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09/23/2010 - 10:10am
Simmons on D&C: 'Logical' to sign Ortiz

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics’ offseason, the rest of the NBA, Bill Belichick and the David Ortiz contract situation. Simmons isn't on board with picking up the $12.5 team option on the DH, who hit his 31st home run of the season in the Red Sox 6-1 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night.

 

"Why wouldn't they just not pick up his option and sign him for a lesser price? Or is that too logical?" asked Simmons, who noted that there was "no way" the Sox win the 2004 and 2007 World Series without Ortiz. "I wouldn't pick him up at $12.5, but is he worth $8 million? Yeah, why not?"

 

As for the Celtics, Simmons was initially "horrified" when the Celtics signed Shaquille O'Neal but has "talked himself" into the benefits of the move. As for Jermaine O'Neal, Simmons feels he's an upgrade from Rasheed...

09/23/2010 - 7:49am
Mashup: Giants player rips team, coach

The Giants continue to battle the Jets for headlines — and not in a good way. The latest controversy involves Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who ripped his coaches and teammates in a radio interview on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Rolle apologized for the manner in which he complained, although he didn't apologize for what he said. His accusations included a lack of leadership from the players and an over-controlled environment by coach Tom Coughlin. Said Rolle: "I don't feel like I was talking out of turn. I feel like I said what needed to be said. No matter who heard it, it definitely needed to be said."

 

Meanwhile, Jets coach Rex Ryan claims he started to get tougher on his troops following Braylon Edwards' arrest Tuesday morning for DWI. Ryan told the media Wednesday that he informed his players, "I'm tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization. Let's just end it."

 

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09/23/2010 - 7:19am
Fauria's wife charged with domestic assault

The wife of former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria was arrested at the couple's North Attleboro home Tuesday morning on domestic assault charges.

 

Rhonda Fauria pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Attleboro District Court to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery.

 

Officers arrived at the Fauria home at about 9 a.m. Tuesday after being contacted about a potential assault and found Christian Fauria pulled over on the side of the road in his Cadillac Escalade. Rhonda Fauria was later arrested after her husband showed officers scratches on his face and chest and a bruise on his shin. 

 

The couple is currently separated, according to the police report. They have been married for 13 years. 


09/22/2010 - 11:15pm
Papi hopes Sox do their part on contract

David Ortiz wants to retire with the Red Sox but said after Wednesday's win over the Orioles that he hasn't begun to give much thought to whether he will return in 2011.

 

"It's only the end of the season and things are going to start at one point," Ortiz said. "Even myself, I haven't been thinking about that. Sometimes, I feel like I'm part of the family and I'm going to stick around longer but I'm not the one who takes that decision and I'm not the one that makes that move. I'm trying to do my job and hopefully they do theirs after the season.

 

"I don't feel like going anywhere else but if I have to, I have no choice," Ortiz said. "We'll see, we'll see how things go. We'll see. I took a pay cut already, five years ago. That's some homework for you."

 

Ortiz signed a four-year, $52 million extension at the start of the 2006 season. The Red Sox have a club option for...

09/22/2010 - 10:13pm
Bergeron, Bruins beat up on Price, Habs
By: DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and the Bruins chased Montreal goalie Carey Price to win their preseason opener, 4-2 at the Bell Centre. The game featured a short-handed tally from each team, with Tuukka Rask making 36 saves in the victory. Price was replaced by Curtis Sanford, midway through the second period, but that may have been too late for the Habs.

 

The first period featured the bulk of the Bruins scoring, as they went to the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. Nathan Horton, acquired in June in a trade with the Panthers, scored the Bruins' first goal of the game, beating Price gloveside. The assists went to Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner. Second overall pick Tyler Seguin orchestrated a Johnny Boychuk power play goal that also featured Bartkowski's second assist, while Patrice Bergeron scored one of his two goals at 15:20 of the period. 

 

The Seguin-Bergeron-Mark Recchi line that impressed during Monday's...

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