Bruins forward Brad Marchand wrote in his ESPN Boston diary that Canucks coach Alain Vigneault showed a lack of class when he said that someone is "going to hurt" the 23-year-old forward because of the way he plays.
Marchand was suspended for five games Monday for his hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks. Vigneault called the forward out Sunday, saying that Marchand "plays to hurt players."
"Their coach came out and said I play to hurt players," Marchand wrote in the diary. "He obviously wanted to take a shot at me and stir the pot for the hearing. It just shows the class he has or lack thereof."
Marchand also called out the Canucks for ganging up on Shawn Thornton four minutes into the first period Saturday.
"We have a lot of tough guys on the ice there," Marchand wrote. "[The Canucks] were pretty tough when it was six-on-one, but once they were all pulled...
According to a major league source, the Red Sox have hired longtime Mets coach Randy Niemann as a staff assistant, filling the role vacated by Rob Leary.
Niemann, who spent last season as New York's rehab pitching coordinator, will be reunited with Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who had the former major league pitcher on his Mets coaching staff from 1997-99. Prior to his role in '11, the 56-year-old served as the Mets' bullpen coach, a position he had manned for the organization two other occasions.
Niemann figures to assist new Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure. The hire fills out the team's coaching staff, with hitting coach Dave Magadan, bullpen coach Gary Tuck and bench coach Tim Bogar remaining in the organization, and third base coach Jerry Royster and first base coach Alex Ochoa joining Niemann as newcomers.
Niemann coached at every minor league level throughout his 24 years in the Mets organization. According to MLB.com, he gained...
Alabama became the first team to come away with a shutout in a BCS bowl game, blanking LSU, 21-0, in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans. It was the first time since 2002 that the Tigers had been held scoreless.
Top-ranked LSU, who wasn't able to advance the ball past midfield until midway through the fourth quarter, managed just 92 yards. No. 2-ranked Alabama dominated throughout the contest, totaling 20 first downs to the Tigers' five. For Alabama, the win avenged a Nov. 5, 9-6 loss to LSU.
Tide head coach Nick Saban becomes the first coach in the BCS era to win three national titles.
Alabama claimed a 9-0 lead at halftime thanks to three Jeremy Shelley field goals. Shelley came out and managed two more field goals in the third quarter to extend the Tide's lead, paving the way for Trent Richardson's 34-yard touchdown run to punctuate the scoring with 4:36 left in the game.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games by the NHL Monday for Saturday's low-bridge hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo. Because the hearing was conducted via phone, five games was the maximum penalty Marchand could receive.
Marchand saw the Canucks defenseman coming in to hit him along the boards late in the second period of the 4-3 loss, lowered his body and hit Salo in the hip area. The hit was called clipping on the ice, and Marchand was given a five-minute major and game misconduct.
"As the video shows, Marchand skates towards Salo along the boards," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said. "Rather than deliver a shoulder-to-shoulder check, Marchand drops dangerously low into Salo's knee area, propelling Salo up and over, causing an injury.
"While we understand that in certain instances, a player may duck or bail instinctively in order to prevent himself from an imminent...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the Broncos team that he will face in the AFC divisional playoff game on Saturday night is particularly challenging to defend given the versatility of quarterback Tim Tebow. Belichick suggested that Tebow's ability to both run and throw the football from the same offensive formations allows Denver to disguise its plays in a fashion that makes it hard to get the right personnel groupings and play calls onto the field.
"Whatever it takes to win, he’s done a good job of doing that," said Belichick. "I think whenever Tebow is in the shotgun, then you have the possibility of him running their regular shotgun passing game and you also have the possibility of them running the ball, whether he’s the runner or it’s a dive and he keeps it.
You really need another defender in the running game but it’s hard to get that defender when five...
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.
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.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
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.
Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.
Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.
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The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
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.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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