general http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/22/sports/boston en Despite turmoil, Sepp Blatter re-elected FIFA president http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/despite-turmoil-sepp-blatter-re-elected-fifa-president <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_36291" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Blatter_Sepp-FIFA-head-15.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-36291" src="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Blatter_Sepp-FIFA-head-15.jpg" alt="Sepp Blatter" width="150" height="208" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Sepp Blatter</p></div> <p>As expected, Sepp Blatter was re-elected as president of FIFA for a fifth term during Friday&#8217;s election in Zurich, although there was enough opposition that Blatter did not win on the first vote.</p> <p>Blatter had 133 votes to 73 for Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan. Because no candidate won two-thirds of the vote, there was to have been a second vote in which the winner would only need a majority. However, Prince Ali, a FIFA vice president for the past four years, conceded defeat and withdrew.</p> <p>Two FIFA vice presidents and a recently elected executive committee remember remained in custody during Friday&#8217;s election. They are fighting extradition to the United States, where they would face corruption charges related to tournaments held in North America.</p> <p>Blatter denied having any role in the alleged bribery, blaming others for embarrassing the sport and saying it was impossible to be responsible for everyone&#8217;s behavior.</p> <p>Blatter, 79, has been president for 17 years.</p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 18:00:27 +0000 1231846 at http://www.weei.com The MFB Spelling Bee. 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/mfb-spelling-bee-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->The three hosts give their best efforts to spell the toughest names in sports. <br/><br/><b>[0:04:21]</b> ... ahead of Roger you don't daughter daughter other than a soccer player. <b>Novak</b> <b>Djokovic</b>. NO VAK. DJ. OK. I VI CH. You're close they're close they're DJO. Hey ODIC. Well there are accurate and eye dominant ... <br/><b>[0:06:38]</b> ... and it. Bring you back to football OK back to football there. <b>TJ</b> <b>Houshmandzadeh</b>. BJ. BJ. HO. OSW. Aids. As a BA. Yeah. You go into right there weren't there to do this on TV earlier ... <br/><b>[0:08:25]</b> ... data paper names but where did we not do you are Saltalamacchia <b>Mark</b> <b>Teixeira</b>. Crist who mocked him off follow. You could have gotten now a whole lot of what do we see I was uses ... <br/><b>[0:10:13]</b> ... right at the finance the law. Also coming up we'll get to <b>David</b> <b>Ortiz</b> and why he sat down with this with a huge shortstop with. Zander Bogart's being down perhaps for a little while that ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Mut & Merloni general Fri, 29 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000 1231831 at http://www.weei.com Fauria Five: Are you rooting for LeBron in the Finals? 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/fauria-five-are-you-rooting-lebron-finals-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->Christian gives us five topics ranging from the NBA Finals to the FIFA Scandal <br/><br/><b>[0:10:53]</b> ... pass those guys of that caliber. I'd solicit I am rooting for <b>LeBron</b> <b>James</b> to win the finals I am. We're gonna get I'm reform Libya or you. Or what about the about what to do ... <br/><b>[0:13:31]</b> ... to asserted it is in editor it is because you don't like <b>LeBron</b> <b>James</b> well like Cleveland you know. The Pittsburgh sports fan today sort predispose to hate Cleveland and enjoy the fact they've never won ... <br/><b>[0:14:03]</b> ... America question. They lost Kevin Love right now like the heat loss <b>Chris</b> <b>Bosh</b>. And it could he have gotten this far without heat team if he'd still been there anyway and easier I think so ... <br/><b>[0:14:47]</b> ... it's all about the drama. You know winning a championship for the <b>Cleveland</b> <b>Cavaliers</b> are bringing a chipped in that city is enough drama as it is. We'll continue to hear even more of it I ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Mut & Merloni general Fri, 29 May 2015 16:34:00 +0000 1231711 at http://www.weei.com Is it too soon to get excited about Eduardo Rodriguez? http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/it-too-soon-get-excited-about-eduardo-rodriguez <!--paging_filter--><p><script src="http://www.springboardplatform.com/js/overlay"></script><iframe id="nesn039_1528077" src="http://cms.springboardplatform.com/embed_iframe/899/video/1528077/nesn039/nesn.com/10/1/" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>Let&#8217;s review for a moment, shall we? We&#8217;re two months into the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> season, and when they were tempting us with brief flashes of offensive brilliance early on, they couldn&#8217;t pitch. During the rare moments they showed they could pitch, their bats turned to the cardboard tubes in the middle of a roll of wrapping paper. They are rapidly starting to swirl the drain, and if something doesn&#8217;t come along to change things it won&#8217;t take two flushes to get them down. But it will take half a can of air freshener before anyone can come in after them.</p> <p>Enter Eduardo Rodriguez. Only 22 and making his major league debut, he goes on the road and holds a good Texas lineup to three hits and zero runs in 7 2/3 shutout innings. He struck out seven. He consistently threw in the 95-97 mph range and not only threw 68 out of 105 pitches for strikes, he did something we haven&#8217;t seen here in a while. He pulled a little piece of sorcery in which opposing batters swing at the pitch and actually miss it.</p> <p>This would be the part where you read all that and the person doing the writing warns you we shouldn&#8217;t get ahead of ourselves here. Where you&#8217;re reminded it&#8217;s only one game. Where some discerning know-it-all with a lifetime of experience and a healthy dose of perspective offers a history lesson of all the guys who looked like the Next Big Thing but had the lifespan of a mayfly so don&#8217;t get too excited about Rodriguez too soon.</p> <p>Lucky for you I&#8217;m not that guy. To hell with perspective. Experience can go piss up a rope. Screw waiting to get excited. I am all in on this kid. I&#8217;m pushing my emotional stack into the middle of the table and letting it ride. I am getting in on the ground floor of Eduardo Rodriguez Mania and suggest you jump in with me.</p> <p><span id="more-2979"></span></p> <p>Why not? The worst thing that could happen right now to the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a> is we <em>don&#8217;t</em> get excited about E-Rod (copyright, Thornography blog, all rights reserved). Worse than being just garden variety bad, the 2015 Sox are about to hit the beginning of June irrelevant. There are a few mad about how gawdawful they are, but I&#8217;m starting to get the impression we are an ever-decreasing minority. Most people are seeing what a dog&#8217;s breakfast they are, shrugging their shoulders and prepared to spend the summer focusing on &#8220;Mad Max,&#8221; the beach, cookouts and wicked sexy singles by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0MV4JjkXpQ" target="_blank">my pop music wife, Katharine McPhee</a>.</p> <p>There are times when it&#8217;s not about being rational or reasonable or even having a shred of common sense. It&#8217;s about finding something to get excited about and allowing yourself to get excited about it. And now is one of those times. I&#8217;m declaring my unequivocal mancrush for Eduardo Rodriguez because I need to. Now more than ever, I need a hero.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7f_HsjpSVaI" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>My only regret is I didn&#8217;t get one of those No. 52 Yoenis Cespedes home jerseys when they were practically giving them away.</p> <p><em>@JerryThornton1</em></p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1FaCm7U"><img class="alignleft wp-image-2070" src="http://thornography.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DraftKings.png " alt="DraftKings" width="50" height="50" /></a><em> Play fantasy baseball every day at DraftKings &#8212; official daily fantasy partner of the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Boston Red Sox</a> &#8212; and win part of $300 million in prizes being paid out this baseball season! FOR FREE ENTRY TO THE $10,000 FANTASY BASEBALL CONTEST, <a title="draft" href="https://www.draftkings.com/gateway?s=843596951" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a>.</em></p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 16:11:57 +0000 1231706 at http://www.weei.com Eduardo Rodriguez dazzles in his debut. 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/eduardo-rodriguez-dazzles-his-debut-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->Rookie Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 and two thirds of shutout baseball in his debut. The guys discuss his performance and the benching of David Ortiz. Audio Mut & Merloni general Fri, 29 May 2015 16:01:00 +0000 1231646 at http://www.weei.com Dave O'Brien, Eduardo Rodriguez looks like an Ace. 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/dave-obrien-eduardo-rodriguez-looks-ace-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->Red Sox play-by-play announcer joins the guy to discuss Eduardo Rodriguez stellar major league debut. <br/><br/><b>[0:00:49]</b> ... the best pitcher on the outlook. The the one at the gets <b>Prince</b> <b>Fielder</b> at 32 slider. That he threw that I love to see right conference and in what people said Bush's third pitch in ... <br/><b>[0:02:55]</b> ... the right time. An Indian do you mean your own opinions about <b>Jonny</b> <b>Gomes</b> but <b>Jonny</b> <b>Gomes</b> who is that guy. In thirteen and cigarettes are VP that. In its commitment problem right now at the bat Heatley said ... <br/><b>[0:03:28]</b> ... every day game you're out there early Lou was talking yesterday about <b>Hanley</b> <b>Ramirez</b> may be need to get more fielding practice. In left field again it's an extra reps early in. The course of the ... <br/><b>[0:04:30]</b> ... be able to do that now and the culture here if you <b>John</b> <b>Farrell</b> and a David continues to struggle that could iron itself out poppies at a couple of days here pull things together and ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Mut & Merloni general Fri, 29 May 2015 15:53:00 +0000 1231651 at http://www.weei.com Would you rather have Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson? 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/would-you-rather-have-ray-rice-or-adrian-peterson-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->Adrian Peterson's twitter rant leaves us wondering which troubled running back we would rather have on our team. <br/><br/><b>[0:03:28]</b> ... asking the video is the reason why members please Beatty I saw <b>Adrian</b> <b>Peterson's</b> warped. Childs what. Don't photos I saw supposed auto so you can sign a guy they're still photos were not there you can sign up diet. Giant dealt not favored to beat sometime they would somehow worse society you're Peterson. <b>Adrian</b> <b>Peterson's</b> crime and violence because it would show the picture what does Belichick. Value bubble I'll. Value right he's looking for value but ... <br/><b>[0:04:44]</b> ... chance in hell we signed race I think it makes sense to <b>Bill</b> <b>Belichick</b> has he says there is look and I don't know if anybody's. Campaigning Verizon is an Greg Xia note types. Say and ... <br/><b>[0:05:29]</b> ... the best players in the league he'd be somewhere we know. But <b>Bob</b> <b>Kraft</b> is not going to let <b>bill</b> <b>Belichick's</b> rarest and you'd agree that race. And I never got an app I initially thought he would be be against now I ... <br/><b>[0:06:50]</b> ... day everyone has a right. Returned only I can play pretty solemn <b>Michael</b> <b>Vick</b> and it's and it's in the Michael worst of the worst what he did questions. You'd bothered him went to the towards ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 29 May 2015 15:23:00 +0000 1231566 at http://www.weei.com Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: I Love Lucy 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/headlines-headlines-headlines-i-love-lucy-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane. <br/><br/><b>[0:01:04]</b> ... room Lee really you lay of Iraq sensitive from the beginning in <b>Anaheim</b> <b>Ducks</b> if that it's been a little stronger I'm not really sure why what's going on pit school haven't sausage is little's early ... <br/><b>[0:02:21]</b> ... the sixties the seventies. I'm just yet it's going to be this <b>Lucille</b> <b>Ball</b> will hit it never understood if I'm on now the stupid thing with the grapes the dumping the chocolates you never found ... <br/><b>[0:03:28]</b> ... Hope would do was stand. We have an attempt at humor from <b>Lucille</b> <b>Ball</b> to make Kirk's point that you Glaus and all that funny. Which your funniest memory <b>Lucille</b> <b>Ball</b>. All when they plant that the vibrator in her luggage went through the airport on the vibrant that was stare that was cute I was. It comes later on us that's what they've passed with a collar about the lack of why there is a real <b>Lucille</b> <b>Ball</b> I Love Lucy audience it's still strong. Yet Iraq couple weeks equipment color. Indeed mad wrong now off they would know what ... <br/><b>[0:07:20]</b> ... think it's it's not in discussion what's that wealthy because of the <b>movie</b> <b>theater</b> if you don't really development results. No that's it it's in development of the name attached as I know I can't. Since ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 29 May 2015 15:22:00 +0000 1231571 at http://www.weei.com David Ortiz is taking a seat 5-29-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/david-ortiz-taking-seat-5-29-15 <!--paging_filter-->Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox decision to sit down their slumping slugger. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 29 May 2015 15:21:00 +0000 1231576 at http://www.weei.com Tom Brady was second choice behind Manning brothers on ‘Entourage’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/tom-brady-was-second-choice-behind-manning-brothers-%E2%80%98entourage%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><p><object id="flashObj" width="600" height="360" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&amp;isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=4262824384001&amp;playerID=2869183374001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAB9mw57HE~,xU4DCdZtHhuIakVdyH5VnUosMOtC9a9v&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&amp;isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=4262824384001&amp;playerID=2869183374001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAB9mw57HE~,xU4DCdZtHhuIakVdyH5VnUosMOtC9a9v&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="600" height="360" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allowscriptaccess="always" swliveconnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" /></embed></object></p> <p>Let me get this straight. <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a> was sloppy seconds behind Eli and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/peyton-manning.htm">Peyton Manning</a> on that Season 6 episode of &#8220;Entourage&#8221;? And we&#8217;re just finding this out now from <em>Turtle</em>?</p> <p>On the one hand, obviously I&#8217;m proud of Tom for being so gracious and accommodating. Leave it to the privileged little rich kids with the celebrity dad to completely big time the entire production, back out of their commitment at the last second and leave everyone hanging. Like they had something more important to do. But typical of the Manning brothers that their word means nothing.</p> <p>But nevertheless, I&#8217;m not sure Brady did the right thing. Landing him for this role was the casting coup of the 21st century. It&#8217;s as if when the History Channel did &#8220;The Bible&#8221; they got Moses to play himself. But the thought that the cast and crew had the Mannings as their first choice is an insult to all that is decent and just. It&#8217;s just lucky for them TB12 is the man he is because if he asked my advice (and I&#8217;m sure that day will come) I would have recommended he tell them that if they love that family so much, go ask Cooper to bail them out. And to remind them that he has more Super Bowls than the whole Manning family combined.</p> <p>But leave it to Tom to come to the rescue again. He&#8217;s a clutch performer on the field and off.</p> <p><em>@JerryThornton1</em></p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1FaCm7U"><img class="alignleft wp-image-2070" src="http://thornography.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DraftKings.png " alt="DraftKings" width="50" height="50" /></a><em> Play fantasy baseball every day at DraftKings &#8212; official daily fantasy partner of the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Boston Red Sox</a> &#8212; and win part of $300 million in prizes being paid out this baseball season! FOR FREE ENTRY TO THE $10,000 FANTASY BASEBALL CONTEST, <a title="draft" href="https://www.draftkings.com/gateway?s=843596951" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a>.</em></p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 14:45:46 +0000 1231501 at http://www.weei.com Bomb threat made against FIFA congress as election begins http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/bomb-threat-made-against-fifa-congress-election-begins <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_36291" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Blatter_Sepp-FIFA-head-15.jpg"><img class="wp-image-36291 size-full" src="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Blatter_Sepp-FIFA-head-15.jpg" alt="Sepp Blatter" width="150" height="208" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Sepp Blatter</p></div> <p>A <a href="http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/05/29/fifa-congress-bomb-threat" target="_blank">bomb threat was made</a> against the venue of the FIFA congress and presidential election, according to police in Switzerland.</p> <p>&#8220;An anonymous threat against the FIFA congress was received,&#8221; FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said. &#8220;A search was carried out. The premises have been cleared by the authorities.&#8221;</p> <p>Said a Zurich police spokesman: &#8220;It was decided that the congress room will be searched by specialists from local police. The police action is still ongoing, but so far no one had to be evacuated.&#8221;</p> <p>FIFA&#8217;s presidential elections are set for Friday. Sitting president Sepp Blatter is running for a fifth term in office. Many officials have called for Blatter&#8217;s resignation following the corruption scandal that resulted in the arrests of 14 people.</p> <p>Blatter has refused to resign and is running in what projects to be a particularly close election. The incumbent will face off against Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has said the the American vote will go to Prince Ali.</p> <p>In his address to the congress Friday, Blatter <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/fifa/11637517/Fifa-corruption-live.html" target="_blank">defended himself</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;You can&#8217;t ask everyone to behave ethically just like that,&#8221; Blatter said.</p> <p>In order to win the election, a candidate must win a two-thirds majority of the 209 voting-eligible members in attendance. If no candidate wins by such a margin, there will be a second vote requiring a simple majority.</p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 13:34:04 +0000 1231311 at http://www.weei.com Pussification of America continues: National Spelling Bee is a tie again http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/pussification-america-continues-national-spelling-bee-tie-again <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T6l9DbyQT18" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3101904/I-wasn-t-nervous-National-spelling-bee-tie-second-year-row-boy-14-girl-13-spell-tongue-twisters-like-scherenschnitte-nantuk-ease.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a> &#8212; <em>They couldn&#8217;t be rattled. They couldn&#8217;t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.</em></p> <p><em>So they shared the title on Thursday, making history in two different ways.</em></p> <p><em>The bee hadn&#8217;t ended in a tie for 52 years &#8212; until last year. Now it&#8217;s happened for an unprecedented two years running.</em></p> <p><em>Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, is the first sibling of a past champion to win. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009.</em></p> <p><em>Vanya&#8217;s final word was &#8220;scherenschnitte,&#8221; which means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. After being informed he&#8217;d be the co-champion if he got the next word right, Gokul didn&#8217;t even bother to ask the definition before spelling &#8220;nunatak.&#8221;</em></p> <p><em>For the record, it means a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice.</em></p> <p>Congratulations, Baby Boomers. Take a bow, Gen-Xers. Good job, good effort, Millennials. This is what all your touchy-feely, self-esteem building, achievement-discouraging social engineering has wrought. This is the Spelling Bee for the participation ribbon generation. For the second year in a row, it ends in a tie.</p> <p>What happened? Did they run out of <em>words</em>? No one on the panel could log on to Dictionary.com and look up some new ones, or did they go through the entire English language? No, they couldn&#8217;t be bothered. Or more to the point, no one had the guts because they didn&#8217;t want to send poor little Gokul or precious little Vanya home disappointed and damage their delicate psyches.</p> <p><span id="more-2972"></span></p> <p>Well, that&#8217;s not the America I grew up in. In my America, being the champion stood for something. It meant you were the best. It was Highlander. There could be only one. The Spelling Bee was a bloodsport. You battled. You kept going until either you or your opponent couldn&#8217;t endure another word and one winner stood alone. That&#8217;s what made the Spelling Bee championship worth achieving. Now it&#8217;s just another pointless exercise in making these little walking Autocorrects feel good about themselves.</p> <p>Well, guess what. You&#8217;ve failed. For the rest of their lives, Gokul and Vanya are going to have to wear the prefix &#8220;co-&#8221; before the title &#8220;winner&#8221; like, in the words of Mayor Menino, an Alcatraz around their necks. They&#8217;re going to have to bear an asterisk like the Scarlet Letter so the world knows the truth &#8212; that neither of them actually won. Do you think for one second Vanya can go home and look her sister Kavya in the eye as equals? Not on your life. Kavya won&#8217;t even have to say she won hers outright; they&#8217;ll both know. And Vanya will never live it down.</p> <p>So for all your effort to help these kids you&#8217;ve cut up their spirit like scherenschnitte and left their souls as cold an isolated as a nunatak.</p> <p><em>@JerryThornton1</em></p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1FaCm7U"><img class="alignleft wp-image-2070" src="http://thornography.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DraftKings.png " alt="DraftKings" width="50" height="50" /></a><em> Play fantasy baseball every day at DraftKings &#8212; official daily fantasy partner of the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Boston Red Sox</a> &#8212; and win part of $300 million in prizes being paid out this baseball season! FOR FREE ENTRY TO THE $10,000 FANTASY BASEBALL CONTEST, <a title="draft" href="https://www.draftkings.com/gateway?s=843596951" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a>.</em></p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 13:28:55 +0000 1231306 at http://www.weei.com Report: Dwyane Wade, Heat at standstill in contract talks http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/report-dwyane-wade-heat-standstill-contract-talks <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_36329" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Wade_Dwyane-Heat-head-14.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-36329" src="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Wade_Dwyane-Heat-head-14.jpg" alt="Dwyane Wade" width="150" height="216" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwyane-wade.htm" class="r_lapi">Dwyane Wade</a></p></div> <p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwyane-wade.htm">Dwyane Wade</a>&#8216;s future with the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/miami-heat.htm">Heat</a> apparently is in doubt.</p> <p>The three-time NBA champion, who has spent his entire career in Miami since being drafted in 2003, is preparing for the possibility of leaving the team this summer. <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150528172649460912108" target="_blank">According to The Associated Press</a>, contract talks between the two sides are at &#8220;an impasse.&#8221;</p> <p>Wade&#8217;s contract would pay him $16.1 million next season, and Wade has the right to opt out and enter free agency. According to an AP source, he has not yet decided whether to opt out.</p> <p>&#8220;He&#8217;s trying to figure out how things should transpire and if he can reach another agreement with the Heat,&#8221; the person said.</p> <p>Wade took a pay cut last year, opting out of his contract that had two years and around $41 million remaining, in order to give the team more financial flexibility to retain <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm">LeBron James</a>.</p> <p>When James left anyway, Wade signed a two-year deal for $31 million with an option for the second year (next season). Wade has said repeatedly that he wishes to stay with the Heat for the entirety of his career.</p> <p>This summer, the Heat also are faced with trying to re-sign point guard Goran Dragic.</p> <p>&#8220;We have a backcourt that we&#8217;re thinking about that I&#8217;ll feel very good about,&#8221; team president <a href="http://media.weei.com/basketball/pat-riley.htm" class="r_lapi">Pat Riley</a> said in his end-of-season interview about the possibility of a full season of a Dragic-Wade backcourt.</p> <p>Wade is Miami&#8217;s career leader in games, points, assists and steals.</p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 12:47:09 +0000 1231296 at http://www.weei.com Mashup: Vikings' Peterson rants about contract http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211231156/mashup-vikings-peterson-rants-about-contract <!--paging_filter--> <p>Welcome to Friday&#8217;s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://www.weei.com/" target="_blank">WEEI.com home page</a> or <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp" target="_blank">click here for the top stories from our news wire</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211231156/mashup-vikings-peterson-rants-about-contract" target="_blank">read more</a></p> general Fri, 29 May 2015 12:11:32 +0000 Jerry Spar 1231156 at http://www.weei.com Friday’s Morning Mashup: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson goes on Twitter rant about contract http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/friday%E2%80%99s-morning-mashup-vikings-rb-adrian-peterson-goes-twitter-rant-abou <!--paging_filter--><p>Welcome to Friday&#8217;s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://www.weei.com/" target="_blank">WEEI.com home page</a> or <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp" target="_blank">click here for the top stories from our news wire</a>.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY&#8217;S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:</strong><br /> MLB: <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)<br /> <a href="http://media.weei.com/hockey/nhl.htm" class="r_lapi">NHL</a> playoffs: Lightning at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)<br /> Soccer: U-20 <a href="http://media.weei.com/soccer/world_cup.htm" class="r_lapi">World Cup</a>, United States vs. Myanmar, midnight (FS1)<br /> College softball: <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/world-series.htm" class="r_lapi">World Series</a>, LSU vs. Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> College softball: World Series, Michigan vs. UCLA, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)</p> <p><strong>AROUND THE WEB:</strong></p> <div id="attachment_34714" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Peterson_Adrian_Vikings-head-13.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-34714" src="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Peterson_Adrian_Vikings-head-13.jpg" alt="Adrian Peterson" width="150" height="211" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://media.weei.com/football/adrian-peterson-vikings.htm" class="r_lapi">Adrian Peterson</a></p></div> <p>&#8212; <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/adrian-peterson.htm" class="r_lapi">Adrian Peterson</a> brought come clarity to his dispute with the Vikings, <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150528181554318932408" target="_blank">tweeting his frustration that his contract is not fully guaranteed</a>.</p> <p>There had been speculation that Peterson was skipping this week&#8217;s voluntary three-day practice session because he felt the Vikings did not support him enough during his legal problems last season. However, he indicated the issue is only about his contract.</p> <p>Peterson apparently wants the Vikings to guarantee money due in the final two years of his deal, especially after he lost money during last season&#8217;s suspension.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/adrianpeterson" target="_blank">Tweeted Peterson:</a> <em>I know hundreds of players that wished their team would&#8217;ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash.</em></p> <p>Peterson has three years and about $45 million remaining on his contract. If he is on the roster for Week 1, his $12.75 million salary for 2015 is guaranteed, but not the final two years.</p> <p>Tweeted Peterson: <em>A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it comes to the contract! But when the other-side (player&#8217;s) feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply &#8211; what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don&#8217;t apply! It&#8217;s all about honoring you&#8217;re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!</em></p> <p>Peterson later indicated his anger is directed at the players&#8217; lack of power, not at the Vikings in particular.</p> <p>Wrote Peterson: <em>This is not against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players.</em></p> <p>The Vikings have another set of voluntary practices next week, but Peterson is not required to show up until minicamp that starts June 16.</p> <p>&#8212; Eagles coach Chip Kelly responded to allegations from traded running back <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/lesean-mccoy.htm" class="r_lapi">LeSean McCoy</a> that he intentionally got rid of the team&#8217;s good black players by denying race played a role in any of his offseason decisions.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he&#8217;s wrong,&#8221; Kelly said Thursday. &#8220;We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color&#8217;s never been one of them.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-36321"></span></p> <p>McCoy, the leading rusher in Eagles history, was shipped to Buffalo in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso, and he said, &#8220;There&#8217;s a reason [Kelly] got rid of all the black players &#8212; the good ones &#8212; like that.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;That doesn&#8217;t hurt me,&#8221; Kelly said. &#8220;I&#8217;m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don&#8217;t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.&#8221;</p> <p>Kelly added that he would like to talk to McCoy at some point, but McCoy would not take his phone calls the two times he tried.</p> <p>&#8212; The <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/denver-broncos.htm" class="r_lapi">Broncos</a> got some bad news Thursday, as tests revealed that left tackle Ryan Clady <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150528151629427851408" target="_blank">tore his left ACL</a> during Wednesday&#8217;s voluntary practice and likely will miss the entire 2015 season.</p> <p>Clady was setting up to block for <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/peyton-manning.htm" class="r_lapi">Peyton Manning</a> on a pass play when his knee buckled. He stayed in for another snap before leaving.</p> <p>&#8220;We really weren&#8217;t that worried [Wednesday] night,&#8221; coach <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/gary-kubiak.htm" class="r_lapi">Gary Kubiak</a> said. &#8220;Thought we&#8217;d take a look at it [Thursday]. Unfortunately, we got some horrible news.&#8221;</p> <p>With the four-time Pro Bowler out, the Denver offensive line &#8212; already with major turnover &#8212; might have to rely on a rookie. Second-round pick Ty Sambrallo took snaps at left tackle Thursday.</p> <p>&#8220;They&#8217;re not going to stop the game or give us a mulligan or nothing. We&#8217;re expecting to play,&#8221; offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. &#8220;Certainly we have a lot of talent. We&#8217;re going to win some games.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below):</strong> On May 29, 1984, the Red Sox held their first official number retirement ceremony, honoring two men: <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/ted-williams.htm" class="r_lapi">Ted Williams</a> (No. 9) and who else?</p> <p><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY:</strong> &#8220;It is our strong belief that there needs to be a culture of communication that builds a trust throughout this organization from the players to the coaches to the management and to the front office, a culture where everyone is pulling in the same direction. When that culture is sacrificed, it becomes extremely difficult to evolve and to grow.&#8221; <em>&#8211; <a href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/buffalo-bulls.htm" class="r_lapi">Bulls</a> general manager Gar Forman, <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150528122257453767208" target="_blank">announcing the team&#8217;s decision to fire coach Tom Thibodeau</a> despite his .647 winning percentage in five seasons</em></p> <p><strong>STAT OF THE DAY: 3 &#8211;</strong> Hits allowed by Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in his major league debut against the Rangers on Thursday night, as he threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball in <a href="http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2015/05/28/closing-time-eduardo-rodriguez-shows-red-sox-he-belongs-in-stellar-debut-victory-over-rangers/" target="_blank">Boston&#8217;s 5-1 victory</a></p> <p><strong>&#8216;NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):</strong> <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/adam-jones-orioles.htm" class="r_lapi">Orioles</a> right fielder <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/adam-jones.htm" class="r_lapi">Adam Jones</a> catches a deep fly and unleashes a bullet to third base to nail <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/chicago-white-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">White Sox</a> baserunner <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/adam-laroche.htm" class="r_lapi">Adam LaRoche</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="http://m.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=135204783&amp;topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p><strong>TRIVIA ANSWER:</strong> Joe Cronin (No. 4)</p> <p><strong>SOOTHING SOUNDS:</strong> Melissa Etheridge was born on this day in 1961.</p> <p><object width="600" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5EGx4_WSMSE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5EGx4_WSMSE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="600" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" /></embed></object></p> Blog general Other Fri, 29 May 2015 12:09:08 +0000 1231161 at http://www.weei.com