Hanley Ramirez hasn’t been working hard to get better in the outfield, Rusney Castillo’s bat comes alive in Chicago, Michael McCann lays out the case for and against a settlement in the neverending Brady-Goodell court battle, and the rest of the sports news you need to know to start your Tuesday.
Deal or no deal on Deflategate battle?: “The NFL also knows that if Judge Berman strays too far from the appropriate standard of review, the league would have a compelling argument in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The league would be just as happy with Brady serving a four-game suspension in November or December, or even at the start of the 2016 regular season, as it would with Brady serving his four-game suspension at the start of the 2015 regular season. The league has the luxury of waiting out an appeal.
“Lastly, the NFL recognizes that if it cuts a deal with Brady in which his punishment is reduced, the league would create incentives for future suspended players to go to court. The league obviously does not want to unwittingly encourage more legal battles with players.’’ (Michael McCann/SI.com)
NFL says previous cases don’t apply to Brady: “NFL attorney Daniel Nash filed a letter with New York federal judge Richard Berman Monday, further arguing that Berman has no basis to vacate Tom Brady’s four-game suspension on the grounds that Brady’s appeal hearing violated the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement….
“‘These cases confirm that courts vacate arbitration awards only in extraordinary circumstances, none of which are present here,’ Nash wrote. ‘While no one disputes that judicial deference to arbitration awards is not absolute, the Union’s statement that ‘arbitrations of this type have been set aside’ grossly distorts legal precedent.’’’ (Boston Globe)
What it’s like to go up against new Patriots receiver Reggie Wayne: “You have to be disciplined in your technique. Early in my career I had the opportunity to practice with Isaac Bruce and be a teammate of his, so somebody of that caliber, you have to be very disciplined. [He’s] somebody that’s really crafty that’s going to give you different looks, give you different leverages and just attack you in so many different ways. It makes you more of a patient player. It makes you trust your technique a lot more, and it also helps you prepare week in and week out to understand that guys will game plan you, guys will come out and do different things against you.’’ — Patriots cornerback Tarell Brown
Cris Carter gave same “fall guy’’ advice to AFC rookies, apologizes for speech: “Though he was told not to repeat the statements in his talk with AFC rookies that year, second-year Jets tight end Jace Amaro says Carter made similar statements…
“‘It’s really hard to go through my thought process,’ Carter said on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown.’’ ‘The rookie symposium 2014, it’s something that I’m invited to by the NFL. I’ve probably been to 15 to 20 different times. I donate a lot of time to young people because I believe it’s very, very important. I can’t make an excuse to what my mind-set was. My heart was in the right place. I didn’t use words that I was very, very proud of. It’s not the type of advice that I would offer young people.’’’ (NYDailyNews.com)
Jon Lester admits pressure got to him in Chicago: “Lester can admit now — particularly in the aftermath of a dazzling start on Monday at Wrigley Field — that the pressure got to him.
“‘At times it’s a good feeling,’’ he said. “At times it can be that monkey on your back — especially early. You want to come out and do well. That’s what put me behind the eight-ball in spring training. I’m used to my routine of going out and throwing fastballs and knowing where I’ll be at at certain times — and not really having that pressure to get off to a good start in spring training. But when you come into something like this, you feel like you have to do more. I tried to show a little too much a little too early.’’’ (Providence Journal)
Rusney Castillo knocks in five runs in Red Sox win: “Rusney Castillo was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double, and five RBIs as the Red Sox improved to 7-4 under interim manager Torey Lovullo… Since being recalled on July 27 following the trade of Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels, Castillo is 30 of 80 (.375) with nine extra-base hits, 19 RBIs, and 19 runs scored. “This guy’s been dynamite. He’s responded to a lot of the challenges,’’ Lovullo said. Castillo has hit safely in nine straight games (15 of 35), with three doubles, three home runs, and 11 RBIs. “I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel like I’m finally getting into a rhythm now that I’m getting a chance to play,’’ Castillo said via interpreter Adrian Lorenzo.’’ (Boston Globe)
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies: “The Englishman was injured Sunday at Pocono Raceway while competing in his sixth race for Andretti Autosport this year. What had originally been a two-race deal for both Indianapolis Motor Speedway events was recently expanded to include the final five races of 2015.
“Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday evening with a head injury, after it appeared he was struck on the helmet by debris from Sage Karam’s one-car crash, which occurred in front of Wilson on the track.’’ (ESPN.com)
Pandamonium in Chicago as Pablo Sandoval dives over the tarp to make the catch:
Hanley Ramirez isn’t working to improve his defense: “The problem is, [Ramirez] doesn’t work hard on his defense, according to team sources. The one time he did work was in spring training, when he was out before and after practice and games. But once the season began, the extra work stopped. Ramirez has been unwilling to go out and practice, very similar to Yoenis Cespedes last season in that regard. Cespedes barely worked on balls off the Green Monster and refused to move to right field.’’ (Boston Globe)
Bruins center Max Talbot trolls Canadiens fans via a video prank on the streets of Montreal: “‘It was all in good fun,’ said Talbot, the veteran of 666 NHL games — another Bruins devil! — who spends his summers in South Shore Ste-Julie. One young man, to whom Talbot inquires what he thinks of Max Talbot, answers, ‘He’s old, but he’s good for the locker room since they lost Shawn Thornton (to free agency).’ Talbot nods with interest, incredibly keeping a straight face. ‘And he was from Boston!’ Talbot said of that fan, laughing, adding that this guy was with a group of three friends up visiting Montreal.’’ (MontrealGazette.com)
California eliminates Cranston Western at Little League World Series: “A ninth elimination game this postseason proved to be the last for Cranston Western. The clock finally struck midnight on what was a dream run to the Little League World Series, as the magic of 19 seasons ago was absent on Monday night at Lamade Stadium. Bonita, Calif. – the powerful West Regional champions – used two big innings to score a 10-3 victory, finally dispatching the Rhode Island and New England Regional champions after playing under similar pressure on so many occasions this summer.’’ (Providence Journal)
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