PRAGUE -- The Bruins and captain Zdeno Chara have agreed to a contract extension hours before the season-opener against the Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague. The deal, first reported by the Boston Globe, is for seven years and will begin in the 2011-12 season.
Speaking with WEEI.com and other outlets last week, Chara did not keep his desire to stay in Boston a secret while also stating in Belfast that though he would like to play until his mid-40's, he planned on it taking more than one deal to finish his career. Dupont writes that Chara, 33, will see his new deal carry a salary cap hit in the mid-to-upper $6 million range. His current deal carries a team-high $7.5 million hit.
Chara is entering the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million deal signed in 2006 after beginning his career with the Islanders and Senators. He has served as captain for his entire Bruins career. In 847 career games in the NHL, the Slovakian...
Braves center fielder Rick Ankiel unloaded on a fastball from Giants (and former Red Sox) reliever Ramon Ramirez, depositing a solo home run beyond the right field seats at Pac Bell Park and into McCovey Cove in the top of the 11th inning to give Atlanta a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory in Game 2 of the NL Division Series. The best-of-five series now heads to Atlanta tied at 1-1.
The Giants, one night after their 1-0 series-opening victory over the Braves, appeared set to shut down Atlanta once again. San Francisco starter Matt Cain was dominant, carrying a shutout through five innings before permitting an unearned run in the sixth.
But down, 4-1, in the top of the eighth, the Braves rallied for three game-tying runs against San Francisco's bewhiskered bullpen members, Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson. The key blow was delivered by former Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who clubbed a game-tying, two-run double to left-...
Ryan Westmoreland started taking batting practice in Fort Myers last week as part of his participation in Red Sox Fall Instructional League. The 20-year-old Red Sox prospect, who underwent brain surgery in March, is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Sox farm director Mike Hazen, and he is showing evidence of significant advances in his rehab even since the start of September.
In addition to taking batting practice, Westmoreland is also doing daily work on a tee as well as taking flips and doing some throwing. Hazen suggested that Westmoreland's progress is even more apparent with some of the cardiovascular and agility work that he is doing. The Red Sox and Westmoreland have set a goal of having the 20-year-old return to games (though they have not assigned a timetable to that goal).
It is uncertain whether that might ever happen, but the progress that Westmoreland has shown to date has...
The Reds, considered one of the best fielding teams in the majors, endured a defensive implosion that keyed five unearned runs in the Phillies' 7-4 victory. The defensive meltdown -- which saw Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips commit two errors, seven-time Gold Glove third baseman Scott Rolen commit another and right fielder Jay Bruce commit yet another -- spoiled an outstanding start from former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
Cincinnati, after getting no hit in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday, quickly ensured that history would not repeat on Friday. Brandon Phillips led off the game with a solo homer, helping the Reds to jump out to a 4-0 lead. But Philadelphia started chipping away by plating a pair of runs in the fifth, the result of a pair of two-out grounders being kicked by Phillips and then Rolen, preceding Chase Utley's two-out, two-run single.
Philadelphia scored again in the sixth, as the Reds...
The NFL is investigating allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent voicemails, texts and graphic photos to a former sideline reporter. Deadspin.com posted graphic photos that Favre allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger, a TV personality on Versus, earlier this week.
"We are reviewing the matter," NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello told the Associated Press.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discussing the Patriots getting back to their normal routine now that Media Day is in the past and they're no longer answering Deflategate questions.
Rich Gannon stops by to talk about his 6 days as a New England Patriot and give another QB's perspective of deflate gate.
ESPN's John Brenkus stops by to talk about the science experiments he conducted with regards to deflate gate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.
Buck talks with Dino, Gerry and Kirk about his trip to media day and his choice to go to Marshawn Lynch's podium.
The best sounds of Christian during the Media Day festivities.
Gordie Gronkowski talks about his son's wild year and tells some stories about raising his sons.
Kurt Warner, NFL Network and former Super Bowl winning QB, spoke with Christian Fauria regarding "Deflategate." He said that he WANTS to believe Tom but after Spygate, he's not so sure. He also said he wants to believe that nothing fishy happened during Super Bowl 36, but he can't ignore the recent developments.
We talk about four of our favorite Super Bowls (We only chose one Pats Super Bowl)
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.More from this show