Jesse Jackson ripped Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday for Gilbert's letter to the fans of Cleveland following LeBron James' decision to sign with the Miami Heat. Gilbert called James "cowardly" in the letter and later told the AP that he believed that the two-time MVP quit at times during the Cavaliers six-game loss to the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Jackson, in a statement released through his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, wrote that Gilbert's "feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship -- between business partners -- and LeBron honored his contract."
Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, in his fourth rehab game for the Lowell Spinners, went 2-for-3 with a double in Lowell's 4-1 loss. Lowrie, who played shortstop, played five innings for the Spinners. He is now 6-for-10 with four walks for the Spinners. He is scheduled to join Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox prospect Stolmy Pimentel, a minor leaguer currently in High-A Salem, retired a pair of batters for the World team in the sixth inning of the All-Star Futures Game. He mixed a 92-93 mph fastball with a curveball in getting Marlins prospect Logan Morrison on a flyout to deep centerfield (on which Pirates prospect Gorkys Hernandez made a fine catch while crashing into the wall) and then getting Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa to ground out to second.
"I was excited to be here," said Pimentel. "I hope to be here again [as a big leaguer]."
Pimentel, 20, is 5-7 with a 4.61 ERA for Salem this year. He has struck out 55 and walked 25 in 80 innings.
For more on Pimetel's outing, and why the Red Sox believe he is an impressive pitching prospect,...
PAWTUCKET -- Josh Beckett did not speak about his 68-pitch performance following a rehab start Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium for the Triple-A Paw Sox.
But those who did were very impressed with the right-hander, who was making his first start since being placed on the disabled list with a strained lower back. Beckett retired 12 of the the 14 batters he faced, striking out four and walking none.
"For the most the most part, he got through the outing healthy, he felt great," Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo said. "His fastball, to me, was electric and the secondary stuff, in bits and pieces, was there for him. He threw some change-ups when he had to and he threw some quality breaking balls. I thought the outing was outstanding.
"The only thing he asked me was, 'How many pitches did I throw?'" Lovullo added.
Lovullo and Pawtucket pitching...
Spain defeats the Netherlands, 1-0, to win World Cup for the first time. Andres Iniesta's goal in extra time won it for Spain. The two sides only created a few clear chances at Soccer City in South Africa, but the game opened up slightly in the second half and extra time. Dutch superstar Arjen Robben broke free in the 62nd minute but his shot attempt was kicked aside by Spainish goalkeeper Iker Casillas' right foot. Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was up to the task as well making a few key saves to keep the Dutch in it.
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.
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.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
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
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.
Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.
We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.
We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.
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.
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.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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