The Red Sox announced a group of 20 non-roster invitees who will join the members of their 40-man roster in Major League spring training. The group includes of top prospects (such as Casey Kelly, Ryan Kalish and Lars Anderson) and players who signed minor-league deals and could compete for spots on the major-league roster (including relievers Joe Nelson and Brian Shouse).
For the complete list of invitees, visit the Full Count Blog.
It doesn't appear the Patriots will be adding to their coaching staff any time soon.
Currently, the team is without an offensive and defensive coordinator: Dean Pees left after his contract expired to take a job as linebackers coach with Baltimore, while the team has been operating without an offensive coordinator since the end of the 2008 season when Josh McDaniels left to take the head coaching job in Denver.
And in an interview with Patriots.com on Friday, coach Bill Belichick seemed to indicate that the team has no interest in replacing either one of them right now, at least in title. He expressed confidence in quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien, who oversaw much of the play-calling in 2009.
“Bill O’Brien has demonstrated excellent leadership and organizational skills in our offense,” Belichick said. “He is a sharp and passionate coach. It is a good mix on that side of the ball, with Bill working...
The NBA officially announced the 2010 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout Field on Friday afternoon. Eddie House revealed that Pierce would be competing on Dale & Holley this past Thursday. Chauncey Billups of the Denver Nuggets joins Pierce to headline a field of six in this year’s Shootout. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Pierce will hope to dethrone defending champion Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat.
Rounding out the field are Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Danilo Gallinari of the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns’ Channing Frye.
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WILMINGTON -- The Bruins practiced on Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena and worked mainly on power-play and goal-screening drills as they prepare to take on the Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday matinee at TD Garden. Marco Sturm did not skate with the team, taking what coach Claude Julien called a "maintenance day." Defenseman Andrew Ference practiced and hopes to return from a groin injury before the break for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but he remains doubtful.
"Just keep taking steps. Stops and starts. Just another baby step," Ference said.
For more on Friday's practice, visit the Big Bad Blog.
At his annual Super Bowl-week news conference Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Donte' Stallworth will be reinstated from his suspension for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.
Stallworth, who played for the Patriots in 2007 and went on to sign a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns, spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction for an accident occurred that last March in South Florida. He was suspended without pay last August.
Goodell said Stallworth's suspension will be lifted after the Super Bowl on Sunday. Goodell said he met with Stallworth about a month ago, and the receiver is "in a better place than he was." Goodell said Stallworth recognizes what he did and has prepared himself to return to the NFL.
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We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
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 examine all the off-season moves on the Hot Stove Show. Rob and Alex also catch up with Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan and ask him about the Rangers acquiring first baseman Prince Fielder.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier breakdown all the latest news from the MLB offseason. Rob and Alex also speak with Red Sox catcher David Ross and Mike Napoli's agent Brian Grieper.
Curt Schilling joined the show to discuss the Sox offseason plans. He said that Jacoby Ellsbury is likely gone.
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.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.
Phil from Newton called in to express his undying love for John Dennis's broadcasting skills. He is only human.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.
Chris Singleton joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Red Sox signing of AJ Pierzynski and why he doesn't think it's a great fit.
We discuss the acquisition of AJ Pierzynski by the Red Sox with former MLB GM, current MLB analyst for ESPN and XM Radio Jim Bowden.
Pete Carroll is getting his players' all out in Seattle, where the most balanced team in the NFL plays. Good on O, and D. So why is Pete Carroll's tenure as coach of the Patriots remembered so negatively around these parts? We discuss.
We tackle four topics around the Sox off-season and latest set of moves.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny give their thoughts and take fan reaction to the news of Jacoby Ellsbury's 7 year, $150+ million dollar deal with the New York Yankees. They talk about if he's worth that contract, how will he be greeted in his return to Fenway, and what do the Red Sox do in the outfield now.
Ryder, Villani and Lenny Megs discuss the 2014 Celtics and the idea that they could make the playoffs this year once Rondo comes back.
Chris Villani joins John Ryder and Lenny Megs to discuss the Red Sox free agency and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. If you were Ben Cherington what would you offer Salty this offseason?
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats' win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.More from this show
Adam Schefter joined the show for his weekly segment and said that he expects Mike Tomlin and the Steelers to be fined six figures for the incident on the kickoff return Thursday night.More from this show
The guys discuss the breaking story of Pierzynski agreeing to a deal with the Red Sox.More from this show