It was announced Thursday that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of the nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Kraft, who has owned the Patriots since 1994, is one of a group of 127 nominees, and is nominated as a "contributor."
Others former Patriots who are among the nominees are defensive lineman Ted Washington, quarterback Drew Bledsoe, receiver Stanley Morgan, tight end Ben Coates, defensive lineman Fred Smerlas and Bill Parcells.
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who advance as semifinalist nominees. That list of 25 will be narrowed to 15 modern-era finalists later this fall, and the voting on those individuals will take place Feb. 2, 2013. Between four and seven new members will be selected.
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The NHL announced Thursday that after having previously cancelled the league's September preseason games, it has cancelled the the entire preseason.
The league has had to cancel the preseason because there is no collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players. The two sides remain far off in negotiations with exactly two weeks remaining before the Bruins are scheduled to begin the regular season against the Flyers.
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ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni Thursday, discussing the future of Bobby Valentine as his first season with the Red Sox comes to an end. Olney believes the Red Sox will elect to fire Valentine rather than bring him back to complete his two-year deal.
"Let's face it. It feels like there's a 'Well yeah, of course,'" Olney said. "We know that this is going to be something that they discuss, and in all likelihood, Bobby's not going to survive."
Olney did say that in the event that Valentine is fired, it will be different from the departure of Terry Francona, as the finger-pointing won't just come from the club, but from the departed manager.
"Bobby and Ozzie Guillen are the two people in baseball where you now this: They're going to have the last word, okay? No matter what happens," Olney said.
"Bobby's going to get the last word in, no matter how...
FOXBORO -- Tight end Kellen Winslow was among five players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice in full pads on Thursday on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Winslow was seen at Patriots practice on Wednesday and was not on the injury report. Winslow has often received days off in the past with previous teams as a way to rest his chronically sore right knee.
Also not spotted at practice for a second straight day were Logan Mankins (hip), Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Justin Francis (ankle) and Julian Edelman (left hand). Defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick did return after missing the last week, including Wednesday, with an ankle issue.
Tom Brady was spotted at practice on Thursday after being limited with a right shoulder issue on Wednesday.
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Speaking on a conference call following the league's agreement with its officials, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expressed an apology to the fans for what the product was in the first three weeks of the season due to replacement officials.
"Sorry to have to put our fans through that," Goodell said of the first three weeks.
Replacement officials made controversial calls in a number of games, but a botched call and subsequent review that cost the Packers in a win in Monday night's game against the Seahawks prompted accelerated negotiations between the league and its officials, with an agreement being reached in time to have the regular officials begin Week 4 on Thursday.
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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Glenn, Lou and Christian go over a great story in USA Today's "For The Win" blog, which talks about how LaVar Ball was a nuisance towards the head coach Chino Hills high school team, where Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo play.
The weekly edition of the Whiner Line
HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ben, Russ, and Alex discuss the USMNT victory over Honduras, Christian Pulisic's development for club and country, and Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have a Friday edition of the K&C recap show as 'Hardo Mut' was in with Kirk and Gerry.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.More from this show
Hour 2. Headlines with Kirk. Kirk and Gerry give Mut a hard time for his workout notebook.More from this show