Here are the statements made by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith made to reporters Thursday afternoon at the end of two days of talks between the players and owners at Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull:
Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”
Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined The Big Show on Thursday to discuss his decision to re-sign with the team and what was missing as the team failed to get past the Heat in the second round of the playoffs.
Rivers said that size, a replacement for Tony Allen and shooting will be required for the C's to be better next season.
"Not having Shaq [O'Neal] healthy was huge for us. It was a big loss," Rivers said. "The second thing is losing Tony Allen. I loved him. We needed a stopper. We didn't have a guy who you could say at the small positions -- at 1, 2 and 3 -- 'go shut him down.' We lost that that in Tony Allen. The third thing we have to add is, we have to keep adding shooting. I kept saying before the [finals], I picked Dallas. It didn't look good, actually. You could make the case Miami should have won in the first four games. I kept saying, 'If they start making shots like they're capable, of, this series is over, because...
Josh Beckett, who has been battling a flu-like sickness for the last week, won't pitch again until Tuesday. The Red Sox will still send out Jon Lester to pitch against the Pirates in the teams' series opener Friday night, with Tim Wakefield being bumped up to start Saturday, and Andrew Miller making his second start for the Sox on Sunday. Beckett had already been pushed back from his scheduled start last Tuesday and was slated to make his next appearance Saturday.
In other Red Sox pitching news, reliever Bobby Jenks, who has been recovering from strained intercostal muscles on his left side, will start for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Saturday when they take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, N.H. (7:05 p.m.).
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
Celtics CEO, governor and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck appeared on The Big Show Thursday to discuss the state of sports in Boston in Doc Rivers' decision to sign an extension to remain coach of the team this offseason. With the NBA draft set to take place Thursday night, the 2007 draft was brought up, as the team's failure in the draft lottery landed them the fifth overall pick despite the C's finishing with the second-worst record in the league during the season.
The Celtics ended up drafting Jeff Green and trading him to Seattle in the deal for Ray Allen. Grousbeck admitted Thursday that had the Celtics won the lottery and had the first overall pick, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge's intention was "absolutely" to draft Texas' Kevin Durant over Ohio State center Greg Oden, the latter of whom was the consensus No. 1 pick and ended up being drafted first overall by Portland.
"I'll tell you, Danny was...
PITTSBURGH — The Red Sox organization will have two representatives performing in this year’s All-Star Futures Game, to be held the Sunday prior to the Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks will play for the United States team, while Chih-Hsien Chiang, an outfielder, will participate for the World team.
Middlebrooks has been playing for Double-A Portland this season, having compiled a .294 batting average and .812 OPS to go along with eight homers. The one subpar aspect of his campaign thus far has been the 22-year-old’s inability to walk, having drawn just 12 free passes in 213 plate appearances. The right-handed-hitting Middlebrooks, who is batting .364 in June, has shown consistency against lefty (.293) and righty (.294) pitching. He is currently on the disabled list with a sore triceps muscle.
The 23-year-old Chiang, a native of Taiwan, also is playing for Portland, hitting .307 with a .983 OPS...
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.
Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
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 and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
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 guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
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.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
Sean discussed his own firing from the Red Sox broadcast booth.More from this show
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