Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly has been named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The sophomore is currently the nation's leading tackler with 125 stops through the first nine games. He is also second in solo tackles with 78. He has recorded 18 straight games with 10 or more tackles and racked up a career high 20 against NC State. That is the third-best performance in the country this season.
Kuechly is the active NCAA leader in total (12.9) and solo tackles (7.3). He has accumulated 283 tackles in 22 games in his career. He also leads the Eagles this season with nine tackles for a loss while picking off two passes and recovering a pair of fumbles. Kuechly is one of two semifinalists in their sophomore year of eligibility.
Voting for Chuck Bednarik Award begins Nov.9. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head...
The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its veterans committee, and the most prominent names are late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his frequent sidekick, Billy Martin. Results of the voting will be announced Dec. 6. In other news from around the web, read about why Isiah Thomas' dreams of returning to the NBA may be fleeting, and why Tom Brady is being credited with another shrewd decision for taking a share of Under Armour as part of his deal to endorse the company's products. It's all at Tuesday's Morning Mashup, along with video of a memorable trick play from a middle school football game.
The WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings are out and after residing atop the group last week, the Patriots have fallen to No. 5 after their loss to the Browns. Sliding into the top spot is a team the Pats beat, the Baltimore Ravens, with New England's next opponent, the Steelers, coming in at No. 2. Two New York teams are also in front of the Patriots, with the Jets and Giants coming in at No. 3 and 4, respectively. For the complete list of rankings click here.
The Celtics came all the way back from a 14-point first-half deficit to grab a five-point lead in the final two minutes, only to see their effort go for naught when the Mavericks closed on a 7-0 run to send Boston to an 89-87 loss. Dirk Nowitzki's 16-foot jumper from the wing with 17 seconds left broke a tie, and the Celtics came up short when Kevin Garnett's turnaround jumper from the corner as time expired fell well short of the bucket.
The contest was the second in as many nights for the Celtics, who are now halfway through their four-game roadtrip. After getting dominated for the first half in Dallas, the Celtics found their legs in the second half, erasing a deficit that had reached as many as 14 points. But after taking an 87-82 advantage with 1:58 remaining, the C's missed all five of their remaining shots, opening the door for the Mavericks comeback.
Paul Pierce led Celtics scorers with 24 points and added...
According to reports out of Dallas, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal is expected to sit out the second half of Monday's game against the Mavericks due to ongoing discomfort with his left knee. O'Neal was 1-for-6 with three offensive boards over 11 first-half minutes, before the knee forced him to the bench. O'Neal already missed a game on Oct. 29 due to discomfort in the same knee.
O'Neal is averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 boards in 19 minutes per night.
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Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down all aspects of the Patriots win over the Lions, and take your calls as well.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Lions, the team's seventh win in a row. The defense stepped up again and now gets a crack at Aaron Rodgers next Sunday.
The guys give their final thoughts and predictions leading up to the 1pm matchup with Detroit.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.More from this show
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.More from this show
Danny opens the show on Saturday afternoon looking at Sunday's matchup against the Detroit Lions. The Pats added former RB LeGarrette Blount to the line up. Calvin Johnson brings up an interesting match up for the DB's. Jonas Gray showed up late on Friday. And could Reggie Bush be tough for the LB's to cover?More from this show
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.More from this show