Billy Hunter, the executive director of the NBA player’s union, said in a statement that the union would mount a legal challenge against the league’s crackdown on technical fouls. Hunter added that the players were not consulted about the rule change before it was implemented.
Here’s the statement:
“We have not seen any increase in the level of ‘complaining’ to the officials and we believe that players as a whole have demonstrated appropriate behavior toward the officials. Worse yet, to the extent the harsher treatment from the referees leads to a stifling of the players’ passion and exuberance for their work, we fear these changes may actually harm our product. The changes were made without proper consultation with the Players Association, and we intend to file an appropriate legal challenge.”
The union’s move comes on the heels of Kevin...
The Red Sox announced that they have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the 2011 season. The non-guaranteed split contract, which a source told WEEI.com is for $250,000 at the minor league level and $750,000 in the majors, allows the two sides to avoid salary arbitration.
The Sox traded for the switch-hitting catcher at the July 31 trade deadline, acquiring him from Texas in exchange for three minor-league prospects: pitcher Roman Mendez, catcher Michael Thomas (whom the Rangers converted to a pitcher) and first baseman Chris McGuiness. Saltalamacchia, 25, went 3-for-19 with three doubles in 10 games for the Sox before undergoing season-ending surgery in September to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Sept. 28, producing a final line of .158/.360/.316/.676.
With Saltalamacchia's deal having been signed, the remaining Red Sox eligible for arbitration are Jonathan...
The 4-1 Baltimore Ravens returned five players to practice on Thursday, including RB Ray Rice and NT Haloti Ngata. All five were still limited by various ailments as they prepare for Sunday's showdown with the 3-1 Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Three players have already been ruled out of Sunday's game.
Ravens Injury Report for Thursday:
T Jared Gaither (back)
LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder)
WR Donte Stallworth (foot)
LB Paul Kruger (knee)
S Ken Hamlin (ankle)
TE Edgar Jones (thigh)
RB Le'Ron McClain (shoulder/knee)
DT Haloti Ngata (knee)
RB Ray Rice (knee)
CB Josh Wilson (thigh)
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FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch said Thursday that he renegotiated his deal so he could “be around champions.”
Speaking at an impromptu Q&A at his locker with reporters, Branch talked about his reported decision to reduce his base salary to $2.2 million for 2011, the final year of a six-year, $39 million contract he signed with Seattle in 2006. The original contract would have given Branch just under $6 million in base salary for the 2011 season. With his new deal, incentives could bring Branch’s salary to $4 million.
“I think it was just more so something that I was dealing with. It’s nothing bad at all,” Branch said. “I just always wanted to be around champions. It’s always good to have that feeling and to know what you’re surrounded with.
“I think both parties agreed on something and we worked it out,” Branch added. “You got...
Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.
The surgery, which was performed in Phoenix, AZ, by Dr. Donald Sheridan, was considered a success and McDonald will begin his rehabilitation in the next few weeks and should be healthy for the start of spring training.
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We get our weekly NFL update with SI/MMQB's Peter King. Peter talks AFC East, first round byes, Jonas Gray/LeGarrette Blount and much more.
The head coach of your New England Patriots Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Holley and Steve DeOssie after the Patriots win over the Lions on Sunday.
Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, now an analyst for ESPN joined Dale and Holley for a breakdown of the Patriots win over the Lions, and a look-ahead to next Sunday night's showdown in Green Bay.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
The Red Sox trotted out their newest FA acquisition Tuesday afternoon, third baseman, Pablo Sandoval. The Kung Fu Panda then joined MFB to talk about his conversations with (former) Giant teammate, Jake Peavy, about playing Boston. He also stressed that this move was the next big challenge in his life, and addressed some concerns about his defense, stating that he is focused on being at the hot corner for the duration of his contract.
Buster Olney of ESPN joined MFB to talk about all the free agent news surrounding the Red Sox over the past 24 hours
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the Riots in Ferguson.
Rob Bradford joined the show to discuss the latest signings by the Red Sox.
Today's Three For All focused on the riots in Ferguson, Missouri following the events of last night's trial announcement. There was tear gas, shots being fired, cops cars and building being lit on fire, looting, and female reporter was hit in the head with a rock.
Rodney joined the show to talk about Dan Patrick and Tony Dungy giving him a hard time about the SECOND best catch by a Giant receiver. He also talked about how Minnesota showed that you can slow the Green Bay Packers down by stopping the big plays and stopping Jordy Nelson. Rodney thinks the Patriots have the personnel in the secondary to beat them.
Dale and Michael give their four selections for the MLB Hall of Fame... this year's finalists were announced today.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins and discuss the supposed practice scuffle between Tuukka Rask and Soderberg, and DJ Bean dials us up to give his thoughts.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
The guys previewed the upcoming Packers Patriots game and discussed the media's latest tweet beef.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
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