Ravens running back Ray Rice fielded questions for the first time since his suspension for allegedly assaulting his then-financee at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Standing in front of his wife, a number of his teammates, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, and a large slew of reporters, Rice apologized for his actions, which resulted in a two-game suspension for the Pro Bowler.

“I made the biggest mistake of my life,” Rice said, adding: “That night I replay over and over in my head. That’s not me. My actions were inexcusable. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life. The pain I’m talking about living with is waking up every day, and my daughter is 2 years old now, and I have a little girl who’s very smart, very intelligent, and one day she’s going to know the power of Google, and me having to explain that to her, what happened that night.”

Rice made it a point to apologize directly to his wife, something that he did not do during his poorly received press conference in May.

“There are many nights that me and my wife sleep together and we still have to deal with this,” Rice said. “And her pain is my pain, my pain is her pain, the one thing I wanted to do today is you know apologize to my wife, who I’ve known since high school. I’ve known her since a kid. I met her in high school and she’s the same girl now, great mother, and she’s a great wife, and she supports me throughout.

“When the time is right, when the time is right — and I say that because you have to fix yourself before you can go out and help others — and when the time is right me and my wife want to go out there and help people, anybody, violence of any kind, especially man on woman, is just not right. It’s not right, it shouldn’t be tolerated, it’s not right for society, no matter what. That’s something I’ll stand by and I have to pay for that.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.

Earlier this month, 24-year-old pitcher Brandon Poulson was pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league, managed by Joey Gomes — brother of former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes.

Just a few weeks later, the Twins are about to hand him $250,000.

Despite the fact that the hurler was never drafted, a pitching repertoire that includes a fastball that can hit 100 mph was reason enough for Minnesota to offer Poulson about 10 times more than the average undrafted player would earn as a bonus.

“It’s a great story,” said Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson on Tuesday. “This kid came out of nowhere.”

Poulson last pitched for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he posted an 8.38 ERA after taking a few years off from baseball while working as a truck driver for his father’€™s excavating company.

“I played for the Prune Packers summer of  ’13 but missed nearly three-fourths of the games because I was busy working,” said Poulson, who didn’t make his high school baseball team as a freshman.

Poulson, who struck out an incredible 31 batters in just 12 1/3 innings this summer, has displayed an incredible set of physical tools. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder ran a 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds while recording a 40-inch vertical leap.

“He’s a physical specimen. He’s got the best pure arm strength I’ve ever seen,” said Twins scout Elliott Strankman, adding: “We’re cautiously optimistic because we don’t want to put a bunch of pressure on the kid. He could be pretty good. This is uncharted territory for us.”

Poulson is headed to the Twins’€™ rookie team in the Appalachian League in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

“I’m excited,” Poulson said, adding that his first purchase will be a therapy device for his diabetic father. “I know it’s just the first step of what the real goal is to make it in the bigs.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

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John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.

Here the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

‘Louis Slungpue’ calls into news station

A major pipe burst underneath UCLA Tuesday, flooding parts of the campus with over eight million gallons of water. The 93-year-old pipe exploded near Sunset Boulevard, opening up a 15-foot hole in the street and damaging six UCLA facilities.

“It’s all flooded, the campus is flooded, the Pauley Pavilion is flooded, and every time I look up, I expect to see sharks swimming in the flood, because I’m in ‘Sharknado’ mode,” Callahan said.

During coverage of the flooding, a man going by the name “Louis Slungpue,” claiming to be a Department of Public Works spokesperson, called in to ABC7 in Los Angeles to give his take on the matter.

“She actually says at the end, ‘Let’s see if we can get him back ‘ ” Dennis said.

“I wanted to know what the follow-up to that is. … ‘What did the dump look like?’ ” Meterparel asked.

Keyshawn Johnson sends out wedding invitations on iPads

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson opted for the pricy route in order to inform guests of his upcoming wedding. Johnson sent customized iPads to each guest, programmed with all the details for the event.

“How many people did he invite, did it say?” Callahan said. “What if it’s like a small wedding with 20 people, what’s the big deal?”

“That’s so nauseating,” Meterparel said.

“If you don’t go, do you have to give it back?” Dennis asked.

First-grader loses desk, forced to sit on floor as punishment

A first-grade student in Houston was given an extremely harsh punishment for drawing a picture on her desk. For her actions, the young girl was told that she wouldn’t get her desk back until the second grade and was forced to sit on the floor for four weeks.

Said Dennis: “That’s a mean-ass teacher. … That’s not right.”

Man returns 1920s sex manual to library

The New York Public Library got quite the return Wednesday, receiving a 1920s sex booklet that was overdue for 55 years.

The book, “Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique,” was rented in 1959 by a man who apparently did not find many satisfactory results.

“Funny thing is the book didn’t support his efforts with his first (and only) marriage. … it failed!” said a note attached to the book. “No wonder he hid the book!”

“Doesn’t it come natural?” Callahan asked.

“Rhinos know what to do,” Dennis responded.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

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.

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: White Sox at Tigers, 1 p.m. (WGN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Bayern Munich vs. Guadalajara, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– With Ravens running back Ray Rice scheduled to meet the media Thursday for the first time since being suspended two games for a domestic violence incident with his now-wife, coach John Harbaugh threw his support behind the beleaguered player.

“I hate what happened. What happened was wrong. Flat out,” Harbaugh told reporters after Wednesday’s training camp practice. “The thing I appreciate about it is how Ray has handled it afterward by acknowledging it was wrong and he’ll do everything he can do to make it right. That’s what you ask for when someone does a wrong thing. So, I’m proud of him for that.”

Added Harbaugh: “I’m there for Ray as a friend and I also think an older male figure in his life and try to give him advice and wisdom. And just be there for him. A friend is born from adversity. That’s what it is really about with Ray. I love the way he’s handled it.”

Many have criticized the NFL’s suspension as being too short, but Harbaugh indicated he’s comfortable with how those in charge handled the situation.

“Those that make those decisions do so with great seriousness,” Harbaugh said. “They aim to be just and fair. They aim to do right by all parties involved. Public opinion will often push those decisions in certain directions. But both of those decision makers — not the opinion makers, but the decision makers — who know all the knowable facts of the case came from the same direction on it. So, we said all along that the circumstances will then determine the outcome of this and we said all along that we will respect the outcome. That’s going to be tough for us. That’s going to be two games without one of our very best players. But we’ll move forward and deal with it.”

– Former Red Sox infielder Jose Offerman was ordered to pay $940,000 to Johnathan Nathans, who clams he suffered a career-ending head injury during a rampage by a bat-wielding Offerman in an independent minor league baseball game in 2007.

Nathans’ attorney, Josh Koskoff, said his client, now an attorney in Portland, Maine, still is affected by the injury. He was seeking $4.8 million.

“What we really were looking for after seven years was accountability for Mr. Offerman,” Koskoff said (via The Associated Press).

Offerman, who at the time was playing for the Long Island Ducks, denied that he swung his bat at Nathans, then a catcher for the Bridgeport Bluefish. Offerman charged the mound after being hit by a pitch. The jury found Offerman guilty of assault for charging pitcher Matt Beech but not battery, according to Offerman’s lawyer, who said he is considering an appeal.

“I think the verdict is inconsistent and a bit perplexing,” attorney Frank Riccio II said. “Mr. Offerman is certainly happy seven years later that a jury said he did not strike Mr. Nathans. … How is Mr. Offerman liable for damages if [the] jury found he never struck him? It’s an interesting question that has to be resolved before it gets to its final end.”

Offerman played 3 1/2 seasons for the Red Sox as part of a 15-year major league career that ended in 2005.

– A video making its way around the web shows a 13-year-old basketball player from Romania said to be 7-foot-4. Robert Bobroczky, son of 7-foot-1 former professional player Zigmond Bobroczky, recently joined Stella Azzurra Rome, the European program that produced NBA player Andrea Bargnani.

As the video below shows, the wiry Bobroczky isn’t very athletic, but the fact that he’s already taller than every player in the NBA works in his favor.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 31, 1997, in one of the most favorably one-sided deals in Red Sox history, Boston acquired catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Derek Lowe from the Mariners for which reliever?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We were well aware of it, heard it. Wouldn’t expect anything less. This is a fan base that is very much in tune with what we’re doing, good and bad, and I think it’s a clear sign of support for Jon.” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, on fans chanting Jon Lester‘s name during Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Consecutive losses for the Revolution before Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates run into a double play — on a walk. As Chris Stewart trots down to first base on his free pass from Giants pitcher Jean Machi, Travis Snider wanders off second and is caught in a rundown that ends with him being tagged out, and Gaby Sanchez is tagged as well after leaving third base to make room for Snider.

Rangers left fielder Jim Adduci snags a foul fly ball down the line while crashing into the wall.

Matt Kemp delivers an RBI single to give the Dodgers a walkoff win over the Braves in the 10th inning.

Diamondbacks right fielder Gerardo Parra dives to catch a line drive off the bat of Reds hitter Todd Frazier.

For those who missed the “Sharknado 2″ premiere Wednesday night, here’s a clip of the Mets’ CitField being caught in the sharknado storm that terrorizes New York.

A running track in China, apparently a rush job as it had to be finished before a visit from Communist Party officials, has rectangular lanes, making the turns a little tricky.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Closer Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: On July 31, 1975, three members of the popular Irish group the Miami Showband were massacred on their way home from a performance as part of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar