CHESTNUT HILL -- Sophomore Spiffy Evans returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass to lead the Boston College Eagles over the Maine Black Bears, 34-3, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Eagles dominated the game from the start but a Deuce Finch fumble set Maine up first and goal at the BC 10 midway through the first quarter. The Eagles defense, which was in control the entire game, stopped David Hood at the Eagles 2, forcing Maine to settle for a 19-yard Brian Harvey field goal and an early 3-0 Black Bears lead. BC outgained Maine, 112-24, in the opening quarter.
But BC took the lead for good when Chase Rettig orchestrated a nine-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by a three-yard pass to Evans on 3rd-and-goal with just over seven minutes left in the first half.
Maine punter Jeffrey Ondish mishandled a snap and BC recovered at the Maine 10. Two players later, Rettig found Johnathan...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, shortly after his hiring on Dec. 1, interviewed current Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo to discuss what was then a vacancy on the new manager's staff for the bench coach position. Lovullo, who spent a year as the manager of the Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, was one of the last cuts in the Sox' managerial search.
"It was maybe a week after Bobby was hired. I had a chance to sit down and talk with him for several hours one afternoon and basically interview for the position," said Lovullo. "I was honored by the fact that they considered me for that position. I didn't really have an outlook [on the likelihood of being hired]. In baseball, you learn to sit down and talk about things. When you're interviewing and going through the process, you just try to keep your thoughts as neutral as possible, do my best to see if my thoughts aligned with Bobby and if I could get the...
The Red Sox suffered a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays, dropping Boston into a tie with Toronto for last place in the American League East. The Sox are in last for the first time since July 29.
The Jays did their damage early and often against Sox starter Felix Doubront, who was knocked out after four-plus innings having permitted five runs on two walks and six hits, including two homers. He struck out four. It was the sixth time in 28 starts this year that Doubront has failed to go at least five innings. He's also in a season-ending tailspin, with an 8.27 ERA in his last seven starts since July 23, a span during which he is 0-4.
The Sox did rally for single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, with Mauro Gomez contributing a pinch-hit RBI single and Dustin Pedroia driving in a pair of runs, one on an RBI groundout and another on a solo homer (his 13th). Gomez, celebrating his 28th birthday, later added a two-run homer to left in the ninth...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in a pregame interview with NESN host Tom Caron, suggested that the criticism directed at him has "always been personal" and driven by "agendas," not just during his time in Boston but throughout his managerial career and life.
"It's always been personal. All year, it's been personal," said Valentine. "But when you start dealing with integrity, start dealing with whether I'm a truthful person, whether I'm going to give a full day's work, and then when it comes to dealing with my family and how much they mean to me or should mean to me, that's over the line, and I'm not going to take it here in the dugout and I won't take it on a radio or TV show, thank you very much."
Valentine added that he does believe that the criticisms of him take a different form than do those directed at his managerial peers.
"I don't think it's personal with a lot of managers. But...
Toronto manager (and former Red Sox pitching coach) John Farrell, whom the Red Sox wanted to hire after parting ways with Terry Francona last offseason -- even pursuing him after the Blue Jays changed their team policy to prevent lateral moves -- tried to downplay speculation that the Red Sox will make a run at hiring him this offseason to replace manager Bobby Valentine.
"There's a lot of speculation, obviously, but as I said last week in Toronto, I'm the manager of the Blue Jays. This is where my focus and commitment is. I'm under contract. That's obvious. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be sitting here today," Farrell said from the visitor's dugout at Fenway Park before his team's game against the Red Sox. At the same time, we've dealt with a lot of challenges ourselves. I can understand the natural...
Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
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.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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