The Flyers had a light, optional morning skate before Friday night's Game 7 against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette insisted that nothing changes for his team heading into the biggest game of the season and that the Flyers are used to the pressure that this point playing "our fifth Game 7," referring to the string of elimination games the Flyers have faced in coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to force the ultimate game at TD Garden.
"We are in a familiar spot. It really is our fifth time that we have been faced with elimination and we are ready for this. The message hasn't changed since Day 1 since I have been here to right now," Laviolette said. "Everything stays the same, the meetings stay the same, the message is the same. What is expected is the same. It is important that we go out and do what we have been doing, because since Christmas time it has brought...
Following the Celtics' elimination of the Cavaliers Thursday night, speculation as to what will happen regarding LeBron James' foray into free agency has become the day's hot topic. The Cavs star reportedly has become close to University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, and a number of people have suggested that James will demand Calipari be his coach next season, wherever he ends up. Calipari sought to end that talk by tweeting Friday morning: "I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let's finish what we started!"
Read more at our LEEInks blog about what writers around the country are saying about the situation -- which includes some critical columns about James' apparent lack of desire in the last two games and the his strategy regarding free agency. And read...
The Bruins chose to skip their morning skate on Friday before Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Flyers. Coach Claude Julien held a morning press conference to discuss the matchup and explained that it was better for his team to rest and stay focused after having a good practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Thursday and doing the bulk of their preparation at the practice facility.
"We want everybody to be difference makers, or go in with that intent anyway," Julien said. "The biggest thing I know is that you go out there and play to win. Sometimes they say the term 'safe is death.' If you want to play it safe it is not going to help your chances of winning."
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The Patriots have re-signed defensive end Derrick Burgess to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 31-year-old Burgess, who was acquired by New England last summer in a trade for a pair of draft picks, had five sacks last season for the Patriots. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder is a two-time Pro Bowler who had a career-high 16 sacks in 2005. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Sports columnist and radio host Stephen A. Smith joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Celtics' victory over the Cavaliers and the future of LeBron James. Smith said James is about to become the biggest free agent in sports history, and the Celtics may have pushed him out of Cleveland. He said he thinks James ultimately will end up with the Knicks or Bulls.
"The Boston Celtics may very, very well be responsible for ruining an entire city in the United States of America, and that is Cleveland, Ohio," Smith said. "Because the residual effects of their defeat over the Cleveland Cavaliers will resonate far beyond last night and far beyond just beating a Cleveland Cavaliers team in these particular playoffs. This kind of resounding defeat ultimately, in my opinion, will be the straw that broke the camel's back, the thing that ultimately sends LeBron James packing his bags from Cleveland and moving...
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed Dennis Rodman's bizarre comments to ESPN over the weekend.
The guys opened the show by discussing the True Detective finale last night on HBO. All in all the guys were happy with the ending.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
The three man booth breaks down all the rumors, possibilities, trade scenarios, signings and more, and takes your calls about it all.
We tackle four topics that surround the great BIG MAN athletes of sports. BIG as in chubby.
Tom E Curran and Michael Holley talked Celtics, Rondo and the return of Paul Pierce to the Garden, and we were joined by a fan who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and wasn't afraid to show them for the Celtics.
Mikey, Lenny and Bill Fairweather are joined by the legendary Bob Lobel, who talks about his career in Boston, his thoughts on some of the goings on, and some great sports talk.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
In 2013, Xander Bogaerts reached the big leagues in August and had a transformative impact on the Red Sox' pursuit of a World Series. Bogaerts discusses how that development, in turn, proved transformative for his life on and off the field. Looking ahead, Garin Cecchini might be the prospect most likely to have a Bogaerts-like impact on the Red Sox' fortunes in 2014. The third base prospect joins the podcast to discuss his player development and outlook for the coming season.More from this show