement in interstate gun trafficking, but it’s not clear if Pouncey would be a witness or a suspect.
• Former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, now toiling in Washington, took his war of words with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a new level Monday.
After Marshall suggested that players like Meriweather — who just returned after a one-game suspension for multiple helmet-first hits against defenseless receivers — should be “taken out of the game completely,” Meriweather fired back by referencing Marshall’s arrests for confrontations with his girlfriend earlier in his career.
“Everybody got their opinion,” Meriweather said. “If he feel like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league, I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. You tell me who you’d rather have — somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beat up their girlfriend?”
Marshall initially declined to respond to Meriweather’s comment, but during a radio appearance later in the day, he said: “You can only pray for someone with those feelings. So, that’s all I have to say about that.”
Marshall also expressed his frustration with being penalized for his hits, promising to aim lower, even if it causes serious knee damage.
“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” Meriweather said. “I’d hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better [for something to happen to] other people than me getting suspended for longer.”
Added Meriweather: “You’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s career. You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit ‘em high anymore.”
• The Raiders and the NFL announced Monday that the team would handle discipline for defensive coordinator Jason Tarver following the coach’s obscene gestures toward the officials during Sunday’s 21-18 victory over the Steelers.
Upset about a penalty on Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins for a hit to the head of the ball-carrier, Tarver twice held up his middle finger in the direction of the officials.
“I apologize for my action on the sideline of [Sunday's] game,” Tarver said in a statement. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”
Said coach Dennis Allen: “I don’t know it’s one of those things where you say, ‘Let’s forget about it.’ He’s made his statement about what happened. The only thing I’ll say is I think he’s done an outstanding job with this defense. I think he’s a fiery and emotional guy, and our players have really taken to that. I think they’ve embraced that type of attitude, and he has the defense playing at a high level right now.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 29, 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the league announced its list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The list included a number of Celtics — nine who played all or most of their career with the C’s, one who played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston, three who played two seasons or less with the Celtics, and one who had not yet played in Boston but made a brief stop here before retiring. Who are they?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Chicago-bound WR Brandon Marshall allegedly punches woman at nightclub||03.14.12 at 7:47 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: 76ers at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Vermont vs. Lamar, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, South Florida vs. California, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Minnesota at La Salle, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Valparaiso at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Bucknell at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Illinois State at Mississippi, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Avalanche at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ On the same day Brandon Marshall was traded from the Dolphins to the Bears, news broke that the wide receiver allegedly punched a woman in the face during a weekend incident outside a New York City nightclub.
The New York Post reports that Marshall was thrown out of the club early Sunday morning after getting in a fight with an unnamed football player, and both players then argued with a group that was waiting to get inside the club to celebrate a woman’s 24th birthday. Marshall then threw a punch that landed in the left eye of Christin Myles. It was not clear if Marshall was intending to hit Myles or was aiming for someone else.
Marshall’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said Marshall was at the club with his wife and some close friends, and that he was not involved in the initial fight inside the bar. Steinberg also said Marshall’s wife was hit in the face with a bottle and “suffered serious injury.” Steinberg did not explain Marshall’s alleged punch, only saying, “The mayhem continued outside.”
Marshall has a history of legal troubles during his NFL career, including arrests for disorderly conduct, drunken driving and alleged domestic violence. Almost a year ago, Marshall’s wife was arrested after he was stabbed in the abdomen with a kitchen knife, although charges were later dropped.
♦ Bulls guard Derrick Rose had an eventful day Tuesday. The reigning NBA MVP was fined $25,000 by the league for comments he made that were critical of the officiating after Monday’s victory over the Knicks, and he got into a minor car accident while driving to get an MRI on his sore groin. The team said Rose was not inured when his 2011 Bentley was struck from behind by a 2002 Saturn.
The fine is the first of Rose’s four-year career.
“Derrick’s not a complainer,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Usually if he says something, he has a point he wants to make. He was driving the ball pretty hard and didn’t get calls. … He’s a hard guy to officiate. Because of all his speed and power, you don’t recognize when he is being hit. He’ll play through things and he doesn’t say very much. But he was frustrated.”
♦ Former LSU women’s soccer player and homecoming queen Mo Isom, who was trying to join the school’s football team as a kicker, did not pass the two-day tryout for walk-ons. However, she plans to work out over the spring and summer in hopes of getting another shot at it.
“She did not want to take that she couldn’t make the team,” Tigers coach Les Miles said. “She said, ‘Do I get another opportunity if I get a lot better?’ I said, ‘Sure.’ ”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 14, 1944, which Bruin recorded two assists in a 6-4 victory over the visiting Blackhawks and set an NHL single-season scoring record with 75 points?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants RB Brandon Jacobs annoyed by Cowboys fans||12.30.11 at 7:50 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Bulls at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Bruins at Stars, 8 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Louisville at Kentucky, noon (CBS)
College basketball: Yale at Florida, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Providence at Georgetown, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Indiana, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
NFL: Bills at Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 6 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NFL: Cowboys at Giants, 8:20 p.m. (NBC; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has directed his anger at Cowboys fans instead of players heading into Sunday’s NFC East championship-deciding game.
“It’s their fans,” he said. “Some of their fans are loud, obnoxious and just bad. Just everywhere you go, you’ve got them Dallas fans running their mouth about Dallas. They keep going. It’s not really the team and the star and all that. They’re just like any other team in the National Football League if you ask me. But their fans are the ones that have me really just feeling the way I feel.”
Jacobs even ranks Cowboys fans as worse than the notoriously bad Philadelphia fans.
Yeah, they are [worse],” Jacobs said. “I’m not talking about being actually at the game and doing the type of stuff they do in Philly. I’m just talking about in everyday life. Cowboys fans get on my nerves.”
♦ Earlier this week, in the lead-up to Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game in Miami, Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall insinuated that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis gets favorable treatment from the officials.
“Both sides do things all the time,” Revis responded Thursday. “One thing that Brandon Marshall does on routes is he pushes off. But I’m not going to use that as an [excuse]. It’s just something I know in his game he does. He’s a big receiver, so he pushes off sometimes. That’s just part of the game. And some DBs, we hold. It goes [both ways].”
Added Revis: “I have had a number of pass-interference penalties called on me this year,” he said. “The game is fast on both sides of the ball, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
♦ ESPN baseball writer Keith Law interviewed for a front office job with the Astros last week, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Law, a Harvard alumnus who got his start writing for Baseball Prospectus, has some front office experience, as he was a special assistant to Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi for 4 1/2 seasons before joining ESPN in 2006.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 30, 1973, which Bruin became the first rookie in team history to score four goals in a game?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall predicts he will be ejected Monday night||10.14.11 at 7:37 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled
NHL: Bruins at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
MLS: Crew at Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NFL: Cowboys at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall said he hasn’t been playing with enough emotion this season, and he promised that will change Monday night against the Jets. In fact, Marshall predicted he’ll be so fired up that he will “get kicked out of the game in the second quarter” and “might do something to get fined $50,000.” Pressed to clarify, he insisted, “I’m not joking.” Marshall even offered specific examples of what he might do, including picking a fight with Jets linebacker Bart Scott or punting a football 15 rows into the crowd.
Marshall was diagnosed with a personality disorder in the offseason, and he claims that his attempt to keep his temper in check has hurt him as a football player. “I’ve been living in a bubble a little to control my emotions,” he said.
♦ The Jets jettisoned one of their disgruntled receivers when they traded Derrick Mason to the Texans this week. However, Santonio Holmes remains in New York, and on Thursday he took aim at his offensive line for the second straight week.
“I may be criticized again for saying it, but I think it starts up front,” Holmes said. “The big guys know it. [If] they give Mark [Sanchez] enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes. The routes that are being run are short routes, ‘Hey, let’s get the ball out of Mark’s hands quick. Let’s move the ball down the field and let’s go from there.’ But if you can’t protect the quarterback for four or five seconds, then there’s no point in dropping back seven yards to throw a football when he doesn’t have enough time. So, we pretty much have to roll with the way our offense is rolling right now.”
♦ Steelers linebacker James Harrison was voted by 287 of his peers as the NFL’s meanest player, with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis No. 2. Other names of significance in the Sports Illustrated poll: No. 3 Ndamukong Suh, No. 4 Richard Seymour, No. 8 Hines Ward and No. 15 Shawne Merriman. No Patriots made the list.
♦ North Carolina and Michigan State will play basketball on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) in San Diego. On Thursday, the White House announced that Barack Obama will attend the game, called the Carrier Classic. The Carl Vinson is the same ship that carried the body of Osama bin Laden from Pakistan to its dumping point in the Arabian Sea in May.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: 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?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant talks to team in China, plays soccer with Mia Hamm||08.01.11 at 7:47 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Kobe Bryant is talking with a team in China and appears more likely to land there than in Turkey during the NBA lockout, according to a story at Yahoo! Sports. However, in response to interest from NBA players, the Chinese Basketball Association reportedly is planning to institute two rules that would limit an influx of Americans. Bryant, who participated in a celebrity soccer game in Washington hosted by Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra over the weekend, reportedly is not pleased with Turkish team Besiktas making public its negotiations. Bryant last month traveled to China and the Philippines, playing in two exhibition games with other NBA players in the Philippines.
Here’s some video from Sunday’s soccer game, played on a boarded “field.” Bryant shows he can tough to guard in this sport as well.
♦ Controversial Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall announced Sunday that he has borderline personality disorder, with symptoms that include mood instability and problems with self-image and behavior, and that he plans to lobby Congress for research money. “For so long, I’ve been just trying to get help. I’ve been seeking help,” Marshall said. “I’ve been talking with doctors since I’ve been in the NFL. No one has ever helped me. So I was praying there was a treatment out there for what I suffered from and there was.”
♦ The first African team ever to qualify for the Little League World Series was not able to travel to Williamsport, Pa., because the players were denied visas by the U.S. State Department, which said some parents admitted altering birth certificates to make players appear younger than they are. In The New York Times, Paul Post writes about the Ugandans’ triumphs and tragedies.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 1, 2004, which newly acquired Red Sox player debuted with a home run off Twins ace Johan Santana in his first at-bat?
|Darrelle Revis to miss second straight game||10.01.10 at 10:57 am ET|
Luckily for Lee Evans and the rest of the Bills passing attack, vacations to Revis Island have been put on hold for another week. As The Associated Press reported, a hamstring injury that cost Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis a half vs. the Patriots and the entire game against Miami will cause him to miss another contest this Sunday against the Bills.
The Jets could certainly use him after Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall torched the New York secondary for 10 catches, including eight against Antonio Cromartie, for a total of 166 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Kyle Wilson has been equally horrendous, and will apparently lose his starting spot to veteran Drew Coleman.
Looks like that holdout really helped Revis get into game shape.
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