FOXBORO -- The Patriots took Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez, making him the third Gator selected by the Patriots this weekend. The 6-foot-2 3/8, 245-pound Hernandez had 12 touchdowns in three seasons at Florida. One of the speedier tight end prospects, he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine in February. He will join Florida teammates Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes in New England. He is also the Patriots' second tight end taken this week behind Arizona's Rob Gronkowski (No. 42 overall). For more on the Patriots and the NFL draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
Adrian Beltre's bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning off of Baltimore reliever Jim Johnson broke a 3-3 tie and ultimately handed the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Orioles, Friday night at Fenway Park. Red Sox starter Jon Lester had left his fourth outing of the season with a 3-0 lead after allowing just four hits, while striking out seven and walking four, over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Bard kept Lester's line scoreless when he came on in the sixth to retire Garrett Atkins with the bases loaded and two outs.
The Sox' offense was kick-started by David Ortiz, who launched his first homer of the season over the left-center field wall in the second inning for a quick 1-0 lead for the hosts. While no Sox hitter had more than one hit, Jeremy Hermida and J.D. Drew each had one RBI and one run, respectively. The game ended with closer Jonathan Papelbon striking out former Sox Julio Lugo with runners on first and second.
Paul Pierce hit a game-winning jumper as time expired to give the Celtics a 100-98 victory over the Heat and go up 3-0 on the series. Pierce led the C's with 32 points. Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 34 points, but left the game with 11 seconds left after injuring his knee on a 3-point attempt. He watched the final play from the sidelines, leaving uncertainty for the Heat as they face elimination in Game 4 on Sunday.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots acquired the Panthers' 2011 second-round pick in exchange for the 89th pick, which they had initially gotten from the Cardinals. A pick later, they selected Ohio receiver Taylor Price. The 6-foot-flat, 204-pound Price had 14 touchdowns in four years at Ohio. He received 2nd-team All-MAC honors as a junior. He runs in the 4.4's but isn't much of a factor in the return game, having returned just 10 kicks and zero punts at Ohio. For more on the Patriots and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
The Sabres kept their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup alive in Game 5 against the Bruins at HSBC Arena in Buffalo with a commanding 4-1 victory on Friday night. Ryan Miller took his second win of the series with 34 saves while Tuukka Rask took his second career NHL playoff loss by allowing three goals on 33 shots.
Adam Mair scored the Sabres first goal on a wrap-around in the first period as Buffalo scored the first goal of the game for the fifth straight game. Jason Pominville and Michael Grier add goals at the end of the first period and midway through the second to pace the Buffalo offense. Johnny Boychuk scored a goal late in the third period that the Bruins immediately gave back with an empty net hustle strike by rookie Tyler Ennis. The series shifts back to Boston for Game 6 on Monday with the Bruins still holding a three games to two lead.
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Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Buster joins Mut and Merloni live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Buster explains that the market for Stephen Drew has cooled off considerably and executives around the league believe he will return to Boston.
Hazen talks with Mut and Merloni about the on-going offseason process. Mike explains how the Red Sox dove in to free agency immediately after the team’s World Series win. He also explains how the team creates opportunities for young players that are ready to make the jump to the Major League level.
Cherington sits in with Mut and Lou to talk about the Red Sox heading into 2014. Ben breaks down the signing of Edward Mujica and what’s on the table at this year’s meetings.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Boston College running back Andre Williams joined the show and discussed his record setting season. He said that he will work on his acceptance speech on the flight down to New York.
Mike Mutnansky joined the show live from Orlando. He said that he is looking forward to hearing from Scott Boras later today.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys talked about our presidents selfie at the Mandela memorial.
Millar sits in with the guys on location in Orlando at MLB's Winter Meetings. He covers all the bases with Mut and Lou on all the Red Sox free agent possibilities and potential trades.
We discuss the vote that abolished the collision at the plate play in MLB, and bring in Tim Kurkjian of ESPN to further explain.
We check in with Tom Caron of NESN and get his take on the winter meetings and the moves (or lack thereof) the Sox have made at the winter meetings in Orlando.
We check in with Rob Bradford live from the Winter Meetings in Orlando.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
We answer what you ask... and by we mean Salk, Holley and special guest Jenny Dell of NESN!
Answering questions, its what we do.
Live from the Winter meetings, questions will be answered.
Kurkjian joins Mut and Merloni at the Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox plans on the market. Tim believes the Red Sox are not satisfied with their situation in center and are looking to add a veteran outfielder to the mix.More from this show
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