Former NBA player Manute Bol, a rail-thin, 7-foot-7 center who played for four NBA teams in the 1980s and '90s, died at a Virginia hospital Saturday at the age of 47, according to multiple reports. The Washington Post reported that Bol's cousin George Bol said Manute had internal bleeding and other complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disease that he contracted from a medication he received in Africa.
Bol had devoted his post-basketball life to improving the conditions for people in his native Sudan. In was there that he was discovered as a cattle-herding member of the Dinka tribe. He was lured to the United States to learn basketball (and English), and he ended up at Division 2 University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. A second-round draft pick of the Washington Bullets in 1985, Bol played for the Bullets, Warriors, 76ers and Heat before retiring in 1994. He amassed 2,086 blocks in his 10-year career (3.3 per...
J.D. Drew reported to Fenway Park early Saturday after having an MRI on his strained right hamstring, injured in Friday's win over the Dodgers. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the team is waiting on the results but the right fielder will definitely get the next two days off.
"J.D. showed early, got looked at. He's sore and he actually has pretty good range of motion," Francona said. "It doesn't look like there's a divot [in hamstring], which is good."
"Like I told Tito, I think it's manageable," Drew said. "When the pictures come back, we'll have a better idea if I just need a couple of days, get a massage and let it calm down or if it needs a longer period of time."
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Daisuke Matsuzaka will come off the disabled list on Thursday and start against the Colorado Rockies after throwing a successful simulated game on Saturday at Fenway Park, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced.
"We wanted to wait for Daisuke to throw and get looked at after he was done," Francona said. "Dice threw 49 pitches and felt really good, checked out fine afterwards. He'll pitch Thursday in Colorado."
Reliever Robert Manuel, with a sparkling 4-1 record, 0.98 ERA and eight saves at Triple-A, was selected from Pawtucket and was called up to join the Red Sox in time for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
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The Red Sox will have Bill Hall in right field to start the game against the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla. Hall replaces J.D. Drew, who left Friday night's game with a hamstring injury. The rest of the Sox lineup in the 4 p.m. tilt with the Dodgers is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Martinez C, Beltre 3B, Hall RF, Nava LF, Wakefield P. For all the matchups, see the Full Count blog by clicking here.
Patriots single-game tickets will go on sale Monday at noon. Tickets can only be purchased via ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Only Visa cards or debit cards will be accepted, and tickets will NOT be sold at the Patriots box office at Gillette Stadium.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.
We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.
Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.
Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3
Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.
Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.
Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.
We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.
We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
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Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.More from this show