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10/21/2010 - 8:32am
Kerry Wood thought he'd land with Red Sox

Before he was dealt to the Yankees at the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades, reliever Kerry Wood thought that he was going to be dealt from the Indians to the Red Sox. At the time, the Sox had a pressing bullpen need, and the proponderance of rumors suggested that Boston might seek to shore up its weakness with the 33-year-old right-hander.

 

Boston had been scouting Wood, and he expected that if he was to be dealt, it was likely to the Sox. And so, Wood was surprised to find out that he'd been traded to the Yankees just before the 4 p.m. deadline that day.

 

"I actually thought [Boston] was where I was going. When they sat me down in  Toronto, I thought that’s the only team I’d heard anything about [their  interest], was the Red Sox," Wood recalled earlier this month. "I hadn’t heard anything about the Yankees. So for a couple of days, I thought it was the Red Sox, then...

10/21/2010 - 7:54am
Butterfield also a finalist for Jays' job

According to an industry source, Blue Jays’ third base coach Brian Butterfield is one of the four finalists for the Toronto managerial opening. Butterfield, 52, a native of Maine who still lives in the state, has also served as the Jays’ bench coach during his nine-season tenure with the Jays. He has managerial experience in the minor leagues in the Yankees’ organization.

 

Others identified as finalists for the Jays’ job (which was held by Cito Gaston for the past 2 1/2 seasons) are Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Sox pitching coach John Farrell, and Sandy Alomar Jr., the Indians’ first-base coach. Neither Butterfield or representatives from the Blue Jays’ organization were available for comment.

 

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10/21/2010 - 7:22am
Goodell on D&C: No room for illegal hits

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning to discuss a variety of topics, most notably the league’s approach toward disciplining players for illegal hits. Goodell was in Boston Wednesday night to be honored by the Sports Legacy Institute, and is in the midst of a week where the NFL has fined three players (including Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather) a total of $175,000 for illegal hits levied during last weekend’s games. (To hear the entire interview, click here).

 

The main topic Goodell addressed was how the NFL is approaching the disciplining of players going forward in regard to illegal hits/contact. The commissioner stated that he doesn't believe there will be any other dramatic alterations in terms of what fans will see on the field in regard to discipline, and that the NFL has a policy in...

10/21/2010 - 7:09am
Suggs: I'll get last laugh on Brady

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs fired back at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, saying Brady “whines” a lot. Suggs also promised to get the “last laugh” on Brady, and poked fun about the protection the quarterback has received in the wake of the creation of the “Brady Rule.”

“For a guy that whines a lot, at least I didn’t have any rules put in for me,” Suggs told Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. “I don’t care. I’m over it. It was last week. He can have the last word, but I’ll have the last laugh, I promise you.”

Suggs comments came in the wake of the Patriots 23-20 win over Baltimore. The day after the game, Brady said Suggs and the Ravens “talk a lot of beating us once in nine years.”

Suggs and Brady got into an argument during the game.

“He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood...

10/21/2010 - 6:42am
Mashup: Call for hockey to ban head hits

At a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in ice hockey, a panel recommended banning hits to the head at every level of the game — from youth to the NHL — and eliminating bodychecking under the age of 13. "The clock is ticking," said conference co-organizer Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey and the father of three sons who have played in the NHL (including Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart). "If we say we need additional long-term injury research to validate any kind of recommendation, there will be a lot of athletes who'll suffer." Read more about that story, plus check out other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


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