Speaking from his home in Huntington Beach, Calif., Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon came out in support of Terry Francona, declaring the treatment of the former Red Sox manager after he parted ways with Boston to be "almost criminal."
"Terry did nothing wrong. Terry is wonderful. Terry as a manager is excellent, and as a person he is even better than that," Maddon told WEEI.com. "So to have people saying this stuff is really disappointing.
"It's almost criminal. It reeks of a set-up. It smells bad. I feel badly for the guy. I don't know him really well, but I know him. I know the players and how they think about him. it's a shame that he has to go through this."
Asked which piece of the drama surrounding the Red Sox since their historic September collapse was most shocking, Maddon again brought up Francona.
"The biggest surprise is how anybody could say anything bad about Terry Francona," the...
At the end of a marathon, 15-hour day of negotiations between NBA owners and players, the two sides had made enough progress that they suggested that a full 82-game season, which would begin in November, remained a possibility if an agreement is reached soon. The two sides focused on salary cap issues, and plan to continue to address that same subject when they resume talks on Thursday.
"We were able to work through a number of different issues today regarding our system," union president Derek Fisher told reporters. "We can't say that major progress was made in any way, but some progress was made on system issues. Obviously enough for us to come back."
According to Yahoo! Sports, which cited a source in saying that there was significant progress and that the two sides "need [Thursday] to punch it over [the] end line" in...
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are among 14 NBA players who will take part in an All-Star exhibition game in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Several players including LeBron James and Chris Paul have backed out of the game, but the list of players is still impressive.
In addition to the three Celtics: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Chris Kaman and Tyson Chandler have all been contracted to play.
Sunday's game was supposed to be the first stop on an international tour but it's unclear whether it will be a one-game only event or if the tour will continue through London, Macau and Australia. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the details.
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FOXBORO -- Only linebacker Dane Fletcher missed practice on Wednesday, sitting out with what the Patriots listed as a thumb injury. In addition, New England had seven players who were limited, including running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back). Here's the complete report:
Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
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Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday for his weekly discussion of Red Sox and baseball news. With Theo Epstein finally having been announced as the Cubs general manager and Ben Cherington sliding into the role of Red Sox GM, Gammons gave his thoughts on the shuffling in the Boston front office.
Epstein and Cherington worked with each other for more than nine years, and Gammons said that he doesn't think there will be any big differences in the way the two operate.
"I think there may be some differences, I don't think there will be anything dramatic," Gammons said. "I don't know what people really want in dramatic differences, in the last 10 years there's only one team that's won two World Series."
Gammons did point out that Cherington and new assistant GM Mike Hazen both started their careers in player development, meaning Boston may treat that aspect of the organization in a different manner than Epstein....
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe and Tim are in Chicago where the Red Sox are playing the White Sox and Commissioner Manfred stops by the booth for half an inning.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Despite talking about hating the crossover on Kirk's podcast, Lou came in to discuss his potty mouth. Kirk reveals that Tim Benz sent a Direct Message (on Twitter) about Lou's comments on the podcast.
Reports have come out that say Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky molesting boys as far back as 1976.
It's becoming clear that fans and media are ready to circle the wagons for David Ortiz if anyone else brings up PED's.
Tim Benz and Jerry Thornton hop on to talk to Lou about what he said about them in the "Enough About Me Podcast."
Mike Mutnansky calls to talk to Lou about what was said on the "Enough About Me" Podcast. He also talks Kentucky Derby
Glenn, Lou, and Christiantalk about the latest indictment of Joe Paterno's knowledge of what was going on at Penn State
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.
Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Jerry is joined once again by Jen Royle, who demonstrates the perfect attitude for handling Twitter trolls, cyberbullies and the stalkers who have her a nervous breakdown. And Jerry reads the filthiest messages ever spoken in a podcast.
Mike Mutnansky handicaps the 142nd running of the the Kentucky Derby with Matt Bernier of the Daily Racing Form, award-winning author Dick Jerardi courtesy of Xpressbet.com and Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Vesce.
Ben, Russ & Alex talk about the UCL semi-finals, which have resulted in an Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid final. They also talk about the unbelievable story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League.
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