FIFA made its World Cup referees available to the media Monday, conducting a workout in front of the press and allowing interviews. However, the two referees who made the most controversial calls of the tournament were not there, and no one was allowed to discuss those calls. The media had varied reactions to the session, with some praising FIFA for attempting to be more transparent and others saying tournament organizers still haven't addressed the problem of the blown calls that have marred the event. Read more about this story, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has had great success in the World Baseball Classic, although his MVP performance in 2009 had negative effects on his performance during Major League Baseball's regular season. Asked about the next WBC, scheduled for 2013, Matsuzaka made it clear that he would not hesitate to represent his country again, saying through his translator: "If they want me and I’m called upon."
Read more about Matsuzaka's feelings about the WBC at the Full Count blog.
The Red Sox open a three-game set with the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday. The Sox, 24-8 in their last 32 games, stand just a half game behind the Yankees for the top spot in the AL East. Jon Lester, who is 8-0 in his last 11 starts, takes the mound for the Sox. Lester is opposed by Jhoulys Chacin, winless since May 25.
Josh Reddick has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox, playing right field and batting in the eighth spot. To make room for Reddick the Red Sox returned relief pitcher Robert Manuel to Triple A Pawtucket.
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For more Red Sox news check out the Full Count Blog.
John Wall and Evan Turner are holding steady at 1-2 in the latest edition of WEEI.com's NBA mock draft, but there have been some changes in the middle of the round, which is as unpredictable as any in recent memory. With Nevada forward Luke Babbitt's stock rising, look for the Celtics instead to turn to Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson with the 19th pick. Read the complete mock draft at the Green Street blog.
Multiple reports have indicated the Bruins have been trying to trade goaltender Tim Thomas. Such talks were expected, as the former Vezina Trophy winner lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask last season and carries an annual cap hit of $5 million. ESPN is reporting that the Bruins have received calls from interested teams following Montreal's trade of Jaroslav Halak to the Blues, while Comcast Sportsnet, who mentioned talk of such chatter first on Monday, has indicated the Sharks, Flyers, and Lightning could be in on Thomas. The 36-year-old went 17-8-8 last season for the Bruins with a goals against average of 2.56. For more on the Bruins, check the Big Bad Blog.
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday for his thoughts on the Patriots win over Minnesota, and what the Pats will face in the home-opener against the Raiders. Bill also declined to comment on the 'league-matters' including the Adrian Peterson case.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
After Saturday nights big win at home against USC, Coach Addazio joined the show to discuss how BC imposed their will on their will on USC, and how important it is for the region to care about college football.
At a concert this weekend, Kanye West ordered that the whole crowd stand up, and that the show would not continue until EVERYBODY was standing. He didn't realize the venue was wheelchair accessible, and that he was yelling at 2 disabled fans. Also Christian and Joey set the table for a karaoke showdown.
Julian Edelman had 6 catches and a TD to help the Pats even their record at 1-1. He spoke with Lou, Christian, and Tim to talk about Chandler Jones' lightning speed on the FG block return.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday after win one of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
An impassioned Dale Arnold and Michael Holley discuss the child abuse case of Adrian Peterson, and how the Vikings wasted little time in reinstating him to active duty after sitting him for one week vs the Patriots.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
John, Gerry and Kirk's first ever post show podcast. Enjoy.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show