Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly has been named a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The sophomore is currently the nation's leading tackler with 125 stops through the first nine games. He is also second in solo tackles with 78. He has recorded 18 straight games with 10 or more tackles and racked up a career high 20 against NC State. That is the third-best performance in the country this season.
Kuechly is the active NCAA leader in total (12.9) and solo tackles (7.3). He has accumulated 283 tackles in 22 games in his career. He also leads the Eagles this season with nine tackles for a loss while picking off two passes and recovering a pair of fumbles. Kuechly is one of two semifinalists in their sophomore year of eligibility.
Voting for Chuck Bednarik Award begins Nov.9. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head...
The Baseball Hall of Fame announced the ballot for its veterans committee, and the most prominent names are late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and his frequent sidekick, Billy Martin. Results of the voting will be announced Dec. 6. In other news from around the web, read about why Isiah Thomas' dreams of returning to the NBA may be fleeting, and why Tom Brady is being credited with another shrewd decision for taking a share of Under Armour as part of his deal to endorse the company's products. It's all at Tuesday's Morning Mashup, along with video of a memorable trick play from a middle school football game.
The WEEI.com NFL Power Rankings are out and after residing atop the group last week, the Patriots have fallen to No. 5 after their loss to the Browns. Sliding into the top spot is a team the Pats beat, the Baltimore Ravens, with New England's next opponent, the Steelers, coming in at No. 2. Two New York teams are also in front of the Patriots, with the Jets and Giants coming in at No. 3 and 4, respectively. For the complete list of rankings click here.
The Celtics came all the way back from a 14-point first-half deficit to grab a five-point lead in the final two minutes, only to see their effort go for naught when the Mavericks closed on a 7-0 run to send Boston to an 89-87 loss. Dirk Nowitzki's 16-foot jumper from the wing with 17 seconds left broke a tie, and the Celtics came up short when Kevin Garnett's turnaround jumper from the corner as time expired fell well short of the bucket.
The contest was the second in as many nights for the Celtics, who are now halfway through their four-game roadtrip. After getting dominated for the first half in Dallas, the Celtics found their legs in the second half, erasing a deficit that had reached as many as 14 points. But after taking an 87-82 advantage with 1:58 remaining, the C's missed all five of their remaining shots, opening the door for the Mavericks comeback.
Paul Pierce led Celtics scorers with 24 points and added...
According to reports out of Dallas, Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal is expected to sit out the second half of Monday's game against the Mavericks due to ongoing discomfort with his left knee. O'Neal was 1-for-6 with three offensive boards over 11 first-half minutes, before the knee forced him to the bench. O'Neal already missed a game on Oct. 29 due to discomfort in the same knee.
O'Neal is averaging 6.2 points and 3.7 boards in 19 minutes per night.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show