The Georgetown basketball team's goodwill tour of China lacked goodwill Thursday night. A chippy game against the Bayi Rockets in Beijing ended with about 9½ minutes left when a huge brawl broke out. In a video of the incident, Chinese players appear to be the aggressors, throwing punches, swinging chairs and tossing water bottles. That led Georgetown coach John Thompson III to pull his team off the court. Thompson, who was berated by a Chinese player early in the game, did his best to downplay the incident after retreating to his hotel.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
KANSAS CITY -- After going 0-for-4 in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Royals, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez dismissed any notion that his recent struggles at the plate were being caused by the stiff neck referenced by Sox manager Terry Francona prior to Wednesday's game at Fenway Park.
"The neck has been fine," Gonzalez said. "It's something that flared up right before Chicago [July 30], when we were playing [Kansas City] in the day game [July 28]. It flared up the next day and it has been getting better ever since. It created a couple of mechanical things I've been working through."
After his three groundouts and one strikeout, Gonzalez has now gone four straight games without a hit. Prior to current stretch, the first baseman had only gone hitless in back-to-back games three times all season.
"I'm not hitting because my swing isn't good right now, not because of my neck," he explained.
Gonzalez has also...
With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 31-14 win over the Buccaneers, Patriots running back Danny Woodhead -- playing on special teams -- took a vicious and dizzying helmet-to-helmet hit from Devin Holland while covering a punt. He made it to the sidelines but medical staff immediately took his helmet away and tended to him.
"I saw him in the locker room," Pats coach Bill Belichick said afterward. "He seemed all right. We'll see how it goes."
“He got hit pretty hard," added quarterback Tom Brady. "That’s football. There’s guys moving fast out there, especially on punt returns or any of the returns. Things are happening so fast. He just turned his head and the guy really gave it to him good. He’s a tough guy. Everyone’s worried about him, as his teammates would be. Hopefully, he’s OK."
"I'm just trying to coach our team...
KANSAS CITY -- Josh Beckett earned his first victory since July 23, and Dustin Pedroia continued his dominance of Royals pitching with three hits, as the Red Sox kicked off their four-game series at Kauffman Stadium with a 4-3 win over KC Thursday night.
Beckett finished his seven-inning stint by giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out four and not walking a batter. The 110-pitch outing was the first time the starter had gone seven innings since he accomplished the feat against the Royals July 28.
Pedroia paced the Sox attack with two singles, a double and three RBI (all coming with two outs). The 3-for-4 effort made the Sox second baseman 12-for-22 against the Royals in five meetings this season.
The only other RBI for the Red Sox came from Jason Varitek, whose second-inning single scored Josh Reddick, tying the game at 1-1 at the time.
Beckett did allow the Royals to come back after a Pedroia single plated a...
Tom Brady engineered touchdown drives on four of the first five possessions of the night and the defensive line completely dominated as the Patriots rolled to a 31-14 win over the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Thursday night.
Brady started all six Patriots drives of the first half and threw touchdown passes to Aaron Hernandez and Chad Ochocinco as the Patriots scored 21 points in the opening quarter. Brady's night came to an end at halftime as he rested the entire second half and finished 11-of-19 for 118 yards and two touchdowns with a 111.3 quarterback rating.
Brady found Hernandez wide open on a seam route for a 16-yard TD to open the scoring. On the next Patriots possession, the Bucs defense left Ochocinco completely unaccounted for in the red zone and Brady lofted an eight-yard pass to Ochocinco for his first TD in a Patriots uniform.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a pair of scores in the first half as the Patriots took...
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.
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.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
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 show goes completely off the rails in the final hour as Gerry tells stories of dogs that were killed when he was a child, and Kirk says he's probably going to own a dog very soon.
Producer candidate, Lucy, defends herself regarding attacks on her abilities to do the job, from Paul and Ken.
Oscar de la Hoya says that Donald Trump is a notorious cheater on the links.
Johnny Manziel had his arraignment today, and a Texas Judge has ordered that he cannot contact his former Girlfriend; the guys react, and talk about the obscurity on which "Johnny Football" might be teetering.
Will there be a big trade? What should the C's do with their draft picks this year? Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Danny's options
Glenn and Christian delve deep into Lou "Gossiping" on Kirk Minihane's "Enough About Me" Podcast; accompanied by select audio clips
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.
Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Ben, Russ & Alex talk about the UCL semi-finals, which have resulted in an Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid final. They also talk about the unbelievable story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad and recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.
Kirk Minihane sits down with co-worker and often times nemesis, Lou Merloni, to talk about their past altercations and their own philosophies about radio. Kirk and Lou discuss some of the issues they have with working at the station and their disagreements with management.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
We check in for the national perspective on Tom Brady's reinstated suspension from MMQB/SI's Peter KingMore from this show
Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.More from this show
Glenn, Lou and Christian (and ESPN) react to the news that Tom Brady will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season.More from this show
The guys react to the performance of the ESPN broadcast team.More from this show