IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, 37, who was struck in the head with debris during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway Sunday, passed away Monday, according to IndyStar.

Wilson was hit by a piece of debris from Sage Karam’s car. Karam, who led the race at the time of the accident, spun out on his own, spreading debris across the track. The open cockpit style of IndyCar racing left Wilson vulnerable to the nose cone of Karam’s car, which came back and struck him in the helmet.

Immediately after he was hit, Wilson went unconscious. His car began to veer sharply and he crashed into the inside wall.

Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he went into a coma.

IndyCar announced Wilson’s death at approximately 9 p.m. Monday. The organization said he was surrounded by his family when he passed away. He’s survived by his wife Julia and their two children.

“This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”

IndyCar said it would answer more questions about Wilson’s death in the coming days.

Wilson is the first IndyCar Series driver to die since Dan Wheldon in 2011. Wheldon was killed after suffering a massive head injury in a large crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A native of Sheffield, England, Wilson had seven major U.S. open-wheel wins, including three in the IndyCar Series.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers have talked about signing Metta World Peace to a one-year contract. No deal is in place, however, the two parties have been in contact to discuss potential terms. The Los Angeles Times adds, the two sides have had “casual conversations” about World Peace returning to his former team.

While many have remained skeptical of the 35-year-old’s presumably declining skills, Kobe Bryant has enthusiastically supported signing World Peace. He has been in the Lakers’ practice facility throughout the summer and has played with much of the current roster, including 2014 first-round pick Julius Randle.

World Peace hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013-14 when the Knicks waived him. Last year he played for Pallacanestro Cantu of the Italian League.

He played for the Lakers from 2009-13, helping them win a championship in 2010.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik

Welcome to Tuesday’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 Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Astros at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League World Series: Missouri vs. Canada, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League World Series: Mexico vs. Chinese Taipei, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League World Series: Kentucky vs. California, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Sun at Dream, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Valencia at Monaco, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Cris Carter

Cris Carter

— As reports emerged that Cris Carter gave the same “fall guy” speech to AFC rookies as he did to their NFC counterparts at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium, Carter again apologized for his comments.

Appearing on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown,” Carter acknowledged there is no excuse for him telling players they should have someone in their entourage who needs to be willing to go to jail if necessary to keep the player’s name out of the headlines, as he said in a videotaped speech to NFC rookies with fellow Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.

“It’s really hard to go through my thought process,” Carter said. “The Rookie Symposium 2014, it’s something that I’m invited to by the NFL. I’ve probably been to 15 to 20 different times. I donate a lot of time to young people because I believe it’s very, very important. I can’t make an excuse to what my mindset was. My heart was in the right place. I didn’t use words that I was very, very proud of. It’s not the type of advice that I would offer young people.”

Added Carter: “I would never tell young people to break the law to avoid prosecution. It was bad advice. I really, really regret my words when I heard them come back to me. More importantly, it hurt young people and it hurt them in their approach to the National Football League.

“I take it very, very seriously. I do regret that day. I hope moving forward that the NFL still has enough trust in me and have me connected to their young people.”

“As we move forward, just like anything else, I hope I move forward, I hope I learn from it and I hope it makes me better. I hope my reaction in the next situation is better than that one there.”

Carter reportedly was told by NFL executives not to repeat his comments to the AFC rookies, but apparently he went ahead and gave a similar speech.

“I think he had the best interest for us, but it just wasn’t said in the most appropriate way,” second-year Jets tight end Jace Amaro told the New York Daily News. “I don’t think he meant it in any scapegoat way. I think he just meant, in the bigger picture, to have a backup plan. Have a guy that’s going to be there watching your back.

“It’s hard to defend him saying that. But I think he had the best intentions for us.”

— The NFL said Monday that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs‘ low hit on Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford in Saturday night’s preseason game should not have been penalized, despite the protestations of the Eagles.

Suggs was penalized for roughing the passer, but he said it was a zone-read play, making it Philadelphia’s responsibility for putting the QB at risk. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino supported that contention.

“Because the quarterback has an option, he’s considered a runner until he either clearly doesn’t have the football or he re-establishes himself as a passer,” Blandino said Monday. “So it’s not a foul by rule. It’s something that we’ll make sure that we cover with our game officials because the defensive end coming off the edge, he doesn’t know if the quarterback is going to keep it, he doesn’t know if he’s going to take off and run or drop back and so we treat the quarterback in that instance as a runner until he clearly re-establishes as a passer or he clearly doesn’t have the football. The referee felt it was late so we’ll clarify that and make sure everyone is on the same page.”

Eagles coach Chip Kelly countered that the play was not a zone-read, because Bradford, who lined up in the shotgun, did not fake before handing off the ball.

“I think it’ll be troubling for the league if every quarterback in the shotgun can get it [after a handoff],” Kelly said. “It’s up to [the NFL] on how they want to handle it. If that’s what they want to do, then we all have to adjust, because everybody in the league has runs out of the shotgun.”

Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh did not appreciate Eagles offensive lineman Jason Peters calling Suggs “dirty” after the game.

“When you start popping off about somebody’s character, you cross the line,” Harbaugh said Monday. “That’s not really something that we would respect. But most of their guys over there understood the play and understood [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get stops.”

CC Sabathia‘s season might be over, as the left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after leaving his start after just 2 2/3 innings due to inflammation in his knee.

Sabathia’s knee has been an issue the past few seasons. He had surgery last year that cut short his season, and the team knew it would be a challenge to get him through 2015. He twice had his knee drained and recently was given a pain-killing shot.

“It’s been maintenance all year long for us,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We knew that going in and we knew it could rear its ugly head, and he has had some shots before and was able to pitch and it didn’t seem to be an issue. But we knew it would take a lot to get him through the season.”

The 35-year-old is 4-9 with a 5.27 ERA in 24 starts. His spot in the rotation is expected to be taken by Michael Pineda, who returns from the disabled list (forearm strain) Wednesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 25, 1995, which Red Sox player hit a home run for the fifth consecutive game, tying a team record held by four others?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We just have to see how it goes. He’s had a great career and has done a lot of things for the Colts organization, primarily playing on the left and in more recent years being moved around to playing on the right and also some slot in situations. I think he has a lot of versatility, obviously he has a lot of experience, so we’ll have to see how it goes.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during Monday’s appearance on Dale & Holley, on the acquisition of wide receiver Reggie Wayne

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — RBIs for Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, a career high, as he accounted for all of his team’s runs in Monday’s 5-4 victory over the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kris Bryant lifts a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a walkoff win over the Indians.

Carlos Beltran hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a scoreless game as the Yankees walk off against the Astros.

The Mets set a franchise record with eight home runs against the Phillies.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jose Canseco (joining Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Dick Stuart and George Scott)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Elvis Costello was born on this day in 1954.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.

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Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.

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Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
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Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran discuss the Patriots move to bring in former Colt Reggie Wayne.

[0:01:29] ... for me they have reached an agreement on one year contract with Reggie Wayne. The irony here is many of the yeah. Observers around the National Football League thought that that's what the Green Bay Packers were gonna do today with Jordy Nelson's apparent ACL terror that they we're gonna go. Knocking on the door of a Reggie Wayne the patriots have beaten. To the punch again. Beyond shifter right it was able to get total close of Madden and have confirmed that it's something that we can quote go whip so affect we will have. You know Reggie Wayne to break down and figure out exactly what role he's going to be established in. You know patriots got the drop on. ...
[0:02:40] ... the ramp system these kind of plug and play so. Bringing in Reggie Wayne now that you've got Tim's in all serious stated disrepair. The chip how reports is gonna threaten the season and also having Aaron Dobson still working his way back Julian Edelman and disrepair and Brandon fell still having to take the field. He had to make a move there and bringing in Reggie Wayne. Makes some sense because it's a 64 kept stylist. And a guy who. Prior to getting her at about nine games into the season I think he was she was close to 600 yards. I and you is what you was on pace for a thousand yet and that is to reiterate two years ago we were with seven when he of the ACL with Hillary fifteen last year. But the year before that you know 106 catches so. He'll be you know I'd many people ask me on Twitter is this another Joey Galloway Tory holt situation Chad Ochocinco I don't think so because of the sophistication. Of the offense that this player is played and ...
[0:03:57] ... his office and. Got to figure this guy knows he's he's impossible. Reggie Wayne appeal what caused all the until they needed was when they passed on Malcolm brown so what's going to be status quo follow what is. Everybody Super Bowl favorites in Vegas for some reason. You didn't do anything upfront you're going to be the same team probably. No Reggie Wayne will be. 37. On November 17 whom do you feel I mean it is last couple years notwithstanding do think he has. ...
[0:08:56] ... command in really good changeup but hitting the lottery to lose your Reggie Wayne. Your career has been spent playing for up Peyton Manning and reluctant now Tom Brady. Not bad if your wide receiver in ...