ESPN is set to lay off about 100 staffers, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports, including recognizable reporters and analysts. Veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder is among those being let go, effective immediately, he announced. Werder had been with ESPN for 17 years.
A rained-out Tuesday was pretty action packed, and a little head-scratching. The Boston Red Sox circled the wagons well on Tuesday, arriving at a unified message delivered to the public about the Dustin Pedroia and Manny Machado situation: this is behind us and we’re all good. But it was a weird string of events that got the Red Sox to that bottom line. Happy Hanley Ramirez decided Tuesday he was going to be Matt Barnes’ public relations representative, running bubbly interference when reporters approached Barnes in the clubhouse. Ramirez then said there was no team meeting to discuss in the fallout from that pitch Barnes threw too close to Machado’s head. Interesting. Sox manager John Farrell
Sometime in the next few days, certainly before the bell rings for the start of the IBF-WBA heavyweight title match between unbeaten champion Anthony Joshua and former champ Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, someone will say the bout is the one to save