PHILADELPHIA -- The Sixers spent a good deal of their practice Thursday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopaedic Medicine reviewing film from their Game 3 loss to the Celtics and watching their coaching staff show how Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce manhandled them.
Afterward, Elton Brand, the most veteran member of the Sixers, made a point to say that Philadelphia respects Boston's experience, while learning a huge lesson from the loss.
"I've always said, they are very experienced but they're not old," Brand said. "These guys know what they're doing. They're not old. It's not like that. We were a little overconfident, but as we saw [Wednesday] night, it wasn't like that."
The Sixers beat the Celtics in Game 2, 82-81, and nearly beat them in Game 1 in Boston, losing by one point. Those two games in Boston, according to Brand, gave the Sixers confidence that they could beat the Celtics anywhere....
The Patriots have reached an agreement on a four-year deal with seventh-round draft pick Alfonzo Dennard, per Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe. (The defensive back confirmed his four-year contract on his Twitter account shortly after the report.) Dennard, who was taken 224th overall by New England, was originally believed to be an early- to mid-round pick, but a number of incidents (including the alleged assault of a police officer -- he still faces a May 30 arraignment for the incident) likely caused his stock to drop in the weeks leading up to the draft. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound cornerback was a first-team All-Big Ten corner as a senior at Nebraska, and came away with 97 tackles (69 solo) and 21 pass breakups over the course of his college career. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With the Rays sending southpaw Matt Moore to the mound, the Red Sox will feature what has become their standard lineup against left-handed pitching. Shortstop Mike Aviles will lead off, with Marlon Byrd getting the start in center and Kelly Shoppach behind the plate for Felix Doubront.
Both teams have limited but reasonably successful histories against the left-handed starters. For details on how Red Sox hitters have done against Moore and what the Rays have accomplished against Doubront, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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Wes Welker, who signed his $9.5 million franchise tender this week, told the Boston Herald in a phone interview Thursday that talks with the Patriots have gone downhill.
“There have been talks, but nothing that’s brightened anything at all,” Welker told Karen Guregian. “It’s actually gotten worse.”
When asked by the Herald to define "worse," Welker said that the Patriots' current offer is less than the two-year, $16 million offer he rejected from the Patriots during the 2011 regular season.
By signing the tender as early as he did, Welker gave up any leverage he could have had in negotiations,...
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who we last heard from ripping Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as "disrespectful," feels quite the opposite about new teammate Tim Tebow.
"He's a born leader," Revis said in the Jets locker room after a voluntary team workout. "He really is. Very few athletes have the gift that he has. He tries to lead by example all the time and he tries to be positive, which is awesome. I think that results [in] his success on the field. He came in with Denver and did unbelievable. And now he's with us. We're happy. We're excited for him. We're happy [that] he'll bring his leadership qualities to this team."
Revis added that he's looking forward to seeing what the team comes up with to utilize Tebow and starting quarterback Mark Sanchez together.
“My initial [thought] to the play would be a trick play, something tricky,” Revis said. “Tim is dangerous and Mark is dangerous as well...
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.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Dino, Gerry and Mike Mutnansky discuss the Red Sox getting swept at home by Detroit and the state of the team heading out on an 11-game road trip.
Mut dishes on a few strained -- or perceived strained -- relationships he has at WEEI these days.
A compilation of the morning's Patriots talk with John, Gerry and Mut as the first Patriots practice is set to open in Foxboro.
The guys talk about the Red Sox sweep at Fenway by the Tigers and their recent struggles at home. They then preview the tough road trip ahead for the Sox
The OMFers discuss what it will be like with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The guys get into Mut's complaint from earlier in the morning that Fauria ignored him in the gym
New Patriot's receiver Chris Hogan joins OMF to talk about being the new guy, and his experience with Rex Ryan in Buffalo
We discuss the vagueness of Max Kellerman's comment and how it's just one big desire to be the first one to say something.
We discuss the state of the Sox with manager John Farrell live from Anaheim.
As Pats camp opens, we look at four of the most pressing questions for the team
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
Dino, Gerry and Tanguay discuss night two of the Democratic Convention, "highlighted" by Bill Clinton's attempt to humanize Hillary Clinton with tales of their courtship.More from this show
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Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling joins Dino, Gerry and Gary Tanguay to discuss an ALS breakthrough, David Price's mechanics, and a possible Chris Sale tradeMore from this show