MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) NBA: Heat at Magic, 7 p.m. (ESPN) NBA: Hawks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: NIT, Robert Morris at Providence, 7 p.m. (ESPNews) College basketball: NIT, Mercer at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPNews) College basketball: NIT, Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi, 10 p.m. (ESPNU) MLB preseason: Red Sox at Orioles, 1 p.m. (ESPN) MLB preseason: Dodgers at Royals, 9 p.m (MLB Network)
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Though Jacoby Ellsbury undoubtedly left the Red Sox somewhat anxious when his right ankle started to “get real tight” after he jammed his heel into the first base bag on a catcher’s pickoff attempt, the center fielder suggested after leaving the game that his injury was little cause for concern. Indeed, he’d been an advocate of simply taping up the ankle and staying in the contest — indeed, after initially suffering the injury in the first inning, he attempted a steal of second to test it out — but the Sox decided to pull him for precautionary reasons in the second inning.
Still, Ellsbury downplayed the significance of his injury.
“I just stepped on the base and kind of rolled my ankle a little bit,” said Ellsbury. “It just got a little tight, but it’s nothing of a concern. … The way I feel, I feel good about it.”
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It’s reached the point of the absurd. Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to author one of the most impressive spring trainings in recent Red Sox memory, let alone one by a non-roster invitee with just one full year of professional experience.
On Sunday, in the Red Sox’ 7-6 win over the Phillies in Grapefruit League play, he added another chapter to what has become a remarkable spring tale. Batting seventh against left-hander Cliff Lee, Bradley launched a drove a fastball the opposite way for a (wind-aided) three-run homer in his first at-bat, then lined a first-pitch fastball for a sacrifice fly to center in his second at-bat.
“You can say all you want about the conditions, wind-aided stuff, but he put a good swing on the ball,” said manager John Farrell. “He picked a good pitch the next time up for the sac fly. And in those elements,...
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from Sunday’s game in the top of the second inning due to what the team described as precautionary reasons after suffering a jammed right heel. He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday.
Ellsbury’s exit occurred one inning after he made a somewhat awkward semi-slide into the first base bag on a catcher’s pickoff attempt. Ellsbury, who had reached on catcher’s interference, initially stayed in the game and even attempted a steal of second base, where he was gunned down on his first official attempt of the spring. He also played center in the bottom of the first.
However, when his turn to bat came around in the top of the second, he was replaced by pinch-hitter Bryce Brentz. In the bottom of the second, Brentz headed to right field with Shane Victorino moving from right to center and ...
According to Renaud Lavoie of RDS, Flames forward Jarome Iginla has listed the Bruins as one of four teams for which he would waive his no-trade clause.
The RDS report states (en Francais) that Iginla listed the Bruins, Blackhawks, Kings and Penguins as the teams to which he would accept a trade. Iginla, 35, is in the final year of a three-year, $21 million deal and will be an unrestricted free agent following the season. Through 24 games this season, the Calgary captain has seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points.
The trade deadline, which is normally at the end of February, is April 3 this season due to the adjusted schedule caused by the lockout-shortened season.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
HOUR 1 - The guys open the show discussing Tuukka Rask missing Saturday's game. Glenn thinks Tuukka could be done in Boston. The beat guys are starting to write about his future, which leads Lou to believe that the players are starting to gripe about him and feed guys like Haggs and Dupont. After the 1st segment, Lyndon "LB" Byers joins the guys in studio to talk about it.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.More from this show
Hour 1. Evan Drellich makes his casting couch return. Over the weekend, Michael Che affirmed that he believes Boston is “the most racist city” he has ever been to.More from this show
Hour 2. Headlines with Kirk. Kirk and Gerry give Mut a hard time for his workout notebook.More from this show