FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was fined $7,500 Friday by the NFL for his unsportsmanlike spike following his second touchdown grab in Sunday night's win over the Jets.
Gronkowski caught a five-yard pass from Tom Brady in the end zone on 3rd-and-3. He was tackled by Donald Strickland and then immediately got up, showed off the football for several seconds before spiking it in the immediate vicinity of the Jets defensive back. Gronkowski was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the Patriots were assessed a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
Gronkowski finished with eight catches and 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots rolled, 37-16.
FOXBORO -- Linebacker Jeff Tarpinian missed practice Friday with an undisclosed illness. He was among four players who missed Patriots in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette. There were no other changes as the Patriots once again listed 14 as limited. Here is Friday's complete rundown:
Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
LB Jeff Tarpinian (illness)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
DE Shaun Ellis (rib)
RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OT Nate Solder (concussion)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
G Brian Waters (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)...
Radio host and former major league executive Jim Duquette joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox' managerial search.
Duquette tweeted Thursday that the Sox' search "is a disaster," and that "Bobby [Valentine] is a guy that HAS to be interviewed!" Duquette explained to Mut & Merloni that the Sox don't have enough candidates with major league managing experience.
"When you look at Ben [Cherington], and he has so many good qualities, but he doesn't have the experience," Duquette said. "That combination of GM and manager really should be, you have an inexperienced GM, I think you need an experienced manager. So, when you start to look at some of the candidates that were coming in, there's not a lot of experience in a number of those candidates."
Dale Sveum, who interviewed with the Sox, was introduced as Cubs manager Friday. Duquette said that it no surprise that Sveum ended...
FOXBORO -- Jeff Tarpinian became the third Patriots linebacker to miss practice this week as he was not spotted at the beginning of practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields at Gillette Stadium. Tarpinian was not among the 17 players listed on the Patriots injury report on Thursday.
Also missing Friday were linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and cornerback Devin McCourty (shoulder). Those three players have missed practice all week in Foxboro, as the team readies for the Chiefs on Monday at Gillette Stadium.
The team has one more practice on Saturday and a walk-through on Sunday in preparation for Monday's game. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots.
According to a source, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spoke with Bobby Valentine a few weeks ago but no formal interview has been been scheduled as of yet. Multiple reports stated that Sox ownership had met with the 61-year-old Valentine and that others in the ownership group will meet with the former Rangers and Mets manager.
The Boston Herald reported that Torey Lovullo will receive a second interview, although a source told WEEI.com that no second interviews have been formally arranged and Lovullo, Gene Lamont and Sandy Alomar Jr. all remain candidates.
Valentine had a 1,117-1,072 record (.510 winning percentage) in 15 years as a manager, and reached the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He also enjoyed a successful career managing in Japan, where he not only led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a championship but became an iconic figure in the NPB.
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.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
The guys go to battle with a caller who claims to be a Worcester attorney that would like to defend the role judge Andrew Mandell had in letting Jorge Zambrano back on the streets shortly before he killed a police officer.
Gary Tanguay, Gerry Callahan, and Kirk Minihane discuss the intel from TurtleBoySports.com which describes awkward judicial relationships between an Uxbridge judge, his daughter Ashley Losapio, and Losapio's boyfriend Giancarlo Zambrano, twin brother of cop killer Jorge Zambrano
A report says that late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle exaggerated his accomplishments during the Iraq War. Does it affect hero status for one of Gerry's all-time favorite people?
The guys discuss the absolute thrashing the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Toronto Raptors last night.
Ted Olson, joins the guys to talk about how he and Tom Brady plan to attack the latest court ruling.
Glenn, Lou and Christian start the show by talking about the Red Sox retiring Wade Boggs' number. They also touch on the brief filed by the Patriots yesterday.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.More from this show