Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and engineered five scoring drives of 10 plays or more to lead the Steelers to a 25-17 win over the Patriots Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.
The Steelers (6-2) jumped on the Pats early, taking a 10-0 lead out of the gate and holding on in the second half to post their fourth win in a row and sixth victory in the last seven games. Meanwhile, the Patriots (5-2) saw a three-game winning streak go by the boards with the defeat, their first loss in Pittsburgh since 2004.
The New England offense was held in check all afternoon, as Tom Brady ended up 24-for-35 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Brady found Deion Branch for one first-half touchdown and Aaron Hernandez for a second-half score, and the Patriots got a 46-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter from Stephen Gostkowski. But it wouldn't be enough, as the Steelers offense went up and down the field without an issue most of the afternoon....
The Red Sox have announced they are picking up shortstop Marco Scutaro's $6 million team option for 2012. Scutaro, who turned 36 years old Sunday, also possessed a $3 million player option if the team had declined its option.
Scutaro has been with the Red Sox for the past two seasons after signing a two-year, $12.5 million deal as a free agent prior to the 2010 campaign. He turned in one of his best seasons as a major leaguer in '11 despite playing in just 113 games due to an oblique injury, hitting .299 with a .358 on-base percentage. Scutaro also finished last season with a career-best .423 slugging percentage and .781 OPS. In his two seasons with the Sox, Scutaro has a line of .283/.343/.401/.744.
Despite his age, and injury concerns, Scutaro would have entered the free agent market as perhaps the second-most coveted shortstop behind Jose Reyes. Also factoring into the Red Sox' decision is the need for shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to get...
According to the Major League Baseball Players Association, eight Red Sox were among 148 players to file for free agency Sunday. The list includes Erik Bedard, J.D. Drew, Conor Jackson, Trever Miller, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield.
Of the group, Ortiz and Papelbon figure to be Type A free agents -- resulting in the Red Sox receiving two draft picks if the player is offered arbitration, declines it and then signs with another team. Varitek is scheduled to be classified as a Type B free agent, potentially sending one draft pick to the Sox. It was reported Saturday night by WEEI.com that the Red Sox have yet to make a formal contract offer to Papelbon.
Marco Scutaro and Dan Wheeler each have team options the Red Sox have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to decide whether or not to pick up. Scutaro's team option is for $6 million, while Wheeler's option is for $3 million. If the options aren't executed, both would be eligible...
According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum for the Sox' managerial opening early this week. The two represent the first candidates to be interviewed for the position.
The 60-year-old Mackanin has served as an interim manager for both the Pirates and Reds. With the Pirates in 2005 he went 12-14, and he compiled a 41-39 mark with the Reds in '07. He has served as Charlie Manuel's bench coach for the past three seasons, having also managed nine different minor league teams.
Sveum's familiarity with the Red Sox dates back to his stint as the team's third-base coach in 2004 and '05. The 47-year-old has been with the Brewers since '06, having served as the team's third-base coach, bench coach and hitting coach, while also managing on an interim status in '08. When managing in the minor leagues, Sveum was named the top managerial prospect in the Eastern...
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have yet to make a contract offer to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who will be eligible to become a free agent once the Sox' exclusive negotiating period ends at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. (The negotiating window lasts for five days following the completion of the World Series.)
When asked about the prospects of reaching a deal with either Papelbon or potential free agent David Ortiz within the Sox' exclusive negotiating period, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said, "Within the window? Tough to handicap. My impression is that Pap will probably get into free agency. I’m not ruling anything out, but that’s my impression."
Papelbon is expected to be one of four top-tier closers on the free agent market, joining Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell and Ryan Madson. The Red Sox closer is coming off one of his best seasons, going 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA and 31 saves (in 34 chances), with 87...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss the Bruins' Saturday win over Minnesota, sans Patrice Bergeron, with yet another goal from Brad Marchand
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.