FOXBORO -- The NFL announced Wednesday that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been fined $50,000 for "impermissible physical contact with an official" following Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens.
Seeking clarification on whether Baltimore's game-winning field goal would be reviewed, Belichick grabbed the arm of official Esteban Garza, who continued running off the field. Belichick explained on Monday that he did not intent to disrespect the official and that he simply wanted to know whether the play would be reviewed.
"I don't have anything to add to it," Belichick said in his Wednesday briefing with reporters. "Whatever the league decides to do, I'll respect and just keep trying to do my job."
Belichick also declined comment on the report that an agreement had been reached between the NFL and its regular officials and that they could be back on the field for games this Sunday.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the NFL and the NFL referees association have an agreement "at hand" that could end the lockout of the league's referees and have them officiating Week 4 games.
The NFL and the NFL Referees Association made enough progress in negotiations Tuesday night that the possibility of the locked-out officials returning in time to work this week's games has been discussed, according to sources on both sides.
An agreement in principle is at hand, according to one source familiar to talks.
The NFL has been using replacement officials since the preseason and has seen controversial results throughout the first three weeks of the season. Mortensen notes that the two sides have compromised in their stances regarding pension plans and that the last...
The Patriots on Wednesday announced the signing of defensive lineman Terrell McClain. Marcus Fortson, a defensive tackle who was signed as an undrafted free agent in April, was released to make room on the roster.
McClain, a 6-foot-2, 291-pounder from South Florida, was chosen in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Panthers. He had 19 tackles (12 unassisted) and one sack in 12 games last season. After failing to impress this preseason, he was cut on Sept. 2 when Carolina signed former Bills defensive lineman Dwan Edwards.
McClain will wear No. 93 in New England.
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NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning as the Sox close in on the end of a disappointing season.
"For the most part, I think these guys have been good about going about it the best they can in a bad situation," Remy said of the season's final month.
Looking toward next season, Remy expects a lineup that looks "100 percent different" outside of David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks. He said there's a chance Jose Iglesias could be the starting shortstop in April despite his offensive struggles (.125/.236/.208 in 48 major league at-bats this season).
"There's no question the guy's a big league shortstop and going to be a very good big league shortstop," Remy said of the youngster. "I've been surprised a little bit with his swing. I thought he was more of a slap kind of guy. He's not really that kind of hitter. I've got a gut...
According to a report on NFL.com, the punishment for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who grabbed a referee after Sunday night's loss to the Ravens, will be announced Wednesday afternoon, and it will include a fine.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh will not be fined for his behavior Sunday, according to multiple reports. Harbaugh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter of the game.
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan reportedly was fined $25,000 for berating officials following his team's 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
Belichick defended his actions on Monday, insisting that he only was trying to get the official's attention for an explanation about the Ravens' game-winning field goal as time expired.
"I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do," Belichick said. "I'm trying to get an explanation for obviously...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
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.
Hour 4. Milo is done after advocating for pedophilia. The guys dive into the Red Sox roster.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry's dream of doing play-by-play is over.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski joins Kirk and Gerry in Fort Myers.
Lou interviews JBJ, who talks about playing in a young outfield, and why he changed his number.
David Aldridge appeared on NBA TV to say that the Bulls don't want to trade Jimmy Butler to the Celtics for just picks. They want Jae Crowder, too.
Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report, thinks that the GM's around the league are positioning to make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the rumored increase in interest in Jimmy Garropolo and try and figure out what they'll get if they complete a trade for him.
Based on this string of tweets and his desire to fully test the free agent waters, it certainly seems logical that Marty Bennett will not remain with the Patriots for next year.
Dale, Keefe and Holley discuss the Celtics needs as the deadline looms. Even a minor move might make the team better.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
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