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03/14/2011 - 2:54pm
Report: Union plans NFL draft boycott

According to a report from ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the NFLPA is planning a boycott of the NFL draft in April. The union apparently has contacted 17 top college prospects and told them not to attend the draft.

 

“As of right now, this is 100 percent happening,” Schefter quoted a source. “This is going down.”

 

The Schefter report suggests that the NFLPA is considering placing the players on networks other than the NFL Network to conduct post-pick interviews, though there has been no final decision made.

 

"We plan to invite the 15-20 top prospects and their families to New York as we normally do for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, as always, it is the decision of the players and their...

03/14/2011 - 10:09am
Pete Kendall: NFL talks 'went backward'

Former NFL offensive lineman Pete Kendall appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning. The Quincy native and Boston College graduate worked on behalf of the players’ union in 15 of the 17 mediation sessions over the last couple of weeks.

 

Kendall said there were some positives in the negotiations, but not nearly enough. “I will say that there was more progress made up to the point of the initial expiration,” he said. “I think things went backward some from a week ago Thursday to this past Friday.”

 

How so? “The offer that the players left on the table, in my opinion, was slightly worse than some of the things that were being considered during the week,” Kendall said.

 

When asked if he thought striking a deal was possible leading up to that initial expiration date, Kendall said it definitely crossed his mind. “There was a cautious...

03/14/2011 - 7:43am
Mashup: Fans force ESPN analyst to relocate

ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit moved his family from Ohio to Tennessee last week, blaming the departure on some rabid Ohio State fans who apparently think the former Buckeye should never criticize the school. "Eighty to 90 percent of the Ohio State fans are great," Herbstreit told The Columbus Dispatch. "It's the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless."

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.


03/13/2011 - 11:01pm
Yanks return Rule 5 draftee Turpen to Sox

The Yankees have returned pitcher Daniel Turpen to the Red Sox after having selected the righty in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Turpen, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez during the 2010 trade deadline, would have had to make New York's 25-man roster if he was to remain in that organization. The Yankees were required to pay the Red Sox $50,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft, $25,000 of which will be returned by the Sox since the 24-year-old Turpen didn't make New York's team.

 

Turpen pitched in five spring training games with New York, allowing four runs on six hits while walking four and not striking out a batter in 3 2/3 innings. In his 12 relief appearances with Double-A Portland following his trade to the Sox organization, the 6-foot-4 hurler went 4-1 with a 4.91 ERA. He was originally an eighth-round selection by the Giants in the '07 draft.

 

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03/13/2011 - 9:17pm
BC to open NIT vs. McNeese State

Boston College received a No. 1 seed in an NIT regional and will plays McNeese State on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Eagles passed on hosting the game and will play instead on McNeese's home floor in Louisiana. The winner earns a second-round matchup with Northwestern or Milwaukee.

 

Harvard is a No. 6 seed in the same bracket and will play at third-seeded Oklahoma State, coached by former UMass coach Travis Ford. That game is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

 

In other NIT first-round games of note to New England fans, America East regular-season champion Vermont is a seventh seed and plays Cleveland State in its opener. Fairfield, coached by former BC assistant Ed Cooley, has a first-round game against Coloroado State.

 

Alabama is the tournament's top seed and will open with a game vs. Coastal Carolina. Two other ACC teams received bids. Miami plays Florida Atlantic, coached by former Boston University and St....

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