Former NBA player Manute Bol, a rail-thin, 7-foot-7 center who played for four NBA teams in the 1980s and '90s, died at a Virginia hospital Saturday at the age of 47, according to multiple reports. The Washington Post reported that Bol's cousin George Bol said Manute had internal bleeding and other complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disease that he contracted from a medication he received in Africa.
Bol had devoted his post-basketball life to improving the conditions for people in his native Sudan. In was there that he was discovered as a cattle-herding member of the Dinka tribe. He was lured to the United States to learn basketball (and English), and he ended up at Division 2 University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. A second-round draft pick of the Washington Bullets in 1985, Bol played for the Bullets, Warriors, 76ers and Heat before retiring in 1994. He amassed 2,086 blocks in his 10-year career (3.3 per...
J.D. Drew reported to Fenway Park early Saturday after having an MRI on his strained right hamstring, injured in Friday's win over the Dodgers. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the team is waiting on the results but the right fielder will definitely get the next two days off.
"J.D. showed early, got looked at. He's sore and he actually has pretty good range of motion," Francona said. "It doesn't look like there's a divot [in hamstring], which is good."
"Like I told Tito, I think it's manageable," Drew said. "When the pictures come back, we'll have a better idea if I just need a couple of days, get a massage and let it calm down or if it needs a longer period of time."
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Daisuke Matsuzaka will come off the disabled list on Thursday and start against the Colorado Rockies after throwing a successful simulated game on Saturday at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced.
"We wanted to wait for Daisuke to throw and get looked at after he was done," Francona said. "Dice threw 49 pitches and felt really good, checked out fine afterwards. He'll pitch Thursday in Colorado."
Reliever Robert Manuel, with a sparkling 4-1 record, 0.98 ERA and eight saves at Triple-A, was selected from Pawtucket and was called up to join the Red Sox in time for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
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The Red Sox will have Bill Hall in right field to start the game against the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla. Hall replaces J.D. Drew, who left Friday night's game with a hamstring injury. The rest of the Sox lineup in the 4 p.m. tilt with the Dodgers is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Martinez C, Beltre 3B, Hall RF, Nava LF, Wakefield P. For all the matchups, see the Full Count blog by clicking here.
Patriots single-game tickets will go on sale Monday at noon. Tickets can only be purchased via ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Only Visa cards or debit cards will be accepted, and tickets will NOT be sold at the Patriots box office at Gillette Stadium.
The playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in and helps us set the stage for Broncos and Patriots this Sunday in Foxboro.
Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider, joins the guys to talk Pats-Broncos, Brady-Manning and the rest of the NFL.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
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.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
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Dale, Steve DeOssie and Tom E Curran of CSNNE put the final touches on a week of discussion about the upcoming showdown in Foxboro vs. the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
We send out well wishes to our friend and colleague Bob 'Neumy' Neumier
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.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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