Rodney Harrison joins Ben Volin and Danny Piccard to talk about Pats-Bills and the rest of the NFL.

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NBA: Nets at Celtics, 1 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Hornets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Quick Lane Bowl, Rutgers vs. North Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: St. Petersburg Bowl, NC State vs. Central Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Chelsea, 7:40 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Manchester United, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Queens Park at Arsenal, 12:25 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Heat welcomed LeBron James back to Miami on Christmas Day before sending him home to Cleveland with a loss.

James hugged and high-fived his former teammates, taking extra time to joke around with Dwyane Wade, then saw Wade score 24 first-half points en route to a 31-point night in the Heat’s 101-91 victory.

James, who finished with 30 points and eight rebounds, was the first player introduced of Cleveland’s starters, and the crowd wasn’t given much time to react before the next player’s name was called. However, he received an ovation when a video tribute was played during the first timeout of the game. There were some boos but mostly cheers for his first game in South Florida since his four-year stint there.

“We only play this game for so long,” James said. “You’ve still got life afterwards. For us we’re going to compete, we’re going to go about our business and do what we need to do in our profession. You’ll never let friendship come in between that.”

James expressed dismay that people criticize his decision to switch teams as a free agent.

“The question I have, which is kind of bothering me sometimes, is when a player decides to decide his own fate, there is always questions about it?” James said. “And, ‘Why did this guy do that, do that and do this?’ When an organization decides to go elsewhere for a player, it’s that they did what’s best for the team. Let’s figure that out some time.”

James said he has not had any contact with team president Pat Riley since announcing his plans to sign with the Cavs, but he spent Christmas Eve at Wade’s house.

“We didn’t have a bad breakup,” Wade said. “We played against each other for seven years, man. The weirdness just wasn’t there. It wasn’t like we played against each other our whole career and the breakup happened. We played against each other for seven years, then with each other for a period of time, then he went back to the same situation and I’m in the same place.”

Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “Couple of the best in this generation. Spectacular. I wish I could sit back and enjoy it like a fan, because it’s just fantastic basketball. … However long these two guys play, you’ll get your money’s worth.”

Rex Ryan might soon be headed out of town, but Geno Smith believes he can be with the Jets for the foreseeable future.

“I see myself being the quarterback here for a long time,” Smith said. “I see myself helping this team turn things around. Obviously, I’m a part of the reason why we are in this position, so I’d love to be a part of the solution.”

Smith is 10-18 in two seasons as an NFL quarterback, throwing 34 interceptions in that time. He has the third-worst QB rating (70.9) this season, better than only Blake Bortles and Josh McCown. But he’s confident he has what it takes to lead this team back to respectability.

“I know that it takes hard work, and not everyone is going to see the same things, but within this locker room, within this group of guys, we all see the potential we have as a team,” Smith said. “Obviously, that’€™s not saying much with the record that we have right now, but we believe that if we work hard enough and we do what’€™s right, we can turn things around.”

Earlier in the week, Smith was asked about Ryan’s imminent departure and said, “A change could be good for us all.” He expressed disappointment that his comment was taken to mean he wouldn’t mind seeing Ryan go.

“I was surprised that it was written that way,” Smith said. “I was surprised that it was said about coach Ryan or made to believe that I didn’€™t want him here because everyone knows how I feel about coach Ryan and how this team feels about him.”

Curt Schilling is getting some attention for the unsolicited advice he offered to Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The rookie QB admitted earlier in the week he was not as prepared as he should have been for his first action in the NFL.

Tweeted Schilling early Christmas morning: @JManziel2 Didn’t ask for it, but I’ll throw it out there. If being the best doesn’t consume your every waking thought, do something else.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 26, 1976, John Bucyk scored in a 6-3 victory over the visiting Cleveland Barons, giving him 545 career goals and moving him past which Canadiens legend for fourth place on the all-time list?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The fans are dying. We’re dying We’re out there not producing.” – Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, after Thursday’s 102-91 loss to the Wizards left New York with a league-worst 26 losses

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Losses in the last five games for the Warriors, who were 23-3 before the slump, which continued with Thursday’s 100-86 loss to the Clippers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Wizards guard John Wall hits a driving, 360-degree layup against the Knicks.

Shaquille O’Neal barrels into a Christmas tree on the NBA on TNT set after being pushed by Kenny Smith.

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban pretends to be a security guard before surprising some young kids on a trip to the team’s training facility.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Maurice “The Rocket” Richard

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chris Daughtry was born on this day in 1979.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Butch Stearns talks about social contracts, DJ Bean reads a story from The New York Post that he finds corny, Producer Tom Carroll talks about the possibility of Kevin Garnett's number being retired by the Celtics, and Producer Paul Chartier talks about everything DJ hates

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Over the final days of the year, will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 11: NESN Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy returns to the booth shortly before his son pleads guilty to murder. To read other stories in this series, click here.

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Jerry Remy’s decision to return to the booth rekindled the debate over his role enabling his son’s violent behavior. (Larry Johnson/

Not many Boston sports figures had it harder than Jerry Remy in the first half of 2014.

The longtime NESN broadcaster found himself consumed by his internal struggle, along with heated debate on the outside, as to whether or not he should return to the booth for the 2014 Red Sox season in the wake of his son, Jared, being charged with first-degree murder in the death of live-in girlfriend Jennifer Martel in August 2013.

Jared Remy was charged with fatally stabbing Martel, the mother of their 4-year-old daughter, on Aug. 15, 2013. Remy pleaded not guilty at the time and was held without bail, with a trial set to begin in October. Jerry Remy took a leave of absence following the incident and didn’t return to the broadcast booth for the remainder of the Red SoxWorld Series run.

Remy announced at a news conference in January that he would be returning to the Red Sox broadcast booth for the 2014 season. He said he was leaning toward not returning to the booth as late as New Year’s Day, but opted to return after gaining support from his close friends along with his wife, Phoebe.

“It’€™s always been my comfort zone, for 40 years. I can’€™t sit there. I just can’€™t sit in my chair. I’ve been there long enough already,”€ Remy said at the time. “€œI’ve got to be busy. I’ve got to do something to preoccupy myself. I need to do something I enjoy. And this is what I enjoy doing and I always have. I’ve done it for 26 years. This will be No. 27 as an announcer. I still enjoy it. I’€™m not crazy about the 4 o’€™clock arrivals, but the game itself I truly love, and I always have and I still do, and that’€™s not going to go away. So hopefully it will be therapeutic in some ways.”

Remy returned to the NESN booth alongside play-by-play man Don Orsillo in spring training with his son still facing murder charges. The discussion from the booth was centered around baseball, as Remy said it would be.

But the debate over whether or not Remy should return took a dramatic twist on March 23 when an extensive Boston Globe story detailed Jared Remy’s long history of run-ins with the law, primarily involving domestic abuse allegations.

The Globe article painted Jerry and Phoebe as enablers for their troubled son as his constant legal troubles resulted in just one short jail term thanks to the help of a high-priced lawyer hired by the Remys.

Just five days after the report came out, Remy told Dennis & Callahan he tried to get his son treated for his mental issues but never considered stopping his support of him.

“I told you in the past, the last time we talked, yes, of course we did [enable him],” Remy said. “What are we guilty of? We’€™re guilty of getting him lawyers when he was in trouble. We were well aware of what was going on with Jared. And we tried our best to do everything along the way to get him as much help as we possibly could. And then for a stretch it seemed like he had his life in order. And then of course everything caved in.

“€œDid we enable him? Yes. We paid for lawyers, we paid for psychiatrists, we paid for the help that we thought he needed. I think a lot of families would have done the same thing. Others would not have, others would have thrown him out on the street. But that just wasn’t our way. Now when you look back on it, what was the right thing to do? I don’€™t have an answer for that. I really don’€™t have an answer for that.”€

The report drew negative responses directed at Jerry Remy. Some media members suggested he not return to the booth as a result of these reports, or at least delay his return until after the trial to not serve as a distraction to fans during Red Sox broadcasts. Remy, however, stuck with his decision to return to the booth and was back for the start of the 2014 season.

On May 27, Jared Remy plead guilty to first-degree murder in Martel’s death, accepting a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He entered his plea before Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman.

“€œI would like to say, blame me for this and not my family,” Remy said before his sentencing, adding: “€œIf you asked my family, they’€™d rather have me dead than her.’€”

Jerry Remy returned to the NESN booth the next night, spared the burden of a trial and a seemingly ongoing saga.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Over the final days of the year, will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 12: On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, an American wins the race for the first time in 31 years. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Meb Keflezighi didn’t even compete in the 2013 Boston Marathon. He was just a spectator. But after witnessing the tragedy of the bombings from the stands, he vowed to take part in the next race in Boston.

In 2014, he was a champion. Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, and at 38 years old, he was the oldest to finish first in 83 years.

“Boston strong, America strong,” Keflezighi said after winning the race. “To come back from what was a disaster to a patriotic day.”

Keflezighi nearly competed in the 2013 race, but he pulled out about a week before because on an injury. Although he didn’t run, being at the marathon was an emotional experience, as it was for many who witnessed the explosions at the finish line.

“We started crying because we knew how many people were there,” Keflezighi said.

Before running in the Boston Marathon, Keflezighi, an immigrant from Eritrea, won a silver medal for the United States in the 2004 Athens Olympics and also finished first in the 2009 New York City Marathon. But he had never won in Boston, finishing fifth in 2010.

With talented Kenyan racer Wilson Chebet in a field of over 35,000 runners, it would be an uphill battle for Keflezighi. After coming in 23rd place on November 2013 in New York, it appeared that Keflezighi might not have a shot to win in Boston. His personal-best time of 2:09:08 was viewed as a figure that would never be something Keflizighi could top.

“Most people thought my career was done,” Keflezighi said. “But you can’t test the heart.”

With a bit of help from the hills and terrain in the early portion of the race, Keflezighi, who had the names of the victims from the 2013 tragedy written on his race bib, built up a lead over the rest of the pack. The spectators, who were in a extra festive mood despite an increased police and security presence, cheered on Keflezighi as he built out a one-minute lead over Chebet between the 15- and 19-mile marks.

“The crowd was phenomenal,” Keflezighi said. “I used them to propel me forward.”

As he reached closer to the end of the race, however, Keflezighi saw his once large-lead shrink. Chebet had cut the deficit from 40 seconds to just 12. But just when it appeared the American might not have anything left in the tank, during the final stretch beginning at Kenmore Square, Keflezighi regained the momentum he lost in Brookline and started to pull away from Chebet. With a solid lead in hand, Keflezighi even looked back a few times to see where his nearest opponent was.

“Looking back is not a bad thing,” Keflezighi said. “It can save you a win.”

Keflezighi held off Chebet as he turned down the final stretch on Boylston Street. As a raucous crowd cheered him on near the finish line, Keflezighi won the race with a career-best time of 2:08:37.

Seeing the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 inspired Keflezighi to win a championship of his own.

“It was my dream to win just like the Red Sox did, and try to do the same thing for the people,” Keflezighi said.

Even though he had won many races before, this win in Boston was a “dream come true” for Kelezighi. A victory that many said he couldn’t win felt sweet. But what was extra special for Keflizighi was winning the marathon for the citizens of Boston.

“This is beyond running,” Keflezighi said. “I was going to give everything I had for the people. ‘€œThe bomb happened, and every day since, I said I want to come back and win it. … That night I said to myself how wonderful would it be to come back and win this for Boston.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

Over the final days of the year, will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 13: Pete Frates inspires ice bucket challenge phenomenon. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Two years ago, Pete Frates found out he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig‘s disease. The former Boston College baseball captain and Beverly native had to deal with the reality that his voice was gone and his mobility would be restricted.

But even with his body working against him, Frates helped create a viral campaign in 2014 along with friend and fellow ALS patient Patrick Quinn that raised awareness and millions of dollars for research for the debilitating illness.

The ice bucket challenge campaign started with videos of Frates’ friends and family dumping ice water on their heads, then challenging other people to do the same within 24 hours or make a donation to ALS research.

The challenge spread like wildfire by the end of July, and thousands of people shared their own ice bucket challenge videos through social media. Local teams and athletes got into the act, including challenges from multiple Bruins players and a video from the entire Red Sox front office. Tweets, retweets and Facebook shares allowed the challenge to go national. Famous personalities across the country like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and former president George W. Bush, among others, dumped ice water on their heads for the cause.

He couldn’t play baseball anymore, but Frates brought a strong mentality from his playing days to this campaign.

“As a jock and locker-room guy, Pete lived by the code, ‘Go big or go home,’ ” his father, John Frates, said. “But when the videos started jumping out of the immediate circle of family and friends, to pro athletes like the Bruins, Patriots and his high-profile BC classmates — Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning — it started to get crazy. The sheer power of association and calling out three or more to accept the challenge, it was the perfect formula to go viral.”

Mike Gambino, Frates’ coach at BC, said despite the fact some people lost sight of the point of the ice bucket challenge, the heart and purpose of it all still remained the same — ending ALS.

“Pete’s dad, John, probably summed it up better than I could,” Gambino said. “We were having dinner last week and he said, ‘For two years we’ve been doing everything we can to try to raise awareness. Who knew that all we needed was a bucket of ice.’ The ice bucket challenge is awesome, and the money that it’s raising for ALS research, all over the country, is amazing. The thing that we all have to remember is that the ice bucket challenge wasn’t the point. The point is finding a cure for ALS, getting more funding and more research going to this disease.”

It was reported that more than $7 million was raised to multiple ALS associations within just two weeks of the challenge going viral. Without the courage and perseverance of Frates, this wouldn’t have been possible.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Pete has been able to bring this kind of energy and enthusiasm to the fight against ALS,” said Devils goaltender Cory Schneider, who knew Frates from their time together at BC. “The ice bucket challenge has been truly amazing. What most people don’t know is Pete has worked even harder in the two years prior to create attention and increase efforts to fight this terrible disease.”

The campaign raised over $110 million for ALS research by the end of the year. Many, including New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica, campaigned for Frates to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. He did not win that title, but SI did name him an Inspiration of the Year. The accolades continued to roll in for Frates, as he was also named to CNN’s list of 11 Extraordinary People of 2014.

On Thanksgiving, Frates said in an email to Lupica that he finally understood his purpose in the world.

“I will not be satisfied until we see this thing through,” Frates said. “Incredibly thankful. Restored faith in God. I know why I am here.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano
Bruins Play-by-Play announcer breaks down the Bruins season so far.

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Bruins Play-by-Play announcer breaks down the Bruins season so far.

[0:01:45] ... to build a third line it would gather are Smart player like Chris Kelly. To that matters that are very effective for life or when you change their circumstance. And you line them up against top ...
[0:04:00] ... great you immediately Paul's Q well one of the outsiders and the National Hockey League when he got back. Support on either side so it's it's one of those. They're just the facts and again it's not ...
[0:04:54] ... like. Do you think that they need to go get a pick Chris Stewart is the guy who most. Who physically resembles those two guys the most is it that simple as going out getting a ...
[0:05:48] ... We're not a single day in the glided through and unfortunately. For Chris Stewart who stole the player of tremendous potential. Stewart has a reputation of colliding for a long period to be some sort of ...

For each of the 4 major sports teams, we give our naughty and nice lists.

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