After Ilya Kovalchuk signed a $100 million contract with the Devils, big things were expected in New Jersey. It hasn't started out so well. The team is off to its worst start in two decades at 2-6-1, first-year coach John MacLean can't find the right linemates for his star winger, and Kovalchuk was benched Saturday night for an undisclosed reason. Speculation centers around a missed team meeting. Read more about story and others, plus check out video, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Another year, another questionable fourth-down call ... albeit one with less controversy, since the Patriots beat the Chargers on Sunday, 23-20.
A little less than a year after the Patriots lost to the Colts after they went for it on fourth-and-2 from their own 28-yard line, New England again elected to go for a first down rather than punt with roughly two minutes remaining in the game. The Patriots again were stopped, this time on a run on fourth-and-1 that gave the Chargers the ball on the Patriots' 48-yard line.
A missed field goal saved the Patriots from having to agonize over whether they made the right call. But, that task now falls to you.
Should the Patriots have gone for it on fourth-and-1 on Sunday against the Chargers? Click here to vote....
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, asked about the decision for his team to go for it on fourth-and-1 when leading, 23-20, with two minutes left in the game at their own 49-yard-line, said that he agreed wholeheartedly with the attempt to pursue the first down. Even though the Patriots' failure to convert left the team vulnerable to a game-tying field goal -- which Chargers kicker Kris Brown clanged off the right upright in the game's final minute -- Brady reasoned that the Patriots could have run out the clock by converting the play. He suggested that the offense -- rather than the decision to go for it -- was what put the New England lead in jeopardy.
"I’ll go for it every time," Brady told reporters. "We get the first down, the game’s pretty much over. You punt it back to them, they’ve got three timeouts with two minutes left, they’ve only got to go 60 yards. If you get the yard, it’s going to be...
The Patriots raced out to a 23-6 lead, then withstood a furious Chargers comeback in the fourth quarter and had to rely on Kris Brown missing a 50-yard field goal in the final seconds to hold on for a 23-20 win over the Chargers Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium.
Behind a suddenly hot Philip Rivers, and with the help of a successful onside kick, the Chargers scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to draw to within three points. Then, with a chance to run out the clock on fourth-and-1 at their own 49, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped for a one-yard loss. The Chargers drove down and were in position for a 45-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. A false start on the Chargers pushed Brown back to a 50-yard attempt and the kick hit the right upright and glanced away.
Four Chargers turnovers helped the Patriots overcome a sputtering offense that generated just 179 yards on...
The Bruins announced that defenseman Johnny Boychuk suffered a slight fracture to the ulna bone in his left forearm. He is expected to be sidelined for approximately four weeks, the Bruins said in a press release.
The injury occurred in the first period of Saturday's game against the Rangers. Boychuk was slashed by Brandon Dubinsky, went to the training room and returned later in the first period. But, he did not play in either the second or third period, and now it appears he will be out until at least late November.
Boychuk, who signed a two-year extension with the Bruins over the summer, has played in all six games this season, recording three assists.
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PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.
We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show