University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has returned from his leave of absence to coach the Huskies. Calhoun, 67, missed the last seven games due to an undisclosed health condition. He went on temporary medical leave on Jan. 19. "I am excited to return to the team and my coaching staff," Calhoun said in a statement issued by the school. "I appreciate the hard work by the staff and team in my absence and am looking forward to being back on the court for practice [Thursday] afternoon and moving forward." The Huskies were 3-4 under assistant George Blaney. UConn fell to 14-9 after dropping a tough road game to Syracuse on Wednesday night. The Huskies desperately need to put together a win streak if they are to regain NCAA tournament consideration.
Tom Glavine, who grew up in Billerica, Mass., officially retired on Thursday and reunited with the Atlanta Braves organization. The Braves announced that Glavine accepted an invitation to serve as a special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. Glavine won two Cy Young Awards and was selected as an MLB All-Star 10 times. The lefty also was named World Series MVP when the Braves beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995.
Former Celtics coach and current University of Louisville mentor Rick Pitino told ESPN.com that a report in the New York Daily News suggesting he had reached out to the management of the New Jersey Nets, having intermediaries contact Nets president Rod Thorn regarding the teams head coaching position, are false. "There's not an ounce of truth to it," Pitino told ESPN.com's Pat Forde. Pitino went on to say, "I have no interest, period. I'm done with coaching professional basketball. I've put the professional ranks behind me." According to the ESPN report, sources within the Nets organization told the ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Pinto may have used third-party contacts to get word to the Nets' incoming owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, of the coach's potential interest.
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox are no longer in the mix for the services of pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, who the New York Times is reporting is on the verge of an agreement with the New York Mets. The Sox had offered the Japanese lefty a minor league deal, with the opportunity to compete for a spot in the team's bullpen. According to the Times report, Takahashi, who has been a starter for most of his professional career, will be eligible to make $1 million for the 2010 season with the Mets, with another potential $500,000 in bonuses.
According to Jerry Colangelo, who was, along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, charged with forming the 27-person pool of players to potentially play for Team USA, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo showed no interest in being added to the list of players under consideration for the squad. "Rondo was not responsive to the inquiries regarding his interest," said Colangelo, who said along with Andrew Bynum, three or four unnamed players declined the invite. “So we just assumed that was the case.” The U.S. team is loaded at the point guard position, with Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Chauncey Billups all being selected to the pool. Jason Kidd declined the invite, as he retired from international competition after the 2008 Beijing Games with a gold medal. The only Celtics player to be selected for consideration was center Kendrick Perkins....
Dr. Tony Schena joined the show to give insight into what lies ahead for Rob Gronkowski. He said a tough road is in front of the Patriots tight end.
We discuss the improbable win over the Browns and the loss of Rob Gronkowski with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
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.
Cherington sits in with Mut and Lou to talk about the Red Sox heading into 2014. Ben breaks down the signing of Edward Mujica and what’s on the table at this year’s meetings.
Rob Bradford joined the show and talked about the activity on day one of the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Rob told the guys the Sox are in a good spot and plan on waiting out the Stephen Drew market.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
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.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys talked about Kanye West's moronic comments comparing himself to a cop.
Millar sits in with the guys on location in Orlando at MLB's Winter Meetings. He covers all the bases with Mut and Lou on all the Red Sox free agent possibilities and potential trades.
Former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chats with Mut and Merloni about his decision to join the Miami Marlins after hitting free agency this winter. Jarrod also talks about his relationship with the Red Sox during his time in Boston.
Kurkjian joins Mut and Merloni at the Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox plans on the market. Tim believes the Red Sox are not satisfied with their situation in center and are looking to add a veteran outfielder to the mix.
We discuss the comers and goers for the Red Sox and the rest of MLB with former GM Steve Phillips, now of MLB Radio on Sirius XM.
Ho, hum. We're live at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, and it seems like everything of merit was done last week. We still discuss the Sox roster moves and potential for 2014.
We tackle four topics at 4PM, today centered around sporting disasters.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. He discussed the new love between Evelyn Lozada and former Red Sox player Carl Crawford.More from this show