The Patriots announced Tuesday that offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has been activated to the 53-man roster from the reserve/non-football injury list. In addition, the Patriots released safety Ross Ventrone and signed defensive back Malcolm Williams to the practice squad
Cannon, 23, was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 138th selection overall out of Texas Christian University. Cannon, 6-foot-5, 358 pounds, appeared in 49 games at Texas Christian, starting the final 36 contests that he appeared in. He started 24 games at right offensive tackle and 12 on the left side. He moved from right tackle to left tackle as a senior in 2010. Cannon did not allow a sack in his final two seasons.
Ventrone, 25, has spent time on both the practice squad and 53-man roster this season, playing in five games. Ventrone, 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of...
MILWAUKEE -- Writing in a text to WEEI.com, Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard passed along his first statement since the Phillies to terms with closer Jonathan Papelbon. Bard wrote: "I'm happy for Pap as he's worked extremely hard for this and he and his family will be missed in Boston."
Bard, who is thought to be a candidate, opted for no further comment until a manager and pitching coach has been named by the Red Sox, citing the continued uncertainty revolving around his role.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said last week that Bard's role has yet to defined, with the possibility of becoming a starter still in play.
"Daniel would embrace more responsibility and is ready for more responsibility, we’re not ready to commit to any role for Daniel or any other member of the bullpen," Cherington stated.
Bard has said in the past that he would be looking forward to either starting or closing....
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday afternoon he expects rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon to be activated to the 53-man roster "sometime today." The TCU product, who was taken in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by New England, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma prior to the NFL draft in the spring. As a result, the 23-year-old began the season on the non-football injury list, which forced him to sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He was cleared to practice Oct. 25, and the Patriots had until Tuesday to decide to either put him on the active roster or place him on injured reserve, which would have sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Belichick added that there were no corresponding roster moves to announce at this time. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Claude Julien said after Tuesday's morning skate that the team was "convinced" Milan Lucic's hit on Ryan Miller "wasn't deliberate" and were therefore pleased with Brendan Shanahan's decision to not suspend the forward.
Julien said that he doesn't believe goalies should be hit, but noted the difference between a hit and a collision. He believed Saturday's incident was a collision.
"I know for a fact that if Milan had intended on hitting [Miller], he would have never got up," Julien said of Lucic. "We all know how hard he hits. It speaks for itself."
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Jerry Sandusky spoke with Bob Costas in a telephone interview on NBC's "Rock Center" on Monday night. Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, is charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse against children.
"I say that I am innocent of those charges," Sandusky told Costas.
Costas asked if that meant he was "completely innocent" of all charges.
"Well I could say that, you know, I have done some of those things," Sandusky said. "I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their leg without intent of sexual contact. So if you look at it that way, there are things that would be accurate."
Sandusky told Costas that Mike McQueary's assertion that he witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in a shower in the Penn State locker room in 2002 was "false." Costas asked Sandusky for his version...
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder and home run machine, Mookie Betts, after Mookie's three home run game propels the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 6-2.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
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.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
We discuss Jackie Bradley's leave of absence to be with his wife for the birth of his first child, and that drums up the old caveman debate about whether men should miss work while their wives give birth.
We discuss the frustration of Clay Buchholz in moving to the pen, and whether or not this is the right move not only for him but for the Sox as a whole.
We discuss the ending of the Western Conference finals, and also look ahead to KD's plans and the NBA Finals match-up.
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.
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