Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give the United States a dramatic 1-0 victory over Algeria Wednesday and catapult the Americans into the knockout round of the World Cup. Seconds after U.S. goalie Tim Howard made a save on an Algerian header, the Americans embarked on a breakout. Donovan pounced on the rebound of a saved shot a few feet in front of the goal and pounded it home to start the U.S. celebration. With England beating Slovakia 1-0, the United States needed to beat Algeria or it would have been eliminated from the tournament.
Matt Cooke, best known for his blindside hit on Marc Savard that left the Bruins center with a concussion, signed a three-year contract extention with the Penguins. The pesky winger's deal is worth a reported $5.4 million and it keeps him off the free agent market. Read more at the Big Bad Blog.
Controversial refereeing reared its ugly head in the United States' World Cup action again Wednesday. In the 19th minute, the Americans appeared to take a 1-0 lead over Algeria on a rebound goal by Clint Dempsey. However, the goal was waved off due to offsides, keeping the game scoreless. Replays indicated Dempsey was even with the final Algerian defender and the goal should have been allowed.
With the Celtics holding the 19th pick in Thursday's NBA draft, we decided to take a look at No. 19 picks over the past 25 years. It isn't an impressive list, unless you are OK with the likes of Hakim Warrick, Jamaal Magloire and Rod Strickland. Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph did put things together this past season, nine years after he was taken 19th by the Trail Blazers. No. 19 picks who have played for the Celtics include Acie Earl, Dee Brown, Walter McCarty and Scot Pollard. Check out the entire list at the Green Street blog.
Forbes magazine recently conducted a poll of the most disliked active sports figures, and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took top honors with a 69 percent dislike rate. He was followed by Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (57) and golfer Tiger Woods (53). Check out the LEEInks blog for the complete list. Also, a statue of Mickey Mouse wearing a Red Sox uniform was vandalized in Southern California one day after the Lakers defeated the Celtics in the NBA finals. Check out those stories, plus video, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
Adam Schefter breaks down the Patriots and Darrelle Revis, Russel Wilson and the Seahawks, and Jay Cutler and the Bears
Jarret Payton, son of NFL legend Walter Payton, joins MFB to breakdown the troubles in the Bears locker room, the team's struggles at home, and the upcoming match up against the Patriots.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We talk to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who broke the Darrelle Revis late-gate story.
Michael and Dale discuss the ins and outs of the Darrelle Revis late-gate, and whether his reaction was what the Patriots were looking for out of him,
We tackle four topics about notorious incidents where Boston athletes (and media members) showed up LATE!
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
The Dennis & Callahan Show producers fight back.
On this edition of Breaking Balls, Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss their producers' performance and take the Proust Questionnaire.More from this show
Sausage and Lumpy, the producers for the D&C show, recorded a podcast yesterday. They left A LOT of stuff on the cutting room floor. Luckily, MFB picked it all up and played the unedited version during the midday show. Kirk joined the show to discuss how hard it is working with Callahan and his two producers.More from this show