NBA legend (and one-time Celtic) Dominique Wilkins, a Hawks vice president and television analyst, was attacked by a fan after the Hawks' victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the attacker was former NBA and college basketball referee Rashan Michel, who was arrested and charged with simple battery. Michel told police Wilkins owed him money for suits purchased several years ago from a clothing store Michel had owned.
Elsewhere in the news, Isiah Thomas is spouting off again, claiming only his height kept him from being better than Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan; Auburn football coach Gene Chizik responded angrily to accusations of pay for play by former Tigers; and Major League Baseball wants to determine the cause for a 24 percent drop in baseball participation by kids aged 7-17 over the previous decade.
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Josh Beckett turned in his best start of the exhibition season Wednesday night in Houston, allowing just one hit over five innings in the Red Sox' 10-0 win over the Astros.
The only blemishes on Beckett's line came when he hit his second batter of the game, Angel Sanchez, and Brett Wallace led off the fifth inning with an infield single. Between the two baserunners the Sox' righty retired 11 straight Astros. Beckett, who lowered his spring ERA to 5.33, threw 61 pitches before giving way to Dennys Reyes.
Beckett will make his 2011 debut Tuesday in the series-opener against the Indians in Cleveland.
Reyes, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched one scoreless inning apiece, with Reyes and Bard each allowing one hit, and Papelbon executing a flawless frame which included a strikeout.
Leading the Red Sox' offensive charge, which managed five runs in the first inning off of Houston starter Nelson Figueroa, was Jacoby Ellsbury and...
Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield joined The Big Show Tuesday, discussing the coming baseball season with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley.
Given their offseason upgrades, the Red Sox have been considered favorites by many to head to the World Series this season. While Wakefield likes the attention the team has gotten, he understands that a lot has to happen for them to achieve their goal.
"It's great to be touted as winning the World Series and as favorites before the season starts, but I never get too excited about that," he said. "Everything looks good on paper, but [we won't know] until we actually get on the field and see how things jell together."
The Red Sox added the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Bobby Jenks in the offseason. While Wakefield doesn't want to get caught up in the hype, he thinks the talent level is high enough for the team to win its third championship since 2004.
Boston College junior guard Reggie Jackson announced that he will make himself eligible for the NBA draft, although he will not hire an agent so that he can reserve the right to return to BC next season. He has until May 8 to remove his name and retain his final season of eligibility.
An All-ACC first-team and Associated Press honorable mention player, Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds this season.
ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox as we close in on Opening Day Friday in Texas.
Kruk said he agrees with prognosticators who have the Red Sox winning the World Series this season. "I don't see any team better than them," he said. "Every team has flaws. But the Red Sox have a lot fewer than everyone else." Kruk predicts the Braves to beat out the Phillies for the National League pennant.
Kruk raved about Adrian Gonzalez' ability to go to the opposite field with his inside-out swing, and he expects the former Padre to have a big season in Boston. "I just think he's going to be the MVP of the league," Kruk said.
Asked about the Sox' batting order, Kruk said he would prefer not to put newcomer Carl Crawford third. "It's a great problem to have, because he can hit third," Kruk said. "[But] to me, he would be more valuable first....
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Jason defended himself against Minihane.
The top stories of the day.
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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