Charles Barkley is back in the news again for criticizing a high-profile athlete. This time, instead of picking on LeBron James or one of the Heat's other Big Three, he's going after Tiger Woods. Barkley said he has not spoken to his former friend in nearly two years, and Woods' firing of his caddie last month put the former NBA star over the edge. "Getting rid of Steve Williams was probably the last straw for me," Barkley said Wednesday on ESPN radio in New York. Added Barkley: "I'm confused [as] to where he's going."
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For the second straight night, Jacoby Ellsbury ended the game with a walk-off hit, this time hitting the first pitch he saw from Cleveland reliever Joe Smith into the center field bleachers for a two-out, ninth-inning homer, giving the Sox a 4-3 win over the Indians at Fenway Park.
It marked the first time a Red Sox player has claimed walk-off RBI on back-to-back nights since Butch Hobson accomplished the feat on August 27-28, 1978.
"It felt great, I wasn’t sure, I know the wind had been blowing in, I hit a ball pretty good earlier in the game to right that didn’t get out, and when I hit it I knew I hit it well, I was just hoping it had enough," said Ellsbury of his home run.
"I didn’t know what to do once it went over and I was running around the bases. That was exciting, obviously I’ve never experienced that in the big leagues. It was fun."
Earning the win for the Red Sox...
FOXBORO -- Speaking prior to a special practice for invited guest and select fans inside Gillette Stadium Wednesday night, veteran Patriots left tackle Matt Light said Wednesday that he can't wait to get back on the practice field and make another run at a Super Bowl with Tom Brady.
"Hey look, I'm excited," Light said of returning for a 11th season with the Patriots. "I'm excited for all these guys that are out here, for all the work both sides did to get this deal done. This is a heckuva time. We've been sitting around waiting for this moment. For me personally, my family and everybody else, we're really excited to be back here in New England."
Light, since he signed a new contract this week, can't practice until Thursday but was on the field watching the practice Wednesday night.
"We're all fired up for this," Light said.
Light, who also served as the Patriots player...
FOXBORO — Patriots player rep Matt Light indicated that the NFLPA has a conference call scheduled for late Wednesday night to discuss some of the issues that are still apparently holding up the completion of the new collective bargaining agreement.
Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark told reporters that unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would be willing to show some flexibility when it came to player discipline, the CBA won’t be ratified tomorrow. That would prevent the newly signed players from practicing with their new teams.
“De Smith is still working and we’re trying to get this figured out,” Clark said of the NFLPA chief. “But it’s not an absolute that guys will be at practice [Thursday].”
“I know that they’re going back and forth right now on some of these issues that are outstanding,” said Light, who signed a new deal earlier this week and said...
The Patriots announced Wednesday afternoon they have signed unrestricted free agent center Chris Morris, restricted free agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, veteran free agent offensive lineman Jonathan Compas and rookie free agent running back Richard Medlin. Terms of the contracts were not announced. In addition, the Patriots released veteran running back Thomas Clayton and rookie free agent offensive lineman Mike Berry from Auburn. For more Patriots information, check out weei.com/patriots.
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.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Dino, Gerry and Mike Mutnansky discuss the Red Sox getting swept at home by Detroit and the state of the team heading out on an 11-game road trip.
Mut dishes on a few strained -- or perceived strained -- relationships he has at WEEI these days.
A compilation of the morning's Patriots talk with John, Gerry and Mut as the first Patriots practice is set to open in Foxboro.
The guys talk about the Red Sox sweep at Fenway by the Tigers and their recent struggles at home. They then preview the tough road trip ahead for the Sox
The OMFers discuss what it will be like with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The guys get into Mut's complaint from earlier in the morning that Fauria ignored him in the gym
New Patriot's receiver Chris Hogan joins OMF to talk about being the new guy, and his experience with Rex Ryan in Buffalo
We discuss the vagueness of Max Kellerman's comment and how it's just one big desire to be the first one to say something.
We discuss the state of the Sox with manager John Farrell live from Anaheim.
As Pats camp opens, we look at four of the most pressing questions for the team
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
Dino, Gerry and Tanguay discuss night two of the Democratic Convention, "highlighted" by Bill Clinton's attempt to humanize Hillary Clinton with tales of their courtship.More from this show
The 8am hour with Dino, Gerry and Tanguay is a bit of a hodge-podge of discussion, starting with the Democratic Convention and moving on to marathon swimming and archery at the Olympics and ending with Tanguay's defense of Hillary during the Benghazi attacks.More from this show
Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling joins Dino, Gerry and Gary Tanguay to discuss an ALS breakthrough, David Price's mechanics, and a possible Chris Sale tradeMore from this show