The Patriots announced Friday afternoon they have signed running back Thomas Clayton and released wide receiver Bryan Anderson, punter David King and quarterback Mike Teel. Clayton, a 5-foot-11, 222-pound running back from Kansas State, was originally drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. After spending all of 2007 on the San Francisco practice squad, he spent the first 14 weeks of 2008 as part of that unit until being signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season. He spent the 2009 season on injured reserve after getting injured during the preseason. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Former Celtic, NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Kevin McHale joined The Big Show on Friday. In addition to singing coach Doc Rivers' praises and discussing his own ambitions to coach again, McHale spoke out against the officiating the NBA finals thus far.
"I think there were calls both both ways," McHale said of the officiating in Game 4, a 96-89 Celtics win. "Just strange calls, like, 'Why are you calling that? Let it go. Why are you calling that three-second (violation)? Why are you blowing your whistle at this time?' There's a little tap and they blow the whistle. I'm just thinking, 'Let them play.'
"There was more flow to the game [than in prior games], but still, if it's a foul, make it be a real foul. If it's 50-50, let it go. Who cares if it's a 50-50 call? Just let it go. Let them play.
McHale added that the constant fouls have prevented the bigger...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Friday that an MRI on second baseman Dustin Pedroia's right knee came back clean.
"The fact that he can go out there and know he's not going to hurt himself is good," Francona said of the situation.
On the subject of outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who was placed on the disabled list after suffering injuries in a collision last week with third baseman Adrian Beltre, Francona said that five ribs have non-displaced hairline fractures. Francona said the injury is "like a deep bone bruise and is "eerily similar to that of Jacoby Ellsbury, who has spent significant time on the mend from a collision of his own with Beltre. The best-case scenario for Hermida, Francona said, is that he resumes baseball activities within three or four days if he is symptom free.
"He's safe to play right now," Francona said of Hermida, but added that Red Sox...
The Red Sox made four roster moves prior to their series-opener with the Phillies on Friday, including activating closer Jonathan Papelbon from the family leave/bereavement list. The Sox also designated reliever Joe Nelson for assignment, recalled Scott Atchison, and placed outfielder Jeremy Hermida on the disabled list with a rib injury suffered from his collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre last Friday in Baltimore.
Nelson said he would likely retire if another team didn't claim him but also acknowledged that his statement could have just been a case of his emotions talking. The 35-year-old right hander has a career ERA of 4.38 in parts of six seasons since entering the league in 2001.
"In all likelihood, if I clear waivers, I’ve probably thrown my last pitch. I don’t anticipate myself going back to Pawtucket, but that’s emotion talking right now and we’ll probably reanalyze it...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has been dealing with discomfort in his right knee, remains in the lineup, but Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis gets the day off on Friday against the Phillies, one day after leaving the game against the Indians early with what the club called mild back spasms. In Youkilis' place, Mike Lowell gets the start at first base.
SP -- Lackey
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We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price recap the first day of Patriots training camp, including Rob Gronkowski's return to the field.
Chris Price of WEEI.com joins the guys to discuss the key position battles going into camp, as well as the contract status of Devin McCourty
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.
A full version of the Trade Deadline show hosted by Rob Bradford and Alex Speier. Featuring an interview with Texas Rangers GM, Jon Daniels.
Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.
Gregg Doyel of CBS joined us to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on MIchael Sam.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
EA Sports released its QB ratings for Madden 15, placing Tom Brady tied for 4th with Russell Wilson. The discussion quickly shifted to Christian's Madden ratings and his perceived lack of awareness
Merloni, Fauria, and Benz discuss the conflicting reports regarding the Jon Lester contract negotiations. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said on Dennis and Callahan that Lester wanted the negotiations to be put on hold till the end of the season. WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that Lester would be willing to negotiate, if the Red Sox made the right offer.
We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.
We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
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