Hines Ward retired from the Steelers Tuesday, and Bengals safety Chris Crocker won't miss him. Crocker acknowledged that Ward belongs in the Hall of Fame, but he said the receiver was dirty as well. "He tried to end people's careers, and that's not the way the game is supposed to be played," Crocker said.
Added Crocker: "He's probably the first receiver to make blocking such a big part of his game; he was an all-around receiver. He was a dirty player, but he made a lot of plays. They used him perfectly to suit his abilities and he was a big-time player for them. Some people might think of him as a borderline Hall of Famer, but I think the fact he helped them win two Super Bowls and all the things he did for that team make him deserving."
In 2008, Ward hit Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers with a blindside block that broke Rivers' jaw. The following season, Crocker said Ward punched him in the face at the start of a play.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daniel Bard has walked seven batters in his last two appearances spanning 7 2/3 innings. Though the right-hander was effective for most of his outing on Tuesday night, a pair of walks with no outs in the second inning led to a three-run yield to the Blue Jays.
Sox manager Bobby Valentine said after the game that he is trying to figure out whether control will be an issue for Bard, or if it's simply a matter of the pitcher working to iron out spring wrinkles on the mound.
"That’s exactly what I’m looking at, though, or wondering. I don’t think that even with his good stuff I could handle the walks," said Valentine. "Now I don’t know if they’re spring and trying to impress. That’s why I looked for the changeup. If there’s a pitch that he wasn’t comfortable with and that was causing some of these negative counts, I would have been able to use that as an excuse. I...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Daniel Bard rebounded from his worst start of the spring to increase his workload to five innings in which he allowed three runs on three hits and three walks to the Blue Jays. Bard struck out two.
The right-hander put up zeros in four of his five frames, but struggled with his fastball command at times, most prominently in a three-run second in which Bard sandwiched a pair of walks around a bloop single. That set the stage for a two-run opposite-field double by Travis Snider and a sac fly by minor leaguer David Cooper. In the outing, Bard threw 83 pitches, just 49 for strikes.
Still, Bard settled for the duration of his outing, his longest of the spring. He showed a sharp breaking ball on which he collected both of his strikeouts. After the outing, he suggested that he was far more pleased with this outing than he had been after yielding seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his previous appearance.
Chaz Williams continued his sensational postseason with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and UMass rallied for a 72-70 victory over Drexel Tuesday night in Philadelphia to advance to the semifinals of the NIT.
The Minutemen, seeded fifth in Region 3, will play the Region 4 champion (Nevada or Stanford) next Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The championship game is Thursday, also in New York City.
Terrell Vinson added 18 points for UMass (25-11), which was outrebounded 43-21 but shot 58.8 percent from the field (including a blistering 70.8 percent in the second half).
Dartaye Ruffin led third-seeded Drexel (29-7) with 17 points.
UMass trailed by 10 points at the half, 41-31, and by 17 points in the second period. The Minutemen finally forged ahead with a late 13-2 run that started and ended with Vinson jumpers. His 17-footer with 4:13 remaining put UMass up by six, 68-62.
Drexel closed to within two points on two Frank Massenat...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller left Tuesday's game after just three pitches due to what the Red Sox described as a mild left hamstring strain. After he entered the game in relief in the top of the seventh inning, Miller signalled to the Red Sox dugout after throwing a 1-1 fastball for a called strike.
The 26-year-old appeared to be favoring his left leg as he followed through on his delivery from the set position. After some discussion with the Red Sox trainer and coaching staff, the left-hander left the game.
The injury was the second for Miller this spring, following a bout with elbow soreness that resulted in his going 12 days between appearances. Given that Miller has thrown just 3 1/3 Grapefruit League innings this spring (in which he has struck out six), this injury could put his availability for Opening Day in some jeopardy. At the least, said manager Bobby Valentine, Miller will not be considered for the rotation...
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
We check in with safety Patrick Chung for a brief visit on Patriots Monday and discuss the win over Houston, and the upcoming game against the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
The 6am hour upload from Monday with Mike Mutnansky in with Kirk and Gerry, with first thoughts from the guys on several of the big weekend stories in sports
Who is more important, Brady or Belichick? Tim Hasselbeck is pissed at Kirk and Gerry and Dan Le Batard cried.
Mut, Gerry and Kirk discussed a column ripping Ortiz and Kirk is pissed at Curtis.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian invite Anthony L. Fisher of "The Week" on the show to explain his article where he discusses why David Ortiz is a jerk and a fraud.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are slightly taken aback by Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback article where Paul Brown, not Bill Belichick is named the greatest Coach of all time.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the Jimmy G vs. Brady conundrum, and then delve into the atrocious AFC.
We sit down with the head coach of the Patriots Bill Belichick to break down the win over Houston, and look ahead to the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Thomas and Conor give a breakdown of the BC-Wagner game this weekend and look forward to next week's Buffalo game.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Andrew Benintendi's knee sprain and what that will mean going down the stretch, David Ortiz's ability to keep himself healthy at age 40, and how Pablo Sandoval can return from his season off.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
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