The USC football program has been hit with a two-year postseason ban in addition to the loss of scholarships and a forfeiture of wins from at least the 2004 season, sanctions set to be annnounced by the NCAA on Thursday, according to ESPN. The school's football team has been under investigation in part for the actions of running back Reggie Bush, who played at the school from 2003-05.
PHILADELPHIA -- Patrick Kane scored at 4:10 of overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, Thursday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to claim their title since 1961. The Blackhawks won in a surreal ending as Kane took a shot that was lost by the officials and nearly everyone in the building as it was lost momentarily underneath the goal. After a review, the goal was awarded to Kane and the Cup belonged to Chicago.
Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd scored in the second period to erase a one-goal deficit and give Chicago a 3-2 lead, which the Hawks enjoyed until Scott Hartnell's second goal of the game with just 3:59 left in regulation.
The Flyers took a 2-1 lead on Danny Briere's goal at 8:00 of the second period before Chicago responded on a 4-on-4 situation. In addition to breaking a 49-year drought, the Blackhawks claimed their fourth Stanley Cup championship franchise...
CLEVELAND -- According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona the report from Dr. Lewis Yocum in regards to Jacoby Ellsbury's injured ribs suggested "he needs a little bit more rest." Francona couldn't give the complete evaluation since he hadn't gotten the opportunity to fully debrief with both Yocum and the team's medical director, Dr. Thomas Gill. "We want to talk through it," Francona said. "I think Tom and Yocum have talked since I heard about it, but we'll probably stay here a while and try to get some information tonight." Ellsbury was in Los Angeles being examined by Yocum Wednesday. For more information on the Red Sox see the team page by clicking here.
Former Red Sox righthander Justin Masterson threw the first complete game shutout of his career for the Indians, allowing just two hits and striking out six on the way to an 11-0 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night in Cleveland. Travis Hafner homered and drove in four runs to lead the Indians' offense, which connected for 10 hits. Clay Buchholz (8-4) took the loss but pitched well in defeat, yielding three hits and three earned runs over seven innings. Boof Bonser and Joe Nelson struggled in relief for Boston, allowing a combined eight earned runs on seven hits in just one inning of work. For more Red Sox news, check out our baseball blog, Full Count.
CLEVELAND -- Speaking before the Red Sox ' Wednesday night game against the Indians at Progressive Field, Josh Beckett explained that it is his right latissimus muscle that has been the problem, and was the deciding factor when the team decided to shut down the pitcher's throwing. Beckett said that if he passes the physical tests, scheduled to administered either Thursday or Friday, he will throw for the first time since the 25-pitch bullpen session he was forced to cut short May 28.
"Whenever I hurt my lat that's when they said, 'You know what, see the doctor, let's do the tests. Let's do whatever we need to do,'" explained Beckett.
"I wasn't throwing normal. When you don't throw normal that's when muscles aren't used to being like that. There are certain days I still feel it, but I'm having a really good day today. Today is one of those days where I get in and think, 'Why can't I play catch today...
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.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
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.
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
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.
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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 discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.
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.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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!
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