FOXBORO -- For a second straight day, high winds and rain drove the Patriots practice indoors in sweats and shells inside Dana-Farber Field House. And for a second straight day, just three players were missing as running back Brandon Bolden, linebacker Tracy White and defensive end Trevor Scott were missing from the media availability during practice.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was the only player wearing his white game jersey, was on hand for a second straight day as he looks to return from a recurring right ankle sprain that forced him to miss the Rams game in London. Hernandez was limited on Wednesday.
The team will practice again on Friday before getting ready to host the Bills on Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Gillette Stadium. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
According to a report from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Red Sox have interest in first baseman Adam LaRoche, who is expected to reject a $13.3 million qualifiying offer from the Washington Nationals and become a free agent.
LaRoche won a Gold Glove for the Nationals in 2012 and led the club with 33 homers (fourth in the National League) and 100 RBI. The 33-year-old LaRoche was traded to the Red Sox from the Pirates on July 22, 2009 and played six games with the team before being dealt to the Braves on July 31, 2009 for Casey Kotchman.
Morosi also reports the Rangers have interest in LaRoche, who is expected to command a multi-year deal.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show on Thursday, the morning after a 100-94 overtime win over the Wizards. The Celtics struggled at times against a Wizards team that many consider to be among the weakest in the Eastern Conference and stand at 2-2 after the victory. Rivers was asked to grade the performance of his team to date in this young season.
"We're just inconsistent," Rivers said. "It's not like you're upset, you just want to do better. It's going to take time, as I keep saying we are a work in progress. There are things that you like, slowly, but we are starting things out better the last two games and then we are kind of falling back into bad habits that we have to get out of."
Jeff Green played 22 minutes on Wednesday, scoring six points with two rebounds. Green has been inconsistent through four games this season, and Rivers acknowledged that Green needs to...
After Wednesday's 100-94 overtime win against the Wizards, Doc Rivers said his team should've beaten the undermanned and lowly Wizards since they were without their two best players, John Wall and Nene.
One of the youngest players in the NBA, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal had a different take. The 19-year-old taken third overall in the most recent draft out of Florida, believes it was the Celtics who were there for the taking.
"We know they're vulnerable," Beal said. "We know that they are an agressive team but they are a lot older than we are. So, we are going to try and wear them down. They have a decent bench and their bench comes in and gives them immediate scoring. Everybody has the green light. So, our plan is basically to wear them down and keep pushing the ball in transition and make sure our pick and roll defense is what it needs to be, especially on Paul Pierce."
Late in the first half, it was...
The Lakers are 1-4 after Wednesday's 95-86 loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City, and Kobe Bryant, who only days ago was ripping impatient critics, is having trouble containing his frustration with everyone around him.
Bryant played Wednesday night with an anger he acknowledged he had not displayed in a while, although he wouldn't say the reason for his motivation.
"Nothing I care to share," said Bryant, who finished with 29 points and six turnovers.
Said teammate Dwight Howard: "Sometimes I think as a team, we ought to be able to not really show our frustrations that much. A lot of the guys look at me and Kobe and they feed off us, so we have to do a better job of keeping our frustrations on the inside and just playing through it so our teammates won't get down on themselves.
"I know [Bryant] was a little frustrated tonight. He wants to win just as bad as all of us do. We've just got to stay together, remember...
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.
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.
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 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