FOXBORO -- The Patriots selected defensive back Nate Ebner with the 197th pick in the NFL draft on Saturday. The 6-foot, 205-pounder out of Ohio State, who was taken in the sixth round by New England, has a fascinating backstory -- a rugby player, playing on the under-19 and under-20 U.S. national rugby teams, he was the MVP of the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and 2008. He walked on at Ohio State and eventually became a defensive back who made his mark on special teams. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots made their fourth deal of the draft on Saturday, swapping their fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall) with Green Bay for the 197th (a sixth rounder), 224th and 235rd (both seventh rounders) overall selections.
New England had originally acquried the 163rd pick from the Packers in a trade on Friday night, when the Patriots sent a second-round pick (No. 62 overall) to Green Bay for a third rounder (No. 90 overall) and pick 163.
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CHICAGO -- Daisuke Matsuzaka looked sharp in the second start of his minor league rehab assignmentt, giving up a run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Portland against the Reading Phillies at Hadlock Field in Portland. Matsuzaka threw 74 pitches (44 strikes), while striking out seven and walking two.
Matsuzaka's only other start had been a four-inning outing for Single-A Greenville, in which he allowed three runs on six hits while fanning three and not walking a batter. The 31-year-old is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, which was performed last June.
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WALTHAM -- If the playoffs weren't starting on Sunday, Ray Allen said he would get surgery on his ankle. He'll need to have a procedure one way or the other at the end of the season.
"Yeah, no question. If I could I would get surgery tomorrow," Allen said before the team conducted practice. "If this was earlier in the season I probably would have had surgery on it."
Allen will make the trip to Atlanta, but it's looking less and less likely that he'll be able to play.
"Honestly I don't think he'll play [Sunday]," Doc Rivers said. "We'll find that out. He's just not moving well."
Allen had a cortisone shot on Wednesday -- his second since the injury he suffered against the Clippers in March -- and he said this shot helped. The swelling has gone down, but the pain remains.
"It feels a lot better as I stand here," Allen said. "Just moving around, walking around it...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots continued to restock their front seven on defense Friday when they selected defensive end Jake Bequette out of Arkansas in the third round.
Earlier in the evening, the Patriots traded their second second-round pick (62nd overall) to the Packers in exchange for a third-round pick (90th) overall and a fifth-rounder. The Patriots decided to take Bequette with that pick after taking safety Tavon Wilson with their first second-round selection earlier in the evening.
Bequette started all 13 games for the Razorbacks and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches. He finished the season with 32 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and a career-high seven sacks, and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. His team-leading sack total tied for fifth in the SEC and is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in Arkansas history.
He recorded one sack in four straight games, beginning vs....
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.