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.
NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly Friday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about news from around the league.
The Broncos knocked off the Jets Thursday night in Denver, with Tim Tebow running for the winning touchdown in the final minute. Mark Sanchez has taken the most heat for the Jets' offensive failures, but Lombardi said he's not the only problem.
"They want to be this pound-and-ground team, but I think what the Jets lack -- and it's becoming apparent to me as the season's gone on -- they don't have a blue chip running back," he said. "I know Shonn Greene got hurt, but even with Shonn Greene in the game, they think Shonn Greene's a blue chip back but there's so often that they have holes that they should have 12 yards and they get six. I think really last night demonstrated to everybody that they need a running back. If you're going to be pound-and-ground, you'd better have a blue chip...
Yale quarterback Patrick Witt has been the subject of stories nationwide for his decision to play in Saturday's rivalry game vs. Harvard and skip his interview for a Rhodes scholarship. Now, Yale coach Tom Williams is getting publicity because he implied he faced a similar decision when he played at Stanford in the early 1990s. But, as The New York Times discovered when it did some investigating, Williams apparently never even was a candidate -- let alone a finalist -- for a Rhodes scholarship, despite his Yale website biography stating that he was.
On Thursday, Williams insisted he never meant to mislead anyone, and he clarified the situation. "There is no intention to deceive," he said. "I never said I was a finalist for the Rhodes candidacy. The Rhodes shouldn't have any record of me, because I didn't do it. I didn't go through the process. I pulled out long before it got to that point."
Yale president Richard Levin said the...
Syracuse police acknowledged that they are investigating allegations that longtime Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine molested two former ball boys in the 1980s and '90s. Fine was placed on administrative leave by the school Thursday night.
Bobby Davis, now 39, had contacted police and media outlets almost a decade ago, but because the statute of limitations had passed and Davis' accusations could not be corroborated, no legal action was taken and no stories were published. Now, a second accuser has come forward. Davis' stepbrother, 45-year-old Mike Lang, also said Fine molested him when he was a ball boy.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim stood by Fine, who is in his 35th year as a Syracuse assistant.
"This matter was fully investigated by the university in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded," he said in a statement. "I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or...
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.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
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.