FOXBORO -- The Patriots made some minor changes to their injury report on Thursday, as linebacker Jerod Mayo -- who was out of Wednesday's practice with what the team listed as elbow/illness -- returned in a limited capacity. Meanwhile, tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) went from limited to DNP. Here's the complete report from Thursday:
Did Not Practice
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
S Steve Gregory (hip)
DE Trevor Scott (hamstring)
DB Ras-I Dowling (thigh)
LB Tracy White (foot)
TE Aaron Hernadez (ankle)
DL Ron Brace (back)
S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
WR Julian Edelman (hand)
TE Ron Gronkowski (hip)
LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring)
According to a major league source, Tim Bogar, who spent the last four years as a coach for the Red Sox -- serving as a first-base coach (2009), third-base coach (2010-11) and bench coach (2012) -- will not return to the Red Sox next year.
Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine selected Bogar as his bench coach in Dec. 2011 after interviewing at least one other candidate (Torey Lovullo, then the Blue Jays first base coach under John Farrell). However, the relationship between Valentine and Bogar featured frequent lapses in communication.
Suggestions by Valentine and others that he had not been given time and freedom by the front office to select his own coaching staff, Bogar was often cited as an example. When Valentine, in a WEEI interview at the end of the year, suggested that he had been undermined by some members of his coaching staff, the 45-year-old bench coach was again implicated.
On Tuesday, in an interview on NBC Sports, Valentine...
WALTHAM -- Celtics guard Jason Terry said that he'll be fine with coming off the bench for the C's this season, noting that Boston has the deepest bench in the NBA.
"We haven't made [me coming off the bench] official yet, but if that is the case we have the deepest bench in basketball," Terry said after Thursday's practice. "The Clippers may have something to stay about that, but for us in this locker room, our mission every night is to go out and outwork and outscore everyone's bench."
Terry said that the team's signing of veteran guard Leandro Barbosa has "made a deep bench even deeper" for the C's. Barbosa practiced with the C's for the first time on Wednesday after visa issues kept him from playing in Sunday's preseason finale. Barbosa is on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, while Terry inked a three-year deal with Boston in the offseason after playing the last eight seasons with Dallas....
The NBA announced Thursday that league commissioner David Stern, who has headed the league since 1984, will step down from his role on Feb. 1, 2014, and that he will be replaced by deputy commissioner and NBA chief operating officer Adam Silver.
A 2014 retirement would mean that Stern, 70, would have served as commissioner for 30 years, making him the longest-tenured commissioner in the history of the four major US sports leagues. (Former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle spent 29 years in his office.)
Silver was named deputy commissioner in 2006, after eight years as the president and COO of NBA Entertainment. He's been working in the NBA offices since 1992.
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FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice with an illness and elbow injury, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo returned to practice Thursday as the team worked out one final time in sweats and shells before flying to London on a red-eye for their Sunday game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium.
Aaron Hernandez, who was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury, was not spotted during the media portion of the workout Thursday. Hernandez joined Steve Gregory, Brandon Bolden, Trevor Scott, Ras-I Dowling and Tracy White as players not spotted during practice.
Coach Bill Belichick said Thursday that he will treat Friday in London as a "transition" day and treat Saturday as a "normal Saturday" before taking the field for the game on Sunday at 5 p.m. London Time (1 p.m. ET).
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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
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.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.
HOUR 4 - How many big-games does Tuukka Rask have to miss before guys like Bergeron and Marchand call him out for it? Also, Belichick skips the coach's breakfast, the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas, Kirk rips "The Baseball Show" and Dale, Holley and Keefe rip the Whiner Line.
HOUR 3 - LaVar Ball joined ESPN's "First Take" again on Monday, and brought his NBA-bound son, Lonzo, with him. Unlike his father, Lonzo says all the right things, and is good at basketball. The guys also discuss Lonzo Ball's poor performance against Kentucky, and wonder if that will affect his draft status or his general perception by fans. Also, Dino is selling that house we heard so much about, at Miromar Lakes.
HOUR 2 - The Celtics are tied with Cleveland for 1st place in the East (although Cleveland has 2 games in hand) and are poised for a top 3 pick in the draft. "FiveThirtyEight" says the Celtics have a better chance than the Cavs of winning a championship. Also, the guys discuss Devin Booker's 70 point game, and how some of the Celtics players were chirping him about it.
We finish the show with the best sound clips of the day.
People are unsure if Tuukka can be trusted in net in these big spots coming up and if the Celtics even stand a chance against Cleveland so Dale, Holley, and Keefe discuss.
Dale, Holley, and Keefe sort through Robert Kraft's comments at the owners' meeting regarding key Patriots players.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap an Evan Drellich revival edition of the K&C Show on a Monday
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Hour 1. Evan Drellich makes his casting couch return. Over the weekend, Michael Che affirmed that he believes Boston is “the most racist city” he has ever been to.More from this show
Hour 2. Evan Drellich defends Michael Che, saying that it’s possible to say Boston is racist if you are black. Gerry and Kirk battle with Drellich, defending the city against Michael Che’s allegations. In headlines, the guys revisit the Maison family.More from this show
Hour 4. Joe Sullivan didn’t want to appear on K&C. Instead, he appeared on Brand X. Drellich thinks working the beat is just as hard as when Gerry did it. Gerry likes Fences.More from this show
Hour 3. Drellich thinks Trump is a pathological liar while Gerry thinks Trump doesn’t lie as much as Obama. Kirk is sick of show promos and says K&C will no longer participate. Drellich says everyone did steroids just like everyone deflates balls.More from this show
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.More from this show