Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls' 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. "I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up." Noah said he expected to be fined by the league, which docked Kobe Bryant $100,000 for similar behavior last month.
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After becoming the oldest Red Sox pitcher in history to record a win, 44-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield said he felt in a rhythm from the start Sunday night against the Cubs. Wakefield threw just 75 pitches, allowing four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-1 Red Sox win before a national TV audience.
"I felt great," said Wakefield, who was given an extra day of rest after taking the place of Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Red Sox rotation. "The extra day obviously helps. I felt pretty good and I was throwing a lot of strikes tonight."
Wakefield was in cruise control for most of the night, thanks in large part to the high percentage of strikes he was throwing. Through four innings, he had thrown just 35 pitches, 27 for strikes. Through five innings, he had allowed only an Alfonso Soriano single to open the third.
"I take a lot of pride in that because you're asked to do a job and when you do...
Kevin Youkilis, the man who has been hit more than any other batter in Red Sox history, indicated he believes the Cubs might have been given an extra chance to equal the score on Sunday night from Saturday's beanball exchange that left Marlon Byrd with several fractures below his left eye.
On Sunday night — with the Red Sox up, 5-1, in the eighth inning — Kerry Wood came inside on Jed Lowrie. He just missed hitting him. He didn't miss with the second pitch, drilling Lowrie on the back of the leg. Home plate umpire Ed Hickox warned both teams and no one was ejected.
"I understand the whole thing," Youkilis said. "You throw it once and you miss, and you throw it again. I don't know why. I guess they felt like they needed to get another one in because we hit them twice. It's the game of baseball.
"No, I didn't see that coming, but the other day they're upset, they didn't like the warning when I...
Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 and Tim Wakefield allowed just four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Red Sox beat the Cubs, 5-1, Sunday night at Fenway Park. Gonzalez raised his average 14 points to .342 with the performance while Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted his second homer in three games and his third of the season.
While 1918 nostaglia was the theme all weekend long at Fenway Park, Wakefield did his part by turning back the clock and throwing a masterpiece. Wakefield threw just 50 pitches in his first five innings, allowing only an Alfonso Soriano single to center. In winning his first game of 2011, the 44-year-old knuckleballer struck out three and didn't walk a batter, lowering his ERA from 5.40 to 4.50. Wakefield was pulled by Terry Francona after allowing a two-out, RBI double to Jeff Baker in the seventh, his 75th and final pitch of the night. Daniel Bard came on to fan Soriano as the game's potential tying run with a 98 mph...
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was slotted at No. 62 Sunday night in the NFL Network's list of Top 100 players, a list put together through a players-only vote. Mayo was presented by New England coach Bill Belichick, who praised Mayo as a “football guy.”
“He handles the whole front, the defensive line, the linebackers, stunts, adjustments — and in a lot of the cases, he controls the entire defense,” Belichick said. “Players elected him captain his second year. I think that speaks to his leadership and the respect that he has on this team.”
Belichick was asked if one particular play stood out when it came to Mayo, the 2008 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year who has led the Patriots in tackles the last three seasons.
“When he leads the league in tackles like he did last year, it’s hard to single out one,” Belichick said. “But I think that some...
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show