Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that the signing of outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract was a decision driven purely by baseball rather than concern about declining TV ratings. Indeed, Henry suggested that the Sox were convinced that the drop in NESN ratings was the result of changes to the people meter that measures TV audiences. That being the case, Henry said that the decision to sign Crawford was driven by a desire to improve the competitiveness of his team.
Indeed, Henry made clear that he opposed the signing, but that he deferred to the desire of baseball operations to add a player who could impact the team's on-field competitiveness.
"[Crawford was] definitely a baseball signing. In fact, anyone involved in the process, anyone in upper management with the Red Sox will tell you that I personally opposed that," said Henry. "We had plenty of...
Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez filed a written plea of not guilty in advance of Friday's arraignment on a domestic battery charge. Ramirez was arrested Sept. 12 after his wife told police he slapped her and she banged her head on the headboard of a bed in their Florida home.
Ramirez, who began the season with the Rays, retired in Aprill after being faced with a 100-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for a second time.
FOXBORO -- With Mike Wright on season-ending injured reserve with a concussion and Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth nursing nagging injuries, the Patriots Friday confirmed the signing of defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. To make room for Harrison on the roster, the Patriots have released defensive back Phillip Adams.
Harrison, 6-feet-3, 316 pounds, was originally drafted in 2008 by the Bears the third round (90 overall) out of Arkansas. During his 37 career games over three seasons with the Bears, Harrison had 55 tackles, three sacks and three passes defensed.
Adams was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 21 and was active but did not play in the games at Buffalo on Sept. 25 and at Oakland on Oct. 2 before being released on Oct. 8. He was signed back to the team on Thursday for just one day before being cut by the Patriots again on Friday. Adams was originally drafted in 2010 by San Francisco in the seventh round (224 overall) out of South...
Cowboys center Phil Costa apparently is not impressed with Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. On his Twitter account this week, Costa received a question asking if he was ready to go up against Wilfork, who the questioner referred to as "a mountain." Responded Costa: of course im ready hes more like a speed bump than a mtn...#cowboys are ready to roll!
Wilfork was asked about the comment Friday in the Patriots locker room.
"Ha, ha, ha," Wilfork laughed in beginning his response. "That's fine. I play on Sundays. I'm not a media guy, giving back and forth. I'll be there Sunday. He can tell me that then. I don't care about all that stuff."
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FOXBORO -- After reportedly spraining the MCL in his left knee against the Raiders on Oct. 2, Jerod Mayo was back at Patriots practice in the light rain on Friday on the main Gillette Stadium field.
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis also returned to practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and missing Thursday with a toe injury. Vince Wilfork returned after missing Thursday due to what he termed "personal business" and is expected to be ready for Sunday against the Cowboys.
The only player not spotted on the field was safety Josh Barrett, who has been out this week with hamstring and thumb injuries.
A lot of fans and analysts talk about Josh McDaniels as the next head coach to come from New England, but Greg and Chris discuss how great Matt Patricia has been. What are his future prospects in the game of football?
The great Field Yates joins the guys to talk Pats and Broncos, Osweiler at the helm and what he brings to the table, if the Pats can handle Demaryius Thomas, the Pats RB's and the Gronk factor. He also gets into if Chip Kelly is staying in Philly, the wild happenings in the early games and more.
The boys talk about the AFC East and which team is ready to take the next step to emerge as a potential threat for the Pats? Perhaps it's the Bills team they just beat on Monday night.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
WEEI.com's Rob Bradford has the latest on the Red Sox and their hot stove offseason as he joins Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola on the Planet Mikey Show
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.