FOXBORO -- The Patriots began their Wednesday afternoon practice session on the lower practice fields behind Gillette Stadium Wednesday afternoon, and the following players were absent: cornerback Leigh Bodden, center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Mike Wright. Meanwhile, tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who was out of practice late last week (and missed the regular-season opener last Monday against the Dolphins) because of a back problem, returned to practice.
In addition, wide receiver Julian Edelman, safety Ross Ventrone, offensive lineman Matt Kopa and linebacker A.J. Edds were wearing black practice jerseys, denoting the fact that they were named Practice Players of the Week for their work last week in the days leading up to the game against Miami.
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The Red Sox will open the 2012 season in Detroit and host the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park, according to the schedule the team released Wednesday.
Boston will open its season against the Tigers on Thursday, April 5. After traveling to Toronto for a series with the Blue Jays, the Red Sox will have their 2012 home opener on Friday, April 13, against Tampa Bay.
Fenway Park’s centennial will be on Friday, April 20, when the Red Sox take on the Yankees, exactly 100 years after Boston’s American League club faced the New York Highlanders in the first game ever played at Fenway.
Boston will face its American League East opponents a total of 72 times over the season, 18 times each for New York, Toronto, Baltimore and Tampa Bay. After their first series with the Yankees, the Red Sox will host New York July 6-8 and Sept. 11-13. The Yankees will host Boston three times as well, on July 27-29,...
Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning to talk about finally getting his 200th career victory, coming against the Blue Jays Tuesday night.
"I'm glad it's finally over with," Wakefield said. "I wish I could've gotten it done sooner, but it was definitely worth the wait to be able to do it in front of our home crowd and celebrate with them."
It took the knuckleballer eight starts to reach No. 200 after he picked up his 199th victory on July 24. He pitched six innings and gave up five runs on Tuesday against Toronto, but the Red Sox offense erupted in an 18-6 victory that gave Wakefield his milestone. Wakefield acknowledged that the chase for 200 got to him, but he tried to put the team first.
"When you get this late in the season, you always try to take yourself out of the equation and put what's most important first, and that's us winning ballgames," Wakefield said....
WILMINGTON -- Bruins winger Benoit Pouliot made his first appearance with the team at Wednesday's veterans' practice, sporting No. 67 on his helmet and getting to know his teammates. The former fourth overall pick in 2005, still just 24 years of age, signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the B's after a two-yearstint with the Canadiens.
A fight with David Krejci and an attempted dirty hit on Johnny Boychuk made him a popular Hab for B's fans to hate, but Pouliot hopes that Boston fans can give him a chance.
"The rivalry thing, it's not easy obviously, but I'm a Bruin now," Pouliot said. "They can't see me as a Canadien. I'm a Bruin and that's all that matters. I don't really care what people say about the rivalry and everything, but hey, I'm with the Bruins, I'm on the right side of the rivalry now. They won the Cup last year, so I'm excited."
Boston becomes the third stop of Pouliot's young, yet well-...
Josh Beckett will return to the mound Friday against the Rays in the second game of the Red Sox' important four-game series, the team confirmed Wednesday. In Thursday's series opener, the Sox will send rookie Kyle Weiland against Jeremy Hellickson. On Friday, Beckett will take the hill for the first time since injuring his ankle Sept. 5 when he takes on James Shields. Jon Lester will get the ball for the Sox on Saturday, while Tim Wakefield will look for career win No. 201 Sunday. The Rays have not announced their pitchers for the final two games.
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Jerod joins Glenn & Tanguay to talk about his impact plays vs Buffalo and looks ahead to the Patriots game in Denver.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston joins the show to discuss the Celtics rotation, the possibility of Marcus Smart or Jae Crowder making an All-Defense team, as well as suggestions for improving Gino Time.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
The guys discuss the reports that the Sox are one of the teams most interested in free agent David Price and Chris compares shopping for an ace to shopping for ice cream.
Mike Florio previews Pats-Broncos & gives his thoughts on Terrell Owens possibly working out for the Pats.
Butch and Chris talk about the Pats possibly bringing in Terrell Owens for a workout & argue over if Danny Amendola should still be returning punts.
Glenn and Tanguay argue over how well Tom Brady throws the deep ball.
Tanguay is worried that Newton will win the MVP but he & Glenn backup Brady's case for the award.
Greg Dickerson, Andy Hart, and Tom E. Curran are joined by Michael Irvin to talk Patriots vs. Broncos and all things NFL
We close out the day with the best in sound
Today's 4@4 segment consisted of who we believe will be the next Patriot Inducted into Hall of Fame. We talk Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Richard Seymour, and Randy Moss.
Mikey, Mut and Villani are talking about the NFL's version of a run-on sentence, Ray Lewis. More specifically his comments regarding Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, and Cam Newton.
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
Buck and Soog talk about Ronda Rousey's loss, the state of the UFC and favorite things about Thanksgiving.
Glenn and Christian kick off the show playing some of the audio of Christian's call to a Vegan hotline last year around this time, and then the conversation turned to the importance of a 16-0 season now that big injuries have decimated the skill positions.More from this show
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.More from this show