The Buccaneers are signing paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract, allowing him to fulfill his dream of joining the NFL. Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached LeGrand at Rutgers, and he surprised LeGrand with the honor.
"I always wanted to go to the NFL," LeGrand said. "It may not be the circumstances that I wanted, but I'm there.
"I had no idea, no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, it's amazing. It is. It really is."
LeGrand, injured after making a hit on special teams in Rutgers' game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010, still requires the use of a wheelchair, but he has surprised doctors by resuming breathing on his own and standing up with the help of a metal frame.
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After going 0-for-4 with a walk Wednesday night and leaving four men on base - including three in scoring position, Adrian Gonzalez took full responsibility after a 4-2 loss to the A's that dropped the Red Sox to 11-13 on the season. The game ended appropriately, with Gonzalez grounding out to third, representing the tying run at the plate.
"This game was all on me," said Gonzalez, who is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. "I had two great opportunities and I didn't come through. It's one of those things that I'll make a definite point to not let that happen again."
After the game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he thought Gonzalez looked "tired" at the plate after playing in all 24 games so far for the Red Sox. Gonzalez disputed that.
"Not at all, not at all," Gonzalez said. "I feel great. It's one of those things that it was two at-bats I should've come through at least one of...
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks walked, singled and doubled in his first three major league plate appearances but it wasn't enough to save the Red Sox as they dropped the rubber game to the A's, 4-2, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Daniel Bard was tagged for eight hits and all four runs in taking his third loss for the Red Sox, who fell to 11-13 on the season. Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gonzalez, who grounded out to end the game as the tying run, is hitless in his last 17 at-bats as his average fell to .250 on the season.
Bard (2-3) was in control through the first three innings, allowing just one hit. But in the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes doubled and Seth Smith singled him home to put Oakland up, 1-0.
The Red Sox blew a golden opportunity in the fifth to at least tie the game when they put runners on first and second with none out against A's starter Brandon McCarthy. Josh Reddick dropped Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fly...
Bobby Valentine made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday and was asked about the future of Aaron Cook. Cook reportedly requested his release on May 1 -- which was an option in his contract -- but the Red Sox also had a 48-hour window after May 1 to recall the veteran right-hander. And, according to Valentine, Cook will indeed pitch for the Sox this weekend at Fenway against the Orioles.
"Aaron Cook is going to pitch Saturday," Valentine said. "He's going to start in Josh Beckett's turn because, as we all know, that 15-pitch at bat to end Josh's last outing kind of overextended what anybody planned for him to do. To be safe as we can possibly be, talking to Josh he's a little stiff in his back muscles as you would imagine after the last start, and considering the roster situation with Cook it seems to all fall into place. Aaron can pitch Saturday and Josh just misses that start and comes back in his next start."
As part of a flurry of transactions, the Red Sox placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list due to a lower back injury. The stint will be retroactive to April 29.
Youkilis said that he is showing significant improvement on Wednesday after being virtually unable to do anything but stand in the on-deck circle as a decoy pinch-hitter on Tuesday. He said that the condition was one that "has been happening for a little bit of time now. Basically, what we've done, the last couple days have been bad. Trying to get through it. I've made great strides from yesterday to today. Things are going well, but they want to get a step ahead of it and try to get me as healthy as possible."
Youkilis said that he needed at least three or four additional days of no baseball activity, which helped lead to the decision to place him on the disabled list and replace Youkilis on the roster with Will Middlebrooks, who will bat eighth and play...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
The guys continued to pick through Trump's performance in the debate and Kirk discussed a new Hollywood divorce in Headlines.
An angry female caller got Ordway rattled to the point where he starts complaining about an LA bar that only lets beautiful people inside. Unfortunately for Glenn (and most of the WEEI staff, really), he doesn't think they'd let him in.
Glenn, Lou and Christian kick off the show talking about last night's presidential debate, and how poorly Donald Trump looked during it.
In their first game since the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon hit a lead off home run -- his first home run of the season. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the tragic news and the emotion surrounding that game last night.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
Jerry and I talk about the Ryder Cup and we talk about the passing of The King Arnold Palmer.
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Mut, Gerry and Kirk discussed a column ripping Ortiz and Kirk is pissed at Curtis.More from this show
Gerry, John and Kirk discuss the debate and Gerry has a hard time defending Trump.More from this show
The 6am hour upload from Monday with Mike Mutnansky in with Kirk and Gerry, with first thoughts from the guys on several of the big weekend stories in sportsMore from this show
Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels joined the show to discuss the teams big win over the Texans and his future as a NFL head coach.More from this show