A day before NFL free agency begins, the Patriots Thursday announced tenders to three restricted free agents. Offensive guard Logan Mankins was tendered at the first and third-round draft pick level while kicker Stephen Gostkowski was tendered at the second-round level. Restricted free agent linebacker Pierre Woods was tendered but with right of first refusal, meaning the Patriots will not get compensated if he signs elsewhere. If teams offer Mankins and Gostkowski, the Patriots have a week to match or receive the designated picks. For more on the day leading up to NFL free agency, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.
After a few weeks off, Michael Holley is back with the latest WEEI.com NBA Power Rankings. While Cleveland still hasn't relinquished the top spot, with the Lakers manning No. 2, Dallas has moved further into elite status by jumping up to No. 3. Despite their roller coaster ride of late, the Celtics stand strong in the seventh spot. For the complete rankings click here.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning. Rivers opened with a suggestion on whom the Patriots should select in April's NFL draft: Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is dating Rivers' daughter.
Rivers then addressed the trash-talking in Wednesday night's Celtics win, which led to an altercation between Paul Pierce and Charlotte's Stephen Jackson as Jackson was preparing to shoot a free throw. "I thought more of it was frustration on Stephen's part," Rivers said. "It was a strange [situation], though."
Rivers talked about how Larry Bird was a great trash-talker and how the best way to respond was to play harder. Said Rivers: "It bothered you sometimes, but not to the fact that you wanted to fight, but to get him back on the floor, to win the game." Added Rivers: "[It used to be that] the great players were the trash-...
Baylor women's basketball standout Brittney Griner, known for her dunking this season, has been getting lots of extra attention from opposing defenses. Wednesday night, the 6-foot-8 freshman responded to physical play with a roundhouse right that landed on her opponent's nose. Read more and view the video at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Following Wednesday night's blowout win by the Celtics, Charlotte's Stephen Jackson took issue with trash-talking by the Celtics, and captain Paul Pierce in particular. "It turned disrespectful when certain things were said," Jackson said. "You can be emotional in the game and you talk to your teammates and do all that, but when you get personal and direct certain things to people as far as their manhood, that's when the problems come up. And I guarantee you that if I wasn't in this gym, that wouldn't have been said to me." Pierce and Jackson got into a verbal battle and were each called for technical fouls midway through the third quarter as Jackson was preparing to shoot free throws. For more, including audio from Jackson, visit the Green Street blog.
The guys finish up their breakdowns on what to expect today at Gillette and give their pick for a winner.
Curran calls the boys live from Gillette to break down today's game against the Browns. He thinks Cleveland will be a much tougher opponent than most. He also gets into the Ridley situation and if the Pats will look to sign Edelman.
Dale brings up Stephen Gostkowski and how he's becoming automatic, almost as automatic as Vinatieri was during his time in Foxborough. They discuss Gostkowski's ranking among other kickers this season.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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