Cappelletti to retire from Pats' broadcast booth


Cappelletti to retire from Pats' broadcast booth

Gino Cappelletti, who moved into the Patriots' radio broadcast booth after a New England career as a player and assistant coach that landed him in the team's Hall of Fame -- and many say should have landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- has decided to retire.

The news was reported by the Boston Globe's Chad Finn.

The gentlemanly and much beloved Cappelletti, 78, has spent 32 years as the analyst on the team's radio broadcasts, 28 of them with play-by-play partner Gil Santos. A wide receiverkicker during his playing time, he was the leading scorer in American Football League history in a career that spanned from 1960-70. He was a five-time All-Star and was elected a member of the all-time All-AFL team.

"Through five decades, my romance with football and my relationship with the Patriots organization have provided me with a lifetime of wonderful memories, said Cappelletti in a statement released by CBS Boston, whose station (98.5 The Sports Hub) broadcasts the Patriots' games on radio. "I have had the privilege of sharing the broadcast of six Super Bowls, and amazingly, five in the past decade. The memory of the first Super Bowl victory will always be fresh in my mind. For me, it serves as a special reminder of how far this franchise has come, the challenges that were met, and the adversity we faced in those early years. But as they say in the huddle after a long, successful days work, its time to take a knee and celebrate the win."

There is no immediate word on his replacement, though its widely expected that Scott Zolak -- the former Patriot quarterback who co-hosts a talk show on 98.5 The Sports Hub and served as the third analyst on the radio broadcasts last year after a long stint on the Pats' pre- and postgame shows -- will take over Cappelletti's spot.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.