Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was ranked No. 1 on the NFL Network's countdown of the top 100 players of 2011. Brady finished ahead of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who finished second. Adrian Peterson, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed rounded out the top five.
Brady was named MVP of the league for the second time in his career last season, leading the NFL with 36 touchdowns and a 111.0 rating while throwing only four interceptions. He holds the record for passing touchdowns in a season with 50, which he accomplished during the Patriots' undefeated regular season in 2007.
Brady was one of five Patriots players on the list, with three of his teammates finishing in the top 50. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was ranked No. 35, while offensive guard Logan Mankins came in at No. 39. Wide receiver Wes Welker ranked 50th, while linebacker Jerod Mayo was chosen as the 62nd best player.
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Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias walked off the McCoy Stadium field Sunday night after being hit in the helmet by a fastball from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher Andrew Brackman in the eighth inning of the Pawtucket Red Sox' 9-3 win over the Yankees.
According to the Providence Journal, Iglesias fell to the dirt after being struck in the back of the head, leading to immediate attention from the Pawtucket medical staff. The shortstop was flipped on his back and eventually lifted to his feet before walking to the dugout, for the most part under his own power.
"He went up to get checked. He got hit pretty good in the back of the head," manager Arnie Beyeler told reporters about Iglesias, who was 1-for-3 in the game with a single. "At least he was OK walking out of here. The back of his head's a little sore. Hopefully he'll be OK."
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Kevin Youkilis' bases-loaded walk with two outs in the ninth inning proved to be the difference for the Red Sox, who claimed a 2-1 win over the Astros in the teams' series finale in Houston. The victory handed the Sox a sweep of the Astros, while allowing Terry Francona's team to come away from its nine-game road trip with a winning record (5-4).
Earning the win was Josh Beckett, who turned in a dominant eight-inning performance. The starter allowed one run on five hits, striking out 11 and not walking a batter while lowering his ERA 2.12.
The game-winning run for the Sox came against Astros closer Mark Melancon, who issued a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Drew Sutton before giving up Jacoby Ellsbury's second hit of the day. After a fielder's choice by Dustin Pedroia and intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez, Melancon walked Youkilis after going to a 3-1 count.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 17th save in...
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz told reporters in Houston that he would pick teammate Adrian Gonzalez as well as Toronto's Jose Bautista to be on his team for the annual Home Run Derby conducted the day before the All-Star Game. Ortiz is serving as the captain for the American League side and will participate as well. Prince Fielder is the National League captain.
Ortiz also wanted to take Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira, but Teixeira was left off the All-Star team. Ortiz said his short list included Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton.
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Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz lead a contingent of four Red Sox players who have been named to the 2011 American League All-Star team. Gonzalez and Ortiz were voted in as starters in fan balloting, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett were selected as reserves. The reserves were voted in by players or selected by managers Ron Washington and Bruce Bochy.
In his first season with the Sox, Gonzalez (.353/.407/.593) entered play Sunday with 16 home runs and 74 RBIs. It's the fourth straight All-Star selection for the first baseman. Ortiz, who was voted in as a designated hitter, has had a strong comeback season for the Sox, posting lines of .302/.383/.565 to go with a team-high 17 home runs and 49 RBIs. This is his seventh All-Star appearance.
Ellsbury, who will be making his first All-Star Game appearance, has also had a bounceback year after missing most of last season with injuries. He's hitting .300 with a .361 on-base percentage...
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.
Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.
Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.
Lou had the call of the game last night. Also, some more foreshadowing about the arrival of Glenn Ordway to the 10-2 time slot. And finally, Lou and Christian anticipate a ruling from Judge Berman.
The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.
We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.
We wrap up a Monday with some of the best sound bites you may have missed.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.More from this show
Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get things going this week discussing all of the latest injuries that can effect your fantasy team or draft in the midst of Week 3 of the preseason. They talk some of the impressive performances coming out of the games Thursday-Saturday. The boys chat about the various rankings and how they are constantly updating these list on Rotobahn.com and the Rotobahn 500. They go in depth on the tight end position, which is very top heavy -- 5 or 6 very good TE's and then a bunch of mediocre guys and unknowns. Jim and Pete also get into 10-team and 12-team league approaches, value picks late in your draft and how the waiver wire is your friend.More from this show
Danny Picard and Bill Speros discuss the state of the Boston Red Sox after taking two of three from the NY Mets, and the state of the Patriots after their third preseason game.More from this show