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11/21/2011 - 1:38pm
Rex Ryan fined $75K for swearing at Pats fan

After days of speculation, Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $75,000 by the NFL Monday for his confrontation at MetLife Stadium last week, when he swore at a fan in the stands at halftime of the Patriots' 37-16 victory.

As Ryan walked off the field, the fan yelled, "Rex, [Bill] Belichick is better than you."

Responded Ryan: "Shut the [expletive] up."

Ryan apologized last Monday, one day after the incident, which was captured on video and spread on the Internet.

"I was emotional, it was an emotional time," Ryan said then. "I obviously made a mistake. I was full of emotion and just popped off. Obviously, I know I represent the National Football League, I know I represent the Jets, and I know it was a mistake. I apologize for it.

"This is who I am. ... I'm about as big a competitor as there is and, at that time, I was in no mood to hear anything, but I also understand I have to handle that...

11/21/2011 - 12:56pm
John Henry: 'There will be a consensus'

In an email to WEEI.com, Red Sox principal owner John Henry clarified his thoughts on who has the final determination regarding selecting the Sox' new manager.

Henry was asked: "With the understanding that this is a collaborative process, if there is no common ground to be had regarding a final decision, who has the final say?"

The owner wrote in response: "There will be a consensus. We have 10 years together."

Much has been discussed regarding the dynamic of the Red Sox' decision-making regarding their managerial search since Wednesday, when the Cubs signed the candidate thought to be a favorite of Sox general manager Ben Cherington, Dale Sveum. Since then, the team announced it would be interviewing Bobby Valentine, a perceived favorite of president Larry Lucchino.

Regarding the organizational structure,...

11/21/2011 - 11:39am
Esiason on D&C: Chiefs offense 'terrible'

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday ahead of the Patriots' Monday night matchup against the Chiefs. On paper, the Patriots have a strong advantage over the Chiefs, especially since Kansas City starting quarterback Matt Cassel will not play after requiring surgery to repair an injury to his right hand.

Backup quarterback Tyler Palko will start in Cassel's place. Palko has made 13 career passes in two years in the NFL and completed nine of them. He was ranked 31st out of 32 backup quarterbacks by Pro Football Weekly entering the season.

"This is a team that has no chance offensively," Esiason said of the Chiefs. "Offensively they're terrible. They get no big plays. They have guys that are capable of it. Dwayne Bowe, certainly, Steve Breaston are both capable players.

"But the fact that they're going to be playing with Tyler Palko tonight, he's going to...

11/21/2011 - 8:58am
Mashup: More hate for Canucks

The Canucks continue to make enemies around the NHL. In the latest incident Sunday night, Senators forward Jesse Winchester was checked by Maxim Lapierre against the Canucks bench, and Alex Burrows happened to open the door at the same time, making Winchester fall into the bench area. The video doesn't make it appear intentional, but considering it's noted agitators Lapierre and Burrows who are involved, it's drawing a lot of interest.

"It’s not a safe play," Winchester said. "I was under the impression my butt was against the wall, the next thing I know I’m through the bench. I couldn’t see behind me, I’m not paying attention to what’s on the bench."

This comes just days after recently retired Bruin Mark Recchi offered his take on the team the Bruins beat in the Stanley Cup finals in June.

"[In] 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve...

11/20/2011 - 8:19pm
Man arrested for alteraction with Rondo

A 31-year-old Haverhill man was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly attempting to punch Celtics guard Rajon Rondo at a Lowell nightclub.

Rondo was making a paid appearance at Brian's Ivy Hall in Lowell when the incident occured. Eric Valarezo threw a punch at Rondo at about 1:45 a.m and was arrested at the scene. Kevin Hayhurst -- the co-owner of the club -- told the Lowell Sun that members of Rondo's entourage (which included former Celtics guard Nate Robinson and fellow NBA players Josh Smith and Rudy Gay) wrestled Valarezo to the ground after the attempted punch. 

Hayhurst also told the Sun that Rondo was "unpersonable" and "disrespectful toward patrons." 

Valarezo was charged with a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and will be arraigned on Monday.

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