FOXBORO -- The Patriots made some minor changes to their injury report on Thursday, as linebacker Jerod Mayo -- who was out of Wednesday's practice with what the team listed as elbow/illness -- returned in a limited capacity. Meanwhile, tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) went from limited to DNP. Here's the complete report from Thursday:
Did Not Practice
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
S Steve Gregory (hip)
DE Trevor Scott (hamstring)
DB Ras-I Dowling (thigh)
LB Tracy White (foot)
TE Aaron Hernadez (ankle)
DL Ron Brace (back)
S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (hand)
TE Ron Gronkowski (hip)
LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring)
According to a major league source, Tim Bogar, who spent the last four years as a coach for the Red Sox -- serving as a first-base coach (2009), third-base coach (2010-11) and bench coach (2012) -- will not return to the Red Sox next year.
Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine selected Bogar as his bench coach in Dec. 2011 after interviewing at least one other candidate (Torey Lovullo, then the Blue Jays first base coach under John Farrell). However, the relationship between Valentine and Bogar featured frequent lapses in communication.
Suggestions by Valentine and others that he had not been given time and freedom by the front office to select his own coaching staff, Bogar was often cited as an example. When Valentine, in a WEEI interview at the end of the year, suggested that he had been undermined by some members of his coaching staff, the 45-year-old bench coach was again implicated.
On Tuesday, in an interview on NBC Sports, Valentine...
WALTHAM -- Celtics guard Jason Terry said that he'll be fine with coming off the bench for the C's this season, noting that Boston has the deepest bench in the NBA.
"We haven't made [me coming off the bench] official yet, but if that is the case we have the deepest bench in basketball," Terry said after Thursday's practice. "The Clippers may have something to stay about that, but for us in this locker room, our mission every night is to go out and outwork and outscore everyone's bench."
Terry said that the team's signing of veteran guard Leandro Barbosa has "made a deep bench even deeper" for the C's. Barbosa practiced with the C's for the first time on Wednesday after visa issues kept him from playing in Sunday's preseason finale. Barbosa is on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, while Terry inked a three-year deal with Boston in the offseason after playing the last eight seasons with Dallas....
The NBA announced Thursday that league commissioner David Stern, who has headed the league since 1984, will step down from his role on Feb. 1, 2014, and that he will be replaced by deputy commissioner and NBA chief operating officer Adam Silver.
A 2014 retirement would mean that Stern, 70, would have served as commissioner for 30 years, making him the longest-tenured commissioner in the history of the four major US sports leagues. (Former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle spent 29 years in his office.)
Silver was named deputy commissioner in 2006, after eight years as the president and COO of NBA Entertainment. He's been working in the NBA offices since 1992.
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FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice with an illness and elbow injury, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo returned to practice Thursday as the team worked out one final time in sweats and shells before flying to London on a red-eye for their Sunday game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium.
Aaron Hernandez, who was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury, was not spotted during the media portion of the workout Thursday. Hernandez joined Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Trevor Scott, Ras-I Dowling and Tracy White as players not spotted during practice.
Coach Bill Belichick said Thursday that he will treat Friday in London as a "transition" day and treat Saturday as a "normal Saturday" before taking the field for the game on Sunday at 5 p.m. London Time (1 p.m. ET).
For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
Hour 3. The guys take more calls on transgender bathrooms. Evan Drellich joins the show...again.
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.
Max Kellerman rips Pats fans. Skip Bayless says Bill Belichick is "good, not great." And Dan Le Batard feels the heat from Keyshawn Johnson regarding his criticisms of Magic Johnson.
It took a few hours, but Glenn finally starts to agree with Lou and Mut about Danny Ainge.
Obviously the Celtics aren't expected to overtake the Cavs in the East, but the guys wonder if the team is trying to get a little bit better each year, or hold onto their assets until LeBron is over the hill.
We spoke with Danny Ainge and discussed all aspects of the Celtics, trading deadline, playoffs and beyond.
We close out Freestyle Friday with more Pats, Sox and Celtics talk.
We continue freestyle Friday with Brady and Jimmy G trade talk, plus more on the Celtics and the Vancouver Canucks have the mumps!
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.More from this show
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.More from this show
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.More from this show
Hour 2. John Steigerwald says Brady doesn't pass the eye test. Headlines with Kirk.More from this show