Jacoby Ellsbury has agreed to one-year, $8.05 million deal with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration. The 28-year-old was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Also coming to terms was infielder/outfielder Mike Aviles, whose one-year deal is for $1.2 million. Ellsbury avoided arbitration prior to the 2011 season by signing a one-year, $2.14 million deal. This was Aviles first year of arbitration eligibility, having made $640,000 in '11.
Ellsbury is coming off an '11 season in which he finished second in American League MVP voting, hitting .321 with a .928 OPS. Ellsbury led the American League with 364 total bases, hitting 32 home runs to go along with 39 stolen bases.
The Red Sox have four arbitration-eligible players still unsigned -- David Ortiz, Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Andrew Bailey -- with all teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players having to submit figures for potential hearings by noon Tuesday.
Ravens safety Ed Reed injured his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory over the Texans, but coach John Harbaugh implied that the injury was not serious.
“Ed looks like he’s all right with the ankle,” Harbaugh said. “Everything’s come up OK as far as the X-rays.”
On Monday's Big Show, Patriots coach Bill Belichick continued to praise the veteran defensive back.
“He’s a magnet to the ball. His guy might be open, but they’re not throwing it to him. When they’re throwing to his guy, he’s right there where he should be,” Belichick said of Reed. “He’s 20 yards away from his guy but he’s close to the ball. He’s got great vision and anticipation. He’s very fast....
The Giants have talked the the talk and walked the walk the past couple of weeks, so there was no reason to expect they would change their brash ways as they prepare to meet the 49ers in the NFC championship game.
"We're not going to be denied at this point," safety Antrel Rolle said Monday. “We know what we have as a team. It’s not all about talent, it’s about chemistry, jelling at this point. We have one goal in mind and that’s to win a championship.”
Added Rolle: "In our minds, we can't be beat."
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is known for his cockiness as well, but he was subdued and respectful in a press conference Monday when talking about the Giants. “That’s a formidable opponent," he said. "That is a worthy opponent. That is a scary opponent. We will have to come with every ounce of our ‘A’ game as well.”
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Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht interviewed with the Bears Monday for their vacant general manager job, according to multiple Chicago news outlets.
In his 16th NFL season, Licht is in the second of two stints with the Patriots. He rejoined the New England personnel department in 2009 after previously spending four seasons (1999-2002) with the Patriots. In 2008, Licht served as a personnel executive for Arizona after spending five seasons with Philadelphia as vice president of player personnel (2006-07) and assistant director of player personnel (2003-05). Licht first joined the Patriots personnel department in 1999 as a college scout, and in June 2001 he became the team’s national scout. The following year, he was promoted to assistant director of player personnel, a position he held through the 2002 season.
Licht was the first of four external candidates to meet with the Bears. Chicago also reportedly plans on interviewing...
Jermaine O'Neal is averaging just six points a game, but he had some pointed words for his critics who look at his contributions solely on the offensive end.
"That’s not my role," O'Neal said. "My role has been given to me and my role has been said, 'To be a defender,' not offensively. The people out there that’s saying I’m struggling offensively, that’s not my concern. I think I’m in the top 10 in blocks. I’m probably leading the NBA in charges as a center. I’m starting to get my legs back as far as rebounding. If you want to judge me, judge me on that."
O'Neal scored 12 points in Monday's loss to Oklahoma City, but more importantly grabbed 11 rebounds, his second-straight double-digit rebounding effort. Celtics coach Doc Rivers was pleased with O'Neal's play.
"Jermaine offensively, if you just look at his numbers, not very good," Rivers said. "But if you...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.More from this show
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.More from this show