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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Braves at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Diamondbacks at Giants, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, noon (ESPN2)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: D.C. United at Red Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The Hawks’ front office scandal widened with the revelation that general manager Danny Ferry made an offensive statement in June when discussing free agent Luol Deng. Despite calls for Ferry to be fired, CEO Steve Koonin said Tuesday that the GM will be disciplined but will retain his position.

Ferry, who like Deng played college ball at Duke, described the South Sudan-born forward as someone who “has a little African in him.”

In a June 12 letter to co-owner Bruce Levenson — who recently announced plans to step aside following the revelation of racially charged comments he made two years ago — Ferry elaborated on the comment by saying: “Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”

Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. recommended that Ferry be fired, writing: “Ferry completed the racial slur by describing the player (and impliedly all persons of African descent) as a two-faced liar and cheat.”

Ferry apologized Tuesday and claimed he was only passing along something he had heard about Deng.

“In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players,” Ferry said in a statement released by the team.

“I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process. Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning.”

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Deng, who now is a British citizen, said he was proud of his African heritage, and he condemned the hurtful remarks.

“Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype,” Deng said. “I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.”

– Defensive tackle Devon Still, who was cut but re-signed by the Bengals two weeks ago after he acknowledged not being fully focused during training camp due to his 4-year-old daughter’s battle with cancer, is turning his tough situation into a positive.

The Bengals announced Monday that all proceeds from sales of the player’s jerseys would be donated to pediatric cancer research. On Tuesday, a team representative said more Still jerseys were sold in a 24-hour span than any Bengals jersey ever. So many people ordered the jersey at one time that the site crashed.

Still’s daughter, Leah, has been given a 50-50 chance of surviving her Stage 4 cancer. The Bengals have been lauded for signing Still and allowing him to have the league’s healthy insurance to pay for Leah’s treatments, which could reach $1 million.

In addition to the team’s jersey fundraiser, Still is running his own donation program through a fundraising website.

“One of the things we took into consideration before we made it public that my daughter had cancer was that my daughter’s not fighting this for no reason,” Still told ESPN Friday. “That at least what we get out of this battle is that more people start to know about childhood cancer and more people decide to start helping with it so that families don’t have to go through it by themselves.”

– Troubled former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation, but he won’t have to serve any time because he was credited retroactively for time served in Montana.

Leaf had been the quarterbacks coach at Division 2 West Texas A&M when he ran afoul of the law in 2008 and was placed on probation in 2010, mostly on drug charges. Two years later he broke into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs, a crime for which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years.

Leaf was the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Chargers in 1998 but famously flopped in the NFL and made plenty of enemies along the way with his obnoxious behavior.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 10, 1999, Pedro Martinez pitched perhaps his best game ever — a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts and no walks at Yankee Stadium, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory. Which Yankee had the lone hit, a home run in the second inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’€™s really unfortunate and I know our commissioner has taken some heat. I just want to say that I spoke with him yesterday when this came out, not knowing what was going to happen and knowing I was coming in here, and he didn’€™t, he had no knowledge of this video.” – Patriots owner Robert Kraft, claiming Roger Goodell had not seen the Ray Rice video prior to Monday

STAT OF THE DAY: 64 – The shooting percentage for the United States in the second half of Tuesday’s 119-76 rout of Slovenia in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Red Sox continue to struggle, but they can’t blame their fans. On this play from Tuesday’s game, a Sox supporter reaches up to steal a foul ball from Orioles third baseman Chris Davis.

Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer lays out to take a hit away from Mets batter Jacob deGrom.

Lakers guard Jeremy Lin pretends to be his own wax figure before surprising visitors to Madam Tussauds in San Francisco.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chili Davis

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jose Feliciano was born on this day in 1945.

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Join Gerry Callahan of WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show for his inaugural chat on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11:30 a.m.

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We continue to discuss the biggest sports story in America, this time with Peter King of MMQB and Football Night in America.

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[0:05:55] ... future in new drug implementation policy. And will it affect guys like Wes Welker and Josh court because I'll tell you the people in Cleveland think Gordon's return is imminent. The answer is yes and yes ...
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We continue to discuss the biggest sports story in America, this time with Peter King of MMQB and Football Night in America.

[0:04:35] ... never play football again. But. Do you remember what Americans thought about Michael Vick at one time. Michael Vick Brady into the -- in the last year. Could have -- -- three Hillary's daughter. You know we -- yet I mean and I am I mean surgery Michael -- married but what I'm saying is that. Jeffrey Lurie when he Andy Reid came in with this idea of signing -- Thought that it it was going to explode even want Michael Vick anywhere near his -- But he -- party took upon his team and if you ask Jeff Larry right now he'll say that Michael Vick is. One of the one of the nicest best people know. So. America is a society that give second chances. And I ...
[0:05:55] ... future in new drug implementation policy. And will it affect guys like Wes Welker and Josh court because I'll tell you the people in Cleveland think Gordon's return is imminent. The answer is yes and yes ...
[0:12:27] ... season and how awful they looked in the opener. Is it possible Tom Coughlin could be in trouble this year with the giants. Yes. And dale it's possible that both Tom Coughlin and Jerry -- could be in trouble. But again I think it's it's too early at giants. Every year at this second ...





We discuss the biggest story in sports for a second day, as the sporting world eagerly awaits Roger Goodell's comments.
We discuss the biggest story in sports for a second day, as the sporting world eagerly awaits Roger Goodell's comments.
We tackle the four commissioners of the four majors and rank them.
We tackle the four commissioners of the four majors and rank them.

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[0:05:10] ... franchises we're talking about the break what is an elder with the Buffalo Bills. Listen do OK so he's in a position is that means there do you think you what do you think will be ...
[0:08:33] ... are sure revenues of five. Because of the carrier decline in in Major League Baseball the interest level in Major League Baseball. The views or maybe took Boston and I see if I see New Yorkers see of him. In Florida there's no interest ...
[0:11:08] ... -- TV deals. That MLB has. A lot of money coming into Major League Baseball since Bud Selig was running jobs are -- local -- to -- -- those toys that big vocal duo was the governor there and got out of Texas -- they're national international TV contract is outfit. Though -- their attendance figures have slipped a note that they wanna tell you that they play in front of -- bodies than ever before. It TV games on TV but what -- ever right. Mean the only place -- there fewer chances at Atlanta Hawks basketball games. And that buildings always. Time -- after the AT&T best commissioner in all of sports and it is a sweet. ...






Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Fauria recounted passing the Apple store in New York City and seeing people camping out in line to get the new iPhone 6.

“There’s some people in line who have been waiting up to 15 days for this phone,” Fauria said, adding: “Is there anything on this earth that you would in line for that long? Can you think of anything that you would say, ‘OK, listen, this is going to be so worth it’?”

Said Benz: “Maybe when Tool releases its new album, Christian, I’ll wait outside the record store for 15, 16 days.”

– Former NESN Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell will be return to New England television screens Sunday when she serves as sideline reporter for the Patriots-Vikings game on CBS.

“I thought she looked great on the sidelines in Game 1, when she did the Steelers’ game against the Browns,” Benz said. “She interviewed Ben Roethlisberger at the end of the game in some sort of red outfit, like a red dress — not too revealing, you didn’t see any plunging neckline or anything like that. We’ll see about this week. But it is a Patriots game for Jenny Dell, so look forward to that.”

Said Fauria: “You know it’s bad when we’re actually discussing the sideline reporter for a Patriots game.”

– Infielder Guilder Rodriguez was called up the major leagues this week after 13 years in the minors. The Rangers decided to reward the popular Rodriguez, who had spent more time in the minors without getting called up than any current player.

Rodriguez, 31, has a career batting average of .256. He started his professional career in 2002 in the Brewers organization.

“Good for our man over there for 13 years in the minor leagues, 1,095 games,” Merloni said. “I don’t know who the next guy is now. We’ve got to find out who the next guy is.”

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Harrison joined the show today to talk about the TMZ video of Ray Rice knocking out his (then) girlfriend with left hook in the elevator the Revel Hotel. Rodney defends Roger Goodell's job as a commisioner, but doesn't understand how the NFL could NOT have had access to the video before Monday.

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[0:10:18] ... guy that. That's going to Jack somebody in the jaw they pushed Tom Brady I see Tom Brady didn't sac city tire off of them I'm walking up the field and the wrath. Having to help them off the field. ...
[0:10:56] ... -- At every level I mean we have some very tough got Willie McGinest. We got there wouldn't back down we have a really tough and mentally and physically and we weren't gonna get pushed well. ...