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MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
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— Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will avoid legal punishment for the incident last month when he allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family following a dispute over beach chairs, but the team announced Sunday night that he will be suspended six games for his behavior.
Kromer, who had a battery charge dropped after he reached a deal with the victim’s family, has been on paid leave since July 14, two days after he was arrested. He will rejoin the team at training camp and begin his suspension with the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 7.
“We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter, and we are highly supportive of the NFL personal conduct policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard,” Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement.
Kromer, who previously served as the Bears offensive coordinator, was hired in January as part of the staff hired by new head coach Rex Ryan. Assistant Kurt Anderson has been covering for Kromer and is expected to fill in during the suspension.
Kormer’s suspension was the second big story related to the Bills offensive line Sunday. Earlier in the day, Ryan announced that former outcast Richie Incognito stands to be his starting left guard.
“One thing’s for sure, Richie’s a starter,” Ryan said at the team’s training camp in Pittsford, New York. “He looks about as good as any of them. He really does.”
Ryan said Incognito, who sat out all of 2014 after being fingered in the Dolphins bullying scandal during the 2013 season, was one of the team’s top performers in conditioning tests held Thursday, the day before camp opened.
“He’s everything we thought he’d be,” Ryan said. “I think he’s probably along further than I even thought he’d be as far as coming back in shape. It’s like he never missed any time.
Incognito, who has a history of troubling behavior, signed a one-year deal with the Bills in February. He has not played in a game since Oct. 31, 2013.
“It was a long road back,” Incognito said Sunday after being told of Ryan’s comments. “It was dark times. And it was something at times I didn’t was going to happen. But I’ve been blessed with an opportunity. … A lot of people laid their neck out on the line for me. And I just wanted to prove them right.”
Added Incognito: “It left a bad taste in my mouth to kind of leave the game like that. I had a lot of time away, a lot of time to think. And today, I definitely woke up with that in the back of my head.”
— A 9-year-old bat boy was in critical condition Sunday night, one day after being hit in the head by a bat during a tournament in Wichita, Kansas.
Kaiser Carlisle, who works for the Liberal (Kansas) Bee Jays, was retrieving a bat discarded by a batter when he was struck in the back of the head by a player warming up in the on-deck circle early in his team’s game against San Diego in the National Baseball Congress World Series. Carlisle was wearing a helmet.
“I heard him screaming and I turned back and the bat boy just walked out to grab the bat and the guy on the on-deck circle had no idea,” fan Malachi Lingg told local TV station KAKE. “He didn’t see him at all and took a swing right as the bat boy went by and hit him right in the back of the head.”
Home plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, a longtime paramedic, provided assistance until medical personnel took the boy away in an ambulance.
Players from both teams knelt in prayer before deciding to continue the game, won by Liberal in 13 innings.
“I’m just at a loss for words,” Liberal manager Adam Anderson said. “This was just so unfortunate and tragic and it was an accident. It was a very emotional game for our guys and it was incredible how they were able to claw through to just stay in the game mentally. Now all we can do is hope and pray that everything works out OK.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 3, 1992, which Red Sox newcomer — acquired from the Reds the previous month — stole home in a 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I have now been president/CEO of the Red Sox for 14 years. I love the Red Sox, I love Fenway Park, and I love Boston. It’s my home. It’s never easy to leave a job you love, but I look forward to the next chapters.” — Larry Lucchino, in a statement Sunday announcing his plans to move on from the Red Sox at the end of the season
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Sunday was full of walkoffs in Major League Baseball. In Los Angeles, Andre Ethier hits a go-ahead home run in the eighth, then in the 10th, after the Angels force extra innings, he delivers another home run to win it.
In the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game, Marlins batter Adeiny Hechavarria delivers a three-run home run for a victory over the Padres.
New Cardinals outfielder Brandon Moss hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the Rockies.
Mark Canha rips a double off the wall to score Sam Fuld from first base and give the A’s a walkoff win over the Indians in the 10th inning.
Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris makes a diving catch of a bunt attempt against the Orioles.
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski enters a pit stop a little too fast and hits two crew members, who bounce back quickly.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Billy Hatcher
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Beverly Lee of the Shirelles was born on this day in 1941. She’s the one in the middle of the trio sharing the microphone.
Greg and John discuss the horrible season for the Sox and if Cherington or Farrell will be targeted as the fall guy.
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Greg is joined by Tomase as they react to the latest on Deflategate and Brady's battle with the NFL. They talk about a possible one game suspension, what would have happened if Brady and the Pats came clean at the beginning of all this and where we go from here.
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Dickerson and Price discuss the RB position and who will get a majority of the workload. They also talk about missing Revis and the CB position. The boys also get into more Deflategate discussions with callers.
Dickerson and Price are live from Fenway today and kick off NFL Sunday discussing some of the events at Pats training camp this week. Then they get into the court battle between Brady and Goodell and where we go from here? The guys give their predictions on just how many games Brady will in fact sit out. They get into the Chris Mortenson situation after he backed out of the D&C interview. Finally, Trags (Mike Petraglia) of WEEI.com joins the boys live from training camp.
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Christian opens up about Mortensen backing out of his interview with the Dennis & Callahan Show and breaks down Tom Brady's federal court case.
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