Religion played a key role in two top stories from Wednesday. In one, a Jewish hockey player sued the NHL's Ducks for religious discrimination because he said the team failed to prevent harassment by coaches of the minor league team he was assigned to in 2008-09. Jason Bailey claims he was the target of anti-Semitic comments by Bakersfield Condors head coach Marty Raymond and assistant Mark Pederson. After Bailey complained during the season, the coaches were suspended and wrote letters of apology to Bailey.
In a more bizarre story, Lions linebacker Zack Follett responded to criticism about his comment that oft-injured teammate Matthew Stafford was a "china doll" first with an apology and then with a five-minute video rant in which he blames the media and then moves on to target Satan, saying the devil is coming at him through the media and Twitter.
Check out those stories (as well as Follett's video),...
Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, in an interview with the New York Post, offered echoes of the bombast that characterized many of his father’s win-at-all-costs proclamations.
“We will do what we have to do to win,” Steinbrenner said in the interview. “We have the highest payroll and the reason is we are committed to our fans to win.
“We just have to [expletive] win.”
Steinbrenner said that he believed the Yankees had one of the four best teams in baseball, but it remained to be seen whether his club would emerge as the best in the game. He also suggested that the Yankees would not apologize to anyone who criticizes them for their aggressive spending so long as baseball redistributes some of the team’s income...
Milan Lucic scored his 20th goal Wednesday night in the Bruins' 2-1 win over Florida, and his coach is hoping to see more of that from the power forward in the post-All Star break portion of their schedule.
"I think what we've seen in the first half is what he's capable of doing for us as we move on," Claude Julien said. "He's also one of those players that I think has always come up big in the big games, such as playoffs and all that stuff. He's one of those guys who always rises to the occasion and you hope that continues as well."
Milan Lucic scored his 20th goal of the season in the second period and Tim Thomas turned away 34 shots for his 24th win as the Bruins edged the Panthers, 2-1, Wednesday night at TD Garden in their final game before the All-Star break. Thomas - at 24-5-6 - is now tied with Montreal's Carey Price for second in wins, one behind Anaheim's Jonas Hiller.
Brad Marchand put the Bruins on top, 1-0, with a pretty wraparound goal that beat Tomas Vokoun at 13:31 of the first. Lucic snapped off a laser that beat Vokoun 1:52 into the second for his 20th goal, the first Bruin to that mark this season. Thomas and the Bruins lost their shutout with 11:23 left in the third when Bryan Allen scored on a slap shot from the top of the left circle. But Thomas came up big on several Florida chances in the closing seconds to preserve the win.
The game marked the last contest for the Bruins before this weekend's All-Star weekend...
Speaking at the Pro Bowl, Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins said Wednesday there "were 32 teams in play" for his services next season. In an interview with the Boston Herald, Mankins, who is a free agent, said there's "always a possibility" he could return to the Patriots, but at this point, hadn't given much thought to it, pointing to the looming labor uncertainty. "If there was a [Collective Bargaining Agreement], I'm sure I'd be thinking about it a lot more," he said. Mankins, who could still be franchised by the Patriots (which would block his route to free agency), also got in a little dig at Patriots' owner Robert Kraft — when asked if he did apologize to Kraft before returning to the team halfway through the 2010 season, he said, "Well, everyone knows I apologized to Mr. Kraft. He told everyone." For more Patriots news, check out ...
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show