FOXBORO -- Patrick Chung and Vince Wilfork were among the five Patriots players not spotted at practice on Wednesday as the team practiced indoors at the Dana Farber Field House outside Gillette Stadium. The team did not workout in full pads but rather in sweats and shells for the second straight Wednesday.
Also absent were Matthew Slater, Fred Taylor and safety Jarrad Page as the team began on-field preparations for the Minnesota Vikings in Foxboro.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday he's not overly concerned about charges from Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he is one of the best "sign stealers" in the NFL. The Patriots handled the Vikings easily, 31-7, in their last meeting on a Monday night in 2006.
"Yeah, I''m not really too worried about 2006," Belichick said. "I'm worried about this Sunday against Minnesota. I'm not worried next Sunday, last Sunday, '06, '02, '89. Really, it's just this Sunday. Really, I'm just trying to coach this team and get ready for the Vikings. You have to talk to the other coaches. I don't know.
"We've talked about some other games before but really, my focus is the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. That's what I'm here for."
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NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, one day before the Bruins welcome Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs to TD Garden. Like the Bruins, the Leafs are off to a fast start this season, although Milbury noted there are obvious weaknesses.
"They're not pretty on the back end," Milbury said. "They're supposed to be strong on the blue line, but they cough it up regularly, so there'll be plenty of chances to score. … They're a volatile team, but at least they're playing with some vinegar, so it should be a pretty good matchup."
Asked if there was a chance Tyler Seguin might be sent back to his junior team before the 10-game deadline, Milbury said he wasn't sure. "I don't know what they're going to do better than Seguin, unless they decide they can use his salary cap space and plug a hole somewhere else," Milbury said...
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress stood by his comments of earlier in the week when he suggested the Patriots are "some of the all-time great signal stealers" in the NFL. But he added, during a conference call to Patriots' reporters on Wednesday, that every coach does it and they should be credited for being a great organization.
"I said what I said," Childress explained. "That's in the past. We all try to get any tips we can get or glean standing on the sidelines. I'm sure it's done throughout the league and we do it as well just let those [comments] stand. I have a great deal of respect for coach Belichick and the way he's formulated that program in the last 10 years and I've told him so. He has a mentally tough team that are great competitors that I hope one of my teams play one of these days."
Childress said he didn't believe that Belichick had any unusual...
Tuesday night's Celtics-Heat game scored a 5.6 overnight rating for TNT, a 75 percent improvement from last season's opening game between the Celtics and Cavaliers. The second half of the TNT doubleheader featuring the Lakers and Rockets also had a solid boost from 2009, drawing 40 percent more viewers to register a 3.5. Overall, TNT averaged a 4.5 for the doubleheader, making it by far the most-watched NBA opening night in TNT history.
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Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk kick off thier second to last day in Fort Myers by looking at the competition in center field.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis
Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation
In today's Three For All, Tim talks about Sharknado 3, Christian talks about Lakers Guard Nick Young's beef with SportsCenter Anchor Robert Flores, and Lou talks about a high school basketball team that was disqualified from the playoffs for wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys.
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Dale and Michael talk about the trade deadline deals and how the Bruins did improve themselves, but how it might not be enough to make the ultimate difference.
We review four of the most polarizing athletes in recent Boston sports history.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.
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