An NFL spokesman has announced that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended for the first six games of the 2010 season and must undergo comprehensive behavorial evaluation. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will review Roethlisberger's progress prior to the season and will consider reducing the suspension to four games. "Failure [to] cooperate [could] lead to longer suspension," tweeted NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. Roethlisberger will not be prosecuted in connection with a sexual assault complaint filed against him in Georgia last month by a 20-year-old college student. However, Goodell recently intimated Roethlisberger should anticipate a suspension, telling reporters he violated the league’s personal-conduct policy with his “pattern of behavior” and “bad judgments.” In related news, ESPN is reporting that the Steelers have begun contacting teams about dealing Roethlisberger for a top-10 pick in this...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the team's slow start, pinch-hitting for David Ortiz and the team's problem with opposing base stealers. Asked about possible lineup changes, such as moving Victor Martinez from catcher to designated hitter and sitting David Ortiz, Francona said it's too early to press the panic button.
"The way we set our team up in the winter, I don't think we can just bail on our strategy a couple of weeks into the season," he said. "I know it's been a tough week. It's been a tough week all the way around. Not much has gone right. Now, [Jason] Varitek will catch tonight. But that doesn't mean that we're going to rework our whole situation. One move affects another. Rather than bail on our plans, I think we've got to work our way through it. As a staff, [coaches] on the field, we're trying to do a little bit better job of getting guys ready to...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on the Dale & Holley Show, said that Jason Varitek will be the starting catcher for Josh Beckett on Wednesday. That will mark three straight Beckett starts in which Varitek has been behind the plate. Beckett has a 3.74 ERA in 107 games working with Varitek, and a 7.71 ERA (albeit in just four games) with Martinez behind the plate.
Varitek entered Tuesday's game as a defensive replacement for Victor Martinez, who was lifted for a pinch-runner. He contributed a double and a walk, and is now hitting .429 with three homers, two doubles and a 1.681 OPS in 15 plate appearances.
Francona also said that Darnell McDonald will likely get the start in center field against Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, and Mike Lowell will serve as the designated hitter.
One day after Marc Savard passed a neuro-psych evaluation and was cleared to practice with the Bruins, coach Claude Julien addressed the media Wednesday morning and tempered any enthusiasm about the center returning for the Sabres series.
"I don't really have the answers on how far away," Julien said. "He has been out for six weeks. He hasn't been able to exercise or do anything. When you bring a guy back in the playoffs you have to make sure, for his sake number one, that he's ready to jump in, and he has got to be in shape to keep up with that pace. The other part is that passing that test that he can start skating and doing different things but he still has to go through different kinds of tests. He hasn't taken any contact yet. You know, for me to stand here and predict that he will be back at this stage would be unrealistic."
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Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who missed Game 3 against the Bruins with a lower-body injury, participated in Buffalo's morning skate on Wednesday before Game 4 at TD Garden. Vanek was injured in Game 2 after taking a slash to his right leg by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk and has been seen wearing a boot on his left leg. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has not given any indication as to Vanek's condition or availability since the injury, and Vanek told reporters yesterday that he would try to make an appearance in Game 4 but he does not know for sure.
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We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.More from this show
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show