Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins had surgery to repair a torn ACL after the Super Bowl, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.
According to Reiss, Mankins injured the knee early in Super Bowl XLVI, and it was later determined Mankins had been playing through a torn ACL. Mankins hopes to return for the start of training camp in late July.
Taken in the first round out of Fresno State in 2005, the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder has developed a reputation as one of the toughest players in the locker room -- the first game he missed because of injury as a professional was the regular-season finale this past year against the Bills after suffering a knee injury the week before against the Dolphins.
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After missing 30 of their first 45 shots, the Celtics exploded for 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a sharpshooting display from Ray Allen, on their way to a 79-76 win over the Hawks Monday nght at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Celtics had to survive an 11-0 run by the Hawks late that made it a four-point game, 75-71, but Mickael Pietrus hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it a five-point lead. Joe Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds remain to cut Boston's lead to one, 77-76. After two Paul Pierce free throws, Jeff Teague airmailed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining and Rajon Rondo inbounded to Pierce, who dribbled out the clock.
Allen drilled 4-of-5 from 3-point range and led Boston with 19 points while Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists.
The Celtics were unable to find any offensive rhythm early but were saved by the fact that the Hawks were likewise unable to get going in the first quarter....
Brian Rolston had a four-point night as the Bruins crushed the Maple Leafs, 8-0, Monday at TD Garden.
The win was the Bruins' second straight after the team's recent four-game losing streak. With the victory, the B's have 87 points on the season.
The Bruins scored four first-period goals, getting tallies from Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand. They added three more in the second thanks to goals from Pouliot, Zdeno Chara and Rolston before Tyler Seguin made it 8-0.
Tim Thomas got the easy victory for the Bruins, facing only 13 shots and stopping them all. The Bruins' previous low for shots allowed was 17, which they had done twice this month. James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson each allowed four goals for the Leafs.
The Bruins will begin a three-game road trip this week, heading to California to face the Sharks, Kings and Ducks.
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Meeting with the media before Monday's game to discuss Shawn Thornton's two-year contract extension, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said the team will not extend any more players before the end of the season.
"The rest we've put off until after the season," Chiarelli said. "I've spoken to all of them, and I want them to focus on hockey, so we're not doing any more until after the season."
In addition to Thornton, the team has given contracts to Rich Peverley, David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk, all of whom were in the last years of their deals.
Chiarelli's announcement means Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Brian Rolston, Greg Zanon, Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Benoit Pouliot and Tuukka Rask will be restricted free agents.
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According to a report from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Jermaine O'Neal will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist.
The Celtics have been without O'Neal since Feb. 20. The 33-year-old considered having surgery on the wrist after last season but decided against the procedure. O'Neal played in just 24 games last season and 25 this season after signing a two-year, $12 million deal in July 2010. The veteran has averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in his 49 games with the Celtics.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show