New Celtic Shaquille O'Neal took to his Twitter feed to lash out at ESPN's Jim Rome, challenging the talk show host to a boxing match and offering to donate his salary to charity should he lose.
On "Rome is Burning" Wednesday, Rome said the Celtics should not sign the free agent center, insisting O'Neal had not lived up to expectations in his long career that included three championships with the Lakers. Added Rome: You never approached the game with the dedication and discipline of Kobe Bryant," the former teammate with whom O'Neal had a public feud.
In his response, mixed in among insults, O'Neal challenged Rome to a boxing match at the ESPN studios.
Those that dnt respect your hard work, its ok, make em respect u as a person.
If u wanna see shaq box jim rome live on espn. I do if he wins ill donate my salary to a...
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis will have surgery on Friday and will miss the remainder of the season, manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday.
Youkilis suffered a torn muscle in his right thumb in Monday night's game against the Indians. Francona had said on Wednesday that Youkilis would be traveling to the Cleveland Clinic to be examined by Dr. Thomas Graham.
"He'll be immobilized for approximately six weeks and then be reevaluated from there," Francona said. "I think Youkilis was pretty resolved to the fact that this was probably going to happen."
Youkilis was initially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, prompting Mike Lowell to emerge as the team's regular first baseman. The 31-year-old Youkilis was hitting .307 with 19 homers and 62 runs batted on the season. He had a .411 on-base percentage and .564 slugging percentage.
Former Blue Jays general manager and current ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi made his weekly visit on The Big Show and discussed last weekend's non-waiver trade deadline and the process baseball executives go through following it.
Regarding the news that Jonathan Papelbon was placed on waivers by the Red Sox, Ricciardi echoed the general line of thinking that such moves are far too common to be looked too far into.
"It's really simple — everybody usually gets put on waivers. Very few players aren't put on waivers," said Ricciardi, who said there were years in which he placed then-Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay on waivers.
As for the lack of moves made by the Red Sox, Ricciardi said that he felt Red Sox GM Theo Epstein "played it perfect" in making small moves with Ramon Ramirez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the team waits to get healthy. He also described this season as...
After getting the night off on Wednesday against Justin Masterson, Mike Lowell is back in the Red Sox' lineup, batting seventh and playing first base. Jed Lowrie, who played second base Wednesday, is on the bench with Bill Hall playing second and batting ninth.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Marco Scutaro, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Victor Martinez, C
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
7. Mike Lowell, 1B
8. Ryan Kalish, LF
9. Bill Hall, 2B
Karen Cunagin Sypher was found guilty Thursday by a Kentucky jury of extorting University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Sypher demanded millions of dollars from the former Celtics coach to keep quiet about their 2003 sexual liaison at a Louisville restaurant.
Sypher was found guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the NBA and one count of retaliating against a witness. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27 and faces up to 26 years in prison.
We check in with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin joins us for his weekly conversation about the NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how Patriots-Lions might play out.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Lions game and discuss what the Pats offense needs to do against Detroit's front seven, as well as what the Pats defense can do against Calvin Johnson.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
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