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04/21/2010 - 7:24am
Former IOC chief Samaranch dead at 89

Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who was admitted to a hospital in Barcelona on Sunday after experiencing heart trouble, died early Wednesday. He was 89. Samaranch headed the IOC for 21 years until he stepped down in 2001. He has had health problems every since Jacques Rogge was chosen to succeed him.

 

Last fall, Samaranch spoke during Madrid's presentation in Copenhagen, virtually asking IOC members to send the Olympics to the Spanish capital as a favor to him. "Dear colleagues, I know that I am very near the end of my time," Samaranch said. "I am, as you know, 89 years old. May I ask you to consider granting my country the honor and also the duty to organize the games and Paralympics in 2016?"


04/21/2010 - 7:08am
Mashup: Jets take another risk with Taylor

The Jets' latest offseason splash is the signing of Dolphins defensive stalwart Jason Taylor. But Taylor brings some baggage as well, and he joins a team that has loaded up with players who have to prove they can behave to stay on the field. We've got links to stories from papers in New York and Miami that have differing views of the situation. Get the details on that, plus more links, videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


04/21/2010 - 6:51am
McShay on D&C: Pats might go for Pouncey

ESPN NFL analyst Todd McShay joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about the NFL draft, which begins Thursday night. McShay said he expects one of three pass-catchers to be available when the Patriots pick at No. 22, and it would be difficult to pass on Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham, who McShay says is likely to be the only tight end to go in the top 50 picks.

 

"I don't think the Patriots are going into this draft with the mindset of, 'We have to take a tight end, we want to get younger at that position.' I just think that we have to look at how it falls," McShay said. "I think they need a pass rusher, but how do you pass on Dez Bryant and/or Jermaine Greshman and/or Demaryius Thomas, who by the way is not that far off Dez Bryant from a talent standpoint."

 

McShay said there is a possibility the Patriots make a move to get a lineman. "The other thing I keep hearing over and over again is the...

04/20/2010 - 11:09pm
Lowell at DH for Ortiz on Wednesday

Mike Lowell, who pinch-hit for David Ortiz against left-hander Darren Oliver in the seventh inning of the Red Sox' 7-6 walkoff win on Tuesday, will be in the lineup in place of Ortiz on Wednesday night. With the Rangers sending left-hander Matt Harrison to the hill, the right-handed Lowell will be in the lineup rather than the Sox' longtime designated hitter.

 

"I was told to expect to DH [Wednesday]," said Lowell. "Harrison’s a lefty. I don’t think we go much further than that."

 

For more Sox coverage, visit the Full Count blog.


04/20/2010 - 9:57pm
Unexpected hero gives Sox walkoff win

The Red Sox claimed a stunning 7-6 walkoff victory over the Rangers, in no small part on the strength of contributions from a pair of players who did not begin the day on their major league roster.

 

Darnell McDonald -- who was added to the roster less than two hours before the game when Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the D.L. -- hit a bases-loaded, two-out walkoff single off the Green Monster off of reliever Frankie Francisco in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Sox to a win and allow them to snap their five-game losing streak.

 

The Sox erased a 6-2 deficit en route to their first victory since last Wednesday. Trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Sox received something of a gift from the Rangers when Josh Reddick -- called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill in for the injured Mike Cameron on Tuesday -- hit a cloud-scraping pop-up with two out and two on in the bottom of the sixth. But Rangers left fielder Josh...

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