Speaking from his home in Huntington Beach, Calif., Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon came out in support of Terry Francona, declaring the treatment of the former Red Sox manager after he parted ways with Boston to be "almost criminal."
"Terry did nothing wrong. Terry is wonderful. Terry as a manager is excellent, and as a person he is even better than that," Maddon told WEEI.com. "So to have people saying this stuff is really disappointing.
"It's almost criminal. It reeks of a set-up. It smells bad. I feel badly for the guy. I don't know him really well, but I know him. I know the players and how they think about him. it's a shame that he has to go through this."
Asked which piece of the drama surrounding the Red Sox since their historic September collapse was most shocking, Maddon again brought up Francona.
"The biggest surprise is how anybody could say anything bad about Terry Francona," the...
At the end of a marathon, 15-hour day of negotiations between NBA owners and players, the two sides had made enough progress that they suggested that a full 82-game season, which would begin in November, remained a possibility if an agreement is reached soon. The two sides focused on salary cap issues, and plan to continue to address that same subject when they resume talks on Thursday.
"We were able to work through a number of different issues today regarding our system," union president Derek Fisher told reporters. "We can't say that major progress was made in any way, but some progress was made on system issues. Obviously enough for us to come back."
According to Yahoo! Sports, which cited a source in saying that there was significant progress and that the two sides "need [Thursday] to punch it over [the] end line" in...
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are among 14 NBA players who will take part in an All-Star exhibition game in Puerto Rico on Sunday. Several players including LeBron James and Chris Paul have backed out of the game, but the list of players is still impressive.
In addition to the three Celtics: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Carlos Boozer, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Chris Kaman and Tyson Chandler have all been contracted to play.
Sunday's game was supposed to be the first stop on an international tour but it's unclear whether it will be a one-game only event or if the tour will continue through London, Macau and Australia. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the details.
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FOXBORO -- Only linebacker Dane Fletcher missed practice on Wednesday, sitting out with what the Patriots listed as a thumb injury. In addition, New England had seven players who were limited, including running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe) and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back). Here's the complete report:
Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
CB Leigh Bodden (thumb)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
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Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday for his weekly discussion of Red Sox and baseball news. With Theo Epstein finally having been announced as the Cubs general manager and Ben Cherington sliding into the role of Red Sox GM, Gammons gave his thoughts on the shuffling in the Boston front office.
Epstein and Cherington worked with each other for more than nine years, and Gammons said that he doesn't think there will be any big differences in the way the two operate.
"I think there may be some differences, I don't think there will be anything dramatic," Gammons said. "I don't know what people really want in dramatic differences, in the last 10 years there's only one team that's won two World Series."
Gammons did point out that Cherington and new assistant GM Mike Hazen both started their careers in player development, meaning Boston may treat that aspect of the organization in a different manner than Epstein....
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
Joe and Tim are joined by Red Sox legend and baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski about his time with the Red Sox and his thoughts on the 2016 team.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.
Inspired by Wade Boggs, we look at him and four other guys who's value wasn't realized until they were long gone.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show