FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick prepared his team Thursday to travel to London for a regular season game against the Rams at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET). As was the case in 2009, Belichick chose to have his team prepare early in the week in Foxboro before catching a red-eye flight after practice Thursday for England.
"I’d say just the time change," Belichick said, answering a question about the biggest adjustment of travel overseas. "Just getting our body clocks reset for Saturday and obviously Sunday and treat it as a 4 o'clock game, 5 o'clock game, whatever it is, but as a late afternoon game, which we’ve had plenty of experience with that, [so] just getting re-acclimated to that. Whatever the conditions are out there, I doubt they’ll be too much different from what we have here, but whatever it is, it is and we’ll get used to that."
Belichick was then...
As the Boston College football team heads into the final month of what has been a disappointing season, coach Frank Spaziani is optimistic but realistic about the situation.
During Wednesday's ACC coaches teleconference, Spaziani was asked if he was concerned that this might be his final few weeks as BC's coach. The Eagles are 1-6 (0-4 ACC) this season and 21-25 in his four years since being promoted from assistant coach.
"Am I worried about that? Well, let me say this: Nobody sheds more blood, sweat and tears on Saturday than I do," Spaziani said. "I know what our situation is, I know what I'm doing, and I know the problems that we have to work through. That's what I'm worried about. I'm worried about getting the victory on Saturday, to be honest with you."
Spaziani acknowledged that he knew going into the season the Eagles would face a challenge competing in the ACC. BC also struggled out of conference, most notably...
Rex Ryan and the Jets have moved on from the Patriots to their next controversy. Two days after getting defensive in the face of questions about his team's conservative play-calling in Sunday's loss in Foxboro, Ryan said he wants an apology from Dolphins running back Reggie Bush for comments Bush made earlier in the season.
Bush, who left the teams' last meeting early with a bruised left knee, had accused the Jets of trying to hurt him under orders from Ryan. When New York cornerback Darrelle Revis suffered a season-ending left knee injury, Bush said it was an example of "what goes around comes around."
Ryan insisted that his comment about putting "hot sauce" on Bush was misinterpreted.
"I apologized for my comments, and I expect him to do the same," Ryan said Wednesday. "I never was saying we were going to try to injure Reggie Bush. That's not even close.
"He's going to get our attention...
Pablo Sandoval joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players to launch three homers in a World Series game. The rotund Giants third baseman went deep twice off Tigers ace Justin Verlander and once more in the fifth inning against reliever Al Albuquerque to lead the Giants to an 8-3 victory in Game 1 over Detroit.
While Sandoval was the dominant force for the Giants, the San Francisco lineup unleashed an impressive assault on Verlander, who lasted just four innings while permitting five runs on six hits and a walk. It was the shortest start by the 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP winner since he lasted two innings in a start on June 22, 2010.
Sandoval was the catalyst, with a solo homer to center in the bottom of the first to give the Giants a 1-0 lead, a two-run shot to left field in the third and a solo homer to center in the fifth. He also added a single, giving him 13 total bases, second most ever in a World Series...
FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo missed practice Wednesday at Gillette with an illness and an elbow injury. Mayo injured the left elbow on Sunday late in the first half. He came back to play in the second half with a black athletic wrap on the elbow. Also out Wednesday were Brandon Bolden (knee), Steve Gregory (hip), Ras-I Dowling (thigh), Tracy White (foot) and Trevor Scott (hamstring).
Logan Mankins and Brandon Lloyd were among the 12 players listed last limited by the Patriots, who practiced in sweats and shells Wednesday on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
The team will practice again at Gillette on Thursday before leaving on red-eye flight for London late Thursday evening for their game Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
Here is Wednesday's full report:
Did Not Practice
LB Jerod Mayo (elbow/illness)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
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