FOXBORO -- Five Patriots finished first at their positions in Pro Bowl fan balloting, it was revealed on Wednesday. Quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Wes Welker, tight end Rob Gronkowski, guard Logan Mankins and defensive end Andre Carter were the top vote-getters at their positions.
Brady (1,454,311 votes), Welker (1,133,787) Gronkowski (936,886), Mankins (272,702) and Carter (511,693) all led their position groups. However, the Patriots also had several other players in the top three at their positions, including tight end Aaron Hernandez, (2nd, 265,682), offensive tackle Matt Light (2nd, 306,609), cornerback Kyle Arrington (2nd, 477,390), defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (3rd, 290,463), kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3rd, 69,871) and special teamer Matthew Slater (3rd, 75,922).
The fans vote, which closed this week, is one-third in determining the final 43-man roster for the contest, which will be held Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in...
According to a report from ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, the Cubs have hired Bill Buckner as hitting coach of the club's Class A affiliate in Bosie.
Buckner, the hitting coach for the White Sox in 1996 and 1997, was rumored to be a candidate for a position with the Red Sox. Bobby Valentine has a longtime friendship with the former Red Sox first baseman.
"We played together with the Dodgers," Valentine said of Buckner at his introductory press conference as manager of the Sox. "We played We played together in the Dominican Republic. I've watched his kids grow up and I respect his every opinion in baseball and in worldly matters. Whether or not Bill Buckner would be on the staff is a decision that Ben [Cherington] and I will talk about, or if anyone else will be on the staff, Ben and I will talk about...
New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon. Calling from the Red Sox' new spring training stadium in Fort Myers, Fla., Valentine gushed about the "spectacularly designed and built" JetBlue Park at Fenway South that is still undergoing preparations for its debut in 2012.
One of the Sox players who will play in that park is Carl Crawford. Valentine said he has spoken with Crawford's agent but has yet to talk directly to the player he criticized during the season while serving as an ESPN analyst.
"Carl's working his behind off, as he usually does, I guess, in the offseason," Valentine said. "From what I gather and what I've seen from afar and what I've learned third-hand, and not first-hand, is that he's an athlete who loves to work. Speaking to his agent, he is working. We have a face-to-face plan hopefully right after the first of the year, when things settle down for...
FOXBORO -- The Patriots filled one of their two roster vacancies on Wednesday when they announced the signing of veteran safety Vincent Fuller.
The 6-foot-1, 29-year-old Fuller is in his seventh NFL season after entering the NFL as a fourth round draft pick (108th overall) of the Tennessee Titans out of Virginia Tech in 2005. After being released by Tennessee on Sept.3, 2011, Fuller signed with Detroit on Oct. 6 but injured his elbow in an Oct. 10 game vs. Chicago and was placed on injured reserve. He was taken off the injured reserve list when he was released by Detroit on Dec. 6.
Fuller has played in 76 NFL games with five starts and has registered 163 total tackles and six interceptions with four of them returned for touchdowns.
For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
FOXBORO -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Aaron Hernandez joined Sebastian Vollmer as no-shows at Patriots practice inside the Dana Farber Field House on Wednesday, as the team prepares for the Dolphins this Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Vollmer hasn't played since injuring his right foot on Nov. 27 at Philadelphia.
The team practice in sweats and shells and will practice again on Thursday before going through a walkthrough on Friday.
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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.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show