Taylor University in Upland, Ind., continued a unique tradition on Friday night.
On the Friday before final exams, fans at the school's basketball game watch in total silence until the 10th point is scored. When they do score the 10th point, well, bedlam ensues.
Watch for yourself.
Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan reports the deal is for two years and $9.5 million.
Mujica, a 29-year-old righthander from Venezuela, spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had 37 saves last season before the Cardinals turned the closer role over to Trevor Rosenthal.
Mujica has been in the majors eight seasons and has a 3.75 career ERA, with a 1.134 WHIP.
According to ESPN, the decision was made "in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney’s press conference in Fla."
The Florida press conference at 2 p.m. is to announce the findings of an investigation into an accusation of sexual assault against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
ESPN said the Burgundy appearance has not been rescheduled.
According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, Jacoby Ellsbury may be on the verge of joining the Yankees with a sizable seven-year contract.
The free agent center fielder, who has spent the first seven years of his career with the Red Sox, could get a deal that exceeds the one Carl Crawford got from the Red Sox in 2011, which was seven years at $142 million.
The report quoted “someone familiar with the talks” as saying, “It could happen.”
Ellsbury is a career .297 hitter and led the American League in stolen bases with 52 last season.
Ron Burgundy will be the host of SportsCenter on Thursday at 6 p.m., ESPN announced Tuesday.
Burgundy, played by actor Will Ferrell, will be joined by Champ Kind, who is the sportscaster alongside Burgundy in the movie "Anchorman" and the upcoming "Anchorman 2." David Koechner plays Champ Kind in the movies.
It's certainly not Burgundy's first go-around with ESPN. Just watch his famous "SportsCenter audition" below.
Another year, another championship. The Red Sox' improbable 2013 World Series run was Boston's 10th championship since 2001. David Ortiz's MVP win got us thinking about the best individual efforts during that run. If you were to compare across sports and look at the best performances by Boston players to earn these last 10 titles, who would come out on top? How does Papi's performance stack up to the likes of Tom Brady, Paul Pierce, and Patrice Bergeron?Colleague Chad Finn and I put our heads together to come up with the top 32 performances. The list of the performances we left out is impressive in its own right: Zdeno Chara on the Bruins' championship run. World Series MVP Manny Ramirez. A 10-catch,143-yard performance for Deion Branch in the Super Bowl. I'd like to tell you we got it right, but in sports debates and XXXX, there's always a little gray area.
We've done brackets before, for Boston's best athlete (at that time), New England's best college basketball player of all time, and the best New England Patriot. The bracket style tournament format allows you to vote for the players you like until we pare down to a winner. There are four regions, seeded 1 to 8. The voting schedule is as follows:
Round 1: Tues. Dec. 3
Round 2: Weds. Dec. 4
Round 3: Thurs. Dec. 5
Round 4: Fri. Dec. 6
Round 5: Monday Dec. 9
The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. With the former Texas Ranger on his way to Boston, here are some things to know about the Red Sox newest backstop addition:
1. He has strong offensive numbers
Pierzynski has been a strong offensive catcher over the course of his 16-year career. He has a lifetime average of .283 with 172 home runs and 800 RBIs. He has hit .270 or higher in each of the past five seasons, including a .272 mark with Texas in 2013 at age 36. He won a Silver Slugger as the best hitting catcher in the American League in 2012 when he batted .278 with 27 home runs and 77 RBIs.
2. He can throw out base stealers
Pierzynski is known for having a terrific arm and is exceptional at throwing out opposing base runners. Over the past five seasons, he has finished in the top four in the AL at catching runners stealing, throwing out 24 in 2013, second in the AL, and he finished with a caught-stealing percentage of 32.9 percent. His career caught-stealing average is 25 percent.
3. He is an excellent defensive catcher
Along with Pierzynski’s strong offensive numbers, the Red Sox also had defense in mind when they agreed to this signing. Pierzynski has been in the top four in the AL for putouts by a catcher in nine of the past 11 seasons and currently is first overall in active players in that category, while 10th overall in history. He led the AL in assists by a catcher in 2012, finishing second last season, and has also led the AL in double plays turned by a catcher for the past two seasons. Pierzynski had also finished in the AL top five in fielding percentage as a catcher nine of the past 11 seasons, including finishing first in 2005, 2011, and 2013.
4. He has been reliable
Since 2002, his first full season as starting catcher with the Minnesota Twins, he has never started fewer than 111 games, a feat for any full-time catcher from the most demanding position in baseball. Even at age 36 in 2013, Pierzynski caught 119 games for the Rangers, while also spending 12 games as a DH. Now 37, Pierzynski will be able to split time with 36-year-old David Ross behind the plate in Boston, which should help his body stay fresh and keep his offensive numbers high.
5. He has a bad reputation
Of all the positives to come out of this deal, one negative is the reputation he has around MLB. In 2011, a Sports Illustrated poll of 215 major league players was released and stated that Pierzynski was chosen by his peers as the “meanest player in baseball," finishing with 29 percent of the vote, far ahead of second place Chase Utley, who garnered 13 percent. His former manager with the White Sox, Ozzie Guillen, has also stated that “if you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.” Pierzynski got into a major brawl in 2006 with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett after Pierzynski crashed into him at home plate during a game, and also had a public spat with former White Sox teammate, and now Red Sox teammate, Jake Peavy back in 2011.
The Houston Texans were noticeably upset after their 34-31 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, and it appears that management at Houston’s Reliant Stadium did not want their employees to enjoy any time with the opposing team.
Two Reliant Stadium security guards were fired after photos surfaced of the two posing for pictures after the game with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, according to WHDH Channel 7 News in Boston.
Fired security guard Joel Williams said that this was not the first time he had taken a photo with a famous person at the stadium, even saying that he has taken pictures with players from opposing teams that defeated the Texans, but has never been reprimanded for it.
The company that operates security at the stadium says that employees are not allowed to take photos with players.
The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The deal was first reported by CBS Sports baseball writer Jon Heyman.
The Globe's Peter Abraham said on the Toucher & Rich show Tuesday morning that the Sox are viewing Pierzynski as a bridge to 23-year-old prospect Christian Vazquez. Abraham reported Monday night that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was unlikely to return to the Red Sox. According to Abraham, the Sox were hesitant to sign Saltalamacchia to a three-year deal with Vazquez waiting in the wings.
A 16-year veteran, Pierzynski batted .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs in 134 games for Texas last season.
On Nov. 13, Deadspin posted a callout asking BBWAA members to consider selling their vote. On Tuesday, the day the BBWAA released the Hall of Fame ballot for 2014, Deadspin announced it had succeeded.
"Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of the game's history and turn it over to the public," Deadspin's Tim Marchman wrote.
Deadspin says it will poll its readers and the vote-seller has agreed to fill out the ballot according to the poll results. The voter will be revealed after the vote has been cast, Deadspin claimed.
Via email, BBWAA secretary-treasurer Jack O'Connell said the organization had no comment on the story.
According to the BBWAA website, Hall of Fame voters must meet the following eligibility requirements:
"In order to be eligible for a Hall of Fame vote, a writer must be an active member of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years. Once a writer receives a Hall of Fame vote, he is eligible to continue voting even when he is no longer an active member of the BBWAA, provided he becomes a lifetime honorary member."
Hall of Fame baseball scribe and MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons compared the embattled Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Marathon bombers during a guest appearance on Mike Lupica’s ESPN Radio show in New York Thursday.
Gammons made the ill-advised comparison when he was asked what the endgame is for Rodriguez, who caused a scene and left Wednesday's grievance hearing for his 211-game suspension for alleged PED use before showing up for an impromptu interview on Mike Francesa’s radio show on The Fan.
“I’ve had people with the Yankees say this to me, he is just ... he wants to blow up the world," said Gammons. "You know, he’s like the Marathon bombers. It’s just, he’s going to get them.”
The 68-year-old Gammons was referring to the Tsarnaev brothers, who allegedly set off the two bombs on Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon on April 15.
Shortly after the interview with Lupica, Gammons apologized for the gaffe on Twitter:
@craigcalcaterra It was a stupid, poorly worded comp of blowing up a process.Alex would never hurt a human . I hope I haven't hurt him— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 21, 2013
Gammons later added in a follow-up tweet: "Stupidly worded comp of blowing up a process. He is owed, and gets my apology for mispeaking."
From 'Sweet Caroline' to 'Sweet Home Alabama' ... Jake Peavy's duck boat is right at home at the righthander's southwestern Alabama ranch.
Duckboat gettin it's first introduction to the Falls! pic.twitter.com/7Ogj8rSjdS— Jake Peavy (@JakePeavy_44) November 21, 2013
"Charlie River," the duck boat Peavy rode on with Jon Lester and purchased for $75,000 after the Red Sox rolling rally, was seen on the banks of the Alabama river in a tweet sent out by Peavy this morning.
Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes also took credit for pitcher Jake Peavy’s purchase of a Duck Boat after the parade. “Two months ago, [Peavy] showed me his property in Alabama. I think he owns three-quarters of the state. He’s going through all these pictures and I’m like ‘You don’t have a duck boat,’ so when we go, you like buy the exact duck boat you ride on and you ship that pig to Alabama,” said Gomes earlier this month on the Conan O'Brien show. “And he did. ... Now we can have a World Series parade any time we want at Jake’s house.”
This was the first time a player has purchased one of the duck boats used in a championship parade. Peavy said earlier on Twitter that he hopes the duck boat stays in his family forever.
Gillette announced Thursday that the facial trimmings of Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, who shaved off their beards in a ceremony at Gillette a few weeks ago, are being put up for bid to raise money for Movember, the charity that encourages men to grow mustaches in November to raise awareness of men's health issues.
“I’m glad that the beard that helped me throughout the series can now help raise funds for a great organization like Movember,” said Ortiz.
This piece of sports memorabilia is a little more unique than your average autographed baseball.
“We’ve never done anything like this,” said Hooman Shahidi, senior brand manager for Gillette. “But their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.”
Here's the video from Alex Rodriguez's appearance on WFAN's Mike Francesa program Wednesday after Rodriguez left his MLB grievance hearing.
Tickets for the Citi Frozen Fenway games, including both college and high school matchups, will go on sale at noon Tuesday.
Tickets are available at redsox.com/frozenfenway.
The 17-day event, which features an ice rink inside Fenway Park, will run from Sunday, Dec. 28, to Monday, Jan. 13, and features "community skate" days for Boston residents, public and private high school games, as well as men's and women's college games.
Ticket information for the community skate days will be announced in the coming weeks.
The schedule of events:
Dec. 28: Division I men’s hockey, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross vs. Bentley.
Dec. 29: Mayor Menino’s Community Skate Day
A free, day-long public skating day open to City of Boston residents.
Dec. 31: High school hockey: 10:15 a.m., Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Boston Latin boys; 12:15 p.m., Hingham vs. Duxbury girls; 2:30 p.m., St. John’s Prep vs. Malden Catholic boys
Jan. 1: Mayor Menino’s New Year’s Day Community Skate.
Jan. 2: Women’s college hockey, 3:30 p.m., Northeastern vs. Harvard.
Jan. 4: Men's college hockey: 4 p.m., Merrimack vs. Providence;
7:30 p.m., Notre Dame vs. Boston College.
Jan. 7: Men’s college hockey: 4 p.m., UMass Boston vs. Salem State;
7:30 p.m., TBA
Jan. 8: High school hockey: 1:30 p.m., St. Paul’s School vs. Governor’s Academy, girls; 3:15 p.m., Brooks vs. Buckingham Browne & Nichols, boys;
5:30 p.m., Groton vs. St. Mark’s, boys; 7:45 p.m., Belmont Hill vs. St. Sebastian’s.
Jan. 9: Men’s college hockey: 7:30 p.m., Norwich vs. Babson.
Jan. 11: Men's college hockey: 3 p.m., UMass-Lowell vs. Northeastern; 6:30 p.m., Maine vs. Boston University
Mayor Thomas M. Menino said on Thursday that comments made by HBO talk show host Bill Maher about the Boston Marathon bombings were “very irresponsible" according to WBZ NewsRadio 1030.
On the Friday broadcast of Maher's HBO show, the controversial host/comedian was speaking with guest Anthony Weiner when he brought up the moment when the Red Sox World Series victory parade stopped briefly for a somber ceremony to commemorate the Boston Marathon tragedy on the finish line.
"...It was again, a bad day, three people died, that's terrible," Maher said. "More were maimed, that's horrible, but unfortunately that happens every day, in car accidents and everything else. I mean, you city was not leveled by Godzilla."
The mayor responded to Maher's comments on Thursday.
“It’s very irresponsible,” Menino said. “It's an irresponsible statement and I think he should be taken to task for that.”
Menino invited Maher to come to Boston so he could get a better understanding of the meaning of “Boston Strong" according to the WBZ report.
“It's too bad a guy who wants to make a name for himself takes on, uses the marathon as a place to use that incident, Menino said. "It's very irresponsible... He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, come to Boston, visit Boston and see what a strong city we are.".
Menino said HBO is also irresponsible for airing the episode containing Maher's comments on Boston.
On the Friday broadcast of HBO's Real Time, host Bill Maher was speaking with guest Anthony Weiner when he brought up the Red Sox World Series parade and the moment when the trophy -- or as he calls it statue -- was placed on the Boston Marathon finish line when the parade stopped briefly for a somber ceremony to commemorate the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15.
Red Sox players Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia demonstrated the special bond between the team and the city when they placed the trophy on the finish line, which is still painted, and then draped a "Boston Strong 617" jersey over the trophy.
The song “God Bless America” was piped over loudspeakers as fans, players, and Marathon survivors sang along.
"I also saw, so the Red Sox won the World Series, congratulations Red Sox," Maher said to Weiner. "So the parade, they go to the place where the marathon bombing took place, they put the World Series statue there and they sing God Bless America and they say 'Boston strong' and they chant 'USA,' you know. It was again, a bad day, three people died, that's terrible. More were maimed, that's horrible, but unfortunately that happens every day, in car accidents and everything else. I mean, you city was not leveled by Godzilla."
To which Anthony Weiner, to his credit, replied: "I don't know... such a nice moment, what's wrong with you?"
It was only a matter of time before the big tight end made it to the big screen.
TMZ is reporting that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is about to become a matinee idol:
We got word from Gronkowski's theatrical manager Henry Penzi ... the NE Patriots' stud is going to be hugging it out with Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier and the rest of the boys from "Entourage" in their upcoming feature film.
The movie begins shooting in January and TMZ reports that Gronk will play himself in the flick about the Hollywood rat pack from the former HBO series.
It's been a busy time off the field for Gronk. His family is pitching an animated TV show. A new rap video debuted on GronkNation.com. On Monday night, he hosted a ladies-only football clinic at Harvard Stadium complete with dancing, doughnuts, and “Gronk-tinis.” And during a question and answer session at a Foxborough bar, Gronkowski appeared to mock a fan wearing his own jersey with a racially tinged joke.
Gronk won't be the first Patriot to appear with the Entourage crew. Superstar quarterback Tom Brady had a brief cameo with Vince and the crew on the golf course back in a 2009 episode.
Rob Gronkowski is everywhere. In a music video posted to GronkNation.com entitled "Game Time", the rapper UNO puts Gronk's heroics into song.
The video is a montage of on-field highlights and Gronk being affable and goofy off the field. Among the lyrics are the lines "We lost a couple players but we still rolling strong" and "It's Gronkowski. It's Gronkowski. Now just imagine how the game would be without me. I proven wrong every single one that doubts me."
You can watch the full clip above.
Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who took over the Indians and directed them to a 92-70 record and a wild-card playoff berth was named the American League manager of the year in an upset over Red Sox manager John Farrell. Francona, a two-time World Series winner with the Red Sox, had never been manager of the year in his career. It was Cleveland’s first winning record since 2007.
Francona received 16 first place votes to Farrell's 12, winning the overall total 112-96. The BBWAA website has a full breakdown of the 30 individual ballots. Balloting is conducted prior to the start of postseason play.
The 2013 Indians showed a 24-game improvement, going from 68 victories in 2012 to 92 wins this year. The 24-victory improvement matched the biggest in franchise history. The 1986 Indians won 84 games after winning just 60 in 1985.
Tampa Bay ended the Indians season with a 4-0 victory in the wild card game.
Farrell, who led the Red Sox to a World Series championship in his first season at the helm in Boston, was perceived to be the favorite before the voting was announced on Tuesday.
Boston pulled a worst-to-first turnaround under Farrell, who was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007 to 2010. Farrell led the Red Sox to 97 wins and a championship a season after they finished in last place in the AL East with 93 losses under Bobby Valentine.
The Red Sox offense took a major leap, going from fifth in the league in runs scored in 2012 (734) to first in 2013 season (853). The pitching staff's earned runs allowed decreased from 754 to 613.
Christina Kahrl of ESPN.com representing Chicago and Asuka Iinuma Brown of Jiji Press representing Seattle did not include Farrell on their ballots. Mike Rutsey from the Toronto Sun and Tom Maloney of The Globe and Mail in Toronto each voted for Francona first and Farrell second. Farrell was panned by the media in Toronto when he left the Blue Jays after two underwhelming seasons to take the open manager's job in Boston last season.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin was also finalist for the honor, as voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association Of America.
Clint Hurdle, whose Pirates finished the season 94-68 and captured the NL's No. 1 wild card spot, took home the honor for the National League. Pittsburgh hadn't had a winning season -- or a playoff appearance -- since 1992, the longest such streak in North American team sports.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer