Valentine engages in testy interview with WEEI

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Valentine engages in testy interview with WEEI

The strange summer of Bobby Valentine continued Wednesday, as he engaged in a contentious interview with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley on WEEI's The Big Show in which he said he'd like to punch Ordway in the mouth and questioned the integrity of Red Sox beat writers who reported that he was late to a game last weekend in Oakland.

"What an embarrassing thing to say," Valentine responded when Ordway asked if the manager had "checked out" on the Red Sox. "You know, if I was there, I'd punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha! How's that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that's stuff that a comic-strip person would write. If someone's here, watching me go out at 2 o'clock in the afternoon working with the young players, bringing in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it's necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room . . . How could someone in real life say that?"

Valentine then exploded when Ordway brought up his late arrival at a game last week.

"I shouldn't have to explain that. That pisses me off," he said emotionally. "Because whoever wrote that knew what happened. They knew that my son was coming to see me for the first time in this lousy season that I got to see him on the road, and that his flight was late, and that I was waiting at the airport in San Francisco for his flight to come in . . . and I sent the lineup in and reported to my coaches that Iwas going to be a little late. And for someone to say that I was late is an absolute disgrace to their integrity if they have any . . ."When I walked into the clubhouse with my son, the press was already in the clubhouse. You would think that one of these incompetent people would say, or ask a question, 'Hey, why is it 4 o'clock?'
"And, you know, 4 o'clock, I mean, that's so late for a 7:15 game," he added sarcastically. "Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon gets there every day at 4 o'clock, just for the record."Later in the interview, Valentine admitted the season has "been miserable, but it's also been part of my life's journey. You learn from misery."

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.

Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

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Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.

Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.

Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.

Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.

Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.

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