The Patriots added to their arsenal of tight ends Thursday, signing veteran Bo Scaife, who missed last season with a shoulder injury.
Scaife, 31, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Titans in 2005 out of Texas. In six years with the Titans, Scaife appeared in 92 games, starting 62, and caught 251 passes for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 249-pounder started 13 of 14 games in 2010, catching 36 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. He signed with the Bengals last season but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in a preseason game.
The Patriots also announced the release of three players: defensive lineman Markell Carter, tight end Nick Melillo and offensive lineman Jon Opperud. Carter was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2011 draft out of Central Arkansas and spent last season on the practice squad. Melillo and Opperud were rookie free agents.
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Jose Canseco's comeback bid is off to a slow start. The Worcester Tornadoes designated hitter is not impressing against Can-Am League pitching, hitting .171 with one extra-base hit (a double) and 15 strikeouts in 41 at-bats. To add to his indignity, Canseco was ejected from Sunday's game after arguing a generous strike call.
Canseco has played in 12 games for the Tornadoes, who are 7-9 and in third place of five teams, a half-game out of last place. Worcester ranks second in attendance, averaging 2,252 fans per game.
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The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are talking contract, but there's no word yet on whether or not the team is interested in reworking his current deal or giving the big tight end a contract extension, according to multiple reports. Gronkowski, a second-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, has two years left on a rookie deal that will pay in base salaries of $540,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in 2013, according to NFLPA documents. In two seasons, Gronkowski has 132 catches for 1,873 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Thunder to a 107-99 win over the Spurs on Wednesday night and propel Oklahoma City into the NBA finals against either the Heat or the Celtics. The Thunder, which dropped the fist two games of the best-of-seven series, rebounded to win four straight to allow the franchise to play for the NBA title for the first time since 1996, before relocating from Seattle. Russell Westbrook added 25 for the Thunder, which erased a 15-point halftime deficit before pulling ahead to stay in the fourth.
Following their 2-1 loss at the hands of the Orioles, the Red Sox chose to be philosophical about their last-place standing in the American League East. The Red Sox lost their third straight to fall back to .500 at 28-28, four games behind the first-place Orioles in the division.
"There's not a person in baseball that doesn't know this division is easily the toughest division in all of baseball," Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles said. "You look at what happens throughout the year, we pretty much all beat up on each other. No one has that record that's unbelievably good. Everyone's really bunched up. That's how it's been the first two months of the season and that's kind of how you expect it to be all year. You take your lumps and bruises and you just keep plugging away and you try to win as many games as possible."
"A good series can change things around, which is a good thing," added David Ortiz. "Like Mike...
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
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Ken Laird and WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable take a look at the Red Sox' acquisitions of Chris Sale and Tyler Thornburg from the minor league side of the equation, and what's left of Dave Dombrowski's farm system.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter close out the final hour of the show discussing how Chris Sale will fit in Boston and Larry Bird's 60th birthday.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter started the 8 am hour discussing the latest velfie by Gary Tanguay.
Ken broke some news in the 7 am hour by telling New England that he would not trade Andrew Benintendi for Clayton Kershaw.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to preview the Patriots game against the Ravens and to laugh at how bad the Jets have been,
Glenn, Lou and Christian look ahead at the Patriots Monday Night Football game next week and talk about the big test they will face with the Ravens defense.
Dave Dombrowski has now shipped off a bunch of the Red Sox top prospects. The guys address the big trade and look back at why the bigger risk would've been to ride with the prospects.
Dale and Michael welcome in the newest member of the show Rich Keefe, and spend the day discussing the big news... Chris Sale has been traded to your Boston Red Sox.
Rich Keefe is the newest member of our show, and one of the reasons he's here is because of Keefer Madness. The debut edition of it is here.
Dale and Holley with Keefe go live to the Sox presser announcing the trade.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Episode 2 of the official podcast of Kirk & Callahan, as Kirk and Gerry acknowledge their first real on-air fight on that morning's show. The guys also discuss newbie Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay, and Larry Bird's 60th birthday
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