Logan Mankins and the Patriots have been working on a new contract for the Pro Bowl offensive lineman, and while Patriots owner Robert Kraft told ESPN on Sunday he “really hopes” the two sides can work out a new deal, Mankins’ agent told the Boston Herald that the two sides are still “pretty far apart” on a contract that could keep the All-Pro left guard in New England for the long term. “There has been discussions," agent Frank Bauer told the Herald. “We’re pretty far apart. Let’s leave it at that.” Mankins reportedly has stayed away from team offseason workouts in an attempt to show his displeasure with his situation. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
ORLANDO -- Before Sunday's loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Orlando Magic had not lost a game since April 2, a span of 44 days. "I think it was a wake-up call that we really needed in my opinion," Magic swingman Vince Carter said. "I don't think we were prepared for the level that they were ready to play. They were ready to go from jump, and we weren't on their level at the beginning." For more reaction and analysis from the game, visit the Green Street blog.
Ray Allen scored a game-high 25 points and Paul Pierce added 22 as the Celtics built a 20-point second-half lead before holding on for a 92-88 win over the Orlando Magic Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at Amway Arena.
The Celtics went on a 24-7 run early in the third quarter to take a 67-47 advantage before the Magic took over down the stretch. Allen's 3-pointer put Boston up 88-75 with 5:34 left, but Orlando went on a 10-0 run before Pierce hit two free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to help seal the win. Allen also hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining to put the Celtics up four.
Vince Carter scored 23 points and Jameer Nelson chipped in with 20 for the Magic, who lost for the first time in nine game games this postseason. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Orlando before the series shifts to Boston for Game 3 Saturday night.
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who sat out of his team's series finale against the Tigers with a sore knee, said that he expects to return to the lineup against the Yankees on Monday.
"I'll get in there tomorrow," Pedroia told reporters after sitting out his first game of the season.
The injury occurred when Pedroia tried to elude the tag of Tigers catcher Gerald Laird on a play at the plate in Saturday's game. He stayed in the game but could feel the discomfort as the game progressed.
"I played a few innings. I wasn't moving around very well," Pedroia said. "The throw was kind of up the line. I tried to cut at the last second. But I'll be all right."
The Red Sox managed just six hits and one run in their series finale against the Tigers, resulting in a 5-1 loss. A once-promising series instead ended up with Boston dropping two of three in Detroit and getting outscored by an 11-1 count over the final 16 innings of the three-game set.
Sox starter John Lackey absorbed the loss on a day when his early command issues proved his undoing. The right-hander walked four in the first two innings, including a bases-loaded free pass to former Sox outfielder Johnny Damon in the second inning. He later hung a curve that Tigers shortstop Ramon Santiago hammered for a two-run homer.
Lackey (4-2) managed to last seven innings while throwing a season-high 123 pitches. Still, the right-hander has been inconsistent thus far in 2010, as his 4.86 ERA, .284 opponents' batting average, 3.8 walks per nine innings and 5.6 strikeouts per nine innings would all be career-worst marks for a...
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.
Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes
We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.
We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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