Free-agent Mike Napoli told ESPNDallas.com that, while he considers himself a catcher, he's taking an open-minded approach while discussing potential fits with "a bunch of teams." The Red Sox, for instance, likely would be interested in Napoli primarily as a first baseman and an alternative to David Ortiz at DH. Napoli left the door open to any positional demands.
"I just want to play," Napoli told the website. "I feel the most comfortable behind the plate because that's where most of my reps have been. Do I think I can be good at first base if I had reps and practiced it all the time? Yes. But it's not like I'm saying I have to be a catcher. I just want to be in the lineup and play. If it helps at catcher, I'll catch, or at first base, I'll play there. But I like catching. I...
Sampson Carter hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to give UMass a 67-64 victory over Harvard in a Tuesday morning game in Amherst, part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.
UMass (1-0) scored the game's final eight points. On the winning basket, point guard Chaz Williams drove down the right side of the paint and drew the defense over. He then fired a pass under the basket to Carter, who was wide open in front of the UMass bench. Carter calmly nailed the trey, and the game ended as a last-second heave by Harvard (1-1) came up well short.
UMass tied the score when Jesse Morgan hit a long 3-pointer with 38.8 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Harvard turned over the ball bringing it up the court, setting up Carter's winning shot.
Morgan led UMass with 19 points, while Williams had 12 points and 10 assists. Raphiael Putney added 13 points, and Cady Lalanne contributed nine points, 13 rebounds and four of UMass' 11 blocked shots.
Bills running back Fred Jackson has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Dolphins due to a concussion that resulted from a hit by Brandon Spikes late in New England's 37-31 victory on Sunday. With Jackson out, Buffalo running back Tashard Choice suggested that he took issue with the way that the Patriots linebacker celebrated after delivering the blow to Jackson.
"Yeah, he'll get his," Choice told The Associated Press on Monday. "I don't like to see nobody get hurt, and then on top of that (Spikes) making fun of him while he's on the ground.
"You know it's cool to make a big hit," he added. "But it's not cool [to celebrate] when somebody's down like that."
The Lakers reportedly had an abrupt change of heart when they hired former Suns and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown, and the news did not sit well with the legendary Phil Jackson, who many thought was headed back to the bench.
Lakers fans were chanting "We want Phil" at home games Friday and Sunday, and it appeared that the team agreed after general manager Mitch Kupchak and team vice president Jim Buss met with Jackson on Saturday. Jackson told The Los Angeles Times that he thought he was going to give the team his decision on Monday, but then he got a phone call late Sunday night, after the Lakers agreed on a three-year, $12 million deal with D'Antoni.
"I wish it would have been a little bit cleaner," Jackson told the Times. "It would have been much more circumspect and respectful of everybody that's involved. It seemed slimy to be awoken with this kind of news. It's just weird."
Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and added 10 assists while Brandon Bass added 16 to lead the Celtics over the Bulls, 101-95, Monday night at the United Center. The Celtics, who led wire-to-wire, complete a midwestern sweep of the Bucks and Bulls to get over .500 at 4-3 on the season. Rondo collected his 10th assist with 22.4 seconds left to extend his streak of double-digit assists to 31 games. Rondo, who made 10 of his 14 shots on the night, finished just one rebound shy of a triple-double.
All five Celtics starters finished in double figures. Kevin Garnett scored 15 points, Jason Terry added 13 and Paul Pierce chipped in with 10 as the Celtics won with the starting lineup of Pierce, Garnett, Rondo, Terry and Bass for the second straight night.
Boston was blazing in the first half, shooting 60 percent in building a 58-46 first half lead. The Celtics bench was a big reason they were able to build a 14-point lead late in the third...
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.
Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
Hour 4. Fauria is wrong about Rodgers. Lucy ranked the wives and girlfriends of Patriots players and Trenni isn't happy about it.
Hour 3. Aaron Rodgers doesn't get along with his family. Trenni's dream man in the Boston media is revealed.
Hour 2. Trenni defends Charlotte Wilder against the evil people on Twitter. Headlines with Kirk.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers, who has been on fire to close out the season, and how he compares to Tom Brady and the rest of the top quarterbacks of all time.
Everyone's talking about Antonio Brown live-streaming the Steelers team's post game speech after their win over the Chiefs. We hear from Edelman, Hightower, Brady and a few Steelers.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger both spoke to the media today, and each of them address Antonio Brown's Facebook Live video that called the Patriots a-holes.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the NFL commissioner's plan to once again skip put of going to Foxboro, instead opting to go to the NFC Championship. We discuss it and let you react.
We discuss the Patriots haters out there, led of course this week by Steelers fans. Michael Holley wants to know if we really need their love... and we come up with a better word for it... RESPECT.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss how the Steelers are dealing with this Antonio Brown lockerroom video situation.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis get back to post-show work with a Trenni Tuesday recap.
Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.
Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.More from this show
Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.More from this show