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10/22/2010 - 8:23am
Report: Ex-Celtic Charles Smith shot

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.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


10/22/2010 - 7:53am
Mashup: Worst World Series winners ever

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.


10/22/2010 - 7:28am
Mayo on D&C: Expect suspension this week

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...

10/22/2010 - 12:12am
Report: Farrell will be named Jays' skipper

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.


10/21/2010 - 11:24pm
Phillies stay alive with 4-2 win

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.


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