Referee Ed Hochuli -- he of the massive biceps and knack for overexplanation -- will be the lead official for the Patriots-Niners game Sunday night at Gillette Stadium, according to FootballZebras.com. Hochuli, who has worked an an NFL official since 1990, has served as the lead referee for two Super Bowls. This marks his first Patriots' game since 2010, when he served as the lead official in a New England win over Green Bay at Gillette Stadium.
FOXBORO -- With a season-ending ankle injury to Donte' Stallworth on his 63-yard TD Monday night, the Patriots ended speculation Wednesday by officially re-signing receiver Deion Branch. In addition, the Patriots signed rookie receiver Tony Logan to the practice squad.
The 33-year-old Branch injured his hamstring in early Nov. and was released on Nov. 17 after catching nine passes for 80 yards during the first seven weeks of the season. Stallworth was replaced by Greg Salas and Julian Edelman. When Edelman was placed on the injured reserve list last week, Stallworth was signed to take his place and contributed with a touchdown catch against the Texans. On the play, he was tackled from behind and suffered the ankle injury.
"Same thing he brought to the team before," coach Bill Belichick said of Branch's return for a third time this season. "With Donte' out, he gives us a good level of experience, knows our system, has played for us...
FOXBORO -- In a fitting award on 12/12/12, Tom Brady has been named AFC offensive player of the week by the NFL for his performance in the Patriots’ 42-14 victory over the Texans last Monday night. It is the 23rd time in his career that Brady has received the AFC offensive player of the week honor, breaking a tie with Denver’s Peyton Manning for the most Player of the Week awards earned by a player since the accolade was instituted in 1984.
It is Brady’s third honor this year, after earning the award for his performances in the Patriots’ 52-28 victory over Buffalo in Week 4 and the 45-7 win over St. Louis in London in Week 8. The quarterback who wears the most famous No. 12 in Boston sports history, was in a meeting when the clock struck 12:12:12 p.m. The Patriots changed their Twitter avatar to show the back of Brady's jersey.
Brady completed 21 of 35 passes for 296 yards and four touchdown passes against the Texans....
Tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to try to practice with the Patriots this week in preparation for Sunday night's game against the 49ers, according to a report from Shalise Manza-Young of The Boston Globe.
Gronkowski has been out since suffering an arm injury (reportedly a broken left forearm) in the final minutes of a rout of the Colts on Nov. 18. He had surgery the following day. New England has won all three games since.
On Tuesday, the Pats released tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. They also placed receiver Donte' Stallworth on season-ending injured reserve and brought back veteran receiver Deion Branch.
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According to an industry source, the Red Sox have remained in contact with the representatives for Nick Swisher throughout the offseason, even after the team reached agreement with Shane Victorino to play right field and Mike Napoli to serve as an everyday first baseman.
With emergent questions about whether there might have been an issue with Napoli's physical after an anticipated Tuesday press conference to introduce the slugger at Fenway did not take place, Swisher and Adam LaRoche represent the top two market alternatives at first base. LaRoche, who turned 33 in November, hit .271/.343/.510/.853 with 33 homers in 2012 for the Nationals. Swisher, who turned 32 in November, hit .272/.364/.473/.837 with 24 homers in 2012 for the Yankees.
LaRoche is left-handed, while Swisher is a switch-hitter, so either could potentially bring a measure of balance to a Red Sox lineup that currently skews right-handed. However, both players also would...
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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Trenni and Tomase are live at Foxwoods Resort and Casino for the Red Sox Winter Weekend. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox Pitcher, Pedro Martinez, joins the show. Pedro talks on expectations for the team, David Price, Chris Sales, and his belief that David Ortiz will return to baseball.More from this show