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08/17/2011 - 7:32am
Lippett on Miami scandal: 'This is not slavery'

Former Patriots cornerback Ronnie Lippett, who played at the University of Miami in the early 1980s, checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the latest scandal involving his alma mater. In a Yahoo! Sports report, Miami booster Nevin Shapiro explained how he provided cash, gifts and favors to dozens of Hurricanes football players — including current Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork — from 2002-10.

Lippett, who recorded 24 career interceptions playing for the Pats from 1983-88 and again from 1990-91, questioned whether all the facts are true, although he acknowledged there could be some issues.

"I believe this guy wholeheartedly, I just don't believe every specific thing that he's saying. I'm not calling him a liar. I wouldn't do that," Lippett said, later adding: "I believe some of these things could have happened. But I'm not saying they did."

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08/17/2011 - 6:50am
Mashup: Ex-Flyer Carcillo rips Philly media

Former Flyers forward Dan Carcillo, who does his best to torment opposing NHL players with his often-questionable behavior, had a few complaints about the way his old team was treated by the notorious Philadelphia media. Carcillo, who signed with the Blackhawks early this offseason, spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times and was asked if the Philly media is as tough as advertised. His response: "Yeah. It’s ridiculous. … If you lose, people look for excuses, and they nitpick. They make stories out of nothing. It’s unfortunate. That’s just the way it is. It’s kind of their culture. People are kind of outspoken and rude."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


08/16/2011 - 9:42pm
Ortiz to be placed in walking boot, but no DL

After being out of the lineup in both games of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader with the Rays, David Ortiz underwent an MRI that confirmed the designated hitter has bursitis in his right heel.

Manager Terry Francona said after the game that Ortiz will be placed in a walking boot for the next couple of days to alliviate some of the pressure on the injury. The team will reevaluate him every couple of days. Francona said that the injury will not require a trip to the disabled list, but that the duration for which the DH will be sidelined is not entirely clear yet.

"We’re going to get him out of his spikes for a couple of days and get him in a little bit of a walking boot, just to kind of alleviate some of the pressure. We’ll keep re-evaluating every, I’m sure, every couple of days," said Francona. "We want to get him off that for a little while. It’s not going to be [a trip to the] DL. We’re...

08/16/2011 - 9:12pm
Splitsville: Sox offense silent in loss

On a night when Erik Bedard turned in arguably his best performance as a member of the Red Sox, he was nonetheless outpitched by counterpart Jeff Niemann, who delivered a complete game as the Rays beat the Sox, 6-2, to split the day-night doubleheader in Boston.

Niemann punched out 10 batters while allowing just three hits and walking one. He did give up a pair of runs on solo homers by Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbury. But for much of the night, the big right-hander overpowered the Red Sox lineup.

Of course, that has become an increasingly common theme for a Sox team that has been mired in a slump for much of August. The Sox have now scored four or fewer runs in six of their last seven games and in 11 of 15 overall since Aug. 1. The offensive struggles were led by Carl Crawford, who was showered by boos while going 0-for-3 with three punchouts.

The offensive struggles resulted in Bedard being tagged with his first loss as a member of the...

08/16/2011 - 7:59pm
Report: Perkins disputes charges

Former Celtic Kendrick Perkins was arrested in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas over the weekend on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct after an incident at a nightclub. The charges are Class C misdemeanors in Texas and punishable by fines of no more than $500. But Perkins has hired a lawyer and is disputing the charges, according to the Oklahoman.

Perkins' publicist, Denise White, told the paper that Perkins was not drunk at the time of the incident and was trying to collect money from the club manager for his foundation. She also claimed that police officers harassed Perkins and that Milwaukee Bucks player Stephen Jackson was threatened with arrest after he attempted to calm the situation. Rajon Rondo was not at the club at the time at the time of the incident, White said.

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