After meeting for over 15 hours, beginning on Friday and ending in the early morning hours on Saturday, the NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout.
"We've reached a tentative understanding that is subject to a variety of approvals and very complex machinations, but we're optimistic that will all come to pass and that the NBA season will begin December 25," Commissioner David Stern said.
The NBA regular season schedule would be shortened to 66 games under the proposed plan, with training camp opening on December 9th. The tentative deal still must be agreed upon by both a majority of the NBA owners and players.
According to multiple reports, all citing a league spokesperson, the NFL fined Patriots guard Logan Mankins $7,500 for a late hit against the Chiefs in Monday night's victory over Kansas City. Mankins was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter of the contest when he shoved defensive end Amon Gordon to the ground after the play; the Patriots were also penalized for an illegal shift on the play, resulting in a Tom Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez touchdown catch being taken off the board. Mankins now has incurred eight penalties this year, most on the Patriots.
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According to Maureen Mullen (via Twitter) and subsequently confirmed by multiple outlets, the A's have hired Chili Davis -- the hitting coach of the Red Sox' Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate in 2011 -- to be their major league hitting coach for next season. The report was subsequently confirmed by multiple outlets.
Davis spent 19 years in the majors, retiring after the 1999 season. He commenced a coaching career in the Fall Instructional League with the Dodgers in 2010 before the Sox hired him for their highest minor league affiliate. Davis will replace Gerald Perry, who was also hired by the A's from the PawSox for the 2010 season.
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FOXBORO -- Chad Ochocinco was one of three Patriots players absent from the media portion of practice Friday. The wideout was one of 11 members of the Patriots listed on the injury report, being identified as having a hamstring issue. Also not present at the beginning of practice for the Pats were linebackers Brandon Spikes (knee) and Dane Fletcher (thumb), with both ruled out.
Ochocinco joined Deion Branch, cornerback Devin McCourty, and safety Patrick Chung as those listed questionable. Wide receiver Wes Welker and guard Brian Waters were classified as probable.
According to reports out of Philadelphia -- where the Patriots will face-off with the Eagles Sunday afternoon -- cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (knee) and quarterback Michael Vick (broken ribs) were both missing from the beginning of practice. Cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, who has been battling a high ankle sprain and wasn't expected to be ready for Sunday, was on the practice field...
Patrick Heckmann scored 32 points, including BC's final four points over overtime, to lead the Eagles to a 66-62 victory over UC Riverside in a consolation game at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Heckmann hit 9-of-13 field goals, 4-of-5 3-pointers and all 10 of his free throws. The rest of the team shot just 10-of-34 from the field. Matt Humphrey was the only other Eagle in double figures, with 11 points.
Phil Martin led UC Riverside (1-4) with 22 points. The Highlanders rallied from six points down in the final minute of regulation, hitting two 3-pointers. BC had a shot to win it, but Humphrey missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds, and Gabe Moton's tip-in was waved off for being too late.
BC (2-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak, closes out play at the tournament Sunday at 4 p.m. in the fifth-place game, meeting the winner of Friday night's game between New Mexico and Washington State.
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 and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a solid outing from Clay buchholz
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.
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.
The show goes completely off the rails in the final hour as Gerry tells stories of dogs that were killed when he was a child, and Kirk says he's probably going to own a dog very soon.
Producer candidate, Lucy, defends herself regarding attacks on her abilities to do the job, from Paul and Ken.
Oscar de la Hoya says that Donald Trump is a notorious cheater on the links.
Johnny Manziel had his arraignment today, and a Texas Judge has ordered that he cannot contact his former Girlfriend; the guys react, and talk about the obscurity on which "Johnny Football" might be teetering.
Will there be a big trade? What should the C's do with their draft picks this year? Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Danny's options
Glenn and Christian delve deep into Lou "Gossiping" on Kirk Minihane's "Enough About Me" Podcast; accompanied by select audio clips
We discuss Sir Charles' latest comments from TNT about taking out one of the Cavaliers. This leads to a full discussion about Barkley, the softness of the Hawks, how this used to always happen in the NBA and much more.
Discussion of David Ortiz's clutch HR vs the White Sox leads us into a total discussion of David Ortiz's legacy in Boston, and whether or not he should actually retire.
Inspired by him asking the Hawks to 'take out' one of the Cavaliers, we focus on four other dumb things that Charles Barkley has said in the media.
Mikey and Lenny talk Clay Buchholz' struggles, and visit the Ghosts of Baseball past (Well, some of them are still alive...)
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
Mike Mutnansky handicaps the 142nd running of the the Kentucky Derby with Matt Bernier of the Daily Racing Form, award-winning author Dick Jerardi courtesy of Xpressbet.com and Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Vesce.
Ben, Russ & Alex talk about the UCL semi-finals, which have resulted in an Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid final. They also talk about the unbelievable story of Leicester City winning the English Premier League.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad and recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.More from this show
Glenn, Lou and Christian (and ESPN) react to the news that Tom Brady will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season.More from this show
The guys react to the performance of the ESPN broadcast team.More from this show