Multiple sources have told WEEI.com the Patriots were one of 20 teams in attendance today in Provo, Utah for the workout of BYU’s Harvey Unga. Unga, BYU’s all-time leading rusher, withdrew from the school in the spring, citing an honor code violation, and decided to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, scheduled for July 15.
The 6-foot, 237-pound Unga rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Cougars. For his collegiate career, he gained 3,455 yards and scored 36 touchdowns.
Unga remains the biggest name available in this year’s supplemental draft, an opportunity for players who missed the filing deadline for the NFL draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility (such as athletic or disciplinary matters). Teams can bid on players, and the player is awarded to the team who bids the highest pick. As a result, you lose your pick in that same round in the draft...
Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Bowden appeared on the Big Show on Thursday afternoon to discuss his move from the rotation to the bullpen. Bowden, who threw a pair of scoreless innings of relief on Wednesday in his first relief appearance for Pawtucket, said that he views the move as one that could be good for his career, giving him an opportunity to contribute meaningfully at the big league level.
"I bounce back very quickly," Bowden said. "I actually think I may be more beneficial in the bullpen, being able to be used much more often. ... I know this might be a much better opportunity for me."
Bowden made five relief appearances for the Sox last September. He allowed three runs in nine innings, striking out seven and walking two. Though he had been dominant of late in the Pawtucket rotation, producing a 1.77 ERA over his last seven starts, the 23-year-old welcomed the change, suggesting...
ORLANDO -- The Celtics fell to 1-3 in the 2010 NBA Summer League on Thursday, coming up on the short end of an 86-85 final to the Pacers.
The Celtics lost despite having a 58-31 lead at halftime. They managed just 27 second-half points, however, and allowed 36 points in the final quarter.
Jaycee Carroll led the Celtics with 19 points, and Luke Harangody added 16 points.
The Celtics play their final game of the summer league on Friday against the Nets.
ESPN baseball analyst (and former Blue Jays general manager) J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Thursday to discuss the state of the Red Sox and the status of the shape of the trade market at this point of July. Ricciardi suggested that the injury-afflicted Sox would do well to survive the upcoming series in Toronto against the Blue Jays and then to use the All-Star break to "regroup."
"I think right now they’re just doing it on guts. I think they see the All-Star break in front of them. I think they’re trying to just get to that date now, get those three or four days and regroup a little bit," said Ricciardi. "Even if they’re four games out or five games out at the All-Star break, that’s not that a lot. I think they’ve done an outstanding job.
"You don’t want to play a whole season with this lineup. They know that more than anybody. They’...
ORLANDO -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke to the media on Thursday at the 2010 NBA Summer League and addressed reports that the club had signed free agent Jermaine O'Neal to a two-year contract.
"We intend to sign him," Ainge said. "And I'll talk about it when we do."
Ainge said the contract was not official and could not talk about the deal with any specificity until it was done. He said that the Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and O'Neal deals could all be official by Friday. Ainge, though, seemed pleased with how the offseason was taking shape.
"I think the priorities to start the offseason were obviously Paul and Ray and then to strengthen our center position in lieu of Perk's injury," said Ainge. "Those were our priorities right there. So hopefully by tomorrow we'll have those three things taken care of and then we can continue to work...
Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down the Pats win over the Vikings.
The boys go around the table for their final thoughts and predictions for Pats/Vikes today.
Tom E. is live in Minnesota and gives his take on the Peterson situation and what the scene is like there - multiple fans with Peterson jerseys and more. He gets into the X's and O's and what the Pats need to do today to get in the win column. Tom is not a big fan of making Thompkins inactive today in favor of Dobson.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the leagues handling of the Ray Rice situation.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Rodney Harrison joined the show discussing the Ray Rice situation and the future of Roger Goodell.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated by his team for tomorrow's game against New England in light of his indictment, Friday night, on charges of child abuse.
Jerod Mayo joins MFB to talk about the Pats preparation this week for the Vikings.
Three For All: Official Cocktail of each state, Microsoft pays a huge sum for commentators to call their tablets iPads, and a team has to issue a twitter apology.
We talk to the playmaker about the Patriots, their match-up vs the Vikings and the bad week for the NFL.
We discuss Brady's dismal passer rating in week one, and how the Patriots can't help but play better than they did in week one vs the Dolphins.
We tackle four topics and look back at the the memorable moments for New England vs Minnesota.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
Ben and Russ talk about the latest MLS news and the transfer window.
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