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Mets confirm signing of OF Yoenis Cespedes 01.27.16 at 11:15 am ET
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Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets announced their signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday night. The former Red Sox outfielder signed a three-year, $75 million contract that also includes an opt-out clause after the first year.

Cespedes was acquired by the Mets last year after spending the first half of his season in Detroit. He was by far New York’s biggest offensive weapon, as he enjoyed a career year in the Big Apple. He posted career highs in several offensive categories, including 35 home runs and 105 RBIs. By the end of his run last season he was the recipient of MVP hype.

While the Mets clearly ponied up enough money to keep Cespedes as a fixture in their lineup, they apparently were not the highest bidder. The Nationals reportedly offered Cespedes a deal that would earn him $110 million over five years.

“As I entered free agency, I couldn’t deny the pull to come back and finish what we had started last year. I am excited to finally announce that next season I am coming back to join the New York Mets once again,” Cespedes said in a statement.

Added Mets manager Terry Collins, “It’€™s great to have his big bat back in the middle of the lineup. He really lengthens the lineup and makes everyone around him better. He was a great teammate, and I’€™m really glad he decided to come back.”

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Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics earn spots in Forbes’ 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014 07.17.14 at 3:29 pm ET
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Three Boston-area teams have found their way on Forbes’€™ annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams of 2014.

The Patriots and Red Sox established themselves near the top of the list, as the Patriots ranked eighth ($1.8 billion) while the Red Sox were listed at 11th ($1.5 billion). The Celtics ranked 45th at $875 million.

The Patriots are the second-most valuable NFL team, trailing the Cowboys ($2.3 billion), while the Red Sox are rank third amongst MLB franchises behind the Yankees ($2.5 billion) and Dodgers ($2 billion).

While North American teams constitute a majority of the list, European soccer reigns at the top, as Real Madrid ($3.44 billion), FC Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.81 billion) hold the top three spots on the ranking. This is the second straight year in which Real Madrid, which boasts players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, has earned the title as most valuable sports team.

Forbes, which has ranked sports teams since 1998, reported that the average value of a team in the ranking was $1.34 billion — an 8 percent increase from last year. Thirty-eight of the 50 teams are valued at at least $1 billion, while only 33 were valued at the same rate last year.

While there were no sports teams valued at $2 billion three years ago, there are now six teams at or above that value this year.

The Yankees are the most valuable non-soccer team in the world, ranking fourth on the list. The team’€™s value should only continue to increase going forward, as programming rights fees for Yankees broadcasts are expected to jump from $105 million to $350 million a year by 2042.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Boston handles World Series celebration well, with minimal damage, 9 arrests 10.31.13 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Ducks at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Bengals at Dolphins, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
NBA: Knicks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: South Florida at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rice at North Texas, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Louisiana-Monroe at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Arizona State at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Montreal at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Boston is getting used to hosting championship celebrations, and that was evident Wednesday night, as the city was able to minimize the misbehavior following the Red Sox‘ World Series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Cardinals.

On the same day President Barack Obama spoke in Boston, police were busy preparing for the mayhem of a Red Sox championship celebration.

Police set up barriers around Fenway Park to keep revelers who did not attend the game out of the area. A large group formed by the Boston Marathon finish line and blocked traffic there, but that group was dispersed by police, who announced via Twitter that there were nine arrests for unruly behavior overnight. There was evidence of at least one car being overturned, but no serious injuries were reported.

The biggest issues appeared to involve college students who remained at school. On the UMass campus in Amherst, officials said 15 people (14 of them students) were arrested — mainly for failing to disperse, although two face charges of assault and battery on a police officer — after thousands of students gathered in the southwest residential area of campus to celebrate.

At the University of New Hampshire, officials said police used pepper spray and pepper balls to break up a crowd of several hundred, some of whom had thrown glass bottles at officers. And according to WMUR-TV, there were fires and destruction of light poles at Plymouth State.

‘€¢ Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was arrested Wednesday after a domestic incident one day earlier and charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.

Varlamov, a 25-year-old Russian, turned himself in and was held overnight, as he needs to appear before a judge before he can post bail.

The team released a statement that read: “The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation.”

Varlamov, in his third season in Denver, is 7-1 with a 1.76 ERA for the Avalanche, who are off until Friday after last playing Sunday.

‘€¢ Florida Atlantic University football coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday after admitting to using illegal drugs.

“I apologize for exercising poor judgment,” Pelini said in a statement distributed by the school. “My greatest concerns at this time are for me family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that [athletic director] Pat Chun and the university administration will continue to move the program forward.”

Pelini was in his second year at FAU after serving as defensive coordinator at Nebraska under his brother, Bo Pelini. He was 5-15, including 2-6 this season.

“We hold ourselves to a standard here,” said Chun, who learned of the allegations Monday and confronted the coaches Wednesday. “That behavior is unacceptable for a lot of reasons. Like I told our student-athletes today, we all have responsibilities. When you wear the logo of Florida Atlantic University, you wear it 24 hours a day. … We hold you to a higher standard and you have to hold yourself to that standard. Decisions were made that ultimately hurt some people, and there’s consequences for those decisions.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 31, 2004, the Patriots’ 18-game regular-season winning streak was ended with a 34-20 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Pats lost only one other game that season, going 14-2 and winning their third Super Bowl. Which other team beat them?

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 2: Bobby Valentine leads woeful Sox to 93 losses, gets fired 12.31.12 at 11:30 am ET
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Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 2: Bobby Valentine’s nightmare season as Red Sox manager.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical
No. 5: Celtics’ Eastern Conference finals loss to Heat
No. 4: Red Sox’ megatrade with Dodgers
No. 3: Tom Brady’s MVP-caliber season

In a forgettable season, the 2012 Sox finished 69-93, their worst record since 1965, and in last place in the American League East for the first time since John Henry and Tom Werner bought the team.

According to multiple reports, Bobby Valentine was not the preferred choice of first-year general manager Ben Cherington, but team president and CEO Larry Lucchino made the hire to replace Terry Francona.

As Valentine was formally introduced to Boston, nobody could have foreseen the outcome of the season.

‘€œI am honored, I’€™m humbled and I’€™m pretty damn excited,’€ Valentine said at his introductory press conference. ‘€œThis day is a special day, and it’€™s more than a special day. It’€™s the beginning of a life that I think is going to extend beyond anything else that I thought of doing. The talent level and the players that we have in this organization, I think, is a gift to anyone. And I’€™m the receiver of that gift.’€

Valentine, 62, would become the first Red Sox manager since 1934 (Bucky Harris) to be fired after just one season with the team.

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Live Chat: Question and answer with WEEI program director Jason Wolfe 07.27.12 at 8:18 am ET
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Jason Wolfe, the program director for WEEI, will be conducting the first of what will be a weekly live chat, answering questions on a wide variety of topics. Come join the conversation, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Friday:

Jason Wolfe Chat

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Report: Astros expected to dismiss former Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills after season 07.06.12 at 9:23 pm ET
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According to a report on FoxSports.com, the Astros are expected to not retain the services of manager Brad Mills after the 2012 season. Mills’ contract with the Astros runs through this season, with the club holding an option for ’13.

Ken Rosenthal writes:

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Friday that no change is imminent, and that he will not make a decision on Mills until after the season concludes.

‘€œWe haven’€™t talked about next year at all,’€ Luhnow said. ‘€œI’€™ve told everyone we’€™re going to wait. I’€™m not even thinking about it at this point.

‘€œBrad has done a good job. We get along well. There is no reason to make a change.

‘€œAt the end of the year is when I’€™m going to spend time looking at all aspects of the operation. But I’€™m not spending time on it right now.’€

The Astros entered Friday night with a 32-51 mark.

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Limited off days in new MLB postseason schedule 08.10.11 at 4:17 pm ET
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Major League Baseball released the 2011 postseason schedule Wednesday, which no longer includes off days except for when teams have to travel.

In past seasons, the league had assigned off days to coordinate certain games with TV coverage. This year, all four divisional series are set to play their five scheduled games over the course of one week.

The lack of days off will benefit teams with deep pitching rotations, which gives the Red Sox a distinct advantage over the Yankees.

Every ALDS, NLDS and NLCS game will be aired on TBS, while FOX will broadcast the ALCS and World Series.

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Sox-Yankees series draws big TV audience 08.09.11 at 5:31 pm ET
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Each of the three Red Sox-Yankees games from this past weekend drew big numbers from around the country, according to the MLB Public Relations department.

Friday night’s game was MLB Network’s highest-rated game of the season and second all-time only to Stephen Strasburg‘s major league debut last year.

Saturday’s game scored over four million viewers on FOX, the station’s highest rating for a day game in three years.

Sunday night’s game took the cake with 4.72 million viewers, making it the most-watched ESPN game in over four years. ESPN hasn’t had a larger audience since June 3, 2007, which was also a Yankees-Red Sox matchup.

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LEEInks List: Boston athletes who have fallen from grace 07.08.11 at 7:50 am ET
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Remember when Roger Clemens was on top of the Boston sports world? With the Rocket’s perjury case in progress, those days have never felt further away. Whether it’s because of contract disputes, trouble with the law, or locker room drama, plenty of former Beantown sports heroes have fallen out of favor over the past few years. We’ve got 10 that take the cake.

10. Nomar Garciaparra

If you were a Red Sox fan from 1997 to 2004, chances are you had at least one article of clothing with the number five on it. After winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1997, Nomar quickly became the undisputed face of Fenway Park. With two batting titles and five All-Star selections, he was grouped with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as the three most exciting short stops in the league. Garciaparra seemed destined to play out his career in Boston, and perhaps help the Red Sox finally break the curse of the Bambino.

However, when TV cameras caught him sulking in the dugout while sitting out of a 2004 classic against the Yankees (when Jeter dove headfirst into the stands), Red Sox fans did not react well. That incident, combined with general manager Theo Epstein‘s desire for improved defense, led to the shocking trade. Garciaparra had to look on from Chicago as the Red Sox won it all without him with the help of Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. Still, Nomar can expect a much better reception in Boston than most of the athletes on this list, especially because a one-day contract allowed him to retire as a member of the Red Sox.

9. Joe Thornton

Thornton entered the NHL with Boston in 1997 and led the team in scoring for several years, but it was never enough to get the Bruins to the next level. The center faltered under intense scrutiny, especially in the postseason and during his time as captain. After being traded to the Sharks in 2005 for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau, Thornton won the Hart Trophy, making him the only player ever to be named MVP in the same season he was traded.

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Yankees looking to trade for left-handed pitching 06.28.11 at 2:52 pm ET
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According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are looking to trade for left-handed pitching to counter the Red Sox‘ lefty-heavy lineup. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman doesn’t think the market for lefties is good enough to make a move.

“I don’t think I can trade for any starter that is better than Bartolo Colon or Phil Hughes, or a reliever better than Rafael Soriano,” Cashman said. “One of our areas of weakness is the left side, but I can’t force it. I can’t make it happen if it is not there.”

There aren’t many left-handed pitchers on the trade block, but Sherman offered two righties, Matt Garza and Anibal Sanchez, as possible trade deadline targets for New York. While the Yankees held the best record in the American League entering Tuesday, they’ve won just one out of nine games against Boston this season.

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