According to multiple reports, former Celtics guard Charles Smith was shot Thursday afternoon at a house in Bowie, Md., and was in critical but stable condition following surgery. Authorities were searching for a man seen fleeing the home with a handgun.
Smith, an All-American and the Big East Player of the Year at Georgetown in 1989, played 65 games for the Celtics in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. In 1992, he was convicted of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crime in the hit-and-run deaths of two Boston University students a year earlier. Smith served 28 months of a 4 1/2-year sentence and then returned to basketball, making a brief stop in the NBA with the Timberwolves in 1995-96 and playing in the minors and in foreign leagues until 2001.
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Forbes magazine has a list of the worst World Series champions ever. Two of Joe Torre's Yankees teams are on it, but the 1987 Twins are at the top. The 1916 Red Sox, with a young lefty pitcher named Babe Ruth, are fifth. Meanwhile, Forbes lists the 1975 Reds, who beat the Red Sox in seven games in a memorable World Series, as the most dominant champion of all-time. Also in the news, The Wall Street Journal explains why the Yankees losing isn't always good news for the rest of Major League Baseball. Check out those stories and others, plus videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning for his weekly appearance and spent much of the conversation discussing the head-hits controversy. Mayo said the team watched the league's video on how to avoid such hits.
"We have seen it," he said. "We didn't really learn anything new. We knew not to launch, not to lead with your head, things like that."
However, Mayo did admit it can be difficult to avoid contact with the head. "It's kind of hard hitting a moving target when you're running full speed and he's running full speed," he said. "You've kind of got to aim a little lower now."
Mayo predicted a player somewhere will draw the ire of the league office this weekend. "I think so," he said. "I think it will take a little time to adjust to the new rules. I think we'll get a suspension this week...
Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is poised to become the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, according to several reports. MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons Tweeted Thursday, "Three GMs today insisted John Farrell will get the Toronto job." However, the Blue Jays would not comment on the situation. Farrell, the Sox pitching coach since 2007, was reportedly among four finalists for the job, a group that also included Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale. For more Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.
Roy Halladay outdueled Tim Lincecum to keep Philadelphia alive with a 4-2 victory over host San Francisco on Thursday, pulling the Phillies to within 3-2 in the National League Championship Series. Jayson Werth homered and Placido Polanco hit an RBI single to lead Philly, which will host Game 6 back home in Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.
Jarret Payton, son of NFL legend Walter Payton, joins MFB to breakdown the troubles in the Bears locker room, the team's struggles at home, and the upcoming match up against the Patriots.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price look ahead to Sunday's game against the Bears and what the Patriots need to do to contain dynamic running back Matt Forte.
We check in with SI/MMQB's Peter King for his weekly take on the Patriots and all things NFL.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Brick talked about the emergence of Torey Krug as a solid D pairing with Seidenberg and how well the Power Play is playing. He contributes that to 2 different units competing. Brick also likes the versatility of Simon Gagne.
The guys discussed hockey's place on the American sports landscape.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Revis was absent from practice and the guys wondered if this was the first time.
Christian fails to prank Chicago radio, A Nun sings "Like a Virgin" and other lewd acts.
We talk to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who broke the Darrelle Revis late-gate story.
Michael and Dale discuss the ins and outs of the Darrelle Revis late-gate, and whether his reaction was what the Patriots were looking for out of him,
We tackle four topics about notorious incidents where Boston athletes (and media members) showed up LATE!
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
On this edition of Breaking Balls, Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss their producers' performance and take the Proust Questionnaire.More from this show
Sausage and Lumpy, the producers for the D&C show, recorded a podcast yesterday. They left A LOT of stuff on the cutting room floor. Luckily, MFB picked it all up and played the unedited version during the midday show. Kirk joined the show to discuss how hard it is working with Callahan and his two producers.More from this show
Michael and Dale talk Patriots, and Michael has some strong words for those who are ignoring history and what they've seen in favor of continuing a pessimistic and fatalistic view/agenda of the Patriots.More from this show