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10/19/2011 - 7:18am
Mashup: Gooden missed '86 parade on drugs

Dwight Gooden, ace pitcher on the 1986 Mets, said he missed the team's World Series parade because he was in a drug-induced haze in the projects on Long Island. In an interview set to air on ESPN's "E:60" Wednesday night, Gooden explained that he left a team party following the Mets' Game 7 victory over the Red Sox for a drug fix and didn't make it back to the city on time for the celebration. The team had said Gooden simply overslept.

"When the party started winding down, for myself, a lot of times I get to a certain point of using drugs, the paranoia sticks in," said Gooden, who added that 1986 was the first year he tried cocaine. "So I end up leaving the party with the team, going to these projects, of all places, in Long Island. Hang out there.

"Then you know what time you have to be at the ballpark to go into the city for the parade, but I'm thinking 'OK, I've got time.' And the clocks, I mean the rooms are...

10/19/2011 - 6:10am
Varitek to appear on WAAF Wednesday

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will join WAAF's Hill-Man Morning Show on Wednesday at 8 a.m. During his appearance on WEEI's sister station, Varitek is expected to address the September collapse of the Sox and recent reports of discord and misbehavior in the clubhouse. 

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10/19/2011 - 2:32am
NBA talks continue after 16-hour session

The NBA and the union that represents the players met for 16 hours on Tuesday with federal mediator George Cohen, and while the two sides have not come to an agreement that would end the lockout, they will continue talks on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Neither side would comment after the meeting broke up around 2:30 a.m. per a request from Cohen.

The lockout is halfway through its fourth month and the league has already canceled the first two weeks of the regular season that was set to begin on Nov. 1. Commissioner David Stern suggested last week that if progress wasn't made, the league would continue to cancel games. The meetings are taking place in New York, where the NBA has scheduled their Board of Governors meetings featuring representatives of all 30 teams. 

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10/18/2011 - 11:40pm
Beckett on Beer-gate: 'Enough is enough'

The Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday night in which pitchers Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and John Lackey denied a WHDH report from earlier in the day that the three starters had been drinking beer in the Sox dugout during games.

Lester -- who on Monday acknowledged that all three pitchers, on occasion, would drink in the clubhouse during games -- called the charge "completely false." Lackey and Beckett issued their first public comments on the issue of in-game drinking as well.

"I cannot let this allegation go without response; enough is enough," Beckett said in the statement. "I admit that I made mistakes along the way this season, but this has gone too far. To say that we drank in the dugout during the game is not true."

"There are things that went on this season that shouldn’t have happened, but this latest rumor is not true, and I felt that it was important to try to stop this from going...

10/18/2011 - 10:49pm
Julien: 'I wish I knew' reason for ejection
By: DJ Bean

After the Bruins' ugly, penalty-filled 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes, B's coach Claude Julien, who was given a game misconduct in the third period, said he did not know why he was tossed. 

"I wish I knew," Julien said. "I really wish I knew. I guess when they announced the misconduct to Lucic, I just shook my head. I guess that was merit for being kicked out. That's all I can come up with."

The Bruins were assessed 82 penalty minutes, and though Julien seemed upset with his own penalty, he did not blame the officiating for the loss, which dropped the Bruins to 2-4-0 on the season. 

"We have to take responsibility for our own actions here. … I think what I saw from tonight is we started off the game well. In the first period we had some great chances, but we're not capitalizing," he said. "What I see is frustration setting in, and the minute we start getting frustrated, we lose focus of our...

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