The Steve Donahue era at Boston College got off to a roaring start Friday night as the Eagles demolished St. Francis (N.Y.), 79-49, in front of a crowd of 3,740 at Conte Forum.
Joe Trapani led the BC attack with 20 points, while Reggie Jackson and Corey Raji contributed 17 apiece.
The Eagles put this one to bed early, holding St. Francis to just 1-of-20 shooting and two points through the game's first 13 minutes. At that point, BC led 24-2. It was 38-15 at the half and never in doubt from there on out.
Speaking from his home in Mississippi, Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard said regarding his team's acquisition of Andrew Miller -- Bard's teammate at the University of North Carolina -- "I was obviously pretty excited about," having gotten a text from Miller just minutes after the 25-year-old heard of the trade t the Sox Friday night.
"I think he had been told at least a few days that the Red Sox were pretty interested in him and had been asking around trying to get background information," Bard said. "He didn't think it was going to go through that fast, from what I understood. But he definitely sounded excited."
Bard and Miller, who was dealt to the Sox from the Marlins for lefty reliever Dustin Richardson, both were first-round draft picks in the 2006 MLB June amateur draft. Miller went to the Detroit Tigers with the sixth overall selection, while Bard fell to the Red Sox at No. 28. Miller...
NFL.com senior writer Vic Carucci joined The Big Show to talk about the slate of weekend games and whether any team can actually be called the best in the NFL. "Maybe the Steelers," Carucci said. "I change week to week."
Carucci chalked up part of the reason to teams going with younger players and he said the emphasis on coaching is greater than it's ever been because of so much inexperience. "The coaching is more imperative than ever to try and acclimate these guys," Carucci said. "That's another reason why special teams are so bad. You got players who don't have a clue, who have never seen special teams. That's a part of the entire league that's suffered badly."
Carucci thinks that this week's game between the Steelers and Patriots will help answer some of those questions, but he's not sold on New England's ability to put pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. Carucci also weighed in...
The Red Sox announced that they have acquired lefthanded pitcher Andrew Miller from the Marlins in exchange for Dustin Richardson. Miller was at one time a highly-regarded prospect, who was drafted sixth overall by the Tigers out of the University of North Carolina in 2006. He was later traded to the Marlins with Cameron Maybin for Miguel Cabrera.
The 6-foot-7 Miller made his big league debut a few months after being drafted, but he has struggled to stay in the majors. He appeared in only nine games last season with the Marlins, making seven starts, and posted an 8.54 ERA. Richardson pitched in 26 games out of the bullpen for the Sox, but walked 14 batters in 13 innings.
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Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith will miss his third straight game Sunday night with a triceps injury while another defensive end - Brett Keisel - and left guard Chris Kemoeatu are doubtful with hamstring and knee injuries, respectively.
Steelers Injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Participate
DE Brett Keisel (hamstring) Doubtful
G Chris Kemoeatu (knee/ankle) Doubtful
DE Aaron Smith (triceps) OUT
TE Heath Miller (knee) Probable
RB Mewelde Moore (concussion) Probable
S Will Allen (concussion/illness) Probable
RB Isaac Redman (concussion) Probable
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.
Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie
Steve Cooper, reporter for 7 News, joined the show to talk about the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.
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Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.
Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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