Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall came under fire in May after sending messages on Twitter criticizing Americans for celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden and insisting there's no evidence bin Laden was behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As part of the fallout, athletic clothing company Champion canceled a sponsorship deal. Now, Mendenhall is suing the company, according to Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV.
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Bruins forward Brad Marchand said at the team's Championship DVD premier Monday that he is confident that a deal will soon be reached to keep the 23-year-old in Boston. A restricted free agent, Marchand was extended a qualifying offer by the B's, meaning the Bruins have the right to match any offer sheet the forward could be signed to by another club.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has noted he will not issue constant updates on the progress of negotiations, but Marchand expressed optimism.
"They know I want to be back here, and they want me back," Marchand said, "so we'll get something done."
Marchand pointed to the hoopla of the Stanley Cup celebration as a reason as to why he has yet to put ink on paper. He noted that he has not been involved in the negotiations, and that his agent, Wade Arnott, has handled things.
"It's obviously been a very busy time for everyone with the...
BALTIMORE -- For the second time in less than 24 hours, Dustin Pedroia apparently had enough. Roughly 20 hours after he delivered a game-winning single in the top of the 16th inning to give the Red Sox a 1-0 win in Tampa Bay, Pedroia stepped to the plate in the top of the eighth of a 7-7 game against the Orioles and lined a two-run double to right field that gave the Sox a 9-7 lead. His knock was the start of an eight-run eighth-inning eruption by the Sox in a 15-10 victory in Baltimore.
Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 16 games, going 2-for-5 while driving in three. He delivered the key blow in a balanced Red Sox attack that featured six players who collected multiple hits, including Jacoby Ellsbury (3-for-4), Kevin Youkilis (2-for-6, 3 RBI), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-for-5, HR) and, in his first game since June 17, Carl Crawford (2-for-5).
The offensive explosion allowed the Sox to win on a night when Tim Wakefield was able to last just 4...
NFL players are ready to vote on a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday if unresolved issues are settled between the players and NFL owners, according to a report by Adam Schefter on his twitter page.
Approximately two hours after U.S. Magistrate Arthur Boylan arrived at a Manhattan law firm, Adam Schefter reported that the players would be ready to vote a day before the owners gather for a special meeting in Atlanta to discuss the new CBA. It's presumed that if the players ratify on Wednesday, owners would be ready to do likewise.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - on hand for Monday's session in Manhattan - was quoted Monday, characterizing the labor deal as being down to "circumsizing mosquitoes".
Schefter also reported that the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams Monday, directing key executives with each team to attend Thursday's meetings in Atlanta. ...
BALTIMORE -- David Ortiz heard on Monday morning that his suspension for his altercation with Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg had been reduced from four games to three as a result of his appeal. The Red Sox DH, who will take batting practice and work out with the Sox before games before he has to vacate the Sox' dugout and clubhouse for the three contests in Baltimore, suggested that he was at peace with his punishment.
"I'll take it like a man," Ortiz said. "I know doing what I did wasn’t the right thing to do. I’m gonna be punished because of that, like anyone else. I just want to get it over with and continue the season."
Ortiz is hitting .294 with a .381 OBP, .557 slugging mark and .938 OPS to go along with 19 homers and 58 RBI. That said, his numbers have been trending down since the end of June, at a time when his playing time has been halting, the result of interleague play (when he started just two games of a...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
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!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
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.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
The Revolution continue to sputter but all of a sudden Ben & Russ have switched their opinions on how they look. They also address the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.More from this show
Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.More from this show