Boston College junior Luke Kuechly on Sunday was named winner of the 27th annual Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Butkus, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, was on hand at the Eagles' season-ending banquet Sunday to surprise Kuechly with the award.
"I didn't know what was going on," Kuechly said, according to a release from the school. "These two big guys were standing right behind me and I was like, wow, what is going on right now?
"I used to watch football growing up and I used to watch NFL Films," Kuechly continued. "They would always be talking about Dick Butkus. I just remember watching those games and he is one of the all-time linebackers and they always mentioned his name. ... That’s the best award if you are a linebacker."
Kuechly, a runner-up for the award last year, recorded an ACC single-season record 191 tackles this season, including 102 solo. He also had three...
Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has filed papers to initiate his return to Major League Baseball and will have his 100-game suspension cut to 50 games, according to multiple reports.
The 39-year-old Ramirez, who started last season with the Rays, faced a 100-game suspension in April after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He already served a 50-game ban in 2009 with the Dodgers for a similar offense. Ramirez instead quit baseball.
FoxSports.com, which first reported the story, indicated MLB took into consideration Ramirez' time away from the game (upon urging from the union) and appeared willing to trim his suspension to 50 games. ESPN credited sources as saying teams have been informed of the...
The Patriots beat the Colts, 31-24, on Sunday, but Indianapolis outscored New England 21-0 in the fourth quarter, nearly turning a blowout into a nail-biter for Patriots fans. The Colts' comeback ultimately failed when Deion Branch recovered an onside kick attempt with less than a minute to go in the game, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not pleased with the way his team played in the final quarter.
"I thought we did some good things out there today, we obviously have to do a better job of finishing the game," Belichick said in his postgame press conference. "That was disappointing. But we'll work on that, go back to work and get ready for Washington next week."
After scoring just three points in the first quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense opened up the game in the second quarter. First, Brady hit tight end Rob Gronkowski for an 11-yard touchdown. Then, BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran the ball...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Gronkowski ran another in on a lateral and the Patriots woke up from an early slumber to handle the winless Colts, 31-24, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won their fourth straight to improve to 9-3, clinching their 11th straight winning season. The Colts dropped their 12th in a row and continued their march to what would be the second 0-16 season in NFL history.
Brady finished 29-of-33 for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Brady now has 291 touchdown passes in his career, tying him for Warren Moon for sixth in NFL history. Gronkowski now has 13 touchdown catches, tying him with Antonio Gates (2004) and Vernon Davis (2009) for the single-season NFL record for tight ends. Wes Welker had another big day, catching 11 passes for 114 yards.
With the Patriots starting Niko Koutouvides at linebacker, Matthew Slater at safety and newcomer Nate Jones at cornerback, the...
FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty is active for the first time since injuring his right shoulder on Nov. 13 against the Jets as the Patriots announced their seven inactive players prior to the game with Colts.
Patrick Chung once again leads the list of inactives, missing his fourth game with a right ankle injury. Chung suffered the injury in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6.
Also inactive are right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (foot), Brandon Spikes (knee), rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett, running back Shane Vereen, starting center Dan Connolly (groin) and Dane Fletcher (thumb).
With Connolly out, Ryan Wendell gets the start at center, with Nick McDonald signed off the practice squad as his back-up. With Vollmer out, Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon, both rookies, are expected to see lots of playing time at right tackle.
For more analysis, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and...
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.
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.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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.
Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.
A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.
Piggy-backing on the news of Pablo Sandoval's surgery, the guys take a look at some of the all-time worst contracts in MLB history.
Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.
Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?
The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.
We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.
We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.
We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
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SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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