NFL owners and players reportedly will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in a suburb of Boston in the latest attempt to bring an end to the lockout.
The two sides, led by commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, are hoping to continue the reported momentum that has been generated over the last two weeks, momentum that has sparked cautious optimism that a deal between the two sides could be reached sooner rather than later.
In a brief session with reporters on Tuesday, Goodell acknowledged the "urgency" of the situation if the two sides do indeed want the preseason to begin on time, saying: "Time is moving quickly, and we are fast approaching the training camp period." Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke briefly with reporters on his way out of the meeting, saying: "It's good that things are moving in the right direction. We've got a lot of hard work to do."
The work stoppage, which reached 101 days...
After a bout with "intestinal turmoil," Josh Beckett's next start will come Saturday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced before Tuesday's game against the Padres at Fenway. Alfredo Aceves was assigned with taking Beckett's place in the rotation Tuesday.
"He actually looks just OK," Francona said of Beckett. "l'm glad we [pushed him back]. I think it was neccessary what we did. He didn't look that good. What we're hoping for, tentatively, is he'll pitch Saturday. Because of some of the versatility of guys like Aceves, adding [Andrew] Miller and [Tim Wakefield], we can get around it, especially with an off day.
"What we'll do is probably pitch him Saturday. That will allow him to have a side day and have a relatively normal week as opposed to just the first day he feels good, get him out there and pitch. Let him get his legs back under him and stuff like that."...
The Red Sox are turning over their outfield corners. One day after Darnell McDonald started in left and Mike Cameron in right against left-hander Wade LeBlanc, the team will feature left-handed hitters Josh Reddick in left and J.D. Drew in right against Padres starter Mat Latos. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate to catch Alfredo Aceves, who was pressed into duty when Josh Beckett was scratched due to illness.
There is almost no matchup history for the two teams against the respective starters. Jason Bartlett is 0-for-3 with a walk against Aceves; no Red Sox hitter has faced Latos. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said on his weekly appearance on The Big Show that he was unsure about whether to use first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield when the Sox play nine straight games in National League parks beginning Friday in Pittsburgh. There won't be a designated hitter in those parks, and Gonzalez has said he would be willing to play right field to keep David Ortiz in the lineup.
"David is certainly not going to play nine games," Francona said. "Gonzie has talked to us and we've gone back and forth with him about possibly going to right field. I don't know how I feel about that. I'm a little bit confused. If we ever send him out there and something bad happens -- and by that I don't mean making a bad play. Do you move J.D. [Drew] to left field for a couple of days? He's never done that. I don't know. That's the best answer I can give you. We have a day off before we go to Pittsburgh. There's a lot of things we need to...
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined John Dennis and Dale Arnold on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about his life post-Stanley Cup. The blue-liner told the guys that unfortunately the Cup itself is no longer in Boston but is rather on its way to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Ceremony. Ference also deemed Brad Marchand the "runaway winner" for the team's resulting celebrations after beating the Canucks in seven games to take home the most prized trophy of the four major sports.
Ference said during his interview that he had an inkling that the B's would win the Cup even before the three-month grind of the Stanley Cup playoffs even began.
"Even before the playoffs started, I had a really, really good feeling. I was almost scared to have that kind of feeling. A few of us teammates talked about it that we've had good years and good teams in the past where we thought we had a chance. But in the process of talking about it, we...
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Stephen A. confronted Kevin Durant on ESPN yesterday.
Another blown call in Seattle on Monday Night Football.
Ray Lewis was on the MNF pregame show attacking Jimmy Graham's blocking abilities.
The Lions lost in a controversial ending last night on MNF. Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell, barely registers a pulse in his post game presser, and clearly doesn't know the rules.
Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into the DraftKings/FanDuel scandal, and talk about how competitive advantages can be gained, and what the two businesses can do to prevent it.
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins, specifically Claude Julien as we are less than 24 hours from the puck-drop for the 2015-2016 Bruins season.
Mikey, Lenny and Danny Picard are talking about how rules seemingly fall through the cracks during live games
Mikey and Lenny are talking aboutt he batted ball controversy from the Seahawks vs Lions game on Monday Night Football.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss who they think are the most media friendly players in the Patriots locker room and if the Dallas Cowboys will present a challenge this Sunday.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Sausage's pudding story, Don Orsillo and Curtis just shows up for some reason.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable take a look back at the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox and their affiliates, including who the guys think should be classified as the team's Top 10 prospects. Also, a check in with play-by-play voices this year in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville as well as Ken's one-on-one interview with Offensive Player of the Year Sam Travis.
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