In a press conference to discuss the four-year, $29.945 million deal between Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox that runs through the 2015 season, general manager Theo Epstein lauded the pitcher's maturation in explaining why the team felt comfortable committing to him for the long haul. Whereas Buchholz once encountered shoulder fatigue that ended his 2007 season -- at the time, something that was considered the result of his failure to follow the organization's shoulder strengthening program -- he has now become the sort of diligent worker whom the Sox considered a worthy investment.
"Clay has certainly earned our trust. He’s developed a tremendous amount as a player and as a person, from the time that he signed here out of junior college," Epstein said. "I don’t think Clay would argue with me if I said that his first year, he wasn’t the most compliant guy with our shoulder program. Now he’s a star pupil on the shoulder...
South African Charl Schwartzel won the Masters Sunday, finishing the tournament with birdies in his last four holes and ending up 14 under par.
At 26 years of age, he is the youngest to win the Masters since Tiger Woods in 1997. Woods finished tied for fourth at 10 under, while Jason Day and Adam Scott tied for second at 12 under.
Rory McIlroy led the tournament after three rounds but was 8 over on Sunday and finished tied for 15th.
LeBron James finished with 27 points and seven assists and Miami gained a big edge in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 100-77 win over the Celtics Sunday in Miami. The Heat now have a one-game lead over the C's with two games left in the regular season. (Chicago already has clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.)
The Celtics, who had won their previous eight games against Miami, got 24 points and seven rebounds from Paul Pierce and 21 points from Kevin Garnett in the loss.
Boston was in command early, taking a nine-point lead, but Miami used a 15-6 run toward the end of the second quarter to help push out to a 47-40 lead at the half. The Heat extended that advantage throughout the the second half. The Celtics went on a brief run to cut a 22-point lead to 10 late in the fourth quarter, but Boston could get no closer.
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Prior to the Red Sox' series-finale against the Yankees, Jon Lester talked about the four-year, $30.5 million contract extension Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox agreed to.
"We've got the core four guys for the same amount of time. It's good for both sides," said Lester of Buchholz' deal, which also includes two team options. "You don't have to worry about that spot anymore. It's one thing they have to worry about. It's one less thing he wants to worry about. He's financially set for the rest of his life."
The Red Sox now have Lester, Josh Beckett, and John Lackey under their control through '14, with the Sox possessing control of Buchholz's contract until after the '17 season.
Lester -- who signed a five-year, $30 million extension prior to the 2009 season while at relatively the same age (26) and experience level as Buchholz currently finds himself -- said he didn't talk to the righty throughout the negotiating...
The Bruins finished their regular season schedule Sunday, taking a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey.
Tuukka Rask took the loss for the B's, getting the start after Tim Thomas sealed the single-season save percentage record in his final start Saturday. Rask allowed goals to Patrik Elias, Vladimir Zharkov and Alexander Urbom.
Rich Peverley scored the first goal for the Bruins, beating Johan Hedberg for his 18th goal of the year. A Dennis Seidenberg shot with less than four seconds remaining also yielded a Boston goal. Mark Recchi and Zdeno Chara did not play for the Bruins, as they stayed in Boston after playing the first 81 games of the season.
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 46-25-11 record and 103 points. They will be the Eastern Conference's No. 3 seed when they go against the Canadiens in the playoffs begin next week.
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We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.
Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.
Jay Feely explains why he was in court with Tom Brady on Monday, and what was said in the robing room with Judge Berman.
Tyler Seguin was partying all summer in Toronto. Former Toronto Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie tattled on him. Also, Marshawn Lynch continues to be awkward, as he sells Skittles on cable TV.
Shannon Sharpe was on First Take yesterday comparing Brady's alleged deflating of footballs, to Alex Rodriguez' admitted use of steroids.
We discuss the latest from Judge Berman in the deflategate case, and what it might mean.
We close out the Dale and Holley program with some of the best sound of the day that you may have missed.
We discuss the NFL's insistence and inconsistency when they continue to rely on the term 'integrity' throughout this deflategate process.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.More from this show
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, reports on Twitter that the "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources." He went on SportsCenter to talk about his report. Mut and his callers reacted to the breaking newsMore from this show
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the New England Patriots third preseason game from Friday night, in particular Tom Brady's performance. Also, the guys discuss the most interesting contact in Butch's phone and ESPN's different handling of Curt Schilling and Chris Mortensen.More from this show
Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get things going this week discussing all of the latest injuries that can effect your fantasy team or draft in the midst of Week 3 of the preseason. They talk some of the impressive performances coming out of the games Thursday-Saturday. The boys chat about the various rankings and how they are constantly updating these list on Rotobahn.com and the Rotobahn 500. They go in depth on the tight end position, which is very top heavy -- 5 or 6 very good TE's and then a bunch of mediocre guys and unknowns. Jim and Pete also get into 10-team and 12-team league approaches, value picks late in your draft and how the waiver wire is your friend.More from this show