The Georgetown basketball team's goodwill tour of China lacked goodwill Thursday night. A chippy game against the Bayi Rockets in Beijing ended with about 9½ minutes left when a huge brawl broke out. In a video of the incident, Chinese players appear to be the aggressors, throwing punches, swinging chairs and tossing water bottles. That led Georgetown coach John Thompson III to pull his team off the court. Thompson, who was berated by a Chinese player early in the game, did his best to downplay the incident after retreating to his hotel.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
KANSAS CITY -- After going 0-for-4 in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Royals, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez dismissed any notion that his recent struggles at the plate were being caused by the stiff neck referenced by Sox manager Terry Francona prior to Wednesday's game at Fenway Park.
"The neck has been fine," Gonzalez said. "It's something that flared up right before Chicago [July 30], when we were playing [Kansas City] in the day game [July 28]. It flared up the next day and it has been getting better ever since. It created a couple of mechanical things I've been working through."
After his three groundouts and one strikeout, Gonzalez has now gone four straight games without a hit. Prior to current stretch, the first baseman had only gone hitless in back-to-back games three times all season.
"I'm not hitting because my swing isn't good right now, not because of my neck," he explained.
Gonzalez has also...
With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 31-14 win over the Buccaneers, Patriots running back Danny Woodhead -- playing on special teams -- took a vicious and dizzying helmet-to-helmet hit from Devin Holland while covering a punt. He made it to the sidelines but medical staff immediately took his helmet away and tended to him.
"I saw him in the locker room," Pats coach Bill Belichick said afterward. "He seemed all right. We'll see how it goes."
“He got hit pretty hard," added quarterback Tom Brady. "That’s football. There’s guys moving fast out there, especially on punt returns or any of the returns. Things are happening so fast. He just turned his head and the guy really gave it to him good. He’s a tough guy. Everyone’s worried about him, as his teammates would be. Hopefully, he’s OK."
"I'm just trying to coach our team...
KANSAS CITY -- Josh Beckett earned his first victory since July 23, and Dustin Pedroia continued his dominance of Royals pitching with three hits, as the Red Sox kicked off their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium with a 4-3 win over KC Thursday night.
Beckett finished his seven-inning stint by giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out four and not walking a batter. The 110-pitch outing was the first time the starter had gone seven innings since he accomplished the feat against the Royals July 28.
Pedroia paced the Sox attack with two singles, a double and three RBI (all coming with two outs). The 3-for-4 effort made the Sox second baseman 12-for-22 against the Royals in five meetings this season.
The only other RBI for the Red Sox came from Jason Varitek, whose second-inning single scored Josh Reddick, tying the game at 1-1 at the time.
Beckett did allow the Royals to come back after a Pedroia single plated a...
Tom Brady engineered touchdown drives on four of the first five possessions of the night and the defensive line completely dominated as the Patriots rolled to a 31-14 win over the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Thursday night.
Brady started all six Patriots drives of the first half and threw touchdown passes to Aaron Hernandez and Chad Ochocinco as the Patriots scored 21 points in the opening quarter. Brady's night came to an end at halftime as he rested the entire second half and finished 11-of-19 for 118 yards and two touchdowns with a 111.3 quarterback rating.
Brady found Hernandez wide open on a seam route for a 16-yard TD to open the scoring. On the next Patriots possession, the Bucs defense left Ochocinco completely unaccounted for in the red zone and Brady lofted an eight-yard pass to Ochocinco for his first TD in a Patriots uniform.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a pair of scores in the first half as the Patriots took...
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Danny and Price chat about Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense this season leading into the Super Bowl. Both think he was deserving of the MVP award, but they differ a little on Cam's 2015-16 season compared to the history of other QB's in the league.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
Sam Packard and Jared Weiss soak in the craziness in Cleveland after the Cavs fired David Blatt and Tyronn Lue is calling out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. They also discuss Blake Griffin punching out his homies, Kelly Manbun Olynyk becoming a vital part of the Celtics' recent success, and more potential Celtics trades. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
With Rob Bradford back from a pre-Spring Training trip to Ft. Myers, the guys discuss Rob's chat with Clay Buchholz and his calling 2016 a "make or break year"
Ken Laird & Ryan Hannable debate who should be on WEEI's Top Ten Red Sox prospects' list, with only Yoan Moncada grabbing consensus as the number one talent in the pipeline
Mut and Tomase are holding things down in the studio tonight, Bradford is on assignment in Fort Myers. They talk about Rick Porcello, who is already down in Fort Myers and the strength of the pitching staff.
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Arpon Basu calls the boys to talk some Canadiens hockey and why they have been on the downward spiral for quite some time now. He talks about the malaise around the team in the locker room and the fan-base, his thoughts on the NHL Playoffs and the state of the Bruins vs where Montreal finds themselves. Arpon goes as far as to say that today may be a "make it or break it" game for them against Carolina.
Ryan Spooner sat down with DJ to discuss his over-achieving and the direction of the Bruins as the trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the Super Bowl commercials.
Cam Newton did not handle the loss well.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference during Super Bowl week where he answered mostly staged questions. Tom E. Curran actually got to ask a real question about the new PSI testing data, but Goodell didn't bother to answer him.
Aqib Talib, fresh off a Super Bowl win, had some fun with the NFL Network crew, falling on their stage. Also, the guys take calls and break down more of the Super Bowl.
Once again, and on the biggest stage, Mike Carey was wrong about a coach's challenge. Glenn, Lou and Christian rip Carey and talk about how he was never heard from again.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk all things Super Bowl 50.
We discuss the reaction of Cam Newton in the post game press conference, and how America is reacting to him.
Inspired by a lackluster final game, we look at four of the worst Super Bowls in recent memory.
Mikey and Bradfo talk about the strange things that went on during the Super Bowl
Mikey and Rob Bradford talk about the big game
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson weigh in on the Super Bowl, breaking down the game in a spirited debate on how it will fall. Newton, Manning, Stewart, Olsen, Norman, Kuechly Kubiak and the Denver Defense fuel the conversation. A quick look back to the Patriots vs. Broncos AFC Title game sews the seeds for what we will see on Sunday and in the off-season ahead. The League, Concussions, The Super Bowl and the Fantasy Football Off-season positional groups and scouting are covered in a comprehensive edition of “The Fantasy Guys Podcast.”
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Thursday's 3-2 comeback, shootout win in Buffalo as the Bruins take hold of 3rd place in the Atlantic Division
After another solid week of college hoops, Anthony and Austin are hoping on the Virginia band wagon, and take a deeper look into Texas A&M's win over Iowa State and debate whether UNC's lack of shooting will prevent them from being a title contender.
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