For the first time since the 2003 season and for only the fourth time in his career, Ray Allen was not in the starting lineup for a game he was healthy enough to play. The Celtics made the switch to Avery Bradley for their game against the Bulls on Thursday.
The Celtics are 10-1 without Allen this season and are coming off a five-game winning streak that saw Bradley excel in the backcourt playing alongside Rajon Rondo. Allen started in his return from an ankle injury on Wednesday, but both he and Bradley played more than 30 minutes.
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Appearing on the Dennis and Callahan Show Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said no guarantees had ever been made to Daniel Bard regarding having a spot in the starting rotation, prior to the season over after the injury sustained to closer Andrew Bailey.
"We didn't promise him anything at any point, and still haven't promised him anything other than he's starting Game 5," Cherington said. "What happened in our conversations over the winter, and ultimately those conversations did include Daniel but at first it was with the staff and with Bobby and the front office. … Every organization in baseball, certainly ours included, is looking for young, controllable starting pitching. The best way to acquire that is through the draft, and international signings, and drafting, and we've had some success doing that with [...
DETROIT -- The Red Sox will feature a largely familiar lineup as they prepare to open the 2012 season against the Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander. Jacoby Ellsbury will return to his familiar leadoff spot, followed by Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez. David Ortiz will bat cleanup behind Gonzalez, as the Sox feature back-to-back left-handed hitters, with Kevin Youkilis in the fifth spot.
Both Ortiz and Youkilis have solid career marks against Verlander. Youkilis is 6-for-20 (.300 average, .900 OPS) with two homers against the reigning Cy Young/MVP, while Ortiz is 5-for-18 (.278, .381 OBP, 1.048 OPS) with a pair of homers against him.
The left-handed Ryan Sweeney will bat sixth, with Cody Ross seventh for the group that will try to mount enough offense to back Jon Lester.
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The night before a Saints-49ers playoff game in January, since-suspended New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams instructed his players to inflict physical punishment on San Francisco players, and according to a documentary filmmaker who was present, intimated that he would pay for a hard hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
Williams brought up the name of wide receiver Michael Crabtree, hinting about a severe knee injury, and told his players to "put a lick on" receiver Kyle Williams in an effort to “find out” if he was still suffering from the effects of a late-December concussion. He also repeatedly used the phrase "Kill the head," and compared San Francisco running back Frank Gore as the "head" of the 49ers' offense. Williams then ramped things up.
“We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head,” Williams told the players. “We want...
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, known to Patriots fans as the player who caused major injuries to Tom Brady, Wes Welker and, this past season, Rob Gronkowski, is not happy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's attempts to make the sport less dangerous.
"It’s getting out of hand," Pollard told Houston radio station KILT. "This is not powderpuff football, this is not flag football. This is a violent sport. And it’s a fun sport -- we all love playing this game. And we’re blessed by God to even go out there and display our talent to the world, but at the same time you can’t sit there and say, ‘We want guts, we want glory, we want heart.’ You can’t give a player heart but at the end of the day you tell him, “Well, hold on, but be careful when you go to make that hit.’ We wear helmets and shoulder pads. That means you’re supposed to go knock somebody around. We ain’t wearing flags....
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
Glenn, Lou and Christian joke around with audio from a grab-bag of topics, including David Ortiz driving for Lyft, Rex Ryan joining the Buffalo media conference call, and Jim Mora coming back with another great rant.
Red Sox President of Baseball Ops. Dave Dombrowski checks in with Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about what the playoff roster might look like, and to give the latest update on Pablo Sandoval.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo & Jacoby Brissett, and talk about what he say from a day of practice and press conferences down at Gillette.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
Jerry and I talk about the Ryder Cup and we talk about the passing of The King Arnold Palmer.
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