Early this week, LeBron James tweeted a warning to his critics, writing, "Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"
Charles Barkley wasn't intimidated, and the TNT NBA analyst went on a Dallas radio show and let LeBron know as much. "I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that [list]," Barkley said. "I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage [in Miami] was a punk move, and I though he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joing Dwyane Wade's team was very disappointing to me."
The predictable fallout has begun from the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Coach Rex Ryan's mother was not pleased with her son's foul mouth and said it was "excruciating" to watch him swear so much. Most members of the Giants said they didn't watch the show, but cornerback Terrell Thomas admitted he was surprised by the Jets' "arrogance" as the teams prepare to meet in their preseason opener Monday night at the stadium they share. Read more about that, as well as New York's other big controversy — the Mets and suspended closer Francisco Rodriguez — at Friday's Morning Mashup.
FOXBORO -- Laurence Maroney had a pair of touchdown runs and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a score from six yards as the Patriots beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 27-24, at Gillette Stadium in the preseason opener for both teams.
After a first series that started at the Saints 19 but only resulted in a short run, two incompletions and a Steve Gostkowski field goal, Tom Brady looked very impressive in his next and final drive of the night. Brady completed 5-of-6 passes for 67 yards, leading the team on a 93-yard, 14-play scoring drive that ended with a BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6-yard touchdown run. Brady played for a total of 17 offensive snaps.
Other highlights of the night included the play of second-year receiver Julian Edelman. He caught six balls for 90 yards, including a 25-yard completion on the 93-yard scoring drive. Randy Moss caught three passes for 30 yards and rookie...
TORONTO — For the first time in his major league career, Jonathan Papelbon was taken out in the ninth inning in a tie game as a reliever (due to factors not involving an injury), Thursday. After the Red Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays — in which Papelbon surrendered three runs in the ninth for the third time this season — the Sox’ closer said he understood why Sox manager Terry Francona made the move to go to Daniel Bard with one out, the Sox up by a run and the bases loaded. (Click here to see ‘Closing Time’ for a recap.)
“You want to finish games, that’s my job. I want to finish games,” Papelbon explained. “But I think the fact of the matter is that I didn’t execute my job and you pass it on to somebody else.”
Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was released without bail Thursday and ordered to stay away from his girlfriend's father after allegedly attacking the man outside a family lounge at Citi Field Wednesday night. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, which led to the team suspending him. He is on the restricted list without pay for two days, costing him $125,683.
Rodriguez, 28, is accsued of grabbing 53-year-old Carlos Pena, hitting him in the face and banging his head against a wall following the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Rockies.
"Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco's inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.
Rodriguez, who signed a $37 million, three-year contract with the Mets in 2008 after saving a record 62 games for the Angels, is 4-2 with 25 saves and a 2.24 ERA...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
The guys discuss their easiest college classes.
After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
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Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.More from this show
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