The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are talking contract, but there's no word yet on whether or not the team is interested in reworking his current deal or giving the big tight end a contract extension, according to multiple reports. Gronkowski, a second-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, has two years left on a rookie deal that will pay in base salaries of $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013, according to NFLPA documents. In two seasons, Gronkowski has 132 catches for 1,873 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Thunder to a 107-99 win over the Spurs on Wednesday night and propel Oklahoma City into the NBA finals against either the Heat or the Celtics. The Thunder, which dropped the fist two games of the best-of-seven series, rebounded to win four straight to allow the franchise to play for the NBA title for the first time since 1996, before relocating from Seattle. Russell Westbrook added 25 for the Thunder, which erased a 15-point halftime deficit before pulling ahead to stay in the fourth.
Following their 2-1 loss at the hands of the Orioles, the Red Sox chose to be philosophical about their last-place standing in the American League East. The Red Sox lost their third straight to fall back to .500 at 28-28, four games behind the first-place Orioles in the division.
"There's not a person in baseball that doesn't know this division is easily the toughest division in all of baseball," Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles said. "You look at what happens throughout the year, we pretty much all beat up on each other. No one has that record that's unbelievably good. Everyone's really bunched up. That's how it's been the first two months of the season and that's kind of how you expect it to be all year. You take your lumps and bruises and you just keep plugging away and you try to win as many games as possible."
"A good series can change things around, which is a good thing," added David Ortiz. "Like Mike...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his team's 2-1 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday, and in two games since returning from his six-game absence due to a torn right thumb muscle, he's 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and a walk. This marks just the third time in his career that Pedroia has struck out multiple times in consecutive games.
"He’s giving everything he has. His timing’s just a little bit off, obviously," said manager Bobby Valentine. "You take seven days off without swinging at all, it takes you a little time to get back."
Pedroia is hitting with a brace for his thumb, and see it seemed fair to wonder whether he was adjusting to the presence of a new piece of equipment.
"I don’t know. You’d have to ask him," said Valentine. "Probably takes a little getting used to, but I think it’s more timing."
It is worth...
The Orioles scratched across a pair of runs in the sixth inning and the Red Sox wasted a dominant outing from Josh Beckett in a 2-1 loss Wednesday at Fenway Park. The loss -- the third straight for the Red Sox -- dropped Boston back to the .500 mark at 28-28 and dropped them four games back of the AL East-leading Orioles. Boston has dropped all five games against Baltimore at Fenway this season and is just 2-6 overall against the division-leading O's.
Beckett (4-6) deserved a better fate, allowing just five hits and two runs over eight innings, striking out five and walking none.
The Red Sox staked Beckett to a 1-0 lead in the third when they finally scratched a run across against Baltimore lefty Wei-Yin Chen. Darnell McDonald, in his first game action since going on the disabled list with right oblique strain, doubled off the Monster in left-center to get the third inning under way. Marlon Byrd followed with a single to right. Third base...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
The Yankees finished their sweep of the Sox but were ousted from post season contention tonight by the Orioles. The Yankees celebrated David Ortiz' final night in New York with a 5-1 win. Christian Arcand recaps the game.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who is in line to serve as the team's No. 1 starter heading into the postseason. Porcello offers insight in terms of how previous playoff experiences have shaped him heading into this October, while going into detail how he plans on preparing for these starts. The righty also talks about an interesting change he made this season on days he doesn't pitch.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox skipper John Farrell about the turnaround from last season with his club and how hard they worked to reach this point
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.
Chris Russo on Tom Brady's suspension and Tony Mazz wrote a love letter to David Ortiz.
Pete "randomly" takes callers who think he is doing a great job and Headlines with Kirk.
This week's edition of the WEEI whiner line
Glenn and Lou break down the latest Find Mass Money commercial from Fauria and discover something oddly similar to another famous ad campaign. The guys also discuss the Pats match up vs. the Buffalo Bills, and what the keys to the game will be
Glenn, Lou, and Christian speculate what this weekends retirement ceremony will contain for David Ortiz. They talk about the Dodgers send off of Vin Scully, and his stirring rendition of "wind beneath my wings"
The playmaker is back with Dale and Holley with Thornton previewing Patriots/Bills, plus an amazing answer on whether he'd still play football knowing the risks that are known nowadays.
With David Ortiz's final regular season games this weekend, we look at four of his most iconic regular season moments.
Hours 3 and 4 consisted mostly of Patriots/Bills discussion.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
The guys talk about the latest scandal in English soccer, the recent Champions League game, and the best young players in Europe.
After a snoozer on Thursday night and a sizeable series of rants and musing about chimpanzees being more qualified to run the NFL than Roger Goddell, Steriods and Donald Trump the boys get to solid starts and year to date over-performers in this week’s podcast. Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler & the woes of Ryan Fitzpatrick add to early segment nonsense. Then it’s onto the meat of the show featuring conversation about the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, LeGarette Blount, Jordan Howard (play him), Terrelle Pryor (fool’s gold?) and 4 great starts at Tight End. Enjoy the madness and come back to WEEI on Sunday at 8am for the full Fantasy Football meal. All 4 courses!
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.More from this show
In two we play some of Rex Ryan's conversation with Julian Edelman and read about Gary Tanguay's appearance in the Herald during Headlines.More from this show
In the fourth and final hour Curt Schilling discussed Ortiz and Betts as MVP candidates and gave his thoughts on Monday's debate.More from this show
Pete, Gerry and Kirk talked with Mike Lombardi and Kirk loves John Krasinski more than Curtis.More from this show