FOXBORO -- Devin McCourty, Dane Fletcher and Brandon Spikes were the only three players not in attendance for the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday inside the Dana Farber Field House.
All three players are dealing with injuries, with McCourty's being the most recent, a right shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Fletcher is battling a thumb injury while linebacker Brandon Spikes is rehabbing his right knee after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in the loss to the Giants on Nov. 6.
The Patriots practice was just a walk-through in sweats and shirts and no helmets. There is no formal injury report on Wednesday since the team has an extra day to prepare for Monday night's game with the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. The team is expected to return to more a full practice schedule on Thursday.
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FOXBORO -- With team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft looking on, Jay Heaps was named the sixth coach of the Revolution Wednesday in a news conference at Gillette Stadium, taking over for Steve Nicol, who was not brought back following a dismal 5-16-13 season.
Two years after stepping away from the playing field following his 11-year Major League Soccer career, the 35-year-old former defender assumed his duties immediately after being introduced in Foxboro.
“For more than a decade, Jay was as passionate, tough and tireless as any player who’s ever worn the Revolution jersey,” Revolution investor/operator Jonathan Kraft said. “During his Revs career, no one was more determined to win or revered for his work ethic and leadership, both on and off the field. We are excited that Jay will bring these characteristics, along with a keen intellect, to his new position as our head coach. He understands the team’s...
WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference practiced with the B's for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury last week. He said after the skate that he is "still day-to-day," but the Bruins doubt he will play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
"I don't think we're even at that stage yet for Andrew where it's a game-time decision," Claude Julien said. "I don't even know if he's been assessed well enough to make that comment, but maybe that will change tomorrow morning."
Perhaps the most interesting moment of Wednesday's practice came when an enraged Tuukka Rask banged his stick on the crossbar four times and threw his stick off the ice following a goal from Patrice Bergeron's line.
"Tuukka has a temper," Julien said. "It's not the first time he's exhibited that. He gets mad and he's competitive. It's never a bad thing as long as it's for the right reasons."
Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday at noon for his weekly appearance. Gammons discussed Jonathon Papelbon signing with the Phillies and how the Red Sox will address the closer situation, and gave some insight on Boston's managerial search.
Former Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum has emerged as someone who many believe to be the leading candidate to become manager of the Sox. Sveum, currently the hitting coach for the Brewers, was not very popular with Red Sox fans during his time in Boston, but Gammons said fans should not use Sveum's years as a third base coach to judge how he will be as a manager.
"I find it absurd, because it has nothing to do with managing," Gammons said. "Just think of the 1983 playoffs and the hysteria in Chicago over [then-White Sox third base coach] Jim Leyland and all the mix-up in the third game of the playoffs which ended up with them losing the series...
MILWAUKEE -- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said on Tuesday that his club had granted the Red Sox an extension of their window of permission to talk to bench coach Pete Mackanin about their managerial vacancy. Amaro did not specify when that window was granted, and he acknowledged that he did not know where things stood between the Sox and Mackanin in the managerial search process.
Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum is interviewing with the Red Sox owners in Milwaukee today, becoming the first candidate to have a second-round interview. Sox GM Ben Cherington said on Tuesday that he expects at least one additional candidate from the pool of first-round candidates Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont to be brought in for a second round of...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.
Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.
DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.
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